Telcombrokers Acquires Fine Telecom

Telcombrokers of Santa Ana, Calif., has completed the acquisition of the agent base and carrier contracts of Fine Telecommunications Inc., a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based telecom agency, for an undisclosed amount. Telcombrokers has assumed the management of the Fine Telecom subagents and rolled up the Fine Carrier Contracts under Telcombrokers agreements. Randy Fine, president of Fine […]

Regulators Not Paying Attention

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO We see that the Pennsylvania courts rule that the merger of Verizon and MCI should not have been approved. Once again regulators have failed to protect the ratepayers. In the case of Verizon and Pennsylvania, Verizon is being sued by TeleTruth for collecting $2 billion of rate increases that were granted […]


CARRIER CONSOLIDATION WAS A HOT topic of conversation at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in D.C. (see related story). This is not surprising coming on the heels of two major CLEC merger announcements. US LEC and PAETEC announced Aug. 14 they are merging in a $1.3 billion deal. And, Time Warner Telecom said in […]

Whats Ahead for the Channel?

Mergers between the countrys largest telephone companies have driven the indirect sales channel uncomfortably close to familiar and frightening territory a place in the past where they were ignored and undervalued. The path toward consolidation is likely to continue, analysts say, but where will it stop? Is the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. deal a foregone conclusion? […]

SBC, AT&T Look to Covad for Out-of-Region Broadband Reach

Counting on an approved merger, SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp. have agreed to use Covad Communications Group Inc. for extended broadband services. Such an announcement could strengthen SBC’s argument before the U.S. government that it plans to compete for residential and business customers throughout the country, ending what critics say has been an implicit […]

ICG Pacts with New Global Telecom for IP Centrex

In a swing away from its current IP Centrex platform, based on software by VocalData, now a division of Tekelec Inc., ICG Communications Inc. announced it has made a strategic agreement with New Global Telecom Inc. (NGT) to use that companys IP Centrex system, which is based on BroadSoft Inc. software. Under the deal, ICG […]

Telecom Taste Test?

Posted: 1/2004 Telecom Taste Test? Expert: Bell Win-Back, Cola Wars Campaigns Have Little in Common By Tara Seals In April 1985, one of the greatest missteps of modern marketing occurred: the Coca-Cola Co. unveiled New Coke, a product that lives in infamy. Not surprisingly, by July 1985, Classic Coke was back. But Coca-Colas once-mighty consumer […]

Soap Box: You Can’t Keep a Good Competitor Down

Posted: 5/2003 You Can’t Keep a Good Competitor Down By Walt Blackwell I have been president of the Association for Communications Enterprises (ASCENT) for nearly a year now and it’s been an exciting yet demanding time. In particular, I have enjoyed the challenge of understanding the telecommunications industry from the perspective of our members, which […]

FCC Proposes 12 ILEC Measurements

Posted: 1/2002 FCC Proposes 12 ILEC MeasurementsPre-Ordering Measurement 1. OSS Pre-Order Interface Response Timeliness: Measures whether an incumbent’s pre-ordering systems provide reasonably prompt response times. Order Measurements 2. Order Notifier Timeliness: Measures the amount of time it takes an incumbent to send a notice either confirming whether an order placed by a competitor has been […]

Business News – To Buy Flat-Rate Long Distance Competitor

Posted: 10/1999 To Buy Flat-Rate Long Distance Competitor Flat-rate long distance provider Inc., San Diego, announced that it has agreed to acquire a Northeast competitor and that it has completed the first phase of its planned voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) telephony network. USATalks announced early in August it will buy Total Communications […]

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