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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 18 Sep 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 261 : "text" format

Table of contents
Future of traditional landline telephone service?HAncock4
Sick of robocalls? Who isn't?Bill Horne
Idaho – UPDATE: Internet service back online for many CenturyLink customersBill Horne
T-Mobile Has a Secret Setting to Protect Your Account From Hackers That It Refuses to Talk AboutMonty Solomon
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <df5dac52-a51a-4c6d-8004-2edd36e1dc8a@googlegroups.com> Date: 16 Sep 2019 13:55:03 -0700 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Future of traditional landline telephone service? Would anyone be familiar with what is coming for traditional landline telephone service? >From what I read in the newspaper, it seems the carriers want to dump it altogether. It does seem that there are fewer and fewer subscribers; I know a number of people who have dumped Verizon for a Comcast cable-based phone, or just using their cellphone. Whole condo complexes have been unplugged. It's not just young people, but older people as well. Personally, I like the comfort, speech clarity, and reliability of my landline. But it seems now I'm a rarity with that feeling. Along these lines, what is the future of Verizon's FIOS? On the one hand, they seem to advertise for it, but on the other hand a lot of places do not have it and Vz seems in no hurry to provide it. Likewise, do other landline carriers offer a similar service? Thanks. [public replies, please] ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190917223942.GA21668@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 22:39:42 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Sick of robocalls? Who isn't? If you own a phone, you've probably been annoyed by unending robocalls. When I travel across our state, this is the No. 1 concern people share with me. We're receiving spam calls at all hours of the day, on our cellphones and our landlines. They're not only frustrating, they're also harmful. They give scammers an easy way to reach us, scare us and take our money. That's why, in August, I led a coalition that included every attorney general in the country and 12 major phone companies to create the national Anti-Robocall Principles to fight illegal robocalls. Through these eight principles, the phone companies - AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Windstream - have committed to addressing the robocall problem through prevention and enforcement. http://mydailyrecord.com/stories/sick-of-robocalls-who-isnt,62370 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190917233410.GA21965@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 23:34:10 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Idaho - UPDATE: Internet service back online for many CenturyLink customers By Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com IDAHO FALLS - Internet service for many CenturyLink customers in eastern Idaho is back online after an outage that began before 7 a.m. Saturday. A spokesperson with CenturyLink's media relations team got back to us with the following response about the outage: "We're not seeing any network disruptions at this time but will take a deeper look." https://www.eastidahonews.com/2019/09/centurylink-customers-experiencing-major-internet-outage/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <D7005BE9-BE20-4DAF-86CB-BC0BBFD5CCB6@roscom.com> Date: 16 Sep 2019 20:58:40 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: T-Mobile Has a Secret Setting to Protect Your Account From Hackers That It Refuses to Talk About T-Mobile's little known NOPORT setting can protect your phone number from SIM swapping. By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai T-Mobile has a feature that gives its customers more protection from hackers trying to steal their phone number, but you probably don't know it exists because the company doesn't advertise it publicly and won't even talk about it. It's called "NOPORT" and, in theory, it makes it a bit harder for criminals to hijack phone numbers with an attack known as "SIM swapping," a type of social engineering that Motherboard has covered extensively and which is increasingly being used to steal people's phone numbers. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywa3dv/t-mobile-has-a-secret-setting-to-protect-your-account-from-hackers-that-it-refuses-to-talk-about ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 18 Sep 2019

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