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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 25 Jun 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 176 : "text" format

Table of contents
AT&T's Government Distress SignalBill Horne
US moves to protect Verizon from Huawei patent claimBill Horne
U.S. Considers Requiring 5G Equipment for Domestic Use Be Made Outside China [Requires subscription]Monty Solomon
Re: Dialing Around: How Rotary Phones Shaped the Distribution of US Area CodesHAncock4
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20190624011040.GA25381@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2019 01:10:40 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: AT&T's Government Distress Signal Look who wants the feds to help with a price negotiation. The Justice Department sued to block AT&T's merger with Time Warner on grounds that it would increase the telecom company's leverage in contract disputes. There was no real-world evidence to support this, and now there's real-world evidence refuting it. Witness how AT&T is now begging the government for help in price negotiations with local broadcast stations. https://www.wsj.com/articles/at-ts-government-distress-signal-11561157214 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190624013514.GA25631@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2019 01:35:14 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: US moves to protect Verizon from Huawei patent claim by Scott Bicheno Apparently Huawei thinks Verizon owes it a billion bucks in unpaid patent licence fees, but a US Senator want to block its ability to sue. The Senator in question is Marco Rubio, who has form with Huawei as you can see from the tweet below. According to Reuters Rubio filed legislation yesterday designed to block Huawei from seeking damages in US patent courts. The move was an apparent reaction to Huawei getting in touch with Verizon to demand the US operator cough up for 230 of its patents that it used without paying for the privilege. http://telecoms.com/497996/us-moves-to-protect-verizon-from-huawei-patent-claim-report/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <D03A0358-2C09-4450-A96A-4F363F78A46E@roscom.com> Date: 24 Jun 2019 11:09:51 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: U.S. Considers Requiring 5G Equipment for Domestic Use Be Made Outside China [Requires subscription] Move follows White House executive order restricting some foreign-made gear and services. By Stu Woo in Beijing and Dustin Volz in Washington The Trump administration is examining whether to require that next-generation 5G cellular equipment used in the U.S. be designed and manufactured outside China, according to people familiar with the matter. The move could reshape global manufacturing and further fan tensions between the countries. https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-considers-requiring-5g-equipment-for-domestic-use-be-made-outside-china-11561313072 ------------------------------ Message-ID: <afaf15ea-e55f-4c3c-bd0b-e1c49f14221f@googlegroups.com> Date: 24 Jun 2019 14:39:42 -0700 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Dialing Around: How Rotary Phones Shaped the Distribution of US Area Codes On Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 6:51:02 PM UTC-4, Monty Solomon wrote: > These days, our phones tend to keep track of these things for us, but > back when most people memorized numbers, they didn't always make > sense. The first digits of zip codes and social security numbers > assigned in the United States ascend from east to west, starting low > around the original American colonies and going up from > there. Interstate numbering also follows east/west as well as > north/south patterns. So how did the country wind up with such an odd > layout of area codes? For context, we need to revisit the earlier days > of the phone network. > > https://99percentinvisible.org/article/dialing-around-how-rotary-phones-shaped-the-distribution-of-us-area-codes/ The long distance dialing network had two phases. The first was to automate operator dialing between points. A crude area code layout was arranged, somewhat similar to what became later, but not the same. Secondly, customer dialing was planned. Several variations of the plan were developed, with the modern version coming out in 1947. There's a Bell Telephone Magazine article on this on the TCI website, but it's restricted to TCI members. In 1947, customers weren't aware of area codes since no one could dial long distance as yet. DDD spread slowly through the 1950s. In the late 1950s Bell began to inform customers of area codes and direct distance dialing. Here is an ad from 1959: https://books.google.com/books?id=UUksHG783IcC&lpg=PA6&dq=life%20bell%20telephone%20area%20code&pg=PA6#v=onepage&q=life%20bell%20telephone%20area%20code&f=false (neat ad for Remington typewriters follows) Here is an ad from 1961: https://books.google.com/books?id=l1MEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP2&dq=life%20bell%20telephone%20area%20code&pg=PP2#v=onepage&q=life%20bell%20telephone%20area%20code&f=false In 1967 Bell encouraged customers to use the area code: https://books.google.com/books?id=i1YEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA16&dq=life%20bell%20telephone%20area%20code&pg=PA16#v=onepage&q=life%20bell%20telephone%20area%20code&f=false ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 25 Jun 2019

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