Rural Telecom Economics: Telergee Report Finds Revenues Up, Profits Down

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The average small rural telco saw revenues increase in 2016 but profitability declined in comparison with the previous year, according to the latest Telergee Benchmark Study. The extensive and detailed rural telecom economics report is compiled annually by The Telergee Alliance, a group of accounting...Learn More

Windstream CEO: UCaaS and SD-WAN Opportunity Leads Windstream to Rethink Their SMB Approach

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A lot of people tend to wax poetic about SD-WAN these days, but Windstream CEO Tony Thomas took it to a new level at an investor conference yesterday. A few years ago, Windstream differentiated itself through a superior customer experience but today’s differentiators also include...Learn More

Mid-Rivers Usage-Based Broadband Improves Customer Satisfaction, Take Rates

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Montana-based broadband provider Mid-Rivers Communications has taken a contrarian approach to broadband pricing, adopting a usage-based rather than a speed-tier approach. The change to usage-based broadband has increased customer satisfaction and take rates – and while margins initially dropped, profitability was back to its previous...Learn More

Illinois CLEC/ILEC Transitions to New IPTV Middleware Vendor

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January 5, 2017 — Grafton/Jerseyville IL – Citing their existing relationship and a need to stay ahead of their competitors with new features, Grafton Technologies has switched their IPTV middleware to the Innovative Systems APMAX solution. Kevin Hamilton VP of Technology for Grafton Technologies, the...Learn More

Rural Telecom Financials: Telergee Study Finds Margins and Revenues Up

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The average rural telco saw revenues increase 2.8% between 2014 and 2015, according to new research about rural telecom financials from the Telergee Alliance of accounting firms specializing in rural telecom. This is an improvement over the previous year, when margins dropped 1.7% despite a...Learn More

Report: Two Paths Emerging for Voice Network Virtualization

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It wasn’t so long ago that VoIP and softswitches appeared to be the future for telecom voice networks. But much of that equipment already is due for replacement – and rather than deploying more of the same, service providers increasingly are looking at voice network...Learn More

FCC Business Data Services Regulation Would Require Carriers to Revise Contracts

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The FCC today took the next step toward implementing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan for business data services regulation. The commission at today’s monthly FCC voted to adopt a tariff investigation order and a further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) that would re-regulate business data...Learn More

Changes to Business Data Services Regulation Would Prohibit Certain Contracts

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said yesterday that he has asked the commission to make “all or nothing” contracts illegal as part of broad changes to business data services regulation. “All or nothing” contracts, he said, require a business customer to “make all of its purchases...Learn More

Illinois CLEC Selects CDG For Billing Solution

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Champaign, IL – Communications Data Group (CDG) is pleased to announce the implementation of its online MBS billing system at Call One, a CLEC provider, located in Chicago, IL, that specializes in professional consulting services and unified communications solutions for mid-market businesses. After signing a...Learn More

Ethernet Interconnect Points Gain Support, Including From a CLEC

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The Metro Ethernet Forum’s Ethernet Interconnect Point (EIP) project gained momentum last week when Frontier, CenturyLink and competitive carrier TelePacific said they would participate in the rapid prototyping  portion of the project. The EIP initiative aims to create interconnection points through which Ethernet service providers...Learn More

FCC Releases Price Data in $40 Billion Special Access Market

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The FCC late last week moved a step closer to resolving the long-open issue of how much flexibility incumbent carriers should have in setting pricing for the special access circuits that they sell to other carriers and to enterprise customers. The commission said it would...Learn More

TNS: Cable Large-Business Market Share Climbs to 17%

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Cable service providers have been making inroads into the large-business market for voice and data services over the course of the past two years, according to business consulting and research provider TNS. Incumbent telcos are most vulnerable and at risk from these market incursions, which...Learn More

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