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The Telecom Digest for Nov 7, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 203 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Comcast charging for heavy data use in 15 states (HAncock4)
Re: How Emojis Find Their Way to Phones (tlvp)
AT&T's plan to watch your web browsing - and what you can do about it (Bill Horne)
Bad Connection: Inside the Iphone Network Meltdown (Bill Horne)

To men a man is but a mind. Who cares
What face he carries or what form he wears?
But woman's body is the woman. O,
Stay thou, my sweetheart, and do never go,
But heed the warning words the sage hath said:
A woman absent is a woman dead.
Ambrose Bierce

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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:29:52 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Comcast charging for heavy data use in 15 states Message-ID: <4911af72-fab4-42a6-bef7-b14816a9cb69@googlegroups.com> The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Comcast, one of the nation's largest broadband providers, will charge subscribers extra fees if they stream many hours of online video or large amounts of data. Critics say data caps punish heavy Internet video streamers, or Netflix and Hulu users, while protecting cable-TV bundles. Comcast and other broadband providers say they are charging "bandwidth hogs" for the extra burden they place on the system. full article with details at: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20151105_Comcast_charging_for_heavy_data_use_in_15_states.html
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 04:25:54 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: How Emojis Find Their Way to Phones Message-ID: <rvgqg6f0mczf$.3sqpzz40fay1.dlg@40tude.net> On Tue, 3 Nov 2015 10:30:30 +0000 (UTC), David LaRue wrote: > ... My newsreader doesn't understand utf-8 ... But it does, if, as your headers report, it's xnews: : User-Agent: Xnews/5.04.25 No sweat there, as I understand it :-) . Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:53:57 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: AT&T's plan to watch your web browsing - and what you can do about it Message-ID: <n1jlf7$4ab$1@dont-email.me> Want to opt out? It could cost up to $744 extra per year. by Jon Brodkin If you have AT&T's gigabit Internet service and wonder why it seems so affordable, here's the reason - AT&T is boosting profits by rerouting all your Web browsing to an in-house traffic scanning platform, analyzing your Internet habits, then using the results to deliver personalized ads to the websites you visit, e-mail to your inbox, and junk mail to your front door. In a few select areas including Austin, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri - places where AT&T competes against the $70-per-month Google Fiber - Ma Bell offers its own $70-per-month "GigaPower" fiber-to-the-home Internet access. But signing up for the deal also opts customers in to AT&T's "Internet Preferences" program, which gives the company permission to examine each customer's Web traffic in exchange for a price that matches Google's. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/03/atts-plan-to-watch-your-web-browsing-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:42:26 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Bad Connection: Inside the Iphone Network Meltdown Message-ID: <n1jkpm$2uq$1@dont-email.me> by Fred Vogelstein For iPhone fans, it really was too good to be true. A pair of Apple executives had just described the latest model of the iPhone - the 3GS - onstage at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2009. The audience loved it. The 3GS was twice as fast as its predecessor, it included a camera that shot video, and the updated iPhone operating system enabled multimedia messaging and tethering - the ability to use the phone as a modem. Just one problem: While many customers in Europe and Asia could enjoy all those features, AT&T, the iPhone's sole US carrier, wouldn't allow video messaging or tethering at launch. In other words, the most advanced features wouldn't be available to AT&T customers. What's more, some current iPhone users who wanted to upgrade wouldn't get the subsidies that new customers enjoyed. Incensed iPhone fanatics vented their fury on Twitter. "AT&T has been one disappointment after another." "Is AT&T trying to squeeze more money from us poor suckers?" And they punctuated their complaints with a hashtag - the Twitter convention for grouping conversations - that became an eight-character protest slogan: #attfail. http://www.wired.com/2010/07/ff_att_fail/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)

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