Separate & Unequal

Posted: 2/2004 Separate & Unequal It has been 20 years since the breakup of the Bell System. Equal access and Bill McGowan are words that rarely enter our vernacular today, and are not likely to end up on an episode of VH1s I Love the 80s for their nostalgic value. Many of us, however, would […]

Broadband Seesaw: Whos

Posted: 2/2004 Broadband Seesaw: Whos on Top Today? By Dr. Judy Reed Smith Worldwide broadband connection growth is more rapid than mobile services, with nearly a hundredfold increase from 1998 to 2003, according to data from Point Topic. Which providers telcos or cablecos will capture more of the consumer and small business segments depends on […]

Economists Say States Botch Wholesale Phone Rates

Two economists said last month the wholesale phone rates regulators set vary widely across the country, and the disparity reflects the fact that states are considering more than costs in calculating how much money the regional Bell operating companies are authorized to charge competitors to lease their local networks. Economists with CapAnalysis LLC released the […]

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 […]

A Price Too High

Posted: 12/2003 A Price Too High BellSouth Corp. and AT&T Corp. merger talks broke down in late October because BellSouth said the $19 billion price tag for the long-distance giant was too high. I have to admit I breathed a sigh of relief on this one. I thought the price was too high, too, but […]

Another Fork in the Road

Posted: 10/2003 Another Fork in the Road By Josh Long The RBOCs still must make available the local phone network to rivals at just and reasonable rates under federal law, even if state regulators rule the incumbents do not have to lease parts of the network at the current wholesale rates they vociferously oppose. However, […]

Sound Policy or Bellfare?

Posted: 10/2003 Sound Policy or Bellfare? Regulatory Uncertainties Could Impact Positive Momentum By H. Russell Frisby Jr. The sparks needed to re-ignite the telecommunications industrys flame are being seen as competitive services providers continue to increase their customer bases, improve their balance sheets and begin to seek out ways to expand their market shares and […]

Qwest Settlement Agreement with Arizona Regulator Expected in Fall

The Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to vote sometime in the fall whether to approve a $20 million settlement agreement resolving allegations that Qwest Communications International Inc. cut secret agreements with rivals and failed to implement new wholesale phone rates. Qwest reached a proposed agreement with the state utility regulator late last month. A conference […]

There’s a Hole in the Bucket

Posted: 8/2003 There’s a Hole in the Bucket Analysts are calling 2003 the Year of the Bundle. It certainly seems to be shaping up that way as telecom service providers large and small are packaging local and long-distance services for consumers. The Bell companies, in response to competition from cable companies, wireless and long-distance companies, […]

Round Table

Posted: 7/2003 … ON A NEW LAW IN ILLINOIS ALLOWING SBC COMMUNICATIONS INC. TO CHARGE COMPETITORS HIGHER RATES TO LEASE ITS LOCAL TELEPHONE NETWORK The Illinois legislature and the governor have created a policy that promotes jobs, investment and which benefits consumers. Given that environment, we are taking the extraordinary step of committing to no […]

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