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The Telecom Digest for May 26, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 133 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Touch Tone fourth-column transaction application(Lisa or Jeff)
Re: Pre-paid SIM cards in the US(Adam H. Kerman)
Comcast Says No to Usage-Based Billing(Neal McLain)
Google to expand ultra-fast broadband to KC, Mo.(Neal McLain)

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Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 12:17:33 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Touch Tone fourth-column transaction application Message-ID: <6f3685b9-184a-4ad1-a613-5997bf62ff3c@x6g2000yqj.googlegroups.com> In the 1970s the Bell System developed a Transaction Telephone and support network to provide for things like checking account balance and credit card verification. It developed a series of telephone sets, networks, message switching, software, and testing administration facilities to meet this service. A series of article describing the service may be found at: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/bstj/vol57-1978/bstj-vol57-issue10.html In one article, they make use of the fourth column (a-d) of Touch Tone buttons not found on normal telephones (but often mentioned for Autovon service). These keys are used to send special signals. The specific article may be found at: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/bstj/vol57-1978/articles/bstj57-10-3331.pdf The telephone sets include a keypad. However, this keypad uses a different type of switch than found on Western Electric Touch Tone pads; rather used on calculator keypads.
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 20:39:49 +0000 (UTC) From: "Adam H. Kerman" <ahk@chinet.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Pre-paid SIM cards in the US Message-ID: <irjpel$dc6$1@news.albasani.net> John Mayson <john@mayson.us> wrote: >Here's the verdict. >Earlier this year a coworker from Malaysia went to San Jose and >neither AT&T Mobility nor T-Mobile USA would sell him a SIM card >telling him his only option was buying the prepaid phone. >A second coworker went over armed with the information you gave me >plus some digging I did. >AT&T would not sell him a SIM telling him before they could sell him >one he needed a phone number and to have a phone number he needed an >account with AT&T. >T-Mobile gladly sold him one and it works great. I'm with the AT&T clerk on this one, for I am confused as to how he could have a SIM card without a telephone number. What was the objection, that he didn't want a cell phone number geographiccally assigned to San Jose? Did T-Mobile sell him a SIM card also assigned to existing telephone number geographically assigned to Malaysia? For GSM cell phone users, is one SIM card per telephone number typical? Is GSM engineered to allow multiple activated SIMs per telephone number?
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 14:31:35 -0500 From: Neal McLain <nmclain@annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Comcast Says No to Usage-Based Billing Message-ID: <4DDD5917.2060403@annsgarden.com> by Jeff Baumgartner, lightreading.com, May 24, 2011 Don't expect Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) to follow AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and CableOne and launch a usage-based billing (UBB) model for broadband services anytime soon. Speaking at a Barclays Capital conference this morning, Comcast CFO Mike Angelakis was adamant that UBB models just aren't in the cards at the moment, and that the MSO is content with its current Internet usage policy, which keeps "excessive use" in check via a monthly 250-gigabyte cap. http://tinyurl.com/3zo7hrm
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 14:32:47 -0500 From: Neal McLain <nmclain@annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Google to expand ultra-fast broadband to KC, Mo. Message-ID: <4DDD595F.70608@annsgarden.com> Associated Press, May 17, 2011 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) More than a month after Kansas City, Kan., announced it would be the first place to get Google's ultra-fast broadband service, Kansas City, Mo., leaders declared their city the envy of the entire world after the search engine giant said it was expanding the service to their town. Google announced in March it had picked Kansas City, Kan., as the inaugural site for its "Fiber for Communities" program, which is expected to deliver Internet access 100 times faster than broadband connections offered by telephone and cable companies. http://tinyurl.com/3j4448c
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