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

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 months, and involved multiple vendors. Ultimately, the decision to go with Carolina Digital was based on a combination of the company’s technical expertise, capacity, service commitment, quality assurance, reputation and cost-effectiveness. The new hosted phone system includes more than 100 certified VoIP-based phones, and implementation is expected to be complete by mid-December.

“We recently made upgrading our phone system technology a top priority,” commented Cindy Ellison, Dean of Technology and Resources at Montgomery Community College. “With Carolina Digital, we are saving approximately 80 percent compared to the cost of upgrading our old system, while accessing a range of new and advanced calling features that our team is excited about using, such as voicemail to email. We are also very impressed by the crisp and clear audio quality, and the fact that there is no added support or maintenance burden for our IT team is a significant advantage.”

“Our relationship Montgomery Community College started more than six months ago when Cindy reached out and asked questions about our solutions and products,” commented Carolina Digital’s CEO Nicky Smith. “We were pleased to be invited to participate in the competitive bidding process, and are looking forward to being a long-term strategic partner to help the school maximize their ROI in the years ahead.”

Added Smith: “Many community colleges around the country are fed up dealing with legacy telephone companies and PBX hardware vendors, which charge exorbitant fees and lack personalized customer support. That is a clear contrast to our team of in-house experts, who pride themselves on delivering personalized, responsive service. What’s more, we can just as effectively communicate with technical experts and specialists, as we can with executives and end users. To us, world-class support and service isn’t an add-on to what we do. It’s built into our DNA, and it makes all the difference to our customers.”

For additional information regarding Carolina Digital, visit http://carolinadigital.net or email inquiry(at)carolinadigital(dot)net.

About Carolina Digital

Carolina Digital is a pioneer of hosted phone services, and provides products that improve the capabilities of business and education telephony, while reducing their overall cost. The company’s offerings stand out for their excellent value, including very competitive pricing, the industry’s deepest feature set, ease of deployment, and many user-friendly packages – from a full turnkey set-up including dial tone and VoIP phones, to automated call answering and routing solutions that work with existing land lines, cell phones or VoIP phones.

Hosted IP Telephony Market to Reach $17.93 Billion in 2021 in Europe

LONDON, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The rapid growth of the European hosted Internet protocol (IP) and unified communications and collaboration (UCC) market is creating opportunities for both European and international providers delivering compelling next-generation solutions. Businesses looking to gain a competitive edge are adopting hosted communications solutions to gain faster access to advanced features and more frequent functionality upgrades. Continued economic challenges are also forcing businesses to choose hosted solutions as they allow greater flexibility for rapid growth or downsizing.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the European Hosted IP Telephony and UCC Services Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $3.32 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach $17.93 billion in 2021.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit:http://bit.ly/1RlFUMU

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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.

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.

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.

North State Fiber Comes to Greensboro

IMG_4697IMG_4696Throughout the Starmount neighborhood I am seeing Datawatt Solutions trucks installing orange interduck for fiber to be installed in homes in Greensboro. This excites me to see finally we might get some competition in our city for high speed internet access, not to mention we might get real high definition television at a reasonable price. As the trucks roll closer to my street in Hamilton Lakes I made inquiry to North State and they told me:

Carol Lockhart <[email protected]> , 2/9/2015 12:35 PM:
Hi Nicky.

As you are aware North State is installing Fiber in several areas in Greensboro. I've heard from others in the area that you understand what fiber can mean to residents and businesses and that you might be a great contact for us.

It appears that your address is in our Phase 2 section of the build. This means availability at your address will be a little further out.

Best regards,
Carol Lockhart
Sr. Manager - Relationship Marketing
1730 Westchester Dr., 
High Point, NC 27262

North State Fiber brings amazing things to your home. Gigabit Internet. Stunning HD. Limitless possibilities.

North State Communications is taking this as an opportunity to jump into the Greensboro market and deliver Gigabit fiber to homes and businesses in Greensboro when Google has made the decision to go to Charlotte and Raleigh. For my limited knowledge of North State Telephone they are a privately held, very profitable, cash rich family in High Point that has the capital to build their fiber network into Greensboro. North State is an innovative, forward-thinking communications and information technology company dedicated to meeting the needs of consumers and businesses in High Point, Thomasville, Archdale, Randleman, Jamestown, Trinity, Greensboro, Kernersville and beyond. Their goal is to provide the best, most technologically advanced products and services available supported by local, knowledgeable, friendly technicians and sales representatives. My long term speculation is that if North State builds a carrier-class fiber network in the Piedmont Triad it will long-term benefit them not because they will create a new revenue stream, but will build a value more than of their small private telephone company in High Point positioning themselves for an exit strategy that will pocket them many millions.

The competitive market internet savvy home bound tele-workers is about to become much better. I think with North State making the large multi-million dollar investment into the Greensboro community this should tell us that someone in High Point sees an opportunity to help us grow and have some competition. Maybe TW Cable and AT&T will pony up their game and improve their service, technology and pricing. TW Cable’s 50 year old coax cable radio signal technology know as DOCSIS 3.0 is outdated and has an end-of-life.

Time-Warner-Cable-LogoFrankly, living in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, being a business owner and a tax paying citizen,  I am fed up with only having two options TW Cable and AT&T. TW Cable has the worst technology and absolutely the worst customer service of any company I have ever had to deal with in my lifetime. I can say honesting I have had better experiences dealing with the IRS and the FCC than I have with TW Cable.

angry internet userEvery time it rains in Greensboro I am guaranteed to have internet problems. When school get out in the afternoon and kids get home to surf the net my access slows down. I have shown TW Cable router engineers problems they have in their core network and they only tell me they are doing the best they can with the resources they have because I am told unofficially that their capital improvements have been frozen until after the TW Cable – Comcast merger.

By they way if you think Time Warner Cable customer service is bad, wait until to talk to a Comcast customer service representative. Read the Criticism of Comcast Customer service posted on Wikipedia. It a miracle that they are still in business except they have a monopoly on the market. I will not go in to my beliefs to why they have a monopoly, only to say look at the lobbyist groups in Washington DC. Read Comcast and Time Warner Cable Spend $5 Million Lobbying in Q1, or  in Time Magazine online Why Comcast has 76 lobbyist working in Washington DC.

Key Reasons Companies Want VoIP

Carolina Digital PhoneIs your business ready to experience the cost savings and added functionality of Voice Over IP? Not sure where to start? You are not alone. The number of companies adopting VoIP as their main communication mechanism is increasing exponentially. But why? An InformationWeek Research study carried out on 280 companies currently using or planning to use VoIP yielded some important characteristics, depicting a much-expected trend. Here are the top reasons why companies want to adopt VoIP:

  1.  66% – Lower telecommunications costs
  2.  43% – Desire to merge voice and data networks
  3.  41% – Obtain a platform for one-stop communications in two or more areas
  4.  36% – Increase collaboration benefits in two or more areas
  5.  31% – Ease of management
  6.  24% – Scalability

The VoIP experts at Carolina Digital Phone will help you make the right hardware selection and package that is best for your growing business.

Google Fiber goes to Charlotte and Raleigh, Greensboro has another option

City of GreensboroSunday, February 14, 2015 Update: I have been questioned about my source of this information regarding the City/County officials and their commitment to Google Fiber in Greensboro will verify this soon. I am told that County and City officials in Greensboro voted not to offer Google any financial incentives or support to build fiber optics to homes and businesses in Greensboro which would have had a major economic boost to the local economy in addition attract high tech jobs and businesses to Greensboro. This information is unconfirmed but my sources are reliable. This disappoints me that our City and County officials are so blind to this incredible opportunity to take Greensboro from a textile, insurance and tobacco city to a tech savvy city that will have the ability to compete in the world market for new business opportunities. I welcome any feedback on this matter from anyone that knows more about this lame decision on the part of our city/county officials.

In Raleigh Gov Pat McCrory gives Durham mayor Bill Bell an enthusiastic handshake after Google announced plans to host gigabit broadband in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Cary, Carrboro and Garner during a press conference Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Read more at Google bringing its high-speed Internet service to the Triangle in the Raleigh News Observer.

Google announced last February the The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon welcomed the chance to work with Google, especially since many observers have called such warp-speed Internet connections magnets for tech entrepreneurs.With that being said I am disgusted that our local city and county officials have missed such a grand opportunity to help our community grow into the technology meca I would like to have seen. Every city Google goes to see an impact.  In a recent study suggests that as gigabit services become available in more communities, the impact on economies and consumers is likely to be substantial. Indeed, if the 41 communities in their study without gigabit broadband were to adopt the new service, they could expect as much as $3.3 billion in incremental GDP. Furthermore, Early Evidence Suggests Gigabit Broadband Drives GDP posted by Fiber to The Home Council Americas research that be downloaded at Early Evidence Suggests Gigabit Broadband Drives GDP.
How does Google Fiber Compare to other Internet Service Providers:Google Fiber Google would not disclose exact prices for its planned Internet service in the Triangle, but the company said it would be on par with earlier deployments. In Austin, $70 per month gets the gigabit connection and a terabyte of Internet cloud storage, while the $130 monthly plan also includes 150-plus television channels. Subscribers can also get permanent access at lower speeds for a one-time $300 fee. AT&T offers a gigabit Internet connection for $120, and a TV-Internet bundle for $150. More competition may come online in the near future, too. In many cases, providers can juice more speed out of their existing networks by attaching new transmission equipment to their fiber-optic lines.

North State Fiber brings amazing things to your home. Gigabit Internet. Stunning HD. Limitless possibilities.On the other hand our friends just to the south, North State Communications is taking this as an opportunity to jump into the Greensboro market and deliver Gigabit fiber to homes and businesses in Greensboro. For my limited knowledge of North State Telephone they are a privately held, very profitable, cash rich family in High Point that has the capital to build their fiber network into Greensboro. North State is an innovative, forward-thinking communications and information technology company dedicated to meeting the needs of consumers and businesses in High Point, Thomasville, Archdale, Randleman, Jamestown, Trinity, Greensboro, Kernersville and beyond. Their goal is to provide the best, most technologically advanced products and services available supported by local, knowledgeable, friendly technicians and sales representatives. My long term speculation is that if North State builds a carrier-class fiber network in the Piedmont Triad it will long-term benefit them not because they will create a new revenue stream, but will build a value more than of their small private telephone company in High Point positioning themselves for an exit strategy that will pocket them many millions.

lck75xpcaThe competitive market internet savvy home bound tele-workers is about to become much better. I think with North State making the large multi-million dollar investment into the Greensboro community this should tell us that someone in High Point sees an opportunity to help us grow and have some competition. Maybe TW Cable and AT&T will pony up their game and improve their service, technology and pricing. TW Cable’s 50 year old coax cable radio signal technology know as DOCSIS 3.0 is outdated and has an end-of-life.

Time-Warner-Cable-LogoFrankly, living in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, being a business owner and a tax paying citizen,  I am fed up with only having two options TW Cable and AT&T. TW Cable has the worst technology and absolutely the worst customer service of any company I have ever had to deal with in my lifetime. I can say honesting I have had better experiences dealing with the IRS and the FCC than I have with TW Cable.

angry internet userEvery time it rains in Greensboro I am guaranteed to have internet problems. When school get out in the afternoon and kids get home to surf the net my access slows down. I have shown TW Cable router engineers problems they have in their core network and they only tell me they are doing the best they can with the resources they have because I am told unofficially that their capital improvements have been frozen until after the TW Cable – Comcast merger.

By they way if you think Time Warner Cable customer service is bad, wait until to talk to a Comcast customer service representative. Read the Criticism of Comcast Customer service posted on Wikipedia. It a miracle that they are still in business except they have a monopoly on the market. I will not go in to my beliefs to why they have a monopoly, only to say look at the lobbyist groups in Washington DC. Read Comcast and Time Warner Cable Spend $5 Million Lobbying in Q1, or  in Time Magazine online Why Comcast has 76 lobbyist working in Washington DC.

As the weeks continue I will have more post on our local internet access opportunities. Please feel free to post your comments.
Nicky Smith

North Korea Continue blaming Obama for Internet Outages

With its Internet networks continuing to suffer outages for the sixth straight day, North Korea placed the blame on the US and stepped up its verbal attacks over the weekend amid a hacking row involving the film “The Interview.” As of midday, a number of propaganda websites remained down, including Uriminzokkiri (Among Our People), Ryugyong and Ryomyong. They have servers in Shenyang, Dandong and other Chinese cities.

The website of the Choson Sinbo, a pro-North newspaper based in Japan, came back online after a brief blackout early in the morning.

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Photo shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang denied any role in the cyberattacks, calling such suggestions part of a “smear campaign” by unpopular South Korean leaders.

The sites of major news outlets including the Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun appeared to be in operation, though they were also repeatedly shut down early last week. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported late Saturday from Pyongyang that North Korea’s Internet and 3G telecommunication networks were “paralysed” again and not restored at least until 9:30 p.m. The wire service reported a similar standstill last Tuesday.

Cybersecurity firm Dyn Research also tweeted later that day, “Off-again, on-again: North Korea returns after 5 hour national outage.”

The blackouts come at the height of a row over the recent hack on Sony Pictures, which Washington claimed was orchestrated by Pyongyang enraged by the studio’s planned release of “The Interview,” a film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea denies any involvement in the hacking.

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