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TBTF for 1995-05-08: Blocking caller ID; new Internet Index

Keith Dawson (dawson dot tbtf at gmail dot com)
Mon, 8 May 1995 08:52:32 -0400

>>From Edupage:

Reversing an earlier decision, the FCC will allow phone companies to offer
services that automatically prevent caller-IDs from being transmitted over
interstate phone networks. "Today's ruling provides a reasonable
nationwide standard. It allows customers a consistent means of marking
outgoing calls private, regardless of which line they are calling from and
where they are calling to," says Pacific Bell's director of consumer
product management. (Investor's Business Daily 1995-05-05 A19)

[37 states offer Caller ID. Of these, 16 states provide for per-line blocking,
also called "anti-caller ID." (This is what the FCC just ok'd.) Of these, 7
provide an option that refuses to answer a call whose ID is blocked -- called
"anti-anti-Caller ID." (Source: NYTimes, 1995-05-07.)]

Any attempts to monitor information sent over the Internet in order to
charge for it will be so expensive that the network's operating cost will
increase to the point where users will have to pay more, says Tony Rutkowski,
executive director of the Internet Society. "It won't be worth
the trouble to account for users' consumption of the network's capacity."
(Technology Review, May/June '95 p.24)

[Any good quantum physicist could have told him *that*.]

Microsoft, fighting rumors that Windows 95 might turn into Windows 96, has
named August 24 as the date it will ship the long-anticipated software to
retail stores. (Information Week 1995-05-08 p.16)

Dan Farmer, the network security expert whose employment was terminated by
Silicon Graphics for giving out free copies of his "SATAN" software, has
been hired by Sun, a company he had worked for before his stint with Silicon
Graphics. (Wall Street Journal 1995-05-05 B6)

>>From The Internet Index:

Percentage increase in number of hosts in Europe during March, 1995: 11

Number of people requesting information from Fidelity Investments over
the Internet in March and April: approx. 250,000
Average number of requests, per person: 4
Percentage of overall fund inquiries that came in via the Internet: 5.5

Average number, per hour, of new subscribers to Netcom over the past
year: 11

Number of books about love and sex on the Internet: 5

Suggested donation, in dollars, for subscribers to the inet-marketing
mailing list: 25

Number of web pages indexed by the Lycos Internet catalog: 3.6 million

Number of WWW servers known to Lycos: 23,550

Percentage of NSFnet traffic from WWW during March, 1995: 19

Number of Internet Draft documents issued in March, 1995: 142

Number of new domain requests, per working hour, handled by InterNIC
Registration Services in March, 1995: 37

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