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The Telecom Digest for October 4, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 250 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Verizon moves to oppose net neutrality (Bill Horne)
Cell phone privacy cases slated for U.S. Supreme Court's new term (Bill Horne)
CenturyLink-Qwest Merger Moving Forward (Bill Horne)
iPhone users have to wait a few microseconds (Bill Horne)
Nine facts about SIP (Bill Horne)

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Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:31:05 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon moves to oppose net neutrality Message-ID: <CABn0hYztG-xJpCFboKhAwMuqTCe64xTWRkg2KLG7eNoBK8kxUA@mail.gmail.com> I came across this at a site called http://www.telecomramblings.com/ Verizon Steps to the Plate, Challenges Net Neutrality October 3rd, 2011 by Rob Powell In this fall's least surprising lawsuit, Verizon on Friday fired off its best shot at the US Court of Appeals. They contend that the FCC overstepped its authority in setting up such rules, and basically suggest that the FCC should just butt out of everything related to the internet. You can't blame them for taking a big swing though, otherwise this one would be too easy to justify the cost of the legal team they've put together. And this is Verizon's responsibility right now, as its fellow telecom titan AT&T is too busy arguing over the T-Mobile deal to go toe to toe with Genachowski on another front. Rest at: http://www.telecomramblings.com/2011/10/verizon-steps-to-the-plate-challenges-net-neutrality/#more-13161 Bill Horne (Filter QRM for direct replies)
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 19:51:53 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Cell phone privacy cases slated for U.S. Supreme Court's new term Message-ID: <CABn0hYwyN4Nf7ayt7gnfeG1v_exqrUZ1=WbX_CxW+RDqRQyk=A@mail.gmail.com> This is also from CNET: Privacy cases slated for U.S. Supreme Court's new term By: Declan McCullagh When police in the District of Columbia decided to use an automobile GPS bug to surreptitiously track the movements of Antoine Jones, a suspected cocaine dealer, they set in motion a legal challenge that will end before the U.S. Supreme Court. The court's fall term, which begins today, includes a review of Jones' attempt to overturn his conviction. His attorneys argue that such precise turn-by-turn tracking requires a search warrant signed by a judge--a step that D.C. police chose not to take. Ref: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20115044-281/privacy-cases-slated-for-u.s-supreme-courts-new-term/?tag=cnetRiver Bill Horne (Filter QRM for direct replies)
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:09:22 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: CenturyLink-Qwest Merger Moving Forward Message-ID: <CABn0hYwWqftOzQs7sgBFS0LnUOsv9MJHvWstWi3D5YLMpukS8g@mail.gmail.com> CenturyLink-Qwest Merger Moving Forward This is from the "Telecom News" section of a website called "lowt1rates" The pending $22.4 billion CenturyLink Inc.- Qwest Communications International Inc. merger is on its way to being a foregone conclusion. 9 States Down, 12 to Go. This week, the two companies said they've received approvals from nine states and the District of Columbia, as well as antitrust clearance from the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission. So far, regulators in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Ohio and West Virginia all have given CenturyLink and Qwest their blessing, with no conditions. "Obtaining these state approvals not only signifies that we have met the requirements in these states, it also demonstrates that the commissions recognize this transaction is very much in the public interest," Glen F. Post III, CenturyLink's president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. Ref: http://www.lowt1rates.com/telecomnews/article.php/CenturyLink-Qwest-Merger Bill Horne (Filter QRM for direct replies)
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 19:46:30 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: iPhone users have to wait a few microseconds Message-ID: <CABn0hYz-s82VB0gvtw94kxnTfW=PeQap8T065VOqNdENFfUKTA@mail.gmail.com> This is from CNET: Police in San Francisco won't be able to provide sneak peeks of any upcoming Apple iPhone. Investigators from the San Francisco Police Department had expressed interest in reviewing surveillance video taken in a bar where an Apple employee lost an unreleased iPhone in July. On the eve of an Apple press conference where the iPhone 5 is expected to make its debut, CNET has learned the surveillance video that may have shed some light about the handset--how it was lost and who possessed it--has been unintentionally erased. Now, as much as I love to be a free advertising vehicle for Apple, I've got to ask: am I the only one who thinks this is a little /too/ brazen? Ref: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20115037-37/lost-iphone-surveillance-video-has-been-erased/?tag=cnetRiver Bill Horne (Filter QRM for direct replies)
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:21:45 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Nine facts about SIP Message-ID: <CABn0hYzP+XpJ8n-xFOzvTD3NWq8xDr9eRcrwFBY8sBTLedZRDg@mail.gmail.com> I came across this at - http://www.carrierbid.com/9-facts-about-sip/ Nine Facts about SIP By John SIP Trunks aren't trunks. There is no physical circuit, just a voice path routed over a carrier's IP network using VoIP technology. SIP trunks can be used for more than just voice communication. SIP can be used for video, presence, instant messaging and audio over IP broadcasting. SIP enables a single network for an organization's local, long distance toll free and data transmission, allows for centralized management of all those services and provides operational efficiency with centralized designs and pooled trunks. SIP allows for greater competition in the market place because the service bypasses the public switched telephone network owned by the incumbents. SIP provides a single off net rate for domestic long distance eliminating intrastate and interstate distinctions. SIP creates an issue with 911 because the "trunk" is not static and it could appear that call is originated at a different location than the caller's. SIP does not eliminate taxes and surcharges like the Universal Service Fund. SIP allows an organization to purchase only the call paths they require; they aren't forced to purchase trunks in increments of 23 and 24. SIP provides greater phone number flexibility because area codes and prefixes aren't determined by geographical location. I'm curious if others agree with "John". Bill Horne (Filter QRM for direct replies)
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