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Deal or no deal? Sprint/T-Mobile waits until September

Posted on by David Rohde

If there’s going to be a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, it looks like it’s not going to be announced next month. Maybe everybody should mark their calendars for Tuesday, September 2. That’s the day after the U.S. Labor Day … Continue reading


A big cable merger may not be the best path to a big enterprise footprint

Posted on by David Rohde

If the biggest problem in the enterprise market for cable companies is their scattered footprints, might this be one case where a giant merger actually works to users’ benefit by consolidating territories? It’s a live question now that arguably the … Continue reading


Cox purchase of Tulsa CLEC to have wider implications

Posted on by David Rohde

It’s a telecom headline that sounds routine but isn’t. EasyTEL, a non-incumbent metro provider (or what everybody used to call a CLEC) with strong brand recognition in Tulsa, Okla., is being purchased by cable giant Cox Communications. Three aspects of this … Continue reading


SIP over MPLS? Check. Packaged LD pricing? Check. Concurrent call pooling? Well …

Posted on by David Rohde

Looking out over the term of their next carrier deal, enterprise users face the possibility that by the time of contract expiration, the Public Switched Telephone Network will be gone. Or at least you get that idea from the noises … Continue reading


VoIP and SIP are great! Now make sure it’s legal

Posted on by David Rohde

Recently I’ve drawn a number of analogies between the migration to SIP Trunking and past migrations of enterprise network services. But there’s one way in which this movement is very different than changes from private line to frame relay to … Continue reading


The looming spectrum shortage: A threat to telecom budgets or a scare tactic?

Posted on by Dorothy Nederman

The following is a guest post by TC2 Analyst Dorothy Nederman, who is based in Washington, D.C. Here in Washington, where public policy and private interests clash every day, the big telecom players are adept at framing their own positions … Continue reading


USF contribution factor dips a little … very little

Posted on by David Rohde

Don’t let this brighten your day! The universal service surcharge is dropping from 17.9% to 17.4% on April 1. Whoop-de-doo. In a sense, the small amount of the change illustrates the way that other factors affect your surcharge situation more … Continue reading


USF surcharge factor reaches yet another record high

Posted on by Andrew Brown

The following is a guest post by LB3 partner Andrew Brown, who is based in Washington, D.C. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission officially announced that the Universal Service Fund contribution factor – the percentage surcharge that appears each month … Continue reading