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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 17 Jul 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 104 : "text" format

Table of contents
One-Quarter of U.S. TV Households Now Without Cable or Satellite, Study SaysNeal McLain
Peabody again denies Verizon permission for a new cell tower Bill Horne
Peabody, MA Considers Distributed Antenna SystemBill Horne
Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 New Monthly ChargeBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <5af3cc34-0ae6-45f8-9ffb-4bbad3fb375e@googlegroups.com> Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:52:11 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: One-Quarter of U.S. TV Households Now Without Cable or Satellite, Study Says By Laura Hamilton, CED, 07/14/2016 Levels of broadcast-only reception and Internet-only video subscriptions have risen in the last year, with 25 percent of U.S. TV households now going without cable or satellite access, a new report from market research company GfK says. "The fact that a statistically significant increase in broadcast-only reception occurred over just one year may be further proof that the cord-cutting/cord-never phenomenon is accelerating," David Tice, SVP in GfK's Media and Entertainment practice, observes. "If you include homes that have no TVs at all - about 3 percent of all households - then less than three quarters (73 percent) of U.S. homes continue to have pay TV service, with the attendant implications for all stakeholders - not just the pay TV services themselves, but also networks, content providers and advertisers." https://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2016/07/one-quarter-us-tv-households-now-without-cable-or-satellite-study-says#disqus_thread -or- http://tinyurl.com/h5r3sfk Neal McLain ------------------------------ Message-ID: <nmdqe3$3jg$1@dont-email.me> Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:21:06 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Peabody again denies Verizon permission for a new cell tower By ADAM SWIFT PEABODY [MA] - For the second time in two years, the City Council nixed plans for a Verizon Communications Inc. cell tower. On Thursday night, the council voted 8-1 to deny a special permit for a cell tower ... In 2014, the council denied a special permit for one at Michael's Limousine on Lynn Street. Verizon is appealing that decision in state land court. After denial of the Lynn Street tower, Verizon worked with the city on the Coolidge Avenue site. Verizon attorney Chris Swiniarski said a tower is needed to fix coverage gaps in South Peabody. http://www.itemlive.com/news/peabody-council-wont-permit-verizon-cell/ - - - - - - - - - - - - I had to threaten a man with a "Land Court" lawsuit once, and you may believe me when I say it would have been a *VERY* expensive proposition: just as one example of the hoops anyone going there has to jump through, the Massachusetts Land Court demands that surveys be written on vellum. There are specialized law firms that do nothing but "Land Court" cases: the court's rules and procedures are said to be so arcane that most attorneys won't even touch any case destined for it. What that means as a practical matter (I was told) is that citizens' groups find themselves facing exorbitant legal bills if they choose to fight a case there, with delays as long as a year being common. I'll leave the reader to draw his own conclusions. -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <nmdqnd$4jg$1@dont-email.me> Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:26:04 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Peabody, MA Considers Distributed Antenna System The system would be installed instead of a proposed 130-foot Verizon Wireless telecommunications tower near the city's water treatment plant. The Peabody Municipal Light Plant is considering [a Distributed Antenna System] because it is a less controversial option. Nearby residents were concerned the proposed tower would loom over their homes. The Salem [MA] News reported the Peabody City Council is considering a special permit for the cell tower while light plant researches a Distributed Antenna System. Instead of one tower, dozens of smaller antennas would be installed throughout the city. This could potentially eliminate a need for more towers in the future, according to Ward 1 Councilor Jon Turco. https://insidetowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/cell_tower_news_Thursday-June-2-2016.pdf - - Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ***** Moderator's Note ***** I'm surprised to see that Ma Bell's plan to convert the world to cell phones is still running into this kind of opposition: I had thought that the public was now inured to the sight of cell towers on every building and hill. Is this just election-year hoopla, or are there other cities and towns actively opposing the cell tower invasion? Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20160716203032.GA26596@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:30:32 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 New Monthly Charge By Gordon Kelly For months Microsoft has been describing Windows 10 "as a service" and now we know why. Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly sub- scription fee for Windows 10 usage. That cost will be $7 per user per month but the good news is it only applies to enterprises, for now. The new pricing tier will be called "Windows 10 Enterprise E3" and it means Windows has finally joined Office 365 and Azure as a subscription service. http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/07/14/microsoft-confirms-windows-10-new-monthly-charge/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#4012c576dfab - - Bill Horne ***** Moderator's Note ***** If M$ gets away with this, every CEO that ever sold an app for a cellphone will be salivating at the thought of getting that annuity. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 17 Jul 2016

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