FRAMINGHAM (05/04/2000) - This week voice-over-IP vendor Clarent Corp. announced plans to acquire ACT Networks for $189 million worth of stock. ACT is best known for voice and data over frame relay and ATM edge devices. The company was one of the early players in the voice-over frame relay market.

Clarent plans on integrating its voice-over-IP technology into ACT's access devices to allow legacy frame relay and ATM customers to upgrade to IP.

Fixed-wireless local-loop carrier WinStar Communications continues to rack up contracts for federal government buildings. The U.S. General Services Administration, which among other things acts as the government's landlord, recently selected WinStar to provide service to locations in Indianapolis and St. Louis, adding to the carrier's previous federal wins in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Indianapolis also proved to be a big win for AT&T's local-services business, as the traditional long-distance giant won a share of the local contract for federal buildings.

Top consumer groups have made it official: They oppose the merger of America Online Inc. and Time Warner. After regularly waxing negative about the deal, four key groups - the Consumer Federation of America, the Consumers Union, the Media Access Project and the Center for Media Education - formally filed with the Federal Communications Commission to block the deal or require substantial divestitures. Among the possibilities they suggest is that Time Warner get rid of cable modem ISP RoadRunner. They also said AOL and Time Warner's promises to provide ISPs nondiscriminatory access to their cable networks weren't concrete enough.

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