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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 13 Apr 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 64 : "text" format

Table of contents
A bit of AT&T Historytlvp
more on Verizon's plan to change copper to FIOSHAncock4
Switch to Frontier causes glitches for some former Verizon customersBill Horne
Verizon wireless outageBill Horne
36,000 Verizon union workers are set to strike tomorrowBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <mh9hdbmyzk1o.l1zfu4edp2vo.dlg@40tude.net> Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:18:53 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> Subject: A bit of AT&T History Seen lately in the UK newsgr'p uk.telecom, a bit of AT&T telephony history: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ1fKFqt7qU&feature=youtu.be>. Enjoy. -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <0545afdb-15f4-4f91-8feb-cc8085553831@googlegroups.com> Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:33:46 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: more on Verizon's plan to change copper to FIOS The Philadelphia Inquirer ran another article on the sneaky methods of Verizon to push customers from copper lines to FIOS. "Verizon customers with copper-line phones who call twice in 18 months for repairs - or live near someone who does - are likely to get a surprise when company techs show up at their door. They will be told that their "only fix" is to replace decades-old copper line with high-speed fiber as Verizon won't fix the copper, according to company documents obtained by the Inquirer." for full article and details please see: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20160410_Verizon_s_quiet_plan_to_change_copper_phone_lines_to_FIOS.html Personal Notes: Verizon says "it provides a free battery backup with 12 D-size batteries." But those batteries won't last that long in a serious power outage--my friends with FIOS tell me they get about three hours of service and that's it. Also, the batteries must be replaced every year, presuming the subscriber remembers to do so. Also, many subscribers do not have access to FIOS, and Verizon can not say when it will be available. What are those customers supposed to do? It is just sad that the communications carriers are in a race to the bottom of service. Comments appreciated. [public replies, please] ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20160412142558.GA25124@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:25:58 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Switch to Frontier causes glitches for some former Verizon customers By David Lazarus Before Frontier Communications took over Verizon's landline phone, TV and Internet services in California on April 1, the company assured customers that it would make the transition "as smooth as possible." For many former Verizon subscribers, it's been anything but. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20160412-column.html -- Bill Horne ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20160412143022.GA25143@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:30:22 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon wireless outage Verizon wireless experiences customers' report(s) (of) outage(s) in many cities, (and) according to DownDetector, Cellphones show 'no service'. BOSTON - Verizon Wireless experienced an outage affecting cellular and internet service in cities across the country around noon Monday, according to a website that tracks service outages. The website DownDetector showed reports of outages in Boston, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Denver and other cities across the United States. Reports of problems spiked around noon on that website and remained above average for several hours. http://www.wcvb.com/news/verizon-wireless-experiences-nationwide-outage/38968206 -- Bill Horne ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20160412142038.GA25103@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:20:39 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: 36,000 Verizon union workers are set to strike tomorrow A contract dispute still hasn't been settled By Colin Lecher Two unions that represent thousands of Verizon employees say they will go on strike tomorrow morning, after negotiations have failed to produce new contracts. The unions - the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - are planning to start the strike at 6AM ET. The disputed contracts expired in August 2015 and cover East Coast Verizon workers "from Massachusetts to Virginia," the CWA said in a statement. About 36,000 employees are affected by the dispute, according to a statement from Verizon. The CWA claims a strike of those workers will result in "by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years." http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/12/11413198/verizon-union-workers-strike -- Bill Horne There once was a union maid, she never was afraid Of goons and ginks and company finks and the deputy sheriffs who made the raid. She went to the union hall when a meeting it was called, And when the Legion boys come 'round She always stood her ground. - Woody Guthrie ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 13 Apr 2016

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