TalkSwitch to Hold Gala for Partners

TalkSwitch, a company specializing in the design and manufacture of innovative telephone systems for small and multilocation businesses, Wednesday unveiled details of its first gala partner forum to be held from Oct. 20-22 in Ottawa, Ontario. The event, to be held annually each October, honors the companys top reseller partners and is part of the […]

Court Turns Down COMPTELs Request to Intervene in RBOC Mergers

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on Wednesday granted COMPTEL friend of the court status after the competitive carrier association made its case for an independent inquiry into whether the public interest is being served by the elimination of long-distance operators AT&T Corp. and MCI Inc. (see story). The hearing lasted nearly two hours, a […]

Sources: McDowell Nomination Stalled

Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported today that Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has placed a hold on Robert M. McDowells nomination as the FCCs fifth commissioner. Stuart Chapman, a spokesman for Rockefeller, would neither confirm nor deny those reports. He did say, however, that Rockefeller who worked on parts of the 1996 Telecom Act and who […]

BlackBerry Shutdown Decision Put on Hold

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer said he will rule later as to whether BlackBerry mobile e-mail service should be shut down in the United States, after a much-anticipated hearing this morning. Spencer chastised both sides for failing to settle their dispute in the patent-infringement case. NTP Inc. claims BlackBerry creator Research In Motion Ltd. […]

IPCC to Hold Meeting Tuesday

The International Packet Communications Consortium (Booth 219) Tuesday at the show will hold its Service Provider Interconnectivity Working Group Meeting. The event is expected to be held in the Chicago Room, but is subject to change, according to IPCC. The meeting is open to all attendees between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., but for IPCC […]

CompTel To Hold Board Elections

CompTel will elect a new board of directors at its annual membership meeting this afternoon. In addition to the nominations sent to the association by the September deadline, additional names will be accepted from the floor. Members today will elect 27 directors: nine from the large member category (annual revenue above $300 million); nine from […]

CompTIA Forms Advisory Council for Resellers

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has formed a new advisory council to help IT resellers evolve into technology solution providers, and will hold its first meeting next week. CompTIA formed the group in response to the recent shift in the channel from working as a traditional agent or reseller to becoming an all-around provider […]

USTA Unveils New Trade Show for 2006

The United States Telecom Association unveiled plans for a new trade show to be held in spring 2006 that USTA President and CEO Walter B. McCormick says will replace SUPERCOMM as the premier industry event. Called, TelecomNEXT, the new trade show is set for March 19-25, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. The new […]

MCI to Hold Talks with Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc.s pleas for MCI to seriously consider its revised $8 billion takeover bid have apparently fallen on receptive ears. MCI Inc. said today it will talk with Qwest about the latest proposal, and that Verizon Communications Inc. the company first in line for the acquisition has given MCI a two-week window in […]

Vero Systems to Hold Users Group Meeting

Vero Systems Inc. (Booth 200), a sponsor of the CompTel/ASCENT Convention & Expo, is holding its annual Vero Systems Acuite Users Group and Conference on Thursday at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Among the topics tentatively scheduled for the invitation-only meeting is a discussion of the Acuite product roadmap and how the new features will […]


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