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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 06 Sep 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 212 : "text" format

Table of contents
Phone service briefly down in Richland County due to flooding Bill Horne
Re: The Future Of Transportation Needs To Look More Like The InternetHAncock4
Re: Trump urges AT&T to oust CNN news chiefHAncock4
Re: Verizon Plans to Discontinue Copper in Several Markets HAncock4
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20180905203847.GA27309@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2018 16:38:47 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: hone service briefly down in Richland County due to flooding RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. - Cellphone service was briefly down in Richland County after flooding washed out fiber lines, officials said. Richland County was notified of Verizon cellphones having problems calling local landlines around 8:30 a.m. https://www.channel3000.com/news/cellphone-service-down-in-richland-county-due-to-flooding/790834507 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <7cb8d98b-e0dd-4e93-8f0f-deb58e80841b@googlegroups.com> Date: 4 Sep 2018 16:18:49 -0700 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: The Future Of Transportation Needs To Look More Like The Internet On Monday, September 3, 2018 at 7:42:11 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: > By Ellis Talton and Remington Tonar > > Transportation infrastructure and the internet have a lot in > common. Both are networks of pathways that ferry things from place to > place. For transportation systems, those things are people and > goods. For the internet, they're packets of data. Both have to handle > multiple types of traffic across multiple mediums. For transportation, > there are cars and roadways, planes and runways, trains and railways, > boats and waterways. For the internet, there are bits of > electromagnetic signals transmitted through fiber, cables and radio > waves. Both are experiencing increasing rates of usage that threaten > capacity. For transportation, much of that usage is due to growing > freight demand from e-commerce. For the internet, it's largely due to > growing video consumption. Most important, both serve a critical > connective function and are vital to the social and economic welfare > of the nation. > > https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellistalton/2018/09/03/the-future-of-transportation-needs-to-look-more-like-the-internet/#5955351d2c35 Historically, the fate of the Western Union Telegraph Company mirrored that of passenger railroads. Both companies had a technologically obsolete service (telegrams, passengers) that they wanted to abandon but the government ordered them to continue at a loss. (Western Union basically wanted out of the traditional telegram business by the late 1960s as it was losing money; they wanted to focus on other modes.) We do need some government regulation in monopolies or near- monopolies to protect the public. But it must be balanced-- excessive regulation, such as above, only serves to bankrupt companies and hurts service to the public. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <b068b562-56cf-4bfa-80cc-a1b27ac90cb1@googlegroups.com> Date: 4 Sep 2018 16:22:17 -0700 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Trump urges AT&T to oust CNN news chief On Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 11:53:04 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: > WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday > reiterated his attack on CNN over what he said was biased news > coverage against him, saying the AT&T-owned news broadcaster should > fire news chief Jeff Zucker. > > https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-at-t/trump-urges-att-to-oust-cnn-news-chief-idUSKCN1LF1AK It is very disturbing when the President of the United States uses his office as a power base to attack his critics. I'm not lawyer, but it also seems like a serious violation of the free press. Trump also attacked The Washington Post, and actually used the power of government to go after their corporate parent*. It was sad there was no outrage to this. * The Washington Post is affiliated with Amazon. Trump ordered the U.S. Post Office to increase its rates with Amazon, even though they are under contract and the Post Office now makes a nice profit serving Amazon. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <a4372829-c6c4-43d6-b082-93023fd8200a@googlegroups.com> Date: 4 Sep 2018 16:23:52 -0700 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Verizon Plans to Discontinue Copper in Several Markets On Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 8:02:18 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: > by Edward Gately > > Verizon has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for > permission to retire copper in areas of New England, New York and > Pennsylvania as it continues moving customers to fiber-based > technology. > > The carrier said it plans to retire copper facilities and replace them > with fiber facilities to provide services over its fiber-to-the-home > network infrastructure. It plans to do this on or after Nov. 30. > > https://www.channelpartnersonline.com/2018/09/01/verizon-plans-to-discontinue-copper-in-several-markets/ There are many places (like where I live) where there is no fiber service. What are those subscribers supposed to do? ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Thu, 06 Sep 2018

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