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Regular thoughts and updates on Issues important to our members and constituents.
July 10th, 2013

Landlines headed for extinction

At its peak in 2000, there were more than 180 million copper-wire landlines in the US. Since then, more than 100 million of those lines have been disconnected as we move towards wireless mobile technology. Several telecom companies are expecting to complete the transition to wireless by 2020. For many, the permanent transition away from [...]

June 26th, 2013

Service providers making frequent upgrades to stay competitive

According to a recent article from Bloomberg, Verizon announced plans to make widespread upgrades to its 2 ½ year-old network after studies concluded AT&T had taken the title for the fastest network, illustrating how competitive the mobile market has become. The need for rapid network upgrades by service providers also highlights the underlying problem of [...]

June 14th, 2013

White House addresses spectrum crunch with $100 million investment

The Obama Administration announced today that it will invest $100 million over the next five years dedicated for research to explore ways to free more airwaves for mobile technology use by consumers. This announcement addresses the skyrocketing demand for data use and the looming spectrum crunch that would affect downloading and streaming speeds on smartphones [...]

June 13th, 2013

Health app use growing among mobile users

By 2017, it is projected that 1.7 billion health related apps will be downloaded by individuals seeking to maximize their health through the use of mobile technology. Health apps target a range of general health topics and needs including fitness,  nutrition and prescription management. More specific apps are also available to those who want to [...]

June 6th, 2013

More than half of U.S. adults own smartphones

A new report from Pew Research has found that more than half of U.S. adults are smartphone owners. Last year, Pew Research released a similar report stating that 53 of cellphone users own a smartphone. However, this year’s updated data illustrates that smartphone owners have surpassed the 50 percent threshold for the total U.S. adult [...]

May 2nd, 2013

More travelers seeking fast and free Wi-Fi

Is there Wi-Fi? How much does it cost? How fast is it? According to a recent New York Times article, these are a few of the most common questions from travelers today as they are boarding flights and checking into hotel rooms. With high expectations and unwillingness to pay from travelers, should the travel industry [...]

April 16th, 2013

Apps to get you ready for Earth Day

With Earth Day quickly approaching on April 22, how do you plan on giving back? Whether you are limited on time or not sure how to pitch in, here are a few of our favorite apps leading up to Earth Day: Recyclebank. If you need a little extra motivation to recycle and be more environmentally [...]

March 4th, 2013

Telecommuting could lead to job opportunities in Northern Wisconsin

Although many state jobs in Wisconsin are based in the Madison area, a group of Superior residents are suggesting the state create jobs that would allow employees to telecommute, making it possible for Northern Wisconsin residents to be state employees. With rapid advances in technology that allows employees to work from almost anywhere, these state [...]

February 25th, 2013

Next Do-Not Call Deadline is February 28

Wisconsin residents looking to protect themselves from a spring full of annoying calls from telemarketers must remember to register for the state’s Do-No Call List by February 28. Name and telephone numbers remain on the list for two years. If you are unsure when you last signed up for the Do No Call list, it [...]

February 6th, 2013

Mobile users also winners at the Big Game

While John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens walked away from the Super Bowl with the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy, mobile users at the Superdome were also winners at the Big Game. Even with the stadium’s power outage, AT&T’s network inside the Superdome withstood mobile users consuming 80 percent more data than during last year’s Super Bowl at [...]

November 28th, 2012

Online savings isn’t just reserved for Cyber Monday

While many consumers logged on Monday to take advantage of Cyber Monday deals, consumer broadband access actually results in a much bigger annual savings for the typical American household each year. According to information from the Internet Innovation Alliance, the average American household saves $8,870 through access and use of high-speed Internet services. While many [...]

November 9th, 2012

AT&T announces significant investment in broadband infrastructure

This week, AT&T announced plans to invest $14 million during the next three years to improve its 4G service throughout the nation. The plan, dubbed Project Velocity IP, is targeted at the expansion of 4G LTE wireless service to 300 million people by 2014, an expansion that targets 50 million more people than the firm’s [...]

August 24th, 2012

Eleven tons of computer equipment donated

Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin, one of Wired Wisconsin’s partner organizations, recently held an e-recycling drive in the Madison area that collected 11 tons of computer equipment. “I am thrilled and very grateful that so many Madison area residents donated their computer equipment to Goodwill,” said Barbara Leslie, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries [...]

August 21st, 2012

Recycle your old electronics with IndependenceFirst and AT&T on Saturday

Two Wired Wisconsin partner organizations, IndependenceFirst and AT&T Wisconsin, are holding a free electronic collection drive on Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee. In addition, they are being joined in this effort by River Run Computers. Computer donations will benefit IndependenceFirst, a nonprofit agency [...]

August 9th, 2012

Wisconsin takes home the gold…in texting

Wisconsin takes home the gold… and we aren’t talking about in an Olympic medal. Wisconsin retains the title of having the fastest texter in America. 16 year old Wisconsinite Austin Weirschke recently competed again in the texting competition in New York and came out on top after three rounds. The competition tested three skills: speed, accuracy and [...]

August 7th, 2012

Presidential campaigns go mobile

Presidential campaigns are changing these days as advances are made in technology. Just look at the way that the two major campaigns – Barack Obama and Mitt Romney – are using mobile apps to engage supporters and reach new voters. In an email blast last week, the Obama campaign released a new version of its [...]

August 2nd, 2012

Goodwill hosting free computer collection drives on August 19

Have an old computer you want to get rid of? Well, we have the solution. Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin, a partner of Wired Wisconsin, is holding free computer collection drives from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 19. The drives will be held at the following Goodwill donation centers: Madison East 2127 East Springs [...]

July 26th, 2012

New app for swimming in Lake Michigan

No one can deny that it has been a hot summer here in Milwaukee. For those thinking of taking a swim in Lake Michigan, there is a new app that can help you out. Here is an excerpt from the story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Riverkeeper has launched a new mobile app that [...]

July 12th, 2012

Smartphone users support Obama

Harris Interactive recently released the results of a new poll that showed smartphone users overwhelmingly supporting President Obama for re-election. The survey found that 49 percent of iPhone and Android owners plan to support President Barack Obama in November’s election, compared with just 31 percent for Mitt Romney. Of course you are forgetting about the [...]

June 14th, 2012

Spectrum becoming scarce resource for service providers

In the telecom world, the scarcity of available spectrum available to mobile users is a looming concern. However, the average mobile has little knowledge of what spectrum is or how the potential spectrum crunch can have a major impact on mobile device performance. Spectrum, or radio waves, is responsible for transmitting data from your mobile [...]