CU*Answers sunsetting legacy copper circuits

As telecommunications companies increase rates to encourage a transition away from “outdated technologies,” CU*Answers has decided to proactively sunset all legacy copper circuits by March 31, 2023. Several credit unions have already decided to terminate their MPLS data connections. Over the next several months, CU*Answers will continue working with clients to replace MPLS connections with more affordable Internet VPNs.

Legacy copper circuits have seen multiple rate increases throughout 2022, with more on the horizon for 2023. In 2019, the Federal Communications Commission passed Order 19-72A1. This order authorizes carriers to increase monthly rates, discontinue support, or fully disconnect circuits with 60 days’ notice. Carriers have begun notifying clients of pending changes to POTS, PRI, T1, T3, and MPLS lines, with reports of some circuits increasing by over 400%.

FCC Order 19-72A1 lifted regulatory obligations from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which were intended to establish guidelines for pricing and availability to allow for organic marketplace competition. According to paragraph three of Order 19-72A1, the request from USTelecom comes in the face of “sweeping changes in the communications marketplace” in which “the public interest is no longer served by maintaining these legacy regulatory obligations… Rather than a foothold for new entrants into the marketplace, they have become a vice, trapping incumbent LECs into preserving outdated technologies and services at the cost of a slower transition to next-generation networks.”

A Note From the Help Desk: TrendMicro Price Increases

A Note From the Help Desk: TrendMicro Price Increases

ATTENTION CNS MANAGED CLIENTS TrendMicro Price Increases Effective January 1st, 2023, TrendMicro will be implementing global price increases for their products and services.  Prices for Software, SaaS, and Services will be increasing by 5% over their 2022 prices.  Please be advised that if you are purchasing TrendMicro products or services through CU*Answers Network Services, you… Read more »

Dec 1, 2022

A Note From the Help Desk: SonicWall Global Management System Maintenance

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Nov 4, 2022

A Note From the Help Desk: SonicWall Global Management System Maintenance

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ATTENTION NETWORK SERVICES FIREWALL MANAGEMENT CLIENTS SonicWALL Global Management System Maintenance What Are We Doing? We will be performing an upgrade to the server that our SonicWall Global Management System (SGMS) operates on. Why Are We Doing This? We are performing this upgrade to ensure the continued reliable operation of the SonicWall Global Management System…. Read more »

Oct 12, 2022

Have a question for CU*Answers? Who do you call?

Have a question for CU*Answers?  Who do you call?

At CU*Answers, we know how important it is that your Credit Union gets the appropriate help in order to meet your day-to-day data processing needs.  When you don’t know exactly who to call, we recommend that you get started by reaching out to either the Client Services and Education Team or the Network Services Team…. Read more »

Oct 3, 2022

CU*Answers sunsetting legacy copper circuits

As telecommunications companies increase rates to encourage a transition away from “outdated technologies,” CU*Answers has decided to proactively sunset all legacy copper circuits by March 31, 2023. Several credit unions have already decided to terminate their MPLS data connections. Over the next several months, CU*Answers will continue working with clients to replace MPLS connections with […]

Aug 23, 2022

Network Services transitions to new client facing ticket portal

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Aug 10, 2022

Join Network Services for our September Boot Camp!

Join Network Services for our September Boot Camp!

Join us September 28th and 29th for a two-day boot camp!  This is an opportunity for your credit union IT members build their knowledge of core product deployment and support.  Please note: seating for this event is limited – if you are interested in attending, we encourage you to sign up soon! One of our… Read more »

Aug 5, 2022

CU*Answers Network Services Logistics team rebrands to better align with core team functions

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Aug 2, 2022