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The Telecom Digest for March 4, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 55 : "text" Format
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Re: Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy (Doug McIntyre)

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Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2013 08:41:46 -0600 From: Doug McIntyre <merlyn@dork.geeks.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy Message-ID: <uf2dne-sO-63_K7MnZ2dnUVZ_sidnZ2d@giganews.com> wollman@bimajority.org (Garrett Wollman) writes: >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.) Many credit card readers/validation boxes tied to registers still use phone lines to callup and validate things. My favorite lunch place is such a thing, and they have to wait sometimes until their one phone line clears up to charge cc's as the customers line up. Yes, there are many other solutions. But the tech is old, and unless they are willing to think beyond what they currently have, they most likely just sit and grumble. (probably the impetus of lack of change is the only reason the ILECs still have 80% of their business as it is. :)
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