Posts Tagged: Broadband

Rural Telehealth:
Another Broadband Conversation

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We have discussed the importance of reliable Internet for rural telehealth and telemedicine.  Senate Bill 2873, the Expanding Connectivity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act further emphasizes the significance of reliable Internet. On November 28 the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill that aims to better integrate the Project ECHO model into health systems across the country. Subsequently, the House also passed the legislation, which is now in the hands of President Obama waiting for a signature…. Read more »

Internet Consumer Privacy:
Beyond the Dome, You’re the Product

The FCC has been busy; essentially creating an Internet Consumer Privacy Dome: It classified the Internet as telecommunications, giving itself oversight and rulemaking ability for the Internet It mandated an open Internet, to ensure equal and fair access to content regardless of the provider It enacted consumer privacy and security rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that reflect those of telecommunication carriers. A Bit of Irony No matter what ISPs do to provide Internet security… Read more »

What We Can Expect: Federal Support for Rural Broadband Deployment

As discussion continues about Rural Broadband Deployment in New England and Nationwide, it’s useful to keep up with opportunities that exist to fund expansion from existing revenue sources.  Recently, an effort has been underway to realign support mechanisms that have to date been employed to support rural landline telephone service, deploying them instead to encourage investment in Rural Broadband deployment.  This funding, taken from a program called the Universal Service Fund, was directed to two… Read more »

Net Neutrality: Not a New Concept in Utility Service Delivery

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Thanks to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Net Neutrality is a hot topic these days.  Many providers are opposed to the FCC’s effort to ensure open access to the Internet citing rules that they say will hinder their ability to build new infrastructure and improve service delivery. Open Access to Services is Not a New Concept In many states today, you can choose to purchase electricity from competing generating companies to then be delivered to… Read more »

Why Better Broadband Matters for Business Voice Communication

Business voice communications have changed dramatically since the start of the millennium. Along with mobile phone service Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has become increasingly popular, with more than 79% of American businesses using the technology in at least one location in 2014. The migration to services is due to cost savings in two key areas: Lower operating expenses, where digital phone lines can eliminate the need for copper telephone wires and SIP trunks provide… Read more »