Windstream Fined for Billing Practices

Windstream will have to pay a $15,000 fine for charging customers for a full billing cycle, even if they dropped their service or changed it before the billing cycle was up.

FairPoint Wants to Renege on Terms of Verizon Merger

Utility regulators in Maine this week will hear arguments from FairPoint Communications that the bankrupt provider should be allowed to delay its five-year broadband expansion plans. The expansion was part of the conditions for FairPoint taking over Verizon Communications Inc.’s landlines in New England – getting high-speed Internet access to more people between April and […]

Telecom Links

Trade Associations Analyst/Consulting Firms Federal Regulatory Agencies State Regulatory Agencies Trade Associations Association for Local Telecommunications Services www.alts.org California Association of Competitive Telecommunications Companies (CALTEL) www.caltel.org Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association www.wow-com.com COMPTEL www.comptel.org DSL Center www.dslcenter.com  (This site has info on DSL and ISPs.) Also includes link to www.dsl-service-providers.net to search for ISPs that […]

Calif. PUC Approves Megamergers, ‘New AT&T’ Launches

California regulators today approved the $8.4 billion merger of Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc., and the $16 billion takeover of AT&T Corp. by SBC Communications Inc., but not without imposing some conditions. The consent was the last in a series of required steps for the mergers to go through, and SBC said the approval […]

Ohio PUC Approves SBC-AT&T Merger

Ohios Public Utilities Commission today approved SBC Communications Inc.s takeover of AT&T Corp. The Arizona Corporation Commission also is expected to act on the merger today and the California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote on the issue Nov. 18. Ohio PUC commissioners decided the merger is entirely consistent with the thrust of telecommunications […]


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