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Fate of Last-Mile Venture in FCC Hands

If M2Z Networks Inc. gets its way, then competitive service providers could have another alternative to incumbent lastmile access. By press time, though, the company was ready to go to court against the FCC, citing word that Chairman Kevin Martin is prepared to reject its proposal. Read FCC Opens Unused-Spectrum Proceeding, M2Z Appeals Dismissal for […]

Qwest Again Pushes for Forbearance; CLECs Ask FCC for Rules

Qwest Communications International Inc. this week re-filed its controversial forbearance request for relief from last-mile broadband connection rules. The filing came nearly a week after Qwest withdrew its original petition because the FCC couldnt reach a consensus on the matter during its monthly meeting. Qwest submitted its new request a day after a group of […]

Judy Reed Smith

THEN: In 1987, Judy Reed Smith had a new doctoral degree and “a job with three gray-haired experts doing strategy consulting.” Her first telecom project, for a major international incumbent telco, was to information from sales person to installation. “We found the information was re-keyed through seven different software systems before provisioning was complete,” she […]

ADTRAN Takes Total Access Pure IP

ADTRAN, whose equipment has been a staple in incumbent telco networks for years, today came out with a pure IP multiservice access solution called the Total Access 5000. The introduction of this product is in recognition of the industrys convergence around IP and Ethernet, said Mike Martin, product management for the Total Access 5000, at […]

OnFiber Expands into Cincinnati

OnFiber Communications Inc. has expanded its services into Cincinnati, Ohio. The market is the companys 18th in the United States. OnFiber now has more than 5,000 route miles of fiber optic network across the country. Demand for our services is continuing to increase all across the country, says Michael Guess, COO and co-founder of OnFiber. […]

IPCCs Khalilian: CLECs Need to Embrace VoIP

Michael Khalilian, chairman and president with the International Packet Communications Consortium (IPCC), says that despite the fact that UNE-P is going away and CLECs clearly need to find new business models, CLECs as a whole are not investing in VoIP. CLECs really need to get out ahead of the curve and get into other access, […]

What Was I Thinking?

As 2004 comes to a close, it’s time for some obligatory reflection on the past 12 months. No doubt it’s been a rough one for the competitive telecom industry. This month, it awaits final rules from the FCC on how to conduct itself. Meanwhile, a gulf remains between incumbents and competitors, which rivals the gap […]

Co-opetition Comes to the Local Market

With little to sustain them in the way of wins on the regulatory front, competitive service providers are getting creative. AT&T Corp., for example, announced marketing agreements with cablecos Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Charter and Mediacom which allow AT&T to refer CallVantage purchasers to the appropriate local cable operator for the broadband connection required for […]

Telecom Taste Test?

Posted: 1/2004 Telecom Taste Test? Expert: Bell Win-Back, Cola Wars Campaigns Have Little in Common By Tara Seals In April 1985, one of the greatest missteps of modern marketing occurred: the Coca-Cola Co. unveiled New Coke, a product that lives in infamy. Not surprisingly, by July 1985, Classic Coke was back. But Coca-Colas once-mighty consumer […]

In Box

Posted: 5/2003 In Box CLECs Here to Stay The recent article on CLECs, "How the Rest Was Won," (PHONE+, March 2003) was right on. We were honored to have NetGain Communications mentioned and to have personally contributed my thoughts to the article. My comments, as presented, and our company’s position may appear contradictory. I would […]

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