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

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 →