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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 20 Oct 2020
Volume 39 : Issue 273 : "text" format

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AT&T has trouble figuring out where it offers government- funded Internet
OR: Volunteers Bring Internet To Holiday Farm Fire Area
TELECOM Digest & Archives Guest Post Enquiry [nfp]
Re: CO backup power
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20201018215904.GA12533@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2020 21:59:04 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: AT&T has trouble figuring out where it offers government- funded Internet AT&T said it is correcting mistakes and will exceed requirements in each state. By Jon Brodkin If you live in an area where AT&T has taken government funds in exchange for deploying broadband, there's a chance you won't be able to get the service - even if AT&T initially tells you it's available. AT&T's Mississippi division has received over $283 million from the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund since 2015 and in exchange is required to extend home-Internet service to over 133,000 potential customer locations. As we previously reported, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) accused AT&T of submitting false coverage data to the FCC program. As evidence, Mississippi said its "investigation found concrete, specific examples that show AT&T Mississippi has reported location addresses... as being served when, in fact, the addresses are without service." https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/att-has-trouble-figuring-out-where-it-offers-government-funded-internet/ -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20201019130704.GA16278@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:07:04 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: OR: Volunteers Bring Internet To Holiday Farm Fire Area A newly formed organization, Oregon Internet Response, has engineered a network of wireless towers starting at a site in Bend all the way to Blue River. Posted By: Jacob Roberts BLUE RIVER, Ore. - Permanent restoration of phone and internet services in the Holiday Farm Fire [area] will likely take months, but residents and businesses don't have time to wait. Now, the community is stepping in to close the communication gap. https://www.kezi.com/content/news/Volunteers-bring-internet-to-Holiday-Farm-Fire--572785841.html -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <CAFA7ZR28F_jMLQi+cHu4qmp055rdG3xS7ppGVtPcZrzaDc87Hg@mail.gmail.com> Date: 18 Oct 2020 22:10:08 +0000 From: "Jeremy from PunchyNewAgeName" <invalid@gmail.address.removed.invalid> Subject: TELECOM Digest & Archives Guest Post Enquiry [nfp] Hi there, I am just emailing to ask if you would be interested in placing any guest content on your site? I represent PunchyNewAgeName, an online resource dedicated to helping everyone reclaim their online privacy and stay safe in the digital age. We're looking to spread our message far and wide and I think TELECOM Digest & Archives would be a good fit for us. If you're interested, can you please let me know the requirements we would have to adhere to in order to get published on your website? Looking forward to hearing from you! Best Wishes, Jeremy Stone *Outreach Specialist at PunchyNewAgeName [redirect website link deleted] ***** Moderator's Note ***** Sure, Jeremy, always glad to help a mass emailer get traction for a new campaign. These are the steps to getting "guest content" on this site: 1. Read the FAQ. 2. Gather information about a telecommunicaitons issue. 3. Submit a post to the telecom digest. 4. Don't use redirect URL's. 5. Don't pretend to be our friend. 6. Don't assume that I won't make fun of you if you don't follow the rules. Bill Horne Moderator P.S. This editorial comment is flagged "NFP," which means I won't publish replies. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <rmg4gs$llj$1@dont-email.me> Date: 18 Oct 2020 01:07:40 -0000 From: "bob prohaska" <bp@www.zefox.net> Subject: Re: CO backup power Doug McIntyre <merlyn@dork.geeks.org> wrote: > "bob prohaska" <bp@www.zefox.net> writes: >>What's the most reliable sort of telecom remaining? Still POTS, or >>maybe something else, like a carrier-agnostic cellular device (if such >>a thing exists...)? > > > Diversify. Have a combination of very different technologies. > > Can't trust separate fiber from different carriers, as they may very > well all go through the same conduit for many miles upstream of you, > even if they enter the building in different APOPs, ultimately it > probably runs the same route as the competitor. Same for copper. > > Many cells phones let you swap SIMs, you can keep different SIMs from > different carriers activated (of course for a price). Watch out for > MVNOs, so getting say Mint as a backup for T-Mobile isn't going to > do you any good. Sorry, but I just choked on the alphabet soup 8-) I've thought about using a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) as a backup to wireline DSL. It sounds like you're suggesting a couple of cellphones configured as WiFi hotspots. I'm not ready for that just yet, but if you could explain the acronyms it'd give me a headstart when the day comes. Just to be clear I'll be wanting to use a /29 public address block. Not sure how that works if I switch ISPs on the fly. Thanks for writing! bob prohaska ***** Moderator's Note ***** If you are using an IP range that's assigned to your ISP, they own it. You can't take it to another ISP unless you pay the owner - a lot. However, if you can convince both your primary and your alternate ISP to map different /29 ranges to the same RFC1918 addresses, you'll be able to repoint the DNS for your domain name and switch over relatively quickly. RFC 1918 specifies "Address Allocation for Private Internets." https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1918 The acronym MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_virtual_network_operator Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 20 Oct 2020
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