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Verizon: VoIP is VoIP

Verizon Communications Inc. has asked the FCC to regulate all VoIP services and providers not just over-the-top companies such as Vonage Holdings Corp. on an interstate basis. Such a move would override state authority. It also could impact the rules governing how competitors interconnect with incumbents networks Verizons proposal comes as part of its continued […]

Panels Look at Forbearance Effects, State Views

Two of todays regulatory sessions take a look at some of the unknowns in telecom. The first session, Life After Forbearance, examines whats likely to happen if the ILECs continue getting forbearance from portions of the 1996 Telecom Act. So far the incumbents have convinced the FCC to loosen the rules governing special access and […]

New York Certifies New Provider/Reseller

New York State officials have certified MSTI Holdings Inc. as a facilities-based telecom provider and reseller. The company, a subsidiary of Microwave Satellite Technologies Inc., sells quad-play services to residents, hotels and businesses. MSTI Holdings plans to expand into other markets as it is able. MST Inc. www.mst-online.com

Proposed Interim Cap First Step in USF Overhaul

High in Missouris northeastern corner, in a pocket perhaps best known for guided deer and turkey hunts, managers of a local telephone cooperative are keeping an eye on federal Universal Service Fund (USF) reform efforts. The 55-year-old Mark Twain Rural Telephone Co. serves 4,500 subscribers across eight counties, and its costs are about four times […]

Round Table

On the recent Congressional push to keep Internet access services such as Web hosting tax-free [T]he fledgling industry argument for Internet services in the United States is no longer relevant. Electronic commerce is a mature and important part of the U.S. and international economy. The continued moratorium on taxing charges for Internet access should be […]

AT&T Pledges $335M for Missouri Network

AT&T said Tuesday it plans to invest $335 million in network upgrades and expansions to deliver video, VoIP and Internet to customers in Missouri after the state approved pro-AT&T legislation. Although the company said the spending will cover fiber network upgrades and other new technology to bring video and Internet services to Missouri, the company […]

FCC Releases CPNI Order

The FCC is requiring landline and wireless carriers to adopt more safeguards that bar pretexting, or the unauthorized disclosure of consumers phone records. The order on customer proprietary network information (CPNI) contains several provisions, among them the requirement that carriers including VoIP providers cannot release call records unless the caller provides a correct password. Otherwise, […]

OnForce Launches MarketView Index

OnForce has launched MarketView Index, which is a real-time tool providing a comprehensive picture of the national, regional and local landscape of on-site IT services, the company said. The OnForce MarketView Index enables users to see a state-by-state view of vital statistics such as service provider coverage, most recent pricing and 90-day average pricing and […]

Sell Results

WHETHER YOU ARE BRAND new to sales or a seasoned veteran, the world of business-to-business selling can be a little intimidating. Competition is fierce, and differentiating yourself from all the other companies who sell identical (or nearly identical) products and services is more challenging than ever. Being just as good, but cheaper than the other […]

Personality+

Tom Wheeler Most people would agree that in the past two decades, e-mail has forever changed the way people communicate. However, industry pundit Tom Wheeler might argue that this instantaneous communication was used in its purest form more than a century ago not to mention the shaping effects these early correspondences had on our nations […]

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