Speakeasy is merging with the merging Covad and Megapath in a menage of sorts, according to this press release from MegaPath.
I saw New Edge Networks, the EarthLink company, joining with the other DLEC's. Didn't see this one coming.
"Through a combination of direct sales and a national network of more than 8,000 IT consultant partners, Speakeasy has experienced significant customer growth, with more than 30,000 small business customers nationwide. Best Buy acquired Speakeasy in 2007 and will continue to be a minority investor going forward."
I will give them props for pushing the new keyword: MSLEC. Sounds like something Microsoft would sell, but it stands for managed services local exchange carrier. According to the PR, the Covad-Megapath merger would "create the first managed services local exchange carrier (MSLEC) able to provide a full range of IP voice, security, VPN and Internet services nationwide." (Or at least the first one that uses that keyword instead of MSP or DLEC or CLEC.)