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Friday — January 16, 2015 — Issue No. 640

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Welcome back. I hope you enjoy this issue of The Wireless Messaging News.

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New Domain Name

While reading an article about Google's new domain naming service (the article follows below) I found that the domain name: was available so I signed up for it. The cost is only $12 per year, and for the time being, it is just being forwarded to This name might make it easier for new people interested in wireless messaging, to find the newsletter. I didn't chose my own name for my domain name. That was done for me, by someone else, and I have been using it for a long time—probably over 25 years. So, I don't plan to discontinue the use of, but I may eventually transition the newsletter portion over to

By the way, —or the Paging Information Resource —is sort of a free-public library about paging technology. There are hundreds of articles that include topics on engineering, marketing, and sales. Some of it is outdated of course (like old share of market info), but there is a trove of other Paging information including maintenance manuals, schematics, and explanations of paging protocols.

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Wireless Messaging

Wireless messaging is the transmission of text or data from one device to another, via a wireless network. There are four main forms of wireless messaging.

Short Messaging Service (SMS)
SMS, short for short messaging service, is the dominant form of wireless messaging. SMS messaging is available on most 2G networks and all 3G networks. With SMS, subscribers can send short text messages (usually no more than 160 characters) that are immediately delivered to and from wireless handsets. SMS messaging is particularly popular in Europe and Asia.

Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
One of the most recent developments in wireless messaging is known as multimedia messaging service (MMS). MMS is an advanced version of SMS that allows users to enhance their messages by incorporating sound, images, and other rich content, transforming it into a personalized audio and visual message. With MMS, it is not only possible to send your multimedia messages from one phone to another, but also from phone to email, and vice versa. This feature dramatically increases the possibilities of mobile communication, both for private and corporate use. Multimedia Messaging Service has already become a hit in Japan, where J-Phone’s popular sha-mail service claims more than six million subscribers to its picture messaging service.

Mobile Instant Messaging (mobile IM)
Mobile instant messaging promises to extend desktop instant messaging to wireless devices. The current generation of mobile IM technology is not very sophisticated, due mostly to interoperability issues. But this should change soon. Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola and other companies are the prime movers behind the Wireless Village group and its parent, the Open Mobile Alliance, which are working to establish a set of specifications for interoperability of mobile Instant Messaging services.

Wireless e-mail
Wireless e-mail is the ability to send and receive email over wireless devices. As 2.5G and 3G networks give users “always on” access to their email (similar to Blackberry devices today), we expect wireless email to become increasingly popular. [ source ]

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Unfortunately, the list above does not include my favorite, Two-way Paging . Here is what American Messaging has to say about it.

Benefits of a Two Way Pager

  • Reliability of paging with the efficiency of e-mail
  • Send messages to people not in-boxes
  • Stay connected with affordable wireless e-mail
  • Discreet communications—even when you are in meetings
  • Receive e-mails even when your PC is off

[ source : American Messaging]

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Cool New Stuff at CES

Zuli Smart Plugs
Bluetooth LE (low energy) exploded at CES this year, but Zuli Smart Plugs are the best use of that technology that I saw. Plug a lamp into a Zuli Smart Plug and the plug will track your location inside your home, turning on lights to your preferred brightness when you enter and automatically turning them off when you leave.

At CES, Zuli announced it had joined the Works with Nest program, so now those same plugs can set your thermostat to your preference when it detects you’re home. That’s vastly superior to needing to walk by the thermostat for that purpose. A gaggle of Nest engineers were getting a demo when I arrived, and they seemed impressed when they left. I know I was.— Michael Brown (PC World) [ source ]

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About Us

A new issue of the Wireless Messaging Newsletter is posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the web. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Messaging companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Messaging communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

I spend the whole week searching the Internet for news that I think may be of interest to you — so you won't have to. This newsletter is an aggregator — a service that aggregates news from other news sources. You can help our community by sharing any interesting news that you find.

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Editorial Opinion pieces present only the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of any of advertisers or supporters. This newsletter is independent of any trade association.

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WaveWare Technologies

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Easy Solutions

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Getting the Most Out of Apple iOS 8

JAN. 14, 2015
The New York Times

By: Molly Wood

You probably didn’t know about these five features hidden in the iPhone’s iOS 8 operating system. Use them, and you’ll be using your phone like a pro. Video by Molly Wood, Rebekah Fergusson and Vanessa Perez on Publish Date January 14, 2015.

EVERY new mobile operating system needs a little time to settle in. But now that Apple’s iOS 8 has been out about four months — long enough to fix some bugs in iOS 8.1 — we have had some time to get used to its new features.

Whether you are still getting used to it or looking for a reason to upgrade, here are some of my top tips for getting the most out of Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

KNOW YOUR BATTERY The new version of iOS finally lets you know exactly what is using up your battery life, instead of giving you mystery percentages. In the Settings menu, under General and then Usage, you will see an option called Battery Usage. Tap that and you will see a list of apps and exactly how much battery power they have used that day and over the last seven days.

The amount largely depends on you; I text all the time, and that is obvious from the usage patterns. Messages accounted for 21 percent of my battery drain over the last seven days. But if you find any surprising apps, just double-tap on the home button to see all running apps and swipe up to close the offender (or offenders).

TALK TO SIRI HANDS-FREE Holding down the home button to reach Apple’s built-in voice assistant, Siri, is so last version. In the Siri menu under general settings, there’s an option to turn on “Hey Siri.” Then, instead of holding down the home button, you can just say “Hey Siri” and ask your question, set your reminder or start a text message or phone call.

The feature works only when the phone is plugged in — a pretty big miss, considering that Google introduced a similar feature for Android phones in 2013, and it works whether or not the phone is plugged in (it’s activated by saying “O.K. Google.”)

But if you keep your phone plugged in while you’re driving, as many of us do (battery life still not being what it should be), the hands-free Siri service is a useful feature if you’re lost or need to start a call. And it can be helpful if the phone is plugged in across the room and you need to ask for the weather, for example.

IDENTIFY THAT SONG Siri now integrates with the music-recognition service Shazam. It can listen to music playing around you and tell you what the song is — great when a good song plays during a commercial or TV show, or in the car. To find out what the song is, ask Siri, “What’s playing?” The phone will listen for a bit and then, in most cases, say and display the name of the song and artist, including a link to buy it from iTunes.

SCAN CREDIT CARDS IN SAFARI This is a fairly useful tool for mobile users, but I wish it went a bit further. If you are shopping on a website in the Safari browser on either a phone or an iPad and you don’t have an account on the site, you will inevitably have to enter your credit card number.

Just above the keyboard, you will see an option to Scan Credit Card. Then, hold your credit card up to the device’s camera and it will read the credit card number and expiration date and enter it for you on the site. The camera doesn’t take a picture of your card; it just scans it and transfers the numbers.

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It can’t read the security code — or it couldn’t whenever I tried it — and you will still have to enter your billing information. But it does reduce typing mistakes, and it worked reliably every time I tried it.

USE A DIFFERENT KEYBOARD For the most part with Apple, you get what you get; there is little to customize or personalize. But with iOS 8, Apple gave users the ability to download and use alternate keyboards.

The built-in keyboard is quite good — although the space bar is a little small, and we have all had our issues with auto-correct. There are two good options on iOS that have been available on Android for years.

Swype ($1 on the App Store) is a clever keyboard technology in which you drag your finger across the keyboard and it recognizes patterns and makes words. Some people find it faster than typing, and it has many devotees.

SwiftKey (free) is another strong option. It quickly learns from your typing habits for better predictive typing. (It also lets you swipe to type, like Swype.)

SwiftKey includes themes for changing the look of the keyboard, although they are limited to black and white and, at least when I tried it, a pretty tacky holiday theme.

Replacing the keyboard is a commitment, and I found Swype a little unstable. Most people will prefer the new multitude of apps that add colors and other personal touches to the built-in keyboard. Apps like Color Keyboard Themes and Custom Keyboard for iOS 8, both free, add colors, typefaces, styles and even sound effects.

Kit Eaton explores three apps that show off what iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, can do on new iPhones. Video by Dallas Jensen and Kit Eaton on Publish Date September 24, 2014.

TAKE BETTER PHOTOS The Camera app in iOS 8, whether you have a new iPhone 6 or not, adds some simple and some advanced features. For example, you can now control the light exposure before you take a photo. With the camera open, tap the screen to focus and a small sun icon will appear next to the focus box. Drag it up or down to let more or less light into the picture.

IOS 8 also adds the ability to create time-lapse videos, which is an amusing extra. Open the camera and swipe all the way to the right until you get to time-lapse. Click the Record button and hold the phone steady as long as you want the video to last.

Note that you will want to hold the phone really steady. One pro tip is to set the phone somewhere stable and plug in your Apple earbuds. You can use the volume button on the headphones (or on the side of the phone) to start the video, and then you won’t shake it when you tap Record.

There is also a self-timer built into the camera app. A small timer icon appears at the top of the screen when the camera is open. Tap it and you can set the countdown to three or 10 seconds, and get your group shots or selfies just right.

Obviously, iOS 8.1 is a powerful operating system with a lot of useful features built in. Finding how to make the most of them, though, isn’t always easy — and can take a little poking around.

Source: The New York Times  


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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.


Verizon Announces New Service: Verizon Vehicle

January 15, 2015
By David Jackson
Utah People's Post

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One of the most important telecom companies in the United States, Verizon announced it will introduce a new service called Verizon Vehicle. The new service provides drivers with wireless connectivity and other digital services inside their cars.

Verizon developed the new service for the millions of older cars that are still in use and do not have wireless technology. The new Verizon Vehicle service will offer the drivers features like car monitoring, roadside assistance and other helpful on-road services.

The new Verizon Vehicle service costs $14.99 a month and those interested in the service have to sign a two-year contract. Verizon announced that the new service for cars will be launched on April 10.

Erik Goldman, the President of Verizon Telematics explained their new service saying that Verizon wants to provide its customers innovative services and technologies that can help people connect with each other, inspire them and help them solve challenges.

Goldman added that Verizon Vehicle is a unique service that was designed for more than 200 million cars that are on the American roads today. He said that the new service will help the American drivers know when the car has a problem and will announce the driver before a breakdown happens. Goldman said that with the new Verizon Vehicle service, the drivers can enjoy a smarter, safer and a more economical way of driving and maintaining their cars.

Another Verizon representative, Will Power, compares Verizon Vehicle with having a personal mechanic that looks under the hood of the car every time one drives

The new Verizon Vehicle service will be compatible with more than 9,000 vehicle models and the users have to plug it into the On-Board Diagnostics port and use an OBD reader in their vehicles. This will give the reader access to the car’s status and information on different car components.

The driver can have access to the information through different mediums like voice call, text message and via email.

Also, the users can access all the information they need by installing the Verizon Vehicle app on their smartphones that can work on iOS and Android devices.

Source: Utah People's Post


Specialists in sales and service of equipment from these leading manufacturers, as well as other two-way radio and paging products:

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250W VHF Paging Transmitter

STI Engineering's RFI-148 250 high performance paging transmitter features true DDS frequency generation that enables precise control and flexibility for a wide range of data transmission applications.

The transmitter is particularly suitable for large simulcast POCSAG and FLEX paging networks and can be used as drop-in replacement of older and obsolete transmitters. The unit has a proven track record in large scale critical messaging systems.

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  • External reference option
  • FCC and ACMA approved
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Cubans can finally buy American phones and PCs

January 15, 2014
by Jon Fingas

Image credit: AFP/Getty Images

The White House promised warmer relations with Cuba that would provide easier access to US technology (among many other things), and it's delivering in spades. As of January 16th, American companies can legally sell consumer tech to everyday Cubans. That includes cellphones, PCs, TVs and anything else that will "enable the flow of information" for the public. It's not that generous of a gesture however, when you consider that the island's population can't usually afford these gadgets. The average Cuban earned just $20 per month in 2013. It'll expand the selection of items they can afford, however, and it'll boost sales to visitors (who'll also see fewer restrictions on US credit and debit cards).

Locals may be more likely to notice the previously announced plan to let US telecoms run services in Cuba. The newfound communications freedom is mostly meant to create an "efficient and adequate" link with the US, but it could improve the overall quality of Cuban phone and data connections. It could reduce the nation's dependence on its state-run telecom (ETECSA), too. You might not see the full effects of this diplomatic outreach for years, but it should make a big impact in a country where American tech imports were previously left to smugglers and helpful tourists.

Source: engadget

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It's still here — the tried and true Motorola Alphamate 250. Now owned, supported, and available from Leavitt Communications. Call us for new or reconditioned units, parts, manuals, and repairs.

We also offer refurbished Alphamate 250's, Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging!

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( ) for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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USB Paging Encoder

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  • Single channel up to eight zones
  • Connects to Linux computer via USB
  • Programmable timeouts and batch sizes
  • Supports 2-tone, 5/6-tone, POCSAG 512/1200/2400, GOLAY
  • Supports Tone Only, Voice, Numeric, and Alphanumeric
  • PURC or direct connect
  • Pictured version mounts in 5.25" drive bay
  • Other mounting options available
  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

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Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • Frequency agile—only one receiver to stock
  • USB or RS-232 interface
  • Two contact closures
  • End-user programmable w/o requiring special hardware
  • 16 capcodes
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

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Other products

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Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.

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Terminals & Controllers:
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3Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
3CNET Platinum Controllers 
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40SkyData 8466 B Receivers
1GL3000L Complete w/Spares
1Unipage—Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
16Zetron M66 Transmitter Controllers  
Link Transmitters:
1QT-5701, 35W, UHF, Link Transmitter
4Glenayre QT4201 25W Midband Link TX
1Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2Eagle 900 MHz Link Transmitters, 60 & 80W
2Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
VHF Paging Transmitters
1Glenayre QT7505
1Glenayre QT8505
1Nucleus VHF, 125W, Advanced Control
UHF Paging Transmitters:
20Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
2Glenayre GLT8200, 25W (NEW)
15Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
3Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W

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Providing better communications solutions to hospitals across the country — together!

For CAS, strong partnerships remain key to providing our software-based communications solutions to our customers. These solutions include:

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We provide the communication, training and resources required to become a CA partner. In turn, our partners provide customers with the highest levels of local service & support. CA Partners may come from any number of business sectors, including:

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Selected portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update — newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP are reproduced in this section with the firm's permission.

BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 18, No. 2January 14, 2015

Sens. Thune and Upton Continue Crusade for New Telecom Act

Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, authored an article renewing their call for new telecommunications legislation, a crusade they began last year under the hashtag #CommActUpdate.

In today’s piece, the congressmen said that, “[u]sing Title II could result in billions of dollars in higher government fees and taxes on consumers’ monthly broadband bills,” citing to a Progressive Policy Institute report. “It also could extend new regulations to areas like mobile broadband without recognizing the unique challenges that mobile carriers face.” They said they plan to “pursue a public process to draft and enact bipartisan legislation that would protect the open Internet” and hope that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will join them “in working to build and enact a shared set of principles that will protect Internet users, promote innovation, encourage investment — and withstand legal challenge.”


President Obama Announces Initiative to Promote Municipal Broadband Systems

President Obama delivered a speech in Cedar Falls, Iowa today on the Obama Administration’s intentions to spur the growth of community broadband programs around the country.

Citing the recent success of the cities of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Wilson, North Carolina; and Kansas City, Missouri in taking aggressive steps to improve broadband in their respective communities through bringing in new competition, leveraging municipal investments, and forming new partnerships, the President will announce several new initiatives, including:

  • A new effort formally opposing measures that limit the range of options available to cities and communities to spur expanded local broadband infrastructure, including ownership of networks. As a first step, the Administration is filing a letter with the FCC urging it to address laws in 19 states that prevent local communities from operating their own broadband networks.
  • A Community Broadband Summit of mayors and county commissioners from around the nation, aimed at recognizing the efforts of the Next Century Cities coalition, a nonpartisan network pledging to bring fast, community-supported broadband to their towns and cities, and Gig. U, a partnership of 37 research universities to bring fast broadband to communities around their campuses. The Summit will also build on the US Ignite partnership, launched by White House in 2012, and which has grown to include more than 65 research universities and 35 cities in developing new next-generation gigabit applications.
  • A new initiative by the Department of Commerce called “BroadbandUSA,” to promote broadband deployment and adoption by offering online and in-person technical assistance to communities; hosting a series of regional workshops around the country; and publishing guides and tools that provide communities with proven solutions to address problems in broadband infrastructure planning, financing, construction, and operations across many types of business models.
  • A revamped broadband loan program through the Department of Agriculture which offers financing to eligible rural carriers that invest in bringing high-speed broadband to unserved and under-served rural areas.
  • A new Broadband Opportunity Council of over a dozen government agencies with the goal of speeding up broadband deployment and promoting adoption, and soliciting public comment on unnecessary regulatory barriers and opportunities to promote greater coordination.

The speech was delivered at 2 p.m. CST at the Cedar Falls Utilities campus, an electric utility company that provides electricity, natural gas, water, cable television, and internet service to the surrounding community.

“In too many places across America, some big companies are doing everything they can to keep out competitors," Obama said. "Today, I'm saying we're going to change that. Enough's enough.”

Obama indicated that his administration will provide technical and financial assistance to towns and cities that want to improve Internet service for the public. The proposed assistance will purportedly not require congressional approval and will be discussed in the State of the Union address next week.

In a statement released today that does not directly reference the letter noted above, Commissioner Ajit Pai said, “As an independent agency, the FCC must make its decisions based on the law, not political convenience. And U.S. Supreme Court precedent makes clear that the Commission has no authority to preempt state restrictions on municipal broadband projects. The FCC instead should focus on removing regulatory barriers to broadband deployment by the private sector.”

Details on Net Neutrality Order to be Released Feb. 5; Ex Parte Parade Marches On

Speculation on what will be in the FCC’s upcoming Net Neutrality order continues to grow as the February Open Meeting, at which the FCC confirmed it intends to consider the item, draws near. On January 7, the New York Times reported that Chairman Tom Wheeler “appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online.”

As we reported in the previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC is planning to consider an order on Net Neutrality at its February open meeting. According to the New York Times, the Chairman “strongly indicated” that he favors the shift to tougher regulations, describing it as “just and reasonable” during an appearance in Las Vegas at the International CES show. Chairman Wheeler also said he intends to release the full details of his proposal Feb. 5, almost three weeks ahead of the February 26 open meeting. In the meantime, the FCC has been (and likely will continue to be) bombarded with ex parte presentations on a variety of aspects associated with Internet regulation (or non-regulation).

On January 6, Vonage emphasized its support for a Title II approach and reiterated its views that there should be a presumption against paid prioritization, but that such a presumption could be overcome where a provider demonstrates it would be in the public interest.

On January 6 and 7, Akamai Technologies — a cloud computing and content delivery company — asked the FCC to recognize that content delivery networks “do not sell transport and do not offer any services that could be considered Title II services,” and that “using software and mathematics to identify preferred locations and routs for users to access content in a way that avoids congestion on the Internet does not constitute prioritization.”

On January 7, NTCA met with Chairman Wheeler’s Special Counsel and urged the FCC to rely upon Section 706 to apply basic no blocking and transparency/disclosure requirements to retail broadband Internet access services, and to use targeted application of specific provisions of Title II only on transmission and exchange of data.

On January 8, AT&T filed a letter responding to earlier communications by Public Knowledge and others supporting the classification of wireless broadband as a CMRS service. In its letter, AT&T said that “retaining the existing classification of broadband Internet access services as information services — and using the Commission’s authority under Section 706 to adopt rules for those services — is the best (and only) means of ensuring the uniform treatment of all broadband services.”

January 9 saw a letter by the American Cable Association, NCTA and WISPA ask the Commission to conduct an en banc hearing to examine the economic impact of its open Internet proposals on small broadband providers before circulating a draft order, and another separate letter from NCTA stating that the Commission should not take any action in the open Internet proceeding that would interfere with existing pole attachment rights for cable operators and telecommunications carriers under Section 224.

FCC To Define Broadband as 25 Mbps Down and 3 Mbps Up for Reporting Purposes

According to technology news source Ars Technica , FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to raise the definition of broadband to 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream for the purposes of the Annual Broadband Report mandated by Congress under Section 706 of the Communications Act. This does not require providers to actually offer 25/3, but will affect how the FCC reports whether broadband “is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion” in its report.

According to a fact sheet provided by the FCC to Ars:

  • 17 percent of Americans (53 percent of rural Americans) lack access to 25Mbps/3Mbps service.
  • Demand for 25/3 service is roughly the same in urban and rural areas (28 percent of rural Americans and 30 percent of urban Americans have adopted 25/3 service where available).
  • Rural America continues to be under-served at all speeds: 20 percent lack access even to service at 4Mbps/1Mbps, down only 1 percent from 2011, and 31 percent lack access to 10/1, down only 4 percent from 2011.
  • 63 percent of Americans living on Tribal Lands lack access to 25/3 broadband, while only 8 percent of urban Americans lack access to 25/3 broadband.
  • Overall, the broadband availability gap closed by only 3 percent last year.
  • Approximately 35 percent of schools lack access to fiber, and thus likely lack access to broadband at the Commission’s shorter term benchmark of 100Mbps per 1000 users (and even fewer have access at the long-term goal of 1Gbps per 1000 users).

Ars further reports that the draft report does not offer any conclusions about why Americans are being denied advanced telecommunications capabilities, but it does seek public comments on what the FCC should do to accelerate deployment. The draft report also does not appear to distinguish between rural areas served by rate-of-return carriers and those served by price cap carriers. At this time, the report is not yet scheduled for Commission vote.

Supreme Court Reverses Decision Keeping Cell Tower Out of Residential Area

In T-Mobile-South v. City of Roswell, Georgia, a 6-3 majority of the US Supreme Court today reversed a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in favor of Roswell, which had rejected T-Mobile's proposal to build a tower on a tract of land surrounded by single-family homes, even though the tower would have been camouflaged to look like a tree. The federal appellate courts had divided over how and when local governments should explain their reasons for denying a tower approval, as required by Section 332 of the Communications Act. Congress crafted Section 332 as an attempt to strike a balance between the rights of state and local governments to regulate safety and aesthetics, versus the Federal interest in ensuring ubiquitous wireless services. It requires that any decision denying construction or modification of a wireless service facility be in writing and “supported by substantial evidence contained in the record." The Supreme Court’s decision is not a blank check for tower proponents, and the underlying permit denial must be read in the context of the facts of the case, including existing wireless coverage in the target community. But the ruling seems to suggest that state and local governments must be more precise in their handling of tower permit denials.

The Eleventh Circuit had ruled that Roswell had satisfied Section 332, because T-Mobile had its own transcript of the meeting in which the city council voted against the tower, and a written letter describing the decision and advising T-Mobile that it could obtain the minutes.

The Supreme Court ruled that the law requires that the tower proponent be provided the reasons for the permit denial. Those reasons “need not be elaborate or even sophisticated,” but “simply clear enough to enable judicial review.” Aside from the letter to the tower proponent, “[a] locality may satisfy its statutory obligations if it states its reasons with sufficient clarity in some other written record issued essentially contemporaneously with the denial,” the majority opinion stated. Although Roswell stated the reasons for the denial in the minutes of the city council meeting, it issued those minutes 26 days after the date of the written denial and just four days before T-Mobile's deadline for seeking judicial review. The Supreme Court indicated that, because the issuance of the denial letter starts a 30-day challenge clock, the reasons for the denial must be issued at approximately the same time as the letter.

Justice Samuel Alito Jr. concurred, writing: “Nothing we say today should be read to suggest that when a locality has erred, the inevitable remedy is that a tower must be built. The court has not passed on what remedial powers a 'court of competent jurisdiction' may exercise. This unanswered question is important given the federalism implications of this statute.”

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and in part by Justice Clarence Thomas, dissented. He said Roswell lost “because of a question of timing: The written record was not made available roughly the same day as the denial—a requirement found nowhere in the text of the statute.” Justice Clarence Thomas also dissented.

Law & Regulation

AT&T Files Motion to Dismiss in FTC Complaint on Data Throttling

On January 5, AT&T filed a motion with the Northern District Court of California to dismiss the Federal Trade Commission’s complaint of October 28, 2014, in which the agency alleged that AT&T failed to adequately disclose its data throttling practices to customers. In its motion, AT&T claimed the FTC lacks authority to bring suit against AT&T because Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act exempts from the Act’s coverage all common carriers subject to the Communications Act of 1934. According to AT&T, the exemption is designed to ensure that entities already subject to another agency’s regulatory authority will not face potentially inconsistent regulation under the more general terms of the FTC Act, and that the alleged activities the FTC is seeking to regulate are already subject to regulation by the FCC.

As we reported in the October 29 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FTC alleged that AT&T failed to adequately disclose to its customers with unlimited data plans that once they reach a certain amount of data use in a given billing cycle, the company reduces – or “throttles” – their data speeds by up to 90 percent – to the point that many common mobile phone applications like web browsing, GPS navigation and watching streaming video became difficult or nearly impossible. These practices allegedly began in July of 2011, and imposed restrictions when a customer’s monthly data usage threshold in some markets was as low as 2 GB per billing cycle. The complaint seeks a permanent injunction to prevent future violations of the FTC Act, and could result in significant fines against AT&T, as well as refunds being paid to AT&T customers who were harmed by the practice. The FTC vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint was 5-0.

FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for January 29 Open Meeting

On January 8, the FCC issued the tentative agenda for its upcoming Open Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 29. According to the announcement, the FCC will tentatively consider two items at the meeting:

  • a Report and Order to ensure that accurate caller location information is automatically provided to public safety officials for all wireless calls to 911, including for indoor calls, to meet consumer and public safety needs and expectations, and to take advantage of new technological developments.
  • a presentation on the new Consumer Help Center that provides an easier-to-use, more consumer-friendly portal for filing and monitoring informal consumer complaints, as well as accessing educational materials.

The Open Meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. EST, and will be shown live at

FCC Extends Comment Deadline for Part 1 Competitive Bidding NPRM

On January 13, the FCC issued an order extending, of its own motion, the deadlines for comment and reply comment in response to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on reforming certain Part 1 rules governing competitive bidding for spectrum licenses. Comments are now due February 6 and reply comments are due February 26.

The FCC’s NPRM proposes to modify eligibility requirements, update the standardized schedule of small business sizes, and eliminate duplicative reporting requirements, and seeks comment on whether to strengthen rules to prevent the unjust enrichment of ineligible entities. It also proposes to amend the former defaulter rule, codify an established competitive bidding procedure that prohibits the same individual or entity from becoming qualified to bid on the basis of more than one short form application in a specific auction, and to prevent entities that are exclusively controlled by a single individual or set of individuals from becoming qualified to bid on overlapping licenses based on more than one short-form application in a specific auction. Finally, the FCC also proposes to retain the current rules governing joint bidding arrangements among non-nationwide providers and prohibit joint bidding arrangements among nationwide providers.

The FCC already extended the comment deadlines once before, because the bidding in Auction 97 remained ongoing during the second week of December, to increase the likelihood that interested parties would be able to take into account more complete information about the results of the bidding in Auction 97. Since Auction 97 has still not yet concluded, the FCC is extending the comment deadlines again on the same rationale.

Rep. Latta Reintroduces Bill Prohibiting Internet Reclassification as Utility

On January 12, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, reintroduced legislation “to ensure the Internet remains open and free from government interference” by limiting the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband under Title II of the Communications Act.

The proposed legislation would amend the Act by revising the definitions of “common carrier” and “telecommunications carrier” to specify that “[s]uch term does not include a provider of an information service or of advanced telecommunications capability when engaged in the provision of such service or capability.” It would also amend the definition of “telecommunications service” to specify that “[s]uch term does not include any service that is an information service, any component of an information service, or advanced telecommunications capability.” Finally, the bill would add a new definition for “broadband internet service,” defining the term as follows:

A mass-market retail service by wire or radio that provides the capability to transmit data to and receive data from all or substantially all Internet endpoints, including any capabilities that are incidental to and enable the operation of the communications service, but excluding dial-up Internet access service. Broadband Internet access service is an information service, and includes a service utilizing advanced telecommunications capability.

In a press release announcing the bill, Latta said, “The FCC’s plans to reclassify broadband under Title II are misguided. Imposing monopoly-era telephone rules on a 21stCentury industry that has thrived under the current light-touch regulatory framework will undoubtedly impede the economic growth and innovation that have resulted in the broadband marketplace absent government interference. These businesses thrive on dynamism and the ability to evolve quickly to shifting market and consumer forces. Subjecting them to bureaucratic red tape won’t promote innovation, consumer welfare or the economy. My legislation provides the certainty needed for continued investment in broadband networks and services that have been fundamental for job creation, productivity and consumer choice.”

A full copy of the proposed legislation is available here .

Mandatory E-Filing for Certain Proceedings Begins

As of January 12, electronic filing through the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) is now mandatory for (1) formal complaints under Section 208 of the Communications Act and (2) pole attachment complaints under Section 224. Please note, however, that electronic filing is not available for section 208 carrier-to-carrier informal complaints. Both consumers and businesses may continue to file electronic informal complaints at, which is managed by the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau.


British Prime Minister Plans to Ban Messaging Apps that Don’t Turn Over Communications

The New York Times is reporting that on January 12, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services, such as Snapchat and WhatsApp, if Britain’s intelligence services were not given access to the communications.

According to the report, the reforms are part of new legislation that would force telecom operators and Internet services providers to store more data on people’s online activities, including social network messages. “Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read?” said the Prime Minister. “My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not.’”

The Times further reports that “last year, European officials met with some American tech companies, including Microsoft and Twitter, to discuss how companies could control what was published on their networks, though the companies have resisted greater oversight by intelligence services.”


FEBRUARY 2: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT. Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks—including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 2 (as February 1 falls on a Sunday this year). Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30.

Calendar At A Glance

Jan. 15 – Annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Report is due.
Jan. 19 – Reply comments on Part 22 Technical Changes are due.
Jan. 23 – Responses to USTelecom Petition for Reconsideration of Tech. Transition Declaratory Ruling due.
Jan. 29 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection for large businesses with more than 1,500 employees.
Jan. 30 – Comments are due on the FCC’s Incentive Auction Procedures.
Jan. 31 – FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) is due.

Feb. 2 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Feb. 2 – FCC Form 502 (Number Utilization and Forecast Report) is due.
Feb. 5 – Comments are due on Technology Transitions NPRM.
Feb. 5 – Comments are due on Windstream Petition for Declaratory Ruling on DS1/DS3 Access.
Feb. 6 – Comments are due on Unlicensed Use of TV Band and 600 MHz Band Spectrum.
Feb. 6 – Comments are due on Part 1 Competitive Bidding NPRM.
Feb. 9 – Comments are due on the IntraMTA Petition for Declaratory Ruling.
Feb. 17 – Filing deadline for Community Connect grant applications.
Feb. 25 – Reply comments are due on Unlicensed Use of TV Band and 600 MHz Band Spectrum.
Feb. 26 – Reply comments are due on Part 1 Competitive Bidding NPRM.
Feb. 27 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection for small businesses with less than 1,500 employees.
Feb. 27 – Reply comments are due on the FCC’s Incentive Auction Procedures.

Mar. 2 – Copyright Statement of Account Form for cable companies is due.
Mar. 2 – Annual CPNI Certification is due.
Mar. 2 – FCC Form 477 (Local Competition & Broadband Reporting) is due.
Mar. 9 – Reply comments are due on Technology Transitions NPRM.
Mar. 9 – Reply comments are due on Windstream Petition for Declaratory Ruling on DS1/DS3 Access.
Mar. 11 – Reply comments are due on the IntraMTA Petition for Declaratory Ruling.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 525 (Delayed Phasedown CETC Line Counts) is due.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 508 (ICLS Projected Annual Common Line Requirement) is due.
Mar. 31 – International Circuit Status Report is due.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm. For additional information, please contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or .

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FCC Approval Will Allow Gogo To Offer 70 Mbps Speeds On Flights

Gogo has received the FCC’s approval to use 2Ku antennas, which “outperform other global connectivity solutions currently available in the market”

Published: Jan 16, 2015 at 9:45 am EST

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Gogo Inc’s ( NASDAQ:GOGO ) next generation 2Ku technology, which will allow the communications provider to offer peak download speeds of over 70 Mbps on flights.

The “blanket approval” provided by the FCC will allow the company to operate its 2Ku technology on 1,000 airplanes. If Gogo needs to install the technology on more aircraft, it will just need to apply to the Commission for an amendment to its license.

The company announced plans to use 2Ku technology in April 2014; the FCC’s approval clears the way for it to launch the service to airlines around the globe. It, however, still needs the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before the installation process can begin.

Gogo President and CEO, Michael Small, said : “Clearing the necessary regulatory hurdles to provide this service to an aircraft flying anywhere around the globe is no small feat. Gogo has proven it is a leader at navigating these environments for all aircraft types no matter where they fly,” and, “We are happy that the launch of 2Ku is proceeding as planned and are continuing to work with the FAA on approval for installation.”

Despite the approval, Gogo stock closed down 3.3% to $12.25, due to a broader sell-off in the tech sector.

The new technology is expected to be commercially available in aircraft by the second half of 2015. The service will initially be launched on Virgin Atlantic and Aeromexico, while Air Canada, Japan Airlines, and United Airlines will be using the service on a trial basis. It is also being considered by Brazilian low-cost carrier Azul, according to Runway Girl Network.

Why The Approval Is Significant For Gogo

The 2Ku technology is a breakthrough in in- flight connectivity. According to the company, it will “outperform other global connectivity solutions currently available in the market”. The technology is also operationally superior to others in the market.

The new 2Ku antenna delivers peak download speeds of 70 Mbps, while Gogo’s in-flight Internet system, which was launched 6 years ago, is capable of providing peak download speed of only 3.1 Mbps. Even the more advanced ATG-4 system, which was installed in 2013, is capable of producing peak speeds of 9.8 Mbps only.

The approval is important, since JetBlue is working with communications provider ViaSat to offer a competing satellite-based communications service that offers peak speeds of 12 Mbps. If the airline is successful, it will impair Gogo’s relationship with airline carriers and will affect its business model. Gogo currently provides standard target speeds of 200-300 Kbps.

Gogo argues that the 2Ku antenna is more “spectrally efficient”, meaning that it creates more bandwidth at a much lower cost than other technologies. Moreover, since the antenna itself is just 4.5 inches in height, it creates “very little incremental drag on the aircraft” it is installed on.

The 2Ku technology is also compatible with current Ku satellites and future Ku satellites, “including spot beam satellites” that provide a direct link between the satellite and the transponder. The company stated in a press release: “When future satellite technologies become available, Gogo expects peak speeds for the service in excess of 100 Mbps.”

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Google Domains Open for Business in U.S.

JANUARY 15, 2015 01:55 PM EST
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Business owners can search, find, purchase, and transfer creative and appropriate domains, including .comm and .biz.

Google is expanding its invitation-only domain naming service to all U.S. residents.

The domain registration system launched in beta last summer , with the hope of helping more small businesses create an online presence.

Now that Google Domains is publicly available, business owners can search, find, purchase, and transfer creative and appropriate domains, including .com, .biz, and .org.

Every domain includes a branded email address (, management tools, and other features, including website building tools for everyone from rookie designers to veteran programmers.

Formerly an invitation-only test, the project will soon be rolling out to the rest of the world; interested parties can sign up online to be notified when Google Domains reaches a computer near them.

"[T]hanks in large part to the feedback we received from our early beta testers, we're opening the doors with a new batch of features," Google community manager Jade Wang wrote in a blog post .

Among other enhancements are improved searches and suggestions to help find the perfect name and more than 60 new domain endings like .company, .florist, and .coffee.

A simple dashboard to manage your domain, website, and email settings is also now standard, alongside Blogger integration and the ability to browse and compare website template themes.

Users can also take advantage of dynamic DNS, which allows them to set up a domain and keep it pointing to the same computer, even when the IP address changes.

Pricing varies by domain name; the cheapest options appear to be .biz, .com, .info, .net, .org, and .us for $12. Others reach up to $50, with one costing $110 (.haus). Domains are renewable every year for the same price, which includes privacy, domain and email forwarding, and constant support.

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