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Steps to Strategic Mobility

Though enterprise mobility is still in its adolescence, the business benefits of extending information and applications to mobile workers already are apparent. Payback comes in many forms, including higher productivity, increased sales, heightened customer satisfaction, and increased talent retention. In fact, according to Gartner Inc., workers who arent mobile are quickly becoming the minority, with […]

Round Table

On the FCCs recent order requiring VoIP services and devices to include access for subscribers with disabilities This accessibility is critical in order to promote the independence of persons with disabilities, participation in our society, and critical access in emergency situations.Jonathan Adelstein, Democratic FCC commissioner We continue to evaluate the remaining obligations including: numbering (access […]

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 […]

Wireless VARs: Step Up Your Game

THROUGH NO TRYING of their own, AT&T/Cingular, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc.s direct sales channels have dominated the delivery of solutions to SMBs. These traditional mobility/cellular service providers have invested heavily in their telemarketing and retail store environments, expecting to drive their future business sales and support through these channels. They […]

Senate Takes First Step Toward Modernizing 911 Systems

The Senate has passed a homeland security bill that includes funds for public safety answering points (PSAPs) to upgrade systems to accommodate E911. The Senate on Tuesday evening passed the Improving America’s Security by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, which included an amendment sponsored by Sens. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and […]

AT&T: Buying BellSouth Logical Next Step

Calling the acquisition of BellSouth Corp. a logical next step, AT&T Inc. executives in a conference call today outlined the deals synergies, saying it means better wireless expansion and service to businesses. The $67.1 billion purchase of BellSouth means the former SBC Communications Inc. will have gobbled up rivals AT&T Corp. and BellSouth Corp. and […]

One Step at a Time

LAST YEAR, I TRAINED FOR A half-marathon, but I didnt run in it. Why? My excuse was work got in the way, and to a certain degree, it did. Letting it interfere was rather silly since two weeks before the marathon I ran 15 miles, so I was totally capable of running the race. It […]

Arizona Corporation Commission Approves SBC-AT&T Merger

The Arizona Corporation Commission on Friday approved the merger of SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp. The step completes regulatory reviews in 35 of 36 states with clearance processes. The merger is expected to close later this year.

Equinix Head to Step Down

Equinix Inc., provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, said today its president and COO Phil Koen plans to resign on March 2, 2006. Koen will continue to advise the company as a strategic advisor after March 2. He joined Equinix in July 1999 as CFO and helped the company secure more than […]

One Small Step Toward VoIP

Enterprises of all sizes and their solutions providers are finding in many cases migrating to VoIP can be akin to a trip to the moon with equipment, coordination and expense required for launch much more than they expected or can bear. Vendors now are addressing this reality with migration appliances as stop-gap solutions or even […]

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