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Countdown to VoIP E911 Compliance

With compliance deadlines for the FCCs VoIP E911 Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking looming, lets take a look at the specific obligations it requires with respect to customer notification, technical compliance and compliance reporting. While some of the preliminary deadlines have passed, primary compliance with technical and reporting requirements must be completed by […]

AP: Qwest Raises Offer for MCI

Qwest Communications International Inc. on Thursday raised its offer for MCI Inc. to $8.94 billion in a bidding war with Verizon Communications Inc., the Associated Press reported. Qwest CEO Richard Notebaert set a deadline of midnight April 5 for MCIs board of directors to respond to the offer before it would be withdrawn, the Wall […]

WSJ: Qwest to Augment MCI Offer

Qwest Communications International Inc. is expected to raise its $8 billion offer for MCI Inc. this week in the ongoing bidding war between Qwest and Verizon Communications Inc. for the former WorldCom, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The Journal did not say by how much Qwest planned to increase its proposal. Although Verizon […]

Phone Companies Ask Court to Review Network Regulations

The biggest U.S. local phone companies on Thursday asked a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. to review network rules the FCC released in December. BellSouth Corp., SBC Communications Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. allege portions of the rules exceed the FCCs jurisdiction or authority, violate federal law, and fail to […]

UNE Rules Destined for Court Review, Again

Competitive local phone companies supporting millions of residential and small business customers may see their network costs rise during the next few years by several dollars per line under a regulatory ruling that is likely headed for another review before a federal appeals court. The FCC voted last month to phase out rules allowing discounted […]

Congress Sure to Revisit ’96 Act in 2005, Panelists Say

A serious review of the 1996 Telecommunications Act in the next Congress was a virtual certainty, according to key professional staff members from both the House of Representatives and the Senate during an appearance before the ALTS 2004 Business and Policy Conference this week. They said legislation likely would not occur until the second session, […]

Ask The Expert

What tips can you offer as I review my agent contract? Is it important to go over it at a certain time every year? Is there any way I can negotiate for more money or perks? –Anonymous Dear Anonymous, Let me state the obvious the most important thing you can do when you review your […]

There’s Got to Be Another Way

While the telecom industry justly is focused on responding to the blow dealt it in March when a federal appeals court overturned the FCC’s Triennial Review Order, the cable industry is reeling from a similar hit. A federal appeals court in April declined to review a ruling that found the FCC had improperly lumped cable-modem […]

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 […]

From Drab to Glam, Agents Get a Makeover

Though some agents could use a consultation with a style guru, today’s makeover session is all business. Inspired by the then-new cable TV show, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," PAETEC CEO Arunas Chesonis proposed last September a panel that would train the scrutiny of channel experts on channel sales organizations in need of a […]

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