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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 15 Jun 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 166 : "text" format

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MO: Columbia, Joplin win millions in lawsuit against CenturyLink
Requesting Help Identifying Unknown Object – Possibly Telecom Related
CenturyLink seeks to ease Minnesota landline repair rules

Message-ID: <20210614165300.7BA11794@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2021 16:52:59 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: MO: Columbia, Joplin win millions in lawsuit against CenturyLink COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A judge has ruled that the city of Columbia should receive nearly $54 million in a lawsuit filed against its internet and telephone services provider. St. Louis County Circuit Judge Ellen Ribaudo also awarded the city of Joplin $1.1 million. The two cities sued Spectra Communications Group, which is owned CenturyLink, in 2014 over unpaid local taxes. Under the ruling, Columbia will also keep $2.3 million in business license taxes that CenturyLink paid under protest. https://www.koamnewsnow.com/columbia-joplin-win-millions-in-lawsuit-against-centurylink/
Message-ID: <CADAwSRc5xpPixDsuS0977btvdH=WcY4yfVEeZWL9LhgXGdMoLg@mail.gmail.com> Date: 13 Jun 2021 15:41:37 -0400 From: "Dan Urban" <dwurban512@gmail.com> Subject: Requesting Help Identifying Unknown Object - Possibly Telecom Related Good evening, My name is Daniel Urban and for months now I have been trying to identify this object that I and a few others have pictures of. I've been posting all over the internet trying to get answers for its origin, but can't find anybody who knows exactly what it is. As far as we know, only 2 of these objects have ever been found, and their origin is a bit of a mystery. Both objects are made of aluminum and weigh approximately 2 pounds. The only writing on the object are the words VOICE, TONE, and RECEIVE (though RECEIVE has been sanded off on both objects). There are no part numbers, information plates, or any other sort of writing on the device. Both objects were found in the United States in California sometime in the early to mid 1980s, likely at an electronic surplus yard like Apex Electronics. Once found, they were used as movie props, which is how we know about them. But nothing is known about what they were before then. Our current idea is that they're related to military communications, due to the only wording on the thing being VOICE, TONE, and RECEIVE, commonly used words for transceivers, and it's basic, cold design similar to other military devices. Some more specific ideas we've discussed is the possibility of it being part of a Military teletype RTTY/RATT system, but haven't gotten any definitive proof of this yet. However, I did find your contact information via an RTTY website, so I'm messaging you in hopes that you may be able to help us shed some light on this mystery. I've uploaded a handful of pictures of the object: to see the pictures, including dimensions and CAD cutaways of the insides, please check this link: https://imgur.com/a/JpRw4tB. Any help you can provide is very much appreciated! Thank you for your time, Dan Urban
Message-ID: <20210614165513.08D28794@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2021 16:55:12 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: CenturyLink seeks to ease Minnesota landline repair rules MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Telecommunications company CenturyLink has asked Minnesota utility regulators to ease a decades-old rule that requires it to give priority for repairs to landline customers, saying the requirement is obsolete in an era dominated by broadband communications. https://www.avpress.com/business/centurylink-seeks-to-ease-minnesota-landline-repair-rules/article_e92bb4f6-c988-11eb-8a00-434137bad432.html

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