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The Telecom Digest for Nov 23, 2014
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|Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:46:25 -0500 From: Nigel Allen <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: short dialling code for suicide prevention hotlines Message-ID: <email@example.com> A petition is asking the United States Federal Communications Commission to allocate a national three-digit number to suicide prevention hotlines. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/906/834/050/simplify-the-suicide-and-crisis-hot-lines/ This may not be technically possible, since all the codes of the format N11 have been allocated. A toll-free number that can be represented by letters that spell an easily-remembered name may be the only workable option for landline telephone users. For mobile users, a short number such as #4141 could be allocated. Outside North America, some countries may already have established national short numbers for suicide prevention hotlines. In Toronto's subway system, trackside pay telephones are equipped with a button that places a free call to a local suicide prevention hotline. This feature takes advantage of the programmable buttons on certain models of payphone that allow single-button access to numbers such as taxi services, telecommunications carrier offices or (in this case) a hotline. Nigel Allen, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:27:26 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: The Secret Life of Passwords Message-ID: <4ED881F4-F228-4B5A-A4B1-CD879ADDE766@roscom.com> The Secret Life of Passwords We despise them - yet we imbue them with our hopes and dreams, our dearest memories, our deepest meanings. They unlock much more than our accounts. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/magazine/the-secret-life-of-passwords.html|
|Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:06:06 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Consumer Reports releases phone satisfaction survey Message-ID: <email@example.com> Do You Love Your Phone Company? Many of you might be dissatisfied with your cell phone company, based on the findings in a new Consumer Reports survey. The magazine spoke with more than 63,000 subscribers about their carriers in its latest survey on cell phone carriers. In this survey, it seems size does matter! The smaller phone carriers received some of the highest ratings. One company called Consumer Cellular ranked "High" for value, data service and customer support. Ting, a newer mobile service, also scored "High" for value and data service as well. http://www.clickondetroit.com/consumer/consumer/consumer-reports-releases-phone-satisfaction-survey/29867274 -or- http://goo.gl/PrCz0y -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Could say I'm crazy for you but it wouldn't suffice And the crazy guy just doesn't sound very nice Could say I'm head over heels But it still wouldn't do I need better words for you - Mark Whitaker|
|Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:57:43 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Cutting the Cord: Verizon builds, will cord cutters come? Message-ID: <email@example.com> Mike Snider, USA TODAY Pay-TV and broadband Internet providers have begun catering to the growing population of cord cutters and cord shavers. Verizon has begun offering a $59.99 FiOS Internet package with 50 Megabits per second broadband speeds, with local TV channels, HBO, Showtime and a free year of Netflix. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2014/11/22/cutting-the-cord-verizon-fios-package/19396911/ -or- http://goo.gl/HEeSQl -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Dust off those old black records Shine up those old brown shoes Meet me down at the Greyhound station What do you have left to lose? - Tallahassee|
|Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:46:08 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CenturyLink Said to Seek to Acquire Rackspace Hosting Message-ID: <20141122184608.GA14823@telecom.csail.mit.edu> By Alex Sherman and Jeffrey McCracken CenturyLink Inc., the Louisiana-based landline phone service provider, is seeking to acquire Rackspace Hosting Inc. to further expand into cloud-computing services, according to people familiar with the situation. CenturyLink has discussed the idea with San Antonio-based Rackspace, which last month said it is still conducting an internal review of its strategic options, according to the people, who asked not to be identified talking about private information. One person said a deal may not be reached for the company, which had a stock-market valuation of $5.33 billion at the end of last week. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-07/centurylink-said-to-seek-to-acquire-rackspace-hosting.html -or- http://goo.gl/TEZIsH -- Bill Horne Moderator If it isn't a war, it's some gruesome disease. If it isn't disease, then it's war. But there's worse still to come, and I'm asking you please How the world's gonna take any more? - Tom Paxton|
|Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:27:34 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: CenturyLink dispatch center in Columbia MO to close in January Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> BY KATHERINE KNOTT COLUMBIA - CenturyLink is closing down the regional dispatch center on 625 Cherry St. on Jan. 13. The 40 employees can apply for positions in the company, spokesman Mark Molzen said in an email. Employees who leave CenturyLink will receive severance packages. http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/181754/centurylink-dispatch-center-in-columbia-to-close-in-january/ -or- http://goo.gl/4hxNxy -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) I went a long way from home today I took my bike I took my bike to the edge of the town And I heard a voice whisper in my ear it said 'Evening's coming, sunset's here' You'd better turn yourself around - Heather Maloney|
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