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The Telecom Digest for Feb 13, 2015
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|Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:36:48 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Net Neutrality Saga: What Will AT&T Inc. And Verizon Do Next? Message-ID: <email@example.com> By: MISCHKA EVANS It looks like the FCC has no intention of backing down from its Title II approach, which is being considered as the worst nightmare for Internet service providers. AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. have been battling the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over net neutrality rules for a long time. Both telecom giants have even threatened to sue the regulatory body over its new rules. The FCC has presented a draft proposal to its Committee, and is considering regulating the Internet as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. It will put the final rules to a vote on February 26. It is also considering the inclusion of wireless Internet service providers (ISPs) under the new rules; wireless providers were previously exempt from the Open Internet rules of 2010. http://www.bidnessetc.com/34495-net-neutrality-saga-what-will-att-inc-and-verizon-communications-do-next/ -or- http://goo.gl/wRjXUd -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Standing by your window in pain A pistol in your hand And I beg you dear Molly girl Try and understand your man the best you can - The Band|
|Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:54:06 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Seattle drafts new cable TV rules in CenturyLink's favor Message-ID: <54DCCC9E.9060207@horneQRM.net> by Brier Dudley Once again, the city of Seattle (Washington) is letting CenturyLink decide how and where digital services will be upgraded on public property. At least that's what it looks like is happening at City Hall, which last week floated a plan to basically give CenturyLink carte blanche to roll out a new TV service where it sees fit. http://blogs.seattletimes.com/brierdudley/2015/02/09/seattle-drafts-new-cable-tv-rules-in-centurylinks-favor/ -or- http://goo.gl/gmffzx -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) When the men on the chessboard Get up and tell you where to go And you've just had some kind of mushroom And your mind is moving low - Jefferson Airplane|
|Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:02:57 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Cloud Not Yet Raining Cash for CenturyLink Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Carol Wilson CenturyLink isn't yet reaping major financial awards from its investment in cloud and hosting technologies, but company officials told financial analysts today that they remain confident of the company's strategy and expect to see better revenues this year. After an earnings uptick in the third quarter pleasantly surprised analysts, CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL)'s core revenues were down 1.5% year-over-year in the fourth quarter, hitting $4.05 billion. CenturyLink defines "core" revenues as the combination of its legacy revenues with strategic revenues, which include high-bandwidth data; managed, hosted and cloud-based services for business; and IPTV for consumers. http://www.lightreading.com/data-center/cloud-strategies/cloud-not-yet-raining-cash-for-centurylink/d/d-id/713706 -or- http://goo.gl/6L2Idu -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) It was the red, white and blue planning how to endure The fife, drum and bugle marching down on the poor God bless America, without any doubt And I figured it was time to get out - Mimi & Richard Fariņa|
|Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:43:10 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: In Case You Missed It, Your Verizon Data Plan May Be Cheaper Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> By Jamal Carnette Last Thursday, Verizon pushed back against other wireless providers in what's quickly becoming a price war. The company responded to AT&T's October price drop and Sprint's "Cut your bill in half" promotion with a price cut of its own. Starting that day, future Verizon subscribers can expect as much as $10 off their monthly bill for the provider's More Everything shared data plans. The move lowers Verizon's 6GB unlimited text and talk plan to $70 per month before account access fees. And that's important because AT&T's earlier price cut dropped its 6GB competing plan to that level. On its website, the company builds upon this price cut by proudly proclaiming its lowest pricing ever -- two smartphones, unlimited talk and text, and 6GB of shared data per month for $100. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/02/11/in-case-you-missed-it-your-verizon-data-plan-may-b.aspx -or- http://goo.gl/XoSJ2C -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Said, 'Hey little boy you can't go Where the others go Cause you don't look like they do' - Bruce Hornsby|
|Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:52:24 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: History--Bell "Farm Interphone" Message-ID: <email@example.com> I came across a 50 y/o article describing the Bell System's "Farm Interphone". Would anyone have had any exposure to it or farm telephones? It is described as: 1. A main station telephone usually located in the farmhouse; accompanying it is a master station loudspeaker-microphone for intercom and monitoring. 2. Extension telephones for barn or outbuilding; a speaker-microphone mounted nearby permits hands-free answering. 3. A longrange two-way loudspeaker for outdoor use. The core essence seems to be a network of two-way loudspeakers and speakerphones so that workers in the field could communicate with the farmhouse with more convenience. It appears that someone in the field could not initiate or answer a telephone call; that function still had to be handled at the base station in the farmhouse. However, an incoming call could be "connected" out to the field via the loudspeaker, and the field person responding relatively easily. By today's wireless standards the system is obviously obsolete, but in the early 1960s it would seem to offer considerable productivity. The two-way loudspeakers, allowing handsfree conversation, seem to be a major asset. I have no idea what the system cost or how popular it was. I don't know if the Independent Companies, which served many rural areas, offered any equivalent service. The Bell System also offered a Home Interphone, a home intercom, but I don't think that ever achieved much popularity. I remember in the 1970s it was popular for builders of suburban houses to include an intercom system; but I also recall that after the novelty wore off, the systems weren't used and eventually stopped working. (I knew a few affluent suburbanites who had key systems in their homes--multiple lines, an intercom, and a number of extensions throughout the large house; this was costly in the day when every extension was rented). [public replies, please]|
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