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The Telecom Digest for October 23, 2013
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Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:02:04 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: AT&T bulks up its bankroll in tower deal Message-ID: <20131023000204.GA26566@telecom.csail.mit.edu> AT&T Agrees to $4.85 Billion Tower Deal With Crown Castle By Scott Moritz & Serena Saitto - Oct 21, 2013 AT&T Inc. is banking $4.85 billion from yesterday's cell-tower deal with Crown Castle International Corp., giving it extra cash for network upgrades, new spectrum and a possible European expansion. The agreement, which involves leasing or selling 9,700 wireless towers to Crown Castle, makes AT&T the latest carrier to offload antenna sites to independent operators -- a transaction that lets the company focus on growth areas or more profitable parts of the business. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-20/at-t-agrees-to-4-85-billion-tower-deal-with-crown-castle.html -or- http://goo.gl/LDgpo4 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) All your life you've never seen a woman taken by the wind Would you stay if she promised you heaven? Will you ever win? Will you ever win? - Fleetwood Mac
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:27:02 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon puts security researcher on hold Message-ID: <20131023002702.GA31322@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon left security researcher hanging while reported URL hack revealed subscribers' texting history (updated) By Joseph Volpe posted Oct 21st, 2013 Long wait times and a complete lack of transparency -- no, this isn't a story about a typical call to Verizon customer support. It's what happened when a security researcher discovered a critical privacy vulnerability on Verizon's consumer site and tried, nearly in vain, to get it patched. Back in August, researcher PRVSEC found that a simple URL exploit could allow any subscriber using the site's 'Download to SpreadSheet' function to access any other user's texting history. The hack required nothing more than swapping a subscriber's cell number into the code to view information like date, time, sendee and message status -- actual contents of the SMS or MMS sent could not be accessed. http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/21/verizon-wireless-security-text-hack/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) When the sun turns traitor cold And all the trees are shivering in a naked row I get the urge for going, but I never seem to go - Joni Mitchell
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:22:11 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Verizon will wield a scalpel at healthcare.gov Message-ID: <20131023002211.GA29679@telecom.csail.mit.edu> HHS brings in Verizon to help HealthCare.gov Alistair Barr, Kelly Kennedy and Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY 8:22 a.m. EDT October 22, 2013 WASHINGTON . The international telecommunications company Verizon has been tasked with helping the government fix the federal health exchange, USA TODAY has learned. An informed source in the telecommunications industry said Verizon's Enterprise Solutions division has been asked by the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the performance of the HealthCare.gov site, which is a key component of the Affordable Care Act. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made official. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/21/verizon-hhs-healthcare-site-fix/3144761/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) We all know that they are lying Children's hopes and dreams are dying - TR3
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:39:47 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Vodafone execs pull the ripcord Message-ID: <20131023003946.GA32520@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Vodafone bosses to collect &pount;56m windfall after sale of Verizon Wireless Vodafone is selling its stake in America's biggest mobile network in the third-largest transaction in corporate history Juliette Garside, telecomms correspondent The Guardian, Sunday 20 October 2013 14:54 EDT Vodafone's senior team will collect a &pount;56m windfall when the mobile operator completes the sale of its Verizon Wireless subsidiary next year. In the third-largest transaction in corporate history, Vodafone is selling its stake in America's biggest mobile network to its joint venture partner, Verizon Communications, for $130bn (&pount;80.4bn), and has promised to return 71% of the money to shareholders. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/20/vodafone-bosses-windfall-sale-verizon-wireless -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my emails address to write to me directly) Johny's in the basement mixing up the medicine I'm on the pavement thinking about the government The man in the trenchcoat, badge out, laid off Says he's got a bad cough, wants to get it paid off - Bob Dylan
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:08:33 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: AT&T on a California Diet Message-ID: <20131023000833.GA28373@telecom.csail.mit.edu> AT&T will sell its regional headquarters in San Ramon By George Avalos Contra Costa Times POSTED: 10/22/2013 02:32:38 PM PDT SAN RAMON -- AT&T said Tuesday it intends to sell its mammoth regional office complex in San Ramon because the company's need for space in the building has dwindled. "We plan to sell the building at 2600 Camino Ramon and lease back the space we'll need for continued occupancy," said Alexander Carey, AT&T spokesman. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24364298/at-t-will-sell-its-regional-headquarters-san -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) 'Cause I know that time has numbered my days And I'll go along with everything you say But I'll ride home laughing, look at me now The walls of my town, they come crumbling down - Mumford and sons
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