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Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 17:02:08 -0500 From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Cablevision Petitions FCC For Retrans Reform Message-ID: <4DE01F60.firstname.lastname@example.org> | Cablevision Petitions FCC For Retrans Reform | By Wayne Friedman, 05/26/2011 | | Looking to combat runaway retrans costs -- and sometimes testy | negotiations that lead to TV program blackouts -- cable operator | Cablevision Systems Corp. filed a proposal with the Federal | Communications Commission for some reforms. | | The first would "end the practice of requiring the carriage of | unrelated cable channels, owned by broadcasters, in order to also | carry their broadcast networks." | | Cablevision says this has allowed broadcasters free spectrum and | other advantages, which in turn raises consumer costs by forcing | carriage of their channels of "limited interest" in exchange for | access to major broadcast networks. | | Second, it proposes to demand "transparency." This would end the | practice of allowing broadcasters to keep their prices for carrying | broadcast stations a secret. Retrans fees should be public, it says. | | The third proposal would forbid discrimination. While it would allow | broadcasters to continue to set the price of carriage, it would not | allow them to discriminate among cable and satellite providers based | on size or other factors. http://tinyurl.com/3bv68k7 COMMENT: Ever since I joined this group, some 15 years ago, I've been posting messages about retransmission consent, touching on some of these same issues. I've discussed "bundling" (station licensees bundle non-broadcast program channels with broadcast signals as a condition for granting consent for carriage of the broadcast signals) and discrimination issues (station licensees impose higher retransmission fees on some retailers, lower retrans fees on others, and keep those fees secret). Cablevision Systems has been petitioning Congress and the FCC about these issues for years. See, e.g., "Reply Comments of Cablevision Systems Corporation in MB Docket No. 10-71"; specifically page 2 (PDF page 4). http://tinyurl.com/3rqwt4t So far, Congress has taken no action, and the FCC can't do much without Congressional authorization. Maybe this time... Here are links to some of my previous posts: - "A-la-carte v. Tiering" (Fri, 09 Apr 2004) - scroll down to "NON-BROADCAST PROGRAMMING CARRIAGE CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS." http://tinyurl.com/76j3l - "Re: Retrans Feuds Ease Up" by Mike Farrell, Multichannel News (June 20, 2009) - scroll down to my comments (writing as texascableguy). http://tinyurl.com/yc4okto - "Cable TV Broadcast Retransmission Consent Feuds Ease Up" (Jul 4 2009). http://tinyurl.com/3sa5ao6 . - "Legislator looks to end split-market DMAs" (Thu, 16 Jul 2009). http://tinyurl.com/3wfwwhj . - "Re Kerry outlines bill to resolve TV disputes?" (Mon, 25 Oct 2010) http://tinyurl.com/3n9xzej . - "Re Kerry outlines bill to resolve TV disputes?" (Fri, 29 Oct 2010) http://tinyurl.com/42mzjba . Neal McLain
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 18:21:38 -0700 From: Sam Spade <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Early Voice Mail ("voice storage") systems Message-ID: <Ef-dnTLw3vC_033QnZ2dnUVZ_gmdnZ2d@giganews.com> Eric Tappert wrote: > On Thu, 26 May 2011 11:11:04 -0700 (PDT), Lisa or Jeff > <email@example.com> wrote: > > >>The May 1982 issue of BSTJ has a seires of articles on voice storage. >>This technology led to voice mail services. >> >>As usual, Bell Labs extensively researched the architecture, physical >>design, software, office engineering, maintenance, and reliability, >>with articles describing in detail the findings. >> >>The preface says the FCC ordered Bell to cease work on this system as >>it violated regulatory policy--it was considered a premium add-on in >>violation of "Computer II". So even though in 1982 Bell's competitors >>were providing both transmission services and customer equipment, Bell >>was forbidden to offer its own premium services. >> >>How much of this research carried forward to voice mail systems I >>don't know. But I can't but suspect that subsequent private >>developers benefited from Bell's original research and trials. >> >> >>table of contents may be found at: >>http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/bstj/vol61-1982/bstj-vol61-issue05.html > > > > Typical of the times. In fact, Western Electric was forbidden by the > FCC to manufacture the radio equipment for the first cellular service > trial in Chicago. The results created a real political storm as a > Japanese firm submitted the lowest bid for mobile equipment. > > ET > The then-AT&T suffered the wounds of their own arrows.
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 00:01:19 +0000 (UTC) From: David Lesher <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: No. 10A Remote Switching System--experience/historical track record? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> "John Levine" <email@example.com> writes: >That's how pretty much all small phone switches work now, CDOs are >remotes to a switch in a nearby town. The remote can complete calls >between lines on that remote, but everything else requires the main >switch. Nod. The only 10A I knew of seems to have been replaced by an ORM, such as at 301-283. It's remoted to a 5ESS within 150 miles. It's all in the O&M cost. As Floyd from Alaska used to point out; the more isolated the switch, the sooner it was upgraded. -- A host is a host from coast to coast.................firstname.lastname@example.org & no one will talk to a host that's close........[v].(301) 56-LINUX Unless the host (that isn't close).........................pob 1433 is busy, hung or dead....................................20915-1433
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 08:22:38 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: No. 10A Remote Switching System--experience/historical track record? Message-ID: <email@example.com> On May 27, 3:17 pm, Sam Spade <s...@coldmail.com> wrote: > I don't know what the distance limit was/is for the remote. The old > TOPS system was limited to about 50 miles; but then again, that was > before F.O. > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > There was a 50 mile limit on T-Carrier way back when, although some > systems exceeded it and still worked well: I saw one T-Carrier system > working over a ~70 mile span. I assume that the "50 miles" limit you > mention was due to T-Carrier. According to the 1977 Bell System textbook, "T1 generally has been restricted to 50 miles in metropolitan areas, partly to minimize errors, but primarily because of maintenance administration difficulties. New techniques have been developed to accomodate distances up to 150 miles. T1 carrier is being expanded into rural areas served by N carrier." Note that much of the technology introduced in the Bell System was generally expanded after experienced was gained. That is, a switch could handle additional lines and connections, or a carrier (line or radio) could handle additional channels. There was a whole series of articles in BSTJ when T1 was introduced, and followup articles through the years as it was upgraded. Likewise for other carrier systems--several articles at their introduction, then followups as improvements were made. As to concentrating functions in a single place, this had been a long time goal of the Bell System for economic efficiency. For example, one of the features of TSPS operator services was to allow one operator facility to serve a wide geographical area, a big cost savings.
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 09:39:13 -0700 (PDT) From: Abu Asmara <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Islamic Mobile Service from SalamFone Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Apr 11, 10:38 am, John Mayson <j...@mayson.us> wrote: > Interesting... > > Salamfone Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Kuwait’s Reach Telecom has launched > the first ever Shariah Compliant mobile service in the world, and it > is now offered in Malaysia. The Mobile Virtual Network Operator(MVNO) > will operate using the Maxis 2G network. > > [Moderator snip] > > Some of the services on SalamFone: > Infaq-One sen will be donated by Salamfone every time a customer calls > another Salamfone customer > Talian Hidayah dedicated Islamic helpline > Islamic Auspicious Days reminder and Bonus > Free Inspiring Religious SMS > Islamic Tunes Nasyid and Islamic RBT > Subscription Islamic Value Added Services > Reload Transfer > > More at... > (Partial URL clipped - bh) > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > I don't usually run PR notices like this (Sorry, John), but I'm making > an exception because I'm curious what the readers think about this > kind of marketing pitch. > > Bill Horne > Moderator bill it is a sales gimmik. there is no such theing as Islamic prepaid telephone. the 1 sen to Islamic charity is no problem when they are making a lot of monies since the sales price is very expansive. and you know who make the most - maxis . last year maxis make 7billion ringgit. so what is the problem sending a few winners of a gambling draw (not Islamic at all) to go to haj and umrah. abu
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 13:58:11 -0400 From: tlvp <tPlOvUpBErLeLsEs@hotmail.com> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Pre-paid SIM cards in the US Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Wed, 25 May 2011 21:00:26 -0400, John Levine <email@example.com> wrote: > ... SIMs aren't tied to phone numbers. That relationship is made at the > switch. That's why you can move an existing number to a new phone, > and change the number on an existing phone. > > R's, > John Interesting ... in Poland, at least with GSM provider Orange (aka Centertel), each starter-SIM you buy comes with phone number already assigned to it and printed right on its blisterpack and on its credit-card-sized card-holder (right alongside that SIM's PUK number, for that matter :-) ). Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP
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