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… On the challenges facing VoIP service providers from executives attending Internet Telephony Conference & Expo East We all love Vonage because theyre out there promoting VoIP. Its just were not all looking forward to going to zero on the [price point].Greg Welch, GlobalTouch Telecom chairman and CEO Simply making the audio quality better.Mark Fedor, […]

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… On the federal criminalization of pretexting, or the act of fraudulently obtaining consumers private phone records Sales of fraudulently obtained phone records flourished because the possibility of criminal prosecution was remote. The bills unanimous support in both houses sends a strong message to data thieves this activity will not be tolerated.Rep. Lamar Smith, the […]

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Kevin Martin … On FCC Chairman Kevin Martins confirmation to head the agency for a second term Im pleased that we were finally able to clear Chairman Martin. He is a fine chairman, and I am delighted that he will have another term to continue his work at the FCC.Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, Senate Commerce Committee […]

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… On whats on the regulatory horizon for 2007. The USF, and continued mergers and acquisitions will dominate the regulatory landscape. The map is getting reconfigured.Blair Levin, Stifel Nicolaus analyst The focus will shift from Congress to the FCC, where USF and intercarrier compensation reform will take center stage. The Missoula Plan, shaped in part […]

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… On the Justice Departments approval of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger, with no conditions(see related story) … The presence of other competitors, changing regulatory requirements and the emergence of new technologies in markets for residential local and longdistance service indicate that this transaction is not likely to harm consumer welfare. The proposed acquisition does […]

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… On surviving carrier consolidation as a channel partner according to panelists on the Executive Roundtable at the Fall 2006 Channel Partners Conference & Expo (see related story). When you do have these megamergers, it does leave holes from an agent perspective. Last year, we were selling AT&T, SBC, MCI and Verizon often in all […]

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… 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 […]

Digium Poised For Major Growth Thanks to Funding Round

Asterisk creator Digium Inc. has closed its first round of venture capital funding with $13.8 million from Matrix Partners. Digium will use the money to launch new enterprise communications products. Because of the growth of the open-source market, Digium decided such funding would provide even more credibility to its IP PBX, which now counts 1 […]

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… On the FCCs interim measure requiring VoIP providers to pay into the Universal Service Fund once DSL providers stop contributing in August … These interim measures … ensure that the fund remains solvent for the near term, and serve as an important first step toward broadening the funds contribution base to ensure equitable and […]

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    ROUND TABLE Posted: 07/2006 Rob McDowell … On the Senates confirmation in May of COMPTEL lawyer Robert McDowell as the FCCs third Republican … Robs expertise and experience will be an asset to the commission … The FCC will be required to implement portions of our communications bill, and it is essential it […]

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