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The Telecom Digest for May 9, 2015
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|Date: Thu, 07 May 2015 14:32:33 -0700 From: rob <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon cellphone time - accurate? Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:13:08 -0700 (PDT), HAncock4 <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >My Verizon LG cellphone has an automatic time display. I have no >control over its settings. > >I noticed it was about a minute slower than another supposedly >reliable time source. I was wondering if Verizon's time was off. > >(There are various cable and TV screens that offer time of day, but >they're wildly inconsistent so I don't bother with them.) > >Thanks. [public replies, please]. Call (303) 499-7111. This is the real time. www.nist.gov|
|Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 13:23:00 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Facing a hostile crowd at INTX, Wheeler stands firm Message-ID: <email@example.com> Brian Santo, CEDmagazine, 05/07/2015 Chicago - Facing a hostile audience, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made it clear he is not backing down. Blocking the Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable was the right thing to do, and proposing to use Title II to assert authority over broadband was also right and necessary, he explained. A former president of the NCTA, Wheeler opened his keynote speech here Wednesday with jocular familiarity and praise for the efforts of his audience, who responded with a stony silence that lasted all the way through a set of proposals for future FCC actions, some of which would have elicited applause of not outright cheering under other circumstances. He said the Commission wants to evaluate the retransmission consent situation, which many cable operators feel is broken. http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2015/05/facing-a-hostile-crowd-at-intx-wheeler-stands-firm?et_cid=4557151&et_rid=652835436&type=cta -or- http://tinyurl.com/nxyn8xn I'm not sure that the FCC can do much about retrans-consent rules if congress doesn't give it authority to do so. Two bills were introduced in the 113th Congress to address the issue but neither attracted much support. - Rep. Anna G. Eshoo's "Video CHOICE" Act http://tinyurl.com/Eshoo-CHOICE - Rockefeller and Thune's "Local Choice" Act http://tinyurl.com/Rockefeller-Thune Neal McLain|
|Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 09:14:17 -0400 (EDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Telecommunications from a small farmer's viewpoint Message-ID: <20150508131417.BF45F1033@telecom.csail.mit.edu> I'm on vacation in North Carolina, travelling around looking for a good house to retire in, and I stayed at the Snaggy Mountain Music & Arts Farm in Burnsville last night. It's run by Jared McQueen, and I noticed that Jared and his fellow musicians use "the net" constantly, so I asked if I could interview him about it. Interview with Jared McQueen Q. What do you think of as "Telecommunications" for a farmer? A. I'm not a "commercial" farmer: we just grow crops to eat. My whole life as an artist and hotelier relies on the Internet, through sites like "airbnb", "helpx.net", "workaway.info", and "wwoof.us". Q. What would be your choices if you didn't have a Fiber-Optic connection? A. Before cable Internet was available, we used a satelite provider called "Wild Blue", but we would exceed our monthly data allowance with the first week of each month, after which we would be limited to almost no connectivity. Q. What would you do if the Internet was cut off, perhaps in response to a terrorist attack? A. The lifestyle we're trying to lead is focused on food security, and we'd learn to adapt if the Internet was cut off. I guess commerical farmers can use online Community Supported Agriculture, where customers put up money in advance and get a box of vegetables every week. That wouldn't work without the internet for a big CSA, but small local growers could make do with telephones or meetings at the farmer's market. Q. How is the Internet changing the ways farms of any kind do their day-to-day business? A. "Emails" goes on the list next to "Weed asparagus". Q. I notice that you use GMAIL. Please tell me why. A. I've used gmail for years and have never had trouble, I suppose I'm unaware of any alternatives, and I do appreciate the free phone! You can reach Jared McQueen via his gmail.com address: snaggymountainstudios. Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
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