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  • FTC: T-Mobile Customers Hit With 'Bogus' Charges

    07/01/2014 3:14:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | July 1, 2014 | Matthew Rocco
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday filed a complaint alleging that T-Mobile US failed to remove unauthorized charges on its customers’ phone bills. The charges stem from text-message scams that send content like celebrity gossip to mobile devices. According to the complaint, T-Mobile received 35% to 40% of the total amount charged to users for the subscription, which costs $9.99 a month. T-Mobile continued to bill customers for those services years after becoming aware of the fraudulent charges, the FTC said. The nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier received a high number of consumer complaints as early as 2012. In a...
  • U.S. pushing local cops to stay mum on cellular surveillance

    06/13/2014 6:06:30 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    U.S. pushing local cops to stay mum on cellular surveillance Thu, 06/12/2014 Sun-Times wires WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment. Federal...
  • From Mustang to colonies on moon: Predictions that 64 World's Fair got right & what it got wrong

    06/11/2014 6:42:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2014 | Staff
    The New York World's Fair of 1964 introduced 51 million visitors to a range of technological innovations and predictions during its run. Fifty years later, some of those ideas have turned out to be commonplace in our world, such as video phone calls and asking computers for information. But some of them - colonies on the moon and jet packs as a mode of everyday transportation - remain firmly on the drawing board. WHAT THEY HAD WRONG Colonies on the moon, underwater and in Antarctica The Futurama 2 ride at the fair was sponsored by General Motors and presented a...
  • Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance

    06/06/2014 12:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | June 5, 2014 | Juliette Garside
    Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond. The company has broken its silence on government surveillance in order to push back against the increasingly widespread use of phone and broadband networks to spy on citizens, and will publish its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report on Friday. At 40,000 words, it is the most comprehensive survey yet of how governments monitor...
  • Straight Talk introduces cheap home phone service

    10/19/2012 5:17:23 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 23 replies
    Clark Howard Show ^ | 9-21-12 | Clark Howard
    Still stuck paying $35 or more for a home phone that you can't or don't want to give up? I have a new option that could lower your cost for the same service to $15 a month! Verizon and Straight Talk are teaming up to introduce Home Phone Connect, which promises unlimited local and long distance calling, voicemail, caller ID, three-way calling and more, all with no contract! This home phone service does not require an Internet connection. You basically purchase a $99 wireless base station that you put wherever you happen to get a good signal in your home....
  • Anti-Jihad Ads Considered Constitutional

    10/01/2012 2:02:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 67 replies
    COLLEGIAN.csufresno.edu - Top Opinion Story ^ | September 24, 2012 | Liana Whitehead
    SNIPPET: "New York City is the center of a public uproar as Internet blogger Pamela Gellar rises with an “anti-jihad” ad campaign." SNIPPET: "Gellar and her group are protesting the Jihad, which in definition is the religious duty of Muslims. According to the Dictionary of Islam, jihad is defined as “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad . . . enjoined especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims.” The literal meaning of jihad, according to the British Broadcasting Network, “is struggle or effort, and it means much more than...
  • 10 Fascinating Facts about Phone Numbers

    07/20/2011 6:44:18 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 120 replies
    Mashable (tip o'the hat NRO's The Corner) ^ | 07/05/2011 (approximately) | Amy-Mae Elliott
    You probably dial a few of them every day, but do you ever stop and think about the history behind a phone number? When were the first numbers introduced? How did you end up with a particular area code? We’ve got the answers to these quandaries and more in our collection of 10 fascinating facts that you might not know about the common phone number.
  • US citizen extradited on Hezbollah charges (dual US-Lebanese, Moussa Ali Hamdan)

    02/25/2011 2:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/25/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – A dual US-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon's Hezbollah militant force, US officials said Friday. Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing "material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization," the federal prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania said in a statement. Hamdan was arrested by Paraguayan authorities June 15 on suspicion of supporting terrorism and was subsequently handed over to US custody. He is accused in the United States on 28 counts including conspiring to supply Hezbollah with proceeds...
  • The app that can read your mind: iPhone brainwave detector arrives

    01/14/2011 7:51:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 14, 2011 | Matt Blake
    It's a device that would be more at home on the set of a Star Wars movie than the streets of Britain. But an iPhone application has been developed that can read minds. The XWave allows users to control on-screen objects with their minds as well as train their brains to control attention spans and relaxation levels. The device - that could confuse Luke Skywalker himself - is the latest in the field of emerging mind-controlled games and devices and works via a headset strapped around the user's forehead, plugging into the iPhone jack. A state-of-the-art sensor within the device...
  • State Patrol: No grace period, no excuses on cell phones

    05/14/2010 1:06:15 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies · 810+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 05/14/10 | SCOTT SUNDE
    The Washington State Patrol warned Friday that drivers who text or talk on a hand-held cell phone should expect a ticket on June 10. No excuses accepted. Tickets will be handed out. And if you are convicted, expect a $124 fine. The State Patrol often has a grace period when a new law takes effect, but not with this one.
  • Glenn Beck and the Fox Puppets Want to Repeal the 20th Century

    02/22/2010 12:15:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies · 1,624+ views
    Newsweek ^ | February 22, 2010 | Jonathan Alter
    Glenn Beck has now supplanted Rush Limbaugh as the most influential broadcaster in America. He's the one the tea-party movement looks to. Beck wowed the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) crowd Feb 20 with his attack on progressivism, which he said must be "eradicated." "Progressivism is the cancer in America and it's eating our Constitution," Beck told the crowd. Now that Beck has given his marching orders, expect to hear all the Fox Puppets echoing him. The goal is to discredit "progressivism" as they did "liberalism." Beck fancies himself a historian; his patter is full of historical references that seem...
  • Senate toughens Wash. cell phone driving law (Washington State; to be a primary offense)

    02/05/2010 4:00:00 PM PST · by Stoat · 31 replies · 614+ views
    KOMO - news / AP ^ | February 5, 2010 | RACHEL LA CORTE
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Senate has taken action against distracted drivers, passing a measure Friday that makes it easier for police to ticket people who are driving while either texting or talking on a cell phone without a headset. On a 33-15 vote Friday, the Senate passed a bill that makes it a primary offense to be caught holding a cell phone to your ear while driving, or to be reading, writing or sending text messages. That strengthens the state's current secondary offense law, which only slaps drivers with an extra fine if they are pulled over...
  • Obama telephones thanks to 10 US service members

    11/26/2009 10:03:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies · 1,129+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - On his first Thanksgiving in the White House, President Barack Obama has telephoned 10 U.S. servicemen and women stationed in war zones to thank them for their service. The White House says Obama called two service members each in the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Marines and the Coast Guard. The service members are stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Arabian Gulf.
  • Mumbai Terror Carnage: Now Breakthrough from Italy as well

    11/22/2009 1:44:54 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 589+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org ^ | November 22, 2009 | By Animesh Roul
    SNIPPET: “In about less than a week, India will mark the first anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks. After the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Chicago breakthrough, now Italy has achieved some headway in the investigations relating to last year’s terror events(26/11). The Italian police have arrested, after almost a year long monitoring and surveillance, two Pakistani nationals (Father and Son duo) from Brescia city who are accused of sending funds from their money transfer agency and providing the logistical support to Pakistani terrorists. The suspects Mohammad Yaqub Janjua and Aamer Yaqub Janjua, owners of the Madina Trading telephone...
  • Cutting the cord - America loses its landlines

    08/17/2009 1:21:30 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 33 replies · 1,723+ views
    The Economist (U.K.) ^ | August 13, 2009
    Ever greater numbers of Americans are disconnecting their home telephones, with momentous consequences MUCH has been made of the precipitous decline of America’s newspapers. According to one much-cited calculation, the country’s last printed newspaper will land on a doorstep sometime in the first quarter of 2043. That is a positively healthy outlook, however, compared with another staple of American life: the home telephone. Telecoms operators are seeing customers abandon landlines at a rate of 700,000 per month. Some analysts now estimate that 25% of households in America rely entirely on mobile phones (or cellphones, as Americans call them)—a share that...
  • International Telephone Hacking Conspiracy Busted (NJ)

    06/12/2009 2:52:24 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 7 replies · 588+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 12, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of New Jersey
    NEWARK, N.J.—An Indictment was unsealed today against three individuals who allegedly hacked into the telephone systems of large corporations and entities in the United States and abroad and sold information about the compromised telephone systems to Pakistani nationals residing in Italy, Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. announced. In conjunction with the unsealing of the Indictment, Italian law enforcement conducted searches of approximately 10 locations in four regions of Italy and arrested the financiers of the hacking activity. Those financiers allegedly used the information to transmit over 12 million minutes of telephone calls valued at more than $55 million...
  • telephone dysetiquette

    01/24/2009 2:14:17 PM PST · by franksolich · 19 replies · 406+ views
    conservativecave ^ | January 24, 2009 | self
    I went to a wedding in a big church out in the Sandhills of Nebraska this morning, but before leaving on the long drive, I got all set up in the usual standard customary blue three-piece pin-striped suit, when I suddenly remembered something. There was a bonfire on Skins's island the other day, where the primitives were talking about cellular telephones, and Playboy Pedro mentioned that some time ago at a wedding party, he had gotten drunk and dunked his cellular telephone into the wedding punch. Never mind that Playboy Pedro is circa three decades too old for such nonsense;...
  • Bluetooth Big Brother uses mobiles and laptops to track thousands of Britons (without their consent)

    07/21/2008 8:43:58 AM PDT · by Stoat · 16 replies · 239+ views
    Bluetooth Big Brother uses mobiles and laptops to track thousands of Britons Last updated at 12:04pm on 21.07.08    Thousands of people in Bath are unaware their movements may have been tracked through their bluetooth mobiles Thousands of Britons' movements have been covertly tracked by scanners placed in streets, pubs and offices for a technology experiment.  The Cityware project run by the University of Bath has secretly placed scanners around the Somerset city, with the first 10 installed 2006. The scanners pick up bluetooth radio signals transmitted from mobile phones and laptops. In a scene reminiscent of the Will Smith...
  • Drivers who cause fatal accidents while on mobile phones face up to 14 years in jail (Great Britian)

    07/15/2008 11:00:05 AM PDT · by Stoat · 43 replies · 185+ views
    Drivers who cause fatal accidents while on mobile phones face up to 14 years in jail Last updated at 11:09am on 15.07.08   Getting tough: The new sentencing rules target mobile phone use by drivers. Posed by model. Motorists who cause fatal accidents while texting or talking on mobiles could face up to 14 years in prison from today. Drivers involved in death crashes after drinking or taking drugs face similar penalties, as will those who were driving at greatly excessive speed over long distances. Under new sentencing guidelines sent to the courts today which come into immediate effect, there...
  • Cell-phone-driving ban takes effect July 1 in Washington (Washington State)

    06/24/2008 12:45:17 PM PDT · by Stoat · 64 replies · 831+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 23, 2008
    Cell-phone-driving ban takes effect July 1 in Washington On July 1, the new law takes effect in Washington that bans driving while using a hand-held cell phone.   OLYMPIA, Wash. — On July 1, the new law takes effect in Washington that bans driving while using a hand-held cell phone.Drivers caught holding a mobile phone to their ear risk a $124 ticket. To talk on a phone drivers should use a handsfree headset or speaker phone. But, the law allows exceptions for people reporting an emergency or crime.The violation is a so-called secondary offense. That means an officer must...
  • Big Brother Britain: Government and councils to spy on ALL our phones

    09/29/2007 11:31:20 PM PDT · by Stoat · 28 replies · 148+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 30, 2007 | JASON LEWIS
    Big Brother Britain: Government and councils to spy on ALL our phonesBy JASON LEWIS - More by this author » Last updated at 23:31pm on 29th September 2007  Officials from the top of Government to lowly council officers will be given unprecedented powers to access details of every phone call in Britain under laws coming into force tomorrow.  The new rules compel phone companies to retain information, however private, about all landline and mobile calls, and make them available to some 795 public bodies and quangos. The move, enacted by the personal decree of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, will...
  • Taliban terrorises RAF families (tapped into soldiers' mobile phone calls, phoned families)

    08/21/2007 9:54:32 PM PDT · by Stoat · 21 replies · 920+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | August 23, 2007 | TOM NEWTON DUNN
     EXCLUSIVE    Taliban terrorises RAF families  Phone ban ... Our Boys in Afghanistan     By TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence EditorAugust 22, 2007      TALIBAN fanatics terrorised the wife of an RAF officer by phoning her and saying: “You’ll never see your husband alive — we have just killed him.”  Rebels in Afghanistan are targeting British forces’ families with hate calls after tapping into Our Boys’ mobile phones.The tearful wife rang the RAF fearing the worst after receiving the midnight call — and was told her husband was safe and well.But the Taliban calls are a sick new plot...
  • Best Way to Make Calls Home From Various Cities in Asia? (Help Vanity).

    01/02/2007 2:56:28 PM PST · by carolinalivin · 15 replies · 506+ views
    self | 1-2-07 | carolinalivin
    We are looking for advise on the best way to be able to call home for messages from various Asian cities: Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul.
  • Motorola Takes on Russia

    06/24/2006 5:40:14 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 1 replies · 439+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 22, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Russia is growing, and so are the shadows that are cast over the business proceedings there. The bureaucracy is still extremely burdensome and growing. And laws are a matter of convenience and seemingly circumvented at will -- or at least when you have the right connections. Corruption and middlemen are a matter of course, and bribes are expected and given. Confiscation of private goods -- i.e., Motorola's ongoing fiasco -- and resale for profit is old news. Legitimate dealings are called smuggling. And smuggling is called smuggling. Russian law allows confiscated material in criminal investigations to be sold or destroyed...
  • Motorola and Nokia Go Head-to-Head in India

    06/09/2006 9:45:22 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 2 replies · 389+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 9, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    www.motorola.com and www.nokia.com are going head-to-head in the southern city of Madras, India. But, Nokia is throwing the bigger punches. Nokia announced plans to build a $150-million plant near Madras. Motorola countered with a plan to invest $100 million in a plant of its own. Where do these companies get all of this money? $150 mill, $100 mil, and yesterday Yahoo put up $60 mil to invest in South Korea. Could someone please drop a million near me, or invest in me? India is one of the fastest growing handset markets. Gee, I wonder what country is number one. Nokia...
  • State may crack down on telephone solicitation (Norway)

    04/21/2006 7:54:54 PM PDT · by franksolich · 4 replies · 279+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 21, 2006 | Wenche Fuglehaug
    A flood of complaints over aggressive and questionable tactics used by telephone solicitors has prompted the government to consider banning such sales in Norway.Government minister Karita Bekkemellem says she's shocked over the methods used by some salespeople on the phone, also known as telemarketers. Never before has Norway's consumer advocate handled more complaints."We have to do something," Bekkemellem told newspaper Aftenposten on Friday.Bekkemellem also threatened to ban telephone sales several years ago, when she was a minister in a previous government. She admits that industry pressure and the fact that telemarketing creates many jobs ended up quashing her plan to...
  • Man Gets $218 Trillion Phone Bill (But it's for three months, so... )

    04/10/2006 8:17:38 AM PDT · by bwteim · 91 replies · 2,583+ views
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - April 10, 2006 - Think your phone bill is high? A Malaysian man says he nearly fainted when he got $218 trillion phone bill, and yes, that's in U.S. The man, Yahaya Wahab, says he's been ordered to pay up within ten days or face prosecution. The New Straits Times reports the bill was for a line that was supposed to have been disconnected in January. The unhappy phone customer says he can't wait to face Telekom Malaysia in court, if the company follows through with its threat.
  • Telemarketers on way out (Norway)

    09/01/2005 6:05:37 AM PDT · by franksolich · 11 replies · 327+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | September 1, 2005 | not specified
    A new government could spell the end of many telephone sales approaches, but humanitarian organizations will in any event be allowed to try to raise funds.The Socialist Left Party (SV) has proposed strict regulation of telemarketing, and potential coalition partner Labor is willing to consider tougher measures, newspaper Bergens Tidende reports.Current Minister of Children and Family Affairs Laila Dåvøy, a Christian Democrat, agrees that something should be done."I see that this has become a big problem for many people and this is particularly because the right to deny approaches has not worked properly. Even if the telephone subscriber has registered...
  • More cellphones than people in Norway, Lithuania (Norway)

    05/09/2005 9:49:13 AM PDT · by franksolich · 8 replies · 430+ views
    Times-Guardian (Zambia) ^ | May 9, 2005 | not specified
    Oslo, Norway--More cellphones are ringing in Norway than there are people to answer them, as subscriptions soar, officials figures showed on Monday.And the Norwegians are not the only cellphone enthusiasts.On the same day, Lithuania also reported that the number of cellphone subscribers surpassed the population of the Baltic country.In Norway, which boasts one of the world's highest mobile penetration rates, there were 4,7-million registered cellphone subscriptions in 2004, indicating that 102% of the country's population has become portable, the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority said in its annual report.The large number of cellphone subscriptions has taken its toll on fixed...
  • For Troops, Home Can Be Too Close

    03/15/2005 6:53:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 2,981+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 15, 2005 | IRENE M. WIELAWSKI
    Jane Murray was fuming as she answered the phone, and, hearing her husband's voice, let it rip: their teenagers had once again left the bathroom littered with empty shampoo bottles despite repeated lectures on tidying up. It was a routine parental exchange, but not one Ms. Murray would have indulged in had she taken a moment to collect herself. The problem was one of context. Ms. Murray's husband, Col. John M. Murray, was calling from Baghdad, where he commands 6,000 soldiers of the First Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Tex. Over nine time zones and many months of separation,...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Pennsylvania Limits Cities in Offering Net Access

    12/01/2004 6:49:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 66 replies · 1,572+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 2, 2004 | MATT RICHTEL
    In a victory for Verizon Communications, a measure in a new Pennsylvania law will make it harder for cities to build high-speed Internet networks that compete with major telecommunications providers. The measure, part of a broad telecommunications law that was signed late Tuesday by Gov. Edward G. Rendell, has been watched closely by telephone companies and cities across the country. The industry and municipal governments have increasingly found themselves at odds, as cities try to spur the growth of high-speed Internet access by building their own networks - often in competition with the dominant local phone company. Under the new...
  • Plugging Into the Net, Through the Humble Wall Outlet (broadband over power lines, or B.P.L.)

    10/27/2004 8:58:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies · 1,319+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 28, 2004 | TOM McNICHOL
    HOW IT WORKS HIGH-speed Internet access usually comes to homes through one of two wires: a telephone line for D.S.L. subscribers, or a coaxial cable for cable modem users. But an emerging technology known as broadband over power lines, or B.P.L., may soon offer a third wire into homes, channeling high-speed data through a somewhat improbable conduit: an ordinary electrical outlet. B.P.L. is the ultimate in plug-and-play. Users plug a small power line modem into any wall outlet and then connect the modem to a computer with a U.S.B. or Ethernet cable, or through a wireless Wi-Fi connection. The appeal...
  • Saddam Avoided Telephones, But Used Internet Data

    10/07/2004 10:06:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 619+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/06/04 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) avoided telephones, had a special laboratory test his food and went on a palace-building binge, all in a bid to shore up his personal security, a new U.S. report said on Wednesday. The comprehensive report by the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq (news - web sites) portrayed the deposed Iraqi leader as a typical dictator who ruled by fear, but who became increasingly paranoid and isolated in the years before his 2003 capture. "By Saddam's own account, he had only used a telephone twice since 1990, for fear of being...
  • The Call Is Cheap. The Wiretap Is Extra.

    08/22/2004 10:30:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 523+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2004 | KEN BELSON
    At first glance, it might seem like the simple extension of a standard tool in the fight against the bad guys. But in fact, wiretapping Internet phones to monitor criminals and terrorists is costly and complex, and potentially a big burden on new businesses trying to sell the phone service. Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to move forward with rules that would compel the businesses to make it possible for law enforcement agencies to eavesdrop on Internet calls. But developing systems to wiretap calls that travel over high-speed data networks - a task that the companies...
  • [Classic Steyn] Bell Don't Know Jack

    07/10/2004 6:51:28 PM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 7 replies · 1,931+ views
    Steyn Online, originally The National Post ^ | September 2nd, 1999 | Mark Steyn
    How do you like this new Bell Canada 411 Dial-And-Win 75¢ instant lotto game? It’s great fun. You simply dial 411, pay your 75¢ fee, name the person you want and then see if it’s one of the lucky numbers they have listed. “Celine Dion’s personal line? I’m sorry, we have no such listing. Better luck next time!” On the other hand, for 75¢, you could get my number. I asked Bell Canada for an unlisted one and they said sure, no problem. But, with that waspish sense of humour for which they’re renowned, they then stuck it in the...
  • Minnesota Government Getting Bigger: Vonage fights plan to Tax Internet Communication

    08/23/2003 9:00:55 PM PDT · by ThinkFreedom · 8 replies · 446+ views
    ZDNet News ^ | August 21, 2003, 10:52 AM PT | Ben Charny
    Vonage said Thursday it intends to fight the first-ever decision by a U.S. state to regulate companies that provide Internet-based phone services. Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission unanimously decided two weeks ago that the New Jersey-based voice over IP (VoIP) provider is subject to the rules and regulations that cover traditional phone companies. The state has ordered Vonage to get the proper telephone company business licenses and to immediately pay fees to the state's Department of Administration to support 911 services, according to a representative for the Minnesota PUC. Bill Wilhelm, an attorney for Vonage, called the decision into question Thursday,...