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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 […]

TRAGEDY 2.0

This is the first issue of PHONE+ since the massacre at Virginia Tech some 45 days after the event. I point this out on purpose because the monthly magazine cycle stands in sharp contrast to electronic journalism. But even TV and online dailies are no match for the youwitness variety that characterized the most recent […]

Beyond Geeks: How Digium Plans to Grow Asterisk*

Beyond Geeks: How Digium Plans to Grow Asterisk* If you think Asterisk is for geeks, you have another think coming. So, say executives at Digium Inc. The open-source IP PBX software company is retooling its offer to cross the chasm from early adopters to mainstream small and midsize business users.

Left Behind

Attention traditional telephony agents: the VoIP train is leaving the station and you better run like hell to jump on the caboose. I hope that visual puts your dilemma in perspective. Your providers are looking past you to other indirect partners to sell their services because you are not keeping up. The world is changing. […]

Call for Speakers for Channel Partners Expo Secaucus

Plans for the Fall Channel Partners Conference & Expo are underway! Happening this year from Sept. 26-28 in Secaucus, N.J., the event promises to mirror the success of Las Vegas. Interested in participating? Submit your speaker suggestions and/or seminar proposal! What topics do you think the channel should be more knowledgeable on? You can submitt applications by […]

What Does Football Have to Do With It?

The keynote address at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo was the inimitable Joe Theismann — NFL football great. You probably heard that he was well-received by the mostly-male crowd at the show. Personally, I was impressed at how many times he jumped up on the riser/stage given his bum leg and advancing years (I’m […]

Nextlink Adds Turnkey Resale Option

Carriers carrier Nextlink Wireless Inc. launched in October a new reseller program that includes not only the typical arms-length carrier agreement, but also a turnkey option for resellers of its broadband wireless network. The launch follows an August announcement that XO Communications Inc., Nextlinks sister company, is selling Nextlinks broadband wireless access services in nine […]

InfoHighway CEO: CLEC Industry Needs to Wake Up And Grow Up

InfoHighways Raul Martynek Eureka Networks and InfoHighway Communications Corp. merged last year to create one of the largest CLECs in the Northeast with annual sales of more than $100 million. The combined company now serves approximately 14,000 SMBs in 14 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states with traditional and next-generation telecom services. In August 2006, on the […]

Broadview CEO: Operating Leverage Does Matter

Broadview’s Mike Robinson Eighteen months after Broadview Networks Inc. completed its merger with BridgeCom, the company announced in June 2006 another transaction — this time an acquisition of ATX Communications Inc. The combined company creates a CLEC operating in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states with revenue of around $400 million. PHONE+ Editor Khali Henderson spoke […]

PAETEC CFO: US LEC The Best Fit

PAETECs Keith Wilson In mid-August, US LEC and PAETEC Communications announced their plans to merge to for a $1.3 billion CLEC — one of a handful of billion-dollar competitive providers. Just days after the merger, PHONE+ Business Editor Kelly Teal spoke with PAETEC CFO Keith Wilson about becoming a public company, its future M&A plans […]

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