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The Telecom Digest for September 3, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 186 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash (Joseph Singer)
Good-bye central (Joseph Singer)
TWC and CBS reach deal to end blackout (Neal McLain)

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Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 08:52:02 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash Message-ID: <1378050722.2423.YahooMailNeo@web121402.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> On 29 Aug 2013 16:39:43 -0000 "John Levine" wrote: >> In the U.S., these are "976" numbers. Does anyone still offer them? > I don't think so. And apparently the last carrier that was willing > to bill for 900 numbers no longer does, so there aren't any more 900 > numbers, either. It's very interesting how different "cultures" use the telephone system. If you go to the Netherlands you will see "0900" premium call numbers all over the place and see precious few 0800 "free phone numbers." Even to call the police unless it's to call for emergency pretty much anything and everything has a premium rate call affixed to it from calling for "as seen on TV" ads for merch to calling your mobile phone provider they pretty much universally have a premium rate number. To also give you an idea on how they treat freephone numbers a few of them have four digit freephone numbers! I guess they must be getting a big enough kickback from people calling it's what's the "norm" when I consider that my toll-free number costs me all of $2.00 per month plus a few cent a minute to receive the calls I wonder if freephone in the Netherlands is that expensive or whether people just like getting a kickback from KPN the telephone provider. I've asked locals what they think of this and by and large they don't see anything wrong with it and see it as quite normal.
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 16:47:34 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Good-bye central Message-ID: <1378079254.40992.YahooMailNeo@web121404.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> AT&T archives on the last (Bell System) [manual] central offices in the US http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qLU_urEYVE
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2013 19:28:56 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: TWC and CBS reach deal to end blackout Message-ID: <b1a41112-794d-4578-8031-3089f07e79da@googlegroups.com> By Mike Dano, FierceCable, September 2, 2013 | CBS and Time Warner Cable have ended their month-long battle | over retransmission fees, announcing CBS programming will | return to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks | customers within 24 hours. | | The companies said the agreement includes retransmission | consent as well as Showtime Anytime and VOD for CBS stations | on Time Warner Cable systems in New York (WCBS and WLYW), Los | Angeles (KCBS and KCAL) and Dallas (KTVT and KTXA.) | | Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though it appears both | sides agreed to some degree of compromise. According to | financial research firm SNL, CBS was receiving between $0.65 | to $0.75 per subscriber per month from TWC before the | blackout, and had been pushing for an increase to $2 per | subscriber per month. Continued: http://tinyurl.com/kkswrpw The article concludes: | The deal between TWC and CBS likely will set a new standard | for retransmission negotiations. No doubt. Neal McLain
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