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The Telecom Digest Sat, 05 Dec 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 219 : "text" Format

Table of contents:

* 1 - [telecom] Cable is Still Crushing Telcos in Total Broadband - Neal
* 2 - Re: [telecom] Manhattan to get new 332 area code in 2017 - "Michael D.
* 3 - [telecom]  Answering machine problem - Bob K 


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Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 18:58:07 -0800 (PST)
From: Neal McLain 
Subject: [telecom] Cable is Still Crushing Telcos in Total Broadband

Cable is Still Crushing Telcos in Total Broadband Subscriber Numbers

by Ben Munson, CED, November 18, 2015.

The numbers are in for the third quarter of 2015 and according to
Leichtman Research Group, cable is still way out ahead of telcos in
terms of broadband subscribers.

The group's new numbers show that the top 17 cable operators and
telcos in the United States jointly control 94 percent of the
broadband Internet market, accounting for 89.5 million
subscribers. But the cable companies in that group count almost 54.3
million subscribers, well ahead of the telcos' 35.2 million


Neal McLain

Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2015 05:47:08 -0500
From: "Michael D. Sullivan" 
Subject: Re: [telecom] Manhattan to get new 332 area code in 2017

>> Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2015 07:14:28 -0800 (PST)
>> From: HAncock4 
>> Subject: [telecom] Manhattan to get new 332 area code in 2017


>>Many, many years ago New Yorkers could dial seven digits to reach
>>not only anywhere within New York City, but also neighboring
>>New Jersey, Westchester, and Nassau counties.

The articles regarding the new 332 area code didn't mention this.  And
it certainly wasn't the case in my recollection.  We needed to use 516
to reach Nassau County from Manhattan in the early 1960s.  Perhaps
people living in eastern Queens or Brooklyn could reach Nassau numbers
without an area code, through the use of NXX codes that weren't used
in both NPAs (just as DC and suburban Maryland could call each other
with 7 digits despite different area codes, at one point).  Any more

Michael D. Sullivan
Bethesda, MD

Message-ID: <5661A2D4.6030505@Rochester.RR.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 09:27:32 -0500
From: Bob K 
Subject: [telecom]  Answering machine problem

I have been using an answering machine for years -- an ATT model 1739 --
that has a fine job for me.  For those that wonder why, I find an
answering machine far more convenient than voice mail.  I happen to be a
Time Warner customer.

[Moderator snip]

I decided to set up the distinctive ring for people that I know.  With
Time Warner I can list up to 30 numbers, and those callers will produce
a "2 short" ring rather than the one long standard ring.  That way, I
will know immediately that I should think about answering the phone.  I
am convinced there is a hidden camera somewhere that tells people to
call as soon as I get into the shower.

The only problem with this was the answering machine.  It does not like
distinctive ring.  When a call comes in with the double ring, it
immediately (half way thru the second ring sequence) picks the line and
immediately drops it.  This is not a case of it counting the rings wrong
-- changing the number of rings it is supposed to answer on has no
effect.  In fact, turning the machine off so it ignores an incoming
call, it still does it's crazy action half way thru the second ring.  No
outgoing message -- just seize the line and drop it.

I ran this by the ATT support people, and they confirmed that machine
might not work "right" with some ringing systems.  I would like to
upgrade the answering machine to something that works with what I have.
  I just tried a ATT telephone set (answering machine and a bunch of
handsets) that looked like what I could use.  (That was a model
CL83464.)   I figured that by now ATT would have gotten bugs out.
Wrong!  This one does exactly the same with the distinctive ring.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what make answering machines might
be able to handle distinctive ring?  Actually, I would be looking for
something that would do it's normal job of answering regardless of
whether the incoming call was with a standard or double-short ring.

A long time ago, when I was a Frontier telephone customer, I had a fax
machine on the phone line and a second number that produced a double
ring.  At that time the answering machine handled things just great --
so there is something different between what Frontier was doing and what
Time Warner does.

...Bob K



End of telecom Digest Sat, 05 Dec 2015