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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 194 : "text" format

Table of contents
Quakertown claims Verizon must pay fees for use of borough- owned polesBill Horne
CenturyLink phone outage in Beaufort County NC creates hours of silenceBill Horne
Re: New Jersey gets new area codeHAncock4
Verizon contractor's "Bubba" remark stirs contoversyBill Horne
Overlays and National Number PortabilityFred Goldstein
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20180817031405.GA28898@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:14:05 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Quakertown claims Verizon must pay fees for use of borough- owned poles PHILADELPHIA - The Borough of Quakertown is suing several Verizon entities, citing alleged conversion and trespassing. Quakertown filed a complaint Aug. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Verizon Communications Inc., Verizon Pennsylvania Inc., Verizon Online LLC, Verizon Pennsylvania Co., Verizon Pennsylvania LLC and Verizon North LLC, claiming the defendants violated the Declaratory Judgment Act by using borough-owned poles within the rights-of-way without authority and consent. According to the complaint, the parties agreed on March 30, 2009 that the borough owned the poles and rights-of-way in question. https://pennrecord.com/stories/511530432-quakertown-claims-verizon-must-pay-fees-for-use-of-borough-owned-poles -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20180817032058.GA28935@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:20:58 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CenturyLink phone outage in Beaufort County NC creates hours of silence By: Kara Gann WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) - CenturyLink phone services in Beaufort County, along with several other areas in Eastern North Carolina, went silent on Friday for a few hours. This issue was first brought to 9 On Your Side's attention by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, who thought the outage would affect 911 communications. They sent out an alternative number for people to call. https://www.wnct.com/news/local-news/centurylink-phone-outage-in-beaufort-county-creates-hours-of-silence/1376618873 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <b71be0e6-06d3-480b-b6bc-e3e24ac3dde1@googlegroups.com> Date: 16 Aug 2018 14:08:50 -0700 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: New Jersey gets new area code Here is another article, this from the Phila Inqr. It includes a map of NJ area codes and counties. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/new-area-code-south-jersey-dialing-procedures-20180815.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20180817030217.GA28867@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:02:18 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon contractor's "Bubba" remark stirs contoversy By Elizabeth Dinan RYE -- A resident [was allegedly] called "Bubba," during a site walk for a proposed cell tower off Brackett Road, [and this] has led to a formal complaint, an apology and a request that the events be entered into the town's public record. Kathy McCabe, a resident who objects to Verizon's cell tower plans for the 120 Brackett Road location, said the use of the word "Bubba" by Verizon representative Chip Fredette, during a July 27 site walk, was "definitely a condescending term." She described it as a slur, said "it shows poor judgement" and a "lack of impulse control." http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180816/verizon-contractors-bubba-remark-stirs-controversy -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <633151b4-20c3-655d-36ce-60476ac43e1c@interisle.net> Date: 15 Aug 2018 19:35:23 -0400 From: "Fred Goldstein" <invalid@see.sig.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Overlays and National Number Portability The recent "debate" here about overlays vs. splits misses an important detail. Splits are dead, period. So are area codes, soon. The FCC has an open docket now on national number portability. This will allow you to take your current phone number anywhere, disregarding rate centers, LATAs, etc. <From a consumer perspective, wireless numbers already are portable. There are usually no charges for roaming, so you can take you cell phone with you anywhere in the country and keep the number. The network will sometimes have a bit of extra work to find you, as some carriers will deliver it to the nominal destination local area, and the wireless carrier will then have to carry it to wherever you are. But that's invisible to the user. A couple of weeks ago the FCC issued a preliminary Order, saying that it is now officially okay to do the LNP dip at the originating end of the call, rather than one hop from the destination ("N-1"), though the latter is still allowed. This way the originating carrier can send the number to the actual location, not where the number nominally is located. But there are a lot of other technical and regulatory issues to be worked out. Essentially NNP does away with rate centers and domestic tolls. Again, most people don't pay domestic tolls anyway, so it's really an obsolete construct mostly of value to rural telcos that don't face much wireless competition and who still charge a lot for tolls. But that can be dealt with. The LNP database system will also have to be modified, since right now it is divided into several regions, not nationwide. A bunch of rural states have tried hard to avoid overlays and keep 7-digit dialing. I was involved in a case about 18 years ago in New Hampshire, where the PUC cancelled a bunch of NXX codes assigned to a CLEC who used them mostly for JFax. They never had a split or overlay there. But when NNP happens, 10-digit dialing will become the norm across the country. Bear in mind that back around the turn of the century, when splits and overlays were happening like crazy and they were worried about running out of area codes, the NANC came up with a plan to expand to mandatory 12-digit dialing, inserting "00" in between the NPA and NXX for existing numbers. That plan is probably dead; overlays have slowed down and NNP will substantially reduce demand for new prefix codes. -- Fred Goldstein k1io fgoldstein at ionary little-round-mark com ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Fri, 17 Aug 2018

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