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So Long, Twombly, We Hardly Knew You

When the Supreme Court recently dismissed a consumers telecom antitrust suit, judges also disappointed industry insiders who hoped suspected Bell collusion would be brought to light. The Bell Atlantic v. Twombly case didnt promise to directly affect entities such as CLECs unless judges agreed the arguments had merit. All along, however, the likelihood of justices […]

iPhone Due June 29

Apple Inc.s iPhone will be released June 29 according to TV and Internet commercials the company began airing over the weekend. The much anticipated device, which will include Web, phone and iPod capabilities, will cost $499 for a 4GB version and $599 for the 6GB product. AT&T Inc. will be the exclusive carrier for the […]

Internet Taxation Ban Attracts Congressional Debate

Four bills addressing Internet taxation are pending in Congress as House and Senate committees this week held hearings on the matter. The original moratorium banning Internet taxes will expire Nov. 1, unless lawmakers extend the date or institute a permanent freeze. Companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. support a permanent ban on Internet access taxes […]

PowerNet Global Communications Provides Update on VoIP Strategy

As the telecommunications industry continues to consolidate, and margins decrease, PowerNet Global Communications (Booth 421) has recognized that providing competitively priced solutions on its own VoIP/data network(s) will allow it to continue to provide agents with quality and enhanced offerings, while maintaining its commitment to deliver high commission percentages to the agents it serves. Over […]

FIT TO BE UNTIED

Prepaid Cellular Goes Card-less Data Guard Systems Inc., which develops online business management software, has debuted its CellularManager Prepaid OnDemand platform, an enhancement to the companys CellularManager point-of-sale and enterprise management software. CellularManager Prepaid OnDemand allows cellular retailers, wholesalers and master agents to generate new revenue by selling prepaid cellular minutes, in real time, over […]

D&H Distributes TalkSwitch Phone Systems

TalkSwitch now markets its phone systems through D&H Distributing Co. Inc., which has 12,000 reseller agents in the United States. The deal takes effect immediately. D&H has a distinguished history as one of the most trusted electronics distributors in the United States, said Jan Scheeren, president and CEO of TalkSwitch. They have ubiquitous coverage, outstanding […]

911 Enable Beckons U.S. Partners

Canada-based 911 Enable on Wednesday launched its agent partner program in the United States. The company, which resells turnkey E911 services enabled by TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (TCS), is targeting IP PBX vendors and agents, VARs and regular resellers, and systems integrators that sell to SMBs. The idea is for partners to refer 911 Enable service […]

Twombly Case Not Just Telecom Antitrust Suit

The case many experts call the most important antitrust suit in 20 years would, if decided in favor of the plaintiff, impact industries across the board, far beyond telecom. That is the contention of industry watchers keeping an eye on the Bell Atlantic (Verizon Communications Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc., SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth […]

News Briefs

After months of speculation, it looks like the Sprint Nextel Corp.-cableco joint venture is about to bear fruit. The wireless operator told USA Today that Time Warner Cable and Comcast Communications will go live with cell service in a handful of markets by the end of 2006, with full deployments scheduled for the months following. […]

Associations Then & Now

LONG-DISTANCE THEN: COMPTEL, the result of the 1984 merger of the Association of Long Distance Telephone Companies (ALTEL) and the American Council of Competitive Communications (ACCC), expanded its focus on long-distance competitors to include local, wireless and Internet service providers. NOW: COMPTEL now represents nearly 300 service providers and their suppliers. It has acquired three […]

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