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Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 13:01:16 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Should private ambulance companies have access to blocked CPN? Message-ID: <email@example.com> The FCC is considering a petition for waiver of its rules regarding the delivery of Calling Party Number to a volunteer ambulance company. The idea, which appears to be back on the front burner at the FCC after years of debate, is covered in FCC proceeding number 91-281. In brief: a private non-profit corporation which provides ambulance services has asked that it be allowed to see Caller ID information that the Calling Party has blocked. The company's argument(1) is that it deserves the same consideration as a Public Safety Access Point (PSAP), since it is providing emergency response in situations where lives are at stake. I feel that the request should be denied. There are valid arguments both for and against, but I'm uncomfortable with the idea of granting governmental powers or privileges to non-public corporations, no matter how well-intentioned their request may be. CenturyLink's comment(2) is the most recent (3/16/2012), and one sentence caught my eye: Contrary to the Petition's assertions, though, it is not obvious that the needs of private emergency services providers are the same as those associated with public agencies, agencies generally charged by legislative or government imperatives to protect the public health and safety. ... and I agree. After all, there are numerous private ambulance service providers, who are licensed to offer their services to the public, and which are answerable to the government for their competence, training programs, and performance. However, they are dispatched through PSAPs, which keep records to prevent abuses. Here's the official filing: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6016985878 -or- http://goo.gl/jTJMS The FCC proceeding 91-281, which is the official request for public comment, is at: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0214/DA-12-210A1.pdf -or- http://goo.gl/VGacr The comments to the proceeding are at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/proceeding/view?z=rdmfz&name=91-281 -or- http://goo.gl/x2esJ Bill P.S. Full disclosue: I was responsible for the E911 system in New England during part of my career at Verizon. I was also once a CenturyLink employee. 1. Other organizations have asked that they be given the same waiver: most notably, NASA, on behalf of the security forces at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 2. The rest of CenturyLink's filing is at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6017025180 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) (Robert Bonomi served as guest moderator for this post)
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:53:46 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CWA plans 'Day of Action' against Verizon Message-ID: <20120319045346.GA21594@telecom.csail.mit.edu> The Communications Workers of America is planning a "Day of Action" against Verizon, which will be March 22. The CWA website has the announcement: There's still time to find an event in your community and join in the National Day of Action, that hits "1 percent" Verizon for its corporate greed, and brings union and progressive activists together to stand up for each other's fights on March 22. Go to www.stopverizongreed.com to find an event or post information about what your local has planned. Across AFL-CIO unions, across the labor movement, with support from Jobs with Justice and lots of progressive groups, activists are joining together on March 22. Rest is at: http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/are_you_ready_for_march_22 -or- http://goo.gl/GK4xH Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to email me directly)
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 01:08:39 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: IBEW calls for 'March and Rally to Stop Corporate Greed' Message-ID: <20120319050839.GA23329@telecom.csail.mit.edu> IBEW calls for "March and Rally to Stop Corporate Greed". This is the latest news on the March 22 demonstrations that both the IBEW and the CWA are organizing. This is from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2222 site: Verizon has made tens of billions in profits and its top executives walked away with $283 million in the last four years. But when it comes to the 45,000 workers who make Verizon's success possible, suddenly the company cries broke. Verizon has sent thousands of American jobs overseas, and wants to outsource even more jobs, gut pensions, charge current and retired employees thousands of dollars more for health benefits, and cut disability benefits for workers injured doing their jobs. Details at: http://ibew2222.org/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 01:00:32 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CWA Bargaining continues with AT&T Message-ID: <20120319050032.GA21914@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Bargaining for Four AT&T Contracts Continues CWA bargaining teams are continuing separate negotiations with AT&T Midwest, AT&T West, AT&T Legacy and AT&T East. CWA negotiators are reporting tough bargaining at every table and are urging members to keep mobilizing to make certain that the companies know we're not backing down from our fair contract fight. Those contracts expire April 7. In the summer, CWA District 3 will begin negotiations with AT&T Southeast; that contract expires in early August. http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/bargaining_for_four_att_contracts_continues -or- http://tinyurl.com/6p6g5z6 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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