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Is Google Voice a Web or a Phone Service?

Is Google Voice a traditional phone service or a Web application that in no way competes with LECs? That’s the question that lies at the heart of the Federal Communications Commission probe of the service, and the subject of much opining since the FCC launched its probe on Friday. Google was quick to weigh in […]

Google CFO to Retire

Google Inc. said Tuesday Chief Financial Officer George Reyes is retiring. The 53-year-old will remain at the Internet giant to assist in the search for his replacement and to help ease the transition. Google said it expects a new CFO to be in place by the end of the year. Reyes, who has been with […]

i2Telecom Gets $1.75 Million Investment

i2Telecom International Inc. has gotten a $1.75 million shot in the arm from venture capitalists, Cornell Capital Partners LP. i2Telecom makes the USB-compatible VoiceStick that lets users carry their phone numbers wherever they go, so they can use their softphones. The company distributes through agents and other solutions providers. Cornell already has given i2Telecom $600,000; […]

King Technologies to Distribute Samsung Products

Phone systems distributor King Technologies Inc. has become one of the first companies to sign on to resell Samsung Business Communication Systems (BCS) products, targeting the SMB market. The distributor now will offer Samsung products such as the OfficeServ 7200 VoIP platform and the technologies it supports. In addition to selling the systems, King Technologies […]

European Commission Approves Verizon-MCI Merger

European regulators today approved the merger of Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. The $8.4 billion transaction has yet to be approved in the United States, although MCI shareholders yesterday gave their thumbs-up to the deal. The European Commission determined the deal will not harm competition in the region. Verizon and MCI issued a joint […]

IDT Signs Wholesale Services Agreement with Verizon

IDT Corp. said today it has signed a long-term wholesale services agreement with Verizon Communications Inc. for local phone service. The new agreement takes effect on Aug. 1. Verizon will provide IDT, a CLEC, with dial-tone services or access to its local networks for a term lasting up to five years. The deal preserves the […]

Ebbers to Forfeit Assets

Bernie Ebbers, the former chief executive of WorldCom Inc., will have lost more than his freedom if he goes to jail for his role in the $11 billion accounting fraud that brought the telecom titan into the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. Most of Ebbers assets will be distributed to WorldCom shareholders and bondholders under […]

BellSouth Provisions Directory Assistance for Canada, Puerto Rico

BellSouth Corp. said today it now offers U.S. carrier customers international wholesale directory assistance for Canada and Puerto Rico. The offering lets carriers provide services including national directory assistance, enhanced directory assistance and international directory assistance, along with the ability to bill end users for separate types of calls.Our new international directory assistance is designed […]

PAETEC Extends MPLS Network

PAETEC Communications Inc. has grown its SECURETEC MPLS network from 27 to 151 markets. The provider says this allows it to offer a complete MPLS with quality of service to areas once considered off-net. So, if a customer has one or more sites outside of PAETEC’s traditional footprint, PAETEC now enables data traffic to pass […]

SBC, AT&T Look to Covad for Out-of-Region Broadband Reach

Counting on an approved merger, SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp. have agreed to use Covad Communications Group Inc. for extended broadband services. Such an announcement could strengthen SBC’s argument before the U.S. government that it plans to compete for residential and business customers throughout the country, ending what critics say has been an implicit […]

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