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In And Out Through The Backdoor
Topic: Telecom Industry 7:47 pm EST, Feb  4, 2010

Steve Bellovin et al:

Architecture matters a lot, and in subtle ways.


Internet protocols are complicated and sometimes they fail in subtle ways that defy naive assumptions.

Tom Cross:

These are harder problems that require more thought.

Thomas Powers:

Is more what we really need?

Tom Cross:

We need to balance privacy interests with the state's interest in monitoring suspected criminals.

Bruce Schneier:

Will not wearing a life recorder be used as evidence that someone is up to no good?

Noam Cohen's friend:

Privacy is serious. It is serious the moment the data gets collected, not the moment it is released.

Andy Greenberg:

And once data has been collected using the lawful intercept, it can be sent to any destination, not merely to an authorized user.

Jean-Luc Godard:

It's not where you take things from -- it's where you take them to.

Straw Man:

It's gonna be cool. Give me money. No consequences, no whammies, money.

Tom Cross:

It's not just the router vendor and the [Internet service provider] who have an interest in how this interface is built.

We all do.

Viktor Chernomyrdin:

We wanted the best, but it turned out as always.

Tom Cross:

The situation is fairly bleak.


The ship has already sailed on the question of whether or not it's reasonable for the government to collect evidence about everyone all the time so that it can be used against them in court if someone accuses them of a crime or civil tort. This is just another brick in the wall.


What you tell Google you've told the government.

Andy Greenberg:

The exploitation of lawful intercept is more than theoretical.


Several rumors from Google sources [allege] that China accessed Google's US Government [lawful] intercept system, which provides Gmail subjects/dates.

A.C. Grayling:

The Chinese government tried to hide the incident. It failed to; think how often it succeeds.

In And Out Through The Backdoor

One-Third Of Web Video Watchers May Cancel Cable
Topic: Telecom Industry 1:05 pm EDT, Jun 14, 2009

Dan Frommer:

A Bernstein survey says 35% of Web video watchers might dump their cable TV provider in favor of online video within 5 years. That's not too alarming by itself, says Bernstein's Jeff Lindsay -- that's in line with the amount of people who typically say they'd cut the cord because of price.

More interesting: Web video watchers don't want to dump cable because it's too expensive. Instead, mostly because of content.

Paul Kedrosky:

There have been a number of articles lately about people cutting costs by cancelling/cutting cable TV service.

Christopher Lawton:

The cable-cutting trend isn't just being driven by pinched personal budgets.


All of this 'chaos' in the economy is really the result of a transition to an information-based economy.

John Gapper, for FT, in 2007:

Microsoft is trying to differentiate itself from Google by portraying itself as more sympathetic to copyright holders than Google.

Decius, from 2007:

Ultimately, content is not king, and filters are not king. Bandwidth, and the money that funds it, is king. There will be as many social frameworks as there are societies. There will be many content producers, a small number of which will make money. But the market will only sustain a few free video hosting systems. It's not about production cost or end user value. It's about marginal cost. You can copy a floppy but you can't copy a server.

One-Third Of Web Video Watchers May Cancel Cable

Sabotage attacks knock out phone service
Topic: Telecom Industry 2:05 pm EDT, Apr 11, 2009

An assortment of aggrieved AT&T subscribers:

"I couldn't use my home phone, I couldn't use my cell phone, I couldn't use my computer. I was miserable."

"I worry about people that don't have a car," Lijon said.

"We literally feel like were on an island right now," Nguyen said. "It's bringing us back to the Stone Age."

From the archive:

To be sure, time marches on.

Yet for many Californians, the looming demise of the "time lady," as she's come to be known, marks the end of a more genteel era, when we all had time to share.

Zak Ryman:

I think a lot of people don't have time to Twitter.

It just takes too long to compose a message with 140 characters, and then you start getting bombarded by a few tweets and it's like, hundreds of characters that you have to read.

Samantha Power:

There are great benefits to connectedness, but we haven't wrapped our minds around the costs.

Neal Stephenson:

Hey, wait a minute, the hacker tourist says to himself, I thought AT&T was the enemy.

Sabotage attacks knock out phone service

AT&T saying good-bye to its last pay phones
Topic: Telecom Industry 11:04 pm EST, Dec  4, 2007

First it was time of day. Now this. Are land lines the next to go? Or maybe paper phone books.

After years of seeing its public pay-phone business migrate to cell phones, AT&T Inc. said Monday that it will phase out its pay phones in Illinois and 12 other states by the end of 2008.

While AT&T's decision doesn't mean the end of the pay phone -- independent firms still will offer the service -- public phones will become even more difficult to find.

AT&T saying good-bye to its last pay phones

YouTube - Stephen Colbert explains the whole AT&T thing!
Topic: Telecom Industry 7:07 pm EST, Jan 23, 2007

AT&T just bought Cingular? Cingular was already owned by AT&T? Bellsouth owns who?! Let Stephen Colbert help you figure this out!


YouTube - Stephen Colbert explains the whole AT&T thing!

Alcatel and Lucent Agree to Merge in $13.4 Billion Deal
Topic: Telecom Industry 6:27 pm EDT, Apr  2, 2006

Alcatel of France and Lucent Technologies said today that they had reached agreement on a $13.4 billion merger that would create a French-American maker of telecommunications equipment with revenue of $25 billion, 88,000 employees and phone company customers across the world.

Well, at least the downward spiral for these executives includes a few years in the city of lights, even if:

It is stultifying and dull and leads to a nation that dresses less like Catherine Deneuve in "Belle de Jour" and more like timid, provincial town hall employees.

Have you seen the film? In "The Great Movies", Ebert writes:

The most famous single scene--one those who have seen it refer to again and again--involves something we do not see and do not even understand. A client has a small lacquered box. He opens it and shows its contents to one of the other girls, and then to Severine. We never learn what is in the box. A soft buzzing noise comes from it. The first girl refuses to do whatever the client has in mind. So does Severine, but the movie cuts in an enigmatic way, and a later scene leaves the possibility that something happened.

What's in the box? The literal truth doesn't matter. The symbolic truth, which is all Bunuel cares about, is that it contains something of great importance to the client.

Remember the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?

Read the full text of Ebert's review.

Getting back to the deal, I imagine a significant fraction of the job losses will be on the American side. Lucent's executives may want to refer to Four Ways to Fire a Frenchman. And watch out for the protestors.

This I didn't know:

The French love three-letter abbreviations.

You'll have to click through for the explanation.

Alcatel and Lucent Agree to Merge in $13.4 Billion Deal

House Panel To Nix 'Network Neutrality' Safeguards
Topic: Telecom Industry 8:36 pm EST, Feb 23, 2006

If you followed the threads, Who really gets hurt by 'prioritization' of the Internet, and Postage Is Due for Companies Sending E-Mail, you may want to see this follow-up.

In a major blow to Internet firms such as and Google, the House Energy and Commerce Committee expects to scrap plans for "network neutrality" safeguards in forthcoming telecommunications legislation, congressional and industry sources said. Instead, the panel would move a streamlined video franchising bill sought by AT&T and Verizon Communications, which are deploying video services that will compete with cable companies.

House Panel To Nix 'Network Neutrality' Safeguards

The New Battleground: MegaLec and IMS vs Google
Topic: Telecom Industry 12:03 am EST, Jan 11, 2006

The November - December 2005 issue of the Cook Report looks at different forms of Broadband. It describes the regulatory-political victory of the Duopoly in the United States. It examines IMS and a carrier control mechanism and then outlines Duopoly’s coming and likely IMS oriented struggle with the Application Service Providers (Google, eBay, Yahoo, Amazon) for control of digital networks.

Here's an idea: Search IS social networking IS Search. Google is a SNS. Not Orkut -- the Google Google. Discuss.

The New Battleground: MegaLec and IMS vs Google

SBC to Buy AT&T for $16 Billion
Topic: Telecom Industry 6:41 pm EST, Jan 30, 2005

And so the deal is done. Who's next?

Local phone giant SBC Communications Inc. has agreed to acquire AT&T Corp. for roughly $16 billion in cash and stock.

The deal has been struck, and boards of both companies were planning votes Sunday afternoon.

SBC to Buy AT&T for $16 Billion

SBC Said to Be in Talks to Buy AT&T
Topic: Telecom Industry 1:02 am EST, Jan 27, 2005

SBC is in talks to buy AT&T for more than $16 billion.

A deal, if reached, would be the final chapter in the 120-year history of AT&T, the first technological giant of the modern age and the original model for telecommunications companies worldwide. A deal would be a reunion of sorts, putting back together some of the largest pieces of the Ma Bell telephone monopoly, which was broken up in 1984.

SBC Said to Be in Talks to Buy AT&T

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