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James M. Smith

THEN: Jim Smith was a partner at the law firm, Pierson, Ball & Dowd, and outside general counsel to COMPTEL, the competitive telecommunications association. It was the year of the original  Triennial Review, recalls Smith, noting Judge Harold Greenes review of the RBOC line-of-business restrictions in the Modified Final Judgment, which had gone into effect in […]

X4 Heads West

It seems X4 Communications is taking that old adage, Go West, young man, to heart. The master agency is bulking up its presence in California, Colorado, Nevada and Texas, with the help of a new regional agent manager, and thanks largely in part to TelePacific Communications acquisition of Mpower Communications Corp. Those two factors put […]

COMPTEL Registration Tops Previous Numbers

The 25th anniversary of the COMPTEL PLUS Conference + Expo opened to record attendance on Sunday evening, as the association’s president and CEO, Earl Comstock, and board chairman, J. Sherman Henderson III, cut the ceremonial ribbon with the help of two San Diego Chargers cheerleaders. On Monday afternoon, COMPTEL said it already had surpassed its […]

1996 Telecom Act Turns 10: Reflections on the Old, Predictions for the New

Ten years ago today, President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, legislation intended to spur new models of competition and result in lower prices and more choices for consumers. And yet, if popular opinion is any gauge, the act failed to account for the onslaught of the Internet and broadband, as well as slow […]

TMONE Takes over Former MCI Call Center

Direct marketing firm TMONE, which serves providers, has taken over the 27,000-square-foot Iowa City, Iowa, call center formerly used by MCI Inc. The company said it is working to sign new VoIP subscribers and will hire close to 1,000 employees, including students attending the University of Iowa, to make telemarketing calls, send direct mail and […]

Kickin It Old School

First introduced in the 1980s, private lines dedicated, protocol-independent, copper-based high-speed connections between business locations are an old-school approach to wide-area networking. But while much has been made of the technologys fresh-faced competitors notably, Ethernet, frame relay and MPLS VPNs private lines still rule, providing plenty of opportunity for channel partners. Private-line service in the […]

I “Hear” You Now

Sharelle Goff, academic advisor for deaf and hardof- hearing students at Utah Valley State College, uses Sorenson VRS. Thousands of deaf and hard-of-hearing users, including a reality TV star and a probasketball player, are using Sorenson Video Relay Service (VRS) to connect to the hearing world. Using the Sorenson VP-100 videophone appliance connected to a […]

Commissioner Martin: The Fight is Up to You

In accepting the Champions of Competition award from the CompTel/ASCENT Alliance on Sunday, FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin admonished the industry to take up the fight. Its time to speak now or forever hold your peace, he said to an invitation-only audience gathered at the Anaheim Hilton on the first day of the associations spring conference […]

NOT NECESSARILY NEWS

Posted: 11/2002 Overheard… "I wish this company [would] just come clean with the Street regarding our guidance. This swap crap is going to kill us in the long run and I’m personally very fed up with this business case garbage." –In a Sept. 25, 2001, e-mail message from Global Crossing executive Joey Wong released by […]

Partner Channel: Qwest Master Agents Butt Heads Over Contract

Posted: 03/2002 PARTNER CHANNEL Qwest Master Agents Butt Heads Over Contract Based on Market Conditions, Carrier Says Agreement is Fair By Josh Long Michael McDonnell makes no pretense about the dwindling margins at Qwest Communications International Inc. and other maturing carrier organizations. In fact, it’s one reason he uses to explain why the carrier has […]

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