FCC Frees Bells from DSL-Sharing Rules

The FCC today freed the Bell companies from obligations to make their DSL networks available to independent Internet service providers. In a widely anticipated move, the commission reclassified wireline broadband providers as information services. Under previous rules, DSL was considered a telecommunications service, which meant providers had to open their high-speed networks to other ISPs […]

Cellular Industry Offers New Revenue Opportunities

Carriers carriers not targeting the cellular industry are overlooking an important revenue stream. Thats the key message of todays Capturing Wireless Traffic and Extra Revenue session. We hope to be able to demonstrate there are very attractive opportunities for folks if they focus on the marketplace both from a fiber optic and cell tower leasing […]

CLECs to Trade Traffic, Bypass Bells

Against that backdrop of an uncertain regulatory environment, Matrix Telecom rolled out in mid-September a new wholesale service called Network Matrix, which is designed to give CLECs the ability to offer customers a seamless nationwide service. Network Matrix is a kind of CLEC cooperative, explains Rick Nagel, director of wholesale for Network Matrix. “Matrix will […]

The Longest Mexican Standoff

I don’t know how long the lengthiest Mexican standoff lasted, but the Bell companies must be giving the recordholder a run for his money. It is now 20 years since divestiture and eight years since the Telecom Act of 1996, and the RBOCs have not encroached on each other’s territories, opting instead to merge with […]

The Bell Sell

Although they are the only Baby Bells remaining, BellSouth Corp., SBC Communications Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. represent a hefty portion of local service revenues. With long-distance re-entry and blossoming DSL and business services revenue, the incumbents still dominate the communications landscape, despite the efforts of competitors, regulatory bodies and industry […]

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 […]

The Race to All-Packet

Posted: 1/2004 The Race to All-Packet By Tara Seals In the rush to be market leaders and prime movers, U.S. carriers household name, big brand players now are competing for top prize in a new competition: voice over IP. With every RBOC announcing imminent rollouts of VoIP services and the likes of AT&T Corp. and […]

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 […]


Posted: 5/2003 Safe Haven Agents Partner with Bells to Weather Stormy Times By Wayne M. Thomas, D.B.A. The telecom hurricane still roars even after blowing virtually every public CLEC into bankruptcy. However, ILEC revenue rose by 4.9 percent to $122.6 billion, representing 91.9 percent of total spending, according to the Telecommunications Industry Association’s 2003 Telecommunications […]

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