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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 06 Mar 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 65 : "text" format

Table of contents
CenturyLink delays annual report to check accounting weaknessesBill Horne
AT&T won't block spam calls – or will it?Bill Horne
Trump to staff on AT&T/Time Warner merger: "I want that deal blocked!"Bill Horne
Re: Crucial.com Cancels Legitimate OrdersFred Atkinson
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20190305161923.GA18856@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2019 16:19:23 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CenturyLink delays annual report to check accounting weaknesses US operator CenturyLink announced that publication of its annual report will [be] delayed after it discovered accounting problems. In a SEC filing, the company said it discovered internal control weaknesses in recording revenue and measuring asset fair values, related to its takeover of Level 3 Communications. CenturyLink said it is working with its auditor and conducting an additional review and testing of those processes before finalising its results for 2018. Despite the delay in the annual report, the company said it does not expect any material changes to the financial results disclosed in February. The report should be filed within the grace period allowed by the SEC. https://www.telecompaper.com/news/centurylink-delays-annual-report-to-check-accounting-weaknesses--1283275 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190305165643.GA19135@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2019 16:56:44 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: AT&T won't block spam calls - or will it? Public Service Announcement #537: silent days on the ridge ... By Jonathan Middlebrook Over the past few years I've resigned myself to the daily phone assault of robo-callers, cold-callers, out & out scammers, dental planners, people wishing to speak with Christina (died 1/20/2009), invalid numbers, service unavailables, dir asst 212, etc. So far this year I think my highest daily total (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) is 19 such. I think 8 is about the lowest. Whatever the total, each one arrives arrives at a uniquely inconvenient moment. Pray, my Dear, quoth my mother, have you not forgot to wind up the clock? Good G--! cried my father, making an exclamation . . . Did ever woman, since the creation of the world, interrupt a man with such a silly question? Pray, what was your father saying? --- Nothing. That's the obvious euphemism which opens the Rev. Laurence Sterne's novel Tristram Shandy in 1781. You can add a dozen such importunate interruptions by junk calls in 2019. https://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/2019/03/05/public-service-announcement-537-silent-days-on-the-ridge/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190305165027.GA19102@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2019 16:50:27 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Trump to staff on AT&T/Time Warner merger: "I want that deal blocked!" White House staff apparently ignored Trump's demands to intervene in DOJ review. By Jon Brodkin President Donald Trump tried to pressure the Department of Justice into blocking AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner Inc., according to a new report by The New Yorker. However, White House staff apparently ignored the president's orders to pressure the DOJ, and it's not clear whether Trump ever made any demands to the DOJ directly. The New Yorker report - titled "The Making of the Fox News White House" - details Trump's close relationship with Fox and his disdain for Fox competitors that provide less-glowing news coverage of his presidency. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/trump-to-staff-on-atttime-warner-merger-i-want-that-deal-blocked/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190305091815.28145.qmail@submit.iecc.com> Date: 5 Mar 2019 09:18:15 -0700 From: Fred Atkinson <fatkinson.remove-this@and-this-too.mishmash.com> Subject: Re: Crucial.com Cancels Legitimate Orders On 3 Mar 2019 22:04:48 +0000, "Michael Moroney" <moroney@world.std.spaamtrap.com> wrote: > [apparently because shipping address didn't match PO Box billing > address] > > Don't most online sites ask for both a billing address and a > shipping address for this very reason? Crucial doesn't? I've never had this issue with anyone else before. They should try to confirm that the order was legitimate. The fact that they can't confirm the address doesn't mean anything. This is disgraceful. I appreciate that they are trying to mitigate fraud. But there is a right way to do it. This isn't the right way. Regards, Fred ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 06 Mar 2019

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