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What Is the "Cloud" and How Can it Help My Business?

Jason Volmut | Posted 10.29.2015 | Chicago
Jason Volmut

Essentially, a cloud setup has two requirements: a group of connected servers, and virtualization software that connects those servers. The virtualization software is the key piece that turns a regular group of computers into a cloud computing setup.

Verizon Files a 'Me Too' Objection with the FCC: Block Kushnick's Access to the Special Access Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The FCC is finally making available a database of collected information about special access lines and services, which, according to the FCC, has hit $40 billion in revenues.

Could Ooma Crash & Burn? Hmmm...

Reuben Yonatan | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Reuben Yonatan

I want to be optimistic about Ooma. I'm rooting for them. I hope they don't "free" themselves to death with basic subscribers like me. But they can't keep doing what they're doing. The outlook is grim, and unless they turn things around.

Technically Speaking About Telephony

Tanya Williams | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Tanya Williams

VoIP stands for voice over Internet Protocol. Simply put, traditional VoIP phones let you make calls using the internet and are most often used within corporate business environments. Over the past 10 years, this technology has grown expansively.

6 Things Your Business Can Do With VoIP Service

Reuben Yonatan | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Reuben Yonatan

A surprising number of businesses are still using landline phones. In the modern world of the Internet and high-speed data, it is undoubtedly time to make a switch to a more modern communication option -- business VoIP service, or Cloud Hosted Systems.

6 Keys To A Successful VoIP Implementation

Jason Volmut | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology
Jason Volmut

Voice-over-Internet (VoIP) has the potential to both improve on existing phone technology, and greatly reduce phone costs. Yet, many SMB owners are understandably wary of the technology, having heard horror stories from their peers, or having had poor experiences due to bad VOIP implementations.

Fear and Loathing as Telecom Policy

Jeff Pulver | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Jeff Pulver

The adoption of the "Pulver Order" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2004 recognized the madness of applying 70-year-old Title II telecom regulations to IP communications.

Ann Brenoff

Can This One Guy End Robo-Calls For Good? | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.23.2014 | Fifty

Aaron Foss thinks he may have built a better mousetrap when it comes to ending all those scam calls that ring up your landline. The 36-year-old contra...

Are You in a Verizon or AT&T Shut Off Zone? Will You be One of the Disconnected?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This is the best case as AT&T may never expand past their current footprint with U-Verse and this quote is about services that may be available 3 years from now -- in 2016.

'Wireless-Only' Statistics Are More Pixy Dust Than Facts; The 'Landline' Accounting Has Been Rigged

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

After a hard day at work, you get home, take off your shoes, maybe even have a cold beer, sit on the couch, and pull out your two-inch by three-inch cell phone to watch a night of Netflix, right?

How Communications Technology Brings Generations Together Like Never Before

Andreas Bernström | Posted 08.13.2013 | Technology
Andreas Bernström

With Father's Day coming up and generations around the world joining together in the exchange of sentiments and ideas, here are some ways in which innovations in communications have helped and deepen family relationships and closed the generational gap.

Regulatory Capture of the FCC -- Time to Clean House

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T, with the help of Verizon and the cable companies have 'captured' the FCC -- and have been able to get the federal agency to create and shape a working group designed specifically to remove all regulations and obligations.

Retiring Abroad: How To Keep In Touch With Those Back Home

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 05.25.2013 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

One concern as you plan for retirement overseas? How you will continue to communicate with family, friends, credit card companies, online shopping sites and your favorite phone sex service (just making sure you're paying attention) back home.

AT&T's FCC Petition Should Be Denied: AT&T Should be Investigated

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

We request that the FCC immediately start investigating AT&T's business practices as well as the company's failure to supply material and essential facts about their deployment of U-Verse.

Four Great Apps to Keep You Close to a Loved One When You're Far Away

Andreas Bernström | Posted 02.13.2013 | Technology
Andreas Bernström

This year, instead of an arrow, Cupid is armed with an assortment of apps that can help soothe the sighs of parted lovers. Here are a few options that might just be the next best thing to being there in person.

AT&T U-verse Is a Copper-Based PSTN Service: Lawmakers and the Media Were Duped.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I just made a rather disturbing finding. AT&T's U-verse service -- its broadband, internet and TV service -- is a copper-to-the-home service. More importantly, it is a fiber-to-the-press-release.

What Are the Public Switched Telephone Networks, 'PSTN' and Why You Should Care?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

It appears that you can fool most of the people most of the time. AT&T has proven that if you spend a boatload of money and repeat the same deceptive statements over and over, the public will believe anything you want them to.

AT&T's $14 Billion 'Bribe' or How the Media Got It Wrong

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

On Nov. 7, 2012, AT&T announced that it would be spending $14 billion to upgrade their wireless and wireline networks. And yet, in fact, AT&T is only ...

'Internet Freedom'? AT&T's Verbal Jujitsu to Close Down Telecommunications in America

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.10.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

Internet Freedom in this case is actually freedom for AT&T and the other phone companies, not freedom for those who actually use telecommunications or even Internet services.

Up in Smoke: California's Broadband Future Is Under Threat (And Your State Is Next)

Susan Crawford | Posted 10.29.2012 | Technology
Susan Crawford

There's a state of emergency in California that has nothing to do with wildfires or hurricanes. It's called SB 1161, and it wreaks havoc on California's authority to adopt measures that protect consumers when it comes to the cost, service, safety, and availability of access to information.

We Cannot Afford to Deregulate 'VoIP'

Ruben Diaz Jr. | Posted 05.23.2012 | New York
Ruben Diaz Jr.

Cable companies and Verizon are now trying to deregulate digital phone service, also known as VoIP, in Albany. If this proposal were to become law, all consumers would lose out.

Cool Icelandic Phone Technology Is Hot

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

Sometimes I doubt that all the amazing communications technology the world has seen in the last decade has resulted in increased or better communicati...

Ooma Adds Wi-Fi Option to VoIP Service

Larry Magid | Posted 11.20.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Call me old fashioned, but when I'm home or at an office, I like making and receiving phone calls from something that resembles a regular desk phone.

Where Have All the Wiretap Reports Gone?

Susan Landau | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

Providing data in the Wiretap Report is not simply compliance with 40-year-old legislation. That information is what allows us to understand what's true about this highly intrusive and secretive investigative technique and what's not.

10 Fastest Growing U.S. Industries

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business

Over the course of the recession, major companies have failed, entire industries have withered. But at least a few have not only survived, but grown. ...