Woodard & Curran is a $ 200 million integrated engineering, science, and operations company based in Portland, Maine, but has offices scattered across the country. Kenneth Danila, Director of Information Systems, recently helped migrate the company to a cloud based storage system from Panzura to eliminate long delays in sharing huge engineering files, and that shift enabled the company to swap out its expensive MPLS network. Ancillary benefits included a painless way to migrate from one cloud supplier to another (AWS to Azure), and a way to limit the threat of ransomware. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently caught up with Danila in his Dedham, MA office.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wireless companies Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc have informed the Federal Communications Commission that they will formally file an application asking for approval to merge on Monday, according to a document seen by Reuters.
The document, which was filed to the FCC on Thursday, also requests a protective order that would shield sensitive corporate information from public view.
The two companies, which are the third- and fourth-largest wireless carries, agreed to a $ 26 billion all-stock deal in April that they said would create thousands of jobs and help the United States beat China to creating the next generation mobile network.
Two areas of potential regulatory concern focus on the companies’ large market share for prepaid and wholesale customers.
Neither Sprint nor T-Mobile immediately responded to a request for comment.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Writing by Diane Bartz; Editing by Dan Grebler
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – An Austrian law student cannot bring a class action suit against Facebook’s Irish unit over alleged privacy violations in an Austrian court, an EU court adviser said on Tuesday, but can sue the company in his home country on his own behalf.
Arguing Facebook violated privacy rules, Max Schrems is claiming 500 euros ($ 576) in damages for each of some 25,000 signatories to his lawsuit, one of a series of European challenges to U.S. technology firms and their handling of personal data.
“A consumer who is entitled to sue his foreign contact partner in his own place of domicile, cannot invoke, at the same time as his own claims, claims on the same subject assigned by other consumers,” the EU top court’s Advocate General Michal Bobek said.
The advocate general, whose opinions are not binding but usually followed by the court, said allowing a class action suit in this case would lead consumers to choose the place of the most favorable court.
Privacy activist Schrems, who had argued that individual lawsuits on user privacy would be “impossible” due to the financial burden on users, said a ruling in line with the advocate general’s opinion would still allow him to set a precedent.
“In the advocate general’s view, I can at least bring a ‘model case’ at my home jurisdiction in Vienna, which may enable us to debate the illegal practices of Facebook in an open court for the first time,” Schrems said in a statement.
Facebook said the advocate general’s opinion supported the decision of two courts that Schrem’s claims could not proceed as a class action.
While common in the United States, class action suits are rarely recognized in Europe.
“It is not for the Court to create such collective redress in consumer matters, but eventually for the Union legislator,” the Advocate General said.
Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek in Brussels; additional reporting by Shadia Nasralla in Vienna; editing by Philip Blenkinsop and John Stonestreet