CoStreet Appoints Director of Carrier Sales

CoStreet Communications, a Louisiana-based network integrator, has hired Linda Michaels as director of carrier sales. Michaels most recently served as managing director of sales for Universal Access in Chicago. She has worked in telecom for more than 16 years; before Universal Access, Michaels worked as strategic accounts director for Progress Telecom. In her new position, […]

Caucus Calls on Lawmakers to Protect Rural Interests in Telecom Reform

In support of small phone companies and consumers in rural America, more than 60 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter outlining principles Congress should adopt when reforming telecommunications law. The principles endorsed by the Congressional Rural Caucus called on lawmakers to preserve federal subsidies that support nationwide telecom services at affordable rates […]

FCC Says AT&T Avoids Millions of Dollars in Payments

In a case involving prepaid calling cards, federal regulators on Wednesday said AT&T Corp. unlawfully avoided paying millions of dollars in connection fees and universal service contributions that subsidize telecommunications services across the country. FCC Chairman Michael Powell said the $160 million AT&T avoided in universal service contributions on enhanced prepaid calling cards since 1999 […]

Universal Access Announces Real-Time Pricing, Configuration

Universal Access (Booth 704) is demonstrating a suite of information product offerings, including its latest customer information tool, the Universal Solutions Exchange (USX). The company says its new private line pricing and configuration tool gives customers creative and cost-effective circuit design solutions by accessing data from their information database of over 135 carrier options. The […]

News Briefs

VoIP network operator PointOne Inc. is buying some of the assets of IP services provider Callipso Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September. Namely, PointOne is acquiring Callipso’s existing customers, and taking over service and support responsibilities. “Given the similarities in the networks, points of interconnection and advanced VoIP infrastructures between PointOne and […]

Few Differences In Bush, Kerry Telecom Platforms

President Bush and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry have vowed to expand high-speed Internet access in the country and make more spectrum available, but executives and analysts see few differences in their telecommunications platforms. The president says Americans should have universal, affordable access to broadband technology by 2007. Kerry has pledged to speed up the adoption […]

Will Diversification Save Universal Access?

With a stock price hovering around $1 and a disclosure that its auditor has expressed doubt about the company’s ability to continue, Universal Access Global Holdings Inc. has seen better days. The company warned in regulatory filings it might be forced to seek bankruptcy court protection if it cannot raise capital or improve its operations. […]

Universal Access Introduces Intelligence Product Line

Universal Access (Booth 620), a communications network integrator, recently introduced a new line of products — UAInfo products — that provides exclusive network infrastructure intelligence designed to help carriers and service providers with network research, engineering, competitive analysis, and sales and marketing in the United States. UAInfo is made up of three distinct products – […]

FCC Begins Long Journey to Writing VoIP Rules

The FCC on Thursday officially began the long journey to writing rules governing the regulation of phone services that are routed over Internet Protocol networks. Based on the premise that Internet services should remain largely unregulated, the FCC opened a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on a variety of issues related to Internet-based […]

Phone Plus Prepaid: Proposed Changes to Dial-Around Compensation, Universal Service Funding Could Impact Prepaid Providers

Posted: 3/2003 Proposed Changes to Dial-Around Compensation, Universal Service Funding Could Impact Prepaid Providers By Khali Henderson At the end of 2002, there was movement on two regulatory issues — dial-around compensation and universal service reform — that impact prepaid service providers. Unfortunately, the direction is contrary to prepaid providers’ interests, according to the International […]

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