UK Telecom Regulator Receives £700,000 Blockchain Grant for Managing Phone Numbers

UK national telecoms regulator Ofcom has received £700,000 ($912,000) to explore blockchain solutions in UK landline telephone management. The grant was issued by the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. An Ofcom announcement states that between now and April 2020, industry participants will be invited “to trial the porting and management of millions of telephone numbers using blockchain and ledger technology” in an initiative involving industry and university providers as well as third-party providers. Blockchain technology will allow trusted transactions (AKA ‘consumer porting’ in this case) to “manage the…

Bitcoin’s Hopeful Numbers: 70% Familiar in the United States

This week Yougov Omnibus released a host of encouraging new survey data, new numbers, and among their findings “48% of millennials would be interested in using cryptocurrency primarily…A vast majority (79%) of Americans are familiar with at least one kind of cryptocurrency.” Also read: Square’s Big Week: Crypto Patent, Shares Leap, and Lightning Plug Some Encouraging Bitcoin & Crypto Numbers Amid sagging crypto market prices, it’s heartening for enthusiasts to receive survey data like that recently released by Yougov Omnibus. Their findings concluded, “By far, the most well-known cryptocurrency among…