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The Telecom Digest for January 11, 2013
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Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:14:11 -0800 From: SMS <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Mixed news for AT&T in Consumer Reports wireless survey Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On 1/8/2013 7:17 PM, Bill Horne wrote: <snip> > > http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2012/11/29/att-mixed-results-consumer-reports-survey/1733287/ > > -or- > > http://goo.gl/0ZltE > What is rather strange about the Consumer Reports article is that Consumer Cellular, an MVNO that uses AT&T, ranked very highly in areas where AT&T itself ranked poorly. Perhaps the Consumer Cellular customers have very low expectations of network quality, or perhaps AT&T customers just like to complain a lot. Furthermore, Consumer Cellular is one of the most expensive MVNOs, far more expensive than Verizon MVNO Page Plus Cellular, yet it's presented as a low cost option.
Date: 11 Jan 2013 01:55:02 -0000 From: "John Levine" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Mixed news for AT&T in Consumer Reports wireless survey Message-ID: <email@example.com> >Perhaps the Consumer Cellular customers have very low expectations of >network quality, or perhaps AT&T customers just like to complain a lot. They probably do different things. I have a Tracfone that runs on AT&T's network, and I think it works great. That's likely because I make voice calls and SMS, no data. Looks like Consumer Cellular is the same idea.
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:25:00 -0500 From: T <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: hazard mitigation, was Disruptions: The Real Hazards of E-Devices on Planes Message-ID: <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <i7WdnQKst5n2DXDNnZ2dnUVZ_sWdnZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications>, email@example.com says... > > In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, > John David Galt <email@example.com> wrote: > >>>> * They wish that terrorists will confine their attention to our air > >>>> transport industry, and not bother the millions of gallons of poison > >>>> gas - excuse me, I meant water treatment chemicals - that moves by > >>>> rail through our major cities on a daily basis. > > > >>> Actually... there's a huge amount of retrofitting and changes > >>> in high risk industries in general, and in water treatment > >>> plants in particular. Specifically because of post 9/11 concerns. > > > >It seems to me it would make good sense to reroute rail lines around major > >cities generally, especially now that most passenger service has gone away. > > It makes the best sense to have the rail lines deliver products as close > as possible to the destination. The accident rate 'per ton-mile' on > hazmat loads is far lower for rail than any other mode of land transport. > > That aside, the costs for relocating all freight rail service outside of > "major cities" would be incredibly expensive -- laying track, signaling, > etc., is millions per mile, exclusive of land costs. not to mention the > switchyards, terminal facilities for loading/unloading 'piggyback' trailers, > etc. and the highway infrastructure to get stuff from the new yards to > the destination, and the numbers get really big in short order. > > And, what do you do on the East Coast, where it's all built-up territory? > > Where's all the money to pay for this going to come from? Here in RI passenger sitll uses the rail. The line runs nearby to me and friends of ours in East Greenwich live right next to the tracks.
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