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AS CHIEF COUNSEL AND LEGISLATIVE director for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in the mid-90s, I and my colleagues on the Hill worked tirelessly negotiating and drafting key provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that would spur competition and innovation. Congress laid the groundwork for the FCC to implement pro-competitive and pro-consumer policies. Pioneering upstarts were […]

SIPconnect Gets Real

The SIP Forum this week at VON is announcing the completion of its recommendation of SIPconnect, the groups SIP implementation for IP PBX to service provider trunking services. SIP Forum Chairman Jay Batson expects to see vendors test SIPconnect at future forum interoperability events, the next of which is planned for October at the University […]

Conflicting Interests

I HAVE HAD AN ESPECIALLY hard time settling on what to write in this space this month. I feel conflicted. While on the one hand there seems to be an amazing amount of innovation (IPTV, VoIP, content delivery) on top of carrier networks; on the other hand the competitive carrier market and the channels resellers […]

BellSouth Wholesale Under New Management

LIKE THE OTHER MEGAMERGERS before it, the $67 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. is not likely to be denied, but will face challenges from competitors seeking network access as a condition of the merger, which creates the largest telephone company in the country. AT&T will rebrand BellSouth and Cingular under the AT&T […]

Is Bigger Better?

Theres a scene in the animated movie Iron Giant where the 50-foot-tall, metal-eating extraterrestrial robot is blown apart. Each arm, leg, nut and bolt has a homing beacon that recalls them back to the machines head and body, allowing it to rebuild anew. This same thing seems to be happening in the telecom industry with […]

COMPTEL Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The COMPTEL PLUS convention opened Monday with celebratory speeches and a cake sponsored by Progress Telecom marking COMPTEL’s 25th Anniversary. COMPTEL Chairman Sherm Henderson applauded companies that have “stayed the course for 25 years.” He reflected on the past quarter of a century by looking at the value competitors have brought to consumers and businesses. […]

NPRG Report Forecasts Intensifying Telecom Competition

The annual Competitive Carrier Report 2006, 20th Edition, published by New Paradigm Resources Group Inc. (NPRG, Booth 600), forecasts another year of brass-knuckle market combat as the competitive local telecom industry enters its 10th year under the Telecom Act and the winners will be companies that fight smart, not just hard, according to NPRG. NPRG […]

Sprint Embarqs on Local Communications Venture

Sprint Nextel Corp.’s local communications company, which is expected to separate from Sprint Nextel in the second quarter of 2006, today announced its new name, Embarq Corp. The companys new name and logo are meant to signal the way we will do business and establish what a next-generation local communications company can be,” said Daniel […]

Bell-Friendly Policy Rewrite to Face Critics

Intensifying support for telecom policy reform in Washington points to a sweeping revision of the rules that could go well beyond what the courts and the FCC have done previously to strengthen the competitive positions of the largest players. In both houses of Congress, leaders on telecom policy are pushing legislation that in effect rewrites […]

Convergence Spurs Unforeseen Competitors

As we inch closer to real deployment of IPTV, telcos are looking forward to providing a true converged suite of services delivered on IP. Aside from shoring up customer retention and adding television subscription to the ARPU, service providers can take advantage of IP convergence to allow whiz-bang features like video voice mail or pizza-ordering […]

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