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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,


If you don't know him, I would like to introduce you to Rick McMichael, president of Preferred Wireless — Rick is really a nice guy and has been a very loyal supporter of this newsletter for a long time.

Back in August of 2003 this newsletter was re-launched on a commercial basis. Prior to that any advertising that I ran in the newsletter was either free or on the promise of a sales commission — which I rarely received. Preferred Wireless was one of the first companies to come forward and run (paid-for) advertising, thus allowing me to meet expenses and continue publishing every week. Here we are on issue number 579 — it seems impossible — but it's true.

I go to St. Louis, Missouri frequently. The doctor who replaced my knee is there and I visit friends in the area as well. So, this week a little voice in my ear said, “Why don't you go and visit Rick, take some photos, and do a special promotion on Preferred Wireless?”

So please, if you don't read anything else this week, read the following PREFERRED WIRELESS PROMOTION .

There is a lot more to this company than I knew before. There is an incredible stock of Paging Infrastructure equipment as you will see in my photo-journal report.

I trust Rick McMichael, and I believe you can too. By the way, I am not charging him for this special promotion. I am curious about how many people will call him, buy something, and say “I saw your photos in Brad's newsletter.”

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Google RIPS WRAPPER off KitKat Android 4.4, new Nexus 5 mobe

At least, the wait is over on leakiest phone in ages

By Iain Thomson, 31st October 2013

Google has released its latest major Android build, version 4.4 codenamed KitKat, and has started selling its new Nexus 5 smartphone as the first device to run the new OS.

Behold, Google's shiny new mobe ... the Nexus 5

KitKat, aka Android 4.4 , has faster multitasking and full voice control, according to Google, and a smarter caller ID system so that if the number dialing in isn't on your contacts list then Android will take a guess at who it is using businesses listed on Google Maps.

KitKat devices can now send documents to printers directly using Google Cloud Print or HP's ePrint system, and Quickoffice has been redesigned to make finding files easier and editing documents and spreadsheets more simple. The email application has also had a facelift, as has the download function.

The Chocolate Factory promises that KitKat will be able to run on a wider variety of hardware than other versions because it doesn't require the latest and greatest hardware to run. By shutting down background services and trimming memory requirements, Google reckons KitKat will need just 512MB of RAM to run smoothly.

That said, in the near future it's only going to be available for high-end hardware such as the Nexus 4, 7 and 10; the Samsung Galaxy S4; and the HTC One Google Play edition. As for the Nexus 5, of the major US carriers only Verizon isn't carrying the handset, and it is also available unlocked in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and South Korea.

Google has stuck with LG as its hardware maker for the Nexus 5, rather than switching to Motorola as some rumors had suggested. The mobe comes with a five-inch 1920-by-1080-pixel display (that's 445 pixel per inch) and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM.

LTE and dual-aerial Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) is built in and the handset has two cameras — a bog-standard 1.3Mp front facer for videoconferencing and an 8Mp rear camera. For auteurs, there's also a new HDR+ mode that takes multiple shots quickly and combines them into a single photo that takes the best features from each image.

The new Nexus — one of the most gossiped-about smartphones in a while — is the slimmest one yet at 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59mm and weighs in at 130g. Google claims the 2,300mAh battery is good for 17 hours talk time, 300 hours of standby and 8.5 hours of use with Wi-Fi, or seven hours on LTE. Wireless charging and NFC is also built in.

The Nexus 5 will cost $349 for the 16GB version and $399 for 32GB of storage, but there's no slot to fit any removable media, presumably since we're all supposed to be cloudy these days. Google has also eschewed Apple and Motorola Mobility's fruity color schemes — the Nexus 5 is available in black and white only. [ source ]

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A new issue of the Wireless Messaging Newsletter is posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the web. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Messaging companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Messaging communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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We are currently an Authorized Dealer and Service Center for Sprint's wireless and wireline products. We also continue to buy, sell and broker pre-owned paging infrastructure equipment. We have earned a reputation of honesty and integrity. If we claim a piece of equipment works, it will or we will make it right you have my word on it.

We would enjoy the opportunity to help you sell excess equipment or assist you in finding what you need.

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Google gives a first look at the next-gen Glass — including its nifty new earbud

October 29, 2013 3:43 PM
Ricardo Bilton

A day after Google teased a Glass hardware upgrade, the company is showing it off .

The updated Glass, which you can see in the photo above, looks just like its predecessor — with one main exception. As the photo shows, the Glass refresh comes with the addition of a mono ear piece, which joins the bone conduction tech found in the first generation Glass.

What Google didn't show, however, was how the new Glass hardware will work with prescription frames though the company did link to an image of an early Glass prototype to show what it should look like.

Generally, there doesn't seem to be too many cosmetic changes with the Glass hardware refresh though we'll have to wait until Google is done teasing it before we can say for sure.

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Text messaging comes to 911

New Orleans is the test bed for Motorola's PremierOne CAD Call Control Client product

By Tim Dees

The key to the FCC mandate is that text messages to 911 will be just that, text messages sent to a destination phone number of "911." (Image

The Orleans Parish (La.) Communication District (OPCD) recently installed PremierOne , the latest computer-aided dispatch/records management system (CAD/RMS) product from Motorola Solutions , and will be the field trial location for a new feature, the PremierOne Call Control Client.

The new setup makes their 911 and emergency communications system far more capable than before and will provide for single-point integration, allowing them to do what the public has demanded for a long time: accept information via text message.

A Complicated Environment
Karl Fasold is the system administrator for the OPCD, which serves the New Orleans Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services departments within the parish (analogous to a county in most other states). Orleans Parish is unique among Louisiana parish governments, as the boundaries of the City of New Orleans and Orleans Parish are the same.

OPCD is undergoing an evolution more or less forced on them by Hurricane Katrina. They presently have only 12 employees, but host 130 communications personnel from NOPD, 20 from NOFD, and about 20 from New Orleans EMS.

The OPCD is a "political subdivision of the State of Louisiana," established by the state legislature to "provide 911 services to the residents and visitors to Orleans Parish," and therefore isn't a part of the City of New Orleans or any one of the first responder agencies.

Swivel Chair Integration
OPCD had been using a system that required call-takers to switch between two computers — one to answer the call and another to input the call into the CAD system for action, typical in the 911 center environment.

Fasold called this "swivel chair integration." There was some porting of data from one computer to the other, but it was mainly in the form of a text dump of basic call information. The new system uses the Motorola Call Control Client, which is one component of the PremierOne system.

The communications center isn't taking calls via text message yet, but they plan to start phasing in this feature. The FCC has mandated that cellular network carriers be capable of transmitting text messages to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) by 2014.

On receipt of a text message, the system will route it to either an idle operator or one who is on a voice call already, in much the same methodology used for voice calls with Automatic Call Distribution. Due to the Call Control Client integration, all information regarding the text messages, including the content with date-time stamps for each message, is included in the CAD incident information.

The key to the FCC mandate is that text messages to 911 will be just that, text messages sent to a destination phone number of "911."

Just as the existing voice call system routes a call to the appropriate PSAP, so will the text messaging system route a text message to 911 to the correct PSAP.

In any event, it's unlikely that first responders will be rolling on anything based on a single text message.

Preventing 'Swatting'
"Swatting" — where prank callers fake a report to get officers to make a tactical entry into the house of an unsuspecting victim — would be too easy if the cops acted on every text message.

Instead, text messages will be more of a conversation, and operators will have preformatted responses ready to send quickly. One of the first prefab responses is likely to be, "Is this an emergency where you can't call on the phone?" Operators will confirm the circumstances or look for multiple reports before they start emergency personnel to the scene.

"If this is an ongoing conversation, and it turns out to be a fraudulent swatting attempt or report, that's something the judicial system is going to have to figure out," Fasold said.

Text messages may wind up being added to call data sent to officers' mobile data terminals, or read in to be incorporated into the narrative portion of the call.

In the field trial of the PremierOne Call Control Client, Fasold is especially enthusiastic about testing its integrated user interface, which allows an operator to use a single keyboard and mouse, or to forget the mouse and never take their hands off of the keyboard, controlling both the call handling and the CAD client.

"We're very excited on testing this, as 'swivel chair' is very painful and tends to slow getting the information to the field responders," Fasold said.

"We think this is going to improve our response times considerably toward getting that initial call pushed out, and we're looking forward to it."

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About the author:

Tim Dees is a writer, editor, trainer, and former law enforcement officer. After 15 years as a police officer with the Reno Police Department and elsewhere in Northern Nevada, Tim taught criminal justice as a full-time professor and instructor at colleges in Wisconsin, West Virginia, Georgia, and Oregon.

He was also a regional training coordinator for the Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards & Training, providing in-service training to 65 criminal justice agencies in central and eastern Oregon.

Tim has written more than 300 articles for nearly every national law enforcement publication in the United States, and is the author of The Truth About Cops, published by Hyperink Press. In 2005, Tim became the first editor-in-chief for, moving to the same position for at the beginning of 2008. He now writes on applications of technology in law enforcement from his home in SE Washington state.

Tim holds a bachelor's degree in biological science from San José State University, a master's degree in criminal justice from The University of Alabama, and the Certified Protection Professional credential from ASIS International. He serves on the executive board of the Public Safety Writers Association.

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Google Smartwatch Release Date: Mass Production to Begin Within a Few Months

By Keerthi Chandrashekar /
First Posted: Oct 29, 2013 06:56 PM EDT

A concept design of a Google smartwatch named "Google Time."
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Wearable computing seems to be the next big leap tech companies are putting their money on, and make no doubt, search giant Google aims to be a part of popularizing the format. According to a new Wall Street Journal report, Google is finalizing its smartwatch and starting talks with Asian suppliers for mass production.

The Wall Street Journal attributes the information to a "person familiar with the matter," who states that the Google smartwatch should be ready for mass production in a few months.

The Google smartwatch will apparently rely heavily on Google Now, which will be a main focal point of the device. Google is hoping that by placing its personal assistant in an even-more accessible format than a phone, Google Now can be accepted as the intelligent secretary Google has always envisioned it to be.

The smartwatch will also run Android, although it's not sure if it will be a full-fledged version. The smartwatch will be able to connect to other mobile devices, such as smartphones, and control various functions through the touchscreen.

Pricing and release information is still unknown at this point, and Google has yet to officially announce any plans regarding a smartwatch. Still, given the fact that both Samsung and Sony have kickstarted the race with the Galaxy Gear and Smartwatch 2 respectively, and that Apple is rumored to enter with its own iWatch soon, expect Google to enter the competition kicking. After all, the search giant is currently trying to convince the public that Google Glass is the next leap, and a wearable watch would certainly tie in with its plans.

Source: Latinos

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Specialty Answering Service is one of the most trusted call center service-providers in the industry. We have combined an amazing business answering service with a passion for technology and customer service to develop an essential solution for any company looking to stay ahead in our “on demand” world. Your customers want information and answers now. Are you ready to help them? We are!

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

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It's still here — the tried and true Motorola Alphamate 250. Now owned, supported, and available from Leavitt Communications. Call us for new or reconditioned units, parts, manuals, and repairs.

We also offer refurbished Alphamate 250's, Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging!

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( ) for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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BlackBerry reportedly propositioned Facebook for a bid

The struggling smartphone company is said to have sat down with the social network last week.

by Jennifer Van Grove October 29, 2013 11:28 AM PDT

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Hein.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

BlackBerry is playing the field and courting all types of potential suitors before it sells itself to the most attractive bidder. The company is said to have even visited California last week to flirt with Facebook and solicit a buyout bid, the Wall Street Journal reported.

When reached for comment, Facebook declined to discuss the matter as the company does not comment on rumor or speculation.

After years in decline, BlackBerry officially put itself up for sale last month and forged a tentative arrangement with Fairfax Financial Holdings, which is considering taking the smartphone company private for $9 per share, or $4.7 billion . Other suitors such as Lenovo and former Apple CEO John Sculley have also given BlackBerry the once over. Even BlackBerry founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis had been considering making a formal pass at his old sweetheart. Lazaridis and co-founder Douglas Fregin increased their combined stake in BlackBerry to 8 percent a few weeks ago.

If Facebook were to pursue a bid, its immediate interest would likely be in BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) as opposed to going into the phone-making business. The social network has all but abandoned a hardware approach in getting consumers to take note of Facebook Home , the software suite it released on Android earlier this year. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also said repeatedly that it wouldn't be prudent for Facebook to build phones that would only be used by a small subset of its 1.15 billion members.

Mobile messaging, however, is extremely important to Facebook as it attempts to compete with fresher upstarts like WhatsApp, which now has 300 million active users. Earlier Tuesday, Facebook upgraded its Messenger app to make it better suited for speedy smartphone convos with friends and address book contacts.

BlackBerry recently released a version of BBM for iOS and Android to give its over-the-top messaging app, once the gold standard in mobile messaging, more universal appeal. BBM was downloaded more than 10 million times in the first 24 hours after release, the company said.

Source: c|net

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Commission Finally at Full Strength as Wheeler, O'Rielly Confirmed

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the U. S. Senate finally confirmed Tom Wheeler as Chairman of the FCC, and Mike O'Rielly as Commissioner and replacement for former-Commissioner Robert McDowell, bringing the FCC up to full strength.

Originally nominated in April, Mr. Wheeler is currently the managing director at Core Capital Partners, a venture-capital firm based out of Washington, D.C., and has a long history of wireless and cable lobbying. O'Rielly had recently been an advisor to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex) and had spent over 20 years as a Congressional staffer in both the House and Senate.

As reported in the October 23, 2013 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had delayed Mr. Wheeler's confirmation by placing a hold until Mr. Wheeler clarified whether he would require more disclosure about the donors behind political TV ads. A meeting between Wheeler and Cruz apparently resolved the issue.

Of Wheeler's confirmation, Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) said that Wheeler "will be a strong advocate for consumers and the public interest at a time when the FCC is facing decisions that will shape the future of our nation's telephone network and the wireless, broadband, and video industries."

FCC Adopts Rural Call Completion Order

The FCC has released a Public Notice , dated October 28, 2013, indicating that it has adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Rulemaking to address rural call completion problems. The actual Order and Further Notice had not been released as of early Wednesday afternoon. We will prepare a detailed summary and analysis of the Order and Further Notice after they become available.

The good news is that the FCC has adopted rules, data retention and reporting requirements that are intended to reduce the deliberate dropping of calls to rural exchanges. The FCC has specifically prohibited the transmittal of false ring tones by all service providers — a rule that should be effective 30 days after Federal Register publication of the Order. In addition, the FCC appears to have adopted certain record keeping, record retention and reporting requirements that hopefully will allow the FCC staff, rural carriers and others to determine the nature, extent and sources of rural call completion problems.

Bob Gnapp and others at the National Exchange Carrier Association deserve special praise and thanks for their efforts to provide the high-quality data and analyses used by the Rural Associations during their efforts to convince the FCC to take action with respect to rural call completion.

A potential dark cloud is that the FCC appears to have adopted at least one "safe harbor" that will reduce data retention and reporting obligations for service providers that use two or fewer "intermediate long distance providers" (also known as least cost routers). We will wait to see the specific terms and conditions of this "safe harbor," but have initial concerns that it can become a major enforcement loophole since it takes only one unscrupulous least cost router to deliberately drop calls to a rural exchange.

The Order also appears to have adopted a waiver process that would allow service providers to seek further reduction of record retention and reporting requirements. Again, the specific terms and conditions of such waiver process will be significant. Most rural carriers will not object if service providers that eliminate rural call completion problems are excused from future data retention and reporting requirements. However, if the waiver standards are lax or if waiver recipients are allowed to backslide in the future without consequences, waivers can undermine the Order.

The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking appears to raise the possibility of additional "safe harbors" and changes to reporting requirements, as well as to propose additional rules regarding autodialers and intermediate providers. Particularly with respect to additional safe harbors, the rural telecommunications industry will need to remain vigilant to ensure that rural call completion problems continue to be reduced and eliminated.

Effective Date of Roaming Text-to-911 Bounce-Back Message Requirement Announced

In an Order on Reconsideration released on September 30, 2013, the FCC amended its text-to-911 bounce-back message requirement (adopted in May 2013) as it applies to Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers serving roamers. The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has announced that the revised rule is effective as of October 29, 2013.

Under the rule originally adopted in May 2013, a CMRS provider was required to provide a bounce-back text message to a roamer on its system attempting to send a text-to-911 in an area where the service was unavailable or not supported by the Public Safety Answering Point, even though only the roamer's home carrier could generate a bounce-back message.

Under the revised regulation (adopted on September 30, 2013) which has now gone into effect, when a consumer attempts to send a text message to 911 while roaming on a CMRS network, the CMRS provider offering roaming service (host provider) satisfies its bounce-back obligation provided that it does not impede the consumer's text to the consumer's home network provider (home provider) or impede any bounce-back message generated by the home provider back to the consumer. The home provider (not the host provider) has the obligation to send the text-to-911 bounce-back message when (a) the consumer is located in an area where text-to-911 service is unavailable, or (b) the home provider does not support text-to-911 service in that area at the time.

The revised rule took effect upon its October 29, 2013 publication in the Federal Register.

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Failure to Register 3650-3700 MHz Transmitters Leads to $3,000 Fine

Over the past few years, many of our clients have obtained nationwide 3650-3700 MHz licenses from the FCC. Unfortunately, the issuance of these licenses by the FCC, in and of themselves, grant no authority to construct and operate facilities in the 3650-3700 MHz band. Instead, the FCC's rules require licensees to obtain authorization from the FCC by registering each and every site.

On October 23, 2013, the FCC fined Robert Schmidt dba RSISP $3,000 for placing two communications sites in service without registering them with the FCC. While this fine represents a significant downward adjustment from the $12,000 fine that the FCC had originally proposed, it is important to note that the adjustment was made only because Mr. Schmidt was able to demonstrate an inability to pay the larger fine.

Operation of unregistered transmitting facilities in the 3650-3700 MHz band is considered to be unauthorized operation of a radio station — which is a serious violation. The FCC does not consider the registration process to be completed until it has reviewed and granted the registration application. Thus, office clients should not assume that there is operating authority upon the filing of a registration application. Rather, when planning your system, you should be prepared to wait several weeks for the FCC's engineering staff to complete their review and act on your registration application.

Clients with questions regarding the 3650-3700 MHz registration process should contact our office.

Phase II E-911 Location Accuracy Workshop Rescheduled

The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau's workshop to discuss recent developments in the use of wireless technology to contact emergency services and the provision and quality of 911 location information delivered to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), originally scheduled for October 2, 2013, has been rescheduled. The workshop will be held on Monday, November, 18, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305) at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554.

The Bureau has received certain wireless 911 call tracking data from state and local public safety entities regarding the provision of Phase II location information to PSAPs, and has made the data available in the record of PS Docket No. 07-114. The data remains available for public access and review through the Bureau's web page at . The Bureau has invited interested parties to submit any additional call tracking data for inclusion in the record for PS Docket No. 07-114 as part of the ex parte process. The Bureau will update the web page to reflect additional submissions.

Audio/video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC's web page at . The FCC's webcast is free to the public. Those who watch the live video stream of the event may email event-related questions to . Depending on the volume of questions and time constraints, the panel moderators will work to respond to as many questions as possible during the workshop.


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FirstNet Board of Directors Holds Special Meeting, Designates HQ

The First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) Board of Directors had a special board meeting on October 25, 2013. At the meeting, the Board resolved to:

  • establish Northern Virginia as the Headquarters of FirstNet;
  • establish the Boulder, Colorado area as the Technical, Engineering and Network Design headquarters of FirstNet;
  • • establish one regional office in each of the ten Federal Emergency anagement Agency (FEMA) regions at a later date;
  • extend its period for negotiations on certain spectrum lease agreements from Broadband Technology Opportunity recipients; and
  • transfer oversight of the review process on certain FirstNet ethics concerns and procurement activities to the Commerce Department's Office of the Inspector General.

FirstNet is the independent authority within NTIA charged by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 with providing emergency responders with the first high-speed, nationwide network dedicated to public safety.

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Oct. 30 — Deadline to seek extension of CALM Act small provider grace period (originally due Oct. 14).
Oct. 30 — New 57-64 GHz Rules become effective.
Oct. 31 — Filing deadline for copies of the FCC Form 481 filed with USAC on October 15 (originally due Oct. 15).
Nov. 1 — FCC Form 499-Q is due.
Nov. 4 — Comments on the continuation of the BroadbandMatch website tool are due.
Nov. 4 — Comments are due on NECA's 2014 Modification of the Average Schedule Universal Service High-Cost Loop Support Formula.
Nov. 7 — Reply comments are due on EAS Testing Issues.
Nov. 8 — Electronic filing deadline for Form 497 for carriers seeking support for the preceding month and wishing to receive reimbursement by month's end.
Nov. 8 — Reply comments are due on FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on E-Rate 2.0.
Nov. 14 — FCC Open Meeting.
Nov. 18 — Phase II E-911 Location Accuracy Workshop.
Nov. 18 — Reply Comments are due on FCC's guidelines for human exposure to RF electromagnetic fields.
Nov. 18 — Comments on revising and updating the record on cramming are due.
Nov. 19 — Reply comments are due on NECA's 2014 Modification of the Average Schedule Universal Service High-Cost Loop Support Formula.
Dec. 2 — Reply comments on revising and updating the record on cramming are due.
Dec. 2 — Form 323 (Biennial Ownership Report) is due.
Dec. 8 — Electronic filing deadline for Form 497 for carriers seeking support for the preceding month and wishing to receive reimbursement by month's end.
Dec. 23 — PRA Comments on Electronic Tariff Filing Requirements are due.
Jan. 8 — Electronic filing deadline for Form 497 for carriers seeking support for the preceding month and wishing to receive reimbursement by month's end.
Jan. 15 — Annual Handset Accessibility Compliance Report due.

BloostonLaw Private Users Update Vol. 14, No. 10 October 2013

Government Shutdown does not Delay Availability of Certain 800 MHz Frequencies to Public Safety Licensees

The FCC has clarified that the federal government shut-down will not delay the start of the filing windows for spectrum that has recently been vacated by Sprint Corporation in the 809-815/854-860 MHz band (Channels 231-470) Interested licensees may review the FCC's Vacated Channel Search Engine (VCSE) in order to determine whether any spectrum could potentially meet their needs. It is important to note that under the FCC's 800 MHz rebanding plan, spectrum that is vacated by Sprint in this portion of the 800 MHz band will be available to public safety users for the first three years and then to public safety and critical infrastructure users for the next two years. It is only after the fifth year that any remaining channels would revert to their original frequency pools and be available for licensing to any otherwise eligible applicant. Thus, for industrial or non-public safety/critical infrastructure entities, the wait will be 5 years, while public safety and critical infrastructure users have the opportunity to file for spectrum that would meet their needs.

Those public safety clients that may have an interest in obtaining additional 800 MHz spectrum should contact our office as soon as possible.

Workshop on E911 Phase II Location Accuracy Postponed to November 18, 2013

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau's workshop to discuss recent developments in the use of wireless technologies to contact emergency services and the provision and quality of 911 location information delivered to PSAPs has been rescheduled to November 18, 2013 from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM at the FCC's headquarters. This workshop may be of interest not only to wireless carriers but also to agencies that operate Public Safety Answering Points ("PSAPs"). The FCC will broad-cast the meeting live with closed captioning over the Internet at . Any questions during the workshop may be e-mailed to . Depending upon time constraints, questions e-mailed to the program moderator will be addressed during the program.

The Bureau has received certain wireless 911 call tracking data from state and local public safety entities regarding the provision of Phase II location information to PSAPs, and has made the data available in the record of PS Docket No. 07-114. The data remains available for public access and review through the Bureau's web page at . The Bureau has invited interested parties to submit any additional call tracking data for inclusion in the record for PS Docket No. 07-114 as part of the ex parte process. The Bureau will update the web page to reflect additional submissions.

Failure to Notify FCC of Change in Tower Owner Results in $4,200 Fine — Clients Should Contact Us if They Have Purchased any Towers or Companies with Towers

The FCC has proposed a $4,200 fine against Coastal Television Broadcasting Company LLC for failing to notify the FCC of a change in ownership information related to an Antenna Structure Registration (ASR).

During the course of an inspection of the antenna site, the FCC discovered that the ownership and contact information for the antenna tower had changed almost 5 years prior even though the ASR database had not been updated to reflect the ownership change. Following the inspection, the FCC issued a Notice of Violation to Coastal concerning its failure to immediately notify the FCC of the ownership change. Coastal responded that it updated the FCC's ASR database within 8 hours of being notified of the issue by the field inspector.

The FCC notes that Rule Section 17.57 requires the owner of an antenna structure to immediately notify the FCC of any change in ownership information by submitting a Form 854 application in the ASR system. The base amount of a fine for failing to make this required filing is $3,000. However, the FCC made increased the proposed fine, because maintaining current ownership and contact information in the FCC's ASR database is particularly important so that the FCC and individuals can notify antenna structure owners in the event of a lighting failure or other malfunction involving the antenna tower. Because Coastal did not make the notification for over 4 years, the FCC increased the proposed fine by $1,200.

Because of the safety of life issues associated with antenna towers and the potential for aviation accidents, the FCC takes enforcement of its registration and obstruction/marking/lighting rules very seriously. Please contact us if you have either purchased an antenna structure or any entity that owns an antenna structure (or plan to do so in the near future). Likewise, we should also be contacted if you have moved offices over the years so that we can ensure that the information associated with your antenna structures in the FCC's ASR database is accurate.

FCC Cites Hair Salon for Harmful Interference from Light Bulbs to AT&T's 700 MHz Cell Site

Based upon an investigation of an interference complaint by AT&T, the FCC has cited Perfect Cuts Salon for not resolving harmful interference — caused by its fluorescent lighting fixtures — to AT&T's neighboring cell site. The FCC's action underscores the need to heed official correspondence from the Commission, even if you are not a licensee.

On July 24, 2013, the FCC investigated a complaint of interference to an AT&T cell site and determined that the source of the interference was the overhead fluorescent lighting fixtures in the salon. During the course of the investigation, the owner of the salon admitted that AT&T representatives had conducted on/off testing in the salon, which confirmed that the salon's lighting was the source of the interference. The owner initially claimed he had unsuccessfully asked General Electric, the manufacturer, to replace the lighting. What the owner failed to state upfront was that he wanted cash from General Electric so he could install the replacement lighting himself.

At the time of the site visit, the FCC field agent told the salon owner that the lighting had to be repaired or replaced in order to resolve the interference. During a follow up call the following week, the salon owner took the position that since the lighting was not causing him any issues, there was no reason to repair or replace them unless he was paid to do so.

While it may seem strange that lighting can cause harmful interference to licensed radio operations, this case demonstrates that many electrical devices used in residential and commercial applications can actually radiate radio-frequency energy — albeit unintentionally. These "unintentional radiators" or "incidental radiators" are still subject to the requirement in Part 15 of the FCC's Rules that no harmful interference be caused to licensed FCC radio operations.

Because the salon owner was unwilling to cooperate, the FCC was forced to issue a formal citation, which included an immediate order that the salon turn off its lights until the lighting was either repaired or replaced.

It is important to note that the issuance of a citation by the FCC is the first step in the FCC's enforcement toolbox for those entities that do not hold FCC licenses or permits. If there are further violations, the FCC may proceed to monetary fines — which the FCC indicated could be up to $16,000 per day of a continuing violation and up to $112,500 for any single act or failure to act.

With the proliferation of wireless facilities, the likelihood of interference complaints can only increase. If you find yourself on the receiving end of an interference complaint, we recommend that you contact our office as soon as possible.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm. For additional information, please contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or

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FAA loosens rules for electronic devices during flights

Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music. (Oct. 31) AP

Bart Jansen, USA TODAY 2:21 p.m. EDT October 31, 2013

Fliers will soon be able to use e-devices such as readers and games throughout flights.

Airline passengers soon will be able to use portable electronic devices such as readers and games during takeoffs, landings and throughout flights, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday.

Before the new rule takes effect, airlines must demonstrate that aircraft won't be at risk because of potential interference from portable electronic devices.

That is expected to take place quickly, and the devices will be approved for use by the end of the year in most of the nation's airline fleet.

FAA: ' Frequently Asked Questions' on electronic gadgets

Connecting to the Internet remains prohibited when the plane is less than 10,000 feet in the air. Voice calls also are banned during the entire flight, under a Federal Communications Commission rule.

Passengers should continue to follow all instructions from flight crews regarding the use of the devices, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said.

The decision follows a report Sept. 30 from a 28-member committee representing airlines, manufacturers, electronics makers, pilots and flight attendants.

"We found that we could protect aviation safety and at the same time address the passenger desire for use of their portable devices," Huerta said. "The committee determined that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices."

The announcement marks a change in 50-year-old policy restricting the use of electronics aboard aircraft.

Thursday's decision marks a major change for passengers eager to keep reading an electronic book, listen to music or play a game while the plane is lower than 10,000 feet in the air, when those activities have been prohibited.

The prohibition against electronics began decades ago because of concerns about interference with cockpit communications and navigation equipment. But passengers have sought easier use of their gadgets as electronics became more widespread and aircraft equipment less susceptible to stray signals.

Flight attendants welcomed the opportunity to ease enforcement of the prohibition against gadgets. Laura Glading, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, said the change in rules will benefit passengers and crew.

"Once the new policy is safely implemented — and we're going to work closely with the carrier to do that — it will be a win-win," Glading said. "We're frankly tired of feeling like 'hall monitors' when it comes to this issue."

Delta Air Lines spokesman Paul Skrbec said the airline already has performed the required tolerance tests on all of its aircraft and has submitted paperwork to the FAA for its approval.

"All of our aircraft are ready to go," he said, adding that the airline is now awaiting word from the FAA. "That could come as early as today for us."

JetBlue Airways also expects to be among the first airlines to allow electronics because it has a relatively small fleet — less than 200 aircraft — and only two types of planes, said spokeswoman Jenny Dervin. "We intend to be the first airline to allow fleet-wide PEDs"

JetBlue Capt. Chuck Cook, who served on the advisory committee that recommended the policy change, said electronics were never a proven hazard but weren't cleared of risk, either. Cook said now airlines will demonstrate the devices are safe.

"With this guidance, the airlines are able to accurately assess the risk," Cook said., which produces Kindle electronic readers, welcomed the decision after working for years testing gadgets aboard planes to satisfy FAA safety requirements, according to spokesman Drew Herdener.

"This is a big win for customers and, frankly, it's about time," he said.

Electronics have always been allowed once a plane reaches 10,000 feet in the air.

On planes equipped with their own Wi-fi hot spots, passengers have been able to connect to the Internet while the flight is cruising.

Consumer groups and lawmakers such as Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., have argued that electronic readers are no more dangerous than books during takeoff and landing. "This is great news for the traveling public — and frankly, a win for common sense," McCaskill, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, said of the FAA's decision. "I applaud the FAA for taking the necessary steps to change these outdated regulations and I look forward to the airlines turning around quick plans for implementation."

The Association of Flight Attendants voiced support for the decision provided that electronic devices are proven not to interfere with on-board communications.

"In order to expand the use of PEDs safely, the commercial aviation industry must first demonstrate that airplanes can tolerate electromagnetic interference from passenger devices," the AFA said. "At the same time, appropriate policies and procedures, supported by effective crew training programs and focused safety messaging from the industry to travelers, are needed to ensure that expanded use by passengers does not degrade safety and security."

Huerta said in perhaps 1% of flights with low visibility, electronics will still be banned at some points in flight on some planes.

"In those cases, passengers may be asked to turn off devices," Huerta said. "It's important for everyone's safety that passengers obey requests to store such devices if need be."


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Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 — 7 January 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before emigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories and companies to develop a range of electrical devices. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla as a consultant to help develop a power system using alternating current. Tesla is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs which included patented devices and theoretical work used in the invention of radio communication, for his X-ray experiments, and for his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project.

Tesla wearing the Serbian national costume, c.1880.

Tesla's achievements and his abilities as a showman demonstrating his seemingly miraculous inventions made him world-famous. Although he made a great deal of money from his patents, he spent a lot on numerous experiments. He lived for most of his life in a series of New York hotels although the end of his patent income and eventual bankruptcy led him to live in diminished circumstances. Tesla still continued to invite the press to parties he held on his birthday to announce new inventions he was working and make (sometimes unusual) statements. Because of his pronouncements and the nature of his work over the years, Tesla gained a reputation in popular culture as the archetypal "mad scientist." He died on 7 January 1943.

Tesla's work fell into relative obscurity after his death, but since the 1990s, his reputation has experienced a comeback in popular culture. His work and reputed inventions are also at the center of many conspiracy theories and have also been used to support various pseudosciences, UFO theories and New Age occultism. In 1960, in honor of Tesla, the General Conference on Weights and Measures for the International System of Units dedicated the term "tesla" to the SI unit measure for magnetic field strength.

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