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Happy 4th of July!

independence_day_backgroundWe hope you enjoy the day off with friends and family. Before heading out to the BBQs, parades, and fireworks displays remember what the “Fourth of July” means to all Americans.

Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the USA, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the date on which the United States formally separated from Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States. Independence Day itself has nothing to do with the military, or soldiers.

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on the holiday. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.

Yealink Receives 2015 Best Product Award

At Carolina Digital Phone we are very proud of being a Yealink IP Phone Partner. Yealink has be recognized and awarded the 2015 Internet Telephony Product of the Year since 2010. Yealink, founded in 2001, is a global leader in IP based unified communications and is dedicated to communication telephony innovations.  Customers from more than 100 countries and areas worldwide enjoy Yealink’s reliable unified communications IP Phone solutions through our well-established global sales and service network. Their vision is to become the world’s leading unified communications solution provider, helping people to maximize their business success through cloud-based unified communications ecosystems that can be accessed anytime, from anywhere globally, under any type of network.

Learn more about Yealink at this short video below:

The Yealink CP860 IP conference phone is a perfect choice for small and medium-sized conference room and can meet the demands of up to 16 people with optional expansion microphones. The CP860 provides many important audio features including optima HD technology, a build-in 3 microphone array, full-duplex technology and acoustic echo cancelling. This means that all users can enjoy rich, clear and life-like conference calls. The Yealink CP860 also supports call recording, plus linkages to mobile phones or PCs for a more convenient conference call experience.

Four Reasons to Move Your Phone System to The Cloud

When it comes to business phone systems, there are several decisions that an organization must make.

Perhaps the most basic, though important, is whether to pursue an on-premise or cloud-based solution. While there are advantages to both, many firms are increasingly reaching the conclusion that a cloud-based option is superior. Here are four reasons why cloud business phone systems are becoming more popular.

1. Lower Upfront Cost
One of the biggest advantages offered by a cloud business phone system is a low upfront cost. An on-site solution, on the other hand, requires significant costs on the front end, as the company needs to purchase and install a server on the premises. This makes cloud business phone systems particularly appealing to smaller businesses, as upfront costs are typically more of a burden. Of course, larger firms can also take advantage of these initial cost savings. Read At NetworkWorld Here

2. Greater Scalability
Another key reason for cloud business phone systems is greater scalability. As a business grows and expands it will require more phone lines, more features, more data storage capabilities and so on. With a cloud phone system, the business can increase its usage at any time. If the business contracts or experiences a less busy period, it can reduce usage and save money. With an on-premise solution, the firm must initially purchase a larger-than-needed appliance in order to prepare for growth. Until that time, the firm will essentially have overpaid for its Unified Communications needs, resulting in inefficiencies. When the business’s growth requires an upgrade, it will need to purchase a whole new solution, repeating this process.

3. Better Disaster Recovery
Disasters can and will strike businesses of all sizes, no matter their geographic locations. Organizations need telecommunications solutions they can depend upon in these circumstances. Cloud phone systems are undoubtedly superior in this regard. With the system based off-site, damage that affects the business will not necessarily incapacitate the service provider. The office may be shut down, but business operations can quite possibly continue. If the solution is based on-premise, any damage sustained by the office will also affect its communication system, thereby exacerbating the damage caused by the catastrophe.

4. Location Independence
Another advantage of hosted business phone systems is location independence. A hosted system enables businesses to redirect calls to any landline, international or mobile number. If a business or its owners relocate, they can continue to use their old phone numbers. This is critical for many firms since changing an established number can cause confusion among existing clients. Remote work is rapidly increasing in popularity, as it has the potential to improve employee morale and productivity while saving money. However, to be a viable solution, companies typically need to ensure that remote workers have access to robust telecommunications tools. Hosted phone systems are the most effective way of achieving this goal. Read More at this Link

FCC Rules VoIP Providers Can Directly Request Numbers

FCC_NewsWashington, D.C. (June 18, 2015) – The Federal Communications Commission today modernized and streamlined its rules governing the distribution of phone numbers by leveling the playing field for interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, which are increasingly popular with consumers.

Interconnected VoIP providers – defined as those capable of placing and receiving calls to and from the traditional phone network — currently must get numbers from third-party carriers. Allowing these providers to go directly to numbering administrators for phone numbers will benefit consumers by reducing costs and promoting additional competition from these innovative VoIP providers, the FCC found.

The Order adopted unanimously by the FCC also facilitates the ongoing transitions in communications technology that are sweeping the nation and improves FCC oversight of the numbering system. These improvements will help ensure that calls connect nationwide and provide more accountability in and protections for the numbering system.

Nearly one-third of all retail local telephone connections – about 48 million connections – were served by VoIP at the end of 2013. Giving VoIP providers direct access to numbers will promote competitive choice for consumers, including by speeding the transfer of a customer’s existing number to or from an interconnected VoIP provider, known as “porting” a number.

The Order also imposes a number of conditions to protect and enhance the security and integrity of the numbering system. Conditions will also ensure that all numbers distributed are used, protecting the system from running out of phone numbers.

Action by the Commission June 18, 2015 by Report and Order (FCC 15-70). Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly. Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly issuing statements.

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North Carolina sales tax holiday is no more

For the first time in 12 years, back-to-school shoppers in North Carolina won’t be getting a sales tax holiday.

The tax-free event, traditionally the first weekend in August, was discontinued as part of a tax overhaul approved last year by N.C. lawmakers. Shoppers looking for a sales tax break will have to cross into South Carolina, which begins its annual three-day tax holiday at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Hosted PBX Telephone Solutions from Carolina Digital Phone

Carolina Digital Phone
Carolina Digital Phone is your choice for comprehensive telephone system solutions. No matter what call support you need, Carolina Digital Phone has the technology and experience to make it happen.

In the past, businesses had to rely on complicated phone systems. However, thanks to advancing technology, it is now possible to have superior phone service with a hosted PBX telephone system. Unlike traditional phone systems, our telephone system is entirely digital. This means that instead of installing land lines, all that is required for service is an active Internet connection to create an IP digital phone through VoIP technology.

Even if you have telephone service that seems to work, there are advantages to digital telephone systems to consider. Since our service relies on an existing Internet connection, there is no need for cumbersome and costly installation procedures. All you need for a complete revitalization of your phone system are working phones.

Additionally, our hosted PBX offers the best service. With our IP digital phone system, you have unlimited inbound and outbound call capabilities. Moreover, with VoIP technology, it is easy for employees to conduct business from any location. This means that employees have the same access to quality phone service from their office, client locations, home and more. As long as there is an active Internet connection, every employee can stay connected at all times.

To make the transition easier, Carolina Digital Phone also offers a worry-free web portal to streamline management and administration of the system. On top of that, our call center application is available to provide additional support that will increase customer responsiveness for the ultimate phone service in the modern business era. Call (336) 691-2000 today to speak to a telecommunications specialist. You could save up to 60% over your current telephone service provider with our hosted PBX service.

Enterprise SIP trunking services

Session Initiation Protocol, SIP trunking is one type of VOIP and streaming media based service. Customers who are equipped with SIP PBX as well as Unified Communications facilities, they can get the telephone and unified communications services through the ITSPs or Internet Telephony Service Providers. You, as a customer, should know about voip for business pros and cons. If you want to look at different aspects of voip business, then you will learn about voip phone business, voip review business, voip providers business, voip for small business etc. If you analyze VOIP business plans, you will also know about several benefits of voip for business. Carolina Digital Phone, one of the renowned enterprise SIP trunking service providers, meets your needs by quickly deploying SIP trunking for IP PBXs and Legacy PBX. Business SIP trunking can significantly reduce your overall business costs. There are many SIP trunk providers that you will find and Carolina digital phone is one of those that focuses on the best SIP Trunk Services. Companies that plan to get several software applications for their business which will help them in their business in terms of voice, video or other streaming media applications, for instance- web conferencing, desktop sharing, whiteboard sharing etc.

Sip trunks pricing is normally less than the traditional Analog lines as well as the PRIs. Carolina Digital Phone particularly provides SIP trunks and channels for both the single site and multi location businesses . For the latter, Enterprise Trunking is available. How many sip trunks do I need? – If this question strikes your mind, you can also consult with their representative to actually know about it. Another aspect people think about is the comparison between SIP trunks VS PRI. When we make a comparison between these two, we can first see the difference in terms of hardware. While the PRI connections are completely physical, SIP Trunks come with virtual connections. When you plan to scale up with PRI, it requires new circuits as well as termination hardware installation. In the case of SIP, with a software configuration change, the scales can be brought up or down pretty quickly. When using a PRI system, ROI can be negatively affected when installing sufficient backup circuits. On the other hand, SIP Trunk system having automatic IP re-routing will allow actual geographic distribution for PSTN network with very limited redundancy. Now, bringing up another important aspect of the comparison which is the cost associated with each of these systems. While planning about PRI system, one needs to only thinking about the cost which is accounted for per circuit per month. There might be a variety of pricing models to emerge in the case of SIP solution. Nevertheless, the cost associated with IP Trunking is significantly lower than the PRI.

If you want to learn more about such services, you can look for SIP trunks for dummies which will almost cover everything that you would want to know. Carolina Digital Phone ensures that the clients get the best output through its services. Call Carolina Digital Phone at (336) 544-4000.

Title II Regulations a ‘Net’ Loss for Innovation and Consumers

The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary.

FCC’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ Move Imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet

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That little beauty to the right was the current state-of-the-art in 1937. That’s when what we call “toll quality” calling was supposedly set down as a standard.

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. Glover, Verizon senior vice president, public policy and government affairs:

“Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors. Over the past two decades a bipartisan, light- touch policy approach unleashed unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband Internet age consumers now enjoy.

“The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet has operated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history will judge today’s actions as misguided.

“The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open Internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300- plus pages of broad and open- ended regulatory arcana that will have unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the Internet ecosystem for years to come.

“What has been and will remain constant before, during and after the existence of any regulations is Verizon’s commitment to an open Internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and Internet access when, where, and how they want.”


 

Many telecoms have acted poorly, but there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for 332 pages of new regulations that nobody was allowed to review before they were voted on. The FCC is not an imperial body, unaccountable to congress or anyone else – although clearly Wheeler thinks he is by snubbing a request to appear before Congress. This cloak-and-dagger approach is absurd, and if the entire Title 2 scheme falls (which it should), it will be in part because of the way Wheeler and the FCC acted – essentially as a mouthpiece of the Obama Administration – in regards to the process.

Wake up, people. The scope of what the FCC has now asserted they are authorized to control is far beyond what was intended when the agency was created. This has become true of far too many commissions, agencies and departments in the Federal government. I recommend “Is Administrative Law Unlawful” by Philip Hamburger. We have become so used to the massive scale of the federal government (particularly the power now concentrated under the executive branch departments and agencies), we barely realize that what we live with today wouldn’t be tolerated by any reasonable standard of limited, enumerated powers, judicial restraint and the concept of co-equal branches of government even 50 or 60 years ago, much less 100 or 200+ years ago.

 

Boehner Denounces FCC’s ‘Secret Plan to Put the Federal Government in Control of the Internet’

The future of the Internet should remain free and open. Government bureaucrats claiming “net neutrality” should keep their hands off. 

John A. Boehner (bay-ner) serves as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Elected to represent the Eighth Congressional District of Ohio for a 12th term in November 2012, John is a national leader in the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government. - See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/about#sthash.cyfqqSik.dpuf

John A. Boehner (bay-ner) serves as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

WASHINGTON, DC – February 26, 2015 – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to impose new federal “net neutrality” regulations that would undermine a free and open Internet and hurt our economy:

“Overzealous government bureaucrats should keep their hands off the Internet. Today, three appointed by President Obama approved a secret plan to put the federal government in control of the Internet. The text of the proposal is being kept hidden from the American people and their elected representatives in Congress, and the FCC’s chairman has so far refused to testify about it. This total lack of transparency and accountability does not bode well for the future of a free and open Internet, not to mention the millions of Americans who use it every day.

“The FCC is supposed to be an independent agency, but the White House has once again meddled where it shouldn’t in order to advance what one commissioner has described as ‘a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist.’ And like ObamaCare, the Obama administration’s plan for the Internet may not work, but it will create years of uncertainty and lead to expensive legal fights. More mandates and regulations on American innovation and entrepreneurship are not the answer, and that’s why Republicans will continue our efforts to stop this misguided scheme.”

NOTE: Nearly a year ago, House Republican leaders sent a letter to the FCC’s chairman urging him to drop consideration of federal net neutrality regulations. In November, Speaker Boehner warned that they would hurt our economy.

Stop FCC From Nullifying State Municipal Broadband Laws
North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is committed to preserving the American Dream for younger generations and supports common sense policies that will generate economic growth and opportunities for working families.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced legislation to prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from overriding state and local municipal broadband laws.

Earlier today, the FCC voted to effectively overturn North Carolina and Tennessee state laws that set requirements and conditions on municipalities competing with the private sector in the broadband marketplace.

The Tillis-Blackburn legislation says that the FCC cannot pre-empt states with municipal broadband laws already on the books, or any other states that subsequently adopt such municipal broadband laws. The bill also includes a Sense of Congress stating that the FCC does not have the legal authority to prohibit states from implementing municipal broadband restrictions. Original co-sponsors of the federal legislation included Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Robert Pittenger (R-NC), Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and David Rouzer (R-NC).

“It is disturbing, yet not surprising, that the FCC and Chairman Wheeler are attempting to deny the sovereign right of states to make their own laws,” said Senator Tillis. “After witnessing how some local governments wasted taxpayer dollars and accumulated millions in debt through poor decision making, the legislatures of states like North Carolina and Tennessee passed commonsense, bipartisan laws that protect hardworking taxpayers and maintain the fairness of free-market competition. Representative Blackburn and I recognize the need for Congress to step in and take action to keep unelected bureaucrats from acting contrary to the expressed will of the American people through their state legislatures.”

“The FCC’s decision to grant the petitions of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina is a troubling power grab,” said Congressman Blackburn. “States are sovereign entities that have Constitutional rights, which should be respected rather than trampled upon. They know best how to manage their limited taxpayer dollars and financial ventures. Ironically, they will now be burdened by the poor judgment of a federal government that is over $18 trillion in debt and clearly cannot manage its own affairs.

“I’m pleased to be working with Senator Tillis on this important issue. As former state legislators, we strongly believe in States’ rights and will fight the FCC’s liberal agenda. Chairman Wheeler’s regulatory appetite appears to know no bounds and is seeping dangerously into the lives of Americans. It is time for Congress to assert itself and protect States once again from unelected Washington bureaucrats.”

BACKGROUND

In 2006, the City of Wilson, North Carolina, borrowed at least $34.6 million to build a government-owned broadband network, without a vote of its citizens. In support of the borrowing, Wilson’s broadband business plan claimed that the fiber project would be cash positive in year three of its operation; however, the projection failed to materialize, as Wilson lost $2.1 million in FY2008; $1.1 million in FY2009; $1.4 million in FY2010; $1.06 million in FY2011; and $1.3 million in FY2012.

In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law (S.L. 2011-84) that protects taxpayers by barring local governments from using tax dollars to cross-subsidize other local accounts and requiring a vote of citizens to authorize new debt used to fund the broadband service. The law grandfathered the City of Wilson, North Carolina, and two other municipal broadband providers, but required them to follow the requirements set in the legislation if they attempted to expand their service. Wilson subsequently asked for a waiver from those rules, resulting in today’s FCC ruling.

Good news: FCC promotes broadband competition

You may have heard that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just put in place rules to protect ‘net neutrality.’ That’s big news. But there was another important decision today to help keep the Internet competitive and open — and while it’s getting less attention, it may be just as important.

As part of its agenda to encourage meaningful competition in high speed broadband for all Americans, the FCC supported allowing cities to make their own decisions about investing in new broadband networks. More needs to be done to drive innovation in bigger, faster broadband, but this is a good step. Click on the image below to take action.

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House Republicans Voice Opposition to FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

As a historic vote looms to give the Federal Communications Commission power over Internet Service Providers to enforce net neutrality, House Republicans are attempting to sway the FCC away from the proposal.

Leading up to Thursday when the FCC votes on the new rules, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) called the FCC’s proposal “net nonsense,” remarking that it’s going to fail to gain court approval.

Under the proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, ISPs would fall under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, giving the FCC authority to implement and enforce open internet protections. This would essentially stop providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Sprint and T-Mobile from favoring certain Internet traffic under most conditions. They had previously been treated as lightly regulated “information services”.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) believe they have a better way.

These Republicans have put forth legislation in the House (PDF) that would give the FCC authority to administer some tenets of net neutrality such as paid prioritization of content, but not give the FCC broader oversight over ISPs. They also believe this legislation will resist court challenges that the FCC is overstepping its bounds.

Wheeler, a former government lobbyist and telecom industry insider, had previously proposed in 2014 that ISPs should be allowed to prioritize certain online traffic to create an internet “fast lane” that was panned by Net Neutrality activists. In contrast, his latest regulations are far more in line with President Barack Obama’s Net Neutrality stance, spurring congressional committee investigations into the White House’s influence over the FCC, which is supposed to operate as an independent agency.

Upton has also noted that Chairman Wheeler has refused to testify the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and that he “refuses to directly answer growing concerns about how the rules were developed, how they are structured, and how they will stand up to judicial scrutiny.”

This story will be updated with the results of the FCC vote on Thursday.