Icahn Motorola Board Bid Fails

Carl Icahn and Motorola Inc. CEO Ed Zander wont be sharing the board room after all. Icahn has failed to win a seat on the board after a shareholder vote this week at the annual meeting in Chicago. Existing board members, however, were re-elected, perhaps an indicator that shareholders were willing to stick with Zanders […]

Sprint Nextel Signs Deals with Cablecos

Sprint Nextel Corp. today made good on the rumors that it would partner with several cable companies to sell bundled wireless services including pay TV competing against the nations largest local phone companies. The joint venture among Sprint, Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Communications is worth $200 million. Sprint will […]

SBC Reportedly to Use AT&T Name

Media reports yesterday said SBC Communications Inc. will use the AT&T Corp. name once the companies merger is completed. Howard Riess, a spokesman for SBC, said today the company has yet to make any announcements on its branding strategy. We value the AT&T brand as well as SBCs; we value the heritage and strength of […]

PPL Telcom Pulls out of BPL Market

Carriers carrier PPL Telcom is getting out of the broadband over power line (BPL) business, the company announced today. It is ending its market trial for residential customers in Pennsylvanias Lehigh Valley at the end of this month. “While our market trials indicate that BPL technology is promising, the combination of a competitive marketplace and […]

Round Table

Posted: 1/2004 … ON NOV. 24, THE DAY WIRELESS PROVIDERS WERE REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY, ALLOWING CUSTOMERS TO KEEP THEIR PHONE NUMBERS. Todays implementation of wireless local number portability is the advent of true intermodal competition. Kathleen Abernathy, Commissioner, FCC There have not been long lines in the stores, but there has been […]

Potential Bell Merger with a Big 3 IXC

Posted: 05/2002 Potential Bell Merger with a Big 3 IXC“Over the next few years we’ll see the merging of local and long-distance companies, but this time it won’t be so threatening to regulators, and they won’t be blocked. Over the next year or two, local and long-distance companies will start to offer the same kinds […]

Business News – Four Companies Pair Off in Wireless Ventures

Posted: 05/2000 Four Companies Pair Off in Wireless Ventures BY KEN BRANSON AND STACY LANE LINKMEYER Bell Atlantic Corp. (www.bell-atl.com) and Vodafone AirTouch plc (www.vodafone.com) launched a joint wireless and paging joint venture, Verizon Wireless on April 4.One day later, BellSouth Corp. (www.bellsouth.com) and SBC Communications Inc. (www.sbc.com), said they too would come together with […]

AOL, Time Warner Union To AffectTelecom, Cable Industries

Posted: 03/2000 AOL, Time Warner Union To Affect Telecom, Cable Industries BY LIZ MONTELBANO The proposed $190 billion merger of the No. 1 Internet company and the world’s largest multimedia conglomerate will change the way the Internet affects how telcos do business, and could spur competition in the cable industry, according to telecom experts. If […]

Ameritech To Terminate ITXC VoIP Calls

Posted: 12/1999 Ameritech To Terminate ITXC VoIP Calls By Liz Montalbano Princeton, N.J.-based ITXC Corp. is using Ameritech Corp.’s network to terminate Internet telephony calls carried over ITXC.net, ITXC’s global Internet telephony network. The Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC), which recently was acquired by SBC Communications Inc., San Antonio, will provide U.S. […]

Business News – Long Distance Price Reduction Signifies Industry Change, Not War

Posted: 10/1999 Long Distance Price Reduction Signifies Industry Change, Not War By Liz Montalbano When Sprint Corp. and then MCI WorldCom Inc. reduced their long distance pricing to 5 cents a minute in service plans contingent on certain calling hours, it was inevitable that AT&T Corp. would have to rise to the occasion. On Aug. […]

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