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Federal Lawmakers Take Time Out for Telecom Policy Issues

Congress appears to be taking a renewed interest in telecom issues. In the past week, two subcommittees have held hearings on special access, Bell forbearance petitions and copper loop retirement. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., held the first hearing last week. He is chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Kerry wanted to examine ways […]

Alltel Shareholders Approve Buyout

Alltel Corp. said Wednesday its shareholders have approved the $27.5 billion buyout by TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners. The company said approximately 97 percent of the shares voted in favor of the deal at a special meeting. The acquisition was announced in May. The Federal Communications Commission still must approve the transaction. Alltel, which […]

8×8 Signs Official Deal to Transition SunRocket Subs

8×8 Inc., provider of the Packet 8 VoIP service, is offering special rates to SunRocket Inc. subscribers in a deal negotiated by 8×8 and the firm managing SunRockets closure. 8×8 on Wednesday did not identify that firm. 8×8 said it will waive all typical start-up costs for residential plans and offer one free month of […]

CTDI Earns Cisco Special Purpose Status

Communications Test Design Inc. (CTDI) said it has earned Special Purpose Systems Integrator Channel Partner status from Cisco Systems Inc. CTDI, already a Premier Partner in Canada, was one of 20 partners selected in the Special Purpose sector. The company earned the certification for its expertise in designing, deploying and maintaining end-to-end solutions, according to […]

FCC Changes Conditions of AT&T-BellSouth Merger, Issues Order

The FCC has revised the special access conditions it imposed on its approval of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger last year. On Monday, the agency released the order finalizing the $84 billion deal. Commissioners had voted for the AT&T-BellSouth combination on Dec. 29 after much back and forth over competition protections. The order included a […]

Senate Confirms FCCs Martin for Another Term

The Senate last night unanimously approved the nomination of FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin to serve another term at the FCC. President Bush earlier this year called for Martins tenure to be extended. The 39-year-old Martin has overseen the FCC since March 2005, when he succeeded Michael Powell. Some of the issues he faces include […]

Phihongs 30W Midspan Powers WiMAX Access Points

The 30W one-port midspan from Phihong USA is now being implemented into high-power applications that implement IEEEs 802.11N standard. Designated the POE30U Series, the midspan is designed to power wireless and WiMAX access points that require up to 24 watts of power. IEEE 802.11N, the new broadband wireless standard, has driven up access point power […]

What Choice Do We Have?

While on the one hand there seems to be an amazing amount of innovation (IPTV, VoIP, content delivery) on top of carrier networks, on the other hand, competitive carriers face continued uncertainty about their futures. It seems almost paradoxical. The last time there was this much going on (we called it the Internet Boom), there […]

ESPN Hangs Up on Mobile Venture

ESPN is closing down its much-advertised, sports-themed MVNO, it announced today. The Walt Disney Co. subsidiary said it would instead pursue licensing deals for its content with other cellular operators. The MVNO launched less than a year ago to much fanfare, but failed to sign up the numbers of subscribers needed to achieve ROI no […]

Neobits Teams With TalkSwitch, Primus to Help VARs Attract Small Businesses

Distributor Neobits Inc., in conjunction with TalkSwitch and Primus Telecom, today announced a plan to help VoIP reseller partners attract small business customers. Resellers that have signed up with Neobits will be able to offer a package of Primus services to their new and existing TalkSwitch customers. That package includes four Primus trunks with eight […]

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