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The Telecom Digest for June 27, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 156 : "text" Format
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Sweeping Effects as Broadband Moves to Meters (Monty Solomon)
Car Survey Shows Fewer Complaints but More With Personal Electronics (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:50:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Sweeping Effects as Broadband Moves to Meters Message-ID: <p06240843cc0fdf0f86f8@[]> Sweeping Effects as Broadband Moves to Meters By BRIAN STELTER June 26, 2012 SAN ANTONIO - The broadband era began with the expectation that Internet connections were like buffets - all you can eat, 24 hours a day. But users are now being prodded to think about how much they're consuming. Here in South Texas, Time Warner Cable customers have been given the online equivalent of a scale in the bathroom, a "usage tracker" that adds up all the household's Facebooking and YouTubing. Customers who sign up for a light plan of 5 gigabytes of broadband - that's the equivalent of two high-definition movie downloads - are rewarded with a $5 discount each month if they don't go over. If they do, they pay $1 for every additional gigabyte. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/27/business/media/internet-providers-testing-metered-plans-for-broadband.html
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:27:54 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Car Survey Shows Fewer Complaints but More With Personal Electronics Message-ID: <p06240824cc0f8e69e41a@[]> Car Survey Shows Fewer Complaints but More With Personal Electronics By BILL VLASIC June 20, 2012 DETROIT - Carmakers are doing a better job than ever eliminating nagging problems like wind noise, paint chips and balky engines. Now the auto industry has to figure out how to make similar improvements in technologies aimed at users, like hands-free audio and navigation systems. The latest automotive quality survey released on Wednesday by the research firm J. D. Power & Associates showed that consumers were reporting fewer overall problems with new vehicles. The luxury brands Lexus, Jaguar and Porsche topped the rankings, while General Motors' Cadillac and GMC divisions were the best performers among the Detroit brands. Yet the high quality scores posted by most automakers were tempered by a growing number of complaints about in-car technologies intended to allow users to issue voice commands, update their Facebook status, look up directions or check the weather forecast. As consumers grow accustomed to ever-more sophisticated cellphones and computers, they are demanding the same level of performance from similar equipment in their cars and trucks, analysts say. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/automobiles/car-survey-shows-fewer-complaints-but-more-with-personal-electronics.html
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