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The Telecom Digest for Apr 15, 2015
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|Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:46:43 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CenturyLink Apologizes for Misleading Customer About Its Gigabit Internet Service Message-ID: <email@example.com> by Ansel Hertz As I've reported before, Seattle desperately needs affordable, reliable high-speed Internet service, and a lot of people are pissed off that the city's two dominant providers - Comcast and CenturyLink - haven't yet made it available in all parts of town. President Obama says he stands behind any city that wants to take matter into its own hands, over those companies' objections, by creating municipal utility-run gigabit broadband network. Mayor Ed Murray has said he's considering the municipal broadband option, pending yet another city-commissioned study about its feasibility that's due this month. But he's also said he wants to give CenturyLink and Comcast (both major donors to his mayoral campaign) a chance to "step up" and provide fiber-optic gigabit service throughout Seattle. http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/04/03/22001588/centurylink-apologizes-for-misleading-customer-about-its-gigabit-internet-service -or- http://goo.gl/Yn8dUKs -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) As through this life you travel, you meet some funny men Some rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen - Woodie Guthrie|
|Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:28:41 -0400 From: Bob K <SPAMpot@Rochester.RR.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: FCC Looking Into Verizon "Supercookies" that track mobile users' behavior Message-ID: <552BB679.20501@Rochester.RR.com> On 4/12/2015 1:04 AM, tlvp wrote: > 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, another question. As a PagePlus user, I'm in the dark as to what happens when I connect out, not using the cellular service, but rather thru a WiFi connection? ...Bob K|
|Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:30:19 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Studies show most cyber breaches caused by user mistakes Message-ID: <20150414143019.GA20839@telecom.csail.mit.edu> When a cyber security breach hits the news, those most closely involved often have incentive to play up the sophistication of the attack. If hackers are portrayed as well-funded geniuses, victims look less vulnerable, security firms can flog their products and services, and government officials can push for tougher regulation or seek more money for cyber defenses. But two deeply researched reports being released this week underscore the less-heralded truth: the vast majority of hacking attacks are successful because employees click on links in tainted emails, companies fail to apply available patches to known software flaws, or technicians do not configure systems properly. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/469714/scitech/technology/user-mistakes-aid-most-cyber-attacks-verizon-and-symantec-studies-show -or- http://goo.gl/pPG8FZ -- Bill Horne Moderator There are stars in the Southern sky Southward as you go There is moonlight and moss in the trees Down the Seven Bridges road - Steve Young|
|Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:38:36 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon tells customers they don't want unlimited data Message-ID: <20150414143836.GA20997@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon tries to convince customers they don't really want unlimited data by Brad Reed "War is peace." "Freedom is slavery." "Ignorance is strength." And now thanks to Verizon, we have a brand new Orwellian slogan: "Unlimited data plans are limiting." Verizon recently published a blog post written by Jack E. Gold, the founder of technology industry analyst firm J. Gold Associates LLC. The goal of Gold's post is to explain to simpleton Verizon customers why they really shouldn't be tempted by the unlimited data plans being offered by carriers such as Sprint and T-Mobile. http://bgr.com/2015/04/13/verizon-vs-t-mobile-unlimited-data-plans/ -- Bill Horne Moderator Gypsy Davey with a blowtorch he burns out their camps With his faithful slave Pedro behind him tramps With a fantastic collection of stamps To win friends and influence his uncle - Bob Dylan|
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