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CALLS-driven Rates Unrealized

Posted: 01/2001 CALLS-driven Rates Unrealized In the Coalition for Affordable Local and Long Distance Service (CALLS) proposal announced last summer, a promise seemingly was made that consumers would see their rates reduced. The original intent of the CALLS was to re-examine access charges and to work out a fair structure for fees between long-distance and […]

Going Once, Going Twice…

Posted: 08/2000 Going Once, Going Twice… Bandwidth’s on the Auction Block By Khali Henderson In early June, bandwidth trading floor RateXchange Corp. (www.ratexchange.com) conducted what is believed to be the largest online auction to date.On behalf of an unnamed carrier, the company commenced on June 7 five separate auctions of bandwidth in Europe valued at […]

Business News – BellSouth to Share With NorthPoint

Posted: 08/2000 BellSouth to Share With NorthPoint BellSouth Corp. (www.bellsouth.com), an Atlanta-based RBOC, has agreed to share its telephone lines with NorthPoint Communications Group Inc. (www.northpoint.net), a competing broadband services provider based in San Francisco. The lines in BellSouth’s nine-state region–Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee–could be used for […]

Business News – Founder Sells U.S. Payphone School

Posted: 10/1999 Founder Sells U.S. Payphone School Dave Singleton, founder of the U.S. Payphone School, Ballston Spa, N.Y., which trains entrepreneurs for the payphone business, has sold the school. The new owners, George Sowards, owner of Premiere Payphone Services Inc., Bowling Green, Ky., and Jack Wheatley, owner of Wheatel Communications, Louisville, Ky., plan to take […]

Utility Subsidiaries Link Networks To ProvideHigh-Bandwidth Services

Posted: 08/1999 Utility Subsidiaries Link Networks To Provide High-Bandwidth Services By Liz Montalbano Four utility affiliates in the Northeast and Midwest have interconnected their fiber optic networks in an effort to serve rural communities with high-bandwidth, high-speed data, voice and video communications. An alliance between Allegheny Communications Connect Inc., Hagerstown, Md.; AEP Communications LLC, Columbus, […]

Appeals of Indirection

Posted: 11/1998 Appeals of Indirection Edward L. Bernays died in 1995 at age 103. His advanced years are notable by themselves, but mostly because they mean he lived to see his legacy played out again and again by unwitting disciples. They call him the "Father of Spin." In a best-selling book of the same name, […]

Ins & Outs of Call Center Outsourcing

Posted: 09/1998 Ins & Outs of Call Center Outsourcing By Ken Branson As the competitive seas are overrun, long distance companies are crowding on canvas and lightening ship. Anything that isn’t a "core competency" or "strategic" or can be done more efficiently by someone else may be dropped over the corporate gunwale. This includes call […]

Once Upon a Patent

Posted: 08/1998 Once Upon a Patent By Jennifer Knapp In early May, Aerotel U.S.A. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Holon, Israel-based Aerotel Ltd., announced it had concluded a patent license agreement with AT&T Corp. "relating to prepaid calling card products and services." The details of the agreement were not released, but it was touted […]

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