Digital West Blog

Net Neutrality: Keep the Internet Open

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 7/5/17 10:15 AM

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with support of big cable and telecom companies has been ready to jump on revoking its authority to enforce net neutrality rules. This July 12, dozens of websites, companies and organizations such as Amazon, Creative Commons, Internet Association and Netflix will participate in a "Day of Action" to keep net neutrality from being destroyed. The group is calling for community action in support and awareness of net neutrality.

But, does net neutrality matter? Does it matter which big corporations control the internet? 

Current net neutrality rules prevent powerful broadband providers (Charter and Comcast), as well as giant wireless providers (AT&T and Verizon), from blocking or slowing down access to lawful content. Here's an important detail: these companies can't create "fast lanes" for content providers who are willing to pay extra (and then passing the cost on to the consumer). What that means is your internet service provider (ISP) can't hold you hostage by slowing your Amazon Prime Video or Netflix stream to a molasses crawl (so you keep your cable plan), and your mobile carrier can't prevent you from using telecom apps (like Microsoft’s Skype) instead of your Verizon cell phone plan minutes.

So, does net neutrality as we know it matter? You better believe it does!

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Topics: Digital West News, Connectivity

Giving Businesses the "Home Team" Advantage

Posted by Meg McCall on 6/22/17 9:10 AM

Business Technology Solutions VideoThe technology landscape continues to evolve, minute-by-minute. For businesses that means the playing field is changing. At Digital West, we are discoverers. Our mission is to inspire our customers and our community by exposing them to life-changing technology. We want to give area businesses the home field advantage, to take care of their technology needs so they can focus on other priorities.

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Topics: Digital West News

Digital West and Norcast Telecom Networks Join Forces

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 1/24/17 9:54 AM

 


Digital West and Norcast Telecom Networks have joined forces to transform the way businesses engage technology. The united Digital West company will continue under the Digital West name becoming the single largest business infrastructure service in the Central Coast region.

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Topics: Digital West News

Why Bigger Isn't Always Better

Posted by Meg McCall on 11/10/16 10:15 AM

Two more telco giants recently announced they are consolidating: CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications. This latest deal comes off the heels of AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner for $85 billion. And, not to be left out of the excitement, just this week Windstream and Earthlink agreed to a $1.1 billion merger.

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Topics: Digital West News

Top Ten IT Concerns for CIOs in 2016

Posted by Meg McCall on 9/15/16 1:03 PM

The Society for Information Management (SIM) published a report not too long ago defining the Top 10 concerns that CIOs have in 2016. Not surprisingly, “security and privacy” and “cost reduction” were on the list, but what is notable is the growing understanding that technology and business must work hand-in-hand. A company’s IT investments are key factor in its ability to innovate, to create efficiencies, to create alignment.  This quote from the report summarizes it well:

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Topics: Digital West News, Security

Living by our Core Values

Posted by Sharon Durant on 5/6/16 10:46 AM

A few months ago, we announced that through the help of Collaboration Business Consulting, Digital West created our 7 Core Values. Since deciding on these values, we have been committed to letting them drive our decision making and strategic plans. Our team members are dedicated to living out these values in their everyday interactions with customers and each other. We are excited to share these with you and would love your feedback on how we can continue to improve! 

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Topics: Digital West News, Digital West Staff

Company Mission and Core Values

Posted by Sharon Durant on 1/18/16 12:55 PM

We’re very excited to share our new mission statement and core values with you. With the excellent guidance of Collaboration Business Consulting, we’ve been able to articulate what’s important to us as an organization in serving our customers and the community. These principles have allowed us to deeply focus on what is most important, and our expectation is that this focus will have visible results in the coming year. We invite you to hold us accountable to these values if we fall short and celebrate with us when we do deliver. As always, community is at the heart of our Mission and Values. We enjoy solving problems, and we’re excited to help you discover technologies that will help you achieve your dreams! If you have any questions or would like to discuss opportunities for your company, click on the icon below!

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Topics: Digital West News

Digital West Expands Business Solutions Software Offerings with AdSmart Acquisition

Posted by Meg McCall on 12/30/15 11:30 AM

Digital West Networks, Inc., which provides commercial-grade Internet connectivity, colocation and cloud services to businesses, has successfully acquired AdSmart, Inc. AdSmart is a mobile advertising software platform for franchise companies that provides advertising solutions on mobile devices within a certain proximity of their local stores, shops or centers. 

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Topics: Digital West News

New Additions to the Operations Department

Posted by Sharon Durant on 11/11/15 11:00 AM

There have been a few exciting changes to the Digital West Operations Department. We are excited to announce that Ron Brown has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. 

Ron has been at Digital West for 3 years, serving as the Director of Operations. He came in as the company was in a time of transition and has been a key driver of success in organizational improvements, creating and maintaining client relationships, and constantly enhancing Digital West's robust Metro Fiber network and data center services.

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Topics: Digital West News, Digital West Staff

Digital West and MindTap Technologies Come Together

Posted by Sharon Durant on 10/30/15 8:49 AM

Two growing San Luis Obispo based IT companies are joining forces to better serve the technology needs of area businesses.  Digital West Networks, Inc. has acquired MindTap Technologies, a Managed Service Provider founded in 2006 with a commitment to providing the highest quality IT support, service, and products to businesses. The acquisition allows MindTap’s customers to receive an even greater level of service and assistance through Digital West’s local 24/7/365 Network Operations Center and CIO consulting services.

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Topics: Digital West News