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How to Choose and Maximize Your VoIP Manufacturer Relationships

Not all VoIP equipment manufacturers are created equal. Some manufacturers partner with their channel partners, while others compete with them. Some have migration paths, while others require a forklift upgrade. Most offer channel partners a variety of sales and marketing programs, but many have hidden costs. Is the manufacturer stable, i.e., will it be here tomorrow? […]

Judges Reaffirm States Rights for Wireless Truth-in-Billing

A federal appeals court has reaffirmed legal support for states rights to require or prohibit the use of line items on wireless bills. The so-called truth in billing matter directly affects providers, including MVNOs and cellular carriers. Judges for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in late July sided with organizations including NARUC (the National […]

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High Tech in the Wild West Just as fire season was about to hit in Arizona, the Forest Service called on Qwest Communications International Inc. to help it better manage communications during emergencies. The work took place on horseback in the Coconino National Forest, home to such landmarks as Flagstaffs San Francisco Peaks and Sedonas […]

Judges Reaffirm States Rights for Wireless Truth-in-Billing

FEATURE Posted: 09/2006 Judges Reaffirm States Rights for Wireless Truth-in-Billing By Kelly M. Teal A federal appeals court has reaffirmed legal support for states rights to require or prohibit the use of line items on wireless bills. The so-called truth in billing matter directly affects providers, including MVNOs and cellular carriers. Judges for the 11th […]

Telecom Links

Trade Associations Analyst/Consulting Firms Federal Regulatory Agencies State Regulatory Agencies Trade Associations Association for Local Telecommunications Services www.alts.org California Association of Competitive Telecommunications Companies (CALTEL) www.caltel.org Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association www.wow-com.com COMPTEL www.comptel.org DSL Center www.dslcenter.com  (This site has info on DSL and ISPs.) Also includes link to www.dsl-service-providers.net to search for ISPs that […]

Qwest Expands Wholesale Agent Program to National Scope

Qwest Communications International Inc. recently announced it is expanding its wholesale agent program, allowing Qwest-certified wholesale agents to sell its portfolio of services throughout the United States and internationally. Previously, agents were limited to specific products and services in 36 U.S. states and internationally. By expanding the program, wholesale agents now can sell Qwest solutions […]

Top 10 Reasons to Come to D.C. in August

Top 10 Reasons to Come to D.C. in August   With apologies to David Letterman, here are the Top 10 reasons to attend The Fall 2006 Channel Partners Conference & Expo Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C. Aug. 23-25  10. Tick off a few more spaces on Travel Bingo. The show hotel is a quick cab ride […]

Judges Reaffirm States Rights for Wireless Truth-in-Billing

A federal appeals court has reaffirmed legal support for states rights to require or prohibit the use of line items on wireless bills. The so-called truth in billing matter directly affects providers including MVNOs and cellular carriers. Judges for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in late July sided with organizations including the National Association […]

Clock Ticks on Telecom Reform

MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER Congress set out to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the likelihood that a new law will emerge this Congressional session is in doubt. Efforts at reform have been spearheaded on both the House and Senate, with the House first to pass a bill the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) […]

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No Dummies Here ATIs Stephen P. Olejniczak If you need a refresher course on the changing telecom industry, check out the recently published Telecom for Dummies. The book explains everything from the intricacies of VoIP to the finer points of being a RespOrg. Author Stephen P. Olejniczak is director of operations for carrier ATI. I […]

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