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Like a Rock: Granite Grows on Solid Performance

Truth be told, I wasn’t easily sold on the idea of writing an article about Granite Telecommunications LLC. Really, what’s so interesting about a POTS reseller? The good folks over there, including CEO Rob Hale, a longtime industry friend, readily admits there’s not one thing sexy about it – until you consider that the privately-held […]

End of an Era?

In the saga of the post-UNE-P world, Trinsic Inc. has entered a new chapter 11, that is. After years of customer losses, overspending and botched service offerings, the former Z-Tel Technologies Inc., the one-time star of competitive telecom, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Executives touted plans to emerge from bankruptcy with absolved balance sheets and […]

No Parking

AS POST-UNE-P COMMERCIAL services agreements with the Bells come due over the next couple of years, former UNE-P resellers are evaluating their options and looking for certainty. Some are finding alternatives to the incumbents in the increasing number of UNE-P replacement offers for large competitive carriers. In many instances, though, Bell contracts remain the best […]

MetTel, Verizon Agreement Extended

Metropolitan Telecommunications Inc. (MetTel) said Tuesday it has extended its wholesale agreement with Verizon Communications Inc. The companies originally signed a deal in December 2004; that contract replaced MetTels UNE-P arrangement with Verizon, since the FCC had just announced it would eliminate UNE-P requirements. MetTel serves customers in the same 28 states as Verizon. Nationally, […]

McLeodUSA Offers Expanded Wholesale Local Voice, Carrier Data Offerings

McLeodUSA Inc. announced at the COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2006 Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., an expanded product suite of wholesale local voice and carrier data offerings. McLeodUSA now offers two major local voice services to carriers as part of it wholesale product portfolio. This expansion of our wholesale local voice product suite will help […]

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 […]

Vycera Returns to Texas, Cali

San Diego-based Vycera Communications Inc. is back in California and Texas, after a year-long hiatus following the demise of UNE-P. Its CLEC services for Spanish-speaking consumers will be supported through a new interconnection agreement with AT&T Inc. The pact provides Vycera with service delivery in the two most heavily populated Hispanic states, which combined have […]

Jalkut Weighs in on Future of Telecom

Dick Jalkut, a 35-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, on Wednesday talked about life after UNE-P in an industry address that melded historical and current events to highlight where telecom is headed. Jalkut is president and CEO of TelePacific Communications, a California-based CLEC. Years ago, he led NYNEX Corp., the New York carrier that eventually […]

Final Curtain Falls on UNE-P

MARCH 11, 2006, IS THE day UNE-P lease rates become mere footnotes to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The day has been anticipated for a few years and been part of the official record since the FCCs ruling in December 2004. Because of this long lead time, the deadline is a non-event in the industry, […]

Moving Up or Moving Out

AFTER YEARS OF CONTINUOUS legal salvos, the UNE-P debate is over. Many UNE-P contracts will revert to higherpriced total resale rate plans as of March 11, the final date set by the FCC for the yearlong phaseout of the wholesale offer (see related story on Page 41). Anticipating this change, UNE-P resellers will be either […]

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