31 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for November 2, 2012
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Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:42:57 -0400 From: bernieS <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Database of stolen cellphones will be available in US Message-ID: <Qn6RDC.A.gtH.3lakQB@telecom> http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/103112-stolen-cellphone-databases-switched-on-263854.html Stolen cellphone databases switched on in US The four major carriers plan to offer a joint database by late 2013 By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service October 31, 2012 01:26 PM ET U.S. cellphone carriers took a major step on Wednesday toward curbing the rising number of smartphone thefts with the introduction of databases that will block stolen phones from being used on domestic networks. The initiative got its start earlier this year when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and police chiefs from major cities asked the cellular carriers for assistance in battling the surging number of smartphone thefts. In New York, more than 40 percent of all robberies involve cellphones and in Washington, D.C., cellphone thefts accounted for 38 percent of all robberies in 2011. With the introduction of the database, carriers will be able to block stolen handsets from being used on their networks. Until now, such blocking had targeted the SIM card, so unauthorized calls could not be made on stolen phones, but putting in a new SIM card meant the phone could still be used. That meant a stolen phone could be sold on the second-hand market. The new database blocks the IMEI number, a unique identification number in the cellphone akin to a VIN (vehicle identification number) in a car. The ID number remains with the cellphone no matter what SIM card is used. "The goal is to not only protect the consumer by cancelling the service, but by ultimately protecting the consumer by drying up the after market for stolen phones," said Chris Guttman-McCabe, vice president of regulatory affairs at CTIA, a wireless industry trade association that has coordinated efforts to introduce the database. [Moderator snip]
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:42:06 -0400 From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon West Street offices under water Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.email@example.com> WSJ story about the VZ building just north of the WTC. Yes, the one that was damaged on 9/11... [WSJ] A Look inside Verizon's Flooded Communications Hub ..... This time the enemy was water shoved ashore by Hurricane Sandy .... The depth of the challenges facing telecom providers was on display inside Verizon's facilities in lower Manhattan. .... Mud still covered parts of the ornate lobby. Down below, 3½ floors of the building's five-level basement were still submerged, the brackish water sloshing up the walls of the stairwell. ========= rest (includes photos): http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204707104578091171538491386.html _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:05:19 -0500 From: Jim Haynes <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Rachel busted Message-ID: <slrnk95sgv.3dn.jhaynes@remove-this.Frances.localdomain> http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/ftc-escalates-anti-robocall-campaign---takes-out-5-mass-callers -or- http://tinyurl.com/a6223j3 -- jhhaynes at earthlink dot net
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