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PAETEC to Grow Yet Larger Through McLeodUSA Deal

Folks thought something was awry when McLeodUSA Inc.s silent period leading to what wouldve been its second IPO dragged on for months. Then news came today that the privately-owned CLEC is to be bought by PAETEC Holding Corp. in an all-stock merger worth $557 million. The deal, which consists of $492 million in PAETEC common […]

Fishing for Finance

Fishing for Finance After some slow years, private money again is fueling the communications sector. Its a breeze for the big-name companies to score funding, yet not so simple for lesser-known providers or resellers. Plus, if you dont want more than $10 million, major investment banks and venture capitalists wont even look at you. So […]

Channel Partners Expo Marks 10 Years

PHONE+ IS CELEBRATING YET ANOTHER milestone in 2007. Not only is it the magazines 20th birthday, but its trade show, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, is turning 10. After a decade, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo remains the communications industrys only event exclusively for The Channel agents, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects, wireless dealers […]

Groups to FCC: No AT&T-BellSouth Approvals Yet

Consumer and public interest groups are fighting back as media reports say FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin has circulated a draft order approving the $67 billion AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger. The document is said to contain few protections for competition or consumers, mirroring the limited approvals required for the Verizon Communications Inc.-MCI Inc. and AT&T-SBC […]

AccessLine Offers Hosted VoIP in Pacific Northwest

Hosted VoIP provider AccessLine Communications has launched its SmartVoice Service in the Pacific Northwest, selling it largely through its distributors. SmartVoice targets SMBs combining local, long-distance and toll-free services and does not require additional phone equipment. It is available in a number of Oregon and Washington cities. Most of the new Internet Protocol telephone services […]

Level 3 Rollup Strategy Making Progress

THE WHOLESALE MARKET IS in flux, illustrated by yet another strategic acquisition that narrows the field of carriers carriers. Level 3 Communications Inc. announced in late January it will buy up yet another wholesaler, Progress Telecom LLC, based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Level 3 WilTel, and Progress U.S. Networks Click to Enlarge Level 3 will […]

Copps Says U.S. Needs Broadband Strategy

Making broadband available to the masses is as important as universal access for phone service, yet the United States is “in the ditch” in terms of its worldwide ranking for broadband access, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said yesterday during a keynote speech at the NTCA show in San Diego. “It’s time to think of broadband […]

ROUND TABLE

…ON THE FCCS INTENT TO REFORM THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND, AND THE LIKELIHOOD THE COMMISSION WILL ADOPT A NUMBERSBASED SYSTEM AS OPPOSED TO THE CURRENT REVENUE METHOD THAT WOULD CHARGE EVERYBODY A USF FEE REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH THEY USE THEIR LANDLINES. This methodology has many advantages it is easy to administer, it would be […]

Premiere Conferencing Demonstrates ReadyConference Plus

For the first time since introducing ReadyConference Plus last month, Ptek Holdings Inc.’s Premiere Conferencing division (Booth 218) is demonstrating the new proprietary data collaboration and audio service at the Channel Partners trade show. Ptek Holdings provides business communications services and constantly seeks master agents and resellers. Both groups sell the company’s services, which include […]

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