In a huge victory against robocall scammers, the FCC has proposed a $300 million fine against Cox/Jones Enterprise. This is the largest ever proposed fine against an auto warranty scammer. If approved, this fine will send a clear message to scammers that robocalling will not be tolerated!...

At Carolina Digital Phone, we understand the importance of being prepared for any emergency, be it terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or other potential threats. That's why we continuously work to improve our services to provide a secure connection even during any emergency. Our commitment to safety and security is unwavering, and we always strive to keep our customers safe during any kind of power outage or another unexpected event....

Goodbye operator, hello self-service AT&T has given customers advance notice that it will end its Operator and Directory Assistance services on January 1, 2023. The company attributes this decision to cutting-edge technology, such as online directories and voice recognition software. AT&T decided to change its policy in response to the rising popularity of online search engines and digital directories. Customers can now only access directory information by using voice recognition software on mobile devices or through AT&T's online directory. Although this may be an inconvenience for some, AT&T will still provide operator services for emergency calls and collect calls. Who does this affect? This...

The Hosted PBX Market is expected to reach Multimillion USD by 2028, according to a new study. This growth is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has increased the demand for Hosted PBX solutions. Businesses are looking for ways to keep their employees connected and productive during this time of crisis. Hosted PBX provides a cost-effective way to do this, and businesses are increasingly realizing the benefits of this technology.The report examines the competition, supply, and demand trends, as well as key factors that contribute to its changing demands across many markets. Company profiles and product examples of selected competitors...

Pictured left to right: Daniel Parrish, Network & Systems Analyst, Davidson County and Joel Hartley, Chief Information Officer, Davidson County Davidson County, like many municipalities, had an issue that was slowing its progress. Their legacy telephone system - a combination of a digital system and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) integrated system - was almost 25 years old. The antiquated system was extremely complex and difficult to work with. Because of the complicated setup, to make any changes or do most anything within the phone system required special training and special expertise. Davidson County Was Just Done With It While the phone system...

Kellin Foundation winning a $20,000 award in the Future Fund of Greensboro competition Most of us are busy in our daily and work lives. Dr. Kelly Graves, Executive Director of the Kellin Foundation is no exception. So busy that the non-profit organization she co-founded in 2013 has grown 500% in the last five years! If you are not familiar with the Kellin Foundation, it is a Guilford County-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strengthens resilience among children, families, adults, and communities through trauma-informed behavioral health services focused on prevention, treatment, and healing. The organization was also recognized as a National Child Traumatic Stress...

Yet another indicator that across North Carolina, the work being done by economic development organizations is paying off. For the second year in a row, North Carolina was announced as the winner of Site Selection magazine’s Prosperity Cup.  The magazine is the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council. The Prosperity Cup recognizes state-level economic development agency success based on a 10-point index of criteria derived largely from capital investment project activity the previous calendar year. Watching North Carolina Bloom The fact that North Carolina has been selected two years running is not lost on Site Selection’s senior editor, Gary Daughters. Daughters...

The Federal Communications Commission has announced a third application filing window for its Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The fund is a $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. It was created to help schools and libraries support remote learning. The Program will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers; Wi-Fi hotspots; modems; routers; and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons. During the new filing period, the FCC intends to award at least $1 billion in Emergency Connectivity Fund support. The...

David Jones - IT Manager of Granville Vance Public Health Meet David Jones - IT Manager of Granville Vance Public Health In 2020 Granville Vance Public Health had a problem. They needed an update to their telephone system. They were using an older Mitel in-house hosted phone system that just didn’t give them the features they required. Of course, upgrading with Mitel was one option. However, upgrading an old, outdated on-premise system would have cost them a significant amount of money. And even then, David Jones, Granville Vance Health IT Manager says, the system would still not offer the flexibility and ease...

The Human Race has been around for roughly some 200,000 years. In Greensboro, North Carolina, The Human Race has been around since 1994 and is back live and in-person on April 2, 2022. Of course, we’re talking about The Volunteer Center of the Triad’s annual fundraiser 5K where participants walk, run, or roll to support their favorite charity. After two years of being run virtually thanks to the pandemic - the event, now in its 28th year, moves to LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro. In the past, the race has been hosted at the Greensboro Coliseum and before that, at Grimsley...