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Ask Steve

Welcome to the new PHONE+ column, Ask Steve. Ive received some great questions so far and plan to tackle as many as I can in the coming months. This months inquiries focus on smaller businesses those with 20-99 employees, one-to-two IT people and one part-time IT contractor, VAR, agent or dealer. Q: Are SMBs buying […]

The Conference Group Expands Global Reach

The Conference Group (Booth 919) has expanded its global conferencing capabilities to include international toll-free access from more than 40 different countries. We have seen a significant increase in our international traffic over the last 12 months, said Greg Plum, The Conference Groups alternate channel manager. As a result, we have negotiated aggressive international rates, […]

The Conference Group Expands Global Reach

The Conference Group (Booth 514) has expanded its global conferencing capabilities to include international toll-free access from more than 40 different countries. We have seen a significant increase in our international traffic over the last 12 months, said Greg Plum, the Conference Groups alternate channel manager. As a result, we have negotiated aggressive international rates, […]

COMPTEL Names New Regulatory Affairs VP

Competitive carrier association COMPTEL said on Tuesday it has hired Karen Reidy as its vice president of regulatory affairs. Reidy replaces Jason Oxman, who left COMPTEL earlier this year for a position with another organization. Reidy previously worked as counsel at MCI for nine years. She received her B.S from the University of Maryland and […]

UDP, MasterCard RPPS Offer New Electronic Payment Service

Teaming with MasterCard RPPS, UDP has introduced an accounts receivables service that helps customers electronically post received payments more quickly, accurately and securely. The telecom billing company has aligned with MasterCard RPPS to provide customers with this efficient and cost-effective service called E-POST. Today, millions of people in the United States pay their bills online […]

OnFiber Secures $25 Million in Funding

OnFiber Communications Inc. has executed a $25 million senior secured credit facility with Comerica Bank, and will use the funds to repay existing senior indebtedness, and pay for acquisitions and working capital to support growth. Our customer-focused solutions continue to be very well-received, necessitating we procure capital available for rapid service deployment and additional growth, […]

FCC Pushes VoIP Subscriber Acknowledgement Deadline to October

The FCC once again has extended the deadline requiring VoIP service providers to get acknowledgement from subscribers that they might not have access to E911 calling. The commission in August had threatened to cut off subscribers who had not responded, but changed that deadline to Sept. 29. Yesterday, the group said VoIP providers now have […]

Trinsic Faces Possible Nasdaq Delisting

Trinsic Inc., the former Z-Tel Communications Inc. that was a major player in the UNE-P space, is in danger of losing its listing on the NASDAQSmallCap Market. The NASDAQ Stock Market Inc. last week notified Trinsic that it is in violation of NASDAQ’s voting rights rule, as well as rules requiring submission of a Listing […]

Sprint, Nextel to Close Merger on Friday

Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. said today they will close their proposed merger on Friday. The companies have received all regulatory and shareholder approvals for the $35 billion deal. The combined company, called Sprint Nextel, will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, Aug. 15, under the ticker symbol S.

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