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The Telecom Digest for April 9, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 79 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Canceled Foreign Listing Accounts (Fred Atkinson)
Re: Verizon, Cablevision emerge as unlikely allies (Neal McLain)
anti-robocall technology encouraged by FTC (HAncock4)

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Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2013 06:59:14 -0600 From: Fred Atkinson <fatkinson.remove-this@and-this-too.mishmash.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Canceled Foreign Listing Accounts Message-ID: <20130408125916.D6010FED80B73@gateway15.websitewelcome.com> I moved to New Mexico over four years ago from Marietta, Georgia. I had my telephone number listed with AT&T directory assistance using foreign listings since I was using a VOIP provider for my home phone service. I had it listed in the Atlanta telephone book under one account and the Marietta phone book under another one. I canceled those listings shortly after I moved to New Mexico. About a year later, they billed me again (these billings are normally sent annually). I called them and after finally getting someone that knew what they were doing, I was told that she did show the account had been canceled and paid in full at that time. So she voided out additional charges and told me that both of the accounts were closed and I shouldn't hear any more about it. Yesterday, I got an email from AT&T on the Atlanta account. They say I owe them $17.43 on that account. I've tried to reach AT&T this morning but every time I call, their automated attendant transfers me and then I get a busy signal. I've submitted a complaint to the Better Business Bureau. Is there anyone who can give me AT&T's executive complaints number? I used to call it to get results but I can't seem to locate it now. Regards, Fred
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 03:12:52 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Verizon, Cablevision emerge as unlikely allies Message-ID: <9f2d2a24-04a2-4568-9c34-bdb943f7f35c@n7g2000yqk.googlegroups.com> On Apr 5, 9:29 am, J. Horn <horn+NOS...@panix.com> wrote: > Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-t...@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> wrote: > > Gee, I wonder if The New York Times would be willing to sell its > > newspaper on an a-la-carte basis so subscribers could subscribe to only > > the sections they like? I'm sure is must cost a lot to produce a sports > > section, so it seems reasonable that the a-la-carte price without the > > sports section would be substantially lower than the price for the whole > > package. > > The NYT offers a separate online subscription for its crossword puzzles. > The nose is under the tent. NYT offers dozens of online stories at no charge, with easy navigation so I can read only the stories that interest me. And it's all free! It even includes a "premium" option for crossword puzzles -- only $6.95 a month. It's a-la-carte! All the consumer has to pay for is the delivery charge. The camel is already inside the tent! Delivery charge? You mean, like, internet access? But I already have that -- only costs me $45/month. Rhetorically yours, Neal McLain
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:36:58 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: anti-robocall technology encouraged by FTC Message-ID: <d0f13462-a749-4d83-a675-98abeb1f97c4@a3g2000vbr.googlegroups.com> The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on new technologies that may stem the onslaught of robocalls. The FTC is encouraging such developments. Software that can filter calls through a combination of "whitelists," "blacklists," and "graylists" featured prominently in the results of the Federal Trade Commission's Robocall Challenge, a $50,000 contest whose winners were announced today. for full article please see: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/consumer/FTC-names-winners-of-Robocall-Challenge.html
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