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The Telecom Digest for Aug 31, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 147 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Local Choice fight ramps up as CBS refuses to run ATVA ads (Neal McLain)
California Governor Signs Law Requiring a 'Kill Switch' on Smartphones (Monty Solomon)
Re: T-Mobile to buy 700MHz A Block spectrum from CenturyLink subsidiary (John Levine)
Re: Verizon flirts with QR codes for user id's (Gordon Burditt)

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Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:43:33 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain@annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Local Choice fight ramps up as CBS refuses to run ATVA ads Message-ID: <c6271201-dd09-4b3c-acef-0d7835988b5b@googlegroups.com> By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable, August 28, 2014 CBS Radio will not run the American Television Alliance's new spot plugging the Senate Commerce Committee's "Local Choice" proposal. The refusal to air the low-budget campaign is not a shocker, given that -- should it become law -- Local Choice would dispense with broadcast retransmission fees and employ a system of pay-TV compensation that would likely be far less profitable to broadcasters. Continued: http://www.fiercecable.com/story/local-choice-fight-ramps-cbs-refuses-run-atva-ads/2014-08-28?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/kvq85b5 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "... the proposal will ... unfairly single out the free, over-the-air, local television broadcast industry for mandatory 'a la carte' treatment." I think broadcasters better be careful about using that argument. Many of the advertising-supported non-broadcast channels carried by MVPDs are there because the broadcast companies own them and demand that operators carry them as conditions for granting retransmission consent for their broadcast signals. To cite my favorite example: in the Houston DMA the Walt Disney Company owns: - The ABC Television Network - KTRK, the local Houston ABC affiliate station - Numerous non-broadcast channels include ABC Family and The Disney Channel - 80% of ESPN Under the 1992 Cable Act, Disney has the legal right to require Houston-area MVPDs to carry, and pay license fees for, some or all of those non-broadcast channels if they want to carry KTRK. If broadcasters are so upset that the Local Choice Act would "unfairly single out the free, over-the-air, local television broadcast industry for mandatory 'a la carte' treatment", do they really want the feds to impose "a la carte" treatment on those non-broadcast channels? Does Disney really want to give me a chance to drop ESPN? Neal McLain
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:11:21 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: California Governor Signs Law Requiring a 'Kill Switch' on Smartphones Message-ID: <5B0F399E-40F1-4CE4-9C7D-999AD5DE02D5@roscom.com> California Governor Signs Law Requiring a 'Kill Switch' on Smartphones The law requires smartphones sold in California to include antitheft technology, a feature that lawmakers hope will lead to a cool down in phone theft, now the hottest urban crime. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/california-governor-signs-law-requiring-a-kill-switch-on-smartphones/ -or- http://goo.gl/4LcQL6 ***** Moderator's Note ***** It's an election year. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: 30 Aug 2014 05:08:09 -0000 From: "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: T-Mobile to buy 700MHz A Block spectrum from CenturyLink subsidiary Message-ID: <20140830050809.60705.qmail@joyce.lan> > T-Mobile is now getting 700MHz "A-Block" frequencies. My question is > will my phone (Alcatel SPARQ OT-606A) work with the 700 A-Block > frequencies or will only phones designed specifically for A-Block > work? You need to look at the specs. Your phone appears to be 850/1900 only, not 700. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/T-Mobile-Sparq_id5364
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:15:16 -0500 From: gordonb.ctt9t@burditt.org (Gordon Burditt) To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Verizon flirts with QR codes for user id's Message-ID: <R-udnYYmO4u5C5zJnZ2dnUVZ_rudnZ2d@posted.internetamerica> > ZDnet > by Larry Dignan > > Can the QR code replace user names and passwords? Verizon Enterprise > thinks so - at least for some companies looking at two-factor > authentication. > > Verizon Enterprise on Tuesday is launching QR codes as a two-factor > authentication option in its universal identity service. What's > unclear is how many companies will see the handy QR code as a way to > help eradicate user names and passwords. Well, it looks like I'm supposed to scan a QR code off of a (probably) LCD screen displaying a web site. I haven't had a lot of luck doing that reliably. In my experience, QR codes scan better if they are on paper or you are handing the image directly to a scanner program (no display/camera involved). I guess if I want to access the web site via smartphone, I either need two smartphones, or one that can aim its camera at its own screen, or one where I can point the browser at an image it is displaying and ask it to scan the image for QR codes. I haven't seen that ability in many browsers. Installing browser extensions seems to be beyond many users. Also, my smartphone isn't very good at decoding dense QR codes without multiple tries and very careful aiming. I'm not sure how much getting a phone with a better camera would help. > The telecom giant developed a QR code login that would allow a > customer or employee to scan a QR code on a website with their > smartphone without a user name or password. Weakness: no cell service, no login. Even if it's an employee trying to log into the server from someplace inside the data center (which tend to have terrible cell phone service due to shielding and extensive air conditioning ducts). It's not something you want to force the employees in charge of fixing cell phone service to use in order to do their jobs. Weakness: if a business is using this to handle logins into its internal systems from inside its offices, this information is now going over the Internet (when previously it didn't). Even if it's encrypted, it's still exposed. Cutting off internal logins is now possible by cutting fiber possibly very far from the business. Even if it's assumed (correctly) that this cut is an attack in preparation for a (physical) robbery, narrowing down which business is the target may be difficult. Factors: Something you know (e.g. usernames and passwords and PINs) Something you have (e.g. various cryptographic tokes, or an app programmed with individual information) Something you are (e.g. biometrics) Unless there's something I'm missing, it seems if I can come up with a good excuse to borrow your phone, I'm in to your account. That's one factor: something you have. I'm not sure I like the idea of more and more reasons to steal cellphones. It's unclear how you could handle one person having multiple accounts (e.g. personal, work, in his role as trustee of his church, and in his role as Girl Scout cookie drive chairman). Something has to be done in order to tie your session (on, say, a tablet or desktop) with your login (on the smartphone). I guess that's what the contents of the QR code is for. > User names and passwords > are a major security issue since few people use two-factor > authentication and most passwords are reused across multiple > sites. The QR code would get people into accounts without passwords. > > Rest at: > > http://www.zdnet.com/verizon-eyes-qr-codes-as-authentication-option-7000032942/ >

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