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The Telecom Digest for Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 294 : "text" format

Table of contents
Verizon OutsourcingBill Horne
Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Gets Green Light From U.S. Regulators Monty Solomon
Re: FCC decides text messaging isn't broken and doesn't need fixingFred Goldstein
Verizon on St. Clair County: 'Signals in that area have been turned up'Bill Horne
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20181223005329.GA18313@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2018 19:53:29 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon Outsourcing By Virendra Jain The news about Verizon offering voluntary severance to about 44,000 employees, and outsourcing 2,500 (some reports say could be 5,000) IT jobs to Infosys in India for $700 million is a part of corporate greed. Further, there are employees who are being "rebadged" to Infosys for one year to train their Indian employees, "and then get fired." I have a suggestion for the CEO of Verizon: Why don't you fire yourself and outsource your job to Infosys? Take the same severance package you are offering your employees, 3 weeks of salary for every year of service. Since you were hired on Aug. 1, 2018, you will get only 3-4 months' worth of time served. You will like it; what is good for the goose is good for the gander. https://www.indiawest.com/letters_to_editor/verizon-outsourcing/article_31423b40-ffef-11e8-b473-33ff3b8730a4.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <5FCEF85B-213D-4097-B740-C539182E315C@roscom.com> Date: 23 Dec 2018 12:14:59 -0500 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Gets Green Light From U.S. Regulators The two wireless operators are moving closer to a merger following approval from a federal government security committee and other top officials. By Sui-Lee Wee A federal government committee and other top regulators in the United States have approved the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, paving the way for a union between the country's third- and fourth-largest wireless operators. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/business/sprint-tmobile-approval-huawei.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <pvp6bf$t14$1@dont-email.me> Date: 23 Dec 2018 18:39:24 -0500 From: "Fred Goldstein" <fg_es@removeQRM.ionary.com> Subject: Re: FCC decides text messaging isn't broken and doesn't need fixing On 12/21/2018 4:42 PM, Bill Horne wrote: > By David Nicklaus > > Americans send nearly 5 billion text messages a day because it's fast, > convenient and mostly spam-free. > > Does that sound like something regulators need to fix? Fortunately, > the Federal Communications Commission decided no. > > https://www.stltoday.com/business/columns/david-nicklaus/fcc-decides-text-messaging-isn-t-broken-and-doesn-t/article_3d7610da-6231-56d7-9b7e-97f5d5bc4c58.html The article is wrong. It's a clearly partisan mischaracterization for ideological reasons. What the FCC did is CHANGE the status of SMS, potentially breaking it. It was a telecom service. They change it to an information service. They claimed this was to permit spam blocking, but they already encourage blocking of spam phone calls, which are telecom, so that was specious. An SMS text (and MMS is different) is, plain and simple, a telegram. It's more specifically a radiotelegram sent using the signaling network. Bits in, bits out. Pure telecom. Under the FCC's new rules, phone companies can monitor and mess with your texts, datamine their content, insert ads, etc. I suggest reading Cmr. Jessica Rosenworcel's dissent, on the FCC web site. That explains it. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20181223004806.GA18197@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2018 19:48:06 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon on St. Clair County: 'Signals in that area have been turned up' One wireless carrier said cell users should begin to experience fewer headaches along some areas of the St. Clair County waterfront after nearly two years of flaky service. "I spoke with our network team, and I can confirm signals in that area have been turned up and we have seen improvement in the area," Andy Choi, a regional Verizon spokesman, said in a statement Monday. More than a year ago, Verizon officials said the company had complied with a Federal Communications Commission order to turn down its cell strength at the end of 2016 after Canadian cell carriers complained American signals were bleeding over the international border. https://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2018/12/18/verizon-st-clair-county-signals-area-have-been-turned-up/2337731002/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Mon, 24 Dec 2018

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