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Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:42:20 -0400 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Challenge-Response Message-ID: <email@example.com> I have been ranting about challenge-response periodically for a couple of years now. "Captcha" for phones, so-to-speak. Does anybody else think that's where phone service is headed globally? I'm thinking that a standard part of phone service (like the ubiquitous answering-machine functionality) will be a means to implement challenge-response. A couple of examples where the phone doesn't even ring until the challenge has been met: - A message that says "Press 1 for Joe, press 2 for Sam, press 3 for Sue...... where the right number to press is buried somewhere in there and pressing anything else disconnects the call. - A message that says something like "Please the number of fingers on a human hand" and anything but 5 disconnects. These could be implemented so that frequent callers can just press the right number as soon as the challenger picks up so they are minimally inconvenienced. I'm still looking for reasons whey the world isn't headed in this direction... ?? -- Pete Cresswell
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:03:55 -0400 From: "Michael D. Sullivan" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: wherefore/whencefore Central Office outage reports Message-ID: <CA+K-LfbQEdq_+RtGqFLW0D+me2Bm=sORY6a4QBMsFYY8sFLE4Q@mail.gmail.com> On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 3:20 AM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > The Telecom Digest danny burstein <email@example.com> said, in Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.firstname.lastname@example.org> > > Anyway... could someone point me to what reports (if any...) > the ILEC and other groups - such as the cellcos - are supposed > to make in these deregulated days and where I could either view > them or make FOIL requests? The FCC's Outage Reporting System is described in Part 4 of the FCC's rules, viewable at e-CFR, http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&tpl=%2Findex.tpl , by picking Tile 47 and then Part 4. (Good luck finding anything about it on the FCC web site.) However, I can tell you that you will almost certainly get nowhere, because the outage reports are deemed confidential and exempt from FOIA disclosure. There may be state reporting systems as well as the FCC. -- Michael D. Sullivan Bethesda, MD
Date: 20 Jul 2012 16:07:06 GMT From: Doug McIntyre <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: How do I get a specific toll-free number Message-ID: <email@example.com> rossman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > I have a specific 7-digit number I want to "own", with no preference for the > prefix (800, 888, 877, whatever). Anyone have experience with securing a > specific number? Thank you! There are several telco sales sites that will lookup to see if a given 8xx number is available, such as http://businessesales.att.com/dyn/dyn/products/lookup_toll_free_results.jhtml or http://www.tollfreenumbers.com/ Then you would contact whatever telco provider you'd like (that can order and provide whatever service you want on the number). Many LECs if they can't be the direct resporg do already have relationships with those that are resporgs and can obtain the # for you and forward it or whatever else you want done. (ie. my 800 #s are this way, my CLEC I get service from isn't the direct resporg). I see the second link does give you the resporg for the #. But in my experience trying to contact the resporg to give up a number that is reserved but not in active service won't get you anywhere, although I suppose you can try.
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:27:21 -0400 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Robocalls on the upswing: FTC on the hunt for Rachel and company Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >The FTC blames technology in the hands of people who disregard the >law. Robocalls can be made by the millions and no one even has to >pause to take a breath since the calls are computer-generated. The cynic in me has to wonder how long Rachel would last if those calls were threatening the lives/safety of high-level politicians. The answer that burbles up is "less than a week... maybe a lot less...". -- Pete Cresswell
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