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The Telecom Digest for May 15, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 87 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Circa: What went wrong (Monty Solomon)
Verizon Wireless and Sprint to Pay $158 Million to Settle Billing Investigations (Monty Solomon)
article05153 on "cramming" (HAncock4)
FCC may kill 911 access for unregistered mobile phones (danny burstein)

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Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 00:22:34 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Circa: What went wrong Message-ID: <2299A1A8-DF79-4CC9-AE92-EE3246F0E939@roscom.com> Circa: What went wrong May 4, 2015 By Fr=E9d=E9ric Filloux Monday Note Circa, the clever smartphone news app, failed to live up to its promises. The fiasco stems from the smartphone advertising market's inherent weakness, from Circa's inability to catch up with evolving reading habits, and from an insufficient editorial proposition. http://www.mondaynote.com/2015/05/04/circa-what-went-wrong/
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 21:35:39 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon Wireless and Sprint to Pay $158 Million to Settle Billing Investigations Message-ID: <88588B4A-C2D4-46C7-A639-9B4DB809988E@roscom.com> Verizon agreed to pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle F.C.C. investigations into millions of dollars of unauthorized charges that appeared on customers' cellphone bills. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/verizon-wireless-and-sprint-to-pay-158-million-to-settle-billing-investigations/
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 09:46:52 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: articles on "cramming" Message-ID: <9a662aa7-b462-48ca-bfe5-4edecd4984b8@googlegroups.com> The Philadelphia Inquirer had several articles on "cramming", a sleazy practice by telephone companies. impact on consumers: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20150514_Jeff_Gelles___Cramming__deal_shows_past_abuses.html T-Mobile agrees to pay $90 million http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20141220_T-Mobile_agrees_to_pay__90_million_over__cramming_.html Verizon, Sprint to pay $158 million http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150513_Verizon__Sprint_to_pay__158_million_to_end__cramming__probes.html warning to consumers to check their bills very carefully http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/jeff_gelles/20110717_Consumer_11_0__Watch_the_fees_on_your_phone_bill.html
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 10:39:42 -0400 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: FCC may kill 911 access for unregistered mobile phones Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1505141038380.6922@panix5.panix.com> h/t to Lauren of Privacy Digest for the pointer ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 07:31:34 -0700 From: PRIVACY Forum mailing list <privacy@vortex.com> FCC may kill 911 access for mobile phones without accounts http://yro.slashdot.org/story/15/05/14/1326237/fcc-may-stop-911-access-for-nsi-phones?utm_source=feedly1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed It's generally known that if you call 911 from a cell phone in the USA, you will be connected to the nearest Public Safety Access Point, whether or not the phone has an active account. This is the basis for programs that distribute donated phones for emergency-only use. However, the FCC has proposed a rule change that would eliminate the requirement for telephone companies to connect 911 calls made by NSI (non-service-initialized) phones. The main reason for the proposed rule change are the problems caused by fraudulent 911 calls made through NSI phones. Yet respondents cited by the FCC show that as may as 30% of 911 calls from NSI phones are for legitimate emergencies. The comment period for the proposed rule change ends on June 6th, 2015. - - - FCC: No account? Just DIE! --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren

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