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The Telecom Digest for February 15, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 44 : "text" Format
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Re: Many users apparently don't care for CenturyLink (Joseph Singer)
[LightSquared] F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan (danny burstein)

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Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:19:18 -0800 (PST) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Many users apparently don't care for CenturyLink Message-ID: <1329272358.99164.YahooMailClassic@web161502.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:05:36 -0500 Bill Horne wrote: > According to a website called, appropriately enough, pissedconsumer.com, > CenturyLink isn't making many friends lately. Of course, annonymous > statements have to be taken with a grain of salt, but here's a tip: when > people make basic grammar and spelling mistakes, it's often due to anger. Former Northwest Bell/PNWB/USWest users can't get a break. When LCI/Qwest took over USWest (one of the companies formed when the "consent decree" happened in January of 1984) hasn't been able to catch a break. Early on they decided that wireless wasn't a service that would really do them any good, so they sold USWest Cellular to Airtouch PLC, which became Verizon. A few years later they decided that maybe they should try wireless again, so they made a whole new network and operated a CDMA PCS network. Then, Qwest took over, and I guess they didn't know how to operate a PCS network either, and sold the plant to Sprint -- eventually all customers became part of Verizon Wireless. But that's neither here nor there. I knew from the outset, when Qwest got sold out to CenturyLink, that we'd have a situation not entirely dissimilar to what happened in northern New England -- where Verizon bowed out in favor of FairPoint. We've got a company that doesn't know how to run a big area like USWest/Qwest had; the ongoing screwing up of orders, and all the other stuff that's going on with CL. I was never so glad to go completely wireless back in June of 2000 and knowing that I'd never have to deal with Qwest or their successor again.
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:54:47 -0500 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: [LightSquared] F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1202142353370.5941@panix1.panix.com> [ Several readers submitted items on this N.Y. Times article. ] [ I chose to run 'just one'; this one provided the best ] [ summary. -- rdb, temp. mod. ] F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan A proposed wireless broadband network that would provide voice and Internet service using airwaves once reserved for satellite-telephone transmissions should be shelved because it interferes with GPS technology, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. ... The news appears to squash the near-term hopes for the network pushed by LightSquared, a Virginia company that is majority-owned by Philip Falcone, a New York hedge fund manager. --------- rest: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/business/media/fcc-bars-airwave-use-for-broadband-plan.html _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
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