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The Telecom Digest for March 3, 2013
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Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:37:00 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy Message-ID: <20130302223659.GA23784@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy Gerry Smith Gerald.Smith@huffingtonpost.com Potential customers don't need to ask whether The Wayland, a chic bar in Manhattan's East Village, accepts credit cards. They can just read the sign -- and sense the frustration -- taped to the door. "STILL Cash Only. Sorry for the inconvenience," it says. "Thanks For Nothing Verizon (And Hurricane Sandy)." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/28/verizon-sandy-new-york_n_2782664.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Think in terms of bridges burning Think of seasons at an end - Bob Seger
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2013 23:25:23 +0000 (UTC) From: email@example.com (Garrett Wollman) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy Message-ID: <email@example.com> In article <20130302223659.GA23784@telecom.csail.mit.edu>, Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: >Potential customers don't need to ask whether The Wayland, a chic bar >in Manhattan's East Village, accepts credit cards. They can just read >the sign -- and sense the frustration -- taped to the door. > >"STILL Cash Only. Sorry for the inconvenience," it says. "Thanks For >Nothing Verizon (And Hurricane Sandy)." What, exactly, does Verizon have to do with accepting credit cards? It's not like Verizon is the only way to get an Internet connection in lower Manhattan, particularly for something as low-bandwidth as credit-card transaction processing. (Hell, Verizon's own wireless joint venture can probably provide sufficient network for that.) -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft firstname.lastname@example.org| repeated, than the story of a large research program Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2013 04:09:06 +0000 (UTC) From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy Message-ID: <email@example.com> In <20130302223659.GA23784@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> writes: >Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy >Gerry Smith >Gerald.Smith@huffingtonpost.com >Potential customers don't need to ask whether The Wayland, a chic bar >in Manhattan's East Village, accepts credit cards. They can just read >the sign -- and sense the frustration -- taped to the door. >"STILL Cash Only. Sorry for the inconvenience," it says. "Thanks For >Nothing Verizon (And Hurricane Sandy)." > >http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/28/verizon-sandy-new-york_n_2782664.html > There are numerous options available for businesses in that area to set up for credit cards. Their decision to hold off on implementing any of them is their own choice. Just as one of many examples there's the "Square Up" system which workd fine in any of the post-Sandy area with cell coverage. One of the businesses I frequent was still blacked out and operating only during "sunlight hours", but was handling credit card transactions through them. (I actually brought these folk a 6 kw generator and lots of gasoline after a couple of days of the blackout, so they had power about a day before Con Ed re-lit the area). But yes, there are credit card options a'plenty. -- _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:43:17 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Verizon lining up roaming partners for 4G service Message-ID: <20130302224317.GA24588@telecom.csail.mit.edu> (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless expects to sign its first international roaming agreement later this year for customers of its fastest wireless service who travel overseas, according to a top executive for the No. 1 U.S. mobile provider. While Verizon Wireless has 200 partnerships with overseas operators for its older, third-generation mobile service, it has not yet been able to set up agreements for its fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) data service, which was first offered in the United States in late 2010. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/us-verizonwireless-roaming-idUSBRE91O11Y20130225 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) We skipped the light fandango Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor I was feeling kinda seasick But the crowd called out for more - Procol Harum
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2013 19:14:15 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CenturyLink may have been bilked for over $200,000 Message-ID: <20130303001415.GA6036@telecom.csail.mit.edu> By Michael McFall | The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 01 2013 01:01 am Prosecutors have charged seven men and women for billing other people for two Davis County jail inmates' collect calls for more than three years. The seven were charged Friday in 2nd District Court with identity fraud, communications fraud and a pattern of unlawful activity, all felonies. Five of defendants used other people's personal information to open CenturyLink accounts so that the two jail inmates could make collect calls and bill the victims, said Clearfield Police Sgt. Kyle Jeffries on Friday. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55882065-78/centurylink-jail-poulsen-victims.html.csp -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Wheel gull, spin and glide You've got no place to hide That's 'cause you don't need one - David Crosby
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2013 19:07:42 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: CenturyLink launches Prism cable service Message-ID: <20130303000742.GA4943@telecom.csail.mit.edu> CenturyLink launches Prism cable service in El Paso County CenturyLink has launched its Prism TV service in parts of El Paso County and plans to expand it to much of the Colorado Springs area by midsummer, becoming the area's first major cable television competitor to Comcast, other than satellite services, since 1990. The Louisiana-based telecommunications giant is offering television packages starting at $39.99 a month for 130 channels on a promotional rate that increases by $20 after the first six months and requires a one-year commitment. CenturyLink also is offering an expanded package with 62 additional channels for $55.99 for six months and a top package that includes 55 premium movie channels for $98.99 a month; both are promotional rates that also increase by $20 after six months and require a one-year commitment. http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_22701357/centurylink-launches-prism-cable-service-el-paso-county -or- http://goo.gl/YCCZK Here's the question: is this only for FTTH customers, or is it a general Internet offering that's available to anyone? Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Don't want your love anymore Don't want your kisses, that's for sure - The Every Brothers
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