Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Prohibit Internet Taxation

Congress has introduced legislation affecting a federal excise tax on phone bills dating back to the Spanish- American War in 1898. One bill introduced by the Senate would prohibit the 3 percent tax on phone service from being extended to Internet access while a piece of legislation at the House of Representatives would repeal the […]

Mpower Unveils Managed Firewall/VPN

Mpower Communications Corp. (Booth 503) has added two new services to its integrated voice and data product portfolio for agents to sell. Through an agreement with CSCI, a provider of managed security services, Mpower is offering OfficeScreen managed firewall and VPN services to business customers. The company also plans to introduce its VoIP-hosted PBX offering […]

Globalcom Plans to Introduce VoIP Services in Chicago, Milwaukee

Globalcom Inc. (Booth 322) is planning to introduce hosted VoIP services this fall in Chicago and Milwaukee targeting businesses with five to 100 employees. Jeff Fink, senior vice president of sales, Globalcom, says the product line will be available to two classes of sales agents: traditional telecom agents and companies selling data hardware and services. […]

OnLetterhead Signs Spring Valley

OnLetterhead (Booth 617-619) has entered into a worldwide master distribution agreement with Spring Valley Marketing Group (SVMG), for SVMG to distribute OnLetterheads branded e-mail application. SVMG says it is looking for agents wanting to offer clients a unique, everyday e-mail communication product. OnLetterheads online distribution model provides branded customer service and distribution systems to support […]

OSC to Introduce International Directory Assistance

OSC (Booth 432), a Platinum Equity company, will launch its International Directory Assistance service March 1. International DA will provide OSC’s customers access to listings in most countries throughout the world, including China, France, Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom. OSC will incorporate the new service into its Directory Assistance suite of products, including […]

InfoHighway Reports Rise in Annual Sales

InfoHighway Communications Corp. last month said its annual sales grew more than 70 percent with nearly 50 percent growth in the fourth quarter over the previous period a year ago. As a privately held company, New York-based InfoHighway does not publicly release its financial statements. "In addition to significantly growing our sales channels, we finished […]

Congress Unlikely to Introduce Controversial Telecom Legislation, Say Experts

The Bush Administration and the Republican-controlled Congress will focus on key issues such as homeland security and the economy during the 108th Congress and are unlikely to push any controversial bills, including telecom legislation, experts said Wednesday during a press briefing hosted by the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel). It is hard to fathom Congress supporting […]

Internet Telephony – Venezuela May Promote Web Through Prepaid Internet

Posted: 06/2000 Venezuela May Promote Web Through Prepaid Internet Venezuela may introduce prepaid cards to allow Internet technology access for low-income families and to bring its population into the cyber age.According to the Defining Presence Marketing Group (, the typical Internet user has an average family income of $60,000. Out of 150 million Internet users, […]

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