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Volume 28 : Issue 295 : "text" Format

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  Re: RJ11 plug strip (Telecom)
  AT&T Wireless data congestion possibly self-inflicted 
  Raw switch - tt files? 
  Fairpoint Phone Co bankrupt 
  Re: Fairpoint Phone Co bankrupt 
  Re: Fairpoint Phone Co bankrupt 
  Re: Fairpoint Phone Co bankrupt 
  Re: Comcast seeks NBC-U (continued) 
  Re: Comcast seeks NBC-U (continued)
  Re: Comcast seeks NBC-U (continued)


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Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 22:18:12 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Re: RJ11 plug strip (Telecom) Message-ID: <op.u2dx0mcgo63xbg@acer250.gateway.2wire.net> On Sat, 24 Oct 2009 23:22:06 -0400, Reed <reedh@rmi.net> wrote: > AES wrote: >> Thanks for replies to my overblown earlier question, and I realize now >> that what I want is an RJ11 plug strip (or 5 of them) -- in other >> words, something that looks and functions exactly like a 110 V plug >> strip, except that the cord on one end has an RJ11 connector on it >> instead of 110 V plug on it, and the 4 or 6 or 8 110 V receptacles >> along its length are replaced by 4 or 6 or 8 RJ11 female jacks, all >> wired in parallel. >> >> Except, looks like nobody seems to make such an object, or any >> low-cost fully pre-assembled functional equivalent to it. Odd . . . >> > > > Do you mean like this: > > http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3881488 I can't speak for the OP, Reed, but the item in your link, RS Catalog # 279-012, is exactly what I had in mind. Glad to know RS still carries it :-) . Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP ***** Moderator's Note ***** Radio Shack still carries it, but at twice the price of the other sources that were listed.
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 20:25:05 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: AT&T Wireless data congestion possibly self-inflicted Message-ID: <4AE51691.9010300@thadlabs.com> We've all heard or read stories about how iPhone usage has overloaded the AT&T Wireless network but it's likely at least some of their problems are the result of configuration errors -- specifically, congestion collapse induced by misconfigured buffers in their mobile core network. In early September, David Reed sent this interesting message to the IRTF's "end-to-end" email list. List members include some world experts on Internet protocols. During the next couple of days, there were over 40 messages in related threads. While some of these experts were over-thinking the problem, if you are patient enough to read through the many messages, what emerges is clear. At least in the case David measured (from a hotel room in Chicago, while he had 5 bars of signal strength, using an AT&T Mercury 3G data modem in his laptop), the terrible throughput and extreme delays he experienced appear to result from overly large buffers in the routers &/or switches in AT&T's core network. Note: if you don't want to read all the list messages the short summary is: >8 second pings times! What's more the effect was bymodal: either ping times under 200 ms, or over 5 seconds. [article continues at following URL] http://blogs.broughturner.com/2009/10/is-att-wireless-data-congestion-selfinflicted.html
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 18:41:22 -0700 (PDT) From: sanctuary1 <strepxe@yahoo.co.uk> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Raw switch - tt files? Message-ID: <8a0a4222-e68b-443a-aa4e-b233217cf3b8@t11g2000prh.googlegroups.com> Hi, I'm working on a CDR reconcilation solution and have been reading about toll ticket files generated at the switch level. My understanding of these files is that they contain records with a large number of fields and that these records have some equivilance to CDRs. I'm not sure if this is old terminolgy or not. The documents where I saw this information on the internet is quite old. I'd appreciate any guidance on this terminology and also where I could find out more about it. I'm interested in switch to mediation and mediation to billing reconcilation. >From what I can see the tt files provide identifiers in their name to help identify gaps among other features. I'm hoping the records in the tt files have sequence numbers to help indicate if individual records are mislaid. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Regards. Gerard ***** Moderator's Note ***** Gerard, My experience, which is about 15 years out of date now and US-centric, is that switches create only AMA (Automatic Message Accounting) records. Toll billing is (or at least was) handled entirely outside the switches, in the billing software. IIRC, AMA records were used to generate files for toll billing which were passed to other systems for reconciliation/mediation. HTH. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:23:52 -0700 (PDT) From: hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Fairpoint Phone Co bankrupt Message-ID: <bdbb5c8b-267b-42d0-a451-3ae1c06651fc@u16g2000pru.googlegroups.com> A phone company serving New England has filed for bankruptcy. The filing was anticipated. Apparently many knew from the start their business plan was flawed. see: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FAIRPOINT_COMMUNICATIONS_BANKRUPTCY?SITE=1010WINS&SECTION=BUSINESS&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT They are asking for concessions from employees and creditors. IMHO, unless the employees are getting grossly generous compensation, it seems that it's not fair to hit them. The investors were the ones who chose to go with a flawed plan; they should bear the losses. In any event, it is always unfortunate when a large company goes bankrupt. IMHO the business community, consumers, and investors all ought to learn from such mistakes. (Background information and comments appreciated.) [public replies, please]
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 19:29:44 -0400 From: Eric Tappert <e.tappert.spamnot@worldnet.att.net> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Re: Fairpoint Phone Co bankrupt Message-ID: <qrbce5hh7onidp9jb1ucissu50pnngjih0@4ax.com> On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:23:52 -0700 (PDT), hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com wrote: > A phone company serving New England has filed for bankruptcy. The > filing was anticipated. Apparently many knew from the start their > business plan was flawed. > > see: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FAIRPOINT_COMMUNICATIONS_BANKRUPTCY?SITE=1010WINS&SECTION=BUSINESS&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT > > They are asking for concessions from employees and creditors. IMHO, > unless the employees are getting grossly generous compensation, it > seems that it's not fair to hit them. The investors were the ones who > chose to go with a flawed plan; they should bear the losses. > > In any event, it is always unfortunate when a large company goes > bankrupt. IMHO the business community, consumers, and investors all > ought to learn from such mistakes. > > (Background information and comments appreciated.) > > [public replies, please] OK, I, as a Fairpoint shareholder, have been snookered twice by Verizon. My Fairpoint shares were a direct result of Verizon's deal to sell them the New England properties. Similar deal with Idearc. Seems to me that the Verizon folks are pretty good at getting the most for their troubled assests and leaving their shareholders holding the bag.... Could it be that Verizon management knows what they are doing??? In any event, such is life. ET PS - I was "retired" due to the mess with the breakup of Lucent/Western Electric. Maybe someday I'll learn that phones aren't the way to go...
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:04:56 -0700 From: Steven <diespammers@killspammers.com> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Re: Fairpoint Phone Co bankrupt Message-ID: <hc5o0o$ot2$1@news.eternal-september.org> Eric Tappert wrote: > On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:23:52 -0700 (PDT), hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com wrote: > >> A phone company serving New England has filed for bankruptcy. The >> filing was anticipated. Apparently many knew from the start their >> business plan was flawed. >> >> see: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FAIRPOINT_COMMUNICATIONS_BANKRUPTCY?SITE=1010WINS&SECTION=BUSINESS&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT >> >> They are asking for concessions from employees and creditors. IMHO, >> unless the employees are getting grossly generous compensation, it >> seems that it's not fair to hit them. The investors were the ones who >> chose to go with a flawed plan; they should bear the losses. >> >> In any event, it is always unfortunate when a large company goes >> bankrupt. IMHO the business community, consumers, and investors all >> ought to learn from such mistakes. >> >> (Background information and comments appreciated.) >> >> [public replies, please] > > > OK, I, as a Fairpoint shareholder, have been snookered twice by > Verizon. My Fairpoint shares were a direct result of Verizon's deal > to sell them the New England properties. Similar deal with Idearc. > Seems to me that the Verizon folks are pretty good at getting the most > for their troubled assests and leaving their shareholders holding the > bag.... > > Could it be that Verizon management knows what they are doing??? > > In any event, such is life. > > ET > > PS - I was "retired" due to the mess with the breakup of > Lucent/Western Electric. Maybe someday I'll learn that phones aren't > the way to go... > Lets hope the FCC will not allow the next round of sales. I'm retired GTE and my GTE stock was converted to Verizon and has been diluted so much. Each time I'm given other stock I converted it back to Verizon. GTE so much cash and very little debit, its retirement was so well funded that no funding was needed for over 10 years. The funds are not under Verizons control so they are safe from plundering from Verizon. -- The only good spammer is a dead one!! Have you hunted one down today? (c) 2009 I Kill Spammers, Inc., A Rot in Hell. Co.
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:07:50 -0700 (PDT) From: hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Re: Fairpoint Phone Co bankrupt Message-ID: <519fa66c-091b-49ef-8ff3-5b6f01b57ea9@v36g2000yqv.googlegroups.com> On Oct 26, 7:29pm, Eric Tappert <e.tappert.spam...@worldnet.att.net> wrote: > OK, I, as a Fairpoint shareholder, have been snookered twice by > Verizon. My Fairpoint shares were a direct result of Verizon's deal > to sell them the New England properties. Similar deal with Idearc. > Seems to me that the Verizon folks are pretty good at getting the most > for their troubled assests and leaving their shareholders holding the > bag.... Interesting point. In the case of Idearc, small shareholders could sell their shares back to the company. Presumably large shareholders could sell them on the market. I don't know if shareholders had a choice on whether to take the sellouts. Actually, I'm confused. Idearc was a new company created as a spinoff by Verizon. (Still unclear why they went bellyup). Didn't Fairpoint already exist?
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:21:37 -0700 From: "John Meissen" <john@meissen.org> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Re: Comcast seeks NBC-U (continued) Message-ID: <20091026212137.D73C23415D@john> John Mayson <john@mayson.us> said: > Local television stations are hurting financially. Much like > newspapers their ad revenue is down. I find that difficult to believe, considering how the number and duration of commercials has increased over the years. All prime-time slots are now at least 1/3 commercials (i.e., 20 minutes of commercials in a one-hour slot). ***** Moderator's Note ***** Actually, that makes sense: less revenue per ad, ergo more ads. Although I'm no fan of the broadcasting industry, I can understand that a station has to make its payroll every month. The FCC used to have a 20 minute limit for ads: stations in resort areas would always apply for a waiver during tourist season, but I don't know if that's still in effect. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 21:59:31 -0500 From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Re: Comcast seeks NBC-U (continued) Message-ID: <6645152a0910261959n242be8b9v84157ca9d566ef7a@mail.gmail.com> On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 4:21 PM, John Meissen <john@meissen.org> wrote: > John Mayson <john@mayson.us> said: >> Local television stations are hurting financially. Much like >> newspapers their ad revenue is down. > > I find that difficult to believe, considering how the number and duration > of commercials has increased over the years. All prime-time slots are now > at least 1/3 commercials (i.e., 20 minutes of commercials in a one-hour > slot). Ad rates are based on the station's ratings. Higher rated stations get more money for their ads. Back when we had three network affiliates, a PBS station, maybe an independent station and no cable or Internet distractions, TV ratings were high. Today local stations have to compete with hundreds of other channels on the cable or satellite systems. Also people's eyeballs are often looking at a computer screen and not a TV set. There are only so many advertising dollars out there and the market is very diluted. Meanwhile costs continue to climb for TV stations. They're running into the same problems local papers are struggling with. Their old advertising model that has benefitted them from the early days of television isn't working any more. This out of Canada, but they have a similar setup north of the border that we have here. http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2009/05/25/f-broadcasting-local-television-crtc.html Over the years I have come across more and more articles like these. I don't know how serious of a threat it was, but Austin risked losing its CBS affiliate not too long ago when the owner couldn't find a buyer and announced they would have to shut the station off. About then CBS stepped in and bought it. I think someone else now owns it. John -- John Mayson <john@mayson.us> Austin, Texas, USA
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 03:35:09 +0000 (UTC) From: wollman@bimajority.org (Garrett Wollman) To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Re: Comcast seeks NBC-U (continued) Message-ID: <hc5ppd$302p$1@grapevine.csail.mit.edu> In article <20091026212137.D73C23415D@john>, Bill Horne wrote: >The FCC used to have a 20 minute limit for ads: stations in resort >areas would always apply for a waiver during tourist season, but I >don't know if that's still in effect. Actually, it was voluntary limit of 18 minutes per hour in the NAB Code. Any limits the FCC might once have had went away many years ago when the Commission decided that it wouldn't make decisions on the basis of program content. As far as the FCC is concerned, a station that airs all advertising, 24x7, except for television stations' required weekly half-hour of E/I "core" programming, which may not contain more than six minutes of advertising. Beyond that, starting in the Reagan era, the FCC considered the "public interest, convenience, and necessity" to be adequately served by (almost-)all-informercial stations. -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft wollman@bimajority.org| repeated, than the story of a large research program Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
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