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The Telecom Digest for Feb 8, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 25 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
FCC Title II proposal influenced Verizon's wireline asset sale (Neal McLain)
Re: The World's Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy Who is Going Broke (Dave Garland)
Re: CenturyLink works to prevent another 911 outage (HAncock4)

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Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:25:51 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: FCC Title II proposal influenced Verizon's wireline asset sale Message-ID: <eac2cd5b-2882-4ccc-8165-872512724a3f@googlegroups.com> Verizon's McAdam: FCC Title II proposal influenced $10.5B wireline asset sale to Frontier By Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom, February 6, 2015 Verizon finally made it public that is selling its wireline assets in three states to Frontier for $10.5 billion, but besides getting more cash to fund its wireless operations, its decision was also influenced by the FCC's move to reclassify wireline broadband providers under Title II of the 1996 Telecom Act. Speaking to investors and reporters about the new deal, Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon, said that the Title II proposal and associated regulatory uncertainty was a big factor. "An important consideration was the current regulatory uncertainty and the potential impacts on future investments of a reclassification of broadband under Title II," McAdam said. http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/verizons-mcadam-fcc-title-ii-proposal-influenced-105b-wireline-asset-sale-f/2015-02-06?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/lna9xe9 Neal McLain
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:05:05 -0600 From: Dave Garland <dave.garland@wizinfo.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: The World's Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy Who is Going Broke Message-ID: <mb3od7$dsk$1@dont-email.me> Once the story became news, Koch became pretty well funded: > For almost two decades, the open source GnuPG encryption project > has teetered on the brink of insolvency. Now, following word of > that plight, the lone developer keeping the project alive has > received more than $135,000 - in a single day, no less. Hopefully the money will be put to good use: > It's encouraging to see the GnuPG project benefitting from similar > largess. But it also raises the question: how is the money best > spent? Matt Green, a professor specializing in cryptography at > Johns Hopkins University, said he has looked at the GnuPG source > code and found it in such rough shape that he regularly assigns > chunks of it to his students for review. > > "At the end I ask how they felt about it and they all basically > say: 'God, please I never want to do something like this again,'" > Green told Ars. http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/02/once-starving-gnupg-crypto-project-gets-a-windfall-but-can-it-be-saved/ -or- http://tinyurl.com/l3nr4x8 ***** Moderator's Note ***** Professor Green's students may have looked askance at the innards of GnuPG, but all commercial coders will agree that a big part of the job is untangling someone else's spaghetti when necessary. The GnuPG program is open source, which means that anybody can acquire the source code to the program, and work to improve it. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 15:03:54 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: CenturyLink works to prevent another 911 outage Message-ID: <3cf2c96d-ffd5-443c-abd6-d8c200b77ab6@googlegroups.com> On Friday, February 6, 2015 at 2:47:17 PM UTC-5, Bill Horne wrote: > CenturyLink spokeswoman Kerry Zimmer said the company should have > redundant fiber optic cable connections completed by the middle of this > month for this area to prevent a recurrence of the Jan. 23 event. Is it just me, or does the CenturyLink system seem to have a lot of reliability problems? Just seems there are a lot of negative articles about them. [public replies, please]

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