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687 December 11, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Medical Residents Embrace Texting, Putting Patient Info at Risk
  • New FAA Antenna Marking and Lighting Requirements
  • BlackBerry Priv already sold out at Walmart, shares soar
  • Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus Rumors: Specifications, Features, Release Date Details Surface
  • New ad from PageTek—“The monitoring and Control Experts”
  • A Shatterproof smartphone from Motorola? We drop it to find out.
  • Alert Standard Creator Shares FCC Comments on Wireless Emergency Alerts
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Court of Appeals Hears Net Neutrality Arguments
    • Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Releases Impairment File Formats for Forward Auction
    • TelePacific Files Petition for Reconsideration of Copper Retirement Report and Order
    • Comment Deadline Extended for Protected Contours of Grandfathered 3.65GHz Licensees
    • Revisions to Form 498 Implemented
    • NECA Releases Latest RLEC Report
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Grace Hopper
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • USS Zumwalt
686 December 4, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • The main article this week is about the BlackBerry PRIV. It is long, so it is divided up into four pages. I think it is a very good article. I hope you enjoy it.
  • iPhone 6s Draws Record Percentage Of Customers Switching From Android Smartphones
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: Televised Emergency Information Accessibility Requirements In Effect
    • Third Circuit Rules State PUC has Jurisdiction Over ISP-Bound Traffic
    • Comment Deadlines Established for FirstNet Incumbent Relocation Proposal
    • FCC Grants Petition for Reconsideration of Pole Attachment Costs, Revises Rules Accordingly
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for December Open Meeting
    • International Bureau Seeks Comment on Removing Cuba from Exclusion List
    • T-Mobile Continues Quest for “Former Defaulter” Sanctions Against DISH
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jason Brown
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • What is a light-year?
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Scientists detect mysterious radio pulse from deep space. What is it?
685 November 27, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • What if I told you, things are not as they seem? (For seniors.)
  • I hope all my US readers had a happy Thanksgiving.
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Holiday Edition
    • FCC Expands Scope of HAC Rules for Wireless IP-based Services; Proposes Pathway to 100% Compliance of Wireless Devices
    • FCC Proposes Enhancements to Wireless Emergency Alerts
    • Republicans Support Transparency Exemption for Small Providers
    • FCC Re-Redesigned Website to Launch December 9
    • T-Mobile Seeks to Limit Verizon's Eligibility for 600 MHz Reserve Even in Smaller Markets
    • FCC Proposes $718K Fine Against M.C. Dean for Wi-Fi Blocking
    • FCC Fines Hilton Worldwide $25K for Failure to Respond to an Investigation
    • FCC Proposes Fines Against T-Mobile and Wirelessco for RF Radiation Violations on Rooftops
    • FCC Enters into $3,000 Consent Decree with Johnson Towers– Balance of $234K Fine Due on Default
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • LMCC Asks FCC to Crack Down on Licensees that Failed to Narrowband or Forgot to Modify Their License
    • FCC Seeks Comment on FirstNet Incumbent Relocation Proposal
    • FCC and FTC Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Consumer Protection
    • House Approves FCC Process Reform Act
  • The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Frank Hackett
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “Things are not always what they seem”
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Vehicles lay in a crevice after a cave-in at a parking lot of a newly opened restaurant in Meridian, Miss.
684 November 20, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • My early experience with terrorism
  • Today's Formative Internet of Things Is Probably Doomed, Say Computer Scientists
  • Can BlackBerry make a comeback? T-Mobile CEO thinks so
  • Critical Alert Announces New Smartphone Application for Secure, HIPAA-Compliant Text Messaging and Paging
  • Walmart is selling $10 Android phones
  • FCC Delays Incentive Auction Filing Deadlines
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reverse Auction Application Workshop Rescheduled for Dec. 8
    • Court Sides with ILECs in Disputes over Access Charges for IntraMTA Wireless Calls
    • FCC Delays Incentive Auction Deadlines; Forward Applications Now Due February 9th
    • FCC and FTC Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Consumer Protection
    • FCC Releases Data on Broadband Deployment
    • FCC November Open Meeting Agenda Released
    • CGB Seeks Comment on Petition for Declaratory Ruling on Automated Text Message Consent
    • House Approves FCC Process Reform Act
    • FCC Authorizes $16 Million in Rural Broadband Experiments Funding
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Speech by Marchese Guglielmo Marconi (1935)
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Dan Small
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “There are moments that the words don’t reach—November 13th in Paris”
    • by Mattie Korneta
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • “Peace for Paris” Sketch
683 November 13, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • The Newsletter now has a Board of Advisors
  • DC Public Transportation Agency to Adopt BlackBerry AtHoc Emergency Communication System
  • Meet ‘BlackBerry Vienna:' Photos Of Alleged Second Android Phone After Priv Surface
  • Hong Kong doctors, lawmaker still swear by the old-fashioned pager
  • Voxpro plans “futuristic” Folsom [California] call center with 750 jobs
  • EasyCall and Staff Paging deployed to Carnival Cruise lines
  • TigerText Pulls In $50M to Accelerate Secure Messaging Market Share
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • ULS Upgrades Implemented; Webinar Announced
    • PSHSB Seeks Comment on FirstNet Incumbent Relocation Proposal
    • FCC Announces First Cable Privacy Enforcement Action
    • Court Delays Sprint from Shutting Down Clearwire WiMax Network in Some Areas
    • Senate Discusses Draft MOBILE NOW Act
    • Bureau Denies Petition to Regulate Edge Providers
    • FCC Commissioner Identifies Policy Priorities for Transition to 5G
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • How to Plan for Unified Emergency Communications on K-12 Campuses
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jay Moskowitz
    • Ulrike Kieper
      Assistentin der Geschäftsführung: Dr. Dietmar Gollnick
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Humor: Ramsey, Illinois needs a new sign at the edge of town.
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Another Photo From The CMA Conference
    • Paul Lauttamus addresses the CMA members
682 November 7, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Photographic Report
  • CMA CONFERENCE
    • November 5 - 6, 2015
    • Myrtle Beach, SC
681 October 30, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • It's not too late to join me at the Critical Messaging Association conference.
  • No Newsletter Next Week I'll be at the CMA Conference
  • CMA CONFERENCE
    • November 5 - 6, 2015
    • Myrtle Beach, SC
    • Agenda
  • New Advertisement from RF Demand Solutions
  • New Advertisement from Falcon Wireless Direct
  • Motorola’s Moto X Force smartphone has ‘unbreakable screen’
  • Spōk Reports Third Quarter Operating Results; Board Declares Regular Quarterly and Special Dividend
  • Low-cost IMSI catcher for 4G/LTE networks tracks phones’ precise locations
  • Microsoft offers amnesty of sorts to pirates of older Windows software
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Slides from FCC Webinar on Part 1 DE and Joint Bidding Rules to be Available Online
    • FCC Adopts Methodology for Resolving 600 MHz Wireless and Television Interference
    • FCC Promotes Higher Frequency Spectrum for Future Wireless Technology
    • Tentative Budget Would Extend Auction Authority; Additional Auctions of Federal Spectrum by 2024
    • Wireless Bureau Seeks Comment on Protected Contours for Grandfathered 3.65 GHz Licensees
    • FCC Reminds Tower Applicants to Ensure Full Compliance with Environmental Review Procedures
    • FCC Fines Six Companies $30 Million for Misleading Consumers of Prepaid Calling Cards
    • FCC Announces AM Revitalization Outreach Efforts
    • New York State Attorney General Launches Investigation into Internet Speeds
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Failure to Register and Light Antenna Towers Nets $620,500 Penalty
    • FCC Uses Tracking Technology to Locate and Fine Private Radio Licensee for Operation on Unauthorized Frequency
    • Ritron Inc. Obtains Waiver to Manufacture and Import Wide-band Private Land Mobile Equipment
    • FCC Grants Blanket Six-Month Waiver of Certain Imported Equipment Declaration Requirements
    • FCC Denies North Carolina Highway Patrol Early Access to Expansion Band Channels, But Grants Waiver of Inter-Category Freeze
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Method for Determining Protected Contours for Grandfathered/Incumbent 3.65 GHz Licensees
    • Comment Sought on Regulatory Status of Mobile Messaging
    • California Signs Strictest Digital Privacy Bill in US into Law
    • Federal Magistrate Wades into Debate, Requests to Unlock Encrypted Smart Phones
  • WSPR on 30 Meter Band
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Alan Gilmour
    • Noel Gouldin
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • IoT — Internet of Things
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Supermoon Eclipse Stuns Stargazers Around the World
680 October 23, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Facebook says it fixed iPhone battery issues
  • Thank you to everyone who has renewed their advertising, and/or sent in donations to help support the newsletter. I am still waiting to hear from several who haven't responded. Please, a short e-mail with yea or nay will be fine.
  • CMA CONFERENCE
    • November 5 - 6, 2015
    • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • BlackBerry launches US preorders for $699 Priv Android slider phone
  • Metro gets update on radio systems and cell coverage
  • $13.9M project to improve emergency communications to go live in 2016
  • Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro: It isn't twice as fast. It's three times as fast
  • Your Feedback is Building a Better FCC.gov
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Issues Incentive Auction Application Procedures, Including Upfront Payments and Minimum Opening Bids for Forward Auction; Applications due January 28.
    • FCC Reminds ETCs to Use High-Cost Support for Intended Purposes
    • FCC Provides List of Non-Recoverable Corporate Operation Expenses; Reminds ETCs of Penalties
    • Effective Date Established for Copper Retirement Requirements
    • FCC to Release Data for “Do Not Disturb” Technology
    • FCC Issues Agenda for October 22 Open Meeting
    • FCC Fines Alaskan Company for Cell Tower Violations
    • International Bureau Provides Guidance on In-Line Interference in KU-BAND
    • House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing October 27 on Economic Impact of Open Internet Order
    • Court Rejects Sprint Claim that NY Sales Tax on Interstate Mobile Phone Services is Unconstitutional
    • Inmate Calling Providers Threaten Legal Action over New Rules
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Parity Act House Cosponsors Now in Triple Digits!
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Stephanie Nelson—IDA
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Zig Ziglar
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Where did the term “Fire Plug” come from?
679 October 16, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • My Favorite Time Of The Year
  • The RMS Titanic—analogies
  • CMA CONFERENCE
    • November 5 - 6, 2015
    • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Emergency communications directors push for outage answers
  • Facebook says it's fixing a battery-killing iPhone bug
  • Midland Park emergency communications take Swift route
  • How Yahoo Mail Just Killed the Need for a Password
  • Windows 10 upgrades reportedly appearing as mandatory for some users
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Alternative Connect America Cost Model Version 2.0 Released
    • November 13 Recon Date Set for Incentive Auction Procedures PN
    • Comment Sought on Regulatory Status of Mobile Messaging
    • Senators Introduce Bill to Increase Broadband Deployment
    • Comments Due November 9 on Regulatory Fees FNPRM
    • Enforcement Bureau Fines Kajeet for Failure to Contribute to USF, TRS, and LNP
    • FCC Fines Rio Verde Wireless for Failure to Timely File Form 477
    • California Signs Strictest Digital Privacy Bill in US into Law
    • Federal Magistrate Wades into Debate Requests to Unlock Encrypted Smart Phones
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Zipit Wireless Issued Patent for Mobile Enterprise Messaging Technology
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Dan Heredia, Zipit Wireless
    • Mercy Contreras, AGL magazine
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Autumn
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Taking a Peak
678 October 9, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • CONFERENCE
    • Please accept another reminder about the Critical Messaging Association conference coming up next month in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. My reservations are made, and I am already getting excited about attending this conference, seeing old friends again, and making some new ones. Please consider going to this important meeting. I hope to see you there.
  • “If it ain't one thing it's another!”
  • CMA CONFERENCE
  • BlackBerry CEO wants to sell 5 million phones a year
  • Increasing emergency communications systems awareness: 7 steps to enhance enrollment via social media
  • Can your smartphone replace your doctor?
  • Dale County agrees to finance costly emergency communications upgrade
  • AT&T launches Wi-Fi calling for Apple iPhones with iOS 9
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Reminds Providers to File a Complete and Accurate Form 477 Every Six Months
    • FCC Reminds Providers to File a Complete and Accurate Form 477 Every Six Months
    • Associations Propose Processes for Implementing Model-Based Support for Rural Carriers
    • Dish DEs Elect to “Selectively Default” on AWS-3 Licenses
    • FCC Grants AT&T Request for Waiver of TTY Rules for Wi-Fi Calling
    • Comments on Totality of the Circumstances Test Due December 1
    • RUS Seeks Comment on New Equipment Contract Process
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for October 22 Open Meeting
    • Senate Commerce Holds Hearing on Wireless Broadband Deployment
    • Experian Discloses Massive Data Breach of T-Mobile Customers
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Facebook Messenger Launches on Apple Watch
677 October 2, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • OK, I'm pulling out all the stops to help Jim Nelson and the CMA promote their up-coming CONFERENCE in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We would like to receive your comments on the interview that we did last week. Please click here to send me an e-mail, and tell me what you think.
  • Did Marety Cooper Invent The Cellphone?
  • This is Homecoming Weekend in my home town, so do to the parade this afternoon, the newsletter is shorter than usual. I am sure this will make some readers happy, and others sad.
  • CMA CONFERENCE
  • Inventor of the cell phone: iPhone 6s is ‘boring’ and VR is the birth of a new industry
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Initial 911 Reliability Certification Due October 15, 2015.
    • Comments Sought on Section 214 Discontinuance Criteria and Process
    • Enforcement Alert: Failure to Make Appropriate Felony Disclosures Could Result in Enforcement Action
    • **Filing Fee Payment Method Change Effective Immediately **
    • Sprint Discontinuance of Long Distance Service Granted over Objections from Tribe
    • Comment Sought on Declaratory Ruling That Telemarketing Rules do not Apply to Government Calls
    • Additional Companies Provisionally Selected for Rural Broadband Experiment Support
    • Public Safety Support Center Opened, Will Play Role in Policing Telecom Carriers
    • Sprint Announces it will Not Participate in FCC’s 600 MHz Auction
    • New Media Wins Another Round in the Battle between Pandora Radio and ASCAP
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • **Filing Fee Payment Method Change Effective Immediately **
    • Year End Reminder: Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
    • Illegal RoboCalls Results in $2.96 Million Fine
    • Citation Issued for Interference to Sprint Cellular System
    • FCC Dismisses 450 MHz Application in order to Protect Power Plant Operations
    • Enforcement Alert: Failure to Make Appropriate Felony Disclosures Could Result in Enforcement Action
    • FCC Denies Rule Waiver to Permit Use of Off-Set Frequencies in Guard Band
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Proposal to Allow Railroad Police Officers Access to Public Safety Interoperability and Mutual Aid Channels
    • State of Michigan Obtains Waiver to Share State-wide 800 MHz System with Electric Utility During Emergencies
    • FCC Cites First National Bank and Lyft Ridesharing Service for Telemarketing Violations
    • FCC Commissioner Wants Government Users to Pay Spectrum Fees
    • Warrants Now Required to Track Cellphone Locations
  • LETTER TOTHE EDITOR
    • Jeff Dale
676 September 25, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Trade shows and conferences of years gone by
  • Amateur Radio is not amateur
  • As promised last week: an important INTERVIEW with Jim Nelson, President of the Critical Messaging Association (CMA)
  • Critical Messaging Association—Americas Conference
  • Motorola Solutions to Relocate Headquarters to Chicago from Schaumburg
  • Philadelphia Eagles Win with Free Wi-Fi
  • WSPR on Softrock Ensemble RXTX Project Update
  • Physicists successfully map individual atoms in 3D
  • Lauttamus Communications & Security Expands Business and Adds Employees
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Objections to the Release of Confidential Special Access Data Denied; Procedures for Access to Data Modified
    • Comments in Special Access Proceeding Further Extended
    • Lawmakers Defend FCC Net Neutrality Rules In Court
    • Court Modifies Berkeley Cell Phones Warning Label Requirement
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTER TOTHE EDITOR
    • Ron Mercer
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Albert Einstein
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Art Meets Science in New Pluto Aerial Tour
675 September 18, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • First Click: My favorite new iOS 9 feature is just an Android afterthought
  • Verizon in Cuba: What Customers Can Expect From Mobile Carrier's Roaming Plan
  • Cureatr partners with trusted paging service provider, American Messaging
  • State seeks unified emergency communications
  • How much do you have to work to afford an iPhone?
  • Why you should opt for the iPhone Update Program
  • Motorola Solutions’ Brown Expects to Double Public Safety LTE Revenue this Year
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Regulatory Fees Must Be Paid by Thursday, September 24, 2015
    • Initial 911 Reliability Certification Due October 15, 2015
    • Schools and Libraries USF Details Released for 2016 Program
    • USF Contribution Factor 16.7% for Fourth Quarter
    • FCC Cites First National Bank and Lyft Ride-sharing Service for Telemarketing Violations
    • FCC Commissioner Wants Government Users to Pay Spectrum Fees
    • FCC Chairman Urges Engineers to Take Lead on Resolving LTE-U Interference Issues
    • More Companies Authorized for Rural Broadband Experiment Support
    • Additional Companies Provisionally Selected for Rural Broadband Experiment Support
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Kill Them All and Let God Sort Them Out
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Teen who made clock ponders new school after suspension
674 September 11, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • New York Today: A Day to Remember
  • CBRM fire chiefs worry about clash between pagers, new mobile system
  • Ohio Fire Agency Upgrades Paging System to Simoco Simulcast
  • Apple Inc: Here’s How The iPhone 6s Stacks Up Against The iPhone 6
  • September 11th – The Challenges of Emergency Communications in High-Rise Buildings
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Comment Deadline on 11th Broadband Progress Notice of Inquiry Extended
    • Oppositions Due September 17 to Petitions for Reconsideration of Lifeline Order
    • FCC Issues NPRM on Retransmission Consent
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Joins List of TCPA Order Challengers
    • FCC Sets Regulatory Fee Deadline for Thursday, September 24, 2015
    • Warrants Now Required to Track Cellphone Locations
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt—50th Wedding Anniversary
    • Vic Jackson—Interconnection Question
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Tiny Assassin, clad in yellow and black
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • New Images Show Pluto’s Surprising Terrain
673 September 4, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • American Red Cross celebrates Louisville Emergency Communications Center
  • It's Time To Help The Newsletter (again)
  • Wait, what? iPhone 6s is 'bigger' (Plus other ghastly Apple launch rumors)
  • Modernizing the FCC’s IT
  • 'It Saved His Life': Mugger's Bullet Stopped by Student's iPhone in Pocket
  • County emergency communications ‘bad situation’
  • Spok Announces Encrypted Paging System for Critical Communications Needs
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Carriers Making Changes to Data Plans Must Consider Open Internet Rules and Pitfalls
    • FCC Adopts Network Change Notice Requirements for Copper Retirement; RLECS May Not Be Exempt
    • Revised A-CAM Results for RLEC Study Areas Released; Final Offers of Model-Support Still to Come
    • FCC Order Requires Backup Power Option for Ten Years
    • Price Cap Carriers Accept Over $1.5 Billion in Annual Support from Connect America Fund
    • Petition for Review of TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order Filed
    • Year End Reminder: Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for September Open Meeting
    • PRA Comments Sought on Lifeline Information Collection
    • FCC Denies Rural Broadband Experiments Applications for Review
    • Citation Issued for Interference to Sprint Cellular System
    • FCC Announces Technological Advisory Council Meeting
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Edition: 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive Auction to Begin on March 29, 2016
    • FCC On-Line Systems Unavailable From September 2 through September 8
    • Illegal RoboCalls Results in $2.96 Million Fine
    • New York City Grows Restless as FiOS Roll Out Inches Along
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jay Moskowitz
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Life In Outer Space?
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Space Photos of the Week: Curiosity’s Got a Selfie Stick
672 August 28, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial Ramblings
  • It's Time To Help The Newsletter (again)
  • How to cure Windows 10's worst headaches
  • FCC Releases Agenda for Emergency Alert System Workshop
  • How to Make Great Use Of Blackberry’s QWERTY Keyboard
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Edition: FCC Denies AWS-3 Auction Discounts for DISH Network Partners
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Edition: 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive Auction to Begin on March 29, 2016
    • FCC On-Line Systems Unavailable From September 2 through September 8
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Tom Harger
    • Roy Pottle (On the passing of Mike Montague.)
    • Tom Cook (On the passing of Mike Montague.)
  • THOUGHT FOOnR THE WEEK
    • Pay It Forward
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Maps showing the reach of a very low-powered radio
    • Comments on WSPR Radio.
671 August 21, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • DoT mandates telcos to share networks during disasters
  • BlackBerry's Android-powered slider phone gets shown in motion
  • Windows 10’s facial recognition is fool proof, claims Microsoft
  • How Grace Hopper’s Career Cracked the Code for Women in Science
  • Social Media's Impact On Emergency Communications
  • iPhone 6S Features Major Speed Improvements, Says Report
  • District 191 approves contract for new paging systems
  • Apple Wants to Put an iPhone in Your TV
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • On Vacation
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Paul Fitzgerald
      In Memory of Joe Petrucci
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • on Trees
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Japanese Maple Tree
670 August 14, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • NICE wins 8-figure contract from New York City
  • New build of Windows 10 Mobile brings fixes and some massive bugs
  • Apple's Boot Camp 6 supports dual-booting with Windows 10
  • Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr. (bio)
  • Feds agree to let Amtrak police communicate with cops, firefighters on emergency radio networks
  • Google to develop bandage-sized glucose monitoring devices
  • iOS 8.4.1 Features: New Update Fixes Music Glitches & More Before iOS 9 Launch
  • WWV's 25 MHz Signal is Back on Original Vertical Dipole
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • On Vacation
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jimmy Tucker—Picture from my niece out in WA state
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • on Beauty
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • The first image of Earth taken by Europe's newest weather satellite
669 August 7, 2015

This issue of the newsletter is a little different. The BloostonLaw Telecom newsletter is on their traditional August recess, but they have sent me an important memorandum about the FCC’s long-awaited DE and Competitive Bidding Report and Order, in which the Commission adopted major revisions to its small business and auction rules for the first time in almost a decade. It is a little long.

This memorandum will be very interesting to some readers, and boring to others. Since it takes up most of the newsletter's space this week, some of you may want to skip this issue, and come back next week.

668 July 31, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Lunch with Ira Wiesenfeld
    • BDAs — Bi-Dirrectional Amplifier (or signal booster)
    • Radio Interference
    • Licensing of engineers and technicians
  • Spok Reports Second Quarter Operating Results
  • Failure of fire radios a catastrophe: chiefs
  • Grand County Search and Rescue saves man at Bowen Lake
  • Stacia Hylton Elected to Spok’s Board of Directors
  • Silent scanners: Emergency communications encrypted across Nova Scotia
  • Bill To Improve Interoperable Emergency Communications For First Responders Passed By House
  • The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum, Cosponsor List Tops 90
  • ARRL Files More "Grow Light" Ballast Complaints with FCC
  • Why you should ditch SMS and embrace over-the-top messaging apps
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Officially Grants AT&T-DIRECTV Merger
    • FCC Task Force Seeks Input on Internal Process Reform
    • Media Bureau Suspends Comment Deadline in Vacant Channel Proceeding
    • FCC Reorganizes Enforcement Bureau Field Offices
    • GPSPS Fined $9 Million for Cramming, Slamming and Other Violations
    • Senate Subcommittee Votes to Block Funding for FCC Net Neutrality Enforcement
    • Politico Takes RUS to Task over Broadband Funding
    • State Attorneys General Urge Companies to Offer Call Blocking Technology to Customers
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Enforcement Alert: FCC Finding Tower Violations Through Antenna Structure Registration Database
    • FCC Reorganizes Enforcement Bureau Field Offices
    • FCC Seeks Comment on LMCC Proposed 800 MHz Interstitial Channel Interference Contours
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Request for Waiver to Permit Equipment Certification for Sale of In-Vehicle Mobile Phone Signal Boosters
    • FCC Grants Waiver of 90.617 to Permit Assignment of License to Oakland County, Michigan
    • Robo-Calls net Time Warner Cable a $229,500 Penalty for 153 Automated Calls to Customer’s Number
    • FCC Fines Mobile Relay Associates $25,000 for Causing Harmful Interference on Shared Channels
    • FCC Grants Waiver for Travelers Advisory Station
    • FCC Expands Opportunities for Experimentation and Market Trials
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Linda Hoover re. The CMA-A Convention
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Warren G. Harding
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • A large crowd of people gather to watch the Cuban flag being raised outside the Cuban embassy in Washington on July 20, 2015.
667 July 24, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Chrome for iOS talks to smart devices through the web
  • Desktop Alert Announces New Blackberry Emergency Mass Notification Application
  • Bayshore Family Practice Center Enhances Patient Experience with Paging Systems
  • Fire captain tapped to help Metro improve emergency communications
  • AT&T bringing new, faster Cloud-based Emergency Communications to Kansas
  • Microsoft Warns Users About Potential Security Risk
  • Pitt County moves forward in solving fire department and EMS communication issues
  • Microsoft makes it official: Windows 10 will receive security fixes for ten years
  • What Is Data Anxiety? By Bob Young
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: Comments on FirstNet Draft RFP for Participation in Public Safety Network Due July 27
    • FCC Circulates Order Approving AT&T/DirecTV Merger
    • FCC Votes to Adopt Chairman’s Competitive Bidding and DE Proposals
    • FCC Considering March 29, 2016 Start Date for Broadcast Incentive Auction
    • Comment Deadline Established for Lifeline FNPRM
    • CORRECTION: Lifeline Documentation Retention Requirement Effective Upon OMB Approval
    • T-Mobile Fined $17.5 Million for 911 Service Outages
    • FCC Likely to Deny $3.3 Billion in Bid Credits Sought By DISH’s DE Bidders
    • Phone Scam Prevention Act Introduced in US Senate
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting
    • Motions Filed for Amici Curiae Briefs in Open Internet Appeal
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Dennis Cameron
    • Dan Rudnick
    • InfoRad
      • InfoRad/Verizon Support Notification: Verizon Enterprise Messaging Migration
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Pope Francis
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • The mother of one of the five military servicemen killed last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee
666 July 17, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial on the Goodbye Moto piece and the demise of Motorola
  • Autumn CMA Convention in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Goodbye Moto: How Chicago's greatest tech company fell to earth
  • Social Media Not Meant for Emergency Assistance, Police Say
  • Essex County, N.Y., Emergency Radio System Finally Goes Live
  • TeleCommunication Systems Interoperability Lab Drives Text-to-911 Deployment for Public Safety
  • Silver Lake to spend $28,000 on pagers, radios
  • PC shipments plummet as world readies for Windows 10
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Highlights Obligation of Carriers to Protect Personal Information of Customers
    • FCC Delays Vote on Incentive Auction Procedures Notice, Mobile Spectrum Holdings Recon Order
    • FCC Issues TCPA Omnibus Declaratory Ruling
    • FCC Releases Fact Sheet on Proposed Technology Transition Reforms
    • Lifeline Order on Reconsideration Effective Date Established; Document Retention Requirements
    • House Subcommittee Asks FCC to Address Nationwide Wireless Number Portability
    • House Subcommittee Hearings on Broadband Investment Postponed
    • White House Unveils ConnectHome Low-Income Broadband Pilot Program
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Chris Jones
      CEO, PageOne (UK)
    • Frank Hackett
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Winston S. Churchill
    • John F. Kennedy
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • A boy holds his pet dog during a Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold-mining camps in the southern Amazon region.
665 July 10, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Getting rid of copper lines has consequences, and the FCC wants you to know them
  • Text to 9-1-1 Progress Slower than Expected
  • BlackBerry is not for sale: John Chen
  • Motorola rival charges FBI’s new radio deal also biased
  • Good news, travelers: T-Mobile offers free calling and data in Canada and Mexico
  • BlackBerry gets Android domains, confirms a phone is coming
  • Two companies are fiercely fighting to make the iPhone faster than ever
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Comment Deadline Established for Net Neutrality Transparency Exemption Proceeding
    • FCC Announces Advisory Opinion Procedures for Open Internet
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Video Programming Competition
    • House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Internet Governance
    • FCC Adopts Interstate TRS Compensation Rates, Contribution Factor
    • D.C. Court Authorizes Telco, Wireless and Cable Industry Intervenors, Adopts Scheduling Order in Open Internet Order Review
    • Time Warner Cable Owes $229,500 for 153 Automated Calls Placed After Revocation of Consent
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Everything Is Not Always What It Looks Like
    • Timo Kangas
      Managing Partner
      K Advisers Oy
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Timo Kangas
    • Fred Pakosta
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • C. S. Lewis
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • A pensioner undergoing oxygen therapy reacts as she tries to enter a National Bank branch to receive part of her pension in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece July 9, 2015.
664 July 3, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Why Police Agencies Still Can't Communicate In A Crisis
  • Autumn CMA Convention in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Cops and anti-gun advocates warn against 'deathtrap' iPhone case shaped as handgun: 'This is going to get our kids killed'
  • False Alert: Can You Really Trust that Tweet for Emergency Communications?
  • The 'father of SMS,' Matti Makkonen, dies at 63
  • Cell phone alerts used 'for the right cases'
  • How States Are Fighting to Keep Towns From Offering Their Own Broadband
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Commissioner Pai Provides First Details on Stand-Alone Broadband USF Support
    • Commissioner Pai Details RLEC Stand-Alone Broadband Support Plan, Voluntary Model Participation
    • FCC Reaches Consent Decree with TracFone to Unlock Mobile Phones
    • Waivers of Intercarrier Compensation Recovery Rules Granted
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadlines on Special Access FNPRM
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for July 16 Open Meeting
    • FCC Reminds Antenna Structure Owners of Obligations
    • Iowa Governor Signs Broadband Legislation
    • Charter Files Public Interest Statement on Time Warner / Bright House Mergers
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Imposes $24,000 in Fines for Harmful Interference and Tower Fencing Violations – Reiterates Definition of Willful and Repeated.
    • Enforcement Warning – The FCC Will Take Action Based Upon Information that Comes to its Attention
    • WesTex’s Untimely Petition for Reconsideration Dismissed
    • FirstNet Declines to Take Position on FCC Timeline for Public Safety Transition from UHF T-Band
    • FCC Grants Waiver to Permit Use of Wrist-Worn Personal Locator Beacon
    • FCC Adopts Rules for Robocalls and Text Messages
    • CTIA Sues City of Berkeley CA over RF Radiation Warning Requirement
    • FCC Amends Traveler’s Information Station Rules – Clarifies Weather Rebroadcast Restrictions
    • FCC Grants Petition to Deny Application for Modification of AMTS Station
    • FCC Grants Waiver of 800 MHz Rules to Permit Commercial Licensing Before Expiration of the 5-Year Holding Period
    • City of Mesa, Arizona Obtains Extension of Time to Deploy 700 MHz Trunked Radio System
  • Don't blink or you might miss the leap second
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Bill Woods
    • Jerry Griffith
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Independence Day
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Happy 4th of July 2015 from
    • The Wireless Messaging News
663 June 26, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorials:
    • Boys and girls who don't do their homework in school, don't get good grades. Then when they grow up they don't get good jobs. Without good jobs, they can't live in nice houses, drive nice cars, and provide nice things for their families. Why isn't this taught more in our schools?
    • Business managers who don't do their homework about trends and technology, in their businesses, get left behind by their competitors. Are you too busy to read this newsletter? Really?
  • John Chen has BlackBerry back in the game
  • BlackBerry's Next Innovation Could Be Bacteria-Free Smartphone
  • Emergency Communications Bill Goes To President For Signature
  • F.C.C. Chairman Sees No Need to Set Aside More Airwaves for Smaller Cell Carriers
  • Why the Navy Still Pays Millions for Microsoft’s Windows XP
  • Duke awards $2,000 to South Gulf Fire and Rescue
  • A Top Business Answering Service Announces a Paging Service to Enhance Lead Flow Management
  • Radio Amateur Sworn In as New NASA Deputy Administrator
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Clarifies Enhanced Transparency Exemption; Seeks Comment on Permanent Exemption
    • FCC Releases Lifeline Modernization Second Report and Order; FNPRM
    • FCC Adopts Order Allowing VoIP Providers Direct Access to Numbering Resources
    • FCC Largely Affirms 600 MHz Incentive Auction Rules; Applications to Bid Likely Due This Fall
    • FCC Adopts Rules for Robocalls and Texts
    • Time Warner Cable to be First Net Neutrality Suit
    • FCC Adopts Protective Order for Form 481 ETC Financial Data
    • Deutsche Telekom Reportedly in Talks with Comcast About T-Mobile US Sale
    • Sprint Reportedly Stops Throttling Data Due to Net Neutrality Rules
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Amateur Radio is Poised to Gain Access to Two New Bands!
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Burch Falkner
    • ITS WORKING!
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The 90% Rule
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina
662 June 19, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • The squeaking wheel got greased this week. Keep it coming.
  • Editorial: Do you know Burch Falkner of Falcon Wireless Direct?
  • Looking for something new to do?
  • AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ data
  • BlackBerry Venice and Prague rumors: Which one will run Android? Sources disagree
  • Teenager murdered after tracking down lost smartphone
  • Why Are Pagers Still a Thing?
  • FCC: Telcos can block robocalls and spam texts for you
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: FCC Form 481 Due in Two Weeks
    • Comment Deadline Established for Part 4 Outage Reporting NPRM
    • D.C. Circuit Court Denies Motion to Stay Open Internet Order
    • DC Circuit Upholds Key Elements of Incentive Auction; 600 MHz Auction on Track for Spring of 2016
    • Frontier Communications Accepts Over $283 Million Connect America Fund Offer
    • FCC Strictly Applies Rural Broadband Experiment Requirements and Denies Waivers
    • CTIA Sues City of Berkeley CA over RF Radiation Warning Requirement
    • FCC Issues Proposed Forfeiture of $100,000,000 in Connection with Open Internet Rule Violation
    • Appropriations Bill Targeting Net Neutrality Rules Gains Subcommittee Approval
    • FCC Issues Agenda for June 18 Open Meeting
    • FCC Announces Proposed Third Quarter 2015 USF Contribution Factor
    • Maryland County Challenges FCC Regulations on Wireless Infrastructure Modifications
    • Los Angeles City Council Initiates Free Internet Access Request for Participation
    • Elon Musk’s SpaceX Files for Permission to Begin Testing Satellite Broadband Service
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Apple iPhone 7 Details Get Leaked
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Burch Falkner
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • I am not powerless over my attitude!
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Fresh Crater Near Sirenum Fossae Region of Mars
661 June 12, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back. I hope you enjoy this issue of The Wireless Messaging News.
  • My excuse for the newsletter being late this week is that I had no access to the Internet yesterday
  • They say, “a squeaking wheel gets the grease.”
  • DC Circuit Upholds Key Elements of Incentive Auction Framework; 600 MHz Auction Remains On Schedule for 2016
  • Twitter abolishes 140 character limit, only for direct messages
  • Leak hints at a curvier BlackBerry Passport
  • ORTOVOX Recalls Avalanche Transceiver Due to Loss of Emergency Communications Capability
  • New App Saving Lives
  • CDC gives overview of emergency communications program
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Chairman Wheeler Responds to Senate Letter on Modernizing RLEC Support
    • FCC Adopts Improved Emergency Alert System Operating Standards
    • FCC Identifies Eligible Broadcast Facilities; Sets Deadline for Technical Certification
    • FCC and House Energy and Commerce Committee Reach Deal on Field Office Closings
    • FCC Adopts Report and Order Presuming Effective Competition for Cable Operators
    • Numbering Plan Administration Fund Size and Contribution Factor Announced
    • 2014 Annual International Traffic and Revenue Data Must be Filed Via New Online System
    • Verizon Employees Allege Verizon Abandoning Copper Lines
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • FCC Compromises on Plan to Close Field Offices, 9 Offices to Close
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Paul Lauttamus
    • Jim Tucker
    • Steve Brodie
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Helping Others
    • —Dalai Lama
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Seoul, South Korea
    • Workers in full protective gear disinfect a building in Seoul, South Korea, as a precaution against the spread of Mers — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. South Korea has sealed off two hospitals that had treated people with the deadly respiratory disease.
660 June 5, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back. I hope you enjoy this issue of The Wireless Messaging News.
  • Sorry that this issue is coming out a day late (on Saturday). I had a full day yesterday. A good friend was being released from an out-of-town hospital and needed a ride home.
  • I had a suggestion from a reader that I include more info on Windows, so I will try to do that—starting in this issue.
  • How multitasking will look on Windows 10
  • Leverage Geotagged Social Data for Public-Safety LTE
  • The Frenemies Who Killed Blackberry
  • iPhone 6S – Major Leak Reveals Amazing New Features
  • FCC Chief Tom Wheeler Is Five Sixths of a Superhero
  • Skype for web beta lets you ditch the desktop client
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: New Requirements In Effect for 2015 Form 481 Filing
    • Chairman Wheeler Releases Proposal on Modernizing Lifeline to Include Broadband Service
    • Comment Requested on Petitions for Waiver of the FCC's Opt-Out Rule for FAX Ads
    • FCC Seeks Information for Annual Report to Congress on Mobile Wireless Competition
    • FCC Issues Second Order and FNPRM on Emergency Alerts to Second Screens
    • Rural Broadband Experiments Support Authorized for 15 Provisionally Selected Bids
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting
    • FCC Releases Revenue Thresholds for Carrier Categories
    • AT&T to Drop Subsidized iPhone Contracts — Verizon Wireless May Follow Suit
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Supplement to 900 MHz “Private Broadband” Rulemaking
    • GE MDS Obtains Rule Waiver for ORBIT Radio System
    • FCC’s Wireless Bureau Changes Name of Spectrum and Competition Policy Division — Focuses Functions
    • States’ Opt Out Rights Pose Financial Hurdles for First-Net
    • Relief from Robo Calls May Be In Sight
    • Bill Introduced in Alabama to Allow Municipalities to Provide Broadband Outside City Limits
    • Driving and Mobile Devices — a Recipe for Disaster?
    • OP ED: Our Take on Commissioner O’Rielly’s Concerns regarding Enforcement Penalties and Fines
  • When Windows 10 arrives, will your files and apps survive?
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Helping Others
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • “The Corridor of Death” — Along America’s Second Border
    • Editor: Leaving aside any political or racial prejudices, we must admit that this is a human tragedy.
659 May 29, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial: Jimmy Tucker's “affordable security camera”
  • Editorial: “Hard Times Ahead In My Hometown”
  • The Inside Story of How the iPhone Crippled BlackBerry
  • Wax Woz is coming to Madame Tussauds in San Francisco
  • Insider with accurate track record says iPhone 6s will be unveiled earlier than expected
  • ITU Takes Iridium Satellite Phone Donation for Emergency Communications; Matt Desch Comments
  • Inbox by Gmail will let you unsend e-mails
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Form 481 Due July 1
    • FCC Releases Robocall Consumer Protection Fact Sheet
    • PSHSB Announces User Testing for 911 Reliability Certification System
    • Waiver of Access Rules Sought In Connection with Study Area Merger
    • Comment Sought on List of Services Eligible for Schools and Libraries Support
    • Commissioner Rosenworcel to be Renominated as FCC Commissioner
    • Latest NANC Recommendations on LNP Go Into Effect on June 25
    • FCC Releases Regulatory Fee Notice of Proposed Rule Making
    • FCC Expands Accessibility Requirements for Emergency Information in TV Programming
    • Charter to Buy Time Warner for $55 Billion
    • Driving and Mobile Devices — a Recipe for Disaster?
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Here’s the Best Feature in Google’s New Photos App
    • And a Video of Other Apps
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Slow Down
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia
658 May 22, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • 3 new iOS 9 features were just revealed in a huge new leak
  • Look At What They Are Doing In Germany
    • How one-way communication technologies promote IoT
    • By: Dr. Dietmar Gollnick
  • Emergency Preparedness Fair set for May 30 (in Houston)
  • Berlin’s Grid is Smart
  • Bring On the New Emoji!
  • Emergency Communications, Public Alerts, Warnings Legislation Passed Out Of House HS Committee
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Releases MAP OF CAF II Funding-Eligible Areas
    • REMINDER: FCC Form 395 Due June 1
    • FCC Issues Broadband Privacy Enforcement Advisory
    • Comments Sought on Declaratory Ruling Regarding BOC UNE Requirements
    • Paperwork Reduction Act Comments Sought on Open Internet Order
    • AT&T Seeks to Discontinue Corporate Calling Card Service
    • FCC Reminds TV Licensees of Procedures Prior to Spectrum Incentive Auction
    • Congress Asks FCC to Modernize Support for Rural Broadband
    • FCC Issues Agenda for May 21 Open Meeting
    • Open Internet Petition for Review Proceeding Update
    • GAO Releases Report on Broadband Performance, Recommends Further Research
    • AT&T to Offer Exclusive Content for Connected Cars
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • FCC Proposes Extending Emergency Alerts to Second Screens
657 May 15, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Here’s When Apple’s Next Big Products Are Coming Out
  • Development of artificial intelligence could have adverse effects in future
  • PATENT (Two-way Paging) congratulations to James Dabbs & Brian Claise
    • Method and apparatus for efficient and deterministic group alerting
  • Microsoft announces Windows 10 versions for consumer and business, but pricing remains murky
  • Spok Announces Availability of Notification Alerting on Apple Watch
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Releases MAP OF CAF II Funding-Eligible Areas
    • FCC Refuses to Stay Open Internet Order
    • Comments Sought on LNP Transition Plan
    • FCC Upholds Denial of High Cost Support Waivers—Provides Insight for USF Waivers
    • RUS and NTIA to Host Webinar on Broadband Opportunity Council Proposals, Registration Due Today
    • FCC Seeks to Refresh Record in Pole Attachment Proceeding
    • FirstNet Announces Industry Day on May 14 – Will Accept Requests for Meetings Starting May 15
    • Sprint and Verizon to Pay $158 Million to Settle Mobile Cramming Investigations
    • Second Circuit Rules NSA Telephone Metadata Collection Program Illegal
    • USAC Estimates $3.92 Billion for 2015 E-rate Demand
    • Netflix Opposes AT&T Merger, Cites Interconnection Disputes
    • Verizon to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Swissphone Enters the Global VoIP Wholesale Market
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Tim Jones
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Self-Esteem Ain’t The Answer
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night in Pucon town, Chile, on May 10. Villarrica, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon, is among the most active in South America
656 May 8, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • NSA exceeded authority in collection of phone records, court rules
  • BlackBerry ditches keyboard for new Leap smartphone
  • Secure your home network—and every device attached to it—in 3 simple steps
  • PTSD program for first responders extended to family members
  • The Apple Architecture
    • By Jim Page
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • New A-CAM Map Released; Corrections Due May 11 (original data) or May 15 (revisions)
    • FCC Releases Special Access Data Collection Respondents, Seeks Comment on Inaccuracies
    • Supreme Court Denies Certiorari on Petitions Seeking Review of the Transformation Order
    • Interface for Recertification of Study Area Boundaries is Available- Recertification due May 26
    • Senator Thune Investigates Suspected Bid-Rigging by DISH and its DEs in FCC Auction
    • Deadline Established for Non-Service Initialized NPRM
    • Bill Introduced in Alabama to Allow Municipalities to Provide Broadband Outside City Limits
    • Failure to File Form 499-A Registering as Telecom Provider Nets $100,000 NAL
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for May 21 Open Meeting
    • U.S. To Change Stance on Secret Phone Tracking
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Screen Room For Sale—name your own price
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • John Parmalee on Spoofing
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • About Photography by Ansel Adams
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards
655 May 1, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Comment on: Important Talk by Bill Gates
  • Lawmakers Question Effect on Public Safety of Closing 16 FCC Field Offices
  • Follow-up Report: CMA-E Spring 2015 Meeting in Berlin
  • Windows forever: Windows 10 builds will continue even after Microsoft ships it
  • FCC Proposes to Permit Amateur Access to 2200 and 630 Meters
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Form 481 Filings On the Horizon
    • BOC Seeks Comment on Role of Federal Government in Broadband Deployment
    • Ex Partes Filed on IntraMTA Traffic Issues; Court Prepares to Receive Motions to Dismiss
    • USTelecom Files Statement of Issues to Be Raised in Open Internet Appeal
    • FCC Scrutinizes DISH Bid Credits; Verizon Presents “Extensive Evidence of Collusion”
    • FirstNet Seeks Comment on Draft RFP for Participation in Public Safety Network
    • Price Cap Carriers Offered $1.675 Billion Annually for Phase II Connect America Support
    • GAO Recommends FCC Conduct Lifeline Program Evaluation, Commissioner O’Rielly Agrees
    • Updated PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry Now Available
    • Verizon to Pursue Software Defined Architecture
    • Comcast Officially Withdraws from Time Warner Cable Merger
    • Google Announces “Google Fi” Wireless Phone Service
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Creates Citizens Broadband Radio Service, Folds Existing 3.65 to 3.7 GHz Band into Rules
    • FCC Issues Reminder that Certain Fishing Vessels and Small Passenger Vessels Must Upgrade to VHF Digital Selective Calling by January 20, 2016
    • FCC Enforcement Bureau Signals Intent to Crack Down Even as It Reduces Force
    • FCC Extends 700 MHz Public Safety Regional Planning Committee Deadline to October 30, 2015
    • Congress Looks to Expand Amount of 5 GHz Spectrum Available for Unlicensed Use
    • FCC Proposes to Keep Archived Amateur Radio Address Data Confidential
    • FCC Denies Alligator Communications Request for Extension of Time to Construct 14 MAS Stations
    • FCC Grants Waiver to Accept Late-Filed Construction Notification for Washington, DC
    • FCC Fines Pirate Station Operations – Issues Warnings
    • Updated PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry Now Available
  • Screen Room For Sale—name your own price
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Jerry Griffith on Moore's Law
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We’re not ready
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK—from Bill Gates
    • “Today the greatest risk of global catastrophe doesn't look like this.”
    • “Instead, it looks like this.”
654 April 24, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Google Keep: Take notes on the go
  • See the Apple Watch torn down to its minuscule parts
  • Cufflink for Apple Watch is a smart messaging alerts app
  • Original Moore's Law paper doesn't say what you think it does
  • Twitter opens up direct messaging again, despite abuse fears
  • FTC Delivers Mixed Warning on Location-Tracking
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Gives RLEC Industry 30 Days to Negotiate High Cost Fund Plan
    • FCC Seeks Further Comment on Rural Telco Bid Credit and Other DE Issues
    • FCC Creates Citizens Broadband Radio Service, Folds Existing 3.65 to 3.7 GHz Band into Rules
    • House Introduces “Legislative Trifecta” on FCC Transparency
    • Congress Looks to Expand Amount of 5 GHz Spectrum Available for Unlicensed Use
    • Further Petitions for Review of Open Internet Order Filed
    • Nokia Announces Plans to Merge with Alcatel-Lucent
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Salary Index (Humorous)
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Dr. Dietmar Gollnick reports on the CMA board meeting in Berlin
    • With Photo of the board members
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Disappointments
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor
653 April 17, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • US FCC to open up valuable airwaves for tech and telecom companies
  • Four new lawsuits challenge FCC's Net neutrality rules
  • Google Has a New Handwriting Keyboard and It Actually Works
  • Huge survey suggests Apple will sell over 15 million Apple Watches in the U.S. alone
  • Boost Mobile goes after Cuban-Americans with new prepaid plan
  • Tiger Teams and the FCC Enforcement Bureau
    • By Mark E. Crosby, President and CEO, EWA
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • IMPORTANT: Corrections to Rural Cost Model Data Due May 11, 2015
    • FCC To Implement Online Response System for Informal Complaints
    • Open Internet Order Published in Federal Register, Effective June 12
    • FCC Grants First Batch of AWS-3 Licenses; Fate of DISH DEs Still Unknown
    • FCC Expected to Tinker with 3.65 GHz Rules During Open Meeting Scheduled for April 17
    • Rep. Mooney Introduces Bill Exempting Broadband Providers from USF Contributions
    • FCC Enforcement Bureau Signals Intent to Crack Down Even as It Reduces Force
    • FCC Announces Public Workshop on E-Rate Funded Fiber Build Projects
    • Nevada Considers Regulation on Internet Traffic Path
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Open Internet
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Larry Sheets
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Mark Twain
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Cherry Blossoms 2015
652 April 10, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Consulting Alliance Updated
  • Benefiting the community
  • Intel Compute Stick, world's smallest PC, will cost $150 with Windows, $110 with Linux
  • World Amateur Radio Day is April 18
  • Emergency services welcome GRN upgrade
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness Registry Updated, October 7 Deadline Established for Compliance
    • FCC Seeks to Curb Fraudulent 911 Calls from Non-Service-Initialized Devices
    • NARUC Files Response to Oppositions to Petition for Writ of Certiorari
    • AT&T Settles Data Breach Investigations for $25 Million
    • FCC Plans to Fine Roman LD $5.9 Million for Slamming
    • FCC Issues $17.4 Million in Fines Against CenturyLink and Intrado Communications for 911 Failures
    • FCC Sends Open Internet Order for Federal Register Publication
    • Recent Study Indicates 19% of Americans Depend on Phone for Internet Access
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Researchers at Stanford University develop new battery that could charge smartphones in one minute
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Edgar Allan Poe on Beauty
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • The Searcher
651 April 3, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Caller ID spoofing
  • A Community Discussion
  • There are some funny April Fool's items included in this issue. I hope you can find them.
  • A Consulting Alliance
  • Please take a look at the Wi-Fi capable Security Cameras from: UltraTek Security Cameras. In today's world we can't be too careful. It is very important to have a record of what is going on around your home and/or business.
  • How “Smartphone-Dependent” Are Americans?
  • Health care industry receives first mobile apps from Apple, IBM
  • On its 5th anniversary, Apple's iPad remains world's best tablet, but tablet market is due for change
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Open Internet Order Repealed; Internet Closes Immediately
    • FCC Expected to Adopt Spectrum Sharing and “Small Cells” Proposal in 3.5 GHz “Innovation Band”
    • FCC Adopts NPRM on Part 4 Outage Reporting
    • FCC Asserts Petitions for Review of Open Internet Order are Premature
    • Order on Access Tariff Filing Procedures Released
    • Order Clarifying ICC Transition Rules for Rate-of-Return LECs Effective April 27
    • Petition for Reconsideration Filed on FCC Treble Damages Policy
    • Comment Sought on Defining Commencement of Operations in the 600 MHz Band
    • Public Workshop on Broadband Consumer Privacy Scheduled
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FirstNet Holds Special Meeting; Chairman Swenson Testifies before Senate Oversight Hearing
    • FCC Allows Cargo Airlines to Notify Customers of Package Deliveries Without Violating Consumer Protections
    • FCC Considers Allowing Account Updates and Messages by Autodialer under TCPA
    • Motorola Seeks Waiver of Public Coast Power Limits for Columbia County, NY
    • Montgomery County Challenges FCC’s Tower Siting Order
    • FCC Grants South Carolina Waiver of Construction Notification Deadline
    • FCC Sets Comment Deadlines for Proposal to Create 800 MHz Interstitial Channels
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Philip Leavitt—What do you think?
    • Frank J. Mercurio, W9FM
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Joke for Carpenters
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Germanwings Plane Crash
650 March 27, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Check out the new advertisement from Critical Alert Systems. This is a great company dedicated to Paging, and Nurse Call systems. They have been loyal supporters of the newsletter for a long time. I count several of their managers and staff as friends as well as colleagues. They have made significant advancements to the art of staying in touch.
  • Facebook Inc WhatsApp Calling Feature To Arrive On iOS In Two Weeks
  • FCC's Net-Neutrality Order Fails To Provide Clarity On Certain Issues
  • USF High-Cost Program: Best and Realistic Timelines
  • Facebook developing solar drones to deliver global web access
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Last Call: Form 499-A; Accessibility Certifications Due April 1
    • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the FCC's Open Internet Order (But Were Afraid to Ask)
    • President Obama Establishes Broadband Opportunity Council
    • House Bill Introduced to Promote FCC Collaboration
    • Rep. Walden Introduces Draft Legislation to Reauthorize the FCC Ahead of Hearing
    • FCC Grants AT&T Claims in Interstate Access Complaint
    • FCC Allows Certain Customer Notice Calls under TCPA
    • Report Details Increasing Broadband Speeds
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Character and the quality of life
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Germanwings Plane Crash
649 March 20, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • St. Patrick's Day Solar Storm
  • Sun Spots
  • Today is the First Day of Spring
  • Today is the Equinox
  • Freaky Friday
    • Solar Eclipse
    • Supermoon
    • Spring Equinox
  • Also last Saturday was Pi Day
  • Europe Goes Dark
    • How Germany is preparing its extensive solar power network for a total solar eclipse
  • March Equinox — Equal Day and Night, Nearly
    • Spring in the North, Fall in the South
    • Why is it Called “Equinox”?
    • What Happens on the Equinox?
    • Celebrating new Beginnings
    • The Snake of Sunlight (at Chichen Itza, Mexico)
  • Solar eclipse of March 20, 2015
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Releases Open Internet Order and Order Granting TN and NC Preemption Requests
    • Reply Comments Filed on LEC Petition on IntraMTA Charges
    • Reminder: WCB Extends Date for Study Area Boundary Changes Until March 23; Recertifications due May 26
    • FCC Pauses 180-Day Clock in Comcast-Time Warner and AT&T-DirecTV Transactions
    • Montgomery County Challenges FCC’s Tower Siting Order
    • Verizon Agrees to $3.4 Million Settlement Over California 911 Outage
    • Verizon Calls Out DISH for Inflating Spectrum Prices
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Frank Hackett
    • Marc Gineris
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Big Shot?
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Spectacular Aurora Photo from the St. Patrick's Day Solar Storm in Sweden
648 March 13, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Dick Tracy and the Apple Watch
  • How Dick Tracy Invented the Apple Watch
  • American Messaging Services, LLC Files Lawsuit Against Doc Halo, LLC For Serious Violations of Their Strategic Partnership
  • Controversial cybersecurity bill wins over Senate Intel Committee
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Study Area Boundary Changes Due March 16; Certifications due May 26
    • AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile Allege Insincere Coordinated Bidding by DISH in AWS-3 Auction
    • Rural Call Completion Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules Effective March 4
    • BloostonLaw Replies to Comments on Designated Entity Bid Credit Proposals
    • Pennsylvania PUC Deregulates Verizon Landline Service
    • Public Safety Bureau Extends Comment Period to March 23 for 911 NPRM
    • Acceptance for Filing of AWS-3 Long-Form Applications
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for March 26 Open Meeting
    • Rep. Blackburn Introduces Internet Freedom Act
    • FirstNet Holds Special Meeting; Chairman Swenson Testifies before Senate Oversight Hearing
    • Netflix Accused of Changing Sides on Net Neutrality
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • New MacBook: Computing Rethought
  • FCC Enforcement Bureau Field Resources Poised to Shrink
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Adam (Callnet)
      • Looking for a Motorola NRN8815 interface pod
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Change: Mahatma Gandhi
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • March in memory of the opposition leader Boris Nemtsov
647 March 6, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Winter
  • New ad from UltraTek Security Cameras
  • Charging wirelessly into 2015
  • Spok Reports Third Quarter Operating Results
  • SK Telecom Signs MOUs with Taiwan Mobile, Skytel and Nokia Networks at MWC 2015
  • Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan gives 1.5 billion reasons why Windows 10 will change everything
  • American Red Cross Deploys AtHoc Networked Crisis Communication to Accelerate Disaster Response Nationwide
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Form 499-A, Access to Advanced Services Certifications Due April 1
    • Comment Deadlines Established for Letter of Credit Requirements
    • FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Order, Preempts NC and TN State Restrictions on Municipal Broadband
    • Second E-Rate Modernization Order Becomes Effective This Month
    • FCC Proposes $9 Million Forfeiture for Slamming and Cramming Violations, Falsifying Evidence
    • Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on FCC Oversight on March 18
    • Kentucky Legislature Passes Landline Deregulation Bill
    • Google Confirms Upcoming Wireless Offering
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • After Pissing Off Congress, FCC Asks For Biggest Budget In History
  • New MUHC site to have poor cell phone service [Montreal]
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Hayden Jackson
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Winter
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Winter in Wayne County, Illinois
646 February 27, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Lots of important news this week. Please do your “homework.” Don't miss the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR from Dr. Dietmar Gollnick in Berlin, and Claude Everton in Québec. Also — of major importance — are the articles about the FCC's ruling yesterday on regulating broadband Internet service.
  • Twitter Releases New User Safety Tools
  • F.C.C. Approves Net Neutrality Rules, Classifying Broadband Internet Service as a Utility
  • LTE can mooch off of Wi-Fi spectrum with new Qualcomm chipset
  • Apple to Hold 'Special Event' on March 9
  • StromPager [from Germany] arouses interest in Detroit, MI, USA
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • LAST CALL: CPNI Certifications Due March 2
    • Uncertainty Grows as Net Neutrality Vote Approaches
    • FCC Clarifies Eligible Recovery True Up Process
    • Blooston Rural Carriers Urge Bid Credit Reforms in Future Spectrum Auctions
    • House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Proposed Internet Reform
    • House Committee to Investigate FCC Decision-Making Process
    • Comment Deadlines Set for Online Public File Expansion NPRM
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory on Interference with Wi-Fi Hot Spots
    • FCC Denies The Conley Group’s Petition for Use of Five Nationwide VHF Interoperability Channels
    • PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry Now Available
    • The Price of Privacy? $30 Per Month, According to AT&T
    • FCC and FDA to Hold Joint Workshop on Wireless Medical Device Test Beds
    • FCC Designates ASHE/AHA as the Frequency Coordinator for Medical Body Area Operations
  • Telecom operators decidedly mixed on FCC’s net neutrality move
    • AT&T, Verizon opposed; T-Mobile US cautious; Sprint in favor of net neutrality decision
  • Motorola will let you customize your next smartwatch
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Claude Everton — VE2YI
    • Dr. Dietmar Gollnick
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Terrorism
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • People hold candles during a memorial service is held for those killed on Saturday by a 22-year-old gunman, in Copenhagen
645 February 20, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Google mobile search highlights the freshest news stories
  • This Brilliant Kid Has Life Totally Figured Out
  • New BlackBerry 10 update brings access to Android apps on compatible handsets
  • Have the NSA and GCHQ got the secret key from YOUR phone sim-CARD? LIKELY
  • Puerto Rico quiere que el 70% de los hogares acceda a banda ancha de 1Gbps en 2020 (Article in Spanish)
  • Council accepts new fire radio communications agreement
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Access Data Collection Responses for Small Entities Due February 27
    • Net Neutrality Ex Parte Filings Pile Up as Commission Vote Draws Near
    • FCC Issues List of Census Blocks Removed From Price Cap Offer of Model Based Support
    • Comment Sought on New FRN Type for Broadcasters that Would Avoid Social Security Numbers
    • Enforcement Bureau Dismisses Verizon Complaint on Pole Attachment Rates
    • FCC Clarifies Rural Call Completion Order Recording Requirements
    • The Price of Privacy? $30 Per Month, According to AT&T
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • White House: Apple Pay will support debit cards for Social Security and veterans benefits
  • State of The Art patient Pagers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (UK)
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Happy Lunar New Year
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Fireworks bring in the Year of the Sheep
644 February 13, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • New smartphone unlocking rules became effective from February 11
  • Amber Alerts
  • Sony Smartwatch 3 Steel Edition Launched
  • Facebook Unveils Its Plan to Strike Back at Hackers
  • The California Supreme Court Holds That Certain Security Guards Must Be Paid to Sleep
  • FCC Imposes $10,000 Penalty Against Oregon Man
  • Apple's Solar Power
  • What's The Best Family Plan for Cell Phones: Verizon Vs. T-Mobile Vs. AT&T Vs. Sprint
  • D.C. Mayor Removes Encryption of Fire and EMS Radio Communications
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Issues Warning Not to Miss Annual CPNI Certification Deadline
    • Comments Filed on IntraMTA Petition for Declaratory Ruling
    • FCC Sides with LECs in Declaratory Ruling on VoIP Symmetry
    • Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly Erupt Over Net Neutrality Fact Sheet
    • Congressional Committees Probe White House/FCC Communications on Net Neutrality
    • FCC Fines Seven Companies $1.2 Million for Slamming and Cramming Violations
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Removing Certain Outdated Common Carrier Regulations
    • Senators Support Long-Term Internet Tax Ban
    • PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry Now Available
    • White House to Announce Cyberattack Agency
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Motorola fights to keep spot in EMS, police and fire communication market
  • Apple extends two-factor authentication to FaceTime and iMessage
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Philip Leavitt: “Looks like we’re all dog slaves.”
    • Jeff Silberberg: TAP Support
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Adventure
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • First Ascent of Mustang Himal, Nepal
643 February 6, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • The $1 Lightning cable that's still half as good as the real thing
  • Exclusive: Apple's health tech takes early lead among top hospitals
  • Daviscomms Singapore announces two new distributors in the USA
  • Verizon Drops Prices On Most Data Plans By $10
  • This App Actually Lets You Send Screenshot — Proof Messages And Photos
  • Unwinding The Swatch Group Smartwatch Announcement
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About the FCC's Net Neutrality Plan
  • Before Net Neutrality: The Surprising 1940s Battle for Radio Freedom
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • March 16: Deadline to Notify AT&T of Service Provided in Modified CAF Phase I Census Blocks
    • FCC Releases Fact Sheet for Upcoming Net Neutrality Order
    • AWS-3 Auction Closes With Record $41.3 Billion in Net Revenues to US Treasury
    • FCC Adopts New Indoor Location Accuracy Requirements for Wireless E911
    • FCC Seeks Comments on Letter of Credit Requirements
    • FCC Issues List of Next-In-Line Entities for Rural Broadband Experiment Funds
    • Wireless Bureau Extends Filing Deadlines for Review of Part 1 Competitive Bidding Rules
    • FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory on Interference with Wi-Fi Hot Spots
    • Sen. Sanders Introduces Bill to Fund Further BIP and BTOP Grants
    • USAC Files Second Quarter 2015 Universal Service Support Mechanisms Fund Size Projections
    • Cablevision to Offer Wi-Fi Only Phone Service
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Lechmanski provides solution to high band conversion costs (Shelter Island, NY)
  • RadioShack files for bankruptcy as Sprint eyes its stores
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • InfoRad Wireless Messaging Software
      • As of 1/31/15 Verizon Wireless has discontinued support for text messaging via dial-up modem (TAP protocol) to Verizon Wireless cell phones
    • Erick Álvarez
      • Needs a C-2000 manual
    • Jim Tucker
      • Funny correspondence
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Humor
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Tragedy in Mexico
642 January 30, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • Daviscomms names new distributors
  • Canada's digital spies are watching what you download
  • U.S. FCC warns against blocking personal Wi-Fi access
  • Last Surviving Member of the Shelton Gang Passes
  • Why a Google MVNO is exactly what the US wireless industry needs
  • Routehappy Report, Data Signify Importance of In-Flight Wi-Fi
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Connect America Phase II Report and Order Effective February 26
    • Petitions Filed for Supreme Court Review of Tenth Circuit Transformation Order Decision
    • FCC to Consider Contentious Items at January 29 Open Meeting
    • CFC Seeks Waiver of Bank Eligibility Requirement for Rural Broadband Experiments
    • FCC Sets Comment Deadline on 911 Outage NPRM
    • Verizon Files Application for Review of Data Roaming Declaratory Ruling
    • Democrats Introduce Community Broadband Act
    • FCC Proposes $1.6 Million Fine for Failure to Contribute to USF, TRS, and LNP
    • Verizon Agrees to $5 Million Settlement in Rural Call Completion Investigation
    • Snowden Files Reveal Canadian Global Internet Surveillance Program
    • Deadline: February 2: FCC Form 502, Number Utilization and Forecast Report
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Companies Examine Use of Private Radio for Critical Communications When Commercial Wireless Services Fail
    • FCC Partially Grants Suffolk, VA Request to Short Space Other Government Entities
    • Attention Equipment Manufacturers: FCC Outsources RF Equipment Certification, and Updates Testing and Measurement Standards
    • FCC Provides Guidance for Licensing Former 700 MHz Narrowband Reserve Spectrum
    • FCC Denies Request to Postpone Pre-Coordination and Application Filing Deadlines for 800 MHz Expansion Band and Guard Band Channels
    • Supreme Court Allows Telecom Tower In Residential Area
    • Iowa Supreme Court Rules Telecom Tax Applies to VoIP Providers
    • FCC Turns Down Part 90 License Sale Because Station Had Permanently Ceased Operations
    • County Ignores FCC – FCC Responds by Proposing Modification of Public Safety License
  • Telus may be closing its pager network, but the beeper isn’t dead yet
    • 161,500 Canadians still have pager service subscriptions
  • “Sociology Class”
    • A guest editorial by Burch Falkner of Birmingham, Alabama, a well-known and veteran-vendor to the paging and two-way radio industries.
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Denis Gignac
      • Senior Technical Advisor, Telecommunications de l’Est, Quebec
    • Ron Mercer
      • Paging & Wireless Network Planners
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Carl Bard
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Ford GT Super Car With 600-Plus HP
641 January 23, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • This editorial is a little “off topic” but I couldn't resist.
  • BlackBerry's gold-hued Passport is even more audacious than usual
  • Telus pager service cancellation worries rural communities (in Canada)
  • Doc Halo named “Best in Class” for Healthcare Communication
  • Hands On With Microsoft HoloLens
  • Google Reportedly Is Readying Wireless Services
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Subpoenas CPNI for Special Access Data Collection
    • House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Draft Internet Legislation
    • FCC to Vote on Municipal Broadband Petitions Next Month
    • DISH may become Spectrum Wholesaler: Opportunity for Rural Carriers?
    • AT&T Challenges FCC Interpretation of Data Roaming Rules
    • FCC Fines Viacom and ESPN $1.4 Million for Misuse Of Emergency Alert Warnings
    • New York Broadband Program Promises 100Mbps Downstream or Better
    • Commissioner Pai Hits Roadblock in Dialogue with Netflix on Open Video Standards
    • Deadline: February 2: FCC Form 502, Number Utilization and Forecast Report
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Google discloses three severe vulnerabilities in Apple OS X
  • Lamar County working to fix glitch in emergency system
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Larry DAnna WA3KOK needs help with a 900 MHz Nucleus Paging Transmitter
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Freedom of the Press
      • Thomas Jefferson
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • U.S. Navy Communications Satellite Launch
640 January 16, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • New Domain Name
  • Wireless Messaging
  • Cool New Stuff at CES
  • Getting the Most Out of Apple iOS 8
  • Verizon Announces New Service: Verizon Vehicle
  • Cubans can finally buy American phones and PCs
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Sens. Thune and Upton Continue Crusade for New Telecom Act
    • President Obama Announces Initiative to Promote Municipal Broadband Systems
    • Details on Net Neutrality Order to be Released Feb. 5; Ex Parte Parade Marches On
    • FCC To Define Broadband as 25 Mbps Down and 3 Mbps Up for Reporting Purposes
    • Supreme Court Sides with Municipality in Keeping Cell Tower Out of Residential Area
    • AT&T Files Motion to Dismiss in FTC Complaint on Data Throttling
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for January 29 Open Meeting
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline for Part 1 Competitive Bidding NPRM
    • Rep. Latta Reintroduces Bill Prohibiting Internet Reclassification as Utility
    • Mandatory E-Filing for Certain Proceedings Begins
    • British Prime Minister Plans to Ban Messaging Apps that Don’t Turn Over Communications
    • Deadline: February 2: FCC Form 502, Number Utilization and Forecast Report Due
  • FCC Approval Will Allow Gogo To Offer 70 Mbps Speeds On Flights
  • Google Domains Open for Business in U.S.
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Freedom of the Press
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • This Week's Charlie Hebdo front cover
639 January 9, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • First Bird: The bald eagle may be a majestic national symbol—but it’s also one tough bird
  • Pagers to thank for quick response [in Canada]
  • Apple's HomeKit rollout to require Apple TV for remote Siri control
  • S&T’s Interoperable Solution Makes It Easier and Cheaper For First Responders to Communicate
    • Radio Internet Protocol Communications Module
  • Telecom Industry Readies for a Net-Neutrality Fight
  • BlackBerry Ltd Now Decides To Bring BBM To Android Wear
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • HAC Report Due January 15; Revised Rules In Effect
    • FCC Expected to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules at February Open Meeting
    • FCC Makes it Easier to Certify RF Equipment
    • Comment Deadlines for Technology Transitions NPRM Established
    • Community Connect Grant Application Filing Window Opens; Applications Due Feb. 17
    • Windstream Seeks Declaratory Ruling on DS1/DS3 Unbundling Obligations
    • FCC Grants Request for Extension; Responses on USTelecom Petition Due Jan. 23
    • Iowa Supreme Court Rules Telecom Tax Applies to VoIP Providers
    • FCC Form 477 Interface Accepting Data, Deadline March 2
    • FEBRUARY 2: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT
    • Calendar At A Glance
  • Intel's Compute Stick is a dirt-cheap Windows PC that fits in the palm of your hand
  • Intel 5th Gen Core Series Mobile Processors A Huge Deal For Thin And Light Notebooks
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Life's Lessons
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Hungry Birds
638 January 2, 2015

This Week's Headlines

  • My New Year's Resolutions
  • The Interview movie
  • Microsoft's reported 'Spartan' browser will be lighter, more flexible than Internet Explorer
  • 6 Biggest Tech Debuts to Watch in 2015
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Adopts Electronic Distribution of Wireless License Authorizations and Antenna Structure Registrations
    • FCC Issues Warning – Signal Jammers Illegal, Even For State and Local Governments
    • Federal Aviation Administration Streamlines its NOTAM System to Improve Light Outage Reporting
    • Controversy Abounds with Marriott Proposal to Allow Wi-Fi Blocking
    • FCC Order Implementing Changes to 700 MHz Public Safety Narrowband Spectrum Allocation Effective January 2, 2014
    • FCC Grants Missouri Department of Public Safety Waiver of Station Identification Rules
  • FBI Seeks New Crop of Good-Guy Hackers
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Raja Setlur Raghaven
    • Tom Cook
    • Doug Musser
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Life's Lessons (The Most Important Things That I Know)
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Cuban Opposition Activist Being Detained

 

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