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Case Closed: Judge Says Megamergers Serve Public Interest

After nearly a year of deliberations, a federal judge has decided that the 2005 Bell megamergers were in the public interest. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan released a 56-page order on Thursday that reaffirmed the Justice Departments 2005 consent decree conditionally clearing the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI mergers. Sullivan said his task was limited under the law […]

Tangoe, TRAQ Merge to Address Next Generation of TEM

Telecom expense provider Tangoe Inc. has wrapped up its merger with TRAQ Wireless Inc., a company that offers lifecycle management services for enterprises wireless devices. The newly formed company will operate under the Tangoe name. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. A growing sector of the TEM space is the focus on lifecycle […]

CLECs, COMPTEL Urge FCC to Dismiss Verizon Petition

Several companies and associations are urging the FCC to reject Verizon Communications Inc.s petition for regulatory relief in several of its Northeastern markets. Broadview Networks, Covad Communications Group, NuVox Communications and XO Communications are some of the competitive providers asking the FCC to dismiss Verizons petition. COMPTEL has filed similar comments. Among other arguments, opponents […]

PAETEC-US LEC Merger Completed

PAETEC Corp. and US LEC Corp. have completed their $450 million merger and the combined company began trading Thursday on the NASDAQ Syock Market under the symbol PAET. The combined company will conduct business as PAETEC Holding Corp. The merger, which was announced Aug. 14, was approved by both companies’ stockholders on Wednesday. The new […]

Profitec Expands Its Western Business

Profitec Billing Services Inc., a Wallingford, Conn.-based billing and back-office services provider, announced the opening of its Southern Arizona sales office. The new office will allow Profitec to better serve its existing customers and will provide easier access for visitations and meetings with potential new customers. During this past year we have signed major new […]

Brightpoint Signs Deal With Motorola

Mobile phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. this week said it has signed a set of agreements with Motorola Inc. First, the company will sell Motorolas wireless devices and accessories in various parts of the world, starting in Central Europe. Brightpoints subsidiary, Brightpoint North America L.P., also will serve as an outsourcer of logistic services for Motorola’s […]

Voila IP, Endeavor Telecom Deliver Installation, Service Program

Voila IP Communications, a Houston-based VoIP network provider focused on the SMB market, has secured a strategic installation and service program with Endeavor Telecom, a provider of private-label wholesale professional services to communication service providers. Endeavor’s professional installation team across the U.S., Canada and Mexico provide limitless reach to Voila IP’s ability to serve SMB […]

Qwest Teams with Premier Partner to Serve Buca Restaurants

Qwest Communications International Inc. has signed a three-year agreement with BUCA Inc., operator of Italian restaurants under the names Buca di Beppo and Vinny T’s of Boston in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Qwest worked with Qwest Business Partner Program (QBPP) member Craig Beason, owner of Renodis.net, on the project. Using its iQ […]

ROUND TABLE

    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 […]

Move Over, Madonna!

PHONE+ IS REINVENTING ITSELF once again. Long-time readers will recall PHONE+ was founded in 1987 to serve the then newly competitive payphone and operator services industries. It has evolved over the years to serve other newly competitive markets, such as long-distance resellers, local resellers, then telephony sales agents and now next-generation telephony VARs and integrators. […]

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