FCC Allows All Bells to Combine Local, LD Operations

Qwest Communications International Inc. no longer is the only BOC one-stop shop. On Aug. 31, the FCC released an order that allows AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. to also combine their local and long-distance operations. Under Section 272 of the 1996 Telecom Act, Bells must provide long-distance service in their own regions through separate […]

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Verizon DSL Purchases Raise Money for Operation Home Delivery

Verizon Communications Inc. said today it is supporting Operation Home Delivery, a project recently launched by Habitat for Humanity to help replace homes damaged or destroyed in the Gulf Coast hurricanes.  The company will donate $1 for every Verizon Business DSL line ordered between now and the end of the year.[W]e are providing resources to […]

Oh, Margin, Where Art Thou?

Faced with pressure to boost margins and generate profits, Global Crossing Ltd. and Qwest Communications International Inc. have begun raising the rates they charge long-distance phone companies to ride their networks. The actions reverse a trend of spiraling price declines in the wholesale voice market, which had allowed big carriers like Global Crossing and Qwest […]

Will Diversification Save Universal Access?

With a stock price hovering around $1 and a disclosure that its auditor has expressed doubt about the company’s ability to continue, Universal Access Global Holdings Inc. has seen better days. The company warned in regulatory filings it might be forced to seek bankruptcy court protection if it cannot raise capital or improve its operations. […]

Raise the Bar

Posted: 8/2003 Raise the Bar How to Set Effective Quotas By Gary Lawrence For sales managers, the recurring challenge is how to set quotas that follow the business plan and motivate sales force. They wrestle with keeping the sales force engaged and striving to meet and exceed the sales goals set with the intent of […]

Accounting, Patriot Laws Raise Concern for Telcos — Public and Private

Posted: 3/2003 Accounting, Patriot Laws Raise Concern for Telcos — Public and Private By Stanley M. Gorinson and Neil D. Falis Michael K. Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, recently signaled the commission’s intent to relax existing regulations, making it easier for telecommunications companies to expand. For example, Powell has made clear his desire […]

Wholesale: Williams Communications May Leave Parent

Posted: 01/2001 Williams Communications May Leave Parent By Josh Long Williams Communications (www.williamscommunications.com), buoyant after nearly completing its 33,000-mile Multi-Service Broadband Network a year ahead of schedule, may separate from Williams (www.williams.com), its energy parent company. The decision could give investors a clearer picture of the carrier’s identity and help raise the company’s value on […]

Business News – McLeodUSA Expands Territory

Posted: 08/1999 McLeodUSA Expands Territory McLeodUSA Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has agreed to acquire Access Communications Inc. and SJ Investments Inc., both of Salt Lake City, which operate as Access Long Distance. Under the terms of the agreement, McLeod will pay approximately 1.9 million shares of 144(a) unregistered McLeodUSA stock and about $50 million in […]

Appeals of Indirection

Posted: 11/1998 Appeals of Indirection Edward L. Bernays died in 1995 at age 103. His advanced years are notable by themselves, but mostly because they mean he lived to see his legacy played out again and again by unwitting disciples. They call him the "Father of Spin." In a best-selling book of the same name, […]

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