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Vonage Legal Woes Continue, Stock Nosedives to All-Time Low

Vonage Holdings Corp. stock on Wednesday took a nearly 48 percent dive bottoming out at 94 cents per share and surpassing the previous all-time low of $1.20 after it got hit, twice, with more bad legal news. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court reaffirmed an earlier order that bars Vonage from using VoIP-PSTN connection and […]

Summer of the Small Business

Samsung dealer Scott Lange helps small business users like Mike Rowley. Photos by Bering Photography Mike Rowley is the treasurer for Rowleys Tires & Automotive Services Inc., in Bay City, Mich. He is the third generation of Rowleys in the business, which was started by his grandfather in 1921. Like many people in family-owned businesses, […]

Jumping Into the Low End

I am not sure if its coincidental, but two technology companies Cisco and Digium, which are at opposite ends of the size and philosophy spectrum are rethinking their go-to-market strategies addressing the low-end business market. Both companies have come up with appliances that will make it easier for small businesses to adopt their technology and […]

Congress Proposes to Repeal 3 Percent Excise Tax

A group of House representatives is calling for the end of a telephony excise tax that mostly affects low-income, elderly and rural citizens. Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Gary Miller, R-Calif., introduced the Telephone Excise Repeal Act of 2007 on Wednesday. Telecom companies and associations support the proposal. Congress […]

FCC Rejects Fones4All Petition

Advocates of the competitive telecom industry are decrying the FCCs denial of Fones4Alls year-old petition for relief from rules stemming from the Triennial Review and Remand Order (TRRO). Late last week, the FCC turned down the CLECs request that it be able to more easily access incumbents network elements, so it could provide subsidized basic […]

PacketFront Helps Mexican Provider Serve Low-Income Users

Mexican service provider Internet por Fibra S.A. de C.V. (Interfibra) has tapped PacketFront to supply an automated broadband solution for use in several low-income housing projects. The value of the deal, which includes PacketFronts BECS, a control and provisioning system, and Access Switching Routers (ASRs), was not disclosed. In partnership with local property developers, Interfibra […]

CoastCom Lets CustomersSet Their Fiber Free

A leading manufacturer of voice and data communications equipment for public and private networks, CoastCom (Booth 1521) has expanded its product line to include the GigaEdge 8200 next-generation CWDM reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) and GigaEdge 2330 mini multiservice provisioning platform (MSPP). The GigaEdge 8200 is a service network solution, a multiprotocol system for integrated […]

Talkfree Aims Service at Third World

Venturing into low-bit-rate VoIP for developing countries, Talkfree Telecom Inc. has announced a wholesale service aimed at third-world markets where access to the Internet is largely over dial-up phone lines with bit rates below 64kbps. Talkfree is assembling resellers in developing territories and already has signed agreements in Cambodia, Vietnam, Egypt and Haiti. Competitors that […]

FCC Says AT&T Avoids Millions of Dollars in Payments

In a case involving prepaid calling cards, federal regulators on Wednesday said AT&T Corp. unlawfully avoided paying millions of dollars in connection fees and universal service contributions that subsidize telecommunications services across the country. FCC Chairman Michael Powell said the $160 million AT&T avoided in universal service contributions on enhanced prepaid calling cards since 1999 […]

Vapps Makes Conferencing Available to North American Partners

Vapps LLC (Booth 625), a supplier of VoIP-enabled audio conferencing bridges, announces its conference calling service, which is being used to power one of the first conferencing services in China and in the Ukraine, also is available to agents and resellers in North America. The Vapps conferencing solution takes advantage of the lower costs of […]

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