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Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 08:07:04 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Sprint May Soon Cut Ties With LightSquared Message-ID: <email@example.com> Sprint May Soon Cut Ties With LightSquared By GREG BENSINGER NEW YORK--Sprint Nextel Corp. may cut ties with billionaire Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. as soon as mid-month as the wireless start-up has struggled to get regulatory approval for a nationwide fourth-generation mobile broadband network, according to people familiar with the situation. Sprint may take advantage of a contract clause that would let it end its relationship with LightSquared as early as March 16, the people said. Sprint and LightSquared last year signed a 15-year accord to share network building and operations costs, an arrangement LightSquared said could save it $13 billion through the end of the decade. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204781804577267552181746144.html -or- http://goo.gl/mccet -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) ***** Moderator's Note ***** The Wall Street Journal site sometimes demands that users subscribe before they can read the entire story. AFAICT, this one is an exception. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 08:36:37 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Broadband forum: Century Link is horrible Message-ID: <email@example.com> This is from the CNET Broadband forum Broadband forum: Century Link is horrible I had service from Century Link for roughly a year. During that time I never once got the speed they claimed. I was paying for 3mb/s and most of the time it stayed at 1. I have seen it go as low as 300kbps however. In late December early January I decided I had had enough and would not like to renew service. I called them and notified their customer service representative that I would like to discontinue service. The representative I spoke to said that would be fine and that service would not continue. As soon as my payment was received they reconnected service and now are saying I am on the hook for several months of service I had explicitly asked to be disconnected from. They claim that there is no record of the call even though I can show very clearly from my phone records that I spoke to them twice in the two days prior to payment being sent. When I asked to see their records of my calls the second level manager I spoke to said he could not authorize that and that it could take a week for them to get that information to me. Like he couldn't just do a print screen and e-mail it. He also said that even if I had asked for service to be disconnected it would have been reconnected automatically because I paid electronically through my bank rather than paying over the phone. That also makes a whole lot of sense. http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7583_102-528538/century-link-is-horrible/ -or- http://goo.gl/gj84x (Full disclosure: I used to work at CenturyLink) -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) ***** Moderator's Note ***** I'm not usually comfortable with anonymous postings, even from a source like CNET, but I'm making an exception in this case, because it occurs to me that there is almost no negative publicity concerning CenturyLink anywhere on the net. I suspect that the firm has paid search-engine-optimization specialists to flood the Google archive with fluff: I couldn't find any Google entry showing any major news outlet that is even vaguely critical of CenturyLink, and that scares me. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 13:06:15 -0800 From: "Jon Danniken" <jonSPAMMENOTdanniken@yahSPAMhoo.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Broadband forum: Century Link is horrible Message-ID: <email@example.com> "Bill Horne" <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > > I'm not usually comfortable with anonymous postings, even from a > source like CNET, but I'm making an exception in this case, because it > occurs to me that there is almost no negative publicity concerning > CenturyLink anywhere on the net. I suspect that the firm has paid > search-engine-optimization specialists to flood the Google archive with > fluff: I couldn't find any Google entry showing any major news outlet > that is even vaguely critical of CenturyLink, and that scares me. Try typing "centurylink sucks" in the search engine; I got a number of results that way. sidenote: google no longer has the "search settings" button available, so I am limited to 10 results per page (this is without logging in - I don't log to use google). Jon
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 08:20:42 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Sprint can't sit with the cook kids Message-ID: <email@example.com> Poor Sprint gets nothing as Verizon, AT&T nab 4G iPads by Roger Cheng March 7, 2012 2:44 PM PST Sprint, despite carrying the iPhone, didn't get an iPad of its own, unlike AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Apparently, Sprint Nextel's seat at the cool kids' table got revoked by Apple. As AT&T and Verizon Wireless got their hands on a shiny new 4G-enabled iPad, Sprint got stuck with zilch. "Sprint is not carrying the iPad at this time," said a Sprint spokesman. He declined to comment on whether the company would eventually get to sell the device. It's a bitter pill to swallow considering Sprint has committed to $20 billion over the next few years to carry the iPhone. While AT&T and Verizon Wireless get to bask in the afterglow of the new iPad announcement, Sprint has to sit quietly with its iPhones as its sole source of comfort. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57392790-1/poor-sprint-gets-nothing-as-verizon-at-t-nab-4g-ipads/ -or- http://goo.gl/5kaSc -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: 8 Mar 2012 10:07:02 -0500 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Dorsey) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Is the Philadelphia Cell Phone Jammer a Hero or Pest? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> T <email@example.com> wrote: >In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, >PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org says... >> >> Per David Clayton: >> > >> >https://mashable.com/2012/03/05/philadelphia-cell-phone-jammer/ >> > >> >> Sounds like an idea for restaurants. Maybe a "Cell-Phone-Free" >> area and a regular area. > >I have to wonder, does the Communications Act only cover active devices, >e.g. something that broadcasts a signal? What is to prevent a business >from putting a grounded copper mesh throughout a room. That would blot >out signal too. Yes, and that is legal and reasonable, and folks do it. It's harder to do with cellphones since the wavelength is so short, but it's done. >From my perspective, I don't care if cellphones get jammed. I boggle that people trust them for emergency communications in the first place. However, the cellphone jammers cause a lot of collateral damage. I have seen several instances where they have caused interference to 950 Mhz broadcast auxiliary services. The cheap jammers sold on ebay and dealextreme are just broadband noise sources that cover the cellular bands and sadly they cover a whole lot of other stuff as well. The smart way to jam cellphones is to pretend to be a cell tower. You advertise a connection, then you refuse to complete a call. This can be done with very low power levels (probably levels legal under Part 15 even) and very effectively. Unfortunately nobody makes a cheap device to do this, although it's only a matter of time. --scott -- "C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 08:15:38 -0600 From: email@example.com (Robert Bonomi) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Is the Philadelphia Cell Phone Jammer a Hero or Pest? Message-ID: <07mdnV_PRJaXIsXSnZ2dnUVZ_sadnZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications> In article <MPG.email@example.com>, T <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >In article <email@example.com>, >PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org says... >> >> Per David Clayton: >> > >> >https://mashable.com/2012/03/05/philadelphia-cell-phone-jammer/ >> > >> >> Sounds like an idea for restaurants. Maybe a "Cell-Phone-Free" >> area and a regular area. > >I have to wonder, does the Communications Act only cover active devices, >e.g. something that broadcasts a signal? What is to prevent a business >from putting a grounded copper mesh throughout a room. That would blot >out signal too. >***** Moderator's Note ***** > >The FCC regulates "Incidental" radiators, such as the local >oscillators in receivers, computer timing chips, etc., as well as >licensed services. > >IANALB, AFAIK, it's legal - although prohibitively expensive - to cut >off cell signals in a private building. Passive shielding, which forms >a Faraday cage, would be effective. It's also possible to use >electrostatic shielding, but that costs a lot too. It's not necessarily -that- expensive. Circa 40 years ago, a bunch of volunteers (me included) did the Faraday cage thing to a church sanctuary. 'Wallpapered' it with Reynold's wrap, followed by a skim-coat of plaster, and repainted. Fine-mesh wire screens over the windows completed the cage. The doors were metal-core fire-rated, so all they needed was 'straps' across a hinge, to connect to the foil shell. It wasn't a "perfect" cage, but it worked "well enough" to keep 'interference' (over-modulated, over-powered, CBs, mostly) out of the audio system.
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