Date: 10 Dec 2019 20:20:07 -0500
From: "Julian Thomas" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: History trans-Atlantic cable
> On Dec 9, 2019, at 16:06, HAncock4 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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.
I was working at Bell Labs back then; I remember some of what we heard from
- The Teredo worm is the enemy of submerged cable!
- They were trying to extrapolate the lifetime of tubes [hoping for 20
yrs] on the basis of less than a year of data. This was JUST before
transistors appeared, let alone became reliable.
Julian Thomas - http://jt-mj.net
"I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam!"
***** Moderator's Note *****
I thought the Teredo worm was the reason ships had to cover their
bottoms with copper. I'm surprised that the worms could range to the
depths of undersea cables.
Date: 11 Dec 2019 12:53:20 -0800
From: HAncock4 <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: T-Mobile Workers Vote to Join CWA Despite Intimidation
On Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 3:19:42 PM UTC-5, Moderator wrote:
> Workers at a Bay Area T-Mobile retail store in Pinole, Calif., have
> voted to join CWA.
I know a number of CWA workers for various employers. In my opinion,
CWA today is a weak union. Maybe better than nothing, but not very
effective if the employer is determined to shove an anti-labor policy
onto its employees.
In my opinion, today's economic climate requires much better
protection for workers. Workers have lost a lot of fringe benefits
they once enjoyed and wages have not kept up with inflation. I think
there is a need for unions today. However, I think unions are stuck
in the past or focused on the wrong issues (like social issues) and
thus not very attractive to workers to join nor able to gain things
for its members.
With more and more baby boomers retiring, pensions are a critical
issue, but many employers have cut back on contracted pension
benefits. It's really hard for a senior citizen.
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:07:41 +0000
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: Don't Let Your Business Get Whacked Like Jimmy Hoffa In The
Crime-Free Union Avoidance Tips
Employees may wish to join a union for different reasons, including
the ability to earn more money and benefits, to have more power over
their work conditions, for increased job security, to eliminate
favoritism, to improve communication with management, and to alleviate
The number one reason employees ultimately choose to join a union,
however, is they don't feel their employer cares about them or values
their contributions to the company or organization. As a result, the
best way to avoid unions is to help your employees feel connected and
valued, capisce? Here are some tips to help ...
Telecom Digest Moderator
Date: 10 Dec 2019 15:23:59 -0500
From: "Naveen Albert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Baxter County, AR: A letter to the editor
> On Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:51 PM, Moderator wrote:
> Wants to hang up with CenturyLink
> I have had it!
> I am not the one who writes - that would be my sweet dad, Shirrell
> Hipp, who passed away last year. But I am sick of these huge
> companies who do what they want and not what they should - or what
> they promise consumers. And we have no recourse to change things.
> My phone service with CenturyLink has been out for the past 5 weeks.
> It was a crapshoot when you pick up the receiver as to whether there
> would be a dial tone or not. Mostly not.
Here is something I would really like to know.
The RBOCs span a spectrum. On one end, you have Verizon, who fires
employees if their (sic) repair copper or just rips (sic) it out of
On the other end, you have CenturyLink, the only RBOC to prominently
display its PHONE services on its website. On AT&T's website, finding
their POTS pages involves digging through layers of menus and hidden
Furthermore, CenturyLink actually publicly touts the advantages of
home phones, 2 clicks away from their homepage:
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Great Reasons To Have a Home Phone
1. Safety First
In an emergency, landline phones identify your exact location, so
first responders can send help.
2. Quality Counts
Landline phone service gets crystal clear, reliable connections
with virtually no delays or lag time.
3. Excellent Coverage
Home landline phones always provide excellent coverage because
they rely on phone networks not towers with spotty coverage.
4. Security System
Many security systems require a home phone line because landline
monitoring is a more reliable method of sending alarms signals.
5. Great Home Phone Plans
There are home phone plans available to talk to family and friends
as much as you like - across the country and internationally.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
That's why all these reports of how much everyone hates CenturyLink
strike me as odd. It's the only RBOC that actually puts on a show of
caring about what they do, as the other RBOCs just clearly want out
and don't pretend to hide that fact.
Personally, I have more respect for CenturyLink than any other RBOC,
since, at least if only on their website, they show that they care.
And, maybe this is atypical, but I have never received good customer
service from AT&T or Verizon. I have always received excellent service
from CenturyLink, from Americans working in US call centers.
If someone wants to clarify this or set me straight, please do.
End of telecom Digest Thu, 12 Dec 2019