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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 23 Aug 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 235 : "text" format

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Cellphone companies reveal plans to maintain wireless service during PG&E power outagesBill Horne
Robocall Roundup: New Robocall Act Goes to the SenateNeal McLain
How malformed packets caused CenturyLink's 37-hour, nationwide outageMonty Solomon
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20190821160649.GA30043@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:06:49 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Cellphone companies reveal plans to maintain wireless service during PG&E power outages By WILL Schmitt The companies that operate Sonoma County's cellphone network, a mainstay of modern life that underpins critical communications systems during emergencies, vow it will not go dark if PG&E shuts off electricity to prevent wildfires on dangerously hot, dry, windy days. The nation's largest wireless companies - AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint - said they could continue to power most or all of their cellphone towers until PG&E restores electricity following a planned outage, as long as they are able to access their towers. https://www.petaluma360.com/news/9928044-181/cellphone-companies-reveal-plans-to -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <94de4426b7f47f416dc35ea1bce22ed7.squirrel@email.fatcow.com> Date: 22 Aug 2019 11:15:43 -0500 From: "Neal McLain" <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: Robocall Roundup: New Robocall Act Goes to the Senate By Seth Williams, ComLawBlog, August 21, 2019 Amidst the polarization in Washington, there remains one thing nearly everyone agrees on: no one likes robocalls. Last month, the House passed the "Stopping Bad Robocalls Act," which directs the FCC to take several steps to curb robocallers and adopts stiffer penalties for robocallers (particularly robocallers who intentionally violate the law). The bill awaits further action in the Senate, which passed its own robocall legislation, the Traced Act, earlier in the year. https://www.commlawblog.com/2019/08/articles/fcc/robocall-roundup-new-robocall-act-goes-to-the-senate/?utm_source=Fletcher%2C+Heald+%26+Hildreth%2C+PLC+-+CommLawBlog&utm_campaign=aec752d81c-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6cc65bf771-aec752d81c-71094321 -or- https://tinyurl.com/y24blorc Neal McLain Brazoria, Texas ------------------------------ Message-ID: <4A6F2E06-5613-4E05-88ED-90C5A5EE879A@roscom.com> Date: 21 Aug 2019 18:15:15 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: How malformed packets caused CenturyLink's 37-hour, nationwide outage FCC blasts CenturyLink for December 2018 outage but issues no punishment. By Jon Brodkin CenturyLink's nationwide, 37-hour outage in December 2018 disrupted 911 service for millions of Americans and prevented completion of at least 886 calls to 911, a new Federal Communications Commission report said. Back in December, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the outage on CenturyLink's fiber network "completely unacceptable" and vowed to investigate. The FCC released the findings from its investigation today, describing how CenturyLink failed to follow best practices that could have prevented the outage. But Pai still hasn't announced any punishment of CenturyLink. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/centurylinks-37-hour-outage-blocked-911-service-for-17-million-people/ ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Fri, 23 Aug 2019

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