Commitments for Funding Years 2016

June 24, 2016 – Funding Year 2016. USAC will not be releasing an Funding Year (FY) 2016 wave this week. This wave is delayed due to a technical challenge with Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) impacting a small number of applicants and service providers. We anticipate that we will run another wave next week. If you are impacted by the FCDL… Read more →

VoIP Solutions Provider Carolina Digital "Saves Spring Break" at Arapahoe Charter School

VoIP Solutions Provider Carolina Digital “Saves Spring Break” at Arapahoe Charter School

Like many IT specialists in the education field, Arapahoe Charter School‘s (ACS) network administrator Mark Prescott planned to spend the recent Spring Break taking care of some routine maintenance tasks, and enjoying a well-deserved breather after a busy semester. However, when his school’s on-site private branch exchange (PBX) suddenly went down, he was forced into action and made a quick-thinking… Read more →

Preparing for the Revised Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Payment Process

Preparing for the Revised Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Payment Process

Starting July 1, 2016, applicants who choose the BEAR payment method from USAC must complete and certify a revised FCC Form 472, Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Form to request direct reimbursement of their discount amounts. To prepare for this new payment process, applicants must complete an FCC Form 498, Service Provider and Billed Entity Identification Number and Contact Information… Read more →

FCC Publishes Internet Access Cost Comparison

FCC Publishes Internet Access Cost Comparison

In a November 16, 2015 blog post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published median price data for 1GB transport and Internet access circuits on a state by state basis. With the stated intent of starting a “public dialog on the pricing data,” the Commission stated that they intend to publish a series of blogs regarding publicly available pricing data from Funding… Read more →

Commitments for Funding Year 2015

Commitments for Funding Year 2015

Funding Year 2015. USAC will release Funding Year (FY) 2015 Wave 26 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) on November 20. This wave includes commitments for approved requests for all service types and at all discount levels. As of November 13, FY2015 commitments total over $2.51 billion. On the day the FCDLs are mailed, you can check to see if you have… Read more →

Phishing Attack on USAC E-mail Recipients

Phishing Attack on USAC E-mail Recipients

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) was the target of a phishing attack, which is the attempt to acquire sensitive information for malicious reasons. USAC is warning stakeholders that if an email was received from Leslie Frelow or John Noran with the subject “ITS help desk”, it should be deleted immediately. If the email is opened, do NOT click on… Read more →

Hosted Telecommunications Firm Carolina Digital Awarded Johnson County School System Contract for New 4,500 VoIP Phone System

Hosted Telecommunications Firm Carolina Digital Awarded Johnson County School System Contract for New 4,500 VoIP Phone System

Carolina Digital, a leading provider of USAC Category 1 eligible hosted telecommunications for K-12 schools in the Southeast United States, announced that it has been awarded a contract by North Carolina’s Johnson County School System to install a new 4,500 VoIP phone system. Per the agreement, Carolina Digital will utilize the robust and proven unified communications platform powered by Third… Read more →

The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary

The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary

Title II Regulations a ‘Net’ Loss for Innovation and Consumers FCC’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ Move Imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet The Federal Communications Commission approved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph. The following statement should be attributed to Michael E…. Read more →

FCC wants to regulate Internet like phone service

FCC wants to regulate Internet like phone service

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing unprecedented rules to regulate Internet service providers — including mobile broadband — like a public utility, in a far-reaching move that could be one of the most divisive plans to emerge from the agency in years. In an op-ed in Wired magazine posted online, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his plan… Read more →

Go Cloud PBX

Go Cloud PBX

With Carolina Digital Phone‘s cloud-based, Hosted PBX, we make voice simple. Monthly $15 per user, you get unlimited calling in the US and Canada and the flexibility of using handsets from Cisco, Polycom, Yealink, Snom, and more; why get locked into an enterprise PBX. There’s no need for a tech to roll a truck anymore to make moves, adds, and… Read more →

F.C.C. Increases Money for E-Rate Program for Internet in Schools and Libraries

F.C.C. Increases Money for E-Rate Program for Internet in Schools and Libraries

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted a broad expansion and overhaul of its program to bring high-speed Internet into schools and libraries, a move that will also add to the fees tacked on to the phone bills of Americans each month. The E-Rate program, part of the Universal Service Fund, will grow by $1.5 billion, to a… Read more →

New FCC Order Increases E-rate Program by $1.5 Billion Annually

New FCC Order Increases E-rate Program by $1.5 Billion Annually

New FCC Order Increases E-rate Program by $1.5 Billion Annually, and Introduces a Number of New Changes Including “Equalizing” Treatment of Lit and Dark Fiber On December 19, the FCC released the text of its Second Report and Order in its E-rate modernization proceeding. The new Order increased the annual spending cap on the E-rate program by an additional $1.5… Read more →

Discovery CEO tells FCC he’s concerned about Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable

Discovery CEO tells FCC he’s concerned about Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable

Discovery Communications’ chief executive said Wednesday that the cable television programmer has expressed concerns to federal regulators about Comcast’s $45 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable. If the merger is approved, Comcast would control 17 of the top 20 markets for advertisers, said Discovery CEO David Zaslav at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia investor conference. The merger “presents some serious issues. We’ve… Read more →

North Carolina approves second area code 743

North Carolina approves second area code 743

North Carolina approves second area code 743 for Piedmont Triad. 10-digit local calling, additional area code, coming to Triad State officials approved a second area code for the Piedmont Triad that will overlay the current 336 code. The new 743 overlay for area code will be implemented before all numbers in that area code are exhausted, expected to be in 2016. Officials… Read more →