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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 […]

Out of the Loop

Out of the Loop The Bells are on course to do away with more copper loops than ever, an apparent rush to beat the clock in case the FCC institutes a stringent review process.

Beyond Geeks: How Digium Plans to Grow Asterisk*

Beyond Geeks: How Digium Plans to Grow Asterisk* If you think Asterisk is for geeks, you have another think coming. So, say executives at Digium Inc. The open-source IP PBX software company is retooling its offer to cross the chasm from early adopters to mainstream small and midsize business users.

Hosted PBX: Not Just for Carriers

Hosted PBX: Not Just for Carriers We all understand that the IP PBX is the current generation of voice communications systems, and that it enables convergence of voice and data over a single network. As a service platform, hosted IP PBX is implemented in a service providers data center, but unlike its predecessor, Centrex service, […]

CRM II: This Time It’s Personal

CRM II: THIS TIME ITS PERSONAL In a world where converging services and networks threaten to overwhelm the OSS systems and the marketing engines of resellers everywhere, one technology has been there to quash the enemies of customer satisfaction …

PHONE+ Advertorials

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Midterm Elections Could Change Regulatory Landscape

Washington is a tense place to be right now, said one panelist during COMPTEL’s legislative update session on Monday. With the midterm elections just a few weeks away, everyone in telecom is on tenterhooks, waiting to see who will lead House and Senate committees that guide communications law. If the Democrats win in November, the […]

Excise Tax on Communications Ends

Service providers no longer are paying the 3 percent federal excise tax on longdistance, wireless, VoIP, prepaid and other communications traffic. The collection end date was Aug. 1, but some carriers, including Verizon Communications Inc., stopped earlier. The U.S. Treasury Department in May 2006 said it would concede the legal fight over the federal excise […]

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