Google voice to do away with voicemail-to-text

As reported on Cnet

Google will apparently be removing a Google Voice feature over carriers’ efforts to fight robocalls.

In a message shared on Twitter by journalist Brian Krebs, the company has seemingly begun alerting users that by the end of the week it will no longer support the “get voicemail by message” feature that automatically transcribes voicemails and texts them to your phone.

According to the email, Google says that “certain carriers are blocking the delivery of these messages because they are automated and, at times, contain transcripts resulted from unsolicited robocalls.”

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FBI to monitor and collect Social Media Data

I am sure this has been going on for awhile, but now it is being ramped up.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/fbi-seeks-to-monitor-facebook-oversee-mass-social-media-data-collection/

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to aggressively harvest information from Facebook and Twitter, a move which is likely to cause a clash between the agency and social media platforms.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the FBI has recently sought proposals from third-party vendors for technological solutions able to harvest publicly-available information in bulk from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. The law enforcement agency says the data collected will be used “to proactively identify and reactively monitor threats to the United States and its interests.”

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j2 Podcast:5g hype, more bandwidth, preseem

Hi this is Justin, it’s Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 and this is the ISP news you need to know.  It’s been quite hot in my office so I haven’t been doing many recordings due to fans and such making it noisy in here.  here are some of the things you need to know.

Think 5G is all hype?
The 5G providers are touting how 5G will bridge the digital divide and folks are paying attention.
https://www.digitaltrends.com/web/31-percent-us-households-no-broadband-internet/

Another reason your customers need more bandwidth
Google play store is now selling some Disney movies in 4k.
https://9to5google.com/2019/07/25/google-play-disney-4k/

FCC asks for more c-Band input
The FCC seeks more comments on C-band proposals for flexible use of the 3.7-4.2 GHz Band. Comments on all the further studies are due August 7 to Docket 18-122.   
https://insidetowers.com/cell-tower-news-fcc-asks-for-more-input-on-proposals-to-repurpose-c-band/

Preseem Netflix Video
The folks over at Preseem have a pretty informative video on Netflix.

xISPs, especially WISPS, and their web-sites

I wanted to take a few moments and talk about the WISP web-site.  This is an often neglected area of your business. This really should not be the case.  With all the talk of the younger generations not using the web, e-mail, and other things we “old-timers” are used to, the web is still one of the top resources for information. I will go into some things every web-site should have.

1. Contact information including your state.  I see too many websites that mention things like counties and towns but don’t mention the state anywhere on their site.  It’s like you expect all customers to be familiar with who you are.  Remember, your website is also an introduction to potential customers, many of them are finding you through search engines.  These may be folks who have just moved to the area or are contemplating a move to your coverage area.

2. Coverage areas which are just images of circles drawn on a map. While these are helpful for folks who have found the site, search engines can’t pick these up. If you use things like the towercoverage.com integration it helps.  But having a page with city/town names will really help with search engines picking you up.  Things like zip codes and state will also help narrow down search results.

3. SSL.  Google sends websites with SSL/HTTPS to the top of the list. Make sure you have a valid SSL certificate for your domain and all subdomains. If you want to go the extra mile add them to the Google webmaster tools.  Bing has a similiar one.

4. Update your content.  A blog is the easiest way to update your content.  WordPress and others are easy to update and type in.  Company news, new service areas, and news can all go on the blog.  This helps increase search engine ratings.  The more specific your blog posts are the better.

5. Integrations. Integrate your blog with Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram.  If you use WordPress as your blog you can push out updates to all these platforms from a single place. This saves time and simplifies your communications.

There is so much more you can do, but these are some of the hot button items.

Your phones are always watching and tracking

https://wgme.com/news/nation-world/racist-graffiti-cellphones-wi-fi-glenelg-md

Four Maryland teenagers sneaked onto their school’s property the night before graduation last year and covered it in racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti.

The Washington Post described how they got caught in a Tuesday story . It says they covered their faces during the hate crime, but didn’t realize their cellphones automatically connected to Glenelg High School’s Wi-Fi under their individual student IDs. Seth Taylor, Tyler Curtiss, Joshua Shaffer and Matthew Lipp were soon arrested.

Some Towers under 200’ now need to be marked

Some points from the news article. Communications towers have the option is the key for you WISP friends.

New FAA regulations require landowners to mark any towers between 50′ and 200′ on their property, as well as include the towers in a new database the FAA is developing.

The new requirements are due to provisions in the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

Under the provisions in these laws, meteorological evaluation towers (METs) meeting the requirements stipulated in the bills must be both marked and logged in to the FAA database. Communication towers of the same size have the option to be either be marked or logged in the FAA database.

https://generalaviationnews.com/2019/07/08/new-faa-regulations-require-towers-under-200-to-be-marked/