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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2003
Corvis Corp., the Columbia-based maker of fiber-optic equipment, has agreed to team up with a St. Louis investment company to acquire Broadwing Inc.'s long-distance unit for $129 million - a fraction of what Broadwing bought the business for four years ago. Corvis plans to buy Broadwing Communications Services Inc. through C III Communications, an investment firm in which it and Cequel III LLC of St. Louis are investors. Broadwing Inc. will have a minority interest in C III Communications.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2003
A year ago, Wirespan Communications Inc. was little more than a business plan with a few visionaries and some financial backing. Since then, Celeste Wooten and partner Thomas Marshall have expanded to 35 employees with 24 vehicles, and the company is a blooming $2 million enterprise. With a healthy contract from Comcast Communications Corp., Wooten said she expects Wirespan to grow even more this year, expanding to help Comcast serve its residential customers in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.
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November 18, 1995
Sprint Spectrum, the digital wireless phone service that made its debut in the Baltimore-Washington area Wednesday, apparently is on track after a rocky start.American Personal Communications Inc., the Bethesda-based company that operates the network, said yesterday that a glitch in a computer program prevented some early purchasers of its "personal communications services," or PCS, handsets from activating their accounts Wednesday and Thursday.Anne Phillips Schelle, an APC spokeswoman, said the problem was straightened out by yesterday morning.
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2003
Corvis Corp., the Columbia-based maker of fiber-optic equipment, has agreed to team up with a St. Louis investment company to acquire Broadwing Inc.'s long-distance unit for $129 million - a fraction of what Broadwing bought the business for four years ago. Corvis plans to buy Broadwing Communications Services Inc. through C III Communications, an investment firm in which it and Cequel III LLC of St. Louis are investors. Broadwing Inc. will have a minority interest in C III Communications.
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By New York Times News Service | September 30, 1993
The MCI Communications Corp., declining to fill its vacant posts of president and chief operating officer, reorganized its major divisions yesterday and gave the current head of its residential long-distance business the principal responsibility over the majority of the company.Daniel Akerson, 44, MCI's president and chief operating officer, left the company without apparent acrimony last month, to join General Instrument as chief executive. Bert Roberts Jr., 50, who remains as chairman and chief executive, declined to fill the posts in favor of the reorganization.
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By Edmund L. Andrews and Edmund L. Andrews,New York Times News Service | September 20, 1993
WASHINGTON -- America is about to start coming unwired.A decade after cellular telephones first captured the hearts of the hurried and the well-to-do by letting them stay plugged in without being pinned down, the federal government is about to clear the airwaves for an expansion of wireless offerings more sophisticated than anything available today.On Thursday, after four years of work, the Federal Communications Commission will adopt rules that will create three to six new wireless networks in every city and town.
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1999
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a telecommunications-equipment contract that is projected to bring the state between $49.8 million and $222.8 million in revenue over the next 40 years.The deal calls for Level 3 Communications Inc. of Louisville, Colo., to lay fiber-optic communications lines in the public rights of way along 330 miles of highway in Maryland.The agreement does not preclude others from using the rights of way.State officials said the high-speed fiber-optic lines will improve data communications throughout the state, especially in rural parts of Western and Southern Maryland.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | March 10, 1995
...TC American Personal Communications, a Bethesda-based company that plans to launch a new generation of wireless telephone services later this year, said yesterday that it will locate its main switching hub in Hanover, bringing up to 50 jobs to northern Anne Arundel County.APC, one of three companies the Federal Communications Commission has designated as "pioneers" in personal communications services (PCS) technology, has signed a 10- year lease on a 15,000-square-foot office in the Park Circle industrial park near Dorsey Road and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1996
American Personal Communications Inc., a promising rookie in the wireless telephone game, will soon be getting marketing help from a veteran's veteran -- Cal Ripken Jr.The Orioles shortstop has filmed and recorded a series of commercials for APC's Sprint Spectrum service, Mr. Ripken's representative on endorsements confirmed yesterday.Ira Rainess, general counsel of the Tufton Group, said he expects the ad campaign to begin in conjunction with the start of the baseball season. The Orioles open their season Monday at Camden Yards.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 27, 1996
MCI Communications Corp. said yesterday that it has entered an agreement with the start-up company Nextwave Telecom Inc. that would enable MCI to provide the next generation of wireless telecommunications services in most of the nation's largest cities.The personal communications services, or PCS, would become available in mid-1997 in some markets, with broader coverage by the end of 1998.PCS is a new kind of wireless service designed to be a less expensive, all digital, more reliable, alternative to cellular phone service.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | December 6, 2001
Condor Interactive Communications of Baltimore has won a $50 million contract with the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau to provide technical and communications services over the next five years. Officials for the company, a division of Baltimore-based Condor Technology Solutions Inc., said they could provide no details on strategy so early in the process. The marketing communications campaign is expected to begin early next year. "We will absolutely be playing on a national level in a very important strategic program," Condor Vice President Mike Louden said yesterday.
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1999
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a telecommunications-equipment contract that is projected to bring the state between $49.8 million and $222.8 million in revenue over the next 40 years.The deal calls for Level 3 Communications Inc. of Louisville, Colo., to lay fiber-optic communications lines in the public rights of way along 330 miles of highway in Maryland.The agreement does not preclude others from using the rights of way.State officials said the high-speed fiber-optic lines will improve data communications throughout the state, especially in rural parts of Western and Southern Maryland.
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1998
To hear AT&T and TCI tell it, their $48 billion merger will allow millions of customers to get convenient one-stop shopping for virtually all telecommunications services, from long distance calling to cable TV to high-speed Internet access.Industry analysts generally agreed that the union of the two communications giants is likely to improve convenience and choice for consumers, and might lower costs for some services.However, the analysts say the development of such an ambitious array of offerings could turn out to be more difficult than either company is letting on.AT&T Corp.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1997
American Communications Services Inc. laid off 32 workers this week, as the Annapolis Junction-based telephone company continued a restructuring that claimed the job of its chief executive officer last winter.ACSI said the fired workers, part of a staff of 550, were engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and network construction experts whose jobs were naturally running out because ACSI is almost done building its 50-city network to provide local phone service and data communications services aimed at businesses.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 27, 1996
MCI Communications Corp. said yesterday that it has entered an agreement with the start-up company Nextwave Telecom Inc. that would enable MCI to provide the next generation of wireless telecommunications services in most of the nation's largest cities.The personal communications services, or PCS, would become available in mid-1997 in some markets, with broader coverage by the end of 1998.PCS is a new kind of wireless service designed to be a less expensive, all digital, more reliable, alternative to cellular phone service.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1996
In one of the 10 biggest corporate mergers ever, long-distance telephone insurgent WorldCom Inc. agreed to buy local telephone upstart MFS Communications Co. in an all-stock deal valued at more than $12 billion.Industry experts called the deal an example of a wave of consolidation triggered by the new federal telecommunications law. The $200 billion U.S. telecommunications industry is scrambling to reorganize itself into a smaller number of huge virtual supermarkets where consumers can shop in one place for all their communications needs.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1997
American Communications Services Inc. laid off 32 workers this week, as the Annapolis Junction-based telephone company continued a restructuring that claimed the job of its chief executive officer last winter.ACSI said the fired workers, part of a staff of 550, were engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and network construction experts whose jobs were naturally running out because ACSI is almost done building its 50-city network to provide local phone service and data communications services aimed at businesses.
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By Los Angeles Times Sun Staff Writer Michael Dresser contributed to this article | October 25, 1994
In a move that could have significant implications for Baltimore, a consortium of three large cable TV operators and Sprint Corp. will unveil plans today for a new telephone company to compete head-on with existing local phone companies.The new, unnamed company aims to use both cable TV lines and wireless communications technology to give businesses and residences a choice in buying local phone service, which is now generally available only from a single provider.If it succeeds, the venture could fundamentally alter the balance of power in the telecommunications industry, undermining the position of the regional Bell companies.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1996
American Personal Communications Inc., a promising rookie in the wireless telephone game, will soon be getting marketing help from a veteran's veteran -- Cal Ripken Jr.The Orioles shortstop has filmed and recorded a series of commercials for APC's Sprint Spectrum service, Mr. Ripken's representative on endorsements confirmed yesterday.Ira Rainess, general counsel of the Tufton Group, said he expects the ad campaign to begin in conjunction with the start of the baseball season. The Orioles open their season Monday at Camden Yards.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 14, 1996
Dispatch radio is telecommunications at its least glamorous.It's Danny DeVito in "Taxi" barking orders to cabdrivers over a crackly two-way radio. It's a plumbing company calling one of its trucks when your pipes burst. It's "10-4" when drivers can "copy" through the static and "you're breaking up" when they can't.Communicating with taxis, trucks and other commercial vehicles might not have the panache of the Internet, but top executives of Geotek Communications Inc. see it as a business with enormous opportunities.
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