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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 07 Oct 2020
Volume 39 : Issue 260 : "text" format

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AT&T took $283 million but didn't deploy required broadband, Mississippi says
AT&T kills DSL, leaves tens of millions of homes without fiber Internet
Re: What was behind the nationwide 911 outage?
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <86a6x0azdf.fsf@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: 6 Oct 2020 01:59:08 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: AT&T took $283 million but didn't deploy required broadband, Mississippi says Mississippi asks FCC to investigate AT&T's "pattern of submitting false data." By Jon Brodkin AT&T falsely told the US government that it met its obligation to deploy broadband at more than 133,000 locations in Mississippi, state officials say. Since 2015, AT&T has received over $283 million from the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund to expand its network in Mississippi. But the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) said it has evidence that AT&T's fixed-wireless broadband is not available to all the homes and businesses where AT&T claims it offers service. The PSC asked the FCC to conduct "a complete compliance audit" of AT&T's claim that it has met its obligation. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/att-took-283-million-but-didnt-deploy-required-broadband-mississippi-says/ -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <86d01wp7d6.fsf@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: 5 Oct 2020 23:42:45 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: AT&T kills DSL, leaves tens of millions of homes without fiber Internet AT&T stops connecting new DSL users; only 28% of AT&T territory has full fiber. Jon Brodkin AT&T has deployed fiber-to-the-home Internet to less than 30 percent of the households in its 21-state territory, according to a new report that says AT&T has targeted wealthy, non-rural areas in its fiber upgrades. The report, co-written by an AT&T workers union and an advocacy group, is timely, being issued just a few days after AT&T confirmed it will stop connecting new customers to its aging DSL network. That does not mean customers in DSL areas will get fiber, because AT&T last year said it was mostly done expanding its fiber service. AT&T said at the time that it would only expand fiber incrementally, in areas where it makes financial sense for AT&T to do so. We'll provide more detail on the DSL cutoff later in this article - in short, the fiber/copper hybrid known as AT&T Internet is still offered to new customers, but the slower product that AT&T sells under the DSL name is being discontinued except for existing customers. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/life-in-atts-slow-lane-millions-left-without-fiber-as-company-kills-dsl/ -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <rlfjmt$muv$2@pcls7.std.com> Date: 5 Oct 2020 17:04:29 +0000 From: "Michael Moroney" <moroney@world.std.spaamtrap.com> Subject: Re: What was behind the nationwide 911 outage? Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.remove-this.telecom-digest.org> writes: >The MN Department of Public Safety says initial investigation shows >something went wrong with one of the vendors who work with CenturyLink, >the state's 911 provider. ... Why is the 911 system even configured in such a way that something could take out the whole system? I am sure certain terrorist groups are drooling over such stories. The regional 911 call centers and the software behind them should be sufficiently self-contained such that nothing could take out more than the single call center (if that). I do know they do need to be able to transfer to other centers perhaps via special connections. (my own experience, this has not been the case. Once I called to report debris on an interstate highway. Got the local town's PD. When I explained that they transferred me to the state police, their responsibility, where I had to repeat everything. A second incident I wanted to report an erratic driver on another interstate. I got the local city police, again said it was a SP issue. Instead I got transferred to an adjacent city's PD, repeated everything, they said it was a SP issue, then got transferred again to the SP. At least I did my small part to remedy that elsewhere, 8 years ago. In Big City, if you call 911 you get police dispatchers. For a fire (or EMT) they had to transfer you to the fire dept dispatchers and repeat everything to them. After the change the police dispatchers could enter fire calls directly into the FD dispatch system, no transfer. I did some of the work for the FD system to take the data) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 07 Oct 2020
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