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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 […]

They Say That Merging Up Is Hard To Do

“I think there is a lot of buzz in the industry right now about further consolidation.”- XO CEO Carl Grivner Driven by a frenzy of activity in the wireless industry, the megamergers reminiscent of the dotcom era have resurfaced - but the same cannot be said for competitive wireline providers. Competitors like McLeodUSA Inc. are still grappling […]

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, […]

CompTel/ASCENT: Show Attendance Up 40 Percent Over Last Year

Organizers of the CompTel/ASCENT show say this weeks convention and expo exceeded attendance expectations, even after the association was forced to postpone the show by six weeks and move the venue from Miami to Orlando due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan. The association said today the show drew 2,200 attendees, up 40 percent from […]

Chief Executives Say Consolidation is Necessary

Chief executives of three telecommunications companies on Monday said industry consolidation is vital to support the health of the sector and compete more effectively with such titans as national cable operators, wireless carriers and the four regional phone companies. Theres got to be a lot of consolidation going forward, WilTel Communications President and CEO Jeff […]

AUS Expands Agent Opportunities

Alternative Utility Services (AUS) (Booth 119) is expanding its agent and referral partner program nationwide to offer deregulated gas and electricity to businesses. AUS says its has worked exclusively through channel partners to deliver savings to businesses and income to its independent agents. The company offers multiple options from referral partner, agent and master agent. […]

Buyers United Changes Name to UCN Inc.

UCN Inc. (Booth 511) has changed its corporate name from Buyers United Inc. to UCN Inc. and now trades its common stock on the OTC Bulletin Board under the UCNN symbol. Executives say the new name reflects the companys focus on developing and marketing on-demand contact management software applications, epitomized by the inContact product line, […]

Reach Out, But Don’t Touch

AT&T Corp., Intel Corp., Texas Instruments Inc. and ITXC Corp. are among the companies representing an expanded coalition formed to convince regulators to apply light regulation to VoIP technology. Uniting under the Voice on the Net, or VON Coalition, the diverse group of companies disclosed plans in February to reach out to state and federal […]

Subagents Gain Access to Telesis’ Order System

Telesis Management Corp. (Booth 519) subagents now have complete access to the company’s internal order management system, LOTS. Agents are able to track orders and service tickets, as well as view customers’ circuit inventory and billing history. LOTS also allows subagents to access all carrier Extranets through a single portal so agents can download company […]

Revenue Unbound

Part of a two-session track dedicated to wireless service opportunities, “Wi-Fi Wow” is designed to show agents precisely how and where to mine revenue opportunities for high-speed wireless Internet. Countless business opportunities exist along the broadband wireless service delivery chain, and agents can profit from the growing demand for enterprise-class wireless LAN and public hotspots. […]

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