News

News & Announcements, Publications Press Presentations, Resources

VPS Whitepaper: Evaluating the Capabilities of Fixed Wireless Technology to Deliver Gigabit Performance in Rural Markets

February 12, 2021

Published February 2021 In the recent auction, RDOF funds were awarded to fixed wireless technologies at the Gig tier. But can fixed wireless technology deliver Gigabit performance in Rural America? Vantage Point CEO Larry Thompson authored a widely-renowned whitepaper examining that exact question. This whitepaper was submitted to the FCC as part of the NTCA’s…

Continue Reading
Consulting, Memos, Resources

Memo: Caller ID Authentication

October 20, 2020

Caller ID Authentication Second Report & Order Also known as STIR/SHAKEN. Summary The FCC released its Second Report and Order on caller ID authentication requirements also known as STIR/SHAKEN on October 1, 2020. A few of the Order highlights are the extension of the STIR/SHAKEN implementation deadline from June 30, 2021 to June 30, 2023…

Continue Reading
Consulting, Memos, Resources

Memo: 8YY Access Charge Reform

October 15, 2020

8YY Access Charge Reform Transition of 8YY Access Charges & Caps on Tandem Switched Transport & Database Query Charges. Summary On October 9, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Report and Order relating to 8YY Access Charge Reform. The Report and Order announced a transition of 8YY originating end office access charges to…

Continue Reading
Consulting, Memos, Resources

Memo: FCC Designation of 988 – 3-Digit Dialing for Suicide Prevention

October 13, 2020

FCC Designation of 988 – 3-Digit Dialing for Suicide Prevention Effective for all carriers July 16, 2022. Reminder As a follow up to the August 13, 2020 Vantage Point Memo, we would like to remind carriers of their obligations to implement 988 3-digit dialing effective July 16, 2022. All service providers will be required to…

Continue Reading
Consulting, Memos, Resources

Memo: 911 Reliability Certification

September 29, 2020

911 Reliability Certification The Annual 911 Reliability Certification is due October 15, 2020. Beginning October 15, 2015, all “Covered 911 Service Providers” are required to certify annually that they have taken reasonable measures to provide reliable 911 service related to (1) 911 circuit diversity, (2) central office backup power, and (3) diverse network monitoring. The…

Continue Reading
Publications Press Presentations

Why Password Length is More Important than Complexity

September 16, 2020

Why Password Length is More Important than Complexity In today’s digital world, we access sensitive information and systems frequently. Administrators protect sensitive systems from unauthorized access by implementing some form of authentication mechanism, which requires users to prove their identity before being granted access. There are three primary methods of authentication: something you know, something…

Continue Reading
Publications Press Presentations

PsyberSecurity: Where Computer Security Meets Psychology

PsyberSecurity: Where Computer Security Meets Psychology We have all heard stories of computers being hacked, but did you know that your brain can also be hacked? High-tech computer hacking can be difficult, especially when the target organization has invested many resources into cybersecurity technologies. Because of this difficulty, many cyber-attackers have discovered that it is…

Continue Reading
Publications Press Presentations

Your Computer May Be More Valuable to an Attacker than You Think

Your Computer May Be More Valuable to an Attacker than You Think We hear so much about data breaches and cyber attacks these days. Learning that hackers exposed millions of credit card numbers or other pieces of personal information seems to happen more and more. Even large companies with well-funded security such as Facebook, Microsoft,…

Continue Reading
Consulting, Memos, Resources

Memo: Lifeline Supported Services

August 11, 2020

Lifeline Supported Services Minimum Standards New standards take effect December 1,  2020. On July 31, 2020, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the new Lifeline Minimum Standards that will take effect on December 1, 2020: Fixed Broadband: 25/3 Mbps with 1024 GB of usage per month Exception: If 25/3 Mbps is unavailable at the…

Continue Reading
Consulting, Memos, Resources

Memo: TRS Fund Modifications

June 12, 2020

TRS Fund Modifications Contributions will be modified for 2020-2021 fund year. The FCC released a Report and Order in November 2019 to broaden the support mechanism for Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) and reduce the current burden put on Interstate Telecommunications providers. The FCC launched IP CTS many years ago with an interim…

Continue Reading