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The Cbeyond Story

Cbeyond started strong in Atlanta. At one point, they had a chunk of the small business T1 market in Atlanta. Being VC funded, growth was required. New cities would have to be added. That was okay because their sales...

Birch Buys Cbeyond

I knew Cbeyond was looking to sell (like TWCable, "Someone buy me!"). And there was the big rumor about Megapath buying them. The execs at Cbeyond were on the losing end of the Paetec-Windstream deal. And while Cbeyond has...

The Chatter is that 2 CLECs are Combining

Chatter on Atlanta Biz Journal and on stock boards is that Cbeyond is prepping for a sale. The last month has seen many CLEC jobs get axed - 100 at Cbeyond, 400 at EarthLink and a bunch at XO....

ITEXPO Update

In Miami Beach, at ITEXPO, Dr. Satwant Kaur's keynote this morning centered on how technology, especially nanotech, is transforming healthcare. Robotics, sperm and magnets combine to improve conception. I wonder what that procedure is like (and how much it...

Are CLECs Capable of Cloud Services?

Many CLECs - XO, Cbeyond, EarthLink, TelePacific and MegaPath - are in cloud services. EarthLink and Cbeyond would especially like to be known as cloud providers going forward. My question is: is it possible? If as a CLEC you...

The CLEC Cloud Cover

Windstream, TDS, EarthLink and Cbeyond made a strategic decision to go cloud a couple of years ago. Acquisitions followed. It seems to be paying off. CLEC's have a special access circuit problem. AT&T wants to charge more; that will...

What Do the Numbers Look Like

Third quarter revenue numbers have been streaming out via press releases. Here's a look at some of them. Windstream's 3Q2013 numbers are declining. "Overall consumer service revenues were $324 million, a decrease of 3 percent from the same period...

A Little Bit of Tuesday News

365 Main returns to the data center space with its completed $75 million acquisition of 16 data centers, in the US from Equinix. Some Equinix execs came along with the acquisition. The data centers - located in Buffalo, Chicago,...

The New Channel Myth

The new myth about the Channel that everyone is spouting is doom and gloom. In Larry Walsh's latest, he talks about VAR's closing, vendors selling direct and other woes.Here's some news for you: the Channel has ALWAYS competed with Direct...

Cbeyond 2.0

Cbeyond laid off 200 employees last week. "The company said it is reducing its traditional entry level direct sales force by about half while building a new direct sales group dedicated to managing existing and new technology dependent customers."In...

Day 3 at ITEXPO

An eclectic mix at dinner at The Forge tonight. Greg Nielsen at Data Foundry who is celebrating both being a nominee for Austin 40 Under 40 and selling out the 1st phase of floor space in Texas 1. My cranky...

Business is Still Happening

Despite all the bad news, bad politics, financial collapse and more, at the end of the quarter business is still getting done. People are still buying stuff.For example, Juliana Kenny reports that Yahoo still hit earnings expectations even with firing their CEO.“The...

How Do You Make it Rain in the Cloud?

Here at Microcorp's One-on-One event, I moderated a panel this morning about various cloud services with Level3 (CDN), Cbeyond (Virtual Servers), Intercall (Microsoft 365/Linc), EarthLink (Security), and PAETEC (Visual Messaging). It's an eclectic mix, but that should tell you that...

Lessons in the Cloud

One of the great lessons in the Cloud is how do you sell it?It all comes down to the messaging (marketing or story you are telling) and the sales approach (or technique). Sitting with Jeff Uphues  of Cbeyond Cloud today...

Moving and Shaking the Industry

Cbeyond opens up for business in Boston. Agents rejoice as they get to sell a booming brand to the SMB space in Boston. AboveNet looks to have a private equity buyer.Another fiber provider is getting an infusion of equity from...

Bits and Pieces

The TCA has over 370 agent members now. Certification is underway. Are you becoming a Certified Telecom Professional?  STS Telecom and Saturn Telecommunications became part of Deltacom today, which is now EarthLink Business, according to an FCC filing. STS in its...

Accolades

Since some folks think I don’t post any positive stuff, today’s post is filled with accolades. Here are some companies that deserve a gold star.For the sixth consecutive year VoIP Supply has been named one of the Top 100 Private...

Not a Cloud in the Sky - Clear Sailing for M&A

The headline is goofy. I know. But another acquisition happened. Windstream grabbed some hosting.We saw Cbeyond’s purchase of both Aretta Communications and MaximumASP for what appears to be 3.5x anual revenue today. (Cbeyond will pay at most $40M for almost...

I Cannot Keep Up. CBEY Maxes Cloud

Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY), a leading provider of IT and communications services to 55,000 small businesses across the country, today announced that it has acquired the assets of privately held MaximumASP and its affiliated companies, as well as the outstanding...

Is Cbeyond in Trouble?

On Andrew Left's blog, he points to a 100+ page FTC complaint from customers of Cbeyond. Maybe he isn't familiar with telecom, because most carriers have numerous complaints at the FCC. LNP (porting numbers) is a growing concern which the FCC...
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