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The Telecom Digest for Dec 1, 2014
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|Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:48:56 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Markey: Fox 25, Verizon need to settle fee beef Message-ID: <email@example.com> by Marie Szaniszlo U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey yesterday called on Verizon and the new owner of Fox 25 to resolve the fee dispute that led to Thursday's blackout of the TV station for FiOS subscribers, which caused about 400,000 Massachusetts households to miss Thanksgiving football. "For many Massachusetts consumers, Black Friday was preceded by blackout Thursday and could be followed by further programming blackouts until Cox Media Group and Verizon come to agreement," the Bay State Democrat and member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee said in a statement. "That's not right; the consumer shouldn't be caught in the middle. I urge both sides to continue working to resolve this dispute so consumers can access all of the programming they have paid for and expect from their video provider." http://www.bostonherald.com/business/media_marketing/2014/11/markey_fox_25_verizon_need_to_settle_fee_beef -or- http://goo.gl/sCFfIk -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:03:24 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Montana PSC investigating CenturyLink phone problems Message-ID: <email@example.com> Montana's Public Service Commission wants to hear from CenturyLink customers as part of its investigation into problems with the company's landline telephone service. An informal investigation found that telecommunications company's quality of service violated PSC rules that require timely repairs. The PSC has now sought to continue the investigation into CenturyLink's service problems and outages, especially for rural customers who have no other phone service options. http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/state/psc-investigating-centurylink-phone-problems/article_831fdbee-6c27-11e4-9dd8-636491179654.html -or- http://goo.gl/YI9Jow -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:07:50 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: AT&T Backtracks on Threat to Halt Fiber Rollout Message-ID: <email@example.com> AT&T Backtracks on Threat to Halt Fiber Rollout Company Assures FCC It Will Pursue Plan to Expand GigaPower Fiber Network By THOMAS GRYTA AT&T Inc. on Wednesday backpedaled from a threat to freeze the rollout of its ultrafast Internet service because of uncertainty around government regulation of Internet services. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T said it isn't limiting its fiber expansion to the two million homes it committed to as part of its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV , in contrast to recent comments from its chief executive. http://online.wsj.com/articles/at-t-backtracks-on-threat-to-halt-fiber-rollout-1417032555 -or- http://goo.gl/hqnyGC -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:53:42 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: The Trolls Among Us Message-ID: <56F9C3A1-C9BA-414B-8F5C-203630BBFEDB@roscom.com> The Trolls Among Us If you want to comment on this article, you shouldn't be allowed to be anonymous. By Anne Applebaum Nov. 28, 2014 LONDON - If you are reading this article on the Internet, stop afterward and think about it. Then scroll to the bottom and read the comments. Then recheck your views. Chances are your thinking will have changed, especially if you have read a series of insulting, negative, or mocking remarks - as so often you will. Once upon a time, it seemed as if the Internet would be a place of civilized and open debate; now, unedited forums often deteriorate into insult exchanges. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2014/11/internet_trolls_pose_a_threat_internet_commentators_shouldn_t_be_anonymous.html -or- http://goo.gl/FEQLwS ***** Moderator's Note ***** "Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be - or to be indistinguishable from - self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time." (Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon ) Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:53:25 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon snaps back after accusation of substandard service Message-ID: <email@example.com> Verizon snaps back at Cumberland County township's allegations of substandard telephone service. By Spencer Kent | South Jersey Times Verizon is fighting back against Hopewell Township's recent allegation that the company has continually neglected the township's copper wire telephone service while not providing sufficient broadband options like fiber-optic broadband service (FiOS). Earlier this month, Hopewell Township officials sent a letter to the state Board of Public Utilities with a summary report of 156 "serious" and "chronic" telephone service complaints that the township compiled from its residents over the last three months. Complaints included: "line noise, static, crackling, buzzing, and intermittent service outages often associated with bad weather," according to previous reports. http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2014/11/ verizon_snaps_back_at_cumberland_county_townships_allegations_of_substandard_telephone_service.html -or- http://goo.gl/oucqP0 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
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