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The Telecom Digest for April 23, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 62 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
An Internet-on-Airplanes Upgrade (Neal McLain)
Re: Do rate centers cross state lines? (Neal McLain)
Transcript of the Aereo case (Neal McLain)

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Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:39:29 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: An Internet-on-Airplanes Upgrade Message-ID: <3c7b1633-196b-477f-b45b-7d9a289c8feb@googlegroups.com> By Mitchell Lazarus, CommLawBlog, April 21, 2014 > FCC gives co-primary status to "Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft" uplinks. > > The FCC has given in-flight Internet an upgrade. > > Late in 2012, the FCC authorized use of earth stations installed > on aircraft to communicate with Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS) > spacecraft in geostationary orbits. Called "Earth Stations Aboard > Aircraft" (ESAA), the service delivers wholesale Internet service > to the airplane, where it gets parceled out to individual > passengers via Wi-Fi > > Uplinks from the aircraft use the 14.0-14.5 GHz band, shared with > (among others) the small VSAT terminals we often see on the roofs > of gas stations and chain hotels. The FCC tentatively assigned > ESAA secondary status, meaning that ESAA would have to > (a) protect the VSATs and other primary users from interference, > and (b) accept any interference from them. But the FCC stopped > short of etching that decision in stone: a Notice of Proposed > Rulemaking attached to the order asked whether the FCC should > elevate ESAA to co-primary status. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/04/articles/wireless-telephony/an-internetonairplanes-upgrade/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/ljhtuxe Neal McLain
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:16:54 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Do rate centers cross state lines? Message-ID: <895ceaa2-f6ff-447b-9e3f-b97d2c627f82@googlegroups.com> Another case in point: Wendover Utah and West Wendover, Nevada. A few months ago Clint Gilliland, of Menlo Park, CA, posted the following message on the TCI listserv: > [West] Wendover, Nevada and Wendover, UT were adjacent cities > sharing the same SxS CO (in 1971). The Utah numbers were > 801-665-2NNN and the Nevada numbers were 702-668-2NNN. The 665 and > 668 homed on the same final switch train. It looks like it would > be possible to make out of state rate calls from Utah to a > Wendover, UT 665-2NNN number just by dialing 702-668-2NNN. And > vice-versa. This would save money when in-state rates were always > higher than out of state calls. > > I scanned the WHOLE Mountain Bell Wendover directory - a whole > four pages. The full range of numbers was -22NN, -23NN, -28NN and > -98NN. I believe the -98NN numbers could also be reached by -28NN. > > These must have been coin phones as the two gas stations > listed -98NN numbers. Gilliland did indeed scan the entire directory -- all four pages. A PDF is posted here: http://www.annsgarden.com/telecom/Directory-1971.pdf I note that there were no long distance dialing instructions for Nevada subscribers. I wonder if the procedure for calls within Utah also worked for calls from Nevada -- for example, a call from West Wendover Nevada to Ogden Utah?. And how did Nevada customers make calls within Nevada? As Gilliland noted, there are 665-98xx and 668-98xx numbers -- probably coin phones. On further investigation I note: - On the Utah side, these numbers are all gas stations. - On the Nevada side, another type of business is evident: Jim's Casino and the Hide Away Club. Gracious! Gambling and drinking in Nevada but not Utah! Well, some things never change. Neal McLain
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:25:31 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Transcript of the Aereo case Message-ID: <0135ab74-aa88-4f19-8abd-1e50da7c977f@googlegroups.com> IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC., ET AL., Petitioners v. AEREO, INC., FKA BAMBOOM LABS, INC. Washington, D.C. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 The above ­entitled matter came on for oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States at 11:26 a.m. Transcript: http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/13-461_o7jp.pdf -or- http://tinyurl.com/msar4fo Neal McLain
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