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Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year-long project to replace all current Medicare cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently, the ID number is your social security number. New Medicare cards without Social Security numbers are being distributed from April 2018 to April 2019. The new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You don't need to request it or do anything. It will just show up.Your existing card is good until the new one shows up.


Somebody from "MEDICARE " will call to tell you-you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. Fee for the card is between $5-50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account or credit card so they can process your temporary card.


  • Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call.
  • Ditto for anybody saying they "work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to".
  • DO NOT give out information over the phone.
  • Spread the word. Feel free to share these notes.
  • Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don't even answer a number you don't recognize.
  • If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones and personal info had been given out (happens considerably more often than you think so don't feel bad or stupid) immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.

The Hinsdale Fire

A short time ago, I discovered that the 30th Anniversary of the May 8, 1988 Hinsdale Fire, was about to take place. The recovery from that fire was in my opinion, one of the finest expressions of the Illinois Bell “Can do” culture that I can remember.

I asked some of the key players about whether there would be value in have a luncheon in the Chicago area, inviting as many of the participants who played a role, (large and small) in the recovery. They all thought it was a good idea and they agreed to serve on the organizing Committee.

Notifying the people involved, including those from outside of Illinois Bell, will be the hardest part of the effort. The luncheon is planned for:

Tuesday May 1, 2018 from 12pm to 3pm
Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation (a private club)
14N322 IL Route 25
Dundee, IL

I am sending you this note for two reasons:

First, if you would like to come, mark your calendars. Second, pass this message on to any of those who may have participated in the recovery and would like to come.

Then let me know your thoughts and I will incorporate them into our planning for the event. Organizing Committee:

Jim Eibel Chuck Hempfling
Frank Zimmermann Mike Friduss
Joe Luby Hal D’Orazio
Dennis Johnson Jim Grabowy
Jay Carter Bob Humes

The committee has already begun the remembering of names involved and the contacting of those people.

Replying to this note (see below address) will assure that you will be put into the data base for contact about the reunion. Please let me here from you.

Bruce DeMaeyer


The LRO receives frequent requests for dealing with the passing of a retiree or surviving spouse. Consequently, we have created a document that focuses on communicating with Nokia benefits and pensions, along with links to websites with checklists for other family issues. The document is available here.

The document is printable so that you can keep it in your files for future reference.

You should have received an email on 2/8 containing the above information. If you did not receive it, we do not have your current email address. Check the bottom of this column.


Dear Fellow Retiree,

The Fall 2017 LRO Connection newsletter is now available for viewing and may be accessed by clicking here.

As you may recall from our spring newsletter, the LRO Board has been assessing the future direction of the organization. The board met in Dallas in October and formulated a Plan Forward. Specifics of that plan are included in the President's Column.

Among the changes, is the temporary suspension of LRO dues. You will note that, while we will be cutting back in a number of areas to save board work and dollars, we will continue, for the time, performing our basic monitoring of Pension, Healthcare, and Group Life Insurance benefits and respond to retiree questions via email or the website. You will also note that this will be the last published issue of the LRO Connection newsletter. All future correspondence will be accomplished via email and/or the website. We urge you to read the full article to understand the rationale for the planned changes.

The History Corner article features the North Carolina Works.

On behalf of the entire board of directors, I say thank you for your support over the years.

Joe Dombrowski,
President Lucent Retiree Organization.


The amount of management pension plan liabilities on 12/31/16 shown on page 2 of the recent newsletter should be 15.86 b Euros and the resulting funding level is 106% rather than the 94% shown. We had previously reported the correct level in our June newsletter but apologize for this error.


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Single Payer Health Care Splits Democratic Base
By Todd Shepherd; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Mar 11, 2018

The days of the 'pharma bro' have come to an end — but we haven't made much progress on drug pricing
By Lydia Ramsey; Business Insider ~ Mar 10, 2018

Insurers get into care, but is it good for your health?
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Mar 09, 2018

Cigna-Express Scripts Merger QuickTake: The Beginning Of The End
From Erik Kobayashi-Solomon; Forbes ~ Mar 09, 2018

7 Ways to Judge a Retirement Community’s Financial Health
By Peter Finch; The New York Times ~ Mar 09, 2018

Cigna's $54 Billion Purchase Of Express Scripts Could Upend The Prescription Drug Market
By Matthew Herper; Forbes ~ Mar 08, 2018

23andMe can now test for BRCA mutations. Here's what you need to know.
By Sara Chodosh; Popular Science ~ Mar 08, 2018

GOP lawmaker meets with Ryan to push for drug pricing bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Mar 08, 2018

Premiums for ACA health insurance plans could jump 90 percent in three years
By Amy Goldstein; The Washington Post ~ Mar 08, 2018

Hospitals offer big bonuses, free housing and tuition to recruit nurses
By Parija Kavilanz; CNNMoney ~ Mar 08, 2018

Insurers' exclusion of disease treatments increases costs
From Seth Ginsberg; The Washington Examiner ~ Mar 08, 2018

Big banks still threaten the economy. But Congress is asleep at the wheel.
From Neel Kashkari; The Washington Post ~ Mar 08, 2018

Azar Emphasizes Administration’s Plan around Value-Based Care, Creation of “True Healthcare Market”
By Rajiv Leventhal; Healthcare Informatics ~ Mar 08, 2018

Amazon Isn’t the Only Retail Giant Trying to Remake Health Care
By Zachary Tracer; Bloomberg ~ Mar 08, 2018

White House Suggests Charging Older People More In Memo On How To Stabilize ACA Marketplaces
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 07, 2018

Jeff Flake’s DACA bill gives ‘Dreamers’ Obamacare, CBO says
By Stephen Dinan; The Washington Times ~ Mar 07, 2018

House conservatives brace for ObamaCare payments in funding bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Mar 07, 2018

The Healthcare Conversation You Need To Have Now
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Mar 07, 2018

Probe Into Generic Drug Price Fixing Set To Widen
By Charles Lane; NPR ~ Mar 07, 2018

White House pitch to bolster Obamacare includes tough trade-offs for Democrats
By Paul Demko: Politico ~ Mar 06, 2018

Few older Americans think more tests, drugs are helpful
From HealthDay News; United Press International ~ Mar 06, 2018

UnitedHealthcare to pass drug rebates on to some customers
By Tom Murphy, AP: The Washington Post ~ Mar 06, 2018

11 tax deductions and other ways to cut your 2017 tax bill
By Jeanne Sahadi; CNNMoney ~ Mar 06, 2018

CMS Aims to Give Patients Access to Health Records
By Joyce Frieden; MedPage Today ~ Mar 06, 2018

Starting In April: New Medicare ID Cards
From Carol Levine, NA; Forbes ~ Mar 06, 2018

Nokia Pushes Optical to the Limit
By Ray Le Maistre; Light Reading ~ Mar 06, 2018

Minimally invasive surgeries underused with Medicare patients, study says
By Allen Cone; United Press International ~ Mar 05, 2018

Know the Risks When Using Uber Health, Lyft
By John Commin ; HealthLeaders Media ~ Mar 05, 2018

Lyft deal with Allscripts lets 180,000 doctors call rides for their patients
By Marco della Cava; USA TODAY ~ Mar 05, 2018

The Forbes 2018 Tax Guide
By Janet Novack; Forbes ~ Mar 05, 2018

Trump's health chief warns hospital execs about health care costs: 'Change is coming'
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Mar 05, 2018

Why Millennials Should Care About Medicare Right Now
By Liz Weston, U.S. News – March 4, 2018

Senators Rally To Attack Skyrocketing Health Care Prices
From Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Mar 04, 2018

Opinion: Three doses of competition to reduce the soaring cost of health care
From George A. Nation III; The Hill ~ Mar 04, 2018

Getting Past The Shock: Your Aging Parent Has Dementia
From Carolyn Rosenblatt ; Forbes ~ Mar 04, 2018

Your Top 10 Objects Your Kids Don't Want
From Elizabeth Stewart, NA; Forbes ~ Mar 04, 2018

As Surgery Centers Boom, Patients Are Paying With Their Lives
By Christina Jewett & Mark Alesia; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 02, 2018

Pharmaceutical corporations need to stop free-riding on publicly-funded research
From Jason Cone; The Hill ~ Mar 03, 2018

Experts Weigh In About Whether Social Security Will Go Broke
By Karen Bennett; CheatSheet ~ Mar 03, 2018

Express Scripts Says PBM Relationship With Amazon 'Performing Well'
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Mar 02, 2018

Congress Races The Clock In Quest To Bring Stability To Individual Insurance Market
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 02, 2018

Hatch apologizes for 'off-color' comment about 'dumbass' ObamaCare supporters
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Mar 02, 2018

Putting Humans at the Center of Health Care Innovation
By Yasser Bhatti, Jacqueline del Castillo, Kristian Olson & Ara Darzi ; Harvard Business Review ~ Mar 02, 2018

Opinion: America's Weird High Rates Of Old-Age Poverty And Old-Age Work
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Mar 02, 2018

Editorial: U.S. Prescription Drug Costs Are a Crime
By The Editors, Bloomberg – Feb 27, 2018

Buried In The Budget Bill Are Belated Gifts For Some Health Care Providers
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 02, 2018

Nokia’s cloud business expands with T-Mobile 5G win
By Monica Alleven; FierceWireless ~ Feb 28, 2018

Public Approval Of Obamacare Hits Record High Ahead Of 2018 Midterms
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Mar 01, 2018

Beware, the IRS is looking for these red flags this tax season
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Mar 01, 2018

The Financial Burden of Health Care Spending: Larger for Medicare Households than for Non-Medicare Households
By Juliette Cubanski, Kendal Orgera, Anthony Damico, & Tricia Neuman; Kaiser Family Foundation ~ Mar 01, 2018

Bad Social Security advice cost recipients $131 million, report finds
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Mar 01, 2018

As Feds Chip Away At Health Law, Where You Live Will More And More Determine Access, Quality Of Care
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 28, 2018

Opinion: Invest more in research and access to health care for women
From Mary McGowan; The Hill ~ Feb 28, 2018

Will You Need A Support Group In Retirement?
From Robert Laura; Forbes ~ Feb 28, 2018

New Medicare Card Telephone Scam
Snopes ~ Feb 28, 2018

Twenty states file lawsuit against federal government calling the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional
By Susan Morse; Healthcare Finance ~ Feb 27, 2018

Democrats battle 'communications challenge' over opposition to tax reform
From Emily Jashinsky; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 27, 2018

Opinion: On Drug Pricing, States Step In Where Washington Fails
From Fran Quigley; The New York Times ~ Feb 27, 2018

Medtronic recalls faulty implanted cardiac defibrillators
By Allen Cone; United Press International ~ Feb 27, 2018

Senate Democrats named to multiemployer committee
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Feb 26, 2018

Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8
By Robert Pear, New York Times – Feb 24, 2018

Americans say Congress is listening to all the wrong people
By Laurie Kellman & Emily Swanson; The Associated Press ~ Feb 26, 2018

FTC can play a critical role in making health care more affordable
From Arie M. Michelsohn; The Hill ~ Feb 26, 2018

Opinion: If Nothing Else, the Budget Act Is a Win for Chronic Care
From Katherine Jett Hayes; Roll Call ~ Feb 26, 2018

Fly Me to the Moon: Nokia & Vodafone Team Up for Lunar Expedition
By Ray Le Maistre; Light Reading ~ Feb 26, 2018

Nokia Makes 5G Waves With Its ReefShark Chip
By Ray Le Maistre; Light Reading ~ Feb 25, 2018

Washington’s Fight Over Taxes Is Only Beginning
By Jim Tankersley; The New York Times ~ Feb 25, 2018

Why millennials should care about Medicare right now
By Liz Weston, Nerdwallet; Daily Herald ~ Feb 25, 2018

Surprise! Social Security Underpaid 82% of Dually Entitled Widows and Widowers, Report Shows
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 25, 2018

6 patient safety improvement opportunities
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Feb 24, 2018

Stalled bills to stabilize Obamacare may be revived as part of spending package
By Michael Collins; USA TODAY ~ Feb 23, 2018

Opinion: Short-term insurance plans are another assault on ObamaCare
From Dr. Eugene Gu; The Hill ~ Feb 23, 2018

Health care’s fundamental problem: Your doctor doesn’t work for you
From Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius; The Hill ~ Feb 23, 2018

Aging Populations: A Blessing For Business
From Paul Irving; Forbes ~ Feb 23, 2018

What makes 401(k) loans risky?
From Liz Weston, NerdWallet; USA TODAY ~ Feb 23, 2018

Are 401(k) Fees Shrinking Your Retirement Returns? Here's What You Need To Know
From Brian Menickella; Forbes ~ Feb 23, 2018

Opinion: On ObamaCare, Republicans in Congress should follow Trump
From Jenny Beth Martin; The Hill ~ Feb 22, 2018

Trump Administration Restores An Escape Valve From Obamacare's Insurance Regulations
By Avik Roy; Forbes ~ Feb 22, 2018

Nursing Homes Booting Out Patients At Increasingly High Rates When Lucrative Medicare Coverage Ends
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 22, 2018

Major policy group proposes new 'Medicare Extra' plan
By Susan McFarland; United Press International ~ Feb 22, 2018

The Three Lies People Tell Themselves About Retirement
From Robert Laura; Forbes ~ Feb 22, 2018

America faces looming retirement crisis if our policymakers fail to act
From Barry Stowe; The Hill ~ Feb 22, 2018

Trump Eases Limits On Short-Term Plans That Critics Call ‘Junk Insurance’ In Latest Blow To Health Law
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 21, 2018

Study: 1 In 4 Don't Know A New Tax Bill Was Signed
From Kate Ashford; Forbes ~ Feb 21, 2018

Opinion: Trump's SEC may negate investors' ability to fight securities fraud
From F. Paul Bland, Jr.; The Hill ~ Feb 20, 2018

7 Big Estate Planning Mistakes - Part 1
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Feb 21, 2018

Dems fume as Trump pushes low-cost, ObamaCare alternative health plans
Fox News ~ Feb 20, 2018

Dems hit stock buybacks in tax law fight
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Feb 20, 2018

Future Retirees Will Be More Vulnerable to Market Shocks: CRR
By Bernice Napach; Think Advisor ~ Feb 20, 2018

Social Security Tips For Working Retirees
From “FidelityVoice”; Forbes ~ Feb 20, 2018

NYT Poll: Majority Of Americans Support Tax Reform
By Amber Athey; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 19, 2018

Here's why you should prepare your taxes now
By Ray Martin; CBS News ~ Feb 19, 2018

These new steps will help protect older Americans from financial fraud
By Sarah O'Brien, CNBC; USA TODAY ~ Feb 18, 2018

How A Charitable Trust Could Save Your IRA
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Feb 17, 2018

These states want to import cheaper drugs from Canada
By Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News – Feb 15, 2018

Opinion: To lower prescription drug prices, fix existing drug discount programs
From Terry Wilcox; The Hill ~ Feb 16, 2018

Blood thinning drugs may raise stroke risk for some a-fib patients
By HealthDay News; United Press International ~ Feb 16, 2018

The Health 202: Alex Azar's first big test: Will he enforce Obamacare?
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Feb 15, 2018

Don't make these common, costly Medicare mistakes
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Feb 15, 2018

HHS chief: No decision yet on lifetime limits for Medicaid
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Feb 15, 2018

Opinion: Let's not ignore the benefits of 340B Drug Pricing Programs
From Chris Skorupa; The Hill ~ Feb 15, 2018

President Trump signed these Medicare changes into law. Here’s what to watch for
By Philip Moeller; PBS News Hour ~ Feb 14 2018

U.S. healthcare spending to climb 5.3 percent in 2018: agency
By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ Feb 14, 2018

Trump’s budget could let those on Medicare use this tax-favored account
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Feb 14, 2018

U.S. Can Sue UnitedHealth in $1 Billion Medicare Case, Judge Rules
By Nate Raymond, RNS; The New York Times ~ Feb 13, 2018

We all need to be worried about the attack on national health policies and programs
From Shannon Halloway & Diana Taylor; The Hill ~ Feb 13, 2018

Opinion: Why GOP Is Slashing Medicare
From John Wasik ; Forbes ~ Feb 13, 2018

‘Like a phoenix from the ashes’ – Nokia’s brand value jumped a whopping 70% last year
Business Insider Nordic ~ Feb 13, 2018

‘Like a phoenix from the ashes’ – Nokia’s brand value jumped a whopping 70% last year
Business Insider Nordic ~ Feb 13, 2018

Insurers Signal Medicare Advantage Buyouts Ahead
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2018

Top 10 Tips To Help You Conquer Tax Season
From A.J. Smith; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2018

Trump budget seeks cuts to domestic programs, Medicare, favors military and wall
By Ginger Gibson and James Oliphant, Reuters – Feb 12, 2018

Opinion: Social Security will need more revenues — where should that money come from?
By Alicia H. Munnell; MarketWatch ~ Feb 12, 2018

States look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports
By Wilson Ring, AP; San Francisco Chronicle ~ Feb 11, 2018

Could This Really Replace Your Social Security Number?
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 11, 2018

Liberals Are Furious That Republicans Delivered Fiscal Stimulus
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 11, 2018

Lower Drug Prices: New Proposals Carry Lots of Promises
By Katie Thomas and Reed Abelson, New York Times – Feb 9, 2018

McCain and Baldwin to Trump: Hold pharma’s feet to the fire on drug prices
By Ed Silverman; STAT ~ Feb 11, 2018

Congress Boosts Medicare Coverage For Virtual Doctor Visits
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 10, 2018

Is the Amazon health-care venture enough to make a big enough splash?
From Kelly Barnes; The Hill ~ Feb 10, 2018

On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump’s big promises
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Matthew Perrone; The Associated Press ~ Feb 10, 2018

3 Sad Facts About Social Security
America's most important social program isn't in the best shape.

By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 10, 2018

Another of Obamacare’s Unloved Provisions Is Gone
By Margot Sanger-Katz; The New York Times ~ Feb 09, 2018

Trump's Rx for Medicare drug costs: share rebates with seniors
By The Associated Press; CBS News ~ Feb 09, 2018

These taxpayers may end up owing the IRS more in 2019
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Feb 09, 2018

Opinion: Entitlements Threaten The Entire Federal Budget
From Milton Ezrati; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2018

Opinion: Alarm bells are ringing on the federal debt
From Thomas Binion; The Hill ~ Feb 09, 2018

'Entitlement reform' can further dent seniors coping with health costs
From Debra Whitman; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

White House unveils proposals aimed at high drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 09, 2018

Opinion: Today's Massive Budget Deal Makes Big Medicare Changes
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2018

Beware, there's a new wave of Medicare scammers
By Jessica Dickler & Sharon Epperson; CNBC ~ Feb 08, 2018

Online Social Security accounts are just the first step in preventing identity theft ​
By Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Feb 08, 2018

Popular bill to fight drug prices left out of budget deal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

Republicans weigh Social Security paid leave plan
By Lydia Wheeler; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

What you need to know about the Senate budget deal
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

Senate Leaders Strike Budget Deal
By Joe Williams; Roll Call ~ Feb 07, 2018

Calling Maternity Leave a Social Security Problem a Terrible Idea
By Brenton Smith, Newsmax – Feb 5, 2018

Trump's State Of The Union Retirement Message: 'You Are On Your Own'
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Feb 07, 2018

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Kevin S. Vineys; The Associated Press ~ Feb 07, 2018

Senate Dems push for expansion of ObamaCare subsidies in deal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2018

Opinion: Let’s make Congress work again
By Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) ; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2018

Poll: Majority of voters say lowering drug prices should be priority for Congress
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~

State Obamacare enrollment on track to outpace previous years, despite confusion
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 04, 2018

Tax season: 10 tips for doing your taxes yourself
From Josh Smith; USA TODAY ~ Feb 03, 2018

U.S. Pays Billions for ‘Assisted Living,’ but What Does It Get?
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Feb 03, 2018

Nokia Lays Out Optimistic 2020 Outlook
By Timothy Green; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 02, 2018

CMS Releases Proposed Medicare Advantage, Part D Changes
By Thomas Beaton; HealthPayer Intelligence ~ Feb 02, 2018

Stalled Health Programs Await A Green Light On The Hill
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 02, 2018

Patty Murray: 'Good news' that GOP giving up on Obamacare repeal
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 01, 2018

Few Republicans Have Appetite To Risk Another Repeal Failure In Election Year
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 02, 2018

This Flu Season Is Bad, But It May Make Healthcare Better
From Steve Brozak; Forbes ~ Feb 02, 2018

A Good Health Care Deal, but Only for Some
From Elisabeth Rosenthal; The New York Times ~ Feb 01, 2018

U.S. government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers
By Caroline Humer Staff; Reuters ~ Feb 01, 2018

Congressional Bickering Puts Billions at Risk for U.S. Health Centers
By Ivan Levingston; Bloomberg ~ Feb 01, 2018

As States Target High Drug Prices, Pharma Targets State Lawmakers
By Jay Hancock & Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 01, 2018

Don’t make these 3 big mistakes when filing your taxes early
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Feb 01, 2018

Opinion: Congress can’t afford to wait to make a simple fix to Medicare Part D
From Christine Simmon; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2018

Nokia CEO sees networks recovery as patents boost results
By Jussi Rosendahl & Eric Auchard; Reuters ~ Feb 01, 2018


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