Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:24:12 -0500
From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net>
Subject: Re: AT&T is losing cellphone customers, fast
On Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:20:54 -0500, Bill Horne wrote:
> According to an analyst note from Cowen and Company Equity Research,
> seen by Fierce Wireless, AT&T is leading other carriers in customers
> departing every quarter.
What might be driving customers away? Perhaps the attitude that lets AT&T
shutter 2G, thereby disabling some customer equipment? See 2017-01-17's
"After four years of planning, AT&T officially pulled the plug on its 2G
network. For ... the original iPhone, this ... nine-year-old handset is now
officially dead and relegated to a new role as a nostalgic paperweight."
Interesting times we live in, indeed. Cheers, -- tlvp
Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:28:47 -0600
From: "Neal McLain" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Energy & Commerce Leaders Ask Pai to Close Set-Top Docket
By John Eggerson, Multichannel News, January 25, 2017
New FCC chairman Ajit Pai is a long and strong opponent of FCC chairman Tom
Wheeler's proposal to revamp the set-top box marketplace to boost online video
competition, and would be unlikely to exhume that push, but the Republican
leadership of the House Energy & Commerce Committee want him to put a nail in
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:04:07 +0000 (UTC)
From: email@example.com (Garrett Wollman)
Subject: Re: Ajit Pai to Be FCC Chair
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Neal McLain <email@example.com> wrote:
>FCC senior Republican Ajit Pai has been named President Donald Trump's
>pick as chairman of the FCC, according to a Republican source
>confirming a report in Politico.
This is actually a decent choice, I'll give him that.
>Because he has already been confirmed by the Senate, Pai does not need
>to be renominated or go through a Senate hearing. In fact, the source
>said the appointment had been made official--with the stroke of a pen
>- by early evening Friday (Jan. 20).
The chairman of the FCC is (and has always been) designated by the
president from among the sitting membership of the Commission. (So
this is nothing new.) A lot of times in the past, when a sitting
chairman has stepped down, the president will designate his or her
successor as "interim" chairman with the expectation that his nominee
to fill the vacated seat will be designated chairman upon
Historically, it's not uncommon for FCC commissioners to resign rather
than serving out their term. One concern is that the commission can't
act without a quorum, which it will lose whenever Mignon Clyburn's
term is up unless the president appoints (and gains senate
confirmation on) commissioners to fill the two vacant seats on the
commission. There is a partisan-balance rule prohibiting more than
three of the five commissioners from belonging to the same party as
The original plan in the Communications Act of 1932 was for seven
commissioners serving staggered seven-year terms; this lasted through
World War II but was reduced to the current five commissioners in the
1950s, a result of conservative agitation against the power of the
FCC to regulate the broadcast media.
>Well, that was true -- to my knowledge nobody ever did ask to see it.
>But there was always the remote possibility that an FCC inspector
>would show up and ask for it.
Today, the rules allow for some broadcasters to maintain their public
files in online form. It's particularly important for political
candidates' lawyers to be able to verify that they were not unlawfully
refused advertising time at the federally mandated "least unit charge"
and non-discriminatory terms -- one of the few bits of content
regulation that has lasted from the three-network era to today.
Wouldn't be surprised to see it killed off entirely, although this
would take an act of Congress, and they might not care to vote for
something that will make their campaigns more expensive.
Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft
firstname.lastname@example.org| repeated, than the story of a large research program
Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption
my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
End of telecom Digest Thu, 26 Jan 2017