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IP transition: What are they talking about?

[SAMPLE BLOG POST] For the last hundred years or so, the telephone network in America has remained essentially unchanged. In the last 30 years, however, we have built new networks that we use to access the Internet. These new networks are more efficient,…


The FCC wants consumer feedback on the IP transition

[SAMPLE BLOG POST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) needs data to make informed decisions related to the IP transition. In early 2014, the FCC launched the process for various experiments and data collection initiatives that will allow the…


Evolv-ing towards what?

Brace yourself: the days when we can stare mindlessly at our computer screens, or get up ten times to go to the bathroom to stave off the 3pm sleepcall, or pick our noses in the sanctity of our offices, may be over for good. The ever-present, ubiquitous…


Take the pledge: I won’t text and drive

The It Can Wait initiative focuses on educating people – especially teens – about the dangers of texting and driving. The message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait. As we come up to the Labor Day…


Mobile data tops voice for first time

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), an association representing the high tech manufacturers and suppliers of information and communications technology, finds in its 2013 ICT Market Review & Forecast that U.S. wireless data spending…


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Tips

Light bulbIf you aren't moving out of the area, you can keep your existing phone number when you switch cell phone carriers. This is called “porting” your number. (There may be a porting fee).

Light bulbStay connected during a power outage by planning ahead: Keep an extra, charged wireless phone battery on hand and own a car, solar- or hand-powered charger.

Light bulbIf your phone is lost or stolen, notify your carrier right away so that service can be turned off to avoid unauthorized use, for which you may be liable.

Light bulbCheck in for your flight using your smartphone and get a mobile boarding pass. You can flash the barcode on your phone at the airline's reader and move along through security.

Light bulbUsing your smartphone or other data-ready wireless device to watch high definition streaming video uses significantly more data that viewing in "standard quality" mode.

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