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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 60 : "text" format

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Verizon, AT&T battle for public safety customersBill Horne
Verizon agrees to fix failing broadband networks to settle investigationBill Horne
Re: Threat from AT&T to pull my plugDoug McIntyre
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20180313014939.GA4416@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:49:39 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon, AT&T battle for public safety customers By Kelly Hill ORLANDO, Fla. - The battle over public safety wireless customers has been joined. At this year's International Wireless Communications Expo, Verizon defended its position as the market leader in providing service to first responders, while AT&T and partner FirstNet touted the potential and innovation that they aim to drive in the market. Verizon had a significantly amplified presence compared to past years, with a large booth, a keynote address and a presence on a number of panels. AT&T, meanwhile, sponsored a FirstNet-related track for attendees to continue learning about what the two organizations are doing and their plans for the second year of the 25-year FirstNet contract. https://www.rcrwireless.com/20180312/carriers/verizon-att-battle-for-public-safety-customers-tag6 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20180313012953.GA4387@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:29:53 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon agrees to fix failing broadband networks to settle investigation Verizon will fix NY copper lines and potentially upgrade more than 30,000 homes. By Jon Brodkin Verizon has agreed to fix failing copper networks and boost fiber deployment in New York, two years after state officials began investigating the quality of Verizon landline phone and broadband service. A settlement with Verizon "will require the company to repair 54 central offices across the state, replace bad cable, defective equipment, faulty back-up batteries, and to take down 64,000 double telephone poles," the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union said last week. "The agreement also includes increased broadband buildout to major apartment buildings in New York City and more than 30,000 homes across the state." https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/03/verizon-agrees-to-fix-failing-broadband-networks-to-settle-investigation/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <I6adnZrhn9gNJzvHnZ2dnUU7-UnNnZ2d@giganews.com> Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:36:16 -0500 From: Doug McIntyre <merlyn@dork.geeks.org> Subject: Re: Threat from AT&T to pull my plug bob prohaska <bp@www.zefox.net> writes: >I've decided to change service to the local ISP, an outfit called Omsoft. >Service is due to switch over on Monday, March 12. >The ISP is suggesting it might be necessary to change the DSL modem, and >I wondered if: >A) it's really true? Maybe? Best to ask them the specifics. They probably know best. There are many flavors of DSL, the standard constantly gets updated, requir- ing newer hardware to support the newer standards. eg. CenturyLink around here rolls out VDSL often now, which most likely isn't sup- ported by your old DSL router. >B) if it is true, what is a good choice of modem? None of the above. Although ActionTec seems the least sucky to me. Personally, I've gone with obtaining whatever the ISP offers, turn it into a bridge, and then run PPPoE authentication (if the ISP supports it) from a firewall behind the DSL router/bridge to login to the ISP. Lots of firewall options, they tend to offer much better feature sets. Even free ones like pfsense tend to be lightyears better. -- Doug McIntyre doug@themcintyres.us ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 13 Mar 2018

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