Lots of companies are getting into VoIP by piggybacking on networks from Volo or Level 3. Few companies are actually building out nationwide networks but I ran into some people that are. CommPartners (CommPartners News) has filed for CLEC certification in 50 states and hopes to be done by summer. They will sell their network and applications as a wholesaler.

They are able to handle calls from IP to IP, IP to TDM or just TDM to TDM. They are targeting resellers that have a customer base of broadband customers. Think ISPs and even traditional VARs.

The company seems well funded and they tell me they think traditional VoIP "marketing companies" aren’t going to be the winners in the long run… you need to own the network to be successful at VoIP. If this turns out to be true, then CommPartners is in a great position.

  • George Mehau
    April 9, 2005 at 10:52 am

    Volo is not on par with Level 3 or Commpartners. By all indications their plans to be a CLEC are on hold or canceled. Volo sure spends a lot of money on PR though.
    A good site to check the CLEC status of VoIP operators is at
    Here you will see accurate relatively timely information from the LERG “Local Exchange Routing Guide” which is the basis for all telephone company inter-routingin North America. Volo is only a CLEC in Florida.
    Level3 is everywhere and Commpartners is adding states every quarter.

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