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Forbearance Frenzy

Forbearance Frenzy When the FCC early last year relieved Verizon Communications Inc. of broadband services regulations, the agency essentially invited a crush of me too forbearance petitions from the LECs. Many of those pleas come up for a vote or time extension this summer. The additional three months is more than likely to be imposed.

Avaya…. And the PBX Industry

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Why go private? The costs to be public are transparency, shareholders and regulatory. Between SOX and GBL and all the other rules, it is an expensive venture to go public. The options mess and executive compensation only add to the headache. Yet public means access to monies (ask TowerStream who went […]

Democratic Control Promising for Telecom Issues

WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN POWER, telecom insiders predict privacy, net neutrality and FCC proceedings will get more scrutiny from legislators than they did in 2006. Of course, thats if the 110th Congress is even able to address communications matters. The Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington, D.C., says Republicans have left incoming […]

EDITOR’S LETTER

IF YOU ARE LIKE ME AND youve been in the telecom industry a long time, you might remember NextWave Telecom, one of the winners of the C-Block PCS auctions back in 1997. I followed them pretty closely for a number of years because they had a very interesting model they wanted to be a wireless […]

AT&T-BellSouth Merger Hits Hurdles

WITH THE FCCS APPROVAL of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger in mid-October fraught by last-minute deal-brokering and controversy, agency Chairman Kevin J. Martin canceled consideration of the transaction altogether until November. He said he was responding to concerns voiced by Democratic Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein, although other factors likely came into […]

Martin Likely to Head FCC Another 5 Years

The Senate Commerce Committee today unanimously approved another five-year term for FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin. President Bush earlier this year called for Martins term to be extended and the Commerce Committee on Tuesday agreed with that move. The 39-year-old Martin has overseen the FCC since March 2005, when he succeeded Michael Powell. Some of […]

Covad Joins Level 3 Premier Master Reseller Program

Level 3 Communications Inc. recently announced it has added Covad Communications to its premier master reseller program, which provides sales and marketing support to select service provider business partners. Under the terms of the agreement, Level 3 will be a key provider of underlying VoIP services to enable Covads nationwide VoIP service. In addition, Level […]

Is Bigger Better?

Theres a scene in the animated movie Iron Giant where the 50-foot-tall, metal-eating extraterrestrial robot is blown apart. Each arm, leg, nut and bolt has a homing beacon that recalls them back to the machines head and body, allowing it to rebuild anew. This same thing seems to be happening in the telecom industry with […]

WorldGate Introduces Ojo Shadow

WorldGate Communications Inc. at VON today introduced Ojo Shadow, a lower-cost version of its personal broadband video phone that likely will sell for around $249. The company also said it is reducing the MSRP of its original Ojo Personal Video Phone, changing the pricing to $499 for the original Ojo and $399 for the Ojo […]

AT&T: Buying BellSouth Logical Next Step

Calling the acquisition of BellSouth Corp. a logical next step, AT&T Inc. executives in a conference call today outlined the deals synergies, saying it means better wireless expansion and service to businesses. The $67.1 billion purchase of BellSouth means the former SBC Communications Inc. will have gobbled up rivals AT&T Corp. and BellSouth Corp. and […]

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