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The Telecom Digest for May 18, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 135 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:
 SkyBOX: DISH Wins a Big One                           (Monty Solomon)
 Re: Does anyone know?                                   (John Levine)
 Re: Caller ID Spoofing Puts Innocent Man In Jail        (David Wolff)
 Re: [Converting cell phone plan] Does anyone know?     (Jeff or Lisa)
 Re: Insights From a Week as a 311 Operator in N.Y.     (Jeff or Lisa)

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Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 07:44:46 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: SkyBOX: DISH Wins a Big One Message-ID: <p06240808c816dc23f52a@[]> SkyBOX: DISH Wins a Big One Forget the balloons, prizes, cheers and rah-rah team spirit ... the BIG win for DISH last week came not in San Antonio but in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Despite widespread expectations to the contrary, the full Federal Circuit Court of Appeals granted DISH Network and EchoStar their petition for a rehearing en banc on the TiVo case. That means that the entire court of six judges will review the injunction against DISH's DVR technology which was upheld by a three judge panel in March. Two of those three judges (with one dissenting) ruled that DISH's workaround of TiVo patents on the DVR systems was insufficient. Had en banc been denied, this could have led to a potentially disastrous shutdown of all DISH DVRs plus a $200 million fine. ... http://www.mediabiz.com/news/skyreport/?edit_id=14152 ***** Moderator's Note ***** Ob Telecom: I think that more and more competitive issues are going to be decided by courts instead of customers. Issues like this one foretell the future of the VoIP and related markets, as semi-dominant players try to stake out parts of the territory. TiVo, of course, is a "One Trick Pony", and (like Stacker) they have no choice but to fight with every tool at their disposal. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: 17 May 2010 00:34:43 -0000 From: John Levine <johnl@iecc.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Does anyone know? Message-ID: <20100517003443.14939.qmail@joyce.lan> >Is there any way he can convert this from a monthly bill to a pre- >paid plan AND KEEP THE SAME PHONE NUMBER? When I cancelled my monthly AT&T service a few years ago, they told me at the store that if I had set up a Gophone account at the same time, they could transfer the number. Plan B is to get any prepaid phone you want, then just tell them to port the number, which is probably a better idea since Gophone is not particularly cheap. R's, John
Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 00:46:11 +0000 (UTC) From: dwolffxx@panix.com (David Wolff) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Caller ID Spoofing Puts Innocent Man In Jail Message-ID: <hsq3kj$q6n$1@reader1.panix.com> In article <zfydnWAga600PnHWnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@giganews.com>, Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> wrote: > Steven wrote: > >>>Me: > >>> If I were the victim I would be speaking with an attorney about the >>> police's haste, and lack of understanding of how lousy Caller ID info >>> can be. Seems like they should have first put a trap on the women's >>> line, then looked at ANI before they went gestapo. >>> > You: > >> The same could be said in the way that The Internet was set up, had some >> changes had been made as the net aged we would not have the spam >> problems we have now, or at least we would really know who the spammer was. >> > > I'm not sure I agree because the PSTN is basically a closed system > unlike the Internet. > > Plus, if someone Spams someone else, the hapless, innocent chef doesn't > end up close to being shot and then spending 5 days in the slammer. "Joe job." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_job Thanks -- David (Remove "xx" to reply.)
Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 20:34:17 -0700 (PDT) From: Jeff or Lisa <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: [Converting cell phone plan] Does anyone know? Message-ID: <ec32b751-4d8a-4e6f-aea6-8661fc770209@y12g2000vbg.googlegroups.com> On May 16, 10:20 am, Randall <rv...@remove-this.insightbb.com> wrote: > The locations where he has his remaining vending machines have a cell   > phone number that's been his for a decade or more; it is AT&T, and he   > pays a monthly bill to keep his service and 250 "free" minutes with   > no roaming charges.  (He is also an OTR trucker, so "no roaming   > charge" is important). > > Is there any way he can convert this from a monthly bill to a pre- > paid plan AND KEEP THE SAME PHONE NUMBER? The carrier, or another carrier, may be willing to switch him to a cheaper monthly plan to keep (or get) him as a customer. In thinking about this, an alternative might be to merely print up new stickers for his machines with whatever phone number he uses for his base of operations.
Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 20:45:58 -0700 (PDT) From: Jeff or Lisa <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Insights From a Week as a 311 Operator in N.Y. Message-ID: <ac20b7f7-9623-41bc-87dd-992a00fc9a16@v37g2000vbv.googlegroups.com> On May 16, 3:53 pm, Monty Solomon <mo...@roscom.com> wrote: > Insights From a Week as a 311 Operator in N.Y. "311" service was highly touted when it was introduced in several large cities. Now newspaper reports like this show up its problems. In my opinion, "311" is a big waste of money. A more efficient use of funds and to better serve the public would be having the following: -- A clear understandable web page, that is indexed by both specific actual names of city departments and typical functions, and the general phone number. One problem of web page 'search' options is that they dig up EVERYTHING which means lots of irrelevent garbage. So if a citizen types in "street repair" they will find a long list of reports, public hearing minutes, city council resolutions, all dating back years. But they will NOT find the phone number of the street repair department. (This has been my actual experience on multiple municipal "user friendly" web pages). -- Every city agency should have a general phone number that is answered (yes, actually answered, not left to ring and ring...) by a knowledgeable person aware of the department's functions. That person would either be able to take down the citizen's request or route the call to the proper person. -- There should be a general city number answered by trained operators aware of the different city departments. -- City managers have to take an honest look at what complaints and requests citizens are calling for and how they respond to such calls. Very often the reality is that they simply don't have enough people and time to answer every call. Creating a "311" center does nothing to solve that problem, as we see by articles like this. -- City employees should be trained in telephone courtesy, have a copy of the city directory handy, and be able to transfer calls they mistakenly receive. Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but the old Bell System used to train businesses and govts on how to serve the public by telephone. The technology has changed a little bit, but the basic principles remain the same. It amazes to see people today in offices (govt and private sector) who don't even know how to transfer a telephone call or proper telephone manners.
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