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FCC Opens Unused-Spectrum Proceeding, M2Z Appeals Dismissal

The FCC officially has started a proceeding to determine how it should use the empty 2155 to 2175MHz spectrum band. Several companies had been pressing the FCC to let them lease the spectrum for various purposes. Most notably, M2Z Networks Inc. wanted to build a free, family-friendly wireless broadband Internet network. However, the FCC late […]

Forbearance Frenzy

Forbearance Frenzy When the FCC early last year relieved Verizon Communications Inc. of broadband services regulations, the agency essentially invited a crush of me too forbearance petitions from the LECs. Many of those pleas come up for a vote or time extension this summer. The additional three months is more than likely to be imposed.

RBOC Embarks on Qwest for New CEO

Folks used to say that the RBOCs moved in lockstep. So its interesting that just two months after Ed Whitacre announced his retirement, Qwest Communications International Inc.s Chairman and CEO Dick Notebaert has done the same. Dick Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO, announced his retirement on June 11. The head of Qwest, a long-time fixture […]

Enforceability of Telecom Contract’s Automatic Renewal Questioned

By Kathleen Brown, Executive Director, TelecomAssociation TelecomAssociation received an inquiry this week from an agent member trying to win a $1,000-per-month business customer from a competing local service provider. The agent’s prospective business customer signed a one-year agreement 27 months ago. The customer was getting ready to switch to the agent’s recommended new provider until […]

Can Partners Benefit From Managed Mobility Services?

FOR MONTHS NOW, THERES BEEN lots of talk about managed mobility services. Service providers are investing time and dollars trying to figure out how to help business customers manage a growing number of mobile devices and tap into a new, potentially large source of revenue. So, as a channel partner, the big question to ask […]

AT&T Makes More Concessions in Bid to Close BellSouth Merger

AT&T Inc. late Thursday made additional concessions in its bid to acquire BellSouth Corp.; critics have complained that the Bell companys Oct. 13 compromises did not go far enough. AT&T filed a letter with the FCC on Dec. 28, stating it was trying to break the impasse created by the two Democratic FCC commissioners who […]

Qwest Adds In-Region Services to Wholesale Agent Program

Six months after the official launch of its wholesale agent program, Qwest Communications International Inc. is adding its in-region services to the available portfolio. Derek Koecher, Qwest Wholesales director of sales operations and business development, said the program intentionally was launched in 36 out-of-region states and internationally in an effort to grow business in those […]

Qwest Debuts Partner Program Modifications

Qwest Communications International Inc. (Booths 711-713) announced a new Wholesale Agent Program promotion and a reduced monthly commitment for membership in the Qwest Business Partner Program (QBPP). For a limited time, wholesale agents can receive double and triple commissions for voice services. To qualify, agents only need to meet new incremental voice revenue commitments of […]

Power of Suggestion

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WIRELESS services: retail, Web and operator come to mind. It doesnt seem like systems integrators and VARs would play a role in how businesses buy wireless, but thats not really true. According to business decision makers, channel partners do play a role, an important one, in wireless decision making. It seems […]

Executives Roundtable Shares Stories on Companies’ Extreme Makeovers

It may sound like a cable TV show, but Monday’s “Extreme Makeover” session showed COMPTEL PLUS attendees that competitors are nimble and can evolve their business models in the face of technological and regulatory changes. Joseph Sandri Jr., senior vice president, First Avenue Networks; Bill LaPerch, president and CEO, AboveNet; Bill Capraro, CEO, CIMCO Communications […]

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