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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 157 : "text" format

Table of contents
Portugal's internet shows us a world without net neutrality, and it's uglyBill Horne
Charter Spectrum says Centurylink's cut cable caused outage Bill Horne
Google Fiber dealt blow as judge nullifies Nashville's One Touch Make Ready ruleNeal McLain
Editorial: When It Comes To The Internet, Nobody Is Neutral Telecom Digest Moderator
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20171128180006.GA13610@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:00:06 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Portugal's internet shows us a world without net neutrality, and it's ugly By Michael Hiltzik Advocates of network neutrality, which is under active assault by the conservative chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, have been pointing to a vivid example of how abandoning the principle will allow internet providers to manipulate their offerings at the expense of consumers. The example comes from Portugal, where the rule change advocated by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is in full cry. It provides an instructive look at how internet service providers can steer users to favored website and services, including their own. And it's a warning about the consequences of Pai's proposal. http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-portugal-internet-20171127-story.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20171128184112.GA3047@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:41:12 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Charter Spectrum says Centurylink's cut cable caused outage By D. J. DeJong Bret Picciolo of Charter Spectrum, a cable television, phone and internet provider for Chaffee and Lake counties (in Colorado), said a service outage Wednesday was caused by a fiber cut. The damaged fiber was part of a CenturyLink network used by Charter Spectrum to deliver service in the area. Service was impacted in the Salida, Buena Vista and Leadville areas. http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/free_content/charter-spectrum-says-centurylink-s-cut-cable-caused-outage/article_91e38582-d3a2-11e7-9422-43f6cb3b583f.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <a6e48503a6b8c848ff23d52807473018.squirrel@email.fatcow.com> Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:19:06 -0600 From: "Neal McLain" <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: Google Fiber dealt blow as judge nullifies Nashville's One Touch Make Ready rule By Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom, Nov 27, 2017 Google Fiber has suffered another new setback in its effort to provide greater broadband choice in Nashville as a federal judge nullified the city's One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) ordinance. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts wrote in her ruling that Metro Nashville "supplanted" Nashville Electric Service's (NES) authority managing its utility poles, which violates the Metro charter. "The Ordinance conflicts with the exclusive authority granted to NES under the (Metro) Charter," Roberts wrote in the ruling, according to a report in The Tennessean. "This exclusive authority prevails over Metro Nashville's power to regulate public rights-of-way." https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/google-fiber-dealt-blow-as-judge-nullifies-nashville-s-one-touch-make-ready-rule -or- https://tinyurl.com/y7y5p3dh Nice photo ... a line of poles along a rural road. Probably power, possibly open-wire telco or railroad communications. But no cables ... no telco, no CATV, no fiber. That would certainly make "One Touch Make Ready" easy. Neal McLain ***** Moderator's Note ***** Looks like a railroad: no transformers in sight. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20171129040722.GA3273@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:07:22 -0500 From: Telecom Digest Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove- this.telecom.csail.mit.edu> Subject: Editorial: When It Comes To The Internet, Nobody Is Neutral I think I have a way to address the proposed new FCC policy - a policy which will revoke Net Neutrality. It's easy to implement, will improve your life, requires little effort, and is guaranteed to have immediate results. Never mind calling your elected representatives: they no longer represent you. Don't bother to call the FCC: they are now a cheering section for the Baby Bells and the Cable Companies. The ruling class of America doesn't care what the congress or the FCC say publicly, and neither should you. I propose we cut out all the hangers-on, the middlemen, the beltway bandits, and their lapdogs on Capitol Hill. Stop wasting time caterwauling about fairness, either as a doctrine or a principle. Don't bother to plead a case in Washington, either: the political class is no longer concerned with ordinary people or fairness or any cases but the ones holding the expensive booze they import by the truckload as a lubricant for the machinery of power you and I can never see or affect. Here's what I think we should do - Don't buy anything that touches the Internet this holiday season. No "Internet Aware" TV, no remote control thermostats, no Wi-Fi alarm systems, or routers, or PC's, or anything that has an Ethernet jack or a Wi-Fi chip in it. Don't worry about any so-called deals you might miss: there will be deeper discounts available after the holidays than any you are seeing now. Write letters to every advertiser that you see on TV in the next week (however you currently get TV) and tell them that Network Neutrality is too big an issue to ignore and that you're boycotting their products to make them understand that they must get involved. Every car company. Every soap manufacturer. Every appliance store. Every firm that wants your money needs to know the reason you're going to wait until next year to buy something you were thinking of getting now. The letters will have a much bigger impact if they're hand-written, but write *something*! Turn Facebook and Google and everything else off for the holidays, including cellular data plans. Tell the kids that they need to go back to the basics of reading books and writing with pencils and thinking for themselves. Tell them that they'll need to learn to do without the Internet because Republican stooges are trying to steal the network that your taxes paid to develop and debug and deploy, and make sure they know that they should tell their teachers and their friends the same thing. That's it - simple, direct, a long-standing American tradition: hit 'em in their wallet and you'll get their attention very, very quickly. Please start right away. The statisticians at the advertising agencies keep very careful track of how many eyeballs are being delivered to how many advertisers, and any drop *WILL* be noticed very quickly. Feel free to pass this along, but please wait until AFTER you've told every advertiser everywhere you visit that you're boycotting them because the FCC is stealing the Internet. No matter what the FCC decides, you'll be able to hold your head high. At least you'll be able to say that you tried to stop it. Bill -- Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 29 Nov 2017

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