Progress Takes to the Air

With content and data services growing in popularity, wireless operators are feeling the heat to carry higher volumes of traffic with competitive quality of service. To aid the effort, Progress Telecom LLC has hatched PT Wireless Inc., a technology-agnostic network provider aimed at helping wireless carriers expand their capacity cost-effectively. PT Wireless is offering a […]

Got Network? Utelcos Enter Marketing Alliance

The telecommunications interests of eight utility companies have banded together to form the UTelco Alliance, a marketing affiliation that will debut at this weeks CompTel/ASCENT Convention & Expo. Members of the group at press time included Con Edison Communications, Edison Carriers Solutions, Hydro One Telecom, IdaComm Southern Telecom, Progress Telecom, PPL Telcom and SRP Telecom. […]

Exercise First-Mile Options Wisely, Panelists Advise

Telecom service providers now have first-mile alternatives to copper-based wireline connections in technologies, such as broadband wireless, fiber, satellite and BPL. Today, a panel of industry experts will discuss the viability of these technologies as well as when and where they might best be used. Roundtable participant Michael Britt, vice president of channel development, Fonix […]

AUS Expands Agent Opportunities

Alternative Utility Services (AUS) (Booth 119) is expanding its agent and referral partner program nationwide to offer deregulated gas and electricity to businesses. AUS says its has worked exclusively through channel partners to deliver savings to businesses and income to its independent agents. The company offers multiple options from referral partner, agent and master agent. […]

UTC Chairman Expresses Frustration over Spectrum Policy

United Telecom Council Chairman James Stahl on Monday expressed frustration the FCC has not given utilities dedicated spectrum to use for such emergency management purposes as dispatching crew to secure downed power lines during a natural disaster. "If I sound a little frustrated I really am," Stahl said during a UTC Telecom 2004 keynote address […]

Enter to Win Camera from DataProse

DataProse Billing Solutions (Booth 524) is offering the chance to win a Fuji FinePix 3800 digital camera. Anyone who stops by DataProse’s booth to drop off a business card is eligible to win. If the Fuji FinePix 3800 is not available, DataProse will substitute a digital camera of equal value. DataProse provides billing statements for […]

Shocking the System

Posted: 1/2004 Shocking the System Regulators Warn Against Applying Old Rules to Broadband Over Power Line By Josh Long Small Internet providers grumble a duopoly the RBOCs and cable operators controls the consumer broadband market. That might change within the next few years. The U.S. utility industry is considering whether to beam high-speed data over […]


Posted: 5/2003 Overheard… "$6 million to this ILEC is lunch money." –Consumer advocate Kathleen O’Reilly at a conference in Washington D.C. hosted by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, on the Federal Communications Commission fining SBC Communications Inc. $6 million last year for violating a condition of its merger with Ameritech. It was the […]

Wholesale Channel

Posted: 1/2002 Wholesale Channel Are Utilicoms Pulling the Plug? Energy Company Broadband Spinoffs Revisit Wholesale Strategies By Josh Long Touch America, the telecommunications subsidiary of Montana Power, has its work cut out in 2002. As of November, The Montana Power Company was working to raise $40 million, after violating credit covenants while it awaited approval […]


Posted: 1/2002 POLICY NEWS * AT&T Communications of Texas LP paid about $500,000 in internet access charges owed to XO Texas Inc. XO originally billed AT&T for those fees from April to September. When no money materialized, XO asked the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) to step in. The PUC required AT&T to pay XO’s […]

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