Which Telephone Service Provider?by James Harry Green
"Nearly all telecommunications managers have been contacted to by CLECs (competing local exchange carriers) pressing them to consider changing. The most compelling reason is often to save money, and if saving money on your telephone system is important, you'll do well to consider it. The risks aren't as great as heart surgery, but before you let the surgeon begin cutting, you'll probably want to ask a few more questions."
One word sums up the status of the telecommunications environment in the US today: volatile. With the arrival of wide-open competition for local phone service, the choices businesses face can be overwhelming.
This guide will help you find the most versatile and cost effective local phone carrier. When is it appropriate to change carriers - if ever? Which carrier to choose? What service offering is best? The book guides you in asking the tight questions and deciphering the answers. You'll learn:
- The advantages and disadvantages of ISDN and T-1
- Whether you're eligible for bulk discounts
- Issues in comparing LECs (local exchange carriers)
- How to audit phone company bills (not a simple matter)
The disk includes a handy RFP (request for proposal) and an implementation checklist, ready for you to use for your own business needs. The RFP and checklist are worth thousands of dollars in consulting fees, not to mention the incalculable value in helping you avoid pitfalls that could be catastrophic to any business that needs reliable phone service.
Author Biography: Harry Green is president of Pacific Netcom, Inc., a telecommunications consulting firm. He frequently presents seminars on project management and other telecommunications-related subjects. He is the author of the best selling book, "Telecom Projects Made Easy."
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