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The Telecom Digest for Sat, 27 May 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 61 : "text" format

Table of contents
Re: AT&T waiving calls and texts to ManchesterJohn Levine
Dish Network faces payout of as much as $60M for illegal robocallsNeal McLain
More than half of municipal broadband projects are unprofitableNeal McLain
FCC Begins Rollback of Net Neutrality RulesNeal McLain
Re: Up to 40,000 AT&T workers walking off job over contract rightsHAncock4
Samsung doesn't think its iris scanner can be fooled that easilyMonty Solomon
T-Mobile offers new "one number" planMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <og4b21$1rae$1@gal.iecc.com> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 16:06:25 +0000 (UTC) From: John Levine <johnl@iecc.com> Subject: Re: AT&T waiving calls and texts to Manchester In article <20170524070351.GA23155@telecom.csail.mit.edu>, Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > (RNN) - AT&T is waiving charges for calls to Manchester, England, > from May 22 to 24. > > The company made the announcement Tuesday, a day after 22 people > were killed and 59 injured at a concert by American singer Ariana > Grande. > >http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/35499765/att-waiving-calls-texts-to-manchester Huh. While it's easy enough to recognize landline numbers in Manchester since they start with 44 161, mobile numbers in the UK are non-geographic. They all start with 44 7xxx and there is no relation between the number and your location or your billing address, if you even have a billing address. In the UK, people and particularly young people are mobile-only even more than they are in the US. Will at&t waive all charges for calls to UK mobiles? Will people be surprised when their bills show at&t's default rate to the UK of $1.99/min? R's, John PS: You don't have to tell me how absurd that rate is. But it's what you pay if you don't get some kind of package first. With the $5/mo add-on the rate to mobiles is 28c which is still pretty bad. My not super cheap long distance from Pioneer Tell charges 14c. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <bc2b7cb4-3f45-4bd1-9dbb-7c0c9b2b2f3e@googlegroups.com> Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 12:29:52 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: Dish Network faces payout of as much as $60M for illegal robocalls By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable, May 25, 2017 A federal judge in Raleigh, North Carolina, has tripled the amount of money Dish Network must pay 50,000 state residents on the federal Do Not Call registry after the satellite TV company illegally robocalled them. The ruling ups individual payouts by Dish to $1,200 per person, resulting in a total payout of as much as $60 million. In January, a jury decided to give $400 to each individual on the registry impacted by the Dish telemarketing campaign. According to Associated Press, however, Judge Catherine C. Eagles ruled earlier this week that the award should be increased to $1,200 per person. http://www.fiercecable.com/cable/dish-network-faces-payout-as-much-as-60m-for -illegal-robocalls?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkdZM01tVXpOV1k1WlRNMiIsInQiOiJPZlA2aXRXQj NMWUs2ZEF4TFBMczJrQ21nZWFWV2VzOHBLNnRTVGlqSFwvTmQ3VnBURm1nOVwvYThsNHhwR28wZW9 EanZOQWNReG43Vit5K0JoOURxT0tkWCtkeUFpT1JjN2xHanJOOCtwMzAwTnkwbDNjb01VR3pyaU9k RmtwcXZVIn0%3D&lmrkid=5707703&utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/m26akhz Neal McLain ------------------------------ Message-ID: <d6161cb9-1cd1-48cb-aeba-61a1c8e6edc1@googlegroups.com> Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 12:22:11 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: More than half of municipal broadband projects are unprofitable More than half of municipal broadband projects are unprofitable, University of Pennsylvania study says. by Daniel Frankel, FierceCable, May 25, 2017 Eleven out of 20 municipal broadband networks closely observed in a University of Pennsylvania Law School study are cash-flow negative. The report, generated by U of Penn law professor Christopher Yoo and co-authored by student Timothy Pfenninger, found that of the nine municipal broadband projects that are making any money, the cash flow is so small that it would take more than a century to recover project costs. http://www.fiercecable.com/cable/more-than-half-muni-broadband-projects-are-u nprofitable-says-comcast-home-town-study?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkdZM01tVXpOV1k1WlRN MiIsInQiOiJPZlA2aXRXQjNMWUs2ZEF4TFBMczJrQ21nZWFWV2VzOHBLNnRTVGlqSFwvTmQ3VnBUR m1nOVwvYThsNHhwR28wZW9EanZOQWNReG43Vit5K0JoOURxT0tkWCtkeUFpT1JjN2xHanJOOCtwMz AwTnkwbDNjb01VR3pyaU9kRmtwcXZVIn0%3D&mrkid=5707703&utm_medium=nl&utm_source=i nternal -or- http://tinyurl.com/kndq2bw Neal McLain ------------------------------ Message-ID: <fcc025ea-6cf0-46aa-9bf0-d128d0adc23f@googlegroups.com> Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 07:36:12 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: FCC Begins Rollback of Net Neutrality Rules By Keenan Adamchak, CommLawBLog, May 24, 2017 On May 23, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing the reversal of the agency's 2015 Title II Order which subjected Internet service providers (ISPs) to regulation as telecommunications services pursuant to Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. In a 2-1 vote along partisan lines, the Commission proposed rolling back the net neutrality rules based largely on the grounds that the Title II regulatory framework for ISPs has dramatically decreased broadband infrastructure investment. http://www.commlawblog.com/2017/05/articles/internet/fcc-begins-rollback-of-n et-neutrality-rules/?utm_source=Fletcher%2C+Heald+%26+Hildreth%2C+PLC+-+CommL awBlog&utm_campaign=41eeee7cc3-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0 _6cc65bf771-41eeee7cc3-71094321 -or- http://tinyurl.com/3-71094321 Neal McLain ------------------------------ Message-ID: <9a856545-ca15-42a8-9f06-72dbe6a7ddf9@googlegroups.com> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 20:39:53 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Up to 40,000 AT&T workers walking off job over contract rights On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 1:07:59 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: > NEW YORK - The Communications Workers of America union says that up to > 40,000 AT&T workers started walking off the job Friday over contract > fights with the phone company. ... Historical note: On 4/21/1947, LIFE reported that 350,000 Bell employees went on strike. Long Distance, which was virtually all handled by operators, was greatly reduced. Manual offices, which still served many subscribers at that time, also was greatly reduced. Repair service and dial equipment maintenance was not available. Article with photos (one supervisor at a 24 position switchboard) at: https://books.google.com/books?id=ck0EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA40&dq=life+walkout+of+350,000&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjM7LjCi4rUAhWCWSYKHXAeBdkQuwUIFjAA#v=onepage&q=life%20walkout%20of%20350%2C000&f=false (You may scroll through the rest of the issue.) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <642C8FF1-BF85-4CBC-9A42-6E18CCA2D7E3@roscom.com> Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 21:10:11 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Samsung doesn't think its iris scanner can be fooled that easily Samsung doesn't think Galaxy S8 iris scanner can be fooled that easily Can you trick the Samsung Galaxy S8's iris scanner or can't you? One group said yes, but Samsung cried foul. The story so far This week a German group of hackers named the Chaos Computer Club showed how you could trick the Galaxy S8's iris scanner with a photograph of someone's eye and a contact lens. The hackers' video went viral. Samsung retorted that the hack was unrealistic, The Korea Herald reported. https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-says-galaxy-s8-iris-scanner-hack-unrealistic/ ------------------------------ Message-ID: <6A81A828-F30A-4BB0-80D0-5CDF58799B0D@roscom.com> Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 21:06:29 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: T-Mobile offers new "one number" plan It might've taken a little longer than the company had hoped, but T-Mobile is finally ready to unleash its new "Digits" product. ... In a nutshell, Digits is a nifty service that combines the best features of services like Google Voice and AT&T NumberSync into a single product. It allows one phone number to work on multiple devices, and it also allows one device to support multiple phone numbers. http://bgr.com/2017/05/25/t-mobile-digits-price-release-date-announced/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** I don't usually accept this kind of PR, but I find Google Voice usefull and I'm curious how Telecom Digest readers feel about this offering. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sat, 27 May 2017

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