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DigitalPhone.io Welcomes Gary Tomlin as New VP of Sales

Leading Hosted Telecommunications Firm DigitalPhone.io Welcomes Experienced Technology Solutions Leader Gary Tomlin as New VP of Sales DigitalPhone.io, a leading hosted telecommunications firm that serves businesses and educational organizations nationwide, announced today that it has welcomed experienced technology solutions leader Gary Tomlin as its Vice President of Sales. Mr. Tomlin has over 30 years of experience as a technical specialist,… Read more →

Pioneering Hosted Telecommunications Firm Carolina Digital Rebrands as DigitalPhone.io to Better Represent Nationwide Reach & Reflect Company Growth

Greensboro, North Carolina /PRWEB/ January 23, 2017 Press Release As it approaches its 20-year anniversary, Carolina Digital Phone, a pioneer of innovative hosted phone solutions for businesses and educational organizations, announced that it has rebranded as DigitalPhone.io. The new name represents the company’s nationwide reach and service coverage area, and further captures and conveys key messages that are essential to… Read more →

DigitalPhone.io Expands with Major Investment in Class 4 & 5 Softswitches

DigitalPhone.io, a leading lower-cost VoIP phone system solution provider for business, schools and government, announced today that it has greatly expanded its call control intelligence capacity due to a major investment in Class 4 and Class 5 softswitches. The investment in NetSapiens’ SNAPsolution supports automatic call switching from both end user SIP-based devices (e.g. IADs, enterprise gateways and ATAs), and… Read more →

Carolina Digital Awarded Montgomery Community College Contract for New VoIP Phone System

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA (PRWEB) DECEMBER 17, 2016 Hosted telecommunications firm Carolina Digital announced that it has been awarded a contract by Montgomery Community College to install a state-of-the-art hosted VoIP phone system at the school’s campus in Troy, North Carolina. Carolina Digital was selected by Montgomery Community College’s leadership team per a competitive and formal bidding process that lasted several… Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Contracts and Form 471 Filings

As the ERate filing window deadline is fast approaching, please make sure that any contracts you file are signed and dated before the Form 471 is filed. The deadline for Form 471 filings is March 26th. Carolina Digital Phone , in partnership with Converged Networks LLC for P1 services, operates under the SPIN number 143036931. If we were awarded your… 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 →