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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 29 Sep 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 115 : "text" format

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Re: RoboCaller now Showing Legitimate Numbers in CallerID Pete Cresswell
FCC asks Apple: please turn on the FM radios in iPhones danny burstein
FCC declares that USA's wireless competition problem has been solvedMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <0k4qschsl1msjioi30kildpgktg8a8slkj@4ax.com> 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 >you have? 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. -- Pete Cresswell ------------------------------ Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1709281246061.21131@panix5.panix.com> Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:53:30 -0400 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.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.'" https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0928/DOC-346949A1.pdf https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0928/DOC-346949A1.txt https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0928/DOC-346949A1.docx (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 dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded] ------------------------------ Message-ID: <6637E5CC-7E32-490E-A449-E8271C0445C4@roscom.com> Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:44:48 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: FCC declares that USA's wireless competition problem has been solved 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 the FCC. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/09/fcc-declares-that-usas-wireless-competition-problem-has-been-solved/ ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Fri, 29 Sep 2017

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