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The Telecom Digest for Aug 14, 2015
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|Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:23:03 -0400 (EDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Judge to Cablevision: stop calling Verizon a liar Message-ID: <20150812162303.1339D20BC@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Judge orders Cablevision to suspend ad campaign against Verizon A New York federal judge gunned down Cablevision's hilarious anti-Verizon commercials and issued a temporary injunction against the cable firm. Cablevision's TV spots featuring dueling cowboys mock Verizon, portraying it as a liar vis-ą-vis claims about its Internet speeds and DVR quality. On Monday, Judge Gary R. Brown took issue with the truthfulness of Cablevision's ad spots. http://goo.gl/nm6DZo Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:46:15 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice Message-ID: <F93FC532-2548-4616-A71B-6328499145D9@roscom.com> When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice In June, a father of six was shot dead on a Monday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., a suburb 10 miles north of Chicago. The Evanston police believe that the victim, Ray C. Owens, had also been robbed. There were no witnesses to his killing, and no surveillance footage either. With a killer on the loose and few leads at their disposal, investigators in Cook County, which includes Evanston, were encouraged when they found two smartphones alongside the body of the deceased: an iPhone 6 running on Apple's iOS 8 operating system, and a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge running on Google's Android operating system. Both devices were passcode protected. An Illinois state judge issued a warrant ordering Apple and Google to unlock the phones and share with authorities any data therein that could potentially solve the murder. Apple and Google replied, in essence, that they could not - because they did not know the user's passcode. http://goo.gl/HTujq3|
|Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:15:03 -0400 (EDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Still no Verizon FiOS for Boston Message-ID: <20150812161503.C054920BC@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon tests ultra-fast Internet in Framingham, still no FiOS for Boston It's a speed junkie's dream: a 10-gigabit-per-second Internet connection. With a firehose of data like that, you could stream content to a 4K television. You could download 100 books in two seconds. If you're a business, you could get an edge over the competition by moving data faster. And some lucky duck in Framingham got to experience it. Verizon said Tuesday that it has developed a fiber Internet connection that moves about 30 times as much data as the average Boston Internet connection. A Verizon store and an employee in the Framingham area were linked up to test it, the company said. Eventually - "as the marketplace demands such services and as the technology matures," in the wording of Verizon's press release - the company could increase fiber speeds to 40 or even 80 gigabits per second. http://goo.gl/qpLEVo -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:08:42 -0400 (EDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Verizon tests 10Gbps FiOS, says new fiber tech can go up to 80Gbps Message-ID: <20150812160842.7C93120BC@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon tests 10Gbps FiOS, says new fiber tech can go up to 80Gbps With new tech, Verizon says each color of light can support 10Gbps on a fiber. by Jon Brodkin Verizon says it has tested 10Gbps broadband service with a residential customer in Massachusetts, using new technology that will let its FiOS fiber-to-the-premises network scale up to 80Gbps "as the market demands." FiOS residential speeds go up to 500Mbps downstream and upstream today. Verizon's fiber network will eventually get a huge upgrade with NG-PON2 (next generation passive optical network) equipment. Field testing of NG-PON2 equipment from Cisco and PT InovaĆ§Ć£o "was completed recently from Veriz's central office in Framingham, Mass., to a FiOS customer's home three miles away as well as to a nearby business location. This followed extensive testing in Verizon's laboratories in Waltham, Mass.," Verizon said in its announcement yesterday. Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:54:47 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: No more back-up DUN modem pools with DSL service? Message-ID: <email@example.com> Back when it was still at&t serving as my local loop (originally SNET, then SBC after the "merger", finally at&t after the re-christening) provider, their at&t/Yahoo! HSI DSL service included, as part of the bargain, rights to use a nationwide pool of dial-up modems for those times one needed internet access but one's DSL modem was unavailable for use, rights that came in mighty handy when in a strange town's Motel 6 on a business trip, or when troubleshooting an errant DSL modem/gateway/router device. In particular, to adapt the message Yahoo! Answers provides when asked > How do you access at&t dsl by dial-up when you are away from home? : Well, first, you're just accessing at&t dialup, not DSL. Enter your area code : at the site http://sbcyahoo.prodigy.net/openPhone/index.html to find access : numbers. at&t's terms of service allow you to have a simultaneous : dial and DSL connection active on your account. So if you're traveling and : using dialup, your family at home can still be using the DSL line without : violating the terms of service. But late last year at&t sold over all its formerly-SNET local loop business to Frontier Telecommunications, the promise to customers having been that their services and their pricing would remain unchanged. That promise has been broken at least three ways, so far as I'm concerned: 1) My monthly bill (excluding actual calling time) has risen by about 30%; 2) My DSL speeds, rated for about 750 Kbps, are now in the 300 Kbps range; and 3) Having tried to use my local DUN modem-pool numbers from that "openPhone" list only to learn there was no longer any account provisioned with my AUTH data, I called Frontier for help with that, only to learn from the Frontier rep I spoke with that backup DUN service through nation-wide modem pools was never part of the service they took over from at&t. I'm flabbergasted most by item #3, no DUN back-up if DSL fails somehow. Could that be an issue for my local PUC? or for the FCC? Advice (even from those who must invoke the IANALB boilerplate) welcomed. Thanks. Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.|
|Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:29:52 -0700 (PDT) From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com. Subject: Telecom in High Art Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> I'm just listening to a classical radio program - this one featuring the modern and rather hard-to-take composer Elliott Carter. He set three of Robert Frost's poems to music, one of them being "The Line Gang" Here come the line-gang pioneering by. They throw a forest down less cut than broken. They plant dead trees for living, and the dead They string together with a living thread. They string an instrument against the sky Wherein words whether beaten out or spoken Will run as hushed as when they were a thought But in no hush they string it: they go past With shouts afar to pull the cable taut, To hold it hard until they make it fast, To ease away--they have it. With a laugh, An oath of towns that set the wild at naught They bring the telephone and telegraph.|
|Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:12:15 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: FCC deals blow to broadcasters with changes to exclusivity rules Message-ID: <email@example.com> [Poster's comment: The following post is about cable TV, not telephony. I offer it to T-D at this time in view of (a) the long history of T-D discussions about cable TV dating back at least 20 years; (b) the belief that some T-D readers are interested in cable TV; and (c) the firm belief that cable TV is a form of telecommunications.] By Andrew Berg, CED, 08/13/2015 The FCC is hoping to protect consumers from blackouts that result from retransmission disputes between pay TV providers and broadcasters. In a blog post, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he's in the process of circulating an order that would allow pay TV providers to import a signal from an out-of-market station should a local broadcaster pull its programming due to contract disagreements. "In this item, the Commission takes its thumb off the scales and leaves the scope of such exclusivity to be decided by the parties, as we did in the Sports Blackout Order last year," Wheeler wrote in a blog posted on the FCC's website. "In so doing, the Commission would take 50-year old rules off our books that have been rendered unnecessary by today's marketplace." http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2015/08/fcc-deals-blow-to-broadcasters-with-changes-to-exclusivity-rules?et_cid=4739161&et_rid=652835436&location=top -or- http://tinyurl.com/p2ykpv9 Neal McLain T-D reader since 3/24/05 ***** Moderator's Note ***** I'm going to allow this post as a courtesy to Neal, who has contributed quite a few articles of interest to the Digest. Although I don't usually allow "Meta" discussions about moderation decisions, I'll add that I've been trying to get away from covering so many topics which are on the periphery of telecommunications as it pertains to the "Telephone" world. Keeping the digest focused on communications by voice is important: if I try to cover every aspect of telecommunicaitons, I risk the Digest becoming a swamp of jargon about areas of technology that are, I think, better covered in other venues. That being said, I must admit that the continued push to put everything on the Internet or cable is blurring the lines between "voice" and "text" and "data", and TV: I'm still trying to find a middle ground that keeps T-D focused on the Telephone Networks and the companies that provide them. To that end, I invite PRIVATE comments from the readers on this subject. They will NOT be published, so please include the "[nfp]" tag in the subject to make it clear that your email is private. Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:11:14 +0000 From: Lisa Anselmo <LANSELMO@remove-this.cablevision.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon injunction against Cablevision Ads Message-ID: <55CD45FE.email@example.com> Following up on the story about the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) which Verizon obtained against Cablevision, I contacted Lisa Anselmo, a Vice-Presiden at Cablevision, and asked her the questions shown below. Ms. Anselmo responded by sending two press releases, which I've copied to the telecom Digest server at the URL's shown below. The press releases don't answer all my questions, but they're interesting reading nonetheless: I'm not sure if this spat between Verizon and Cablevision is the result of a geek tennis match, an overly creative ad agency, or an actual difference in performance between FiOS and Cable. I haven't seen the ads that Verizon is miffed about(1), but Cablevision's Press Statements make it clear that the company is treating Verizon's claims very seriously, and I wonder if Cablevision feels like they've got to fight Verizon's marketing juggernaut more than its technical capabilities. I welcome the readers' opinions. Bill Horne Moderator 1.) If anyone knows where those ads are available for viewing, please tell me. The N.Y. Post reporter who broke the story described them as "hilarious". - - - - - - - - - Subject: Re: Verizon injunction against Cablevision Ads Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:11:14 +0000 From: Lisa Anselmo <LANSELMO@remove-this.cablevision.com> Attached please find our statements which should address your questions. Thank you. [Titles copied from Press Releases - mod] SORRY VERIZON FiOS: YOU'RE MISTAKEN, CABLEVISION CAN CONTINUE TO POINT OUT FiOS' INFERIORITY http://telecom-digest.org/Cablevision_Facts_about_FiOS.pdf CABLEVISION STATEMENT ON VERIZON ADVERTISING http://telecom-digest.org/Verizon_8_11_15.pdf -----Original Message----- From: Telecom Digest Moderator [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 12:12 PM To: Telecom Digest <email@example.com> Subject: Verizon injunction against Cablevision Ads [nfp] Ms. Anselmo, I spoke with your secretary Maria, and she asked me to send my questions in via email. I'm writing a story on the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that Verizon has obtained against Cablevision regarding ads which your firm has been running, and which Verizon claims are deceptive. Please answer these questions for me, and let me thank you in advance for your time. 1. What is Cablevision's response to the TRO? 2. Has Cablevision applied for any TRO against Verizon in the past? What relief did Cablevision seek? 3. Are any independent speed and throughput tests available for locales which are served by both your firm and Verizon? 4. How much would a homeowner pay for Cablevision Internet and/or telephone Service if she bought a home in an area of Long Island that is served by both Verizon and Cablevision today? 5. Are the ads available to watch online? If so, where? Thanks again: I appreciate your help. Bill Horne|
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