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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 […]

Special Access Revisited

Next to forbearance, many wireless providers and CLECs list special access as their top regulatory concern. How, they ask, will they compete if the FCC continues to reduce government oversight of circuit pricing and accessibility? Now, at the behest of a head House Democrat, not of its own accord, the FCC looks to ask itself […]

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 […]

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  Vol 21, No. 9 September 2007   SHOP TALK SUNROCKET CRASHES TMC GIVES AGENTS CUSTOMERS SPECIAL TREATMENT VOCIO TAILORS TEM FOR SMBS INTELLIVERSE CUTS CHANNEL STAFF NEWS BRIEFS PORTFOLIO HIGHER CALLING Hosted contact center solutions help agents move up the VoIP value chain. GIGABIT GOLD How agents can profit from the big bandwidth boom by […]

TMC Gives Agents Customers Special Treatment

TMC Communications believes in playing favorites and its working. Back in January 2006, TMC launched a Premier Services Program to provide an enhanced service level to its larger billers in order to help its agents maintain and retain these valued customers. Since introducing the program, customer retention has improved and attrition has decreased by 34.8 […]

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 […]

AT&T-BellSouth Merger Hits Hurdles

WITH THE FCCS APPROVAL of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger in mid-October fraught by last-minute deal-brokering and controversy, agency Chairman Kevin J. Martin canceled consideration of the transaction altogether until November. He said he was responding to concerns voiced by Democratic Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein, although other factors likely came into […]

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