Forbearance Frenzy

When the FCC early last year relieved Verizon Communications Inc. of broadband services regulations, the agency essentially invited a crush of me too forbearance petitions from the LECs. Many of those pleas come up for a vote or time extension this summer. The additional three months is more than likely to be imposed. That would […]

TOC Wireless+

TAKING VOIP FOR A WALK Operators and startups alike are unleashing mobile VoIP services. REV UP DEVICE SALES WITH REV. A 1xEV-DO Rev. A network cutovers are pending, but compatible devices already are available. CTIA NEWS: E-MAIL A-GO-GO New data-capable devices and apps could boost mobile e-mail. CTIA NEWS: ITS MORE MACHINE THAN MAN! Dealers […]

Covad, Verizon Dismiss Pending Lawsuits

Covad Communications Group and Verizon Communications Inc. said today they have settled pending lawsuits against one another and re-instituted their commercial line-sharing agreement. The settlement means Covad has dismissed its antitrust case against Verizon, and Verizon has set aside the suit it filed against Covad. The agreement also settles the companies billing disputes. As a […]

New York Regulators Find MCI-Verizon Merger Troubling

New York regulators have tentatively concluded the pending merger of MCI Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. would increase the market power of the two carriers, resulting in less competition and potential harm for consumers. In a white paper released this week, the New York State Public Service Commission recommended remedies to prevent harmful effects of […]

XO Reports Results, Assesses Strategic Alternatives

XO Communications Inc., a national telecommunications provider, on Monday announced a 39 percent spike in first-quarter revenue and said it was examining strategic alternatives amid industry consolidation. Revenue rose year over year from $260.9 million to $361.5 million, while XO reported a net loss of $42.9 million, down from a loss of $48.5 million in […]

Round Table

…ON CINGULAR WIRELESS’ PENDING ACQUISITION OF AT&T WIRELESS… “This merger shouldn’t raise prices. Since AT&T wasn’t a low-price leader this should not have an impact on prices. But after the wave of mergers is complete, I think we’ll see a more intelligent approach to pricing which means the carriers might not be giving away the […]

PARTNER CHANNEL: WorldxChange, RSL U.S.A., Transpoint Merger to Create New Brand

Posted: 11/2002 WorldxChange, RSL U.S.A., Transpoint Merger to Create New Brand By Khali Henderson and Tara Seals WORLDXCHANGE COMMUNICATIONS INC., RSL Com U.S.A. Inc. and Transpoint Communications Inc. unveiled a plan to merge under one brand at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in September. The details were still under wraps at press time, but […]

Pending Sales Orders Nixed Following WorldCom’s Woes

Independent sales organizations representing WorldCom Inc. ( have had a majority of pending contracts canceled two days after the telephone and Internet giant disclosed inflating earnings by $3.8 billion. "The immediate reaction, we had 60 percent of WorldCom orders in process canceled as of today," the president of a master agency said Thursday. "The reaction […]


PLAYERS DATE TRANSACTION STATUS SBC Communications Inc., Southern New England Telecommunications Corp. (SNET) Jan. 5 Merger agreement valued at $4.4 billion. Completed as of Oct 15. ICG Netcom, C3 Communications Inc. Oct.8 ICG Netcom will purchase 100 percent of C3’s interests in ChoiceCom. Expected to close in 1999, pending regulatory approvals. UniDial Communications Inc., Metracom […]

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