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The Telecom Digest for June 1, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 119 : "text" Format
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Today's malware attack has been brought to you by the RIAA (Bill Horne)
Comcast and Verizon's Phony Free-Speech Claim (Bill Horne)
Verizon and AT&T grow fatter in America as mobile prices plunge in Europe (Bill Horne)

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Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 20:12:38 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Today's malware attack has been brought to you by the RIAA Message-ID: <20130601001238.GA3570@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Today's malware attack has been brought to you by the RIAA High-profile panel suggests major escalation in war on intellectual property thieves. Guess who's behind this lunacy? By Robert X. Cringely | InfoWorld It's not like we needed any more proof the content cartel will stop at nothing to achieve its goals, that there is no argument too base and no tactic too vile for the champions of copyright abuse. But thanks to The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (TCOTAIP), we have it in spades. Last week, TCOTAIP published its recommendations on what the U.S. government should do to combat the scourge of piracy. The seven-person commission is made up of professional bureau- crats and former high-tech CEOs, and it's co-chaired by former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and ex-director of national intelligence Dennis C. Blair. Though the report has China's counterfeiting and trade-secret thievery in its cross- hairs, the implications extend easily to any file-sharing, copyright-mocking scallywag. http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/todays-malware-attack-has-been-brought-you-the-riaa-219481 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write me directly)
Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 23:47:58 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Comcast and Verizon's Phony Free-Speech Claim Message-ID: <20130601034757.GA30069@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Comcast and Verizon's Phony Free-Speech Claim By Susan Crawford May 29, 2013 6:00 PM ET Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrote this week that the First Amendment shields Comcast Corp. from Congress's authority to ensure the free flow of information across the basic network connections it provides. Kavanaugh's assertion accompanied a ruling by the three-judge panel that reversed a Federal Communications Commission action against Comcast. Although the other two judges on the court did not endorse Kavanaugh's First Amendment argument, it will come up again later this year -- in a case brought against the FCC by Verizon Communications Inc. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-29/comcast-and-verizon-s-phony-free-speech-claim.html -- Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 23:54:56 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon and AT&T grow fatter in America as mobile prices plunge in Europe Message-ID: <20130601035456.GA31102@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon and AT&T grow fatter in America as mobile prices plunge in Europe By Tero Kuittinen on May 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM American consumers are sleepwalking into being permanently locked to ever-rising phone bills from monolithic incumbents. This is exactly the scenario that the government tried to avoid when it broke AT&T into seven Baby Bells in 1982. In France, the average mobile bill is now dropping by $7 a year. In America, the average bills from AT&T and Verizon Wireless keep rising as operators force consumers into texting bundles and sneak in new monthly charges. European incumbent operators are facing a consumer revolt as millions of Europeans switch to cheap challenger operators every month. American incumbents have no fear; AT&T and Verizon have locked in 75% of the smartphone market and keep growing. http://bgr.com/2013/05/24/att-verizon-monopoly-analysis/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write me directly)
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