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The Telecom Digest for Jan 31, 2015
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|Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:43:06 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon backpedals on supercookies, will allow users to opt-out Message-ID: <email@example.com> by Nate Swaner Do you know what a "supercookie" is? It sounds delightful, but in this context, it's really not. Verizon Wireless has been tracking users for (mostly) marketing purposes, and assigning customers special codes. Being tracked for marketing was opt-out, but those codes were not deletable or opt-out. Some began dubbing those codes "supercookies" because marketers could still access them and pick through your web browsing activity (see? Supercookies can be bad!). Now, Verizon is reversing course, and will allow customers to opt-out of any kind of tracking. http://www.slashgear.com/verizon-backpedals-on-supercookies-will-allow-users-to-opt-out-30366765/ -or- http://goo.gl/GFAIHL -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Think in terms of bridges burning Think of seasons at an end See the rivers rise and fall They will rise and fall again - Bob Seger|
|Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:09:13 +1100 From: David Clayton <dc33box-usenet2@NOSPAM.yahoo.com.au> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Tons of AT&T and Verizon customers may not have "broadband" on Thursday Message-ID: <pan.2015.01.29.22.09.09.866809@NOSPAM.yahoo.com.au> On Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:42:24 -0500, Barry Margolin wrote: ........ > Finally, telecommunications engineers have had a completely different > definition of "broadband" for many years. It's not related to any specific > speed, just the ability to carry multiple signals: > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband > And when ADSL was first introduced it was actually "Broadband" because it had voice and data on the same physical carrier, the term was then hijacked by ignorant marketing droids to mean any sort of Internet connection with rates greater than dial-up modem connections and has basically been misused ever since. I have a Naked DSL service that does not have a phone connection, it is NOT "Broadband" (if anything it is "Baseband"). If I got a phone service put back on it then it would actually be "Broadband" again. I still consider it a mark of technical ignorance to see anyone use the term "Broadband" simply for high-speed Internet services. -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have. ***** Moderator's Note ***** David, Never, ever, say that to an etymologist! ;-) Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:59:47 -0500 From: Barry Margolin <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Tons of AT&T and Verizon customers may not have "broadband" on Thursday Message-ID: <barmar-77FA45.email@example.com> In article <pan.2015.01.29.22.09.09.866809@NOSPAM.yahoo.com.au>, David Clayton <dc33box-usenet2@NOSPAM.yahoo.com.au> wrote: > On Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:42:24 -0500, Barry Margolin wrote: > ........ >> Finally, telecommunications engineers have had a completely >> different definition of "broadband" for many years. It's not >> related to any specific speed, just the ability to carry multiple >> signals: >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband >> > And when ADSL was first introduced it was actually "Broadband" > because it had voice and data on the same physical carrier, the term > was then hijacked by ignorant marketing droids to mean any sort of > Internet connection with rates greater than dial-up modem > connections and has basically been misused ever since. Language evolves. Practically every word you know is the result of a long chain of people "misusing" a word. When enough people use it in the formerly wrong way, it becomes "right". Because language is whatever the community that uses it does. > I have a Naked DSL service that does not have a phone connection, it > is NOT "Broadband" (if anything it is "Baseband"). If I got a phone > service put back on it then it would actually be "Broadband" again. > I still consider it a mark of technical ignorance to see anyone use > the term "Broadband" simply for high-speed Internet services. It may be "technical ignorance", but it's not general ignorance. Using a word the way everyone else does is a mark of someone with a good grasp of vocabulary. I also remember when "computer hackers" were smart people who liked doing clever things with computers, not necessarily breaking into them for malicious purposes. That ship sailed at least a decade ago. -- Barry Margolin, firstname.lastname@example.org Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me *** ***** Moderator's Note ***** We could debate the reasons that "Hacker" became a perjorative outside the Internet community: the most believable explanation is that the TV news execs didn't want to call anyone a "Cracker". Of course, there's always good old fashioned resentment of intelligence and accomplishment, which made it easier to brand all data-processing professionals as "computer geeks" or "nerds", and to turn "Hacker" into a Bad Thing(tm). Sigh. Where's Cliff Stoll when I need him? Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:48:50 -0500 From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: FTC to Tracfone: the word "unlimited" means... unlimited Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.email@example.com> [FTC press release] Prepaid Mobile Provider TracFone to Pay $40 Million to Settle FTC Charges It Deceived Consumers About "Unlimited" Data Plans Operator of Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile and TelCel America Cut Off and Drastically Slowed Data Service Without Telling Consumers ...... But despite emphasizing unlimited data in its advertisements, TracFone drastically slowed or cut off consumers' mobile data after they used more than certain fixed limits in a 30-day period. "The issue here is simple: when you promise consumers 'unlimited,' that means unlimited," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. ====== rest: http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/01/prepaid-mobile-provider-tracfone-pay-40-million-settle-ftc wow, the potential here... the Feds enforcing the "words mean what they say" deal. _____________________________________________________ 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, 30 Jan 2015 13:05:21 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: FCC to strengthen oversight of ISP interconnection deals Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom, January 30, 2015 The FCC is looking to tighten the rules regarding the interconnection terms service providers like Verizon ask for to accept bandwidth-hungry Web traffic from third party providers like Netflix, reports Bloomberg citing an unnamed person close to the proposal. These agreements are not regulated by the FCC and this plan is one of the elements they have proposed as part of their new net neutrality rules that would give the regulator more oversight over the Internet. Telcos and cable operators maintain that they should have freedom on what they charge content providers for accessing their network, while Netflix and others say they should not have to pay these fees. http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/fcc-strengthen-oversight-isp-interconnection-deals/2015-01-30?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/ng3cm82 Neal McLain|
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