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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 06 Feb 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 23 : "text" format

table of contents
Monthly TCPA Digest – January 2022
Recent Decision Underscores Importance Of TCPA Safe Harbor And Obtaining Valid Consent
Tech & Telecom Weekly – January 31, 2022
Bargaining Update – Frontier Communication
Is work-from-home really the wave of the future?
Re: Bluetooth Keeps Stopping
ISPs lose latest California net neutrality challenge

Message-ID: <20220203201449.9A80079A@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2022 20:14:49 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Monthly TCPA Digest – January 2022 by Russell H. Fox , Joshua Briones , Jonathan P. Garvin , Esteban Morales and Matthew Novian We are pleased to present our latest Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In this issue's Regulatory Update, we cover the FCC's clarified guidance for callers using the Reassigned Numbers Database (RND). As we've noted previously, to avoid TCPA liability, high-volume callers should set up a process for checking the RND before making calls. We also discuss the TRACED Act Annual Report to Congress. Issued on December 28, it includes a wealth of information on TCPA complaints and related actions by the FCC as well as other data relevant to our readers. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/telecoms-mobile-cable-communications/1154722/monthly-tcpa-digest-january-2022?email_access=onBill
Message-ID: <20220203203349.8D00679A@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2022 20:33:49 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Recent Decision Underscores Importance Of TCPA Safe Harbor And Obtaining Valid Consent by John D. Huh and Simeon Poles Over the past year, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) landscape has undergone a series of significant shifts. TCPA defendants received a boost last year when the Supreme Court of the United States narrowed a key statutory definition in Facebook v. Duguid. Plaintiffs adjusted quickly with novel theories around the issue of whether minors can validly consent (Hall v. Smosh Dot Com., Inc.) to receive automated calls and text messages under the law. Now, a federal district court in the state of Washington has issued a decision in Johansen v. EFinancial, LLC, No. 2:20-CV-01351-DGE, 2022 WL 168170 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 18, 2022), that highlights the importance of the TCPA safe harbor and the need for companies to be careful when obtaining consent through electronic means. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/telecoms-mobile-cable-communications/1155290/recent-decision-underscores-importance-of-tcpa-safe-harbor-and-obtaining-valid-consent?email_access=on -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220203212604.77E0679A@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2022 21:26:04 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Tech & Telecom Weekly – January 31, 2022 by Stephanie A. Joyce FCC Policy The FCC has released the Tentative Agenda for its next Open Meeting scheduled for February 18, 2022. It contains four items, including a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing reforms to the Rural Health Care Program and a Report and Order eliminating and amending "outmoded or unnecessary broadcast technical rules." Legislative Affairs The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled "Respecting Artists with the American Music Fairness Act" on February 2, 2022, at 10:00am ET. It will be live-streamed here. The bill under discussion, H.R. 4130, was introduced June 24, 2021. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/music-and-the-arts/1156666/tech-telecom-weekly--january-31-2022-?email_access=on -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220203214239.7AC0479A@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2022 21:42:39 +0000 (UTC) From: Sean Murphy <murphy.s@remove-this.telecomdigest.net> Subject: Bargaining Update – Frontier Communication After months of bargaining, mobilizing, and the threat of a strike, CWA members at Frontier Communications in Connecticut (CWA Local 1298) and New York (CWA Locals 1170, 1111, and 1122) reached a tentative agreement on Monday. The new 3-year agreement includes wage increases, elimination of two-tier medical plans, and protection of call center jobs, and it retains the current 401(k) matching and pension plans. This win follows a tentative agreement reached by Frontier members in California last week. The members wrote thousands of emails to Frontier executives, participated in countless rallies, and engaged members of the public and elected officials. These agreements are reflective of the power the members generated by actively mobilizing and fueling the strength of their bargaining committees. https://cwa-union.org/news/bargaining-update-183
Message-ID: <20220205214457.GA16404@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2022 21:44:57 +0000 From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Is work-from-home really the wave of the future? Here's a post from a couple of years ago, which now seems prophetic ... Bill -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ----- Forwarded message from Bill Horne <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.remove-this.telecom-digest.org> ----- Date: 30 May 2020 13:11:55 -0400 From: Bill Horne <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.remove-this.telecom-digest.org> To: Telecom Digest <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Is work-from-home really the wave of the future? Message-ID: <aaa108bf-0143-194b-9a77-da04057201a9@gmail.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" Is work-from-home really the wave of the future? A look at the pros, cons by Jason Gold and Alec Stapp WASHINGTON, D.C. Zillow CEO Rich Barton recently tweeted that he was giving all employees the option to work from home for the rest of 2020. My personal opinions about WFH (work from home) have been turned upside down over the past 2 months. I expect this will have a lasting influence on the future of work - and home. Barton's epiphany about working from home - echoed by other U.S. business leaders - may mark a decisive shift toward pervasive telework in the post-pandemic economy. Before COVID-19 appeared, just five percent of the U.S. workforce worked remotely full-time. Now, thanks to America's extensive digital infrastructure, two-thirds of employees are working from home. https://www.wraltechwire.com/2020/05/30/is-work-from-home-really-the-wave-of-the-future-a-look-at-the-pros-cons/ ----- End forwarded message ----- -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator
Message-ID: <stjmo2$tdc$1@dont-email.me> Date: 4 Feb 2022 12:11:36 -0500 From: "Michael Trew" <michael.trew@att.net> Subject: Re: Bluetooth Keeps Stopping On 2/2/2022 9:31, Bill Horne wrote: > As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was given a Google Pixel Fi phone by a kind neighbor. I got a Verizon SIM from Ting.com, and > looked forward to have a "new" phone. > > It makes and receives calls OK, but there's a problem: > > Every few seconds, it pops up a notice that says "Bluetooth Keeps Stopping," with options to send a problem report, stop the app, > or obtain app information. It's never-ending: I keep pushing "Stop the APP," and it keeps coming back a few seconds later. > > Please tell me if you know of any cure for his problem, and thanks for your help. > > Bill Not my area of expertise, but have you tried turning the blue-tooth setting on and off? With Apple phones, one can do a "hard reset" by holding the home and power buttons at the same time until it reboots. I imagine that Android phones have a similar function.
Message-ID: <stjij4$c0$2@dont-email.me> Date: 4 Feb 2022 11:00:42 -0500 From: "Michael Trew" <michael.trew@att.net> Subject: ISPs lose latest California net neutrality challenge More states could act after ISPs lose latest California net neutrality challenge The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dealt ISP groups a blow, as a three-judge panel upheld the state of California's right to implement its own net neutrality rules. Analysts at New Street Research tipped the decision to prompt more state action on the issue. At the heart of the case is a 2018 law that the state passed to codify net neutrality regulations after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed its own open internet rules in late 2017. The California law was promptly challenged in separate lawsuits by industry groups and the Department of Justice. The latter withdrew its case in February 2021. A district court judge ruled against the ISP groups that same month, prompting them to appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The industry groups had argued that California's law was superseded by federal regulations from the FCC. But the Ninth Circuit judges determined that by classifying broadband internet services as information services in the repeal order, the FCC forfeited "the authority to regulate in the same manner that it did when these services were classified as telecommunications services." Thus, the FCC "could not preempt state action, like SB-822, that protects net neutrality." https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/more-states-could-act-after-isps-lose-latest-california-net-neutrality-challenge

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