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RCN and Neon: A Match Made in Wholesale Heaven?

RCN Corp.s recent acquisition of NEON Communications Group could be an ideal pairing or a flop waiting to happen it all depends on who you talk to. To RCN, a cableco competing against Verizon Communications Inc. for triple-play subscribers, a merger with retailer/wholesaler NEON provides complementary customers and network assets. Together, RCN and NEON will […]

Independent Channel Utopia

What if agents could design the perfect alternate channel organization? Id like to give it a shot. While Im not presumptive enough to think I will cover all the bases in this article, I hope my comments inspire carriers to make some of these suggestions a reality. Why me? I have been in the telecommunications […]

Apple Rebounds From AT&T News

Apple Inc. had the last laugh at the end of the week as its stock recovered from AT&T Inc.s iPhone sales hit and soared past the all-time high set on July 20. On Thursday afternoon, Apple shares were trading for $145.60, down from an earlier afternoon price of $147.18, but still surpassing last Fridays record […]

RBOC Embarks on Qwest for New CEO

Folks used to say that the RBOCs moved in lockstep. So its interesting that just two months after Ed Whitacre announced his retirement, Qwest Communications International Inc.s Chairman and CEO Dick Notebaert has done the same. Dick Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO, announced his retirement on June 11. The head of Qwest, a long-time fixture […]

Ask Steve

Welcome to the new PHONE+ column, Ask Steve. Ive received some great questions so far and plan to tackle as many as I can in the coming months. This months inquiries focus on smaller businesses those with 20-99 employees, one-to-two IT people and one part-time IT contractor, VAR, agent or dealer. Q: Are SMBs buying […]

Platinum Uproots Trinsic Ops

Platinum Equity Group has been battening down the hatches at Florida-based Trinsic Inc., the bankrupt CLEC it bought at the end of March. Michael Rogers, the channel manager, was laid off in mid-April and CEO Trey Davis has been told he wont be part of the new company. At press time, he still was working […]

Divine Intervention: Jim Butler

Like most telecom agents, Jim Butler has decades of industry experience and sales success, including nine years as a top salesman with a regional long-distance company in Southern California along with serving as a founding member of the Agent Alliance. And like most entrepreneurs, he works long hours as founder and president of agency TeleCHOICE […]

ITS IN THE AIR

Jabra Unveils Wireless Headsets Wireless headset maker Jabra has unveiled the T5300 series for office workers. The Jabra T5330 is for landline phones and the Jabra T5320 is for softphones. The former provides a range of 33 feet from the base station. The latter operates on a Wi-Fi-compatible frequency of 2.4GHz and supports the Bluetooth […]

Vonage Shares Halt Trading in Wake of Federal Injunction

Vonage Holdings Corp. shares stopped trading on Friday afternoon after a federal judge permanently barred the company from using technology owned by Verizon Communications Inc. The decision came two weeks after a jury declared that Vonage had infringed on Verizons intellectual property. The technology involves connecting IP calls to the PSTN. On March 23, U.S. […]

McLeodUSA Again Files for IPO

McLeodUSA Inc. plans to once again go public. The CLEC on March 22 filed to sell stock worth up to $172.5 million. The company deregistered from the Nasdaq about a year ago, after its second bankruptcy. Now it proposes to trade on the Nasdaq Global Market under the new ticker symbol MUSA. The previous symbol […]

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