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September 21, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • “Texting” in the old days
  • IOS 12 REVIEW: THE FIXES ARE IN
  • Rollout of Nationwide TETRA Network Renewal in the Netherlands Delayed
  • Reimagining of Schrödinger’s cat breaks quantum mechanics — and stumps physicists
  • A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio
  • Windows 10 is losing the following features in the October 2018 Update
  • Inside Towers
    • [Verizon] Commercial Depicts In-House Engineers as Climbers
    • Video
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Nationwide Test of Wireless Emergency Alerts and Emergency Alert System Postponed to October 3rd
    • FCC Establishes Effective Dates for New Pole Attachment Rules
    • FCC Announces Temporary Freeze on Certain Part 90 Applications in the 900 MHz Band
    • Intermediate Provider Database Rules Awaiting OMB Approval; Effective Date Not Yet Established
    • FCC Seek Comments on Termination of Certain Proceedings as Dormant
    • FCC Announces 20.1% USF Contribution Factor for Q4
    • 800 MHz Rebanding in Mexico Reportedly Close to Completion
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Pagers gaining new function as lifeline during disasters [in Japan]
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Chart of Drugs Involved in U.S. Overdose Deaths
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change
    • “The Leaves Turn Brown” • Luke Winslow-King • Live Outside

823

September 14, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Tom Saine, Chief Information Officer at Spōk, Inc. was killed in a tragic plane crash on August 30, 2018. A news report follows below.
  • When Smartphones Get Stupid, Pagers Kick Butt
  • Here it is: When Smartphones Get Stupid, Pagers Kick Butt
  • Toledo-area plane crash victims remembered by family; crash investigation could take 12-18 months
  • Joe Amor To Retire From Microspace Communications Corporation
  • ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team Activates for Florence
  • EWA Alert: FCC Institutes Immediate Freeze of 900 MHz
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Activates DIRS for Florence
    • American Tower Urges FCC to Give Relief to Macro Towers As Well
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: SHORT FORMS FOR 28 GHz AND 24 GHz AUCTIONS DUE SEPT. 18
    • REMINDER: 3.7-4.2 GHz Fixed-Satellite Service Registration Window Closes October 17
    • FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for September Open Meeting
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Procedures to Resolve Location Discrepancies in CAF II Areas
    • Eighth Circuit Finds VoIP is an Information Service, States Preempted from Regulating
    • FCC Cancels DIRS Test for Broadcasters
    • AT&T Touts Upcoming AirGig Commercial Deployment
    • FCC Pauses T-Mobile/Sprint Transaction Clock
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • US carriers want to replace your passwords, what could go wrong?
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Albert Einstein
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Hands-on with the iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4

822

September 7, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • This issue is coming out early as I am attending an out-of-town wedding over the weekend.
  • New Animated graphic
    • When Smartphones Get Stupid, Pagers Kick Butt
    • How GIF graphics work
    • An old example
    • More suggestions needed please
  • Here it is: When Smartphones Get Stupid, Pagers Kick Butt
  • 5G: Lies, timelines, and bandwidth (video)
  • Governments demand companies allow access to data, or else
  • New pagers problematic for firefighters
  • How to make an emergency communications plan for your family
  • Inside Towers
    • Tower Construction Manager Invents “Game Changing” Gin Pole
    • Plane Crashes Into TV Tower Killing the Pilot and His Daughter
    • CA Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Pai’s Children
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: FCC Transparency Requirements Now In Effect
    • FCC Releases Regulatory Fee Order – Fees Due September 25, 2018
    • FCC Commissioner Carr Announces FCC Plan to Speed 5G Deployments
    • VPDs Reminded of Television Emergency Information Accessibility Obligations
    • Comment Deadline Established for Mobility Fund Phase II Speed Test Data Timeframe
    • California Lawmakers Vote to Pass Toughest Net Neutrality Law So Far
    • Arielle Roth Announced as Wireline Advisor to Commissioner O’Rielly
    • USDA Launches Rural e-Connectivity Website
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • FEMA couldn’t keep pace with 2017 disasters
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Albert Erdmann
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “waiting for the right time to change”
  • NOSTALGIA
    • You have heard of Indiana Jones? Well . . . this was Illinois Brad, circa 1964 in South America.
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Esta tierra es tuya” (This Land Is Yours) • Playing For Change Band Live

821

August 31, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • New App Store rules will require all apps to have a privacy policy
  • Here's how the new $400 BlackBerry smartphone compares to the pricier BlackBerry Key2
  • Ham Radio Equipment for Emergency Communication Delivered in Honduras
  • PREPAREDNESS EMS Communications: A 'Life or Death' Decision
  • EWA Alert — FCC Fee Increase Effective September 4
  • Inside Towers
    • Pensacola Mayor Receives 5G Award From CTIA
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Year End Reminder: Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
    • Application Filing Fee Increases Effective August 26
    • Marriott Enters into Half Million Dollar Consent Decree for Unauthorized Acquisition
    • FCC Announces Workshop on Environmental Compliance and Historic Preservation Review Procedures for October 11-12
    • FCC Cites Operator of Low-Power Part 15 Devices for Interference to Licensed Operations
    • Verizon Throttles Firefighters’ Data … During a Fire Emergency
    • FCC Provides Guidance to 800 MHz Regional Planning Committees for Amendments to Regional 800 MHz to Reflect 800 MHz Band Reconfiguration in Canadian Border Area
    • FCC Grants TEXAS DPS Waiver to Use 700 MHz Air-Ground Channels Without Frequency Coordination
    • FCC Cites Snapchat and Greenville Fire District for Harmful Interference
    • FCC Cites Eversource Energy for Various Tower Violations
    • FCC Revises Procedures to Allow Non-Federal Public Safety Entities to License 40 Federal Interoperability Channels
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Spok Executives to Discuss Health IT Trends With Hospital Leaders
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Kelley McNeill
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Prescription Nation 2018: Facing America's Opioid Epidemic
  • NOSTALGIA
    • You have heard of Indiana Jones? Well . . . this was Illinois Brad, circa 1972 in South America.
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “That's What Love Will Make You Do” featuring Vasti Jackson • Playing For Change Band Live

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August 24, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Connecticut Launches Text-to-911 System
  • $10M grant allocated to improve NY 911 response
  • Solar flares disrupted radio communications during September 2017 Atlantic hurricanes
  • Concern Rising within Amateur Radio Community over WWV-WWVH Shut Down Proposal
  • ‘Patchwork’ System Leaves Some Californians Out of Emergency Alerts
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Chairman Gets a New Perspective on Towers
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Form 477 Due September 4
    • Year End Reminder: Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
    • FCC Announces Effective Date of Dialing Parity/Number Portability Database Query Rules
    • FCC Extends Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Window to November
    • Petitioners’ Briefs Filed in Net Neutrality Appeal
    • Court of Appeals Denies Requests to Stay Wireless Siting Order
    • Verizon Throttles Firefighters’ Data … During a Fire Emergency
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • ASTRID [Belgium] Validates New Swissphone Pager
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Racism
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Le Chant des Fauves” • Playing For Change • Live Outside

819

August 17, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • As I have mentioned before, I have a great new computer, courtesy of an anonymous donor. Although it is a “Cadillac” of computers, it has been very limited in speed due to a slow Internet connection from my ISP. Just a few minutes ago I got upgraded to a much faster service—60 times faster in fact. I am still on a copper-wire line using aDSL but only a couple of hundred yards to a major fiber-optic line. Hooray! (and only $5/mo. extra)
  • After Google Gets Caught Tracking Users' Locations Without Permission, It Makes Changes—to a Help Page
  • Tim Cook posts gif of Apple Park's spectacular sliding doors
  • First response trio no stranger to pager (NZ)
  • Bonneville County has new notification system for emergencies. Here’s how you can sign up to receive them.
  • HAARP’s WSPR Research Campaign Yields Hundreds of Reports on 40 and 80 Meters
  • Inside Towers
    • FAA Lighting Letter Leaves Contractors In the Dark
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Section 214 Discontinuance Revisions Effective August 8
    • FCC Adopts Rural Call Completion Intermediate Provider Registration Rules
    • FCC Seeks to Refresh the Record on Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls
    • Court of Appeals Stays Part of Fourth Lifeline Order
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Wireless Priority Service Rulemaking Petition
    • Tribune Calls Off Merger After FCC Votes Against Approval
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Murus Cybersecurity and Zetron Partner on DHS S&T Award for LMR/LTE Research
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Change
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “A Change Is Gonna Come” Playing For Change Band Live in Los Angeles

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August 10, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • It's Time To Help
  • Why Extreme Networks Shares Plunged as Much as 40%
  • Apple: No, your iPhone isn't eavesdropping on you
  • Apple gets its ultimate revenge on Michael Dell with the world’s first trillion-dollar market cap
  • Inside Towers
    • 70,000 Subpoenas In Six Months: A Peek at How Carriers Serve the Law
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Updated Mobility Fund Phase II Map Now Available
    • Applications for 28 GHz & 24 GHZ Band Auctions Due Sept. 18; Bidding to Begin November 14
    • Chairman Pai Circulates Order Extending Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process
    • FCC Elimination of Certain Part 22 Service Rules Effective September 4th
    • FCC Adopts New Electronic Filing and Record-keeping System for the EAS
    • FCC Adopts Items at August Open Meeting
    • USDA Announces $97 Million in Rural Broadband Investment in 11 States
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Special Edition
      • FCC Announces Availability of FY2018 ITSP and CMRS Regulatory Fee Data
  • Here’s How to Stop Your iPhone from Listening to You
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • The Moon • Taimane • Playing For Change • Live Outside

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August 3, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Are AT&T and Verizon fleecing rural America?
  • Royal Bolton ditches ‘unsuitable’ pagers for smartphones
    • It's not as bad as it sounds.
  • FCC: “CITATION AND ORDER ILLEGAL MARKETING OF UNAUTHORIZED RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES” (Thanks to Mark Crosby)
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Makes One-Touch Make-Ready a Reality
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • August 22 Effective Date Established for Caller ID Rules on Threatening Calls
    • Comment Deadline Established for Extension of Jurisdictional Separations Freeze
    • FCC Announces Official Agenda for August Open Meeting
    • 3.5 GHz Band Nears Readiness for Commercial Deployment
    • USDA Seeks Comment on e-Connectivity Pilot Program
    • Comment Deadline Established for 2005-2006 Rule Elimination PN
    • Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Designate Additional Mid-Band and High-Frequency Spectrum for 5G
    • Comment Sought on NTCA’s Petition for Temporary Waiver of Lifeline Speed Minimums
    • Virginia Connects Every Emergency Room Department to Common Electronic Patient Records System
    • Chairman Pai Announces New Chief Economist
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Reminder – Ensure Your Tower Marking and Lighting is in Good Condition
    • Legislation Could Direct FCC to Study Ways to Promote Precision Agriculture Technologies
    • FCC Issues $18,000 Fine for Failing to Timely File STA and Disclose Relevant Information
    • FCC Seeks Comment on LoJack Request to Narrowband, Raise Power of its Public Safety Customers’ Operations
    • FCC Affirms Microwave Grant to San Bernardino County Despite Protest
    • FCC Denies Public Safety/Local Government Waiver Requests
    • FCC Makes Property Owners Liable for Unlicensed Radio Operations by Tenants
    • Rep. Collins Introduces 911 Integrity Act
    • Marketing of Illegal LED Signs Results in $100K+ in Penalties
    • FCC Issues $5,600 Forfeiture for Failure to Renew License
  • Tech Tips
    • Things I learned from Ira Wiesenfeld
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • William Franzin
    • Rex M. Lee
    • John Parmalee
    • Mark Crosby
      • Senator Markey Introduces “Don’t Break Up the T-Band” Act to Protect First Responders’ Spectrum
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dr. Bob Jones Sr.
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Ahoulaguine Akaline featuring Bombino • Playing For Change • Song Around The World

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July 27, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial Comments
    • Please let me know if this issue downloads too slowly for you. I am experimenting with some new code this week. I have also updated many of the graphics. Your comments are always appreciated.
    • We have another great article this week from Rex Lee, a technology journalist, who is a friend, a colleague, and who has been researching the issue of personal privacy on smartphones and connected products for some time. Rex has concluded that a person cannot buy a private, secure or safe cellular phone anymore, whether the device is a smartphone or a flip phone. His next article will expose this fact.
  • How to use your smartphone without leaving a trace (almost)
  • Two-Way Texting: Made in Mississippi
  • Surveillance Capitalism
    • The Need for an Electronic Bill of Rights
  • Inside Towers
    • Trade Groups, Industry Execs Plead For More Spectrum to Spur 5G
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Provides List of Counties Where Conditional Lifeline Voice Forbearance Applies
    • FCC Authorizes 175 Rate-of-Return Carriers for A-CAM Support
    • Comments on Verizon Petition for Declaratory Ruling Due August 20
    • FCC Provides List of Counties Where Conditional Lifeline Voice Forbearance Applies
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Competition in Audio Programming Marketplace
    • Legislation Could Direct FCC to Study Ways to Promote Precision Agriculture Technologies
    • Combined Nationwide Test of WEA and EAS Scheduled for Sept. 20th
    • Comment Deadline Extended for FM Translator Interference FNPRM
    • Rep. Collins Introduces 911 Integrity Act
    • FCC Issues $5,600 Forfeiture for Failure to Renew License
    • Comment Deadlines on IP CTS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry Established
    • AT&T Reveals Three More Cities for 5G Launch by the End of 2018
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Spok Reports 2018 Second Quarter Operating Results; First Half Software Revenue up 11 Percent from Prior Year, Company Maintains Full Year Guidance Levels
    • Board Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Joe Leikhim
    • Chris Pugh
    • Dan Gunter
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Life is a Journey
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Jah Fakya • Playing For Change • Live Outside

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July 20, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial Comments
    • I made a mistake last week
    • Recollections
  • Doctors should 'throw away their pagers', says Health Secretary in new technology drive for the NHS
    • Those of us who steadfastly support Paging continue to address this issue instead of ignoring it and hoping people will learn the truth by themselves.
  • BlackBerry dusts off oldest trick in the book to push new keyboard phone
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Sorting Through License Transfers for Proposed T-Mo-Sprint Deal
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Form 477 Data Due September 4
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting
    • Chairman Pai Announces Diversity Incubator Program for Broadcast
    • Commissioner Carr Announces USF Connected Care Pilot Program
    • FCC Adopts Items at July 12 Open Meeting
    • Slamming and Cramming Rule Amendments Effective August 16
    • FCC to Announce Future Timetable for Filing of Next Gen TV License Applications
    • Rep. Coffman Introduces No-Paid-Prioritization Net Neutrality Bill
    • FCC Announces Emergency Alerting Webinar on July 25
    • FCC Circulates Draft Hearing Designation Order for Sinclair/Tribune Transaction
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • New Legislation Suggests Implementing Emergency Alerts Into Streaming Services Like Netflix and Spotify
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Roy Pottle
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson on Happiness
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Mbappé Creates a New Skill Never Before Seen on the Soccer Field

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July 13, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Want to know my sad story for this week?
  • It’s a disaster! Does your cell phone work?
    • By Igor Gluic General Manager/CTO of Citipage Ltd. Edmonton, Alberta
  • #TBT: Paging Flatlines
    • RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! (From: July 23, 2001)
  • Inside Towers
    • CTIA Survey Shows It’s Been a Great Decade for Cell Site Growth
    • First Nationwide WEA-EAS Test in The Works
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Adopts Uniform Broadband Speed Measurements
    • FCC Announces Mock Auction Schedule for CAF Phase II
    • FCC Drops Controversial Informal Complaint Rule Revisions After Congressional Letter
    • FCC Drops Controversial Informal Complaint Rule Revisions After Congressional Letter
    • FCC Announces Official Agenda for July 12 Open Meeting
    • FCC Reminds CAF Phase II Auction Applicants of FCC ETC Designation Process
    • FCC Announces Next Meeting of Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee
    • Radio Engineer Coalition Disputes Verizon 4G Coverage Claims
    • Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Rural Broadband
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • EWA Alert— Secure FCC Approval Before License Assignment or Transfer of Control
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Albert Erdmann
      • Reduction of Coverage by American Messaging in many cities
    • Burch Falkner
    • Tom Harger
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Abraham Lincoln on Happiness
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Croatia vs. England 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Highlights
    • May not work on all browsers but you can click and go directly to YouTube

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July 6, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Sorry: This issue is being published on Monday, July 9, 2108 due to unforeseen circumstances
  • While not a major update in any way, Apple is today releasing iOS 11.4.1, watchOS 4.3.2, and tvOS 11.4.1 to the public.
  • iPhone Exclusive: Apple's Massive, Cheap iPhone Confirmed
  • PSA: If you’re experiencing excessive battery drain on iOS 11.4, it’s not just you
  • Inside Towers
    • Jim Fryer, Managing Editor, Inside Towers writes his Independence Day article
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Certain Parts of Form 481 Confidential by Default; Carriers May Still Request Confidentiality for Others
    • Opposition Deadline for Mobility Fund Phase II Application Set
    • FCC Announces Form 396-C Filing Deadline, Supplementary Investigation Questions
    • FCC Issues Second Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process Portal Update
    • Public Safety Narrowband 700MHz Amendments Effective July 30
    • Senate Committee Approves Stark as FCC Commissioner
    • FCC Settles AT&T Mobility 911 Outage Investigation
    • Comment Deadlines Established in Access Arbitrage Proceeding
    • Comment Deadline Established in Station License, Toll-Free (8YY) Proceedings
    • Chairman Pai Announces New Vice Chair, Member of Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Inside Towers
    • “Cell Tower in a Box” Could Connect The Unconnected
  • If we never got the iPhone, this is the phone we’d all be stuck with
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Barry Kanne
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The Secret to Happiness
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “The O' Jays - Love Train” (Home Free Cover)

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June 29, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • AT&T Fined $5.25M for Two 911 Outages that Affected 15,000+ Emergency Calls
  • Loris Fire Department says pagers don't always alert them of emergency
  • Man's antenna picks up PHI from pagers at 5+ hospitals
  • Test shows how much the iOS 12 public beta can speed up an older iPhone
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Tweaking Next Infrastructure Order
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Announces Initial Bidding Schedule
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for July Open Meeting
    • FCC Announces 220 Applicants Qualified to Bid in CAF-II; Additional Information
    • FCC Announces 90-Day Extension for 3.7-4.2 GHz Band Receive Only Earth Station Registrations
    • Comment Deadline Extended for 2.5GHz Rulemaking Proceeding
    • FCC Seeks Input on Robocalling Report
    • FCC Seeks Input for State of Mobile Wireless Competition Report
    • FCC Announces Lead for T-Mobile Transaction Task Force
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Proposes Fines for Equipment Marketing Rule Violations
    • Maricopa County, Arizona Obtains Waiver of 800 MHz Freeze
    • Trump Nominates Geoffrey Starks to take Clyburn’s Seat
    • FCC Confirms Aeronautical Enroute Stations May Use AOC and ATC Communications
    • Notice of Unlicensed Operation Issued for Interference to Terminal Radar Approach System
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • If we never got the iPhone, this is the phone we’d all be stuck with
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Anonymous
      • More comments on Poverty
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Changing the Water
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change
    • “Teach Your Children”

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June 22, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Yahoo Messenger Is Shutting Down After 20 Years
  • Supreme Court adopts new rules for cellphone tracking
  • Apple’s iOS 12 to Share iPhone Location Information with 9-1-1 Centers
  • BlackBerry Key2 gets July 13th release date, and preorders start on June 29th
  • iOS 12: How to customize Grouped Notifications
  • Inside Towers
    • Thune Eyes Quick Starks Committee Vote
    • American Tower Rescinds Amendment to Agreement Effective Immediately
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Form 481 Now Due July 16, but Certain Data Still Due July 2
    • FCC Issues Guidance on 2019 Lifeline Recertification
    • FCC Votes to Approve Rural Health Care Funding Increase
    • Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for FCC Nominee Starks
    • TRS Consumer Complaint Summaries Due July 2
    • NLAD Now Available in Six New States
    • Sprint and T-Mobile Submit Public Interest Statements to FCC
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Experiments Look to Leverage Low-Latency HF to Shave Microseconds off Trade Times
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Anonymous
      • Another view on the state of poverty
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Poverty
    • Mother Teresa
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change
    • “Natural Mystic – Just a Little Bit”

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June 15, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • TECH FIX Your Wi-Fi Security Is Probably Weak.
    • Here’s How to Fix That.
  • Do Amazon's Movement-Tracking Wristbands Violate Workers' Privacy Rights?
  • LMCC Seeks Commissioner O’Rielly’s Assistance with eBay and Amazon
  • Zetron Mission Critical Communications Systems Are End-To-End NG9-1-1 i3 and FirstNet Compliant
  • Inside Towers
    • NATE Debuts Video on Dropped Object Prevention
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Transparency Requirements Now In Effect
    • FCC Grants Petition for Forbearance of USF Contribution Requirements for Rural LECs
    • FCC Adopts Items at June 7 Open Meeting
    • Chairman Pai Proposes Funding Increase for Rural Healthcare
    • FCC Seeks Comment on 2.5 GHz Band for 5G Services; Additional Spectrum in Rural Areas
    • Senate Democrats Urge Vote on Net Neutrality Repeal Resolution
    • FCC Designates White Space Database Administrator
    • U.S. District Court Approves AT&T/Time Warner Merger
    • Commissioner Clyburn Signs Off
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • InfoRad Technical Bulletin
    • Problem: Delayed or Missing Messages on your phone
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • anonymous
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Happiness, By George Sand — French novelist
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change
    • Love and Be Loved • Live Outside

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June 8, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • The following article is “off topic” but interesting. References to Motorola always catch my eye since I endured over 20 years working for them. “Peak Your Profits: Bob Dylan was right”
  • Iridium Completes Sixth Successful Iridium® NEXT Launch
  • Here’s the sequel to the surprisingly nice BlackBerry KeyOne
  • Legion post gift of $10K means new pagers for firefighters
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Moves to Speed Wireline Broadband Infrastructure Deployment
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Form 481 Filing Deadline Extended to July 16 Except for Rates Below Floor
    • FCC Adopts NPRM on Access Stimulation
    • FCC Announces Official Agenda for June 7 Open Meeting
    • Trump Nominates Geoffrey Starks to take Clyburn’s Seat
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline for USTelecom Forbearance Petition
    • FCC Proposes Fines for Marketing Rule Violations
    • FCC Announces Procedure to Obtain Confidential Information for 2018 Access Charge Tariff Filings
    • DoJ Talks T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • President Nominates Enforcement Bureau Official to FCC
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • On Poverty
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • PFC and ATD join against poverty

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June 1, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Radar gun that can tell if drivers are texting is in the works
  • macOS 10.13.5 now available for Mac, includes Messages in iCloud
  • Russians hack Wi-Fi Routers: What to do right now
  • Inside Towers
    • Battle for 3.5 GHz Spectrum Gets More Intense
    • FCC Releases More Capital for PR, USVI Network Restoration
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC to Release MF-II Challenge Handset Lists; Confidentiality Requests Due June 4
    • Blooston Rural Carriers File Comments on Rate of Return Reform Proceeding
    • FCC Announces Intention to Release MF-II Speed Test Handsets
    • FCC Approves Additional Funding for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
    • Senate Introduces Bill to Re-prioritize Unserved Areas
    • Senate Introduces Bill to Improve Wireless Coverage Maps
    • Sen. Joe Manchin Granted Waiver to Participate in MF-II Challenge Process
    • FCC Grants 800 MHz Waiver Request for Sprint
    • FCC Announces Completion of Transition to New Porting Administrator
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • LMCC Requests Modification of T-Band Freeze
    • Comments on 4.9 GHz Further Not ice of Proposed Rulemaking Due July 6
    • FCC Issues Citation for Unauthorized Operation on Private Radio Frequencies
    • FCC Grants Waiver to Permit Travelers Information Radio Station in Miami
    • FCC Seeks Revocation of Metro Two-Way, LLC Land Mobile Licenses
    • FCC Issues $120 Million Fine for Spoofed Robocalls
    • Senate Introduces 180 Day Shot Clock for FCC Merger Review
    • FCC Imposes $22,000 Forfeiture for Signal Jammer Operation
    • Cloned Radio Nets 19 Year Old Two Felony Guilty Pleas, Loss of Amateur Radio License and $3,000 Fine
    • FCC Announces Webinar for State and Local Governments Addressing Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts
  • Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, Promotes Amateur Radio in Media Announcements
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Natural Mystic/Just a Little Bit Coming June 1st • Playing For Change • Song Around The World”

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May 25, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome Back To The Wireless Messaging News
  • The Power of Millimeter Wave - Verizon
  • How Surveillance Capitalism Can Impact Public-Safety and CII Users
    • By Rex M. Lee
  • Facebook Just Made Two-Factor Authentication Easier to Set Up
  • Inside Towers
    • United Tower Alliance: Drone Inspections – The First National Solution!
    • Ergen’s Planned $10B 5G Spend is Big News at Connect (X)
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: ISP Transparency Disclosure Requirement Effective June 11
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting
    • Comment Sought on CenturyLink Petition for Over-the-Top VoIP Traffic Compensation
    • FCC Establishes Portal for ISP Transparency Disclosures
    • FCC Releases Updated Version of MF-II Eligible Area Map
    • Comments on A-CAM BDS Migration NPRM Due June 18
    • President Trump Suggests Management Changes Instead of Sanctions for ZTE
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Iridium Recognized as Maritime Distress Services Provider
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • More about: “I am Proud to be Bilingual”
    • Who are the “ignorant countrymen?”
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Listen to the Music” from Playing For Change

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May 18, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • What Ripe Fruit Will BlackBerry Produce On June 7th?
  • Multitone to Focus on Technology for Patient and Staff Safety at Design in Mental Health
  • Most Hospitals Missing a Crisis Communications Plan
    • Igor Gluic—Citipage
  • Inside Towers
    • Limits Relaxed on Wireless Cell Signal Boosters
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Pole Attachment Complaint Filing Rules Effective May 10
    • FCC Announces Status of CAF Phase II Short-Form Applications
    • FCC Releases Illustrative Models for Rate of Return Reform Commenters
    • Internet Transparency Rule Effective June 11
    • FCC Seeks Comment on TCPA Following Changes Ordered by Court
    • Senate Votes to Reverse Net Neutrality Repeal
    • FCC Issues $120 Million Fine for Spoofed Robocalls
    • Senate Introduces 180 Day Shot Clock for FCC Merger Review
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Amateur Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National Defense Authorization Act
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Bill Woods
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • I am Proud to be Bilingual
    • Did you know that there are over 50 million people in the USA who speak Spanish?
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Black Water” from Playing For Change

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May 11, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Funny two-way radio story
  • Prism-IPX Systems is growing and they are looking for more good software developers with communications experience. Additional information is available on their web site. Click here
  • FCC hits Florida 'robocaller' with record $120M fine
  • Broward County's (Florida) First Responders Hope Emergency Communication Issues Will Be Resolved
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Considers Opening Up 2.5 GHz Band
    • 5G Could Drive Up Rooftop Rent for Telecom
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Discontinuance Rules Effective May 9
    • FCC Announces Revised A-CAM Offers to 217 Authorized A-CAM Companies
    • FCC Announces Official Agenda for May Open Meeting
    • US Telecom Files Petition for Forbearance of Legacy ILEC Rules
    • Comments on 4.9 GHz FNPRM Due July 6
    • Streamlined Wireless Siting Rules Effective July 2
    • 2019 Agricultural Appropriations Bill Unveiled; $620M Proposed for Broadband
    • Pentagon Bans Huawei, ZTE Phones from Sale on Military Bases
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Historic NSS Call Sign to be Reactivated for Naval Radio Station's 100th Anniversary
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Steve Brodie
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “Gratitude” (My new computer.)
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Elvira” This video is one of my all-time favorites. The two groups, Home Free, and The Oak Ridge Boys got together and created this wonderful, new, and happy version of an old song.

804

May 4, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • iPhone X2 Leak Reveals Apple's Essential Upgrades
  • It’s time for network professionals to elevate their game
    • Extreme CEO Ed Meyercord
  • Orange County’s [NC] Emergency Communications System Is Outdated, But Fixing It Will Cost a Ton of Money
  • Inside Towers
    • Load Requirements Standards Released by ANSI/TIA-222-H and the 2018 IBC
    • Commerce Secretary: Building 5G Network is Priority
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Sets Forth 2018 Tariff Review Plans
    • Rate of Return Reform Report and Third Order on Reconsideration Effective May 31
    • OpEx Limitation Modification for Carriers Serving Tribal Lands Effective May 31
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Specifics for Auction of 24 GHz and 28 GHz (LMDS) Spectrum
    • Comment Sought on Use or Shared Use of 3.7-4.2 GHz Spectrum
    • FCC Reconsiders Certain Aspects of Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process
    • FCC Commences Limited CAF Phase I Challenge Process for FairPoint Blocks in Virginia Safeguards
    • FCC Imposes $22,000 Forfeiture for Signal Jammer Operation
    • FCC Extends VRS Relay User Equipment Profile Deadline to 2019
    • FCC Proposes $5.3 Million Fine for Slamming, Cramming, and Providing False Evidence
    • Sprint and T-Mobile Announce Definitive Merger Agreement
    • New FTC Chairman and Commissioners Confirmed
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Certain CMRS Providers Must Certify Compliance with Three-Year E911 Location Accuracy Benchmark by June 4, 2018
    • 911 Call Centers Vulnerable to Hacking
    • FCC Affirms $22K Fine for Cell Phone Jamming
    • FCC Brokers $11.6 Million Settlement Over Wireless Tower Violations
    • California State Univ Cited for Unlicensed Operation
    • FCC Pursues Enforcement for Unregistered 3650-3700 MHz Base Station Facilities
    • New Tact in FCC Campaign Against Pirate Radio Stations
    • Marketing of Illegal LED Signs Results in $59K Penalties
    • False Statements to FCC Nets Proposed $235,688 Fine
    • FCC Announces Temporary Freeze on New Satellite Applications in 3.7-4.2 GHz Band
  • ARRL Suspends Registration for Emergency Communications Course, as Online Platform Announces Shutdown
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Ken Krassy
    • Steve Brodie
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “Down by the Riverside” background
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change — “Down by the Riverside”

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April 27, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Fire department pagers getting reprogrammed (in Michigan)
  • A Brief History of Paging
  • He escaped war in Yugoslavia to manage critical communications in Alberta
    • Igor Gluic
  • History of emergency communications in Carroll celebrated (in Maryland)
  • Inside Towers
    • OSHA’s Short List of Tower Safety Tips
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Comment Deadline Established for RoR Reform NPRM
    • FCC Releases Text of Rate-of-Return BDS NPRM
    • CCA and CTIA Offer “Compromise Proposal” Regarding 3.5 GHz Auction Licenses
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for May Open Meeting
    • FCC Announces Temporary Freeze on New Satellite Applications in 3.7-4.2 GHz Band
    • Comment Deadline Established for Robocall FNPRM
    • House Subcommittee Schedules Hearing on Robocalls
    • FCC Webinar on Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process Scheduled for May 3
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Spok Reports 2018 First Quarter Operating Results; Software Revenue and Wireless Trends Improve
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • The Boy Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change — “All Along The Watchtower ”

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April 20, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Jay Moskowitz voted to keep the “bold blue headliners” so I will continue to do so. I worked with and for Jay a couple of times, and if I had to count the most knowledge people about text messaging or paging—that I know—on one hand, he would be one of the fingers. I hesitate to make a list for fear of leaving someone out. Comments and suggestions gladly accepted.
  • Included this week are two articles from RCR Wireless #TBT “Throwback Thursdays” about the good ol' days of Paging. I thought you would find it interesting to compare these forecasts with the reality of what actually happened.
  • Photo: The Wireless Messaging News Production Desk (with the new computer)
  • #TBT: Paging peaks … this week in 1998
    STRATEGY ANALYTICS' OUTLOOK ON PAGING CONSERVATIVE
    By RCR Wireless News
  • #TBT: Paging peaks … this week in 1998
    PAGING: GOLDEN EGG OR GOLDEN CALF?
    By RCR Wireless News
  • Inside Towers
    • Senators Demand Cell Surveillance Info
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Announces Intention to Step Down
    • FCC Adopts Items at April Open Meeting
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Specifics for Auction of 24 GHz and 28 GHz (LMDS) Spectrum
    • FCC Issues Recommended Voluntary “Best Practices” to Combat Disaster Outages
    • Wireless Signal Booster Rules Effective May 18, Further Comment Sought
    • Comments on Rural Call Completion FNPRM are Due June 4
    • Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Robocalling
    • FCC Reaches $40 Million Settlement with T-Mobile Over Rural Calling
    • FCC Releases Summaries of Independent IP CTS Testing
    • FCC Releases Results of Nationwide EAS Test
    • FCC and FTC To Co-Host Robocall Blocking Expo on April 23
    • BDAC Chair Arrested for Wire Fraud
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Meet Chat, another new Google messaging service that’s still not as good as Apple’s iMessage
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Rex Lee
    • Jay Moskowitz
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • William Shakespeare
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change — “Love Train”

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April 13, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Due to the generous support of an anonymous donor, I am using a new computer to edit today's newsletter.
  • Can You Help The Wireless Messaging News?
  • YOU'VE ALREADY 'CLICKED AWAY YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS'
    • A major interview of our contributor Rex Lee
  • Apple's new iOS 11.3 update is here: What you need to know
  • Inside Towers
    • Rural Wireless Carriers, Nokia Question FCC’s Planned Security Vote
  • Police across the US are buying an affordable iPhone cracker
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Rex Lee
    • Steve Feinberg
      (Has lots of crystals from International Crystal Manufacturing)
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change

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April 6, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Apple Could Hit $1 Trillion Valuation With Curved iPhone
  • Can You Help The Newsletter?
  • Canada Adds Wireless Alerts to Nationwide Emergency Alerting Program
  • Private Wireless Education Council to Promote Spectrum Education
    • EWA (Enterprise Wireless Alliance)
  • Inside Towers
    • D.C. Metro Tests WEA Update
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Issues Report and Order on High Cost for RLECs
    • RoR Additional Funding, Accounting Changes, and Various Technical Matters
    • Certain Expenses Ineligible for Recovery Via High Cost Support and/or Regulated Interstate Rates
    • FCC Initiates Rulemaking on Changes to Amount, Composition of High Cost Support for RLECs
    • Surrogate Cost and CBOL Imputation Rules Effective May 3
    • Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process Open until August 27
    • 911 Call Centers Vulnerable to Hacking
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • More than 30,000 New Ham Licensees and 7,000 Amateur Radio Exam Sessions in 2017
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jonah Tremblay
  • HELPING VETERANS
    • Rather than just wishing that the government would do more to help our veterans . . .
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Friends
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change

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March 30, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • I hope you enjoy this issue — lots of interesting news.
  • Liftoff! Used SpaceX Rocket Launches 10 Iridium Satellites into Orbit
  • Storms expose flaws in emergency communication
  • Inside Towers
    • Geo-Targeting Capabilities Part of First Large Regional WEA Test
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: FCC Form 499-A & Annual Accessibility Record-keeping Certification Are Due April 2
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for April Open Meeting
    • Chairman Pai Issues Statement on Use of USF to Purchase from Companies that Pose Security Risk
    • FCC To Issue List of Presumptively Ineligible Areas for Mobility Fund Phase II
    • FCC Proposes to Eliminate Broadcast Mid-Term Report
    • Congress Urges FCC To Avoid Cuts to Lifeline Program
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Beware: Broadcasters May be Asking About Your Radio Operations
    • Legislation Introduced to Repeal T-Band Reallocation
    • FCC Makes it Easier to Use Consumer Signal Boosters; Proposes Further Changes
    • Court of Appeals Sets Aside FCC Autodialer Definition; One Call Safe Harbor for Reassigned Numbers
    • Wireless Microphone Disclosure Labeling Rules Effective April 11
    • FCC Seeks to Improve 911 Call Routing – Reduce Emergency Response Times
    • FCC Seeks to Expand Use of 4.9 GHz Band
    • FCC Grants Waiver to Permit Ground Penetrating Radar (GPS) Ultra-Wide Band Device
    • Sprint Obtains Waiver to Permit 800 MHz Wideband Operations Prior to Completion of Rebanding
    • FCC Declines to Block Construction of Antenna Tower Near Historic Properties
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Tech Tips
    • Interference Caused by Fluorescent Lighting Systems using Electronic Ballasts
    • Problem discovered by Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
  • Philanthropy
    • Rather than just wishing that the government would do more to help our veterans . . .

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March 23, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • What You Can Do To Protect Your Privacy On Facebook
  • “How To Prepare Yourself And Your Community For Natural Disasters” (Link)
  • Can You Help The Wireless Messaging News?
  • Glenayre Infrastructure
  • FCC Commissioner Details Trip to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands on Hurricane Recovery
  • Chinese space station will fall to Earth within two weeks
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Says “Nope” to NEPA and “See Ya” to SHPO
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: AUCTION 903 SHORT FORM FILING WINDOW NOW OPEN, CLOSES MARCH 30
    • Court of Appeals Sets Aside FCC Autodialer Definition, One-Call Safe Harbor for Reassigned Numbers
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for March Open Meeting
    • Payphone Compensation Rules Effective April 16
    • House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Four Communications Bills
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for Joint Forum on Robocalling
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Tech Tips
    • Watch how to use an exothermic weld on a ground rod
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • About Music
    • Kurt Vonnegut
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Dhwani • Rajhesh Vaidhya • Playing For Change • Live Outside

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March 16, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • 4G LTE Networks Could Send Fake Emergency Alerts
  • Blackberry modified to 'help drug cartels'
    • The chief executive of a company that created highly-secure smartphones allegedly used by some of the world's most notorious criminals has been indicted.
  • Local Preschool Using Radio Technology To Keep School Safe
  • A Brief History of the Emergency Communications Network
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Gets a Look at What They’re Voting On
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • E911 Indoor Location Accuracy Horizontal and Vertical Location Deadlines Fast Approaching
    • Senate Democrats Introduce Infrastructure Plan, $40 Billion for Universal High-Speed Internet
    • Wireless Microphone Disclosure Labeling Rules Effective April 11
    • Comments on Jurisdictional Separations Reform Due April 12
    • Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Next Generation Broadband
    • Ninth Circuit to Hear Net Neutrality Repeal Petitions for Review
    • CTIA/Accenture Study Suggests Modernizing FCC Siting Rules Would Jumpstart 5G Investment
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (not)
    • Homework for teckies
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Charles Swindoll
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Dixie Chicken • Little Feat w/the PFC Band Live in Los Angeles • Playing For Change

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March 9, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • BlackBerry sues Facebook, claims messaging apps infringe on multiple patents
  • Salvatore Taillefer, Jr. has become a Junior Partner with Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP
  • Variety of Grants Available to Help Agencies with Technology Needs
  • Inside Towers
    • Reject Our Tower? See You in Court, Verizon Says
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Accessibility Record-keeping Compliance Certification Due April 1
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for March Open Meeting
    • FCC Provides Further Guidance on Reporting for CAF BLS Recipients
    • NTIA Identifies Additional Mid-Band Spectrum for Potential Wireless Broadband Use
    • Verizon, Straight Path Pay $600 Million Civil Penalty to Settle FCC Violations
    • Congress Announces Agreement on FCC Reauthorization Bill
    • Chairman Pai Announces $954 Million Fund for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
    • Hearing Aid and Compatibility Rules Effective March 30
    • FCC and FTC To Host Joint Forum on Robocalling
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Allan Angus on MEMO
    • Jim Stovall
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • I couldn't help it. Here is an “off topic” article about Amelia Earhart. Her disappearance has fascinated me for a long time.
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Faith Ako sings Blue Bayou

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March 2, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • I would like to recommend Easy Solutions for Support of all Glenayre Paging Equipment. This Texas company is owned and operated by Vaughan Bowden. I have known Vaughan for over 35 years. Without going into a long list of his experience and qualifications, let me just say that he was the V.P. of Engineering at PageNet which was—at that time—the largest paging company if the world. So Vaughan knows Paging. 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.
  • Everything You Need To Know About 5G
  • HIT ME UP: HIP-HOP’S HISTORY WITH PAGERS
  • Inside Towers
    • GOP Calls WH Infrastructure Plan ‘Common-Sense’ While Dems Pan The Math
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • CAF Phase II Auction Short Form Due in 30 Days
    • FCC Publishes Mobility Fund Phase II Eligible Areas Map; Challenges Due August 27
    • Chairman Pai Sets Ambitious Schedule for Millimeter Wave Spectrum Auctions
    • Ninth Circuit Upholds FTC Jurisdiction Over Non-Regulated Services Provided by Common Carriers
    • FCC Issues NPRM on Jurisdictional Separations Rules
    • FCC Adopts Items at February Open Meeting
    • FCC Releases Agenda for Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Workshop
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • LMCC Asks FCC’s Enforcement Bureau to Crack Down on Distribution of Non FCC Certified Equipment
    • FCC Rejects Appeal of $1.84 Million Fine
    • Senate Passes Kari’s Law – To Ensure 911 from Multi-Line Telephone Systems
    • Local Government Cited for Pirate Station Operation
    • FCC Dismisses Request for 800 MHz Rebanding Compensation by Mexican Licensees
    • FCC Clarifies 700 MHz Narrowband Service Rules; Comment on Continued Information Collection for 700 MHz Interoperability Channels
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Request for Waiver of Part 15 Ultra-Wideband Rules for Medical Imaging System
    • FCC Cites Pro-Vision for Marketing Unlabeled Devices
    • Unlicensed Operation Causes Harmful Interference to T-Mobile
    • FCC Issues Guidance Letters to State and Local Governments Concerning Improper Use of Interoperability Channels
    • FCC Approves Four Environmental Sensing Capability Operators for the 3.5 GHz Band
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Everlasting Arms featuring Dr. John • Playing For Change • Song Around The World

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February 23, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Deploying the next generation of high-speed 5G wireless networks
  • Wireless in Japan
  • How Wireless Works
  • Swissphone's New Smart Tone & Voice Pager with a Twist
  • Inside Towers
    • Congressman Blackburn Backs Aggressive Buildout Agenda
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Adopts Order on Reconsideration On Provision of Consumer Broadband Only Loops
    • FCC Releases Official Agenda for February Open Meeting
    • Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process Portal Now Available
    • FCC Rejects Petition to Reconsider $1.8 Million Fine
    • Net Neutrality Repeal to Hit Federal Register on February 22
    • Ericsson, Altaeros Launch Tethered Aerial “SuperTower”
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Vaughan Bowden
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • What's Going On

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February 16, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • VCU to conduct emergency communications test
  • Apple CEO Reveals Watch Business Approaching Fortune 300-Size Company
  • Southwest Missouri county adds text messaging capability at 911 center
  • Inside Towers
    • LMCC Wants Enforcement Bureau to Regulate Non-Compliant Wireless Devices
    • IWCE Introduces the Next-Generation of Industry Leaders
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Public Inspection Files to be Submitted on FCC’s Database by March 1, 2018
    • REMINDER: CAF Phase II Auction Applications Due March 30
    • President Trump Releases Legislative Outline for Infrastructure, FY 2019 Budget
    • Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Designate Additional Mid-Band and High-Frequency Spectrum for 5G
    • House Passes Kari’s Law, Rural Call Completion Bills
    • FCC Denies Level 3 Complaint Against AT&T
    • FCC Releases Internet and Voice Access Services Reports
    • Chairman Pai Expresses Support for SpaceX Satellite Broadband Application
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Request for Part 5 Experimental License
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Burch Falkner
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • PLAYING FOR CHANGE PART 2
      Songs Around The World.

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February 9, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Texas company plans 160m band Wireless Power Transfer
  • The Internet of Lifesaving Things: Smarter Cities, Smarter Response
  • Dominica Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Cites Amateur Radio's Role after Maria
  • Exclusive: Intel's new smart glasses hands-on
  • Inside Towers
    • Super Bowl Parade Makes Carriers Run a “Philly Special”
    • Mexico is Short On Towers and Long On Demand
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: CPNI Reports are Due March 1
    • FCC Releases CAF Phase II Documents; Applications Due March 30, Auction to Begin July 24
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting
    • Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly Post Rate-of-Return Expense Table
    • FCC to Testify at House Committee Budget Hearing
    • Senate Passes Kari’s Law—To Ensure 911 from Multi-Line Telephone Systems
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Request for Part 5 Experimental License
  • Experimental License
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Burch Falkner
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • John Denver
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Honky Tonk Women • Playing For Change • Live Outside

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February 2, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • I have included another article this week about Hedy Lamarr
  • Extreme Networks Appoints Maryam Alexandrian-Adams to Board of Directors
  • Texting Comes to Health Care
  • How Inventive “Genius” Hedy Lamarr Became a Hollywood Tragedy
  • For Sale – Apollo Pilot XP A28 Alpha Numeric Pagers w/Charging Cradle
  • Broadcast Electronics merger to spark growth [Quincy, Illinois]
  • Inside Towers
    • Wireless carriers are prepared for record mobile data use in and around U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis this weekend for the Super Bowl. Nearly 70,000 fans will be in the stadium and another one million visitors are expected to use their smartphones and other mobile devices in the area.
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Feb 1, 2018 Live 911 Call Data Reports
    • Commissioners Dismiss Debate on Federal Ownership of Nationwide 5G Network
    • FCC Adopts Items at Open Meeting
    • Paperwork Reduction Act Comment Sought on CAF II Application Form
    • FCC Proposes $18.7 Million Fine for Alleged Rural Healthcare Program Fraud
    • Comment Deadline Established for National TV Multiple Ownership NPRM
    • President Trump Nominates FTC Commissioners
    • FCC Enters $27M Settlement with FiberTower; Clears Way for AT&T Purchase
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Failure to List Felony Convictions and Respond to Commission Inquiry Leads to License Revocation
    • ENERGOUS Receives FCC Certification for Over-the-Air Wireless Charging
    • Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks Lighting Fixtures Cause Harmful Interference to Cell Site – Citation Issued
    • Chairman Pai Releases Summary of 1st Year Accomplishments
    • FCC Grants Waiver for Sale of Maritime Survivor Locating Device
    • Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announce Recommended Practices During 911 Outages
    • FCC Terminates Stale Proceedings
    • FCC Seeks PRA Comments in Connect ion with Grandfathering Provisions for Incumbent Licensees
    • Petition for Rule Making to Allow Unlicensed Operation in 95-1,000 GHz Band
  • Oldies but Goodies: Old Technologies That are Still Serving People Today
    • The Beep is Reliable
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Martin Luther
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Skin Deep featuring Buddy Guy • Playing For Change • Song Across America

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January 26, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • PSSI (Product Support Services, Inc.) has been a long-time advertiser in this newsletter. I didn't realize until this week, the wide variety of paging equipment that they can refurbish. They not only work on practically all types of one-way and two-way pagers, but also several types of infrastructure as well. As I put together their new advertisement in this issue, it brought back memories of many pagers, that I am sure, still play an important part in today's paging services. It certainly makes business sense to refurbish instead of replace.
  • PAGING INFRASTRUCTURE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
    • Rick McMichael has some equipment for sale — left over from the inventory of his business that he recently sold.
  • Shocking video shows iPhone battery bursting into flames after man bites it
  • Cheap, data-driven [paging] tool identifies sickest hospital patients
  • Hedy Lamarr Documentary Highlights Radio Invention
    • Video: “How Hedy Lamarr Changed the World with Radio”
  • PSSI Repair Pricing
  • Inside Towers
    • Lawmakers Set to Yank Some Alert Origination Power Away from States
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: New 214 Service Discontinuance Notice Rules are In Effect
    • FCC Issues Official Agenda for January Open Meeting
    • FCC Broadband Committee Releases Draft State Model Code for Accelerating Broadband Deployment
    • Montana Signs Net Neutrality Executive Order
    • Comment Sought on ISP Disclosure Requirements
    • Lockbox For Manual Filings with Wireline Bureau is Closing
    • House Announces New Broadband Bills
    • The Latest Threat to Cellular Devices: “Good Morning!”
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Ulrich Rohde, NlUL, Receives Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Blooston, Mordkofsky, et al
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Bono
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Hawai'i Aloha • Song Across Hawai'i • Playing For Change Collaboration

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January 12, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • Catching Up: A Double Feature this week
  • Editorial: My Excuses
  • Gunshot Detection Solution SENTRI II Successfully Deployed in Baltimore by Beeper Communications and Mantaro Networks
  • Throwback Thursday—RCR Wireless News
  • Harris Corp. insists 9-1-1 [Paging] system works
  • Inside Towers
    • Pai Shares Draft of 2018 Broadband Deployment Report
    • Pai on HI: ‘We Want to Understand How This Mistake Occurred’
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (3 issues)
    • FCC Aiming for July Start to CAF Phase II Auction
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for January Open Meeting
    • FCC Releases Full Text of Order Repealing Net Neutrality
    • PRA Comment Sought on Pole Attachment Complaint Process; Network Change Notification Revisions
    • Commissioner Carr Renominated to Full Term at FCC
    • Comment Deadline Established for “Twilight Towers” Exception
    • President Trump Signs Executive Order to Expedite Rural Broadband Facility Location
    • FCC Adjusts Maximum Forfeiture Amounts for Inflation
    • AT&T Walks Away from Huawei Smartphone Deal
    • REMINDER: High Cost HUBB Filing Due March 1
    • FCC Issues Statement on Proposal to Provide $500 Million in Additional Funding for Rural Broadband
    • Robocall Blocking Rules Effective February 12
    • FCC Provides Guidance on Lifeline Reimbursement Payment Process
    • Lawsuits Filed Against Repeal of Net Neutrality
    • FCC Announces Fourth Meeting of BDAC
    • Congress Asks GAO to Review Plan to Transfer USF Funds to US Treasury
    • House Republicans Introduce Broadband Resolutions
    • Senate Passes Bill to Conduct Study of USF Filing Requirements
    • Comment Deadlines Established for Electronic Delivery of MVPD Communications Proceeding
    • Google Announces Plans to Expand Undersea Cables to Support Cloud Services
    • HUBB Filing Not Required for CAF-BLS Recipients 80% Deployment
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Rich List 2018—The 250 Wealthiest People In Ireland
    • Dan and Linda Kiely—#179
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Never Give Up
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Baja Musical Arts Initiative • Tijuana, Mexico • Playing For Change Foundation

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January 5, 2018

This Week's Headlines

  • It's cold and snowing here in Southern Illinois but not nearly as much as other parts of the country. We only have a light dusting of snow on the ground with no problems getting around on the roads. Good luck to everyone where the snow is deep and the temperatures much colder. I found some very good articles for you to read this week. I hope you enjoy them.
  • Voxpro founders have final say—Cork’s dynamic duo Dan and Linda Kiely are making a big noise in tech support with a €145m takeover deal
  • Lessons from a Wildfire: Critical Messages
    • By Igor Gluic
  • Inside Towers
    • Maryland conservative think tank Free State Foundation called out mayors this week who oppose the FCC’s recent vote to roll-back Net Neutrality rules
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • HAC Report Deadline Approaching – January 16, 2017
    • REMINDER: CAF Phase II Eligible Locations Available for Review
    • FCC Issues Handset Requirements for Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process; Portal Access
    • Portions of Wireline Broadband Deployment Order Effective January 29
    • REMINDER: CPNI Reports Due March 1, 2018
    • FCC Issues $100,000 Fine for Failure to File Form 499-Q
    • FCC TTY to Real-Time Text Transition Rules Receive OMB Approval
    • ENERGOUS Receives FCC Certification for Over-the-Air Wireless Charging
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Reminder: Antenna Tower Marking and Lighting Compliance is Critical
    • FCC Announces Procedures for Registration of Fixed Satellite Service Earth Stations Entitled to Protection from 3.5 GHz Citizens Band Radio Service
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Waiver Request to allow use of 76-77 GHz Band Radar in Mines and Tunnels
    • Sprint Cited for Improper Operation of its Transmitters
    • Lumenier Settles Investigation into Improper Marketing of RF Devices for $180K
    • FCC Streamlines Rules for Classification of Private Mobile and Commercial Mobile Radio Services
    • FCC Enters Into Memorandum of Understanding with FTC Over Consumer Protection
    • FCC Grants Tennessee Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security Waiver
    • Amendments to Caller ID Rules Effective January 2
    • FCC Updates Emergency Alert System to Include Blue Alerts
    • FCC Grants Clark County, Washington 800 MHz Expansion Waiver
    • FCC Denies Washington State DOT 800 MHz Rule Waiver
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Echodyne Request to Use Ground Based 24.45-24.65 GHz Radar
    • FCC Grants Long Beach, California Extension to Complete Construction of 700 MHz System
    • FCC Rules that Transmission of GPS Coordinates is not Radiolocation Communications
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Spok Holdings: The Story Is Playing Out, Even If It Doesn't Look Like It
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Life is too short.
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Djigui • Salif Diarra Band • Playing For Change • Live Outside

 

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