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The Telecom Digest for Aug 23, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 141 : "text" Format
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Re: This has got to stop (David Scheidt)
T-Mobile offering Sprint, AT&T and Verizon castaways one year of free unlimited LTE data (Bill Horne)
Verizon Wireless service restored in Fort Payne area (Bill Horne)
State orders Verizon to pay Glen Cove NY higher franchise fee (Bill Horne)
Appeals court shoots down Aereo's latest attempt for retrans license (Neal McLain)

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Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:13:15 +0000 (UTC) From: David Scheidt <dscheidt@panix.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: This has got to stop Message-ID: <lt6g0r$kf8$1@reader1.panix.com> Fred Goldstein <fg_es@ionaryqrm.calm> wrote: :On 8/18/2014 9:24 PM, Garrett Wollman wrote: :> In article <lstp5v$ek2$1@dont-email.me>, :> Fred Goldstein <fg_es@ionaryQRM.com> wrote: :>> Nothing going on there is even within the FCC's actual jurisdiction, let :>> alone in violation of any rule. After all, this is about content :>> distribution, not telecom. Netflix doesn't own wire and doesn't even :>> want to rent any. It's just servers in data centers, a big computing and :>> content-leasing company. :> :> Um, no. Netflix is a content-distribution network. (To the extent :> that there are "servers in data centers", Netflix leases them by the :> hour from Amazon.) In some locations they use third-party CDNs, but :> their big push over the past few years has been to transition this :> service to their own platform (thereby cutting out middlemen like :> Akamai). :> :What I said, servers in data centers, whether their own or leased. They :don't own transmission facilities (telecommunications). Netflix does own (or more likely, has leased, but the difference doesn't matter to us) quite a lot of fiber. :> Wrong again. They assume that the cost of Internet bandwidth :> *within a provider's network* is the responsibility of that :> provider, to be recovered by the ISP directly from the :> ISP's customers :Which is based on the assumption that it's zero. Providers such as :Verizon have costs, even for distribution, so an application that :makes a sea change in those costs should pony up, because otherwise :those of Verizon's customers who don't want to be IP couch potatoes :will have to pay the added costs forced on them by a service they :don't use. That strikes me as a valid business decision to leave to :Verizon. Verizon, comcast, et al, have internal networks that are capable of transporting the amount of data they're selling to their customers. They have made that information available publically, sometimes in a weird effort to blame netflix. In some places, there may be busy hour congestion, but there's not much of it, and it's not a real problem for most customers. Netflix is quite willing to pay the costs of getting the bits to the edge of Verizon network, Verizon just wants to get paid twice to deliver them. :This only applies to large providers. I know of many smaller ISPs who :couldn't get Netflix into their own networks on a dare or via a bribe. :And those are the ones with the highest upstream costs. Totally false. Netflix is willing to peer with anyone who meets certain technical requirements, and who is located in one of the (large number) of places they're located in. If you don't meet the technical requirements, your not a real network, and you probably aren't peering with anyone. It's very much in netflix's (and other people who deliver big streams of data to end customers) interest to peer with anyone who asks. -- sig 14 ***** Moderator's Note ***** The Pays_Attention_to_quoting_levels award for August goes to David Scheidt. Along with other honors, the award carries with it a free copy of the One True Editor. Congratulations, David! Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:25:48 -0400 (EDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: T-Mobile offering Sprint, AT&T and Verizon castaways one year of free unlimited LTE data Message-ID: <20140822172548.F09F3AC6@telecom.csail.mit.edu> After an unsuccessful union with Sprint, T-Mobile is going after its former suitor's customers, as well as its other competitors' sub- cribers in the wireless world. Today, the magenta-colored carrier announced an aggressive promotional campaign that offers a free year of LTE data to castaways from AT&T, Verizon, and of course Sprint. Rest at: http://9to5mac.com/2014/08/21/t-mobile-offering-sprint-att-and-verizon-castaways-one-year-of-free-unlimited-lte-data/ -or- http://goo.gl/2ppII7 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to email me directly)
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:40:41 -0400 (EDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon Wireless service restored in Fort Payne area Message-ID: <20140822184041.32D4BDD5@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) . A Verizon Wireless spokesperson confirms to WHNT News 19 that service was fully restored in the Fort Payne area early Friday morning, after a significant outage. The service disruption impacted customers Thursday and into the very early morning hours Friday all throughout the Sand Mountain (Alabama) area. http://whnt.com/2014/08/22/verizon-wireless-working-to-repair-service-outage-in-fort-payne-area/ -or- http://goo.gl/75xBI6 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to email me directly)
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:48:11 -0400 (EDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: State orders Verizon to pay Glen Cove NY higher franchise fee Message-ID: <20140822194811.0BEF8DD5@telecom.csail.mit.edu> By TED PHILLIPS ted.phillips@newsday.com The state Public Service Commission has approved a cable franchise agreement allowing Verizon to provide service in Glen Cove as long as it pays the city more money than originally agreed. On Wednesday, Verizon New York Inc. accepted the regulatory agency's decision, which increased the amount the company has to pay to be on par with a franchise agreement between the city and Cablevision. The decision increases the amount Verizon must pay the city by $57,000 to $99,000. The PSC also said it expects Glen Cove to negotiate a $57,000 overall reduction in Cablevision's obligations to the city. -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to email me directly)
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:09:14 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain@annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Appeals court shoots down Aereo's latest attempt for retrans license Message-ID: <591a2e84-905c-4ea2-b792-4a52ffd86902@googlegroups.com> By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable, August 22, 2014 Aereo's legal losing streak continues, with a federal appeals court refusing to hear the streaming service's "emergency" argument that it should now be considered a pay-TV service that pays retransmission fees for broadcast network programming. In documents filed Thursday, Aug. 21, and obtained by the Washington Post, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the case should be decided on the district court level. Aereo is currently litigating against CBS and NBC in the Southern District of New York. Seeking to bypass a lengthy trial in that Manhattan district court, Aereo filed an appeal with the Second Circuit Court in early August, indicating that it is "bleeding to death" and needs a speedy ruling on its request to receive a statutory broadcast retransmission license. With its filing Thursday, the appeals court essentially responded that it's not the right venue for that argument to be considered. Continued: http://www.fiercecable.com/story/appeals-court-shoots-down-aereos-latest-attempt-retrans-license/2014-08-22?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/mh4fo4k Neal McLain "Texas Cable Guy" in the comment section of the article.

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