Blog

Fiber Optics promotes a greener planet

If there weren’t already enough reasons to enjoy the many benefits of MetroNet’s 100% all fiber network―incredibly durable, super reliable, scalable, corrosion free, etc.―there’s another feather in its cap. It’s a green technology. Yes, fiber […]

See full article »

How to give your company a Security Check-Up

It’s common for companies to believe they’re somehow flying under the radar when it comes to cyberattacks. In the news you read about large, top 10 cities getting hit by ransomware, Twitter’s recent hack, or information about customers of large retail chains having their credit card information sold on the dark web.

See full article »

“Hello” wins out over “Ahoy” thanks to the telephone

If you ever watch a movie that takes place prior to 1827 and a character says, “Hello”, you’ve just uncovered a continuity error. They’re fun to spot—there’s the gas-powered chariot in Gladiator, Dorothy’s pigtails that grow and recede 4 inches throughout a single scene in The Wizard of Oz, and the cobra’s reflection off the glass that safely separates it from Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

See full article »

Why every business should use a VPN

Given the rise in remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has there ever been a greater need for companies to have VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) than right now? Companies the world over were literally forced to abruptly send workers home and test their business continuity and remote working strategies, provided they had them in the first place.

See full article »

Protect yourself from cybercrime

Unlike those footprints you leave on the beach, your digital footprint doesn’t simply wash away with the rising tide. No, your digital one leaves a trail that will probably last long after you’re done checking email and Twitter.

See full article »

The father of WiFi

We’ve talked about the father of the internet, I proclaimed its grandfather in that same post, and now it’s time to learn about Vic Hayes, the father of WiFi. Because he’s considered its father, it’s […]

See full article »

ARPANET

Chances are you’ve heard of this acronym a time or 200, and due to the role it plays in our everyday lives, it deserves its due…and the next few hundred words. In the beginning, there […]

See full article »

ICANN

If you’ve ever wondered what, or who, manages the roughly 2 billion URLs that exist in the world, the answer is, well, a little complicated. Until 2016, it was the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), […]

See full article »

Circuit Switching

OK, we’ve discussed packet-switching, so now it’s time to cover its less exciting cousin―circuit switching. Most LECs still use it to complete landline calls. A circuit refers to a dedicated communication channel set up for […]

See full article »

The story of the first smart phone

While we were anxiously awaiting what having a former Arkansas governor in The White House would be like, technology juggernaut IBM was inventing something that—unless you’re way, way off the grid—is probably in your pocket […]

See full article »

Network to Network Interfaces (NNIs)

It’s analogy time. Pretend for a second that you own a surfboard company with storefronts up and down both coastlines. It probably wouldn’t make much sense to open retail locations in Oklahoma and Kansas (or […]

See full article »

Judge Harold Green

If you’re in need of some great cocktail party banter—in the event a conversation heads down the telecommunications or corporate monopoly path—this is a great name to throw out there. In 1978, Judge Harold Green […]

See full article »

Ethernet

“Do you have an extra ethernet cable?” You’ve heard this asked a time or twenty, so I’m sure you know what an ethernet cable looks like and what it’s used for—LAN connectivity, right? The Institute […]

See full article »

PBX (Private Branch Exchange)

Everybody’s heard of it. Most people—at least those in the business world (I guess that’s pretty much everybody)—know that it has to do with voice communications. Many have referenced it, used it in a sentence […]

See full article »

IoT…the early years

If you’ve ever wondered who to thank for the fact that you can set your thermostat from the other side of the world or check who rang your doorbell while you bike along the Rhine, […]

See full article »

TCP/IP

Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) are 2 protocols that, through their relationship, connect Internet devices. They form a protocol suite that ensures end-to-end delivery and connectivity across the Internet. Let’s pretend that you buy an […]

See full article »

Bluetooth. The name, the facts.

In the event you’ve always assumed that Bluetooth was the last name of its inventor (Bobby Bluetooth, Horatio Bluetooth, Philip G. Bluetooth, Leroy Bluetooth…), the name comes from Harald Gormsson, a Norwegian and Danish king […]

See full article »

IPv6

The IP addresses you’ve been used to seeing for the past several decades are IPv4. They’re 32-bit numbers and look like this―23.217.138.110. Familiar-looking, right? Well, here’s the issue—we’ve been running out of them for a […]

See full article »

WDM (Wave Division Multiplexing)

It’s estimated that 90% of the data in existence today was created in the past 2 years and approximately 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily. That’s a lot of data. Naturally, this ginormous (it’s […]

See full article »

Outside Plant

In the world of telecommunications, outside plant refers to any physical element that helps connect the LEC’s central office to customers’ demarcation point. It’s really the local loop as defined by its physical elements and […]

See full article »

Routers and Modems

In the good old days (in technology, that means anywhere from 5 to 15 years ago), you only needed a modem to connect to the Internet. It’s still all you’d need in the event only […]

See full article »

U-S-A, U-S-A, F-I-B-E-R, F-I-B-E-R

OK, this isn’t a telecom dictionary entry, but it’s pretty interesting. On Friday, February 22nd, 1980, the greatest sports event in American history took place―the U.S hockey team defeated the Soviet Red Army team, 4-3. […]

See full article »

Local Loop

The Local Loop refers to the physical wiring that connects the central office of the PSTN to the end user. At the customer site, the local loop, also referred to as the “last mile”, terminates […]

See full article »

PSTN

The PSTN, or Public Switched Telephone Network, is the traditional circuit-switched telephone network that has been used for over 120 years. It’s what your landline uses in the event you still use a landline…or know […]

See full article »

LATA

LATA (Local Area and Transport Area) was the result of the 1982 Modification of Final Judgement that enabled companies like Sprint and MCI to carry long distance traffic by breaking up the Bell Operating Companies […]

See full article »