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 →

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 →