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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 04 Nov 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 164 : "text" format

Table of contents
CenturyLink, a Network Provider, to Acquire Level 3, a Rival Monty Solomon
FTC Do-Not-Call web page redesignedJim Haynes
A look inside a Verizon switch locationBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <B3B3428A-5BE6-4BCF-85A3-F5DD4E0881A6@roscom.com> Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2016 23:29:44 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: CenturyLink, a Network Provider, to Acquire Level 3, a Rival In a $25 billion deal, the two companies will combine to create one of the largest communications providers for businesses. By Leslie Picker To those familiar with the telecommunications industry, the deal announced between CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications on Monday was not really a surprise. Both companies provide communications and services like data, voice and video transmission for large enterprises and each is trying to scrape away market share from rivals AT&T and Verizon. The $25 billion deal would make the combined company the second-largest provider of communications to business in the United States, after AT&T. It brings CenturyLink an additional 200,000 route miles of fiber and potentially big commercial customers. In 2010, Level 3 struck a multiyear agreement with Netflix to help it stream its video content to consumers. Level 3 would not comment on whether Netflix was still a customer. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/01/business/dealbook/centurylink-a-network-provider-to-acquire-level-3-a-rival.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <c96c94a0-25fc-484f-bfd7-4733f9934fdd@googlegroups.com> Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2016 13:13:12 -0700 (PDT) From: Jim Haynes <jhhaynes@earthlink.net> Subject: FTC Do-Not-Call web page redesigned Futile as it seems, I decided to file a do-not-call complaint today. And discovered that the web page for the purpose has been somewhat redesigned. They now ask you for the hour and minute of the day the call came in, And then they ask you to choose the type of call from a pulldown menu. ***** Moderator's Note ***** To the readers - This post makes me realize that I'm not up on the current Do-Not-Call laws. If you know about them, please post a summary of the changes, especially ones that affect cell phones: I'm very interested in the "prior relationship" exceptions as well. TIA. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <51fa7106-883a-c6b2-13d0-75664efe92a5@horne.net> Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:48:21 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: A look inside a Verizon switch location Guilty-pleasure department - I don't know why this TV report delights me, but it does: a local ingénue informs us that the building even has batteries to keep things going if the power fails. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An undisclosed location in WAVE Country is home to one of Verizon's switch locations. Calls, texts and web browsing on a wireless device with Verizon service from all over the world, are routed throughout the switch location. Network operations manager Dennis Robertson said the entire design of the building is built with Verizon's reliability model in mind. Back-up generators can keep the building running for days, according to Robertson. http://www.wave3.com/story/33617647/a-look-inside-a-verizon-switch-location -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Fri, 04 Nov 2016

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