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RCN and Neon: A Match Made in Wholesale Heaven?

RCN Corp.s recent acquisition of NEON Communications Group could be an ideal pairing or a flop waiting to happen it all depends on who you talk to. To RCN, a cableco competing against Verizon Communications Inc. for triple-play subscribers, a merger with retailer/wholesaler NEON provides complementary customers and network assets. Together, RCN and NEON will […]

Integra Snaps Up Rival Eschelon

CLEC merger fever on the East Coast is spreading to the West Coast. Integra Telecom Inc. announced on Tuesday it is buying rival CLEC Eschelon Telecom Inc. for $30 per share, or approximately $566 million. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. Integra is based in Portland, Ore., and serves business throughout […]

FDN Makes Management Changes

Florida-based FDN Communications has named Kevin Smith chief marketing officer and Jim DaBramo executive vice president of strategic sales. Smith, who has been with the company since 1999 and was vice president of marketing, will oversee all company marketing and promotional efforts. He also will focus on developing customer services and programs geared specifically toward […]

James M. Smith

THEN: Jim Smith was a partner at the law firm, Pierson, Ball & Dowd, and outside general counsel to COMPTEL, the competitive telecommunications association. It was the year of the original  Triennial Review, recalls Smith, noting Judge Harold Greenes review of the RBOC line-of-business restrictions in the Modified Final Judgment, which had gone into effect in […]

Judy Reed Smith

THEN: In 1987, Judy Reed Smith had a new doctoral degree and “a job with three gray-haired experts doing strategy consulting.” Her first telecom project, for a major international incumbent telco, was to information from sales person to installation. “We found the information was re-keyed through seven different software systems before provisioning was complete,” she […]

Verizon Sends Invites to 2007 Solutions Partners

Agents were expected to begin receiving invitations to participate in the 2007 Verizon Solutions Partner Program as early as today. The offers, however, do not contain terms and conditions for representing Verizon Business accounts. Jim Smith, a spokesperson for Verizon Communications Inc., said invitations were sent by mail this morning at 1 a.m., so agents […]

Roundtable Presents Wholesale Survival Tips

Convergence and consolidation are among the factors changing the carrier landscape, and urging wholesalers to revisit and reinvent their business models. To discuss the changes in the market as well as trends and opportunities, COMPTEL has assembled a panel of wholesale executives for an hour-long roundtable this morning. These include Michael Friloux, COO for Citynet; […]

Carrier Panelists Share Strategies for Finding, Acquiring Funding

Before service providers can say show me the money, they need to understand exactly what venture capitalists and investment banks are looking for when they consider doling out funds. In the session Finance-able Service Providers: Finding and Securing Funds from Investors, panelists will discuss just what it takes to secure the public or private financing […]

ATIS Forum Offers Clarity on Hot Technologies

Top technologists from the big four incumbent telcos yesterday at The ATIS Technology Forum laid out their visions for the converged, next-generation network. But rather than simply fueling hype about technologies like IMS, VoIP and WiMAX, these executives offered a dose of reality. While all the panelists agreed that IMS — and the vendor community […]

ATIS Forum Offers Clarity on Hot Technologies: VoIP, IMS,WiMAX

Top technologists from the big four incumbent telcos yesterday at The ATIS Technology Forum laid out their visions for the converged, next-generation network. But rather than simply fueling hype about technologies like IMS, VoIP and WiMAX, these executives offered a dose of reality. While all the panelists agreed IMS and the vendor community working on […]

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