$7 Billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Deadline Looms

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Schools and libraries have until Oct. 13, 2021 to file for funds under the FCC’s $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). Congress authorized the ECF as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 passed on March 11, 2021.

The FCC says the ECF program can “help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period."

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Cutting the Cord: Does Your Internet Have Enough Vroom for VoIP?

By PS Lightwave Content Team

When it comes to cutting the cord, consumers and companies are doing more than just switching from cable television providers to streaming-only devices and services.

Cord-cutting is extending to traditional business and residential landline telephone lines with a move towards VoIP.

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a technology, according to the Federal Communications Commission, that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line.

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Understanding 5G Fact from Fiction

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Technology, especially cutting edge or next gen tech, is often misunderstood so it should come as no surprise that there are concerns, including unsubstantiated health claims, surrounding the 5G wireless technology rolling out across the country and world.

“Twenty years of research should reassure people there are no established health risks from their mobile devices or 5G antennas,” GSMA chief regulatory officer John Giusti told 5G Radar in June.

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Why Data Centers Are Key to Keeping Your Business Connected

By PS Lightwave Content Team

The way people work has been evolving since the invention of the Internet. Today, many employees’ entire workday involves accessing and being connected to the Internet. Always maintaining a connection to the applications and network systems is vital.

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Infrastructure Plan Includes $65 Billion to Expand Broadband Access

By PS Lightwave Content Team

The Biden Administration’s nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, which passed the Senate in August with bipartisan support, includes $65 billion to help ensure every American has access to reliable high-speed Internet.

The Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill (BIB) passed by a 69-30 vote on Aug. 10, 2021 with 19 Republicans joining all Senate Democrats. The bill still needs to pass the House and then be signed into law by President Joe Biden before funds start flowing.

“We can make the investments that we know are long overdue in this nation,” Biden said on Sept. 16, 201. “That’s exactly what … our bipartisan infrastructure plan does: investments in roads, bridges, highways; clean water in every home and every school; universal broadband; quality and affordable places for families to live.”

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How to Choose a High-Speed Internet Provider for Your Business

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Starting a business can be a daunting task, especially for small and medium-sized business (SMB) owners, where resources are naturally limited.

When it comes to selecting a high-speed Internet provider for your business, however, skimping on selecting the most effective services to save a few dollars can be a tactical mistake.

“Investing in faster broadband Internet service is nearly always the right choice for businesses of any size – whether you have one employee or ten thousand,” writes John Cook for Agape Press.

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Fiber Optic High Speed Internet Key to Bridging the Digital Divide

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Pharr, Texas these days is on the frontlines of a hot topic other than immigration, despite the small Rio Grande Valley city sharing a bridge with the Mexican city of Reynosa.

In this “Pharr away” place, closer by car to Monterrey, Mexico than San Antonio, the hot topic is the “digital divide”, and the city government is investing in fiber optic high speed Internet to bridge the gap for its citizens.

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Cyber Security Breaches and Internet Solutions at PS LIGHTWAVE

By PS Lightwave Content Team

As one of the largest service providers of high-speed Internet and ethernet in the Greater Houston area, PS LIGHTWAVE has a stake in cyber security. Whenever we hear that a major corporation like McDonald’s has been cyber attacked or public Peloton bicycles could be hacked by security cameras, we come to full attention. No one wants to be the victim in such an attack.

For those we work with in our public and private services, we search for solutions to ensure those clients can remain safe and calm in such a storm of cyber attacks. Check out the latest news about cyber security breaches to gain insight into ways to prevent such an attack as a business entity.

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Remote Learning in Schools

By PS Lightwave Content Team

COVID-19 ushered in a new era of remote learning in schools. Some schools committed to a hybrid solution, some schools committed to solely learning online, and still other schools brought students back into school too fast.

With the potential for future lockdowns on the horizon — and many students wanting to continue their learning online — the success of these remote learning strategies will need to be examined.

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Data Centers Weather Texas Blackouts Thanks to Backup Power

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Texas data centers, whose clients rely on their facilities to be up and running 24/7/365, have not missed a beat during recent Texas blackouts thanks to redundant power systems.

“While conventional wisdom dictates that grid instability should create havoc for data centers, major operators in both California and Texas have avoided significant service interruptions thanks to robust backup power systems at most facilities,” wrote Dan Rabb in Bisnow. “Although data centers are among the largest customers of power utilities in both these markets — and while just a few seconds of power loss at a large data facility can be catastrophic — the recent instability has produced little adverse impact on the industry.”

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