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Congress Proposes to Repeal 3 Percent Excise Tax

A group of House representatives is calling for the end of a telephony excise tax that mostly affects low-income, elderly and rural citizens. Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Gary Miller, R-Calif., introduced the Telephone Excise Repeal Act of 2007 on Wednesday. Telecom companies and associations support the proposal. Congress […]

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 […]

Etex Telephone Cooperative to use OSG

OSG Billing Services said Wednesday it will manage invoice presentment and distribution services for ETEX Telephone Cooperative, a telecom provider that services more than 17,000 members in rural Texas. ETEX provides communications, entertainment and information services. It had conducted billing in house, but said use of employees time, postal costs and new regulations were reasons […]

Sphere Builds Web Server Into IP PBX

Sphere Communications has built a Web server into its Sphericall IP PBX, and is showcasing the upgrade at the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The enhancement delivers unified communications, and video and Internet/intranet information to new micro-browser-based IP telephones from Polycom and Aastra, as well as integrated IP video phones from […]

Senate Criminalizes Pretexting

The Senate this weekend passed a bill that criminalizes pretexting, or the act of fraudulently obtaining consumers private phone records. The push to make pretexting illegal stemmed from the HP scandal earlier this year, when the company used private detectives to get phone records of journalists, managers and directors. The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection […]

UDP Adds Customers to Roster

UDP (Booth 619) has finalized billing service agreements with a number of communication companies: Valley Telephone Cooperative, an ILEC in Ramondville, Texas; ATX Communications, a provider of voice, data and network security services; OneEighty Networks, a provider of broadband Internet, private line and hosting services out of Montana; and Tel West Network Services, a facilities-based […]

Grande Hires New Senior Vice President

Grande Communications (Booth 700) has appointed Jeff Brennan as the new senior vice president of business services. He will lead the wholesale and enterprise departments at Grande. Brennan was the former vice president of Sprint-Nextel Corp.s public sector for the western region. I was always impressed by Jeffs work at Sprint, said Grande CEO Roy […]

sentitO Networks, Stealth Communications, Expand Partnership

sentitO Networks (Booth 309) and Stealth Communications Inc. (Booth 101) have announced the successful interoperability of sentitos Open Network Exchange (ONX) IVG1200 Intelligent Voice and Proxy7 Signaling Gateways with Stealths Voice Peering Fabric (VPF) ENUM Registry. The combination of ENUM support with sentitOs media and signaling gateways enables VoIP providers to complete voice calls on […]

Tekelec Gear Powers Nevada Telephones Enhanced VoIP Services

Las Vegas CLEC Nevada Telephone is using Tekelecs (Booth 501) entire switching portfolio to offer new, high-demand VoIP services and add thousands of subscribers to its customer base. Tekelecs next-generation switching solutions have enabled us to launch and expand our portfolio of VoIP services to support our growing subscriber base, generate significant revenues, and realize […]

FCC Rejects Fones4All Petition

Advocates of the competitive telecom industry are decrying the FCCs denial of Fones4Alls year-old petition for relief from rules stemming from the Triennial Review and Remand Order (TRRO). Late last week, the FCC turned down the CLECs request that it be able to more easily access incumbents network elements, so it could provide subsidized basic […]

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