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Citynet to Reach 17 New Markets in 2007

Citynet Wholesale, a facilities-based broadband service provider for underserved Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, announced plans to make significant capital investments to expand its network in 2007. The planned network expansion will allow Citynet to provide service to 17 new markets across six additional LATAs by years end. Citynet will focus its expansion efforts […]

DCI Voice Solutions Strengthens Global Sales Team

DCI Voice Solutions announced the appointment of two new senior national business managers: Patrick Murphy and Robert Condito. Murphy and Condito, both former senior carrier account executives for XO Communications Inc., have joined DCI under the ranks of Vice President of Sales John Condenzio. After working with both talented individuals for years, I have the […]

Knology to Acquire PrairieWave

Knology Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire PrairieWave Communications, a voice, video and high-speed Internet broadband services provider in South Dakota, as well as portions of Minnesota and Iowa, for roughly $255 million. PrairieWave currently serves approximately 57,000 residential customers and 7,200 business customers in two primary market areas surrounding […]

Regulators Not Paying Attention

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO We see that the Pennsylvania courts rule that the merger of Verizon and MCI should not have been approved. Once again regulators have failed to protect the ratepayers. In the case of Verizon and Pennsylvania, Verizon is being sued by TeleTruth for collecting $2 billion of rate increases that were granted […]

FCC Grants Qwest Forbearance Petition

The FCC has agreed to ease regulations on Qwest Communications International Inc.s long-distance operations, a move the company said will help it improve service to subscribers. The FCC on Feb. 20 voted 4-0, concurring that Qwest no longer is the dominant carrier in its 14-state region and that it faces intense competition from VoIP, wireless […]

Has It Been That Long?

DOING ANYTHING WORTHWHILE FOR 20 years is remarkable, isnt it? This year, PHONE+ will mark two decades covering the communications industry. (Yes, its been that long.) This achievement is all the more noteworthy given the instability of the newly competitive market. I use the term newly on purpose since the past 20 years spans the […]

Thanks for the Memories

As with most things in life, this special anniversary issue was not created in a vacuum. So, it is with sincere gratitude that the editors of PHONE+ thank the executives, their assistants and their public relations staffs for their efforts in tracking down 20-year-old data, logos and photos, and, of course, accessing the old gray […]

Bernie Ebbers

THEN: Bernie Ebbers was CEO for Mississippi-based long-distance reseller Long Distance Discount Service (LDDS), which in 1995 became WorldCom Inc. The companys legendary buying spree — 65 transactions since the company was created in 1983 including the $40 billion merger with MCI in 1997. In 1997, PHONE+ named him the most influential person in the […]

Time Warner Telecom Starts Xspedius Channel Integration

Integration of Xspedius Communications LLCs channel partner program with that of Time Warner Telecoms is under way now that Time Warners acquisition of the CLEC is complete, although executives are not able to divulge many details. Through the end of the year, operations will remain business as usual, said Graham Taylor, senior vice president of […]

Qwest Boosts Internet Telephony Offerings for QBPP Members

Qwest Communications International Inc. on Wednesday announced that Qwest Business Partner Program members now can include Qwest OneFlex IP Long Distance and Qwest OneFlex IP toll-free products as part of their portfolios. The new products allow customers to receive toll-free calls and make domestic and international calls using their IP service. “IP telephony products provide […]

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