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CompTIA Commits to Convergence

Brian Wiser, the new chairman of CompTIA, says the global association for the IT industry, is making convergence issues a greater priority a transition that is dictated by the market. CompTIA is not longer a homogenous group of VARs. It hasnt been for some time, said Wiser, noting the Convergence Section is an important subgroup […]

Dick Jalkut

THEN: Dick Jalkut was the head of network for New England Telephone, which was a  $5 billion company based in Boston and with 20,000 employees. The big news in 1987 was the seven RBOCs trying to diversify their businesses, most of which failed, he says. Also wireless was just beginning to become user friendly but […]

Drew Walker

THEN : In 1987, Drew Walker was president and CEO of SouthernNet Inc., a facilities-based long-distance company based in the Southeast with more than 250 employees and more than $200 million in annual revenue. The company’s vision was to be the largest regional long-distance carrier in the Southeast, Walker recalls, noting multiple acquisitions, including TELMAN […]

Coastal Technologies Upgrades OSS Connect, Adds Order Flow

Coastal Technologies Group (Booth 1314) announced a major upgrade to its automated service order delivery tool, OSS Connect, as well as the addition and integration of Order Flow, a new business workflow tool. OSS Connect Version 3.1 is 90 percent different than previous versions of the software, which first was launched about a year ago, […]

Universal Service Will be Addressed this Year, Says FCC’s Copps

Speaking at the NTCA show yesterday, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said 2006 will be “the year of action” on a contribution methodology. Copps is a member of the Universal Service Joint Board, which he said will make recommendations on rates this year. Noting that he knows access charges are vital to many rural telcos, Copps […]

Telcove Launches Wholesale 10gig Metro Ethernet Across Footprint

TelCove today announced the availability of a 10 gigabit metro Ethernet service for dedicated point-to-point connectivity between locations within each of TelCoves 70 markets in the Eastern United States. The service is available as a last-mile solution to carriers as well as enterprise customers. TelCoves Ethernet bandwidth options now range between 10mbps and 10gbps. Most […]

Barrett Expounds on Broadcasters View of IPTV

In his keynote speech yesterday, David Barrett made the case for local TV and said telcos and broadcasters like his company, are natural allies in the multicasting debate. While broadcasters like Hearst-Argyle Television, of which Barrett is president and CEO, want their digital signals to appear in their entirety, cable companies disagree, arguing such a […]

Content Experts: Telco TV Must Create Its Own Programming, Format, Delivery

As phone companies enter the content-delivery business, they should take care not to recreate what already is offered by cable TV and satellite TV companies, said Robert Clasen, president and CEO of Starz Entertainment Group LLC. Instead they must create a new offer that is as different as broadcast TV was from radio. Only then […]

Barrett Expounds on Broadcasters View of IPTV

In his keynote speech yesterday, David Barrett made the case for local TV and said telcos and broadcasters, like his company, are natural allies in the multicasting debate. While broadcasters like Hearst-Argyle Television, of which Barrett is president and CEO, want their digital signals to appear in their entirety, cable companies disagree, arguing such a […]

AireSpring Becomes Independent RespOrg

AireSpring Inc. (Booths 313-315) announces it has become certified as an independent responsible organization or RespOrg and as such now has access to the 800 Service Management System (SMS/800) to reserve and set up routing information for toll-free numbers. While many resellers rely on their underlying carriers for number assignment and routing, AireSpring decided to […]

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