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The Telecom Digest for April 11, 2012
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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:52:53 -0700 (PDT) From: Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Ohio bill could doom landlines Message-ID: <1334069573.70544.YahooMailClassic@web111711.mail.gq1.yahoo.com> --- On Mon, 4/9/12, HAncock4 <email@example.com> wrote: > On Apr 8, 2:26 am, bon...@host122.r-bonomi.com > (Robert Bonomi) wrote: > > > There are distinct advantages over the land-line 'lifeline' > > subsidy service -- the cell service provides a 'limited use' > > > (roughly 2-4 hrs airtime/month) phone at no cost to the > > subscriber, > while the 'lifeline' service for landlines provides > > only a partial reduction > in the cost of a landline The landline > > usually provides > unlimited 'local' calling, however.- > > The cellphone does provide portability, which is important these > days since there are so few pay phones. If say a low-income senior > goes out and their car breaks down or they fill ill and need help, > they have their cell and can call someone, and be called back. I saw a pay phone being used yesterday by a person who did not appear impoverished. Wes Leatherock firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:34:39 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: SaskTel ending rotary dial service Message-ID: <1334079279.17590.YahooMailClassic@web161502.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Thu, 5 Apr 2012 07:16:44 +0000 (UTC) Koos van den Hout wrote: > Remarkable (to me) is that they still 'get away' with charging for > touch-tone as a premium service when the other option is not > available anymore (and in a modern exchange rotary support is > probably more expensive than touch-tone). Even in areas where they don't charge a separate fee for DTMF (Touch-Tone) what usually happens is that the PUC (utility governing body) allows TPC (the phone company) to increase the base rate for service the same amount that one formerly paid for the DTMF service. No savings at all.
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:47:57 +0000 (UTC) From: "Adam H. Kerman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon to require landline as part of DSL package Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> wrote: >Per Monty Solomon: >>But Parul P. Desai, policy counsel at Consumers Union, said she >>believed the move makes little sense for consumers, many of whom are >>moving away from landline use. >I assumed that was the main idea: to stop the hemmorraging of >revenue as people use services like Skype. What Verizon needs is a data rate schedule that takes into account operator setup charges and per minute charges to maintain the connection.
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