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The Telecom Digest for Jun 13, 2015
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|Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:25:59 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon FiOS Sale To Foreign Buyer Has Hurdles Message-ID: <email@example.com> Verizon Communications' potential sale of its wireline phone business, including FiOS TV and Internet services, to a foreign buyer would be complicated by its presence in the nation's capital, as well as by pension liabilities, says Barclays in a report. Amir Rozwadowski, the Barclays analyst, discusses a wireline divestiture as part of a broad analysis of Verizon's strategic plans. Citigroup last week speculated that French telecom firm Altice could buy Verizon's local, residential wireline business, including its FiOS TV and Internet business, as IBD reported. http://goo.gl/IJ7WmH -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:35:16 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Internet nightmare: AT&T sells DSL to your neighbors, but not to you Message-ID: <email@example.com> AT&T's empty merger promise leaves residents without fast or reliable Internet. by Jon Brodkin Mark Lewis and his wife bought a house in Winterville, Georgia, in August 2012. They figured getting Internet service would be as simple as calling up AT&T, because the prior owners had AT&T DSL (Digital Subscriber Line). The neighbors also have AT&T DSL service providing about 3Mbps. "The previous owners had left their DSL modem and everything in the house," Lewis told Ars. But when he called AT&T, the company said they were "at maximum capacity, but if someone else in your neighborhood terminates their service that should open up something for you." http://goo.gl/fIAqrY -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:40:28 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Seattle councilmember calls for municipal broadband Message-ID: <email@example.com> Seattle councilmember calls for "mass citywide movement" against Comcast and CenturyLink in support of municipal broadband BY TAYLOR SOPER Seattle councilmember Kshama Sawant wants a municipal broadband network in the Emerald City, and she's calling on the city's residents to join forces to make it happen. Sawant, a former software engineer who was elected to the Seattle City Council as a socialist candidate in January 2014, penned a blog post today advocating a city-owned network that would make Internet a public utility. "The purpose of a public internet utility is to provide high-speed, affordable and equitable internet coverage to all Seattle neighborhoods, residents, and businesses," she wrote. "Municipal broadband can be a powerful lever against the digital divide that condemns people to the isolation and reduced economic opportunities experienced by many of our low-income, disabled, and people of color community members." http://goo.gl/zxA8AV -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:21:14 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon Is 'Killing the Copper' and Is Now Denying It Message-ID: <email@example.com> by Bruce Kushnick for The Huffington Post "Cut the copper off," said Lowell McAdam, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, speaking at the Guggenheim Securities Symposium, June 21, 2012: And then in other areas that are more rural and more sparsely populated, we have got LTE [Verizon Wireless] built that will handle all of those services, and so we are going to cut the copper off there. We are going to do it over wireless. So I am going to be really shrinking the amount of copper we have out there, and then I can focus the investment on that to improve the performance of it. The next two headlines say it all: The Communications Workers of America (CWA), the largest telecommunications union, claims that Verizon isn't fixing the land lines or upgrading the networks and has filed in multiple states to get more documentation and investigations going about these issues. http://goo.gl/SUY9eE -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:54:12 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Frontier To Subscriber: You Were NOT In Florida Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Kevin Hunt - The Hartford Courant Jim Weber and his significant other spent the past winter in Florida, as they do every year, but Frontier Communications apparently didn't believe it. Weber had signed up for Frontier's Stay Connected seasonal service, $9.99 a month for customers who spend the winter elsewhere but wish to maintain their existing service. Weber called Frontier a week before returning from Florida, as instructed, to resume normal service. Yet a $230.56 cable bill awaited in Unionville, not the anticipated $68.38 seasonal rate. Weber, 76, says he called Frontier half a dozen times before being promised a credit. Then, a couple days later, Frontier told him the credit was denied because the company found evidence that he had used the company's Internet service. Was he really in Florida or was he sitting at home ordering flying-saucer sleds and winter chai from Amazon while collecting a reduced-rate bundle from Frontier? http://goo.gl/J439Ed -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
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