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The Telecom Digest for Sat, 26 Sep 2020
Volume 39 : Issue 249 : "text" format

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Interior awards $482M EIS task order
Re: Missed Call Leads To Craig Cunningham TCPA Victory
Monthly TCPA Digest – September 2020
Re: Strike 3 Saga: Turning BitTorrent Downloads Into A Copyright Infringement Settlement Machine Part 2
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <86o8lwqsk7.fsf@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: 23 Sep 2020 18:03:20 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Interior awards $482M EIS task order By Mark Rockwell On Sept. 17, the Department of the Interior's Office of the CIO inked a $482 million task order for telephony and conferencing services under the GSA's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract with Norcross, Ga.-based Core Technologies. The contract was awarded by the Interior Department's Business Center, through its Acquisition Services Directorate. https://fcw.com/articles/2020/09/22/eis-award-interior.aspx -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <CAH8yC8nmpNcZMYHfP59=dW5962nsJ4mW=4Pen_oJa0+_r_hzOQ@mail.gmail.com> Date: 24 Sep 2020 16:50:46 -0400 From: "Jeffrey Walton" <noloader@gmail.com> Subject: Re: Missed Call Leads To Craig Cunningham TCPA Victory On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 2:04 PM Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.remove-this.telecom-digest.org> wrote: > > by David O. Klein > > Those operating in the telemarketing space likely know of Craig > Cunningham, a prolific filer of Telephone Consumer Protection Act > ("TCPA") lawsuits. The sheer number of Cunningham TCPA cases brought in > recent years has inevitably led to decisions that make law, some good > and some bad insofar as the industry is concerned. Recently, he > prevailed in a decision issued by the United States District Court for > the Eastern District of Texas that may make it more difficult for > marketers to defend TCPA suits in that jurisdiction. That would be Cunningham v. Radius Global Solutions LLC. A similar case decided over a missed text message did not obtain Article III standing. That case is Salcedo v. Hanna. TCPA World (https://tcpaworld.com/) hates folks like Andrew Perrong and Craig Cunningham. The site always has snide comments about them and their lawsuits. Jeff ------------------------------ Message-ID: <86sgb9vxe3.fsf@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: 23 Sep 2020 06:07:48 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Monthly TCPA Digest - September 2020 by Russell H. Fox , Joshua Briones , Elana Safner and Nicole V. Ozeran We are pleased to present our latest Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In this month's Regulatory Update, we look at the FCC's ongoing implementation of the TRACED Act to combat illegal robocalls and a draft Order released this month aimed at promoting the use of caller ID authentication technology through the adoption of the STIR/SHAKEN framework. The draft Order would establish a requirement for voice service providers to upgrade their non-IP networks to IP and implement STIR/SHAKEN or develop a non-IP caller ID authentication solution. It would also establish extensions beyond the June 30, 2021 implementation deadline for specific types of providers while requiring them to implement a robocall mitigation program on the non-STIR/SHAKEN-enabled portions of their networks. The draft Order would also adopt several important requirements that will apply to all voice service providers. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/telecoms-mobile-cable-communications/986634/monthly-tcpa-digest-september-2020?email_access=on -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <c713cc98-1d50-6403-9fee-e156fac9ef7f@ionary.com> Date: 25 Sep 2020 15:11:13 -0400 From: "Fred Goldstein" <invalid@see.sig.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Strike 3 Saga: Turning BitTorrent Downloads Into A Copyright Infringement Settlement Machine Part 2 On 9/24/2020 10:32 AM, Fred Goldstein wrote: > On 9/23/2020 3:55 PM, Moderator wrote: >> That's not even to mention the Linux binaries that I get via BitTorrent: >> if some preteder-to-the-Linux-throne *COUGH*Redhat*COUGH* decides to >> make an example of someone like me, what then? > > Uh, no, Bill. Red Hat, which is now one of the more profitable parts > of IBM, would not attempt anything stupid like that. Linux is all > under the GPL and very much "free as in speech". Red Hat did have a > little proprietary software, but it's not the core of Linux, just > extras they sell (now as IBM). > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > RedHat not only attempted, but accomplished, something like that: the > company exploited the open-source movement and managed to convince > corporate America that it owned an operating system called "RedHat > Enterprise Linux," after it relied on hackers like me to popularize > its brand name. > > Not only did RedHat prove that the average IT purchasing manager is a > gullible fool, but it got very rich, very quickly, and then its owners > cashed out to IBM and settled in to laughing themselves to sleep every > night, while those of us who had made them their money were relegated > to "Enthusiast" status and told that we would henceforth be allowed > access only to the "Fedora" brand of products, so that we would be > "privileged" to do RedHat's beta testing for them. > > When we all finally got to see the man behind the curtain, I ranted > about RedHat's business model and tactics in several posts to the > Boston Linux & Unix User Group's discussion list: FYI, I've included > some of the links here. > > http://blu.org/pipermail/discuss/2003-November/017846.html > http://blu.org/pipermail/discuss/2003-November/018051.html The original guru of Free Software (not to be confused with Open Source), Richard Stallman, explained the business model that he approved of. Software came Free, with a license allowing everyone to use it and modify the sources, but the vendor could make money selling support services. And that's what Red Hat did. RHEL is a fully supported operating system, competing with other paid OSs. A corporate buyer is not going to trust an important system to "let's check the forums and ask on IRC and Usenet if anybody knows how to deal with this problem". They want and need support, and are willing to pay for it. So RHEL has lots of free code, but you get support from experts (though I don't know how good their first-line help is; I never used it myself). Your flames were written in 2003. In 2004, Centos kicked off its own distro, which is basically RHEL (minus any proprietary tools) recompiled for free. So you can run the same stuff on Centos as on RHEL; you just don't get IBM's support. What's not to like? You now have supported and free (as in beer) versions to choose from. And Fedora is there for hackers who like to play with the latest stuff, or developers, which is probably the major share of the desktop and educational Linux market. I've seen Centos used in mission-critical embedded systems. - - Fred R. Goldstein k1io fred "at" interisle.net Interisle Consulting Group +1 617 795 2701 ***** Moderator's Note ***** Fred, I'm sorry, but I was there. I believed RedHat's pitches, their oh-so-enthusiastic talk about obtaining world domination for Linux, and their we're-all-comrades-together tricks to get the techo-literate "back room boys" to talk up RedHat to our bosses, and then - surprise, surprise - it turned out that some animals really are more equal than others. RedHat changed Linux, in every way they could, to make it look like and be treated like a separate OS. I looked back after they took the money and ran, and realized that I had learned a set of one-off file names, renamed utilities, and it's-not-here-it's-over-there directory structures. You're right: businessmen want support, but they want it inhouse, where they can get it at 3 AM, and the practical affects of all of RedHat's changes was to chain task-oriented support employees to the RedHat model. That was the first of what Bruce Schnier would label "Semantic Attacks" - changing the appearance of the user interface and the file locations and the it's-just-Linux common core to something alien and owned. For practical purposes, RedHat took over Linux - not in theory or law, just in all the ways that they needed to make some quick cash. That, of course, is my opinion. Your mileage may vary. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sat, 26 Sep 2020
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