Telecom, Utility Panelists Address Argument Over Attachment Rates

The matter of pole attachment rates has resurfaced this year as competitive service providers call on the FCC to end pricing disparities. Don Shepheard, vice president of federal regulatory affairs and policy for Time Warner Telecom, the company that reignited the pole attachments debate with a white paper it sent to the FCC, will lead […]

Panelists Discuss Building a Unified Front for Communications

Workers on the go, telecommuters, the distributed enterprise and the rise of wireless technologies these are the primary shifts in business today, and they are driving a resurgence of interest in unified communications. Todays panel will talk about the IP-based convergence of e-mail, instant messaging, voice, data, video and conferencing what it is, how to […]

Midterm Elections Could Change Regulatory Landscape

Washington is a tense place to be right now, said one panelist during COMPTEL’s legislative update session on Monday. With the midterm elections just a few weeks away, everyone in telecom is on tenterhooks, waiting to see who will lead House and Senate committees that guide communications law. If the Democrats win in November, the […]

Carrier Panelists Share Strategies for Finding, Acquiring Funding

Before service providers can say show me the money, they need to understand exactly what venture capitalists and investment banks are looking for when they consider doling out funds. In the session Finance-able Service Providers: Finding and Securing Funds from Investors, panelists will discuss just what it takes to secure the public or private financing […]

Service Provider Panelists Look at CLECs in a World Without UNE

Facing regulatory mandates restricting the availability of UNEs, service providers have a number of access options to evaluate for line migration and growth. A panel of service providers Tuesday will discuss whats available and when to use them. Panelists will take a look at the subject one layer of the OSI model at a time, […]

Panelists Debate Role and the Future of USF

Panelists for the Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLC law and regulation series grappled over the issues surrounding the Universal Service Fund (USF) on Monday in a session Universal Service – Should the System Be Scrapped or Can it Be Fixed? that prompted debate and, ultimately, consensus that the matter is so complex the details will […]

Panelists Discuss Best Practices for Multilocation Service, Support

One of the biggest conundrums solutions providers face as they adopt the concept of convergence is how to roll out communications solutions theyve never offered before. The key is to partner with complementary companies that do not compete with you, but rather, further your efforts. Morgan McChesney, senior vice president of show sponsor Covad Communication […]

Channel Partners Strike It Rich with Opportunity in Vegas

Las Vegas was the perfect backdrop for the Channel Partners Conference & Expo - an event that attracted more than 2,500 channel partners and vendors looking to beat unknown odds offered up by a consolidating industry. Throngs of dealmakers, incentives and even cold, hard cash were on hand at the expo floor. Long-distance reseller ATI, for […]

Vegas A-Glitter with Channel Partners, New Deals

The Spring Channel Partners Conference & Expo was no gamble for attendees and exhibitors, all of whom came away from the star-studded event with new sales tools, technical insights and business contacts. More than 2,500 people participated in the show. They took advantage of an array of new technology offerings and spiffs intended to lure […]

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