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BandTel Announces Funding, Channel Strategy

BandTel, a two-year-old VoIP company, made its formal introduction to the marketplace on Monday with the announcement of its second round of funding and a sneak peek at its channel strategy, which will be revealed in more detail over the next few weeks. BandTel provides VoIP termination to the PSTN for high-volume telecom users such […]

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… On the House Judiciary Committees Telecom and Antitrust Task Force hearing regarding net neutrality … [D]espite how we wish it were otherwise, the market for broadband Internet access is not competitive and … the network operators both domestic and foreign fully intend to extend their market power to restrict consumer choice of content by […]

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… On the FCCs inaction regarding Verizon Communications Inc.s forbearance petition, and allowing the RBOCs business broadband offerings to be reclassified as information services… The commission is going to try to reach regulatory parity by removing regulations on the incumbent telephone companies rather than on applying new regulations on the cable companies.Kevin J. Martin, FCC […]

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… On the various aspects that should be considered in a rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996… We need to move away from the franchising concept and let communities encourage video competition.Jim DeMint, Republican senator from South Carolina, at NARUC, regarding his bill, the Digital Communications Act of 2005 The states need to be […]

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… On reports of data brokers selling wireline and wireless phone records to anyone on the Web, and governments subsequent reactions, including the introduction of a Senate bill designed to prosecute people who sell phone records, and the FCCs launch of an investigation into the matter. The reported abuses highlight the critical need to protect […]

American Fiber Systems Closes $25 Million Financing Round

American Fiber Systems Inc., a metropolitan fiber-optic broadband service provider, has completed a $25 million round of financing. The privately held company said it has earmarked the money to expand services, erase $6 million in debt and plan for acquisitions. The financing came from Comerica Bank. AFS is growing revenues rapidly and we found ourselves […]

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After the 96 Act was passed, the general position of the competitive community was very favorable toward the Act and thought that it was a great effort by Congress to balance the competing interests and needs and really create a level playing field. Unfortunately, the FCC, while they did a good job in some areas, […]

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…ON THE FCCS INTENT TO REFORM THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND, AND THE LIKELIHOOD THE COMMISSION WILL ADOPT A NUMBERSBASED SYSTEM AS OPPOSED TO THE CURRENT REVENUE METHOD THAT WOULD CHARGE EVERYBODY A USF FEE REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH THEY USE THEIR LANDLINES. This methodology has many advantages it is easy to administer, it would be […]

AT&T Touts Alternatives to Cablecos

As a result of its merger with SBC Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. said yesterday it will be able to bundle services and cut phone bills for residential customers. The company said an estimated 4 million residential subscribers with SBC local service and AT&T long-distance service are eligible to add DSL, wireless and video services at […]

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… ON THE APPROVALS OF THE VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. MERGER WITH MCI INC. AND THE SBC COMMUNICATIONS INC. TAKEOVER OF AT&T CORP. THE FCC AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ADDED RIDERS TO THE DEALS, INCLUDING REQUIRING THE COMPANIES TO OFFER NAKED DSL, AND EXTEND SPECIAL ACCESS AND UNBUNDLED NETWORK ELEMENT PRICING. The conditions included in the […]

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