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The Telecom Digest for Dec 29, 2014
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|Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:19:47 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition Message-ID: <20141228161946.GA15205@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition: Blame AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink's Two Decades of Broken Promises. by Bruce Kushnick In the last article about broadband I supplied a list of the "video dialtone" deployments that were filed at the FCC by what are now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink to upgrade the utility copper networks and replace these wires with fiber optics wires -- which never happened. ... We estimate that by 2014, America paid about $400 billion extra in higher phone costs and tax perks to the companies, and based on more recent uncoverings of the phone companies' financials, this number is low. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/government-report-no-high_b_6385798.html -or- http://goo.gl/1VkyW4 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly.)|
|Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:28:45 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Uncle Sam rakes in 44 Billion for bandwidth Message-ID: <20141228162845.GA15234@telecom.csail.mit.edu> By Chris Neiger Just in time for the holidays, Uncle Sam's wallet is just a tad bit heavier coming off the recent Federal Communications Commission AWS-3 wireless spectrum auction. After more than a month of bidding T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon Communications, and others have paid a total of $44.5 billion for all-important network airwaves. That's much higher than the expected $10.6 billion to $22 billion initially expected. The AWS-3 bidding is one the largest and most important spectrum sales since the 700 MHz block went up for auction back in 2008 (who could forget!?!). http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/12/27/uncle-sams-44-billion-payday-thanks-to-att-verizon.aspx -or- http://goo.gl/UplIrD -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly.)|
|Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:37:57 -0800 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: The Slow Death of 'Do Not Track' Message-ID: <90D87244-9075-492F-9E5F-852AB5990D1B@roscom.com> The Slow Death of "Do Not Track" The F.T.C. outsourced its job to industry. The victim: Your privacy. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/27/opinion/the-slow-death-of-do-not-track.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** The idea, known as "Do Not Track," and modeled on the popular "Do Not Call" rule that protects consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls, is simple. But the details are anything but. The "Do Not Call" list also turned out to be a dud: as with most things that claim to protect orginary people these days, the "watchdog" has no teeth. Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:03:54 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon made an enemy tonight Message-ID: <20141228170354.GA15536@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon made an enemy tonight by Colin Nederkoorn On a flight back to New York I read Level 3's assessment of the latest round of the Netflix vs Internet Provider debacle. The summarized version is that basically Netflix is slow because Verizon refuses to add capacity to peer with Level 3. Fixing the situation would cost Verizon on the order of a few thousand (that's right thousand) dollars. Level 3 is even willing to foot the bill. But Verizon refuses. http://iamnotaprogrammer.com/Verizon-Fios-Netflix-Vyprvpn.html - - - - - - - - - This is dated information, but the video download speed test is amazing, and the information about bypass methods more so. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly.)|
|Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:13:06 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Verizon says it will charge NetFlix no matter what the FCC decides Message-ID: <20141228171306.GA15604@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon says it'll still charge Netflix interconnection fees no matter what the FCC decides by Chris Smith Verizon earlier this week told the FCC in a filing that it'll still charge Netflix interconnection fees, Ars Technica reports, no matter what the Commission decides in the future when it comes to net neutrality. Netflix is already paying various ISPs to ensure that its customers get a decent streaming experience, including Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T, but the company has voiced its concerns more than once regarding these payments, urging the FCC to look into these agreements. http://bgr.com/2014/12/19/verizon-vs-netflix-interconnection-deals/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly.) These days I seem to think a lot About the things that I forgot to do And all the times I had the chance to - Jackson Browne|
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