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5 Questions to Ask Before Moving Offices

August 27th, 2014

Amongst all the boxes of important files and furniture waiting for the big office move, there are also all of the invisible communication resources such as phone lines and internet service that need to be transferred to the new digs.

Planning well before the actual move is the key to ensure that you don’t have any telecommunications downtime and potentially lost clients. One of the most important factors is providing plenty of advance notice for all service providers. Here are some questions to consider:

1. What internet and telephone services are available at the new address?
Making a visit to your new office with a representative from your telecommunications provider is an excellent idea. The availability of internet and telephone services varies from one building to another. Something to keep in mind is that many less expensive spaces are farther away from downtown areas and may have fewer and more expensive options for internet and telephone service. Make sure that the services that you need are available at a price you can afford.

2. Is there adequate telephone and computer wiring in the new building?

It is also a good idea to visit the new office with your computer networking company and the company that provides your telephone system. They can help you determine if there is adequate wiring to all of the individual work stations for computer and telephone. Do not underestimate the wiring costs that may be necessary!

3. What kind of growth or expansion do you expect in your company in the next 2-5 years?
This is the perfect time to reconsider new communication solutions that will continue to work for your business in the coming years. Will you need more phone lines installed and faster Internet service because you’ll be hiring more people? You also might want to consider adding a backup Internet connection. Making the new office tech-ready for years to come will make life easier for you in the future.

4. What kind of contract terms do I have with my telecom carrier?
If you are moving or terminating service contracts, look carefully at your plan. The provider may require that you provide advance notice of a move or termination. If your existing carrier does not offer service at the new address, this could mean you need to find a new provider and could trigger a contract termination charge with your existing carrier. Know the terms to avoid fees!

5. Does your company have business continuity plan?
A business continuity plan is important to have at all times for any business, but especially in a move. The plan should contain an inventory of all equipment in the office, temporary resources like cloud and backup servers, a list of business priorities and data, and emergency contact details for your telecom and IT vendors.

Moving can be a stressful time for any company, but taking steps to ensure a smooth telecom transition will help keep things humming while you settle in to your new space.

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The Next Big Thing

August 14th, 2014

 Although many people may still be talking about how social media will affect the future of the internet, the next big thing has already arrived: the internet of things. The internet of things is a network of interconnected devices that communicate with each other, according to Carlos Watson of Ozy.

Instead of only your personal, mobile devices connecting to the internet, it is bigger things like transportation vehicles, household appliances and even the buildings that they are housed in. While the internet of things may affect the individual consumer’s life, it has even broader implications in the world of industry and business. Instead of only utilizing smart phones, all devices (even the boring ones like buses and factory machines) will be made “smarter”. These smart devices and buildings have the capability to make companies and cities more efficient.
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There is much potential to make everyone’s lives run smoother. Watson gives this example: “Smarter highways might mean lanes that could adapt to traffic flow or roads someday that could serve fleets of autonomous vehicles driving 100 mph, just inches apart.”

The reasons it will grow in the coming years?

The cost has decreased dramatically to connect a device to the internet. And this cost can easily be made up in money saved by knowing more information and using less energy.

Companies can use smart devices to gather data, a precious commodity in the business world.

Financially, one could know more about how much demand there is for a certain product and only produce it when it is necessary. The economic significance to these smart devices is huge.

However, the downside to this “next big thing” is the security concerns it brings up. Even hacking into many individual computers is a huge threat. Imagine how much damage could be done if all of the devices in a city were comprised.  As we advance technology and the world we live in, we must think one step ahead and prepare for the potential consequences of that technology.


The Internet is a weird and wonderful place

July 29th, 2014

The Internet is so mind-numbingly huge that it is almost impossible to measure the amount of information it contains. Web developer Nate Whitehill tries to do just that, however, in this infographic. He covers everything from data storage and blogs to social media and more. You already know how you use the Internet, but do you fit into the patterns that this infographic talks about?

We think it’s amazing how many social media posts are sent out (50 million tweets every day!). The Internet has become such an integral part of how we communicate, where we get our entertainment, and how we research new ideas that it’s hard to imagine how we got along without it. What do you think the most interesting or unexpected fact in the infographic is?

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Blue Roo’s adventure to Family Care Network and the MacSuperstore

July 16th, 2014

The Blue Rooster Telecom team recently participated in the Miracle Mile for Kids, one of The Family Care Network’s annual fundraisers. The event raises money for foster and high-needs children in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Chrissy Cooper, our very own Customer Service Representative, was lucky enough to win an iPad mini that the MacSuperstore donated to the fundraising effort.

Since Blue Roo wasn’t able to walk in the Miracle Mile (Blue’s more of a strutter than a walker!), Chrissy brought him along to pick up her new iPad. There’s nothing Blue Roo loves more than helping out a good cause, making new friends, and new technology.

Stephanie McDonnell (Resource Coordinator for Family Care Network), Blue Roo and Chrissy Cooper at the Family Care Network office with the coveted MacSuperstore gift card for the iPad Mini.

Chrissy, the whole crew at MacSuperstore, and Blue Roo with the new iPad Mini that was donated.


Simultaneous Ring makes your office mobile

July 10th, 2014

Hearing that office phone ring right when you’re stepping out for an important meeting can make your heart drop, and–more importantly–make you late. The solution is a great feature called “simultaneous ring,” which allows for your incoming phone calls to ring more than one phone at a time. So, instead of answering the call at your desk, you could answer it on your cell phone as you drive away for that meeting.

With simultaneous ring, customers won’t have to hunt you down one phone number at a time. You simply pick up their calls wherever you are; whether it’s with your cell phone, home phone or office phone. Any phone line can be connected. This easy-to-use solution is perfect for on-the-go professionals and multiple office situations. Contact us today to find out how to get this feature going at your business.

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Blue Roo crows with the music to support Festival Mozaic

July 8th, 2014

While Bloo Roo enjoys a natural and unpolished crow in the morning, he also appreciates the more sophisticated melodies and harmonies that can be found at this summer’s Festival Mozaic.

Blue Roo swung by the Festival Mozaic headquarters to present a check to Executive Director Bettina Swinger as part of our Community Service Program. Festival Mozaic has been filling the Central Coast with classical music since 1971 (that’s over 380 Rooster years!) From July 17th to the 27th, world-class musicians will be playing at beautiful venues including Mission San Miguel, the Performing Arts Center, See Canyon Fruit Ranch, Mission Plaza and more! Tickets can be purchased here.

Donations help this non-profit organization showcase talented orchestral, choral, and studio musicians who participate in the summer festival’s celebration of five centuries of music. Blue was happy to add his voice to the many gifted artists who have performed in the festival.

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Bill Schwoerer (Director of Sales), Jeff Buckingham (President), and Blue Roo have some fun while presenting the check to Festival Mozaic.


Blue Roo Makes Special Delivery to North County Christian School

June 25th, 2014

Blue Roo’s favorite subject in school has always been recess, so he could not wait to make a field trip to the North County Christian School (NCCS) in Atascadero.

As part of Blue Rooster Telecom’s Community Partner Program, Blue Roo recently presented a donation to NCCS. The funds will help the school continue its wide variety of excellent programs in academics, athletics, and the arts.

NCCS is the only private school in the North County that offers a preschool through 12th grade Christian education. The school is also unique in that it teaches a liberal arts style, great-books education, which strengthens students by introducing them to the thoughts, works, and history of Western civilization.

The folks at NCCS welcomed Blue Roo with many smiles, and he can’t wait to visit again in the future!

The Blue Rooster Telecom Community Partner Program was developed as a way for the company to give back to our community. Blue Rooster Telecom provides phone and Internet services to local nonprofit organizations at a discounted rate, and donates a percentage of the monthly bill back to the organization.

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Jeff and Blue Roo present a check to North County Christian School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The World’s First Group Crowing Contest Winners – Advantage Answering Plus

June 16th, 2014

Regular blog readers will remember that Blue Rooster Telecom hosted the world’s first group crowing contest at the SLO Chamber’s Expo at the Expo a few weeks ago. There were two great teams as finalists, and after the votes were in, the winner was Advantage Answering Plus in San Luis Obispo. The grand prize was a lunch of the group’s choice delivered by Blue Roo and his crew.

Advantage Answering Plus utilized their superior crowing skills to win themselves a delicious lunch and custom Blue Rooster cake

Advantage Answering Plus utilized their superior crowing skills to win themselves a delicious lunch and custom Blue Rooster cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, last Thursday Blue Roo and his entourage headed over to deliver the goods and serve a delicious lunch to the Advantage Answering Plus team. Joan even provided a special homemade cake with a likeness of our favorite rooster to the delight of the winning team. Blue Roo loves attention, so he was right at home with the winners. He even had a chance to meet the Advantage Answering Plus company mascot, Peaches the cocker spaniel.

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Company mascots Blue Roo and Peaches the cocker spaniel pose for a photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Roo enjoyed his personal tour of the Advantage Answering Plus facility. He met many of the 35 employees who provide answering and virtual receptionist services to customers throughout the Central Coast (and now nationwide, thanks to a recent expansion).

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Jeff and the Advantage Answering Plus team crow for the camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your team could be the next group crowing contest winner with a little practice and a sense of adventure. Stay tuned for announcements of our next competition.


Net Neutrality – The Free Speech Issue of Our Time

June 11th, 2014

You may have heard about “net neutrality” in the news lately, but what is it and why does it matter to you? In simple terms, net neutrality is a set of rules to ensure that all data on the Internet is treated equally. These rules promote a free and open Internet, which supports high levels of innovation and competition and makes it difficult for a few large companies to control its content. At Blue Rooster Telecom, we believe in the principle of net neutrality and want you to know about simple steps you can take to ensure that a free and open Internet is part of our future.

 

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In May, the Federal Communications Commission opened a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the net neutrality rules that were struck down by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in January. The NPRM proposes to follow this roadmap laid out by the court:

  • Bolster the existing “transparency rule,” which survived judicial review.
  • Reinstate the prior no-blocking rule.
  • Replace the prior nondiscrimination rule with a more flexible “commercially reasonable” standard borrowed from the Commission’s data roaming order.

Particularly significant is the FCC’s proposal to impose much more comprehensive disclosure obligations on broadband Internet access providers under the transparency rule. Perhaps more important, however, is that the agency signaled its willingness to consider classifying broadband Internet providers as regulated Title II “common carriers,” as opposed to the unregulated “information services providers” that such entities are treated as today.

Blue Rooster Telecom believes that a strong set of rules to keep the Internet free and open for competition and innovation are good for our country and our world. We believe rules like this are important to make sure that young Internet companies are free to grow into the next Google or Netflix. Innovative new companies will drive growth in our economy, which benefits all of us.

It’s important to know that the FCC has not yet made a decision on net neutrality rules, and is now accepting comments from the public. The content and volume of the comments are an important part of the decision-making process for the FCC commissioners. You can click here to be directed to the exact spot on the FCC web site to enter your comments (Note: fill in Proceeding Number 14-28).

At Blue Rooster Telecom, we like to include fun in everything we do, so you can click here to view John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” segment on the subject of net neutrality. It’s entertaining and informative and generated so many comments to the FCC that their website overloaded and crashed.

Net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time. Please educate yourself about it and join the comment process to ensure a free and open Internet for our future.


Blue Roo Helps Keep the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center Flying High

June 4th, 2014

You may be surprised to learn that Blue Roo is a seasoned connoisseur of the arts (Animal Farm is a favorite). So, when he had the opportunity to make a donation to the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center (FPAC), he just couldn’t say no.

As a part of our Community Service Program, Blue Roo stopped by the beautiful FPAC office to drop off a donation of $320.78! Once Blue Roo arrived, he had no idea he would have the honor of presenting the check to Clifton Swanson, the FPAC Board President. Swanson has been an influential figure in the San Luis Obispo arts community for many years, so Blue Roo and Jeff were grinning ear-to-ear when they presented him with the check.

Blue Rooster Telecom is proud to help make a difference at the Performing Arts Center. Private donations allow for free admission for school matinee performances, greater upkeep of the facility, discounted rates for local non-profit performers, and much more. We are excited to keep up this excellent partnership with this excellent organization!

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Jeff presenting the check to Clifton Swanson.

 

 


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