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The Telecom Digest for Aug 16, 2014
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|Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:38:32 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: What to take into consideration when your phone contract ends Message-ID: <20140815183832.GA7232@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Should you spring for the unlimited data plan? Would it be better to switch carriers? AP tech writer Anick Jesdanun breaks down what it is like when your cell phone contract expires. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thursday, August 14, 2014 MALVERN, Iowa . As my two-year contract with Verizon came to an end last month, I had to resist the company's various promotions and discounts. In accepting the offers, I'd have to give up Verizon's unlimited data plan, which lets me use the phone's cellular data connection as much as I want without overage fees. It's so good that both Verizon and AT&T have been phasing it out. Existing customers have been allowed to keep those plans, but they get kicked out once they accept these offers. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/consideration-phone-contract-ends-article-1.1903782 -- Bill Horne Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear. How years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air. T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair. But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her, her, her....yeah. - Led Zeppelin|
|Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:24:06 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon offers 50,000 reward in copper thefts Message-ID: <20140815182406.GA7146@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon offers $50,000 reward in copper thefts New Castle News Friday, August 15, 2014 6:11 am A phone utility is offering a reward for copper cable thefts in [the town of] Wampum. Verizon said it is prepared to pay up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for recent thefts of copper telephone cables. http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/local_news/article_82471fee-2464-11e4-a2c1-0019bb2963f4.html -- Bill Horne You stole my money honey You're cold your blood's stopped running And know you're buying your new life Can't help but find you funny - Stereophonics|
|Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:21:30 -0400 From: Barry Margolin <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon offers 50,000 reward in copper thefts Message-ID: <barmar-C12C76.email@example.com> In article <20140815182406.GA7146@telecom.csail.mit.edu>, Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > Verizon offers $50,000 reward in copper thefts I find it kind of ironic that this article was posted immediately after the one saying that Verizon is trying to phase out their copper network in favor of fiber. Maybe the thieves thought they were doing Verizon a favor :) -- Barry Margolin, firstname.lastname@example.org Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me *** ***** Moderator's Note ***** It's almost as if someone was trying to create an allegory. ;-) Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:55:38 -0400 From: bill@horneQRM.net (Bill Horne) To: email@example.com. Subject: How Verizon lets its copper network decay to force phone customers onto fiber Message-ID: <20140815175538.GA6710@telecom.csail.mit.edu> How Verizon lets its copper network decay to force phone customers onto fiber Fiber is fast, but copper is reliable - even during multi-week power outages. Ars Technica by Jon Brodkin Aug 14 2014, 9:00pm EDT The shift from copper landlines to fiber-based voice networks is continuing apace, and no one wants it to happen faster than Verizon. Internet users nationwide are clamoring for fiber, as well, hoping it can free them from slower DSL service or the dreaded cable companies. But not everyone wants fiber, because, when it comes to voice calls, the newer technology doesn't have all the benefits of the old copper phone network. In particular, fiber doesn't conduct electricity, where copper does. That means when your power goes out, copper landlines might keep working for days or weeks by drawing electricity over the lines, while a phone that relies on fiber will only last as long as its battery. That's up to eight hours for Verizon's most widely available backup system. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/08/why-verizon-is-trying-very-hard-to-force-fiber-on-its-customers/ -or- http://goo.gl/ldsCpE -- Bill Horne Jenny, Jenny, who can I turn to? 867-5309 For the price of a dime I can always turn to you 867-5309 - Call/Keller|
|Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:18:49 -0400 From: Eric Tappert <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: How Verizon lets its copper network decay to force phone customers onto fiber Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:55:38 -0400, bill@horneQRM.net (Bill Horne) wrote: > The shift from copper landlines to fiber-based voice networks is > continuing apace, and no one wants it to happen faster than Verizon. > > ... not everyone wants fiber, because, when it comes to > voice calls, the newer technology doesn't have all the benefits of the > old copper phone network. In particular, fiber doesn't conduct > electricity, where copper does. That means when your power goes out, > copper landlines might keep working for days or weeks by drawing > electricity over the lines, while a phone that relies on fiber will > only last as long as its battery. It is interesting that the celebrated "feature" of copper lines, i.e. the immunity to local power failures, was never the intended purpose. When the shift to CO battery started about a hundred years ago the motivation was maintenance cost savings - you didn't have to send a repair person out to change the local batteries. Interestingly enough, the switch hook was implemented to save the local batteries too, again saving maintenance cost. I guess it's the law of unintended consequences.... The shift to fiber is also partially driven by maintenance savings (fusion splices are more reliable than crimp splices), in addition to the added services. E. Tappert ***** Moderator's Note ***** It's not always about labor costs: other contributors have pointed out that fiber-based phone "lines" don't have to be shared with "Virtual" phone companies, i.e., with non facilities-based CLECs, which rent their local cables from the ILEC. Of course, fiber has enough bandwidth to give ILECs a play in the lucrative entertainment-distribution sector, and I'm surprised that cable operators haven't been more involved with efforts to force ILECs to retain copper. Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:11:16 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics Message-ID: <email@example.com> As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics Scientists can now analyze the personal data on millions of people without their knowledge, and some want to bring ethical guidelines to such studies. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/technology/the-boon-of-online-data-puts-social-science-in-a-quandary.html -or- http://goo.gl/EMZAjE|
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