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The Telecom Digest for July 10, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 186 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:
Federal USF Out of Control(Robert Neville)
How to Send Email to SMS Cell Phones, By Carrier(Thad Floryan)

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Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2010 17:26:42 -0600 From: Robert Neville <dont@bother.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Federal USF Out of Control Message-ID: <4C365EB2.7070808@bother.com> The Federal Universal Service Fund along with the Al Gore "I Invented the Internet - You Must Pay For It" slush fund extension is skyrocketing out of control. In January this year the tax was raised to 14.1%, and as of July 1, was raised again to 15%. Now that cellphone companies such as TracFone can tap it to underwrite the cost of "free" cell phones for so-called disadvantaged users, expect the USF to quickly approach the taxation levels previously only seen in hospitality and rental car receipts.
Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2010 20:56:23 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: How to Send Email to SMS Cell Phones, By Carrier Message-ID: <4C369DE7.6030702@thadlabs.com> Earlier today I came across an interesting emergency alert service for residents of Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley), California. As they state on the "About" page (http://www.alertscc.com/about.html): " AlertSCC is a free, easy, and confidential emergency alert service " built on the BlackBoard Connect platform, which is used by counties, " school districts, colleges, and other entities around the country. " The system utilizes telephone voice messages, emails, and text " messages to send alerts. " " The County of Santa Clara has purchased 911 and 411 databases for " the system. Email addresses and phone numbers for mobile devices " must be registered with the system (via this website) to receive " alerts. This alert system is an integral piece of a comprehensive " emergency communications system that the County and cities will " use to communicate with the public during an emergency. Intrigued, I first examined the Blackboard Connect page: http://www.blackboard.com/Alert-Notification/Connect-Platform.aspx I then wanted to sign up for the service in my county and was puzzled by the question "SMS telephone number?". A Google search on "SMS telephone number format" revealed this URL: http://www.appscout.com/2007/10/how_to_send_email_to_sms_cell.php and then I recognized that was how email can be sent to a cellphone and I had forgotten the format for my carrier, AT&T Wireless, since it's been ages since I setup the servers at work (I'm now retired) to call me whenever overtemp, power outage, and other problems hit the data centers. I hope the above URL will prove useful to others, but I'm curious why they list Cingular Wireless and Cellular One. In 1992 I signed up with Cellular One for my first cellphone account and I've kept the account all the way through Cingular to AT&T today (with incredible service and what seems a perpetual monthly free 5,000 minutes among other things; no joke: no dropped calls and extremely strong signal anywhere I travel in the SF Bay Area). Back to the Blackboard Connect: they state on their web pages: " MASS NOTIFICATION " " The Blackboard Connect service provides millions nationwide " with time-sensitive information via voice, text, e-mail and " more. Its the proven way to alert your stakeholders and enhance " their safety by keeping them informed, involved and prepared. Anyone here know HOW they can do that without swamping COs and the cellphone service carriers?
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