Microsoft TechSpark Puts a Full Court Press on Rural Broadband

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The Microsoft TechSpark initiative, which kicked off in Fargo, North Dakota late yesterday, aims to use technology to boost local economies outside the country’s major metropolitan areas. The five-faceted program will include deployment of the Airband fixed wireless technology that Microsoft has been promoting, as...Learn More

Windstream Cloud Connect Enhancements Include SD-WAN, Wavelengths

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Windstream today announced a broader range of connectivity options for its Cloud Connect service, which provides connectivity to major cloud service providers including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, Google Cloud, Oracle Fast Connect and Salesforce. Among the new Windstream Cloud Connect options...Learn More

Report: Small Business Benefits of Rural Broadband are Plentiful

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There are many small business benefits of rural broadband, argues ACT – The App Association in a well-researched blog post that cites numerous real-world examples of those benefits. ACT, an association of small technology firms, wrote the blog post to advocate for TV white spaces...Learn More

Microsoft Rural Airband Project Will Partner with Service Providers for Rural Broadband

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Microsoft introduced an interesting initiative today, the Microsoft Rural Airband project. Microsoft will invest an unspecified amount of money with existing rural broadband carriers to bring broadband to 2 million people in rural America by 2022. Microsoft will help fund projects that use TV white...Learn More

Gigabit Libraries Network Announces Five Library TV White Space Broadband Project Awards

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Libraries in five states – Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, South Dakota and Washington – number among a total of nine projects awarded funding and support from the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN) and San Jose State University’s School of Information (iSchool) to expand the Libraries WhiteSpace Project....Learn More

Digital Transformation: Is There a Business Model for Service Providers?

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The latest buzz word to gain major traction in the broadband industry is digital transformation. Loosely defined, it’s the transition process that companies and their respective industries are undertaking to position themselves for relevancy and long term growth in a digital world. A world where...Learn More

Gartner Cuts Global IT Spending Forecast Nearly in Half

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A global IT spending forecast from Gartner calls for a 1.4 percent rise year-to-year in 2017 to total $3.5 trillion. Expecting the strong U.S. dollar to take its toll, Gartner revised its 2Q annual 2017 market forecast downwards from the 2.7 percent forecast in 1Q....Learn More

Volvo Brings In-Vehicle UC, First to Incorporate Skype for Business in Cars

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Volvo Cars announced last week it will put Skype for Business in cars — specifically the Volvo 90 Series line. The announcement marks the first instance of an automaker announcing commercial introduction of an in-car productivity tool, according to a news release. The app will...Learn More

Enterprise Unified Communications Survey: One Third Doubt Infrastructure Can Handle Traffic

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More than one-third of the senior U.S. IT decision-makers in an enterprise unified communications survey don’t believe their organizations’ infrastructure is up to the task of managing anticipated volumes of network traffic. The survey was conducted by UC and contact center specialist IR (Integrated Research,...Learn More

Research: Tablet Pricing Trends Higher Even as Sales Decline

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Global tablet pricing trends and sales trends moved in opposite directions in 2Q 2016, according to Strategy Analytics. Tablet shipments dropped 8 percent year-over-year (YoY) to total 46.7 million units in 2Q while average selling prices (ASPs) rose 9 percent, according the latest market data...Learn More

Report: Healthcare IoT Revenues to Reach $410 Billion by 2022

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Growing use of connected medical devices, smartphones and software automation will fuel revenue growth in the global market for healthcare IoT technology, according to new market research from Grand View Research. Global healthcare IoT revenues will reach $410 billion by 2022, the market research company...Learn More

Comcast Business Begins Selling Microsoft Office 365 Through Its Cloud Marketplace

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May 19, 2016  — PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast Business today announced that Microsoft Office 365 is now available through its cloud application marketplace for small- and medium-sized businesses; Comcast Business Cloud Solutions (formerly Upware). Businesses can sign up today for the leading cloud-based office software and quickly...Learn More

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