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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 20 Jun 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 171 : "text" format

table of contents
Ohio Legislature seeks to ban municipal broadband
How To Cancel Verizon Phone Service & Tips To Know
AT&T, Verizon are still using spectrum tied to Dish for COVID-19 traffic spikes
VOIP Issue

Message-ID: <ca437f75-6294-82df-d4c8-e7d91a770684@panix.com> Date: 18 Jun 2021 15:42:48 -0400 From: "David" <wb8foz@panix.com> Subject: Ohio Legislature seeks to ban municipal broadband Ohio's Republican-controlled legislature is on the verge of imposing a state law to dramatically restrict the rights of cities and towns to build and operate municipal broadband networks. The Ohio Senate on June 9 approved a budget bill that contains an anti-municipal broadband amendment. It's not a done deal yet, and advocates for public networks are urging the legislature to strip the amendment from the final budget. The budget bill is expected to be hammered out within the next two weeks. If passed, the proposed law could kill existing broadband services and prevent new ones from being deployed. There are reportedly 30 or more municipal broadband providers in Ohio that "would not be allowed to operate so long as there is a private-sector company operating in the area, as there are in most, if not all of the cities." https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/06/ohio-republicans-close-to-imposing-near-total-ban-on-municipal-broadband/
Message-ID: <20210619150949.8C6DA817@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:09:48 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: How To Cancel Verizon Phone Service & Tips To Know Canceling Verizon isn't the most difficult thing in the world, but there are some tips you should know before picking up the phone. Let's dive in. By Joseph Maring Verizon provides some of the most reliable wireless coverage for smartphones, but it's also the most costly carrier in the United States. If Verizon's plans have gotten too expensive, someone isn't happy with the service, or anything else in between, knowing how to cancel a subscription with the company and move on to something else is a must. https://screenrant.com/verizon-phone-service-cancel-how-tips-easy/
Message-ID: <20210619151337.7220D817@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:13:36 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: AT&T, Verizon are still using spectrum tied to Dish for COVID-19 traffic spikes By Mike Dano Coronavirus vaccination rates are slowly but steadily rising in most parts of the US. Disneyland is fully open. Guns 'N Roses is back on tour. But AT&T and Verizon are still citing the COVID-19 pandemic, and possible mobile network traffic spikes resulting from working and schooling from home, as the reasons they need access to additional spectrum from the FCC. https://www.lightreading.com/5g/atandt-verizon-are-still-using-spectrum-tied-to-dish-for-covid-19-traffic-spikes/d/d-id/770331?_mc=RSS_LR_EDT
Message-ID: <F5B7CC36-15E5-4A5D-B679-E97F94C97528@mishmash.com> Date: 19 Jun 2021 08:16:10 -0700 From: "Fred Atkinson" <fatkinson.remove-this@and-this-too.mishmash.com> Subject: VOIP Issue I have been having a rather severe issue with my VOIP service for quite some time (months). My VOIP provider is not willing to go the distance to help me resolve it. I have had cases open with my VOIP provider, the equipment vendor of the VOIP hardware that I use, and the technical support for the router that I use at home (the router is not intended for residential service. It is something that would be used by a small to mid-sized business and is quite configurable]. Everyone is pointing the finger elsewhere. No one is owning the problem. I did get the router support to agree to a phone meet with my VOIP provider. But the VOIP provider is refusing to participate. This was a very effective means of resolving these issues [that I used when I worked with other vendors] when I worked on MCI WATS and data lines. We always resolved the issue this way. It certainly was better than each player denying the problem was theirs and pointing to another player. Nothing is more frustrating to a customer than the the finger pointing scenario. The audio quality is fine [once we can finally hear each other]. The issue is that [when I answer an incoming call on one of my VOIP extensions] it takes fifteen to twenty seconds after I answer before I can hear the calling party. When this happens, the other extensions keep ringing [even though I have answered the incoming call] until I can hear the caller. The same is true when I make an outgoing call, it is fifteen to twenty seconds after the called party answers before they can hear me. Often, the caller or the called party hangs up before the conversation can begin. Does anyone have another suggestion as to how I might be able to resolve this issue? Regards, Fred

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