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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 30 Oct 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 303 : "text" format

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AT&T reports phone, internet outagesBill Horne
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to replace SMS with a new RCS standardMonty Solomon
California Blackouts Hit Cellphone Service, Fraying a Lifeline Monty Solomon
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20191028220859.GA30549@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 22:08:59 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: AT&T reports phone, internet outages by Dan Claxton NEW BLOOMFIELD - Telephone and internet customers in Columbia and Jefferson City were experiencing outages in central Missouri Monday morning, according to the company's website. According to AT&T, reports began coming in at approximately 8:20 Monday morning. The outage affects all services offered by AT&T. https://krcgtv.com/news/local/att-reports-phone-internet-outages -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <8E865DE9-558D-4BC2-9C65-A118663E9B68@roscom.com> Date: 29 Oct 2019 10:06:51 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to replace SMS with a new RCS standard There will be a new app By Dieter Bohn All four major US carriers - AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint - have each issued the same joint press release announcing the formation of "a joint venture" called the "Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative" (CCMI). It's designed to ensure that the carriers move forward together to replace SMS with a next-generation messaging standard - including a promise to launch a new texting app for Android phones that supports the standard by next year. https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/24/20931202/us-carriers-rcs-cross-carrier-messaging-initiative-ccmi-att-tmobile-sprint-verizon ------------------------------ Message-ID: <9C247BEC-4E5B-4EBA-97B8-11DF7B161480@roscom.com> Date: 29 Oct 2019 01:13:28 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: California Blackouts Hit Cellphone Service, Fraying a Lifeline As power is cut to reduce the wildfire risk from electrical wires and towers, a primary source of emergency communication is put in jeopardy. By Carol Pogash and Brian X. Chen California's recent power shut-offs, meant to reduce the risk of potentially catastrophic fires, have had an unwelcome side effect. The blackouts have also cut power to many cellphone towers, blocking the main communications source for many in harm's way. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/business/energy-environment/california-cellular-blackout.html ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 30 Oct 2019
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