Going the Distance

Strong winds and slightly chilly temperatures did not detract from a morning of sunshine and golf for the teams competing in Sunday’s CompTel/ASCENT Alliance tournament at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullterton, Calif., which was designed by Cal Olson and PGA legend Payne Stewart. It caters to all levels of play and features winding […]

Hall of Fame Awards, Dinner Honor Outstanding Leaders

Last nights Champions of Competition Hall of Fame awards reception and dinner drew invitation-only attendees, as it has since the annual program began four years ago. This years honorees are George Vinall, executive vice president of business development for Talk America and FCC Commissioner Kevin J. Martin. The CompTel/ASCENT Alliance recognizes individuals who have demonstrated […]

ROUND TABLE: on How Government Should Aid Telecom’s Economic Recovery?

Posted: 11/2002 Round Table……on How Government Should Aid Telecom’s Economic Recovery? "Government can contribute to market stability and certainty by establishing a regulatory framework that allows businesses to compete fairly. As such, the government is obliged to provide ‘rules of the road’ for industry that enhance market certainty." –Kevin J. Martin, Commissioner, FCC "No one […]

News Briefs: SBC, Williams Communications Wrangle Over Master Agreement

Posted: 10/2002 News Briefs SBC, Williams Communications Wrangle Over Master Agreement — Josh Long AS IT WAS ON PACE to emerge from bankruptcy, Williams Communications Inc. found its largest customer, SBC Communications Inc., was seeking the legal authority to terminate or alter a Master Alliance Agreement. The modification or dissolution of the agreement would give […]

AFN Quiet, But Not Dead

AFN Communications Inc., a utility-backed regional wholesale carrier, has been very quiet ever since its former chief executive left the company last year for another job. But AFN ( is not dead. In fact, the Tulsa, Okla.-based company recently inked interconnection agreements with three carriers to extend its 8,000-route-mile network at a nominal cost through […]

Feature: Gordon Martin

Posted: 03/2002 INTERVIEW Gordon Martin On Blocking & Tackling at Qwest By Khali Henderson Gordon Martin Last fall, Gordon Martin left his post as the first CEO of the utility-network wholesaler AFN Communications Inc. ( to become executive vice president of global wholesale markets for Qwest Communications International Inc. ( His new position is a […]

Wholesale: Super-regional Wholesaler Empowers Underserved

Posted: 12/2000 Super-regional Wholesaler Empowers Underserved By Khali Henderson Super-regional carrier America’s Fiber Network LLC (AFN, has sprung fully formed from the heads of its parents with 7,000 route miles of network serving the eastern and central United States. Unlike the armored Greek goddess Athena, who suffered a similar birth, AFN did not emerge […]

Wholesale: Williams Network Realigns Leadership

Posted: 11/2000 Williams Network Realigns Leadership By Khali Henderson Williams Communications ( and was followed by many Williams’ employees who also left to join the Tulsa-based startup. Among those were Bunker Sessions, vice president of technology; Gary Watson, vice president of service delivery and assurance; David Cordeiro, vice president of planning and business development for […]

Telephone Number Administrator Changes Name toNeuStar

Posted: 02/2000 Telephone Number Administrator Changes Name to NeuStar The administrator of the North American Numbering Plan (NANPA) and Local Number Portability (LNPA) for the telecommunications industry now is known as New Star Inc. This follows the FCC’s ( approved transfer of Lockheed Martin Co.’s ( Communication Industry Services (CIS) division to NeuStar Inc. As […]

Wilkens Wins TRA-PHONE+ TelecommunicationsCompetition Award

Posted: 12/1999 Wilkens Wins TRA-PHONE+ Telecommunications Competition Award Wholesale Pioneer Fitting Recipient of First Honor By Ken Branson Roy A. Wilkens Roy A. Wilkens, who turned a collection of gas pipeline rights of way into the fourth largest fiber optic telecommunications network in the United States, has been named the first recipient of the Telecommunications […]

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