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Friday — January 23, 2015 — Issue No. 641

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

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

The following is a little “off topic” but I couldn't resist.

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I received a couple of positive comments about sharing the Charlie Hebdo front cover last week as the PHOTO OF THE WEEK.


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I am a Christian, but I didn't get offended by this cartoon. I thought it was funny. Do you think any Christians tried to find the artist and murder him or her? I don't think so!

Yes, I know there are so-called “Christian" terrorists too, but I always thought religion was about God's love — I guess not.

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Niger: 10 dead, churches

By Josh Levs
Updated 7:51 AM ET, Wed January 21, 2015

(CNN)—Violent protests have erupted in parts of the world over the latest issue of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

While there have also been largely peaceful protests, authorities from Africa to the Middle East are seeing clashes in the streets — and seeking ways to tamp down the uproar among Muslims furious over depictions of the Prophet Mohammed.

The deadliest violence has been in Niger, where authorities report 10 people killed. Churches and homes have been destroyed, the government said in a statement.

AFP, the France-based news wire service, said police reported that 173 people have been injured; at least 45 churches have been “set ablaze in the capital (Niamey) alone,” and a “Christian school and orphanage were also set alight.” Numerous sites were pillaged before being burned.

Video from Niamey showed protesters waving Qurans and yelling “God is great” while tearing apart Bibles and throwing them onto the ground.

A bar owned by people from France could also be seen burning.

Three days of mourning began Monday, the government announced. Source: CNN

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BlackBerry's gold-hued Passport is even more audacious than usual

by Jon Fingas | @jonfingas | January 22nd 2015 at 2:01 am

BlackBerry's Passport is already a fairly exclusive device by dint of the company's small market share, but the Canadian smartphone maker just kicked things up a notch. It's now selling a very limited edition (just 50 units) Black & Gold Passport that lets you flaunt convention with more gusto than usual. The gold-colored trim, while eye-catching, sadly isn't real like we've seen in some third-party mods — c'mon, BlackBerry! However, you do get both a real soft leather back and an engraving that lets everyone know how rare your phone is. And despite the tiny production run, this is decidedly more affordable than the Porsche Design BlackBerrys aimed at celebrities and oil barons. It'll cost you a (relatively) modest $899 to score the Black & Gold Passport in the US, and $999 in Canada.


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Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

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Telus pager service cancellation worries rural communities

Emergency workers depend on paging system in areas with no cellphone service

CBC News Posted: Jan 22, 2015 1:45 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 22, 2015 1:45 PM ET

Some residents of Quebec’s rural communities are worried after receiving a letter saying Telus is cancelling its pager service across Canada, effective March 31.

Darlene Rowsell Roberts, an administrator for several anglophone coastline villages near Labrador, on Quebec’s Lower North Shore, said many of the province’s rural municipalities do not have cellphone service. As a result, they rely on the pager system to reach health-care workers and emergency responders.

Firefighters were alerted to the deadly L'Isle-Verte fire at a seniors' residence in January 2014 by pager, for example.

Without the pager system, Rowsell Roberts said, on-call volunteer firefighters and health-care workers would have to stay home and wait by the land phone all day.

"Is that realistic?" she asked.

Some options available

It could be, said Mike Shantz, vice-president and general manager of emergency communications provider Northern 911.

He said the end of a paging service would certainly require some communities to get creative, but that there are options.

Shantz said, for example, that organizations can create their own paging networks with two-way radios, an antenna, a broadcast licence, an encoder, a telephone-connected device and some pagers.

He admitted it could be an expensive up-front cost, but it would be a one-time expense — unlike a monthly bill for something such as a pager service.

"There are certainly some dollars involved, but I don’t believe it is hugely capital intensive," Shantz said.

Paging is obsolete, Telus says

Telus spokeswoman Luiza Staniec said the discontinuation of the pager service is a reflection of the times.

"It’s just fewer and fewer people are using this system, so it’s reached the end of its service life," Staniec said.

She said Telus is working with customers who do not live in areas with cellphone service to find a solution, namely moving them to another paging service provider.

She also said the company is working hard to expand its cellphone coverage.

Source:CBC News Montreal 


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Whether you are replacing or upgrading your existing network or building out new infrastructure, Infostream has the new equipment and systems that you need.

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Infostream is a world leading supplier of paging and messaging infrastructure, specialized paging receivers and consultancy services. The company was founded in 1993 and has engineered and supplied equipment for some of the largest public safety networks and private paging customers around the world.

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Doc Halo named 'Best in Class' for Healthcare Communication

CINCINNATI, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — After extensively reviewing seven companies that offer secure messaging for the healthcare market, American Messaging Services recently named Doc Halo 'Best in Class'.

During their six-month comparison, American Messaging Services performed a comprehensive analysis of mobile health platforms and discovered several key elements that differentiate Doc Halo from the competition. Important differentiating features that Doc Halo offers include:

  1. The most mature, feature-rich and reliable secure messaging platform,
  2. The highest usability rating and a user-friendly interface,
  3. A proven large healthcare system implementation process,
  4. Responsive 24/7 high-level support with expert customer service representatives on call,
  5. The only mobile health platform with Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 certification,
  6. Fishnet, the largest information security solutions provider, penetration testing with scheduled security reviews,
  7. The most configurable administrative console and highest administrative controls,
  8. Quarterly releases of innovative clinical features requested by physicians,
  9. Built in connectivity monitors with repeat alerts and backup escalation, and
  10. The highest healthcare domain expertise with many physicians embedded in the development process.

"Each day, we focus on providing the most user-friendly, secure mobile health platform," Jose Barreau, MD, CEO of Doc Halo said. "We're constantly innovating and we strive to be the top resource for physicians and their staff, so it's an honor to be named 'Best in Class' by an organization that knows healthcare so well."

American Messaging Services is one of the largest critical messaging companies in the U.S., delivering more than five million critical messages per day. American Messaging provides service to approximately 850,000 customers, including more than 1,300 major healthcare organizations and first responder clients across the U.S.

About Doc Halo
Doc Halo is the leading mobile health platform for healthcare organizations. The Doc Halo mobile app and online system provides a secure texting and HIPAA-compliant environment for the transmission of ePHI (electronic personal health information) over an encrypted platform. The innovative physician-driven system combines critical operational information including relevant contact databases, call center messages, scheduling, billing and EMR software for an information-rich, easy-to-use experience. More than 1,300 hospitals and medical facilities trust Doc Halo with their mobile health platform. For more information, please visit


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Our patented technology notifies clinical personnel immediately, while tracking who receives and responds to each alarm. Users confirm or defer each event with a single button press, and analytic dashboards display response statistics in real time, as well as historically broken down by time, unit, room, and individual.

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.


Hands On With Microsoft HoloLens


How Microsoft plans to blend your digital life with your physical life and redefine personal computing.

REDMOND, Wash.—It is safe to say that no one in the audience at the Windows 10 launch event expected Microsoft to announce a Holographic platform.

When Alex Kipman, a technical fellow on Microsoft's OS team, first said the word holography, I thought I had misheard him. My mind flashed back to when holograms made their way onto charge cards as a security measure.

Microsoft's plans are much more ambitious. Redmond showed a video that demonstrated how holograms will be incorporated into our everyday lives, which looked a lot like the augmented-reality demos we have seen for years.

Then the company brought out a prototype headset, which looks more like Oculus Rift than Google Glass. HoloLens isn't quite ready for sale, but Microsoft let the assembled press into its development lab to take it for a spin anyway.

HoloLens is augmented-reality headset that allows you to mix the virtual world with the real world. Put on the headset and the glass screen can project a digital overlay on top of the physical word. It can be as simple as a Skype window or as complex as a 3D model of a jet engine. In addition to the holograms, you can also see through the lens into the world around you, unlike Oculus Rift. As you move around an object, it stays in place the way a physical object would. Interestingly, the HoloLens maps physical space using a scanning technology that is very similar to the one used in Kinect. Like any new interface, it is hard to explain but a lot easier to understand when you are using it.

Microsoft HoloLens

My HoloLens tour came with some limitations, the biggest being that no recording equipment was allowed in the lab, not even a cell phone. (You don't know frustration until you are a journalist touring a research lab with no ability to capture photos or video.) The prototypes we used were also less refined than the slick kit that was demoed on stage, which was completely wireless, self-contained, and pretty elegant.

The demo units I used required a power cable, external Holographic Processor Unit (HPU) that hung around my neck, and a headset that needed to be screwed onto my head to secure it. The technician also manually measured and set my Inter-pupil distance (IPD)—essentially the distance between pupils. Again, this will be automatic in the final version, and this is exactly what you would expect from a technology still under development. But if you thought Google Glass made you look like a geek, this takes it to a whole nother level.

Once I was properly strapped in, I had to learn the unique controls for HoloLens, which come down to Gaze, Gesture, and Voice. Turn your head and the HoloLens will follow your gaze and place a curser or arrow wherever you look. To select an object, control, or anything else, look at it and then execute an "air click" with your finger. Again, this is exactly what it sounds like—just hold your finger up and click. Finally, for more complex controls, you can just speak commands—Copy, Call, Open, etc. For my first holographic experience, it was pretty easy to pick up.

Of course, with a brand-new interface like HoloLens, the most immediate question is what can you use it for? Microsoft didn't let the question hang for long. I tried the device in three very different applications, all under the careful and very scripted guidance of a Microsoft developer or engineer. Each had its own merits and issues, but I could appreciate that HoloLens brought something different to the experience. The order was random, but I will describe them in the same order I experienced them.

Building a 3D Model

To warm up, we watched an engineer use HoloLens to build a 3D model in real-time using HoloStudio, a 3D modeling tool. He stood in the middle of the room, tethered to the ceiling via a power cable and draped in gear. The 3D figure he was creating—a koala with a rocket pack—was in the middle of the room. I could see what he saw by checking two large HDTVs on the side of the room. He walked around the hologram, grabbing tools from a holographic control panel, and then used a combination of voice and gestures to build and shape the koala.

I don't know how many times he has done this, but he built a model in minutes. He said a relatively complex model of an X-Wing fighter took about an hour and a half. The model building was impressive, especially since the room was filled with models that were built with HoloStudio and then sent to a 3D printer for manufacturing. Koalas are nice, but if you imagine really complex 3D objects, like a car engine, this kind of prototyping and building gets really interesting. I didn't get to try the HoloLens for this demo, but the potential was pretty clear.

Minecraft-Like Gaming

My first actual HoloLens experience was with a Minecraft-like building game. Once strapped in, the small living room I was in filled with blocky castles—on the coffee table and along the wall. I could walk around the structures, gaze upon individual blocks, and then make changes to them using the air click. Voice command let me change tools quickly. After drilling some holes in the castle I could look down through the virtual floor into the levels below. It was definitely immersive, but probably a little slower than it might be with a mouse and keyboard. With a different game, this could be a lot of fun, but this seemed like a pretty basic demo.

Installing a Light Switch

How many PCMag editors does it take to change a light switch? Just one, as long as they have a Microsoft staffer, probably MCP certified, walking them through the process via HoloLens.

HoloLens With Skype

For this demo, I tried a HoloLens-enabled version of Skype. At its core, it was a Skype video call. A small window appeared in my virtual field so I could video chat. But because I was wearing the HoloLens, that person could see what I was seeing—the exposed wires, my tools, my fear that I was going to fail to properly connect the switch and go down in infamy as the guy who couldn't make the light go on. Better still, she could annotate my view—drawing an arrow that shows exactly the wire I should connect. Think of it as illustrated technical support. Again, moving beyond the light switch to something more complex like a jet engine, you can see how HoloLens could make technical support a lot more technical.

Exploring Mars

Finally, in what was undeniably the coolest application of HoloLens, I went to Mars.

Microsoft has been working with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to create a holographic version of Mars for research and maintenance purposes. I strapped on HoloLens and stood next to the Mars rover, surrounded by the Red Planet's vistas. Looking down at my feet, I could see the rocks just inches away. When the wonder passed, I had to ask how this was different than just looking at a high-resolution picture of Mars. After all, this entire environment had to be constructed from photos taken from the rover. In fact, the actual JPL control panel was open on a nearby screen, so I could see what JPL uses today. Turns out, HoloLens brings two added factors to the table, and I was prepared for neither.

First, HoloLens allows for virtual collaboration. With the click of a button, I was joined on my virtual Mars by a JPL project lead, or at least his avatar. He was able to describe the landscape, highlight portions of the terrain for more analysis, and generally explore the landscape with me. Collaborative exploration of the Mars landscape trumps swapping high-res 2D photos any day.

The second benefit is more profound. The 3D HoloLens version of Mars was made from the high-resolution photos the rover took—so there isn't any more information in the scene. In fact, if you look at the 2D pictures, they look sharper. But the hologram overlays multiple photos to create depth and enable the scene to shift naturally as you walk through it. This kind of immersion uses different parts of your brain than looking a photograph. You notice different patterns; the curve of a limestone shelf is more apparent than on a 2D photograph with no depth. I would need a lot more time with the HoloLens to say it is better, but it is definitely different.

All told, I spent about an hour trying out the HoloLens. It is undeniably cool, but will it really make us more productive, creative, and connected, as Microsoft intends? I'm paid to be skeptical, but I will say I'm really looking forward to trying it again.

Source:PC Magazine


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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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Google Reportedly Is Readying Wireless Services

By Jaikumar Vijayan | Posted 2015-01-22

Is the primary reason Google reportedly has entered into deals to resell excess wireless capacity from T-Mobile and Sprint to shore up its core business model?

Google may have started off as an Internet search company, but it has been increasingly branching off in a multitude of completely different directions in recent times. Its latest move is one that will reportedly take it into the wireless services market.

Google has apparently entered into partnership agreements under which it will buy wireless services in bulk from T-Mobile and Sprint and resell them directly to U.S. consumers under its own brand. The Wall Street Journal reported the company's plans Jan. 21, quoting sources that it said were close to Google's plans.

Google itself has not announced anything publicly yet. In an email, a Google spokesman said the company does not comment on rumors and speculation.

The Journal described MVNO agreements as a high-margin way for telecommunications companies such as Sprint and T-Mobile to sell excess wireless capacity on their networks and to acquire new customers without having to do any of the marketing legwork. Examples of other companies delivering wireless services under similar MVNO agreements are Tracfone Wireless, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile and Straight Talk.

Google has been in talks with Sprint executives for at least the past 18 months, the Journal added. It cited sources as saying that the latest partnerships are part of a Google effort to enable broader Internet coverage so consumers can get cheaper and better access to its other services such as search, Gmail and YouTube.

Gartner analyst Bill Menezes said that Google's reported move, if true, will help drive growth in its core businesses like digital advertising, search and Google Apps. "Anything that makes it easier and less expensive for people to access those services makes sense for them," he said, pointing to Google investments in SpaceX and broadband Internet via Google Fiber as examples.

There are several innovative things that Google can do with the services it purchases from Sprint and T-Mobile, Menezes said. Google, for instance, could offer a pay-as-you-go wireless service different from the prepaid services offered by other MVNOs, he said. Instead of having consumers pay in bulk for a prepaid service, Google could introduce a wireless service that bills them for actual use. "They could package it any way they want and say, 'By the way, if you use it to access Apps or YouTube we won't charge you,'" Menezes said.

Or Google might decide to use the capacity it buys to sell hotspots that connect to Sprint and T-Mobile networks.

For the two wireless carriers, the reported deal could give them a way to offload excess capacity at a high margin for themselves. The only ones likely to feel any competitive pressure from the deal are AT&T and Verizon, both of whom have a lot more to lose than either Sprint or T-Mobile, he added.

"Sprint and T-Mobile are the sort of ugly ducklings of the wireless industry," said Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT. "Neither of them has the subscriber base that AT&T and Verizon have. Google will give them a very high-profile partner."

King believes that Google's new foray will give it another channel for its core advertising services business. It will also give the company an opportunity to disrupt a top-heavy wireless industry dominated by AT&T and Verizon. "When the vast majority of market share in an industry is held by one or two organizations, that makes it ripe for disruption," King said.

Google's deals with Sprint and T-Mobile could give it an opportunity to deliver new media channels or new kinds of services that nobody is even thinking about. "There are a lot of opportunities for Google to be a disruptive force here," he said.

Dan Maycock, director of strategy and analytics at Transform, thinks Google's primary motivation behind such ventures is to put itself in a position to gather more consumer information for targeted adverting purposes. "The more complete picture they get on consumers from all walks of life, the more it contributes to their bottom line," Maycock said.

While Google potentially could make money delivering wireless services, the company will probably be just as content breaking even if it can get better information on the consumers using its various services, he said.

Maycock said he doesn't see Google's reported entry into the wireless market and other projects like Google Fiber and its self-driving car initiative as anything other than efforts to shore up its core business model.

"Nobody is worried about Google pushing Ford and GM out of business," Maycock said. "When they go into these industries, they tend not to go all in." Google's goal usually is to put itself into a position to gather customer information that helps it better meld information on consumers from the online and physical worlds, he said.


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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

paging encoder

  • 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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Terminals & Controllers:
1ASC1500 Complete, w/Spares  
3Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
3CNET Platinum Controllers 
2GL3100 RF Director 
1GL3000 ES — 2 Chassis
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
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BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 18, No. 3January 21, 2015

FCC Subpoenas CPNI for Special Access Data Collection

On January 16, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice and administrative subpoena ordering providers of special access services to submit the customer-related information sought in the special access data collection. The purpose of the subpoena, according to the Bureau, is to allay concerns raised by NCTA and USTelecom about federal privacy statutes that may be implicated when responding to the data collection, such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the FCC’s own CPNI rules (Section 222 of the Communications Act). The Bureau said the subpoena “removes any uncertainty as to obligations of respondents to produce the customer information sought,” consistent with federal privacy statutes.


House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Draft Internet Legislation

On January 16, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released draft legislation it claims “provide[s] clear rules of the road for open and unfettered access to the Internet” and “guarantees Internet users will continue to be the decision makers for the content they want, while ensuring that innovation and investment continue to fuel the robust future of the Internet.”

In its current form, the draft legislation covers a number of Internet-related points of debate.

First, the draft legislation addresses Net Neutrality by adding a section titled Internet Openness to the Communications Act which provides that a person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service:

(1) May not block lawful content, applications, or services, subject to reasonable network management;
(2) May not prohibit the use of non-harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management;
(3) May not throttle lawful traffic by selectively slowing, speeding, degrading, or enhancing Internet traffic based on source, destination, or content, subject to reasonable network management;
(4) May not engage in paid prioritization; and
(5) Must publicly disclose accurate and relevant information in plain language regarding the network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of their service offering.

Second, the draft legislation attempts to clearly define the boundaries of the FCC’s authority to regulate the Internet by requiring the FCC to adopt formal complaint procedures to address violations of the above requirements, and emphasizing that nothing in the draft legislation may be construed to:

(1) Supersede any obligation of a provider to address the needs of emergency communications or law enforcement;
(2) Prohibit reasonable efforts by a provider to address copyright infringement or other unlawful activity; or
(3) Limit consumer’s choice of service plans or consumers’ control over their choses service provider.

Finally, the draft legislation would amend Section 706 of the Communications Act, which many of the nationwide providers are encouraging the FCC to rely upon to regulate the Internet going forward, to read that, “[t]he Commission or a State commission with regulatory jurisdiction over telecommunications services may not rely on [Section 706] as a grant of authority.” Interestingly, this language does not appear to be limited to the question of Internet regulation, but instead purports to limit the FCC’s ability to rely upon Section 706 to regulate in any area.

As this edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update went to press, the Senate and the House held back-to-back hearings on the draft legislation entitled Protecting the Internet and Consumers through Congressional Action.

In the morning, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, led by Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), heard testimony from The Honorable Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association; Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy; Jessica Gonzalez, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition; Mr. Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Public Policy for; Michael Powell, President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association; and Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President & Chief Research and Policy Officer at the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council.

In the afternoon, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, led by Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), heard testimony from Ms. Attwell Baker, Mr. Misener, and Dr. Turner-Lee, who returned to the witness panel, and were joined by Mr. Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO of Public Knowledge; The Honorable Robert McDowell, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute; and Mr. Tom Simmons, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at Midcontinent Communications.

FCC to Vote on Municipal Broadband Petitions Next Month

On the heels of President Obama’s speech in Cedar Falls, Iowa last week, in which he indicated he would be sending a letter to the FCC urging them to preempt state legislation that prohibits or otherwise impedes the deployment of municipal broadband networks by city utilities, the Washington Post is reporting that the FCC will vote next month on the petitions from Chattanooga, Tenn. and Wilson, N.C. asking the FCC to do just that.

According to the article, the vote is expected to take place at the FCC's monthly meeting on Feb. 26, said an FCC official who declined to be named. (If this sounds familiar, readers will recall that the Feb. 26 meeting is also currently expected to include the FCC’s new Net Neutrality order.)

Though the meeting is still over a month away, three Commissioners have tipped their hands when it comes to the municipal broadband petitions. As we reported last week, Commissioner Pai immediately issued a statement that, “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.” Since then, Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner O’Rielly also issued statements. Chairman Wheeler’s response was somewhat non-committal, indicating simply that “the FCC has been working diligently to expand broadband deployment and increase consumer choice and competition nationwide, including reviewing complaints from cities that have been prohibited from providing competitive high-speed alternatives,” while Commissioner O’Rielly was much more succinct: “It is disappointing that the Commission’s leadership is without a sufficient backbone to do what is right and reject this blatant and unnecessary interference designed to further a political goal.”

Commissioner O’Rielly also said that, “[m]unicipal broadband has never proven to be the panacea that supporters claim and the Administration now boasts. Instead, we have seen a long track record of projects costing more than expected and delivering less than promised” – a sentiment was very recently echoed (on January 20) in a new study announced by the Phoenix Center entitled, Why Chattanooga is not the “Poster Child” for Municipal Broadband.

DISH may become Spectrum Wholesaler: Opportunity for Rural Carriers?

Fierce Wireless is reporting that DISH could become a wholesale wireless capacity provider, perhaps in partnership with Sprint; and that its spectrum could be worth more in that scenario than it would be if Dish sold its licenses, according to a new report from financial analyst New Street Research. It is projected that a spectrum wholesaling arrangement could eventually net Dish around $10 billion in revenue per year, according to the analysts.

Dish faces buildout requirements on its AWS-4 spectrum, which requires the company to cover at least 40 percent of the population in its licensed areas by the end of 2016, or face stiff penalties. A wholesale arrangement could address that issue, since a lessee’s network coverage would count toward Dish’s buildout obligation. DISH controls 40 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum and 10 MHz of 1900 MHz PCS H Block spectrum. DISH's AWS-4 spectrum runs from 2000-2020 MHz (for the uplink) and 2180-2200 MHz (for the downlink). DISH also has 5 MHz of 700 MHZ E-Block licenses in 168 markets. If DISH were to become a wholesaler of spectrum, it could present an opportunity for small and rural carriers that have not been able to obtain the desired spectrum for a wireless play in an FCC spectrum auction or the aftermarket. A spectrum lease could be tailored so that it covered only those areas sought by the lessee, whereas FCC designated market areas often contain territory that a small or rural carrier may not want or be able to cover. As always, the devil would be in the details.

Law & Regulation

AT&T Challenges FCC Interpretation of Data Roaming Rules

Not unexpectedly, AT&T has filed an Application for Review of Wireless Bureau’s Declaratory Ruling granting in large part T-Mobile’s data roaming petition. AT&T argues that the Declaratory Ruling is inconsistent with the Data Roaming Order and renders the “commercially reasonable” standard for data roaming negotiations unlawfully vague under the APA and the Due Process Clause. As previously reported, the FCC’s ruling has provided welcome guidance that could help small and rural carriers to negotiate more fair roaming terms with the nationwide carriers. Oppositions to AT&T’s Application for Review are due February 2.

FCC Fines Viacom and ESPN $1.4 Million for Misuse Of Emergency Alert Warnings

On January 20, the FCC officially fined Viacom and ESPN $1.4 million for misusing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system.

As we reported in the March 5, 2014 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal, ESPN, and Viacom for the misuse of the warning tones. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN.

The EAS system is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television operators, wireless cable operators, wireline video service providers, satellite digital audio radio service providers and direct broadcast satellite providers to make it possible for the President of the United States to address the American public in the event of an emergency. This system is also utilized by federal, state and local officials to deliver important emergency information such as Amber Alerts and weather information such as tornado warnings, flood watches and warnings, etc. that are targeted to specific geographic areas. Because of abuses involving the old Emergency Broadcast System – where alert tones had been simulated for other purposes, the FCC adopted strict rules in 1994 that prohibited the improper use or simulation of EAS Alert tones. This is to ensure that the EAS alert tones are taken seriously by the public and are truly able to alert the public to an emergency message that may require prompt or immediate attention. As a result, EAS codes or the Attention Signal may only be broadcast in the event of an emergency or to test the EAS system. The routine use of EAS alert tones for other purposes would relegate the alert tones to mere background noise – thus reducing the needed effect to alert the public to an emergency.


New York Broadband Program Promises 100Mbps Downstream or Better

On January 16, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a third component of his administration’s “2015 State of Opportunity Agenda” – a $1 billion broadband program dedicated to upgrading broadband across the state to provide minimum download speeds of 100Mbps by 2019.

The program, called the “New NY Broadband Program”, consists of $500 million of state capital funds from bank settlements “to incentivize the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas.” The funding will require a 1:1 financial match from recipients, and providers must provide internet speeds of at least 100 Mbps (with funding priority given to those delivering the highest speeds at the lowest cost). The program also allows for 25 Mbps speeds to the most remote unserved and underserved areas of the state, though it appears the network must be scalable to 100 Mbps or more. The program will rely on Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) to submit a comprehensive plan to the State that: 1) identifies unserved and underserved areas; 2) aggregates demand across residential, institutional and business sectors; 3) details the most cost-effective means to provide universal access; and 4) leverages state-owned assets where possible.

“Access to high-speed internet is critical to ensuring that all New Yorkers can reach their full potential in today’s technology-driven world,” Governor Cuomo said in a press release. “We’re launching the largest state broadband investment in the nation in order to make that goal a reality. This is a truly bold undertaking that will improve the lives of New Yorkers in every corner of the State, and I am proud to make it a priority of our administration’s second term agenda.”

Commissioner Pai Hits Roadblock in Dialogue with Netflix on Open Video Standards

On January 16, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai issued a statement attempting to continue his dialogue with Netflix over recent allegation that the company had changed its streaming protocols where open caching was used in a way that impeded open caching software from correctly identifying Netflix traffic.

As we reported in previous editions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, Commissioner Pai had initially reached out to Netflix by letter to its CEO, Reed Hastings, expressing his concern that such a practice could undermine the viability of open standards and asking for an explanation. Netflix responded that it does not impede proxy caches by changing protocols, but does obscure certain URL structures “to protect [its] members from deep packet inspection tools deployed to gather data about what they watch online.”
According to this latest statement, Commissioner Pai says that in discussions with the company following the exchange of letters, he asked the company to respond to a more specific allegation that suggested it was attempting to impede open caching software after all: specifically, that it had rolled out the encryption protocols by targeting ISPs that had installed open caching appliances first. Netflix had reportedly assured the Commissioner that that this was not true and agreed to submit information after to disprove this charge; one month later, Pai says, that commitment remains unfulfilled.

Further, Pai stated that when his office reached out to Netflix for the information (in particular, which ISPs were targeted on which dates), the company refused to turn it over. “If Netflix did not target those ISPs using open caching,” Commissioner Pai asks, “why would it withhold information that would disprove this allegation?”

Commissioner Pai concluded his statement by reaffirming that while he does not favor additional FCC regulation in this area, “if a company asks the FCC to impose public utility-style regulation on every broadband provider in the country in the name of preserving the open Internet but then selectively targets open video standards to secure a competitive advantage over its rivals, it should be called to account.”


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. 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. 2 – Oppositions are due on AT&T Application for Review of T-Mobile Data Roaming Petition.
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.

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Google discloses three severe vulnerabilities in Apple OS X

Researchers with Google's Project Zero security team say they've found three flaws with high severity that have yet to be patched.

by Charlie Osborne 23 January 2015 2:42 pm GMT

Apple's OS X could be successfully attacked, according to Google security researchers.
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Google's Project Zero security team revealed the existence this week of three vulnerabilities with high severity that have yet to be fixed in Apple's OS X operating system.

Although each of the flaws requires an attacker to have access to a targeted Mac, they could all contribute to a successful attempt to elevate privilege levels and take over a machine.

The first flaw, "OS X networkd "effective_audit_token" XPC type confusion sandbox escape," involves circumvention of commands in the network system and may be mitigated in OS X Yosemite, but there is no clear explanation of whether this is the case. The second vulnerability documents "OS X IOKit kernel code execution due to NULL pointer dereference in IntelAccelerator." The third one, "OS X IOKit kernel memory corruption due to bad bzero in IOBluetoothDevice." includes an exploit related to OS X's kernel structure.

Each vulnerability, as with any disclosed by the Project Zero team, includes a proof-of-concept exploit.

The vulnerabilities were reported to Apple back in October but the flaws have not been fixed. After 90 days, details of vulnerabilities found by Project Zero are automatically released to the public -- which is what happened this week.

Project Zero, which Google officially launched in mid-2014, tasks researchers with uncovering any software flaws that have the potential of leading to targeted attacks on people's computers.

On Apple's product security page, the company states: "For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available."

This isn't the first time Google's Project Zero has published vulnerabilities that are yet to be fixed. In the past several weeks, the tech giant's security team has published information about three separate, unpatched security flaws in Microsoft's Windows operating system.

This story originally posted as "Google's Project Zero reveals three Apple OS X zero-day vulnerabilities" on ZDNet.


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Lamar County working to fix glitch in emergency system

Tim Doherty, American Staff Writer 10:23 p.m. CST January 22, 2015

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PURVIS – Lamar County officials are working to fix a glitch in the county's first-response system where some text notifications of emergency calls are being blocked by carriers.

"We're seeing it more often right now, for whatever reason, so we're basically going to change the way we do paging by going to another platform protocol and do whatever we need to do to get these messages out and be more reliable," said James Smith, Lamar County Emergency Management Agency director.

The issue has occurred when the 911 dispatch system sends an automatic message to selected first responders, depending on the emergency. The notification ends up as a text on phones.

But Smith said Thursday some phone systems' filters regard those messages as spam.

"Right now, we're sending (notifications) out as an email and it's being converted into a text to go to the end user," Smith said. "The filters on some of the carriers are so tight, that they're seeing some of these messages as spam and blocking these messages.

"Everything is OK on our end, but when some carriers see this mass message going out, they call it spam and just block it."

Smith said the issue hasn't become acute.

"That pool, in the grand scheme of things, is about 40 firefighters, probably," Smith said. "So, in the overall picture, it's a very small percentage."

The "paging" system also is a redundancy, with alerts being sent to the hand-held radios issued to the county's first responders. Firefighters who have experienced the blocked texts are receiving direct phone calls.

District 5 Supervisor Dale Lucus urged Smith and other county employees to work in tandem to correct the problem.

"We need to find out where the cracks are in the system and make sure that we can reach every firefighter in this county," Lucus said. "If that means spending money to upgrade to something completely new, then that's what we need to do.

"Down the road, we need to look at any new technologies on anything we are doing because we do not need first responders and firemen not getting a text. I don't think there is an amount of money we can spend to save lives."

Smith said he and other administrators have been negotiating with a carrier to provide a platform that is designed for emergency management alerts and told supervisors that he hoped that the free upgrade would be agreed upon in the next week or two.

"We're close, and that's good, we wanted to address this before it became a major issue and we do have a problem," Smith said. "This new protocol will go out as a text and end up as a text so it won't get transferred."

In a separate measure, supervisors approved a $50,000 purchase of equipment that will be used to add more call stations at the county's new 911/Emergency Dispatch Center.

The equipment was purchased two years ago by Jones County Emergency Management, which has switched to a different dispatch system.

Smith told supervisors the new equipment should last up to 15 years.

"We've got four positions over here (at dispatch) now, but with the new facility, we're upgrading and adding new positions," he said. "So, this was a purchase of additional equipment for that upgrade."

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