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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 12 Jan 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 9 : "text" format

table of contents
Senate: Confirm Gigi Sohn to the FCC
Look Out For The Rising Costs Of ILEC Local Services
Is A Survey An Advertisement?
T-Mobile begins blocking iPhone users from enabling iCloud Private Relay in the US

Message-ID: <20220111200002.643BA7FE@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 20:00:02 +0000 (UTC) From: Telecom Digest Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Subject: Senate: Confirm Gigi Sohn to the FCC Our union siblings in the Communication Workers of America have been fighting for broadband for all built right by union workers, and are urging the Senate to swiftly advance the nomination of Gigi Sohn for Commissioner of the FCC. The FCC normally has five commissioners, but there is currently a vacant seat, and without a full commission, it will be difficult to move forward on making sure that all Americans have the services they need. Throughout her career, Sohn has been a staunch advocate for the expansion of affordable internet access. During the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, she was a key CWA ally in the fight to protect jobs, and she knows that to build broadband better we need effective state oversight. Sohn will continue to fight for workers and consumers as Commissioner of the FCC. https://aftmichigan.org/weekly-update-january-10-2022/

Message-ID: <bb60f6a4-0d96-79b2-f45f-25fe67f04e06@gmail.com> Date: 11 Jan 2022 16:24:08 -0500 From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Look Out For The Rising Costs Of ILEC Local Services by Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP Do enterprises still use POTS lines?=C2=A0 Well, the ILECs appear to be asking the same question, because there is a disturbing trend taking place with ILEC pricing.=C2=A0 For example, one well-known ILEC recently raised its list rate for POTS services by a whopping 50%. Listen to this 9 minute podcast as TC2 Directors Theresa Knutson, Julie Gardner, and Joe Schmidt discuss why enterprises still use POTS lines for services like elevator phones, explain why ILECs are imposing these huge price increases, and offer insight on what you need to do. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/telecoms-mobile-cable-communications/1148782/look-out-for-the-rising-costs-of-ilec-local-services?email_access=on -- I don't want to say that I'm old and worn out, but I'm never anywhere near the curb on trash day

Message-ID: <9e025d35-fecf-67b0-b148-eae158b904be@gmail.com> Date: 11 Jan 2022 16:16:12 -0500 From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Is A Survey An Advertisement? by Jeffrey A. Greenbaum TheTelephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 <https://www.fcc.gov/sites/default/files/tcpa-rules.pdf>(the "TCPA") prohibits the sending, by fax, of unsolicited advertisements. In 2019, the Juva Skin and Laser Center received two unsolicited faxes from Focus Forward, a market research company that was soliciting people to participate in market research surveys. Juva sued the Focus Forward in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that the sending of the faxes violated the TCPA. The District Court dismissed the case, and the Second Circuit recently affirmed the decision. Here's why. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/advertising-marketing-branding/1148874/is-a-survey-an-advertisement?email_access=on

Message-ID: <96D64268-0532-4777-96DE-93A4CC7A05DD@roscom.com> Date: 10 Jan 2022 16:35:31 -0500 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: T-Mobile begins blocking iPhone users from enabling iCloud Private Relay in the US T-Mobile begins blocking iPhone users from enabling iCloud Private Relay in the US Earlier today, a report indicated that some European carriers were blocking the Private Relay feature introduced by Apple with iOS 15. This feature is designed to give users an additional layer of privacy by ensuring that no one can view the websites that they visit. Now, in addition to some carriers in Europe, it appears that T-Mobile/Sprint in the United States is also blocking iCloud Private Relay access when connected to cellular data. https://9to5mac.com/2022/01/10/t-mobile-block-icloud-private-relay/

And-the-truth-of-the-matter-is deptartment ....

In their insatiable quest for knowledge about every aspect of our online lives, T-Mobile/Sprint are sabotaging any chance Apple users may have had to keep their click list private - or at least limited to Apple's walled garden of Mac Minions. Of course, what they really want is the CONTENT of every interaction with every website, but for their purposes the click list will suffice: this is a part of intelligence gathering known as "Traffic Analysis," which tells the eavesdropper enough to make business decisions such as which vendor of which product or service they can offer "enhanced" access - to the identities of the customers whom are looking at competitors' websites, or seeking help with a serious illness, or finding out which of them wants to read the views of rabble-rousing un-americun opponents in upcoming elections, etc., etc.

Ain't no bystanders in this battle, folks: you are what you eat, and the advertising agencies are busy constructing more fairy tales about how you should be glad to swallow more … ah, "postive images" … which will convince you that things are fine the way they are and that you should never question your betters leaders.

Bill Horne

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