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March, 2012


Improving patient care while also improving the efficiency of medical institutions is a critical goal of American health care, and broadband-driven technology is playing a pivotal role in this transformation. Recently, the Health Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) conference in Las Vegas shed light on the latest in health IT adoption and new and emerging healthcare tools using the Internet.


Studies consistently show Americans are pouring more and more time into social media sites, and the “stickiest” remains Facebook. Now a relatively new social media start-up is rising rapidly on the Internet scene, landing on the list of the top 10 most visited social networks of the past year and earning a coveted place in Time’s list of the 50 Best Websites of 2011. So, what is Pinterest and who is participating?


Americans across all generations are increasingly engaging in texting, gaming, messaging and using all sorts of apps - but our country’s younger citizens are notoriously hyper-connected. What does all of this technological multi-tasking mean for the future of Millennials? A recent survey from The Pew Internet and American Life Project shares insights from Internet thought leaders on this topic. Here are a few highlights of their predictions:


The results of Super Tuesday are in, with Mitt Romney winning six of 10 contests, including a narrow victory in hotly contested Ohio.  As the Republican presidential nominees fought to gain ground in Tuesday’s primaries and caucuses, the Internet was equally active - from candidate searches to social media to predictions based on online sentiment and more.


House Communications Subcommittee members engaged in a thoughtful discussion with witnesses at a March 7 hearing that explored the complex challenging of developing the best approach to enhancing the nation’s defenses against cyber threats. Members of the committee sought information about how Internet service providers are thwarting attacks and educating consumers about the risks.


USTelecom and five other associations filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission today asking for an extension of an April 1 deadline to implement new Lifeline rules. The Lifeline program subsidizes phone service for low-income households. The petition asks that companies be allowed more time to comply with the state and local regulatory requirements that result from price changes, and to revamp their billing systems.


On Thursday, March 8th, USTelecom hosted a webinar with Cisco discussing their cloud infrastructure technologies, known as the Cisco Cloudverse. Vaughn Suazo, a Senior Cisco consulting engineer gave a comprehensive overview of the Intelligent automation, virtualized datacenter, and network positioning technologies that Cisco has developed for cloud deployments. Vaughn explained how each of these technologies can be used to fully enable the service provider in deploying cloud based services.


This week, the Telework Exchange sponsored Telework Week 2012, the organization’s second annual effort to encourage agencies, organizations and individuals to pledge to telework from March 5 - 9.  This public-private partnership, which aims to “eliminate telework gridlock,” emphasizes the efficiencies produced by greater numbers of Americans who work remotely.  For example, the group reports that if all full-time workers in the U.S.


A decision to calculate baseline revenues for price cap carriers based on “collected revenues” is unworkable and unfair, USTelecom and six price cap carriers told the Federal Communications Commission, according to an ex parte filed March 12 describing a meeting with Wireline Bureau officials. “Billed revenues” are more commonly used in the industry for tariff filings, the companies said.


The South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive festival in Austin, Texas, which serves as an annual showcase for social media technologies, apps, and other Internet tools, came to a close this week.  In years past, the festival has debuted social media standouts ranging from Twitter to Foursquare and Gowalla. Several stories this year stood out, including: