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Hacked by Russians: A True Story in 15 Steps

by John Ogren, Founder and CEO The first sign of trouble was an email from SpeedConnect’s CFO on Thursday morning. She had an email from me asking her to wire money. It looked like my email, but something tipped her off that it was not quite right, mostly because it was addressed to her home email. I took it lightly, not the first time some miscreant tried to trick us into a money wire scam.

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Your Internet is Your IP Address

by John Ogren, Founder and CEO An internet service provider (ISP), SpeedConnect, the company I and my partners founded in 2001, is in the business of delivering an IP address to our customers. IP stands for “Internet Protocol,” and is one of the building blocks of the World Wide Web. Despite stories and memes that famous politicians invented the internet, in fact, the fundamental structure of what today we simply call “the internet” was developed

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The American Dream

The origins of the phrase, “the American dream” date back to 1931 and author James Truslow Adams when writing his book, “The American Epic”: The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. That each of us can dream, find opportunity, create something new, even start a business is truly one of America’s best

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Dynamic Dashboard

When I formed SpeedConnect in 2001, the idea of a company data dashboard was only a concept, and that concept amounted to little more than a pack of little read paper reports at the bottom of the black metal tray to the right of the desk called my “In Box.” Today as the founder and CEO of what has grown to be a fast-paced, high technology firm operating over nine states, one of the many

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62+ Connect

SpeedConnect High-Speed Internet Offers Discount for Individuals Over 62 62+Connection Program SpeedConnect, a premium wireless internet broadband provider, announced today that we will offer a 10% discount on high-speed internet service to those over 62 years of age in all markets in which we offer service. The initiative, called “62+Connection” provides 10% off their internet bill per month. SpeedConnect’s founder and CEO John Ogren said the discount will provide very affordable service for adults over

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Connect-A-Hero

As the son of a Naval Officer, I have prioritized from SpeedConnect’s beginning that a constant of our overarching focus – to be an alternative choice premium internet service provider – has included investment, partnership and support through initiatives that give back to deserving individuals and communities. Today we are very proud to announce our new “Connect-a-Hero Program,” offering a 10% discount on any internet service plan to U.S. veterans. Many companies undertake philanthropic initiatives,

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What Can Your ISP Do for You?

In its relatively short history, the internet has become almost indispensable. Like a Kenmore refrigerator in 1962, the internet is a necessity few of us could imagine doing without today. Its uses in our homes are varied — entertainment, information, work functions, connecting with others — but it is increasingly essential. Now the world is brought to into our homes and businesses by the connections we are able to make on the internet. What can

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Data Usage

When you think about it, paying for what you use in the world is and has been pretty commonplace; you fill your car up with gas and you pay a price per gallon, hook your home up for natural gas service, propane, or oil, and you pay by the gallon or liter, depending on how warm you keep it at home. Electricity has always been metered, and for years, telephone service was metered in one

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A Solution Looking for A Problem

Fiber to the home, (FTTH), the supposed “Holy Grail” of wireline internet providers as well as excessive, unnecessary government spending, is a solution looking for a problem. Also called “fiber to the premises”(FTTP), it is the installation and use of extruded glass optical fiber strands from a central point directly to residences, apartment buildings and businesses to provide high-speed internet access. Driven mostly by popular media, it falls into the category of “over promise and

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Programming Rights

Programming rights will become the next monopolistic play of the large telecommunications carriers. Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, DISH and Charter will use their control over the programming they carry to keep its availability from smaller ISPs. As more and more video delivery moves to data, this will become a lock they will use to try to keep customers on their overpriced and older technologies. An over-the-top (OTT) application is any app or service that provides a

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