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The Telecom Digest for Mon, 28 Aug 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 97 : "text" format

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Re: V is not just for Verizon ....HAncock4
AT&T brings 500Mbps home Internet to cities outside its territoryBill Horne
Clevelanders file FCC complaint accusing AT&T of denying high- speed internet access to poor neighborhoodsBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <177acd3f-3935-435b-8e3d-26fc92bb721a@googlegroups.com> Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2017 13:50:51 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: V is not just for Verizon .... On Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 12:02:54 PM UTC-4, David wrote: > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > The washingtonpost site has been badly lagged every time I've tried to > reach it, from any kind of browser. Either they aren't using Akamai, > they didn't pay tribute to my cable company, or there's a technical > glitch which needs attention. > > My incipient paranoia tells me that we can expect more of this in > times to come: some sites will keep appearing, and others will just > somehow fade away. Opinions welcome. I have trouble reaching the websites of various news and broadcast media. Tech support staff tell me that (1) these sites use the latest bells and whistles that older browsers don't support and (2) they're loaded with bloat which makes them slow, and (3) they have pop-up advertising videos that gum-up filtering software. This would seem to indicate that unless you have a high speed connection, a modern computer with the latest browser, and no filter software (certainly not recommened) you wil have trouble. Slow sites include:
www.abcnews.com www.nbcnews.com www.cbsnews.com
www.foxnews.com www.cnn.com www.nytimes.com
www.washingtonpost.com www.latimes.com
Personal opinion: In the old days, the computer world worked hard to provide backward compatibility for old technology. For instance, users of IBM's 1401 series of computers, introduced in 1959, could efficiently run 1401 programs without change on subsequent IBM computers until 2000 (and possibly even later). But today, new operating systems and hardware come out every few years and users are forced into expensive and disruptive upgrades even if they don't need or want them. Likewise, the old telephone companies worked to provide backward compatibility. When Verizon ceased supporting analog cell phones, they gave me a free new digital phone and an attractive plan. I think those days of customer service are gone now. ***** Moderator's Note ***** If I had to guess, I'd say that the advertisers are gumming up the works in the hope that viewers will disable anti-popup software while trying to get the content. Of course, the alternative is to go to a different site, so the ad men don't have the magic formula yet. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20170827184922.GA21986@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2017 14:49:22 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: AT&T brings 500Mbps home Internet to cities outside its territory AT&T's G.fast available to apartment buildings in 8 major cities. Major home Internet providers in the US don't typically expand into each other's territory, but this week, AT&T said it is launching high-speed Internet in parts of New York City and other major metro areas outside of its traditional wireline footprint. ... AT&T's new deployment uses G.fast, a technology that relies on fiber deployments into neighborhoods and copper wires to make the connection inside each building. But instead of old phone lines, AT&T said it is using coaxial cables to make the final connection to consumers. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/08/some-actual-home-internet-competition-att-expands-outside-its-territory/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - If the coaxial cables AT&T is planning to use are 75-Ohm types intended for cable TV, the RG-59<>Ethernet converters lying on a shelf in my basement might come in handy after all. ;-) -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20170827183734.GA21858@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2017 14:37:34 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Clevelanders file FCC complaint accusing AT&T of denying high-speed internet access to poor neighborhoods By Eric Heisig, cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three Cleveland women have filed an FCC complaint against AT&T, saying the telecommunications company is denying poor, black neighborhoods in Cleveland the same high-speed internet services that it provides to more well-off portions of the city and surrounding suburbs. The complaint, filed this week with the Federal Communications Commission, says the slow internet speeds that AT&T provides in those areas either hinder or outright prevent residents from performing tasks that many take for granted, such as watching videos or downloading documents. http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2017/08/clevelanders_file_fcc_complain.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Mon, 28 Aug 2017

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