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The Telecom Digest for February 07, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 34 : "text" Format
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Re: New numbering rules for phones in Australia (Robert Bonomi) Re: New numbering rules for phones in Australia (John Levine) Re: New numbering rules for phones in Australia (T) How a text cost two young lives (David Clayton) newspaper column on sexting (Lisa or Jeff)
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Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2011 00:48:09 -0600 From: email@example.com (Robert Bonomi) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: New numbering rules for phones in Australia Message-ID: <mcKdnbhWHIC02dPQnZ2dnUVZ_tednZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications> In article <email@example.com>, Lisa or Jeff <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >On Feb 3, 2:57 am, David Clayton <dcs...@myrealbox.com> wrote: > >> As part of the rollout of the NBN (fibre to the premises) the incumbent >> telco is going to gradually decommission all the "copper". >> They continually complain about the upkeep costs of such old plant anyway, >> so it will save people money as the fibre infrastructure maintenance >> should be a lot less over its intended life. > >Obviously fibre has advantages in capacity over copper, but does that >mean existing copper plant should be abandoned? Yes. The reason is simple economics. 1) The services that one can deliver via FTTH cannot all be delivered over the existing copper infrastructure. 2) _everything_ that can be delivered over the existing copper can be delivered via FTTH. Corollary: you have to have FTTH to deliver the "can't be done on copper" services. Since the fibre IS going to be there for those services, and the installation and recurring operating costs of that infrastructure are already being paid, anything else that also rides on the fibre does it effectively 'for free'. Since all the 'can be done on copper' services can ride the fibre, it makes sense to put them there, since there is effectively -zero- incremental cost for having them there. Thus, there is -no- reason to continue to maintain the copper physical plant. It is now superfluous to operations. In fact, you can make money by decommissioning that infrastructure. Pull the copper and sell it for salvage. >Why is fibre cable cheaper to maintain than existing copper cable? Because it _is_. <grin> Fibre simply doesn't require as much maintenance. Especially when measured on a 'per voice circuit equivalent capacity' basis. >I would guess that the big maintenance expense of outdoor physical >plant would physical protection against weather and injury and access >for maintenance. Wouldn't physical protection costs, such as durable >outer shells, be the same for copper as fibre? No. The protection requirements -are- different. Especially with regard to moisture. That aside, how many fibre strands can you put in a, say, 1/2" ID conduit? How big a pipe does it take to hold the number of copper pairs required to provide the same communications capacity? Do you think that that monster pipe is available for the same cost as the 1/2" conduit? Yes, a 1/2" pipe costs the same whether it's protecting fibre or copper, but the "cost per circuit" is orders of magnitude lower if there is fibre inside that pipe. > If say a car knocks >down a pole carrying lines, isn't the biggest cost labor of the crew >to replace the pole and remount the lines? H*LL no!! When the pole got knocked down, the lines -broke-. The labor cost for splicing umpty-hundred pairs -- probably twice (since you probably have to insert a _replacement_ section of cable as opposed to just re-connecting the broken ends to each other) -- probably swamps the cost of re-setting the pole. Needless to say, you can make a few fibre splices in far less time than it takes to splice the equivalent umpty-hundred copper pairs. Fiber also is much more forgiving about environmental conditions. ESPECIALLY moisture -- You don't have to keep the cable dry, Fiber doesn't corrode. Fiber doesn't need 'sealing current'. It's only a 'small' current for any single pair, but multiply that by -many- thousands of pairs in a medium- large C.O. any you've got a non-trivial monthly recurring cost.
Date: 6 Feb 2011 20:16:54 -0000 From: John Levine <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: New numbering rules for phones in Australia Message-ID: <email@example.com> > 2) _everything_ that can be delivered over the existing copper can be > delivered via FTTH. Well, other than service that continues working when the power goes out for more than a few hours. But apparently nobody cares about that any more. R's, John ***** Moderator's Note ***** Copper's leggacy will take a few years to wear off. There are a number of services which will suffer with fiber-only local plant: burglar alarms, which used to depend on having DC continuity, are now data channels - until the power dies. Given that many "CEV" sites have less than twelve hours of battery backup, any long-term power outage in an area with fiber-only plant will leave the entire area without alarm service. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:35:20 -0500 From: T <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: New numbering rules for phones in Australia Message-ID: <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <mcKdnbhWHIC02dPQnZ2dnUVZ_tednZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications>, email@example.com says... > > In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, > Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> wrote: > >On Feb 3, 2:57 am, David Clayton <dcs...@myrealbox.com> wrote: > > > >> As part of the rollout of the NBN (fibre to the premises) the > >> incumbent telco is going to gradually decommission all the > >> "copper". They continually complain about the upkeep costs of > >> such old plant anyway, so it will save people money as the fibre > >> infrastructure maintenance should be a lot less over its intended > >> life. > > > >Obviously fibre has advantages in capacity over copper, but does > >that mean existing copper plant should be abandoned? > > Yes. The reason is simple economics. > > 1) The services that one can deliver via FTTH cannot all be delivered > over the existing copper infrastructure. at&t would beg to differ with you vis a vis their uVerse service. It's fiber out to the cabinets, but copper to the homes.
Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2011 13:39:07 +1100 From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: How a text cost two young lives Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/how-a-text-cost-two-young-lives-20110206-1ain9.html How a text cost two young lives Nicky Phillips February 7, 2011 WHEN the car Marcus Johnstone was driving hit a power pole, killing two teenage girls, it was not speed or alcohol that caused the accident. Johnstone, who was 22 at the time of the 2004 crash in Victoria, was deleting a text message on his mobile phone. The 24-word message asking him if he fancied one of the girls sitting in the back seat, cost the lives of two teenagers and in 2006 left Johnstone with a jail sentence of six years and nine months. He was the second person in Victoria to be charged with culpable and negligent driving for being distracted by a mobile phone. Johnstone's lawyer Anthony Robinson said the situation was one many people could find themselves in. ''It was a terribly sad case, you felt terribly sad for the victims, but as his lawyer I felt terribly sad for Marcus because it's a very easy accident to happen,'' Mr Robinson said. A survey in 2009 found 70 per cent of Victorian drivers aged between 18 and 25 admitted text messaging while driving. ''That's a pretty huge number,'' said Kristie Young, one of the researchers who conducted the survey for the Monash University Accident Research Centre. Michael Regan, a distraction researcher working in France, said: ''When you hear a phone it sets in train a process of thinking 'who is it, could it be important, could it be my boss, should I answer it?''' Drivers are being distracted not just by mobile phones. The influx of gadgets means cars are becoming mobile offices and entertainment centres. But despite the emphasis on being able to multitask, the brain cannot pay attention to two things at once. Texting on a phone and driving a car required a lot of attention, especially visual, Professor Regan said. ''When you are getting two tasks that require a lot of visual attention that is a recipe for failure.''
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 19:39:51 -0800 (PST) From: Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: newspaper column on sexting Message-ID: <email@example.com> A Phila Inqr columnist had thoughts on the subject: "Legislators mostly want to criminalize the high-tech youthful transgression known as sexting. Which is strange, since voters made it abundantly clear in the fall that they want government to scale back and stop meddling in their lives." "Under current law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a cheerleader e- mailing intimate images to a football player subjects both of them to felony child-pornography charges." "Legislators in Harrisburg remain hung up on whether naked pictures sent from iPhone to Droid should be labeled a misdemeanor or a summary offense, but a York County representative has no doubt that sexting is a crime of the times." For full article please see: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/115402959.html
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