Posted: 11/2000 IN BOX ECHANNEL Addition On behalf of TeleGea, thank you for the wonderful story you did on e-channels in the October issue. For our part, we were pleased with the coverage and thought it was a well-done article. Becky Sheetz TeleGea, Inc. Telecom Veteran Joseph Sadoti Passes Away Joseph Sadoti, founder of […]

Not Necessarily News

Posted: 10/2000 Overheard … … at an industry slamming implementation forum at the FCC…“You have keys to your own jail. You will make it harder if you slam–easier if you don’t. I think of this as an opportunity for the carriers and state and federal regulators to act in concert to eliminate a problem.”–Dorothy Attwood, […]

E-Channel: Today’s e-Merchants Must Change with Online Demographics

Posted: 10/2000 Today’s e-Merchants Must Change with Online Demographics Because the demographics of the people using e-commerce services are changing, online merchants who don’t adjust their business models to accommodate the changes are risking their profitability, according to IDC’s ( Internet Commerce Market Model.IDC predicts that 103 million new users in the United States will […]

Regulatory News – Slammers Beware

Posted: 10/2000 Slammers Beware The Devil’s in the ‘Anti-Slamming’ Order Details By Kim Sunderland The FCC ( finally has released the long-awaited text of its anti-slamming rules, which are designed to improve how consumers choose their preferred telephone carrier, while making it harder for carriers to slam them.So slammers take note: The FCC, in concert with […]

Regulatory News – FCC’s Payphone Payment Plan Stands

Posted:  09/2000 FCC’s Payphone Payment Plan Stands By Kim Sunderland The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ( has upheld the FCC’s ( “Per Call Compensation Plan” rate calculation of 24 cents per call.The ruling effectively resolves challenges to the FCC’s third order on this issue, which last year developed and adjusted […]

Trading Post

Q: What is the Purpose of a Pricing Index? A: The concept is not new; indices are used as pricing mechanisms in stock and commodity markets. The ability to buy or sell bandwidth based on an index price is an alternative to the standard “fixed price”bids or offers.Q: What is an index?A: An index is […]

Agency Channel: News Briefs

Posted: 06/2000 News Briefs * Two former regional vice presidents at Teleglobe Business Solutions ( have accepted appointments at Globalcom Inc. ( Tom Turner formerly ran Teleglobe’s West Coast agent channel. At Globalcom he will head up a newly introduced national agent program as vice president, alternate channels. Jim Tarantino has been appointed Globalcom’s senior […]

Long Distance – Live Oak Enters ASP Arena

Posted: 06/2000 Live Oak Enters ASP Arena Live Oak Telecom LLC ( has announced Prepaid ASP. The product is a hybrid one, consisting of an equipment offering and a back office hosted application. The prepaid long-distance provider offers companies switches that can be installed where needed, and Live Oak manages all the back office prepaid […]

Resale Channel: NEWS BRIEFS

Posted: 04/2000 NEWS BRIEFS * Teltrust, Inc., ( a provider of wholesale telecommunications services, has been awarded a multi-year contract with California-based G-Five LLC ( Under the terms, Teltrust will provide a variety of telecom services including operator services, national directory assistance, payphone refund and repair services and direct-dial services.The agreement combines the cooperative […]

PHONE+ Goes Prepaid

Posted: 03/2000 Overheard … … at a January luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington … "My lawyers tell me that the most important question that regulators have to ask when reviewing our merger [with Sprint Corp.] or any merger is whether the merged company can raise and sustain a 5 percent price increase […]

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