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

Here’s When Apple’s Next Big Products Are Coming Out

Dan Kedmey 11:18 AM ET
May 15, 2015

Soon your iPhone will control your home's lights and locks

Apple confirmed Friday that a new suite of smart home devices specially designed to take wireless commands from iPhones and iPads will begin shipping as early as next month.

A spokesperson confirmed the shipment plan in a statement to The Wall Street Journal, denying recent reports that Apple’s software platform for smart devices, called HomeKit, hit a snag in development.

“We already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month,” spokesperson Trudy Muller told the Journal.

Apple unveiled HomeKit during the company’s developers’ conference last June, promising to replace light switches, garage clickers, and thermostat dials with a single control panel that integrates seamlessly with Apple devices. Siri, for instance, could be extended to take voice commands for HomeKit-enabled devices.

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Development of artificial intelligence could have adverse effects in future

Written by Molly Solana on 15 May 2015

According to Stephen Hawking, a well-known theoretical physicist and cosmologist, artificial intelligence could lead to end of human civilization within a century. He said this at the Zeitgeist 2015 conference held in London, England.

In January, he signed an open letter warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence. The letter was also signed by private space entrepreneur and developer Elon Musk. Both asked for control of technology and said that there could be adverse consequences for the human race if development in computing power is not kept under check.

According to Hawking, “Computers will overtake humans with AI [artificial intelligence] at some point within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours”.

At present, companies like Facebook, Google and other developers are focusing on new systems, which would lead to development of artificial intelligence. Over 150 companies in Silicon Valley alone are focusing on development of the new technologies.

The development could be observed in electronics like the virtual assistant Siri and self-driving vehicles. Hawking, Musk, and some other people are worried that this development may have serious consequences in the future.

A report from Harvard Law School and the Human Rights Watch organization called for a compulsory international agreement prohibiting the production, development, or use of entirely autonomous weapons. Earlier also, Hawking predicted that the complete development of artificial intelligence could lead to the extinction of the human race.

Touchpoint is a company, which is developing a form of artificial intelligence. According to the company, it is “The world's angriest robot.” It is designing the system in order to help banks learn why customers become upset.

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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.
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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.

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PATENT (Two-way Paging)

Method and apparatus for efficient and deterministic group alerting

US 9014659 B2

Publication number US9014659 B2
Publication type Grant
Application number US 14/075,347
Publication date Apr 21, 2015
Filing date Nov 8, 2013
Priority date Dec 16, 2004
Also published as US7969959, 6 More »
Inventors James M. Dabbs, III, Brian Claise
Original Assignee Critical Holdings, Inc.
Export Citation BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
Non-Patent Citations (3), Classifications (12)
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet

Systems and methods are provided for reliable, wireless group alerting in a system having a database, switch, wireless network, and a plurality of intelligent mobile receivers, and preferably employing a modified two-way paging based on ReFLEX™ protocol information service (IS) messages and a novel ALOHA command for multicast acknowledgement from mobile receivers. An encrypted message is broadcast to and received by a selected number of the mobile receivers. The network replies to the sender with detailed information about the individual members in the alert group. Each of the mobile receivers in the group then acknowledges the common message back to the system, decrypts the message, displays it to the user, and allows the user to respond. The system employs centralized management to simplify the roles of the mobile users and administrators, minimizing configuration and operational human errors that would otherwise result in confusion or lost messages.


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Critical Response Systems

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

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


Microsoft announces Windows 10 versions for consumer and business, but pricing remains murky

Mark Hachman | @markhachman
Senior Editor, PCWorld
May 13, 2015 11:40 AM

On Tuesday, Microsoft outlined the Windows 10 versions you’ll know, love and buy when the new operating system launches this summer. But the company withheld key details, such as how it will eventually make money on it.

As with Windows 7, 8, and now 10, Windows 10 will be sold in two versions for consumers: Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Home. The Windows Phone brand, as Microsoft has indicated previously, is going away: It will be renamed Windows 10 Mobile, and will ship on phones and small tablets. Businesses and enterprises will also receive their own versions: Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

Windows 10’s lock screen will nudge people to install new apps.

And yes, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade—at least for consumers: “As we announced earlier this year, for the first time ever, we are offering the full versions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Pro as a free and easy upgrade for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch,” Microsoft’s Tony Prophet, the company’s corporate vice president of Windows and search, wrote in a blog post. “Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.”

Microsoft has said previously that Windows 10 beta testers, known as Insiders, will receive a free upgrade to the so-called “RTM” version of the software, the same version that will be shipped to stores and to hardware makers. Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to upgrade for free, as long as they do it within the first year that the OS ships,

Microsoft did not say, however, what Windows 10’s eventual price would be, nor did the company say whether it would be offered on a subscription model (or what that subscription cost would be).

Why this matters: Because many consumers will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 as part of their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 license, the details of the different Windows 10 versions don’t mean an awful lot—most people will likely end up on Windows 10 Home. What will be interesting to see, going forward, is whether the various versions of Windows will diverge, with Microsoft adding business-specific features to Windows 10 Pro, for example, and reserving consumer apps for Windows 10 Home.

What’s in each version

The differences among the versions of Windows 10 are easy to guess. In Windows 10 Home, Microsoft calls out Cortana, the new Microsoft Edge (“Project Spartan”) Web browser, the Continuum tablet mode for touch devices like the Surface, Windows Hello face recognition, and universal apps like Maps and Calendar as its selling points. (Windows Hello will also require a specialized depth camera, possibly built into new PCs.)

The Microsoft Edge web browser will be one of the selling points of Windows 10.

It’s not clear, however, why a consumer would want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, described as the OS for businesses allowing workers to bring their own devices, as well as “prosumer “ customers.

“Windows 10 Pro helps to effectively and efficiently manage their devices and apps, protect their sensitive business data, support remote and mobile productivity scenarios and take advantage of cloud technologies,” Prophet writes, without specifying which features they’ll take advantage of. Windows 10 Pro will include Windows Update for Business, however, allowing business customers to “go slow” with new updates.

With Windows 10 Mobile, however, Microsoft confirmed that its once phone-centric operating system will now expand into “small tablets.” They’ll probably be smaller than 8 inches, although that detail wasn’t specified.

Turning your phone into a PC, known as Continuum for phones, will be part of Windows 10 Mobile.

Finally, there will be the enterprise versions, designed for larger businesses. Windows 10 Enterprise “provides advanced capabilities to help protect against the ever-growing range of modern security threats targeted at devices, identities, applications and sensitive company information,” Microsoft says.

There’s one hoop to jump through on the path to Windows 10: According to Prophet’s blog post, Windows 8 users will need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 before upgrading to Windows 10. That’s a small hitch for consumers, although businesses who carefully upgrade software for fear of breaking their proprietary applications may need to take care.

Microsoft also hasn’t said which versions of Windows 7 will upgrade to Windows 10. A Microsoft spokeswoman said in an email that she couldn’t comment beyond Prophet’s blog post.

Still, Microsoft has been far more transparent than ever before about what to expect as consumers and businesses upgrade to Windows 10. Because the upgrade will be a free one, pricing issues aren’t critical—yet. Eventually, however, Microsoft’s going to have to answer the one question on everyone’s mind: how exactly it plans to make money off Windows 10.



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
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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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  • Remote firmware upgrade capability
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Investor Relations — Press Release

Spok Announces Availability of Notification Alerting on Apple Watch

SPRINGFIELD, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 7, 2015— Spok, Inc. announced today the availability of message notifications on the Apple Watch™ wrist wearable device to enable clinicians to enhance care coordination. The Spok Mobile® secure texting app is currently used by numerous hospitals to give users quick access to the organization’s directory, allowing staff to communicate securely through encrypted text, image, and video messages. In addition, the app can receive alerts from patient care, nurse call, and other monitoring systems to speed response to critical situations. Already a leader in clinical mobile technology, Spok currently provides flexible communication options for a range of devices, now including the new Apple Watch.

Spok Mobile® message arrives on the Apple Watch™ (Photo: Business Wire)

The Apple Watch gives Spok Mobile app users the ability to receive message notifications today. Now users will know when they have new messages without having to access their iPhone. In the coming months, additional capabilities will be added to further facilitate the incorporation of wearables.

“Our early in-house integration with wearable devices has shown that wearables can enhance the workflows that already exist with smartphones,” said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of Spok Holdings, Inc. “We see this combination of phone and wearable as something that will push the envelope of communication methods in modern healthcare.”

Spok focuses on providing solutions to support how clinicians want to manage and communicate patient information. This includes the incorporation of new wearable technology, which is poised to have a big impact on healthcare communication processes in the future.

About Spok

Spok, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spok Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPOK), headquartered in Springfield, Va., is proud to be a leader in critical communications for healthcare, government, public safety, and other industries. We deliver smart, reliable solutions to help protect the health, well-being, and safety of people around the globe. Organizations worldwide rely on Spok for workflow improvement, secure texting, paging services, contact center optimization, and public safety response. When communications matter, Spok delivers. Visit us at SPOK.COM or find us on Twitter @Spoktweets.

Spok is a trademark of Spok Holdings. Spok Mobile is a trademark of Spok, Inc. Apple Watch is a trademark of Apple Inc.


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Jill Asby, +1-952-230-5363

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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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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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  • 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.

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


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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.


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Innovation in Nurse Call

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


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

BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 18, No. 20May 13, 2015

FCC Releases MAP OF CAF II Funding-Eligible Areas

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has published the map showing the areas eligible for the FCC’s offer of model-based Phase II Connect America Fund support to price cap carriers on the FCC’s website, at

As we reported in the April 29 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the WCB adopted the Connect America Cost Model (CAM v4.3) as its final model for purposes of making an offer of support to price cap carriers for the deployment of voice and broadband-capable networks in their service territories and it has offered $1.675 billion annually, for six calendar years (2015-2020) in Phase II support to price cap carriers. At that time, the map was not yet available.


FCC Refuses to Stay Open Internet Order

The Wireline Competition Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau denied the requests for a stay of the open Internet order filed by the U.S. Telecom Association, AT&T, Inc., the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, CenturyLink, the American Cable Association and the National Cable Association. In a separate order, the bureaus also denied the petition filed by Daniel Berninger, founder of the Voice Communications Exchange Committee (VCXC).

The bureaus found that none of the petitioners met the standard for obtaining a stay by demonstrating a likelihood of prevailing on the merits and irreparable harm absent a stay. Among other things, the bureaus found that the Petitioners allegations that they will be harmed by expending resources on compliance costs and by being subject to litigation are insufficiently concrete to demonstrate irreparable harm.

NCTA, ACA, USTA, CTIA, AT&T, CenturyLink and WISPA all filed a petition for stay with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit earlier today.

Comments Sought on LNP Transition Plan

In connection with the FCC's conditional selection of Telcordia Technologies, Inc. d/b/a iconectiv as the next local number portability administrator (LNPA), the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) is requesting comment on the North American Portability Management LLC’s (NAPM LLC) Transition Oversight Plan (transition plan). (CC Docket No. 07-149, WC Docket No. 09-109, CC Docket No. 95-116). Comments on the plan are due on or before May 21, 2015 and reply comments on or before June 1, 2015.

In related news, Neustar, Inc., the outgoing LNPA, has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for an expedited briefing schedule and oral argument in connection with its challenge of the FCC’s conditional selection of Telcordia to replace Neustar as the LNPA.

FCC Upholds Denial of High Cost Support Waivers—Provides Insight for USF Waivers

The FCC has denied the Petition for Reconsideration and the Application for Review (Petition) filed by Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC (AAE) and Windy City Cellular, LLC (WCC), seeking review of the Wireline Competition Bureau’s and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s (the Bureau's) denial of WCC’s and AEE’s requests that the Commission waive its $250 per line per month cap on high cost universal service funding. In the process, the FCC has established parameters that any company seeking a waiver should consider.

In 2012, AEE and WCC each filed a request for waiver of the FCC's $250 cap on high cost support, pursuant to the waiver process established in the USF/ICC Transformation Order. The bureaus denied the petitions finding that the companies’ expenses were excessive and further denied WCC’s petition because of the presence of alternative wireless voice service. The bureaus, however, provided AEE and WCC an additional six months of support at the pre-existing interim support levels in the amounts of $33,276 per month and $40,104 per month, respectively, “to ensure that providers on Adak Island would have time to adjust so that their customers were not adversely affected.” AEE and WCC filed the Petition in August, 2013. While review was pending, the Bureaus granted two extensions of the interim support that AEE and WCC were receiving.

In its order denying the Petition, the FCC found that the “companies failed to follow through on their commitment to reduce operating costs” and "they have also failed to meet their commitment to implement a 'drastic reduction of executive compensation.'” Among other things, the FCC states that AEE failed “to sell its boat and to move from the administrative building in Anchorage that is owned by the companies’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO)” and that the salary levels for the CEO and COO are “well above salary levels of similarly-situated companies in Alaska that the companies themselves submitted for comparison.” The FCC also found that AEE failed to control costs because it allowed the amounts owed by its cable affiliate, Adak Cablevision, LLC (ADV), to grow substantially year after year. The FCC found that these transactions also are inconsistent with the Commission’s affiliate transaction rules, which require “that services provided by a carrier to an affiliate be recorded at fair market value or fully distributed cost.” According to the FCC, “[c]ontinuing to allow unpaid balances owed by ADV to accumulate over a three-year period, particularly after the financial auditors issued a going concern notice, effectively means that those services were provided to ADV for free, regardless of how the transactions were shown on the corporate books.” The FCC also found that the “companies’ 2014 financial statements do not support the companies’ claims.” The FCC noted that the available cash shown on the companies’ cash flow statement is substantially higher than the estimates provided to the Commission; that the 2014 financial audit shows that the companies’ net additions of regulated property, plant, equipment (PPE) in 2014 was different than the estimates provided to the FCC; and that the companies invested in non-regulated PPE in 2014. According to the FCC, “[g]iven the companies’ claimed dire financial conditions, a reduction in cash flow ... for a company of that size due to these net additions to PPE is unreasonable, particularly given they had represented to the Commission in September 2014 they would be making much smaller regulated net additions to PPE. Had they not made net additions to PPE of that magnitude, they would have had an even greater amount of cash on hand at the end of the year.”

Thus, the FCC concluded that it “cannot determine that the companies’ expenses are justified” and, as a result, denied the request to reverse the Bureaus’ decision.

The FCC also denied AEE's and WCC's claim “that the Bureaus failed to observe the proper standard for granting a waiver of the universal service reforms adopted in the USF/ICC Transformation Order, and that the Bureaus’ denial of WCC’s request for waiver of section 54.307(e) of the Commission’s rules violated the principle of competitive neutrality and conflicted with the objectives of the universal service program.” Specifically, the companies argued that the reduction in existing high-cost support would put consumers at risk of losing voice services because the alternative terrestrial provider, GCI, does not provide the exact same wireless coverage on Adak that WCC provides. The FCC denied this claim, however, finding that “neither our universal service rules nor the waiver considerations articulated in the USF/ICC Transformation Order suggest that the Commission must conclude that the coverage provided by an alternative provider in the study area must be identical to the petitioner’s in order to deny a request for waiver.” Rather, the USF/ICC Transformation Order specified that “a mobile provider seeking a waiver of the capped support should provide evidence 'demonstrating that it is the only provider of mobile service in a significant portion of any study area for which it seeks a waiver.'”

The FCC ultimately agreed with the Bureaus that although WCC provided service from its White Alice cell site beyond what GCI currently provides, that “the cell site did not even become operational until after the USF/ICC Transformation Order was adopted;” “the cell site provides coverage largely to areas in the Aleutian wilderness and the sea lanes;” and “coverage to these mostly uninhabited areas cannot justify grant of WCC’s waiver request above the established cap.” The FCC was unmoved by AEE/WCC’s claim that, “without receiving high-cost support at a pre-USF/ICC Transformation Order level, WCC may choose to discontinue service at the White Alice cell site, and if that occurs, some consumers will lose that additional wireless coverage that WCC provides outside downtown Adak.”

Finally, the FCC also was unmoved by AEE's and WCC's contention that “upholding the denial of waiver may lead to the bankruptcy of WCC.” According to the FCC, “a party’s assertion that it might seek the protection of a bankruptcy court, with all the consequences that would entail, if the Commission does not otherwise waive the party’s obligations is no basis by itself for waiving the Commission’s rules.” The FCC, therefore, affirmed the Bureaus’ conclusion "that the universal service objectives are best served by denying WCC’s waiver request for additional support."

RUS and NTIA to Host Webinar on Broadband Opportunity Council Proposals, Registration Due Today

On May 7, the Rural Utilities Services and NTIA announced they will host a webinar on May 20, 2015, on the recent request for comments on “actions the federal government can take to promote broadband deployment adoption, and competition, including by identifying and removing regulatory barriers unduly impeding investments in broadband technology.” The webinar, which is intended to explain the purpose and objectives of the request and to allow an opportunity for the public to ask questions, will be open to the public and press on a first-come, first-served basis. To help assure that adequate space is provided, all attendees are required to register for the webinar at by May 13, 2015 (today).

The request, as reported in the April 29 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, seeks comment on thirty questions relating to a variety of broadband deployment-related topics, such as addressing regulatory barriers to deployment and competition; promoting public and private investment; promoting adoption; issues relating to state, local, and tribal governments; issues related to “vulnerable communities” (such as veterans, seniors, minorities, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, or low-income individuals and families); and measuring broadband availability, adoption, and speeds.

The request specifically seeks comment on these questions regarding issues specific to rural areas:

  • What federal regulatory barriers can Executive Branch agencies alter to improve broadband access and adoption in rural areas?
  • Would spurring competition to offer broadband service in rural areas expand availability and, if so, what specific actions could Executive Branch agencies take in furtherance of this goal?
  • Because the predominant areas with limited or no broadband service tend to be rural, what specific provisions should Executive Branch agencies consider to facilitate broadband deployment and adoption in such rural areas?

FCC Seeks to Refresh Record in Pole Attachment Proceeding

On May 6, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) issued a Public Notice seeking to refresh the record on the Petition for Reconsideration or Clarification of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Comptel, and TW Telecom, Inc., in which the petitioners ask the FCC to clarify or amend the pole attachment rules by specifying the cost allocator to be applied based upon the actual number of attaching entities. Comments are due 21 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies due 31 days after publication.

According to the petitioners, the FCC’s newly-adopted § 1.1409(e)(2) “may result in unintended departures from the Commission’s stated goal of producing telecom rates that ‘generally will recover the same portion of pole costs as the current cable rate.’” Specifically, the petitioners state that while the rules do produce substantially similar rates when using the stated presumptions of five attaching entities (urban areas) or three attaching entities (rural areas), the telecom and cable rates are no longer comparable when fewer attaching entities are present. Therefore, the petitioners are asking the FCC to specify cost allocators based on 2, 3, 4, or 5 attaching entities, and to use a proposed formula in situations with partial-attachers.

In the alternative, the petitioners asked the FCC to adopt a proposal in its 2010 pole attachment further notice of proposed rulemaking “to establish the maximum just and reasonable rate as the higher of the cable rate pursuant to section 1.1409(e)(1) or the ‘lower bound’ telecom rate obtained by excluding capital costs from the definition of ‘cost of providing space’ in the existing telecom rate formula of section 1.1409(e)(2).”

FirstNet Announces Industry Day on May 14 – Will Accept Requests for Meetings Starting May 15

FirstNet, the government authority charged with developing a solution for ensuring interoperable public safety communications in the 700 MHz band, will be holding an “Industry Day” on May 14. According to TJ Kennedy, Acting Executive Director of FirstNet, this event, which is both open to the public and available via webcast, is designed to provide an “opportunity for members of the public safety community, the vendor community, and the public to engage in a dialog with FirstNet about [its] proposed acquisition approach to deploy the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).” Kennedy is encouraging stakeholders from all aspects of government, including local, state, federal and tribal agency, market participants and the public to participate in this event as well as other events that will be scheduled in the future so that FirstNet can receive direct feedback on issues that can affect the nationwide public safety broadband network.

In a related matter, FirstNet also announced that starting on May 15, it will start accepting requests for one-on-one meetings. Instructions on how to request a one-on-one meeting will be announced on FirstNet’s “Doing Business with FirstNet” webpage ( or on the Federal Business Opportunities homepage (

Law & Regulation

Sprint and Verizon to Pay $158 Million to Settle Mobile Cramming Investigations

Yesterday, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced that Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint Corporation will pay $68 million to settle investigations that revealed the companies billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party premium text messaging services, a practice called “cramming.”

According to the announcement, the monthly charge for these third-party premium text messaging services ranged from $0.99 to $14.00, but typically were $9.99 per month. Verizon retained 30% or more of each third-party charge that it billed, while Sprint received approximately 35% of collected revenues for each of its third-party charges. Customers who called to complain were often denied refunds, and yet, when the FCC requested proof during its investigation that customers had authorized charges, the carriers were unable to prove that these services were ever requested. Under the terms of the agreements, Verizon’s $90 million settlement will include a minimum of $70 million to fund a consumer redress program, $16 million for state governments participating in the settlement, and $4 million as a fine paid to the U.S. Treasury. Sprint’s $68 million settlement will include a minimum of $50 million to fund a consumer redress program, $12 million for state governments participating in the settlement, and $6 million as a fine paid to the U.S. Treasury. AT&T and T-Mobile had previously settled similar cramming complaints with the FCC.

Second Circuit Rules NSA Telephone Metadata Collection Program Illegal

On May 7, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) bulk telephone data collection program is not authorized by the Patriot Act and remanded the case back to the federal trial court in New York for further proceedings.

The case centered on an interpretation by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that Section 215 of the Patriot Act authorized bulk collection of cell phone records, a fact that was leaked by Edward Snowden. These courts, established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (“FISA”), operate largely on an ex parte basis and their decisions are not ordinarily disseminated to the public. The Second Circuit’s decision stated that Section 215 does not authorize the data collection program as a matter of law; as a result, it did not reach the question of whether the program also violated the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution.

In a recent article on the decision in the Washington Post, Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University, notes that the actual impact of the decision will be surprisingly minimal – the Second Circuit did not enjoin the NSA from continuing with the program, and in any event Section 215 is set to sunset in just two weeks. In his own words, the decision “mostly interprets statutory language that goes off the books in a few weeks, with the understanding that the court’s ruling won’t be implemented by the district court in that time window. So from a practical perspective, it’s mostly symbolic.” However, the order may make it more difficult for Congress to reauthorize or revise the Patriot Act.

USAC Estimates $3.92 Billion for 2015 E-rate Demand

On May 6, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) filed a letter with the FCC estimating that the demand for the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism discounts (more popularly known as the E-Rate Program) will be $3.92 billion for Funding Year 2015. According to the letter, the estimate is based on total funds requested in FCC Form 471 applications received on or before April 16, 2015.

At the end of 2014, the FCC issued the Second E-Rate Modernization Order, which extended the category two budget approach adopted in the E-rate Modernization Order for five years through funding year 2019; increased the annual E-rate funding cap to $3.9 billion; and directed USAC to establish a performance management system to assess the effectiveness of policy changes and program administration.


Netflix Opposes AT&T Merger, Cites Interconnection Disputes

Technology policy news outlet, The Hill, is reporting that Netflix recently opposed the $48 billion merger of AT&T and DIRECTV in a recent ex parte filing at the FCC, citing a number of anticompetitive concerns.

According to its ex parte filing, Netflix is concerned that, in the wake of the recent withdrawal of Comcast’s merger application, AT&T now stands poised to become the world’s largest multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD), as well as potentially the largest ISP as well. This, according to Netflix, puts the company in a position to harm online video distributors (OVDs) such as itself by leveraging control over interconnection to degrade access to OVD content. Netflix cited studies indicating that switching ISPs is “notoriously difficult, costly, and time consuming,” thus preventing churn as a result of degradation.

Verizon to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Verizon Communications announced it would acquire AOL for $4.4 billion in an all-cash deal at $50 a share – a 23% premium over the average price in recent months.

“Certainly the subscription business and the content businesses are very noteworthy. For us, the principal interest was around the ad tech platform,” said Verizon’s president of operations, John Stratton.

According to the Journal report, Verizon has plans to launch a video service “focused on mobile devices” this summer, likely offering a mix of paid, free and ad-supported content rather than trying to replicate traditional TV.

“This will have nothing to do with what you do in your house,” said Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer about the program in an interview last month. “Millennials consume news in ways you can’t even see on the TV.”


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

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

Although USAC treats the filing as confidential, filers must seek confidential treatment separately with the FCC and the relevant state commission and tribal authority if confidential treatment is desired.

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

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

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

Calendar At A Glance

May 14 – Deadline for Comments on Further Issues on Competitive Bidding Proceeding.
May 15 – Deadline to submit corrections to Revised Alternative Connect America Cost Model map.
May 21 – Deadline for reply comments on Further Issues on Competitive Bidding Proceeding.
May 18 – Short Form Tariff Review Plan is due.
May 27 – Questions on terms in the FirstNet RFP are due.
May 29 – Comments on Short Form Tariff Review Plans are due.

Jun. 1 – FCC Form 395 (Annual Employment Report) is due.
Jun. 5 – Reply comments on Short Form Tariff Review Plans are due.
Jun. 5 – Comments are due on the 9-1-1 Non-Service Initialized Device NPRM
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. 23 – Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 24 – Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice are due by noon Eastern Time.
Jun. 29 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice due by noon Eastern Time.

Jul. 1 – FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form) is due.
Jul. 1 – FCC Form 690 (Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Winner Annual Report) is due.
Jul. 6 – Reply comments are due on the 9-1-1 Non-Service Initialized Device NPRM
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.

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

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Swissphone Enters the Global VoIP Wholesale Market

May 07, 2015 06:34 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SAMSTAGERN, Switzerland—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Swissphone hired industry heavyweights Ralf Köhler and Armin Kempf to start up the new VoIP business. The team has more than 40 years of industry know how and contacts. They will also benefit from synergy effects within the group—the Swissphone concept has always been robust and third party independent—this will be leveraged throughout the new venture.

“It was in our 2015 group strategy to diversify within our domain (ICT) and I am very happy to announce that we found an area with good growth potential for our group to grow. Entering the global VoIP wholesale market from our position of being a critical infrastructure player in Switzerland and Germany gives us unique opportunities in this new venture:” Michael Köchler, CEO, Swissphone Group.

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From:Tim Jones
Subject: A very powerful cartoon
Date:May 9, 2015, at 7:41 AM
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A very powerful cartoon . . . please keep it going.

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Thanks Tim, I put it on my Facebook page. By they way, how’s the knee doing?



From: Tim Jones
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Subject: Re: A very powerful cartoon

My knee is doing great. I have an old AT&T tower that I installed a 900 MHz Wi-Fi for my daughter to get Internet and it did not bother me at all.

Thanks for asking. I still think we need to start a movement to channelize the Hi-band frequencies like the 450 and 800 are. It would reduce so much interference and create additional USABLE spectrum.



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Self-Esteem Ain’t The Answer

This focus on improving self-esteem got to the point where the State of California started a task force and gave it $250,000 a year to raise children’s self-esteem.

They expected this to boost grades and reduce bullying, crime, teen pregnancy and drug abuse.

Guess what? It was a total failure in almost every category.

Reports on the efficacy of California’s self-esteem initiative, for instance, suggest that it was a total failure. Hardly any of the program’s hoped-for outcomes were achieved.

What?!? Self-esteem is supposed to cure everything, right? Wrong.

Research shows self-esteem doesn’t cause all those good things. It’s just a side effect of healthy behavior. So artificially boosting it doesn’t work.

In one influential review of the self-esteem literature, it was concluded that high self-esteem actually did not improve academic achievement or job performance or leadership skills or prevent children from smoking, drinking, taking drugs, and engaging in early sex. If anything, high self-esteem appears to be the consequence rather than the cause of healthy behaviors.

Brad's comment: Frequently, self-esteem is the cause of people's problems—not the solution.


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