Quoted in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

I was quoted in today’s edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding the Verizon Vs. Vonage case. As you can likely tell I had a busy day yesterday and I received quite a few calls from reporters regarding this issue. I already blogged about the Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Times quotes.
The article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is from Tim Logan who did a great job with his story titled Vonage will have to hang up on new customers, judge rules.
When I spoke with Tim, the court had just ordered Vonage to stop accepting new customers. After this interview however the company won a temporary stay of the federal judge’s ruling.
Here is my quote:
Charter, for instance, has begun offering free same- or next-day phone installation to all Vonage customers.

"Concerned Vonage customers have been calling Charter over the past several weeks," Charter Telephone senior vice president Ted Schremp said in a statement. "Having reliable home phone service is important to them."

Charter has been trying to build its telephone service and in February topped 500,000 customers. It is one of several cable TV companies moving heavily into the phone business and gobbling up bigger shares of the market.

It’s likely that some customers will flee Vonage, said telecom analyst Rich Tehrani, president of Technology Marketing Corp. of Norwalk, Conn. But, he said, there’s no reason to panic.

"I can’t imagine an overnight scenario where 2.2 million people wake up and have no phone service," he said.

Still, many industry-watchers have soured on long-term prospects for the company, which never has turned a profit and needs fast growth to do so. One analyst, Citigroup’s Michael Rollins, said this week that Vonage may go bankrupt by 2009. And after last month’s verdict, it owes Verizon 5.5 percent of revenue it earns under the contested patents.

Vonage could not say how many customers it has in the St. Louis area. But one customer said Friday that he hopes the company pulls through.

"It’s imperative they continue to grow for them to be viable in the long term," said Rich Tehrani, head of Technology Marketing Corp., which publishes the trade magazine Telephony.

Vonage already is losing 55,000 customers a month but has used its heavy marketing to attract more new customers than it lost.

  • nikki in /saint louis mo
    January 27, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    woman files a discrimination complaint against the Kdhx channel 21 tv station in st.louis located on 6128 Delmar in saint louis.
    for kicking her son out of class because
    he is disabled when the classes are free and open to the public. and if you pay your membership fees then you are free to attend the classes as long as need until you get the skill you needed. You dont have to have a degree or training to take the training class. they will teach you what you need to know. And those skillcould be used for volunteer or to get a job in television
    even though he is disabled he passed three of the classes and had attended the Kdhx classes for one year and four mounths. Until a lady named Aurelie clement bayard became the education director. she only been in the job for seven mounths but because he asked his mother if he should take classes on thursday or saturday. they kicked him out of their classes. and gave the mother a fake school to send him to which turned out to be an apartment. He was always on time for classes and never missed a day so the only thing that the Kdhx tv station could come up with is you ask your mother her advice to much. when has that ever been grounds to kick a disabled person out of class.

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