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FCC Issues an EAS Enforcement Advisory
It reminds broadcasters and other participants of their responsibilities
BY PAUL MCLANE
The Federal Communications Commission is reminding U.S. broadcasters and other EAS participants of their obligations to comply with the Emergency Alert System rules, including ensuring that alerts are accessible to persons with disabilities.
“In reporting on the most recent national level test of the EAS, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau noted improvements in key areas, but identified several issues that impair dissemination of EAS messages,” the Enforcement Bureau stated in a five-page published advisory.
“The 2019 Nationwide EAS Test Report noted, for instance, that EAS Participants must ensure that messages comply with the FCC’s requirements designed to make the message accessible to individuals with hearing and vision disabilities.”
The document reminded stations and other to upgrade their EAS software and firmware to the most recent versions; change default passwords; secure EAS equipment behind good firewalls; and synch EAS equipment clocks to the National Institute of Standards and Technology if the gear doesn’t automatically synchronize via the Internet.
EAS participants also need to understand their role in the broadcast-based distribution architecture of the EAS, for instance what it means if you have a “participating national” designation. They need to know how to monitor multiple sources to ensure redundancy and reduce the possibility of message receipt failures; how to follow up with monitored sources when an EAS message is not received to determine the cause; and how to submit national test results.
Verizon 5G Home and 5G Ultra Wideband Expands to Several New Markets
Kellen Kellen January 7, 2021
Only a week into 2021 and the first 5G announcements are here, as carriers and phone makers continue to try and convince the world that 5G is a big deal and something you should be interested in paying for. Verizon said today that it’ll expand both 5G Home and 5G Ultra Wideband access to new parts of the country, which could mean faster home Internet and smartphone connections coming to a neighborhood near you.
Starting January 14, Verizon customers in “parts of” Arlington (TX), Miami (FL), Anaheim (CA), San Francisco (CA), and St. Louis (MO) will be able to sign-up for Verizon 5G Home. By January 28, customers in Phoenix will also see 5G Home service go live.
Verizon 5G Home costs $50/mo for Verizon customers or $70/mo for non-customers. It still produces up to 1Gbps download speeds, with typical speeds sitting around 300Mbps. To check to see if your neighborhood will have coverage, hit up this link.
“Later” this month, Verizon plans to fire up its 5G mmW service (5G Ultra Wideband) in “parts of” Colorado Springs (CO), Columbia (SC), and Knoxville (TN). Should you find yourself in a 5G mmW neighborhood in one of these cities, you could see download speeds that peak at 4Gbps, assuming you own one of several phones from Verizon with 5G mmW support.
And that’s it! 5G in more places will probably be the story of 2021.
Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz
The RFI High Performance Paging Transmitter is designed for use in campus, city, state and country-wide paging systems. Designed for use where reliable simulcast systems where RF signal overlap coverage is critical.
Built-in custom interface for Prism-IPX ipBSC Base Controller for remote control, management and alarm reporting.
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Microsoft fixes Windows 10 crash issue causing forced reboots
By Sergiu Gatlan January 8, 2021 10:04 AM
Microsoft has addressed a known issue causing Windows 10 20H2 devices to force restart due to the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) system process crashing.
LSASS is a Windows process responsible for security policy enforcing and updating the security log, as well as for handling user logins, password changes, and access token creation.
Whenever LSASS fails, logged in users immediately lose access to the accounts, with the device force restarting after displaying an error.
The known issue fixed on Thursday affects both client and server Windows devices where local built-in accounts such as Guest or Administrator have been renamed.
"This issue is caused by duplicate built-in user accounts being created with the same security identifiers (SIDs) and relative identifiers (RIDs) during the update to Windows 10, version 20H2," Microsoft explained.
"SIDs and RIDs for built-in user accounts are well-known as documented here and must be unique on a given device."
After acknowledging the issue in November 2020, Microsoft also applied an update block to prevent impacted devices from being offered or installing Windows 10 versions 2004 or 20H2.
Compatibility hold blocking updates also lifted
"As of January 7, 2020, this issue is now resolved and the safeguard hold has been removed when devices are using the latest feature update bundles and refreshed media," Microsoft says on the Windows Health Dashboard.
"Please note, if there are no other safeguards that affect your device, it can take up to 48 hours before you will be able to update to Windows 10, version 2004 or Windows 10, version 20H2."
Also, starting Thursday, Windows users should only receive the safeguard hold dialog or safeguard ID if they are using outdated feature update bundles or media.
Refreshed media was released by Microsoft on December 3 on Visual Studio Subscriptions (VSS, formerly MSDN Subscriptions) and on December 7 on Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
Information on how you can verify that you're using the newly released refreshed media can be found here.
Microsoft has also resolved a second issue causing crashes with blue screens on Windows 10 2004 or 20H2 devices when users plugged in a Thunderbolt NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) Solid State Drive (SSD).
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GTES is no longer offering support contracts. GTES was the original group from Vancouver that was setup to offer support to customers that wanted to continue with the legacy Glenayre support. Many U.S. customers chose not to use this service because of the price and the original requirement to upgrade to version 8.0 software (which required expensive hardware upgrades, etc.). Most contracts ended as of February 2018.
If you are at all concerned about future support of Glenayre products, especially the “king of the hill” the GL3000 paging control terminal, I encourage you to talk to Vaughan about a service contract and please tell him about my recommendation.
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INTERNET Protocol Terminal
The IPT accepts INTERNET or serial messaging using various protocols and can easily convert them to different protocols, or send them out as paging messages.
An ideal platform for hospitals, on-site paging applications, or converting legacy systems to modern protocols.
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Paging Data Receiver PDR-4
The PDR-4 is a multi-function paging data receiver that decodes paging messages and outputs them via the serial port, USB or Ethernet connectors.
Designed for use with Prism-IPX ECHO software Message Logging Software to receive messages and log the information for proof of transmission over the air, and if the data was error free.
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Hidden map on your phone shows everywhere you’ve been and the photos you took there
Google Maps makes navigating unfamiliar cities frustration-free and straightforward. It has an innovative feature that you’re probably not taking full advantage of: Street View. Sure it’s great for looking at your childhood home. But, you can use it for things like creating your own stories and even going indoors.
Street View can be especially handy when you are looking at real estate. The timeline feature shows you what a home or commercial building looked like last month or many years ago. Tap or click here for this trick, along with 9 more ways to use Street View you never thought of before.
Now for the bad news.
Big Tech loves to track us and they have geolocation capabilities built into their respective websites and apps. If you use an iPhone, tap or click here to see a hidden map of everywhere you have been.
Did you know that Google has been tracking and recording your every move, including your photos' location data? If you use Google Photos, prepare to be shocked when you see all the data the company has collected about you.
Check your Google Photos settings
Unless you specifically turned off location tracking for pictures, every photo you snap will have the location where it was taken stored within its data.
Here is how you can check on the Google Photos app:
When opened, the Places section will show you a grouping of all the photos taken in a specific place. If you tap on a folder, it will bring up a map with location dots to show the precise location where you took the photo.
The same data is also visible on the Google Maps website:
As Google explains on its website, Location History “saves where you go with your devices, even when you aren’t using a specific Google service.” Gee, thanks.
How to turn it off
It is creepy that Google can track your movements without you even knowing it – or giving full consent. Here is how you can turn it off using a PC:
The method mentioned above will allow you to delete data that is more than three months old, but there is a way for more recent data.
This will only hide the location data from others, but it won’t remove it completely. To edit or remove a location from a photo:
That’s it. By adjusting these settings, you don’t have to worry about being tracked, at least not by your photos.
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WHAT IS 5G? 5G is the ext generation of wireless networks and promises a mobile experience that's 10x to 100x faster than today's 4G networks. We say the word promise because we're in the early days of 5G. When more smartphones and networks support 5G tech, it will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, from the cars we drive (or that drive us) to the food we eat to the safety of our roads to the ways we shop to the entertainment we share with family and friends. And that doesn't include things we haven't yet imagined because we've never had the capability to unlock those new scenarios. Today, 5G may seem confusing even as it's widely hyped. We're here to help you sort fact from fiction, weed through the acronyms and jargon, and figure out when and how 5G can change the way you live. And we'll keep you from getting caught up in hyperbole — and empty promises. [ source ]
Remote AB Switches
ABX-1 switches are often used at remote transmitter sites to convert from old, outdated and unsupported controllers to the new modern Prism-IPX ipBSC base station controllers. Remotely switch to new controllers with GUI commands.
ABX-3 switches are widely used for enabling or disabling remote equipment and switching I/O connections between redundant messaging systems.
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Rogers Activates One of North America’s First Standalone 5G Networks
By John Celentano, Inside Towers Business Editor Rogers Communications (NYSE: RCI), Canada’s leading mobile network operator, is one of the first MNOs in North America to deliver its 5G services in standalone network mode. In mid-December 2020, Rogers activated its 5G SA network in Canada’s major cities — Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Rogers’ 5G SA is powered by Ericsson’s dual mode 5G Core. The company partnered with Ericsson in 2018 as its exclusive 5G vendor for its full network infrastructure, including radio access network and core.
The 5G SA deployment complies with 3GGP Release 16 standards. Though 5G mobile devices or user equipment availability currently is limited, Rogers is moving to 5G SA to be ready for new UE releases in 2021 and beyond.
At the same time, Rogers expanded its non-standalone 5G network to 26 new cities and towns in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia in the west, New Brunswick in the east, Ontario, and Quebec in central Canada, reaching 160 communities across the country.
Rogers counted 10.9 million post- and pre-paid subscribers at the end of 3Q20. Note that the company operates its own network in markets across the country unlike its main competitors Bell (NYSE: BCE) and Telus (NYSE: TU) which share their wireless networks with each other in their respective eastern and western market strongholds. (See, Wireless Network Sharing, Canadian Style).
Rogers is betting 5G will lift results hard hit by COVID-19 in 2020. Through the 9-month period ending September 30, 2020, wireless service revenues were $4.9 billion, down 8 percent on a year-to-year basis, mainly due to reduced roaming and data overage charges. Wireless capital expenditures for the period slowed to $763 million, down 21 percent from $960 million in 2019.
To date, all 5G network deployments worldwide have been non-standalone. With the RAN consisting of dedicated 5G New Radio gNodeB base stations operating on 5G-designated frequencies, all 5G UE call processing and routing functions are handled by a 4G LTE EPC.
In this way, 5G NSA helps MNOs leverage 4G LTE investments before converting to a full SA mode.
Dual connectivity was introduced in the 3GPP Release 15 standard. The technical term for 5G NSA is Evolved-Universal Terrestrial Radio Access-New Radio-Dual Connectivity or simply EN-DC.
5G EN-DC allows UEs to exchange data with the nearest 5G NR gNB while making a simultaneous connection with a nearby 4G LTE eNodeB base station. Dual connectivity is possible when signaling links are established between 4G LTE eNBs and 5G NR gNBs.
In dual connectivity mode, UEs connect simultaneously to a 4G LTE eNB for the control plane and a 5G NR gNB for the user plane. The control plane handles all the signaling between the UE and the network while the user plane is where data is transported between the network and the UE.
Rogers believes that 5G SA will help optimize its radio spectrum for 5G coverage to more Canadians. The company plans to offer a full range of advanced wireless capabilities through ultra-low latency (See, How Low Latency Changes Wireless Network Designs), network slicing that provides industries and businesses with dedicated networks, and mobile edge computing to support critical applications with computing power close to the end user.
“Considered the brain of the network, our 5G standalone core propels us forward on our path to bring the full potential of 5G to Canadians,” said Jorge Fernandes, Rogers’ Chief Technology and Information Officer. “From ultra-low latency to advanced services like network slicing, standalone 5G will support applications and technologies that will have a profound impact on our economy and society.”
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REMINDER: HAC Compliance Certification due January 15: The next Hearing Aid Compatibility regulatory compliance certification, certifying compliance with the FCC’s HAC handset minimums as well as enhanced record retention and website posting requirements for the 2020 calendar year, will be due January 15, 2021, for all CMRS service providers that had operations during any portion of 2020. Companies that sold their wireless licenses during 2019 and that didn’t otherwise provide mobile wireless service (e.g., via resale) during the 2020 calendar year won’t have any obligation to file a HAC compliance certification for the 2020 calendar year; however, companies that sold in 2020, and therefore operated at least part of the year will need to file a final report. Under current FCC rules, Tier III service providers are required to offer at least 50% or ten (10) handsets that are rated M3- or better, and at least 33% or ten (10) handsets that are rated T3- or better.
Beginning April 3, 2020, at least 66% of a Tier III provider’s handset must meet ratings of M3- or better and T3- or better. BloostonLaw has prepared a 2020 HAC Regulatory Compliance Template to facilitate our clients’ compliance with the revised HAC rules.
Contact Cary Mitchell if you would like to obtain a copy of the HAC Regulatory Compliance Template.
CBRS PAL Auction Winners Must Submit Channel Assignment Requests by January 28
Clients that were successful bidders in the CBRS PAL auction (Auction 105) should be on the lookout for several email communications that were sent by the SAS Administrators to each winning bidder’s Form 175 contact over the holiday break with login codes and instructions for participating in the PAL physical channel assignment process. Clients that wish to register their PAL channel assignment preferences must do so by the close of business on Thursday, January 28, 2021. We strongly recommend that our clients complete the process at least a day or two before the deadline, in case technical or other issues are encountered.
Follow up emails have been sent in apparent response to concerns that SAS Admin emails looked like SPAM/ads, but we have looked into the matter and they are legit.
The physical channel in the CBRS band corresponding to a PAL license will be assigned by the SAS according to guidelines in §96.25 of the FCC Part 96 rules, but some interaction between the SAS Admins and PAL licensees is necessary to generate non-conflicting PAL channel assignments for all PAL licensees.
Clients should review the channel selection procedures document provided by the SAS Admins and let us know if they have any questions. You may also want to check with your equipment vendor and/or system integrator to see if there is any particular advantage to selecting (or staying away from) particular channels in their desired operating area. Our law firm is available to enter your company’s channel selections into the portal upon request, however the process appears to be fairly straightforward and you may want the individuals responsible for managing the build out and day-to-day operations of your company’s wireless networks to handle this task.
According to the SAS Administrators, Inputs to the portal will be processed from January 29th to mid-February (or thereabouts depending on timing of FCC issuance of the PAL Grant PN) and the initial PAL channel assignments will be published in the portal thereafter. Winning bidders will also be able to see what physical channels other PAL winners have been assigned in their areas and to submit channel change or swap requests via the portal.
Clients that would like us to provide them with electronic maps showing their company’s or any winning bidders' PAL Auction winnings, we are happy to do so upon request.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Sal Taillefer.
Comment Sought on Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund Assistance
On January 4, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on the Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund that was adopted as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020. Comments are due January 25, and reply comments are due February 16.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act establishes an Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund of $3.2 billion and directs the FCC to use that fund to establish an Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, under which eligible households may receive a discount off the cost of broadband service and certain connected devices during an emergency period relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and participating providers can receive a reimbursement for such discounts. To participate in the program, a provider must elect to participate and either be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier or be approved by the Commission. Participating providers will make available to eligible households a monthly discount off the standard rate for an Internet service offering and associated equipment, up to $50.00 per month. On Tribal lands, the monthly discount may be up to $75.00 per month. Participating providers will receive reimbursement from the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program for the discounts provided. Participating providers that also supply an eligible household with a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet for use during the emergency period may receive a single reimbursement of up to $100.00 for the connected device, if the charge to the eligible household for that device is more than $10.00 but less than $50.00.
Comment is sought on a variety of issues associated with implementing the Fund, which include comment on the eligibility and election process for participating providers; an application process for broadband providers that wish to participate in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program in areas where they are not designated as eligible telecommunications; and methods to rack the eligibility of households and prevent duplicative support.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.
Law and Regulation
FCC Issues Second Annual Communications Marketplace Report
On December 31, the FCC issued its 2020 Communications Marketplace Report, as is required by RAY BAUM’s Act of 2018. The report assesses the state of all forms of competition in the communications marketplace; the state of deployment of communications capabilities; and barriers to competitive entry, including market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and other small businesses. Further, this Report describes the actions taken by the Commission in the previous two years to address challenges and opportunities in the communications marketplace. It also discusses the actions taken by the Commission to help Americans in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, this Report discusses the Commission’s agenda for continuing to address the challenges and opportunities in front of us over the next two years.
A copy of the Report can be found here.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.
FCC Issues Small Entity Compliance Guide for Wireless Infrastructure Order
On January 5, the FCC issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Report and Order in WT Docket No. 19-250, in which the Commission revised its rules to further streamline the state and local government review process for modifications to existing wireless infrastructure under the Spectrum Act of 2012. Specifically, the Report and Order revised the Commission’s rules to: (i) provide that the modification of an existing tower outside the public rights-of-way that entails ground excavation or deployment of transmission equipment of up to 30 feet in any direction outside the site (excluding any access or utility easements currently related to the site) will be eligible for streamlined processing; and (ii) clarified that “site” refers to the boundary of the leased or owned property surrounding a tower and any access or utility easements currently related to the site as of the date that the tower or base station was last reviewed and approved by a state or local government, if the approval of the modification occurred prior to the Spectrum Act.
A copy of the Compliance Guide is available here. The FCC is careful to note, however, that the guide does not replace or supersede the rules themselves, and that it does not anticipate all situations in which the rules might apply. Carriers with questions about the rules may contact the firm for more information.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Cary Mitchell and John Prendergast.
JANUARY 15: Form 855 HAC Compliance Certification. The next Hearing Aid Compatibility regulatory compliance certification, certifying compliance with the FCC’s HAC handset minimums as well as enhanced record retention and website posting requirements for the 2020 calendar year, will be due January 15, 2021, for all CMRS service providers that had operations during any portion of 2020. SEE FULL STORY ABOVE.
BloostonLaw Contact: Cary Mitchell.
JANUARY 31: FCC FORM 555, ANNUAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER CERTIFICATION FORM. All Lifeline Program service providers are required to file the FCC Form 555, except where the National Verifier, state Lifeline administrator, or other entity is responsible. Since January 31 falls on a weekend or holiday this year, Form 555 may be filed by February 1. The FCC Form 555 must be submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) electronically via USAC’s E-File (One Portal). Carriers must also file a copy of their FCC Form 555 in the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System, Docket 14-171, and with their state regulatory commission. The form reports the results of the annual recertification process and non-usage de-enrollments. Recertification results are reported month-by-month based on the subscribers’ anniversary date.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and John Prendergast.
FEBRUARY 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.
FEBRUARY 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 February 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 are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). 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.
BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.
FEBRUARY 1: Live 911 Call Data Reports – Non-Nationwide Providers that do not provide coverage in any of the Test Cities must collect and report aggregate data based on the largest county within its footprint to APCO, NENA, and NASNA on the location technologies used for live 911 calls in those areas. Clients should obtain spreadsheets with their company’s compliance data from their E911 service provider (e.g., Intrado / West).
BloostonLaw Contacts: Cary Mitchell.
MARCH 1: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT FORM FOR CABLE COMPANIES. This form, plus royalty payment for the second half of last year, is due March 1. The form covers the period July 1 to December 31, and is due to be mailed directly to cable TV operators by the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office. If you do not receive the form, please contact Gerry Duffy.
MARCH 1: CPNI ANNUAL CERTIFICATION. Carriers should modify (as necessary) and complete their “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” for this year. The certification must be filed with the FCC by March 1. Note that the annual certification should include the following three required Exhibits: (a) a detailed Statement Explaining How The Company’s Operating Procedures Ensure Compliance With The FCC’S CPNI Rules to reflect the Company’s policies and information; (b) a Statement of Actions Taken Against Data Brokers; and (c) a Summary of Customer Complaints Regarding Unauthorized Release of CPNI. A company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules must execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and file the certification with the FCC in the correct fashion. Our clients can forward the original to BloostonLaw in time for the firm to make the filing with the FCC by March 1, if desired. BloostonLaw is prepared to help our clients meet this requirement, which we expect will be strictly enforced, by assisting with preparation of their certification filing; reviewing the filing to make sure that the required showings are made; filing the certification with the FCC, and obtaining a proof-of-filing copy for your records. Clients interested in obtaining BloostonLaw's CPNI compliance manual should contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554). Note: If you file the CPNI certification, you must also file the FCC Form 499-A Telecom Reporting Worksheet by April 1.
BloostonLaw contacts: Gerry Duffy and Mary Sisak.
MARCH 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION & BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. This annual form is due March 1 and September 1 annually. The FCC requires facilities-based wired, terrestrial fixed wireless, and satellite broadband service providers to report on FCC Form 477 the number of broadband subscribers they have in each census tract they serve. The Census Bureau changed the boundaries of some census tracts as part of the 2010 Census.
Specifically, three types of entities must file this form:
BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.
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