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RBOC Embarks on Qwest for New CEO

Folks used to say that the RBOCs moved in lockstep. So its interesting that just two months after Ed Whitacre announced his retirement, Qwest Communications International Inc.s Chairman and CEO Dick Notebaert has done the same. Dick Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO, announced his retirement on June 11. The head of Qwest, a long-time fixture […]

TRAGEDY 2.0

This is the first issue of PHONE+ since the massacre at Virginia Tech some 45 days after the event. I point this out on purpose because the monthly magazine cycle stands in sharp contrast to electronic journalism. But even TV and online dailies are no match for the youwitness variety that characterized the most recent […]

Changes in Global Crossing Channel Nominal, Sources Say

Global Crossing Ltd. today laid off several employees that supported the companys channel program, according to sources close to the company. The reduction impacted less than five people in executive and support roles; names were not disclosed. The action touched off rumors that Global Crossing was making sweeping changes to its indirect sales strategy. PHONE+ […]

Beyond Geeks: How Digium Plans to Grow Asterisk*

Beyond Geeks: How Digium Plans to Grow Asterisk* If you think Asterisk is for geeks, you have another think coming. So, say executives at Digium Inc. The open-source IP PBX software company is retooling its offer to cross the chasm from early adopters to mainstream small and midsize business users.

OUT OF THE LOOP

  THE BELLS ARE ON COURSE to do away with more copper loops than ever, an apparent rush to beat the clock in case the FCC institutes a stringent review process. CLECs view the retirements as attempts to foil competition; they use the loops to deliver DSL, Ethernet and other services to customers. They also […]

VoiceLogs URU Validates Customer Info

VoiceLog LLC (Booth 1007) has added a new feature to its third-party verification platform. URU (pronounced You are You) validates, not just verifies, a customers information in real time. For example, during an online sales transaction, URU obtains the name, address, phone, date of birth and last four digits of the users social security number. […]

TELE-SCOPE

VIRGO (AUG. 23 – SEPT. 22) Have you hugged a tree today? If you are a Virgo, chances are you have. Virgoans are naturals with nature and excel in careers involving nature. But there is a downside to this affinity: When nature calls, it calls Virgo first Virgoans are ruled by the stomach and intestines. […]

Spring at the Venetian! Channel Partners Changes Location

The staff of PHONE+ and Channel Partners is thrilled to announce the dates for the Spring 2007 Channel Partners Conference & Expo. Mark your calendars for March 4-6, 2007, and be ready for a change in scenery — after three years of incredible shows (if I do say so myself) at Mandalay Bay, we are […]

MegaPath, Netifice Wrap Up Merger

VPN and managed services providers Netifice Communications Inc. and MegaPath Networks Inc. have completed their merger, which the companies announced in February. They did not disclose the terms of the transaction, although they did say Netifices acquisition of MegaPath involved an undisclosed amount in stock and cash, and included $35 million in additional funding from […]

FCC’s Martin to Speak at COMPTEL Spring Show

COMPTEL announced today that FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin is scheduled to speak at the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2006 Convention & Expo, which runs March 19-22 in San Diego. Chairman Martin is slated to speak Monday afternoon, following Senator Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who will deliver the keynote address. As someone COMPTEL previously recognized as a […]

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