The beginning of a weekly segment? No idea, but the title is catchy enough even if it’s only for a one-time or irregular use. Here’s some news that might be relevant to you and your business:
Los Angeles is looking to bring fiber to its city. This is another example of recent plans to expand internet connectivity and increase connection speeds, so the implications for the growth of VoIP are positive. L.A. actually rejected Google Fiber as an option due to Google’s current policy of only serving residential customers but not businesses. Los Angeles, in contrast, is looking to bring fiber to both.
Google’s policy of not serving business customers does have a loophole, however. Businesses can still use fiber as long as they choose to work out of their homes (Note: businesses are still subject to Google’s terms of service). For those worried about their communication needs, hosted VoIP is the solution: with VoIP, workers can telecommute and still have access to their phone system as long as they have an internet connection (and since we’re already talking about fiber, this is taken care of!). Companies located in Kansas City, along with Austin and Provo in the near future, should consider this option.
In other news, President Obama has decided to support a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and afterwards tie it to inflation. Also, some companies are seeing their healthcare costs rise as Obamacare is implemented, although it’s a trend that’s been with us for decades. For small businesses worried about increasing costs or just uncertainty in general, think about a switch to hosted VoIP: this will help you balance increasing costs in other areas with reduced costs for your phone system.
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