As your dedicated partner for all communication, data, network, and collaboration solutions, we look forward to continuing to support your business in 2023. See our year at glance!
Our Year at a Glance:
A special thanks to all our clients and partners!
Happy New Year!
Simplified Communications Team
That's 230,000 GB, all being moved in a single second, with one chip.
Although many of us now have internet connections at home fast enough to stream movie theater quality video content at resolutions surpassing 4K, there’s lots of room for improvement when it comes to internet speeds in general, as anyone having to wait several hours to download a new AAA game to a modern video game console will attest. The internet still can’t deliver everything we need in the blink of an eye, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: specifically, an infrared laser shining down a bundle of fiber optic cables.
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Digital Cable Television provider, Cox, agrees to buy Axios, American news website for $525 million.
What is Axios?
What is Cox?
Cox Communications is a family-owned company committed to creating more meaningful moments of human connection through technology.
As the largest private broadband provider in the United States, Cox is proud of their continued investments in their people, communities and network--and now that includes Axios.
Why did Cox invest in a local journalism website?
How will this deal impact my business?
Is your business using a landline?
Your phone system may be impacted!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated that all Plain Old Telephone Service lines be replaced with an alternative. The FCC made this order in 2010, giving just ten years for phone companies to adjust their business model and find alternatives for their customers.
The FCC has been cracking down on robocalls for a while, but now it’s cracking down on the phone providers the robocallers use.
The Federal Communications Commission announced on Thursday that it was ordering phone companies to block call traffic that the agency believes is part of a massive car warranty robocall operation responsible for 8 billion illegal robocalls since 2018.
Or, as FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel put it: “Billions of auto warranty robocalls from a single calling campaign. Billions!”
Contact your Simplified Communications agent to identify solutions for interruptions to your business phone!
As The Wall Street Journal reports, Delta CEO Ed Bastian confirmed that "exploratory tests" have been carried out using Starlink's technology. However, there are several steps required before it can be used on commercial flights.
SpaceX wants to partner with carriers to offer Starlink on flights and has been granted FCC approval to test the system on aircraft. There is no regulatory approval for the system being used on commercial flights yet, though. Elon Musk also pointed out last year that Starlink needs to be certified for each aircraft type, so the focus is on the most popular ones first (Boeing 737, A320, and Gulfstream).
According to J. Armand Musey, founder of Summit Ridge Group, which is focused on the satellite industry, it's going to take several years before Starlink is an established in-flight internet provider thanks to regulations and the long-term contracts carriers already have with other providers.
How can we help innovate your business?
We are excited to announce that Simplified Communications has gone through a branding change!
We hope you enjoy our rebranding and agree that it reflects our commitment to innovation and simplifying business communications.
We are ready to assist in any big changes that are coming for your business!
Cybersecurity attacks are growing more sophisticated, so businesses have to become more vigilant.
Log4j is an open-source, Java-based utility that logs error messages in software applications. In early December, a cybersecurity staffer with the Alibaba Cloud service in China discovered a vulnerability—a flaw—in Log4j that could open millions of businesses and other organizations to cyberattacks. A second flaw was found shortly afterward.
Compared to a data breach releasing sensitive information of millions of retail customers, the dangers of Log4j’s flaws are harder for non-IT people to understand. But as a cybersecurity threat, Log4j could become a disaster of pandemic proportions. That’s because innumerable organizations have the utility in their IT networks—and many don’t even know it’s there. Log4j could allow cybercrooks worldwide to steal data, encrypt servers, shut down factory floors, deceive companies into wiring them money, and demand thousands, even millions, of dollars in ransom.
Are your business systems protected?
The new product, which was added to the company’s website Tuesday night, comes at five times the cost of the consumer-focused standard service. Starlink Premium requires a $500 refundable deposit, a $2,500 fee for the antenna and router, and the service costs $500 per month.
The standard Starlink service, which launched in October 2020, has a $99 refundable deposit, a $499 hardware fee and the service costs $99 per month.
Elon Musk’s company is touting improved hardware, faster service speeds and priority support in its pitch to prospective premium customers.
“Starlink Premium has more than double the antenna capability of Starlink, delivering faster internet speeds and higher throughput for the highest demand users, including businesses,” the SpaceX website said.
The first premium deliveries will begin in the second quarter, the Starlink website notice added.
Need help deciphering the mystery charges on your bill? We can help.
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Tell us about your favorite Valentine's Candy!
Valentine's Day Candy Quick Facts
- 47% of people said they will buy themselves a box of chocolates this year.
- 58 million pounds of chocolate are bought during Valentine’s Day week.
- The peak selling period for conversation hearts is only 6 weeks long. Wow!
- It takes manufacturers 11 months to produce enough for those 6 weeks.
- Vodka infused with candy remained popular with conversation hearts last year.
- Children receive 39 percent of all Valentine’s Day candy and gifts.
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It's Black History Month and we're celebrating achievements by Black Inventors and Innovators in Telecommunications
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson:
Her Research set the foundation for others to invent the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, caller ID and call waiting
- portable fax
- touch tone telephone
- solar cells
- fiber optic cables
- the technology behind caller ID and call waiting
Jackson's interest in science and math started in childhood. She conducted studies and experiments for fun; these passions took her to MIT where she studied physics. Besides Jackson's important discoveries, she was also the first woman of color to earn a Ph.D. from MIT.
Dr. Jackson is currently the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where her goal is "to achieve prominence in the 21st century as a top-tier world-class technological research university, with global reach and global impact."
Inventor of wire precision resistor, control unit for the pacemaker
Boykin graduated from Fisk College in 1941, then worked with the Majestic Radio and TV Corporation, and P.J. Nilsen Research Laboratories.
He invented for fun and on his own time, and eventually started his own business.
The resistor that Boykin invented would later be used in radios and televisions. He also created a breakthrough device that could withstand extreme changes in temperature and pressure, which was used by the United States military for guided missiles and by IBM for computers.
Innovation starts with an Idea.
If you want to share an idea with us to improve your business and telecommunications, we are ready to innovate with you!
AT&T, Verizon delay rollout of 5G near airports as airlines warn of 'incalculable' damage to economy
"As the nation’s leading wireless provider, we have voluntarily decided to limit our 5G network around airports," Verizon said Tuesday. "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and our nation’s airlines have not been able to fully resolve navigating 5G around airports, despite it being safe and fully operational in more than 40 other countries."
"At our sole discretion, we have voluntarily agreed to temporarily defer turning on a limited number of towers around certain airport runways as we continue to work with the aviation industry and the FAA to provide further information about our 5G deployment, since they have not utilized the two years they’ve had to responsibly plan for this deployment," an AT&T spokesperson said in a statement to USA TODAY. "We are launching our advanced 5G services everywhere else as planned with the temporary exception of this limited number of towers.”
Are major tech changes impacting your business?
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B3G (Before 3G): During this time, cellphones were primarily used for talking and texting. Sure, you could load a website but you could also snowshoe from New York to Alaska in the same amount of time.
CBE (Cellular Broadband Era): Once the heavens opened and the cell towers ushered in 3G, we got it all: speedy mobile web browsing, apps that let you summon a car (or burrito) to your door and an endless stream of selfies. And it only got faster as time went on.
Starting next month, the third-generation wireless networks that served as a rocket booster for the smartphone will be turned off forever.
Will the 3G shift impact your business?
The enterprise giant is betting that AR technology will gain momentum as companies adopt metaverse-style works.
It’s part of Webex’s strategy to regain market share, a key figure tells Insider.
The metaverse, commonly seen as a technology that allows people to communicate with each other in 3D-rendered virtual worlds, may seem like an unlikely investment area for Cisco, whose core business is networking hardware and software. But Cisco is betting that building its own version of the metaverse could be a secret weapon for its Webex conferencing tools, as it aims to regain market share by attracting new customers who want hyper-realistic workplace video conferencing.
Want help navigating the possibilities of the Metaverse? We can help!
While 2022 gets underway, we look forward to continuing to support your business’s voice and internet services.
As your dedicated partner for all voice, internet, and digital collaboration - let's review your goals for 2022.
- If your company is doing more business remotely, you may be interested in integrating voice services into collaboration software like Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
- If your company needs to hire new sales agents and field managers, you may be interested in adding employee cellphone plans, or setting up data centers and Cloud solutions.
- If your company needs to watch the spending, and you've been in your contract for 12-18 months, we may be able to reduce costs!
Let's review your goals for 2022.
Has your business changed?
A reminder of the benefits you have as a Simplified Communications client:
- As your telecom broker, we can get the best services for your business, for the best price.
- You have a lot to juggle. We simplify all your phone and internet accounts under one point of contact.
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