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The Telecom Digest for Sat, 18 Jun 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 90 : "text" format

Table of contents
Are telephone surveys statistically valid?HAncock4
AT&T enhances 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband reach in 10 markets Neal McLain
History - old telephone directories available on-line from AncestryHAncock4
Re: Copy of "Off The Hook" broadcast availablebernieS
Pay-TV industry reacts as court upholds FCC's net neutrality rulesNeal McLain
History - Bell System was proud of defense workHAncock4
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <19bbd2d3-04f3-4046-a42b-1c083ad4e0fa@googlegroups.com> Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:38:43 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Are telephone surveys statistically valid? With the coming of the election season, I've been bombarded with telephone survey calls on my landline. No sooner than the primary finished they already started on the fall election. Surveyors discovered robo-calling, where we're asked to press a button depending on our answer. Fortunately, I do not get such calls on my cell phone. My question: These days, lots of people have abandoned their residential landline. Given that, are landline surveys still statistically valid since so many voters no longer have a landline? Historically, telephone polls have been wrong before. A 1932 telephone poll predicted Hoover would beat FDR. They were wrong. They later realized that, at that time, most telephone users were Republicans, so the sample was skewed. And of course we all know about the 1948 polling fiasco, where everyone was sure Dewey would win, but Truman squeaked by (admittedly a narrow victory). ------------------------------ Message-ID: <993059ec-1269-46a7-b99c-fd17823f7d0a@googlegroups.com> Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:37:33 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: AT&T enhances 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband reach in 10 markets AT&T enhances 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband reach in 10 markets including Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles By Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom, June 14, 2016 AT&T isn't letting up on its 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband initiative, announcing that it will expand the service in over 10 markets across its wireline footprint. Some of the new markets are in the Midwest, South and West, including Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Los Angeles. In the first part of these builds, AT&T will bring 1 Gbps service to more homes, apartments and small businesses. http://www.fiercetelecom.com -or- http://tinyurl.com/jb5jxqj Neal McLain ------------------------------ Message-ID: <8d6878e2-3ba1-44bb-9087-237c2fff6756@googlegroups.com> Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:15:53 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: History - old telephone directories available on-line from Ancestry The history website, Ancestry.com, offers old city directories as an aid to research. Some of the directories are old city phone books. Many public libraries have ancestry available to the public. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20160616184856.16984.qmail@submit.iecc.com> Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:48:33 -0400 From: bernieS <bernies@panix.com> Subject: Re: Copy of "Off The Hook" broadcast available Interested parties can download a 53MB mp3 file of last night's one-hour live remote radio broadcast from The Telephone Museum in Ellsworth, Maine. Museum curators played live sounds from the museum's working #3 crossbar, #5 crossbar, a 740 SXS switch, MF signalling, and more. Callers to WBAI's "Off The Hook" weekly radio show expressed their joy hearing live electromechanical telephony switching sounds and inband signalling tones: https://www.2600.com/offthehook/2016/0616.html -bernieS WBAI-FM - Off The Hook The Eleventh HOPE conference ------------------------------ Message-ID: <f0b377f5-d16f-47d4-bdf0-b0468756eb09@googlegroups.com> Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:19:19 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: Pay-TV industry reacts as court upholds FCC's net neutrality rules By Ben Munson, FierceCable, June 14, 2016 A D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today voted to uphold the sweeping net neutrality rules proposed by the FCC. The decision drew quick response from the pay-TV industry. The NCTA was one of the first to voice its disappointment with the decision. "We are reviewing today's split decision by the DC circuit panel, and will carefully review the majority and dissenting opinions before determining next steps. Though disappointed in today's result, we are particularly gratified by Judge Williams' recognition of the 'watery thin and self-contradictory' nature of the FCC arguments used to justify the imposition of common carriage laws on Internet networks. While this is unlikely the last step in this decade-long debate over Internet regulation, we urge bi-partisan leaders in Congress to renew their efforts to craft meaningful legislation that can end ongoing uncertainty, promote network investment, and protect consumers." http://www.fiercecable.com -or- http://tinyurl.com/jflfs9o Neal McLain ------------------------------ Message-ID: <de7db1be-f29f-4563-a35a-e90babff519a@googlegroups.com> Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:41:02 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: History - Bell System was proud of defense work In 1958, the Bell System ran an ad in a national magazine proclaiming its accomplishments to national defense. It specifically cited: -- Nike missile guidance system -- Alaska White Alice communications system -- DEW Line -- Development and manufacture of nuclear weapons (complete with a sketch of a mushroom cloud) In the later 1960s, activists complained about the Bell System's military work, particularly Sandia Labs, which manufactured atomic bombs. Activists also demanded Bell criticize the Vietnam War, which Bell's officers felt was an issue out of corporate scope and inappropriate to comment on. But back in the 1950s, Bell ads [showed the company was] proud of its defense work. Bell wasn't unique. In the late 1940s, lots of companies publicized their contributions to WW II efforts. One company that developed a napalm-like weapon, wrote how it researched the wood typically used in Japanese construction and formulated the weapon to burn that wood in the most destructive way. They also wrote how they researched the adhesion so the fire would stick tightly to walls. (The impact on people was not discussed). ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sat, 18 Jun 2016

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