Date: 29 Nov 2020 21:30:00 -0500
From: "Adrianne Jeffries" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Podcast question
Hello telecom enthusiasts,
I'm a producer with <Underunderstood
a podcast about questions that can't be answered with a simple Google
search. We have over 500,000 downloads and were named to The Verge and
HuffPost's best of 2019 podcast lists.
I'm working on a story about area codes which was brought to us by a
listener. The question is about the area code assignments in Massachusetts.
Specifically, when area codes were originally chosen, most metro areas
allegedly got low numbers because they were easier to dial. However, in
Massachusetts, this rule was notably violated: Boston got 617, whereas
rural western Massachusetts got 413. Why did Boston get stuck with the high
numbers, especially considering its importance to the history of telephony?
This seems to have been a persistent mystery. Mark J Cuccia brought up
the question several times but seems to have never quite solved it:
(was it caused by a printing error?). He also wrote about an earlier
proposed version of the nationwide numbering plan that was quite
I spoke with the author of this Quora answer: https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Bostons
... who said his source was a coworker who had previously worked at New England
The decision seems to have been made between the publication of these
The plan was announced, I believe, in October 1947, although I do not have
I'd love to find out whether there is a definitive answer to this as more
historical documentation comes online.
Thank you for your consideration. You may also email me directly at
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 18:41:23 +0000 (UTC)
From: Moderator <email@example.com>
Subject: Subsidized broadband program speeds up, but Colorado
customers must upgrade to keep discount
The federal Lifeline program provides $9.25 to low-income consumers
for wireless or broadband service. But the FCC's upgrade on Dec. 1 may
leave some CenturyLink or mobile customers behind -- and with higher
By Tamara Chuang
A national low-income broadband program will get a speed boost on
Tuesday as new federal requirements go into effect for the Lifeline
But not all Lifeline customers will automatically see the upgrade to
25 megabits per second from 20 mbps for fixed broadband service, or an
increase to 11.75 gigabytes of data for wireless customers.
Date: 29 Nov 2020 11:11:59 -0800
From: "Harold Hallikainen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Squeezing Capacity From Copper Networks While
Undertaking a Transition to Fiber Broadband
On Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:51:32 +0000 (UTC), Moderator said:
> Squeezing Capacity From Copper Networks While Undertaking a Transition to
The short article on telco provided Internet was interesting. Here in
Arvada CO (just west of Denver), we have DSL from CenturyLink. It uses
two pairs and delivers 140 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up. I'm really im-
pressed with what they can shove down a pair of wires!
My first DSL was in San Luis Obispo CA from Pacific Telephone. I think
it was about 1.5 Mbps down. About as fast as a T1. Who would ever need
Then we moved to Santa Maria CA and got 6 Mbps down. Wow!
And now 140 Mbps down.
NOTE that I am not in any way associated with Century Link, though I
do volunteer for the Telecom History Group that has space from ATT and
CenturyLink in Denver. I am just impressed with the advances in
DSL. They are shoving a lot of data down a pair of wires.
The 140 Mbps measured peak speed using Measurement Lab. The speed does
vary with time of day. Right now, it's the slowest I've ever seen it
at 35.5 Mbps up, 11.5 Mbps down. We are listening to streaming audio
right now, so that takes a little. Looking at the status page on the
Zyxel C3330Z modem, I see 78.223/11.196 for the first pair and
68.638/11.196 for the second pair. That, of course, is just the links
from here to the DSLAM.
Looking at my bill, Century Link just calls it "140 Mbps High Speed
Internet." I think the use of two pairs is unique, but otherwise it
seems to be what current DSL can do over relatively short loops. It
looks like the DSLAM is about a block away from us.
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End of telecom Digest Tue, 01 Dec 2020