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COMPTEL Reports Highest Attendance in Two Years

The COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2007 Convention & EXPO in Las Vegas opened to higher attendance and greater activity than the show has seen in two years. The show is really taking off, said Earl Comstock, president and CEO of COMPTEL, in his opening remarks. More than 2,400 people had registered to attend and 130-plus exhibitors […]

The Essential Guide to Channel Partners Swag

Trade show-compatible shoes: check! Logoed golf shirts: check! Aspirin for show floor aches and pains: check! Gambling money: check! Several thousand business cards: check! Yep it looks like youre ready for the Channel Partners Conference & Expo! But as you pack, please remember to bring an extra suitcase youre going to need it for all […]

Regulators Not Paying Attention

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO We see that the Pennsylvania courts rule that the merger of Verizon and MCI should not have been approved. Once again regulators have failed to protect the ratepayers. In the case of Verizon and Pennsylvania, Verizon is being sued by TeleTruth for collecting $2 billion of rate increases that were granted […]

Has It Been That Long?

DOING ANYTHING WORTHWHILE FOR 20 years is remarkable, isnt it? This year, PHONE+ will mark two decades covering the communications industry. (Yes, its been that long.) This achievement is all the more noteworthy given the instability of the newly competitive market. I use the term newly on purpose since the past 20 years spans the […]

20th Anniversary

Its challenging at best to squeeze in 20 years of history be it a magazine or an industry into a few pages. So, in marking the 20th anniversary of PHONE+, well just hit the highlights with a look at the magazine, industry leaders, companies, associations and policies then and now. Then, of course, is 1987 […]

PHONE+ Celebrates Two Decades

20th Anniversary Technology Then & Now People Then & Now Companies Then & Now Associations Then & Now Policy Then & Now Thanks for the Memories

Ernie Kelly

THEN: In 1987, Ernie Kelly was working for the Communications Satellite Corp. (COMSAT) as director of government relations. AT&T was the big boy on the telecom block, doing everything it could to bully and intimidate competitors, he recalls of that year. NOW: Today, he is a self-employed consultant in the telecom industry, a role that […]

FCC Lawyer: McDowell Can Vote on AT&T-BellSouth Merger

The FCCs general counsel late Friday issued analysis permitting Republican commissioner Robert McDowell to vote on the pending AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger if he so chooses. McDowell had recused himself from the proceedings because he came to the FCC from COMPTEL, a competitive carrier association that opposes recent Bell megamergers. However, McDowell was not involved […]

BandTel Unveils VAR Program

BandTel LLC, a provider of SIP trunking services, unveiled Monday its new VAR program. The commission-based program has two options to choose from with each new customer agreement. The first allows VARs to receive 15 percent of each customers total usage cost on a monthly basis. The second allows resellers to receive 10 percent of […]

Consolidation Ripples Through the Channel

AS THE PACE OF CONSOLIDATION has picked up in the carrier market, so too has it accelerated in the agent market. The formation of X4 Communications from three master agencies in spring 2004 kicked off the string of transactions. The next pairings of note were Association Resource Group (ARG) and Paladin Solutions Group in spring […]

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