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Friday — April 18, 2014 — Issue No. 602

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

There is an article this week about a new telecommunications device for deaf-blind individuals. I tried to talk Motorola into making a Braille pager many years ago but they never got around to it. There are some things that should be done just because they are the right thing to do; not based on how much money a company might make on the product.

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After re-reading the article, "The secret to saving a wet [pager] phone or tablet" in last week's newsletter I decided to do some more research on the Internet about this topic. Wow, there is a lot of contradicting information out there about the right way to resurrect a wet cell phone or pager. People who appear to know what they are talking about say that packing the wet cell phone in uncooked rice is not much more effective than just leaving the phone laying on a table top for two or three days. Another proposed solution to use a hair dryer will probably cause more harm than good.

An important point, is the kind of liquid that was involved. Phones dropped in a toilet should be soaked in denatured alcohol (at least 95% alcohol) before drying is attempted.

if your phone gets dumped into the ocean or if a can of Coke spills into it, only drying it out will not help. It must be first soaked in distilled water. Saltwater is very corrosive when it gets into electronic circuitry, and soft drinks leave a sticky residue.

To have some insurance on hand, I went ahead and ordered some silica gel desiccant packets from Amazon as suggested in the article.

After reading many proposed solutions I have decided that the best way to quickly, and safely dry out a wet cell phone or pager is to place it in a Vacuum Chamber (or Desiccator Chamber).

Water will boil at room temperature in a vacuum. Yes it will.

Vacuum evaporation is the process of causing the pressure in a liquid-filled container to be reduced below the vapor pressure of the liquid, causing the liquid to evaporate at a lower temperature than normal. Although the process can be applied to any type of liquid at any vapor pressure, it is generally used to describe the boiling of water by lowering the container's internal pressure below standard atmospheric pressure and causing the water to boil at room temperature. [Wikipedia]

A suitable vacuum chamber can be purchased for a little over two hundred bucks. This is probably too much money to spend on something just to keep around for the off-chance that your cell phone or pager gets wet, but it might be a good investment if you are in the service business.

When drying out a wet device in a vacuum chamber, it doesn't get hot and damage the circuitry. The water boils off and vaporizes at room temperature — even in the tiny spaces between and under components. Sounds like a perfect solution to me.

P.S. A vacuum chamber can also be used for stabilizing wood .

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Our drinking water here in Fairfield, Illinois comes from the Little Wabash River. It is about 15 miles east of town. Recent flooding has forced wildlife to take refuge wherever possible. Here is a rare photo of a bobcat taken this week.


Don't worry about the water being muddy. We have a new multli-million dollar water purification plant that was recently put into service.

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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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A New Initiative Called iCanConnect Is Helping Deaf-Blind People Get Online

Frank Eltman, AP
Apr 8, 2014

(Frank Eltman/AP)

Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for shopping deals. She chats on Facebook, learns about new recipes, and enjoys sending emails to friends and family.

Verdejo, who can't see or hear, could do none of that a year ago.

The 40-year-old New Yorker lives in a group home in Port Washington and is among the thousands of people with combined hearing and vision loss to have benefited from a pilot program called iCanConnect. The initiative provides low-income deaf-blind individuals with the most up-to-date telecommunications devices for free and special training to use them.

"For me, it's opened up my whole world," Verdejo said through a sign language interpreter at the Helen Keller National Center in suburban Long Island. The center, along with the Boston-based Perkins School for the Blind, is working with state agencies and others around the country to distribute items like refreshable Braille displays, amplified telephones, and computer programs that allow for large-print displays for those who may be vision impaired but not entirely blind.

Much of the equipment is compatible with Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPad and connect via Bluetooth.

"Modern technology has rapidly progressed, and we are available to provide individuals with combined vision and hearing loss the best technology and telecommunications tools for their individual needs," said Thomas J. Edwards, president of Helen Keller Services for the Blind, which has 11 regional offices around the country.

For Verdejo and others, the changes have been dramatic.

"I'm able now to access anything I want," Verdejo said. "I mean, I have all these apps here and can see anything now. I see it through my Braille device. I'm just so thrilled and happy that I'm able to communicate with the world."

Established by the Federal Communications Commission, the pilot program allocates $10 million annually for low-income deaf-blind people to get the equipment. The program, which is in the second year of a three-year study, is open to individuals earning less than $44,680 annually, with income limits slightly higher in Hawaii and Alaska.

An estimated 2,000 people have been served by the program in its first 18 months, said Betsy McGinnity, a Perkins spokeswoman. She said the program has received positive feedback and was confident it could be extended beyond the three-year study period.

Dr. Christian Vogler, director of the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., said that because the deaf-blind population is relatively small — about 100,000 in the U.S., according to one estimate — the high-technology devices are very expensive to produce. Some refreshable Braille displays — handheld electronic devices that employ a network of tiny pins that pop up and down through holes, scrolling letters that a blind person can read — can cost as much as $6,000.

Software that enlarges text on computer screens can sometimes cost $800 to $1,000.

"There's not a lot of profit for these companies; the equipment is very expensive and most can't afford it," Vogler said.

Other devices include amplifiers that assist those with limited hearing loss to know when a telephone is ringing, or computer programs that accent certain colors that may assist the vision impaired.

Applicants for the technology go through a rigorous screening process to determine what specific devices could benefit them best, said Ryan Odland, the New York coordinator of the distribution program for the Helen Keller National Center. Once accepted, they are trained in the proper ways to use the equipment; the training is tailored to each individual.

"We do not order equipment for anything other than to gain equal access to telecommunications," Odland said. "We tend to be very thorough with our assessment to be certain what equipment our consumer wants is ideal for them."

He said there is no financial cap on what any individual may receive. "It's based on their specific needs," Odland said.

Although many of those eligible for the devices are known to officials at the Keller and Perkins facilities, the organizations are reaching out to others who may not be clients of either.

"We want to get the word out to seniors who are experiencing age-related vision and hearing issues," said Sue Ruzenski, acting executive director at the Helen Keller center. "And there are other groups of people that we may not always interact with that may be eligible for services."

Ruzenski said a $10 million annual allocation may not seem like much, but insisted, "We looked at it as a huge breakthrough for the deaf-blind community."

Source: Yahoo! TECH

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Google to Use Drones to Improve Wireless Broadband Coverage

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:56am
Ben Munson

Google could soon be putting drones to use in getting wireless broadband to underserved populations.

Google Monday announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative, according to The Wall Street Journal . Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

Google did not specify how the Titan Aerospace team will assist Project Loon in its current mission but only that the 20-employee company would be working closely with project. Google did not disclose the purchase price for Titan Aerospace.

Facebook had previously been rumored to be pursuing Titan Aerospace but the social network ended up buying Ascenta, another solar-powered drone company, for $20 million. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is out front of the initiative, which is pushing to connect the rest of the world, similar to the motivation behind Google's Project Loon.

Both Project Loon and could benefit from the use of unlicensed spectrum, making recent FCC moves a possible boon. In March, the Commission pledged to open up 100 MHz of 5 GHz spectrum for unlicensed use.

Google wants Titan Aerospace to assist in collecting aerial images in addition to helping with Project Loon.

Source: WirelessWEEK

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PSSI is the industry leader in reverse logistics, our services include depot repair, product returns management, RMA and RTV management, product audit, test, refurbishment, re-kitting and value recovery.

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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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Civil Emergency Alert Services Association (CEASA) Announces Initiative To Launch Commercial Mobile Information Services (CMIS)

Program Will Provide Post-Event Recovery Information During the 2014 Hurricane Season

APRIL 14, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Civil Emergency Alert Services Association (CEASA) announced today that they will support the launch of a Commercial Mobile Information Services (CMIS) beta trial during the 2014 hurricane season. CMIS will use cell broadcast geo-targeting technology, which can send text messages to all smart devices and cell phones in specific locations.

The devastating and extended impact of Hurricane Sandy, as well as the likelihood of increased 'superstorm' activity in the Gulf and Mid-Atlantic states, has also raised interest by power companies and other utility providersfor an 'at-hand' solution for improving customer relations during power outages.

Cell broadcast technology is currently used for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) including National Weather Service (NWS) warnings and AMBER Alerts. It is supported by the FCC, FEMA, and the nation's wireless carriers, but is currently limited to use by government agencies. The CMIS trial will allow access by FEMA-approved Collaborative Operating Groups (COG) for public safety-related announcements.

CEASA Group has secured use of the gateway middleware necessary to enable an end-to-end pilot solution by June 1, 2014. The operational system is modeled after the successful trial of Cell Broadcast Short Messaging Services (CBSMS) conducted by the state of Florida in 2008. While it does not require additional technology or infrastructure investments, the trial will require FEMA to allow the mobile operators in federally-declared disaster locations the option to broadcast public safety advisory messages over the WEA alert and warning 'channel' for the duration of the beta pilot. A detailed cost-benefit analysis will be conducted at the conclusion of the pilot to determine if the feature can produce commercially-sustained and ongoing revenue.

In a conference call with industry partners this morning, CEASA Executive Director D. D. Weiser said, "Our decade-long advocacy in the 2000's led the FCC and FEMA to embrace cell broadcasting as an unparalleled technology to communicate with the public during emergencies. Today, with the infrastructure already in place and saving lives across the country, we are encouraging the nation's wireless carriers to consider expanding the use of their resident cell broadcast functionality."

CEASA is a global organization of emergency management and telecommunications professionals dedicated to the adaptation of emerging technologies for humanitarian applications. The organization, based in the United Kingdom, is recognized by the United Nations as an accredited Civil Information Society (CIS) and is supported by a network of chapters worldwide.

Additional information about the CMIS beta pilot and cell broadcast technology can be found at the organization's website:

SOURCE Civil Emergency Alert Services Association
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EARLY WARNING: Peninsula Regional program strives to stave off Code Blues

Apr. 13, 2014


Dr. Chris Snyder, Chief Medical informatics officer for Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Chief Quality Officer (CQO) looks at a pager in which hospital staff are paged on while a Code Blue is alerted. Behind him is also the program on the computer were staff is also notified. / Staff photo by Todd Dudek

SALISBURY — They are the last two words anyone wants to hear in a hospital: "code blue." The phrase is medical shorthand for patients who have stopped breathing or whose hearts have quit beating. When it's called, a team of doctors and nurses rushes to the bedside to do whatever they can to save the patient's life. Often, though, they are the last two words that patient will hear. At best, one out of five live to leave the hospital, according to national statistics. Some are as low as 3-5 percent.

At Peninsula Regional Medical Centers, Code Blues are being called less often.

In January 2012, nurses in one ward became test subjects in an experiment that put them in greater control of their patients' care — with a technological twist. Fifteen months later, patients were coding 56 percent less frequently.

Dr. Chris Snyder, Chief Medical informatics officer for Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Chief Quality Officer, looks at a pager on which hospital staff are paged when a Code Blue is alerted. Staff photo by Todd Dudek

Today, the program has expanded to all eight of the hospital's medical and surgical units, as well as obstetrics. The Salisbury facility plans to employ it soon in pediatrics and to use it to help gauge the condition of patients after surgery.

"It's changed our culture tremendously," said Dr. Chris Snyder, the physician in charge of Peninsula's health information system. "I've found very few things that are so simple. It was something we were already doing, but we weren't doing it well."

The system is drawing praise to Peninsula. Earlier this month, the Maryland Patient Safety Center, a nonprofit created by the Maryland Legislature, named the program as one of 10 finalists out of 79 entrants for its annual safety innovation awards.

Instead of Code Blue, the buzzword on the floor these days is MEWS, or modified early warning score. It's such a part of work life that the acronym has found its way into the hospital's vocabulary as a verb.

"This patient is going to MEWS," a nurse might say.


The early warning system was developed in Australia two decades ago and grew to be widely adopted in Great Britain. But in America's less top-down health system, only a few dozen or so hospitals use the technology, and few have done so as extensively as Peninsula, Snyder said.

Snyder has become an evangelist of the system, consulting with other hospitals as they look to implement it and speaking to physician groups and others about its benefits.

It represents a step forward in the traditional approach to detecting the signs of impending death, he said. In the past, monitors would set off alarms if a patient's heart or breathing rates dropped too low or stopped altogether.

That method, however, only tracks one or two patient signals, ignoring other possible signs of trouble, Snyder said. What's more, doctors and nurses are only alerted once the patient has become severely ill, sometimes beyond salvage.

Of course, those monitors aren't the only way medical personnel watch over patients. Once every eight hours — more often for sicker patients — a certified nursing assistant would take a battery of vitals: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, breathing rate and oxygen concentration in the blood.

They would enter that data into a computerized medical record. Only then, after perhaps a few cycles of vitals screening, would a doctor have enough information to diagnose any problems.

Short of an alarm going off, downward-trending patients would only get immediate care if a sharp-eyed nurse spotted something off in their appearance or demeanor. But as Peninsula's rising rate of code blues suggested, that didn't always happen.

"You have a person sitting there drinking coffee, but they would just sit there because they looked good," Snyder said.

Peninsula set a goal in 2011 of cutting its Code Blues on medical and surgical units by half. That led to a hunt for possible solutions.

A longtime nurse and member of the hospital's Code Blue Committee named Deborah Clayton was immediately impressed with the literature on an early warning system technology that promised to prevent codes before they happened.

"It was a trend we were seeing to improve our safety," said Clayton.

One of the big advantages was that it would require virtually no changes in the way nurses did their work. They were already collecting data on vital signs. They just needed a way to analyze it.

Enter MEWS.

In practice

Here's how it works: The computer program assigns a numerical score to each of the five vital signs. A higher score indicates a patient in deeper trouble. For example, a resting pulse rate between 51 and 100 beats per minute is normal and would get scored as zero. But a rate between 111 and 129 would result in a score of two.

Each cart that nurses roll in and out of patient rooms is now equipped with a color-coded chart that helps them interpret the rankings.

A cumulative score of three or four could trigger more-frequent testing. A five leaves it up to the nurse in charge whether to call in a team to start administering care. A six is an automatic call for care.

All of the higher scores must be confirmed before any other steps are taken to help avoid unnecessary care, Snyder said. Estimates are as high as 12 hours for the amount of time personnel can spot a problem before it happens.

Another advantage of the system: Even medical personnel with the least training can help keep a patient from crashing, he added.

"It was a change," said Justine Hill, a certified nursing assistant who works in the ward where the system was first tested. "It was a good change. It prevents a lot of Code Blues."

During its first three months of activation in her unit, the fifth floor on the east side of the complex, the system triggered 956 alerts, or about 10 a day. Miraculously, no Code Blues were recorded. But that increase in alarms led to a 48 percent jump in number of call-outs for the rapid-response team.

Snyder and his colleagues know they can't prevent all Code Blues, but the rate has remained lower than what it was before the system was implemented. In five units during four months, the rate fell from 1.02 codes per 1,000 patient days to 0.37, a 64 percent decrease.

Other hospitals have seen similar improvements since adopting the early warning protocol. During six months in 2008 and 2009 at Mercy Hospital Anderson in Cincinnati, Code Blues plummeted from 0.72 to 0.33, a 54 percent decline.

The initiative is helping save lives and money, Snyder said.

Code Blues cost about $3,000 if a patient dies and $20,000 if the patient survives (thus requiring additional care), according to one study. Snyder estimates the program could save $3.2 million a year in Peninsula's medical and surgical units alone.

Several studies at individual hospitals have confirmed Peninsula's promising results. But few studies exist that compare patients in a randomized setting — the gold standard in determining the effectiveness of new therapies and drugs.

The Cochrane Review, an influential but fastidious analyst of medical practices, found just two studies that met its standards in a 2007 examination. A study of 23 hospitals in Australia found no difference in outcomes between early warning hospitals and others. Another study of 16 hospital wards in the United Kingdom showed they resulted in fewer deaths.

Not perfect

Dr. Lawrence Lynn, a longtime researcher of early warning systems based in Ohio, said MEWS is dramatically better than traditional alarms. But he thinks hospitals can go a step further by developing more nuanced technology.

The system is a one-size-fits-all solution, and patients aren't all one size, he said. One example of a flaw is that a patient with a pacemaker won't set off any pulse-related alarms.

"It's probably better than nothing, but it's a fairly rudimentary concept," said Lynn, who is working on developing technology that incorporates his theory that health data should be interpreted the way meteorologists predict the weather.

For his part, Snyder acknowledges the software is given to sounding "false positives," marking patients as sick when they actually aren't. But, he said, the results so far speak for themselves.

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Chairman Reportedly Supports CMA Licensing, Spectrum Limits for 600 MHz Incentive Auction

Following months of work by BloostonLaw and other rural and independent carrier advocates, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has been presented with a joint geographic license area proposal for use in the upcoming 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction that divides the United States and its territories into 416 Partial Economic Areas (or "PEAs"), rather than large Economic Areas ("EAs") or a plan based on updated and enlarged MSAs that was entered into the record backed at the last minute by Verizon. Bloomberg news service is reporting that Chairman Wheeler will seek to limit the amount of 600 MHz spectrum that any one carrier may acquire in the auction. And as discussed further below, Re/code is reporting that the FCC may set aside certain "restricted" licenses for "local markets". Assuming these reports hold true and receive support from a majority of the FCC Commissioners, this could be good news for small and rural carriers, because these developments should facilitate their ability to win spectrum licenses in the broadcast incentive auction, currently scheduled for mid-2015.

To advocate that smaller geographic licenses are made available for bidding in the incentive auction, BloostonLaw has attended ex parte meetings with the Commission's staff and worked closely since January with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) and their members (the "Consensus Parties") in crafting a compromise that would preserve as much as possible the benefits of traditional Cellular Market Area ("CMA") licensing – favored by all rural and independent carrier advocates – but that would still meet the FCC's specific needs of having a maximum of 400-450 license areas nationwide for purposes of the broadcast incentive auction and repacking of the TV band. The FCC staff has appeared receptive to many aspects of the Consensus plan.

Efforts by the Blooston Rural Carriers culminated in April 10 ex parte letter from the Blooston Rural Carriers urging the FCC to reject Verizon's "Merged MSA Proposal" because it would unduly favor nationwide carriers while restricting the ability of rural and competitive carriers to meaningfully participate in upcoming FCC auctions.

The Blooston Rural Carriers pointed out that: "The Merged MSA Proposal divides the U.S. into just 218 geographic license areas, which offers little improvement over the 176 EAs that the FCC initially proposed, and in certain ways is actually worse. Many of the 'new' MSAs are enlarged (some significantly so), and smaller market areas are often grouped into larger MSA 'clusters,' putting them even further out of reach for the possibility of bidding by smaller carriers . . . More to the point, if the FCC were to adopt Verizon's proposed service areas, most (if not all) of the smaller PEA service areas that the Consensus Parties have worked hard to create would be eliminated and replaced with much larger license sizes that have little in common with geographic areas where rural and competitive carriers currently offer wireless service."

The Blooston Rural Carriers and other Consensus parties also urged the FCC not to permit "package" bidding in the broadcast incentive auction, as favored by Verizon. In this regard, the Blooston Rural Carriers cautioned in their ex parte letter that "package bidding would allow large carriers to obtain licenses without having to bid head-to-head against small and regional competitors, whose participation would likely drive up auction proceeds."

A report from Bloomberg News suggests that FCC Chairman is proposing to limit the amount of 600 MHz spectrum that any single company will be allowed to purchase in the broadcast incentive auction. AT&T and Verizon have opposed any limits, arguing that this will reduce auction revenues and unfairly favor smaller competitors like Sprint and T-Mobile.

"All who want to participate in the auction will be able to bid," said the FCC Chairman in an emailed statement. "In order to assure coverage and competition in rural America it may be necessary to assure no one can monopolize the bidding."

Citing to several persons briefed on the plan, independent tech news service Re/code is reporting that the Commission plans to create two separate classes of 600 MHz licenses: restricted and unrestricted. All wireless companies would be allowed to bid for the licenses, which would be mostly paired in 5 megahertz blocks. Once the bidding reaches a to-be-determined reserve price, the FCC would purportedly set aside up to 30 megahertz of spectrum in local markets for companies that do not already have large holdings in the area. The FCC believes the reverse auction will free up something on the order of 85 megahertz of 600 MHz band spectrum in most markets. Subject to the proviso that the devil is always in the details, this approach could significantly help to preserve realistic bidding opportunities for small and rural carriers.

Chairman Wheeler is also reportedly proposing limits on restricted licenses so that winning bidders are not allowed to flip them to larger wireless carriers, as well as a "spectrum screen" to generally limit now many licenses a wireless carrier may hold in a particular market. Under the Chairman's plan, licenses held by Sprint and DISH Network that were previously excluded from the screen ( e.g., 2.5 BRS/EBS spectrum and satellite spectrum that has been repurposed for terrestrial use) would reportedly now be factored into the cap.

News reports today suggest that AT&T is unhappy with the Commission's proposed rules for the broadcast incentive auction, and has even threatened to boycott the auction if rules restricting the company's ability to buy licenses aren't changed. Rules being planned by the Commission "are complicated and unnecessary" and would favor other companies, said AT&T Vice President Joan Marsh in an ex parte letter following her meeting on Monday with an aide to Chairman Wheeler. A copy of AT&T's ex parte letter was not available from the FCC's web site as of our deadline, but the company's strong words were reported by numerous outlets.

"AT&T has never declined to participate in a major spectrum auction and certainly did not intend to do so here," Marsh wrote. "But if the restrictions as proposed are adopted, AT&T will need to seriously consider whether its capital and resources are directed toward other spectrum opportunities that will better enable AT&T to continue to support high quality LTE network deployments to serve its customers."

A full Commission vote on these items could come as soon as the agency's next monthly meeting in May.

Minority-Owned Investment and Facilities Management Company Seeks Clarification of DE Rules

In advance of upcoming AWS-3 and 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions, the FCC Wireless Bureau has asked for comment on a request for clarification or waiver of the Commission's "attributable material relationship rule" that was filed last month by Grain Management, LLC. Grain Management is a minority-owned private equity and telecom facilities management company that has carved out a niche for itself recently in facilitating complex spectrum transactions involving AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Comments on the item are due on or before April 25, 2014, and reply comments are due on or before May 9, 2014.

By way of background, the attributable material relationship rule is an important but controversial provision that governs the eligibility of applicants for designated entity ("DE") benefits in connection with FCC auctions. Under the rule, an applicant is found to have an "attributable material relationship" when it has entered into a lease or resale arrangement with any individual entity involving more than 25 percent of the spectrum capacity of any of its licenses. If an attributable material relationship is found, the gross revenues of the entity and certain of its interest holders are counted toward the applicant for purposes of determining the applicant's (i) eligibility for DE benefits and (ii) liability for "unjust enrichment" penalties. The rule was adopted by the FCC just ahead of the AWS-1 auction in 2006, as a way to prevent well-capitalized DEs from being able to use their deep pockets and bidding credits to dominate an auction and then turn around and lease the spectrum it won to non-DEs like Verizon and AT&T. The object of the DE restrictions is to give smaller companies an opportunity to participate in the wireless business, not the ability to score an investment windfall. However, critics of the rule (including the Blooston Law Firm) have challenged the provision as being overly broad, because it inhibits beneficial business arrangements that have nothing to do with skirting the DE rules – such as spectrum lease or reciprocal resale arrangements between two bona fide small businesses.

As for Grain's Request for Clarification or Waiver, this filing suggests that the company may be seeking to participate as a DE in the upcoming AWS-3 auction, which is expected to begin later this year. Grain asks the Commission to clarify that the attributable material relationship rule is not applicable to leasing transactions between Designated Entities (DEs) and non-DEs where: (1) the licenses involved in the transaction were not acquired using bidding credits but were instead purchased on the secondary market; and (2) the transaction does not involve a structure permitting a non-DE to exercise undue influence over a DE's activities or decision making. In the alternative, Grain has asked the Commission to waive application of the rule to a specific leasing transaction that the FCC approved in September of 2013 involving AT&T, Verizon and a Grain affiliate company, Grain Capital II, LLC. That transaction involved a number of Lower 700 MHz B-Block and full and partitioned AWS-1 licenses, and consisted of (a) a direct exchange of licenses between AT&T and Verizon, and (b) assignments of certain other licenses from AT&T and Verizon to Grain Management, which would lease the assigned spectrum to AT&T and Verizon under long-term de facto transfer leases.

Grain Management isn't the only entity that has recently been actively seeking relief from the FCC's "material relationship" rules in advance of the AWS-3 auction. In this regard, DE-advocacy group Minority Media and Telecom Council (MMTC) and Council Tree are together urging the FCC to eliminate the attributable material relationship rule and to take other steps to increase minority and small business participation in upcoming auctions such as increasing bid credits to 40%. As we have previously noted, eliminating the attributable material relationship rule could have certain benefits, but could also open the door to deep-pocketed entities participating in upcoming auctions as Des; and increasing bid credits to 40% isn't likely to help our clients if everyone bidding has access to credits.

We are in the process of evaluating whether the comment cycle in the Grain Management proceeding provides us with an opportunity to request modification of the attributable material relationship rule in a way to help our firm's clients in upcoming auctions, or whether any modification of the rules at this point risks "opening the henhouse door" for crafty DEs. We urge clients who are interested in possibly filing comments or who have specific questions or concerns to contact us ASAP, so we can better assess the impact of this proposal on our clients.

CTIA Announces Smartphone Anti-Theft Commitment

In the wake of recently proposed anti-theft legislation in Congress that would require the inclusion of "kill switch" technology in smartphones, CTIA – The Wireless Association and fourteen participating companies announced on April 15, 2014 that they have developed a voluntary initiative to help address the issue. The participating companies are Apple, Inc.; Asurion; AT&T; Google, Inc.; HTC America, Inc.; Huawei Device USA; Motorola Mobility LLC; Microsoft Corporation; Nokia, Inc.; Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P.; Sprint Corporation; T-Mobile USA; U.S. Cellular; and Verizon Wireless.

"The safety and security of wireless users remain the wireless industry's top priority," said a statement announcing the initiative, "and is why this commitment will continue to protect consumers while recognizing the companies' need to retain flexibility so they may constantly innovate, which is key to stopping smartphone theft."

Each signatory has agreed that new models of smartphones first manufactured after July 2015 will offer, at no cost to consumers, a baseline anti-theft tool that is preloaded or downloadable on wireless smartphones that will provide the connected capability to:

  1. Remotely wipe the authorized user's data (i.e., erase personal information that is added after purchase such as contacts, photos, emails, etc.) that is on the smartphone in the event it is lost or stolen.
  2. Render the smartphone inoperable to an unauthorized user (e.g., locking the smartphone so it cannot be used without a password or PIN), except in accordance with FCC rules for 911 emergency communications, and if available, emergency numbers programmed by the authorized user (e.g., "phone home").
  3. Prevent reactivation without the authorized user's permission (including unauthorized factory reset attempts) to the extent technologically feasible (e.g., locking the smartphone as in 2, above).
  4. Reverse the interoperability if the smartphone is recovered by the authorized user and restore data on the smartphone to the extent feasible (e.g., restored from the cloud).

The commitment notes that, in addition to this baseline anti-theft tool, consumers may use other technological solutions, if available, for their smartphones.

The New York Attorney General and the San Francisco District Attorney applauded the move, but said it falls short of their goal of having anti-theft measures enabled by default on all devices. In a statement, they said "we strongly urge CTIA and its members to make their antitheft features enabled by default on all devices, rather than relying on consumers to opt-in."

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FCC Adopts Consent Decree in USF Contribution Investigation

On April 11, 2014, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau released an Order adopting a Consent Decree between the Bureau and Vast Communications, LLC, a California corporation which has provided conference calling service since February 2009. The Consent Decree resolves and terminates investigations by the Bureau against the carrier for possible violations of certain Universal Service Fund requirements on USF contribution, registration and reporting. To settle the investigation, Vast agreed to make a voluntary contribution to the U.S Treasury in the amount of $90,000.

In this case, in April 2010 Vast voluntarily disclosed to the Bureau that it did not register or begin filing its telecommunications reporting worksheets until it had provided telecommunications service for nine months. Vast did not know that the type of service it provided required it to pay into the USF or register with the FCC and make the required filings. After conferring with counsel, Vast took remedial action to become compliant with the requirements.

Section 64.1195 requires telecommunications carriers that will provide interstate telecommunications service to file registration information with the FCC on FCC Form 499-A. The remaining rule sections mentioned above require these carriers whose USF contribution obligation for a given calendar year is $10,000 or more to file FCC Form 499-Qs, which are quarterly telecommunication service reporting worksheets.

In June 2008, the FCC clarified that conference calling services (also known as audio bridging services) are "telecommunications" under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and that providers of these services are required to contribute directly to the USF. The FCC also directed conference calling service providers to comply prospectively with the registration and reporting requirements contained in the rule sections mentioned above.

In addition to agreeing to make the $90,000 voluntary contribution to the U.S. Treasury, Vast has agreed to implement a three-year plan to ensure future compliance with these requirements.

Three Indicted for $32 Million Worth of Lifeline Program Fraud

On Thursday, April 10, the Department of Justice announced the criminal indictment of Thomas E. Biddix, 44, of Melbourne, Fla., Kevin Brian Cox, 38, of Arlington, Tenn., and Leonard I. Solt, 49, of Land O'Lakes, Fla., for their alleged roles in an approximately $32 million fraud against the Lifeline program.

Specifically, the indictment charged Biddix, Cox, and Solt with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 15 substantive counts of wire fraud, false claims and money laundering. The court also authorized a seizure warrant seeking the defendants' "ill-gotten gains," including the contents of multiple bank accounts, a yacht and several luxury automobiles. As alleged in the indictment, Biddix, Cox, and Solt engaged in a scheme to submit false claims through their company, Associated Telecommunications Management Services LLC, and its multiple subsidiary telephone companies that participated in the Lifeline Program. Through these entities, Biddix, Cox, and Solt allegedly caused the submission of falsely inflated claims to the Lifeline Program between September 2009 and March 2011 to the tune of over $32 million.

To our knowledge, this is the first time that a Lifeline fraud case has gone beyond a proposed fine for the company involved. It is unclear at this time whether the factual circumstances of this case are substantially different than previous cases, such as TracFone's 2013 infraction that resulted in a $4.5 million proposed fine.

HAC Handset Violations Lead to Enforcement Action

The Enforcement Bureau of the FCC has entered into a Consent Decree with General Communications, Inc. d/b/a Alaska DigiTel LLC and Alaska Wireless Communications, LLC (GCI), under the terms of which GCI has agreed to make a "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treasury in the amount of $125,000 and establish a plan for assuring compliance with the FCC's regulations governing the provision of hearing-aid compatible (HAC) digital wireless handsets. The Consent Decree was reported in an order issued on April 9.

The Consent Decree is the culmination of an FCC investigation into whether GCI offered its wireless customers the requisite number of HAC handsets during the 2010 and 2011 reporting periods. GCI admitted the violations but initially claimed it had relied on ratings information from its handset distributors, the FCC's equipment authorization database and the handset manufacturer's website. It later acknowledged that it had erroneously relied only on handset ratings provided by its handset distributors.

In 2003, the FCC established technical standards for radio frequency interference (the M rating) and inductive coupling (the T rating) that digital wireless handsets must meet to be considered compatible with hearing aids operating in acoustic coupling and inductive coupling (telecoil) modes, respectively. For each of these standards, the FCC established deadlines by which manufacturers and service providers were required to offer specified numbers or percentages of digital wireless handsets for each air interface that are compliant with the relevant standard. In February 2008, the FCC released an order that, among other things, adopted new HAC handset deployment benchmarks that became effective in 2008.

Both manufacturers and service providers are required to file annual reports with the FCC in January demonstrating compliance with the regulations during the prior year. The GCI reports for 2010 and 2011 showed that it had fallen short of meeting the deployment benchmarks.

In addition to the $125,000 voluntary contribution (in lieu of a fine), GCI must establish a strict compliance plan to be administered by a compliance officer that includes a training program for its employees, preparation of a compliance manual detailing operating procedures and quarterly compliance audits to be conducted by the compliance officer.

As we have continually advised our clients, the FCC takes HAC handset compliance very seriously and has continued to strictly enforce the regulations as evidenced by this most recent enforcement action. Substantial fines have been imposed for seemingly minor violations, including late filing of the annual report. This episode also confirms that our clients should not necessarily rely on compliance information supplied by handset distributors and manufacturers even when supplied in writing but must seek more authoritative sources. We are available to assist our clients in determining the FCC-recognized status of handsets, as well as to prepare your annual reports.

FCC Announces Comcast and Time Warner Cable Filed Application to Merge

On April 8, 2014, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that Comcast and Time Warner Cable have officially filed applications seeking Commission approval to the transfer of control of the licenses and authorizations held by Time Warner Cable and its wholly owned and controlled subsidiaries to Comcast. The applications have not yet been accepted for filing and, as such, a pleading cycle for the proceeding has not yet been established. The FCC will issue a separate public notice when the applications have been accepted for filing and will set a pleading schedule at that time.

The proceeding will be covered by the permit-but-disclose ex parte procedures, meaning that parties may meet with Commission decision makers on the matter but must file notices of said meetings in the relevant docket.

FCC and DOJ Seize Equipment from New York City Pirate Radio Stations

On April 14, 2014, the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York issued a press release announcing the seizure of radio equipment from pirate radio stations in New York City.

Under the Communications Act, it unlawful to operate radio broadcasting equipment above certain low-intensity thresholds without having a license issued by the FCC, and the seizure and forfeiture of any equipment used with willful and knowing intent to broadcast without an FCC license is authorized. According to the release, two complaints sought the forfeiture of radio transmission and production equipment allegedly used in the illegal broadcast of pirate radio stations on a total of four different FM frequencies.

Specifically, FCC agents identified a commercial space at 80-84 West 181 st Street in the Bronx as the production studio for "Rika FM," which illegally broadcasts its programming on 94.5 and 94.9 MHZ. FCC agents also identified a residence at 1370 St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan as the location of the radio transmission equipment by means of which "Rika FM" was illegally broadcast.

On April 2, FCC agents and Deputy U.S. Marshals, pursuant to warrants, seized the radio transmission and production equipment identified in the two complaints. FCC Acting Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc said: "As alleged, these pirate radio stations were for-profit businesses that broke the law to line their own pockets while disrupting legitimate broadcasters. They should be out of business and off the air."


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FirstNet Seeks Replacement as General Manager Resigns

Bill D'Agostino, the general manager of First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), is stepping down from the position for "personal and family reasons," according to a press release by the FirstNet board. Mr. D'Agostino's resignation comes just shy of his one-year anniversary in his capacity as general manager. Deputy General Manager T.J. Kennedy is taking over during the interim period while a replacement is sought.

FirstNet is an independent entity within the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration charged by Congress to design and build a high-speed broadband network in the 700 MHz band that is free of the interoperability limitations that affect first responders across the country, and enables the transmission of a broader array of media than just voice traffic, such as documents, images and video.

"I have been honored to lead FirstNet's management efforts over the past year, and believe the organization is now well positioned to enter the next stage of its development," said D'Agostino said in a prepared statement. "Although I will no longer be part of the mission, I will remain an ardent supporter and look forward to its future successes."

"FirstNet has assembled an excellent management team to lead this organization as we continue to develop plans for the nationwide public safety broadband network." said Board Vice Chairman Sue Swenson. "The FirstNet Board will now begin a search to hire someone to lead the team - someone with the right blend of experience along with the management and leadership skills to carry out FirstNet's vision."

T-Mobile to Eliminate Overage Charges for US Consumer Plans

In a move that will no doubt tweak its competitors, T-Mobile announced on Monday that it planned to do away with all voice, text, and data overage charges across its US consumer plans starting May 1st.

"The Un-carrier is eliminating one of the most widely despised wireless industry practices for all of our T-Mobile customers on consumer plans," wrote T-Mobile President and CEO John Legere in a blog post . "And I'm also laying down a challenge to my counterparts at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, to do the same."

This announcement follows announcements last week that T-Mobile would offer a " Simple Starter Plan " with a single line of unlimited talk and text and up to 500 MB of 4G LTE data and tethering for $40 a month, and a program that lets consumers add a tablet to any postpaid voice plan for free, known as " Operation Tablet Freedom ."

Legere claimed that more than 20 million people in the U.S. were stuck with overage charges last year, and that the three biggest U.S. carriers together earned more than $1 billion off the practice. He then went to further lengths in explaining how he understood consumers' frustration with "bill shock," but at the same time he neglected to mention how the carrier would deal with things - by throttling service down to 2G speeds once a customer meets their monthly data allotment. Customers may then choose whether to pay an additional charge to restore 4G service.

T-Mobile's PR campaign also urged consumers to sign a petition at that calls on the nation's three largest carriers to eliminate overages for their own customers. AT&T and Verizon declined to comment, but Sprint was quick to offer an alternative.

"Customers can sign T-Mobile's petition or they and their friends and family can sign-up for the Sprint Framily Plan with unlimited data and not have to worry about overages or running out of data and having to purchase more during the month," said a Sprint spokesman.

Calendar At-A-Glance

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Apr. 16 – Comments are due on Extension of Freeze of Separations Category Relationships and Cost Allocation Factors.
Apr. 21 – Reply comments on E-Rate modernization are due.
Apr. 23 – Reply comments are due on Extension of Freeze of Separations Category Relationships and Cost Allocation Factors.
Apr. 25 – Comments are due on Grain Management, LLC Petition for Clarification.


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May 1 – FCC Form 499-Q, Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet is due.
May 9 – Reply comments are due on Grain Management, LLC Petition for Clarification.
May 29 – Comments are due on the short form Tariff Review Plans.
May 31 – FCC Form 395, Employment Report, is due.


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Jun. 16 – ILEC Tariff filings made on 15 days' notice are due.
Jun. 23 – Petitions to suspend or reject tariff filings made on 15 days' notice are due.
Jun. 24 – ILEC tariff filings made on 7 days' notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Replies to petitions to suspend or reject tariff filings made on 15 days' notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Petitions to suspend or reject tariff filings made on 7 days' notice are due.
Jun. 27 – Replies to petitions to suspend or reject tariff filings made on 7 days' notice are due.


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Jul. 1 – FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form) is due.
Jul. 1 – Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Winner Annual Report is due.
Jul. 31 – FCC Form 507 (Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update) is due.
Jul. 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.

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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Smartphone Thefts Nearly Double in 2013

APRIL 18, 2014 10:15AM EST

Some 3.1 million Americans had their phones stolen in 2013, according to Consumer Reports.

As the debate over kill-switch technology heats up in the U.S., a new survey has revealed just how prevalent smartphone thefts have become.

Some 3.1 million Americans had their phones stolen in 2013, a huge increase from the year before, according to the survey from Consumer Reports. In comparison, around 1.6 million people in the U.S. were the victim of smartphone theft in 2012, meaning the number of victims nearly doubled in a year.

On top of that, people are also losing more phones. Last year, U.S. consumers lost and never reccovered 1.4 million smartphones, up from 1.2 million in 2012.

There are a number of basic steps you can take to guard your phone against thieves, but many users are not sufficiently protecting themselves, the survey found. Just 36 percent of respondents said they set a screen lock with a 4-digit pin, though that was a 50 percent increase from 2012, indicating that consumers are becoming more vigilant.

Even so, just 29 percent backed up their smartphone data to a computer or the cloud, while a mere 22 percent installed software that could locate a lost or stolen phone. Even fewer installed an anti-virus or remote wipe app, used a PIN longer than 4 digits, or enabled encryption. Worse yet, 34 percent said they took no precautions whatsoever.

The survey comes as the biggest names in electronics manufacturing this week signed on to integrate "kill switch" technology , which can remotely disable a stolen smartphone, into their new handsets. As of July 2015, models built for retail sale in the U.S. will offer a baseline anti-theft tool which can render the device inoperable if lost or stolen.

Regulators pushing for kill-switch technology, however, said the pledge doesn't go far enough since it's opt-in and will not take effect until July 2015.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón joined forces for the "Secure Our Smartphones" initiative last year, pushing major phone makers to install kill-switch tech in their devices. Today, the duo said that the Consumer Reports survey is "the latest reminder of the urgent need for the wireless industry to take action now and end this global epidemic."

"These findings show how critical it is for the industry to fast-track implementation of these solutions on an opt-out basis," they said. "These solutions must be enabled by default."


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Rogers' widened LTE support gives Canadians speedier data indoors

APRIL 18TH 2014, AT 1:21:00 AM ET

Canada got LTE relatively quickly, but that fast data currently has a big catch: since it doesn't run on low frequencies like in the US, you sometimes drop to 3G when you head indoors. Thankfully, those slowdowns won't be an issue for much longer. Rogers has officially switched on its 700MHz network in parts of Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, bringing LTE to your basement and other places where it was previously off-limits. It may help American travelers, too, since AT&T customers (who already have 700 MHz support) can roam on Rogers' airwaves.


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Subject: Nurses Say Pagers Must Go; Hospitals Drag Feet
Date:April 12, 2014 2:38 AM
To:Brad Dye

Hi Brad,

I thought you might want to use your Wireless Messaging Newsletter as a soapbox to dispel the false assertions about pagers in this article. And write to the editor of Information Week ;-)



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thumb Nurses Say Pagers Must Go; Hospitals Drag Feet (via InformationWeek )

Nurses and other healthcare workers who communicate vital patient information say they need an alternative to outdated pagers and insecure smartphones. At most hospitals, nurses are still required to communicate with colleagues and doctors via Voice…

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Alcohol Awareness Month Recognized By Betty Ford Center

March 28th, 2014

This April marks the 27th Anniversary of Alcohol Awareness Month, founded and sponsored by NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.) and recognized each Spring by the Betty Ford Center.

“Help for Today. Hope For Tomorrow” is the theme selected this year by NCADD.

More than 18 million individuals or 8.5% of Americans suffer from alcohol-use disorders. In addition, there are countless millions of individuals, family members and children who experience the devastating effects of the alcohol problem of someone in their life. In fact, 25% percent of U.S. children have been exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.

The economic cost of alcoholism and alcohol abuse has recently been estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be $223.5 billion ($746 per person) or about $1.90 per drink. Researchers found the costs largely resulted from losses in workplace productivity (72%), health care expenses for problems caused by excessive drinking (11%), law enforcement and other criminal justice expenses related to excessive alcohol consumption (9%), and motor vehicle crash costs from impaired driving (6%).

Alcoholism places an enormous emotional, physical and financial burden on family members and children of the person who is addicted to alcohol: 75% of domestic abuse is committed while one or both members are intoxicated and family members utilize health care twice as much as families without alcohol problems. Emotional and physical abuse often occurs as a result of parents or spouses losing control with family members because of alcohol. Drinking and driving causes 16,000 deaths per year, and thousands more injuries. Up to 75% of the crimes are committed by people under the influence of alcohol.

The source of this information and more detail on Alcohol Awareness Month is available here .

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