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Verizon Workers OK Strike if Necessary

Union workers say Verizon Communications simply wants too many concessions, so theyre committed to go on strike if nothing changes before their three-year contract expires soon.

Thoughts on the FCC

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Special access pricing flexibility. Forbearance petitions. The 700MHz wireless spectrum auction rules. These are just some of the major issues facing the FCC now. (The FCC has not ruled on long ignored issues such as inter-carrier compensation, virtual-NXX, and USF reform, but has had plenty of time for indecency). I did […]

Forbearance Frenzy

Forbearance Frenzy When the FCC early last year relieved Verizon Communications Inc. of broadband services regulations, the agency essentially invited a crush of me too forbearance petitions from the LECs. Many of those pleas come up for a vote or time extension this summer. The additional three months is more than likely to be imposed.

McDowell Wont Vote on AT&T-BellSouth Merger

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell late Monday announced he will not vote on the pending $85 billion merger between AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. Late last week, the FCCs general counsel, Samuel Feder, wrote in an analysis that McDowell could indeed take part in the matter, if he so chose. It was not known which way […]

Nominate Service Providers for TA’s “2007 Members Choice” Awards

By Dan Baldwin, TelecomAssociation President Agents and partners are playing the role of Santa this holiday season as they check their vendor lists to see which telecom and technology service providers have been naughty and which ones have been nice. The nice vendors get one or more TA “2007 Members Choice Award” nominations in their […]

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 […]

Show Your Voice, Vote “Members Choice” at TAvote.com

2007 “Members Choice Awards” Voting Launched by TelecomAssociation By Dan Baldwin, Telecom Association President Calling all agents, channel partners and solutions providers: Which telecom and technology vendors have earned the right to call themselves the “Members Choice” for 2007? Once per year, the telecom agent, solutions provider and channel partner members of TelecomAssociation (TA) tell […]

FCC Cancels October Meeting on Proposed Merger

The FCC on Friday afternoon canceled its meeting to discuss, and most likely vote on, the pending AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger. An FCC spokesman said only that Democratic Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein had requested reviews of the mergers requirements, with Chairman Kevin J. Martin responding in a letter and postponing the […]

FCC Postpones AT&T-BellSouth Vote

The FCC has postponed its consideration of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger until Friday. The agency was scheduled to discuss the matter today at its regular monthly meeting, but analyst reports point out the two Democratic commissioners are balking at the apparent lack of conditions being imposed on the merger. The Department of Justice (DoJ) […]

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