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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 02 Aug 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 180 : "text" format
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|Peerless Network Nabs $48.5M from Verizon Unit In Fee Row||
|Backup Power for Cox [or other] ISP||Fred
|Re: First Ringless Voicemail Message TCPA Decision Sides With
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Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 19:29:09 -0400
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: Peerless Network Nabs $48.5M from Verizon Unit In Fee Row
By Diana Novak Jones
Law360 (July 30, 2018) -- An Illinois federal judge ordered Verizon to
pay telecommunications carrier Peerless Network Inc. more than $48
million to resolve a long-running dispute over fees for connecting
long-distance calls after finding Verizon had improperly withheld
U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin awarded the money to Peerless and a
group of its subsidiaries on Friday, a few months after he granted the
company summary judgment on some of its claims against Verizon in a
lawsuit stemming from a decade-long battle between the companies.
(Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Date: 31 Jul 2018 13:54:37 -0700
From: "Fred Atkinson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Backup Power for Cox [or other] ISP [Telecom]
I am looking at a device that is a UPS for providing backup
power to my network devices (cable or DSL modem, router, VOIP devices,
switches, etc.). It keeps a home network in service in the event of a
power outage. I looked up the power requirements for each of the
three devices I would need to provide backup power to. They totaled
It is made by APC. The model number is BE600M1. You can
find it on the Best Buy Web site. It provides 600VA and has seven AC
receptacles for your network devices to get power from. That is six
times the power and over twice the number of receptacles I will
actually need for my three critical devices. So it will allow for
future network expansions or equipment upgrades. The cost is really
quite modest considering what it will do. My goal is to keep my VOIP
service operating in the absence of commercial power (backup power for
my Arris cable modem, Cisco 880 series router, and Grandstream HT814
VOIP terminal adapter).
As I use VOIP (Callcentric) for my home telephone service, I
would lose my phone service were there a power outage at my apartment
complex [without having a device like this].
I spoke with my ISP (Cox Communications). I asked if that if
there was a neighborhood outage would I lose connectivity? I told him
I would want to know because I was considering getting this device to
preserve my service. Obviously keeping my devices running during a
power outage would be useless if my ISP loses connectivity anyway.
At first he said, "As far as I know" that the site would go
I told him that "As far as I know" means he does not know. I
asked him how we could find out for sure.
He put me on hold for a short time. When he returned to the
phone, he told me that if there were an area power outage that
affected their site in my area that connectivity would be lost. They
would then immediately dispatch a technician to the site. Of course,
that would be absolutely futile if there were no commercial power
available and no means to provide backup power in its absence.
Since so many people rely on the Internet for all kinds of
communications, this seems archaic. Supposing there was a medical or
other serious emergency and you could not use your VOIP service to
call 911? Or connectivity to your burglar alarm or medical devices
were interrupted at a time when those services were most needed?
If not a generator, then how about a battery bank that could
hold power for six to twenty-four hours?
I think our ISPs need to think about the issue of power
failures now and take action to prevent services failures that would
result. Maybe some of them have. But [if I can believe their
technical support representative], Cox has not.
The Internet is no longer just for amusement. It hasn't been
for a very long time. It is the primary way we communicate in the
world today. Most of us absolutely depend upon it for many things.
Reliability is a must and more so for some than others.
The device will still preserve my service if it is my power
that is out or if the power in my neighborhood is out unless the power
to the ISP's facilities in the area are not. So it will improve the
odds but not guarantee that my service won't go down.
Since the cost of this UPS is not prohibitive, I will get one
shortly [and just take my chances]. Half a loaf is better than no
Date: 31 Jul 2018 01:25:28 +0000
From: "bob prohaska" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: First Ringless Voicemail Message TCPA Decision Sides
Bill Horne <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> A federal judge in Michigan is the first to declare in a published
> dispositive opinion that a ringless voicemail message (RVM) is a
> "call" regulated by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In
That's a (small) relief. I find spam voicemail regularly and have to
spend time deleting it, which costs minutes and money. The odd thing
to me is that most of the messages are silent....is there a code I
don't know? Not that I want to know it....
End of telecom Digest Thu, 02 Aug 2018