AT&T has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Vonage alleging the name of AT&T's CallVantage VoIP service sounded too much like Vonage. Under the terms of the settlement, AT&T must now refer to the service as AT&T CallVantage.
AT&T has begun offering a downloadable service, the AT&T CallVantage Assistant, designed to help VoIP customers set up their telephone adapters or upgrade to more advanced adapters. The company says it launched the service to encourage VoIP adoption among customers who may not be tech savvy.
Executives from telecom equipment companies yesterday urged the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to quickly update telecommunications laws to accommodate for the growth of Internet-based services that are reshaping the industry.
AT&T is joining forces with Comcast, Time Warner and Cox in marketing agreements to cross promote the telco's CallVantage VoIP with the MSOs' high-speed services. Per the deals, AT&T will direct potential CallVantage customers who don't have broadband services to sign up with the MSOs in their markets.