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A Comeback for Landlines? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs

A Comeback for Landlines? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Time Warner Cable this past week announced an app it calls Phone 2 Go that will work on any smartphone or tablet and that will let a Time Warner customer use their home phone plan on these devices instead of cellular voice. At CCG we have predicting for several years that somebody would do this and hopefully Time Warner is the first among many to try this.

This gives landline telcos the ability to fight back against the continued loss of voice customers to the cellular carriers. We all know that cellphones are more convenient than landlines, but cellphone voice is much more expensive. Take the typical household. They probably can buy an unlimited long distance plan for their home phone for $25 – $30 per month. But if each member of their household buys unlimited voice on a cellphone then each one is paying $20 – $30 per month for voice. Even with a family plan it’s far cheaper for a family to share one landline than it is for each of them to buy a cellular voice plan.

With this app calls are completed over the data connection on the smartphone or tablet, be that on WiFi or cellular data. The press release I saw was short on details and I have many questions about the specifics of the product. But it’s a great idea for telcos to fight back against the continuing loss of voice lines to cellular companies. For example, how does this plan handle having more than one call at the same time? How does it allow for incoming calls to be segregated by family member so that each person only gets the calls intended for them? These are all solvable issues and I’m just curious to see the specific Time Warner solutions.


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How 5G Ultra Wideband can revolutionize gaming | Verizon.com

How 5G Ultra Wideband can revolutionize gaming | Verizon.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
5G Ultra Wideband, mobile edge compute and gaming can help you get a better understanding of what ultra-low latency, connection and community really mean.
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Verizon and AT&T agree to delay 5G rollout near airports | NPR.org

Verizon and AT&T agree to delay 5G rollout near airports | NPR.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The FAA says 5G service could interfere with critical navigation systems on some aircraft and will restrict flights into some airports, which could lead to widespread delays and cancellations.
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US competition enforcers launch overhaul of merger approval process | TheVerge.com

US competition enforcers launch overhaul of merger approval process | TheVerge.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission launched a joint effort to modernize antitrust enforcement, seeking comment on how the agencies can apply current law in cases against tech companies like Meta (parent company of Facebook) and Google.
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Final Rule for ARPA State and Local Funds: YES to Digital Inclusion Uses! | DigitalInclusion.org

Final Rule for ARPA State and Local Funds: YES to Digital Inclusion Uses! | DigitalInclusion.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

On January 6th, 2022, the Department of Treasury released the Final Rule for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), updating and superseding the Interim Final Rule (IFR) beginning April 1, 2022. Until then, the IFR remains in effect, but awardees can begin using the Final Rule for guidance immediately if they choose to do so. 

 

The Final Rule makes some notable changes to the Interim Final Rule but the underlying philosophy that the funds should be flexible to enable locally derived solutions that are responsive to each community’s unique needs remains and is even more pronounced than in the IFR. 

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The Seven Rules of the Metaverse. A framework for the coming immersive reality | by Tony Parisi | Metaverses

The Seven Rules of the Metaverse. A framework for the coming immersive reality | by Tony Parisi | Metaverses | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The strangeness and novelty of this new digital capability is generating confusion. Ideas abound, unmoored from practice and practical reality. Well-intentioned but naive seekers are grasping for a…
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Google, Amazon, Meta and Microsoft Weave a Fiber-Optic Web of Power | Wall Street Journal WSJ.com

Google, Amazon, Meta and Microsoft Weave a Fiber-Optic Web of Power | Wall Street Journal WSJ.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Google, Amazon, Meta and Microsoft increasingly dominate the internet’s critical fiber-optic infrastructure.
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States Urge Appeals Court To Revive Monopoly Case Against Facebook | MediaPost.com

A New York-led coalition of 48 attorneys general on Friday asked a federal appellate court to revive allegations that Facebook used a "buy-or-bury" strategy to monopolize social networking.
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How 5G technology could change the future of music | About Verizon | Verizon.com

How 5G technology could change the future of music | About Verizon | Verizon.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
By supporting augmented reality, better livestreaming, remote collaboration and more, 5G should help artists bring their visions to life for fans in more
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FCC Proposes Data Breach Notification Requirements | Telecompetitor.com

The proposed FCC data breach notification requirements would eliminate the current mandatory waiting period for notifying customers of
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Comcast 10G Lab Test Uses DOCSIS 4.0 to Achieve Symmetrical Multi-Gigabit Speeds | Telecompetitor.com

The Comcast 10G lab test used a Broadcom system on a chip (SoC) that delivered symmetric speeds that exceeded 4 Gbps. Th
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Cincinnati Bell, Three Kentucky Counties Collaborate on FTTH Plan | BBCMag.com

Cincinnati Bell, Three Kentucky Counties Collaborate on FTTH Plan | BBCMag.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Cincinnati Bell’s pact with the counties will increase digital equity in Northern Kentucky.
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Editor's Note: Revitalizing Communities With Broadband | BBCMag.com

Editor's Note: Revitalizing Communities With Broadband | BBCMag.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Communities see broadband as a linchpin for a multitude of opportunities – creating jobs, working remotely and attracting and retaining businesses.
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Web3 Will Change The World. Here’s How It Can Change Yours | by Ezra Fuller | Medium.com

Web3 Will Change The World. Here’s How It Can Change Yours | by Ezra Fuller | Medium.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
I was first introduced to Bitcoin in 2017 as a freshman in college. Computers were always a big interest of mine, so when I discovered I could earn passive income by mining Bitcoin, I wanted to learn…
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App Bill Aimed At Curbing Apple, Google Dominance To Be Marked Up This Week | MediaPost.com

Facebook users can proceed with a claim that the company acquired and kept monopoly power by misrepresenting its privacy practices, while advertisers can proceed with allegations that it forged a deal
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Facebook Must Face Some Antitrust Claims By Advertisers And Users | MediaPost.com

In a significant step, the Senate Judiciary Committee will formally debate the Open App Markets Act -- which, if passed, would be a game-changer in the apps marketplace.
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NY Gov. Proposes ‘Largest Ever Investment’ in Broadband | MuniNetworks.org

NY Gov. Proposes ‘Largest Ever Investment’ in Broadband | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Community broadband advocates in New York rang in the new year celebrating Gov. Kathy Hochul’s announcement of a proposed $1 billion investment to beef up broadband in the Empire State. During her State of the State speech, Gov. Hochul unveiled the ConnectAll Initiative, which aims to “deliver affordable broadband to millions of New Yorkers and transform the state's digital infrastructure through new investments,” with municipal broadband as a centerpiece of the plan.
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Challenges to Broadband Grants | POTs & PANs

Challenges to Broadband Grants | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
One of the most annoying aspects of the current federal broadband grants is the ability of incumbent ISPs to challenge the validity of grant requests. In the typical challenge, the incumbents claim that they are offering fast broadband and that an applicant should not be able to overbuild them. This is another issue that can…
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A thought on the Privacy aspects of The Metaverse | by Lakshya Daryani | Medium.com

A thought on the Privacy aspects of The Metaverse | by Lakshya Daryani | Medium.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Thought I’d send a few minds thinking about the future as I cannot fathom how much this can really impact our lives. So, what do you think of The Metaverse? The fact that everything could be virtual…
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Ad Industry, Business Groups Urge Congress To Create National Privacy Standard | MediaPost.com

"A growing patchwork of state laws are emerging which threaten innovation and create consumer and business confusion," dozens of organizations said in a letter sent to Congress this week.
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ME: Outer Reach Broadband Launches Internet Service Along Long Lake in Harrison and Naples | News | wfmz.com

ME: Outer Reach Broadband Launches Internet Service Along Long Lake in Harrison and Naples | News | wfmz.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
HALLOWELL, Maine, Jan. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Outer Reach Broadband, a Maine-based internet service provider, announced today the launch of its internet service along Long Lake in the towns of
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Is Space Getting Too Busy? | POTs & PANs

Is Space Getting Too Busy? | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Satellite broadband made the news again recently when the Chinese government said it had to adjust the orbits of the Chinese space station to avoid collisions with Starlink satellites. China claims it had to make adjustments in July and October of last year. The Chinese are not the only ones making this claim. In 2020,…
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Broadband Deployment - Connecting Rural Communities in The Keystone State | Telecompetitor.com

In this podcast, David and Laura Gibbons of Centre WISP and Black Bear Fiber discuss their rural Pennsylvania broadband build that
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VA: Albemarle Co. questions Lumen on county broadband and telephone issues | NBC29.com

VA: Albemarle Co. questions Lumen on county broadband and telephone issues | NBC29.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The pandemic has illustrated the need for expanding access to broadband, especially in rural areas.
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Florida’s Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Revitalizes Community With Fiber-Based Broadband | BBCMag.com

Florida’s Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Revitalizes Community With Fiber-Based Broadband | BBCMag.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The public utility is expanding its community network as part of a plan to close the digital divide, promote long-term business growth and make Fort Pierce a smart city.
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Face Recognition Is Being Banned—but It’s Still Everywhere | WIRED.com

Face Recognition Is Being Banned—but It’s Still Everywhere | WIRED.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Two dozen cities and states prohibit use of the tech. But it’s on phones and is increasingly used in airports and in banks.
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