John Delozier at 2017 CenturyLink Ascend Event on New Partner Alliances

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PodCast: Dave Dyas on CenturyLink's Program for Systems Integrators

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PodCast: Terence Gleeson on CenturyLink's Integrated Solutions with Strategic Partners

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PodCast: Gahn Lane on CenturyLink's New Partner Program for Software VARs & ISVs

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PodCast: Dean Douglas on CenturyLink's Investment in the Channel

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PodCast: Bill Corbin at 2017 CenturyLink Ascend Event

To take advantage of Centurylink's new partner programs, contact your Centurylink master agent.

500+ "Recommended Channel Partners" Announced for 2017

ICTA has announced 500+ "Recommended Partners" on their website at www.ChannelPartner.News/Partners

Stated Association Executive Director Dan Baldwin, who is also an active telecom consultant and channel partner, "In our 20+ years of publishing lists of the best business communications technology providers, this is the first year we've published a peer-reviewed list of the top telecom consultants and channel partners."

"We're publishing the list now," Baldwin added, "because as customer solutions become more integrated due to the convergence of telephony, IT and managed services, more often than not, business customers can't find a single vendor who can design a customized solution."

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PodCast: CenturyLink's Tina Smith Introduces New Marketing Resources for Partners

Click the "Read more" link to view Tina's co-marketing handout materials.

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Attending #CenturyLinkAscend

Telecom Association is at #CenturyLinkAscend today. Check back for a full review.

Retail Chains Converge Cloud, IT & Marketing with Earthlink Expertise

Ken Morris of Boston Retail Partners, recently acquired by EarthLink (acquired by Windstream) discusses how retail chains turn to BRP for expertise in merging cloud, IT and marketing to improve profitability.  

40 Site Restaurant Case Study Closed by a CarrierSales Partner for Fusion

Fusion's Stacy Conrad shares how a CarrierSales partner closed a 40-site multi-location restaurant chain that plans to expand to over 1,000 locations in the next 5 years. Their solution utilized a couple cordless handsets at each location using minimal bandwidth - usually a coax cable circuit. A key selling point for Fusion was the dedicated project management needed for a clean & seamless cut over. The CarrierSales/Fusion partner was so impressed with the aftersale support that they've placed two more similar opportunities with Fusion.

How CTG3's CarrierFinder Takes the Pain Out of Finding Internet Anywhere

Take a look at this video to learn about how CarrierFinder can help you search for fiber based Internet services and more. Sign up for a free trial account at

Why Channel Partners put CenturyLink Orders Through CarrierSales

CarrierSales' Richard Murray with CenturyLink's David Dyas explains why top channel partners like Bret Hickenlooper of Sumo Communications place their CenturyLink orders through CarrierSales.

SpectroTel's "IoA" (Internet over Anything) & 24/7 NOC Delivers SD-WAN Customers Actually Want

SpectroTel's Jay (POTSie) Morris explains how SpectroTel is a new kind of reseller that delivers what the legacy carriers and cable companies can't or won't - resale and integration of any circuit on a single invoice with full, single point-or-contact 24/7 NOC management and managed firewall & switch. 

This video was captured at a TCG event. Channel Partner News is trying to get Jay to redo the video with us to include the slides.

Why Agents Choose TCG Telecom Consulting Group

TCG's Dan Pirigi shares why sales agents and channel partners choose TCG over other master agents at their November 2016 Hard Rock Cafe "Channel Source" event.

Why Agents Choose Microcorp over Other Master Agents

Highlight reel from MicroCorp's 13th-annual One on One event in Atlanta, Ga. For more information about MicroCorp's Cloud, UC and additional offerings, visit  

Speakers include Scott Smith of Doctor Telco, Chris Shubert of Windstream, Chris Richter of Level3Peter Radizeski of Rad-Info

Intelisys & CenturyLink on International Solutions

Intelisys' Andrew Pryfogle with Matt Leonard of CenturyLink at Intelisys' Global London Mindshare. A good primer to prepare for the CenturyLink Ascend 2017 event in San Diego February 23rd.

Telarus Weekly News Video 1/19/17

Telarus' Adam Edwards and Roger Blohm give shout outs to Verizon 5G testing, Intel 5G testing, gig over wireless speeds, ShoreTel advisory council meeting & the ShoreTel Summit platform, and MicroAge a Phoenix Telarus partner that had a huge December sale. 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and yours a blessed & safe holiday season.

Please enjoy our Christmas video greeting to our association family!


Association Publishes 33 New End-User Telecom Websites & Awards to Promote Members


ICTa today announced they've published 33 new telecom voice and data news websites that targeting business end-users.

The news websites listed below are specifically designed to introduce business end-users to the top partners and vendors that specialize in particular cloud, connectivity and phone disciplines.

Association members with strong recommendations in each discipline category can apply to qualify for a 2017 "5 Star" or "Editor's Choice" award for each of the news websites.

In addition, each news website refers business end-users to the association's "Recommended Solution Providers Directory" also known as the "ICT List" which association members are also eligible to get listed on.

If you are interested in qualifying for these awards or getting listed on our ICT List, please click here for more information about our 2017 awards and then contact  


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How Agents, Vendors & Staff Can Win a 2016/2017 TA Award

It's December so it's time to complete our 2016 Partners Choice and Customers Choice Awards as well as deliver our 2017 Recommended Partner & Recommended Vendor Awards.

This is the 10th year we've done our awards and we try to improve them each year. This year we have expanded our agent partner awards as well as added an award for support staff such as agent managers, sales engineers, project managers, etc.

To win an award you must first be nominated and then get people to vote for you. It may seem cumbersome but it's really very easy.

To get started nominating yourself or someone else, click on the Awards link for all the instructions you need as well as a video tutorial. 

Then click on the Nominate link to create your nomination so you can distribute the link to people who will vote for you.

Nominations are open until 1/15/17. Voting is open until 1/31/17. All awards will be announced 2/1/17.

Good luck and let us know what questions you have?

Windstream and EarthLink to Merge

merger.jpgLittle Rock and Atlanta – Windstream Holdings, Inc. and EarthLink Holdings Corp. today announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Windstream and EarthLink will merge in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.1 billion, including debt.

Under the terms of the agreement, EarthLink shareholders will receive 0.818 shares of Windstream common stock for each EarthLink share owned. This ratio represents a 13 percent premium to the average exchange ratio of 0.721x over the month ended Nov. 3, 2016, the most recent unaffected trading day. Windstream expects to issue approximately 93 million shares of stock valued at approximately $673 million, based on the company's closing stock price on Nov. 4, 2016. Upon closing of the transaction, Windstream shareholders will own approximately 51 percent and EarthLink shareholders will own approximately 49 percent of the combined company.

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Birch Lures New VP from MeTel

j-obrien.jpgAtlanta, Ga. Birch Communications, Inc., (“Birch”) a leading provider of communications, network and cloud services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses across North America, announced the appointment of Joseph Haines as its new Vice President of Advanced Services and Support, effective immediately. In this role, Haines assumes responsibility for Field Operations, the Network Operations Center, and Advanced Services Activation and Support groups at the company. Haines will report directly to Jim O’Brien, EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Birch.

O’Brien said, “Joe has a proven track record in leading Tier 2 & Tier 3 operations centers and field technicians with the highest degree of focus on the customer. I am excited about the future of our newly expanded Advanced Services group and to have Joe leading this team. In addition to the TotalCloud® PBX product roll-out we announced this week, we look forward to releasing additional cloud solutions in the coming months, and Joe’s experience will play a critical role to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations."

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MicroCorp Adds Service Providers

phil-keenan.jpgMarietta, GA – MicroCorp, a distributor of commercial data, voice, UC and data center services, is expanding its cloud service portfolio with the addition of Bigleaf Networks, Effortless and Unitas Global. The addition of these service providers supports MicroCorp’s focus in helping its more than 2000 selling partners to position cloud within their growing base of enterprise accounts. 

“Our partners routinely bring to us complex bids that require the expertise of multiple providers if we’re to deliver a complete solution,” commented Phil Keenan, MicroCorp President. “Our role as a master agency is to assist our partners in expanding every sales opportunity to ensure the solution is customized and complete. This requires the resources and savvy of both national and niche providers." 

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CenturyLink Buys Level3

CenturyLink.jpgMONROE, La - CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications, Inc.  today announced that their Boards of Directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which CenturyLink will acquire Level 3 in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion, including the assumption of debt. Under terms of the agreement, Level 3 shareholders will receive $26.50 per share in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 1.4286 shares of CenturyLink stock for each Level 3 share they own, which implies a purchase price of $66.50 per Level 3 share (based on a CenturyLink $28.00 per share reference price) and a premium of approximately 42 percent based on Level 3's unaffected closing share price of $46.92 on October 26, 2016, the last trading day prior to market speculation about a potential transaction. Upon the closing of the transaction, CenturyLink shareholders will own approximately 51 percent and Level 3 shareholders will own approximately 49 percent of the combined company.

The combined company will have the ability to offer CenturyLink's larger enterprise customer base the benefits of Level 3's global footprint with a combined presence in more than 60 countries. In addition, the combined company will be positioned to further invest in the reach and speeds of its broadband infrastructure for small businesses and consumers.

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