Telecom

New area code on tap for Indianapolis region

September 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The telecommunications industry wants to add a new area code for the parts of central Indiana covered by 317. The bottom line for all residents: 10-digit dialing would be required for local calls.
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State sues AT&T for suspending injured workers

August 5, 2013
Dan Human
The lawsuit alleges AT&T's Indiana subsidiary “has a practice and policy” of suspending employees for at least one day after they report work-related injuries.
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TerraCom defends sales surge, strategy to state regulators

July 3, 2013
Dan Human
An executive for the phone service company told regulators Wednesday that the firm's depth of experience—not fraudulent tactics—led to the creation of 30,000 federally subsidized accounts last year.
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Inquiry targets cellphone subsidiesRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
State officials want to know how an Oklahoma City company managed to set up 30,000 Indiana accounts for a federally subsidized phone program in less than a year. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has launched an investigation into whether TerraCom LLC is repeating federal violations it allegedly committed in Oklahoma.
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Two neighboring utilities united by fiber in Hancock CountyRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Unusual merger of Hancock Telecom and Central Indiana Power is paving the way for network deployment in rural areas.
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BrightPoint buyer Ingram Micro mulls cost-cuttingRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
A top BrightPoint Inc. executive expects little employment change for the distribution and logistics company’s 1,100-person central Indiana work force, despite the potential for job cuts and facility closings across the country.
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Out-of-the-way telecom company to branch into IndyRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Smithville Telephone, headquartered in Ellettsville, near Bloomington, is the state’s largest independently owned phone company. Its Smithville Digital division, which provides fiber-optic communications to businesses, hospitals and schools in 17 Indiana counties, mostly in the south, has quietly been growing on the periphery of Indianapolis.
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Communications firm Metronet plants flag in Indy areaRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Evansville company plans to install more than 200 miles of fiber-optic lines in Franklin.
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HICKS: Telecom reform in Indiana workedRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Mike Hicks
Deregulation of monopolies tends to almost always make consumers better off. Indiana’s broad and effective telecommunications reform of 2006 is a classic example of this.
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Hancock County utilities take on new name

February 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The merged Hancock Telecom and Central Indiana Power have become NineStar Connect.
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Indianapolis customers line up for Verizon iPhone

February 10, 2011
Sean Morrison
Customers waiting outside the Verizon Wireless store in Castleton early Thursday wanted two things: iPhones and warmth.
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FBI investigating Durham firms for phone cramming

December 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
The FBI is asking land-line phone customers across the country to check their bills for phantom charges from more than 20 companies controlled by or connected to embattled financier Tim Durham.
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Hancock County utilities set to proceed with merger

November 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Consolidation of Central Indiana Power and Hancock Telecom will become official on Jan. 1. It took a change in state law to allow the merger to proceed.
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Closing of Greenwood call center to affect 260 workers

October 7, 2010
The center, operated by Indianapolis-based TeleServices Direct, is set to close Dec. 4. The company attributed the closing to a loss of business.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Telamon CEO adopts unorthodox style

July 7, 2010
Mason King
LQ Chen Watch VideoAlbert Chen, founder of Telamon Corp., revels in a messy desk, espouses the benefits of humility, and admires Warren Buffett.
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Anderson tech firm One Number files patent suit against GoogleRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Anderson firm that provides a “one number” service that rings all of a client’s phones has filed suit against Web giant Google, alleging Google Voice infringes on two of its patents.
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IURC conducts review of Centennial's telecom serviceRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Every neighborhood has its battles, but the 1,017-resident Centennial subdivision in Westfield is embroiled in one of the most unusual: a very public fight over the adequacy of its phone, Internet and video service.
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Telecom supplier Telamon hopes to 'ignite' racing industry

November 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Carmel-based Telamon Corp. rose to become one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the area largely by serving telecommunications giants. Now it is veering off its traditional course to supply racing teams with an ethanol-based fuel made from Indiana corn.
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City files complaint against Bright House Networks over unpaid feesRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A municipality has filed the first formal complaint against a cable television operator since state telecommunications reform three years ago unplugged local government oversight of operators.
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Telcos eye possible competition from electric utilitiesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A trade group for the state's telephone companies is wringing its hands over budding efforts of electric companies to offer so-called smart grids to better monitor and manage electric distribution.
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eGix buyout sets up Bell battleRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Scott Olson
The fiercely competitive local telecommunications landscape should get even more heated, following Cincinnati Bell Inc.'s $18 million acquisition of Carmel-based eGix Inc. eGix provides bundled voice and data services, as well as high-speed Internet access and messaging products, to about 17,000 commercial customers.
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AT&T's stealth over U-verse drawes fireRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Some in the telecom industry think AT&T had the Indiana General Assembly twirled around its finger like a coil of phone cord last year. It lobbied legislators to rewrite the state's telecommunications laws so it could more easily deploy its "U-verse" video product.
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Court tells telecom giants to pay payphone operatorsRestricted Content

June 4, 2007
Chris O'Malley
The state's 30-or-so independent payphone operators--a conveyance nearly made extinct by wireless phones--may begin receiving refunds next month from AT&T Indiana and Verizon for excess charges the phone companies billed independent payphone operators for dial tones from 1997 to 2004.
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