Qwest, AT&T Land More Deregulation

The FCC this week quietly granted two Bell forbearance petitions, one of which almost landed automatic approval under the “deemed granted” clause. The decisions appear mundane, yet the precedents on which they’re built and that they set could serve more blows to the competitive community. First, on April 21, Qwest Communications International Inc. secured relief […]

INDATEL: One Group 23 States

The Independent Alliances Telecom Group (INDATELgroup, Booth 616), a trade association of carriers, has grown its membership to include nearly half of the United States. New Yorks Independent Optical Network (ION) and Indianas Fiber Network (IFN) are the latest to join. All 23 statewide networks are owned by the independent telephone companies in their respective […]

Telecom Associations Coalition to Lobby for Rural Consumers

As Congress prepares to address telecom reform for the second time in 10 years, four associations have formed the Coalition to Keep America Connected. The Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance, National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies and the Western Telecommunications Alliance held a press conference today announcing […]

Raising Rural Routes

Posted: 10/2003 Raising Rural Routes Independent Telco Alliances Band Together to Market Carrier Services By Khali Henderson Independent telcos and cooperatives serving rural America have long banded together in alliances essentially converging their networks on a statewide basis. This summer, 17 such alliances (see list) have joined forces as an alliance of alliances called the […]

Wholesale Channel

Posted: 1/2002 Wholesale Channel Are Utilicoms Pulling the Plug? Energy Company Broadband Spinoffs Revisit Wholesale Strategies By Josh Long Touch America, the telecommunications subsidiary of Montana Power, has its work cut out in 2002. As of November, The Montana Power Company was working to raise $40 million, after violating credit covenants while it awaited approval […]

Wholesale Channel – Montana Power Decides Future Lies in Telecom

Posted: 06/2001 Wholesale Channel Montana Power Decides Future Lies in Telecom By Bruce Christian As utility companies look to the future and see potential in adding bandwidth to their natural gas, oil, coal and electricity, the Montana Power Company ( has decided its future lies strictly in telecommunications.The company announced in late February that it […]

Business News – Touch America Bids for Qwest’s Long Distance

Posted: 05/2000 Touch America Bids for Qwest’s Long Distance By Stacy Lane Linkmeyer Touch America (, the telecommunications subsidiary of The Montana Power Co., will pay nearly $200 million for Qwest Communications International Inc.’s ( long distance services and related business covering a 14-state area.Qwest must divest of the services to meet FCC ( criteria […]

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