The Telecom Digest for April 30, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 119 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: A Convenient, Mysterious Service From Cable Companies (Bob Goudreau)
April 2010 NANPA Exhaust Projections; KY 270/364 Split (Mark J. Cuccia)
Photos ot Table Top Phone Co. (Sam Spade)
Re: A Convenient, Mysterious Service From Cable Companies (Carl Navarro)
Re: A Convenient, Mysterious Service From Cable Companies (Neal McLain)
Your Phone Is Locked. Just Drive. (Monty Solomon)
FCC cellphone safety notice (Thad Floryan)
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Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 23:01:43 -0400
From: "Bob Goudreau" <BobGoudreau@nc.rr.com>
Subject: Re: A Convenient, Mysterious Service From Cable Companies
T <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> A year ago, I wrote about how Cablevision, my cable company, had
>> quietly begun installing Wi-Fi hot spots all over its market area:
>> New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. These hot spots began popping
>> up in all the public areas: shopping centers, main streets, train
>> stations, parks, marinas and sports complexes. The best part: these
>> hot spots are free to anyone who subscribes to Internet service from
>> Cablevision at home.
> Thus far I've seen no evidence of Cox doing anythng like this in my
> area. They may just get beat to the punch by Clear Wireless though I
> don't like the fact that Clear makes you use THEIR device and not
That last comment is a bit unreasonable. Do you also object to the fact
that your cell company makes you use THEIR device instead of supporting
the cordless phone you may have at home? The situations are very similar:
both WiFi and cordless phones use technologies that are very short-range
(hundreds of feet) and hence require zillions of little transceiver
devices in order to blanket a large geographic area with coverage. To
provide neighborhood or metropolitan levels of coverage, Clear has to deploy
an entirely different kind of technology (WiMax instead of WiFi), just
as the cellcos have to use CDMA or GSM instead of the more limited
technology found in cordless phones. The cablecos already have zillions
of little access points in the territories they cover (cable pedestals
typically serve only a few houses apiece), so they have an obvious place
to install WiFi access points.
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 21:00:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Mark J. Cuccia" <email@example.com>
Subject: April 2010 NANPA Exhaust Projections; KY 270/364 Split
On Wednesday evening, 28-April-2010, NeuStar-NANPA uploaded the latest
issue of their semi-annual NANP and NPA Exhaust Projections, known as
the NRUF, Number Resource Utilization Forms. There are two PDF reports,
each can be downloaded from:
There is the April 2010 NPA Exhaust Analysis file:
And the April 2010 NANP Exhaust Analysis file:
These reports used to be annually issued, and were once known as the
COCUS, Central Office Code Utilization Survey (dating back to the old
Bell System days -- AT&T-Headquarters and Long-Lines put together annual
COCUS reports from the BOCs/LECs as far back as the 1970s if not even
NeuStar-NANPA and the rest of the industry began calling these reports
the NRUF around 2000 or so, and then they became twice-a-year around
2004, in April/May, and in October/November.
The NANP exhaust report for April 2010 shows that the NANP is anticipated
to "exhaust" its 10-digit format, i.e., its supply of assignable 3-digit
area codes, "beyond 2040". The October 2009 report indicated "beyond 2039"
as its projection for "complete" NANP exhaust.
The NPA exhaust report shows individual NPAs for all US jurisdictions,
and also for Canada (all Canadian provinces and NPAs are simply referred
to as "Canada", almost "as if" Canada were a "single state"), but the
NON US NANP-Caribbean is not included in the NPA exhaust report.
Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, as well as Guam,
the Northern Marianas/Saipan, and American Samoa, in the Pacific, are
included, since these are all "US" jurisdictions.
Nothing much is "earth shattering" when comparing the previous NPA
exhaust report from October 2009, with the current one of April 2010.
Most "imminent" exhaust projections are about the same, or else are
pushed out one or two quarters. Some of the Canadian NPA anticipated to
exhaust, however, have been pushed "earlier", by several quarters, i.e.,
a few years, when compared to what they had been projected in last
Fall's report, but the CRTC and CNA have recently issued reports as to
specific scheduled dates for OVERLAYS on these Canadian NPAs, see some
of my posts in the past few weeks.
The forthcoming Kentucky 270/364 split has been pushed FURTHER OUT by
just over a year from what it had previously had been projected to
exhaust! This is not surprising, since the KY 270/364 split has been
re-scheduled several times now, always pushed further into the future,
ever since the KY-PSC approved the split back in late May 2007. At that
time, the KY-PSC ordered a 270/364 split in western KY, with the "far
west" changing to 364, and points to the east yet still in the western
half of Kentucky to retain 270, permissive for April 2008, mandatory for
October 2008. However, within weeks (mid-June-2007), the KY-PSC revised
its order, this time for permissive being moved out to July 2008 and
mandatory "TBD". And there have been several postponements ever since,
all of them having mandatory "TBD". Presently, permissive dialing in a
270/364 western Kentucky area code split is for 29-October-2011, and
mandatory "TBD". It is quite likely that this date will be pushed out
even further, yet again!
The KY 270/364 pending relief does seem to parallel what happened in the
Salt Lake City UT Metro 801/385 area code relief. In the latter part of
2000, the UT-PSC ordered a DIS-contiguous split of 801, the northern and
southern end suburbs/exurbs of SLC Metro would have split to 385, with
SLC itself retaining 801, permissive on 31-December-2000, mandatory on
30-June-2001. But within weeks of this announced start of permissive
dialing, the UT-PSC began postponing the permissive/mandatory dates.
They postponed the implementation dates several times, and by Spring or
Summer 2004, they announced that the 801/385 split was postponed
"indefinitely, until further notice". The last "announced" permissive
date would have been March 2005, the last "announced" mandatory date
would have been September 2005.
The telco industry had originally requested an 801/385 NPA overlay for
the SLC UT metro area though. By Spring 2007, the telco industry
appealed to the UT-PSC for the originally requested 801/385 area code
OVERLAY, which was granted by the UT-PSC in Summer 2007, for implementation
by February/March 2009, which is what has taken place. And there ARE
several "POTS" 385-NXX c.o.codes which have since been assigned and
activated, with actual customers' line-numbers on those 385-NXX codes!
I am hopeful that the same will ultimately happen with western KY's
270/364, that the KY-PSC will eventually revise its previous decision,
and instead order a 270/364 area code OVERLAY in western Kentucky, for
whatever date it will actually need to become effective. NOTE that
270 split from 502 back in April 1999 (permissive). THAT was ORIGINALLY
approved by the KY-PSC back in 1998 as an OVERLAY. But the KY-PSC
subsequently "chickened-out", and reversed the overlay, instead ordering
the 1999 502/270 area code split.
Back in 2008/08, however, several previously approved area code splits
were changed to overlays and implemented as such -- the 801/385 Utah
relief mentioned above, and also West Virginia 304/681, California's
818/747 (originally announced as a split back in 1999, implementation
dates always had been "TBD", revived in 2006/07 and approved for 2009
as an overlay), and California's 760/442 in the eastern edge of
California along the borders with Nevada and Arizona, extending into
some exurbs and suburbs of the extended Los Angeles Metro area, as well
as suburbs of the San Diego Metro area.
In the 760/442 relief, it was originally approved as a SPLIT to be
implemented back in 2000/01, with the San Diego suburbs changing to 442
with everything else 760 retaining 760. This was put on hold before it
could have been implemented. During 2006/07, it was revived, the telco
industry desiring an overlay, but the CA-PUC voting for the original
split, to take effect during 2008/09. But after an active grass-roots
campaign of residents, businesses, local governments, etc. including
the US Navy in the San Diego area, the CA-PUC instead canceled the
split and instead ordered an overlay for 2009/10.
So, hopefully, the KY-PSC can be persuaded to change 270/364 from a
(pending) split, into an overlay, as well!
Mark J. Cuccia
markjcuccia at yahoo dot com
Lafayette LA, formerly of New Orleans LA pre-Katrina
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 03:53:36 -0700
From: Sam Spade <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Photos ot Table Top Phone Co.
Resubmission because prior submission didn't have a subject line and
thus, could be easily overlooked.
Photos of the world headquarters facilities of Table Top Telephone
Company in Ajo, Arizone.
For those of you who didn't follow the earlier thread this is a "micro"
independent scattered a several widely separated locations in Arizona,
each of which has a No 5 ESS:
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:18:42 -0400
From: Carl Navarro <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: A Convenient, Mysterious Service From Cable Companies
On Wed, 28 Apr 2010 05:40:00 -0700 (PDT), "firstname.lastname@example.org"
>I really think anyone offering "last mile" Internet connectivity
>should be doing something like this. It'd be really easy to do. Just
>give all your customers a wireless router like that used by
>http://www.fon.com . It sets up a private wireless network and a
>public one. Your cable, DSL, or whatever, would provide the Internet
>connectivity. If you are away from home, all you have to do is be near
>another subscriber and use the public wireless on their router. Data
>could be prioritized to give the most bandwidth to the private side of
>the network (the one who is actually paying for the connection). This
>sort of roaming would be very beneficial to users and would help sell
>the ISP service.
Now why would I want to do this? My broadband service and speed is
based on what I personally use, and I found that even in my cul-de-sac
there are neighbors who used to use my broadband while I was on
vacation :-) Here's a thought http://www.open-mesh.com/store/
everybody get one, and the "don't haves" can have free Wi-fi.
Mus' be a political thing......
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 05:18:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Neal McLain <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: A Convenient, Mysterious Service From Cable Companies
On Apr 29, 6:18 am, Carl Navarro <cnava...@wcnet.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Apr 2010 05:40:00 -0700 (PDT), "har...@hallikainen.com"
> <har...@hallikainen.com> wrote:
> >I really think anyone offering "last mile" Internet connectivity
> >should be doing something like this. It'd be really easy to do. Just
> >give all your customers a wireless router like that used by
> >http://www.fon.com. It sets up a private wireless network and a
> >public one. Your cable, DSL, or whatever, would provide the Internet
> >connectivity. If you are away from home, all you have to do is be near
> >another subscriber and use the public wireless on their router. Data
> >could be prioritized to give the most bandwidth to the private side of
> >the network (the one who is actually paying for the connection). This
> >sort of roaming would be very beneficial to users and would help sell
> >the ISP service.
> Now why would I want to do this? My broadband service and speed is
> based on what I personally use, and I found that even in my cul-de-sac
> there are neighbors who used to use my broadband while I was on
> vacation :-) Here's a thought http://www.open-mesh.com/store/
> everybody get one, and the "don't haves" can have free Wi-fi.
> Mus' be a political thing......
In areas with overhead plant, CATV operators can provide wifi with
strand-mounted access points such as:
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 09:22:02 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Your Phone Is Locked. Just Drive.
Your Phone Is Locked. Just Drive.
By DAVID POGUE
April 28, 2010
The statistics on distracted driving are pretty scary. Just making
cellphone calls increases your chances of crashing by four times;
sending text messages increases the risk 23 times.
We know this, we get this, but we keep doing it. About half of all
teenagers admit to texting while driving, for example, no matter how
many statistics and horror stories we pass along to them.
If you're a concerned parent or employer, therefore, you may want to
consider fighting technology with technology. There's a new category
of cellphone apps made just for this purpose: text blockers like
iZup, tXtBlocker, CellSafety and ZoomSafer. When your car is in
motion, they lock up your phone so you can't text, call, e-mail or
surf the Web.
How do they know when you're driving? They rely on your phone's GPS
to calculate your speed. If it's more than five or 10 miles an hour,
it's pretty clear that you're no longer walking. (You could be riding
your bicycle, of course. But come to think of it, that's probably not
a great time to be texting, either.)
You'll know when the software is in effect: your screen is covered by
a "MESSAGES BLOCKED" screen. Incoming calls go directly to voice
mail; incoming text messages don't appear until you stop driving.
They all let you dial 911, and they all let you set up certain phone
numbers in advance (like your parents') that work even when
everything else is blocked. But otherwise, you quickly realize that
you're wasting your time trying to bypass the blockade, and you focus
on getting where you're going so you can get back to your phone.
Which, of course, is the whole idea.
The four apps are very similar - they all drain your battery faster,
they all take a couple of minutes to "notice" that you're moving. But
there are some differences, in features, philosophy and the Passenger
Problem. (Which is, How can I bypass the block if I'm not the one
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:57:33 -0700
From: Thad Floryan <email@example.com>
Subject: FCC cellphone safety notice
I found the following while searching for additional info
concerning cellphone interference issues:
Even though no scientific evidence currently establishes a
definite link between wireless device use and cancer or other
illnesses, some parties recommend taking the precautions listed
below. When considering these precautions, remember that your
wireless device only emits RF energy when you are using it and
that the closer the device is to you, the more energy you will
absorb. Also, some parties assert that any potential health risks
are probably greater for children than for adults. Finally, some
experts think that low frequency magnetic fields rather than RF
energy measured by the SAR possibly are responsible for any
potential risk associated with wireless devices. The precautions
* Use an earpiece or headset. While wired earpieces may
conduct some energy to the head and wireless earpieces also
emit a small amount of RF energy, both wired and wireless
earpieces remove the greatest source of RF energy from
proximity to the head and thus can greatly reduce total
exposure to the head. Avoid continually wearing a wireless
earpiece when not in use.
* If possible, keep wireless devices away from your body when
they are on, mainly by not attaching them to belts or
carrying them in pockets.
* Use the cell phone speaker to reduce exposure to the head.
* Consider texting rather than talking, but don’t text while
you are driving.
* Buy a wireless device with lower SAR. The FCC does not
require manufacturers to disclose the RF exposure from their
devices. Many manufacturers, however, voluntarily provide
SAR values. You can find links to manufacturer Web sites
providing these SAR values on the FCC’s Web site at
www.fcc.gov/cgb/sar. Note that the variation in SAR from one
mobile device to the next is relatively small compared to
the reduction that can be achieved by using an earpiece or
Some studies have shown that wireless devices might interfere
with implanted cardiac pacemakers if used within eight inches of
the pacemaker. Pacemaker users may want to avoid placing or using
a wireless device this close to their pacemaker.
[Note: defribrillators and combined pacemaker/defribrillator are
considered the same as a pacemaker aka pacer]
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