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2/17/12 UPDATE

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

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

Thank you HickoryTech and
National Information Solutions Cooperative for your sponsorship of WSTA. Associate members, click to join them!


Future Events

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

Industry Update

10 Trends To Expect At Massive Upcoming Mobile Tech Expo

FCC to get tougher on robocalls

Apple: Privacy Policy For Apps To Change

Privacy Tool Lets Users Quickly Rank Websites on Privacy Policies

Wireless/Cellular Update

Summary Box: FCC plans to kill wireless broadband network that threatens GPS devices

Key facts from selected cable and satellite TV industry earnings reports

Google’s Broadband Scores The Newest Telecom Push

Report: Chinese hackers breach Nortel networks

Legislative/Political Update

Obama promotes made-in-America message during Wisconsin visit

Walker unveils new plan to speed economic growth

Internet/Broadband Update

Comcast’s Net Income Increases, Lifted by Internet Subscriptions

Vodafone eyes bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide

Cisco Wraps Microsoft Skype Deal in Red Tape

Google’s Motorola Bid Approved By U.S. Department Of Justice

Video Update

Video: Inventing on Principle

Brilliant Video Star App Shoots a Music Video for Any Song on Your iPhone

Legislative/Political Update

Obama promotes made-in-America message during Wisconsin visit

MILWAUKEE — President Barack Obama is using the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing to make an economic case for his re-election, touring factory floors and promoting a made-in-America message that seemed to fit his political campaign like, as it turned out Wednesday, lock and key.

Most presidents like to surround themselves with proud workers at factories, but Obama has gone further by making the rebounding manufacturing a key plank of his election-year agenda, arguing that the increasingly service-oriented U.S. economy needs to make things in order to prosper in the long run. He opened a three-day political trip with a stop in Wisconsin, a state he won handily in 2008 but is expected to pose more difficulty for him this year.

Walker unveils new plan to speed economic growth

Gov. Scott Walker has unveiled a new initiative designed to identify potential shovel-ready sites for economic development to speed the site selection and permitting process.

Dubbed "Ready, Set, Build!" the program Walker announced Tuesday would be run by the quasi-public Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Walker says a third party consultant will also assist in the development and administration of the new program.

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Internet/Broadband

Comcast’s Net Income Increases, Lifted by Internet Subscriptions

A decline in the number of customers canceling their cable service coupled with additional high-speed Internet subscriptions contributed to a 26.4 percent increase in quarterly net income at Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider.

In the three months that ended Dec. 31, the company said Wednesday, Comcast generated $1.29 billion in net income, up from $1.02 billion in the same period in 2010.

Vodafone eyes bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide

Vodafone Group PLC, the world's largest mobile phone company, said Monday it is considering a possible bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide PLC, causing shares in the telecoms network provider to jump 27 percent.

Responding to reports in weekend newspapers, Vodafone said it was "in the very early stages of evaluating the merits of a potential offer for CWW."

Cisco Wraps Microsoft Skype Deal in Red Tape

Just when it looked like things were all sewn up for Microsoft’s $8.5 billion Skype acquisition, Cisco has launched a last-minute appeal, asking the European Commission to step in and do what it does best: regulate

Last October, Microsoft officially welcomed Skype onboard, after the deal was approved by U.S. regulators, and the European Commission. But interested parties had until Thursday to appeal the European Commission’s approval, and that’s just what Cisco did today. European VOIP-seller Messagenet has also signed on to the appeal.

Google’s Motorola Bid Approved By U.S. Department Of Justice

SAN FRANCISCO — Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history.

Monday's blessings mean Google Inc. just needs to clear regulatory hurdles in China, Taiwan and Israel before it can take control of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and expand into manufacturing phones, tablet computers and other consumer devices for the first time.

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Industry Update

10 Trends To Expect At Massive Upcoming Mobile Tech Expo

Mobile World Congress 2012, the trade show for all thing mobile phones, communications, play and advertising is like the fashion week circuit for the tech industry.

The event in Barcelona will showcase the mobile tech developments that you'll soon be using without a second thought.

FCC to get tougher on robocalls

You should soon be getting fewer of those annoying "robocalls" at home.

The Federal Communications Commission today is set to approve tougher rules giving consumers additional protection against unwanted autodialed or prerecorded calls to home phone lines. "We have gotten thousands of complaints," says FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "Consumers were still getting robocalls they don't want and shouldn't get."

Apple: Privacy Policy For Apps To Change

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Under pressure from U.S. legislators, Apple Inc moved Wednesday to quell a swelling privacy controversy by saying that it will begin to require iPhone and iPad apps to seek "explicit approval" in separate user prompts before accessing users' address book data.

Apple's move came shortly after two members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee requested the company to provide more information about its privacy policies. Bloggers, in recent days, have published findings that some of the most popular software applications in Apple's App Store have been able to lift private address book data without user consent.

Privacy Tool Lets Users Quickly Rank Websites on Privacy Policies

Website privacy policies, like end-user agreements, have become a morass of confusion that offer little in the way of clarity about what sites are and aren’t tracking.

A new tool and website launched today purports to clear some of the fog around this issue.

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Wireless/Cellular Update

Summary Box: FCC plans to kill wireless broadband network that threatens GPS devices

NEW YORK — Federal officials plan to kill a proposal to build a new national high-speed wireless network after concluding it would in some cases jam personal-navigation and other GPS devices.

The Federal Communications Commission sought comments Wednesday on revoking LightSquared’s permit after a federal agency that coordinates wireless signals, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, concluded that there’s no way to eliminate the risk of interference with GPS devices.

Key facts from selected cable and satellite TV industry earnings reports

Here is a summary of earnings reports for selected cable and satellite TV companies and what they reveal about the industry’s prospects:

Jan. 24: Verizon Communications Inc. says it added 194,000 FiOS TV subscribers to end the year with 4.2 million.

Google’s Broadband Scores The Newest Telecom Push

Google, in collaboration with the government’s national broadband plan promises to make its customers access Internet 100 times faster than the normal networks, is setting a high alert to all the US telecom companies and cable networks. As per the chairman of Federal Communications Commission who is now running an advisory organization – Reed Hundt, "They’ve just defined the new minimum”.

As per a recent corporate blog Google efforts to build up fiber- optic networks to connect up to 500,000 people with a speed of 1 gigabit per second. By far the fastest residential networks have been delivered by AT&T Inc., Comcast Corporation and Verizon Communications Inc. however; it has successfully surpassed them by 20% now and planning to keep its word by implementing new technologies within the coming time.

Report: Chinese hackers breach Nortel networks

Hackers working from China have reportedly had access to Nortel’s networks since breaching the telecommunication company’s networks as far back as 2000. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, hackers stole seven passwords from Nortel’s top executives, granting them access to reports, business plans, employee e-mails and other documents.

Brian Shields, a former Nortel employee, led the internal investigation into the breach and told the Journal that the hackers "had access to everything.” An internal report indicated that Nortel reset the passwords that had been taken but didn’t do anything else to keep the hackers out.

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Video Update

Video: Inventing on Principle

We just had a moment similar to the time we first saw content-aware scaling in action, but this time it’s even better — we’ve seen the future of programming tools and it looks awesome.

Check out the video above of Bret Victor‘s recent talk, "Inventing on Principle.” Victor has worked on experimental UI concepts at Apple and also created the interactive data graphics for Al Gore’s book, Our Choice. The video above of Victor’s keynote at the Canadian University Software Engineering Conference, captures a wonderful talk on living your life based on principles, but for many developers what’s most arresting are the software development tools demoed.

Brilliant Video Star App Shoots a Music Video for Any Song on Your iPhone

Here is one for the "How on Earth did nobody think of this before?” files. The Video Star app for iOS facilitates the creation of homespun music videos to go along with any song on your device. To use it, you simply choose a song from your music library and start shooting. You can act along with the song, lip sync, dance, shoot video of your dog or whatever.

Crucially, you can stop shooting at any time. When you start again, the app plays the previous bit of the song before it starts recording, so you can start right up again without the audio and video falling out of sync. Doing that manually would require lots of video editing and general annoyance. This is what technology is for: to sweat the details while we humans just do what we do.

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