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Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:24:45 -0700 From: Steven <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon strike Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On 8/14/11 1:45 PM, Free Lunch wrote: > On Sun, 14 Aug 2011 09:54:49 -0700 (PDT), Lisa or Jeff > <email@example.com> wrote in comp.dcom.telecom: > > > > Charter certainly offers internet-only. > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > Love the domain name! > > Bill Horne > Moderator Charter is the most hated company in the US. They billed me for service 10 months after their installer removed everything from my house. -- The only good spammer is a dead one!! Have you hunted one down today? (c) 2011 I Kill Spammers, Inc. A Rot in Hell Co. ***** Moderator's Note ***** I was referring to the domain name that the OP uses: "nofreelunch.us". Bill Horne Moderator
Date: 14 Aug 2011 23:56:25 -0000 From: "John Levine" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon strike Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >I got rid of Vonage as it required a PC be powered on all the time to >have continuous phone service, same as Skype (no adapter, just >software). Huh? When I had Vonage, they provided me a Cisco ATA-186 with one jack for the RJ-45 from the router and another jack with the RJ-11 to the phone. I couldn't have run it through my PC if I wanted to. R's, John
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:20:58 -0700 (PDT) From: Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Extensions to pay phones? Message-ID: <1313367658.34014.YahooMailClassic@web111717.mail.gq1.yahoo.com> "John F. Morse" <email@example.com> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org: > Coin class phones had two USOC codes: > > 1PC = one party Public Coin > > 1SP = one party Semi-Public > > There were no 2xx (two-party) coin lines, which would have, think > about it, created all kinds of problems. > > The 1PC was a phone the telephone company owned, installed in a > public place, and the phone company kept all the money it generated. > > Public meaning streets, airports, and any other place the phone > company saw a chance for revenue and had permission from the owner > to install the phone. > > The 1SP was the phone company's phone too (weren't they all?!), but > it was installed in a semi-public place. Actually a private place > that the public was permitted to visit, such as a store, barber > shop, etc. The owner of the private property had to initiate an > service order request for a 1SP line. > > In the 1960s-1970s the 1SP class carried with it a 41-cent per day > guarantee. That was because the phone was not accessible 24/7 in > most cases, and meant the proprietor had to "pay" 41 cents per day > for the phone service. It would be credited from the total income > the coin box took in during every collection cycle. > > So, that 1SP line and coin set cost the proprietor $12.30 per month, > which was comparable to a 1FR (one party flat-rate residential) line > (which he couldn't get inside a business), but cheaper than a 1FB > (one party flat-rate business) line. A semi-public telephone also had a directory listing in the name of the business. That was one reason a business would have s semi-public telephone, to have a phone that the public also partly paid for. Wes Leatherock email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:30:57 -0700 (PDT) From: Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Extensions to pay phones? Message-ID: <1313368257.51592.YahooMailClassic@web111721.mail.gq1.yahoo.com> --- On Sun, 8/14/11, Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> wrote: > Years ago businesses were very fussy about employees and guests > making personal calls on business phones and pay phones were > provided as described above for that reason. But today phone > service is so cheap it doesn't matter (a 7 cent local call fee was > significant in 1965, not so today). Indeed, many businesses (like a > law firm) offer a free phone for guests to use in their waiting > rooms. Some businesses were fussy in those days, others were not. In areas where 1FB service was common, many businesses had phones for customer use, others had no objection to allowing customers or others from using their regular business phones. With 1FB service, there is no marginal cost for customers' calls. Wes Leatherock firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com ***** Moderator's Note ***** 1FB means "Single party Flat-rate Business" Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 13:43:26 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Extensions to pay phones? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Aug 14, 8:30 pm, Wes Leatherock <wleat...@yahoo.com> wrote: > Some businesses were fussy in those days, others were not. In areas > where 1FB service was common, many businesses had phones for customer > use, others had no objection to allowing customers or others from > using their regular business phones. > 1FB means "Single party Flat-rate Business" I can understand that if a business didn't have to pay a message unit charge for a call, then it wouldn't mind as much people using the phone. How common was it to offer flat rate to business subscribers? I can't help but suspect the majority of business subscribers (those within cities and larger towns) had message rate service. The other issue regarding customers or employees using a business phones was that it tied up a line (and perhaps) an extension which may have blocked an incoming business call. Further, if one person does it, then everyone expects to do it, causing problems. In some businesses, employees were expected to take any incoming calls over the pay phone so as to keep the business lines clear. Now, obviously a customer who might be buying a new automobile is worth more goodwill than a kid buying a candy bar. Places like candy stores and drugstores often had pay phones. Indeed, going very far back, the phone served as a neighborhood line, and kids hanging out earned a tip passing a message to a neighbor.
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 07:45:37 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: BART cuts off subway cell phone service Message-ID: <email@example.com> >From MSNBC: SAN FRANCISCO . Bay Area Rapid Transit district officials said they were attempting Sunday to shut down a hacker's group website that lists the names of thousands of San Francisco Bay area residents who are email subscribers of a legitimate BART website. ... Besides the names of the subscribers, the group, known as Anonymous, also posted the names, street addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. ... The posting comes in response to BART officials on Thursday cutting off underground cellphone service for a few hours at several stations to thwart a planned protest over the recent fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man by police. BART spokesman Jim Allison has said that the cell phone disruptions were legal as the agency owns the property and infrastructure. full article at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44139412/ns/technology_and_science-security/ IMHO, since BART owns the cell phone infrastructure on its subway, it has the right to suspend cell phone service. The use of cell phone technology by mobs to coordinate attacks has created disturbances in London and Philadelphia where property has been damaged and people injured.
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:31:30 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Platt) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon strike Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >***** Moderator's Note ***** > >If I wanted to use my DSL line for phone service, what brand(s) of >phone could I get that I could plug in to an Ethernet port? What do >the phones cost, and how do I get service for them? Grandstream, Aastra, Polycom, Gigaset, and quite a few other companies which make VoIP phones... most have two Ethernet ports and a built-in switch, and most speak SIP. Cisco makes VoIP phones as well, but many of these come preconfigured to use Cisco's own VoIP protocol rather than SIP. Various Aastra models seem to be selling for between $65 and $200, depending on features. Prices vary a lot depending on brand, model, and where you buy from. If you are willing to buy used kit, you can often find real deals. I've bought several SIP phones and analog-telephone adapters through electronics recyclers and at a local electronics flea-market, and I don't think I spent more than $15 on the most expensive one. To get full service for these phones, you'd deal with a telephony provider who will handle both VoIP origination, and can terminate a DID phone number and route the call to you via SIP. There are many such providers... some cheap and some expensive, some fly-by-night and some with long histories of stability. Plans range anywhere from flat rate "all you can use" (up to a large limit per month) for a flat rate, down to pay-as-you-go-by-the-minute. Ask around for recommendations from existing VoIP customers. It's possible to have an existing DID number "ported" over to a VoIP provider, just as you can port them to alternative analog dialtone providers or to cellphone providers. The FCC has made it clear that VoIP providers are bound by the same rules w.r.t porting of existing numbers. You can quite easily "buy" DIDs in two or more cities (or overseas) and have the calls terminated to your same SIP phone or adapter or gateway/proxy. This can be very handy if you travel a lot or do work in several cities... you can have a local number in many places at not much expense. For what it's worth - I recently ported my wife's low-usage business line over from analog (about $15/month) to VoIP, with the existing number being terminated by Vitelity. Cost per month is under $2 for the DID, plus about a penny and a half per minute for calls (inbound or outbound). I've got another line with no DID, but outbound servide through Future Nine... about a penny a minute. Oddly, it's cheaper by a hair to call landlines in London, than landlines here in the U.S. Both of these use our existing home DSL service, so there's no incremental data cost. A word of caution... VoIP running on consumer-grade DSL will probably not provide call service that's entirely as reliable and glitch-free as standard switched-circuit "analog" from your telco, because very little of the TCP/IP backbone that the calls traverse will carry any sort of quality-of-service guarantee. Occasional stutters in the voice are to be expected (but I don't find them as common or severe as the artifacts present in most cellphone calls.) I do recommend keeping at least one analog land-line with a phone that requires no separate electrical power to operate... it's good to have a plain and simple fallback in an emergency (natural disaster, network outage, etc.). -- Dave Platt <email@example.com> AE6EO Friends of Jade Warrior home page: http://www.radagast.org/jade-warrior I do not wish to receive unsolicited commercial email, and I will boycott any company which has the gall to send me such ads!
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 06:33:12 -0500 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Bonomi) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon strike Message-ID: <1badneCXqMVlntTTnZ2dnUVZ_gKdnZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> wrote: >On Aug 11, 5:13 pm, Steve Stone <spfl...@citlink.net> wrote: > >> The company I work for is telling employees who work from home offices >> that they should keep their total cost for a work voice telephone line >> under $40 per month. The preferred solution is a company VoIP system >> which does not require POTS. This supports the thought that Verizon >> and other wireline telcos might be losing business to alternate lower >> cost providers. > >How would the workers get a VOIP line? I thought one had to have >either DSL (on top of a landline), or, digital cable on top of cable >TV service. > >Can one get a data line _by itself_ without anything else attached to >it--and one that would be cheaper than a landline? > In most areas you can get a 'naked' (no dial tone) DSL circuit. The cost of such a circuit is -- almost always -- higher than the cost of DSL when it is bundled with an existing voice circuit. This is -not- surprising, if you think about it. The telco has 'costs' (maintenance, etc.) associated with the physical circuit that are included with the first service provisioned on the pair. any additional service that 'piggy-backs' on the the same pair does not have to include those costs, since they're already paid for. There is also a 'nuisance' factor associated with a naked DSL pair. Unlike a pair with 'dial tone', a field tech cannot tell that whether pair is 'in use' (meaning 'active', not 'off hook') by simply hooking a butt-set onto the pair, and 'listening' for voice, or dial-tone. There have been lots of 'naked' DSL circuit outages because a field tech unwittingly 'stole' an active pair to fix another problem.
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 17:35:46 -0400 From: "Geoffrey Welsh" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon strike Message-ID: <1d16c$4e49911f$d1b712bc$1299@PRIMUS.CA> Robert Bonomi wrote: > In most areas you can get a 'naked' (no dial tone) DSL circuit. I usually see it labeled as a "dry line" (i.e., no battery.) > The cost of such a circuit is -- almost always -- higher than the > cost of DSL when it is bundled with an existing voice circuit. In Bell Canada territory, the cost depends on your area, and varies from $7.25 per month to $25.10 per month. Obviously, the low end is a fraction of what the most basic POTS service costs, but by the time you add the DSL service, dry line fee, and VoIP service you're saving little if anything. However, VoIP may an economical option for a second phone line, which may be very desirable if you work from home. VoIP service also usually includes features that cost extra to add to POTS service. It may also permit you to connect to your company's phone service so that your direct number or extension rings wherever you want it... but that's another story.
Date: 14 Aug 2011 23:59:13 -0000 From: "John Levine" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon strike Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On 14 Aug 2011 20:07:32 -0000, John Levine wrote: >In the past ILECs were supposed to sell bare DSL but I gather that >since the FCC no longer enforces the rules, you can order it but you >can't get it, or if you can, it's more expensive than voice+DSL. ... and Telecom Digest Moderator responded: >Do you mean that the rules are no longer in effect, that the FCC is no >longer responsible for enforcing the rules, or that the FCC chooses >not to? Some combination of the first and the third. xR's, John
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