CTC, Choice One to Buy Conversent

Mirroring the overall industry penchant for consolidation, CTC Communications and Choice One Communications two CLECs that have yet to complete their own merger said today they will jointly acquire Conversent Communications Inc. The move creates an even stronger competitor to the incumbent local exchange carriers like Verizon and AT&T, explained Ray Allieri, president and CEO […]

Why Broadband Critical Mass Matters More Than Ever

By John Logan A recent study shows 43 percent of online households connect to the Internet via broadband. Good news? Not good enough, actually. It is not broadband critical mass. The statistic largely ignores the fact that millions of citizens in the United States have no Internet access at all. Hurricane Katrina reflects how lack […]

Conversent Communications, FiberNet Complete Merger

Conversent Communications and FiberNet have completed a merger that creates a telecommunications company operating in 11 states throughout the Northeast and Mid Atlantic. Conversent, of Marlboro, Mass., also said it has secured a $225 million debt facility from a group of investors led by Bank of America. The telco said it would use the money […]

Telecom Companies in New England to Merge

CTC Communications and Lightship Telecom, two telecommunications providers supporting businesses in New England, on Friday announced an agreement to merge under terms that were not disclosed. The merged company will combine Lightships skills in data networking and traditional phone service with CTCs experience building fiber-optic networks and implementing business-class IP phone services, the private companies […]

NEON Lights Route from New York to Washington D.C.

NEON Communications Inc. (Booth 115), a carrier’s carrier in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, has lit a new route from New York City to Washington, D.C. The Westborough, Mass., company says it has a physically diverse fiber-optic network complementing its existing network in the mid-Atlantic. In September, NEON acquired Columbia Transmission Communications Corp. The new route […]

CDG Releases Features For Billing System

Communications Data Group Inc. (CDG, Booth 833) has released two significant enhancements to Service Activation Manager (SAM), a telecom billing and provisioning system. The first, Mass Audit, enhances SAMs existing ability to compare device configurations with billing. The second feature, Test Drive, helps companies roll out services such as call waiting on a trial basis. […]

Trigger-Happy Approach to States Reviews Too Simplistic

Posted: 12/2003 Trigger-Happy Approach to States Reviews Too Simplistic By Thomas M. Koutsky State utility commissions are now dealing with the fallout from the FCCs Triennial Review Order as they embark upon the nine-month reviews of the unbundled availability of loops, transport and switching in their states. The Bell companies are trying to simplify this […]

Triggers Signal Stop to UNE-P Traffic

Posted: 10/2003 Triggers Signal Stop to UNE-P Traffic By Josh Long The FCC has listed two triggers that generally would require state regulators to eliminate a resale platform local phone companies predominantly use to serve homes and small businesses. In a nearly 600-page order released in August, the FCC said states must eliminate switching as […]

Business News – Coalition Formed to Promote Convergence

Posted: 08/2000 Coalition Formed to Promote Convergence More than a dozen telecommunications company have formed the National Convergence Alliance (, an organization whose mission is to define, promote and educate about convergence in the communications industry.“Industry leaders have been looking for a means of bringing together the elements of convergence clearly and understandably,” says Don […]

ATM Key to Bringing Intelligence to Edge

Posted: 08/1999 ATM Key to Bringing Intelligence to Edge By Peter Lambert and Paula Bernier Intelligent access now may be winning as the service provider networking buzzphrase of the 1990s, judging by the new products–and the emerging new classes of products–touted during the SUPERCOMM ’99 exhibition in Atlanta. The goal of the new gear: build […]

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