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The Telecom Digest for March 11, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 66 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
1990's Florida/Bell South Saga (David Lesher)
CWA: Stop Corporate Greed at Verizon (Bill Horne)
CWA: No Secret Deal for Verizon Wireless and Cable Companies (Bill Horne)
Re: Is the Philadelphia Cell Phone Jammer a Hero or Pest? (John David Galt)

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Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 01:28:07 +0000 (UTC) From: David Lesher <wb8foz@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: 1990's Florida/Bell South Saga Message-ID: <jjean7$t1v$1@reader1.panix.com> In the 1990's there was a big kerfluffle in Florida when it came to light that Bell South had a scheme to close most service tickets at just under 24 hours, fixed or not, just to make their numbers look better on their PSC reporting. I believe the newspapers called it "ticket-kicking".. I'm seeking someone with a memory of details of same. Specifically was there a docketed outcome, and if so the docket number? I called the FL PSC, but FL phone service was totally deregulated last year, and they basically do not have a Telecom division any longer. I thought FL had "Peoples Counsel" or similar; the people who represented resident customers before the Commission, but do not find that either. -- A host is a host from coast to coast.................wb8foz@nrk.com & no one will talk to a host that's close........[v].(301) 56-LINUX Unless the host (that isn't close).........................pob 1433 is busy, hung or dead....................................20915-1433
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2012 18:08:50 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: CWA: Stop Corporate Greed at Verizon Message-ID: <jje2i6$hg$1@dont-email.me> The Communications Workers of America (CWA), the union that represents the majority of Verizon's unionized workforce, has launched an offensive against the firm, claiming its executives are overpaid and that they are attempting to eliminate jobs. The union is teaming up with others to launch a "Verizon National Day of Action" on March 22. Details are at http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/mark_your_calendar_for_the_verizon_national_day_of_action -or- http://goo.gl/0xcvf Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) "You live in a church where you sleep with Voodoo dolls and you won't give up the search for the ghosts in the halls" - Sarah McLachlan
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:22:09 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: CWA: No Secret Deal for Verizon Wireless and Cable Companies Message-ID: <20120310152209.GA3916@telecom.csail.mit.edu> The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has asked the FCC to demand details of the deals Verizon has made with Cable Companies. CWA called on the Federal Communications Commission to "stop the clock" on its consideration of the Verizon Wireless/cable company spectrum deal until the parties involved provide complete information about their commercial agreements. Rest is at: http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/cwa_no_secret_deals_for_verizon_wireless_cable_companies -or- http://goo.gl/n10jg -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) "What can we do with our days but work and pray Let your dreams bind your work to your play What can we do with each moment of our lives But love till we've loved it away?" - Bob Franke
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 12:37:40 -0800 From: John David Galt <jdg@diogenes.sacramento.ca.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Is the Philadelphia Cell Phone Jammer a Hero or Pest? Message-ID: <jjge2o$cso$1@blue-new.rahul.net> Scott Dorsey wrote: > 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. Some of the cellular providers themselves sell a gadget that allows you to create your own "microcell" using your landline. Then all you would need is to "forget" to plug the gadget into the landline. [If you're a business and feel the need to allow 911 calls, just plug it in through one of those Radio Shack restrictor gadgets and program it to allow no number but 911.] Of course, since the "microcell" is meant to be used in places normal cell service doesn't reach, it's probably very low-power and won't prevent the cell phone from finding other towers -- unless you also use a Faraday cage. Then there's the more general problem that most cell networks no longer let users of other networks "roam" on them, because doing so would defeat their competing claims to have the best coverage. (Not to mention that there are incompatible technologies in use, CDMA vs TDMA vs GSM and whatever else.) Both of which mean that some phones won't even see your "cell tower", so if you care about that, you'd need more than one.
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