Gigabit Internet Coming Soon to West Point as Volcano Telephone Begins Fiber Optic Upgrades!

Gigabit Internet Coming Soon to West Point as Volcano Telephone Begins Fiber Optic Upgrades!

West Point, CA…Volcano Telephone Company is pleased to announce our fiber optic underground cabling project for the community of West Point will begin June 4th 2019. The project will include an all fiber optic underground infrastructure installation beginning on Main Street and Pine Streets in downtown West Point. The first phase of the project will […]

Managing Your Photos is June 11 SMUG Meeting Focus

Managing Your Photos is June 11 SMUG Meeting Focus

Arnold, CA…Apple users who would like to get the most out of their photo collection are invited to attend the Tuesday, June 11 meeting of the Sierra Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) that will begin at 7 p.m. in the assembly room of the Ebbetts Pass Fire District, 1037 Blagen Rd., Arnold, just off Highway 4. […]

Saving Precious Material Will Be The Topic When SMUG Moves Back To Arnold April 9th

Saving Precious Material Will Be The Topic When SMUG Moves Back To Arnold April 9th

Arnold, CA…How to secure your data with a consistent backup program will be explored when the Sierra Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) moves back to its warm-weather location in Arnold for the Tuesday, April 9 meeting that will begin at 7 p.m. in the assembly room of the Ebbetts Pass Fire District, 1037 Blagen Rd., just […]

FCC Chairman Proposes Eliminating Rule that Drives Up Phone Rates for Rural Americans

FCC Chairman Proposes Eliminating Rule that Drives Up Phone Rates for Rural Americans

Washington, DC…2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the Commission will vote at its April meeting on eliminating a policy known as the “rate floor,” which is forcing many rural customers to pay higher telephone rates. Under Chairman Pai’s leadership, the Commission froze the rate floor in 2017. Now, the Chairman is asking his […]

Saving Precious Material Will Be The Topic When SMUG Moves Back To Arnold April 9th

Saving Precious Material Will Be The Topic When SMUG Moves Back To Arnold April 9th

Arnold, CA…How to secure your data with a consistent backup program will be explored when the Sierra Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) moves back to its warm-weather location in Arnold for the Tuesday, April 9 meeting that will begin at 7 p.m. in the assembly room of the Ebbetts Pass Fire District, 1037 Blagen Rd., just […]

SpaceX Crew Dragon Spacecraft on Way to International Space Station

SpaceX Crew Dragon Spacecraft on Way to International Space Station

Cape Canaveral, FL…For the first time in history, a commercially-built and operated American crew spacecraft and rocket, which launched from American soil, is on its way to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off at 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s […]

RCRC Rural Broadband Update

RCRC Rural Broadband Update

Washington, DC…Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated a draft version of the 2019 Broadband Deployment Report.  The annual report provides a detailed analysis on the state of the digital divide between rural and urban America.  According to the draft report, the digital divide between rural and urban Americans has narrowed substantially. The report shows […]

High Speed Broadband Is Fostering a New Era of Innovation for Rural America

High Speed Broadband Is Fostering a New Era of Innovation for Rural America

Washington, DC…As we look to the future of agriculture, manufacturing, small business, education, and healthcare, we see a common thread: every advance requires robust Internet connectivity. As President Donald J. Trump said during his State of the Union address, he is eager “to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting-edge industries […]

Our Favorite Super Bowl Ad

Our Favorite Super Bowl Ad

Arnold, CA….Our favorite Super Bowl ad yesterday had to be the Microsoft XBox commercial showcasing their adaptive game controller that allows those with disabilities to adaptively program buttons, switches and contact pads to use the functionality they have to play. In an era where tech is at times deservedly maligned it was a great example […]

Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech

Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech

New York, NY…In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone’s brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity. This breakthrough, which harnesses the power of speech synthesizers and artificial intelligence, could lead to new ways for computers […]

What To Do With a New Computer? Tech Tips From Blastronix IT (Now Open in New Angels Camp Location)

What To Do With a New Computer?  Tech Tips From Blastronix IT (Now Open in New Angels Camp Location)

Angels Camp, CA…Blastronix IT is proud to announce their re-opening in Angels Camp! The same great service in a new location! Our planned schedule of hours will be Monday through Friday, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, but please call (209) 795-0738 first as we may be out on a call. We’ve been troubleshooting the Motherlode’s technology […]

FCC Takes Action on Spam Robotext Messages & Blunts CA Efforts to Tax Text Messages

FCC Takes Action on Spam Robotext Messages & Blunts CA Efforts to Tax Text Messages

Washington, DC…The Federal Communications Commission today issued a ruling rejecting requests to make it harder for text messaging providers to protect consumers from spam and scam robotexts. The Commission’s decision makes clear that wireless providers are authorized to continue their efforts to stop unwanted text messaging through robotext-blocking, anti-spoofing measures, and other anti-spam features. Text […]

FCC Increases Universal Service Support for Faster Rural Broadband, Increases Support for Small Carriers and Eliminates Burdens

FCC Increases Universal Service Support for Faster Rural Broadband, Increases Support for Small Carriers and Eliminates Burdens

Washington, DC…Continuing its effort to close the digital divide, the Federal Communications Commission today took several steps to significantly improve the quality and expand the availability of high-speed Internet service in rural America. Included in these steps is additional funding for the Connect America Fund, the FCC’s program that helps expand broadband deployment and make […]

Be Extra Careful This Holiday Season as Many “Secure” Sites May Be Phishing For Your Info

Be Extra Careful This Holiday Season as Many “Secure” Sites May Be Phishing For Your Info

Arnold, CA…As Google and other web infrastructure companies increasingly want all web traffic over encrypted or Https connections a disturbing trend has been emerging. According to data from phishlabs.com 49% or almost half of all phishing or malware sites now use encryption. This can lull you into a false sense of security as they have […]

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