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Friday — July 17, 2015 — Issue No. 666


Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Welcome to The Wireless Messaging News. I hope you have a great weekend.


The most interesting article this week is, “Goodbye Moto” as published by ChicagoBusiness.com. I have received links to this article from several readers. It has been done in comic-book style. Someone has done a lot of research and hard work — excellent work — to put this report together.

Since the theme is obviously the demise of Motorola, and a segue from the long-running advertisements, “Hello Moto” I am going to chime in with some comments of my own.

First , allow me to define the word “gossip.”

Gossip is idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others; the act of gossipping is also known as dishing or tattling.

Gossip has been researched in terms of its evolutionary psychology origins. This has found gossip to be an important means by which people can monitor cooperative reputations and so maintain widespread indirect reciprocity. Indirect reciprocity is defined here as “I help you and somebody else helps me.” Gossip has also been identified by Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary biologist, as aiding social bonding in large groups.

With the advent of the internet, gossip is now widespread on an instant basis, from one place in the world to another what used to take a long time to filter through is now instant.

The term is sometimes used to specifically refer to the spreading of dirt and misinformation, as (for example) through excited discussion of scandals. Some newspapers carry “gossip columns” which detail the social and personal lives of celebrities or of élite members of certain communities. [source]

Second, let me remind you that I am old, and my memory is not so good anymore.

So, I am talking about “what went wrong” at Motorola — from my perspective. So please take this all with more than “a grain of salt.”

Things really started to go downhill when Chris Galvin took over the company. Chris is the grandson of the founder, Paul Galvin, and the son of Bob Galvin.

Of course he wasn't the only senior manager who contributed to Motorola's demise, but he is an easy target since that is when the slide down started. Most of my friends who know him personally, like him alright, however. . .

I think he should have been named “Bob (Robert) Junior” since, from what I have heard, he was raised as a spoiled rich kid or a junior as some would say.

Junior
The spoiled offspring of very successful and wealthy parents who do nothing other than spend money on trivial things The term junior comes directly from the original word junior and its meaning of being the son with the father's name . . . [ source ]

This bit of gossip will illustrate the perception that some of us “down in the troops” had of Chris Galvin.

When George Fisher was President of Motorola (before Chris Galvin had that position) Chris submitted a written request to buy a new corporate jet airplane. George returned the request as disapproved. So Chris went to daddy, who was still chairman at that time, and Bob approved the request.

This story, if true , probably influenced George's later sudden and unannounced departure to run Eastman Kodak Company in 1993.

Long-time readers will remember me ranting and raving about self-serving managers. Like this one from the May 14, 2010 newsletter:

On The Soapbox

Do you remember the famous quotation from former-Motorola CEO Ed Zander?

“Screw the [Apple] Nano ,” said Zander. “What the hell does the Nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs? People are going to want devices that do more than just play music, something that can be seen in many other countries with more advanced mobile phone networks and savvy users,” he said. [ source ]

Then Apple came out with the iPhone and took first place in cellphone market, leaving Motorola in the dust. Motorola finally got rid of Zander. His exit bonus package is reported to have been worth over fifty million bucks. While he was in office, Zander “cut costs” by reducing the number of employees by one-half.

“Let them eat cake.”

Here's another interesting quote:

“. . . former CEO Ed Zander, on whose watch Motorola acquired four top-of-the-line Dassault Falcon and Gulfstream jets in 2006 and 2007. Zander rang up $1.5 million in personal use on the company aircraft during his four-year tenure, even as Motorola descended into financial turmoil.”
[Source: The Chicago Tribune ]

So, I am very pro-Fisher, anti-Junior, and anti-Zander. However, Bob Galvin had great respect from the workers and managers — even if he did spoil his son.

More specifically to the demise of Paging — *IMHO* while Chris was being groomed to run the company, he was sent around to manage different divisions. One of these was the Paging Division in Boynton Beach, Florida. While there, several brown-nose managers became buddies of Chris. They were “knighted” and tagged for promotion into the higher ranks. Some of them became key decision makers in the Paging Division, and later their incompetence directly affected the early demise of the Paging industry. Why would you promote someone to manage an important Paging-product Division who had absolutely no background in the business of paging, or even engineering? I don't know. I remember how shocked I was when one product manager didn't know the difference between sensitivity and selectivity in a pager. I knew that when I was 15-years old.

I have long thought that three major judgement errors kept Two-way Paging from missing the window of opportunity, and establishing a lasting, albeit minor, place in the Wireless Industry. That window was one or two years wide, and we missed it.

  • Skytel's ReFLEX50 was released too early and created a bad first-impression. It was deployed with too few base-station receivers for the high-speed return path, and initially didn't work well.
  • The release of ReFLEX25 pagers to the other carriers was delayed by Motorola, saying “there is no hurry, Glenayre doesn't have their control terminal upgraded to support our Two-way Pagers yet.”
  • And Glenayre was saying, “there is no hurry, Motorola doesn't have their Two-way Pagers ready to be used with our terminals.”

So a squabble between competitors ended up hurting the whole industry.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and these are mine. What are yours?

You can sue me if you want to. My only assets are an old pickup truck with 138,000 miles on it, and a mixed-breed dog — but he bites.

My Motorola experience was only in the Radio Communications sector. If you want to read a good article about the whole Motorola corporation, I recommend: “What Happened to Motorola — How a culture shift nearly doomed an iconic local company that once dominated the telecom industry.” Written by Ted C. Fishman in Chicago Magazine, Aug. 25, 2014.


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The  Autumn CMA Convention will take place on September 30 – October 2, 2015 in Prague at the 5-star  Hilton Old Town Prague Hotel. Hotel bookings can be made at: http://www.cma-europe.org/conferences.asp. Please register your attendance with Derek Banner at derek.banner@btinternet.com

Set on the Vltava River and with its bustling Old Town Square and ancient architecture, Prague boasts a rich cultural scene and lively nightlife. The Hilton Prague Old Town hotel is in the heart of the city, situated at the gates to the Old Town with the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, and Charles Bridge all just a few minutes walk away. It is also within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and other attractions. The hotel benefits from both a pool and a gymnasium just in case you feel the need to work off the excesses of a CMA conference. Prague’s Václav Havel Airport is a 30-minute drive away from the hotel.

This year we plan to concentrate on the future of Critical Messaging but with a focus on the use of other complementary technologies such as LTE, TETRA, M2M, e-mail, voicemail etc. In doing so we will invite contacts from these industries to contribute to the discussions/presentations.

This will be an informal meeting with chances to network, the dress code will be smart informal.

The conference fee for CMA-E and CMA-A members will be $150. Non-members will be charged $1500 per person for the whole meeting. On Thursday 1st October we will have a group dinner at a local Prague restaurant.

This is a great opportunity to meet with colleagues in the same industry from Australia, the USA and Europe, potential suppliers, potential customers and to find out what is going on in other countries so please do your best to attend.


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Goodbye Moto: How Chicago's greatest tech company fell to earth

Under the Galvin family, Motorola had soaring achievements. This was the company, remember, that invented the cellphone. Those days are over.
What went wrong?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Social Media Not Meant for Emergency Assistance, Police Say

The expectation of two-way interaction should stop when the page’s fans begin to expect urgent help.

Erin Beck, The Charleston Gazette | July 13, 2015


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TNS — As emergency responders have increasingly turned to social media to interact with the public, they are seeing an unintended, potentially dangerous side effect.

Some police agencies have set up Facebook and Twitter profiles in an effort to share information and create positive perceptions of police. The profiles can be useful for accepting crime tips, dispelling misconceptions, and to some, sharing the information police view as pertinent directly, without what they might view as media interference.

On the West Virginia State Police page , which has about 120,000 likes, the administrator can be even be seen interacting directly in comments with people who like the page.

To some, sending a request for help might seem like a logical next step.

But the expectation of two-way interaction should stop when the page’s fans begin to expect urgent assistance, according to State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous.

Baylous said the page has received several messages in which the person is requesting an immediate response.

“We have a generation now that are becoming young adults that that’s how they communicate,” he said. “That’s all they’ve ever known is to communicate with text messages and emails and in messages. They weren’t raised in an environment where you had to actually pick up the phone and call somebody and talk to them or stop in a detachment and ask for help.”

Baylous has written multiple posts from the State Police’s accounts, asking people not to request urgent assistance through social media.

On June 29, the State Police Facebook page said, “Reminder ... Facebook is not an appropriate forum to request immediate assistance from the WVSP. We do not have the manpower nor the resources to monitor it 24/7. Please call the detachment or 911 directly, stop by a detachment in person, or download our free app, which has links to our detachments. Here is an example of some of the messages we occasionally receive that may go unnoticed for an extended period of time: ‘I need a car placed outside my house there is a man very mad that might come here and do damage to me or his girlfriend.’”

Baylous said there are other options for times when talking on a phone might not be feasible, such as a kidnapping or domestic-violence situation. He suggesting texting a friend and asking them to call for help, posting a public Facebook post asking friends to call for help, or calling 911 and leaving the line open to signal distress to dispatchers.

“There are a lot better options than sending a private Facebook message,” he said.

Captain James Agee of the St. Albans Police Department said he has received a few similar messages to his “James ‘Captain’ Agee” Facebook profile. He often uses the page to comment about police work, and accepts requests from any community members who want to friend him.

“If it’s at two or three in the morning, I’m really not going to see that,” he said.

Agee said he understands the value of new technologies — all the officers at his department have smartphones — but the 26-member agency is too small to constantly monitor incoming messages on social media.

“Usually what we’ve gotten is a suspicious car in an alley or some sort of prowler or a loud disturbance,” he said. “We haven’t gotten anything really, really serious yet.

“Thankfully, it is infrequent.”

Cabell County 911 has embraced social media over the last few years. The organization even has an account on Instagram, a photo-sharing application, and on Periscope, a live video application, in addition to Facebook and Twitter .

“They want information right now,” said Steve Rutherford, support services coordinator for the 911 center. “They don’t want to wait until the 6 o’clock news to see it.”

The Cabell County 911 center has received a couple requests for assistance through social media so administrators have also written posts asking people to call 911, not send messages.

Rutherford said calling 911 will always be a quicker way to get assistance and an easier way to have a back-and-forth conversation, but said the 911 center does recognize that in some situations, a victim may not be able to ask out loud for help. He said Cabell County 911 hopes to get text-to-911, which Kanawha County already has, when phones are upgraded within the next year.

Charleston Police Department has a Facebook page for the Criminal Investigation Division , as well as an inactive Twitter account. Police Chief Brent Webster and Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives, said they were not aware of any urgent requests that have come through their social media accounts.

Cooper said he said he understands how some people might see requesting help via social media as the next step in a progression, as agencies have increased their use of social media.

“Social media is not something we have gone to as a means of 24-hour communication at this point,” he said. “911 will probably always be the quickest way to get police assistance. Ten years from now, it may progress to that point as police departments get younger and more members are social media savvy. Ten years ago, it didn’t exist.”

This article was originally published in Government Technology .

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Essex County, N.Y., Emergency Radio System Finally Goes Live

It replaced a 1950s-era analog system with a state-of-the-art digital network.

Lohr McKinstry, Press-Republican | July 13, 2015


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TNS — It was almost a decade coming, but Essex County’s new digital public-safety radio system has been in full operation for more than a month.

It will save lives, Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said.

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“We are live. We switched over to the new high-band system. The fire departments are using the radios.”

The $17 million network of 400 mobile radios and 11 towers entered the planning stages in 2006, with construction beginning in 2009.

The radio system was built using about $7 million in grants and partnership payments and a $10 million county bond issue.

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It replaced a 1950s-era analog system — that still had some tube-type equipment — with a state-of-the-art digital network.

Because two-way communications on the new system are digital, only those with a digital scanner can listen to transmissions. On an analog scanner, digital broadcasts sound like static.

The cost of a digital radio scanner starts at about $350 and goes up from there, depending on features.

The new system is now used by the County Enhanced-911 center in Lewis to dispatch fire, police and ambulance services for 17 of 18 towns in the county. Bloomingdale is dispatched by Franklin County but will join Essex County at some point.

The county bought Motorola digital vehicle radios for fire companies, ambulance groups, police and highway superintendents, at an estimated cost of about $2 million.

MOUNTAIN TOWERS

As a big part of the radio project, Essex County paid $580,000 to WPTZ for 13 acres on Terry Mountain in Peru, Clinton County.

The four towers there are utilized for emergency communications in the northern end of Essex County.

WPTZ is now broadcasting from Mt. Mansfield in Vermont.

One additional element will be to tweak programming in the mobile radios, Jaquish said, to better specify which of the 11 mountaintop tower sites a radio will select when it transmits.

“The radios in fringe areas select the wrong tower or switch back and forth between towers," he said. "The issues with scanning of the mobiles, we’re working on with Motorola.”

He noted an accident took place on Interstate 87 and mobile radios didn’t "vote" properly on which towers to use.

“Every system with this complexity has issues on startup. We’ll get those worked out.”

VENDOR BILL

The county still owes Motorola, the vendor for the mobile radios and other equipment, $1.2 million, he said.

The network was designed by Motorola as a P25 Multicast Radio System, an industry standard for such systems.

It uses VHF high-band frequencies to create a multi-channel digital system. There are four dispatch frequencies, plus site command, mobile to mobile, interagency and others.

ADJUSTMENTS MADE

“We’re still trying to optimize it,” Jaquish explained. “It needs a few adjustments, so it will probably be a few months before we accept it (as complete).”

He said the old analog consoles at the 911 Center in the County Public Safety Building have been removed and new digital consoles installed.

Wilmington Town Supervisor Randy Preston, an assistant fire chief, said the new system works well.

"The radio system, from actual use by myself, is impressive,” Preston said. “It’s crystal clear. It’s unbelievable to have such communications.”

LONG PROCESS

Approvals for the project had to come from the Adirondack Park Agency, State Department of Environmental Conservation, Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration and others, Emergency Services Deputy Director Michael Blaise said.

“It's been a long process, especially with permitting.”

Jaquish said the Adirondack Park Agency was very cooperative during the process.

Construction had three phases: new pagers for some first responders, a new tower and microwave system, and new land-mobile radios in emergency-response vehicles.

Blaise, a communications engineer, wrote the programming matrix that was used to set up the new mobile radios.

The county stayed with low-band analog paging on 46 MHz, since many fire companies already owned those pagers. Other departments had to purchase new pagers.

"It would have been too expensive for the users to switch to something else," Jaquish said.

The County Board of Supervisors has about $700,000 left from the $10 million bond for the project, Preston said.

“We have not exceeded that $10 million,” he said.

CONTRACT EXTENDED

Federal Engineering of Virginia was the project management firm, and that contract was recently extended until Oct. 31 by the Board of Supervisors.

“The biggest issue out there is the construction of the (new) Belfry Mountain tower and the moving over of those tenants from the old tower,” County Manager Daniel Palmer noted.

He said the old tower on Belfry Mountain in Moriah is not owned by the county, and land nearby was purchased for a new radio tower that recently went up.

“The tower is done," Jaquish said. "Verizon and AT&T are both installing new (cellular) equipment. We’re still transferring tenants off the old tower.”

Several agencies have antennas on the tower, including State Police, and those will move to the new structure, he said.

The kinks are getting worked out, Jaquish said, and that takes time.

“We’re getting there. I was in Crown Point, and we found improperly mounted antennas. That’s been fixed.”

The radio upgrade was a long time coming and very much needed, he said.

“We replaced a 60-year-old system with one that should serve us for many years to come. With its interoperability and excellent coverage, I believe this is a system that will save lives.”

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TeleCommunication Systems Interoperability Lab Drives Text-to-911 Deployment for Public Safety

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Lab Enables 9-1-1 Call-Handling Solution Vendors to Test Text-to-911 Interfaces Prior to Deployment

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ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in secure and highly reliable wireless communication technology, today announced that TCS has extended its Interoperability Lab to include Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)/ Message Session Relay Protocol (MSRP) testing for text. TCS has completed MSRP interoperability testing with four public safety equipment vendors: Airbus DS Communications, Emergency CallWorks, ModUcom and Solacom. The TCS Interoperability Lab enables NENA i3-compliant call-handling solution vendors to test their text-to-911 interfaces and software prior to deployment into Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) public safety answering points (PSAPs). Four additional public safety equipment vendors are in the process of equipment testing for NENA i3 compliance.

TCS continues to drive interoperability efforts by working with legacy text-service providers that use proprietary protocols as well as next generation providers that use the standards-based MSRP protocol, in order to simplify the deployment and accelerate the adoption by PSAPs interested in receiving text-to-911 messages.

TCS today supports more than 530 PSAPs with production service in 35 states or regions and is working with an additional 330 PSAPS to implement text-to-911. The TCS Interoperability Lab allows call-handling solution vendors to test the interfaces that process these messages. This provides an effective path to ensure smooth deployment of MSRP-based interfaces for text-to-911. PSAPs, in turn, will know which releases of a vendor's call-handling software have completed MSRP interoperability testing prior to relying upon them to process emergency text messages from the public.

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  • TCS was the first to deploy text-to-911 to PSAPs via all three available methods: TTY, Direct IP using secure web protocols, and next generation MSRP.
  • On May 15, 2014, TCS participated in the first interoperable text-to-911 production deployment, successfully connecting wireless carriers, text service providers and emergency communications centers.
  • As of the beginning of May 2015, due to the aggressive enablement of PSAPs by TCS, the percent of delivered texts to 9-1-1 has increased by 70% over 2014 rates, which in turn was 35% higher than 2013 delivery rates.
  • The top four carriers, accounting for nearly 90 percent of all wireless subscribers in the United States, today support the ability to deliver Short Message Service (SMS) messages to any PSAP that has indicated its ability to receive such messages.
  • States or regions with at least one TCS deployment of text-to-911 in production include Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Washington D.C and Puerto Rico.
  • Since October 2012, TCS customers have, on a nationwide basis, delivered text-to-911 messages to receiving PSAPs or otherwise delivered bounce-back messages. If a PSAP is not yet capable of receiving text-to-911, the carriers using the TCS solution all deliver a "bounce-back" message, informing the sender to place a voice call to 9-1-1.
  • The FCC has created a Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry which provides information on each PSAP that is ready to accept texts. To participate, 911 authorities or PSAPs must submit the FCC's PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Form that provides entries for the PSAP to (1) indicate that it is text-ready and (2) include its contact information and other information necessary to notify covered text providers of the PSAP's readiness. For more information, visit: https://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/psap-text-911-readiness-and-certification .
  • Public safety equipment vendors connect to the lab remotely through a secure portal connected to TCS' lab, located in Seattle, Washington. Vendors interested in scheduling appointments for testing with the TCS Interoperability Lab for SIP/MSRP for text may e-mail Text911Interoperability-Lab@telecomsys.com.

TCS Safety & Security Group Senior Vice President Lynne Seitz stated: "In our connected society, the ability for PSAPs to accept and process text messages from the public is most often the first step in the transition toward NG9-1-1. The TCS Interoperability Lab serves as a catalyst for call-handling solution vendors to advance with confidence, knowing that their systems meet NENA i3 standards. We commend Airbus DS Communications, Emergency CallWorks, ModUcom and Solacom for their initiative and collaboration in proactively verifying their systems to ensure compliancy for their customers' NG9-1-1 deployments."

Since deploying the first U.S. wireless E9-1-1 solution in 1998, TCS has been leading public safety solutions for wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1), NG9-1-1 and E1-1-2. TCS supports about half of all U.S. wireless E9-1-1 calls, serving more than 140 million wireless and IP-enabled devices. TCS achieved its 11th consecutive year of TL 9000 certification in November 2014 and is the only non-carrier TL 9000-certified organization that supports E9-1-1 services. TCS is leading the enablement of text-to 9-1-1, and TCS leads the nation in emergency services IP network (ESInet) deployments. Its E9-1-1 and NG9-1-1 solutions ensure that a subscriber's emergency call routes to the appropriate PSAP and automatically pinpoints the caller's location information. For more information visit: TCS Public Safety .

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, is a world leader in secure and highly reliable wireless communications. Our patented solutions, global presence, operational support and engineering talent enable 9-1-1, commercial location-based services and deployable wireless infrastructure; cybersecurity; defense and aerospace components; and applications for mobile location-based services and messaging. Our principal customers are wireless network operators, defense and public safety government agencies, and Fortune 150 enterprises requiring high reliability and security. Learn more at www.telecomsys.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that if incorrect would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Risks include those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

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Silver Lake to spend $28,000 on pagers, radios

Published 1July 17, 2015
BY JILL TATGE-ROZELL
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SILVER LAKE — The Silver Lake Village Board voted Wednesday to spend up to $28,000 on new portable pagers and handheld radios for the Fire Department even though it is considering contracting with the town of Salem for service in the future.

Village President Bruce Nopenz said, “Contracting with Salem may take six months or could take a year. In the meantime we need to protect this village.”

Assistant chief Roger Pattie said firefigthers are having trouble communicating with each other and with other departments while on calls.

Firefighter Allen Dunski added the radios failed during a drill held two months ago.

“We could not communicate two blocks away,” Dunski said.

RC Electronics, which provided a bid for the new equipment, said the radios cannot be repaired or upgraded. Further, the radios are wide-band units, which have been out of compliance with the Federal Communications Commission since 2013.

“Continued use after that date carries quite a fine from the FCC,” Pattie said.

According to its regulations, the FCC could fine the village $10,000 per day for continued use of wide-band radios.

During citizens comments, resident Bill Erb questioned if the department needs new pagers or just needs to collect ones that former members of the department are still using.

Erb drew attention to a recent police incident involving a former member of the fire department throwing lit fireworks out of a car. In the police report, it was noted that the individual was still carrying a Silver Lake Fire Department badge and a pager. Pattie said a lot of times members of the department do not formally resign - they just stop showing up. This was the case with the person involved in the recent incident.

The usual process is to send a letter seeking return of the equipment. After 10 days, a police officer attempts to retrieve it.

“Silver Lake (police) officers went to get the equipment,” Pattie said. “He said he did not have it. He found it the night he got stopped by the police amazingly enough.”

Pattie said the bid from RC Electronics is for new radios and pagers that are compatible with both analog and digital radios.

Trustee Carolyn Dodge said the village policy is to get at least three bids for purchases over $1,500

Nopenz said while he “would like to see some other bids” he understands “there is an urgency to this.”

Pattie said there is enough money in the fire department budget but it is “not all in the right place.”

“We can move some money around to more than cover this purchase,” he said.

The board voted 3-1 to approve the purchase contingent upon the department getting two other bids and at an amount not to exceed $28,000. Dodge cast the dissenting vote. Three board members, Roger Johnson, Pat Dunn and Daniel Withers, were absent.

Source: KenoshaNews

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PC shipments plummet as world readies for Windows 10

Blair Hanley Frank
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Jul 10, 2015 5:44 AM

Worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of 2015 declined 11.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago, according to a report released by IDC on Thursday.

Overall, manufacturers shipped 66.1 million units worldwide, including desktops and laptops running Microsoft’s Windows and other operating systems. That was slightly less than expected. IDC said in its report that the declines were caused in part because PC sales during the same period in 2014 were boosted by people purchasing new computers to upgrade from Windows XP, which Microsoft stopped supporting in April of that year.

In addition, manufacturers’ channel partners reduced inventory in the second quarter in preparation for new devices running Windows 10, which led to shipment declines. Customers outside the U.S. were also affected by shifting exchange rates that at times raised the prices for computers overseas as some foreign currencies weakened relative to the dollar.

The worse than expected quarter wasn’t much of a cause for concern for Loren Loverde, IDC’s vice president of worldwide PC trackers and forecasting. He said that the decline “fits with expectations,” and that the PC market will stabilize in future years.

“We continue to expect low to mid-single digit declines in volume during the second half of the year with volume stabilizing in future years,” Loverde said in a press release.

Loverde said that manufacturers may not see much of a bump either from the launch of Windows 10 later this month. Because Microsoft is offering anyone with a PC running Windows 7 or 8.1 a free upgrade to its new operating system, consumers who would have otherwise purchased a new device in order to upgrade may hold off on doing so and instead opt to upgrade their existing machine, at least for now.

Lenovo held the top position in worldwide PC market share, with slightly more than 13.4 million units shipped. That translates into 1 percent growth over the previous quarter, and a 7.5 percent decline year over year. Apple was the only company to grow its worldwide shipments over the second quarter of 2014, shipping 5.1 million Macs in the second quarter of 2015. One of the Cupertino-based company’s biggest advantages in the current computer market is its ability to stay out of the price competition that has been hurting makers of Windows PCs.

Gartner’s report on computer sales reached a similar conclusion, with its analysts saying that shipments declined 9.5 percent year-over-year. The difference between the two reports likely stems in part from IDC excluding 2-in-1 devices like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 (what the firm calls “tablets with detachable keyboards”) from its research. Gartner includes those devices, which make up a growing percentage of the Windows device market.

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BloostonLaw Newsletter

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. 29July 15, 2015

Headlines


FCC Highlights Obligation of Carriers to Protect Personal Information of Customers

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has entered into a $3.5 million settlement with TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel America, Inc., resolving an investigation which found that the companies "failed to protect the confidentiality of proprietary information that they received from customers applying to demonstrate eligibility for their low-income Lifeline phone services, including sensitive personal information such as names, addresses, dates of birth, full or partial Social Security numbers, and driver’s licenses." According to the FCC, the companies’ vendor stored the proprietary information "in clear, readable text on servers that were accessible over the Internet, and the data was not password protected or encrypted." This resulted in a data breach which exposed their customer’s personal information to unauthorized individuals.

Every company should review its policies and practices to ensure that the customers' CPNI and "sensitive personal information" is secure. This includes ensuring that the company and all of its vendors do not store proprietary information in clear, readable text on servers that are accessible over the Internet, and that data is password protected or encrypted. BloostonLaw is available to assist companies with this review and with the development of appropriate procedures.

The FCC found that the "failure to reasonably secure customers’ proprietary information, including their personal data, violates a carrier’s duty under Section 222 of the Communications Act, and also constitutes an unjust and unreasonable practice in violation of Section 201 of the Act." The FCC states that it expects telecommunications carriers to take “every reasonable precaution” to protect their customers’ data.

In addition to paying a $3.5 million civil penalty, the companies must develop and implement a compliance plan to ensure appropriate procedures are incorporated into their business practices to protect consumers against similar data breaches in the future. According to the FCC, "TerraCom and YourTel will be required to improve their privacy and data security practices by: (i) designating a senior corporate manager who is a certified privacy professional; (ii) conducting a privacy risk assessment; (iii) implementing a written information security program; (iv) maintaining reasonable oversight of third party vendors; (v) implementing a data breach response plan; and (vi) providing privacy and security awareness training to employees. The companies also will "notify all consumers whose information was subject to unauthorized access, provide complimentary credit monitoring services for all affected individuals, and undertake additional measures to mitigate any potential harm to consumers."

The FCC states that in the absence of material new evidence relating to this matter, it will not set for hearing the question of the companies' "basic qualifications to hold or obtain any Commission license or authorization.”

FCC Delays Vote on Incentive Auction Procedures Notice, Mobile Spectrum Holdings Recon Order

In a Public Notice released late on Wednesday afternoon, just before the BloostonLaw Telecom Update went to press, the FCC deleted two significant items related to the Broadcast Incentive Auction from its agenda for the July 16th Open Meeting. Items pulled from the agenda include votes on the Incentive Auction Procedures Public Notice, and an Order on Reconsideration addressing petitions for reconsideration of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order. A vote on proposed revisions to the Commission’s Competitive Bidding and Designated Entity (DE) rules remains on the agenda.

Removal of the Incentive Auction Procedures PN from the agenda was not unexpected. House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to the FCC on Tuesday asking that Chairman Tom Wheeler postpone Thursday’s vote on incentive auction procedures. Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-Mich) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore) expressed concern about the Commission’s “last-minute addition of significant data into the record” less than a week before the scheduled vote.

Upon release of the letter, Upton and Walden commented, “Here we go again. Like a broken record, we have heard the FCC leadership pledge repeatedly to improve process while continuing to find new ways to keep the public in the dark. Had the commission heeded the advice of commenters and released these data weeks ago, we would be lauding the commission today for its commitment to debate and a complete record. But when the commission acts to withhold data until the eleventh hour, it is going out of its way to keep the public and relevant stakeholders — including the commissioners — out of the process."

The data in question relates to spectrum clearing target determination simulations that the Commission’s staff has performed to evaluate various incentive auction band repacking scenarios. The repacking process is extraordinarily complex, and it has significant impact on broadcasters’ decisions whether or not to relinquish their spectrum. FCC Incentive Auction Task Force staff released data from just a handful of clearing scenarios by way of a docket filing at close of business last Friday. Concurrent with releasing this data, the Incentive Auction Task Force invited interested parties to file comments and the FCC issued a rare waiver of the Sunshine period prohibition so comments could be filed right up until the night before the Commission meeting.

Despite the postponement, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed optimism that the Incentive Auction could still take place in early 2016. "In the spirit of cooperation that has marked our work together on the incentive auctions, I am today postponing Commission consideration of this order and the related reconsideration of the mobile spectrum holdings order until the Commission's next regularly scheduled meeting on August 6," wrote Wheeler in a letter responding to Reps. Upton and Walden. "I believe that even with this delay we will be able to stay on course for the first quarter of 2016."

The broadcast industry has argued that running just a few post-incentive auction repack simulations is insufficient. An ex parte letter from the National Association of Broadcasters criticized the Commission for the meager, and last minute, data dump.

“The FCC released only two simulations for each of three spectrum clearing targets, wrote NAB General Counsel Rick Kaplan. “There is little to be gained from analyzing a mere six simulations. By contrast, last summer the FCC released 100 repacking simulations. This information enabled outside parties, including NAB, to draw meaningful conclusions concerning, for example, the likelihood of certain outcomes. In this instance, releasing only two simulations per clearing target is akin to asking a person to accurately predict the National League pennant winner by watching only two games from the 162-game Major League Baseball schedule.”

NAB also criticized the Commission’s staff for failing to adequately explain the assumptions made in its handful of simulations, as well as for failing to analyze the effect of putting TV stations in the duplex gap ( i.e., within the new wireless band plan) against other interference proposals.

“Ultimately, the information released late Friday night suggests deep problems with the auction or a significant lack of transparency, or both,” wrote Kaplan.

Chairman Wheeler also postponed the Commission’s vote on whether to expand the size of the “spectrum reserve,” a block of the 600 MHz spectrum that the Commission has proposed to set aside for bidding by smaller carriers. The current reserve is capped at 30 MHz, but competitive carriers like Sprint, T-Mobile and Dish have led an aggressive campaign seeking to have the Commission increase the reserve to at least 40 MHz.

In a written statement yesterday expressing frustration over the FCC’s delay and lack of transparency, Commissioner Ajit Pai offered his own proposals for how the FCC should proceed.

“I would like to offer a couple of suggestions for a path forward,” wrote Pai. “First, during the week of July 27, the Commission should hold an en banc hearing to consider issues pertaining to band plan variability and the appropriate placement of broadcast stations, if necessary, in the wireless portion of the 600 MHz band. These issues deserve a thorough public airing. Let’s invite broadcasters, wireless carriers, and unlicensed advocates to testify. Witnesses should have the opportunity to share their views, and Commissioners should have ample opportunity to ask questions. Let’s see where there is disagreement and try to forge common ground.”

“Second, the Commission should immediately release all of the data pertaining to the staff’s simulations. The Commission should also conduct additional simulations and release all of the data pertaining to those simulations as well. Our office has heard numerous complaints from stakeholders that too little data has been released and that more simulations are needed. In particular, we should not make decisions on a future band plan based on only two simulations per clearing target. Rather, we should be able to evaluate the wide range of possible outcomes for each clearing target.”

We will keep our clients apprised of developments once the items from the July Open Meeting become available.

FCC Issues TCPA Omnibus Declaratory Ruling

The FCC has released a Declaratory Ruling and Order clarifying numerous issues concerning the application of the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and providing guidance on whether certain conduct violates the TCPA. (CG Docket No. 02-278, WC Docket No. 07-135). Among the issues addressed by the FCC are the following:

  • Any equipment that has the requisite “capacity” to dial random and sequential numbers is an autodialer and is therefore subject to the TCPA. Callers cannot avoid obtaining consumer consent for a robocall simply because they are not “currently” or “presently” dialing random or sequential phone numbers. The FCC acknowledges, however, that the definition of “autodialer” does not extend to every piece of malleable and modifiable dialing equipment that conceivably could be considered to have some capacity, however small, to store and dial telephone numbers. For example, a handset with the mere addition of a speed dial button is not an autodialer. Further, there must be more than a theoretical potential that the equipment could be modified to satisfy the “autodialer” definition. Thus, the FCC states that although it might be theoretically possible to modify a rotary-dial phone to such an extreme that it would satisfy the definition of autodialer, "such a possibility is too attenuated for us to find that a rotary-dial phone has the requisite ’capacity‘ and therefore is an autodialer."
  • Calls to reassigned wireless numbers violate the TCPA when a previous subscriber, not the current subscriber or customary user, provided the prior express consent on which the call is based. The consumer assigned the telephone number dialed and billed for the call, or the non-subscriber customary user of a telephone number included in a family or business calling plan can give prior express consent to be called at that number. However, where a caller believes he has consent to make a call and does not discover that a wireless number had been reassigned prior to making or initiating a call to that number for the first time after reassignment, the FCC finds that liability should not attach for that first call, but the caller is liable for any calls thereafter. Further, the caller, and not the called party, bears the burden of demonstrating: (1) that he had a reasonable to basis to believe he had consent to make the call, and (2) that he did not have actual or constructive knowledge of reassignment prior to or at the time of this one-additional-call window we recognize as an opportunity for callers to discover reassignment.
  • Internet-to-phone text messages require consumer consent.
  • Text messages are “calls” subject to the TCPA, as previously determined by the Commission. Consumer consent is required for text messages sent from text messaging apps that enable entities to send text messages to all or substantially all text-capable U.S. telephone numbers, including through the use of autodialer applications downloaded or otherwise installed on mobile phones.
  • The Communications Act and the FCC's rules do not prohibit carriers or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers from implementing consumer-initiated call-blocking technology that can help consumers stop unwanted robocalls.
  • With regard to collect call services, the FCC clarifies that, where a caller provides the called party’s phone number to a collect call service provider and controls the content of the call, he is the maker of the call rather than the collect-call service provider who connects the call and provides information to the called party that is useful in determining whether he or she wishes to continue the call.
  • Whether a person who offers a calling platform service for the use of others has knowingly allowed its client(s) to use that platform for unlawful purposes may be a factor in determining whether the platform provider is so involved in placing the calls as to be deemed to have initiated them.
  • Collect calling service providers that use prerecorded messages, on a single call-by-call basis, to provide call set-up information when attempting to connect a collect call to a residential or wireless telephone number may do so under the TCPA without first obtaining prior express consent from the called party. The person who dials the number of the called party or the number of a collect calling service provider in order to reach the called party, rather than the collect calling service provider who simply connects the call, “makes” the call for purposes of the TCPA.
  • The FCC clarifies that the fact that a consumer’s wireless number is in the contact list on another person’s wireless phone, standing alone, does not demonstrate consent to autodialed or prerecorded calls, including texts.
  • The FCC clarifies that a called party may revoke consent at any time and through any reasonable means. A caller may not limit the manner in which revocation may occur. Further, if any question arises as to whether prior express consent was provided by a call recipient, the burden is on the caller to prove that it obtained the necessary prior express consent.
  • The FCC exempts from the TCPA’s consumer consent requirements, messages about time-sensitive financial and healthcare issues, if a long list of conditions are followed. Calls intended to prevent fraudulent transactions or identify theft, calls involving data security breaches and calls conveying measures consumers may take to prevent identity theft following a data breach are exempt.

Please contact the firm if you have questions about whether specific conduct of your company complies with the TCPA and the FCC's Declaratory Ruling.

FCC Releases Fact Sheet on Proposed Technology Transition Reforms

On July 10, the FCC issued a Fact Sheet providing high-level information on two items that Chairman Wheeler is planning to circulate to the other Commissioners and which will be voted upon at next month’s Open Meeting.

The first item is a Report and Order that “would help ensure consumers have the information and tools necessary to maintain available communications at home during an emergency.” More specifically, providers of modern, non-copper based landline home phone service would be required to a) ensure that “a technical solution” for 8 hours of standby backup power is available for consumers to purchase, either directly or from a third-party retailer, at the point of sale and b) offer an option for 24 hours of standby backup power within three years.

The second item is a Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking intended to protect consumers as copper networks are replaced by next-generation networks by:

  • Requiring that consumers be notified of plans to retire copper networks approximately six months in advance for non-residential customers and three months in advance for residential customers.
  • Defining “retirement” in such a way to prevent retirement of networks by neglect (sometimes referred to as “de facto” retirement).
  • Requiring notice to interconnecting carriers for retirement of all parts of the copper network that are critical to providing their customers with service.
  • Retaining carrier flexibility to retire copper networks in favor of newer facilities without prior Commission approval as long as no service is discontinued, reduced, or impaired.

The second item also attempts to preserve competition in the enterprise market by:

  • Requiring, as an interim measure, that replacement services be offered to competitive providers at rates, terms and conditions that are reasonably comparable to those of the legacy services.
  • Clarifying that a carrier that plans to discontinue a service that has only carrier customers must still follow the statutory process for discontinuance if the action would negatively impact retail users served by those carrier customers.

It also tentatively concludes that both consumers and industry would be served by clarifying these standards by which replacement and legacy services are evaluated when considering Section 214 discontinuance, and seeks comment on criteria which include:

  • Support for 911 services and call centers
  • Network capacity and reliability
  • Quality of both voice service and Internet access
  • Interoperability with devices and services, such as alarm services and medical monitoring
  • Access for people with disabilities, including compatibility with assistive technologies
  • Network security in any IP-supported network that is comparable to the legacy network
  • Coverage throughout the service area, either by the substitute network or via service from other provider

Law & Regulation


Lifeline Order on Reconsideration Effective Date Established; Document Retention Requirements

On July 14th, the FCC’s Lifeline Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order appeared in the Federal Register, establishing an effective date of August 13th for the rules adopted therein.

Most notably, as of the effective date, all ETCs must retain documentation demonstrating subscriber income-based or program-based eligibility for participation in the Lifeline program for the purposes of production during audits or investigations or to the extent required by NLAD processes, including the dispute resolution processes that require verification of identity, address, or age of subscribers. ETCs must also retain documentation that was reviewed to verify subscriber information for the NLAD dispute resolution process. Such information, of course, must be protected under Section 222 of the Communications Act.

Other revisions include a uniform “snapshot” date each month for Lifeline providers to calculate their number of subscribers for the purpose of reimbursement (the first day of the month); elimination of the requirement that incumbent local exchange carriers must resell retail Lifeline-discounted service; and limits for reimbursement for Lifeline service to Lifeline providers directly serving Lifeline customers.

House Subcommittee Asks FCC to Address Nationwide Wireless Number Portability

On July 9, members of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee sent a letter to Chairman Wheeler asking the FCC to ensure nationwide wireless number portability for all providers. According to the letter, the members are concerned that customers hoping to switch to non-nationwide wireless carriers may be unable to port-in their numbers under the existing rules, and said this distinction places non-nationwide providers at a competitive disadvantage. The members urged the FCC to address the issue as soon as possible.

House Subcommittee Hearings on Broadband Investment Postponed

The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing that Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced on July 8 has been postponed to a date and time that have yet to be determined.

The purpose of the hearing is to discuss ways to improve the environment for investment in both fixed and mobile broadband. Witnesses have not yet been announced.

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White House Unveils ConnectHome Low-Income Broadband Pilot Program

Today, the White House unveiled a new initiative aimed at providing high-speed internet to low-income families, dubbed ConnectHome. According to the official press release, the pilot program is launching in twenty-seven cities and one tribal nation and will initially reach over 275,000 low-income households.
In Google Fiber markets (including the ConnectHome cities of Atlanta, Durham, Kansas City, and Nashville), Google Fiber will offer $0 monthly home Internet service to residents in select public housing authority properties and will partner with community organizations on computer labs and digital literacy programming to bridge the digital divide, especially for families with K-12 students.

In select communities of Choctaw Tribal Nation, Cherokee Communications, Pine Telephone, Suddenlink Communications, and Vyve Broadband will work together to ensure that over 425 of Choctaw’s public housing residents have access to low-cost, high-speed internet.

In Seattle, and across its coverage footprint, CenturyLink will make broadband service available to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) households, via its Internet Basics program, for $9.95 per month for the first year and $14.95 per month for the next four years.

In Macon, Meriden, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, Cox Communications will offer home Internet service for $9.95 per month to eligible K-12 families residing in public housing authorities. As part of its existing ConnectED commitment, Sprint will work with HUD and the ConnectHome program to make its free wireless broadband Internet access service program available to eligible K-12 students living in public housing. This builds upon the free mobile broadband service previously committed to low-income students by AT&T and Verizon, for ConnectED.

Additionally, non-profit and private sector entities will assist in providing digital literacy and technology training resources. For example, Best Buy will offer HUD residents in select ConnectHome demonstration project cities, including Choctaw Tribal Nation, computer training and technical support as well as after-school technical training, for free, to students participating in ConnectHome at Best Buy Teen Centers in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, San Antonio, and Washington, DC.

HUD will also begin a rulemaking that requires HUD-funded new residential construction and substantial rehabilitation projects to support broadband internet connectivity; provide communities with the flexibility to spend portions of their Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants on local broadband initiatives and associated connectivity enhancements, among other things.

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

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

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

AUGUST 1: 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 August 1. 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 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.

AUGUST 29: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS. The Copyright Statement of Accounts form plus royalty payment for the first half of calendar year 2015 is due to be filed August 29 at the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office by cable TV service providers.

SEPTEMBER 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. Three[sic] types of entities must file this form.

  1. Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations: Entities that are facilities-based providers of broadband connections – which are wired “lines” or wireless “channels” that enable the end user to receive information from and/or send information to the Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction – must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which the entity provides one or more such connections to end user locations. For the purposes of Form 477, an entity is a “facilities-based” provider of broadband connections to end user locations if it owns the portion of the physical facility that terminates at the end user location, if it obtains unbundled network elements (UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and provisions/equips them as broadband, or if it provisions/equips a broadband wireless channel to the end user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum. Such entities include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers (LECs), cable system operators, fixed wireless service providers (including “wireless ISPs”), terrestrial and satellite mobile wireless service providers, MMDS providers, electric utilities, municipalities, and other entities. (Such entities do not include equipment suppliers unless the equipment supplier uses the equipment to provision a broadband connection that it offers to the public for sale. Such entities also do not include providers of fixed wireless services ( e.g., “Wi-Fi” and other wireless ethernet, or wireless local area network, applications) that only enable local distribution and sharing of a premises broadband facility.)
  2. Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Telephone Services: Incumbent and competitive LECs must complete and file the applicable portions of the form for each state in which they provide local exchange service to one or more end user customers (which may include “dial-up” ISPs).
  3. Providers of Interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service: Interconnected VoIP service is a service that enables real-time, two-way voice communications; requires a broadband connection from the user’s location; requires Internet-protocol compatible customer premises equipment; and permits users generally to receive calls that originate on the public switched telephone network and to terminate calls to the public switched telephone network. Interconnected VoIP providers must complete and file the applicable portions of the form for each state in which they provide interconnected VoIP service to one or more subscribers, with the state determined for reporting purposes by the location of the subscriber’s broadband connection or the subscriber’s “Registered Location” as of the data-collection date. “Registered Location” is the most recent information obtained by an interconnected VoIP service provider that identifies the physical location of an end user.
  4. Providers of Mobile Telephony Services: Facilities-based providers of mobile telephony services must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which they serve one or more mobile telephony subscribers.
    1. A mobile telephony service is a real-time, two-way switched voice service that is interconnected with the public switched network using an in-network switching facility that enables the provider to reuse frequencies and accomplish seamless handoff of subscriber calls.
    2. A mobile telephony service provider is considered “facilities-based” if it serves a subscriber using spectrum for which the entity holds a license that it manages, or for which it has obtained the right to use via lease or other arrangement with a Band Manager

SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM. Each year on September 30, multi-channel video program distributors (“MVPDs”) must file with the Commission an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. Users must access the FCC’s electronic filing system via the Internet in order to submit the form; it will not be accepted if filed on paper unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver of the electronic filing requirement. Certain MVPDs also will be required to complete portions of the Supplemental Investigation Sheet (“SIS”) located at the end of the Form. These MVPDs are specifically identified in a Public Notice each year by the FCC.

Calendar At A Glance


July
Jul. 16 – Comments are due on Part 4 Outage Reporting NPRM.
Jul. 20 – PRA comments are due on the Open Internet Order.
Jul. 27 – Comments are due on FirstNet Draft RFP.
Jul. 31 – Reply comments are due on Part 4 Outage Reporting NPRM.
Jul. 31 – FCC Form 507 (Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update) is due.
Jul. 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.

August
Aug. 1 – FCC Form 502 due (North American Numbering Plan Utilization and Forecast Report).
Aug. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Aug. 5 – Comments are due on Transparency Exemption proceeding.
Aug. 13 – Effective date for Lifeline rule revisions (including document retention requirements).
Aug. 21 – Comments due on Video Programming Competition Report.
Aug. 29 – Copyright Statement of Accounts is due.

September
Sep. 1 – FCC Form 477 due (Local Competition and Broadband Report).
Sep. 4 – Reply comments are due on Transparency Exemption proceeding.
Sep. 21 – Reply comments are due on Video Programming Competition report.
Sep. 25 – Comments are due on Section IV.B of the Special Access Data NPRM.
Sep. 30 – FCC Form 396-C (MVPD EEO Program Annual Report).

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 halmor@bloostonlaw.com .

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

After 7/7 London Bombings — more pagers, too

Chris Jones 07.07.2015

Hi Dietmar, you may not remember but I visited your offices in Berlin on the 8 July 2005, the day after the 7/7 bombings, and was met by film crews and interviewers asking ”how did I feel?”, and “what was the mood like in London?” (we were the first plane to arrive from Heathrow the following day).

I shrugged them off using the “English stiff upper lip” — it felt like they were voyeurs in our hour of distress. On the news this morning, 10 years on, there was one of the survivors who told the harrowing story again as if it was only yesterday, underlining for me the profound impact the bombings had on his life and the lives of Londoner’s in general. And it reminded me again of the trip to e-message on 8th July 2005.


7 July Memorial, Hyde Park. Each of the 52 stainless steel columns represents a victim of the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

The Public Enquiry afterwards identified that communications between agencies, and to those emergency workers on the ground could have been better. Indeed some Authorities obtained more pagers from us in the aftermath. One key recommendation of the report was that the emergency services communications should have worked underground and should have been compatible with Transport for London’s communications systems, and I think this has been addressed now. Indeed, now many parts of the Underground system have GSM coverage too, and so communications today are likely much better than 10 years ago. So lessons have been learnt.

PageOne always advises customers that they should not rely on just one form of communication, and where messaging is critical do not use public communication methods such as GSM voice or SMS. In these instances consider using paging as it provides the ability to send messages to large numbers of staff using one message, and that the paging network is independent of the public communications networks and so not affected by major public incidents like 7/7. But let’s hope we will not need to test our theories and recommendations again.

Kind regards and best wishes,

Chris Jones
CEO, PageOne (UK)

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This is a message from Chris Jones to Dietmar Gollnick for publication in the e*message blog.

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WOW!!.... What a testimony. How could any of us imagine this scenario?... Sad end to an education we all appreciate.

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Opportunity

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

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