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The Telecom Digest for June 12, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 127 : "text" Format
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Re: Price-gouging cable companies are our latter-day robber barons (Neal McLain)
Re: Credibility Crunch for Tech Companies Over Prism (Thad Floryan)

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Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:26:40 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Price-gouging cable companies are our latter-day robber barons Message-ID: <3cb90ceb-1a15-4c4d-94e6-ca41e5e652f0@2g2000yqr.googlegroups.com> RE: Price-gouging cable companies are our latter-day robber barons > ... They rationalize it like this: even though the cable > companies have a gross profit margin of around 97% - meaning > 97 cents of every dollar they make is pure profit - they still > have to pay to service cell towers and invest in broadband. > They have expensive equipment to maintain, see? That's not > monopoly pricing power. That's just basic subsistence. Service cell towers? 97% profit? Wow ... the industry sure has changed since I was a cable guy! If a cable company is indeed making 97% profit, that implies that the other 3% covers all other costs. Little things as payroll, employee benefits, programming fees, retransmission-consent fees, internet connection charges, administrative overhead, advertising, customer care, customer billing, maintenance, public relations, government relations, insurance, legal services, rent and lease expense, utilities, vehicle expense, franchise acquisition and compliance, franchise fees, copyright royalties, FCC registration and compliance, operation and maintenance of video-signal reception and processing facilities ("headend"), operation and maintenance of cable modem termination system, distribution and maintenance of video converters, distribution and maintenance of cable modems, outdoor distribution facilities ("outside plant") extending from the headend to every customer's premises, utility-pole attachment fees ("pole rental") for aerial outside plant, contractor-hotline ("one-call") notification services for underground outside plant, verification of the technical integrity of internal wiring inside customer premises (even though the company may not own it), access control (accurately connecting each subscriber), detecting and prosecuting unauthorized connections. And yes, "servicing cell towers." Many cable companies rent tower space to PCS carriers, so obviously they have to maintain them. But does the writer actually believe that cable companies use cell towers to distribute their signals? Neal McLain Retired Cable Guy
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2013 03:22:35 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Credibility Crunch for Tech Companies Over Prism Message-ID: <51B6FA6B.2040902@thadlabs.com> On 6/9/2013 11:52 AM, Monty Solomon wrote:> [...] > The executives said Google only hands over data based on > legally-authorized requests that it reviews individually. > > U.S. officials briefed on the matter said Friday that the NSA > receives copies of data through a system they set up with a court > order. They don't have direct access to the company computers, those > people said. > [...] Has everyone already forgotten NSA's Echelon and the Russian's SORM? I believe we've had a thread on this before in comp.dcom.telecom in which I posted numerous relevant URLs since I maintain a personal archive regarding Echelon and SORM because it interests me. Regarding the above's "They don't have direct access to the company computers", that's very true because they don't need direct access. Why? Because the NSA taps all Internet backbones worldwide along with all radio and telephone traffic worldwide, so anything going to/from Google and all other ISPs and providers and anyone else is already intercepted using fiber prisms on ALL fiber backbones everywhere on Earth, and that's "just" Echelon. Russia's SORM-IV is similar. As I posted previously, here's an article about the NSA tap on AT&T's US West coast fiber backbone (and there are many more such articles) with this one from the San Francisco Chronicle dated November 7, 2007: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Former-AT-amp-T-worker-details-federal-Internet-3237018.php The NSA all-world-backbone taps are again confirmed in this article dated May 4, 2013: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/telephone-calls-recorded-fbi-boston Everything is now being stored at the NSA's Utah facility which has a yottabyte capacity (1 trillion terabytes or 1 quadrillion gigabytes) which is why they needed the ZFS filesystem being developed at the DoD's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL); info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZFS and http://zfsonlinux.org and this one as an "only" 50 petabytes test bed: http://zfsonlinux.org/llnl-zfs-lustre.html Info about the NSA Utah data center is here: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2012/03/20/nsas-secret-data-center-is-a-threat-but-only-to-americas-enemies/ Thad ***** Moderator's Note ***** It's nice to know that when Big Brother tells me to face the Telescreen, I'll be able to answer "Which one"? Bill Horne Moderator
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