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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 06 Dec 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 182 : "text" format

Table of contents
Is Verizon a better buy than T-Mobile?Bill Horne
Republican commissioners criticize FCC majorityBill Horne
Exploit can bypass Activation Lock on iPads running iOS 10.1.1 Monty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20161205222136.GA2136@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:21:36 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Is Verizon a better buy than T-Mobile? Better Buy: Verizon Communications Inc. vs. T-Mobile US Inc The battle between stalwart and up-start is closer than you might think. By Brian Stoffel Back in 2011, T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) seemed like a fading player in the wireless subscription business. The duopoly of Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T) owned 65% of the market, while T-Mobile came in a distant fourth place, with just 11% of the market. Times, however, have changed. Revitalized by CEO John Legere's "Uncarrier" plan that has expanded to include a wide number of initiatives, the company has grown to capture almost 17% of the market. While Verizon remains the top dog, with 35% of wireless subscriptions nationwide, such a drastic improvement leads to a simple question: Is T-Mobile's stock a better buy at today's prices? http://www.fool.com/investing/2016/12/03/better-buy-verizon-communications-inc-vs-t-mobile.aspx -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20161205222523.GA2163@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:25:23 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Republican commissioners criticize FCC majority FCC Republicans try to protect AT&T and Verizon in net neutrality case With Trump about to take over, FCC pursues controversial zero-rating probe. By Jon Brodkin The two Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission criticized the FCC for investigating AT&T and Verizon in a net neutrality case centering on data cap exemptions. Any action taken now will be overturned under President Donald Trump, they promised. The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau last week said it reached a preliminary conclusion that AT&T is violating net neutrality rules by using data cap exemptions (or "zero-rating") to favor DirecTV video on its mobile network. The FCC also kicked off a similar examination of Verizon's data cap exemptions. AT&T and Verizon are exempting their own video services from mobile data caps while charging other companies for the same zero-rating treatment. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/12/fcc-republicans-try-to-protect-att-and-verizon-in-net-neutrality-case/ -- Bill Horne ------------------------------ Message-ID: <472546DE-3530-45CF-B887-3B256F480993@roscom.com> Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:34:49 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Exploit can bypass Activation Lock on iPads running iOS 10.1.1 By Andrew Cunningham Apple's Activation Lock feature, introduced in iOS 7 in 2013, deters thieves by associating your iPhone and iPad with your Apple ID. Even if a thief steals your device, puts it into Recovery Mode, and completely resets it, the phone or tablet won't work without the original user's Apple ID and password. This makes stolen iDevices less valuable since they become more difficult to resell, and it has significantly reduced iPhone theft in major cities. The feature has been difficult to crack, but a new exploit disclosed by Vulnerability Lab security analyst Benjamin Kunz Mejri uses a buffer overflow exploit and some iPad-specific bugs to bypass Activation Lock in iOS 10.1.1. http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/12/buffer-overflow-exploit-can-bypass-activation-lock-on-ipads-running-ios-10-1-1/ ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 06 Dec 2016

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