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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 03 Dec 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 158 : "text" format

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The Telecom Digest was offlineTelecom Digest Moderator
Net Neutrality Hits a Nerve, Eliciting Intense Reactions Monty Solomon
1972 blue box created by Steve Wozniak to sell at auction – for £50,000Neal McLain
Will Comcast be allowed to restrict what other TV viewers see? HAncock4
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20171202161947.GA5239@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2017 11:19:47 -0500 From: Telecom Digest Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove- this.telecom.csail.mit.edu> Subject: The Telecom Digest was offline Due to a power failure at our home location, the Telecom Digest was offline on Friday. If you sent a post to the Digest and you don't see it in the next day or two, please resend it. As a result of the power failure, we're going to switch to a new virtual machine, and there will be some disruptions as a result. I'll keep the readers informed. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <C347D9DE-9814-4F47-9191-A85C32863473@roscom.com> Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 22:46:34 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Net Neutrality Hits a Nerve, Eliciting Intense Reactions The F.C.C. plan to scrap existing rules for internet delivery has set off heated debate, personal attacks and echoes of the 2016 election. By Cecilia Kang WASHINGTON - It usually doesn't take much to get people on the internet worked up. To get them really worked up, make the topic internet regulation. In the week since the Federal Communications Commission released a plan to scrap existing rules for internet delivery, more than 200,000 phone calls, organized through online campaigns, have been placed to Congress in protest. An additional 500,000 comments have been left on the agency's website. On social media sites like Twitter and Reddit, the issue has been a leading topic of discussion. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/technology/net-neutrality-reaction.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <5838be31e9691c5b146be3b6e8c7df77.squirrel@email.fatcow.com> Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 14:22:20 -0600 From: "Neal McLain" <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: 1972 blue box created by Steve Wozniak to sell at auctionfor £50,000 The device that paved the way for Apple: 1972 'blue box' created by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs to hack phones to sell for £50,000 at auction By Tim Collins, Daily Mail online, 1 December 2017 The revolutionary device was used with a keypad tethered to an ear piece. It fooled a phone company's switchboard by reproducing its specific tones. As a result, the user was able to get overseas phone calls without paying. Helped Wozniak and Jobs produce the first ever Apple 1 computer 4 years later. A humble-looking device that is credited with starting the digital revolution has emerged 45 years later to reveal Apple's fraudulent beginnings. The ground-breaking digital blue box was developed by Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1972 and was the inventor's first printed circuit board. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5136115/Sale-1972-blue-box-created-Apple-founders.html -or- https://tinyurl.com/y7tht9jp Neal McLain Note that the keys are laid out like a calculator, not a touch-tone dial. 7 8 9 4 5 6 1 2 3 * 0 # ***** Moderator's Note ***** The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed. - Honoré de Balzac Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <ffdb1329-61bb-4fd7-b565-8edefe8756a8@googlegroups.com> Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:59:16 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Will Comcast be allowed to restrict what other TV viewers see? The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Comcast faced restrictions when the Philadelphia cable giant bought NBCUniversal in 2011. But those restrictions on Comcast are set to expire in 2018. Now the concern is whether Comcast will be unleashed. Will it hoard must-have NBCUniversal shows and deprive lower-cost internet streaming rivals of entertainment and news content? full article at: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/comcast/comcast-att-restrictions-tv-cable-viewers-streaming-20171130.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** I was tempted to make a remark about Net Neutrality, and then realized that this isn't that. That's important; this is trivia. It's really essential to keep Network Neutrality separate from what programs are or are not available on which channel: after all, not having Leave It To Beaver available on your "Tier LXIX" programming package is not going to affect your life in any measurable way. As for "news" - the networks haven't been running news programs for several decades. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 03 Dec 2017

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