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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 10 Sep 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 253 : "text" format

Table of contents
Apple: A message about iOS securityMonty Solomon
Bridging Arkansas' Digital DivideBill Horne
CenturyLink rebrands cybersecurity operations as Black Lotus LabsBill Horne
T-Mobile Workers Share Concerns Over T-Mobile/Sprint Merger= Bill Horne
Access to high-speed Internet, cell service in rural Montan= a: A long ways from adequateBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <C27E468B-3DDE-44C4-B70B-E012D9E10EFA@roscom.com> Date: 7 Sep 2019 10:11:32 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Apple: A message about iOS security A message about iOS security Last week, Google published a blog about vulnerabilities that Apple fixed for iOS users in February. We've heard from customers who were concerned by some of the claims, and we want to make sure all of our customers have the facts. First, the sophisticated attack was narrowly focused, not a broad- based exploit of iPhones "en masse" as described. The attack affected fewer than a dozen websites that focus on content related to the Uighur community. Regardless of the scale of the attack, we take the safety and security of all users extremely seriously. Google's post, issued six months after iOS patches were released, creates the false impression of "mass exploitation" to "monitor the private activities of entire populations in real time," stoking fear among all iPhone users that their devices had been compromised. This was never the case. Second, all evidence indicates that these website attacks were only operational for a brief period, roughly two months, not "two years" as Google implies. We fixed the vulnerabilities in question in February - working extremely quickly to resolve the issue just 10 days after we learned about it. When Google approached us, we were already in the process of fixi= ng the exploited bugs. Security is a never-ending journey and our customers can be confident we are working for them. iOS security is unmatched because we take end-to-end responsibility for the security of our hardware and software. Our product security teams around the world are constantly iterating to introduce new protections and patch vulnerabilities as soon as they're found. We will never stop our tireless work to keep our users safe. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/09/a-message-about-ios-security/ ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190906203336.GA24380@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2019 20:33:36 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Bridging Arkansas' Digital Divide Commentary by John P. Fletcher The Federal Communications Commission recently proposed a new $20.4 billion fund for rural broadband expansion. This Rural Digital Oppor- tunity Fund could represent the best chance over the next decade to narrow the digital divide for many rural communities. While much work remains to finalize the fund, the FCC's proposal outlines a framework that will likely define federal broadband policy for rural America over the next decade. The federal dollars that will support the fund are currently allocated to the largest wireline carriers (called price cap carriers) under a program called the Connect America Fund, Phase II (CAF II). In Arkansas, the price cap carriers are AT&T, CenturyLink and Windstream. No earlier than 2021, the fund would repurpose and reallocate these CAF II funds. https://www.arkansasbusiness.com/post/128090/bridging-arkansas-digital-divide-john-fletcher-commentary -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190906202826.GA24337@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2019 20:28:26 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CenturyLink rebrands cybersecurity operations as Black Lotus Labs by Mike Robuck As part of its ongoing quest to clean up the internet from malware and botnets, CenturyLink has renamed its threat research and operations division. CenturyLink announced Thursday that it has rebranded its Threat Research Labs as Black Lotus Labs. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/centurylink-rebrands-cybersecurity-operations-as-black-lotus-labs -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190908033329.GA4057@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 03:33:29 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: T-Mobile Workers Share Concerns Over T-Mobile/Sprint Mer= ger T-Mobile Workers Share Concerns Over T-Mobile/Sprint Merger with Deutsche Telekom CEO, Meet with Supervisory Board Members Seattle, Wash. - In a new letter to Timotheus Höttges of T-Mobile USA's parent company Deutsche Telekom (DT), T-Mobile employees express concerns over the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger and outline specific commitments and assurances they are seeking from the New T-Mobile. CEO Höttges and membersof DT's supervisory board are visiting T-Mobile USA headquarters this week for a supervisory board meeting. The letter expresses concern that the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger "will mean the loss of American jobs, cuts in wages and commissions, and a corresponding reduction in quality to our customers" and requests "solid and verifiable assurances that the New T-Mobile will not discard the front line workers who have made T-Mobile and Sprint so successful." Specifically, the letter calls for commitments that that New T-Mobile will "secure our jobs without cuts to compensation; bring back outsourced jobs from overseas and in the USA, and respect our rights on the job by stopping management interference with our right to organize." https://cwa-union.org/news/releases/t-mobile-workers-share-concerns-over-t-mobilesprint-merger-deutsche-telekom-ceo-meet -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190906200607.GA23980@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2019 20:06:08 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Access to high-speed Internet, cell service in rural Montana: A long ways from adequate Federal subsidies help some areas; leave others out By Mike Dennison This is the first of a three-part series on the status and future of high-speed Internet and cell service in rural Montana. Vape-shop owner Ron Marshall has high-speed Internet at his stores in Hamilton, Bozeman and Belgrade, but when he wants to do business electronically from his home near Corvallis in the Bitterroot Valley - good luck. "When our shops close and we need to get on a computer and check numbers or look at inventory - simply doing that on your phone doesn't cut it," he says. "I can fire up my computer, turn on my hot-spot, and I'll go to the kitchen and make dinner and eat, and I'll come back, and maybe, just maybe, one of the pages may have loaded." https://www.kbzk.com/news/montana-news/access-to-high-speed-internet-cell-service-in-rural-montana-a-long-ways-from-adequate -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 10 Sep 2019

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