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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 29 Sep 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 115 : "text" format
|Table of contents|
|Re: RoboCaller now Showing Legitimate Numbers in CallerID||
|FCC asks Apple: please turn on the FM radios in iPhones||
|FCC declares that USA's wireless competition problem has been
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:18:59 -0400
From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org>
Subject: Re: RoboCaller now Showing Legitimate Numbers in CallerID
Per Arnie Goetchius:
>What kind of hardware box do you have? I'm looking for something that
>will silence the first ring that you get with NoMoRobo. Is that what
It's just an el-cheapo answering machine.
You are not alone in looking for something to silence that first ring.
There are, AFIK, dedicated boxes that allow a BlackList and which also
have a first-ring-damping feature, but I have not gotten one yet.
I am a little surprised that this is not a standard feature on the
various wireless home phone systems.
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:53:30 -0400
From: danny burstein <email@example.com>
Subject: FCC asks Apple: please turn on the FM radios in iPhones
Note this is an "ask". If the FCC was serious, they could simply call
their friends at the various federal procurement offices and tell them
to only use "smartphones" that have FM radios active.
[FCC press release]
CHAIRMAN PAI URGES APPLE TO ACTIVATE FM CHIPS TO PROMOTE PUBLIC SAFETY
WASHINGTON, September 28, 2017--Federal Communications Commission Chairman
Ajit Pai released the following statement today calling on Apple to
activate the FM chips that are in iPhones to promote public safety:
"In recent years, I have repeatedly called on the wireless industry to
activate the FM chips that are already installed in almost all smart
phones sold in the United States. And I've specifically pointed out the
public safety benefits of doing so. In fact, in my first public speech
after I became Chairman, I observed that '[y]ou could make a case for
activating chips on public safety grounds alone.' When wireless networks
go down during a natural disaster, smartphones with activated FM chips can
allow Americans to get vital access to life-saving information. I applaud
those companies that have done the right thing by activating the FM chips
in their phones.
"Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted doing so.
But I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation
wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. That's why I am asking
Apple to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones. It is time for
Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people
first. As the Sun Sentinel of South Florida put it, 'Do the right thing,
Mr. Cook. Flip the switch. Lives depend on it.'"
(FCC papers are usually available in PDF, quasi-text, and "Word" format.
The URLs are typically identical except for the trailing extension)
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
[to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:44:48 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FCC declares that USA's wireless competition problem has
FCC declares that USA's wireless competition problem has been solved
Ajit Pai's FCC says mobile market is competitive, in change from Obama years.
By Jon Brodkin
The Federal Communications Commission today declared that there is
"effective competition" in the United States' mobile wireless market,
a finding that could influence how the FCC regulates wireless carriers
and whether it approves mergers such as a possible combination of
T-Mobile USA and Sprint.
The FCC is required to report annually on the state of wireless
competition, but during each year of the Obama administration it
declined to make a finding on whether the market benefits from
effective competition. The FCC had declared the market competitive
during George W. Bush's presidency and is now returning to that
finding with Republicans once again controlling the White House and
End of telecom Digest Fri, 29 Sep 2017