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Round Table

On the recent Congressional push to keep Internet access services such as Web hosting tax-free [T]he fledgling industry argument for Internet services in the United States is no longer relevant. Electronic commerce is a mature and important part of the U.S. and international economy. The continued moratorium on taxing charges for Internet access should be […]

Readying for Apples iPhone

You may have heard that the iPhone is set to arrive this week. The sleek little $500 device will be available June 29 and is getting its close-up in Time magazine, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal, while generating a bevy of press relations announcements from partner vendors and starring in a series of demo […]

The Conference Balancing Act

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO There are so many conferences – VON, NXTcomm, The Cable Show, KillerApp/BB Properties, WCA, Muni, VPF, TMC, ISPCON, and the PHONE+ two. And that doesn’t include shows like GEL, DEMO, O’Reilly or BarCamps. How do people afford both the time and the money to attend even half of them? How many […]

Access One Deploys Custom Quoting, Management Platform

Access One Inc., a Chicago-based integrated communications provider, has deployed Access Manage Price (AMP), a custom version of the MasterStream Web-based instant quoting and management platform automated by Salestream Software. Utilizing MasterStream-RX, Access One has developed a customized automation platform which offers instant quoting, custom proposals and a feature-rich sales management tool for the companys […]

Broadview Closes InfoHighway Acquisition

Broadview Networks Holdings Inc. has closed its acquisition of InfoHighway Communications Corp. The deal was announced in February and was finalized May 31. Terms were not disclosed as both providers are privately held. Together InfoHighway and Broadview form a $500 million CLEC. That puts the new company just behind northeast U.S. rivals such as One […]

Secret Agent Man

Secret Agent Man There are VARS and there are VARs. CDW is one of the countrys largest. And with 2006 revenue of $6.8 billion, it is one of the countrys largest companies No. 343 on the Fortune 500 list. If you are in business, youve no doubt heard of it and you might even be […]

TRAGEDY 2.0

This is the first issue of PHONE+ since the massacre at Virginia Tech some 45 days after the event. I point this out on purpose because the monthly magazine cycle stands in sharp contrast to electronic journalism. But even TV and online dailies are no match for the youwitness variety that characterized the most recent […]

Secret Agent Man

CDWs Ian Kieninger THERE ARE VARS and there are VARs. CDW is one of the countrys largest. And with 2006 revenue of $6.8 billion, it is one of the countrys largest companies No. 343 on the Fortune 500 list. If you are in business, youve no doubt heard of it and you might even be […]

Sprint Cutbacks Reach Channel

Under mounting pressure from Wall Street, Sprint Nextel Corp. is making changes at the corporate level cutting management layers and de-emphasizing legacy services that are trickling down to the indirect channel program, including trimming the rolls of its Business Solutions Partner Program back to only 50 master agents.  Steve Rowley, formerly vice president for Sprint […]

Whitacre Hands Over AT&T Reins

Ed Whitacre, one of the most influential and polarizing figures in telecom history, planned to retire from his post as AT&T Inc.s chairman and CEO in early June. The 65-year-old spent nearly two decades at the helm of SBC Communications Inc., a once poorly regarded regional Bell that Whitacre has transformed into a powerhouse. Ed […]

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