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UPDATE 3-US FCC to open up valuable airwaves for tech and telecom companies

(Adds details on public notice and discount program)

By Malathi Nayak

(Reuters) — U.S. regulators on Friday voted to open a swath of government-controlled airwaves for commercial use by tech and telecom companies such as Verizon Communications Inc and Google Inc as they seek to meet growing data demands from new wireless devices.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to chalk out a process to allow companies free access to the frequencies in the 3.5 gigahertz band.

Those airwaves' ability to carry heavy data across short distances makes them particularly attractive to companies.

The plan to open up the frequencies can, for instance, help boost the capacity of companies' existing wireless networks, especially in densely populated locations or indoors. It could even help wirelessly connect specific devices like thermostats or washing machines to facilitate the "Internet of things."

Friday's vote will kick-start the process of setting up a system for companies to begin using frequencies now dedicated to military radars and other government operations, by sharing them in places where commercial users would not interfere with incumbent users.

The opening up of 3.5 GHz airwaves "is setting a new paradigm for how spectrum sharing should work," chairman Tom Wheeler said in remarks in Washington.

The plan would allow wireless providers and others to use the airwaves without charge similarly to Wi-Fi, or to buy licenses for short-term exclusive use in some areas if the airwaves get crowded.

The FCC has been developing the system, known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, since 2012 and has drawn interest from various wireless Internet service and device companies, including Verizon, Google , Qualcomm Inc and Ericsson.

Trade groups such as the Telecommunications Industry Association praised the move.

"The spectrum crunch remains very real and the FCC's action represents significant progress towards opening more spectrum for broadband," the TIA's chief executive Scott Belcher said in a statement.

On Friday, the FCC also said it had voted to propose a notice seeking public comment on competitive bidding practices and rules in auctions of airwaves.

U.S. regulators have been working on plans to reform government airwaves auction rules to prevent big companies from tapping a discount program intended for small businesses.

The FCC is gearing up to hold an auction early next year of another set of airwaves belonging to broadcasters and repackaging them to sell them to the wireless industry.

(Reporting by Malathi Nayak and Alina Selyukh; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Christian Plumb and Jonathan Oatis)

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Four new lawsuits challenge FCC's Net neutrality rules

The agency is now facing six legal challenges from four trade groups and two ISPs

By Grant Gross Follow
IDG News Service
Apr 14, 2015

The agency now faces six lawsuits related to the regulations.

Mobile trade group CTIA, cable trade group the National Cable and Telecommunications Association [NCTA] and the American Cable Association, which represents small cable operators, all filed lawsuits today, with AT&T announcing its own lawsuit late in the day.

The four new lawsuits all challenge the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband as a regulated, common-carrier service, reversing a longstanding agency position that it is a lightly regulated information service. The CTIA lawsuit also focuses on the reclassification of mobile broadband.

The new rules will "chill investment," and the FCC's decision ignores a competitive mobile industry, CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said in a statement. "Instead of promoting greater industry investment in the connected world of tomorrow, the FCC opted to resuscitate a command-and-control regulatory regime, including a process where innovators must first seek permission from the FCC before rolling out new services," she added.

By reclassifying broadband, the FCC has rewritten the Communications Act without permission from Congress, Theodore Olson, a veteran lawyer representing the NCTA, said in a statement.

"Congress clearly intended for the Internet to evolve unencumbered by complex, inefficient government regulations," Olson added. "Instead of letting regulators play the central role in determining how the Internet evolves, they wanted these decisions to be left to the creativity of entrepreneurs, engineers, and consumers."

The FCC is confident the rules will be upheld by the courts, agency spokeswoman Kim Hart said by email. A favorable court decision will ensure "enforceable protections for consumers and innovators online," she added.

The new Net neutrality rules, approved by the FCC on Feb. 26, would prohibit broadband and mobile carriers from selectively blocking or slowing Web traffic. The rules also reclassify broadband as a regulated telecom service, instead of treating it as a lightly regulated information service, as the FCC has done for the past decade.

In late March, the United States Telecom Association, another trade group, and ISP Alamo Broadband filed lawsuits challenging the Net neutrality rules. USTelecom refiled its lawsuit Monday after the FCC's rules were published in the Federal Register, the official publication for U.S. agency rules.

Typically, plaintiffs have to wait until FCC orders are published in the Federal Register to file lawsuits, but USTelecom had some procedural questions because of the sprawling nature of the FCC rules.

The lawsuits against the FCC's rules will likely be consolidated into one case in one court. Most of the challenges were filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, although the Alamo lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in Louisiana.

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Google Has a New Handwriting Keyboard and It Actually Works

Victor Luckerson
April 16, 2015

New app works in languages as varied as English, Chinese and Hindi

If you’re tired of pecking at minuscule letters on virtual keyboards, Google has the app for you.

The company has unveiled a new handwriting keyboard for Android devices that will convert your chicken-scratch into typed-out words. The app, called Google Handwriting Input, can replace your device’s stock keyboard and be used for texting, web browsing and other basic phone features.

A brief hands-on showed that the app was surprisingly good at recognizing a variety of different handwriting styles in English, even if the script was sloppy and the last few letters in a word were bunched at the edge of the screen. Adding punctuation marks is also easy, and you can even recreate many emojis by scribbling them out as old-fashioned emoticons.

The only area where the app seemed to struggle was cursive—print seems to be the way to go for the greatest level of accuracy. The app has earned 4.7 out of 5 stars on the Google Play store, indicating that most users are finding the app highly functional.

Google says the new keyboard supports 82 languages and believes it will be most useful for ideographic languages like Chinese, which are often constrained to a single dialect on traditional keyboards.


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Huge survey suggests Apple will sell over 15 million Apple Watches in the U.S. alone

By Brad Reed on Apr 15, 2015 at 4:16 PM

If this week’s earlier estimates are right, it took the Apple Watch just days to become the best-selling smartwatch of all time. While that obviously isn’t saying much, it looks like the Apple Watch is just getting started: A major new survey from Reuters suggests that Apple is going to sell 15 million Apple Watches in the United States alone.

Reuters surveyed over 1,800 American adults earlier this month and found that roughly 6% of them say they are planning to buy an Apple Watch. Reuters comments that “if calculated based on 2014 U.S. Census projections, and excluding younger teens, this could mean potential sales of about 15 million watches, if those who said they intended to buy follow through with an actual purchase.”

While 15 million Apple Watch units sold in the U.S. isn’t exactly iPhone 6-level sales, we have to remember that this is a smartwatch we’re talking about. In general, consumers have been avoiding smartwatches like the plague — according to one estimate, vendors sold only 720,000 Android Wear watches total over the last six months of 2014.

Of course, it remains to be seen if the Apple Watch has the same staying power among early adopters that the iPod, iPhone and iPad had. However, for the time being it looks like the Apple Watch is going to be the only smartwatch that’s capable of breaking through to mainstream consumers.


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Our systems not only notify your personnel quickly and reliably, but also provide actionable feedback to fine-tune your procedures, reduce unnecessary alarms, and improve patient outcomes.


Boost Mobile goes after Cuban-Americans with new prepaid plan

by Edgar Alvarez
April 16, 2015

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Now that the political relations between the US and Cuba have taken a turn for the better, American companies are pushing out marketing schemes to fit the bill. Today, Boost Mobile, Sprint's prepaid branch, announced a monthly plan that's geared toward customers who have loved ones in Cuba . The caveat, unfortunately, is that it's only available in Miami right now — but the strategy makes sense, since it's a city with a dense population of Cuban-Americans. If you're there, $50 a month gets you unlimited text and 15 talk minutes to Cuba at 33 cents per minute -- which the company claims to be the lowest rate among prepaid carriers. Boost's Cuba Monthly Connection deal also includes 5GB of data and all-you-can-have texting and calling within the US, while $10 more monthly doubles your data.

We expect to see more of this type of initiatives in the near future, as both countries continue to thaw their frisky affairs. When asked if it planned to make the plan available outside Miami, something that would benefit people who live elsewhere across the States, Boost Mobile said it had no comment at this time.

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Tiger Teams and the FCC Enforcement Bureau

Apr 15, 2015
By Mark E. Crosby, President and CEO, EWA

The FCC has announced plans to reduce the staff of its Enforcement Bureau. Given the explosion in the use of wireless devices across all markets—thereby increasing the potential for interference—wouldn't it make more sense to expand the Enforcement Bureau's capabilities instead of trying to consolidate them?

We remain dumbfounded that the FCC leadership continues to extol the virtues of its plans to significantly shrink the Enforcement Bureau, reducing the number of its employees by perhaps as much as 60%, and the number of its field offices by nearly 50%. Apparently saved from the chopping block will be New York City, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, and Columbia, Md., bureau offices. Not so lucky may be the offices in Seattle, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, and Houston.

According to one Commission official, “Interference resolution is and will remain the field’s top priority, our methods and organization need to evolve with changes in the industry such as spectrum sharing, improvements in remote detection, and self-regulation. The proposals under consideration would adequately equip the field to meet the enforcement needs of the commission.”

Emerging plans call for concentrating staff in Washington, D.C., and even the formation of mobile “Tiger Teams” that will be launched from Columbia, Maryland on a moment’s notice to address critical enforcement matters around the country. We have also heard that there will be no reduction in enforcement effectiveness, as Enforcement Bureau personnel will be better trained, investments will be made in improved technology, and the travel budget will be increased.

I would like to believe these commitments and promises of better wireless days ahead resulting from these reorganization plans, but I am having difficulty drinking the Kool Aid. The Enforcement Bureau is full of very dedicated government employees, although one might assume that those fortunate enough to still have a job might be concerned about their future prospects. It also remains to be seen whether the Bureau is keeping its already well-trained staff or planning to train its less experienced personnel.

The Bureau’s critical role has been underfunded and under-appreciated for decades. Not that long ago, its field staff too often had to say “we can’t go investigate this interference matter, as we do not have the budget to put gas in our vehicles.” Yet now the Commission is going to invest in new interference-mitigation technology, remote-monitoring capabilities, agent training, airline tickets, and rental cars for the Tiger Teams?

By the way, expect the Tiger Teams to come home to Columbia only a few days each year as they will remain in perpetual motion out in America’s wireless world chasing down unlicensed operators, purposeful interference to mission-critical communication, pirate broadcasters, unbalanced folks who have fun interfering with aeronautical functions, citizens-band users who like to add amplifiers to their systems, and those nasty enough to impede ubiquitous access to the internet, thus prohibiting the opportunity of all citizens to download past episodes of the Game of Thrones.

The Bureau has its idiosyncrasies, such as differences in effort from one office to another and forfeitures that increasingly appear to be based on the operator’s apparent ability to pay rather than on the severity of the crime, but we can work with these issues. At a time when the number of devices is exploding across all wireless markets, at a time when the economy is growing ever so more dependent on private wireless systems and national broadband networks, and at a time when new sources of shared spectrum will be forthcoming from the federal government, the Enforcement Bureau has never been needed so much. One hopes that the FCC leadership will revisit these plans to consolidate the Enforcement Bureau, and choose instead to broaden its presence and reach with a meaningful expansion of resources in staff and equipment. Tiger Teams are a good solution best deployed in the armed forces.

Source: IWCE Urgent Communications

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Formed in 2010, CAS brought together the resources and capabilities of two leading critical messaging solutions providers, UCOM™ and Teletouch™ Paging, along with lntego Systems™, a pioneer in next-generation nurse call systems. The result was an organization that represented more than 40 years of combined experience serving hospitals and healthcare providers.

CAS was created to be a single-source provider for hospitals and healthcare facilities in need of advanced nurse call and communications technologies.

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IMPORTANT: Corrections to Rural Cost Model Data Due May 11, 2015

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has published a map of rate-of-return (ROR) study area boundaries and central office locations (Node0) that it intends to incorporate into the next version of the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) (WC Docket No. 10-90). ROR carriers have until May 11, 2015, to submit any proposed corrections to the study area boundary and Node0 location data through the A-CAM Support desk. We strongly advise all ROR carriers to review the study area boundary and Node0 location data released by the WCB for accuracy and to submit corrections, as necessary, as this will be the basis for determining whether a ROR carrier may want to voluntarily select universal service support based on the model. Review of the data may also indicate whether the model is based on faulty data and, therefore, subject to challenge as flawed.

A-CAM calculates the forward-looking economic costs of deploying and operating a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network in ROR areas. In the April 2014 Connect America Order and FNPRM, the FCC directed the WCB to make adjustments to the Connect America Cost Model so that it could be used for ROR carriers to receive model-based support, including incorporating the results of the WCB's study area boundary data collection.

According to the WCB, the model creates a network topology that routes plant along roads from a central office location and it then calculates the costs associated with that network topology. The WCB states that in large part, it used the study area boundary data submitted by ROR carriers and state utility commissions as-is to define study area boundaries and exchanges. However, in some cases, the WCB states that it modified the submitted data to address certain discrepancies, such as overlaps and voids in data so that the data could be used in the model. To resolve overlaps "in a consistent and unbiased way", the WCB states that it attributed the overlapped area to the study area with the longest 'intersecting' boundary." In cases where the submitted boundary of the exchanges differed from the modified study area boundary, the WCB then modified the exchanges to match the edges of the study area boundary. It identified coastal islands that lack a connection to the continental United States (including Alaska) as separate exchanges and it merged exchanges that were intersected by a state border if they were in the same study area (thus merging study areas and exchanges that cross state boundaries to reflect the likely physical network rather than the political boundary).

To determine Node0 (central office locations), the WCB used data from GeoResults. GeoResults' website states that its National Wire Center Boundary Database "contains a proprietary set of Wire Center boundary files that represent the actual wire center serving area for each of the over 20,000 Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) central office buildings in the United States." However, according to the WCB, not all service areas had GeoResults central office locations and in those cases, the WCB "placed Node0 in whatever Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) populated place was nearest to the central office location for a given exchange previously used by the Commission in its prior modeling." According to the U.S. Geological Survey website, GNIS was "developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names" and "contains information about physical and cultural geographic features in the United States and associated areas, both current and historical (not including roads and highways). The database holds the Federally recognized name of each Feature and defines the location of the feature by state, county, USGS topographic map, and geographic coordinates."

According to the WCB, "the final step was to ensure that each exchange was associated with a single Node0 location. If exchanges had more than one Node0 location greater than 10 airline miles apart, we split the exchanges into smaller areas." The WCB also consolidated some small exchanges "in cases where a GeoResults or GNIS-HCPM Node0 point was within one mile of an adjacent exchange boundary within the same study area and the adjacent exchange had no GeoResults Node0 location." According to the WCB, "[i]f an exchange had neither a GeoResults Node0 nor a GNIS-HCPM point, we used the most central GNIS point, and if there was no GNIS point, we used the interior centroid of the exchange as the Node0 location."

ROR carriers that wish to obtain the GeoResults central office (Node0) locations data for review must execute the relevant acknowledgement of confidentiality, licensing, and nondisclosure documents released as attachments to the Third Supplemental Protective Order. ROR carriers can request the A-CAM Node0 File for their incumbent territories at no charge through the A-CAM Support desk ( ). They also can purchase a full national table of all ROR Node0 locations for a nominal fee.

The firm plans to issue a separate Call to Action with more information later this week.

FCC To Implement Online Response System for Informal Complaints

Last week, a number of carriers received an invitation from FCC staff regarding a demonstration of its as-yet-unannounced Consumer Help Center Informal Complaint response system. According to discussions with staff, the new Consumer Help Center will ultimately become the only way to receive and respond to Informal Complaints. Although the system has apparently been functional since December, the FCC has not yet put out a Public Notice notifying carriers of its existence, its future role, or officially mandating its use. We were told to expect such a Public Notice in the near future.

According to the demonstration, carriers are not able to register themselves with the system via the Consumer Help Center website; doing so only creates a user account that will not be associated with any complaints that are filed. Therefore, it is important that carriers that were not contacted directly by the FCC and guided through the correct registration process await further FCC instruction before attempting to use the system. We will be glad to help any affected clients navigate the new system.

Open Internet Order Published in Federal Register, Effective June 12

On April 13, the FCC published in the Federal Register its March 12, 2015 Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling and Order. As a result, the Order will become effective June 12, 2015, except for certain enhancements made to the transparency rules, which are collections of information requiring separate OMB approval.

Rules going into effect include:

  • The “bright line” prohibitions against blocking and throttling (subject to exceptions for reasonable network management) and paid prioritization;
  • a catch-all, backstop prohibition against unreasonable interference with or disadvantaging of end user or edge provider use of lawful content, applications, services or devices, likewise subject to an exception for reasonable network management;
  • Section 201 of the Act (which prohibits unjust and unreasonable prices and practices); Section 202 (which prohibits unreasonable discrimination and undue preferences);
  • Section 208 (which governs customer complaints);
  • Section 222 (which governs Consumer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) and related customer privacy protections);
  • Section 224 (which governs access to poles, ducts, conduits and rights-of-way);
  • Sections 225, 255 and 251(a)(2) (which deal with access by persons with disability), except that requirements for Telecommunications Relay Service contributions by newly Title II-regulated retail broadband Internet access service providers are forborne until the FCC completes a rulemaking regarding such contributions;
  • Sections 254 and 214(e) (which deal with universal service), except that requirements for Universal Service Fund contributions by newly Title II-regulated retail broadband Internet access service providers are forborne until the FCC completes a rulemaking regarding such contributions and except that subsections 254(g) (regarding rate averaging by inter-exchange carriers) and 254(k) (regarding cross-subsidization of competitive services) are forborne;
  • Section 229 (regarding Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) rulemakings and oversight; and
  • (g) from 223 and 231 (regarding obscene and illicit content).
  • Portions of the Order that are not yet in effect because of pending OMB approval include:
  • Disclosure of commercial terms, including price, other fees, and data caps or allowances;
  • Disclosure of the packet loss network performance characteristic;
  • Disclosure of whether certain services rely on particular network practices and whether similar functionality is available to applications and services offered over broadband Internet access service;
  • Disclosure of network practices that are applied to traffic associated with a particular user or user group, including any application-agnostic degradation of service to a particular end user, and the purposes of those network practices.

We note, however, that small providers will have a temporary exemption from these requirements when they do become effective.

FCC Grants First Batch of AWS-3 Licenses; Fate of DISH DEs Still Unknown

Last Thursday, the FCC announced the grant of AWS-3 licenses to eleven (11) long-form applicants with respect to whom there were no petitions to deny or other requests pending. Public Notice ( DA 15-432 ) granted long-form applications filed by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, along with a handful of small and/or rural carriers (including several BloostonLaw clients). These applications represent half of the twenty-one (21) long-form applications that the FCC Wireless Bureau identified last month as accepted for filing . The FCC is expected to announce its action on the remaining ten (10) long-form applications that it accepted in a subsequent Public Notice.

Conspicuously missing from the “accepted for filing” list issued in early March were long form applications filed by Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo, small business Designated Entities (DEs) owned 85% by DISH Network and which had winning bids worth $13.3 billion (just under $10 billion after factoring in the 25% small business bid credit). The FCC’s staff is presumably wrestling with Northstar and SNR’s applications because they “pushed the envelope” with respect to small business eligibility and the level of control that DISH appears to have over their joint bidding. Long-form applications from eight (8) other companies have also yet to be accepted for filing, including applications of US Cellular’s DE Advantage Spectrum, LP and investment vehicle Cyprus Cellular, LP, presumably because additional information is required before the applications can be processed by FCC Wireless Bureau staff.

We expect there is a fair amount of hand wringing going on right now at the FCC (and possibly the DOJ) because of the combined $3.3 billion in small business bid credits granted to Northstar and SNR on top of alleged joint bidding abuses by DISH. The Commission has the difficult task of dealing with the loopholes in the DE rules that facilitated DISH’s bidding strategy at least in part, and the aggressive bidding by Northstar and SNR (allegedly in concert with one another at times) that helped to drive Auction 97 bidding through the roof. Given this dynamic, and the possibility of having to turn away a $10 billion payday to the US Treasury, it may be very difficult for the FCC to dismiss the Northstar and SNR long-form applications or to issue significant fines against DISH.

At the end of it all, we expect that the FCC will use the DISH controversy as the basis for adopting some changes in the FCC’s DE rules. Acceptance of the Northstar and SNR long-forms will trigger their final payment requirements, and then the FCC staff will review the long-form applications in parallel with its investigation into alleged joint bidding abuses.

We also expect that the FCC will issue a separate order addressing the alleged collusive bidding by DISH, Northstar and SNR. While it is possible that the FCC may find a violation of the anti-collusion rules and propose fines, and/or the DOJ may elect to pursue a case for violation of antitrust or anti bid-rigging laws, we believe it likely that the FCC would punish any violations it may find through the issuance of fines rather than a denial of auction licenses.

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FCC Expected to Tinker with 3.65 GHz Rules During Open Meeting Scheduled for April 17

The FCC’s next Open Meeting is currently scheduled for April 17, 2015. At the meeting the Commission will consider:

  • a Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would leverage innovative spectrum sharing technologies to make 150 megahertz of contiguous spectrum available in the 3550-3700 MHz band for wireless broadband and other uses; and
  • a Public Notice requesting additional comment on how to ensure that small businesses, rural telephone companies, and businesses owned by members of minority groups and women have an opportunity to participate in the provision of spectrum-based services, while ensuring that there are adequate safeguards to protect against unjust enrichment to ineligible entities.

As part of the 3550-3700 MHz initiative, it is expected that the FCC will incorporate the existing 3.65 GHz band utilized by many entities into the new regime in a way that may significantly change how this band is used; and therefore, the FCC will likely propose a grandfathering period of 3 to 5 years for existing 3.65 GHz licensees. Thereafter, these licensees will probably be required to rely on the use of dynamic location technology rather than the existing database arrangement, in order to avoid harmful interference.

Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC Live web page at .

Rep. Mooney Introduces Bill Exempting Broadband Providers from USF Contributions

On March 26, Rep. Alexander Mooney (R-W.Va.) introduced a bill entitled Freedom from Internet Tax Act, which proposes to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to exempt providers of broadband Internet access service from Federal USF contributions.

Specifically, the bill revises Section 254(d) by adding an exception for, “a person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service (as defined in the rules adopted in the Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order that was adopted by the Commission on February 26, 2015 (FCC 15–24)), insofar as such person is so engaged.”

At the moment, the bill has no cosponsors, and Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. According to USAC’s second-quarter appendices, the 2015 annualized projected high cost support for West Virginia, Rep. Mooney’s state, is $44,311,437 (no. 35 in the country).

FCC Enforcement Bureau Signals Intent to Crack Down Even as It Reduces Force

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has indicated that it will be undergoing a significant streamlining — including a substantial reduction in field office personnel — in an effort to reduce the enforcement budget by millions of dollars. However, even as this scaling back of resources is being implemented, the Bureau has promised that enforcement efforts will be vigorous; and that it will still be able to respond to interference and other problems in 80% of the country within “a matter of hours.” Bill Davenport, Deputy Bureau Chief, indicated on Monday that the FCC will target interference, continuous operation on channels and 911 violations as a starting point.

While regulated entities may think that any reduction in enforcement resources will make compliance with FCC rules less important, the unfortunate outcome of this cut back is pressure on the FCC to deal very harshly with any violations coming to its attention. And small carriers and licensees are the easiest targets when looking to make an example that will hopefully scare larger regulatees into compliance.


FCC Announces Public Workshop on E-Rate Funded Fiber Build Projects

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis have announced that a public workshop will be held to provide schools, libraries, providers, and state and local policy makers with information and tools for planning fiber build projects under the new E-rate rules. The workshop will be held on May 20, 2015 starting at 1 p.m., at FCC headquarters in Washington, DC.

The workshop will provide an overview of the new E-rate rules governing installment payments, state matching for fiber builds, leasing and management of dark fiber, and self-construction. It will explore best practices for fiber builds and practical challenges to aligning fiber builds with the E-rate application process and other E-rate rules, and will focus particular attention on the issues applicants need to consider in order to choose the most cost-effective option for deploying fiber.

Audio and video coverage of the discussion will be available on the FCC’s Web page at .

Nevada Considers Regulation on Internet Traffic Path

According to USA Today , Nevada could become the first state in the nation to mandate the physical route government data takes as it travels the Internet under a bill being considered by the Nevada Legislature.

Nevada Senate Bill No. 289, introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Paul Anderson, R-Las Vegas, and Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, requires each provider of Internet protocol service which serves an agency or political subdivision the state of Nevada to interconnect and maintain a peering agreement within the state with all other such providers of Internet protocol service. The upshot would be that internet traffic from state offices would only pass through servers based in Nevada.

The article states that the bill’s sponsors argue that their measure is “critical for cybersecurity because it would keep government Internet traffic confined to the state, instead of allowing that data to travel traditional paths that often include out-of-state connection points,” but that critics of the bill say it would create “a single-point bottleneck” that could make data more vulnerable to attack, not less vulnerable.


MAY 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its recent decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual form (Form 499-A) that was due April 1.

JUNE 1: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. However, because May 31 falls on a Sunday this year, the filing will be due on June 1. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on June 1. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report.

JULY 1: FCC FORM 481 (CARRIER ANNUAL REPORTING DATA COLLECTION FORM). All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) must report the information required by Section 54.313, which includes outage, unfulfilled service request, and complaint data, broken out separately for voice and broadband services, information on the ETC’s holding company, operating companies, ETC affiliates and any branding in response to section 54.313(a)(8); its CAF-ICC certification, if applicable; its financial information, if a privately held rate-of-return carrier; and its satellite backhaul certification, if applicable. Form 481 must not only be filed with USAC, but also with the FCC and the relevant state commission and tribal authority, as appropriate. Although USAC treats the filing as confidential, filers must seek confidential treatment separately with the FCC and the relevant state commission and tribal authority if confidential treatment is desired.

JULY 1: MOBILITY FUND PHASE I ANNUAL REPORT. Winning bidders in Auction 901 that are authorized to receive Mobility Fund Phase I support are required to submit to the Commission an annual report each year on July 1 for the five years following authorization. Each annual report must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the Commission, clearly referencing WT Docket No. 10-208; the Universal Service Administrator; and the relevant state commissions, relevant authority in a U.S. Territory, or Tribal governments, as appropriate. The information and certifications required to be included in the annual report are described in Section 54.1009 of the Commission’s rules.

JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, UNIVERSAL SERVICE QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE. Line count updates are required to recalculate a carrier's per line universal service support, and is filed with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This information must be submitted on July 31 each year by all rate-of-return incumbent carriers, and on a quarterly basis if a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (CETC) has initiated service in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area and reported line count data to USAC in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area, in order for the incumbent carrier to be eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). This quarterly filing is due July 31 and covers lines served as of December 31, 2014. Incumbent carriers filing on a quarterly basis must also file on September 30 (for lines served as of March 31, 2015); December 30 (for lines served as of June 30, 2015), and March 31, 2016, for lines served as of September 30, 2015).

JULY 31: CARRIER IDENTIFICATION CODE (CIC) REPORTS. Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Reports must be filed by the last business day of July (this year, July 31). These reports are required of all carriers who have been assigned a CIC code by NANPA. Failure to file could result in an effort by NANPA to reclaim it, although according to the Guidelines this process is initiated with a letter from NANPA regarding the apparent non-use of the CIC code. The assignee can then respond with an explanation. (Guidelines Section 6.2). The CIC Reporting Requirement is included in the CIC Assignment Guidelines, produced by ATIS. According to section 1.4 of that document: At the direction of the NANPA, the access providers and the entities who are assigned CICs will be requested to provide access and usage information to the NANPA, on a semi-annual basis to ensure effective management of the CIC resource. (Holders of codes may respond to the request at their own election). Access provider and entity reports shall be submitted to NANPA no later than January 31 for the period ending December 31, and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. It is also referenced in the NANPA Technical Requirements Document, which states at 7.18.6: CIC holders shall provide a usage report to the NANPA per the industry CIC guidelines … The NAS shall be capable of accepting CIC usage reports per guideline requirements on January 31 for the period ending December 31 and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. These reports may also be mailed and accepted by the NANPA in paper form. Finally, according to the NANPA website, if no local exchange carrier reports access or usage for a given CIC, NANPA is obliged to reclaim it. The semi-annual utilization and access reporting mechanism is described at length in the guidelines.

Calendar At A Glance

Apr. 21 – Reply Comments are due on 911 Policy NPRM.

May 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
May 11 – Deadline to submit revisions to Alternative Connect America Cost Model map.
May 18 – Short Form Tariff Review Plan is due.
May 29 – Comments on Short Form Tariff Review Plans are due.

Jun. 1 – FCC Form 395 (Annual Employment Report) is due.
Jun. 5 – Reply comments on Short Form Tariff Review Plans are due.
Jun. 16 – Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 23 – Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 24 – Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice are due by noon Eastern Time.
Jun. 29 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice due by noon Eastern Time.

Jul. 1 – FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form) is due.
Jul. 1 – FCC Form 690 (Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Winner Annual Report) is due.
Jul. 31 – FCC Form 507 (Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update) is due.
Jul. 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.

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Adopted on February 26, 2015, the FCC's Open Internet rules are designed to protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation's broadband networks. The Open Internet rules are grounded in the strongest possible legal foundation by relying on multiple sources of authority, including: Title II of the Communications Act and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. As part of this decision, the Commission also refrains (or "forbears") from enforcing provisions of Title II that are not relevant to modern broadband service. Together Title II and Section 706 support clear rules of the road, providing the certainty needed for innovators and investors, and the competitive choices and freedom demanded by consumers.

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  • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no "fast lanes." This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.

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Subject: Re: The Wireless Messaging News for Larry Sheets
Date:April 15, 2015 at 7:53:31 AM CDT
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I am a small paging carrier in Georgia. Seems like we have met a some events some time in the past, but either way, we still page and read your newsletter.

Just wanted to pass on something you might could work with in the newsletter. It is a copy but seems to fallen by the wayside.

A few years back one of the cellular magazines always ran a one page story with three customer service stories of interactions with cell phone store employees. The stories were hilarious to those of us in the know because of the absolutely stupid things that the cell phone reps would tell customers. Outlandish. Not even sure how they made them up. It finally got to the [point] — in that particular magazine — that was the only page I read.

Anyway, a friend of mine went in to a store this week to get his phone replaced. This gentleman is just a flip phone user. All he wanted was a replacement flip phone. A call ahead revealed that they had phones starting at $1.

We he got there, he was told that the $1 phone actually really cost more than $1, so that they had to charge tax on the real on the real value, which added almost $10 or so. BUT WORSE, he was told that the Government required them to charge him $40 to activate his new phone. However if he brought in some old phone that he already had and got it activated instead, the Government did not require the $40 fee, and therefore it would be free.

How do they make this up? Anyway, if you could gather up stories from your other readers you might could bring back what the old magazine had. It was more prolific with stories about towers, and networks, and all kinds of excuses that no store clerk would have ever known about . . . but they sure passed them out as excuses to customers.



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