News Briefs

Systems integrator tekVizion PVS Inc. has joined wholesale provider Level 3 Communications Inc.s (3)VoIP Technology Alliance Program to offer independent interoperability certification and testing services for wireless and wireline products. tekVizions laboratory now maintains a constant connection with Level 3s VoIP network, providing interoperability testing services. Service providers and vendors now can contract with tekVizion […]

Digital Realty Trust Buys Several Facilities

Digital Realty Trust Inc., which buys and leases technology real estate, said this week it has closed on several facilities in key U.S. technology markets. The company has bought 251 Exchange Place in Herndon, Va., which is close to Washington, D.C.. The building measures 71,000 square feet and Digital Realty Trust said it is fully […]

InterCalls Conference Place Available Wholesale

Web conferencing provider InterCall Inc. (Booth 421), a show sponsor is offering its wholesale partners the chance to resell its Conference Place Web service and is offering them a free trial of the product. Powered by Microsoft Corp.s Office Live Meeting, Conference Place turns a phone and Internet-connected PC into a virtual conference room, especially […]

Weather Keeps It Comfortable for Golfers

The rain cleared up on Monday, giving 27 foursomes a pleasant day to play 18 holes at Oak Harbor Golf Club. Opened to critical acclaim in 1992, Oak Harbor was nominated by Golf Digest for Americas Best New Course of 1992 and was rated Four Stars by Golf Digest Places to Play. Golfers at this […]

Birdieon Hole 4

As blue herons looked on, 15 teams teed up at 8 a.m. Sunday for the CompTel/ASCENT golf tournament sponsored by Vero Systems Inc. (Booth 501). The teams played a shotgun start team scramble through Floridas humid midday sun at the Orlando Marriott World Centers Hawks Landing Golf Club. At just longer than 6,800 yards, the […]

Court Clears FCC to Write New Rules

A federal appeals court has put on hold a request by big local phone companies to reject interim wholesale telecommunications rules, giving the FCC some breathing room as it works to adopt permanent regulations. Qwest Communications International Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and the United States Telecom Association had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

The Agent Channels Potential, Value

Jon Kaufman is president and CEO of Interconnect Services Group (, a family of companies he founded in 1984 to provide high-tech telephone system solutions, giving buyers an alternative to the then-lackluster offerings of the incumbent phone companies. Kaufman has been instrumental in helping to shape todays telecom community, and T@G talked with him in […]

Between a Rock & a Hard Place

The telecom industry is stuck in a legal morass. Local phone companies have begun entering negotiations with the regional Bells to lease their networks, potentially replacing government-mandated rates that are the subject of years of litigation. At the same time, though, the biggest long-distance phone companies and smaller providers are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court […]

Intercall Announces Strategic Alliance with InterCall

InterCall Inc. (Booth 724) has formed a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp. to offer integrated conferencing communications for businesses. Conference Place is co-branded as an InterCall Web conferencing solution, powered by Microsoft Office Live Meeting. InterCall’s wholesale partners can resell Conference Place under the "Conference Visuals" brand. When combined with InterCall’s audio conferencing services, Conference […]

Soap Box: Not All Contracts are Created Equal

Posted: 3/2004 Not All Contracts are Created EqualBy Jim Gledhill and Bill Power Jim Gledhill Bill Power Some lessons are very expensive to learn. Heres one for agents compliments of the Agent Alliance: Your contracts with your providers are among the most important documents you will ever sign. The Agent Alliance was formed six years […]

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