I’m doing this article on December 28 2018
and there’s been an outage for a couple days with CenturyLink and this got me
thinking you know not so much about the specifics of this particular outage even
though it’s pretty serious a lot of people have been without internet which
they rely upon to do a lot of financial transactions a lot of businesses having
problems 911 services emergency calls not going through and they’ve been
sending out beacon updates to people’s cell phones alerting them that
911 services are down in certain areas and this is going all across the country
happening in different parts different pockets you can find information about
it online if you want to look it up but this has kind of got me thinking a
little bit more about you know consolidation of different industries
and the way companies bounce around between ownerships I’ve done some
articles in the past about Ericsson and SAIC specifically – Science
Applications International Corporation now known as Leidos as well that
they have some interests with telecommunications that allow these two
companies specifically to gain a lot of market share over the warehousing
specifically of phone numbers and your internet experience it’s
meaning to get domain website address things of that nature things
that I’m not quite as familiar with but effectively merging things that are IT
more Information Technology and telecommunications together into the
same systems and so these two companies specifically had a lot of ownership over
the merging of other companies and then they wind up having part or different
ownership and even sometimes these two companies just bounce ownership
back and forth of these other warehousing companies that’ll have a
control over your phone number for example so when you call somebody on the
phone this will affect the way that that call processes so meaning that
a lot of times that the same people who are providing the infrastructure on your
cell phone call they’re as well also handling the processing of the
phone numbers and so that being Ericsson in this case and so I noticed that I did
some articles about how that was a little bit troubling that Telcordia had that kind of ownership and I realized that even more has been
transferred over to them over the last couple years and so there’s a debate at
the FCC over whether or not you know this last company Nuestar that had I
guess they were doing it for over a decade
they had sole responsibility of that warehousing and so I thought about this
just as a person it used to be in the telecommunications industry not that
long ago about you know what a process that must be to take all those
services from one company to another I mean that’s a lot of problems that
you’re welcoming to transfer those services and these are things that law
enforcement relied upon to do wiretaps and things like that this is this is
something that’s very potentially disruptive so if you’re thinking about
moving that service even though I understand competition is important like
you would really want it to be for like a really serious reason so I would think
that there must have been at least where I would hope that there would have been
some reason why that they would have wanted to do that aside from just
competition even though that’s that in and of itself I think is healthy you
definitely you definitely want to have you know competition with services but
that’s in particular this is one of the reasons why I think these things need a
more education and debate is because some of these things really should be
more of a nationalized type service instead of it being going back and forth
between different companies this way especially when it’s our phone numbers
and our internet experience and things like that where we get our information
from because increasingly you’re gonna be doing your voting you’re going to be
doing your things that are very your most well you’re already probably doing
a lot of your very most what you want to call it sensitive financial transactions
and things like that online so who do you trust with these things is extremely
important and the fact that certain places that don’t have the best rather
companies that don’t have the best history ethics wise are in control these
things I think is a little bit troubling and I’m just saying that as we’re
looking into the CenturyLink issue especially if you’re the FCC and you’re
reformer at the FCC I would hope that you’re going to take a little step
beyond about who potentially might be affecting service as a CenturyLink
relies upon as well because this is such a broad outage and it affected so many
different types of services that you really have to kind of look like beyond
just this fiber optic provider of these large links they go countrywide you know
like there must be something that they link to I would think they potentially
could have caused this problem too – I’m telling you this is somebody who’s
worked at a wireless company when our cell towers at the time were connected
via certain like fiber-optic links or telecommunication links from local
telecommunications companies so a lot of times even though yeah you’re using
wireless technology right well that got to get you wirelessly from the cell
phone to the tower but once you are in the base station something has to get you back to
a central office a lot of times that’s a relied upon relationship with these
fiber optic companies like CenturyLink is one of them they do a lot of business
with the wireless companies to provide those backhauling so sometimes when they have an outage it’s going to affect the wireless carriers as well so that can
take down a lot of cell towers simultaneously and the point is is that
I just thought it was a little bit weird that there wouldn’t be more redundancy
you know and more reasoning behind that are more immediate explanations but
again I’m thinking there’s not more of an immediate explanation because
there may be a reason external from CenturyLink as to why it happened it’s
the same reason why a lot of times when you’re at the wireless company it’s like
you don’t want to be quick especially when the press is involved to say like
no they did it or they did it or we did it they don’t want to do that they want
to just make sure that they have all their C-Y-A as it’s called Cover Your Ass
done you know to make sure that they have to make sure that they’re not the
problem as to why that technically why it happened so that’s probably what a
lot of they’re doing the first 24 hours there’s all these different companies
are going is it us is it us and then once they determine it’s not them then
they’re making sure they’ve called in all their trouble tickets and are
following up with the other companies and so there’s probably still some of
that going on right here with this particular problem especially knowing
how things are getting more centralized changes have been made the last two or
three years between you know this company Neustar that used to manage a
lot of the phone numbers specifically that did manage a lot of 9-1-1 services
so this could be in that same territory that Telcordia AKA iConectiv which is
a subsidiary of Ericsson okay so the reason why I’m a little bit bothered by
that and I’ve done articles that I’ll put in here and I’ve talked about them before
it’s just that they just have a bad track record historically for bribery
extortion blackmail and that type of thing or accusations of it there’s been
a lot of mainstream press articles on this there was the whole controversy
surrounding them paying Bill Clinton $750,000 for a
speech I think was maybe 45 minutes and then within about I think a week or two
when Hillary Clinton was at the State Department she cleared I guess the way
for Ericsson to do some business in Iran and so you know this is why we’re
having these conversations – we’re not having them enough I’m personally trying to get the
conversations going more with people who I would hope would be
reformers at the FCC to say like hey have you really examined why that’s
troubling why it’s bothersome to some people that we have these weird
relationships that are kind of going on between these multinational companies
that are based out of sometimes Sweden or Norway or sorry, not Norway, but in Finland – sorry sorry people from Norway I mean Finland I’m talking about Nokia they’re in
Finland I apologize but uh and then Ericsson’s based out of Sweden so
there’s these debates between West versus East right a lot of times because
you have Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE that are competing for American
business but are being kind of ousted because of concerns about whether or not
it’s secure to have Chinese companies involved with American
telecommunications all I would hope is that if we’re going to make those kind
of evaluations on our friends in China that we would at least make that same
type of evaluation on people in Sweden because there is a little bit of bias
there I do understand that the United States has a different relationship with
Sweden than they do China but given the relationship that Ericsson seems to have
had with a lot of different come you know countries and different groups
historically I don’t think it’s really outside the realm of- rather, I do think it’s proper to question if we’re evaluating that appropriately I
also don’t want to rule out that there is Samsung out of South Korea that
offers infrastructure equipment so full disclosure I am aware of them just
because I’ve done work around them before and they’re within their groups
and things like that so I’m familiar with how they operate too it’s just that
they haven’t come up as much within these news stories but yeah they’re
another competitor for these types of things as well is Samsung so but really
when you think about it I can only think of about five companies really as far as
far as like where the the large companies are that
for this type of infrastructure equipment for the wireless industry so
when you make a cell phone call you know who you trust with that is basically the
you know country wise I’m talking about Sweden Finland and two in Kor-
excuse me, two in China and then large ones I should say and then you have the
Samsung in South Korea so it’s like you know really when you’re talking about
where you’re gonna trust with your telecommunications it’s like you have to
evaluate all these people fairly and appropriately that’s all I’m trying to
explain here and you know you really do have to look at everybody’s history all
together to see how they’ve been handling these things so and I’m just
you know talking about FCC as far as people that are trying to do things to
maybe reform and things like that all I can tell you is that when I was looking
into the documentation about how we’ve been handling the thing involving the
number portability and how the numbers are warehoused in the United States and that whole dynamic between the debate between Neustar and Telcordia
which is now Iconnectiv which is a subsidiary of Ericsson out of Sweden so that’s a lot of consolidated power now that we have with Ericsson in our country we’ve
trusted basically this company with tons and tons of cell towers here and that’s
great if that’s a relationship that’s working for the United States and you
trust it that’s fine okay but you know we need to really look into the
relationship what what kind of investigative bodies do we have within
the FCC to make sure everything’s working for the consumer for the United
States government I feel like there’s a disconnect between what’s secure for our
military for our government for our population and what’s actually occurring
at the FCC and then when I start looking at how these decisions are made I just
see that it’s populated mostly by industry insiders and people that are
the board members of very you know or tech you know VPS and things like that
of various companies vice presidents as or presidents or board members of major
corporations or regional corporations in the telecommunications industry and in
my research of especially ones that are regional in nature I’ll find that
they’re owned by the same families you know over and over again just using
different family members or different names of you know they marry into a
family and the they buy another company but you’re
always almost dealing with the same group of people sometimes in an entire
state where they owned almost the entire cluster so it’s just um I feel like this
consolidation is not really being addressed appropriately it’s like this
allows a group of people at the FCC now when they go to investigate the
CenturyLink issue are really going to understand what the larger problem is or
is it going to be easy for them to kind of go like what we don’t want people to
know what happened let’s all just you know give us a nice clean explanation
and walk away from it you know that’s what I’m wondering you know so I’m just
saying I hope that you will look into those relationships a little bit better
I have faith that the FCC will be on the right track to do that you know if not
now at some point you know I just kind of believe that there’s people out there
that can kind of see that there’s some issues going on right now that require a
little bit more evaluation and so I would just say is that even though I’m a
little bit of an unconventional person and perhaps you know not every way that
I do jives with the way that the federal government likes everything to be and
things like that if you want to consult with me on things I’d be happy to talk
to anybody from that group I just think that you have some issues and you know
you gotta be honest with you I did look at one of the decision documents and I
found a name that I recognized and it was a person that frankly I’m just gonna
be straight up with you I’m not gonna say their name out loud here obviously
but yeah I know I recognized their name and I knew them to be a person that is
not ethical they have issues so that bothered me that I saw that they’re a
person that’s on the FCC board and is entrusted with some of these decisions
so I think that that’s worth mentioning so you know I’m not telling you that I’m
a person that should be on there I’m not sure I want to I don’t really like going
over the minutiae of telecommunications industry jargon I really don’t like it
at all but as a person that used to be in the
industry and is not really subjected to any of their issues or anything like
that meaning my employment opportunities you obviously no longer revolve around
them and things like that so I don’t you know I don’t really mind talking about
these things from an industry perspective as a person that used
to be in it to tell you kind of like yeah I don’t know I feel like there’s
something that might be a little bit larger going on with this and it’s worth
looking into so I hope people will you know also realize there’s also the
potential that maybe that part has been recognized by certain people within the
government the military and they may be doing some tests to potentially soft cut
or hard cut between an old system to a newer system like as a backup or to have
some redundancy to it I don’t know you know it may have been a test to do
something like that and some problems happened with it but what I do know is
that we’ve trusted I don’t know a very small number of group groups to do a lot
of critical infrastructure with our communications and Internet experience
and I’ve been a little bit concerned about the ethics of companies like SAIC
and Ericsson personally and just knowing how much of our internet experience and
our telecommunications our wireless experience our phone numbers experience
pretty much everything we do every day is affected by these two companies it
kind of bothers me that they have so many issues of ethics and I’ll put those
articles and links to them inside the description here so you can read them
but you know I just think that this is an opportunity to take advantage to like
you know become more familiar with how decisions are made at the FCC and I’ll
lead you link to some documents that I’ve been reading and everything like
that so that you can kind of see what I’m talking about
we had these clips here inside this document as well or inside this clip as
well so thank you for watching and yeah thanks

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