Samuel Spies wrote:
> By SAMUEL SPIES, Associated Press Writer
> Top law enforcement officers from seven states issued a letter to
> MySpace.com on Monday, asking the social networking site to turn over
> the names of registered sex offenders who use the service.
> Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called the site a
> "virtual playground" for predators.
> "That combination of sex offenders and children is a recipe for
> tragedy," Blumenthal said.
The law lags technology: level3 sex offenders must keep their physical
distance from children, but this is the first time that enforcement is
taking on the 'distance' that the internet provides.
How might a law cope with this? No IM, no email, no usenet, no
forums, no wifi, no web site comeons to children?
[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Another thing, _how_ is MySpace.com
supposed to know who the sex offenders are in their midst? That's not
a question they normally ask of new subscribers. Now, there is a law
which forbids adults (sex offender or not) from engaging in sexual
conversations with minors on the net which I guess is how the law
copes with the problem. PAT]
Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 22:30:29 -0500
From: Gordon S. Hlavenka <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Wireless Local Number Portability Factsheet TELECOM
Organization: Crash Electronics
X-Telecom-Digest: Volume 26, Issue 134, Message 8 of 11
> 6-Q: Can consumers port a wireline number to a wireless phone?
> A: Wireline-to-wireless porting is possible in some cases. Consumers
> interested in porting a number from a wireline to a wireless phone
> should check with the prospective new wireless carrier to see if
> wireline to wireless porting is an option for them.
> If you port a number from a wireline phone to a wireless phone, your
> wireline long distance carrier will not move with you. Your long
> distance service will generally be provided by your new wireless carrier.
> Pursuant to a court-ordered stay, most small wireline carriers currently
> are not required to port numbers to wireless carriers until the FCC
> completes and publishes a study about the effect of the porting rules on
> small carriers. (TELECOM Editor's Note: This was the rule in summer, 2005.
> Check for any more recent changes. PAT)
I recently (Feb. 2007) ported two landline numbers to cellular without
difficulty. This saved me almost $60/mo in landline charges. I suppose
it was made easier by the fact that I was porting from SBC/AT&T to
Cingular so it might have been all internal -- I don't know how much
separation there is between AT&T and Cingular ...
The porting took about three days and I didn't have to do anything
special; filled out an online form with a Cingular reseller (not
Cingular direct) and checked "other" for the carrier of the "wireless"
number I was porting. I really expected it would be rejected, or at
least I'd get a call from a human. But no, the order simply went
through and everything's been working fine.
Gordon S. Hlavenka http://www.crashelectronics.com
It's bad luck to be superstitious