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CenturyLink wins General Services Administration Region 8 Task Order

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently won a task order from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that was evaluated at $20 million over the next five years to provide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to GSA Region 8, the Rocky Mountain region.

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CenturyLink will provide both hosted and premises-based VoIP solutions to GSA Region 8 offices throughout Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.

This award was made under the competitive fair opportunity process of GSA’s Networx Enterprise contract. GSA’s Networx program is the largest telecommunications contract vehicle ever awarded by the federal government.

“We’ve successfully worked with GSA Region 8 for decades as a provider of Centrex and business voice services, and we’re delighted that GSA has chosen CenturyLink to provide turn-key VoIP services to GSA’s customer agencies in the Rocky Mountain region,” said Diana Gowen, CenturyLink senior vice president and general manager, who oversees solutions for federal, state and local government customers.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

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For further information: Linda M. Johnson, +1-202-429-3130, linda.m.johnson@centurylink.com

Windstream signs agreement with GreatAmerica Leasing Corp.

Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) today announced it has signed an agreement with GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation, a national commercial equipment finance company dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors, dealers and end users be more successful. Through the agreement, GreatAmerica Leasing will provide Windstream customers with easy, flexible and innovative financing solutions on communications equipment.

A leading provider of advanced communications solutions, Windstream has partnered with GreatAmerica Leasing to provide flexible financing solutions that allow businesses of all sizes to upgrade their older communication systems or to deploy new locations with the most up-to-date next generation communications platforms available. Windstream offers businesses a suite of communications applications including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Ethernet Internet and MPLS networking.

Windstream is certified to offer, install and service communication systems from some of the most respected names in the industry including AdTran, Avaya, Cisco, Mitel and TippingPoint. Windstream

Dial Tone From Space

Cisco today announced the results of the latest Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) testing, marking the first-ever software upgrade of an Internet Protocol (IP) router aboard a commercial satellite while in orbit. In addition, Cisco completed the industry’s first Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) call made without the use of any terrestrial infrastructure to route the call.

This achievement represents a radical departure from current communications satellite technology, which relies on ground-based hubs to convey voice and video signals between satellites and end users. Benefits of this new capability include the ability to route voice, data and video traffic between users over a single IP network more efficiently, and with greater cost effectiveness, than is currently possible over today’s fragmented satellite communications networks. In addition, the capability to upgrade the software of the Cisco router and onboard modem from the ground increases the flexibility of the system to implement future capabilities and the lifespan of the communications system.

Demonstration Facts:

  • IRIS is part of Cisco’s initiative to transform satellite networks. The initiative includes the Cisco 18400 Space Router, a radiation-tolerant IP router for satellite and related spacecraft. The first space router was launched on-board Intelsat 14, a geostationary communications satellite.
  • Cisco recently teamed up with Astrium to study the applications of space-based routers. In October, Cisco and Astrium successfully demonstrated IRIS services such as multicasting, which enables the delivery of information to a group of destination computers simultaneously in a single transmission.
  • Cisco updated the IOS

TelePacific expands coverage in Carson City

TelePacific Communications, a provider of business telecommunications network solutions serving customers in Nevada and California, today announced that it has expanded its Nevada service area to include the state capital, Carson City. TelePacific now serves all major cities in Nevada. Continue reading TelePacific expands coverage in Carson City

EU Telecom VoIP policy – a bad thing according to VON

Leading companies on the cutting edge of developing and delivering Internet voice communications technologies, today launched a new coalition to advance policies that enable consumers and businesses throughout Europe to enjoy the full promise and potential of Internet communications. This new coalition of companies, from Europe and around the globe, believes that with the right public policies, Internet-enabled communications, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), can increase competition, provide a platform for innovation, drive broadband deployment, and enable economic growth.

The recent release of formal Proposals by the European Commission to amend the existing regulatory framework for communications marks the start of a wide ranging review by the Council of Ministers and European Parliament. As we enter this era of rapid and potentially far reaching regulatory change, industry leaders have come together under one roof to create an authoritative voice for the Internet-enabled communications industry.

The Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition Europe, made up of leading Internet communications and technology companies from Europe and around the world, will advocate for Internet voice innovation and the policy framework that enables it. The coalition will work to educate, inform and promote responsible government policies that enable innovation and the many benefits that Internet voice innovations can deliver.

Founding members of the VON Coalition Europe include such industry leaders as: iBasis, Intel, Google, Microsoft, Rebtel, Skype, and Voxbone.

“Internet-enabled communications are an entirely new genre of communications products, services, and applications and a new frontier in communications for individuals and businesses alike. In order to unleash their vast benefits, policymakers need to embrace forward-thinking policy approaches,” said Stephen Collins of Skype.

“If we automatically subject this new technology to legacy telephone regulation, consumers and business users could miss out on the new services, increased choices, better prices and improved features that VoIP for example, can deliver,” said Collins.

“To maximize the consumer benefit from VoIP and other exciting IP-enabled technologies, policymakers should embrace a light-handed regulatory approach that facilitates competition, innovation, and rapid deployment of IP networks,” said Peter Pitsch, Executive Director, Communications Policy, at Intel.

The group recognizes that there are important social policy obligations like emergency access that have yet to be fulfilled by some types of VoIP services, such as those that substitute for the traditional telephone in your home. The coalition hopes to educate policymakers about the vast progress that has been made, and the potential for Internet-enabled communications to further extend the reach and capabilities in an emergency. However, the Coalition is concerned, for example, that premature application of 112 rules to web sites, click-to-dial services, 1-way PSTN-out interconnected voice services, and other VoIP services that are not a replacement for traditional home/business phone services could actually harm public safety, stifle innovations critical to people with disabilities, stall competition, and limit access to innovative and evolving communication options where there is no expectation of placing a 112 call.

With VoIP, voice is now becoming just another application riding on the Internet or on data networks – and is being integrated into web sites, social networking communities, instant messaging software, blogs, mapping programs, voice recognition applications, and is likely to be used tomorrow in ways we can’t even imagine today.

“VoIP and other Internet-enabled communications technologies are transformative technologies,” said Kevin Minsky, Policy Counsel, at Microsoft. “Enlightened policy approaches will enable VoIP and other Internet-enabled devices, applications, and services to transform communications, boost business productivity, and empower consumers with more choices and capabilities never before possible.”

While promoting positive policy outcomes, the coalition said it will also work to resist the creation of regulatory barriers that could prevent consumers from enjoying the vast benefits and innovations that VoIP and Internet-enabled communications have only begun to deliver.

Hjalmar Winbladh, Rebtel co-founder and CEO said, “Reflexively applying legacy telephone regulations to new, innovative Internet communication services, applications, and devices presents the greatest potential roadblock for extending the benefits of these new and exciting technologies to more consumers.”

Outreach Planned to European Policymakers

Regulatory changes are afoot that could fundamentally reshape the European communications landscape. By launching a new European focused effort, the coalition hopes to educate policymakers throughout Europe about forward thinking policy approaches that can enable families and friends to communicate in ways never before possible, integrate voice into a variety of new web based applications, and boost business productivity by as much as 15%.1

Rodrigue Ullens de Schooten, CEO Voxbone, said “the Coalition will help educate, inform and promote forward-thinking policies that do not stifle innovations with heavy handed regulation that could potentially delay the vast benefits that VoIP can deliver.”

“We are going to engage in direct outreach to policymakers throughout Europe; work with public safety and standards bodies on advancing new policy solutions; and participate in proceedings and debates throughout the EU,” Erik De Herdt, General Counsel Voxbone, noted.

The European Commission’s proposed framework revisions signal the start of a critical phase that could determine how and when consumers benefit from the lower prices, new services, and advanced communication features that VoIP and other Internet-enabled communications can deliver. Such EC policies, if properly implemented, have the potential to unleash these services in Europe and position member countries to take a leading role of deployment of such services to consumers and businesses. To help work toward this goal, the VoIP, Internet, and information technology communities must speak with a unified voice, behind a common set of principles, and work with the EC and member states to make sure that unfounded concerns do not prevent consumers and businesses from enjoying the benefits of innovative Internet voice applications, services, and devices.

Similarly forward thinking Internet-based communication providers interested in joining the VON Coalition Europe should e-mail stephen.collins@skype.net.

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