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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 16 Dec 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 188 : "text" format

Table of contents
Re: New Jersey will investigate Verizon's copper maintenance HAncock4
Verizon wireless service restored in Augusta GABill Horne
Re: Verizon Bill fires up local Vietnam veteranDavid Lesher
Yahoo investors fear latest breach could drive down Verizon offerBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <f43ee513-d139-4288-8201-537845ba16a1@googlegroups.com> Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:43:01 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: New Jersey will investigate Verizon's copper maintenance On Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 12:23:53 AM UTC-5, Bill Horne wrote: > More than a dozen towns filed a petition last year claiming that > Verizon has failed to maintain its copper phone lines, leading to bad > phone connections and slow internet speeds. Residents say they lose > phone service in the rain and during foggy days. > > http://www.philly.com/philly/business/Top-NJ-regulatory-commissioner-will-head-probe-into-Verizons-copper-service-problems-in-South-Jersey-.html I am glad they're investigating, and I believe the Pennsylvania PUC is doing likewise. However, given today's political climate, I am not hopeful anything truly positive will result. For whatever reason, the regulators seemed to have lost all power (or perhaps willpower) to require a public utility to deliver on its basic service obligations. There have been innumerable reports of major outages and upset government officials, yet Verizon does nothing (except say "get a cellphone" and subscribers suffer without service. For what it's worth, I know personally several Verizon landline/DSL subscribers who lost service for several weeks at a time, and they _all_ got the run-around from Verizon on repairs. Verizon would say it was the subscribers fault. Then they'd say they'd be coming out and not show up (even if someone waited all day for them.) Eventually, they'd get around to actually fixing the problem, which was always on their end. In two of the cases the subscribers were elderly folks whose need for a working telephone line was critical. (I thought there were laws requiring service for such people, but I guess not). FWIW, I know a subscriber with a Comcast landline and he also suffers from bad service. It's extremely difficult to get through to Comcast despite their claims of improving customer service. In the meantime, Comcast, despite record profits, has announced a 3% rate increase for next year. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20161215160842.GA20273@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:08:42 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon wireless service restored in Augusta GA Update: Verizon wireless service restored AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Verizon Wireless has said all customers have been restored [to] service. Verizon Wireless spokesperson Kate Jay released the following statement in regards to the outage: Verizon Wireless experienced interruption in service for some customers in and around Augusta on Wednesday due to a connectivity issue. Engineers were able to identify and resolve the issue and service was restored by approximately 1:00 AM EST Thursday morning. http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Verizon-outages-reported-across-the-CSRA-406688565.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <o2t1vr$hj1$1@reader1.panix.com> Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 03:17:15 +0000 (UTC) From: David Lesher <wb8foz@panix.com> Subject: Re: Verizon Bill fires up local Vietnam veteran Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> writes: >http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Verizon-Bill-fires-up-local-Vietnam-veteran-406103475.html > This is the typical "once over, lightly" fluff piece which TV "news" > generates, filled with buzzwords, but missing both content and > context. It generates more questions than answers, such as the > obvious one - why didn't Verizon suspend the service if it had > exceeded the users' norms? Where does Verizon get the idea that > they're entitled to force a user to bear the costs of stolen > service? The Plain Dealer has run a series on the issue. <http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/11/verizon_data_overages_customer.html> -- A host is a host from coast to coast.................wb8foz@nrk.com & no one will talk to a host that's close.......................... Unless the host (that isn't close).........................pob 1433 is busy, hung or dead....................................20915-1433 ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20161215161430.GA20310@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:14:30 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Yahoo investors fear latest breach could drive down Verizon offer Yet another gigantic Yahoo hack should net Verizon an equally gigantic discount By Therese Poletti Yahoo Inc. investors were already nervous that a recent data breach would cut the price Verizon Communications Inc. was willing to pay for the internet company. Now, they should be terrified. Yahoo announced Wednesday that it experienced an even larger hack on its users than the previously disclosed breach, which was already being discussed as the largest theft of user data in history. While the breach disclosed in September reportedly accessed about 500 million accounts, Yahoo said Wednesday that the newly discovered hack affected more than 1 billion users. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/yet-another-gigantic-yahoo-hack-should-net-verizon-an-equally-gigantic-discount-2016-12-14 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Fri, 16 Dec 2016

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