E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries

Over the past 25 years, the information revolution has transformed nearly every aspect of American life. Millions of Americans use modern technologies to work, gather news and information, access training and education, conduct business, participate in the civic life of their communities, and communicate with friends. However, until Congress enacted the E-Rate as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, few schools and libraries had sufficient resources to help students and adults keep up with these rapid changes. The E-Rate is significantly changing this situation. It is helping to bridge the digital divide by bringing new technologies and the power of the Internet to urban, rural and low-income schools and communities nationwide.

The E-Rate provides $2.25 billion in discounts annually for advanced, affordable telecommunications services, Internet access and internal connections to public libraries and public and private schools. In the first seven years (1998-2004), $14.6 billion in discounts have brought the Internet and new information technologies to tens of thousands of public and private schools and libraries, and to over a million classrooms. Continue reading “E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries”

What is a Cloud-based Hosted PBX Telephone System?

Hosted PBX is a service where the call platform and PBX features are hosted at the service provider location. The business end users connect via IP to the provider for voice service. A business hosted PBX phone system can reduce your monthly phone bill tremendously compared to a traditional business phone system. As is characteristic of a hosted PBX system, the PBX is hosted offsite at the provider’s facilities.

Carolina Digital offers a hosted PBX VOIP phone system that can replace expensive phone systems, installation, handsets, land lines and numbers with a simple, cost-efficient alternative. Carolina Digital Phone provides a powerful phone system, hosted in the cloud, which is available to use on a monthly subscription basis. Each user can use a softphone or handset, which just needs to be plugged into their broadband or office network to allow them to access features such as voicemail, IVR and more, all from their control panel.

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