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Monthly Archives: October 2011

AT&T’s “creation” myth: Is the message helping or hurting?

Posted on by David Rohde

AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA was a shocker when it was announced. But let’s be clear: Companies do have a right to acquire and restructure other companies unless there’s a substantial and direct anti-competitive impact on a clearly identifiable … Continue reading

The head-spinning challenge of SIP Trunking surcharge calculations

Posted on by Janis Stephens

The following is a guest post by TC2 Senior Consultant Janis Stephens, who is based in Columbus, Ohio. If you think that figuring surcharges beyond universal service is complicated, as David illustrated yesterday, wait until you start dealing with surcharges on … Continue reading

Seeing surcharges clearly through the haze of carrier terminology

Posted on by David Rohde

What on earth is Verizon’s “Carrier Cost Recovery” surcharge, and why is it on your bill? The term seems to be a parody of circular logic. Of course Verizon has “carrier costs” – Verizon’s in the carrier business. Its profit … Continue reading

Telecom carriers, junk bonds, and industry consolidation

Posted on by David Rohde

“Junk bonds” carry the connotation of a ridiculous investment, suitable only for high-risk speculators and day traders. The highly derogatory term seems to have been coined in the late 1980s, during one of the bubbles in financial markets that seem … Continue reading

For Sprint, now everything has to go right

Posted on by David Rohde

Sprint has a long and cherished history in the enterprise market. But for the last two years we’ve been expressing serious worry about the clash between its corporate strategy and the way that large business accounts work in the real … Continue reading