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Date: 18 Feb 2014 13:25:42 -0500 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rich Greenberg) To: email@example.com. Subject: funny telecom cartoon Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> For a bit of telecom humor, see: http://www.gocomics.com/offthemark/2014/02/18 -- Rich Greenberg Sarasota, FL, USA richgr atsign panix.com + 1 941 378 2097 Eastern time. N6LRT I speak for myself & my dogs only. VM'er since CP-67 Canines: Val,Red,Shasta,Zero,Casey & Cinnar (At the bridge) Owner:Chinook-L Canines: Red & Max (Siberians) Retired at the beach Asst Owner:Sibernet-L
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:38:45 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Utah Judge to Aereo: Not in this Circuit! Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Harry Cole, CommLawBlog, February 19, 2014 | As Supreme Court decision approaches, a U.S. District Judge in Utah | has enjoined Aereo from rolling out its service in the Tenth | Circuit. | | Ten days ago we suggested that Aereo aficionados who can't wait for | the Big Show in the Supreme Court (oral argument April 22, decision | likely before the end of June) might want to take a look at the | U.S. District Court in Utah. That's where the latest of the | broadcasters' copyright infringement suits brought against Aereo | has been poking along. | | And looky here. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball has granted the | broadcasters' motion for a preliminary injunction! This marks the | first time that Aereo has been on the wrong end of an injunction | ruling; it should send a clear signal to one and all that Aereo | may be in for some rough sledding ahead. | | Judge Kimball's decision reads like it was written by the | broadcasters. Some sample bits and pieces: | | "The plain language of the 1976 Copyright Act support[s] | Plaintiffs' position." | "Aereo's retransmission of Plaintiffs' copyrighted programs | is indistinguishable from a cable company and falls squarely | within the language of the Transmit Clause." | | There is "no basis in the language of the Transmit Clause or | the relevant legislative history suggesting that technical | details take precedence over functionality. In fact, such a | focus runs contrary to the clear legislative history." | | And the bottom line? | | "Based on the plain language of the 1976 Copyright Act and the | clear intent of Congress, this court concludes that Aereo is | engaging in copyright infringement of Plaintiffs' programs." | | To reach his decision, Kimball reviewed not only the Copyright Act | itself, but also the legislative history underlying that Act and | the decisions of the other Aereo, and FilmOn X, courts. He didn't | think much of the Second Circuit's Aereo decision or the | Cablevision decision on which it was based. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/02/articles/broadcast/utah-judge-to-aereo-not-in-this-circuit/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/lpyyro9 Neal McLain
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:00:23 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: FCC will not appeal defeat in Verizon internet access case Message-ID: <email@example.com> Reuters Published: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will once again seek to set rules that make sure broadband providers do not discriminate or block any content on the Internet, a senior FCC official said on Wednesday. The FCC will not appeal a U.S. court decision last month that rejected a previous version of these rules because of the way the FCC had classified broadband providers, the official said. Rest at: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101352847 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:25:26 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: AT&T says U.S. government sought surveillance on 35,000 users Message-ID: <email@example.com> Dallasnews AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. phone company, said the American government sought access to the content of more than 35,000 user accounts in the first six months of 2013 under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The government asked to view the content of communications, such as e-mails and texts, by making fewer than 1,000 requests, AT&T said today in a statement on its website. AT&T also made fewer than 1,000 non-content requests for user information such as names, locations and e-mail addresses. For all of 2013, the Dallas-based company received more than 2,000 national security letters -- which seek information for investigations -- affecting more than 4,000 customer accounts. http://www.dallasnews.com/business/business-headlines/20140218-att-says-u.s.-government-sought-surveillance-on-35000-users.ece -or- http://goo.gl/iuw50I -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:14:14 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Vodafone details share proceeds from Verizon deal Message-ID: <email@example.com> (Reuters) - Vodafone (VOD.L) said on Wednesday shareholders would receive 0.026 shares in Verizon Communications (VZ.N) for each Vodafone share they own as part of their payout for the $130 billion sale of the group's stake in Verizon Wireless. The British company also said its shares would be consolidated on February 24 at the ratio of 6 new shares for 11 existing shares following the closure of the deal on Friday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/19/us-vodafone-consolidation-idUSBREA1I0B820140219 -or- http://goo.gl/x1mk0M -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:09:48 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon seeks payment for carrying Netflix traffic, WSJ reports Message-ID: <email@example.com> Arstechnica by Jon Brodkin Feud between ISPs, Netflix, and Internet bandwidth providers continues. Long-running disputes involving Verizon, Netflix, and Internet bandwidth providers are flaring up, causing recent slowdowns in Netflix speed. According to a Wall Street Journal report tonight, "[t]he online-video service has been at odds with Verizon Communications Inc. and other broadband providers for months over how much Netflix streaming content they will carry without being paid additional fees. Now the long simmering conflict has heated up and is slowing Netflix, in particular, on Verizon's fiber-optic FiOS service, where Netflix says its average prime-time speeds dropped by 14 percent last month." http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/02/verizon-seeks-payment-for-carrying-netflix-traffic-wsj-reports/ -or- http://goo.gl/1AaIgR -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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