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The Telecom Digest for March 3, 2012
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Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:48:31 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: AT&T Adds Speed Caps for Heavy Data User Message-ID: <email@example.com> AT&T Adds Speed Caps for Heavy Data Users by Scott Moritz March 02, 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek AT&T Inc. (T) will start slowing the data speeds of customers with unlimited wireless plans once they reach a certain threshold, a sign of the industry trying to cope with soaring traffic and limited network capacity. Customers will experience slower access speeds if their data usage exceeds 3 gigabytes a month, the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier said yesterday on its website. For customers with so-called long term evolution, or LTE, devices, the limit is 5 gigabytes a month, the Dallas-based carrier said. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-02/at-and-t-adds-speed-caps-for-heavy-data-users -or- http://goo.gl/WMSVH -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 17:15:24 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Debt-Ridden CenturyLink Should Follow Frontier And Slash Its Dividend Message-ID: <email@example.com> This is from the "Seeking Alpha" site. There's no byline, but the site shows the "Contributor" as "EFS Investment". February 27, 2012 Debt-Ridden CenturyLink Should Follow Frontier And Slash Its Dividend Debt Issue While CenturyLink's balance sheet shows significant assets, the company's debt load has been growing rapidly. A year ago, CenturyLink's current liabilities amounted to $1 billion. However, this quadrupled, reaching $4 billion by the end of 2011. Long-term debt of $21 billion is another scary factor on the balance sheet. Once we include other liabilities, we get a huge number of $35 billion in total liabilities. The balance sheet shows a total asset valuation of $56 billion. However, that is not enough to cover the liabilities since CenturyLink's balance sheet includes 'good will' of $21.724 billion. Excluding this intangible, the company's existing assets barely match its overall liabilities. http://seekingalpha.com/article/395111-debt-ridden-centurylink-should-follow-frontier-and-slash-its-dividend -or- http://goo.gl/I7m5P -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:44:17 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Why AT&T's new 'throttling' policy isn't as bad as last one Message-ID: <email@example.com> CNET Why AT&T's new 'throttling' policy isn't as bad as last one by Marguerite Reardon |March 2, 2012 12:17 PM PST AT&T's throttling policy is definitely not consumer-friendly, but in this edition of Ask Maggie, I explain why it's better than the previous policy. AT&T has clarified its "throttling" policy for its unlimited data customers who the company says use too much bandwidth. But many users are still confused and angry. http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-57389672-266/why-at-ts-new-throttling-policy-isnt-as-bad-as-last-one/ -or- http://goo.gl/e5bXE -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:58:48 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Embarq/CenturyLink Techs join CWA in Florida Message-ID: <email@example.com> I came across this while looking for something else. It's a bit late, but still relevant. February 9, 2012 Embarq/CenturyLink technicians from Winter Park, Fla., won CWA Local 3176 representation, following a Jan. 27 decision by the National Labor Relations Board that their 60-59 election victory should stand. Technicians voted on Nov. 9, but certification was held up pending an NLRB decision on whether a single challenged ballot should be opened and counted as legitimate. The Board backed CWA's claim that the ballot should not be counted because it was cast by an employee not listed on the company's list of eligible voters. http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/emarq_centurylink_techs_join_cwa_in_florida -or- http://goo.gl/HJGK1 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 17:01:34 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CWA Seeks conditions on Verizon bid for cable spectrum Message-ID: <email@example.com> February 21, 2012 Washington, D.C. -- In a filing to the Federal Communications Commission, the Communications Workers of America called for specific conditions on the application by Verizon Wireless to purchase additional spectrum from four cable providers. CWA does not oppose the sale of spectrum. We believe that spectrum should be used and that additional spectrum is necessary to expand connectivity. However, to ensure competition, protect consumer choice, and promote job-creating investment, the FCC should set specific conditions on this application. http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/cwa_seeks_conditions_on_verizon_bid_for_cable_spectrum -or- http://goo.gl/Y5JsU -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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