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November 11, 2003 | James S. Granelli and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers
Cutting the cord to your home telephone line just got easier. Federal regulators on Monday made it possible for most Americans to ditch their local phone companies and switch to wireless carriers without losing the phone numbers their friends and relatives know by heart. The decision to let residents of the nation's 100 biggest metropolitan areas transfer their land-line numbers to their cellphones is designed to spur competition in the telecommunications industry.
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BUSINESS
April 2, 1996 | LESLIE HELM and SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
SBC Communications Corp.'s announcement Monday of its plans to acquire Pacific Telesis Group is just the largest in a series of mergers and realignments that are dramatically changing the competitive landscape of the nation's telecommunications industry. "Everyone is positioning themselves to be the new model of an integrated, one-stop service provider," said Bryan Van Dussen, director of telecommunications research at Yankee Group, a Boston-based market research company.
BUSINESS
December 14, 1987
Frank J. Feitz began a recent interview in his Irvine office by taking two telephone calls. Somehow, the interruption seemed appropriate for a businessman who has spent more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry. Feitz is chairman of ABI American Businessphones, a company that sells telephone systems to small and medium-size businesses. Feitz founded the company in 1982 and has led it on a fast-track expansion. The firm's annual sales have soared from $726,000 in 1982 to $27.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
For the last few weeks I've been wondering whether I've been deeply unfair to the nation's phone and wireless companies. You see, I've been assuming that the only reason we couldn't keep our old cellphone numbers when switching to new carriers was that the companies had obstructed the practice over fears that it would encourage customers to seek out better deals from competitors.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2002 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In today's brutally humbled telecommunications industry, it's all about the basics. Upstarts with brash-talking executives are out. Conquering the world is out. And chief executives these days can forget about rapid expansion, frenzied acquisitions and highflying stock prices. In times like these, it's good to be Verizon Communications Inc.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2004 | Ralph Vartabedian And Lisa Getter, Times Staff Writers
A high-stakes effort by the Senate Commerce Committee to reshape U.S. technology policy over the last decade has included few contributions from its best-known member. Sen. John F. Kerry, a committee member since 1986, has seldom taken a direct role in shaping the major legislative decisions on technology during the 1990s, according to former Federal Communications Commission officials, telecommunications executives and congressional staffers.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2004 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
As 100,000 workers at SBC Communications Inc. conclude a four-day walkout after midnight tonight, California's dominant local phone company is still trying to look for ways to lower its labor costs to better compete against rivals that are luring away customers and squeezing prices. That competition stems from the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a landmark law that opened the Baby Bells' monopoly markets.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Europe's telecommunications titans continue to struggle with the continent's steep downturn, with two reporting steep losses Tuesday while two others saw their credit ratings cut. London-based Vodafone Group, Europe's largest mobile phone company, said its fiscal first-half loss more than doubled to $14 billion as it wrote down the value of acquisitions from a spending spree.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2004 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
Until 1984, people like Mary Quintana and Laer Pearce rarely thought about their telephone service. There was one company -- AT&T Corp. -- and it charged one basic price for local calls. Long-distance service cost extra and was too expensive not to watch the clock while talking. Then a federal court mandate turned the telecommunications industry upside down, and millions of Americans suddenly had to start paying attention.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2001 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than a year, the wireless industry has heralded the promise of third-generation technology and the coming of do-it-all phones with high-speed Internet connections and streaming video. Now, however, the mobile companies are changing their tune. Battered by low stock prices, slowing phone sales and the prospect of investing billions of dollars on new radio spectrum and networks, many companies say the shift to so-called 3G high-speed cellular networks isn't so urgent after all.
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