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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 17 Mar 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 43 : "text" format

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U.S. Dept. of Defense awards Verizon nearly a billion in new business
T-Mobile CFO disses competition from cable MVNOs
Here's who is leading AT&T's quest for broadband grants
OAN owners sue AT&T after it dropped right-wing network, alleging a 'coordinated political scheme'
Re: August 2nd, 2022 – The Decommissioning of Copper Gets Real

Message-ID: <20220316175310.109C28B7@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2022 17:53:10 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: U.S. Dept. of Defense awards Verizon nearly a billion in new business Media contact(s) Geoffrey Basye (202) 748-1882 geoffrey.basye@verizon.com WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded Verizon Public Sector three Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) task order awards worth $966.5 million. Verizon will provide network modernization services and technical support services to the Pentagon, the DOD National Capital Region (NCR) and Fort Belvoir. Under the Pentagon task order valued at $515.3 million, Verizon will partner with the DOD to transition the entire Pentagon military and civilian population from copper-based telephony to advanced internet protocol (IP)-based services, providing a converged-enterprise environment for the Pentagon's voice and data services. This includes converting more than 52,000 voice lines to an integrated IP environment with optimized voice and video services. Verizon professional services will provide the DOD with a dedicated support team to help plan, design and implement network upgrades and new equipment at the Pentagon. https://www.verizon.com/about/news/us-dept-defense-awards-verizon-nearly-1-billion-new-business Bill -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220316191231.DB5A48B7@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2022 19:12:31 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: T-Mobile CFO disses competition from cable MVNOs T-Mobile US CFO Peter Osvaldik claims his company isn't threatened by cable operators offering more competitively priced low-tier and mid-tier unlimited MVNO plans. Osvaldik (pictured) used an investor conference yesterday (15 March) to argue that T-Mobile US enjoys competition because it creates "consideration" moments for consumers and enterprises that his company tends to win. Despite Charter Communications and Comcast continuing to add wireless subscribers in the US through their respective MVNO agreements with Verizon, Osvaldik doesn't see them as much of a threat. Charter and Comcast both had more than 2 million wireless subscribers as of the most recent fourth quarter, which includes subscribers using Wi-Fi (GSMA Intelligence puts T-Mobile's connections base at 109 million). https://www.mobileworldlive.com/featured-content/top-three/t-mobile-cfo-disses-competition-from-cable-mvnos -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220316190359.DF2888B7@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2022 19:03:59 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Here's who is leading AT&T's quest for broadband grants By Diana Goovaerts AT&T CEO John Stankey revealed the operator has set up a dedicated internal team to focus on chasing its fair share of the billions in government funding being allocated for broadband deployments. An operator representative told Fierce that effort is being led by President of Broadband Access and Adoption Jeff Luong. Luong has been with AT&T for more than 15 years, assuming his current role in June 2021. Before that, he spent five years as the operator's VP of access construction and engineering, his LinkedIn profile shows. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/broadband/heres-whos-leading-atts-government-funding-push -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220316185755.90D428B7@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2022 18:57:55 +0000 (UTC) From: Sean Murphy <murphy.s@remove-this.telecomdigest.net> Subject: OAN owners sue AT&T after it dropped right-wing network, alleging a 'coordinated political scheme' Herring Networks could take a more than $1 billion hit from AT&T and DirecTV's decision not to renew One America News, according to the lawsuit. Right-wing cable network One America News is suing Dallas-based AT&T and DirecTV, alleging the companies breached their contract with OAN and conspired with a company currently suing OAN's owners. AT&T and DirecTV became the target of liberal criticism over the last year for continuing to carry the pro-Donald Trump OAN network which helped spread misinformation about the 2020 election being stolen – in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/local-companies/2022/03/15/oan-owners-sue-att-after-dropping-right-wing-network-allege-coordinated-political-scheme/
Message-ID: <t0tpcp$mto$1@dont-email.me> Date: 16 Mar 2022 17:46:47 -0500 From: "GlowingBlueMist" <GlowingBlueMist@blackhole.io> Subject: Re: August 2nd, 2022 - The Decommissioning of Copper Gets Real On 3/15/2022 9:59 AM, Bill Horne wrote: > On Mon, Mar 14, 2022 at 10:58:41PM -0700, Fred Atkinson wrote: >> >> Networks are aging, parts are unavailable, and technicians are >> retiring. If your organization uses copper-based services, make >> a plan to eliminate them quickly. >> >> https://www.nojitter.com/consultant-perspectives/decommissioning-copper-gets-real > > The "nojitter" article is a paen to the all-mighty "MOTHER BELL" and > her infinite wisdom: Ms. Munro's breathless boosterism includes these > paragraphs: > > Carriers have quietly tried to eliminate POTS lines, DSL, primary > rate interfaces (PRIs), and private data services delivered over > this old copper cable network. Carriers have been slowly > attempting to discourage continued use of these services, by > increasing pricing, not renewing contracts, ending maintenance > and support, and requiring customers to move to VoIP (fiber) > based services. > > The subtle approach changed recently when Verizon Business sent a > notice to all of its channel sales organizations that said all > customers with a current VZB POTS line must completely migrate to > a new product no later than April 30, 2022. Customers who don'dt > migrate will be subject to disconnection on or after April 30, > 2022. Verizon Business operates in about a dozen states. Though > Verizon Business only mentions POTS lines, this announcement has > big implications for everyone. > > First, the obvious: VoIP is not equal to fiber. Phone companies love > VoIP because it hides a multitude of sins, like the ongoing efforts to > shuffle all trunk lines on to the Internet, thus externalizing the > cost of maintaining them on to <anyone else>. The virtual-circuit, > switched-with-links-in-tandem paradigm is now passé. What nobody wants > to think about is the dramatic increases in fire and theft insurnce > costs which the business owners are soon to be hit with, since their > dedicted-pair phone lines are soon to be "as available" connections > which are neither "always on," nor reliable. > > Second, the all-too-obvious: "Carriers" haven't done anything > "quietly." They have been trying, in ways both subtle and gross, to > rid themselve of their well-paid, hard-working, loyal, and, yes, aging > union workforce. It seems the old "Get in the truck" dedication and > "hard work is its own reward" tradition is no longer fashionable, at > least when the executives at the ilec's have to choose between their > million-dollar bonuses or loyalty to the men and women who made them > possible, and the union men who raised their familiess and paid their > mortgages with notions of hard work, best-in-the-world service, and > no-excuses "always on" service are soon to be museum displays. In my area the the last two or more years the DSL and phone company have been actively forcing their network into failure by removing the rain tight covers off of any junction point when technicians make ANY repair or installation. They throw away the actual cover and replace it with an orange plastic bag and a zip tie or two. As the bags age and fall apart they are not replaced. They are doing this on all above ground connections. From talking to the technicians (off the record) the goal is to make things bad enough that they can go crying to the local authorities and try to get them to pay for part or all of a fiber replacement of the "bad" cables.

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