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The Telecom Digest for December 4, 2011
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Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2011 19:19:47 +0000 (UTC) From: email@example.com (Garrett Wollman) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Update on at&t/T-mobile merger Message-ID: <email@example.com> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, HAncock4 <email@example.com> wrote: >I understand separating out local service from long distance, thus the >creation of the Baby Bells. But why didn't they merely make a "Local >service" company instead of several of them? Because they thought, rather fancifully, that the RBOCs would eventually expand into each other's territories and compete. >Why did they later allow them to merge back together? Different group of economists, or at least they figured out that competition was not likely to take place. -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft firstname.lastname@example.org| repeated, than the story of a large research program Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2011 10:21:03 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Comcast sells wireless to Verizon Message-ID: <email@example.com> The Phila Inqr reported that Comcast Corp. and other cable companies have agreed to sell cable-owned wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion. . . . The agreement also calls for the cable companies and Verizon Wireless - a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone - to sell each other's offerings. They also have formed a joint technology venture to integrate wirelike and wireless services. [Comcast and Verizon compete on TV signal delivery with cable and FIOS]. For full article please see: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20111202_Verizon_Wireless_buying_wireless_unit_from_Comcast_group.html
Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2011 18:55:08 -0600 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Bonomi) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Update on at&t/T-mobile merger Message-ID: <MomdnWGbF61xWUfTnZ2dnUVZ_rSdnZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, HAncock4 <email@example.com> wrote: >On Nov 28, 5:41 pm, John David Galt <j...@diogenes.sacramento.ca.us> >wrote: > >> It was the other way around. Long distance subsidized local >> service. It was set up that way deliberately, partly because the FCC >> wanted universal service. Pre-divestiture, some long distance calls >> within California were over $3/min, while measured service >> (non-Lifeline) could be had for under $4/month. > >$3/minute for an instate call? Demonstrating merely that you don't know what you don't know. Illinois had in-state rates that approached that in some cases. And the cost for an instate one-minute long-distance 'station-to-station' could easily exceed that figure. > Sounds awfully high. Admittedly, >California is a big state, but back then (1970s) AT&T charged $2.00 >for 3 minutes for a coast-to-coast call, and less for shorter >distances (down to 5c a minute). "Irrelevant and Immaterial" It was something like FIVE times as expensive to place a call from Chicago to Rock Island, Illinois as it was to call Davenport, Iowa, across the river from Rock Island. It was cheaper to call Los Angeles from Chicago, than it was to call Springfield. Or even Urbana. MUCH cheaper. (Latter part of the 1970s, Chicago to L.A. was 10c/minute after the first 3 minutes; Calling from one edge of the Chicago LATA to the far edge could be over 30c/min. I don't have figures handy for any INTER-lata/IN-state calls.)
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2011 22:58:59 +0000 From: Stephen <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Pending legislation would allow robot calls to cell phones Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:14:51 -0500, Pete Cresswell <email@example.com> wrote: >Per HAncock4: >> This bill apparently will allow sales calls to go to cell phones. >> As a low use cell phone user who still pays a la carte usage >> charges, I am naturally very upset at this proposal. > >+1 - and, in spite of the obvious negative effects on a small >business operator who gets calls from customers, I am coming >around to the view expressed by others that "Caller Pays" would >solve the telemarketing problem. Unfortunately UK has always been "caller pays" - and we still get voice spam to mobiles.... at 6p / minute for cheap retail consumer calls (10 US cents) less bulk discounts, the call costs are not going to make much difference to a call centre costs per agent. -- Regards firstname.lastname@example.org - replace xyz with ntl
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