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1/27/12 UPDATE

#WSTA would like to recognize our 2012 GOLD and SILVER Annual Partners:

GOLD – Ericsson and Finley Engineering Company,
SILVER
- Interstate Telcom Consulting, Inc.,
Kiesling Associates LLP,
and National Information Solutions Cooperative, Inc. (NISC).


Future Events

WSTA PR/Marketing Seminar
Monday, February 6, 2012 through Wednesday, February 8, 2012, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

SAVE THE DATE: WSTA Government Relations Seminar, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI

Industry Update

Baldwin's Larry Knegendorf's Retirement

Online Piracy Debate Has People Asking: What Happens If Internet Goes Down?

QuadMed to launch telehealth technology

U.S. cloud vendors risk losing European market due to data privacy disconnect

FTTH isn’t resonating with Germany’s broadband users

Wireless/Cellular Update

IBM predicts the end of the digital divide in 5 years – CNN.com

AT&T Data Plans Get Bump, Plus Price Hike

Apple Aims To Transform Learning With Big New Apps

LightSquared: Telecom Start-Up Calls For More Testing Of Network

Research In Motion Angles for Sale to Samsung

Legislative/Political Update

WSTA FACT CHECK Broadband Availability to Wisconsin Libraries

Organizers file more than 1 million signatures to recall Walker

Crowded primary could precede election

Signatures change landscape for senators, possible challengers

With recalls looming, GOP leaders put forward muted agenda for new session

Internet/Broadband Update

SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters – Jan. 17, 2012

SOPA 101: Your guide to the Internet blackout – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs

School district to offer online curriculum

Jerry Yang, Yahoo Co-Founder, Leaving The Company

Video Update

Web blackout shows Hollywood-Silicon Valley rift

The view from CES: The top 10 trends in technology for 2012

Theater Owners Pressure Comcast To Abandon $60 Premium Test

Legislative/Political Update

WSTA FACT CHECK Broadband Availability to Wisconsin Libraries

PDF from WSTA's Executive Director Bill Esbeck

Organizers file more than 1 million signatures to recall Walker

WI State Journal, January 18, 2012

Organizers of the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday filed what they said were more than a million signatures, a number that nearly matches Walker's vote total from 2010 and almost doubles the number of signatures needed to trigger another election.

United Wisconsin, the organization formed to recall the governor, said it turned in about 1.9 million signatures to the Government Accountability Board, a tally that includes 845,000 signatures to recall Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and more than 21,000 apiece for Republican Sens. Pam Galloway of Wausau, Van Wanggaard of Racine and Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls. Earlier in the day, the group working to recall Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, filed 20,600 signatures.

Crowded primary could precede election

A Democratic primary appears all but certain in a likely recall election for Gov. Scott Walker, as the first big-name Democratic candidate jumped in the race Wednesday and a field of others mulled the idea.

Also Wednesday, Walker said in an interview that he would continue to raise campaign cash aggressively around the country to counter union money that he said would flood in from out of state to oppose him.

Signatures change landscape for senators, possible challengers

While most of the state reacts to massive number of signatures collected in the recall campaign against Gov. Scott Walker — organizers say they have more than 1 million — four state senators and their would-be challengers are also looking at a changed political landscape Tuesday.

Recall organizers Tuesday said they filed petitions with 20,600 signatures to recall Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), more than 21,000 signatures each against Sens. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) and Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and more than 24,000 to recall Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine).

With recalls looming, GOP leaders put forward muted agenda for new session

Republicans who control the Legislature have their sights set on passing just four major bills and little else during the session that begins Tuesday and runs through mid-March.

They insist it's not due to inter-party gridlock, but instead the negative influence of recalls against four Republican senators and the ongoing bitter partisan atmosphere that hinders building coalitions across party lines. Republicans also rushed through many major proposals before nine recall elections last year, like redrawing political boundaries and requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, leaving fewer items on their agenda for 2012.

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Internet/Broadband

SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters - Jan. 17, 2012

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The tech industry is abuzz about SOPA and PIPA, a pair of anti-piracy bills. Here's why they're controversial, and how they would change the digital landscape if they became law.

What is SOPA? SOPA is an acronym for the Stop Online Piracy Act. It's a proposed bill that aims to crack down on copyright infringement by restricting access to sites that host or facilitate the trading of pirated content.

SOPA 101: Your guide to the Internet blackout – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

You probably woke up this morning to realize the Internet is totally screwy.

Is it the online apocalypse? Not so much. Google, Wikipedia, Boing Boing and others have gone dark, along with thousands of others, who are protesting two anti-piracy bills that are up for debate in the U.S. Congress.

School district to offer online curriculum

The Marshfield School District will spend about $206,000 to create a new online virtual learning program encompassing all grades from kindergarten through high school.

Enrollment in the pilot program will start with the 2012-13 school year.

The district plans to recover the cost of the program by bringing home-schooled students and new students into the district.

Jerry Yang, Yahoo Co-Founder, Leaving The Company

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his position on the Yahoo! Board of Directors, as well as his other positions on the boards of Yahoo Japan Corporation and Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

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Industry Update

Baldwin Teleco's Larry Knegendorf Announces Retirement

Please see linked PDF document.

Online Piracy Debate Has People Asking: What Happens If Internet Goes Down?

WASHINGTON -- If a day without Wikipedia was a bother, think bigger. In this plugged-in world, we would barely be able to cope if the entire Internet went down in a city, state or country for a day or a week.

Sure, we'd survive. People have done it. Countries have, as Egypt did last year during the anti-government protests. And most of civilization went along until the 1990s without the Internet. But now we're so intertwined socially, financially and industrially that suddenly going back to the 1980s would hit the world as hard as a natural disaster, experts say.

QuadMed to launch telehealth technology

QuadMed, a provider of employer-sponsored healthcare solutions, will deploy state-of-the-art telehealth technology across its network of worksite health care clinics through a new partnership with MDLiveCare.

MDLiveCare offers access to a national network of board-certified physicians and licensed therapists, in conjunction with QuadMed's network, providing quality healthcare services via secure video, telephone, and email communication.

U.S. cloud vendors risk losing European market due to data privacy disconnect

For the past year and beyond, a rising tide of concern within the European Parliament regarding its citizens' data privacy has put the U.S. on the defensive and American companies, particularly those selling cloud services, in a tight spot. EU companies and governments guard their customers' private data fiercely, but Patriot Act provisions make it possible for that data to be released to U.S. law enforcement despite EU regulations. And what the disconnect means is that U.S. cloud vendors are losing contracts, losing business, and losing traction in one of the most connected regions in the world.

FTTH isn't resonating with Germany's broadband users

Despite all of the unlimited bandwidth promise of Fiber to the Home (FTTH)-based services in German consumers aren't biting.

As reported by the FTTH Council Europe, Germany trails the rest of Europe in terms of FTTH deployment with only 1 million homes passed with fiber as the end of 2011 and 166,000 total subscribers.

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Wireless/Cellular Update

IBM predicts the end of the digital divide in 5 years - CNN.com

(CNN) -- IBM recently released its annual 5 in 5 list, in which the technology company tries to predict emerging trends and technologies that will transform our lives over the next five years.

No. 4 on this year's list concerned mobile technology. Specifically, IBM says that, thanks to mobile technology, the digital divide will soon cease to exist.

AT&T Data Plans Get Bump, Plus Price Hike

AT&T on Wednesday announced on its Consumer Blog that it will begin rolling out new data plans for smartphone and tablet users.

The plans, available starting Sunday January 22, allow for more data downloads per month, but they come with a $5 price hike across the board.

Apple Aims To Transform Learning With Big New Apps

Apple's latest initiative is characteristically ambitious: the reinvention of the textbook.

At an event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City Thursday morning, Apple executives introduced two new applications that the company hopes will revolutionize the way textbooks are created and consumed: iBook Author, a brand new application for Mac intended for textbook writers and publishers to create iPad-optimized textbooks, and iBooks 2, an update to the iBooks app with several new note-taking and study features.

LightSquared: Telecom Start-Up Calls For More Testing Of Network

(Reuters) - LightSquared, the telecom start-up backed by hedge fund manager Philip Falcone, called for new tests of its mobile system to examine interference concerns after it accused the latest government tests of being "rigged."

The new tests could take two months, forcing LightSquared to miss a January deadline for government approval of a high-speed wireless network it wants to build.

Research In Motion Angles for Sale to Samsung

Floundering BlackBerry maker Research In Motion RIM is reportedly pushing for a sale of the entire company to South Korean electronics maker Samsung.

According to BGR.com, while Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM is currently in talks to license its software to other vendors, the company is leaning toward an outright sale of one or more divisions -- or even the whole company.

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Video Update

Web blackout shows Hollywood-Silicon Valley rift

In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals. (Jan. 18) (The Associated Press)

The view from CES: The top 10 trends in technology for 2012

The International Consumer Electronics Show is a huge festival of gadgetry, but there’s no better place to get a bead on where technology is going in the coming year.

Among the 153,000 attendees at the show in Las Vegas last week were five VentureBeat staffers who were sniffing out the big trends. This story is our list of the most evident trends among the rows and rows of gadgets at CES.

Theater Owners Pressure Comcast To Abandon $60 Premium VOD Test

Comcast customers in Portland, Ore. and Atlanta may not get the opportunity to spend $59.99 to watch Tower Heist in late November.

Regal Theaters has joined the Cinemark movie chain, threatening not to exhibit the Ben Stiller-Eddie Murphy action comedy if Universal Pictures (now a subsidiary of Comcast) goes ahead with its plan to offer the movie as a premium video-on-demand feature just three weeks after its November 4 theatrical debut.

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