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|Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:56:28 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: AT&T tries to fight city hall Message-ID: <20141204235628.GA12651@telecom.csail.mit.edu> AT&T wants to know why a town is building a 1Gbps network when it already offers 6Mbps DSL by Brad Reed Why is one bandwidth-hungry town building its own 1Gbps fiber network for its citizens when AT&T already offers them 6Mbps DSL? That's the question AT&T would like to ask city leaders in Chanute, Kansas, a small town of roughly 9,000 people that is petitioning the state to allow it to offer greater access to the high-speed fiber network that it built to support town utility operations. The Wichita Eagle reports that AT&T is concerned about this development and "filed to officially intervene in the case and was granted that permission on Tuesday morning" this week. http://bgr.com/2014/12/03/att-vs-municipal-fiber/ -- Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:15:26 +0000 (UTC)
From: email@example.com (Garrett Wollman)
Subject: Re: Markey: Fox 25, Verizon need to settle fee beef
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Neal McLain <email@example.com> wrote:
>And which is the Act that gives 21st Century Fox (owner of WFXT Boston
>"Fox25") the right to demand retransmission consent fees from Verizon?
Fox doesn't own WFXT any more -- they traded it to Cox for KTVU
Oakland and another station in some smaller market I've already
forgotten. I have no idea how or if the two companies' retrans
negotiation strategies differ -- or what conditions the asset swap
agreement may have placed on Cox's negotiations. I'm told that while
most personnel stayed with the individual stations where they worked,
executive management was swapped along with the licenses, with KTVU's
management coming to Boston and WFXT's moving to the Bay Area.
(Disclaimer: a friend of mine works for WFXT, in a subordinate
technical role. But we haven't discussed this, and having been away
on vacation the first I learned of it was when he tweeted about the
patch cord being removed to restore Verizon's direct digital feed from
the station after a deal was struck Wednesday. All of the important
Boston stations [i.e., those that have the bargaining power to elect
retrans consent in the first place] have direct fiber feeds to the
local wireline MVPDs and to the satellite companies. Only small,
independent MVPDs  and Canadian satellite operators get over-the-air
broadcast signals as their primary feed.)
 If there are any left in this market. It's mostly a
Comcast/Verizon duopoly with RCN operating in some of the more densely
populated cities. Some municipal electric utilities may be MVPDs as
well -- I'm not really up on that end of things. Twenty years ago,
the major operators were Cablevision, Continental Cablevision, Time
Warner, Adelphia, and TCI, in order by households passed, and RCN was
just getting started as an overbuilder; some parts of Boston still had
no cable TV service at all.
|Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:12:02 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CenturyLink faces $2.9 million penalty for Washington 911 outage Message-ID: <20141205001202.GA12948@telecom.csail.mit.edu> CenturyLink faces $2.9 million penalty for Washington 911 outage by Mike Rogoway - The Oregonian Washington utility regulators want CenturyLink to pay a $2.9 million penalty for a six-hour 911 outage on April 9 and 10. CenturyLink, in a statement, said the problems were with one of the company's vendors and added it is "troubled by the punitive nature" of the fine. Commission staff recommended Tuesday that CenturyLink be penalized for 11,731 violations of state law and commission rules. Most of the violations result from a failure to reroute 911 calls and a failure to promptly notify dispatch centers of the outage. http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/dec/04/centurylink-faces-29-million-penalty-for-washingto/ -or- http://goo.gl/A2cg2e -- Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:18:04 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: It Gets Worse: The Newest Sony Data Breach Exposes Thousands Of Passwords Message-ID: <84C7F7F9-4F43-46B9-84A1-D23FF423E20E@roscom.com> It Gets Worse: The Newest Sony Data Breach Exposes Thousands Of Passwords http://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/it-gets-worse-the-newest-sony-data-breach-exposes-thousands|
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