Monthly Archives: June 2017

LAN WAN or OTELCO SiteLink? What’s right for your business?

SiteLink

Do you need a LAN WAN or something else to connect your business? A LAN, or Local Area Network is a private computer network that connects computers in small physical areas such as a single building or a business, university or hospital campus.  A WAN, or Wide Area Network is a network that connects computers in different geographical locations over the public Internet. Sometimes LANs and WANs are used together.  An example is a state… Read more »

Can a Home VPN Protect Your Internet Privacy When the FCC Won’t?

Internet modem

A home VPN is one way to ensure your privacy on the Internet — especially now that the government has ended privacy rules governing ISPs. A Virtual Private Network or VPN is exactly what its name says.  It’s a secure private network in the cloud, meaning it’s virtual.  Many businesses employ VPNs to provide network security and ensure that employees can securely work from remote locations. A home VPN alters your Internet footprint. Without a… Read more »

The FCC is Trying to Redefine the Internet: A Game of Hot Potato Begins

As we mentioned 2 weeks ago, the FCC has changed its definition of Internet in an effort to “Restore Internet Freedom“.  Instead of categorizing it as a telecommunication service, it has stated that the Internet is Information Service.  That means the Internet is no longer a public utility, nor is it telecommunications and thus, not within the oversight of the FCC. We thought it would be interesting to compare the FCC’s definitions for telecommunication and… Read more »

Open Internet vs Restoring Internet Freedom: Is there a Difference?

Open Internet balance Scale

According to the FCC there is, as Open Internet is on its way out and Internet Freedom is on its way in. Congress and the FCC have been waffling over how the Internet should be classified and who should provide oversight.  Is it telecommunications with FCC oversight?  Is it commerce with FTC oversight? Is it ‘information service’, and just what does that mean? A few weeks ago, Congress decided that there should be no customer privacy… Read more »