Iowa

New Coalition Calls Fights Call-Blocking, Sprint Launches Own Offensive

In what is becoming a he said/she said issue, a group of more than 12 rural LECs and conferencing providers have banded together to form the Coalition for Carrier Neutrality, focused on AT&T Inc. and others allegedly blocking their users calls into free conference calling services. Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel Corp. this week sued a number […]

Citizens Mutual Deploys CopperCom CSX Softswitch

CopperCom announced at the TelecomNEXT show in Las Vegas that Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative, an IOC servicing subscribers throughout Davis County, Iowa, has replaced its legacy switch with a next-generation CopperCom Converged Switching eXchange (CSX) softswitch. This deployment of the CopperCom CSX marks the IOC’s move to next-gen telecommunications technologies, such as VoIP, and ensures […]

IOCs Choose Tekelec to Deploy SIP Services

Seven independent operating companies (IOCs) in Iowa have selected an integrated solution for next-generation services that combines Tekelecs 7000 Class 5 Packet Switch and the 6000 VoIP Application Server. The contracts are worth several million dollars, Tekelec said. The IOCs plan to replace legacy switches with the Tekelec platforms, and deliver advanced SIP-based services and […]

TMONE Takes over Former MCI Call Center

Direct marketing firm TMONE, which serves providers, has taken over the 27,000-square-foot Iowa City, Iowa, call center formerly used by MCI Inc. The company said it is working to sign new VoIP subscribers and will hire close to 1,000 employees, including students attending the University of Iowa, to make telemarketing calls, send direct mail and […]

Qwest Brings Wireless Service to Iowa Towns

Qwest Communications International Inc. this week expanded availability of its nationwide wireless service to residential and small-business customers in Keokuk and Mason City, Iowa. Qwest resells wireless services from Sprint Corp. The fourth-largest phone company starts its nationwide calling plans at $39.99.

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