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The Telecom Digest for April 22, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 100 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
NYS AG claims Sprint has been shorting on sales tax (danny burstein)
Sure an interesting job... (Lou Meiss)
Bell Canada is using door-to-door salespeople (Nigel Allen)
Smartphone ticketing set for commuter rail (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:08:35 -0400 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: NYS AG claims Sprint has been shorting on sales tax Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1204202105520.25058@panix5.panix.com> [press release] A.G. Schneiderman Files Groundbreaking Tax Fraud Lawsuit Against Sprint For Over $300 Million Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against Sprint-Nextel Corp. for deliberately under-collecting and underpaying millions of dollars in New York state and local sales taxes on flat-rate access charges for wireless calling plans. ..... Since 2002, New York Tax Law has required mobile phone companies to collect and pay sales taxes on the full amount of their monthly access charges for their calling plans. For example, when a customer pays Sprint a fixed monthly charge of $39.99 for 450 minutes of mobile calling time, the law requires Sprint to collect and pay sales taxes on the entire $39.99. According to the Attorney General's complaint, starting in 2005, Sprint illegally failed to collect and pay New York sales taxes on an arbitrarily set portion of its revenue from these fixed monthly access charges. To carry out this plan, Sprint repeatedly and knowingly submitted false records and statements to New York State tax authorities. Sprint concealed this practice from taxing authorities, its competitors, and its customers. ------ rest (PDF): http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-files-groundbreaking-tax-fraud-lawsuit-against-sprint-over-300-million -or- http://goo.gl/nCoJg _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:43:15 -0700 From: Lou Meiss <lmeiss@cox.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Sure an interesting job... Message-ID: <20120421164314.GPRD4155.fed1rmfepo102.cox.net@fed1rmimpo210.cox.net> Have you seen the article about our moderator? I'm sure he hasn't tried "Tugging on Superman's cape. Spitting into the wind. [or] Pulling the mask off the Lone Ranger." None of those tempt fate like becoming the moderator of an online tech forum. Take a look at "Dirty Job #4" (3rd page) at:- http://ifwnewsletters.newsletters.infoworld.com/t/8182461/122567729/625820/0/ Great job!! +--------------------------------------------------------------+ 73's de Lou, WA6EPD E-Mail - lmeiss@cox.net Web Page - www.qsl.net/wa6epd PGP/GnuPG Key ID 0xE65060A9 EchoLink Node #502512 (WA6EPD) ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ---- If only Bill Gates had a nickel for every time Windows crashed. OH! Wait! .... he does! A day without Windows is like a day without a nuclear incident.
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 15:22:57 -0400 From: "Nigel Allen" <ndallen@interlog.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Bell Canada is using door-to-door salespeople Message-ID: <BD705CEA9390421DA66094E8D442095C@NigelPC> I just had a unsolicited visit at my front door from a Bell Canada salesperson who wanted to sell me Bell's television service. I didn't ask whether he was a Bell Canada employee or an employee of a contractor. Generally speaking, it is unwise to purchase anything from a door-to-door salesperson. Nigel Allen Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 23:55:48 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Smartphone ticketing set for commuter rail Message-ID: <p06240818cbb930c40ff3@[]> Smartphone ticketing set for commuter rail April 21, 2012|By Eric Moskowitz Commuter rail riders will be able to purchase and display tickets on their smartphones later this year, instead of fumbling with cash or fishing for prepaid paper tickets and passes, under an agreement signed Friday by the MBTA. With an estimated two-thirds of riders carrying smartphones, the application could also make fare collection more efficient on crowded trains and reduce on-board cash transactions for the MBTA, which runs the nation's fifth-busiest commuter rail network. Mobile ticketing applications are widely used in England, but the T would be the first major US commuter rail to offer passengers an alternative to paper. ... http://articles.boston.com/2012-04-21/metro/31374624_1_commuter-rail-smartphone-application-qr http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/04/21/mbta_bringing_smartphone_ticketing_to_commuter_rail/?page=full -or- http://goo.gl/Nzfzp
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