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Case Closed: Judge Says Megamergers Serve Public Interest

After nearly a year of deliberations, a federal judge has decided that the 2005 Bell megamergers were in the public interest. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan released a 56-page order on Thursday that reaffirmed the Justice Departments 2005 consent decree conditionally clearing the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI mergers. Sullivan said his task was limited under the law […]

James M. Smith

THEN: Jim Smith was a partner at the law firm, Pierson, Ball & Dowd, and outside general counsel to COMPTEL, the competitive telecommunications association. It was the year of the original  Triennial Review, recalls Smith, noting Judge Harold Greenes review of the RBOC line-of-business restrictions in the Modified Final Judgment, which had gone into effect in […]

Verizon Holds Agent Kickoff Event Despite Contract Questions

Despite lingering questions and concerns about Verizons new agent agreement, about two-thirds of the agents invited to participate in the 2007 Verizon Solutions Partner Program attended the kickoff meeting Wednesday in Basking Ridge, N.J., the company said. Nearly 100 agents 60 percent of them former MCI Solutions Partners and 40 percent legacy Verizon agents were […]

AT&T-BellSouth Merger Hits Hurdles

WITH THE FCCS APPROVAL of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger in mid-October fraught by last-minute deal-brokering and controversy, agency Chairman Kevin J. Martin canceled consideration of the transaction altogether until November. He said he was responding to concerns voiced by Democratic Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein, although other factors likely came into […]

Megamerger Review Drags On

WHETHER A FEDERAL JUDGES review of the four recent RBOC megamergers will change how future deals are approved remains a matter of speculation. What regulatory experts do agree on is the judge has no plans to let the government walk on him as he examines whether the Department of Justice (DoJ) did due diligence in […]

ROUND TABLE

… On a federal courts ongoing review of recent megamergers and whether the governments requirement that AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. divest some of their unused fiber networks was sufficient and in the public interest … The Department of Justice has never made the case that its flimsy settlement protects the public from the […]

VoIP Inc. Launches VoiceOne Lab Development Web Site

VoIP Inc., a provider of VoIP communications solutions for service providers, resellers and consumers, has launched its VoiceOne Lab Development Web site (http://labs.voiceone.com) to showcase new technology, and support the testing and marketing of its new products and services, the company announced on Wednesday. Labs.Voiceone.com offers an open forum for users to review, test free of […]

Court Requests More Information in Merger Review

In his review of the megamergers, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday said he did not have enough information to approve or reject the consent decrees for the mergers of SBC Communications Inc. with AT&T Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. with MCI Inc. And, he […]

ReView Video Distributes Sphere IP PBX, Establishes Partner Programs

Sphere Communications Inc. has named ReView Video, a key partner for Polycom Inc., a master distributor for its Sphericall IP PBX. ReView Video will distribute Sphere’s IP PBX, as well as support services, to VARs throughout North America. The Sphericall IP PBX delivers VoIP, three-way desktop video conferencing, point-and-click call management, text messaging, presence, and […]

LINX Debuts Peering Review Software

The London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the world’s largest exchange points, said today that ISPs and NSPs can explore in advance the business advantages of peering through an Internet exchange point. LINX and solutions partner Renesys Corp. have launched LINX Peering Professional, a peering review software tool that enables a prospective new member of LINX […]

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