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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 03 Feb 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 20 : "text" format

Table of contents
T-Mobile squeaks past VerizonBill Horne
Missouri County Commission mad at CenturylinkBill Horne
Cyberthieves Have a New Target: ChildrenMonty Solomon
Comcast IDs First DOCSIS 3.1 MarketsNeal McLain
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20160202190609.GA23754@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:06:09 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: T-Mobile squeaks past Verizon by Brian Barrett FOR YEARS, T-MOBILE has been known mostly for its relative affordability, and a CEO who's not afraid to wear leather. A new report on the state of US mobile carriers, though, shows its recent investments in infrastructure are finally paying off. Verizon and AT&T officially have some real competition. The report, from OpenSignal, drew on data from millions of smartphones to gauge the speed of US carrier networks and how big an area they cover. T-Mobile has long excelled when it comes to speed; at over 12Mbps, its 4G speeds are on par with or, as of December, ahead of Verizon. (AT&T hovers just above 8Mbps, while Sprint's 6.38Mbps may sometimes feel closer to 3G. Zzzzzzzzz.) < href="http://www.wired.com/2016/02/t-mobiles-finally-good-enough-to-put-pressure-on-verizon/">http://www.wired.com/2016/02/t-mobiles-finally-good-enough-to-put-pressure-on-verizon/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20160202191818.GA23794@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:18:18 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Missouri County Commission mad at Centurylink by Andrew Sheeley Tensions between (Dent County, MO) county officials and CenturyLink are reaching a boiling point. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported frustration both Thursday, and again Monday concerning billing mistakes, which he says are shorting the county's 911 fund, and a lack of communication the county has received concerning the sheriff office's 911 system. "CenturyLink is probably the most frustrating vendor we have to deal with," Skiles said Monday. "The local people here are great, but there is a problem at the higher levels of the business offices." http://www.thesalemnewsonline.com/news/local_news/article_b4beee5c-c9bd-11e5-82c1-fb6706aa6b39.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <01BAD725-1ED6-43E2-AFF8-07B78C2B2E9E@roscom.com> Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:52:40 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Cyberthieves Have a New Target: Children It can take years before theft of a child's personal data - and the financial damage-is discovered To the list of things we wish we could shield children from, add identity theft. Cyberthieves target children because their identities offer a clean slate with which to apply for bank accounts, credit cards or loans, government benefits and tax breaks. Criminals will often combine a child's Social Security number with a fake date of birth and address to avoid suspicion, experts say. http://www.wsj.com/articles/cyberthieves-have-a-new-target-children-1454295685 ------------------------------ Message-ID: <f94f466a-ffba-4168-bd3d-bad3cec1c88c@googlegroups.com> Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:23:00 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: Comcast IDs First DOCSIS 3.1 Markets By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News, 2/02/2016 On the heels of recent field trials, Comcast announced the first batch of markets where it will launch residential and business-class gigabit broadband services using DOCSIS 3.1 technology - Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami and Nashville. Comcast did not announce pricing for its new D3.1-powered offerings (those details are expected to emerge during the next couple of months), but said it plans to launch D3.1-powered services in Atlanta and Nashville in "early 2016," and follow with launches in Chicago, Detroit, and Miami in the second half of 2016. http://www.multichannel.com/news/cable-operators/comcast-ids-first-docsis-31- markets/397035 -or- http://tinyurl.com/jet5y7a For readers not familiar with DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification), the Wikipedia article is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOCSIS Neal McLain ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 03 Feb 2016

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