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US FCC wants incentives for states to adopt Next Generation 911 | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.regulators want states to compete for federal incentives that would encourage the adoption of a new generation of 911 response systems allowing Americans to send text messages,...
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What do you think? Should the Federal Government offer incentives (i.e. higher taxes for you and I) so that people can text their local 911 call centers?

 

I don't know about you, but I don't think there are that many people clamoring to send a text to their local 911 center versus picking up a phone. Our local resources are already overwhelmed by non-emergency calls. So, what will happen when we add text messages to the mix? How will the authorities track many of the "pay-as-you-go" phones?

 

I think there are way too many cons than there are pros. Not to mention, this is another excuse to add more big government bureaucracy to our federal system that's already drowning in debt.

 

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Higher-Speed Wi-Fi? Not So Fast

Higher-Speed Wi-Fi? Not So Fast | Telecom & Technology Scoop | Scoop.it
A faster version of Wi-Fi will hit the market this year, giving users the power to download a television show's entire season in less than a minute—although few people can expect to take advantage of such speeds any time soon.
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Samsung's new smartphone signals start of shift to faster WiFi

Samsung's new smartphone signals start of shift to faster WiFi | Telecom & Technology Scoop | Scoop.it
Galaxy S4 supports 802.11ac, or Gigabit WiFi, standard.
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Online Piracy Alert System to Begin This Week

Online Piracy Alert System to Begin This Week | Telecom & Technology Scoop | Scoop.it

The Copyright Alert System, a program of escalating warnings against people suspected of online copyright infringement, is going into effect more than a year and a half after the plan was announced. 

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CenturyLink/ Savvis Aim to Expand Cloud Customer Base with AppGrid

CenturyLink/ Savvis Aim to Expand Cloud Customer Base with AppGrid | Telecom & Technology Scoop | Scoop.it
Cloud-based AppGrid from savvisdirect aims to attract business customers that have not previously used the cloud, a company executive told Telecompetitor.
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Cisco eager to regain ground as network security leader

Cisco eager to regain ground as network security leader | Telecom & Technology Scoop | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - After failing to land a big acquisition in the security space last year and suffering a steady decline in market share, Cisco Systems Chief Executive John Chambers is determined to...
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What is your opinion? Does Cisco need to reestablish itself as the security leader or is this a moot point?

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Corporate SIP trunks could equal T-1 links by 2015

Corporate SIP trunks could equal T-1 links by 2015 | Telecom & Technology Scoop | Scoop.it
Infonetics survey says lower costs and better reliability will drive the dramatic move
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US FCC wants incentives for states to adopt Next Generation 911 | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.regulators want states to compete for federal incentives that would encourage the adoption of a new generation of 911 response systems allowing Americans to send text messages,...
Derek Roush's insight:

What do you think? Should the Federal Government offer incentives (i.e. higher taxes for you and I) so that people can text their local 911 call centers?

 

I don't know about you, but I don't think there are that many people clamoring to send a text to their local 911 center versus picking up a phone. Our local resources are already overwhelmed by non-emergency calls. So, what will happen when we add text messages to the mix? How will the authorities track many of the "pay-as-you-go" phones?

 

I think there are way too many cons than there are pros. Not to mention, this is another excuse to add more big government bureaucracy to our federal system that's already drowning in debt.

 

Love to know your thoughts.

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Unified Communications Is Gaining Traction

Unified Communications Is Gaining Traction | Telecom & Technology Scoop | Scoop.it
Unified communications may finally deliver on its long-unfulfilled promise to provide businesses with a single system that integrates phone calls, messaging, document sharing and video conferences.
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Yes, it's true that Unified Communications is gaining ground with businesses of all sizes. However, this article only highlights the advantages of a Microsoft Lync environment. Lync is certainly a good option for larger enterprises that want to utilize advanced UC tools and collaborate on a more personal level with customers and staff. But, Lync is by far not the only option out there.

 

The majority of Lync deployments today are done as a premise based solution offering very little redundancy and disaster recovery options. Any business could benefit from advanced UC features. But, you can create a much more redundant solution by putting the switching gear into the cloud. Why any business would want depreciating hardware these days is beyond me. The average life expectancy of a server these days is only 24-36 months. Then when you layer maintenance, upkeep and licensing, it just doesn't make sense.

 

There are plenty of Hosted Telephony players in the market today that are doing an amazing job with enterprise telephony. Some of them even offer Lync in a hosted environment. I would urge any business to do it's homework. Speak to independent companies that can offer unbiased advice. You may find that the best looking or most popular girl is not always the one you want to take to the dance. She might just break your heart and your wallet.

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Lack of high-speed broadband causes headaches for rural schools

Lack of high-speed broadband causes headaches for rural schools | Telecom & Technology Scoop | Scoop.it
Insects buzz and birds chirp in the humid air beneath the canopies of the Amazon.
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FCC, stakeholders align on communications policy -- for now

FCC, stakeholders align on communications policy -- for now | Telecom & Technology Scoop | Scoop.it
Relative ease in relations among government and private interests in the Internet ecosystem are a welcome change of pace at CES. But it could be the calm before the storm. Read this article by Larry Downes on CNET News.
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