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The Telecom Digest for March 18, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 65 : "text" Format
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10-Foot-Tall Double-Sided touch screen as new NY phone booth (Joseph Singer)
Re: Verizon to use Cable spectrum to boost LTE (Fred Goldstein)
Lamenting the Hangup (T)

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Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:57:33 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: 10-Foot-Tall Double-Sided touch screen as new NY phone booth Message-ID: <1363539453.19111.YahooMailClassic@web121903.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> The service contracts for New York City's 11,186 payphones ends in 2014, prompting Mayor Bloomberg to send an emergency call to New York's creative community to help design a better solution through the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge. Today, officials announced the winner of the top category, "Popular Choice," and highlighted the winners of the contest's five individual categories. While the final selection won't be implemented, it will provide the city with information about what elements their community values in the pay phone's replacement structures as they begin the process of selecting official criteria for what they will ask vendors to provide. Finding the perfect replacement is a big challenge, especially with the history and technical issues to consider. The first payphone booth was installed in 1889 in Stamford, Connecticut and by the 1960s there were about a million spread throughout the US, including a lone booth in the Mojave Desert. At the peak of the coin-op era there were millions of phones dotting street corners and airports, but they've disconnected rapidly -- fewer than 500,000 remain in the US. At the same time, there are now more active mobile phones (327,577,529) in the US than people (310,866,000) in the US, leaving many to wonder what the role of these iconic structures should be. http://www.wired.com/design/2013/03/nyc-pay-phones-redesign-challenge/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Top+Stories%29 or http://goo.gl/FGGvV
Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:47:31 -0400 From: Fred Goldstein <fred.remove-this@and-this-too.ionary.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Verizon to use Cable spectrum to boost LTE Message-ID: <ki5v4l$2vg$1@dont-email.me> On 3/16/2013 10:40 AM, Joseph Singer wrote: > Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:53:32 -0400 Bill Horne scribbled: > >> Verizon plans to use the AWS spectrum it acquired from a consortium >> of cable companies in the second half of 2013. The company's CTO, >> Nicola Palmer, revealed in an interview with Fierce Wireless that >> the carrier will complete its LTE rollout on the 700MHz spectrum by >> mid-year, and plans to expand its LTE coverage with 5,000 new sites >> in 2013, with more to follow in 2014. > > Is this spectrum the same spectrum that was released when the US > converted to digital TV back in 2008/2009? No. This is the AWS-1 band, which uses 1700 and 2100 MHz frequencies on either side of PCS. It was freed up for commercial use in the past decade and auctioned off. Digital TV, in contrast, freed up the 700 MHz band. -- Fred Goldstein k1io fred "at" ionary dot com
Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:11:11 -0400 From: T <kd1s.nospam@cox.nospam.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Lamenting the Hangup Message-ID: <MPG.2bafb522d9e06ceb989dc1@news.eternal-september.org> This is kind of intersting. In essence we've lost the ability to hang up on people. I'd counter that it's unnecessary since we now have call blocking apps for smartphones that work REALLY well. Phone never even rings and even SMS is blocked. However there was something very satisfying about slamming the handset down on the phone to signigfy your disgust/annoyance/etc. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/03/the-end-of-the- hangup/274053/
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