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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 22 Dec 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 356 : "text" format

Table of contents
Direct deposits were delayed by Federal Reserve glitch HAncock4
Re: NANPA N11 code expansionNaveen Albert
NANPA N11 code expansionJohn David Galt
Re: FCC advances plans for 988, a national suicide-prevention hotlineHAncock4
Re: History trans-Atlantic cableHAncock4
History data communicationsHAncock4
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <899ecdbd-c11f-433d-965b-d8abbe7442d3@googlegroups.com> Date: 19 Dec 2019 10:39:13 -0800 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Direct deposits were delayed by Federal Reserve glitch CNN reported that Direct deposits were delayed by Federal Reserve glitch Thursday (12/19/2019) at the Federal Reserve that has since been resolved. article at https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/19/business/direct-deposit-glitch-federal-reserve/index.html This is a bit troubling. Today, many consumers have no choice but to use direct deposit of paychecks and government checks. The system isn't foolproof. When one of the major national banks was acquired by another, transferring the accounts and upgrading the wire transfer process was cumbersome and slow, delaying postings. [public replies, please] ------------------------------ Message-ID: <93b60384-b6c3-0d31-8208-359dd99d278a@phreaknet.org> Date: 19 Dec 2019 14:02:53 -0500 From: "Naveen Albert" <phreak@interlinked.cf> Subject: Re: NANPA N11 code expansion On 12/19/2019 1:07 AM, Neal McLain wrote: > Bob Goudreau wrote: > >> It's disappointing that the report does not seem to >> include a list of the NPAs which would need to convert >> to mandatory 10D in order to bring this plan to >> fruition. Given that absence, I am skeptical that the >> cost figures mentioned in the report are accurate. I >> am also completely underwhelmed by the arguments >> made against the alternatives of using an N11 code >> (such as 211) instead of 988. > All N11 codes are already in use. See NANPA: > https://nationalnanpa.com/number_resource_info/n11_codes.html > > However it certainly would have been possible to expand the 211 > series; e.g, 2110, 2111, 2112, 2113... > Speaking of 211, this number seems to already encompass a lot of the same functionality as 988. Improving and upgrading 211 a little bit would make for a lot less hassle and more convenience than would 988. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <ea77a33e-ec82-a79b-7d48-d4556e92e2bf@att.net> Date: 20 Dec 2019 16:51:21 -0800 From: "John David Galt" <jdgalt@att.net> Subject: NANPA N11 code expansion On 12/18/2019 10:07 PM, Neal McLain wrote: > All N11 codes are already in use. See NANPA: > https://nationalnanpa.com/number_resource_info/n11_codes.html Not at all. 611 (which is still listed there as repair service) was taken away, at least from major carriers, 30+ years ago as being unfair to CLECs. It is mostly unused. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <63ac0b45-48a9-4069-9d7b-c2708a37e41c@googlegroups.com> Date: 19 Dec 2019 11:20:32 -0800 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: FCC advances plans for 988, a national suicide- prevention hotline On Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 2:41:18 PM UTC-5, Monty Solomon wrote: > FCC advances plans for 988, a national suicide-prevention hotline I'm all for trying to prevent suicide, but I'm not sure if this is the best way to go. First, it is wrong to disrupt existing subscribers and the network by using an existing exchange code. Second, we already have an emergency code, staffed by trained operators, and that is 911. A 911 operator could help someone or transfer the call to a counselor, and also get other help as appropriate. 911 is widely known and universal. > U.S. suicide rates are at their highest levels since World War II. This is a separate issue, but it needs to be explored. Why are so many people so unhappy? And, why do they see suicide as their only option? On railroad lines, it is a major problem among crews since so many motormen have killed people. Not easy on them. As an aside, recently TCM aired a Sidney Poitier movie where he played a suicide line counselor trying to help someone. They're having the line traced (neat images of multiple central office switchgear--the call wasn't local) but it takes time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Slender_Thread ------------------------------ Message-ID: <f5cc631d-04b3-48f4-a140-d889a332a977@googlegroups.com> Date: 19 Dec 2019 10:21:26 -0800 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: History trans-Atlantic cable Here is another ad of an undersea cable repeater; a cutaway view of the interior and explanation of the 20 year design life. https://archive.org/details/the-saturday-evening-post-1962-09-15/page/n67 Would anyone know how long in practice these repeaters actually lasted? Did they meet or exceed their desired targets? According to Wikipedia, it was retired after 22 years in service. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAT-1 [public replies please] ------------------------------ Message-ID: <0cf254e9-8c48-4204-bb67-f21cbdf15c51@googlegroups.com> Date: 19 Dec 2019 10:26:16 -0800 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: History data communications Here are 1962 ads for data communications by both General Telephone and the Bell System. https://archive.org/details/the-saturday-evening-post-1962-10-13/page/n39 https://books.google.com/books?id=1k0EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA5&dq=life+bell+dataphone&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj8kOqvqMLmAhWlmOAKHU9PDs4Q6AEwBXoECAgQAg#v=onepage&q&f=false Both companies (as well as Western Union) correctly saw that the new computers entering service would require interconnection and they all sought to serve them. Actually, interconnecting data processing machines, such as punched card tabulators, began years earlier, but with the growth of computers, there was demand for more accurate and higher speed communications. The Bell System developed a line of modems. ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 22 Dec 2019
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