Equity Market Alert

The equity market’s are giving signs of a short-term trend reversal following 2 cascade sell-off’s, major indexes have hit critical levels of support, which seem to be holding. More importantly, the Arms Index, better known as the  TRIN , which…

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Comcast is set to buy Time Warner Cable

Comcast is set to buy Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal that values Time Warner at $159 per share, CNBC’s David Faber reports on Twitter. At $159, Comcast would be paying an 18% premium to today’s closing price. It would value Time Warner Cable at ~$45 billion. Comcast is valued at $146.5 billion. This would make one gigantic cable company. Comcast is the biggest cable provider in the US with 23 million subscribers. Time Warner is the second biggest with 12 million subscribers. The next closest is Cox with 4.6 million subs. (All numbers from Wikipedia.) Satellite company DirecTV has 20 million subscribers. Time Warner Cable has been in play for months now. Charter has been trying to merge with Time Warner Cable. It even nominated a full slate of board members. But Charter was only offering $132.50 per share for Time Warner, which Time Warner rejected as “grossly inadequate,” according to The New York Times. Time Warner was holding out for a better deal, and it looks like it got one. However, this is far from a done deal. It will come under heavy government scrutiny. This would create the biggest pay-TV business by a mile. There’s not exactly a ton of competition in the world of cable, but this would effectively make it non-existent.

Yealink SIP-T48G IP Phone

Revolutionary SIP phone with a 7-inch touch-panel function

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The SIP-T48G is Yealink latest revolutionary IP Phone. Newly developed industrial designs and user experience appears the commerce, touch panel enabling switching between screens and application. Yealink Optima HD technology makes it seem like you are face-to-face with the other party. Supports Gigabit Ethernet, It also allows accelerate the usability of call handling and applications by enabling accessories such as the Bluetooth USB Dongle, wired and wireless headsets. The IP Phone supports vast productivity-enhancing features that make the SIP-T48G a productivity tool for today’s busy executives and professionals.

New HD Audio

Yealink Optima HD Voice refers to the combination of software and hardware design as well as the implementation of wideband technology to maximizes the acoustic performance. Coupled with advanced acoustic clarity technology such as full duplex, echo cancellation, adaptive jitter buffer etc. Creating an amazing face-to-face live experience.

A rich visual experience for applications

SIP-T48G Supports vast productivity-enhancing feature such as XML Browser, call forward, call transfer, 3-way conferencing and a superior UC experience. the 7″ 800 x 480-pixel color touch screen with backlight enables rich visual presentation and easier navigation of the menu.

Yealink T48G IP Phone Key Features

  • Revolutionarily new design
  • Yealink Optima HD voice
  • 7″ 800 x 480-pixel color touch screen with backlight
  • Touchscreen Display with Paper Label free design
  • Up to 6 SIP accounts with 29 programmable buttons
  • Headset, EHS support
  • Auto Provisioning (TFTP / FTP / HTTP / PNP / DHCP)
  • Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports that Support PoE
  • Support Bluetooth headset through USB Dongle

  • Dual-port Gigabit Ethernet with POE Support
  • Expansion Module Compatible
  • Stand with 2 adjustable angles or Wall mountable

About Yealink: Founded in 2001, Yealink, a leading provider of VoIP Phone and IP communication solutions, has been focusing on VoIP products characterized by reliable quality, easy deployment and affordable price for more than 10 years. Today customers across various industries from over 140 countries rely on Yealink as the backbone of global collaboration to extend the value of network communication. For more information, please visit: www.yealink.com.

Sales: Contact Carolina Digital Phone about pricing and availability.

E-Rate Funds for Schools and Libraries

Service Provider of E-Rate Services

USAC-logoCarolina Digital Phone, as a qualified Service Provider by the Universal Service Administrative Company (part of the FCC), and it’s sales agent Converged Networks, LLC, a long time K-12 education solutions provider, offer full service access to telecommunications services (commonly referred to as Interconnected-VoIP Services). These VoIP service offers make it possible to achieve the rich teaching and learning environment needed in schools and libraries. For these institutions to provide the high level of service necessary for their students to participate fully in American society, operational costs can be overwhelming. Telecommunications costs, including Hosted Interconnected VoIP services and Internet access, as well as the hardware needed to assemble local networks, and the maintenance of these systems and machines can stretch budgets that are already under stress. The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” provides discounts of up to 90 percent to help most schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. And Converged Networks and Carolina Digital Phone provide competitive rates to help firther stretch your E-Rate funding.

School and Library Eligibility

Schools and libraries must meet statutory definitions to be eligible for Schools and Libraries Program support. For purposes of universal service fund (USF) support, schools must meet the statutory definition of elementary and secondary schools found in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. § 7801(18) and (38)):

  • An elementary school is a non-profit institutional day or residential school, including a public elementary charter school, that provides elementary education, as determined under state law.
  • A secondary school is a non-profit institutional day or residential school, including a public secondary charter school, that provides secondary education, as determined under state law, except that such term does not include any education beyond grade 12.
  • Schools operating as for-profit businesses or that have endowments exceeding $50 million are not eligible.
  • In many cases, non-traditional facilities and students may be eligible.
  • Specific eligibility of Head Start, pre-kindergarten, juvenile justice, and adult education student populations and facilities, can be found under Non-traditional Education.
  • An Educational Service Agency (ESA), which may operate owned or leased instructional facilities, may be eligible for Schools and Libraries Program support if it provides elementary or secondary education as defined in state law.

Library Eligibility

Libraries must meet the statutory definition of library or library consortium found in the 1996 Library Services and Technology Act (Pub. L. 104-208) (LSTA) and must be eligible for assistance from a state library administrative agency under that Act.

A library includes:

  • A public library
  • A public elementary school or secondary school library
  • An academic library
  • A research library, which for the purposes of this definition means a library that: makes publicly available library services and material suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available to the public; and is not an integral part of an institution of higher education
  • A private library, but only if the state in which such private library is located determines that the library should be considered a library for purposes of this definition
  • A library’s eligibility for support also depends on its funding as an independent entity. Only libraries whose budgets are completely separate from any schools (including, but not limited to, elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities) shall be eligible to receive discounted services.

For example, an elementary school library is only eligible to receive discounted services if its budget is completely separate from the elementary school. If its budget is not completely separate from the elementary school, the elementary school library is not eligible for support independent from the school with which it is associated.

Dedicated E-Rate Specialist: Converged Networks and Carolina Digital Phone, with their dedicated staff of specialists, will work with you on E-Rate Funding and will work with the Universal Service Administrative Company as you get funding for your projects. Our E-Rate specialists have many years of experience in E-Rate funding, implementation and deployment. You may contact an E-Rate specialist by calling Mike Hauer at (843) 725-3200.

About Carolina Digital Phone

We are a pioneer of hosted phone services, and provide products that improve the capabilities of business and education telephony while reducing your overall cost. Our offerings stand out for their excellent value, including very competitive pricing, the industry’s deepest feature set, ease of deployment and the many user-friendly packages – from a full turnkey set-up including dial tone and VoIP phones, to automated call answering and routing solutions that work with your existing land lines, cell phones or VoIP phones. Forget the hassles and costs of buying and maintaining your own PBX hardware. With Carolina Digital Phone, your staff and teachers, whether in one location or far-away, can focus on serving your students while we provide the advanced features and responsiveness that give you a competitive edge. We also offer a backup phone service to ensure your business stays up and running should disaster strike. Carolina Digital Phone is managed and operated by Carolina Digital Phone, a locally owned hosted PBX provider of high quality VoIP services based in Greensboro, North Carolina. IP-based, broadband telephone service delivers the excellent advantage of not requiring other lines or wire being hooked up directly. You already have high-speed internet access, now you can harness that power with a hosted PBX system. Services are available Nationwide. Our service partners include Level 3 Communications, Earthlink Carrier, Sprint and AT&T. If you have questions about our services, please call us first. If by email send your inquiry to inquiry@carolinadigitalphone.com. We will respond within one business day.

About Converged Networks

Converged Networks has been servicing the voice and data networking needs of K-12 school districts in North and South Carolina and beyond since 2001. We have a friendly, dedicated staff that is well trained and experienced in the needs of K-12 school districts, including Hosted VoIP, Ethernet switching wired networks, 802.11 wireless (WIFI) networks, Internet Content Filtering, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Network Access Control for Bring Your on Device (BYOD) solutions, learning management systems, structured cabling, and other K-12 technology solutions. Call or click today for immediate assistance with any of the solutions listed above. 866-866-5312. www.convergednetworks.com

In North and South Carolina you can get a VoIP based Hosted PBX Internet telephone service from Converged Networks and Carolina Digital Phone that contains state-of-the-art technology for your school system or library. Our hosted PBX VoIP (Voice over internet protocol) internet phone services qualify for Priority 1 E-Rate funding and allows you to keep your local phone numbers. And new numbers anywhere in North or South Carolina are available for immediate activation. Ready to expand to a new community? You can quickly get a telephone number in New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles or even London, England for just a few dollars a month that will ring directly to your school of library in South Carolina. All these services are now available at a great savings for any size school or library, and it all qualifies for Priority 1 E-Rate funding which means you will qualify, no matter what your current free and reduce lunch percentages are.

Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award – Cloud-Based Phone Service from Carolina Digital

Since the company’s inception, Yealink has won many awards and has enjoyed the kudos of an excellence reputation in nearly every product category. This is hardly surprising. Our products and service have been recognised consistently for their assured quality and convenience in use. Our US based hosted cloud service providerCarolina Digital Phone offers the new Yealink T48G which is a Revolutionary new SIP phone with a 7-inch touch-panel function. The SIP-T48G is Yealink latest revolutionary IP Phone. Newly developed industrial designs and user experience appears the commerce, touch panel enabling switching between screens and application.Easy to setup and use. – Your internet control panel with Carolina Digital Phonehosted VoIP service is designed for simplicity. Set up call forwarding numbers, add new users and phones, and pull reports all from one intuitive web console. You won’t need an IT professional just to make routine changes to your business PBX.

Cut your monthly phone bills – Placing calls using VoIP allows us to offer you exceptionally low monthly rates for unlimited calling in the US & Canada. Combined with affordable international rates, Carolina Digital Phone hosted VoIP service can help you slash costs for your business phone service.

Grows with your business – As a hosted PBX, Carolina Digital Phone VoIP service can be quickly scaled up to match your changing business needs. With no centralized hardware, you can add new phones, features, and even locations to your Carolina Digital Phone hosted PBX without having to make a significant investment on new equipment.

Data and phones on one line -Both telephone and data traffic travel on one line so you save the cost of adding additional lines.

Reliable service from an established provider – Your Carolina Digital Phone hosted PBX is backed by multiple server redundancy with automatic failover. Since the equipment hosting your phone service is stored remotely in a state-of-the-art co-location facility, your call data, settings, and continued phone service is protected against natural disasters and local power grid failures.

Stay connected, wherever you go – With Carolina Digital Phone’s Follow-Me Call Forwarding feature, calls can be routed to any phone, of any type, anywhere in the world. Employees can seamlessly receive business calls whether they are working in the office, at home or on the road.

Automatically-updated, cutting edge feature set – Carolina Digital Phone hosted PBX service comes fully-equipped with an enterprise-grade feature set that is constantly being upgraded and improved. You get access to features such as a professional automated attendant, automatic call distribution (ACD), call queuing, hold music, multiple voicemail boxes, internet faxing, a web-based control panel, and much more.

Increase efficiency and productivity – With the call record feature, you can monitor the quality of all calls. And, train employees with these recorded calls. By monitoring the call volume employees handle, you are able to make intelligent staffing and scheduling decisions.

No IT professionals necessary – Telecommunications is a large branch of technology with its own equipment and challenges. With Carolina Digital Phone, the service provider handles complex system management. You save on both head count and headaches.