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The Telecom Digest for May 29, 2013
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Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 20:11:06 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Report: Limelight is looking to strike a deal with Verizon Message-ID: <E1UhTys-00072t-Kd@telecom.csail.mit.edu> May 28, 2013 | By Sean Buckley Limelight, a cloud-based content delivery network (CDN) platform provider is reportedly negotiating a deal to be purchased by Verizon (NYSE: VZ). Dan Rayburn, principal analyst with Frost & Sullivan and EVP of StreamingMedia.com, wrote in a blog entry that rumors of a potential sale emerged during the annual Content Delivery Summit that was held in New York City last week where various attendees discussed how Limelight Networks "is in talks to try and sell the company to Verizon and is desperate to make a deal." http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/report-limelight-looking-strike-deal-verizon/2013-05-28 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write me directly)
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 20:12:32 -0400 From: bill@horneQRM.net (Bill Horne) To: email@example.com. Subject: Exclusive: Verizon eyes roughly $100 billion bid for Vodafone's wireless stake Message-ID: <E1UhU0Gfirstname.lastname@example.org> By Soyoung Kim and Kate Holton NEW YORK/LONDON | Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:26pm EDT (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc has hired advisers to prepare a possible $100 billion bid to take full control of Verizon Wireless from its partner Vodafone Group Plc, two people familiar with the matter said. Verizon is contemplating a roughly 50:50 cash and stock bid for the 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless it does not already own, an asset it has long coveted, the sources said. It has not put a proposal to Vodafone yet but has hired banking and legal advisers for a possible offer, the sources said late Wednesday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/25/us-verizonwireless-verizon-idUSBRE93O02C20130425 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 20:45:17 -0400 From: bill@horneQRM.net (Bill Horne) To: email@example.com. Subject: AT&T angers customers with new fee Message-ID: <E1UhUVx-0008Ld-Q3@telecom.csail.mit.edu> AT&T Adds $0.61 Fee, Angering Customers The Huffington Post | By Alexis Kleinman AT&T must be run by magicians. The company is turning a mere 61 cent monthly fee into hundreds of millions of dollars. But instead of delighting an enchanted audience, AT&T has mostly angered its customers with its new "Mobility Administrative Fee," which went into effect for all monthly cellphone contracts on May 1. The company has more than 107 million wireless subscribers, so the new fee stands to bring in $775 million each year. OK? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/24/att-fee_n_3333113.html
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 20:23:12 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Apple & AT&T at war over data leakage Message-ID: <20130529002312.GA28557@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Steven Rosenbaum, Contributor There's only one way to describe it - Data Insecurity. >From the day I owned my first iPhone I've been a customer of AT&T. And certainly there's been some drama between the two camps. But no doubt, its been a marriage of convenience. And it mostly worked out, until now. But over the past seven months I've found myself inside a massive battle between AT&T and Apple, a battle that insiders tell me isn't one I'm facing alone. Apple and AT&T are at war - pointing fingers and placing blame. And customers are footing the bill, absorbing thousands of dollars in "leaked" data charges. http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenrosenbaum/2013/05/28/att-and-apple-battle-over-data-leakage/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write me directly)
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 21:19:15 -0400 From: Bill Horne <Bill@QRMhorne.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: CenturyLink layoff in Oregon Message-ID: <20130529011915.GA4854@telecom.csail.mit.edu> MAY 15TH, 2013, AUTHOR: STUWATSON CenturyLink to lay off 51 at Hood River (Oregon) call center CenturyLink plans to lay off 51 workers from its Hood River call center on Wasco Street, according to a Tuesday (May 14) filing with the state department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. Under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, companies with more than 100 full-time employees are required to provide official notice 60 days before the date on which they plan to lay off more than 50 workers. http://hoodriverbizbuzz.com/?p=4617 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write me directly)
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 22:00:48 -0400 From: bill@horneQRM.net (Bill Horne) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Dish Network seeks to buy LightSquared spectrum Message-ID: <E1UhVh2-0002xD-MB@telecom.csail.mit.edu> LightSquared filed for bankruptcy last year after federal regulators blocked approval to build its network due to concerns it would interfere with global-positioning systems. Charlie Ergen, chairman of satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. has made a $2 billion bid for the spectrum owned by LightSquared Inc., the bankrupt wireless-broadband company owned by Philip Falcone's hedge-fund firm. Ergen, 60, has offered to buy the spectrum even though the FCC has yet to approve its use, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the deal hasn't been shown to the bankruptcy judge, Bloomberg News reported. http://broadcastengineering.com/company-news/dish-network-seeks-buy-lightsquared-spectrum -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write me directly)
Date: Wed, 29 May 2013 02:09:00 +0000 (UTC) From: John Levine <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Looking for GSM prepaid provider Message-ID: <email@example.com> I have a cheap Tracfone. It works pretty well, but before I reload it with another $100 (which will last for most of a year), I'm wondering what my options are. I'm willing to buy an unlocked GSM Android phone like a Nexus 4 if I can find a carrier that will do prepaid or month to month on it. T-Mobile claims they have coverage here, but they are wrong (I know where the towers are) so that means the carrier has to be AT&T or an AT&T MVNO. I don't expect to have a whole lot of usage since I'm mostly at home where the wifi is cheap and plentiful, but it's nice to have something that will work when I'm out shopping or on trips. Any suggestions? I suppose if there is some sort of hybrid phone that will work on Verizon CDMA and foreign GSM, or there's unlocked Verizon LTE phones with a SIM, that might be possible, but I haven't seen the former at a plausible price or the latter at all. -- Regards, John Levine, firstname.lastname@example.org, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies", Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. http://jl.ly
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 22:07:58 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Inmarsat gains on hopes Dish-LightSquared deal will boost revenue Message-ID: <20130529020758.GA13211@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Inmarsat gains on hopes Dish-LightSquared deal will boost revenue LONDON | Tue May 21, 2013 10:18am EDT (Reuters) - Shares in satellite firm Inmarsat rose on expectations that Dish Network Corp's bid for the spectrum assets of its U.S. partner LightSquared may lead to a resumption of payments to the British company under an airwaves-sharing deal. Dish has offered $2 billion to LightSquared, which was backed by Philip Falcone's hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners, for its spectrum assets, a source said earlier on Tuesday. -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write me directly) "I'd like to dedicate this song to my first wife, 'Plaintiff' ... " - Don Henley
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