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The Telecom Digest for July 8, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 149 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Remedies for Better Cellphone Signal and Quality (John Levine)
T-Mobile to Pay $308 Million for More Spectrum (Monty Solomon)
What It's Like to Get a National-Security Letter (Monty Solomon)
With Montana's Lead, States May Demand Warrants for Cellphone Data (Monty Solomon)
Dangers of Distracted Walking (Monty Solomon)
Re: Disruptions: Mobile Competition Shifts to Software Design (T)

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Date: 6 Jul 2013 17:09:38 -0000 From: "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Remedies for Better Cellphone Signal and Quality Message-ID: <20130706170938.53382.qmail@joyce.lan> >Remember the Sprint "pin drop" TV ads? Could a cellular company >differentiate their service by offering quality audio? Yes. Would enough people be willing to pay for it to make it a viable business? Don't be silly. You can get much better audio quality at the cost of higher latency using applications like Skype. I gather that LTE audio is all VoIP underneath, so maybe there'll be a button you can adjust.
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 00:08:47 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: T-Mobile to Pay $308 Million for More Spectrum Message-ID: <p0624083ccdfaa58fcb12@[]> T-Mobile to Pay $308 Million for More Spectrum By BRIAN X. CHEN JUNE 28, 2013 T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest American carrier, has agreed to pay $308 million to pick up a swath of spectrum, the radio waves that carry phone calls and data. The spectrum would enable the carrier to expand its new fourth-generation wireless network in 29 cities for 32 million people, the company said Friday. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/t-mobile-to-pay-308-million-for-more-spectrum/
Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2013 18:26:17 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: What It's Like to Get a National-Security Letter Message-ID: <p06240806cdfe49b244c6@[]> What It's Like to Get a National-Security Letter Posted by Maria Bustillos The New Yorker June 28, 2013 In the summer of 2011, while he was fighting an indictment for alleged computer crimes, Aaron Swartz, an information activist, read Kafka's "The Trial" and commented on it at his Web site. A deep and magnificent work. I'd not really read much Kafka before and had grown up led to believe that it was a paranoid and hyperbolic work, dystopian fiction in the style of George Orwell. Yet I read it and found it was precisely accurate-every single detail perfectly mirrored my own experience. This isn't fiction, but documentary. Swartz committed suicide a year and a half later. (Larissa MacFarquhar told the story of the end of his life in a piece for The New Yorker; Swartz was also involved in developing what became the magazine's Strongbox.) His words came back to me in force last week when I spoke with Brewster Kahle, the founder of the nonprofit Internet Archive, perhaps the greatest of our digital libraries, and of the Wayback Machine, which allows you to browse an archive of the Web that reaches back to 1996. He is one of very few people in the United States who can talk about receiving a national-security letter. These letters are one of the ways government agencies, in particular the F.B.I., can demand data from organizations in matters related to national security. They do not require prior approval from a judge, only the assertion that the information demanded is relevant to a national-security investigation. Recipients of a national-security letter typically are not allowed to disclose it. Kahle's experience has new purchase in light of recent stories of secret courts and mass surveillance; the machinery of our government seems to have taken on an irrational life of its own. We live in a surreal world in which a "transparent" government insists on the need for secret courts; our President prosecutes whistle-blowers and maintains a secret "kill list"; and private information is collected in secret and stored indefinitely by intelligence agencies. Google, which has recently challenged them in court, has been advocating for greater transparency about its receipt of the letters; it revealed that it had received between zero and nine hundred and ninety-nine national-security letters each year from 2009 to 2012. Hundreds of thousands of national-security letters have been sent. But only the plaintiffs in the three successful challenges so far-Kahle; Nicholas Merrill, of Calyx Internet Access; and the Connecticut librarians George Christian, Barbara Bailey, Peter Chase, and Janet Nocek-are known to have had them rescinded, together with all or part of their related gag orders, according to Nate Cardozo, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In March of this year, as the result of a petition, brought by the E.F.F. on behalf of an unidentified telephone-service provider, the federal judge Susan Illston ruled that the gag-order provisions of national-security letters violate First Amendment rights, and ordered the government to stop issuing them. The order was stayed for long enough for the government to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court. Meanwhile, Kahle is one of a handful of people who can publicly discuss getting such a letter. Here is our exchange. ... http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/06/what-its-like-to-get-a-national-security-letter.html
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 00:06:58 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: With Montana's Lead, States May Demand Warrants for Cellphone Data Message-ID: <p0624083bcdfaa53bb77f@[]> With Montana's Lead, States May Demand Warrants for Cellphone Data By SOMINI SENGUPTA JULY 2, 2013 The law rarely keeps up with technological advances - except in Montana. Legislators in that state recently passed a bill that requires the police to obtain a search warrant, based on probable cause, before they can use a cellphone carrier's records to establish a suspect's location. That kind of "metadata" can be incredibly valuable, as law enforcement agencies discovered long before the rest of us. The cellphones we carry everywhere establish a clear log of our daily travels and can go a long way in telling the story of our lives. In recognition of that fact, the Montana Legislature this spring passed a location information privacy bill, which requires a search warrant for location information recorded by an "electronic device." There are exceptions to the warrant requirement, including when the cellphone is reported stolen or to respond to a cellphone user's emergency call. Steve Bullock, the governor of Montana, signed it into law on May 6. The American Civil Liberties Union, which tracks cellphone tracking laws across the country, called it the first such state legislation. In so doing, Montana stole California's thunder: that state's Legislature had passed a warrant law for location tracking last year, but Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it, saying that it did not "strike the right balance" between the needs of citizens and law enforcement. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/with-montanas-lead-states-may-demand-warrants-for-cellphone-data/
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 00:11:23 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Dangers of Distracted Walking Message-ID: <p0624083ecdfaa64ff83c@[]> Dangers of Distracted Walking By NICHOLAS BAKALAR JUNE 28, 2013 Driving a car while talking or texting on a cellphone is a widely recognized risk factor for accidents. Now a new study reports that a growing number of people who walk while talking or texting are ending up in the emergency room. Using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which collects detailed case information from a sample of emergency rooms across the country, researchers estimated the number of pedestrians nationwide who were injured seriously enough while using cellphones to be treated in an emergency room from 2004 to 2010. ... http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/dangers-of-distracted-walking/
Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:14:11 -0400 From: T <kd1s.nospam@cox.nospam.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Disruptions: Mobile Competition Shifts to Software Design Message-ID: <MPG.2c421a69840b4ab9989e1e@news.eternal-september.org> In article <p06240833cdfaa2670dcc@[]>, monty@roscom.com says... > That's all very nice, but can I set it to run HDOS in STANDALONE mode? ;-) > > Bill Horne > Moderator > > Good luck with that Bill. And the i devices still suffer from a few things the Android devices don't. Like being able to swap the battery for one.
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