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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 18 Apr 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 108 : "text" format

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Re: Can robocalls be tracked?
Canada: For Whom The Ringtone Tolls
New report names fastest 5G network in US – and it's not Verizon

Message-ID: <20210416161336.E6C8B7301D1C@ary.qy> Date: 16 Apr 2021 12:13:36 -0400 From: "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com> Subject: Re: Can robocalls be tracked? It appears that Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> said: >On Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 03:07:43AM -0000, bob prohaska wrote: >> In the past year or so the flux of robocalls seems to have >> increased. Lately I'm getting five to ten per day. >> >> Is there a way to track them? CallerID I gather is spoofable, so >> that's not very interesting. Do phone carriers keep any records of >> inbound calls? Can ratepayers examine them? > >Oh, my my my ... where do I start? Probably with STIR and SHAKEN. The FCC has gotten buried in complaints and with prodding from Congress, is actually doing something about it. STIR and SHAKEN put cryptographic signatures on the setup messages for VoIP calls so the terminating telco can reliably tell which telco is sending it. They have to do this by June, and if they don't, telcos are allowed to drop unsigned calls and certainly will do so. FCC press release here: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-363399A1.pdf R's, John
Message-ID: <20210416233829.1F532CC0@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2021 23:38:29 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Canada: For Whom The Ringtone Tolls Canada: For Whom The Ringtone Tolls - Federal Court Confirms No Repayment Owed To Telecommunications Companies By SOCAN For Communicating Downloadable Ringtones by Tamara Céline Winegust and Naomi Zener The Blacksonian principle - that law is not made, but merely discovered - does not operate to nullify royalty payments for communicating downloadable musical works by telecommunication made under private settlement agreements between parties or Tariffs certified by the Canadian Copyright Board and not overturned by the courts. The Federal Court's recent decision in Rogers Communication Canada Inc v Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, 2021 FC 207, ("Rogers 2021") confirmed that, notwithstanding the Supreme Court's 2012 decisions in Entertainment Software Association v Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, 2012 SCC 34 ("ESA") and Rogers Communications Inc v Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, 2012 SCC 35 ("Rogers"), telecommunications companies are not entitled to repayment from SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers, the Canadian performing rights organization that controls and administers performance and communication royalties related to the copyright in musical works) for royalties paid with respect to communicating downloadable mobile phone ringtones under certified tariffs and settlement agreements entered into prior to the Supreme Court's decision. Moreover, to the extent those telecommunications companies withheld payments to SOCAN owed under such certified tariffs or settlement agreements, they were now required to pay back the amount withheld, with interest. https://www.mondaq.com/canada/telecoms-mobile-cable-communications/1056862/for-whom-the-ringtone-tolls-federal-court-confirms-no-repayment-owed-to-telecommunications-companies-by-socan-for-communicating-downloadable-ringtones?email_access=on ***** Moderator's Note ***** OK, it's a bit thick even for me, but to my mind, the point is that major players in the various businesses which have become associated with cellular phones are busy staking out turf and trying to get their hooks into every part of the market that they can. Any lawyers reading this are welcome to comment. Bill Horne Moderator
Message-ID: <20210416140936.C1C29CC0@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:09:36 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: New report names fastest 5G network in US - and it's not Verizon By Philip Michaels T-Mobile leads Ookla's 5G rankings, while AT&T is tops at RootMetrics There's a new champ when it comes to the fastest 5G network in the U.S. But who that champ is depends on which testing firm you ask. According to Ookla, the fastest 5G speeds can be found at T-Mobile, based on testing conducted during the first three months of 2021. That's a shift from Ookla's fourth quarter results, when AT&T could boast the fastest 5G performance. https://www.tomsguide.com/news/new-report-names-fastest-5g-mobile-carrier-in-us-and-its-not-verizon

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