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The Telecom Digest for December 31, 2012
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Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:49:19 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Summary of the December 24, 2012 Amazon ELB Service Event in the US-East Region Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Summary of the December 24, 2012 Amazon ELB Service Event in the US-East Region We would like to share more details with our customers about the event that occurred with the Amazon Elastic Load Balancing Service ("ELB") earlier this week in the US-East Region. While the service disruption only affected applications using the ELB service (and only a fraction of the ELB load balancers were affected), the impacted load balancers saw significant impact for a prolonged period of time. ... https://aws.amazon.com/message/680587/
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:53:54 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Merger Made Comcast Strong, U.S. Web Users Weak Message-ID: <email@example.com> Merger Made Comcast Strong, U.S. Web Users Weak By Susan Crawford Dec 25, 2012 Bloomberg On a gray day in February 2010, Brian Roberts sat facing the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee. The panel was holding its first hearing on a proposed merger between two of the country's most powerful media companies, the cable distribution giant Comcast Corp. and the entertainment conglomerate NBC Universal. Roberts, the chief executive officer of Comcast, was a calm and friendly witness. If the Justice Department's Antitrust Division and the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger, Comcast's future as the largest distributor of information in the country would be assured. Comcast had been gaining strength as a monopoly provider of wired high-speed Internet access in its territories, while the U.S. was lagging behind other countries when it came to the prices charged for and the speed and capability of this basic communications tool. At the same time, the Internet was becoming the common global medium. With high-speed Internet access, a farmer in Missouri can access weather conditions and crop prices; American Indians on a remote reservation can have their eyes checked by a distant doctor; entrepreneurs and small businesses in California, New York and all the states between can find inexpensive entry points into global markets. ... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-25/merger-made-comcast-strong-u-s-web-users-weak.html
Date: 31 Dec 2012 03:28:01 -0000 From: "John Levine" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon Announces End of 900 Number Billing Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Verizon, which still handles a hefty chunk of landline calls, >will no longer accept any bills from "900" service providers. >That's pretty much the final nail in that coffin. It's more than that, Verizon owns what's left of MCI, which apparently is the only long distance carrier in the US still providing 900 service. So as of Tuesday, there will be no 900 service in the US at all. Good riddance.
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:16:16 -0800 (PST) From: Joseph Singer <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon Announces End of 900 Number Billing Message-ID: <1356988576.36764.YahooMailClassic@web121901.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:57:08 -0500 danny burstein wrote: <<Verizon, which still handles a hefty chunk of landline calls, will no longer accept any bills from "900" service providers. That's pretty much the final nail in that coffin. - Most, perhaps all, cellular, VOIP, cable "phone" services, have blocked this "area code" for quite some time, pretty much speeding it into history. And now it'll be deader than Jimmy Hoffa.>> It's interesting that in the Netherlands 0900 (equivalent to North American 1-900 service) is used for just about everything. To call the police (non 112), infomercial order, telephone customer service, ordering concert tickets well, just about anything will have a 0900 pay by the minute premium number attached to it. I remember inquiring in a Netherlands telecom news group and the Dutch think this is ordinary and in fact the way it should be. It's no wonder really why you never see 0800 number listed and that some 0800 numbers are only four digits.
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