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The Telecom Digest for Sat, 29 Jun 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 180 : "text" format

Table of contents
Trump officials weigh encryption crackdownMonty Solomon
Applications Due September 9 For FCC Auction Of 3,400 MHz Of SpectrumBill Horne
Highest EU Court: Skype Is A Regulated Telecommunications ServiceBill Horne
CWA Starts Bargaining With AT&T SoutheastBill Horne
Verizon's 5G Promise Rings Hollow In SacramentoBill Horne
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <57871686-88B3-40FB-9C90-956E36E5FB38@roscom.com> Date: 28 Jun 2019 10:39:32 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can't break - a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley. The encryption challenge, which the government calls "going dark," was the focus of a National Security Council meeting Wednesday morning that included the No. 2 officials from several key agencies, according to three people familiar with the matter. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/27/trump-officials-weigh-encryption-crackdown-1385306 ***** Moderator's Note ***** The ruling class (which we workers refer to as "El Patron") has a problem with encryption. I have pointed this out before, but it bears repeating: the job of the National Security Council, and the National Security Agency, and every other spy shop in the world, is to make sure that "El Patron" is never threatened by new ideas, innovative thinking, or common sense. For the most part, they are effective: the NSA makes sure that the next Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the next Silicon Valley garage will arrive at the patent office and find out that their new, innovative, and oh-ghod-why-didn't-we-think-of-that idea was just patented by an anoymous corporation, and that they'll be paying a tithe to "El Patron" for the rest of their professional lives. Encryption, or more accurately, robust and properly secured end-to-end encryption, scares the bejeezus out of the ru^h^hPatrons. They are scared spitless at the thought that groups of creative, courageous, intelligent, and/or (heaven forfend!) resourcefull men and women will decide to fight back, join together, and then ... ... disappear. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190627162554.GA30159@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:25:54 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Applications Due September 9 For FCC Auction Of 3,400 MHz Of Spectrum Here's the headline: The Federal Communications Commission has released a draft notice on proposed auction procedures for the December 9 auction of 3,400 MHz of spectrum in the 37, 39 and 47 GHz bands. If, as expected, the draft notice is approved, applications to participate will be due on September 9. The FCC will vote on the procedures on July 10. http://www.mondaq.com/news.asp?e=1&a=818562&q=1803232&n=49&tp=2&lk=12&tlk=4 And, here's why I'm interested: "The 37, 39 and 47 GHz bands?" I admit I was working on microwave "back in the day," but that seems somehow out-of-this-world. If you know what these bands are to be used for, please submit more info, and thanks in advance. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190627163356.GA30307@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:33:56 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Highest EU Court: Skype Is A Regulated Telecommunications Service Article by Andreas Grünwald and Christop Nüßing In two long-awaited decisions handed down yesterday and last week, respectively, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) had the opportunity to decide the fate of online or "over-the-top" (OTT) communications services under European telecommunications law - but it left several key questions unresolved http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=3D818276&email_access=3Don -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190628044554.GA5842@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 04:45:54 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CWA Starts Bargaining With AT&T Southeast (This is from the CWA newsletter) T&T Southeast As bargaining opened on Monday with AT&T Southeast for about 22,000 CWA members, the CWA bargaining team emphasized the need for AT&T to share its record-breaking profits with the people who make it all possible - its employees. "If you were to visit any work center or call center across [CWA] District 3, you would discover that your employees, our members, are not treated with the respect they have earned and deserve," said Richard Honeycutt, Vice President of CWA District 3, in opening remarks to the company. Though the company claims that recent job cuts announced before Father's Day including more than 900 in the Southeast are a result of a lack of work to be done, AT&T has increasingly turned to contractors to perform CWA members' work in call centers and in the field. "We start this bargaining session demanding AT&T show our hard-working members the respect and loyalty they deserve. This can be done through better wages, benefits, improved work rules, and job security. Give work to your employees - CWA members - not the employees of other companies," Honeycutt said. The current contract expires on August 3, 2019. -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190628045345.GA5985@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 04:53:46 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon's 5G Promise Rings Hollow In Sacramento Analysis of public-private partnership reveals lack of transparency, accountability, and equity The public-private partnership between the City of Sacramento and Verizon Communications promised to make Sacramento one of the nation's first "5G cities." Yet the deal has failed to deliver promised benefits, and residents may wonder whether this partnership is a corporate giveaway. The agreement with Verizon lacked transparency in passage and accountability in the provision of community benefits. In the past two years, Verizon has seriously delayed or completely dropped key benefits. https://www.fair5g.org/system/files/cwa_sacramento_verizon_june_2019_1.pdf -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sat, 29 Jun 2019

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