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The Telecom Digest for March 4, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 60 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
FCC asking for public input re: shutting down cell service (danny burstein)
Verizon questioned - locked bootload software in Android devices (Bill Horne)
Verizon explains locked bootloader stance in letter to FCC (Bill Horne)

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Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 02:55:14 -0500 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: FCC asking for public input re: shutting down cell service Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1203030252110.16206@panix5.panix.com> This is a followup to that decision by BART last year to turn off their cellphone repeaters that extended the networks into the BART system. Lots of people got upset... STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI ON WIRELESS SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS. STMT. News Media Contact: Neil Grace at (202) 418-0506, email: Neil.Grace@fcc.gov OCHJG http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-312760A1.doc http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-312760A1.pdf http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-312760A1.txt Released: 03/01/2012. COMMISSION SEEKS COMMENT ON CERTAIN WIRELESS SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS. (DA No. 12-311). (Dkt No 12-52 ) FCC seeks comment on concerns and issues related to intentional interruptions of wireless service by government authorities for the purpose of ensuring public safety. Comments Due: 04/30/2012. Reply Comments Due: 05/30/2012. http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-311A1.doc http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-311A1.pdf http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-311A1.txt
Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 19:04:12 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon questioned - locked bootload software in Android devices Message-ID: <jiubhv$htn$1@dont-email.me> Verizon write letter in regards to bootloaders, claims they could cause a 'Negative Impact' to customers. by David Pena March 1, 2012 Oh Verizon. What are we going to do with you? The boys over at Droid-Life intercepted a letter from one of their users to Verizon Wireless. The user claims that the locked bootloaders that Verizon loves to put on their phones, violates the "Block C License" . You got to love Big Red's response, as they first talk themselves up before getting to the point of why they are phone Nazis. First and foremost, they begin the letter by stroking their "customer service ego", by saying that they have established excellence to the customer experience. Then they go on saying that if any customer has any questions that they...blah blah BLAH! When they get to the point, they simply state that any changes in the phone's software can cause a negative impact to how the device connects to the network. In their words, "alter the Verizon Wireless Experience". Like it is a freakin' 3D ride at Disneyland. http://androidspin.com/2012/03/01/verizon-writes-letter-in-regards-to-bootloaders-claims-they-could-cause-a-negative-impact-to-customers/ -or- http://goo.gl/CdNGX -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 19:16:04 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon explains locked bootloader stance in letter to FCC Message-ID: <jiuc87$qoc$1@dont-email.me> by Dan Graziano - March 2, 2012 In a response to the FCC following a formal complaint, Verizon Wireless has outlined the company's policy on locked bootloaders. An irate Droid-Life reader became fed up with the carrier's consistent locking of bootloaders on its flagship devices and decided to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. The reader claimed Verizon's policy was in violation of the "Block C license," an agreement the company made when it purchased its 700MHz LTE spectrum. http://www.bgr.com/tag/verizon/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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