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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 02 Nov 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 138 : "text" format

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Minnesota might try to force CenturyLink restitution in overbilling for TV, internetBill Horne
Re: Inside Verizon Wireless' Hurricane PlaybookHAncock4
CenturyLink officially completes acquisition of Level 3Bill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20171101180411.GA7439@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2017 14:04:11 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Minnesota might try to force CenturyLink restitution in overbilling for TV, internet By S. M. Chavey Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and CenturyLink have reached an agreement on CenturyLink's pricing practices, Swanson's office announced Monday. In July, Swanson sued CenturyLink, claiming the company had billed customers higher amounts than its sales agents had quoted. On Friday, an Anoka County judge signed a court order requiring CenturyLink to disclose all terms of price at the time of the sale. http://www.twincities.com/2017/10/30/court-order-will-force-centurylink-to-reform-its-billing-practices-minnesota-attorney-general/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <210424ff-e1d9-4bc9-9323-dfaf2de1a225@googlegroups.com> Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:54:19 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Inside Verizon Wireless' Hurricane Playbook On Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:54:52 AM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: > To maintain phone service, the chief network officer deploys drones, > boats and a lot of fuel The old Bell System often advertised of its efforts to mobilize resources to restore service after a bad storm. Here is one such ad from 1955 (Hurricane Diane). https://books.google.com/books?id=hFQEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA7&dq=life%20%22bell%20telephone%22%20hurricane&pg=PA7#v=onepage&q&f=false They also advertised how telephone operators saved lives. Today they seek to discontinue operators. https://books.google.com/books?id=_lIEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA3&dq=%22bell%20telephone%22%20%22operator%22&pg=PA3#v=onepage&q&f=false ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20171101180100.GA7211@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2017 14:01:00 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CenturyLink officially completes acquisition of Level 3 By Matthew Segura MONROE, La. (KNOE) - CenturyLink has officially taken over Level 3 Communications, making it a part of CenturyLink. They offered the following website to inform people about the transition: www.level3isnowcenturylink.com http://www.knoe.com/content/news/CenturyLink-completes-acquisition-of-Level-3-454483423.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ***** Moderator's Note ***** As so, it begins: the death of the Internet-as-we-knew-it-in-our- youth. It will start with a few terabits of capacity being diverted to "other customers," and accelerate as every ISP finds out that their users are switching to other ISP's where they can still download cat pictures 24/7. There will be no capacity available at Level 3 - it will all be tied up with "private" users - and Centurylink will tell all the ISP customers to keep paying more and more, until they realize that playtime is over and a corporate rottweiler now demands a major fraction of their revenue, just because Donald says they can. Don't worry about net neutrality: Centurylink will be careful to treat all the low-rent, cheapskate, unprofitable users equally - they will all find that the bits are crawling by so slowly that they can be counted by hand. Larger, more savvy, more worldly customers will, of course, receive offers to join the new Level 3.1 enhanced transport system, at "pioneer" prices. This isn't the tragedy of the commons: it's the takeover of the infrastructure our taxes designed and our monthly Internet bill built, by predatory organizations who know that we don't have any pull: no lobbyists, no Senators or Representatives in our pockets, and no way to prevent it. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Thu, 02 Nov 2017

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