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The Telecom Digest for Dec 17, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 229 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Here's Why You'll Pay Less for Your Wireless Plan Next Year (Bill Horne)
Re: Phone Scam Nets Almost $2,000 from BU Student (tlvp)
CenturyLink, Windstream say FCC's CAF-II timeline is too restrictive (Bill Horne)

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Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:05:34 -0500 From: bill@horneQRM.net (Bill Horne) To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Here's Why You'll Pay Less for Your Wireless Plan Next Year Message-ID: <20141217040534.GA8122@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Carriers like Verizon, ATT&T and T-Mobile are fighting a price war that could last months by Kevin Kelleher This hasn't exactly been a banner year for wireless carriers' stocks. While the S&P 500 Index has risen 8% this year, AT&T and Verizon, which together control about 83% of the wireless market, are down 8%. The two companies have fared especially poorly in the last month: AT&T is down 10% and Verizon is down 12%, while the S&P is down only 2%. The reason is one that may delight consumers and concern investors: A price war, in which rivals cut prices to steal market share from one another, has broken out among carriers, and it's only likely to get more intense next year. The longer a price war endures, the more choice consumers will have, though it means financial pain for carriers. http://time.com/3636440/t-mobile-verizon-att/ -- Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:12:08 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Phone Scam Nets Almost $2,000 from BU Student Message-ID: <18xcwdpafk3hn.17amgebm6085c.dlg@40tude.net> On Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:31:04 -0500, Monty Solomon wrote: > Phone Scam Nets Almost $2,000 from BU Student > BUPD warns against giving money card numbers to any callers > > > http://www.bu.edu/today/2014/phone-scam-nets-almost-2000-from-bu-student/ > 'Tain't just at BU that calls like that come in -- my answering machine has received several such, always starring an exotic* voice playing "good cop", who intimates that I can avoid an unpleasant arrest or imprisonment ("bad cop" scene) if I simply phone back, at a phone number given, with a credit card number handy, and pay in my (your choice) fine | penalty | delinquent taxes | accrued interest. Needless to say, I've never called back :-) . And no "bad cop" scene ever ensued. Cheers, -- tlvp *) "exotic" meaning "other than bog-standard US radio announcer voice. -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:09:05 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: CenturyLink, Windstream say FCC's CAF-II timeline is too restrictive Message-ID: <20141217040905.GA8144@telecom.csail.mit.edu> By Sean Buckley CenturyLink and Windstream are prime candidates for FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) since both telcos serve a large swatch of Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, but both telcos are concerned that the timeline to meet the 10/1 Mbps requirement is not realistic. The FCC ruled last week that service providers that want to take advantage of CAF funding will have to deliver broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. By increasing the requirement from 4/1 Mbps, the regulator said that it will be able to make certain that rural consumers get the same broadband speeds that 99 percent of urban Americans receive. http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/centurylink-windstream-say-fccs-caf-ii-timeline-too-restrictive/2014-12-15 -or- http://goo.gl/lL9e12 -- Bill Horne Moderator

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