Calling the Free Way

Posted: 09/1998 Advertising the FreeWay Will sponsored communications succeed in the telecom industry? By Jennifer Knapp As the telecom industry scratches its head in wonder, the creators of FreeWay, the service that offers free long distance minutes to consumers for listening to commercials on the line, continue to sign new advertisers, including marquee names such […]

ACTA-ing Out

Posted: 08/1998 ACTA-ing Out By Carol L. Bowers Formed in 1985 by 15 small long distance carriers, America’s Carriers Telecommunications Association (ACTA) has grown to represent some 250 members that represent a blend of small interexchange carriers (IXCs), switchless resellers, wholesale providers and even local exchange carriers (LECs). Recently, Jennifer Durst-Jarrell, ACTA’s executive director, talked […]

Going Global?

Posted: 07/1998 Going Global? European Alliance Can Help Make the Introductions By Charlene O’Hanlon Everyone’s heard the expression, "It’s not what you know, it’s who you know." Nowhere is that more true than in international telecom. But long distance companies looking to break into the European market now have an ally to help them get […]

TMC Enjoys a "Rebirth"

Posted: 05/1998 TMC Enjoys a "Rebirth" Marsch Looks to Innovative Agent Program to Rekindle Success By Peter Meade When John Marsch decided to return to the telecommunications business, he started by surrounding himself with a core group of familiar faces. Indeed, if love is better the second time around, as the song goes, Marsch says […]

The Payphone Industry and the Internet

Posted: 04/1998 By Bob Lane The independent payphone industry and the Internet came into being about the same time. In the early years the Internet was not considered a tool of commerce, especially by most independent payphone providers (IPPs). Today, however, the Internet slowly but surely is exerting its forces on the payphone industry. And […]

The Big Thaw

Posted: 03/1998 By Charlene O’Hanlon Payphone users in the Great White North soon may have the same satisfaction–and headaches–of their American counterparts. That’s because the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is looking into deregulating the pay telephone market–the last bastion of regulated telecommunications services north of the border. The CRTC–the Canadian version of the […]

Disconnected? As Florida Gets Tough on Payphone Quality, Owners Wonder Why

Posted: 02/1998 By Charlene O’Hanlon The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has announced it is stepping up inspections and quality assurance within the state’s payphone industry, following a failed spot inspection of about 200 Miami-area payphones. Payphone owners, however, are confused and angered by the PSC’s announcement, citing low consumer complaint rates. The Florida PSC […]

Make Room, IPPs

Posted: 01/1998 By Charlene O’Hanlon Next time you use a payphone at an airport, hotel, shopping mall, or other high-traffic area, take a look at who’s providing the phone. There’s a chance it’s not the old standby regional Bell operating company (RBOC) or independent payphone provider (IPP). Instead, it may be your friendly neighborhood competitive […]

ATIS Discusses 500/900 Number Portability

Posted: 12/1997 ATIS Discusses 500/900 Number Portability WASHINGTON–The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) recently told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requiring portability of 500 and 900 number services only for services provided by local exchange carriers (LECs) is not practical. Last year the FCC asked ATIS’ Industry Numbering Committee (INC) to study the […]

Former AT&T Vice President Virginia DwyerPasses Away

Posted: 11/1997 Former AT&T Vice President Virginia Dwyer Passes Away NEW YORK–Virginia A. Dwyer, former AT&T senior vice president of finance, passed away Sept. 29 at the age of 76. During her 43-year career with AT&T, Dwyer played a major role in many of AT&T’s financial activities. Before the breakup of the Bell System, Dwyer […]

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