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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 11 Dec 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 345 : "text" format

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Re: US consumer groups call on FCC, Congress to address nation's aging telecom networkHAncock4
History trans-Atlantic cableHAncock4
5G is coming to Boston. Here's what that actually means. Monty Solomon
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <49dbb43f-4746-4f4c-a1e9-a1c7cefdb76e@googlegroups.com> Date: 9 Dec 2019 13:11:35 -0800 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: US consumer groups call on FCC, Congress to address nation's aging telecom network On Monday, December 9, 2019 at 1:06:58 PM UTC-5, Bill Horne wrote: > US consumer group Public Knowledge said it joined 23 other public > interest, civil rights, tribal, and rural advocacy groups, urging the > FCC to address public safety concerns about the state of the country's > communications network, which the letter said is getting increasingly > fragile and unreliable. Hopefully something will come out of this. The system is indeed very fragile and I don't think people realize it. In this newsgroup we see numerous articles of serious outages. Very troubling. Sadly, with wireless, most people are more tolerant of a much lower quality and reliability of service than of the past. For instance, in the old days, the telephone company supplied power for the central office so even if commercial power failures, most phones kept working. The phoneco had batteries and diesel generators as backup. When I lost power for a week due to hurricane, my landline phone service never stopped working. People with cellphones or cable phones lost service. FIOS users had a few hours and they went dead, too. Unfortunately, our commercial power network is equally fragile and at high risk for a major blowout. [public replies, please] ------------------------------ Message-ID: <526f7487-488c-4ad5-b824-2878af27b771@googlegroups.com> Date: 9 Dec 2019 13:06:21 -0800 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: History trans-Atlantic cable The Bell System opened a voice cable across the Atlantic in the mid 1950s. This was a major improvement since the radio was unreliable and inadequate. Here are some ads for the cable: https://archive.org/details/the-saturday-evening-post-1956-10-13/page/n107 (two pages) https://books.google.com/books?id=HEFsdunJeZMC&lpg=PA5&dq=life%20overseas%20cable&pg=PA5#v=onepage&q&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=cEkEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA48&dq=life%20overseas%20cable&pg=PA48#v=onepage&q&f=false (two pages) https://books.google.com/books?id=flMEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA91&dq=life%20bell%20telephone%20repeater&pg=PA91#v=onepage&q&f=false ------------------------------ Message-ID: <400AF40E-0955-4A90-AB9E-28FB3F9762C1@roscom.com> Date: 10 Dec 2019 08:31:32 -0500 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: 5G is coming to Boston. Here's what that actually means. By Nik DeCosta-Klipa 5G - the potentially transformative, if opaquely understood, new wave of network technology - is making inroads in Boston. The nation's two biggest wireless providers recently announced plans to expand "5G" services to Boston. Last week, Verizon announced that its customers now have access to its 5G network in the Fenway neigh- borhood. And a few days later, AT&T said it would be rolling out a "low-band" 5G network across eastern Massachusetts in the coming weeks. https://www.boston.com/news/technology/2019/11/25/5g-boston ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 11 Dec 2019
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