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#TBT: New auction date draws mixed react; Ericsson up on US … this week in 1995
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A delay in the PCS auction proceedings drew mixed reactions from designated entities, while Ericsson posted US-fueled growth
Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories!
New PCS auction date prompts mixed bag of responses from DEs
Ericsson posts 65 percent gain in first quarter 1995 earnings
Paging evolves into messaging with technological innovations
Paging not threatened by PCS, nationwide growth predicted
Bill would create federal site guidelines
Companies pushing or pausing with plans for enhanced paging
Motorola takes equity positions in three Asian wireless markets
Judge dismisses lawsuit that alleged relationship between phones, cancer
Sun introduces Solstice family to enable system management
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Marathon PageCom meeting yields results
(Clarinda)—"Fix it"—that's the message Page County's first responders sent regarding the county's communications system at a special meeting Thursday evening.
Members of the county's E-911 board, the county's emergency management agency, and the county's technical oversight committee conducted a marathon joint meeting at Clarinda City Hall to hammer out short-and-long-term solutions to problems associated with PageCom, the county's joint communications center. During the two-hour session, officials reached agreement on this short tern solution: By a 8-to-1 vote, the county's emergency management agency approved a resolution requesting Raycom and Electronic Engineering to inspect the county's communication equipment, and not leave until problems are repaired.
Shenandoah Mayor Dick Hunt cast the lone dissenting vote, citing dissatisfaction with Electronic Engineering—the company which installed the center's radio system. Hunt based his comments from public feedback about the current problems—including garbled dispatches.
"How can I hear the man on the moon in my living room when you can't hear Clarinda or Page County?" asked Hunt. "I just want somebody to tell me what to tell these people on why we can't."
Distorted dispatches aren't limited to Shenandoah first responders. Essex Fire Chief Sam Jones outlined problems with calls on his pager.
"Electronic Engineering programmed every pager in this county," said Jones, "at the Shenandoah Fire Station. They've programmed every pager, every radio. I'm still using that pager—I can't understand nothing. I had to call over to dispatch the other night when we were in a warning to find out what we had, because I couldn't hear it."
Clarinda Mayor Gordon Kokenge made the original motion to request Electronic Engineering's assistance. Kokenge based his recommendation from first responders—whom he called "the people in the field" at Thursday's meeting—and from what he called "the height of frustration."
"You people are out there," said Kokenge. "If you people feel like we should do something as a recommendation to us, that would expedite that, and make it quick, then I feel we should do that as a commission. We're not out on the field, and you're throwing a lot of light on a lot of things for us, at least for me tonight."
Consensus of personnel in attendance was for the company to fix the county's radio problems. Page County Emergency Management Coordinator Marvin McClarnon recommended also requesting Raycom's services, as the company installed the center's radio consoles.
Officials also decided on a long term objective: by an 8-to-0 vote, the EMA directed McClarnon to quickly contact Tusa Consulting Services of Kansas City to see if the company's November, 2014 study on the county's radio system is still valid, and to update the company's proposal. Tusa recommended that the county switch to a simulcast radio system, which would alleviate problems with overlapping communications.
County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says progress is needed on solving the county's radio problems—problems he says didn't exist when he began his law enforcement career several years ago.
"You could pick up a radio and you could talk," said Palmer. "I know that's been a while back, but still, we didn't have this problem. You could hear Clarinda cars in Shenandoah. We've got to get to a point where it's like that, instead of people not being able to hear what they're saying. If they can do it in other counties, surely we can figure out how to do it in Page County."
McClarnon is expected to report back to the three commissions at a future joint meeting—the date of which has not been set.
One note: Page County's Emergency Management Agency consists of mayors from each community, plus a county supervisor and the county sheriff. The county's E-911 commission includes those officials plus police and fire chiefs in each community. The county's technical oversight committee's membership consists of Shenandoah and Clarinda's police chiefs, plus the county sheriff, one firefighter and one medical representative. Jones and Shenandoah EMS Director Ty Davison were appointed to the commission during Thursday night's meeting.
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DiCal is the digital paging system developed and manufactured by Swissphone. It is designed to meet the specific needs of public safety organizations. Fire and EMS rely on these types of networks to improve incident response time. DiCal systems are designed and engineered to provide maximum indoor paging coverage across an entire county. In a disaster situation, when one or several connections in a simulcast solution are disrupted or interrupted, the radio network automatically switches to fall back operating mode. Full functionality is preserved at all times. This new system is the next level of what we know as “Simulcast Paging” here in the U.S.
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Bluetooth technology makes it possible to connect the s.QUAD with a compatible smartphone, and ultimately with various s.ONE software solutions from Swissphone. Thanks to Bluetooth pairing, the s.QUAD combines the reliability of an independent paging system with the benefits of commercial cellular network. Dispatched team members can respond back to the call, directly from the pager. The alert message is sent to the pager via paging and cellular at the same time. This hybrid solution makes the alert faster and more secure. Paging ensures alerting even if the commercial network fails or is overloaded.
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IP-based Wi-Fi Calling or VoLTE Service Providers Can Seek Waivers of TTY Rules
When the FCC granted the nationwide carriers temporary waivers of requirements to support TTY technology during the pendency of the TTY rulemaking, and until RTT is fully deployed, to allow these carriers to offer VoIP services that do not reliably support TTY, it chose not to issue a blanket waiver of its TTY rules to smaller wireless service providers that offer IP-enabled services. As a result, our law firm’s wireless service provider clients who are currently offering IP-based Wi-Fi calling or VoLTE services — as well as those who have plans to offer such services in the foreseeable future — can contact us to discuss whether they also need to seek waivers of the TTY rules.
We are preparing a waiver request for interested Blooston Rural Carriers who are affected by the TTY transition, and we are proposing to charge $350 per participating company. Our law firm will also be available to assist affected clients with preparing RTT implementation status reports, which reports will be required as a condition of their waiver grant.
See the article in this week’s edition for more information.
BloostonLaw Preparing TTY Waiver Request and Assisting Clients with Status Reports
As we noted in last week’s BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making seeking comment on the proposed transition from text telephone for the hearing impaired (TTY) technology to real-time text (RTT) for assistive communications over IP-enabled networks. As a related matter, the FCC has granted AT&T, Verizon, Cellular South and members of the Competitive Carriers Association temporary waivers of requirements to support TTY technology for wireless devices and services on VoIP networks during the pendency of the rulemaking, and until RTT is fully deployed, to allow these carriers to offer VoIP services that do not reliably support TTY. The waivers expires on December 31, 2017, or upon the effective date of new rules providing for alternative IP-based wireless accessibility solutions, whichever is earlier.
In granting its waiver to AT&T, the FCC chose not to issue a blanket waiver of its TTY rules to smaller (i.e., Tier III) wireless service providers that offer IP-enabled services. As a result, it is necessary that our law firm’s wireless service provider clients who are currently offering IP-based Wi-Fi calling or VoLTE services – as well as those who have plans to offer such services in the foreseeable future – obtain a similar waiver. Therefore we recommend that clients in this situation contact us immediately about seeking a waiver of the TTY rules. We are proposing to charge $350 per participating company. Our law firm will also be available to assist affected clients with preparing RTT implementation status reports, which reports will be required as a condition of their waiver grant.
By way of background, a TTY is a device that relies on a legacy transmission technology to transmit coded signals via a wire or radio communication system. The Commission’s Rules contain several requirements for compatibility with TTY technology, and providers of Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS) are required to be capable of transmitting 911 calls “through means other than mobile radio handsets, such as TTY technology.” As the Commission has recognized, however, wireless IP networks do not reliably transmit TTY signals, and these technical and functional limitations have resulted in a steady decline in TTY’s use in favor of other forms of text communications that offer greater ease of use, improved features and practicability.
Given that TTY support is not achievable for IP-enabled wireless services (like VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling), AT&T and Verizon are spearheading efforts to develop and deploy RTT as a successor technology to TTY. RTT permits text to be sent immediately as it is being created, and allows the use of off-the-shelf rather than specialized end-user devices.
Last month, AT&T advised the Commission that it expects to reach agreements with mobile device manufacturers to provide an RTT solution embedded within mobile devices after the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) finalize the RTT standards, followed by testing of that embedded solution. ATIS and 3GPP are conducting meetings to advance these standards, which are expected to be finalized in mid to late 2016.
To the extent any of our law firm’s clients are planning to implement Wi-Fi calling or operate VoLTE-only wireless networks (or other voice services for which TTY connectivity cannot be reliably achieved), they will need to secure waivers of the FCC’s TTY rules until such time as they are able to implement RTT. The terms of the waiver should be substantially the same as granted to AT&T and clarified in subsequent waivers. Specifically, (1) no later than twenty days prior to the roll-out of IP-based wireless calling, or within sixty days of the effective date of the waiver, whichever is later, they must commence providing customer notification of the absence of TTY capabilities for 911 calling over IP-based networks, and inform customers of alternative means of reaching 911, and continue providing such notice throughout the waiver period; and, (2) every six months they must file with the Commission and make available to their customers reports detailing their progress toward implementing RTT.
As part of the recent TTY-to-RTT NPRM, the FCC has proposed that Tier I wireless service providers and device manufacturers implement RTT by December 31, 2017. For smaller carriers and other non-Tier I wireless providers, the FCC is seeking comment on an appropriate timeline for implementation of RTT. AT&T has noted that the company hopes to offer mobile devices with a manufacturer-embedded RTT solution in 2018, dependent on standards-setting and manufacturer development cycles.
If your company may seek to offer IP-based wireless voice services in the next 2-3 years, we would strongly recommend that you act now to secure a waiver of the Commission’s TTY rules. Small carriers are placed at a disadvantage because RTT is only in early stages of development and there is little certainty with regard to establishing RTT interoperability or backwards compatibility. Moreover, if the experience with HAC-enabled devices is to be any guide, it is unlikely that smaller carriers will have access to RTT-enabled devices they need to achieve compliance on the same timeframe as Tier I carriers.
FCC Extends Comment Deadline for EAS Amendment Proceeding
On May 5, the FCC granted a request for extension of time to respond to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in its proceeding to amend Part 11 of the FCC’s rules regarding the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Comments are now due June 8, and reply comments are now due July 8.
Back in January, the FCC proposed rules to strengthen the EAS by “facilitating involvement on the state and local levels, supporting greater testing and awareness of the system, leveraging technological advances, and enhancing EAS security.”
This included proposals to:
The NPRM also sought comment on a number of issues, including:
Filers originally petitioned the FCC for an additional 45 days, but received only 30.
Wireline Competition Bureau Releases RoR Density Data
On May 3, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released the rate-of-return (RoR) study area density data that will be used in implementing various reforms adopted by the Commission in the Rate-of-Return Reform Order. The housing unit, land area and density data are posted on the Industry and Technology Analysis Division’s Study Area Boundary Data page, https://www.fcc.gov/wireline-competition/industry-analysis-and-technology-division/general/study-area-boundary-data , and available at https://www.fcc.gov/file/3722/download .
According to the Public Notice, the Bureau used the study area boundaries submitted as of March 10 and overlaid 2010 census blocks to determine the land area for each study area. Where a study area boundary covered a portion of the census block, its area, housing units, and population were multiplied by the percentage of the block covered. A significant range in density emerged among the 1,094 RoR study areas, as shown below:
Charter Settles Investigation of Customer-Owned Cable Modem Practices
On May 10, the Media Bureau (Bureau) of the FCC issued an Order settling its investigation into whether Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter or Company) prevented the connection of customer-owned cable modems to its network without determining that they posed a threat of harm to the Charter network or theft of Charter service. As a result, Charter will adopt a three-year compliance plan with reporting requirements; revise its cable modem testing regime; and will also make a settlement payment of $640,000.
In July 2015, the Bureau began an investigation into Charter after Zoom Telephonics, Inc. alleged that Charter had, over an extended period of time, infringed the right of Charter subscribers to attach and use non-harmful cable modems. Specifically, the Bureau’s investigation found that for a period of approximately two years beginning in 2012, Charter informed subscribers that they would no longer be permitted to attach new customer-owned modems. Charter later provided a list of authorized customer-owned modems, but new modems were only added to the list after passing a number of tests, many of which did not relate to harm to the network or theft of service.
Section 629 of the Communications Act prohibits MVPDs from “prevent[ing] the connection or use of navigation devices” on their network, unless “’electronic or physical harm would be caused by the attachment or operation’ of a navigation device (which term includes cable modems), or when the device could be, or is intended or designed to be, used for ‘the unauthorized receipt of service.’”
We recommend MVPDs to evaluate their own customer-owned device policies to ensure they are in accord with the FCC’s rules. MVPDs with questions about the requirements should contact the firm for more information.
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May Open Meeting Agenda Announced
On May 4, the FCC announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the May Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 2016:
The Open Meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m., and will be webcast live at www.fcc.gov/live .
Senate Judiciary Committee to Examine FCC Privacy Rules
On May 11, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law will hold a meeting to examine the proposed FCC privacy rules for broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers. Witnesses will be FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, and FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen.
As we reported in last week’s edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC is seeking comment on the following proposals:
The FCC is also considering adopting rules that (1) harmonize the privacy requirements for cable and satellite providers with the rules for telecommunications providers, (2) address what barriers may exist to the ability of consumers to resolve disputes and (3) recognize the right to access and correct the customer information their broadband provider maintains about them.
Notice of Prohibited Presentations in Lifeline Reform Proceeding
On May 9, the FCC issued a Public Notice regarding the receipt of received several prohibited written presentations in the Lifeline Link Up Reform and Modernization proceeding between March 25, 2016 and April 13, 2016. The FCC’s rules prohibit the making of any presentation, whether ex parte or not, to decision-making personnel concerning any matter listed on the FCC’s Sunshine Agenda ( i.e., the finalized agenda issued shortly before the monthly meeting), from the day after the Sunshine Agenda are released until the text of the FCC’s decision on the matter is issued.
In this case, the final agenda for last month’s meeting, in which the FCC considered the Third Report and Order in the proceeding, was issued on March 24.The Third Report and Order itself was not released until April 27. Therefore, any presentations made relating to the Third Report and Order were in violation of the rules, and will be associated with, but not made a part of, the record in the relevant proceedings. In other words, these presentations will appear in the appropriate docket for public viewing, but they may not be relied upon for any purpose.
A list of the prohibited presentations can be found here . Carriers interested in presenting information to the FCC in any rulemaking should contact the firm for more information, and to ensure that they do not inadvertently engage in a similar rule violation.
Wireline Bureau Launches Inquiry into Mobile Device Security Updates
On May 9, according to an FCC press release, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief Jon Wilkins sent a letter to mobile carriers asking questions about their processes for reviewing and releasing security updates for mobile devices. At the same time, the FTC has ordered eight mobile device manufacturers to provide the agency with information about how they issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
Of particular concern are “a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the security and integrity of a user’s device, including “Stagefright” in the Android operating system, which may affect almost 1 billion Android devices globally.”
The FCC hopes that responses to the letters will inform discussions with industry about possible solutions and be shared with the FTC.
MAY 31: 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. 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 May 31. 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 29: CARRIER IDENTIFICATION CODE (CIC) REPORTS. Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Reports must be filed by the last business day of July (this year, July 29). 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 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). Because July 31 falls on a Sunday this year, the filing will be due August 1. This quarterly filing is due July 31 and covers lines served as of December 31, 2013. Incumbent carriers filing on a quarterly basis must also file on September 30 (for lines served as of March 31, 2014); December 30 (for lines served as of June 30, 2014), and March 31, 2015, for lines served as of September 30, 2014).
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Several years back Motorola acquired, by bidding, on the old Marine Radio Telephone channels.
They have inaugurated their option in all of the FCC districts, except (it seems) in District 4, the middle of the states.
In Texas, they have operation in west Texas, but none in the areas to the east.
I have an active license to serve the North Central area, specifically the Lake Texoma and Grayson county area.
It has been close to 10 years (as I recall) and, so far, it appears that Motorola has no announced plans to those frequencies, here or in the DFW area.
Are you aware of any plans which Motorola may have for acquiring access to our frequencies and when?
I have channels 26 and 28, DFW has 3 channels and there are 2 or 3 existing licenses in the Central Texas area.
Several years back, a representative from the Dallas Motorola office called me about acquiring my 26 and 28, but in recent months or years.
Any insight you may have concerning Motorola's plans for these channels would be appreciated.
WASHINGTON —The wheels are turning on a radical departure from the way television traditionally has been delivered over the air. The Federal Communications Commission has put out a joint petition proposing the voluntary adoption of the developing transmission standard, ATSC 3.0, out for comment. ATSC 3.0 would allow the delivery of over-the-air television to resemble an Internet on steroids, with interactive features, advanced emergency warning capabilities, and multiple on-demand and personalized options as well as real-time, cross-device mobile consumption. The petition was filed April 13 by the National Association of Broadcasters, America’s Public Television Stations, the Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association), and the Advanced Warning and Response Network Alliance. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he would get the petition out for comment before the end of the month in his April 20 remarks at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. It was released six days later.
The petition asks the FCC to allow the voluntary deployment of the ATSC 3.0 core technology known as the “bootstrap” signal, which the Advanced Television System Committee adopted as a standard in March. ( See, “ First Element of ATSC 3.0 Approved for Standard ,” March 28, 2016 .) The petitioners laid out a landscape in which broadcasters and equipment manufacturers would work in tandem to migrate the U.S. TV broadcasting infrastructure to the new standard, with no mandatory timelines. It requests permission for simulcasting both 3.0 and the current standard, ATSC 1.0, since 3.0 is not backward compatible with 1.0.the first digital television transmission standard approved in the United States. Simulcasting, they contend, would most effectively mitigate viewer disruption. They also ask that ATSC 3.0 be given the same legal status that “television broadcasting” is given in the current digital television standard.
The FCC Media Bureau’s Public Notice sums it up as follows:
ALSO The FCC is working to buy back certain TV channels and I assume give them something else so they can sell it for cell phone.
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“Man is the cruelest animal.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
“People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.”
― Christopher Hitchens
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