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Friday — September 18, 2015 — Issue No. 675


Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Welcome to The Wireless Messaging News.

The Critical Messaging Association has announced a “going back to our roots” campaign that begins with a conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina coming up shortly on November 5th and 6th.

On behalf of the CMA, I would like to invite you to consider attending this important event. It has been structured to be uniquely affordable, short, and conveniently located—where it started. I am really looking forward to seeing many friends who I haven't seen in several years.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet, face-to-face, with our friends and colleagues.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a lifetime member of this association.

I expect a notice with more details from my long-time friend, and president of CMA, Jim Nelson, in next week's newsletter.


Critical Messaging Association
Americas Conference

November 5 & 6, 2015

Royale Palms Tower at the Hilton
Part of Kingston Plantation
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We are excited to announce a “going back to our roots” opportunity for education and informal networking in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This event will focus specifically on small business issues, challenges and opportunities through learning what others are doing to keep business and potentially grow services.

Our goal has been to keep the event cost-reasonable, therefore registration is just $300 for members. Click here to register .

The Myrtle Beach location is where CMA-A (formerly AAPC) first held its annual convention. The hotel selected ( Royale Palm Towers at the Hilton ) is offering a group rate of $89 per night to help make the overall event an affordable and can't-miss opportunity.

I hope to see you there.


PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

My PHOTOS OF THE WEEK are about Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Texas high school student who was arrested over an electronic clock he had made that was mistaken for bomb.

This could have been me at age 14, except I am Caucasian. Narrow-minded, ignorant, and bigoted people find it easier to think that all Muslims are the same.


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First Click: My favorite new iOS 9 feature is just an Android afterthought

September 17th, 2015
By Thomas Ricker on September 17, 2015 07:30 am

My favorite iOS 9 feature is also its dumbest. Dumb, because it's so obvious that it should have been implemented years ago; favorite, because I no longer feel a burning sense of rage every time I try changing the case of a letter.

Maybe you’ve experienced the following frustration, iPhone users:

You’re tapping away on the keyboard when you make a typo. You back up, try to correct it, but the OS is smarter than you and automatically inserts a capital letter. So you backup again, hit the shift key but can’t remember if grey or white means caps are on, so you enter a loop of corrections until you finally get the desired case.

That’s why my favorite new iOS 9 feature is the magical and revolutionary mixed-case keyboard . A keyboard that finally switches between displaying capital and lowercase letters when hitting the shift key — something that Android keyboards and pretty much every other software keyboard has done for years. The iPhone keyboard, however, could only display all caps ever since it launched in 2007, relying instead upon a visual indicator on the shift key.

TWO YEARS AND TWO OS UPDATES LATER, HE FINALLY DID IT

But iOS 7 did away with the glowing identifier in a move to flatten the UI—something that exasperated the user experience and prompted CoDesign to ask , “Why can’t Jony Ive of all people design a $%^&*@# usable shift key?”

Two years and two OS updates later, he finally did it.


Verge Video: iOS 9 review

Source: The Verge


Verizon in Cuba: What Customers Can Expect From Mobile Carrier's Roaming Plan

By ALYSSA NEWCOMB Sep 18, 2015, 9:41 AM ET


A vintage American car is driven past colonial era buildings, Sept. 17, 2015, in Havana.

There's no escaping looking at your smartphone while on vacation—even in Cuba.

Verizon announced it will begin offering roaming services to its customers visiting Cuba beginning next week, making it the first U.S. carrier to offer a pay-as-you go option on the Caribbean island nation.

The announcement comes one month after the United States reopened its embassy in Cuba as the two countries re-established diplomatic ties after 54 years. While the plan will allow American tourists using Verizon to stay connected, it won't come cheap.

Verizon is charging $2.99 per minute for voice calls and $2.05 per megabyte of data. Since the re-establishment of relations, several technology companies have begin offering service in Cuba, including Netflix and Airbnb. [Source: abcNEWS ]


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Cureatr partners with trusted paging service provider, American Messaging 

New York, NY (September 15, 2015) — Cureatr, Inc. today announced a new partnership with American Messaging Services, LLC, making Cureatr's capabilities for enhanced, real-time care coordination and communication available to healthcare providers that use American Messaging at more than 1,400 hospitals across the country.

The unique combination of a trusted pager interface with Cureatr's innovative mobile care coordination platform offers healthcare providers access to patient-centric secure messaging and dynamic clinical workflows. Using this product, the full care team of doctors, nurses, social workers, care managers and operations staff will benefit from direct person-to-person outreach and response. Providers will also be able to receive their American Messaging pages on their mobile phones using the Cureatr application, allowing seamless delivery and response across all platforms. Implementation of the Cureatr care coordination platform is currently underway by several American Messaging customers.

“As a physician, I relied on receiving critical care communications through a pager. With this partnership, we are leveraging two best-in-class platforms to support the complexity that healthcare providers face when seeking to respond to the right care team members with fast and relevant information,” said Joseph Mayer, MD, co-founder and chief executive officer of Cureatr. “By integrating Cureatr's care coordination platform with the functionality of the American Messaging pagers, we give healthcare providers an advanced, yet easily actionable notification and communication system. There is nothing else like this in the market today.”

As Cureatr continues to build new networks of Care Transition Notifications™ (CTN) across the country, this partnership with American Messaging, located in Lewisville, TX, will both accelerate and enhance the creation and connection of the network effect, allowing providers immediate notification of patient events and enabling effective care coordination across multiple provider groups. The partnership also extends Cureatr's on-going efforts to make affordable care coordination solutions available to DSRIP performing provider systems in New York state.

“We did extensive research to determine what we felt was the best product and partnership for our customers — and Cureatr is it. We are very pleased to be able to integrate the AMS platform with Cureatr's secure care coordination platform. Our customers now have the flexibility to receive notifications and communicate across five distinct platforms across pagers, mobile devices and the web,” said J. Roy Pottle, chairman and chief executive officer of American Messaging. “We are looking forward to the next step in launching Care Transition Notification™ services, which will help facilitate the effectiveness and efficiency of patient care.”

About Cureatr
Cureatr builds networks of Care Transition Notifications™ paired with a robust mobile care coordination platform. Founded in 2012 by physicians in New York City, Cureatr helps accountable care organizations, hospitals and health systems, specialty care providers, payers and physician group practices track patients in real-time throughout the care continuum and improve care coordination. Cureatr's Care Transition Notifications™ alert clinicians in real-time on mobile or desktop applications when an attributed patient is receiving care anywhere within a region and delivers necessary information that is essential to reducing preventable hospitalizations and avoiding readmissions.

About American Messaging
American Messaging is the largest private critical messaging company in the United States delivering more than 5 million critical messages per day. American Messaging provides service to approximately 800,000 customers, including more than 1,400 major healthcare and first responder clients across the United States. 

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State seeks unified emergency communications

September 11, 2015 7:00 am
Bob Mercer, correspondent
Rapid City Journal

PIERRE | Emergency responders went into the 2015 Sturgis motorcycle rally last month better prepared because of a new tool.

Officials compiled a grid showing the communication frequencies used by law enforcement, firefighters, ambulance crews and others responsible for public safety. The goal was to make it easier for them to talk to each other throughout the Black Hills region.

The effort was a success, Jeff Pierce said Thursday in a briefing for the state Public Safety Communications Council.

Pierce said it would be a worthwhile task to do across South Dakota. He is an engineering manager for the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications.

“It was a lot of planning and a lot of time spent,” Pierce said. “We were a lot better prepared for this rally than ever before.”

Others on the council agreed that coordinating radio infrastructure would be an important tool in other parts of the state.

The council’s purpose is to promote the ability of public-safety responders to communicate and to exchange information and data.

Harold Timmerman, Lincoln County emergency management director, supported expanding the project. So did Matt Tooley, the council’s chairman. He is technology coordinator at Metro Communications Agency at Sioux Falls.

“That would be a good thing to have,” Tooley said.

Source: Rapid City Journal

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  • All the Features for Paging, Voice-mail, Text-to-Pager, Wireless and DECT phones
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How much do you have to work to afford an iPhone?

By Alanna Petroff
CNNMoney (London) September 17, 2015: 11:42 AM ET


Locals who want to buy an iPhone 6 in the Berlin Apple store would have to work just over 43 hours, according to UBS.

If you think iPhones are pricey, spare a thought for those who have to work months to afford one.

The average New Yorker has to work just three days to be able to buy a new iPhone 6; Beijing residents have to spend 27 days at the office.

That's according to a new index of pay and prices in 71 global cities, compiled by Swiss bank UBS ( UBS ).

The ranking, which is published every three years, shows the wealthy residents of Zurich have to work the least, putting in just under 21 hours on the job before earning the cash for the must-have gadget.

Londoners have to slog a little more — 41 hours – while workers in Mexico City have to put in well over 200 hours, putting the luxury item out of reach for many.

The researchers found that Kiev has the worst iPhone affordability — Ukrainians have to work an average of 627 hours — or 78 days.

In Nairobi and Jakarta they have to clock up 468 hours, or nearly 59 days.


Locals who want to buy an iPhone 6 at this Sydney store will have to clock in 34 hours on the job, according to a new UBS report.

The research highlights how expensive Apple's ( AAPL , Tech30 ) iPhones can be for locals in many global cities. That makes it easier for rivals to outsell Apple in many nations.

For example, India's homegrown phone giant Micromax has recently become the country's largest smartphone seller, according to research firm Canalys. In fact, India doesn't have a single Apple Store since the products are too expensive for average workers.

Meanwhile, Beijing-based smartphone maker Xiaomi has become one of the world's top five smartphone makers, and frequently outsells Apple ( AAPL , Tech30 ) in China.

Earlier this year Xiaomi had its best sales day ever, selling 2.12 million smartphones in 24 hours and setting a Guinness World Record in the process.

Below is a list of the working hours required to buy an iPhone 6 (16GB) in each of these global cities, according to UBS:

  • Athens - 98.2 hours
  • Bangkok - 149.6 hours
  • Beijing - 217.8 hours
  • Chicago - 28.4 hours
  • Geneva - 21.6 hours
  • Hong Kong - 51.9 hours
  • Jakarta - 468 hours
  • Kiev - 627.2 hours
  • London - 41.2 hours
  • Los Angeles - 27.2 hours
  • Mexico City - 217.6 hours
  • Miami - 27 hours
  • Moscow - 158.3 hours
  • Nairobi - 468 hours
  • New Delhi - 360.3 hours
  • New York City - 24 hours
  • Paris - 42.2 hours
  • Rio de Janeiro - 139.9 hours
  • Rome - 53.7 hours
  • Shanghai - 163.8 hours
  • Sydney - 34 hours
  • Tel Aviv - 75.3 hours
  • Tokyo - 40.5 hours
  • Toronto - 37.2 hours
  • Zurich - 20.6 hours

Price and earnings data for this UBS report was collected in March and April. The UBS report was published on Thursday.

CNNMoney (London) September 17, 2015: 11:42 AM ET

Source: CNNMoney


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

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

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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
  • Software selectable frequency offset
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  • High frequency stability
  • External reference option
  • FCC and ACMA approved
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Why you should opt for the iPhone Update Program

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
SEPTEMBER 18, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Fortune

It’s a good deal for customers. And a better deal for Apple.

The best kept secret at last week’s Hey Siri event—the one even the best reporters didn’t see coming—may turn out to be Apple’s biggest money maker.

It’s called the iPhone Update Program, and it will be offered for the first time a week from today to qualified customers who buy a new iPhone at any U.S. Apple Store.

It’s basically a leasing program with benefits.

For 24 monthly payments on terms roughly comparable to those offered by the carriers—anywhere from $32.41 to $44.91 a month—you’ll get AppleCare+ phone support/damage insurance (a $129 value) and the option to trade in your iPhone 6S for an iPhone 7 (or whatever it’s called) a year from now.

Apple’s website does a good job explaining the program. Rene Ritchie’s FAQ on iMore is even clearer.

If you qualify, you should grab it. You won’t get a better deal from the carriers.

But it’s an even better deal for Apple, as Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty was quick to point out. Other analysts have since weighed in, enumerating the multiple benefits Apple stands to reap from the program:

  • It gets to sell more high-margin AppleCare+ contracts
  • It locks customers into the iPhone indefinitely
  • It halves the iPhone upgrade cycle (to 12 months from 24)
  • It builds an inventory of used phones that can be refurbished and resold
  • It takes control of, and legitimizes, the grey market for second-hand iPhones
  • It unbundles hardware costs from carrier costs
  • It leaves cell service complaints clearly in the carriers’ hands
  • It raises Apple’s gross margin from 50% to 55% (see RBC Capital’s chart below)

“It takes what could have been negative sentiment—a sell-on-the-news event—and potentially turns it positive,” Thrivent Asset Management’s Peter Karazeris, told Barrons. See Apple Shares Could Rally 50% on New iPhone Plan .

RBC’s chart:

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Source: Fortune

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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 ( pcleavitt@leavittcom.com ) for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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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)

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  • USB or RS-232 interface
  • Two contact closures
  • End-user programmable w/o requiring special hardware
  • 16 capcodes
  • POCSAG
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

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

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Terminals & Controllers:
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3 CNET Platinum Controllers
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1 GL3000 ES — 2 Chassis — Configurable
1 GL3000 L — 2 Cabinets, complete working, w/spares
35 SkyData 8466 B Receivers
1 Unipage — Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
10 Zetron M66 Transmitter Controllers
10 C2000s
15 Glenayre Complete GPS Kits
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
   
Link Transmitters:
6 Glenayre QT4201 25W Midband Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
1 Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
   
VHF Paging Transmitters:
19 Motorola Nucleus 125W CNET
6 Motorola Nucleus 350W CNET
11 Motorola Nucleus 350W NAC
14 Motorola Nucleus 125W NAC
1 Glenayre QT7505
1 Glenayre QT8505
3 Glenayre QT-100C
   
UHF Paging Transmitters:
16 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
   
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
2 Glenayre GLT8200, 25W (NEW)
15 Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
4 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
   
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  Nucleus NIU, Matched Pairs
  Nucleus GPS Reference Modules
  Nucleus GPS Receivers
  Nucleus Chassis
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Motorola Solutions’ Brown Expects to Double Public Safety LTE Revenue this Year

By Sandra Wendelken, Editor
Mission Critical Communications
Thursday, September 10, 2015


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Motorola Solutions will double its public safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) revenue this fiscal year compared with last year with most near-term LTE growth expected outside the United States and the LTE revenue being additive to the firm’s LMR revenue, according to Chairman and CEO Greg Brown.

“I think public safety LTE is ready for prime time right now,” Brown said during Citi’s 2015 Global Technology Conference in New York Sept. 9.

Brown said the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS) network contract has been descoped and modified to about $100 million in total award value. He said the company is also implementing public safety LTE networks in two separate countries in the Middle East, “which are a few hundred million dollars in total award value.”

“The growth in public safety LTE in the near term will be outside the United States,” he said. He highlighted the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) schedule, with the U.S. public-safety broadband network rollout targeted for around 2017. “I think it will be slower in the U.S., and more opportunity … internationally in the next 12 to 18 months.”

For LA-RICS, Motorola is building a new Project 25 (P25) voice network along with the LTE network . He said in the two Middle East countries where Motorola Solutions is building public safety LTE, he anticipates the agencies will also upgrade their current mission-critical voice networks by the end of this year or next year.

“Public safety LTE is additive to LMR,” Brown said. “It’s very important to understand these are separate technologies, separate systems. The LMR is mission critical, always on, reliable, encrypted secure push-to-talk (PTT) voice. These public safety LTE networks are designed around the delivery of data and video. They are additive, not substitutional.”

Brown also predicted the company could increase its play in body cameras and video. “Stay tuned for other things we want to do there on the edge device,” he said.

The company has been focusing on what it calls “smart public safety,” which includes software and intelligence tools. He said the smart public safety market is about $6 billion, with about $5 billion of that from software content and $1 billion comprising public safety LTE. He said video crosses both those segments.

Brown said the smart public safety market is nascent and fragmented and the company will continue small acquisitions for software that is different from what it does in-house. He expects double-digit growth in the short term.

He also discussed the importance of the services market and said the $1 billion investment from Silver Lake last month will help Motorola Solutions focus more on the services market and merger and acquisition analysis, as well as other areas.

Brown said Motorola Solutions has reduced its operating expenses $525 million during the past three years, with a $175 million reduction this year. iDEN revenue will decrease about $40 million with a total of $100 million in iDEN revenue in fiscal year 2015 (FY15), he said.

The most challenging geographic areas in economic terms are Latin America led by Brazil and Eastern Europe led by Russia. Brown said the company has gained market share in North America and increased backlog and has “taken market share from our primary competitor in North America.” Airbus Defence and Space’s publicly announced plan to divest its LMR business will bode well for Motorola Solutions, he said.

Brown said Motorola has achieved a “golden triangle” of smart deployment of capital, an appropriate cost structure and top-line growth. “I like the position of the company,” he said. “We’ve worked very hard to get this pure-play Motorola Solutions company as well positioned as we are.”

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update Vol. 18, No. 36 September 16, 2015

FCC Regulatory Fees Must Be Paid by Thursday, September 24, 2015

This is a reminder that all annual regulatory fee payments for fiscal year 2015 will be due no later than Thursday, September 24, 2015 . Please note that failure to make a timely payment will result in the imposition of a 25 percent late payment fee. All regulates that pay annually must make their regulatory fee payments electronically via the Commission’s online Fee Filer payment system or by wire transfer directly to the US Treasury. The FCC no longer accepts paper checks, cashier’s checks or money orders.

Good news: Regulatees whose total FY 2015 annual regulatory fee is $500 or less are exempt from payment of FY 2015 regulatory fees. The de minimis threshold applies only to filers of annual regulatory fees (not regulatory fees paid through multi-year filings), and it is not a permanent exemption. Rather, each regulate will need to reevaluate their total fee liability each fiscal year to determine whether they meet the de minimis exemption. In order to minimize the potential for being placed in a red-light status for non-payment of the regulatory fee, we recommend that any client with an exemption file a letter with the FCC that specifically states that they are exempt from the payment of regulatory fees for FY 2015. We will be glad to prepare and file such letter for you if desired.

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Initial 911 Reliability Certification Due October 15, 2015

Covered 911 Service Providers are reminded that an Initial Reliability Certification pursuant to the FCC's 911 reliability rules is due October 15, 2015 . (PS Docket Nos. 13-75, 11-60) Covered 911 Service Providers may submit their certifications through the Commission’s online portal at https://apps2.fcc.gov/rcs911/ .

A Covered 911 service provider is any entity that:

“(A) Provides 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location information (ALI), automatic number identification (ANI), or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a public safety answering point (PSAP), statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority as defined in §§64.3000(b) and 20.3 of this chapter; and/or

(B) Operates one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP. For purposes of this section, a central office directly serves a PSAP if it hosts a selective router or ALI/ANI database, provides equivalent NG911 capabilities, or is the last service-provider facility through which a 911 trunk or administrative line passes before connecting to a PSAP.”

The term “covered 911 service provider” does not include any entity that constitutes a PSAP or governmental authority to the extent that it provides 911 capabilities; or offers the capability to originate 911 calls where another service provider delivers those calls and associated number or location information to the appropriate PSAP.

The Commission’s rules require Covered 911 Service Providers to take reasonable measures to provide reliable service with respect to 911 circuit diversity, central office backup power, and diverse network monitoring, as evidenced by an annual certification of compliance with specified best practices or reasonable alternative measures. The Initial Reliability Certification requires covered providers to demonstrate “substantial progress” toward meeting the requirements of the full Annual Reliability Certification. 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.

Schools and Libraries USF Details Released for 2016 Program

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has released the eligible services list (ESL) for funding year 2016 for the schools and libraries universal service support program. (WC Docket No. 13-184) According to the WCB, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is authorized to open the annual application filing window no earlier than 60 days after the ESL release.

The WCB has maintained the basic structure of the ESL while modifying it to reflect the changes the Commission made to the E-rate program for funding year 2016 in the Second E-rate Modernization Order, and to provide some minor clarifications. In the Second E-rate Modernization Order, the Commission, among other things, made the following changes and clarifications to the eligible services framework of the E-rate program: (1) equalized the E-rate program’s treatment of lit and dark fiber; (2) allowed 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; and (3) clarified the cost allocation requirements for circuits carrying both voice and data services.

In light of these changes, the WCB adopted the proposal to separately list Leased Lit Fiber, Dark Fiber, and Self-Provisioned Broadband Networks as eligible services under the list of eligible Data Transmission Services and Internet Access and delete the explanation of differing eligible costs for leased lit and dark fiber. The WCB reminded applicants that they must seek bids for lit fiber service and fully consider all responsive bids before selecting and requesting support for a dark fiber or a self-provisioned broadband network. The WCB also clarified the treatment of certain construction costs and clarified that the eligible costs for lit fiber, dark fiber, and self-provisioned broadband networks include the monthly charges, special construction, installation and activation, Network Equipment, and maintenance and operation charges. The WCB clarified that Network Equipment and maintenance and operation are eligible under Category One when purchased for existing self-provisioned networks and existing leased dark fiber that is lit by an E-rate applicant. The WCB also clarified that one-time costs that are part of special construction, such as design and engineering and project management, are only E-rate eligible as part of a special construction funding request that includes the costs of constructing network facilities. The WCB also reminded all applicants that all E-rate eligible services and equipment must be competitively bid and applicants are required to choose the most cost-effective option, using price as the primary factor.

The WCB adopted the proposed addition of ISDN to the list of eligible voice services. However, the WCB noted that ISDN may be purchased as a bundled voice and data service. ISDN, therefore, also remains on the list of eligible Data Transmission Services and Internet Access so that an applicant that purchases bundled ISDN can cost allocate the voice and data portions of the service as discussed in the Second E-rate Modernization Order. The WCB also adopted the clarification that firewall protection that is provided by a vendor other than the Internet access provider or priced out separately will be considered a Category Two internal connections component.

The WCB found that virtualized products, including hardware and software, that perform the same functions as eligible internal connections equipment are eligible. This includes virtualized functionalities such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), that virtualize eligible routing, switching, controller, and firewall functionalities. However, the WCB rejected requests to make eligible cloud-based applications that replace equipment that is not E-rate eligible, such as servers.

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USF Contribution Factor 16.7% for Fourth Quarter

The Office of Managing Director (OMD) has announced that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2015 will be 0.167 or 16.7 percent and the proposed circularity discount factor for the fourth quarter of 2015 will be 0.144526.

If the Commission takes no action regarding the proposed contribution factor, it shall be deemed approved by the Commission and used by USAC to calculate universal service contributions for the third quarter of 2015. USAC will reduce each provider’s contribution obligation by a circularity discount approximating the provider’s contributions in the upcoming quarter. USAC includes contribution obligations less the circularity discount in invoices sent to contributors. According to the OMD, “[c]ontributors failing to pay contributions in a timely fashion may be subject to the enforcement provisions of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and any other applicable law. In addition, contributors may be billed by USAC for reasonable costs of collecting overdue contributions.”

Contributors are reminded that they may not markup federal universal service line-item amounts above the contribution factor. Thus, according to OMD, “carriers may not, during the fourth quarter of 2015, recover through a federal universal service line item an amount that exceeds 16.7 percent of the interstate telecommunications charges on a customer’s bill.”

OMD also reminds contributors that, “under the limited international revenues exception (LIRE) in section 54.706(c) of the Commission’s rules, a contributor to the universal service fund whose projected collected interstate end- user telecommunications revenues comprise less than 12 percent of its combined projected collected interstate and international end-user telecommunications revenues shall contribute based only on projected collected interstate end-user telecommunications revenues, net of projected contributions.” According to OMD, "[t]he rule is intended to exclude from the contribution base the international end-user telecommunications revenues of any entity whose annual contribution, based on the provider’s interstate and international end-user telecommunications revenues, would exceed the amount of its interstate end-user revenues." Because the proposed contribution factor exceeds 12 percent, OMD states that this could result in a contributor being required to contribute to the universal service fund an amount that exceeds its interstate end-user telecommunications revenue. According to OMD, “[s]hould a contributor face this situation, the contributor may petition the Commission for waiver of the LIRE threshold.”

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FCC Cites First National Bank and Lyft Ride-sharing Service for Telemarketing Violations

The FCC Enforcement Bureau last week issued citations to First National Bank and on-demand car service Lyft over unwanted autodialed text messages, putting both companies on notice that they have violated the prerecorded message Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

First National Bank requires its online banking and Apple Pay customers to agree to receive autodialed telemarketing texts in order to use its services. Lyft purports to allow consumers who sign up for its ride-sharing service to opt out of receiving autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls and texts, but it does not allow users to access the service if they do exercise their right to opt out of marketing calls and texts. In separate Orders released by the Enforcement Bureau last week ( FNB Citation and Order, Lyft Citation and Order ), the FCC found that both of these companies' practices violate the Commission’s rules implementing the TCPA.

The TCPA imposes limits on the use of autodialed calls and robocalls delivered to both landline and wireless phones. FCC regulations implementing the TCPA require prior express written consent for all telephone calls that use an automatic telephone dialing system or a robocall to deliver an advertisement or telemarketing message to a wireless number or a residential line. Under FCC precedent, text messages are considered “calls” to a wireless number for the purposes of the TCPA.

Clients who utilize automated calling systems for recorded calls or text messages to their customers should take care to obtain a customer’s prior express written consent before sending any telemarketing or advertising calls or texts. Under FCC Rules, “prior express written consent” from consumers means:

  • The agreement must be in writing;
  • The agreement must bear the signature of the person who will receive the advertisement/telemarketing calls or texts;
  • The language of the agreement must clearly authorize the caller to deliver or cause to be delivered advertisements or telemarketing messages via autodialed calls, texts or robocalls;
  • The written agreement must include the telephone number to which the person signing authorizes advisements or telemarketing messages to be delivered; and
  • The written agreement must include a clear and conspicuous disclosure informing the person signing that:
    • By executing the agreement, the person signing authorizes the caller to deliver or cause to be delivered ads or remarketing messages via autodialed calls, texts, or robocalls; and
    • The person signing the agreement is not required to sign the agreement (directly or indirectly), or agree to enter into such an agreement as a condition of purchasing any property, goods, or services.

Callers contending that they have fulfilled the prior express written consent requirement bear the burden of demonstrating that a clear and conspicuous disclosure was provided and that unambiguous consent was obtained.

It is unlawful to require a consumer to consent to receive autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing or advertising calls/texts as a condition of purchasing any property, good, or service. With respect to the First National Bank, customers who wished to enroll in the bank’s Apple Pay service grant their consent to receiving autodialed and prerecorded-message calls for non-marketing purposes, such as validating or processing a requested transaction. But at the same time, enrolling in the service also purported to serve as consent to receiving text messages and emails for marketing purposes. Likewise, the Lyft Terms of Service agreement purported to recognize the consumer’s right to refuse consent to receive promotional messages, but this statement was contradicted by the consumer's actual experience using the Lyft app and website.

Instead of immediately fining the companies for their alleged unlawful marketing and advertising calls, the Enforcement Bureau’s “Citation and Order” puts the recipient on notice that their conduct or business practice has been found to violate the TCPA, and provides the company with an opportunity to respond by (1) a written statement, (2) a teleconference interview, or (3) a personal interview at the nearest Commission Field Office. If either company’s alleged violations continue, the Commission may impose forfeitures not to exceed $16,000 for each such violation or each day of a continuing violation, and up to $112,500 for any single act or failure to act.

As we recently reported, the FCC’s recent Declaratory Ruling and Order regarding TCPA enforcement policies ( FCC 15-72 ) has numerous critics, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the seventh organization to challenge the Commission’s TCPA ruling. In the petition, the Chamber argued that the FCC acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it vastly expanded the scope of the TCPA in several ways, including:

  1. The adoption of an extremely broad definition of the types of equipment covered by the TCPA such that it “sweep[s] in calls to wireless numbers made from equipment that is not currently able ’to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or sequential number generator,”
  2. The improper definition of the term “called party” as the current subscriber or customary user of the phone instead of the intended recipient of the call,
  3. The impractical “one-call” exemption for reassigned numbers before imposing TCPA strict liability, and
  4. The significant limitation placed on the TCPA’s consent defense such that “a called party may revoke consent at any time and through any reasonable means” while a caller is prohibited from “limit[ing] the manner in which revocation may occur.”

Following up on his lengthy dissent of the TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order, FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly issued a stinging rebuke of the Enforcement Bureau’s actions. “Today’s Enforcement Bureau action showcases once again the Commission’s complete cluelessness when it comes to the tech economy, missing the point about how these free, popular, and entirely optional services actually work,” wrote O’Rielly. “These citations are sure to be just the first of many harmful real-life effects of the Commission’s march to drastically expand the scope of the TCPA.”

At least with respect to Lyft, however, the “shot over the bow” from the FCC appears to have had its desired effect. The company last weekend revised is terms of service and it now allows users to specifically opt out of receiving autodialed or prerecorded “promotional” texts and calls. “You may opt-out of receiving promotional or marketing texts or calls from Lyft at any time by texting the word END to 46080 from the mobile device receiving the messages,” according to a new paragraph added to the terms of service .

FCC Commissioner Wants Government Users to Pay Spectrum Fees

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has published an item on the FCC Blog in which he proposes “Agency Spectrum Fees” (ASF) a way to recover government spectrum for reallocation to the private sector.

After pointing out the difficultly of statutorily forcing agencies to move to other bands, and drawbacks of providing “carrots” ( i.e., incentives) to encourage voluntary surrender of bands, O’Rielly proposes charging spectrum usage fees to Federal agencies as a “stick” approach to ensure that spectrum is used efficiently.

“Spectrum should be treated as just another factor that agencies should account for as they prepare their annual budgets,” wrote O’Rielly. “And such fees put a more accurate price on all of the costs for a particular agency or function.”

The article discusses pros and cons of this approach, and proposes that NTIA (in consultation with OMB) set an annual rate on a per-MHz basis in order to set a price for a given frequency band. O’Rielly cites a 2012 GAO Report which first raised this idea. “Fees could help to free spectrum for new uses,” wrote the GAO, “since licensees that use spectrum inefficiently may reduce their holdings or pursue sharing opportunities once they bear the opportunity cost of letting their spectrum remain fallow or underused.”

While government spectrum usage fees may be a clever theory, actually putting this theory into practice would be very difficult and would likely touch off a firestorm of controversy. As a result, it is not likely that the Commissioner’s proposal will garner much support. The good news for our clients is that despite the advantages he sees when applying this concept to government agencies, Commissioner O’Rielly does not believe spectrum user fees are practical or appropriate for commercial users.

“First, most commercial spectrum users have already paid for their spectrum in one form or another. While some have purchased licenses at an FCC auction, others effectively paid for their spectrum when original licenses were made available on the secondary market. Second, many commercial spectrum holders are in the midst of spectrum re-evaluations and subject to market pressures. For example, television broadcasters are about seven months from the broadcast incentive auction, where Congress established a different regime for promoting spectrum efficiency. Lastly, the attempted application of spectrum fees to commercial users was a contributing factor in preventing their establishment in past debates. As such, the correct thing to do is to focus on the government users.”

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FCC Chairman Urges Engineers to Take Lead on Resolving LTE-U Interference Issues

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants engineering standards bodies rather than government regulators to work on finding a solution to enable mobile technology and Wi-Fi users to coexist as the planned deployment of LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology by commercial carriers moves forward.
Speaking at the CTIA Super Mobility conference in Las Vegas last week, Wheeler pointed out that the FCC was faced with new policy challenges as licensed and unlicensed users increasingly look to share finite spectrum resources. He also suggested that having the FCC develop and impose standards was an undesirable outcome.

Backers of the LTE-U standard, including Verizon, T-Mobile and Qualcomm, have been at odds with the tech community over the potential for the proprietary technology to interfere with and seriously harm open technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In late July, a group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the FCC Chairman, urging the Commission to carefully examine the effect of new technologies on existing operations in unlicensed bands. The inquiry led the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology to send a letter to members of the LTE-U Forum seeking further information about four separate versions of the technology that are under development.

“In the past, industry has generally cited the benefits of international harmonization and reliance on the private sector to develop standards in order to gain economies of scale and minimize development costs,” wrote OET Chief Julius Knapp. “Given this historical view, we seek to understand the reasons behind the strong interest in implementing the LTE-U specification in the new future that would be unique to the United States.”

Wheeler’s remarks recognized there were “many flavors” of the LTE-U technology, but that the key is getting maximum efficiency out of both licensed and unlicensed. “If they can work together to achieve that,” he said, “That’s good.” But, he said, “if some of the things that are envisioned end up affecting the ability of Wi-Fi to deliver, that's bad.”

More Companies Authorized for Rural Broadband Experiment Support

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has authorized $1,299,730.45 in rural broadband experiment support for First Step Internet, LLC (First Step) and Northeast Rural Services, Inc. (Northeast Rural Services). (WC Docket Nos. 10-90 and 14-259) According to the WCB, this support will bring new broadband to 202 census blocks in Oklahoma, Idaho and Washington.

The WCB directs the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to obligate and disburse from the Connect America reserve account the support amounts. USAC shall disburse the support amounts to Northeast Rural Services in 120 equal monthly installments over the 10-year support term. USAC shall disburse 30 percent of First Step’s total support amount with the first monthly payment, and disburse the remaining 70 percent of its support in 120 equal monthly installments over the 10-year term.

According to the WCB, “a winning bidder that has been authorized to receive rural broadband experiment support will default if it fails to meet its build-out obligations to offer service delivering the requisite speed, latency, usage and pricing, fails to keep open and renew its LOC, or fails to fulfill any other term or condition of rural broadband experiment support. Under the terms of the LOC, the Commission will be entitled to draw upon the LOC upon a recipient’s default after the opportunity to cure. Recipients may also be subject to other sanctions for non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the rural broadband experiments or the Commission’s rules.”

The WCB also notes that price cap carriers that serve the census blocks where the rural broadband experiment winning bidders have been authorized to receive support no longer have a federal high-cost ETC obligation to continue to offer voice in those census blocks pursuant to the forbearance granted in the December 2014 Connect America Order.

Additional Companies Provisionally Selected for Rural Broadband Experiment Support

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has announced that it is ready to authorize rural broadband experiment support for provisionally selected bids submitted by seven companies for 3,332 census blocks in eight states for a total of $21,319,723.71 in support. (WC Docket Nos. 10-90 and 14-259) The provisionally selected bids include census blocks in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Oregon. To be authorized to receive support, the provisionally selected bidders are required to submit at least one acceptable irrevocable stand-by letter of credit (LOC) and Bankruptcy Code opinion letter from their legal counsel by September 29, 2015. After reviewing the LOCs and opinion letters submitted by the provisionally selected bidders, the WCB will authorize support for the specific provisionally selected bidders for which all requirements, including submission of the LOC(s) and opinion letter(s), have been met.

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

OCTOBER 15: INITIAL 911 RELIABILITY CERTIFICATION. The Commission’s rules require Covered 911 Service Providers to take “reasonable measures” to provide reliable service with respect to 911 circuit diversity, central office backup power, and diverse network monitoring, as evidenced by an annual certification of compliance with specified best practices or reasonable alternative measures. The Initial Reliability Certification requires covered providers to demonstrate “substantial progress” toward meeting the requirements of the full Annual Reliability Certification, which 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.

NOVEMBER 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 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 499-A that is due April 1.

Calendar At-A-Glance

September
Sep. 9 – Reply comments are due on Transparency Exemption proceeding.
Sep. 15 – Reply comments on Lifeline Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking are due.
Sep. 21 – Reply comments are due on Video Programming Competition report.
Sep. 25 – Comments are due on Section IV.B of the Special Access Data NPRM.
Sep. 30 – FCC Form 396-C (MVPD EEO Program Annual Report).

October
Oct. 15 – 911 Reliability Certification.
Oct. 30 – PRA Comments on the 2015 Lifeline Second Reform Order are due.

November
Nov. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) 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 halmor@bloostonlaw.com .

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Kill Them All and Let God Sort Them Out

Brad Dye: “Narrow-minded, ignorant, and bigoted people find it easier to think that all Muslims are the same.”

This reminds me of the soldier who was worrying about killing orthodox Catholics along with the heretics during the one of the crusades. His priest (Arnaud Amaury who died in 1225) advised him to “Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius” (“Kill them all. For the Lord knoweth them that are His.”) This is the origin of the modern phrase, “Kill them all and let God sort them out.”

So, I guess blind prejudice is nothing new.


PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Teen who made clock ponders new school after suspension

Marjorie Owens and Todd Unger, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth 10:52 a.m. EDT September 17, 2015
   

At 14, Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman and engineering student at Irving MacArthur High School has won numerous awards for his inventions.
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Police Chief Larry Boyd said Ahmed Mohamed's device raised suspicions because the wires in a briefcase looked curious—and that Ahmed was not immediately "forthcoming" other than to say the device was a clock. (Photo: WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth)

Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Texas high school student who was arrested over a clock mistaken for bomb, spoke out after police dropped the charges against him and thanked his supporters, including President Barack Obama. —WFAA-TV

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