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February 2013

TelePacific Asks FCC to Promote Affordable Broadband Over Copper

TelePacific has asked the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) to take expedited action to update and clarify copper retirement rules to promote affordable broadband over existing copper.

Since the FCC's Triennial Review Order and the copper loop retirement rules were established several years ago, innovative telecommunications equipment manufacturers and carriers have harnessed the innate capacity of embedded copper loop infrastructure to increase broadband speeds over copper.

To illustrate, a year ago we were able to provide Ethernet over Copper (EoC) speeds up to 35 Mbps. Today, we can deliver EoC speeds up to 200 Mbps. Moreover, today copper loops are a fundamental building block in communications networks, including IP-based networks that both industry and regulators aspire to deploy across America.

"There isn't enough fiber in the ground to provide broadband services to small and medium sized businesses," says Dick Jalkut, President and Chief Executive Officer at TelePacific. "That's why copper is so valuable. SMBs are the engine of economic growth and their ever-increasing bandwidth needs must be met right now. Existing copper plant allows that."

25 Percent of Enterprises Will Have
App Stores By 2017

By 2017, 25 percent of business enterprises will have an app store for managing corporate-sanctioned apps on PCs and mobile devices, according to research firm Gartner.

Enterprise app stores promise greater control over the apps used by employees, greater control over software expenditures and greater negotiating leverage with app vendors, but only if employees buy into the concept and actually use the stores. Gartner identifies three guidelines that can help enterprises benefit from the trend.

The first, as parsed by eWeek, is to look to mobile-device management (MDM) partners to include an app store as part of their offering. Enterprise app stores are expected to grow alongside MDM and BYOD policy adoption, and many MDM providers have simple ways of extending apps to mobile devices, as well as to PCs. Gartner advises that organizations begin by assessing their immediate need for an app store and then looking for providers that can include an app store in a mobile management bundle. Read more

IT Job Market Growing but
Outsourcing Expected to Increase

The IT job market grew by 73,500 jobs in January and there were a total of 209,100 jobs added in the last three months. Employment especially is on the rise in healthcare IT and spending will reach $40 billion by the end of 2013, according to Janco Associates, a management consulting firm that tracks the IT market.

Based on its latest data and interviews with CIOs, Janco predicts there will be more churn in IT staffs as companies accelerate their move to more flexible staffing models. CIOs also are outsourcing more technical work, including managed IP services such as VoIP and VPNs. In addition, they are hiring more contractors for desktop and security services, and they are putting more applications such as remote backup in the cloud.

Social Media Sites' Popularity Varies
Based on Demographics

A new study from the pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project offers some interesting glimpses into which segments prefer which sites. For those business operators utilizing social media to market their companies and products to consumers, below are some highlights of the study, in the order of popularity of the social network.

  • Facebook. Some 67 percent of respondents rank Facebook as the most popular social network, perhaps surprising nobody. It proves particularly appealing to women (72%), adults ages 18-29 (86%) and with household income of more than $75K per year (73%).
  • Twitter. Usage is more popular among men (17%) than women (15%), and most popular among adults ages 18-29 (27%). There doesn't seem to be any preference based on the user's education income levels.
  • Pinterest. Women are five times more likely than men to use Pinterest (25% 5o 5%). Compared to the two social nets above, Pinterest attracts a little older audience, with 18-29 and 30-49 age groups adopting it equally (19%). Also, Rural respondents are more likely than urban respondents to use Pinterest.
  • Instagram. Here respondents age 18-29 use the site (28%) twice as much as people in the 30-49 age group (14%), and only 3 percent of people who are 50 to 64 years old use it. Instagram also appeals to more urban (17%) than rural (11%) and suburban (11%) users.
  • Tumblr. This site barely registered among respondents, with only 6 percent of them being users.

These are only the highlights as Pew's survey provides much more data. It was based on a national survey conducted between Nov. 14 and Dec. 9, 2012. In related news, according to a recent survey by and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), 54 percent of female business owners say their website is very important to their 2013 marketing investment plans while 36 percent think a social media presence is very important. Some 20 percent believe a mobile presence to be important and 15 percent think e-commerce is important.


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