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The Telecom Digest for Apr 13, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 68 : "text" Format
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Re: History - Bell System rentals for PBX equipment? (Fred Goldstein)
Re: FCC Looking Into Verizon "Supercookies" that track mobile users' behavior (tlvp)

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Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 23:11:28 -0400 From: Fred Goldstein <fg_es@ionaryQRM.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: History - Bell System rentals for PBX equipment? Message-ID: <5529E260.4020806@ionaryQRM.com> On 4/5/2015 8:00 PM, HAncock4 wrote: > 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. > > ... 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.] > Historically, there were different schemes, but by the 1960s Ma had pretty much settled on the "Series" method of charging for PBXs. A company would order a PBX system and pay a tariff rate based on the series. A Series 100 was basic dial tone around a building. Series 200 added, I think, a nicer operator console. Series 300 added a few modern features, like the ability to transfer calls. How it was implemented, though, was up to Ma. So the old 701 Stepper and 551D cord board might be used to do Series 100. The 770 was a smallish (400 line, IIRC) crossbar that could do Series 300, but they'd put a different model in if they thought the subscriber might grow beyond its size. After Carterfone, they started getting more competitive, and tariffed specific products. Dimension, their analog-SPC PBX, came out around 1976 and was the only series under tariff; they kept Antelope (System 85, basically "digital Dimension") off the market until 1983, when it was available untariffed from ATTIS, even though it was designed and "in the can" by 1979. Series may have been grandfathered during that era.
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 01:04:09 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: FCC Looking Into Verizon "Supercookies" that track mobile users' behavior Message-ID: <18rsdwary9t0i$.1g73xm0m9xpc$.dlg@40tude.net> On Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:13:35 -0400, Bill Horne wrote: > by Chris Morran > > For years, the Internet behavior of all Verizon Wireless smartphone > customers was being tracked by "supercookies" on their devices that > they could not opt out of. After the tracking became public knowledge, > the company recently gave its customers a way to shake off the > invasive snooping, but that isn't stopping the FCC from looking into > whether the program violated federal guidelines. > > The Hill reports that FCC Chair Tom Wheeler recently sent letters to > various U.S. Senators who had expressed concerns about Verizon > supercookies, which append an invisible header to all web traffic > coming out of your phone. > > > http://consumerist.com/2015/04/10/fcc-looking-into-verizon-supercookies-that-track-wireless-users-behavior/ > -or- > http://goo.gl/GwUaq4 > What's an inadvertent Verizon cellular network user, customer actually of Verizon MVNO Page Plus, got to do to "shake off" this "snooping"? The page at http://goo.gl/LFmUW8 offers a toll-free phone number that someone not actually a Verizon customer won't be able to use; and Page Plus claims to be in the dark. Or can it be that a Page Plus customer, using a Verizon-branded Motorola Droid X2 handset, is actually not being tracked in this way, after all? Advice welcomed! Thanks. And cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.

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