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The Telecom Digest for Sat, 11 May 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 131 : "text" format

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CWA Statement on House Open Internet VoteBill Horne
Re: I got one of those lettersBarry Margolin
Ajit Pai refuses to investigate Frontier's horrible telecom serviceMonty Solomon
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20190509000620.GA16601@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 9 May 2019 00:06:20 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CWA Statement on House Open Internet Vote Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Today the House of Representatives voted to make Open Internet protections the law of the land. CWA believes that we need clear, enforceable rules to protect a free and open internet for everyone while promoting job-creating investment in broadband networks. The FCC must have the authority to enforce rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and discriminatory treatment of some websites on the Internet. https://cwa-union.org/news/releases/cwa-statement-on-house-open-internet-vote -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <barmar-5F7589.11494109052019@reader443.eternal-september.org> Date: 9 May 2019 11:49:41 -0400 From: "Barry Margolin" <barmar@alum.mit.edu> Subject: Re: I got one of those letters In article <20190505163617.53106.qmail@submit.iecc.com>, "David B. Horvath, CCP" <dhorvath@cobs.com> wrote: > I still have POTS at home (long story). I got a letter from Verizon > yesterday that they are upgrading their facilities and that I have to > move to fiber. "This means that if you have not scheduled an > appointment to transfer your services, your Verizon services will be > suspended on or after June 17, 2019. THIS LETTER SERVES AS NOTICE OF > SUSPENSION." Last year my POTS service went out. When I called Verizon, they said that they couldn't repair the old copper service, and they'd have to convert me to fiber. All the units in our condo complex had gotten fiber drops installed several years ago, but I'd never switched over. But just as in your case, I got to keep the same Measured Service that I've been using for decades (I was paying about $22/mo, since I make very few calls). However, one side effect of this was that my phone started reporting Caller ID. But since I didn't have Caller ID enabled on my line, everything was announced as "unavailable". So I decided to add it to my service, which nearly doubled the price. > ... which means that, although his voice service is still under > tariff, David's data service is not. If he had POTS service, he probably didn't have Internet from Verizon in the first place. I still use Comcast for TV and Internet. -- Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me *** ------------------------------ Message-ID: <AE0FC569-47AB-47F6-962F-4804D70960B2@roscom.com> Date: 9 May 2019 09:41:04 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Ajit Pai refuses to investigate Frontier's horrible telecom service Ajit Pai refuses to investigate Frontier's horrible telecom service Long outages and bad customer service mar Frontier's government-funded network. By Jon Brodkin Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rejected a request to have the FCC investigate Frontier Communications' business practices in Minnesota, despite evidence that the company has failed to properly maintain its telecom network. An investigation by the Minnesota Commerce Department already found that Frontier's network has "frequent and lengthy" phone and Internet outages, that Frontier has failed to provide refunds or bill credits to customers even when outages lasted for months, that Frontier is guilty of frequent billing errors that caused customers to pay for services they didn't order, and that it has failed to promptly provide telephone service to all customers who request it. When we wrote about the investigation in January, Frontier said it "strongly disagrees" with the findings but did not dispute any of the specific allegations. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/05/ajit-pai-refuses-to-investigate-frontiers-horrible-telecom-service/ ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sat, 11 May 2019

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