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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 03 Jul 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 184 : "text" format

Table of contents
Lawsuit brings $3.4M to local utilityBill Horne
Disruption vs integration: The case against "rip and replace" Bill Horne
Windstream adds Fortinet to its SD-WAN quiverBill Horne
Your eyes are the key to distracted driving, not your brain Monty Solomon
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20190630205523.GA23744@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 20:55:23 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Lawsuit brings $3.4M to local utility LONG BEACH - Pacific County Public Utility District No. 2 has won a 12-year legal struggle against two telecommunications companies over the rates it charges for access to its poles. Comcast of Washington and Charter Communications decided not to appeal an April 8 ruling granting the PUD $3.38 million in unpaid rates, legal expenses and interest. PUD received its checks June 3. CenturyLink is fighting on, trying to get the Washington State Supreme Court to take the case and overturn a lower appellate court ruling. According to PUD General Manager Jason Dunsmore, CenturyLink could owe around $2.1 million, a number that would grow with interest if the case continues to drag out. https://www.chinookobserver.com/news/local/lawsuit-brings-m-to-local-utility/article_25f29278-96ba-11e9-b1a4-138cf816d6cc.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190630211350.GA23926@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 21:13:50 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Disruption vs integration: The case against "rip and replace" How do you deal with change? It's one of the questions of our era. We can see technology disruption play out in a number of industries like computing where the mainframe gave way to the PC that gave way to the smartphone. Change sneaks up on you and before you can craft a response, those new technologies disrupt your business. https://www.networkworld.com/article/3405836/disruption-vs-integration-the-case-against-rip-and-replace.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190630211609.GA23967@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 21:16:09 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Windstream adds Fortinet to its SD-WAN quiver Windstream Enterprises has expanded its SD-WAN horizon with an additional solution backed by Fortinet. While Windstream first offered a VMware/VelcoCloud SD-WAN service two years ago, it picked next-gen firewall vendor Fortinet for an additional SD-WAN service. While Fortinet is well-known for its next-generation firewall work with SD-WAN vendors, it also has its own SD-WAN solution. ... Having multiple SD-WAN vendors has become par for the course these days for most large telcos. CenturyLink, AT&T and BT are among the telcos that have multiple SD-WAN vendor technologies. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/windstream-adds-fortinet-to-its-sd-wan-quiver -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <1D922862-0084-4FC6-ADC5-470ED6D124E3@roscom.com> Date: 2 Jul 2019 10:14:32 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Your eyes are the key to distracted driving, not your brain The key to avoiding distracted driving is simple, according to new research from MIT: just keep your eyes on the road and look where you're going. That might sound horribly obvious, given "look where you're going" is one of the earliest lessons we learn as we become mobile. But this new study reinforcing that lesson was focused on a slightly more complicated question: is the problem with distracted driving one of trying to concentrate on two separate tasks at the same time, or could it be a matter of where your eyes are pointing? When I learned to drive in the early 1990s, distracted driving wasn't really on anyone's minds. But then cellphones became ubiquitous, and smartphones followed, and so texting drivers became another thing we have to watch out for on the roads. It's not like the auto and tech industries aren't aware of the problem. Just about every new car sold today provides a way for a driver to connect their phone for hands-free calling. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink all exist to cast certain apps from a smartphone to a car's infotainment screen. https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/07/look-where-youre-going-is-the-key-to-distracted-driving/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** The problem with this kind of information is that it could be true. While I don't advocate censorship, I /do/ think that reports of this kind should strive for balance by including information, such as the New Zealand study, that give a better perspective on the issues. If the cellular industry is trying to drive sales by shaming drivers into thinking that the many deaths attributed to distracted driving are the fault of the drivers who didn't follow their grandfather's advice, well, this would be a good example of the technique. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 03 Jul 2019

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