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A Little Merger Opposition

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) held a news conference to oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. According to this report, "At the news conference, Conyers said, "I've never seen a merger that didn't lose jobs." .... At...

The Leaked AT&T Document

I have been sitting on this story for a while because I wanted to do a long piece about it. I'm just not going to get around to that. The rumored breakup fee for the ATT-T-Mobile merger is like $6B....

What Did I Miss?

Besides Steve Jobs resigning from Apple (and tanking their stock), what news did I miss? Sprint is getting the iPhone in October. Won’t be a big deal, I don’t think.The TCA added TelePacific, TELX, The Conference Group, NTT Americas, and...

Too Much Going On

PowerNet Global (PNG) signed a wholesale agreement with LightSquared. This will be PNG’s second attempt at cellular. Back in 2005, PNG Mobile was launched as a Sprint MVNO. It didn’t pan out. Most MVNO’s failed around that time. I still...

VZW and the Open Spectrum

In the 700 MHz FCC spectrum auction 73, Google 's involvement insured that the spectrum would be Open Access. ATT ducked out of that auction to buy 700 MHz spectrum from Aloha Networks instead. VZW won $9B worth of Googlized spectrum....

Schools and Libraries are Off Limits

Saw this notice today: “AT&T corporate policy prohibits Alliance Channel Solution Providers from selling AT&T services to E-Rate eligible customers (which includes all K-12 schools and public libraries). Do not engage in sales activity of any kind with E-Rate eligible...

Mobile Coupons With Haneke Design

Jody Haneke runs an interactive agency that specializes in user design for the mobile/tablet/desktop app space. Haneke Design has worked with HP and the St. Pete Times (on an iPhone app for things to do). I got to speak to...

The FCC is Reforming

The FCC is working on reforms.Reply comments are due on Comprehensive USF and Inter-Carrier Compensation reform NPRM (notice of proposed rulemaking).AT&T and T-Mobile Applications Have Been Filed (here) and the FCC Opens Docket for Proposed Transfer of Control of T-Mobile...

The Big T

AT&T announced yesterday that they were buying T-Mobile from its parent, DT, for $39B.  There are so many losers in this combination I don't know where to begin! First, generally consumers lose as Ma Bell hordes even more spectrum. T-Mobile has...

ATTB2B

This is what Ma Bell is pushing through sales channels: ·         Hosting & Cloud Services·         Application Services for Small Business·         Mobile Applications·         Small Business Bundles·         Unified CommunicationsNotice what is missing?  Internet Access, Voice, WAN. Welcome to the end of the PSTN....

ILEC News

CenturyLink will be reselling VZW as an authorized agent. Why AT&T will not be buying Echostar: Echostar has been on a tear buying up bankrupt assets of BDSD and Terrestar; then Move Networks; and now Hughes. It’s too big to...

Congrats to AT&T Partners

AT&T announced the 2011 AT&T Business Solution Provider Champions. There are only 3 Gold winners: Cydcor, Presidio and Spearhead. One of the Bronze winners, JBS of Orlando, I have known for quite a few years. Congratulations to these companies because working...

The Future of Bell DSL

AT&T announced that they “nearly” hit 3 million U-Verse TV customers. In comparison, Bell added 2.8M new wireless customers in the 4th quarter and sold 4.1 million iPhones´╗┐. Bell has 95M wireless subscribers. [see PDF]. Wireless ARPU is $62.88. Total...

Let's Clear Up AT&T 4G

So AT&T bought more 700 MHz spectrum; this time from Qualcomm for almost $2B. This was Qualcomm's spectrum from its FloTV project that used analog TV spectrum. In 2007, AT&T skipped the FCC spectrum auction to pay $2.5B for...

Contract Termination Class

A mandatory webinar on ETF, Contract Termination and Shortfall Charges today. The ILEC starts out by blaming tariffs for the clunky processes that require Agents to spend so much time and effort every single move, add, change and even upgrade....

A New Case of Huh?

So back in July, a client asked me to migrate 14 POTS lines from one location to a new office as well as take them back from a CLEC. The CLEC was a rebiller (non-facilities based) and kind of messed...

The Mobile Ecosystem Battle

Just finished recording a webinar for COMDEX-Virtual on Mobility + The Cloud = Convergence in Telecom. Khali Henderson, Editor-in-Chief of Phone+ magazine was on the panel with me. I shared this article her because it was relevant. Now I want...

We're Sorry

 Over an hour to order 14 winback lines from Ma Bell through their Sales Expert system. I have seen this guy telling me sorry for the error more than I have seen the corporate logo this morning.   Drink your...

How Long Can It Take?

If training on contracting and ordering ABN services takes more than 90 minutes (it's just over 90 minutes and still going now), how long will it take an Agent to actually get pricing, contract, and order the circuit? Is the...

Debt and Finances

I'll readily admit that I am not a financial wizard. I am risk adverse and think that playing the stock market is like a casino (the deck is stacked against you). Then I read The Big Short by Michael Lewis...

Seriously, More iPhone

This country has some major issues not the least of which the media gets bogged done in buzz marketing. Why else would there be a week's worth of "news" about LeBron leaving Cleveland for Miami. A week! That's almost more...

A Big Outage Day!

Twitter is down. (And a few million people have nothing to do).Facebook is experiencing issues as well.  I guess people will just have to work today.AT&T's cellular network is down in Tampa Bay. (And a few thousand iPhone users are...

The SMART System

SPOT, SMART, GCSM are all the names of the systems that AT&T Solutions Providers must learn to navigate to put a sales lead into the system in order to get pricing and contracts.Have they not seen SIMPL? That's the system...

The Numbers Don't Add Up

When Net Neutrality folks say we need competition, I laugh. Never gonna happen. Why? Competition that is just too big and powerful (for now).When Agents cry about the ILEC Channel programs, I shake my head because it has been about...

The VZW iPhone Rumors

I keep reading about the new iPhone coming to VZW this summer. People, check your calendars: it's still 2010. And the exclusivity contract that AT&T has with Apple for the iPhone lasts until 2011.As an agent with AT&T burn marks...
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