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The Telecom Digest for Apr 6, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 63 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Online phone number lookups have changed (Ron)
Re: Online phone number lookups have changed (Julian Thomas)
History - Bell System rentals for PBX equipment? (HAncock4)
Framingham police investigate 'swatting' incident (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2015 20:45:13 -0400 From: Ron <ron@see.below.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Online phone number lookups have changed Message-ID: <m311ia13gunp6nugop2053g0stu1gpkr5f@4ax.com> Bob K <SPAMpot@Rochester.RR.com> wrote: >On 4/3/2015 10:36 AM, Bill Horne wrote: >> I have a relative who is a lawyer, and I tried to call her this morning. > >> Anywho.com wanted money to provide the phone number. >> So did 411.com. >> So did yp.com. --snip-- >The local phoney company here also has available on line their directory >(as last published). Yes, Verizon still "publishes" the white pages. You can access them online at http://www.verizon.com/whitepages (assuming your browser has low enough security settings). You can also ask for CDROM or dead tree local phone books. http://www.verizon.com/about/community/white_pages.html -- Ron (user telnom.for.plume in domain antichef.com)
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 22:12:56 -0400 From: Julian Thomas <jt@jt-mj.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Online phone number lookups have changed Message-ID: <D1F8BD1C-9E5C-4BAD-A39C-EF737A59E430@jt-mj.net> > On Apr 3, 2015, at 10:57, Bob K <SPAMpot@Rochester.RR.com> wrote: > > The local phoney company here also has available on line their > directory (as last published). Unfortunately, they have dropped out > the names of those who are using some other phone service provider. can you really fault them for that? jt - jt@jt-mj.net "God made the integers, the rest is the work of man" - Leopold Kronecker
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 17:00:24 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: History - Bell System rentals for PBX equipment? Message-ID: <7abdcd07-a0f8-47dd-a198-a3f25e9bac57@googlegroups.com> Is anyone familiar with equipment rentals charged by the old Bell System (pre-divesiture)? Over the years, the Bell System offered several models of equipment that were developed at different times, but performed essentially the same way for the average customer. I was wondering how Bell charged for various equipment. EXAMPLE 1: Let's imagine a small business that uses a manual PBX and needs a cord switchboard. It has five trunks and thirty extensions. In the 1970s, such an organization could have been served by the following cord switchboards: --551, a pre-war unit. It was still in widespread use in 1970. --555, a post war unit. While the keyshelf was slightly different, it was functionally the same as the 551. --608, a 1960 unit. It had automatic ringing and recall and a more modern appearance, although these features would be of limited value to a light traffic PBX. Would Bell have charged the same rental for the 551 as the 555, given they were functionally the same? Would there have been a premium for the 608? EXAMPLE 2: Let's a imagine a small business that has uses a dial PBX, with only basic features. It has eight trunks and fifty extensions. In 1970, such an organization could've been served by a variety of dial PBX equipment of various generations designed for small customers, including SxS, crossbar, and ESS. Further, a variety of switchboards would be available to serve as the attendant's console. Some were modern cordless desktop models that looked like a Call Director. These were more productive since ringing, recall, and disconnection was automatic, were attractive, and were very popular. But customers could, if they chose (as some did), to utilize a cord switchboard designed for dial service, such as the 552, 556, and 608. --740 (various models, step by step) --756 (crossbar) --757 (crossbar) --770 (crossbar) --800 (ESS) --805 (ESS) --761 (crossbar, designed for motel service) Did Bell charge different rentals for the various models of dial equipment, even if functionally similar to the customer? How about for the associated attendant's switchboard? [public replies, please. thanks.]
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 13:30:22 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Framingham police investigate 'swatting' incident Message-ID: <D7E24647-38C7-47CF-B9FA-28CDF2BDF7A1@roscom.com> FRAMINGHAM (Massachusetts) - Police are investigating an apparent hoax that sent several officers to a Nicholas Road apartment believing there may have been a man there threatening to harm officers, police said. Police said they went to Nicholas Road at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a phone call about a man threatening to harm police. http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20150402/NEWS/150408981

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