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+ - Least-cost routing threatens rural phone call completion->

Submitted by kybred
kybred (795293) writes "Rural landline users are increasingly having problems with incoming calls not completing or being dropped. The culprit may be the bargain long distance carriers penchant for 'least cost routing' combined with the conversion of the Universal Service Fund to the Connect America Fund.
From the Fine Article:

"Rural phone companies are the victim here,” Steve Head says. “They charge a higher rate to terminate calls as it costs more for them. Shoreham Tel gets beat up because everyone calls them and says something is wrong with your system, but it’s not. We’ve been through all of their lines and equipment and there is nothing wrong with it; it’s the least-cost routing carriers."

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+ - FCC approves broadcasts that may jam GPS->

Submitted by kybred
kybred (795293) writes "GPS World reports that on January 26, the FCC waived its own rules and granted permission for Lightsquared to broadcast in the GPS L1 Band from powerful terrestrial transmitters. Prior to the decision, representatives of the U.S. GPS Industry Council and prominent GPS manufacturers presented a report showing consumer GPS device began to be jammed at a power level representing a distance of 3.6 miles (5.8 kilometers) from the simulated LightSquared
transmitter."

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+ - Continuing Problems with Dallas Emergency Dispatch

Submitted by kybred
kybred (795293) writes "The new emergency dispatch system in Dallas, Texas has not been getting very good reviews.

From downtime due to operator error

Friday's problems began about 7:30 a.m. when the dispatch system went down. While the system was offline, 911 operators wrote information on cards. Runners took those cards to police and fire dispatchers, who then sent out emergency workers. The system came back online shortly after 10 a.m.

To today's problems with a virus that has been found in the system.

The latest update says that it is still down."

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