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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 11 Aug 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 222 : "text" format

Table of contents
CWA and AT&T Southwest extend contract for a weekBill Horne
CenturyLink clears blue-stake backlog but faces $115K fine Bill Horne
Verizon: 5G speeds on low-spectrum bands will be more like "good 4G"Monty Solomon
FCC finally gets around to denying net neutrality complaint against VerizonMonty Solomon
Brief: Separating the Fact from FictionMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20190810011840.GA29592@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2019 01:18:40 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CWA and AT&T Southwest extend contract for a week Hundreds of CWA members at AT&T Southeast from across District 3 rallied outside the company's headquarters in Atlanta on Saturday to show that they're ready to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract. In the final hours before the current contract was set to expire on Saturday night, negotiators for CWA and AT&T agreed to extend the contract in the Southeast region for one week, until midnight on Saturday, August 10. (From the CWA newsletter) -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190809154627.GA25387@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2019 15:46:27 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CenturyLink clears blue-stake backlog but faces $115K fi= ne By David Wichner Arizona telecommunications provider CenturyLink says it has caught up with its backlog of requests to mark its underground lines, but it faces a state fine for failing to meet deadlines under the state's blue-stake law. At an open meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission on Tuesday, the utility panel approved a proposed order requiring CenturyLink to pay a $115,000 fine based on about 30 late blue-stake tickets issued in the Phoenix area between the end of May and early July. https://tucson.com/business/centurylink-clears-blue-stake-backlog-but-faces-k-fine/article_40a3d6d4-fb3c-5cee-a29e-6ef341d161f7.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <93A5B788-D6F9-4741-865C-1BBB7927749C@roscom.com> Date: 9 Aug 2019 20:15:54 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Verizon: 5G speeds on low-spectrum bands will be more like "good 4G" 5G is for all frequencies, but it won't be much different from 4G on low bands. By Jon Brodkin The massive hype around 5G has focused on speed improvements expected on millimeter-wave spectrum, which wasn't previously used on mobile broadband networks. But 5G on lower-spectrum bands will be like "good 4G," Verizon Consumer Group CEO Ronan Dunne said at Oppenheimer's annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/verizon-5g-speeds-on-low-spectrum-bands-will-be-more-like-good-4g/ ------------------------------ Message-ID: <F209EADF-4FF8-4FDC-9EB2-DBE3F4E6D675@roscom.com> Date: 9 Aug 2019 20:19:42 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: FCC finally gets around to denying net neutrality complaint against Verizon Pai's FCC temporarily forgot about July 2016 complaint against Verizon. By Jon Brodkin The Federal Communications Commission has finally gotten around to denying a net neutrality complaint filed against Verizon in July 2016, two years before the commission eliminated its net neutrality rules. The complaint by Verizon Wireless customer Alex Nguyen was the only formal net neutrality complaint the FCC received during the three years its rules were in place. Nguyen alleged that Verizon took numerous actions that blocked third-party devices and applications from being used on its network. His complaint said that Verizon's actions violated both the net neutrality rules and the open access rules applied to C Block spectrum licenses owned by Verizon. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/fcc-finally-gets-around-to-denying-net-neutrality-complaint-against-verizon/ ------------------------------ Message-ID: <87820AC5-FA21-4ACD-B31E-B8D864268A7C@roscom.com> Date: 9 Aug 2019 02:11:49 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Brief: Separating the Fact from Fiction Brief: Separating the Fact from Fiction Attorney General Barr is Wrong About Encryption By: Andi Wilson Thompson *This piece is supported by Access Now, Center for Democracy & Technology, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine, Internet Society, New America's Open Technology Institute, and TechFreedom. Attorney General William Barr's recent remarks on encryption at the International Conference on Cyber Security were full of misleading statements and misguided reasoning.1 Strong digital encryption is the bedrock infrastructure that allows everyday people, businesses, and our government to trust technology for critical needs. Barr's demand that tech companies give law enforcement special access to encrypted devices would seriously violate that trust, compromising the security of potentially billions of people by creating a vulnerability that criminals and terrorists could easily exploit. Moreover, research indicates that the targets mentioned in Barr's remarks would quickly migrate to new encrypted services, ensuring law enforcement receives no benefit from the public's concession of privacy. https://www.newamerica.org/oti/reports/brief-attorney-general-barr-wrong-about-encryption/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** The asterisk next to the starting paragraph does not appear to have a matchin footnote in the story. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 11 Aug 2019

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