Nicky Smith

For the past 30+ years, computers, advanced technology and solving problems with this new technology have been his business. In 1978, he graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with the first graduating class in the 16 North Carolina Universities with an Information Systems degree from the College of Business. For the last 14 years Nicky has served as the visionary leader and CEO of CAROLINANET.COM, a web hosting and server colocation data center and since 2004 the CEO of Carolina Digital Phone offering hosted telephone services and SIP Trunking. Read more at his LinkedIN page http://www.linkedin.com/in/nickysmith

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 →

IP Phones will no longer be allowed to be "given away" as part of a hosted VoIP solution

IP Phones will no longer be allowed to be “given away” as part of a hosted VoIP solution

The new “Cost Allocation of Bundled Services” Order (DA 14-712, “CA Order”) released Friday.  Basically, phones will no longer be allowed to be “given away” as part of a hosted VoIP solution.  If they are included they will have to be cost allocated.  This will be in effect for 2015 for new and existing contracts. This means that multi-year contracts where the phones… Read more →

Commitment of Over $607 Million and Over 14,600 Applications

Commitment of Over $607 Million and Over 14,600 Applications

  USAC announced it will release FY 2014 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) for  Wave 1 on Thursday, May 15, 2014 to school and library applicants. This first wave will have more than 14,600 letters committing over $607 million, of which $450 million is for broadband connectivity. The FCDLs will notify applicants of funding commitments for Priority One services (Telecommunications Services… Read more →

Boost for Broadband?

Boost for Broadband?

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently announced plans to bring changes to the federal E-rate program, which supports K-12 schools and libraries and has an annual budget of $2.4 billion. Among the newly proposed policies: A $2 billion increase for broadband funding over the next two years; Applications in the current 2014 funding cycle that “get the most students the most… Read more →

The Benefits of SIP Trunking for K-12 School Districts

The Benefits of SIP Trunking for K-12 School Districts

The Benefits of SIP Trunking—Looking for Cost-effective IP Telephony? Combining the Internet and telephony lets companies save money and tap new functionality. Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) trunking allows telephone calls to travel as digital Internet Protocol (IP) signals from end to end instead of using the conventional analog public phone system. It makes it possible for a business to leverage… Read more →

New Top Level Domains now Available

I discovered a small new company in Bellevue, Washington that hasapplied at ICANN for more than 300 top-level-domain names (sometimes called TLDs or extensions) in 2012. Donutsraised more than $100M in its A financing round, and has plans for a second B round of capital. You can see many of the new featured top level domains at http://carolinanetdomains.com/tlds/categories.aspx There you… Read more →

Senate holding up charter school bill

The Senate is currently holding up the reauthorization of the Student Success Act, hurting the futures of children in 42 states. This bill had been reauthorized in the House. Students do much better in charter schools, yet liberals get upset because they have less control in them. What the Senate is holding up Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the… Read more →