Case Study: LifeSize Takes Teachers to Class

Gordon County School System is a rural, K-12 school district located approximately halfway between Chattanooga, Tenn., and Atlanta — it’s the last rural school district between two large cities. The district consists of two high schools, two middle schools, and five elementary schools located in the northwest corner of Georgia. The system serves approximately 7,000 […]

Profitecs Stephanie Minervino Joins the Marines

Another member of the Profitec Billing Services Inc. (Booth 815) family has enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Stephanie Anne Minervino, granddaughter of Profitecs founder, Richard Minervino Sr., and daughter of Randy Minervino, vice president of sales and marketing, has followed in their footsteps and signed up for the Marines. COMPTEL attendees may have met […]

Blackberry Jungle

AS ANY PARENT OR RECENT COLLEGE grad knows, school is a far more rigorous environment than it used to be. The infusion of the Internet and cellular technology into campus fundamentally has altered the academic process and the capabilities of school administrators. For wireless dealers, learning to navigate the education vertical can pay off not […]

Voice Blasting by Schools Creates Agent Opportunity

By Dan Baldwin, Telecom Association President I’d really like to find the guy who sold the voice blasting service to all the mortgage companies so I can run my car keys along the entire length of his car. On the other hand I’d like to give a big hug to the person who sold the […]


Controlling cell phone use in the classroom is a big challenge for teachers, but most American parents do not want schools to forbid children from bringing the devices onto school property. A recent survey by OSS provider ACE*COMM Corp. shows parents mostly are concerned about scheduling and safety issues. Of the 1,000 parents polled: 99 […]

Kickin It Old School

First introduced in the 1980s, private lines dedicated, protocol-independent, copper-based high-speed connections between business locations are an old-school approach to wide-area networking. But while much has been made of the technologys fresh-faced competitors notably, Ethernet, frame relay and MPLS VPNs private lines still rule, providing plenty of opportunity for channel partners. Private-line service in the […]

Fonality Signs Hundreds of Resellers

Fonality said today it has signed more than 500 reseller partners in 45 countries to distribute and deploy PBXtra, its flagship IP PBX product built for SMBs. The company started shipping PBXtra last fall. You dont have to go phone school anymore to install phone systems. PBXtras interface is so intuitive that you dont need […]

Pomp & Circuit-stance

Chris Peabody’s boss at Georgetown University used to ask every telecom vendor that came through the door the same question: “How much above free is your service?” Peabody, once director of networks at Georgetown and now director of enterprise services at consultancy L Robert Kimball and Associates, says cost still is a top priority for […]

Branching Out

Posted: 12/2003 Branching Out Prepaid Vendors Try Out Non-Telecom Services By Kelly M. Teal Prepaid services are surpassing the basic calling card as companies broaden their offerings to include flower delivery, traffic school, Web-enhanced conferencing, roadside assistance, newspaper subscriptions and more. Paul Waadevig, an analyst for consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, says businesses that made […]

Phone Plus Prepaid: RETAIL NEWS

Posted: 3/2003 RETAIL NEWS Blackstone Launches Prepaid Traffic School By Tara Seals Blackstone Calling Card Inc. added prepaid online traffic school to its suite of prepaid products and services. The service is available in Florida and will roll out nationwide by the third quarter. "Approximately 3.5 million tickets are issued each year in the state […]

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