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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,
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

REGISTER NOW: 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

CVTC approves $1.35 million data storage center

Wireless/Cellular Update

Feds Propose Ban on In-Car Dialing, Texting, Surfing

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

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

Google’s Broadband Scores The Newest Telecom Push

Report: Chinese hackers breach Nortel networks

Legislative/Political Update

Testimony of Bill Esbeck before Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee

Indiana Legislation Seeks to limit Government-owned Broadband Network

Susan P. Crawford: The case for publicly owned Internet service

Getting beat on venture capital

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

Where we’re at with broadband stimulus and rural Internet access

OTN transport and switching equipment to be a $10.6B market by 2015

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

FreedomPop Explains How It Will Offer Free National Broadband

FCC Requires VoIP Providers to Report Outages

Video Update

Video: Inventing on Principle (scroll down for article)

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

TubeMogul Spins Off OneLoad Into Its Own Video Distribution Destination

Legislative/Political Update

Testimony of Bill Esbeck before Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee

Thank you Chairman Nass, and members of the committee, for the opportunity to be here today and testify on Assembly Bill 473. My name is Bill Esbeck and I am the Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association.

Before I discuss the merits of the legislation, I am going to provide you with a very broad view of the WSTA membership by telling you this: WSTA members are engaged in continuous reinvestment in their communities, companies, and infrastructure in an effort to bring their education, business, and residential customers world-class broadband products and services.

Indiana Legislation Seeks to limit Government-owned Broadband Network

Senate Committee Approves Limits to I-Light Network » Coalition for the New Economy

The Indianapolis Business Journal published an article this week outlining the argument for Senate Bill 361 and House Bill 1201, which would restrict the growth of I-Light, a government-owned broadband network in the state.

Susan P. Crawford: The case for publicly owned Internet service

In cities and towns across the United States, a familiar story is replaying itself: Powerful companies are preventing local governments from providing an essential service to their citizens. More than 100 years ago, it was electricity. Today, it is the public provision of communications services.

The Georgia legislature is currently considering a bill that would effectively make it impossible for any city in the state to provide for high-speed Internet access networks — even in areas in which the private sector cannot or will not. Nebraska, North Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee already have similar laws in place. South Carolina is considering one, as is Florida.

Getting beat on venture capital

Sen. Alberta Darling says the venture capital bill is dead.

That's hugely disappointing and hurts efforts to boost entrepreneurs and jobs.

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.

Where we’re at with broadband stimulus and rural Internet access

How far along is the national broadband stimulus program? Since 2009, over $3,525,706,687 in stimulus grants have been disbursed to 258 applicants in two rounds of BTOP funding, according to the NTIA. More than 18,000 miles of new broadband networks have been built out as of November 2011, the Commerce Dept. reported. The money has been used for more than 229 projects so far--beyond building infrastructure, stimulus has funded the creation and improvement of public computer centers, state government development, and sustainable broadband adoption initiatives.

But a look at the NTIA's broadband availability maps show that the United States still has a way to go before every citizen has access to acceptable high-speed, scalable broadband.

OTN transport and switching equipment to be a $10.6B market by 2015

Driven by the service provider's ongoing roll outs of 40 and 100G technology, Infonetics Research forecasts that the Optical Transport Network (OTN) hardware market is set to grow to $10.6 billion by 2015.

In 2011, OTN transport spending by service providers made up 92 percent of the overall OTN hardware market, while OTN only grew 8 percent.

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.

FreedomPop Explains How It Will Offer Free National Broadband

Many startups are secretive but few are as mysterious as FreedomPop. In December, after announcing itself, its ambitious plan to offer free broadband to all Americans and its ties to Skype and Kazaa co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, the Los Angeles-based company essentially disappeared. FreedomPop’s only...

It turns out the startup is willing to talk. An interview with Tony Miller, FreedomPop’s head of marketing and communications, yielded quite a bit of information about the startup’s plans, including the devices it will sell, the markets it is pursuing and just how free its mobile broadband will be.

FCC Requires VoIP Providers to Report Outages

2/16/12 at 9:02 AM by Joan Engebretson. Providers of interconnected VoIP services will be required to report service outages as the result of an order adopted yesterday by the FCC. The commission said it will use the information to track and analyze outages affecting 9-1-1 service.

Traditional landline and wireless telephone service providers already are required to report outage information about outages meeting specific criteria and thresholds. Yesterday’s order essentially extends those outage reporting requirements to providers of VoIP services capable of placing calls to traditional phone networks.

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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.

CVTC approves $1.35 million data storage center

The Chippewa Valley Technical College board approved a $1.35 million remodeling project Thursday to turn a seldom-leased space in its north Eau Claire business incubation center into a computer data storage site.

The decision now rests with the Wisconsin Technical College System board, which is expected to vote March 20 on CVTC's plan to add a data center to NanoRite Innovation Center, 2322 Alpine Road.

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Wireless/Cellular Update

Feds Propose Ban on In-Car Dialing, Texting, Surfing

The Department of Transportation has proposed guidelines that would block all in-vehicle communications by a driver, including texting, dialing, Internet browsing, and even entering a GPS address by hand.

So far, the proposed guidelines would only affect in-vehicle communication systems. But DOT also held open the possibility that future restrictions would clamp down on smartphones and tablets, and even crack down on voice-activated controls.

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.

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.

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 (scroll down for article)

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.

TubeMogul Spins Off OneLoad Into Its Own Video Distribution Destination

OneLoad, Tubemogul's video distribution platform, has long been the premier platform for distributing web video assets to multiple video destinations with one upload. In fact, in the beginning, it was just called TubeMogul instead of "OneLoad” because it was the company’s main focus. But as TubeMogul’s branding emphasis has evolved with the rapid growth of their real-time media buying platform for video advertising, OneLoad may have gotten lost in the shuffle for some users.

So how to continue TubeMogul’s emphasis on real-time media buying while also giving OneLoad the room and attention it needs to grow and thrive as well? Easy: Split them up.

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