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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 01 Jun 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 152 : "text" format

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Texas Makes Significant Strides To Expand Telehealth
Frontier Communications is born of bankruptcy
Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors

Message-ID: <20210527214425.059FC799@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 27 May 2021 21:44:24 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Texas Makes Significant Strides To Expand Telehealth by Matthew M. Shatzkes and Ehiguina L. Borha On April 14, 2021, the Texas House passed House Bill 4 (the "Bill" or "HB4"), a telehealth bill seeking to make permanent the temporary waivers issued during the public health emergency (the "Pandemic") to expand telemedicine. The Bill, sponsored by State Rep. Walter Thomas Price, IV, is intended to provide expansive coverage to Texas citizens and address the technology gaps that exist in more rural communities by incorporating audio-only services into the scope of the telehealth exceptions in the state. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/healthcare/1065146/the-state-of-telehealth-texas--texas-makes-significant-strides-to-expand-telehealth?email_access=on
Message-ID: <20210530183629.50E167A7@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 30 May 2021 18:36:27 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Frontier Communications is born of bankruptcy Frontier Communications will exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and return to the public stock market next week. The company has low debt, a new executive team, and a strategy focused on transforming an aging copper-based communications network into a next-generation network built on fiber optic cables. That's the way cable giants like Charter Communications and Altice USA delivered Over the last decade, shareholders have earned compensation. https://illinoisnewstoday.com/frontier-communications-is-born-of-bankruptcy/217732/
Message-ID: <BB2E41C4-BF52-41D6-85CD-79DF049A8D2B@roscom.com> Date: 29 May 2021 23:37:08 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors Amazon's experiment wireless mesh networking turns users into guinea pigs. If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance. On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don't have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don't have a connection. By default, Amazon devices including Alexa, Echo, Ring, security cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, and Tile trackers will enroll in the system. And since only a tiny fraction of people take the time to change default settings, that means millions of people will be co-opted into the program whether they know anything about it or not. The Amazon webpage linked above says Sidewalk "is currently only available in the US." https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/amazon-devices-will-soon-automatically-share-your-internet-with-neighbors/

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