Contract negotiations advice?

I am dealing with a large telecom which purchased the small telecom I
signed a contract with.

Despite signing only 1 contract with them, the two racks, and the
bandwidth which feeds 1 rack (I connect privately to the second rack at
no charge) all have different termination dates.

How signing one contract resulted in 3 different end of term dates,
months apart, I can't quite figure out.

Can anyone point me to a mailing list or discussion forum containing
advice on dealing with such issues? And the wider issue of negotiating
good rates with telecoms?


Patrick Giagnocavo

Carrier neutral facility. When it's in their house its their rules and
their rules aren't designed for your benefit. When it's somebody
else's house, they have to compete for your business or lose it to
somebody else.

Also, find the back door. I don't know how true it is any more, but it
used to be that you could hook up with someone else buying services
from some carriers wholesale at a substantially lower price.
MCI/Worldcom was notorious for this. The third party would make a
small markup as the pass-through billing agent and your extra payment
would help move them into a deeper discount class within the telcom's
wholesale business.

Bill Herrin