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The Telecom Digest for Sat, 23 Dec 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 175 : "text" format

Table of contents
All Aboard The Internet HighwayBill Horne
CenturyLink drops holiday bonus a week before ChristmasBill Horne
Happy Holidays to all!HAncock4
Frontier Communications, The Company I Love To HateBill Horne
Any lawful device: Revisiting CarterfoneBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20171222235708.GA4580@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:57:08 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: All Aboard The Internet Highway Net Neutrality Neutered....say that 5 times fast With the repeal of Net Neutrality, there are many changes that have been foretold. Some people feel those changes will be bad and some feel they will be good. However, I would like to speak about how these "changes" will transform Centurylink from a basic dividend paying telecom to a Toll-Road building behemoth more akin to Payment Processor Visa. The main reason repeal of the Net Neutrality rules currently in place will help Internet Service Providers is a concept called paid priori- tization. Paid prioritization involves a telecommunications company charging an additional fee to move certain content at a faster speed across the fiber or cable it controls. https://seekingalpha.com/article/4132083-aboard-internet-highway -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20171222235043.GA4562@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:50:43 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CenturyLink drops holiday bonus a week before Christmas By Bonnie Bolden 'Twas the week before Christmas and CenturyLink CEO Glen Post sent a letter to employees telling them that there would be no holiday bonus this year. According to a report from Yahoo! Finance columnist Rick Newman, the company gave unionized employees $200 last year. http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/money/2017/12/22/centurylink-drops-holiday-bonus-week-before-christmas/977416001/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <99018c3a-18ed-4443-a1bb-9f5c39547545@googlegroups.com> Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:37:22 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Happy Holidays to all! Best wishes to everyone for a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy new year! * * * Ad from Western Union in December 1951, urging the use of telegrams to send holiday wishes, including special SantaGrams for the children: https://books.google.com/books?id=jUYEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA3&dq=rotarian%20january%201952&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20171223000118.GA4599@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 19:01:18 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Frontier Communications, The Company I Love To Hate By Norman Roberts This review updates my review of Frontier Communications (FTR) as I reported it in my July 18, 2017, article, "Frontier Communications, The Company I Love To Hate." In that article, I concluded: And this, dear followers, is where my research into a potential preferred investment in this company ended. Although I don't expect it because this dog of a company is probably cash poor, I would not be so foolish to buy a preferred at $0.6615 above par value knowing that it could be called at any time. Consequently, I decided that any further research into the financials of this company would be a waste of your time and my continued efforts. https://seekingalpha.com/article/4132405-frontier-communications-company-love-hate-update -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20171223001343.GA4623@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 19:13:43 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Any lawful device: Revisiting Carterfone Any lawful device: Revisiting Carterfone on the eve of the Net Neutrality vote >From the archives: An old FCC decision provides perspective for what the Commission is doing now. By Matthew Lasar Nearly 50 years ago, the Federal Communications Commission issued one of the most important Orders in its history, a ruling that went unnoticed by most news sources at the time. It involved an application manufactured and distributed by one Mr. Thomas Carter of Texas. The "Carterfone" allowed users to attach a two-way radio transmitter/ receiver to their telephone, extending its reach across sprawling Texas oil fields where managers and supervisors needed to stay in touch. Between 1955 and 1966, Carter's company sold about 3,500 of these apps around the United States and well beyond. In the end, however, Carterfone's significance extends far beyond the convenience that Thomas Carter's machine provided its users over a decade. It is no exaggeration to say that the world that Ars Technica writes about was created, in good part, by the legal battle between Carter, AT&T, and the FCC's resolution of that fight - its Carterfone decision. The Carterfone saga starts as the appealing tale of one developer's willingness to stick to his guns. But it is really about the victory of two indispensable values: creativity and sharing. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/carterfone-40-years/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sat, 23 Dec 2017

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