William G. McGowan

THEN: MCI Chairman William G. McGowan underwent a heart transplant in 1987. After a six-month recovery, he returned to his post as chairman until his death in 1992. During his tenure at MCI, the company grew from startup to $9.5 billion and had 16 percent of the American domestic and international long-distance market. NOW: McGowan, […]

X4 Heads West

It seems X4 Communications is taking that old adage, Go West, young man, to heart. The master agency is bulking up its presence in California, Colorado, Nevada and Texas, with the help of a new regional agent manager, and thanks largely in part to TelePacific Communications acquisition of Mpower Communications Corp. Those two factors put […]

Front Porchs ISP Subscriber Communications Platform Expands Into Wi-Fi Market

Front Porch Inc. (Booth 205), a global provider of technologies for online subscriber communications, announced it has a new wireless version of its Web-based communication and messaging platform for deployment in Wi-Fi hotspots. Our solutions help ISPs leverage their Internet infrastructure and utilize it as a cost-effective customer service and marketing tool, says Zach Britton, […]

VoIP Regulation at Heart of FCCs Upcoming Meeting

Jeff Pulver could be all smiles come Thursday. That is when the FCC is expected to rule on a request that the Internet phone service he launched in November 2002 — Free World Dialup — is not subject to a vast web of telecom rules. During a Feb. 12 meeting at FCC headquarters, the federal […]

Long Distance at Heart of SBC Woes, Not UNE-P, Says Consultant

SBC Communications Inc. (www.sbc.com), the No. 2 local phone company, is rightly panicking over local competition in its dominant region, said Phil Jacobson, founder of research and consulting firm Network Conceptions LLC, on Tuesday. But he added SBC’s strife is related to internal problems, not unfair regulatory policies. Local phone competitors and the Baby Bells […]

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