What a Difference a Decade Makes

I HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE TELECOM industry for much of its competitive lifespan. The past 17 years have given me plenty of time to have witnessed most of the substantive changes following the divestiture of AT&T, including passage of the Telecom Act of 1996. At the time, I was still working for the […]

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 […]

Kevin Martin Has Plenty to Talk About

Kevin Martin has clean-cut schoolboy looks, but don’t let his appearance fool you. He is one of the country’s most experienced and influential telecommunications regulators. Martin, who is among the three Republican commissioners serving on the FCC, was the planned keynote speaker today, but was unexpectedly called back to Washington, D.C., to attend to FCC […]

Level 3: Plenty of Room for Growth in Narrowband

Most companies — including network services giant Level 3 Communications — have a bread-and-butter customer. Its largest customer happens to be the No. 1 ISP, America Online. However, Colorado-based Level 3 is not ignoring smaller fish in the Web seas. The company has turned its attention to midsized ISPs. Level 3 announced Wednesday, at the […]

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