Verizon Copper Thieves Strike, But Get Busted

Copper theft has been a major problem for telcos over the past few years as the price of precious metals has risen dramatically. Many carriers have started to offer hefty rewards for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Nortel Equipment Thief Gets Prison Time

Struggling Nortel Networks is getting some justice. In what’s been a tough year for the Canadian communications giant, a man has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing almost $300,000 in telephone and computer equipment from a Nortel office near Boston. 34-year-old Rimba B. Handojo must pay back $288,000 in restitution and cough […]

PNG Expands Market for Local, Long-Distance Bundles

For the second time in as many weeks, PowerNet Global Communications has launched local and long-distance service bundles to residential customers, this time in Massachusetts and North Carolina. The companys agents and affinity partners market its services. The Massachusetts basic packages start at $25.33 for unlimited local calls and 30 minutes of monthly domestic long-distance. […]

Ignoring Anti-Spam Laws Is Risky Business

Signed into law by President Bush in December 2003, the CAN-SPAM Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003) recently has been invoked in several federal and state actions brought against businesses employing commercial e-mail advertising. As these cases illustrate, the CAN-SPAM Act carries potentially serious pitfalls for businesses - including telecommunications […]

Heavy-Handed or Hollow?

Posted: 5/2003 Heavy-Handed or Hollow? Regulator Says Enforcement a Priority; Competitors Cry Foul By Josh Long Last year the FCC fined SBC Communications Inc. $6 million for violating a condition of its merger with Ameritech, the largest forfeiture in the history of the agency. The federal regulator says that fine is symbolic of its no-nonsense […]

Not Necessarily News

Posted: 04/2001 Not Necessarily News Overheard … … at CompTel’s 20th Anniversary Convention in Orlando … "If you compare what is happening today [because of the Telecom Act of 1996] with what happened with the long distance market … at the end of the day, competition will take hold. You can’t stop the operation of […]

Regulatory News – Competitors Gain Ground Against Verizon in Massachusetts

Posted: 02/2001 Competitors Gain Ground Against Verizon in Massachusetts By Kim Sunderland Verizon Communication’s ( application to provide InterLATA services in Massachusetts "came close" to meeting the FCC’s approval standard, but not close enough after concerns emerged regarding its high-speed Internet service. Because Verizon withdrew its bid at the 11th hour–in mid-December–it now won’t gain a […]

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