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The Telecom Digest for Sep 28, 2015
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|Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:28:29 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: T-Mobile IPhone Promo Pressures AT&T, Verizon Message-ID: <email@example.com> T-Mobile's lease program entices subscribers to upgrade. AT&T and Verizon don't yet offer leases for the devices. Barron's Investor's Soapbox PM Pacific Crest Securities We believe T-Mobile US is very confident it will meet or exceed its 2015 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization guidance range of $6.8 billion-$7.2 billion, given its aggressive iPhone-leasing promotion. We believe this will cause trouble for AT&T and Verizon Communications as porting ratios already favor T-Mobile, T-Mobile is growing subscribers and margins, and that will likely prompt leasing offers at AT&T and Verizon. We believe industry upgrade rates will steadily increase as subscribers migrate to carriers providing quicker and more frequent access to new devices. And the dirty little secret is...leasing will likely improve margins. http://www.barrons.com/articles/t-mobile-iphone-promo-pressures-at-t-verizon-1443121792 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:20:59 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: AT&T Has Actually Done Something Nice for Customers Message-ID: <email@example.com> The company is changing its throttling policy in a positive way. by Daniel B. Kline Motley Fool AT&T has never quite been clear on the meaning of the word "unlimited." The company has regularly played games with customers who purchase so-called unlimited data plans by throttling their connection speeds after they consume a certain amount of data in a given billing period. The company was even sued by the Federal Trade Commission over its throttling practices, and the federal agency made it clear that it also believed the company was unclear as to the definition of the word "unlimited." http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/09/25/att-has-actually-done-something-nice-for-customers.aspx -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:35:13 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: AT&T expanding broadband in Mississippi Message-ID: <email@example.com> by Mayo Flynt, guest columnist My friend Blake Wilson at the Mississippi Economic Council is fond of saying, "Mississippi is a small state spread over a lot of land." It's a good description. While our population is relatively small, the size of our state is not. And unlike a lot of states, our citizens seem more spread out, in numerous small towns and communities between larger population centers. Delivering services of many kinds can be economically challenging in sparsely populated areas. In my industry, the challenge is delivering broadband to such locations. There is good news on that front. But, first, a little background is necessary. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/09/25/flynt-att-expanding-broadband-miss/72827054/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:13:00 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Ocracoke island cut off from the digital stream Message-ID: <email@example.com> OCRACOKE, N.C. (WNCT)- CenturyLink has reported a network outage affecting landlines for those on Ocracoke Island. The Hyde County Emergency Management Department reported Wednesday night that the outage impacted 1,093 CenturyLink customers on the island. The customers are not able to dial 9-1-1 or place any other calls from a landline phone. http://wnct.com/2015/09/23/widespread-outage-on-ocracoke-island-for-centurylink-landlines/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:41:25 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Is Verizon Eyeing DISH Network's Spectrum Assets? Message-ID: <email@example.com> As per a recent Wall Street Journal report, Verizon Communications Inc. might soon strike an outright purchase or a leasing deal with DISH Network Corp. for the latter's spectrum assets. Notably, at a Goldman Sachs investor conference last week, Verizon's CEO Lowell McAdam stated that the company has been in talks with DISH over some kind of arrangement pertaining to the latter's spectrum holdings. http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/191444/is-verizon-vz-eyeing-dish-networks-spectrum-assets#sthash.sbKQTIuy.dpuf -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 19:31:34 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Any details about the Verizon outage in Raleigh Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 12:42:01 PM UTC-5, Harold Hallikainen wrote: > > Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:22:22 -0400 > > From: Julian Thomas <email@example.com> > > To: firstname.lastname@example.org. > > Subject: Re: Any details about the Verizon outage in Raleigh > > NC yesterday? > > Message-ID: <AAA08E24-CB2E-490D-8A3D-CF690C497DBB@jt-mj.net> > > > >> On Sep 23, 2015, at 08:51, Bob Goudreau <BobGoudreau@nc.rr.com> wrote: > >> > >> The outage was caused by a construction crew > >> inadvertently severing a Time-Warner Cable fiber > >> line. That line was also used to provide backhaul > >> service for various local Verizon towers. There is no excuse for "inadvertently" cutting a buried cable these days. Every state now has a "Dial before you dig" law. These laws require every contractor (or anybody else planning to dig a hole) to call 811 at least three business days before digging. Failure to call 811 is a violation of state law that can result in fines and/or liability for any resulting damage or personal injury. On the other hand, the owner of a buried cable also must meet certain requirements. It must be able to demonstrate that it has legal permission to put the cable there in first place. It must have placed the cable in accordance with the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code and by applicable state and local laws. It must have responded to every 811 notification by accurately marking the location of the cable on the surface of the ground (by paint, flags, or other means) and it must have monitored the situation to remark any marks obliterated as a result of the contractor's work. Failure to meet any these requirements can relieve the contractor of liability. If both the contractor and the cable owner obey these requirements, there will be no cut cables. If a cable is cut "inadvertently", one party is legally at fault. Neal McLain|
|Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:03:44 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Adblockers: The Only Way Out Message-ID: <EBB949E5-078E-4E72-AFC8-AA4883565B7B@roscom.com> Adblockers: The Only Way Out by Frederic Filloux Taking the long view, the rise of adblockers solves many problems for the digital news industry. But for one problem: things will get worse before they get better. In recent weeks, the intensifying adblockers debate offered another proof of Apple's influence on the digital ecosystem. When Tim Cook introduced content-blocking features in iOS9, and thus caused a flood of ad-blocking apps in the App Store, the topic became more mainstream than ever. Adblockers adoption rose to never-seen-before levels. (A reminder of the most recent data: PageFair says that between 8% and 16% of ads are blocked in the US, vs. 10% to 35% in Europe; SecretMedia says that 26% of video ads are blocked in the US vs. 33% to 62% in Europe; more in our previous stories on the subject.) PageFair figures vastly underestimate the problem. In a recent poll, The Information (paywall) found that 50% of respondents already used an adblocker, and that 52% intended to install one on their iPhone. The propagation to mobile will dramatically scale up adblockers use. http://www.mondaynote.com/2015/09/27/adblockers-the-only-way-out/|
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