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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 […]

Platinum Equity Wins Trinsic Auction

Platinum Equity LLC, an investor that buys ailing companies and then runs them, has purchased bankrupt Trinsic Inc. for $25.5 million. Platinum bought Trinsic in late March after two auctions typically, there is only one. However, the first time, Trinsic tried to sell to multilevel phone marketer American Communications Network Inc. (ACN), even though Platinum […]

End of an Era?

In the saga of the post-UNE-P world, Trinsic Inc. has entered a new chapter 11, that is. After years of customer losses, overspending and botched service offerings, the former Z-Tel Technologies Inc., the one-time star of competitive telecom, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Executives touted plans to emerge from bankruptcy with absolved balance sheets and […]

FCC Changes Conditions of AT&T-BellSouth Merger, Issues Order

The FCC has revised the special access conditions it imposed on its approval of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger last year. On Monday, the agency released the order finalizing the $84 billion deal. Commissioners had voted for the AT&T-BellSouth combination on Dec. 29 after much back and forth over competition protections. The order included a […]

Skype Gets Into Financial Transactions

Skype is moving into the transactions space, the companys CEO and founder Niklas Zennstrom announced Tuesday at VON. The company, which has more than 171 million users, now offers a variety of services and features including the ability for users to send money to each other, an online marketplace and a local business listing search […]

TelePacific Signs Wholesale Contracts With AT&T

TelePacific Communications has signed long-term wholesale contracts with the AT&T Inc. local telephone companies and AT&Ts long-distance affiliate that will help TelePacific expand its operations within California and Nevada. The five-year contracts are worth $180 million, and AT&T will provide TelePacific with wholesale long-distance voice services and special access services for DS1 and DS3 transport. […]

General Session Offers Whole Truth About VoIP

Todays general session, The Whole Truth About VoIP, will provide Channel Partners Conference & Expo attendees with a soup-to-nuts education on VoIP. Stephen Olejniczak, director of operations at ATI, will begin his presentation by talking about the evolution of VoIP legitimacy and how the technology began as a hobbyist tool to become integral in long-distance […]

AccessLine Offers U.S. Entities Local U.K. Numbers

AccessLine Communications (Booths 529-531) announced that its SmartVoice hosted VoIP service now offers U.S.-based businesses the ability to use local phone numbers from Great Britain. This capability enables any U.S.-based organization conducting business in the United Kingdom to develop a virtual presence by offering callers a local phone number. At the same time, they can […]

Velocity Debuts Agent Channel, 2007 Promotion

Velocity (Booth 504), local and long-distance voice provider, announced the introduction of its agent channel program nationwide. Chip Werner, Velocitys sales director, new business development, said the program offers the strongest, most reliable Tier 1 network in the world; dedicated customer support; and a state-of-the-art online order/commission/billing system. Werner added that Velocitys market-leading cost structure […]

AireSpring Expands National Local Footprint With 29 Markets

Keynote co-sponsor AireSpring Inc. (Booths 116-118) announced the expansion of its national local footprint with the addition of 29 markets, bringing the total coverage to 125. The expansion is the result of the resellers new wholesale agreements with CLECs One Communications Inc. and McLeodUSA Inc. The McLeodUSA and One Communications facilities will add second- and […]

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