U.S. smart grid to cost billions, save trillions

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A planned modernization of the U.S. national power grid will cost up to $476 billion over the next 20 years but will provide up to $2 trillion in customer benefits over that time, according to industry experts.

The so-called "smart grid" will save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability by delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way communication that can control appliances, the charging of electric vehicles and the flow of power from renewable sources at customers' homes.

Law firms reach $4.75 million settlement with Vonage

Law firms Seeger Weiss LLP and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC announced Monday that the U.S. District Court of New Jersey has granted final approval to a proposed settlement of a consumer class action against telecom provider Vonage Holdings Corp. challenging the company's sales and marketing practices. The final settlement of In re Vonage Marketing and Sales Practice Litigation follows a fairness hearing on May 12, 2011. The settlement will likely provide dollar-for-dollar recovery to most settlement class members.

Telenor Connexion expands executive team to match emerging M2M service growth in the Americas

Telenor Connexion, M2M service provider, Monday announced the expansion of its executive team in North America to meet the growing demand for M2M services in the region.

New Integer Wireless Experience Center empowers enterprise decision-makers

As the selection of wireless products, networks and services grows, so does the challenge of assembling a solution that meets each enterprise's unique, frequently challenging in-building requirements. To help CIOs, IT managers and other decision-makers make smart choices, Integer Wireless Tuesday founded the Integer Wireless Experience Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility providing a rare, hands-on opportunity to test a wide variety of enterprise-grade wireless solutions from more than 100 vendors, application developers and service providers.

Accedian granted RUS acceptance for EtherNID, MetroNID and MetroNODE 10GE Ethernet demarcation devices

U.S. telecommunications providers can now use RUS funding to purchase Accedian's High Performance Service Assurance platform for networks serving rural communities. Accedian Networks announced last week that its EtherNID, MetroNID and MetroNODE 10GE service assurance demarcation devices have been granted "RUS Acceptance" by the Technical Standards Committee "A" (Telecommunications) Advanced Services Division of the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

PTC2012: Harnessing Disruption: Global, Mobile, Social, Local

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Sunday, January 15, 2012
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and Spa,
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“Harnessing Disruption: Global, Mobile, Social, Local,” will focus on how the confluence of global networks, mobile devices and apps, social networking and geo-location is creating huge new markets and businesses, while promising enormous social advantages.

Disruption is only the precursor to creation. Come join us in discussing, explaining, sharing and illustrating the many ways powerful global networks, ubiquitous and equally-capable mobile devices can support breakthrough new applications that create whole new industries.

Verizon investigating 4G LTE outage

Verizon acknowledged this morning that its 4G LTE network was not working for users across the U.S. after complaints trickled in overnight about a nationwide outage, according to a Computerworld news report.

Verizon Wireless posted two updates acknowledging the outage to its Twitter account.

The first update stated, "We're aware of an issue with #4G #LTE connections & our network engineers are working to resolve quickly. Will update here."

California Energy Commission awards $4.6 million for smart grid research projects

The California Energy Commission awarded $4,643,200 for research projects to expand the state's smart grid, improve power plant pollution measurements, and conserve energy and water. The Commission's grants are leveraged by $392,709,016 of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, and matching funds from the grant recipients. Funds for the six projects come from the Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.

ATA asks Medicare to remove restrictions on telemedicine

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use its authority to waive the restriction-riddled Medicare telemedicine statute for the new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Bright House Networks selects Cisco for enhanced video and services network

Bright House Networks, the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S., announced today that it has deployed the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers as its Carrier Ethernet platform to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services throughout its converged network.

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