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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

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

Jimmy Tucker and Charles Weeks founded a company in North Mississippi called CTI in the 1970s that produced one of the very first automatic-dial-access (rotary click counting) tone and voice paging terminals — sold to the RCC paging industry.

CTI went on to be a leading supplier of paging terminals and mobile telephone interconnects for small-town carriers. Eventually they designed a small Cellular switch and sold it to a company called Plexus.

Now-a-days, Jim Tucker is promoting an “affordable security camera” through his company UltraTek .

This is a really cool device, and he is selling it for only $165.00.

This camera allows you the ability to see its images on your PC or smart phone — giving you the piece of mind and comfort of knowing that your assets are being watched by the most state-of-the-art components available.

You can monitor your home, or business — day or night — with true motion detection , and turn-on-and-record for current or future viewing. Set up is via Wi-Fi, e.g. using a laptop computer either locally or remotely.

It is very useful even in situations where an Internet connection is not readily available via Wi-Fi.

Someone is going to make some big bucks by putting together a package with this camera, and maybe a solar panel with a rechargeable battery — and a spot light. This would be attractive to farmers, and Ag-coops.

Farmers? Yes! Did you know that farmers have serious problems with drug addicts sneaking around their farms at night, and stealing anhydrous ammonia?

Anhydrous Ammonia Theft

Anhydrous ammonia is a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine. Thus, illegal drug manufacturers target agricultural retail operations and farms to steal anhydrous ammonia from areas where it is stored and used. When sold for agricultural purposes, anhydrous ammonia is valued from $200 to $250 per ton. However, according to law officials it only takes 5 gallons of anhydrous ammonia to produce 10 to 15 pounds of methamphetamines. On the black market, anhydrous ammonia can sell for as much as $300 per gallon.

Because very small amounts of anhydrous ammonia are needed to make a single batch of methamphetamine, there is typically enough ammonia left in a transfer hose for a criminal to use for drug production. In fact, criminals often prefer to steal ammonia in small quantities using small containers to avoid tipping off a convenient source and to remain somewhat mobile.

Anhydrous ammonia theft tends to occur in waves with thieves stealing the chemical multiple times from one location. Thefts have occurred at such unlikely places as refrigeration systems holding ammonia, underground pipelines carrying ammonia, and rail cars transporting anhydrous ammonia. However, most criminals steal from above-ground, temporary pressure tanks located on farms and from large storage tanks at agricultural dealers where small lost quantities are not easily detected.

Source: Texas A&M Extension Safety Program

How it would work: Simple! This built-in motion detector and recording camera would be connected to a spot light, and backed-up with a battery and a solar-panel recharger. Got it? The crook/addict comes sneaking around, and all of a sudden, “smile, you're on camera.”

So this is a “win-win” for everyone involved. It stops the theft of the farmer's property, it helps the police catch the crooks, and it might even put the addict into a treatment/recovery program. People can be recycled just like aluminum cans.

Please give Jim Tucker a call at 662-284-6724. He can tell you more about this great application.

(My Hometown.)

The population was 5,421 at the 2000 census.

Fairfield is most famous for being the hometown of the Shelton Brothers Gang, notorious bootleggers who fought it out with the Harrisburg, Illinois based Birger Gang to control criminal activities in Southern Illinois. During the first half of the 20th century gang leaders Carl, Earl and Bernie Shelton made Fairfield a household name. Based on testimony of Charlie Birger himself, the Shelton Brothers were convicted for a 1925 unsolved mail carrier robbery of $15,000 and were sentenced to 25 years. They were released a few years later. Birger dominated bootlegging in Southern Illinois until he himself was hanged in Benton. for the murder of West City Mayor Joe Adams in 1928. After serving their time, the Shelton brothers built a new criminal empire. Based out of East St. Louis, one of the most prosperous cities of its day, they controlled all vice from Peoria and southward.

They met their demise at the hands of the Chicago mob and an insider Charles “Blackie” Harris. A land dispute led to Blackie joining forces with the Mob to kill off members of the Shelton gang. His most notable victim was Carl Shelton, the leader. He was ambushed several miles south east of Fairfield, shot from his Jeep. Bernie was killed at his Peoria roadhouse. Earl moved to Jacksonville, Florida and became a successful land speculator.

Fairfield was the hometown of Kenneth Michael Kays, recipient of the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War, and Country music singer-songwriter Lance Miller.

The city is 98.40% White. About 8.5% of families and 13.1% of the population [are] below the poverty line.



It was just announced yesterday that this small town's main employer — Airtex — is shutting down and moving its production lines to China and Mexico. This factory has manufactured and designed aftermarket fuel pumps for a full range of car, truck, fleet, and speciality vehicles for about 80 years. At one time they employed 1,200 people but this has been in steady decline for several years. This final reduction will reduce the headcount from 350 to 40 company personnel and 35 union workers. The mayor said the city would see a revenue decline in utilities, sales tax, and motor fuel tax, and possibly real estate taxes due to the job loss.

Meanwhile: The upper-crust MBAs are sipping their cocktails at their exclusive country clubs, and gloating over their huge bonuses for increasing the corporate bottom line. The factory workers are wondering how they are going to feed their families.

“Let them eat cake.”

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The Inside Story of How the iPhone Crippled BlackBerry

‘Losing the Signal’ examines Research In Motion’s efforts to take on Apple’s game-changing smartphone

Research In Motion’s Jim Balsillie, left, and Mike Lazaridis in 2006. PHOTO: NORM BETTS/BLOOMBERG NEWS

May 22, 2015 12:25 p.m. ET
The Wall Street Journal

Mike Lazaridis was home on his treadmill when he saw the televised report about Apple Inc.’s newest product. Research In Motion ’s founder soon forgot about exercise that day in January 2007. There was Steve Jobs on a San Francisco stage waving a small glass object, downloading music, videos and maps from the Internet onto a device he called the iPhone.


Condensed and adapted from the forthcoming book “Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry,” to be released Tuesday.

“How did they do that?” Mr. Lazaridis wondered. His curiosity turned to disbelief when Stanley Sigman, the chief executive of Cingular Wireless joined Mr. Jobs to announce a multi-year contract with Apple to sell iPhones. What was Cingular’s parent AT&T Inc. thinking? “It’s going to collapse the network,” Mr. Lazaridis thought.

The next day Mr. Lazaridis grabbed his co-CEO Jim Balsillie at the office and pulled him in front of a computer.

“Jim, I want you to watch this,” he said, pointing to a webcast of the iPhone unveiling. “They put a full Web browser on that thing. The carriers aren’t letting us put a full browser on our products.”

Mr. Balsillie’s first thought was RIM was losing AT&T as a customer. “Apple’s got a better deal,” Mr. Balsillie said. “We were never allowed that. The U.S. market is going to be tougher.”

“These guys are really, really good,” Mr. Lazaridis replied. “This is different.”

“It’s OK—we’ll be fine,” Mr. Balsillie responded.

RIM’s chiefs didn’t give much additional thought to Apple’s iPhone for months. “It wasn’t a threat to RIM’s core business,” says Mr. Lazaridis’s top lieutenant, Larry Conlee. “It wasn’t secure. It had rapid battery drain and a lousy [digital] keyboard.”

If the iPhone gained traction, RIM’s senior executives believed, it would be with consumers who cared more about YouTube and other Internet escapes than efficiency and security. RIM’s core business customers valued BlackBerry’s secure and efficient communication systems. Offering mobile access to broader Internet content, says Mr. Conlee, “was not a space where we parked our business.”


The iPhone’s popularity with consumers was illogical to rivals such as RIM, Nokia Corp. and Motorola Inc. The phone’s battery lasted less than eight hours, it operated on an older, slower second-generation network, and, as Mr. Lazaridis predicted, music, video and other downloads strained AT&T’s network. RIM now faced an adversary it didn’t understand.

“By all rights the product should have failed, but it did not,” said David Yach, RIM’s chief technology officer. To Mr. Yach and other senior RIM executives, Apple changed the competitive landscape by shifting the raison d’être of smartphones from something that was functional to a product that was beautiful.

“I learned that beauty matters . . . RIM was caught incredulous that people wanted to buy this thing,” Mr. Yach says.

Verizon’s Big Ask

RIM faced the iPhone threat by joining forces with Verizon Communications Inc. The powerful U.S. carrier understood that AT&T’s exclusive deal to sell the iPhone was a serious competitive threat.

More than 1 million iPhones, dubbed the Jesus Phone, had been sold in its first three months during the summer of 2007. This was no ordinary phone. It was a cult with a devoted and rapidly growing following.

Verizon went searching for an antidote to viral iPhone sales in August and RIM, then the world’s largest smartphone maker, was its chosen supplier. Mr. Lazaridis initially offered BlackBerry’s planned new Bold phone, with its traditional keyboard and new touch-screen display, as the answer. But Verizon officials waved him off. If Apple and AT&T were gaining ground with a touch-screen phone, Verizon had to have one.

Mr. Lazaridis’s solution was Storm, a phone that was little more than a prototype in 2007. Like the iPhone, Storm featured a glass screen. Unlike Apple’s phone, it had a movable screen. Users could activate the phone’s digital keyboard by pressing the screen down, replicating the click and tactile pleasure that made BlackBerry’s physical keyboard so popular.

‘There was a point where the carrier, by changing the rules, forced all the other carriers to change the rules eventually. It allowed Apple to reset what the expectations were. Conservation didn’t matter. Battery life didn’t matter. Cost didn’t matter. That’s their genius.’

—Mike Lazaridis, RIM’s founder

Verizon officials loved Storm, promising a marketing budget of as much as $100 million to promote Storm in thousands of retail outlets. It was a huge breakthrough in the U.S. market for BlackBerry, and Mr. Lazaridis felt he couldn’t say no even though Verizon set a punishing deadline of launching Storm by the spring of 2008.

The nine-month deadline came and went, and it wasn’t until 15 months later in November 2008 that RIM was able to start shipping Storm phones for the busy Christmas season. Internally, most of RIM’s engineers knew the company was shipping a flawed product.

The browser was painfully slow, the clickable screen didn’t respond well in the corners and the device often froze and reset. Like most tech companies launching a glitchy product, RIM played for time. Verizon stoked sales with heavy subsidies, while RIM’s engineers raced to introduce software upgrades to eliminate Storm’s many bugs. “It was the best-selling initial product we ever had,” says Mr. Lazaridis, with 1 million devices sold in the first two months. “We couldn’t meet demand.”

Storm’s success was fleeting. By the time Mr. Balsillie was summoned to Verizon’s Basking Ridge, N.J., headquarters in the spring of 2009 to review the carrier’s sales data, RIM’s senior executives knew Storm was a wipeout. Virtually every one of the 1 million Storm phones shipped in 2008 needed replacing, Verizon’s chief marketing officer, John Stratton, told Mr. Balsillie. Many of the replacements were being returned as well. Storm was a complete failure, and Mr. Stratton wanted RIM to pay.

“You’re going to make us whole on the money we’ve spent fixing your Storm product problems,” Mr. Stratton told Mr. Balsillie, “or we’ll revisit our whole supplier relationship with you. This is your responsibility. We expect you to step up because this is your fault, not ours.” Verizon wanted RIM to pay close to $500 million to cover the carrier’s losses.

“I can’t write a check like that,” Mr. Balsillie said.

Instead, he and his team walked Mr. Stratton through an alternative solution. Mr. Balsillie offered Mr. Stratton a range of concessions, including a free repair and upgrade program and a cache of complimentary BlackBerrys. The fix would cost RIM more than $100 million, a cost that would barely dent RIM’s income statement compared to the bath it would have to take to make Verizon whole.

Mr. Stratton wasn’t happy, but he had little choice. Verizon had signed a “take-or-pay” deal, meaning it was stuck with the units it committed to buy. Mr. Stratton wouldn’t get his $500 million, but he warned Mr. Balsillie that the carrier’s relationship with the Waterloo, Ontario, company would change dramatically.

Storm’s Wake

For the first time since it went public, RIM had delivered a product that widely missed the mark. Given the opportunity to vault past Apple and regain its lead in the smartphone race, RIM had fallen short. RIM was used to winning praise and adulation for its devices; now critics were questioning whether it could still innovate.

“Everybody was upset. It was demoralizing for the whole organization,” says Chief Operating Officer Don Morrison. “You’re shattering the very fabric of what BlackBerry stood for.”

Mr. Conlee says, “We thought it was within our ability to get it done. We were wrong. I think people were embarrassed.”

Only Mr. Lazaridis didn’t regard Storm as a failure. To him, it was RIM’s first crack at a new technology. When he looked at Storm, Mr. Lazaridis saw its technical achievements: It had a good camera, video-streaming capabilities, a great speaker and a replaceable battery. It was Verizon’s first 3G device. Most of all, he loved the clickable screen. Mr. Lazaridis hated the sensation of typing on glass, of using a touch-screen keyboard that didn’t physically respond to every click. He couldn’t fathom that consumers might not love his clickable screen—it had to be the fault of his staff for delivering a poorly built product.

“We let Mike down, in his mind, because he made a request and we didn’t deliver,” says Mr. Morrison. “Whether the request is reasonable or not is not part of that sentence.”

Mr. Yach, chief technology officer in charge of software, shouldered much of the blame from Mr. Lazaridis for Storm’s shortcomings. “He would say, ‘You must have crappy people,’” Mr. Yach says. “He was clearly frustrated. From his perspective he felt that he was let down.”

Mr. Lazaridis was convinced Storm was the kind of device BlackBerry should continue to improve. RIM would take another stab at a clickable screen with Storm 2. Even though sales were tepid, Mr. Lazaridis persisted with the clickable Storm screen until 2010, when U.S. carriers finally lost interest.

Although the market rejected his initial touch-screen approach, Mr. Lazaridis believed the four pillars of BlackBerry’s success—good battery life, miserly use of carrier’s spectrum, security and the ability to type—still ruled in the new smartphone world and gave his company its competitive advantage. Two years after Apple’s launch, it still amazed Mr. Lazaridis that iPhone users had to cart around adapters to power up depleted batteries. His early prediction that Apple would cause AT&T headaches by using up its network bandwidth also proved right.

But there was no going back. Apple was setting a new agenda for the wireless industry. RIM, like others, were now followers. “We built a perfectly evolved, optimized service and product offering that made the industry take off,” says Mr. Lazaridis. “There was a point where the carrier, by changing the rules, forced all the other carriers to change the rules eventually. It allowed Apple to reset what the expectations were. Conservation didn’t matter. Battery life didn’t matter. Cost didn’t matter. That’s their genius. We had to respond in a way that was completely different than what people expected.”

Strategic Confusion

If the failure of Storm sent Mr. Lazaridis back to the lab with a sense of purpose, it left Mr. Balsillie winded. For a leader who thrived on ambiguity, Mr. Balsillie found it hard to grapple with the new competitive dynamic.

To Mr. Balsillie, RIM was in an existential crisis, mired in what he describes as “strategic confusion.” The company’s business had been disrupted on several levels, with no obvious path forward. Was RIM supposed to defend BlackBerry’s QWERTY keyboard, or jump all-in and become a touch-screen smartphone maker? Was it supposed to challenge Apple at the high end of the smartphone market or focus on the lower end with devices like its Curve and Gemini models, which were driving heady sales gains in foreign markets where Apple wasn’t yet a factor? Should the company stick to its closed, proprietary software technology or open its platform?

One of the biggest puzzles was what to do about apps. For years Mr. Balsillie had fought carriers for the right to sell apps to customers, reassuring them RIM was “constructively aligned” with the wireless carriers. Then Apple waltzed in with an app store despite AT&T exclusion from any app revenues.

Now RIM was forced to play catch-up. Unlike RIM, Apple had an army of outside developers who had already built consumer apps for its computers and iPods and were primed to do the same for the iPhone. By the time BlackBerry launched its app store in spring 2009, iPhone customers had already downloaded 1 billion apps. Was RIM taking the right approach, Mr. Balsillie wondered, or should it stick to its “constructive alignment” narrative and leave the sale of apps to carriers?

Mr. Balsillie struggled with each question. “The Storm failure made it clear we were not the dominant smartphone company anymore. We’re grappling with who we are because we can’t be who we used to be anymore, which sucked . . . It’s not clear what the hell to do.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal (Thanks to Barry Kanne)

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Wax Woz is coming to Madame Tussauds in San Francisco

by Nick Summers
May 28, 2015

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Step inside the Madame Tussauds in San Francisco and you'll find waxworks of Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and other American icons. Steve Jobs is also present, but for many Apple fans there's something amiss about his model. The problem? There's no Steve Wozniak standing alongside him. Following a public competition to decide the next “tech innovator” waxwork, Madame Tussauds has agreed to immortalize the Apple co-founder next to his friend and fellow tech visionary. Woz now needs to visit the museum and conduct a two to three hour sitting, during which 250 measurements will be taken to ensure his model is accurate. Sculpting should take three to four months, and when the finished article is unveiled in the fall, Woz will be there for a quick side-by-side comparison. “I can't wait to see my figure next to Jobs — it'll be just like old times,” he says.

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Insider with accurate track record says iPhone 6s will be unveiled earlier than expected

By Chris Smith
May 21, 2015 at 10:20 AM

A report earlier this week said that Apple might launch the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in August rather than September, and it looks like an insider with an accurate track record when predicting Apple’s unannounced plans is now suggesting a similar scenario for this year’s iPhone launch.

According to China Post, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo said that Apple will unveil the iPhone 6s family during an event in August rather than September, and it will launch the handsets a month after their official announcement.

The new iPhone family will include just two models, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, with Foxconn expected to secure up to 70% of orders. The iPhone 6s will account for 66% of Apple’s orders, with the phablet model accounting for the remaining 34%.

Kuo further said that the new iPhones will come with Force Touch support, the same new gesture that’s currently available on the Apple Watch and select MacBook models. Force Touch “can enrich user experience due to more input methods and support of handwritten signatures, which is beneficial for expanding the commercial market,” Kuo said.

The analyst also added that Foxconn, which is currently seeing better yield rates at assembling iPhones, might also be the only supplier chosen to mass-produce the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that’s supposed to launch in the fourth quarter this year.

Not long ago, Kuo listed 11 features in a research note that he says will be included in the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.


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ITU Takes Iridium Satellite Phone Donation for Emergency Communications; Matt Desch Comments

Posted By: Anna Forresteron: May 21, 2015

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Iridium Communications has donated 25 satellite phones and batteries to the International Telecommunication Union as part of efforts to increase the organization’s emergency communications capacity for disaster response and recovery activities.

ITU said Wednesday Iridium first donated emergency telecommunication equipment to the organization in 2007.

“Iridium’s donation comes at a critical time when natural disasters are on the increase,” said Brahima Sanou , director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.

Iridium CEO Matt Desch noted that after a natural disaster, “much of the telecom infrastructure is often damaged or destroyed, making the need for communications supported by a global, reliable satellite network crucial to the recovery work that will occur in the days and weeks to come.”

ITU said it deployed 35 satellite phones — including Iridium’s handheld satellite mobile phones — and 10 Broadband Global Area Network terminals to Nepal for information exchanges between government agencies and others helping in rescue operations after the recent earthquakes in that country.

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Inbox by Gmail will let you unsend e-mails

Friday, May 29, 2015

It happens to the best of us; auto complete ends up selecting the wrong recipient or we send an e-mail without an attachment. Inbox by Gmail lets you rectify your mistake without needing a sheepish follow-up e-mail.

Undo Send, now available for the first time on your phone, lets you take back an e-mail you’ve just sent. As you can see from the promotional video, it could be a life saver.

If you spot a mistake or you need to stop an e-mail going to the wrong person, you can simply click undo. This unsends the e-mail and gives you the chance to make your alterations.

Inbox by Gmail is now open to everyone, with no invite required. It has a couple of nifty features, including the ability to add reminders to the top of your inbox, see the important details of some messages without needing to open the mail, and even snooze messages and reminders until it suits you.

For more information, check out the Inbox by Gmail page.

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

USB Paging Encoder

paging encoder

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

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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hark David George and Bill Noyes
of Hark Technologies.

Hark Technologies

Preferred Wireless

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Terminals & Controllers:
1ASC1500 Complete, w/Spares  
3CNET Platinum Controllers 
2GL3100 RF Director 
1GL3000 ES — 2 Chassis
1GL3000L Complete w/Spares
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


Too Much To List • Call or E-Mail

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Preferred Wireless




CVC Paging

Switch Tech

CVC Paging has an opening for a Glenayre Switch Technician in our Vermont location.

For details please contact Stephan Suker at 802-775-6726 or

CVC Paging


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 UpdateVol. 18, No. 22May 27, 2015

FCC Form 481 Due July 1

The FCC’s Form 481 is due annually on July 1 of each year, and requires eligible telecommunications carriers to report, among other things, 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.

BloostonLaw has experience handling Form 481 and is available to assist with this year’s filing.


FCC Releases Robocall Consumer Protection Fact Sheet

As this edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update went to press, the FCC released a fact sheet providing information on a proposed declaratory ruling currently being circulated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, aimed at protecting consumers from unwanted robocalls, spam text messages, and telemarketing calls. The proposal will be voted on at the FCC’s June Open Meeting.

The ruling comes as a response to two dozen petitions that sought clarity on how the Commission enforces the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). According to the press release, the Chairman’s set of actions will, if adopted, “close loopholes and strengthen consumer protections already on the books.”

Proposed rulings would:

  • Give consumers the right to revoke their consent to receive robocalls and robotexts in any reasonable way at any time;
  • Permit carriers to offer robocall-blocking technologies to consumers;
  • Prohibit callers from calling numbers that have been reassigned to new consumers;
  • Create a clear definition of “autodialer” to ensure robocallers cannot skirt consumer consent requirements through changes in calling technology design or by calling from a list of numbers;
  • Allow very limited and specific exceptions for urgent circumstances, such as free calls or texts to alert consumers to possible fraud on their bank accounts or remind them of important medication refills (and consumers would have the ability to opt out of even these sort of notifications);

Since the proposal is a declaratory ruling and therefore not considered a prospective rule making, it will be considered effective immediately upon a successful vote.

PSHSB Announces User Testing for 911 Reliability Certification System

Yesterday, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) announced that an initial version of the FCC’s online system for filing 911 reliability certifications is now available for user testing.

As we reported in November of last year, an Initial Reliability Certification of substantial progress toward meeting the requirements of the full Annual Reliability Certification will be due October 15, 2015. The requirements, originally adopted at the end of 2013, require "Covered 911 Service Providers" to meet an annual certification requirement and to take "reasonable measures" to ensure 911 circuit diversity, availability of backup power at central offices that directly serve PSAPs, and diversity of network monitoring links. Under the rules, substantial progress is defined as compliance with standards of the full certification in at least 50 percent of the Covered 911 Service Provider’s critical 911 circuits, central offices that directly serve public safety answering points (PSAPs), and independently monitored 911 service areas.

The Bureau intends the testing period to allow Covered 911 Service Providers to familiarize themselves with the certification system through the separate test mechanism and to provide feedback on its content, its usability, and its clarity in advance of their actual certification filings. Information submitted during the testing period will not count toward Initial Reliability Certifications or bind certifying entities to particular responses and will be deleted when the actual production system opens for submissions. Because user identities in the test system are not transferred to the production system, users will have to create a new user identity on the production system. We will be glad to help clients navigate the test process.

The test system is available at .

Waiver of Access Rules Sought In Connection with Study Area Merger

Butler-Bremer Mutual Telephone Company, Inc. (Butler-Bremer) has filed a petition for waiver of certain FCC rules concerning interstate access revenue requirement and base period revenue, in connection with its intention to merge its two study areas. Butler-Bremer requests waiver of section 51.909(a) to recalculate rate bands and charges for local switching, tandem switching, and dedicated transport services, and sections 51.917(b)(1), and 51.917(b)(7) of the rules to recalculate the 2011 Interstate Switched Access Revenue Requirement and 2011 Rate-of-Return Base Period Revenue necessary to determine Connect America Fund- Intercarrier Compensation support.

Although Butler-Bremer believes it is not required to seek a study area waiver because it is a holding company that is consolidating existing study areas in the same state, it states that the waivers are necessary because its study areas currently are in different Rate Bands for Local Switching and Dedicated Transport Services and the waivers will allow it to establish consolidated rate bands and access rates for its merged study areas. The waiver also will allow it to combine the 2011 Rate-of-Return Carrier Base Period Revenue for the two study areas into a single 2011 Rate-of-Return Carrier Bases Period Revenue amount for the merged study area. Butler-Bremer states that the waiver is in the public interest because merger of the study areas is consistent with the FCC’s policy; the consolidation of the access rate bands is revenue neutral; and the combined Base Period Revenue produces no adverse impact on the Connect America Fund Intercarrier Compensation mechanism. Comments on the petition (assigned WC Docket No. 15-118) are due by June 10, 2015, and reply comments are due by June 22, 2015.

Comment Sought on List of Services Eligible for Schools and Libraries Support

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) seeks comment on the proposed eligible services list (ESL) for Category One and Category Two services eligible for the schools and libraries universal support mechanism for funding year 2016. (WC Docket No. 13-184) Eligible schools and libraries may seek E-rate support for eligible Category One telecommunications services, telecommunications, and Internet access and Category Two internal connections, basic maintenance, and managed internal broadband services. The list of proposed eligible services can be found here . Comments are due by June 22, 2015 and reply comments are due by July 6, 2015.

The list reflects the FCC’s ruling in the Second E-rate Modernization Order, in which the FCC expanded the options available for purchasing affordable high-speed connectivity to include dark fiber and to allow applicants to self-provision high-speed broadband networks “if the applicant is able to demonstrate that self-provisioning is the most cost-effective option and is able to satisfy certain other conditions.” The proposed ESL includes explanatory notes regarding leased lit and dark fiber and self-provisioned broadband networks. According to the FCC, “[t]he notes explain that applicants must seek competitive bids for network maintenance and operation, and all other eligible services and equipment, in order to receive E-rate support.” The proposed ESL also adds a description of eligible special construction or installation charges for Category One services. The WCB also seeks comment on its cost allocation requirements for circuits that carry both voice and data services.

According to the FCC, “[t]he full cost of circuits dedicated solely to voice service, including PRIs, SIP trunks, and VoIP provider circuits are subject to the voice services phase down, while the costs for bundled voice and data services provided over a single circuit, must be cost allocated.” The proposed ESL adds ISDN to the list of eligible voice services. However, ISDN also remains listed as an eligible digital transmission service for applicants that may be receiving ISDN as bundled voice and data service, “so that a cost allocation can be sought for the data portion of the service that is not subject to the voice phase down.”

Commissioner Rosenworcel to be Renominated as FCC Commissioner

On May 20, President Obama announced his intention to renominate Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Commissioner. Rosenworcel, whose current term expires this summer, originally became a Commissioner in 2012, succeeding Michael Copps (for whom she served as Senior Legal Advisor).
Of the renomination, Rosenworcel said: “I am honored that the President has indicated his intent to nominate me for a new term as Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. During my tenure at the agency it has been a tremendous privilege to work with my colleagues, the talented staff of the Commission, and the American people to develop policies that expand access to modern communications and the opportunities of the digital age. I look forward to the United States Senate considering my nomination and the continuing opportunity to serve.”

Law & Regulation

Latest NANC Recommendations on LNP Go Into Effect on June 25

The Wireline Competition Bureau’s Order of June 20, 2014, in which it adopted recommendations made by the North American Numbering Council (NANC) to change certain local number portability (LNP) “provisioning flows,” was published in the Federal Register yesterday, establishing an effective date of June 25.

Specifically, the Bureau adopted changes to existing processes for cancelling a number port request, to the timeline for re-using disconnected ported numbers, and for changing the due date for a port. The Bureau declined to adopt a recommendation concerning a preference for area code overlays instead of area code splits, and left to the states the option to choose the best means of implementing area code relief for their citizens.

With respect to the provisioning flows for port cancellations, termed by the NANC as the “Cancel Flows,” the Bureau adopted revisions clarifying that if the customer contacts the current provider, that provider may choose to advise the customer to call the new provider to cancel the port request. If the customer contacts the new provider, that provider must cancel the port. If the current provider decides to cancel the port request, it must obtain verifiable authority from the customer, such as a Letter of Authorization, dated after the initial port request. The new provider must then process the cancellation request, even if the current provider does not provide an actual copy of the authorization. The Bureau also adopted changes to the steps to be taken to notify the new provider of the cancellation, depending on whether the current provider is a wireline or a wireless provider.

With respect to the timeline for re-using disconnected ported numbers, the Bureau adopted a recommendation to delete language in section 52.15(f)(ii) of the Commission’s rules that states “[t]he maximum interval between disconnect date and effective release is 18 months,” because it is inconsistent with the Commission’s rules, which provides that a service provider may not “age” disconnected residential numbers for more than 90 days and disconnected business numbers for more than 365 days.

The Bureau also adopted the recommendation to accept Best Practice 65, which provides that both service providers involved in a port must agree to any changes to the original due date for that port. This change is intended to close a perceived loophole in the current flows that prompts some new service providers to activate ports before the agreed-to porting date and before the old service providers have their networks ready to port a number out.

FCC Releases Regulatory Fee Notice of Proposed Rule Making

The FCC has issued its annual Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order in connection with the collection of annual regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2015. Comments on the FCC’s proposals will be due June 22, 2015 and Reply Comments will be due July 6, 2015.

This year, the FCC has proposed to collect $339,844,000 in regulatory fees. Of this amount, the FCC will collect $69.3 million or 20.4 percent from Wireless Telecommunications Bureau regulatees, $131.1 million or 38.6 percent from Wireline Competition Bureau regulatees, $21.3 million or 6.28 percent from International Bureau regulatees, and $118.1 million or 34.8 percent from Media Bureau regulatees.

DeMinimis Exemption

New this year, the FCC has increased the threshold for the de minimis from $10.00 for all fees owed by a regulate to $500.00. Because this exemption can be changed from time-to-time, it is important that regulates review their regulatory fee obligation annually in order to determine if the fee due for that year will exceed the threshold. We also recommend that those clients claiming an exemption under the de minimis rule affirmatively file a letter with the Commission in order to avoid being red-lighted for non-payment of the regulatory fee.

Toll Free Numbers

The FCC has proposed changes to its fee schedule in order to include a regulatory fee subcategory for toll free numbers (subcategory of Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers (ITSP)). For this category, the FCC has proposed setting the fee at $.12 per year (or $.01 per month) for each number that is managed by a Responsible Organization (RespOrg). In order to offset this fee, the FCC is also proposing to reduce the ITSP rate from 0.00340 to 0.00329. While it is important to note that these RespOrgs are not common carriers, the FCC will hold them liable for payment of this new regulatory fee. The FCC has cautioned that RespOrgs that do not pay the required fee will be subject to penalties and enforcement action. In order to ensure that the RespOrgs are aware of this new fee requirement, the FCC is requiring SMS/800, Inc. (the entity that provides administration and routing for all toll free numbers in North America) to provide necessary outreach to the RespOrgs to advise them of the FCC’s new regulatory fee requirement in connection with the provision of 800 toll free numbers.

Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS)

The FCC is proposing to modify the regulatory fee paid by DBS service providers. Essentially, DPS service providers wear two hats – multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and users of geostationary space stations that are used to provide one-way subscription video service to consumers. As a result, DBS providers utilize the services of both the International Bureau and the Media Bureau. In order to properly allocate costs, the FCC is proposing to subject DBS providers to two regulatory fees. The first fee would recover the burden of regulation and oversight by the International Bureau while the second fee would cover the burden of regulation and oversight by the Media Bureau. In order to accomplish this, the FCC will also have to modify its Media Bureau rate structure for MVPDs to have one rate structure for DBS and a separate rate structure for CATV and IPTV.

Payment of Regulatory Fees via Credit Card

Effective June 1, 2015, the US Treasury has adopted new rules concerning credit card payments. Under these new rules, the maximum amount that can be charged on a credit card for a particular debt is $24,999.99 (which is reduced from $49,999.99). As a result of this change, charges of more than $24,999.99 will be rejected. It is important to note that this limit applies to both single payments and bundled payments of more than one invoice. Additionally, multiple transactions to a single agency in one day will be added together and treated as a single transaction for purposes of this rule. US Treasury has also indicated that debtors may not split payments into more than one payment by using the same or multiple credit card accounts or by spreading the payments over multiple days.

Clients wishing to make payments that exceed $24,999.99 have several options, such as: Visa or MasterCard debit cards, Automated Clearing House (ACH) debits from a bank account, and wire transfers.

FCC Expands Accessibility Requirements for Emergency Information in TV Programming

On May 21, the FCC adopted new rules requiring that emergency information be made accessible on a secondary audio stream on tablets, smartphones, laptops, and similar devices when subscription television providers, such as cable and satellite operators, and to permit consumers to access programming over their networks using an app on these devices.

Specifically, when emergency information appears on a television screen, it is preceded by three tones. Under previously adopted Commission rules, individuals who are blind or visually impaired soon will be able to switch to a secondary audio stream to hear televised emergency information when they hear the three tones; the FCC’s action takes this a step further by requiring the secondary audio stream to also be available on tablets, smartphones, laptops, and the like.

Additionally, this item establishes rules requiring that the equipment used to receive and play back television programming, such as set-top boxes, have a “simple and easy” to use mechanism to switch from the main program audio to the secondary audio stream to hear audible emergency information.

Also adopted as part of the item was a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that asks for comments on additional issues related to the accessibility of emergency information for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including:

  • How to prioritize emergency information if there is more than one on-screen announcement;
  • Whether information on school closings and school bus schedule changes should continue to be made available on the secondary audio stream; and
  • Possible future requirements on multichannel video programming distributors to ensure that consumers have a simple and easy to use mechanism to access the secondary audio stream.

The full text of the Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is not available at this time.


Charter to Buy Time Warner for $55 Billion

Yesterday, multiple news outlets reported that Charter Communications, Inc. announced that it would buy Time Warner Cable Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal that values the company at $78.7 billion. Charter will pay $195.71 a share, with options of $100 and $115 in cash and the remainder in its own stock, according to a statement Tuesday. Bloomberg reports that Bright House Networks, a smaller cable company that Charter had previously agreed to buy, will also be merged into the combined entity. The combined business will have about 17 million basic cable customers, second to Comcast’s 22 million.
Readers will recall that this is Charter’s second attempt at purchasing Time Warner, with their first bid back in January of 2014 (of $132.50-a-share) being rejected as a “low-ball” offer.

According to Bloomberg, Charter Chief Executive Officer Tom Rutledge, who will head the combined company, said on a conference call that he is confident the deal would get approved. In his own statement, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said: “The FCC reviews every merger on its merits and determines whether it would be in the public interest. In applying the public interest test, an absence of harm is not sufficient. The Commission will look to see how American consumers would benefit if the deal were to be approved.”

Driving and Mobile Devices — a Recipe for Disaster?

This past weekend, an article on concerning the use of mobile devices while driving began: “It appears as though all the “don’t text and drive” campaigns may need some changes in the near future, because a study released by AT&T reveals drivers who use their phones while driving aren’t just texting. Some are taking selfies and checking into social media, while others are even engaging in video chats.”

The use of cell phones has been main stream since the mid-1990s as the devices became smaller and easier to use. Fortunately or unfortunately, over the past 10 years or so, the devices have become smarter — essentially becoming mini-computers that can keep you connected almost as well as an Internet connected desk-top computer. As a result, everyone has become much more dependent on and comfortable with mobile devices, such that these devices have become an extension of the individual user in all facets of life. While access to instant information and the ability to send messages at any time have their benefits, there are also social costs and unintended consequences. As MotorTrend has indicated, of the 2,067 people polled between the ages of 16 and 65 in the US who use their cell phones at least once per day, 70 percent use their smart phones while driving, 61 percent admitted to texting and 33 percent to either reading, sending or replying to e-mails. MotorTrend stated that the poll also indicated that 28 percent surfed the Internet while driving, while 27 percent used Facebook and 14 percent used both Twitter and Instagram.

One can conjecture that the use of smart phones has become an addiction for many – whether it be while driving a car or going out on a date with your significant other or spouse. Next time you pull up to a traffic light – look around you. Next time you are at a restaurant, look at the surrounding tables and see how many smart phones are out and in use. You might be surprised.

What is the solution? Some states now have laws banning the use of hand-held devices. That certainly is a start, but several years into the existence of such laws a lot of texting and surfing still goes on behind the wheel. But what about use of hands-free Bluetooth? And, what about self-control? Neither seems to be winning the day. Perhaps wireless carriers can help manage the problem through the use of high profile publicity campaigns against distracted driving, and encouraging the use of voice recognition technologies that allow the user to keep their eyes on the road. Significant strides are being made toward apps that allow you to listen to voicemails, texts and e-mails audibly.


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.

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

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. 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.

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. 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.

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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Here’s the Best Feature in Google’s New Photos App

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Here's the best feature in Google's new photos app

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Anil Sabharwal, director of Google Photos, speaks during the Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation in San Francisco, Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Google’s new photos app for iOS and Android has one truly standout new feature: It offers users suggestions to delete similar photos, potentially freeing up tons of space in the process, as Business Insider highlights .

A Google employee demoing the new product this week called it a “free-up space ability.” During the demo, the app reportedly suggested that he delete over three gigabytes of duplicate photos, illustrating how useful the feature could be to users looking to get more space on their mobile devices.

The new app, which allows users to backup an unlimited number of photos and videos to the cloud, also comes with a powerful search function. Photos uploaded to Google Photos for free, which was taken from Google’s semi-defunct Google Plus social network, will be capped at 16 megapixels, while users can upload videos with resolution up to 1080p.



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