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AT&T-BellSouth Merger Hits Hurdles

WITH THE FCCS APPROVAL of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger in mid-October fraught by last-minute deal-brokering and controversy, agency Chairman Kevin J. Martin canceled consideration of the transaction altogether until November. He said he was responding to concerns voiced by Democratic Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein, although other factors likely came into […]

Grab a ‘Taste of D.C.’

The fall events host venue, The Omni Shoreham Hotel, is at the heart of the famous Adams Morgan section of Washington D.C. A trip to this area wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the incredible international food the area has to offer. If you’re looking for something quick, I recommend Julia’s Empanadas. One of […]

Phone Companies Accused of Letting Government Spy on Consumers

The Beltway was abuzz Thursday with fallout from a USA Today report that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting phone data on millions of Americans since Sept. 11, 2001. Citing anonymous sources, USA Today wrote that AT&T Inc., BellSouth Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. all turned over their customers phone records to the NSA […]

People and Networks Make a Difference

They started in earnest on Sept. 1. The posts to the PHONE+ Web site, that is. The first went something like this: I am trying to get some information on family members in Ocean Springs, Miss. Their names are: John Gregory Matthews, his wife Shannon and 13-year-old daughter Olivia. Winston and Betty Jones, Mike and […]

People and Networks Make a Difference

They started in earnest on Sept. 1. The posts to the PHONE+ Web site, that is. The first went something like this: I am trying to get some information on family members in Ocean Springs, Miss. Their names are: John Gregory Matthews, his wife Shannon and 13-year-old daughter Olivia. Winston and Betty Jones, Mike and […]

Linking to the Law

The Federal Communications Commission recently released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Declaratory Ruling laying out the agency’s proposed approach to implementing a legal framework for the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), particularly as it applies to packet-mode technologies such as VoIP. The Aug. 9, 2004, proposal, if adopted, is expected to impact […]

What’s Left In NorVergence’s Wake?

Mike Pimentel, a family doctor based in Maryland, received a call this winter from a NorVergence representative. NorVergence pledged to consolidate his phone bills and provide a T1 line that would allow the physician to transmit copies of aviation medical exams at higher speeds than over his dialup Internet connection. It sounded like a good […]

Carrier Channel: AT&T Wholesale Turns Up the Heat

Posted: 9/2003 Competitors: AT&T Wholesale Turns Up the Heat By Josh Long AT&T Corp., with its consumer revenue shrinking year after year in the face of wireless substitution and competition from the Bell companies among other factors, is replacing sales lost from direct customers with the wholesale business of some of the very rivals assaulting […]

No UNE-P Draft Circulating at FCC, Says Source

There is no draft proposal “circulating” at the Federal Communications Commission that would phase out local telephone resale regulations governing the unbundled network element – platform (UNE-P) over two years, a source close to the matter said Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that an FCC draft proposes a two-year transition period before rivals […]

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