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Managed Services Position the Channel as Trusted Partners

The term managed service means different things to different people. But for the channel, managed service is really about making service procurement, cost control and related concerns, well, more manageable for the customer. Thats the word from Ben Henkels, principal of Communication Management Partners, a Spokane, Wash.-based brokerage and consulting firm. Henkels is a speaker […]

So Long, Twombly, We Hardly Knew You

When the Supreme Court recently dismissed a consumers telecom antitrust suit, judges also disappointed industry insiders who hoped suspected Bell collusion would be brought to light. The Bell Atlantic v. Twombly case didnt promise to directly affect entities such as CLECs unless judges agreed the arguments had merit. All along, however, the likelihood of justices […]

Readying for Apples iPhone

You may have heard that the iPhone is set to arrive this week. The sleek little $500 device will be available June 29 and is getting its close-up in Time magazine, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal, while generating a bevy of press relations announcements from partner vendors and starring in a series of demo […]

FCC Seeks Comments on Net Neutrality

Comments to the FCC are due June 15 regarding the agencys inquiry into net neutrality. Reply comments will be due a month later, on July 16. Commissioners in March agreed to investigate whether net neutrality is a problem. It especially wants to know whether anyone has specific examples of beneficial or harmful behavior. FCC www.fcc.gov

Jury in Nacchio Trial Disbands Until Monday

The trial of Joe Nacchio, former CEO for Qwest Communications International Inc., wrapped for the Easter weekend on Thursday, after a morning of testimony from business mogul Philip Anschutz. The Denver Post reported that Nacchio told Anschutz in 2001 he wanted to resign because his son had tried to commit suicide. Nacchio didnt quit; instead, […]

FCC Investigates Net Neutrality

Groups across the spectrum, from consumer advocates to broadband providers, reacted favorably to the FCCs announcement on Thursday that it will study whether net neutrality problems exist and, if so, whether they should be regulated. Debates over net neutrality took center stage last year as Congress attempted a rewrite of the 1996 Telecom Act. Content […]

Jury Ponders Whether Vonage Infringed on Verizon Patents

Jurors on Wednesday started deliberating whether Verizon Communications Inc.s claim that Vonage Holdings Corp. infringed on its patents has merit. Lawyers for both companies wrapped up closing arguments in federal court in Virginia. Reuters reported that jurors asked the judge for permission to work into the night, since they hoped to reach a verdict soon. […]

Twombly Case Not Just Telecom Antitrust Suit

The case many experts call the most important antitrust suit in 20 years would, if decided in favor of the plaintiff, impact industries across the board, far beyond telecom. That is the contention of industry watchers keeping an eye on the Bell Atlantic (Verizon Communications Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc., SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth […]

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 […]

The Last Supper?

Level 3 Communications Inc.s hunger for M&A seems to be satisfied with the $1.4 billion purchase of Broadwing Corp., with CEO James Crowe admitting as much in an October investor conference call. Were going to work hard to do what we have already taken on, he said, adding the companys appetite for further acquisitions is […]

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