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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 01 Dec 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 179 : "text" format

Table of contents
Re: Bell 401 datasetsScott Dorsey
Senator Gillibrand Pushes Rural Broadband BillNeal McLain
Jeff Eisenach Works for Verizon, Not the PublicBill Horne
AT&T just declared war on an open internet (and us)Bill Horne
Hi speed fiber competitor coming onlineBill Horne
AT&T DirecTV Now Needles VerizonBill Horne
Level 3 Acquisition Will Completely Transform CenturyLink, Enterprise MarketBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <o1ka0s$rcd$1@panix2.panix.com> Date: 29 Nov 2016 11:22:52 -0500 From: kludge@panix.com (Scott Dorsey) Subject: Re: Bell 401 datasets Eric Smith <spacewar@gmail.com> wrote: >Does anyone have technical information on Bell 401 datasets, such as the >401H and 401L transmitters, and the 401F and 401J receivers? In particular, >I'm interested in what frequencies, signal levels, timing, and tolerances >were used. I believe these are touch-tone decoders which are intended for remote control. The Technical Reference Catalogue indicates that you want PUB41403, which describes "Data Set 401J is a multi-frequency data receiver intended for use on DATAPHONE service. It can receive either 3-out-of-14 or 2-out-of-8 parallel signals at a speed of up to 20 characters/second." It is dated Sept. 1965. >The 401 series used multifrequency signaling, with up to three simultaneous >tones out of eleven choices in three bands. Since they were for customer >use, I assume that they were chosen to not conflict with in-band MF >signaling. Dunno, I have only seen them used for touch tone. The Periphonics systems used for touch-tone banking used them for the customer interface. --scott -- "C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis." ------------------------------ Message-ID: <60583f6e0bd9d22ee41eb77a12a8f9a9.squirrel@email.fatcow.com> Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:37:14 -0600 From: "Neal McLain" <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: Senator Gillibrand Pushes Rural Broadband Bill By Laura Hamilton, CED, November 29, 2016 Rural access to high-speed broadband is generally a problem. And most of us who lean hard on internet access and are living in a major metro area don't feel the pain unless we're on a pastoral vacation or visiting relatives for what turns out to be a low-speed holiday. If you've had the experience, it can be a shock to the system. An estimated 34 million Americans don't have access to high-speed broadband, according to the FCC. Additionally, around 30 percent of American households haven't adopted high-speed broadband and that level is even higher in low- income communities. https://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2016/11/senator-gillibrand-pushes-rural-broadband-bill?et_cid=5702519&et_rid=652835436&location=top&et_cid=5702519&et_rid=652835436&linkid=https%3a%2f%2fwww.cedmagazine.com%2fnews%2f2016%2f11%2fsenator-gillibrand-pushes-rural-broadband-bill%3fet_cid%3d5702519%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26location%3dtop -or- http://tinyurl.com/zb5exl2 Neal McLain ***** Moderator's Note ***** Subtitle: "It's never too early to slop the hogs". Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20161130143156.GA2187@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:31:56 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Jeff Eisenach Works for Verizon, Not the Public FCC Transition Leader Jeff Eisenach Works for Verizon, Not the Public By Bruce Kushnick * The FCC's long standing mission statement: To encourage competition in all communications markets and to protect the public interest. * The Communications Act of 1934, Title 1, Section 1, as amended: To ensure that the American people have available - at reasonable costs and without discrimination - rapid, efficient, nation- and world-wide communication services; whether by radio, television, wire, satellite, or cable. Should Congress start investigations as to whether a paid consultant to Verizon and other communications companies should lead the FCC's transition team, a government agency that is charged with protecting the public interest? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/fcc-transition-leader-jef_b_13308270.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20161130235230.GA4711@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:52:31 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: AT&T just declared war on an open internet (and us) "Mobilizing Your World" sounds like a threat now by T.C. Sottek Last year we won the open internet back, but the new regulations had one big weakness: they didn't explicitly ban a scheme called "zero rating." Zero rating is a poison pill wrapped in a piece of cheese; it looks like a good thing for consumers (free video!), but ultimately has the capability to rot competition and the open internet. The FCC decided it would look at zero rating schemes on a case-by-case basis, which left the door open for wireless companies to play their usual games. AT&T just broke that door off its hinges. Last night AT&T made a dim prophecy official by announcing that its new DirecTV Now streaming service would be zero rated: it won't count against its customers' data caps. Zero rating isn't new - T-Mobile has been writing the manual on how to get away with it - but now it's finally happening at a scale that matters. And AT&T's version is much worse than T-Mobile's. -- Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20161130225821.GA4567@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:58:21 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Hi speed fiber competitor coming online Verizon's Fios is about to get some major competition from the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S. A massive network of high-speed fiber optic internet is coming to 20 states over the next five years, according to a Wednesday announcement from Altice, the cable company behind Optimum, Lightpath and Suddenlink. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/30/speedy-new-rival-for-verizon-fios-and-google-fiber-headed-to-20-states.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20161130231038.GA4587@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:10:38 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: AT&T DirecTV Now Needles Verizon AT&T's over-the-top launch and announced Time Warner deal push Verizon toward a more-transformational path. On Monday AT&T announced its long-awaited over the top DirecTV Now plans and offered details around the pricing of each bundle. In our view, there is a collective exhale that the $35 plan for 100 channels which ATT& teased ahead of time is for a limited time only. Additionally, the way the plan is priced should limit cannibalization of its existing video base (another worry). But importantly, having a national video offering (one of only two players to have this) as well as the mobile rights to deliver a large amount of this content broadens AT&T's total available market (TAM) significantly. We would expect these offerings to continue to evolve further -- especially as it moves forward in its quest to acquire Time Warner (TWX). http://www.barrons.com/articles/at-t-directv-now-needles-verizon-1480451489 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20161130233028.GA4661@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:30:28 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Level 3 Acquisition Will Completely Transform CenturyLink, Enterprise Market by Joan Engebretson If CenturyLink's plan to merge with Level 3 Communications is approved, the combined carrier will get 76% of its revenue from the enterprise and wholesale market, said a Level 3 executive today. After the CenturyLink, Level 3 merger, the combined company would be the most heavily business-focused of the nation's five largest service providers by a long shot, according to data presented by Level 3 Chief Financial Officer Sunit Patel at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference, which was also webcast. http://www.telecompetitor.com/level-3-acquisition-will-completely-transform-centurylink-enterprise-market/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Thu, 01 Dec 2016

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