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The Telecom Digest for Fri, 27 Dec 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 361 : "text" format

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Re: The FCC's Reassigned Number DatabaseHarold Hallikainen
Re: History trans-Atlantic cableHarold Hallikainen
CenturyLink to pay nearly $8.5 million to Colorado and customers for 'hidden fees' and overbillingModerator
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <7b61facca138bf185efeb050d0ad4061.squirrel@mai.hallikainen.org> Date: 26 Dec 2019 08:41:44 -0800 From: "Harold Hallikainen" <harold@mai.hallikainen.org> Subject: [Telecom] Re: The FCC's Reassigned Number Database > On December 12, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") > adopted a new rule to establish a reassigned number database. The > database is intended to both enable callers to verify the status of > phone numbers and help prevent consumers with reassigned numbers > from receiving unsolicited telephone calls. I really don't think this will do much. The calls I get "from social security about my account being suspended" or "from the Visa/Mastercard alert system" are not calls from reassigned numbers (and I've had this number for more than 20 years). They are spoofed fraud calls. I think the solution here is call tracibility and prosecution of those making the calls (based on identification through the tracibility). Further, carriers should not accept or pass along calls from providers who do not have the "originating number" assigned to them (though, I suppose that's a problem if the call goes through several carriers). Harold -- FCC Rules Updated Daily at http://www.hallikainen.com Not sent from an iPhone. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <149838c8f2a4c6f9f720d6df428a83cf.squirrel@mai.hallikainen.org> Date: 26 Dec 2019 08:56:33 -0800 From: "Harold Hallikainen" <harold@mai.hallikainen.org> Subject: [Telecom] Re: History trans-Atlantic cable On 20 Dec 2019 11:54:40 -0800, Hancock4 wrote: > > In addition to the trans-Atlantic cable, Bell also installed > cables to Hawaii: > > https://archive.org/details/the-saturday-evening-post-1957-10-19/page/n9 > > https://books.google.com/books?id=tVYEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA127&dq=%22bell%20telephone%22%20Hawaii&pg=PA127#v=onepage&q&f=false > > Within Hawaii, General Telephone installed a cable: > https://books.google.com/books?id=uVYEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA31&dq=hawaii%20%22general%20telephone%22%20cable&pg=PA30#v=onepage&q&f=false > (two pages) Nice! Around 1970, a friend worked for Western Electric at the underground cable termination in San Luis Obispo CA. A coaxial cable to Hawaii landed there. They had vacuum tube repeaters on the cable. They applied 3 kV of opposite polarity on each end of the cable to power the repeaters. As I recall, the building was 3 floors underground and mounted on springs to survive earthquakes and nuclear explosions. One floor, I think, handled government communications, while another handled public communications. This was all frequency division multiplex. I remember hearing "money chatter" on long distance calls when I was a kid as you heard the adjacent channels of the FDM. The SLO facility also had TASI that interleaved fragments of conversations onto the channels to increase channel usage. It was a sort of analog packet switching, though I suspect the "packet" routing was over a separate supervisory channel instead of in a packet header. I understand that the cable was eventually given to University of Hawaii for some oceanic research. Meanwhile a LOT of fiber optic cables now land in San Luis Obispo. Harold -- FCC Rules Updated Daily at http://www.hallikainen.com Not sent from an iPhone. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20191226194156.GA23654@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 19:41:56 +0000 From: telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org (Moderator) Subject: CenturyLink to pay nearly $8.5 million to Colorado and customers for 'hidden fees' and overbilling By Tony Keith DENVER (KKTV) - Colorado's attorney general announced on Thursday CenturyLink will pay more than $8 million to the state and some customers for "unfairly and deceptively charging hidden fees, falsely advertising guaranteed locked prices, and failing to provide discounts and refunds it promised to consumers who signed up for internet, television, and telephone services in Colorado." https://www.kktv.com/content/news/Century-link-to-pay-nearly-9-million-to-566354481.html -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Fri, 27 Dec 2019
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