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

FCC Releases Public Notice on E-Rate Modernization

The FCC’s Public Notice on E-rate modernization (DA 14-308) was released for public comment last Thursday. Comments are due April 7th and reply comments are due April 21st. This is a relatively short comment cycle, in part because this Public Notice (“PN”) can be viewed as an extension of the broader E-Rate 2.0 NPRM released last July, and in part because the… Read more →

FY2014 Filing Window Statistics Updated Daily

In order to keep you informed about applications submitted during the FY2014 application filing window, check back here each day to find updates on high-level data from FCC Forms 471 filed both online and on paper. Read More with more current updates posted at the USAG.ORG News and Updates Page.

Getting Started With E-Rate Funding

Full access to telecommunications and information resources makes possible the rich teaching and learning that take place in schools and libraries. For these institutions to provide the high level of service necessary for their students and patrons to participate fully in American society, the costs can be great. Telecommunications and Internet access, the hardware needed for assembling local networks, and… Read more →

USAC Applicant Training Dates Announced

Upcoming Events USAC offers a variety of training events for telecommunications carriers and applicants who participate in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. In this section you can access publications, handouts, webinar recordings, educational tutorials, and other resources. All events and resources are offered free of charge. Read more at http://www.universalservice.org/sl/about/outreach/

Making the Move to Hosted VOIP

Making the Move to Hosted VOIP

Does your business still have a traditional telephone service? If so, you’re living in the dark ages! Standard telephone services don’t have anything on hosted VoIP services, providing that you choose the right service to meet your needs. First of all, a standard telephone service is just a standard telephone service; it can’t offer you all of the great features… Read more →

Tips for Choosing an IP PBX for Your Small Business

Tips for Choosing an IP PBX for Your Small Business

The proliferation of cloud-based PBX solutions has led to a surplus of information about these virtual telephony systems. School Districts should consider the pros and cons of both hosted PBX and on-premise PBX systems when evaluating a new system for their offices. School administrators deciding between Cloud-based and on-premise PBX systems to consider the following: The Real Total Cost of… Read more →

The Facts About The E-Rate Program

Over the past 25 years, the information revolution has transformed nearly every aspect of American life. Millions of Americans use modern technologies to work, gather news and information, access training and education, conduct business, participate in the civic life of their communities, and communicate with friends. However, until Congress enacted the E-Rate as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996,… Read more →

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) went into effect on April 20, 2001. These laws place restrictions on the use of funding that is available through the Library Services and Technology Act, Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and on the Universal Service discount program known as the E-rate (Public… Read more →