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Posted: Aug 19, 2015
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The FCC released two press releases last week. In the first the FCC has mandated that providers must notify customers of plans to retire copper networks at least three months in advance, unless they are able to guarantee that no service will be discontinued, reduced or impaired. While this has been said in the past, the FCC has now codified the criteria to evaluate and compare replacement and legacy services which now includes the interoperability with devices and services, such as alarm...
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Posted: Aug 19, 2015
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ESA is on watch at the federal and state levels to protect you and your business! As a benefit to ESA Members we serve on the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) to ensure we are able to provide you with critical information that may impact your business. The FCC has provided clarifications regarding Restrictions on Robocalling per the TCPA. Click here to read the details and ensure that your business is complying with all the rules.
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Posted: Aug 19, 2015
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The Texas Senate has recently passed SB 507 which requires school districts to install cameras in self-contained classrooms or other locations for students receiving special services. The Senate is predicting that the installations will generate close to $2.6 million for the Electronic Security Industry. The Foundation School Program will fund the new security upgrades with any remaining costs being offset by schools soliciting and accepting donations or grants to help pay for the equipment....
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Posted: Aug 9, 2015
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We are well aware over the past several years that federal government policies and federal agencies can impact your business operations in many ways, mostly in ways adverse to your interests. We hear about the IRS, OSHA, Department of Labor and many others. One federal agency, however, that could have a positive impact is the Small Business Administration (SBA).Many times overlooked in trillion-dollar federal budget fights, the SBA oversees a number of important loans and capital...
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Posted: Jul 7, 2015
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There are few issues that unite Republicans and Democrats in Congress these days. As the 435 U.S. House members and 100 Senators prepare for national elections in less than 16 months, one issue that seems to attract support involves apprenticeship programs.Apprenticeship is a very old concept from the Middle Ages where craftsmen took the time to have a younger person work side by side to learn the craft. This concept has been carried down through time to where today we talk of apprentices...
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Posted: Jun 7, 2015
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Can legislation in Congress, specifically in the U.S. Senate, impact the type of devices that are sold and perhaps installed by customers or ESA members? Can Congressional legislation get as specific as detailing UL or NFPA or ANSI standards for a device?You bet, and these efforts do not arise overnight. Nor are they thought up by senators or staffers, some of whom do not know what UL/ANSI or NFPA stand for. In fact, most citizens think that the U.S. Senate only deals with very...
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