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The Telecom Digest for June 12, 2011
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Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:11:56 -0500 From: John Mayson <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Unsecured Call Warnings In iOS 5 Message-ID: <BANLkTimwf+YvDFfMv7ZTXs72mS_2ipeoMg@mail.gmail.com> "If you're on a call on a GSM iPhone (AT&T, not Verizon) and there's a risk of someone tapping your call, you'll see the "Unsecured Call" message pictured at right." http://www.businessinsider.com/ios-5-unsecured-call-notification-2011-6 How much of a problem is this? And are CDMA phone immune?
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 01:59:20 -0700 From: Sam Spade <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Cable rates are rising, but don't blame your provider - entirely Message-ID: <Z7idnUf_cND1s27QnZ2dnUVZ_qydnZ2d@giganews.com> Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: .. > > Just tell Mayor Menino that he's a pretentious blow-hard, and organize a > boycott of Comcast: they'll get the message. Better yet, turn it off, > get a library card, and read a book. That isn't going to happen. Perhaps going to Dish or Direct is the answer. ***** Moderator's Note ***** If it doesn't happen for others, they get to bear the consequences. You have your own choice. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 04:28:53 -0500 From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Cable rates are rising, but don't blame your provider - entirely. Message-ID: <4DF33555.email@example.com> In Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org Monty Solomon <email@example.com quoted Boston.com: > Cable rates are rising, but don't blame your provider - > entirely > By Johnny Diaz > Globe Staff / June 5, 2011 > > Cable subscribers in Boston are fuming about rising > bills, and many blame what they see as Comcast Corp.'s > virtual monopoly in the city.... > > For most subscribers, the biggest driver of these rising > cable bills is the increased cost of programming - the > result, ironically, of competition with satellite > companies, Internet TV, movie rental providers, and > Verizon Corp.'s FiOS network, analysts said. As these > services bid for programming, sports, entertainment, and > local channels demand - and receive - higher fees from > cable companies, which ultimately get passed on to > consumers. Surprise! Same point I've been trying to make for years: - At the retail level, competition acts to lower prices because the customer -- the subscriber -- only needs one supplier. - At the wholesale level, competition acts to increase prices because all retailers have to buy the same products from the same monopoly suppliers. And a monopoly it is, created and protected by the federal government. As I noted in thread "Kerry outlines bill to resolve TV disputes [telecom]" (Oct 26 2010, 12:00 am) http://tinyurl.com/3y4xyfl: > - A broadcast licensee can elect must-carry or > retransmission-consent with respect to any MVPD that > distributes its signal within its home DMA. > > - A broadcast licensee has exclusive market protection > within its DMA. > > - A broadcast licensee (or its parent company) is > permitted to bundle broadcast programming with non- > broadcast programming. > > - Every MVPD must deal with the licensee serving the DMA > in which said MVPD distributes the licensee's signal. > > - If a MVPD cannot reach a retransmission-consent > agreement with a given licensee, it is prohibited from > carrying same-network programming from any other > broadcast station. In any other business, an arrangement like this would be called a monopoly. But in the upside-down world of broadcast television, it's called "consumer protection." If Senator Kerry really wants to do something about cable prices, he should introduce a bill to repeal the grotesquely-misnamed "Cable Television Protection and Competition Act of 1992." Our moderator commented: > Comcrap is the most arrogant, intractable, intransigent, > and incompetent telephone service provider in the world: > I know, because I had the misfortune of paying them for > telephone service years ago. > > Having said that, I'll also say that cable TV viewers who > don't cancel overpriced or substandard television > offerings get little sympathy from me: it's an > entertainment service, not a food or fuel monopoly, so > nobody is forced to put up with prices they find > inconvenient. If cable TV offerings are "substandard," what do you define as "standard"? > Just tell Mayor Menino that he's a pretentious blow-hard, > and organize a boycott of Comcast: they'll get the > message. Better yet, turn it off, get a library card, and > read a book. If Menino wants to accomplish something, instead of blaming Comcast for ever-rising prices, he should join Comcast in its retransmission-consent battles with programmers. And he should certainly join the efforts of the senior senator from his state to address the issue. Neal McLain
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