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Bells Win Another Round

Telecoms battleground for consumers now has officially two warring camps the cablecos and telcos. This situation was assured by the June U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding an FCC ruling against Brand X Internet LLC that frees cable operators from requirements to open their broadband lines to other ISPs. While the courts finding only addressed the […]

Rules of the Game

Do you remember when tic-tac-toe ceased being fun? It was when you were about five years old and your opponent - an older sibling most likely - blocked your threein- a-row at every turn. For every two Xs you placed, an O would follow. That’s a little like what’s going on in the telecom services industry - only […]

Bells Authorized to Increase Wholesale Rates on Business Lines

It should be a matter of simple math. But everybodys numbers dont always add up the same. The biggest local phone companies have submitted figures to the FCC that correspond to benchmarks the agency released in a December ruling. The benchmarks determine under what circumstances the local phone giants are freed from obligations to lease […]

Local Phone Companies Continue Retreat in Wake of FCC Ruling

Acceris Communications Inc. is among the U.S. local phone companies scaling back operations in the wake of changing regulations that take effect today. Earlier this week, the telecommunications provider announced it would stop accepting new orders for local residential phone customers in five states: Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The San Diego-based […]

Solidarity to Strengthen Competitors Voice in the Face of More Changes

2005 will bring a number of changes to the telecommunications industry, from an anticipated rewrite of the Telecom Act and implementation of the FCCs Triennial Review Remand Order, to more widespread deployment of VoIP and other new technologies, and an evolution in the type of providers delivering services to consumers and businesses. CompTel/ASCENT leaders at […]

AT&T-SBC Pact Threatens Demise of Competitors Giant Lobbyist

The competitive wireline industry could lose its heavyweight champion before the FCC and on Capitol Hill: AT&T Corp. AT&T has been a lobbying machine fighting for the rights of competitors to access the local networks controlled by the regional Bell phone companies. Now, Old Ma Bells feisty rival will be its parent if the federal […]

Competitors Still Pursuing Consolidation

Competitive telecommunications providers still are aiming to improve the bottom line through mergers and acquisitions. With plenty of assets on the market, dealmakers once saddled by huge debt obligations have conceded the necessity of getting bigger, some executives say. Many private companies backed by venture capitalists do not have an exit strategy to go public […]

California Raises Wholesale Phone Rates

California regulators have raised the wholesale rates SBC Communications Inc. is authorized to charge rivals, inciting at least one phone company to partially cease marketing and drawing criticism that the price increases will hit the wallets of consumers and businesses. The ruling affects about 1.4 million lines San Antonio, Texas-based SBC leases to competitors and […]

Where Did AT&T Go Wrong?

Hindsight is 20-20. However, AT&T has made a series of miscalculations since its divestiture that have landed it in its present precarious circumstances. Further cost-cutting and workforce reductions were announced in October following the company’s high-profile exit from the residential telecommunications market this summer. To an outsider it appears the company’s fundamental mistake was banking […]

Round Table

… ON TEMPORARY NETWORK UNBUNDLING RULES THE FCC RELEASED, FREEZING FOR SIX MONTHS WHOLESALE RATES COMPETITORS PAY THE BIGGEST LOCAL PHONE COMPANIES FOR ACCESS TO THEIR NETWORKS. “Even beyond the fact that the FCC has readopted the same rules this court vacated, the FCC has not come close to conforming its interim rules to this […]

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