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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 24 Jan 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 9 : "text" format

Table of contents
Ajit Pai to Be FCC ChairNeal McLain
AT&T is losing cellphone customers, fastBill Horne
Official Galaxy Note 7 investigation blames small battery cases, poor weldingMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <7adffeb8682d48526453fca87dda366f.squirrel@email.fatcow.com> Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:44:42 -0600 From: "Neal McLain" <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: Ajit Pai to Be FCC Chair By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1/20/2017 FCC senior Republican Ajit Pai has been named President Donald Trump's pick as chairman of the FCC, according to a Republican source confirming a report in Politico. Trump met with Pai Jan. 16, which appeared a clear signal he would be getting the big chair, at least to begin with and perhaps permanently. Because he has already been confirmed by the Senate, Pai does not need to be renominated or go through a Senate hearing. In fact, the source said the appointment had been made official--with the stroke of a pen - by early evening Friday (Jan. 20). Pai's first public meeting as chairman--with a 2-1 majority--will be Jan. 31. It features a single, noncontroversial item: "Eliminate the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain copies of letters and emails from the public in their public inspection file and the requirement that cable operators retain the location of the cable system's principal headend in their public inspection file." http://www.multichannel.com/news/fcc/pai-be-fcc-chair/410324 -or- http://tinyurl.com/410324 Back when I was working in the cable TV industry the public inspection file was an ongoing headache. Keeping it up to date, with current required information, was a problem in itself. But keeping the office staff aware of what is was, and where it was, was an almost impossible task. The mostly-female staff couldn't understand why I kept reminding them. Occasionally one of them would say something like, "nobody ever asks for it anyway." Well, that was true -- to my knowledge nobody ever did ask to see it. But there was always the remote possibility that an FCC inspector would show up and ask for it. Or that some vociferously anti-cable newspaper reporter would ask for it. Just one more piece of evidence for his vendetta: "... and they didn't even know where their public-inspection file was". Neal McLain ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20170124032054.GA12717@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:20:54 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: AT&T is losing cellphone customers, fast By Chris Mills AT&T is steaming ahead at full speed with its plan to merge with media company Time Warner. That's probably a good thing for the company's bottom line, as the wireless business is losing customers at speed. According to an analyst note from Cowen and Company Equity Research, seen by Fierce Wireless, AT&T is leading other carriers in customers departing every quarter. "When asking postpaid subscribers that have been with their carrier (less than) two years which carrier did they previously have, the top answer for current Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon respondents was 'previously AT&T,' whereas in previous surveys it's been more mixed," the note reportedly said. https://www.yahoo.com/tech/t-losing-cellphone-customers-fast-170003343.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <FB7F0C1F-9E0C-4A92-9D6C-BDFDCFE7094A@roscom.com> Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:12:34 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Official Galaxy Note 7 investigation blames small battery cases, poor welding Three months after its largest-ever recall, Samsung has finally completed its investigation of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The high-profile flagship phone was recalled (twice) and canceled after reports of explosions and fires, and now Samsung thinks it has finally nailed down the issue. Samsung's verdict: two separate battery construction issues were to blame. Samsung Electronics used two separate suppliers for the Galaxy Note 7-Samsung SDI, a sister company in Samsung Group, and Amperex Technology Ltd (ATL) - and it turns out both manufacturers had their own issues. Given that Samsung's first recall and attempted fix didn't work, it's no surprise that the problem behind the Galaxy Note 7 is a complicated one. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/01/galaxy-note-7-investigation-blames-small-battery-cases-poor-welding/ ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 24 Jan 2017

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