Good story in the local paper this morning regarding online privacy:
Good story in the local paper this morning regarding online privacy:
April 5, 2017
Dear clients and friends,
This note is about you, your browsing data, and your privacy. It’s important because two days ago the president signed into law a repeal of consumer protections of Internet privacy.
Theoretically it benefits Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like ours. The repeal of the law would allow us to sell your browsing data if we wanted to – allowing us to make money on something that already exists, that we have access to, and if we sell it would make you a better target for other big companies looking to learn as much about you as possible.
I want you to know directly from me that Intermax announced today we will never sell client data. Period – end of story. Please see the attached press release which formally announced our position.
As I said in the press release I’m stunned at this change in the law. The only thing that’s clear is that it’s a major benefit to some of the biggest companies in the country – the major national cable companies and phone carriers (“Telcos”) who lobbied hard to win this.
Big “Telcos” will now have the explicit right to get access to their customers browsing and location data and use it and sell it to anyone who will buy it.
They may not care about your privacy, but we do. We are your neighbors in North Idaho and one of the many reasons we live here is because we value our privacy, our liberty, and that of our neighbors as well. Once you sell those things, there isn’t much left that can’t be sold.
I’ve read in some places that “…repealing this privacy rule doesn’t matter since there are so many other places where the big guys can get your personal information.” Maybe that’s true on some level, but we are taking a stand here and saying NO – not now, not ever. A business like ours needs to have the trust and confidence of our customers, and that’s why I wanted to write you directly.
The bottom line is we don’t work for those big companies – we work for you. We will never sell your data or information, and we’ll continue to try to provide competition for the Big “Telcos” who spent a lot of money to get this permission to sell your data and get a lot more.
Thank you as always for your business, and I expect you’ll hear more from us about this in the future!
President, Intermax Networks
From KREM website: “Everyone in Idaho will need to dial an area code before all calls. That is different from places like Spokane, for example, where you can forgo dialing 509 for local calls.
Local phone providers like InterMax are still trying to get ahead of the looming change.
“I think that the commercial impact is going to be bigger because they have to go in and reprogram all their fax machines and their land dials,” said Mike Kennedy, the president of Intermax Networks. “I think it’s going to be an adjustment for residential customers who are so used to using that phone.”
This story comes from the Coeur d’Alene Press and Paul Amador of the University of Idaho on July 3rd, 2016:
What comes to mind when you think about typical summer jobs for teenagers? Do visions of flipping burgers, working as a lifeguard, or taking tickets at the movie theater come to mind?
How about jobs building, designing, and marketing advanced drone aircraft, or learning how to code and integrate interface panels for the petroleum industry, or installing and managing advanced computer networking equipment, or teaching kids how to code computer games, or even learning how to evaluate and respond to big data trends?
If your initial reaction was the first set of jobs mentioned, you can be forgiven. In reality, most high school students will be relegated to entry level positions in the service industries that thrive during the summer in our local area.
However, a small group of 10 local high school students will have a very different employment experience this summer, as they will have the opportunity to participate as a University of Idaho Dign’IT (Digital Innovation Generating New Information Technology) Intern.
The Dign’IT Intern Program provides these students the opportunity to learn about technology, data, coding, education, and business through a unique partnership between the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene, local technology-related businesses, and nonprofit groups.
The students — who were selected from a competitive application process — will spend 20 hours a week for eight weeks this summer, getting paid to participate in the three major components of the internship experience: learning about the local technology industry, helping to run a computer coding camp for middle school girls, and interning at a local technology business or nonprofit organization.
The 10 students selected as interns for the summer include: Sarah Janzen, a graduate of Coeur d’Alene High School, Savannah Bravo, a Junior at Post Falls High School, Luke Osborn, a senior at North Idaho Scholars Academy, Elijah Blake, a Senior at Post Falls High School, Madison Bechard, a senior at Post Falls High School, Sonya Fernandes, a Senior at Post Falls High School, Jonathan Gift, a graduate of New Vision High School, Karl-Michael Rehrmann, a graduate of Post Falls High School, Andrew Chasten, a Junior at Post Falls High School, and Benjamin Gibson, a graduate of Post Falls High School.
The businesses and nonprofit groups where these interns will be placed include: Exbabylon, a professional IT solutions company located in Hayden, Gizmo-CDA, Coeur d’Alene’s makerspace, xCraft a designer and manufacturer of advanced drone aircraft in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Intermax Networks, an IT, broadband, and cloud services company in Coeur d’Alene, Triple E Technologies a hardware and software provider of point of sales systems utilized in the petroleum industry, jeb commerce, a digital marketing, analytics and optimization company in Coeur d’Alene, Frontier Communications, a national Internet service provider, Extratech a manufacturer of motion controllers and interface hardware, and Innovation Collective, a community based group focused on sparking technological innovation in North Idaho.
Benjamin Gibson said he was particularly excited about working at xCraft.
“It is amazing that such a small company based here in Coeur d’Alene can be creating such revolutionary designs for drones,” he said.
Gibson is strongly interested in aeronautical design, and would like to one day earn a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and work in the aerospace industry.
“I am really excited about working with the girls during the coding camp,” said Sonya Fernandes, who served as an intern last year as well. “It is amazing to see how the girls learn so quickly, by the end of the week they have created a really cool game using computer coding and have learned how algebra applies to coding.”
Karl-Michael Rehrmann and Elijah Blake were impressed by the work at Triple E Technologies.
“You don’t realize how much work and technology goes on behind the scenes to make our everyday lives possible,” said Rehrmann.
“I had no idea that a local company would be doing business with other companies all over the country,” said Blake.
As for why these teenagers chose to pursue the Dign’IT Internship rather than a more traditional summer job?
“We’re basically getting paid to learn, why wouldn’t we want to do this during the summer?” said Savanah Bravo.
“The stuff we will learn through the internship will actually help us in future careers, we are really excited about this opportunity,” agreed Andrew Chasten.
And if those arguments are not good enough, they all concurred, “It looks good on a résumé!”
The goal of the Dign’IT program is to encourage interest in computer science and technology-related careers. In addition to the internship program, Dign’IT also consists of a summer coding camp for middle school girls, JAVA coding camps, teacher trainings on integrating coding into the classroom, cybersecurity training for industry partners, and a new joint bachelor’s degree program in computer science between North Idaho College and the University of Idaho, which begins this fall.
With the new joint bachelor’s program, students will be able to complete a degree in Computer Science without ever leaving Coeur d’Alene.
To learn more about the Dign’IT program please visit www.uidaho.edu/cda or call (208) 667-2588.
Intermax Networks, the largest independent fiber optic network in north Idaho, has installed 51 miles of fiber optic cable in the past three years in Kootenai and Bonner counties. Intermax serves 89 commercial buildings representing hundreds of companies in the Coeur d’Alene-Sandpoint corridor, company President Mike Kennedy said.