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The Telecom Digest for Oct 29, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 192 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Unique ID may follow some Verizon Wireless customers online (Bill Horne)
CWA and Centurylink reach agreement on lead safety (Bill Horne)
FTC sues ATT over supposed 'unlimited" data (danny burstein)

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Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:34:23 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Unique ID may follow some Verizon Wireless customers online Message-ID: <20141028063423.GA3749@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon Wireless has been subtly altering the web traffic of its wireless customers for the past two years, inserting a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters into data flowing between these customers and the websites they visit. The company - one [of] the country's largest wireless carriers, providing cell phone service for about 123 million subscribers - calls this a Unique Identifier Header, or UIDH. It's a kind of short-term serial number that advertisers can use to identify you on the web, and it's the lynchpin of the company's internet advertising program. But critics say that it's also a reckless misuse of Verizon's power as an internet service provider - something that could be used as a trump card to obviate established privacy tools such as private browsing sessions or "do not track" features. http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/mobile/unique-id-may-follow-some-verizon-wireless-customers-online-n234726 -- Bill Horne Moderator A thousand other boys could never reach you How could I have been the one? I saw the world spin beneath you And scatter like ice from the spoon that was your womb - Goo Goo Dolls
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 03:03:28 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: CWA and Centurylink reach agreement on lead safety Message-ID: <20141028070328.GA3939@telecom.csail.mit.edu> A landmark program to help protect telecom workers from unsafe levels of lead exposure has been expanded to cover all CenturyLink techs in every CWA district under an agreement reached by District 7, CWA's Occupational Safety and Health Department, and CenturyLink. The training and medical testing program now will cover the company's 3,550 techs who work with lead-sheathed cable and may face a serious health risk. CWA members employed as cable splicers, linemen, air pressure technicians, and other outside plant technicians sometime work with lead-encased telecommunications cables. Rest at: http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/health_and_safety_update_20141002 -- Bill Horne Moderator Well the war took his baby, bombs killed his lady And left him with only one eye His body was battered, his whole world was shattered And all he could do was just cry - Jimmy Buffett
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:28:46 -0400 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: FTC sues ATT over supposed 'unlimited" data Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1410281328280.6254@panix5.panix.com> FTC press release] "The Federal Trade Commission filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for "unlimited" data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent. The FTC's complaint alleges that the company failed to adequately disclose to its customers on unlimited data plans that, if they reach a certain amount of data use in a given billing cycle, AT&T reduces - or "throttles" - their data speeds to the point that many common mobile phone applications - like web browsing, GPS navigation and watching streaming video - become difficult or nearly impossible to use. ==== rest: http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/10/ftc-says-att-has-misled-millions-consumers-unlimited-data _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]

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