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The Telecom Digest for Oct 5, 2015
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|Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 16:27:54 +0000 (UTC) From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Please recommend a range-extender for Verizon cell phones Message-ID: <email@example.com> In <firstname.lastname@example.org> Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> writes: >I'm living in the mountains of North Carolina now, and the cell >service is sub-optimal. I've decided to install a range extender so >that I can get reliable coverage under my tin roof. >If you use one, please tell me what it cost, where they may be >obtained at the lowest price, how well it performs, and the things you >would like to have known before you bought it. Do you have good internet service there? If so, you've got a lot more options. - many of the "cellular" carriers offer phones that can hook up via WiFi -- _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key email@example.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]|
|Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2015 14:24:36 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Please recommend a range-extender for Verizon cell phones Message-ID: <20151004182435.GA11345@telecom.csail.mit.edu> On Sat, Oct 03, 2015 at 04:27:54PM +0000, danny burstein wrote: > In <email@example.com> Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> writes: > > >I'm living in the mountains of North Carolina now, and the cell > >service is sub-optimal. I've decided to install a range extender so > >that I can get reliable coverage under my tin roof. > > >If you use one, please tell me what it cost, where they may be > >obtained at the lowest price, how well it performs, and the things you > >would like to have known before you bought it. > > Do you have good internet service there? If so, you've > got a lot more options. > > - many of the "cellular" carriers offer phones that can hook > up via WiFi My brother gave me a new phone: a Samsung 4G LTE unit with a copy of Firefox on it, and applications for GMAIL, Freecell, and several dozen other things I never knew could be placed in a cellphone. It has WiFi access, but I don't know enough about it to set it up for WiFi phone calls, or even if the phone can do that. Hell, I don't even know how to find out the model number. I welcome suggestions. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my emails address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2015 12:28:39 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Reclaiming Conversation Message-ID: <AF973AAA-1054-46C8-B1CA-DF45EAC62BDC@roscom.com> Jonathan Franzen reviews a new book based on interviews with people who say they feel controlled by new technologies. Sherry Turkle is a singular voice in the discourse about technology. She's a skeptic who was once a believer, a clinical psychologist among the industry shills and the literary hand-wringers, an empiricist among the cherry-picking anecdotalists, a moderate among the extremists, a realist among the fantasists, a humanist but not a Luddite: a grown-up. She holds an endowed chair at M.I.T. and is on close collegial terms with the roboticists and affective-computing engineers who work there. Unlike Jaron Lanier, who bears the stodgy weight of being a Microsoft guy, or Evgeny Morozov, whose perspective is Belarussian, Turkle is a trusted and respected insider. As such, she serves as a kind of conscience for the tech world. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/books/review/jonathan-franzen-reviews-sherry-turkle-reclaiming-conversation.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** Sounds like a woman after my own heart. Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2015 03:32:46 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: It's Still Nice to Be a Cable Company Message-ID: <C7229436-C661-4EC8-A7DE-B939B13DA101@roscom.com> It's Still Nice to Be a Cable Company Remember how back in February, the Federal Communications Commission imposed new "open Internet" (aka net neutrality) rules on broadband providers? And how in April Comcast, facing opposition from the FCC and the Justice Department, dropped its plan to buy Time Warner Cable? It felt like a turning point, an end to the vision, pursued most aggressively by Comcast, to remake the Internet in the image of cable television. One business columnist even declared that "the cable era is over." And, yes, an era does seem to be waning. In August it only took a few stray words on a Walt Disney Co. earnings call to send investors scurrying from Disney and other big owners of cable TV channels such as Discovery Communications, Time Warner, Twenty-First Century Fox and Viacom. The cable channels' lucrative revenue mix of subscriber fees and advertising is showing the first signs of erosion as viewers cut the cord and get their TV through streaming services. The sudden realization of this occasioned a stock rout. For the cable providers such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable, though, this year hasn't been so bad at all: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-09-17/it-s-still-pretty-great-to-be-a-cable-company|
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