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The Telecom Digest for December 5, 2013
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Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:59:55 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: New lawsuit by would-be rival threatens Aereo's entry into Chicago market Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> By Jeff John Roberts, Gigaom, Nov. 26, 2013 | Aereo's would-be rival filed an unusual lawsuit in Chicago | that hurts the streaming TV service's plans to expand to other | parts of the country, and could provide new ammunition to | broadcasters, which are asking the Supreme Court to stop | Aereo. | | A new lawsuit could keep Aereo out of the third biggest media | market, and also complicates a confusing situation that makes | it legal for Americans in some part of the country - but not | others - to watch over-the-air TV via third party streaming | services. | | The lawsuit was filed on Friday by FilmOn, an Aereo-like | service owned by eccentric billionaire Alki David. FilmOn's | complaint ... claims that a PBS station sent a letter | accusing it of stealing its signal; FilmOn claims its service | is a form of legal private copying, and asks the Chicago court | to declare that it's not violating the Copyright Act. | | The Chicago complaint amounts to a fresh courtroom stunt by | David, a notorious provocateur who has repeatedly thumbed his | nose at the court system. On Monday, according to reports, a | judge in Washington held FilmOn in contempt of court and | called David a "man who is missing couth." David, who was not | in court, told the Wrap that his lawyers informed him that the | judge was "p***ed." Continued: http://tinyurl.com/lhc794e Neal McLain
Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2013 18:09:20 -0600 From: "news" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Premium Service Message-ID: <weQmu.email@example.com> On 12/1/2013 11:17 AM, Bill Horne wrote: > I have a problem. It's small, it's not going to endanger anyone's life > if I don't solve it, and it's becoming an obsession. > > My VPN stopped working a couple of weeks ago. > > I'm the guy people depend on to keep things running, and they come and > get me every time anything doesn't. Sometimes, a Friday just goes > blazing by, and there's nothing to do but log in from home and do my > backups by remote control. > > Now, I can't. > > Rest at: > > http://billhorne.com/?p=774 > > > Bill > Copyright (C) 2013 E.W. Horne. All Rights Reserved. Hi Bill, If your problem started right around the time the clocks were changed for daylight savings the problem might be as simple as making sure the hardware doing the VPN is set to the same clock as the office machine you are trying to connect to. If the either end changed it's clock to daylights savings time but the other end did not the link would fail to come up for most VPN's. Usually they have to be within a couple of minutes of each other or the security parts shuts down the link. Some outfits set all VPN hardware to use GMT time while the rest pick some other value like the local time at the company headquarters. If possible look at a log at the office machine VPN/router or ask your IT person what timezone and other settings are being used there and match that at your house machine. Updates on firewall, anti-virus programs, and especially Microsoft OS can certainly cause a port or two to get blocked. That is why I like to keep an image copy of a PC that's over a year old so I can test with that image. If it works to the office but my present system refuses then I know the problem is with my PC and one of it's updates. I'm sure others more qualified will pop up with the actual fix should if nothing here helps fix things for you.
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:56:12 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: More 411 on 844: New Toll Free Numbers Up For Grabs as of 12/7/13 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Posted on CommLawBlog on December 1, 2013 by Peter Tannenwald | | With toll free numbers fast running out, FCC declines to delay | roll out of new toll free code despite concerns about possible | abuses. | | If you've got your eye on a vanity toll free telephone number | you'd like to use - or if you might want to expand an existing | vanity number to include another toll free area code - listen | up: New toll free area code 844 is about to make its debut. | And now the FCC has announced how numbers in that area code | are going to be assigned. | | Last summer we wrote [ | http://tinyurl.com/o7e2k98] | about the | new toll-free code, which is set to become available at noon | (ET) on December 7, 2013. At that point area code 844 will | join the ranks of 888, 877, 866, and 855, along with the | original toll-free 800 code. | | All toll free numbers are administered by SMS/800, Inc., which | oversees the toll free Service Management System for the North | American Numbering Plan. Entities known as "Responsible | Organizations" -- usually referred to simply as "RespOrgs" -- | can access the SMS/800 database and reserve particular | numbers. If a subscriber wants a particular toll free number, | it contacts a RespOrg, which in turn obtains the number for | that subscriber from the database. A RespOrg is not supposed | to reserve any number unless the RespOrg is doing so at the | specific request of a telephone subscriber. Continued: http://tinyurl.com/q7mev2e Neal McLain
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