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|Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:07:49 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: FCC proposes OTT companies get MVPD status Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> By Brian Santo, CED, 12/22/2014 As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is opening the door to a redefinition of who qualifies as a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD). A new definition that is inclusive of online-only services, such as those already provided by Netflix or proposed by the likes of Sony and Dish could have profound ramifications for competition in the video market. The question is coming up with increasing frequency, and cannot be ignored. Sky Angel continues to press its case. More recently, the Supreme Court confused the issue immensely by likening Aereo to an MVPD, even though absolutely nobody else agrees, a conundrum that helped drive Aereo into bankruptcy. http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2014/12/fcc-proposes-ott-companies-get-mvpd-status -or- http://tinyurl.com/kazddbh My answers to the questions raised in this article: > Is a channel a consistent stream of programming from a single > ultimate source (ESPN, Disney)? Or is it a physical channel > that brings that carries that stream? That's the difference > between an Internet provider and a facilities-based provider. For the purpose of the issue at hand here, it's a "consistent stream of programming..." transmitted simultaneously with the original broadcast. But that does not preclude use of a DVR, either built into Customer Premises Equipment or online. > ...linear versus on demand... Linear, not on-demand. But that does not preclude online DVR services as long as the subscriber selects programming to be recorded from the linear streams of channels to which he/she must subscribe. > ...how a redefinition of "MVPD" might also affect how programming is sold. Assuming the linear stream arriving by internet and the linear stream arriving from a CATV/SatTV company are identical, it should make no difference. > In other words, the discussion will lead into another argument > loaded with its own landmines: retransmission agreements. Assuming the linear stream retransmitted over the internet and the linear stream retransmitted by a CATV/sat company are identical, the identical retrans mechanism should apply. Subject of course to discrepancies at DMA boundaries resulting from discrepancies between DMA boundaries and zip code boundaries. Neal McLain 12-16-14 1707 CST|
|Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 21:32:18 -0800 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress Message-ID: <9F6121DE-D92F-4275-90CE-76E688C0388C@roscom.com> Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/27/technology/risks-in-using-social-posts-to-spot-signs-of-distress.html The ill-fated introduction in Britain of an app to detect predictors of suicide shows what may happen when social media posts are scrutinized for cues about a person's mental health.|
|Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:36:41 -0800 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: At Store After Store, a Pitch by Phone Message-ID: <B87CB3B3-E039-4065-9C47-BED29BFCB39E@roscom.com> More than 130 stores on London's Regent Street link to shoppers' mobile devices through an app and sensor combination. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/fashion/regent-street-london-uses-app-and-beacons-to-reach-shoppers.html|
|Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:46:13 -0500 From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: nationwide settlement with T-Mobile re: "Cramming" Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.email@example.com> This is the final step, more or less, of the case brought a year or two ago. - a combined action by all 50 (!!!) States Attornies General along with DC, the FTC, and the FCC. whew. Someone was pissed. Or they all saw an easy press release... [NYS's AG press release] NY - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a $90 million multi-state settlement with T-Mobile to resolve charges that the company engaged in cramming. Cramming is a practice where cell phone providers place unauthorized third-party charges on consumers' bills. One common cramming charge is a $9.99-per-month premium text messaging subscription service (also known as PSMS) for horoscopes, trivia, sports scores or other information that consumers often never requested. ..... T-Mobile is the second mobile telephone provider to enter into a nationwide settlement to resolve allegations regarding cramming; Attorney General Schneiderman announced a similar, $105 million settlement with AT&T in October of this year. T-Mobile and AT&T were among the four major mobile carriers - in addition to Verizon and Sprint - that announced they would cease billing customers for commercial PSMS in the fall of 2013. .... T-Mobile must provide full refunds to consumers charged for unauthorized PSMS charges paid after January 1, 2010, either in the form of a payment or as forgiveness of a debt, amounting no less than $67.5 million - it is estimated that nearly 700,000 New Yorkers are eligible for a refund; ===== rest: http://oag.state.ny.us/press-release/ag-schneiderman-announces-90-million-multi-state-settlement-t-mobile-over-practice _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]|
|Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:32:33 -0800 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Message to Self: In 2015, Stop Texting While Walking Message-ID: <28473D21-6C90-4686-BABD-08C0E033EC87@roscom.com> A New Year's resolution for 2015: end a habit that's inconsiderate and unsafe. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/fashion/in-2015-resolve-to-stop-texting-while-walking.html|
|Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 23:02:43 -0800 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Why Sony's Breach Matters Message-ID: <4F432B3E-0B75-4FFD-A0B0-6F45C9A33CDA@roscom.com> Why Sony's Breach Matters This past year has seen more wide-spread, massive-scale, and damaging computer system breaches than any time in history. The Sony breach is just the latest - not the first or most creative or even the most destructive computer system breach. It matters because it is a defining moment and turning point to significant and disruptive changes to enterprise and business computing. The dramatic nature of today's breaches impacts the enterprise computing infrastructure at both the endpoint and server infrastructure points. This is a good news and bad news situation. The bad news is that we have likely reached the limits as to how much the existing infrastructure can be protected. One should not dismiss the Sony breach because of their simplistic security architecture (a file Personal passwords.xls with passwords in it is entertaining but not the real issue). The bad news continues with the reality of the FBI assertion of the role of a nation state in the attack or at the very least a level of sophistication that exceeded that of a multi-national corporation. The good news is that several billion people are already actively using cloud services and mobile devices. With these new approaches to computing, we have new mechanisms for security and the next generation of enterprise computing. Unlike previous transitions, we already have the next generation handy and a cleaner start available. It is important to consider that no one was "training" on using a smartphone - no courses, no videos, no tutorials. People are just using phones and tablets to do work. That's a strong foundation. In order to better understand why this breach and this moment in time is so important, I think it is worth taking a trip through some personal history of breaches and reactions. This provides context as to why today we are at a moment of disruption. ... http://blog.learningbyshipping.com/2014/12/21/why-sonys-breach-matters/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** "The bad news is that we have likely reached the limits as to how much the existing infrastructure can be protected. ..." Bzzzt! Wrong answer! We may have reached the limits of how much IT managers are willing to enforce security standards, but that is not the limits of the protection which is available. End-to-end email encryption would have prevented this hack. This was a feature available off-the-shelf in Lotus Notes (Does anyone remember Lotus?), and it's built-in to every major email client right now. And that's just ONE common-sense measure that could be used RIGHT NOW to improve security. The limit is not in the technology - it's in the short-sighted "It can't happen here" attitudes of the Buzzword Babies who infest too many IT organizations. Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:50:26 -0800 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: How the Sony Corporation Hack Revived the Lost Art of the Call Message-ID: <BE62FE6A-5403-4165-873A-94F2B364A1A3@roscom.com> Sony's devastating breach, as well as cyberattacks on big companies like Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase, earn 2014's tech moniker "The Year of the Hack". http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/style/how-the-sony-corporation-hack-revived-the-lost-art-of-the-phone-call.html -or- http://goo.gl/CTJQH6|
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