Covered California Now Open for Business

Covered California Now Open for Business

You may have heard by now that something big is afoot in California. For our seven million uninsured, this thing called — take your pick —  the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or simply health care reform — is a big opportunity for us to get affordable health care coverage so that one catastrophic injury or illness won’t bankrupt us. Covered California, the new health insurance marketplace for Californians, is now open and is where you can go to determine if you’re eligible for private insurance with financial assistance or no cost insurance through Medi-Cal. You also might have been confused by what you’ve heard,…
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Landline to VoIP: Should we have a “Separate but Equal” Standard for Phone Calls?

Landline to VoIP: Should we have a “Separate but Equal” Standard for Phone Calls?

Do you have a landline?  Do you know what a landline is?  If your answer to either question is no, don’t feel too bad because you are not alone.  In fact you might be part of the majority of phone subscribers in the U.S.  Because of this, you probably have no idea that a battle—yes, I said battle—is happening right now that will decide the future of the old-fashioned landline telephone.  This battle concerns all consumers of telephone services—landline AND digital. Telecommunication carriers are vehemently insisting that the FCC allow them to discontinue the analog system and transfer all of their analog customers to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or…
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