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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 22 Jun 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 173 : "text" format

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Re: VOIP Issue
The Supreme Court Decides That Compatible Sotware Is Still Legal
AT&T, T-Mobile don't want to reveal signal strength data

Message-ID: <sao008$ebc$1@gal.iecc.com> Date: 20 Jun 2021 18:04:56 -0000 From: "John Levine" <johnl@taugh.com> Subject: Re: VOIP Issue According to Julian Thomas <Jt@jt-mj.net>: >> On Jun 19, 2021, at 14:18, Fred Atkinson > <fatkinson.remove-this@and-this-too.mishmash.com> wrote: >> >> Does anyone have another suggestion as to how I might be able to >> resolve this issue? >Another voip provider? The provider is Callcentric, whose technical quality is quite good, and who has given me good support when I've been able to ask specific questions. Fred has a whole bunch of VoIP equipment behind a router that has a custom configuration. I've suggested he unplug everything, then plug it back in one item at a time and see when it breaks. My guess is it's either a configuration issue with devices colliding or a busted VoIP phone. R's, John -- Regards, John Levine, johnl@taugh.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies", Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. https://jl.ly
Message-ID: <20210621171505.A234177F@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2021 17:15:04 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: The Supreme Court Decides That Compatible Sotware Is Still Legal Back in the 1980s, everyone used the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet on their PCs. In 1989, Borland released a competitor, Quattro Pro. It used the same menu commands as 1-2-3 so that users could import their 1-2-3 spreadsheets with keyboard macros. Lotus sued Borland, and after a loss in the district court, Borland won on appeal, arguing that the keyboard commands are a "method of operation" and not subject to copyright. Lotus appealed to the Supreme Court, which deadlocked 4-4 (one justice was recused) in 1996. That meant the appeals court decision was affirmed but it did not set a formal precedent. Since then everyone assumed that settled the matter, you can't copyright the way a program works or its interfaces. Well, everyone except one guy in Hawaii. https://jl.ly/Copyright_Law/oragoog.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** Kudos to John for providing the most clear expanation for U.S. "Fair Use" that I have seen to date. ISTR that copyrights used to last for 27 years, and could be renewed once, but I think that was changed at some point. Please tell me what the current law allows. Thank you. Bill Horne Moderator
Message-ID: <20210621172819.EF96577F@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2021 17:28:16 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: AT&T, T-Mobile don't want to reveal signal strength data By Mike Dano T-Mobile boasts that it operates the nation's "largest, fastest, and most reliable 5G network." AT&T once famously bragged that it offers "more bars in more places," and today claims that its network is the "best." But neither carrier wants to provide actual signal strength data to the FCC as the agency works to improve the nation's broadband mapping data. https://www.lightreading.com/5g/atandt-t-mobile-dont-want-to-reveal-signal-strength-data/d/d-id/770349

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