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The Telecom Digest for March 6, 2012
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Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:04:31 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon, Cable Companies Defend Spectrum Sale Message-ID: <email@example.com> UPDATE: Verizon, Cable Companies Defend Spectrum Sale By Greg Bensinger Of Dow Jones Newswires NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) said its $3.9 billion deal to buy a block of wireless airwaves, or spectrum, from a group of cable companies would benefit the public by bringing more mobile service to a broader swath of Americans as data-hungry iPhones and tablet computers force capacity constraints. The telecommunications company faces opposition from rival T-Mobile USA, which said last month in a Federal Communications Commission filing that the sale would damage competition and allow Verizon to "accumulate even more spectrum on top of an already dominant position." http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120305-714537.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/7ksfdzt -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:55:41 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: LightSquared will make for a better connection Message-ID: <email@example.com> from Thehill.com, which offers blogs from elected officials: LightSquared will make for a better connection By Maine State Rep. Diane Russell, (D-Portland) - 03/05/12 03:35 PM ET As a progressive state legislator, it's not every day that I find myself championing a conservative infrastructure investment model like the LightSquared project. However, my hometown was the last in the nation to use the crank phone (no...not the rotary dial). I may still get carded at the store, but I remember using the system. More than most, I recognize the economic consequences of being on the wrong side of the digital tracks. While the federal government has been wasting trillions of dollars building nations abroad, our own infrastructure here at home has taken a hit, not the least of which is our broadband investment. It's great that urban parts of the country have broadband Internet and reliable cell phone service; the rest of us do not and that hurts the entire American economy. Regardless of whether the investment is public or private, it needs to be made. LightSquared is investing billions in private money to deploy the most robust, reliable 4G mobile broadband system in the country. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/214193-lightsquared-will-make-for-a-better-connection- -or- http://goo.gl/IUFKa -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:01:07 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Phone Cramming Leads to Verizon Settlement Message-ID: <email@example.com> Phone Cramming Leads to Verizon Settlement By ELISABETH LEAMY, ABC NEWS Consumer Correspondent March 5, 2012 Telephone giant Verizon has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over "cramming," in which outside companies place charges on consumers' phone bills without their permission. The remarkable thing is that customers will be eligible for 100 percent refunds of the crammed charges. Most class actions only achieve restitution for victims at a fraction of the true harm. Verizon has not admitted fault in the matter, but has done the right thing. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/PersonalFinance/cell-phone-cramming-money-verizon-settlement/story?id=15833689 -or- http://goo.gl/x1Dsu -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:38:39 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: DoD accused of subverting LightSquared plan in 2010 Message-ID: <email@example.com> From Politico.com: On LightSquared, Defense Department official urged synch up with GPS lobby By ELIZA KRIGMAN | 3/2/12 9:33 AM EST A Department of Defense official urged his colleagues in 2010 to "synch up" with the GPS industry in order to defeat LightSquared's plans to build the nation's first wholesale broadband network, according to an email obtained by POLITICO. The email came as the Global Positioning System Industry Council was preparing to brief NTIA -- the White House technical advisers -- on LightSquared's proposal. "We need to synch up with them prior to them briefing NTIA to make sure we are in lock step," the DoD official wrote to colleagues in the Dec. 29, 2010, email. He added: "Especially since they are our allies." Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73543.html#ixzz1oHwh3BWN -or- http://goo.gl/UofO9 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:43:10 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: FCC avoiding LightSquared mistakes with Dish Message-ID: <email@example.com> from GigaOM.com: FCC avoiding LightSquared mistakes with Dish By Kevin Fitchard Mar. 5, 2012, 8:22am PT The Federal Communications Commission on Friday denied Dish Network's request to build a terrestrial LTE network over its satellite airwaves, but it didn't kill the satellite broadcaster's proposal outright. Instead the commission is kicking off a lengthy rule-making process that would eventually govern how satellite spectrum could be repurposed for ground-based networks. http://gigaom.com/broadband/fcc-avoiding-lightsquared-mistakes-with-dish/ -or- http://goo.gl/Z3X0U -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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