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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 90 : "text" format

Table of contents
Don't want nude pics from strangers? Change this iPhone settingMonty Solomon
Freedom from cable isn't freeNeal McLain
FCC large fines for spoofed robocallersJohn Levine
AT&T attempt to stall Google Fiber construction thrown out by judgeBill Horne
Verizon doing some "refunds", but.. no one is talkingdanny burstein
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <11A10215-AA1F-41DE-A591-40BCE441B7D9@roscom.com> Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:40:15 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Don't want nude pics from strangers? Change this iPhone setting Don't want nude pics from strangers? Change this iPhone setting. Men are reportedly using Apple's AirDrop feature to digitally flash other riders on the New York subway system. Some iPhone users are getting unpleasant surprises from a sharing feature they may not realize allows anyone to send pictures to their phones. According to the New York Post, female subway riders in New York received messages alerting them that someone wanted to share a picture with them over AirDrop. The feature is designed to make it easy to share photos and files on your iPhone and Mac with anyone in your immediate vicinity. If the women accepted the request, they saw an unsolicited picture of a man's private parts. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/08/15/dont-want-nude-pics-from-strangers-change-this-iphone-setting/ ------------------------------ Message-ID: <68e7f294f90c2b7b5cc53738b8adb182.squirrel@email.fatcow.com> Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:55:01 -0500 From: "Neal McLain" <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: Freedom from cable isn't free In Message-ID: <F6E0C763-0733-40D4-A6AC-C69ABFC3C454@roscom.com Monty Solomon wrote: > Freedom from cable isn't free: Flood of streaming > services will make cutting the cord more complicated. > Disney's exit from Netflix to start its own video > service is just the beginning. Programmers may experiment with numerous distribution options - bundling their programming with Netflix and other steaming packagers, selling their programming to broadcast networks, selling their programming directly to CATV, SatTV, and TelcoTV carriers, or setting up their own internet distribution services - but in the end they will always select the same choice: the option that maximizes their bottom line. Neal McLain ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20170816141212.3486.qmail@ary.lan> Date: 16 Aug 2017 14:12:12 -0000 From: "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com> Subject: FCC large fines for spoofed robocallers I don't remember whether this showed up here before, but two weeks ago the FCC proposed an $82 million fine against an insurance agent who made a lot of spoofed robocalls. In June they fined a timeshare robocaller $120 million. These numbers are so large they're unlikely to collect them, but it lets the FCC go after whatever assets they can find. https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/spoofing-and-caller-id R's, John ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20170817195650.GA2917@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:56:50 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: AT&T attempt to stall Google Fiber construction thrown out by judge AT&T sued Louisville over pole attachment rule, but judge says rule is valid. Jon Brodkin - 8/17/2017, 1:50 PM AT&T has lost a court case in which it tried to stall construction by Google Fiber in Louisville, Kentucky. AT&T sued the local government in Louisville and Jefferson County in February 2016 to stop a One Touch Make Ready Ordinance designed to give Google Fiber and other new ISPs quicker access to utility poles. But yesterday, US District Court Judge David Hale dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, saying AT&T's claims that the ordinance is invalid are false. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/08/att-loses-lawsuit-in-which-it-tried-to-thwart-google-fiber-construction/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1708160841520.18672@panix5.panix.com> Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:43:14 -0400 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> Subject: Verizon doing some "refunds", but.. no one is talking N.B.: "refunds" is in quotes 'cuz ain't no one talking about what, exactly, happened. Seems this was a tax they collected which they shouldn't have been doing. But whether they sent it to NYS or not? And did NYS send it back? Who knows? - anyone get one of these? Was there a letter that made any sense? Thanks http://www.timesunion.com/allnews/article/Mystery-state-tax-refund-bestowed-on-cell-phone-11821116.php _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded] ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Fri, 18 Aug 2017

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