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Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 22:56:12 -0500 From: Telecom Digest Moderator <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The Digest has recovered from an outage Message-ID: <20111202035612.GA11796@telecom.csail.mit.edu> To the readers, The Digest has just recovered from an outage that affected both Usenet and Mailing List subscribers. Since there were dozens of messages backup up, I have issued three digests today. My thanks to John Levine for his continued support and his help. My thanks to the readers, for your patience. I appreciate it. Bill -- Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 13:13:12 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: MSNBC/NYT: Caller ID Forging Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:27:47 -0800, John David Galt wrote: > ... If the FCC were our friend ... What a lovely illustration of the subjunctive being used to help identify a counterfactual :-) . Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 18:16:03 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: MSNBC/NYT: Caller ID Forging Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Nov 30, 12:27 am, bon...@host122.r-bonomi.com (Robert Bonomi) wrote: > Which leaves the question hanging: "WHY -should- the phone company > spend all that money for 'no return'?" If they have the legal option > of not doing it, why reduce profitability by doing it? Viewed in > -that- light, doing the filtering is a 'breach of fiduciary > responsibility' to their stockholders. I don't agree with the last sentence. Indeed, doing nothing could be seen as a breach of fiduciary responsibility Good customer relations is an essential part of running a business. A company that angers its customers will eventually lose them. Today, consumers are upset at the flood of unwanted calls (legal and illegal) and even more upset that the Caller ID, which many pay quite a bit for, isn't working. > The ONLY way the matter is going to be resolved in favor of > customers is by governmental regulation. Over the years, many businesses, including the telephone industry, self-regulated themselves so they maintained control rather than having the government come in and dictate to them what to do. For example, Hollywood self-censored its work rather than have the government do it. The old Bell System worked hard overall to have very high service quality standards to avoid trouble from regulators. Unfortunately, perhaps modern businesses do not think about such things or simply are too focused on the short term bottom line, and government regulation is necessary. > Aggressively enforced regulation specifying two things, with stiff > penalties for any violations: [snip] I hope [those] suggestions are implemented. More than stiff penalties, I want to see swift and sure enforcement so the violators know there's an excellent chance they will be caught and punished before they can leave town.
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 23:37:44 +0000 (UTC) From: "Adam H. Kerman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Update on at&t/T-mobile merger Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> John David Galt <email@example.com> wrote: >On 2011-11-27 12:04, r.e.d. wrote: >>I'm not sure your characterization of the point of the breakup is completely >>correct. My understanding is that the issue was not size, but that fact >>that AT&T owned not only long distance and equipment manuracturing. but >>local service. Creative accounting could cause the regulated local services >>to subsidize the other parts of the business, particularly long distance, at >>the expense of local rate-payers, so fair competition for long distance >>services would not be possible as long as it remained one company. >It was the other way around. Long distance subsidized local service. It was >set up that way deliberately, partly because the FCC wanted universal service. >Pre-divestiture, some long distance calls within California were over $3/min, >while measured service (non-Lifeline) could be had for under $4/month. >As soon as MCI won the right to compete, that subsidy became untenable -- it >just made Ma Bell's own long distance rates uncompetitive. This is why we now >have much higher monthly service rates, but much cheaper long distance rates. As I recall, MCI wasn't exactly competing, because they weren't paying terminal fees. We used to bypass the local telephone network entirely when accessing their network, and I don't think they were contributing to the local end on an originating call.
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 16:15:55 -0500 From: "r.e.d." <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Update on at&t/T-mobile merger Message-ID: <uLqdnWsdCKAOc0rTnZ2dnUVZ_vednZ2d@earthlink.com> "John David Galt" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:email@example.com... > On 2011-11-27 12:04, r.e.d. wrote: >> I'm not sure your characterization of the point of the breakup is >> completely correct. My understanding is that the issue was not >> size, but that fact that AT&T owned not only long distance and >> equipment manuracturing. but local service. Creative accounting >> could cause the regulated local services to subsidize the other >> parts of the business, particularly long distance, at the expense >> of local rate-payers, so fair competition for long distance >> services would not be possible as long as it remained one company. > It was the other way around. Long distance subsidized local > service. It was set up that way deliberately, partly because the > FCC wanted universal service. Pre-divestiture, some long distance > calls within California were over $3/min, while measured service > (non-Lifeline) could be had for under $4/month. > As soon as MCI won the right to compete, that subsidy became > untenable -- it just made Ma Bell's own long distance rates > uncompetitive. This is why we now have much higher monthly service > rates, but much cheaper long distance rates. We're both right. Long distance DID subsidize local service. But if AT&T were to be allowed to compete in the new environment, it would mean that the cross-subsidy would need to be stopped, therefore local rates would rise. But if you were an AT&T competitor, you would always be suspicious that the rates that AT&T would ask the PUCs for would be higher than necessary, and that the excess would subsidize the other way. That is, local service would subsidize AT&T's long distance and therefore AT&T would compete unfairly in the long-distance market.
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