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DC Circuit Upholds Key Elements of Incentive Auction Framework; 600 MHz Auction Remains On Schedule for 2016

BloostonLaw Update

A three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court today unanimously upheld key elements of the FCC’s incentive auction framework that had been the subject of a judicial appeal late last summer from the National Association of Broadcasters and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A press statement issued this afternoon by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that the incentive auction remains on schedule for the Spring of 2016.

“We are gratified that the Court agrees with the Commission’s balanced, market-based approach to freeing up more valuable spectrum for innovative wireless broadband services,” wrote Wheeler. “This decision provides the Commission and all stakeholders with the certainty necessary to proceed apace toward a successful auction in the first quarter of next year.”

Among other things, the NAB challenged the FCC’s decision to change the methodology used to predict local television coverage areas and population served, which it argued could result in significant loss of viewership of broadcast TV stations after the FCC “repacks” TV stations into a shrunken TV band. The Court rejected the appellants’ arguments, stating in its opinion “[i]t is self-evident that the accuracy of the commission’s determinations would be improved by its use of more recent population data, more precise terrain calculations, and more exact technical information.”

An NAB statement expressed disappointment with today’s ruling, but confirmed that the association was “committed to working with policymakers to ensure a successful auction that protects the interests of broadcasters, whether they participate or not, and does not disenfranchise our tens of millions of viewers.”

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Twitter abolishes 140 character limit, only for direct messages

Wayne Murphy June 13, 2015 News, Social

Twitter, the micro-blogging site is all set to take direct conversation among its users to a completely new level. The micro-blogging site made an official announcement on its developer’s blog that they are allowing their users to express themselves with much more freedom via direct messages. For all those, who use twitter, the term world limit is nothing new as Twitter has a word limit on literally event thing that you post.

Till date, twitter has been basically the platform that allows its users to share information and updates with their followers in a short and simple way. This is always been the core service of Twitter. The service that allowed you to send direct messages to any specific individuals was brought in much later, just to add a variety to social life on Twitter.

The experts believe that the recent abolition of word limit with direct messages is a step taken to counter the effects that social messaging applications like WhatsApp and social networking sites like Facebook Inc. have had on Twitter.

It is believed that the abolition of the word limit is another step taken by Twitter in trying to match up with the other major players in the online socializing arena. In the recent past, Twitter initiated features like direct messages among a group of people just like the group chat feature available with WhatsApp and Facebook.

Well, some individuals have not liked this step from Twitter as they believe that the word limit is a distinctive feature of Twitter and it is what makes them better than others in certain aspects. The precise aim to keep messages short and protect the quality of information will not be served anymore without the word limit in direct messages.

Source: The Next Digit

Prism Paging

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  • VoIP telephone access — eliminate interconnect expense
  • Call from anywhere — Prism SIP Gateway allows calls from PSTN and PBX
  • All the Features for Paging, Voice-mail, Text-to-Pager, Wireless and DECT phones
  • Prism Inet, the new IP interface for TAP, TNPP, SNPP, SMTP — Industry standard message input
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PSSI is the industry leader in reverse logistics, our services include depot repair, product returns management, RMA and RTV management, product audit, test, refurbishment, re-kitting and value recovery.

Leak hints at a curvier BlackBerry Passport

by Jon Fingas | @jonfingas | June 10th 2015 at 5:42 pm

Whatever you think of the BlackBerry Passport's oddball aspect ratio or software, there's no denying that the original design had rough edges... or rather, corners. That squarish handset might not dig into your hands and legs for much longer, though. N4BB claims to have photos of the Oslo, a "re-do" of the Passport that softens the design even beyond what you saw in the AT&T model. It's curvier all around, and it appears to have a slightly more compact plastic frame that's (hopefully) easier to fit into your pocket.

To be clear, this wouldn't be a Passport 2 — you'd still get the familiar Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and 13-megapixel rear camera. Instead, it'd be intended as a Passport for regions where the one-of-a-kind device is harder to find, such as Asia-Pacific. That probably wouldn't please you if you're a BlackBerry die-hard who wants genuinely new gear, but it would suggest that the company still sees plenty of demand for its squarish smartphone.

Source: engadget (Thanks to Barry Kanne)

American Messaging


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WaveWare Technologies

2630 National Dr., Garland, TX 75041

Now stocking the full line of Daviscomms paging products

New Products

SPS-5v9E Paging System

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  • TAP, COMP2, Scope, WaveWare SNPP, COMP2, & PET Protocols
  • 2W, 5W Option

DMG Protocol Converter

  • Linux Based Embedded System
  • Up to 4 Serial Port Connections
  • Ethernet Connections
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  • Additional Protocols Available Soon

WaveWare Technologies

Easy Solutions

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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.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost effective solutions.
  • We are not just another vendor . . . We are a part of your team. All the advantages of high priced full time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business . . . We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

Experts in Paging Infrastructure

  • Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
  • Excellent Service Contracts
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  • Contracts for Glenayre and other Systems starting at $100
  • Making systems More Reliable and MORE PROFITABLE for over 30 years.

Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or e-mail us for more information.

Easy Solutions
3220 San Simeon Way
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Telephone: 972-898-1119

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ORTOVOX Recalls Avalanche Transceiver Due to Loss of Emergency Communications Capability

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2015

Recall Summary

Name of Product: ORTOVOX S1+ Avalanche Transceiver

Hazard: The S1+ hardware can fail, resulting in an inability to transmit a discoverable signal during an emergency situation, even as the unit appears to be powered on and functioning properly.

Remedy: Repair
Consumers should stop using the recalled S1+ transceiver beacons immediately and return them to ORTOVOX for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: Deuter USA toll-free at (877) 384-9252 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, e-mail at or online at and click on the "S1+ Avalanche Transceiver Recall" box for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 3,000

Description: The ORTOVOX S1+ transceiver is used as a beacon to locate an individual in the event of avalanche burial. The flip-case design transceiver is black with green accent stripes on the top sides. ORTOVOX and S1+ are printed on the top of the device. In the open/receive position the top half of the transceiver displays a blue screen with green border that displays an image and distance reading of the buried individual. The transceivers measure about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1 inch thick in the closed/transmit position. All transceivers manufactured from 2010 through 2014 are included in the recall. The manufacture date is printed inside the battery door on the back of the transceiver with a roman numeral representing the quarter of the year and a two digit number referring to the year.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Sold at: Outdoor specialty retailers, ski shops and directly nationwide from July 2010 through April 2015 for about $490.

Importer: Deuter USA, of Longmont, Colo.

Distributor: Ortovox, of Taufkirchen, Germany

Manufactured in: Germany

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
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Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.

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Critical Response Systems

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First Responder Solutions.

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.


New App Saving Lives

Christian Heilman
06/12/2015 05:48 PM

HUNTINGDON – There’s a new app made for local first responders. The person behind it saw a need and tackled the problem with technology.

Bill Corbin speaks a lot of languages — computer languages, that is.

And he's using those skills to help out Huntington County's first responders.

Joe Thompson, 911 Dispatcher, Huntingdon County 911, said, "We've been able to cut usually 8 to 10 to as many as 12 minutes off of a call because we know exactly who's available closest."

His program basically says what ambulances are available. Before, they could waste time paging services that weren't ready.

Bill Corbin who made the 911 Program, said, "Not all places in the county are you going to hear the radio — not all places can you get cell service."

Thompson said, "Us being able to send the closest available help faster can make a real difference and safe a life."

They can visit the app on a phone or tablet and say whether they're available.

And it instantly shows up on screens above dispatchers so they know who's ready to respond.

"We've cut the failures in half -- failures meaning the times people have been dispatched and are not able to respond,” Thompson said.

That technology is saving minutes -- and helping 911 dispatchers like Corbin's brother. Corbin had to learn the language of first responders from his little brother.

Corbin said, "It's nice to be able to show or learn or teach I should say your older brother some things. "

Now his brother is using this program to help everyone communicate more efficiently — for the safety of folks in the county.

Corbin recently won $5,000 for his company through the Ben Franklin Techcelerator program. He says he wants to use that money to give iPads and iPods to more departments so they can use this technology.


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

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7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Telephone: 847-955-0511
Fax: 270-447-1909
Skype ID: pcleavitt

STI Engineering

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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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  • Sniffer port for in-rack receiver
  • Remote firmware upgrade capability
  • Software selectable frequency offset
  • Adjustable absolute delay correction
  • Front panel diagnostics
  • Hardware alarm outputs
  • High frequency stability
  • External reference option
  • FCC and ACMA approved
  • CE compliant version in development
sti 22 Boulder Road Malaga 6090 Western Australia
Telephone: +61 8 9209 0900
Facsimile: +61 8 9248 2833

CDC gives overview of emergency communications program

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 @ 7:04pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an overview of its Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) program on Tuesday.

The program consists of training, shared information and other informational materials for public information officers for emergency and health departments in all states, cities and other municipalities. On the CERC web page there are sample stories and firsthand accounts for how the CERC program was beneficial for a specific public information officer.

There are six factors that the program encourages in emergency communications: being quick to publish, having all information published be as accurate as possible, being credible, express empathy, encourage action and deliver information in a respectful way.

One testimonial that the CDC has details how following CERC practices was able to help in North Dakota during the rising of the Red River after a quicker than normal temperature increase in 2009. Over the course of the response period to the flood, publicly broadcasted meetings were held and citizens could see and hear officials as they discussed plans of resolving the flood issue. The information officer profiled stated that this allowed trust to form in the community.

The CERC program is offered through the CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response's Division of Emergency Operations.

Organizations in this story
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027

Source: BioPrepWatch

Leavitt Communications

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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 250s, 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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Phil Leavitt

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7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

USB Paging Encoder

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

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

Other products

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

Hark Technologies
717 Old Trolley Rd Ste 6 #163
Summerville, SC 29485
Tel: 843-821-6888
Fax: 843-821-6894
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Preferred Wireless

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Terminals & Controllers:
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3 CNET Platinum Controllers 
2 GL3100 RF Director 
1 GL3000 ES — 2 Chassis
1 GL3000L Complete w/Spares
40 SkyData 8466 B Receivers
1 Unipage—Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
16 Zetron M66 Transmitter Controllers  
Link Transmitters:
4 Glenayre QT4201 25W Midband Link TX
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Eagle 900 MHz Link Transmitters, 60 & 80W
2 Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
VHF Paging Transmitters
19  Motorola Nucleus 125W CNET
6 Motorola Nucleus 350W CNET
12 Motorola Nucleus 350W Advanced Control
1 Glenayre QT7505
1 Glenayre QT8505
UHF Paging Transmitters:
16 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
2 Glenayre GLT8200, 25W (NEW)
15 Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W


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Critical Alert

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Critical Alert Systems, Inc.

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

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

Unlike our competitors, our product development process embraced the power of software from its inception. This enables us to design hardware-agnostic solutions focused on built-in integration, flexibility and advanced performance.


Nurse Call Solutions

Innovation in Nurse Call

Innovative, software-based nurse call solutions for acute and long-term care organizations.


Paging Solutions

The Most Reliable Paging Network

To this day, for critical messaging, nothing beats paging. It’s simply the best way to deliver a critical message.



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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 Update Vol. 18, No. 24 June 10, 2015

REMINDER: Net Neutrality Rules Go Into Effect on Friday (today)

As previously reported, the FCC published its March 12 Open Internet Order in the Federal Register on April 13, establishing an effective date of June 12 for those rules, except for certain enhancements made to the transparency rules, which are collections of information requiring separate OMB approval. Rules going into effect include: the “bright line” prohibitions on blocking and throttling; the prohibition against unreasonable interference of edge-provider content; and those sections of the Communications Act which the FCC did not forbear from applying to broadband internet access service.


Chairman Wheeler Responds to Senate Letter on Modernizing RLEC Support

On May 29, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler responded to the letter from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and 60 other Senators calling on the FCC to modernize USF to better support rural broadband services. In his response, Chairman Wheeler assured the Senators that he shared their goal of ensuring that the USF program “better reflects today’s marketplace and technology in areas served by rate-of-return carriers.”

To that end, Chairman Wheeler cited to his direction to the Wireline Competition Bureau to meet with stakeholders in the rate-of-return community to develop an approach that “has the widespread support of the rate-of-return community and meets the principles unanimously outlined by the Commission in [its] April 2014 Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.” However, the Chairman continued, a consensus had not yet been reached during the initially assigned April 16 to May 18 period (subsequently extended to June 3) and stakeholders had not yet presented the FCC with a solution that “creates the right incentives to deploy modern networks throughout rural America, meets the Commission’s overarching policy objectives, and has the widespread support of the rate-of-return carrier community.” A copy of the letter is available here.

In its most recent ex parte filing (dated June 3), the rate-of-return stakeholder group indicated that it had reached consensus with regard to a substantial portion of rate-of-return USF issues, including a basic two-path framework which would allow a choice between model-based support and rate-of-return mechanisms that will support not only traditional voice lines but also data only lines.. A copy of the filing is available here.

FCC Adopts Improved Emergency Alert System Operating Standards

To facilitate the use and effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), the FCC has recently adopted a Sixth Report and Order (FCC 15-60) with improved operational standards for the public warning and alert system. These operational standards are informed by lessons learned in a nationwide EAS test that was held by the FCC on November 9, 2011.

By way of background, the EAS is a nationwide emergency warning system that is a successor to the Emergency Broadcast System and is designed to evolve as legacy networks and services transition to next generation technologies. The Commission’s EAS Rules apply to analog radio and television stations, and wired and wireless cable television systems, DBS, DTV, SDARS, digital cable and DAB, and wireline video systems, which entities are deemed “EAS Participants.”

The Sixth Report and Order strengthens the EAS by establishing specific operational standards for use during future tests and actual emergencies. These standards include:

  • The Commission has established “six zeros” (000000) as the national location code pertaining to every state and county in the United States. EAS Participants are required to use equipment that is capable of processing this location code;
  • EAS Participants’ equipment must be capable of processing a National Periodic Test (NPT) event code for future nationwide EAS tests to ensure consistency in the operation of EAS equipment in future national, regional, state and local activations;
  • EAS Participants are required to file test data in an Electronic Test Report System (ETRS) that the FCC has developed for recording EAS dissemination data and developing an FCC Mapbook that can illustrate the manner in which an EAS alert has propagated throughout part or all of the United States;
  • EAS Participants are required to comply with minimum accessibility rules in order to ensure that EAS visual messages are readable and accessible to all members of the public, including people with disabilities.

EAS Participants will be required to comply with these rules within twelve months of their effective date, or as noted in the Sixth Report and Order. The effective date of the rules is thirty (30) days following publication in the Federal Register. Our clients that operate wired and wireless CATV systems and other wireline video systems such as IPTV should confirm with their equipment manufacturers that their systems will be capable of meeting the FCC’s revised standards within the next year.

FCC Identifies Eligible Broadcast Facilities; Sets Deadline for Technical Certification

The FCC Media Bureau has published a list of all full power and Class A television station facilities that are eligible for protection in the broadcast spectrum “repacking” process and for relinquishing spectrum in the upcoming broadcast incentive auction. All licensees with Stations identified in the Appendix must file an FCC Form 2100, Schedule 381 (“Pre-Auction Technical Certification Form” or “Form”) to certify to the accuracy of the authorization and underlying Database Technical Information for each eligible facility by July 9, 2015.

Issuance of the Media Bureau’s Public Notice (DA 15-679) and 45-page Appendix is an important step toward the broadcast incentive auction, tentatively planned for the late Spring or Summer of 2016, because it identifies those broadcasters eligible for protection in the repacking process and participation in the reverse auction.

While the Appendix is intended to represent a complete list of all Class A and full power station facilities eligible for protection in the repacking process and relinquishment in the reverse auction, licensees who believe that the Appendix omits an eligible facility are directed to file with the Commission a “Petition for Eligible Entity Status” by July 9, 2015. The petitioner must explain the reason it believes the facility is eligible, consistent with the Incentive Auction order (e.g., the facility was subject to mandatory or discretionary protection). The Bureau intends to process petitions in an expeditious manner and inform the petitioner of its decision well in advance of the reverse auction.

The Pre-Auction Technical Certification Form includes two questions. The first question requires licensees to certify that they have reviewed the authorization for each eligible facility listed in the Appendix and to indicate whether the underlying Database Technical Information for their eligible facility is correct. A licensee must make one of the following certifications:

  • the authorization for the eligible facility and all underlying Database Technical Information is accurate and complete, to the best of the licensee’s knowledge;
  • the authorization for the eligible facility is inaccurate because of a discrepancy between the authorization and the underlying Database Technical Information on file with the Commission; or
  • the eligible facility has been operating with parameters at variance from those specified in its authorization and the Database Technical Information.

The second question requires licensees to provide additional information concerning their eligible facility, including information regarding the eligible facility’s transmitter, antenna, and antenna support structure. The Commission will use this information to help facilitate the repacking process.

In the Incentive Auction order, the Commission directed the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) to release a detailed summary of baseline coverage area and population served by each television station to be protected in the repacking process. The final baseline released by OET will contain the final list of eligible stations based on corrections to eligible facilities resulting from their certification in the Pre-Auction Technical Certification Form and any granted Petitions for Eligible Entity Status or Petitions for Reconsideration of the Incentive Auction order.

FCC and House Energy and Commerce Committee Reach Deal on Field Office Closings

On June 9, leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today announced an agreement with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to amend the FCC’s plans to close FCC field offices. According to Chairman Wheeler, “This updated plan represents the best of both worlds: rigorous management analysis combined with extensive stakeholder and Congressional input.” The plan is currently being circulated among the FCC commissioners prior to vote.

Originally, Chairman Wheeler’s proposal would reportedly have closed 16 of the FCC’s 24 field offices — a course of action which met heavy resistance in Congress, culminating in the announcement by the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), of a hearing entitled “Oversight of FCC Field Offices,” in which members were to review that proposal.

“The FCC’s field offices serve a vital role — they are on the front lines enforcing the commission’s rules protecting public safety communications from interference and acting as the local face of an otherwise centralized Washington bureaucracy. We remain skeptical of the chairman’s pursuit to close these offices and question whether the economic benefits outweigh the public safety value of the field agents,” said Walden in announcing the hearing.

The revised plan will reportedly keep 15 of the FCC’s 24 field offices open, ensure better rapid response capabilities for the west, provide a mechanism for escalating interference complaints, improve enforcement of the FCC’s rules against pirate radio operators, and prevent the commission from transferring field office jobs to the FCC’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

As a result of the accord, the Subcommittee canceled the Oversight of FCC Field Offices hearing.

Of the revised plan, Walden said: “We found a good solution that makes sense. These changes will keep field offices open in strategic locations and help ensure that the commission can fulfill its responsibilities to the public and public safety communities. This agreement strikes a balance between the important work of FCC field agents and streamlining field operations to ensure the efficient use of taxpayer dollars.”

FCC Adopts Report and Order Presuming Effective Competition for Cable Operators

On June 3, the FCC released a Report and Order adopting a rebuttable presumption that cable operators are subject to “Effective Competition” and “Competing Provider Effective Competition,” two industry terms of art that are defined by the Communications Act. Under the Cable Protection and Competition Act of 1992, franchising authorities may regulate basic cable service tier rates and equipment if the FCC finds that a cable system is not subject to Effective Competition. As a result of the adoption of a rebuttable presumption of Effective Competition, cable franchising authorities will be prohibited from regulating basic cable rates unless said franchise is able to successfully demonstrates that the cable system is not subject to Competing Provider Effective Competition.

According to the Report and Order, this change is justified by the fact that “Direct Broadcast Satellite (“DBS”) service is ubiquitous today and that DBS providers have captured almost 34 percent of multichannel video programming distributor (“MVPD”) subscribers.” The rebuttable presumption also satisfies the FCC’s obligation under section 111 of the STELA Reauthorization Act to adopt a streamlined Effective Competition process for small cable operators.

Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissented in part from the Report and Order, criticizing the FCC for overshooting the directive of section 111 of the STELAR Act by, in Commissioner Clyburn’s words, “flip[ping] the presumption for all cable providers” instead of “tailoring the relief to reduce the burden on smaller providers as Congress directed us to do.” Said Commissioner Rosenworcel, “the Commission inexplicably races past this straightforward statutory directive and instead provides all cable operators—from the biggest to the smallest—with an expedited process to avoid oversight.”

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Numbering Plan Administration Fund Size and Contribution Factor Announced

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has announced the proposed North American Numbering Plan (NANP) Administration fund size estimate and contribution factor for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016 (Fiscal Year 2015), filed by the NANP billing and collection agent, Welch LLP (Welch). (CC Docket No. 92-237). According to the WCB, in its May 4, 2015 filing, Welch proposed a funding requirement of $8,175,707 for Fiscal Year 2015, and a contribution factor of 0.0000387 for recovering the cost of NANP Administration for Fiscal Year 2015. The funding requirement contemplates a Canadian contribution of $133,943, a Caribbean contribution of $27,943, a U.S. contribution of $6,653,548, and the application of $1,360,273 from the accumulated surplus from the prior fiscal year. The funding requirement also contemplates a contingency fund of $500,000. If the Commission takes no action regarding the proposed fund size estimate and contribution factor within the 14-day period following the June 8, 2015 release of its Public Notice announcing the proposal, the fund size estimate and the contribution factor are considered approved by the Commission and become effective for Fiscal Year 2015.

2014 Annual International Traffic and Revenue Data Must be Filed Via New Online System

On June 5, the FCC’s International Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing that the annual traffic and revenue reports which international service providers must file pursuant to section 43.62 by July 1 of each year will be filed using a new online interface that, as of today, is not yet ready to accept said reports.

The Public Notice indicates that a separate announcement will be made for the filing window of the new system. If an international service provider files its annual international traffic and revenue report before the date of the filing window, the data will be deleted when the filing window opens.


Verizon Employees Allege Verizon Abandoning Copper Lines

Yesterday, multiple news sources reported that Verizon Communications Inc.’s largest union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), is saying that the company is refusing to fix broken landlines, effectively abandoning them, in some areas of the Northeast.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the CWA plans to file public information requests this week in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to see whether it can uncover data showing the extent of the problems.

“Verizon is systematically abandoning the legacy network and as a consequence the quality of service for millions of phone customers has plummeted,” said Bob Master, CWA’s political director for the union’s northeastern region. Verizon’s Rich Young, perhaps unsurprisingly, called the union’s claims “pure nonsense.”


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

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

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

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

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 2014 is due to be filed August 29 at the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office by cable TV service providers.

Calendar At A Glance

Jun. 10 – Comments are due by 5 p.m. Eastern on the Broadband Opportunity Council Notice and Request.
Jun. 16 – Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 22 – Comments are due on Eligible Services List for E-Rate 2016.
Jun. 23 – Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 24 – Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice are due by noon Eastern Time.
Jun. 29 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice due by noon Eastern Time.
Jun. 29 – Comments are due on the FCC’s Mobile Competition Report.

Jul. 1 – FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form) is due.
Jul. 1 – FCC Form 690 (Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Winner Annual Report) is due.
Jul. 6 – Reply comments are due on the 9-1-1 Non-Service Initialized Device NPRM.
Jul. 6 – Reply comments are due on Eligible Services List for E-Rate 2016.
Jul. 9 – Deadline to Certify Accuracy of Authorization and Database Technical Information for Full Power and Class A Stations.
Jul. 9 – Deadline for Petitions for Eligible Entity Status for Full Power and Class A Stations.
Jul. 14 – Reply comments are due on the FCC’s Mobile Competition Report.
Jul. 20 – PRA comments are due on the Open Internet Order.
Jul. 27 – Comments are due on FirstNet Draft RFP.
Jul. 31 – FCC Form 507 (Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update) is due.
Jul. 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.

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. 29 – Copyright Statement of Accounts is due.

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FCC Compromises on Plan to Close Field Offices, 9 Offices to Close

By Sandra Wendelken

Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced an agreement with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to amend the FCC’s plans to close some field offices to streamline FCC operations. The new plan will see only nine FCC field offices closed, a reduction from the original 16.

At press time, the locations of the nine offices to close had not been released.

Fifteen FCC field offices will remain open instead of the original plan of eight. “Communities across America will continue to be served even as the commission becomes more efficient — it’s a win-win,” said Committee Chairman Fred Upton.

The agreement follows an April information request from the House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders to Wheeler about the planned closures.

“We found a good solution that makes sense. These changes will keep field offices open in strategic locations and help ensure that the commission can fulfill its responsibilities to the public and public-safety communities. This agreement strikes a balance between the important work of FCC field agents and streamlining field operations to ensure the efficient use of taxpayer dollars,” said Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden.

Under the revised plan, 15 field offices would remain open with monthly visits to a 16th location. The plan involves two mobile “tiger teams” and a complaint escalation process to ensure that disruptions to critical communications are resolved in a timely manner. The revised plan will also ensure better rapid response capabilities for the west, improve enforcement of the FCC’s rules against pirate radio operators, and prevent the commission from transferring field office jobs to the FCC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, a committee statement said.

"Today I circulated to my fellow commissioners a modified plan to modernize our field offices," Wheeler said June 9. "These changes create the opportunity for the FCC to be more efficient with its resources while actually improving 21st century field activities. This updated plan represents the best of both worlds: rigorous management analysis combined with extensive stakeholder and Congressional input. Chairman Walden and other lawmakers have contributed to this effort through their thoughtful engagement. Input from industry and public-safety stakeholders has further informed the modifications, and I appreciate the important role played by the National Association of Broadcasters in getting to a constructive result. I urge my colleagues to approve this revised plan with dispatch so that we may get on with improving the agency’s productivity.”

Congressional criticism of the FCC’s plan to close 16 of 24 FCC field offices grew louder in recent weeks with several letters from senators to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlining concerns and a House hearing originally planned for Thursday.

The latest letter, sent this week from U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire and Susan Collins from Maine urged Wheeler to reconsider the commission’s proposal to close the Boston field office specifically.

“We support efforts to update and modernize agency policies in order to effectively administer laws and regulations, yet such measures should be balanced with the commission’s ability to carry out its duties in a timely fashion,” wrote the senators. “We urge the FCC to carefully consider these concerns in order to reach a balanced solution that safeguards local area knowledge and public safety in New England and throughout the country, while also providing for more streamlined operations of the field offices.”

“The local presence of FCC field engineering personnel is critical to maintaining public-safety communications,” said Douglas Aiken, deputy chief of Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid in Laconia, New Hampshire. “Local knowledge and awareness of the wireless landscape saves days when accidental or intentional interference is encountered.”

“With the wireless spectrum becoming increasingly crowded, we applaud the efforts by Sen. Ayotte and others to make sure that the needs of radio listeners and TV viewers to receive interference-free news, weather, entertainment and emergency information remain intact into the future,” New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters (NHAB) Executive Director Jordan Walton said.

In May, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeffrey Merkley from Oregon also sent a letter to Wheeler with concerns about the plan to close the Vancouver, Washington, office, which oversees Oregon, southern Washington and western Idaho. “Interference disruptions can delay or disrupt local news, weather and emergency broadcasting that local communities rely on,” said the senators in the April 24 letter. “Oregon needs an FCC field office readily available for broadcasters to quickly resolve issues as they arrive. We worry that a field office as far away as San Francisco would not prioritize our constituents and have a significant delay in response time to broadcasters in the Pacific Northwest.”

In a May 29 response, Wheeler said administrative overhead costs to support each field office averages $400,000, more than double that of FCC headquarters. The letter also said the office space costs are more than FCC headquarters and the commission has more mobile direction finding (MDF) vehicles than field agents. Each vehicle has a value of about $100,000 in equipment and labor costs.

Also, Wheeler said many field offices receive only one interference complaint every month and less than half of the field offices’ total personnel time is spent on spectrum enforcement activity and a much smaller percentage is spent on public-safety interference. The letter said the field agents will continue to respond to all public-safety interference complaints within a day and to the majority of the country within four to six hours. The closures would increase the number of electrical engineers at all remaining field offices and expand its deployment of staged MDF vehicles throughout the country, the letter said.

“The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) appreciates the commission’s support to its field staff by using the dollars saved to upgrade field equipment and facilities,” said NPSTC Executive Director Marilyn Ward. “To many outside the D.C. Beltway, the FCC is the local field office. Maintaining a presence in the remaining cities will contribute significantly to compliance with the FCC rules and regulations and uninterrupted communications.”

The Thursday hearing planned by House lawmakers was cancelled following the June 9 announcement of the agreement.



From: Paul Lauttamus <>
Subject:  From The Wireless Messaging Newsletter
Date: June 7, 2015 7:11:40 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye


I wanted to drop a note and say Hi!

I always think about you, and the industry I grew up in!

We are maintaining our 60 site paging system and recently upgraded 10 paging transmitters.

I have been pretty really fortunate to grow our Alarm Monitoring Company, Two Way Radio, and Answering Service.

I hope you and the industry are doing well!

Best Wishes!

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From: Jim Tucker <>
Subject:  RIM info
Date: June 8, 2015 8:18:05 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye


I have been a Blackberry fan for a good number of years and HOPE to remain one for a lot more.

I recently purchased one of the new Blackberry Classics and really love the keyboard. However, I am suddenly experiencing 15 to 20 minutes delay in receiving an email from time of sending. Makes no difference whether the mail is a simple one or sophisticated. Major delay just in receiving.

Thought you might wish to pass this on up the ladder to RIM HQ. Sure hope they get the problem fixed. It is not a killer, just a frustrating one.

Thank you so much for re-running the article in last week Newsletter.

Best personal regards and hope you have a great week.

Jim T

From: Jim Tucker <>
Subject:  RIM info
Date: June 10, 2015 6:02:38 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

I think I informed you that I have one of the new Blackberry Classic phones. Thought I had a RIM caused problem but was a Tucker problem instead.

Email was taking up to 25 minutes to hit after mailing time. My friend simply set it up to check mail every 5 minutes instead of the 20 minute check time. Problem solved! Now comes to it in 2 to 5 minutes.


Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

On Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM, Brad Dye <> wrote:

Sorry, I had no access to the Internet yesterday. I expect to get the newsletter out to you later today.

Brad Dye

On Jun 13, 2015, at 11:12 AM, Steve Brodie wrote:

No problem. . . I appreciate all that you do for ham radio (as a by product?). Steve K5ZYZ

On Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 11:44 AM, Brad Dye <> wrote:

Well Steve ... thanks... it all started about 60 years ago — building my first crystal radio receiver. I used an old ear-phone from one of those wall-mounted telephones with a crank on the side, that my grandmother gave me. This passion took me all over the world to 50+ countries selling and installing various kinds of radio systems.

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On June 13, 2015 7:34:03 PM CDT, Steve Brodie wrote:

Brad, I, too, have has a fascination with “radio.” In my early teens, I worked for a radio station (KOSF, Nacogdoches, TX), then in the U.S. Air Force (or was it farce?) I went through electronics school, exited and went to work for Dallas station, KRLD AM-FM-TV. I even worked in 2-Way for the City of Dallas and for Garland (TX) then 20 years with Halliburton Services coordinating the placement of new radio communications. I got RIFed from Halliburton, move[d] to the Sherman-Denison (TX) area and spent 15 years with KXII-TV in Sherman, where I got RIFed, again, so I have stayed retired. I held the FCC Commercial Radio-Phone license from the early 1960s, along with Advanced license, K5ZYZ (Zip Your Zipper). Now, just a couple of months short of 80, I have excellent health and in very good shape (for the shape I'm in). It is now 1930 CST and I have to hit the sack as I get up at 0500 on Sundays and drive 60 miles (one way) to church in Frisco (TX). It's a long (1hour) drive but well worth it for me. Take care and hope the “Net Neutrality” doesn't rape those of us who use the Internet.

Steve 903-786-2288


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