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Update On The Net Neutrality Debate

Last December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to overturn rules which prevented broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from blocking web content in exchange for additional fees. However, last month there was a significant success for those in favor of Net Neutrality.

In May, the Senate voted to save Net Neutrality rules that ensure unobstructed internet access. The Senate passed a resolution in a 52-47 vote to overturn the FCC decision to dismantle Net Neutrality rules. This was a major moment for proponents of Net Neutrality, but it’s only the beginning of a long journey. The fate of the resolution remains unknown as it heads to the House for another vote.

Net Neutrality remains a heated topic. While some believe repealing Net Neutrality will encourage competition and benefit consumers, others are worried it undermines and threatens the foundation of the Internet.

It will be important to watch what happens next with Net Neutrality and how it may affect internet usage for individuals and businesses. Whatever happens, you can trust that Infostructure will stay net neutral and allow our customers access to all content and applications regardless of the source.

3 Ways High Speed Internet Benefits Your Business

Your business relies on a fast Internet connection for maximum efficiency. You send emails, contact prospects, do research and store data in the Cloud. Sometimes you almost forget about how important your Internet connection is, until that dark day when it goes down. Everything grinds to a halt, including employee productivity.

According to a recent poll in the U.K., businesses lose 38 hours of productivity per employee every year due to slow Internet.

Conversely, a fast, interruption-free Internet connection relieves business stress and streamlines workflow. Below are a few ways a reliable Internet connection helps your business.

Faster Download Speed
Time is a valuable asset to business owners and employees. When you have faster download speeds, you won’t waste time waiting for pages and files to load.

Moving To The Cloud
If your business data is on a hard drive, you can only access it on one device. And if anything happens to that hard drive, you could lose your data forever. To avoid a potential data loss, move business processes to the Cloud. Your data will be backed up, and employees can access information from multiple devices.

Better Customer Service
If a customer has a question, you don’t want to keep them waiting. If your turnaround time is slow due to an unreliable Internet connection, this could result in a negative customer experience. High speed Internet helps you do everything faster, including communicating with customers.

Don’t waste another second stressing over slow Internet. Reach out to InfoStructure to find a high speed Internet option which suits your business’ needs.

Spring Cleaning Your Business Tech

Spring is a beautiful time in Southern Oregon. We’re eager to spend more time outside, enjoying the sunshine, warm weather and outdoor activities.

Even though we want to be out of the office during spring, there’s still work to be done. But while you’re at the office, it’s important to have voice and data services which you can depend on. Because the more efficiently things run at the office, the more time you could spend outdoors this spring.

We also associate spring cleaning with this time of year, and that extends to the voice and data industry. If you haven’t taken stock of your current services in a while, now is the time to do so. Review what services you have, as well as your future needs and wants. This spring, you could get the voice and data service you’ve always dreamt of, and the InfoStructure team will help.

Our team doesn’t want you to worry about your voice and data solutions. Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, we stay current about the trends in our industry, and how they could affect your business. We take that burden away from you, so you can focus on running your business.

Whatever your business needs, we offer an array of options, and we are happy to discuss our services with you in more detail.

What You Should Know About Fiber Optics

We live in a world where we are constantly connected. Whether it’s for business or personal use, most of us spend hours on the Internet every day. Most businesses need a reliable Internet connection to run efficiently. But with so many choices, how do you know which is right for you?

One option is fiber optics, which constitutes the fastest communications medium in the data industry. Many people have seen photos of fiber optic wires, but may not know the explanation behind this fast form of communication.

Fiber optics is data traveling in the form of light pulses over strands of silicon glass. At InfoStructure, we offer high capacity bandwidth provisioned on fiber optics that has a wide range of speeds up to 1 Gigabit. If your business requires this magnitude of bandwidth, our team is able to help.

Fiber optics is the fastest type of Internet your business could have. However, there are many other types of Internet services available. If you think fiber optics is right for your business, or want to discuss what is best for you, reach out to our team. We could talk about data all day — so let’s start the conversation!

The Next Chapter for Facebook and Data Privacy

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is trying to move forward. The data breach involved the information of more than 80 million Facebook users being improperly shared with a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica. But after the scandal, news stories and testifying before Congress, Facebook is looking to the future.

First, Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new tool which gives Facebook users more control over data and privacy. The tool, Clear History, will allow people to delete stored information about other websites they visit. This will be similar to deleting cookies from your browser.

Moving forward, Facebook has also announced more new apps and tools, at least some of which will probably collect user data. As these new technologies arise, privacy and data risks similar to the Cambridge Analytica data breach are still out there. As Facebook tries to move past Cambridge Analytica, they will have to focus on mitigating future privacy issues.

However, individual users must also be vigilant. It’s important to be aware of what, how and where you share information online.

Our team is constantly watching the changes in the voice and data industry. We want your business to have services which streamline your workflow, but also provide safety and security. At InfoStructure, we are committed to our customers and ready to partner to provide the best voice and data solutions.

Technology Is Reaching Into Space

It seems there is no limit to where technology can reach. And while space is known as the final frontier, for technology, it’s simply the next step.

There has been a lot of news surrounding technology lately, such as rolling back Net Neutrality rules and the Facebook Cambridge Analytica data breach. But amidst some of the negative stories, there is a light. And it’s shining toward the moon.

Vodafone is collaborating with Nokia to launch a 4G network on the moon. Along with a group of Berlin-based scientists, the goal is to test and establish the first parts of a dedicated communications network on the moon. This will help push us beyond the boundaries of Earth and develop infrastructures beyond our own planet.

One of the first steps is for Nokia to build equipment that is capable of surviving in space. It must be sturdy, compact and light.

This partnership could change the landscape of mobile network infrastructure. It will be exciting to watch the progress of this project and see where the innovation of our industry can take us.

Navigating Voice And Data Through Strong Partnerships

Once again, technology is in the news. The scandal surrounding Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica data breach has been a hot topic, with Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress. In a time where the Internet is integral to running our businesses, and where we spend a lot of our personal time, privacy is a major concern. It was a jolt for nearly 87 million Facebook users to learn their data was not safe, and improperly shared without their knowledge or consent.

Technology is constantly changing, with new innovations, tools and risks coming to light all the time. These changes also touch the voice and data industry, and the services InfoStructure offers. Amid these changes, InfoStructure is dedicated to providing you safe, secure solutions that streamline your daily business operations.

Our team doesn’t want you to worry about your voice and data solutions. We are always working to stay current about the trends in our industry, and how they could potentially affect your business.

Whatever your business needs, we offer several options, and we are happy to discuss our services with you in more detail.

Is Privacy Changing In The Digital Age?

The story surrounding Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica data breach has been all over the news recently. It has put a spotlight on how our most private data and information is being shared. We know what we put out for the public to view, but how is data concerning our age, our likes, dislikes and other demographics being handled?

This conversation started because Cambridge Analytica, a political analysis company based in the U.K., was discovered to have improperly accessed the data of Facebook users who downloaded the app “This Is Your Digital Life.” According to Facebook, 87 million people were believed to have been impacted by the improper sharing of data.

Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal has come to light, Facebook has released tools to help you learn if your data was shared without your knowledge. There was either an alert in your News Feed, or you can check through Facebook’s Help Center.

Millions of people use Facebook for personal or business applications. While the long term effects of the Cambridge Analytica data breach have yet to be seen, it has brought the issue of privacy to the forefront of people’s minds. People are now more aware of what, where and how they share their information online.

Tracking Changes In Technology

The old saying that “The only constant is change,” applies to many things, but it is especially true in the voice and data industry.

Recently, people have been discussing the future of technology more than usual. Everyday there seems to be a new prediction surrounding upcoming trends, changes and the latest tools.

In the news, there is a constant flow of stories about cyber attacks hitting business of all sizes, cryptocurrency and the future of the internet. With so many changes and new technologies on the horizon, it’s more important than ever to have a partner you can trust with your business’ voice and data assets.

For a business of any size, it may be overwhelming to research and choose the most efficient and affordable option. The team at InfoStructure is dedicated to bringing you the best voice and data services in the industry because we know how important they are to your business. We also remain current on industry trends in order to provide the best service possible.

Whatever your business needs, we hope you will reach out to our team. At InfoStructure, we think of our customers as one big, happy family. In life, your family is always there for you. And in business, InfoStructure will always be by your side.

Our Staff Continues To Thrive

At InfoStructure, we value all of our employees. They are the foundation of our business and the reason for our success.

So when our employees experience amazing career milestones, we can’t help but celebrate and share the good news with everyone.

We are proud to announce a few recent in-house staff promotions. We are so thrilled with everyone on the InfoStructure team, and are excited to watch them grow and excel.

Jonah Richey was promoted to Customer Service Manager from technical support representative.

Joann Bryant is now a Hosted PBX Manager, promoted from a Hosted PBX Specialist.

Ian Gordon was promoted to Agent Channel Manager/Sales Engineer from a Sales Support Specialist.

Congratulations to all of you! We are delighted as you start this new chapter in your careers!