37 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
Copyright © 2019 E. William Horne. All Rights Reserved.

The Telecom Digest for Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 16 : "text" format

Table of contents
Verizon draws backlash from teachers, parents for fee on Remind appBill Horne
New telephone evildoers?Brian Gordon
Re: Californians shocked state lawmakers were being schmoozed in Hawaii by utility execs as fires ragedBill Horne
Please send posts to telecom-digest.org, with userid set to telecomdigestsubmissions, or via Usenet to comp.dcom.telecom
The Telecom Digest is made possible by generous supporters like the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at M.I.T.
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20190116223709.GA22906@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:37:09 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon draws backlash from teachers, parents for fee on Remind app #ReverseTheFee: Verizon draws backlash from teachers, parents for fee on Remind app Teachers and parents are mobilizing against Verizon for imposing a fee that would disrupt a popular app that facilitates communication between educators and students. Founded in 2011, Remind is a private messaging platform that allows students, teachers, administrations and parents to communicate with one another about assignments and announcements. The app currently has 31 million monthly users spread throughout schools nationwide. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/01/16/verizon-fee-remind-app-draws-backlash-teachers-parents/2578711002/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <q1j0ih$44n$1@panix3.panix.com> Date: 14 Jan 2019 16:56:33 -0500 From: "Brian Gordon" <briang.remove-this@and-this-too.panix.com> Subject: New telephone evildoers? I'm aware of evildoers trying to record you saying "yes" on the phone, but I think I got a variant this afternoon. After the usual "This is xxx calling on a recorded line" stuff, they said they wanted some poilitical opinions. I wasn't busy, so I held on. The questions were to be answered "approve, dissaprove, or no opinion". Sounded a little strange instead of a simple yes/no, but I answered "approve" to the first question. Then they asked me to repeat that - and I hung up. Perhaps I'm now schediled to answer "approve" on some slimey sales pitch. -- +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ | Brian Gordon -->briang@panix.com<-- brian dot gordon at cox dot net | + bgordon@aol.com Bass: NSC Frank Thorne + ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------ Message-ID: <408f0841-91ab-49c8-9016-4c8de46be7f1@googlegroups.com> Date: 14 Jan 2019 16:53:55 -0800 From: "Bill Horne" <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Re: Californians shocked state lawmakers were being schmoozed in Hawaii by utility execs as fires raged On Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4:45:55 PM UTC-5, Bill Horne wrote: > By Frieda Powers > > As wildfires raged in California last year, a group of lawmakers from > the state were apparently off on a trip to Hawaii with utility > companies. > > The nonprofit Independent Voter Project hosted the annual event in > Maui in November as a dozen lawmakers - mostly Democrats - met with > representatives from utility companies who lobbied for a bailout as > they seek to raise electricity rates in an effort to offset financial > costs due to the wildfires, according to The New York Times. > > ... > > Representatives from companies such as Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, > PhRMA, Microsoft and Verizon as well as the National Education > Association were among about 109 lobbyists and corporate executives > named in a note welcoming attendees to the resort. > > https://www.bizpacreview.com/2019/01/14/californians-shocked-state-lawmakers-were-being-schmoozed-in-hawaii-by-utility-execs-as-fires-raged-713678 "You have heard then, comrades, that we pigs now sleep in the beds of the farmhouse? And why not? You did not suppose, surely, that there was ever a ruling against beds? A bed merely means a place to sleep in. A pile of straw in a stall is a bed, properly regarded. The rule was against sheets, which are a human invention. We have removed the sheets from the farmhouse beds, and sleep between blankets. And very comfortabl beds they are too! But not more comfortable than we need, I can tell you, comrades, with all the brainwork we have to do nowadays. You would not rob us of our repose, would you comrades? You would not have us too tired to carry out our duties? Surely none of you wishes to see Jones back?" George Orwell, "Animal Farm" ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 16 Jan 2019

Telecom Digest Archives