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Friday — January 9, 2015 — Issue No. 639

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Baby it's cold outside—in Southern Illinois, and it's a little cold inside too. My heater isn't working very well.

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Bald Eagles

First Bird

The bald eagle may be a majestic national symbol—but it’s also one tough bird.

Source: National Geographic

Check out a great photo of bald eagles at the end of this issue in the PHOTO OF THE WEEK section.

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Pagers to thank for quick response [in Canada]

Chantelle MacIsaac
Published on January 05, 2015

A prompt response to the recent fire in Tompkins was due to newly minted pagers, says Brian Osmond.

The Codroy Valley Volunteer Fire chief said the department recently received a paging system through the aid of a government grant. It was used for the first time in response to the Tompkins fire, which put a married couple out of their home just a few short days before Christmas.

Osmond said as soon as he received the call, he put out the page and by the time he got dressed, got to the fire truck and got to the scene, all of the volunteers with pagers were there ahead of him.

The department received 12 pagers, and Osmond said they are spread out geographically.

The response was much faster than the method they had before, he said, which was texting the members of the department.

Although the new system is faster, Osmond said there are still a few kinks to work out.

On scene at the fire in Tompkins, cell service wasn't available and Osmond said he had to ask a neighbour to use a landline to make calls to police and neighbouring towns for assistance.

The paging system is not on the same frequency as Port aux Basques and Cape Ray, and Osmond said if the departments are going to have mutual assistance calls, the need for better communication is still strong.

Osmond said once the Port aux Basques trucks were in range, they could hear Osmond, but Osmond could not hear them responding.

He said the two departments made further tests while together and verified that it was happening, and said it's an issue they need to figure out.

Overall, Osmond said he was pleased with the response time and despite the issues between the departments, said the coverage for the Valley firefighters with the pagers is great.

Osmond said the department is still looking for further options to obtain more pagers, so that all volunteers can get one. [source]

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Apple's HomeKit rollout to require Apple TV for remote Siri control

Excited for Apple HomeKit-enabled smart home devices? Better get excited for Apple TV, too, because you'll need it to use one of HomeKit's coolest features.

by Rich Brown
January 8, 2015 5:49 PM PST


LAS VEGAS — The full shape of Apple's HomeKit smart-home initiative is becoming clearer, and it's not as dependent on Apple TV as previously believed. Forbes wrote last fall that Apple was positioning its video streaming box as a smart-home hub. According to both reporting by the Verge and what we've learned ourselves, you'll need an Apple TV for only one feature of HomeKit. It's a big feature — Siri input from outside your home network — but the good news is that this situation might not be permanent.

HomeKit is Apple's effort to simplify the smart home for users and developers alike by baking support directly into iOS. One of the most exciting features of HomeKit will be Siri support — imagine telling Siri to turn off your lights and lock your front door. As Apple's device partners have been blabbing all week, if you want to use Siri from the office to unlock your front door at home, you'll need an Apple TV to make that work.

The Verge cited two anonymous HomeKit device manufacturers and a HomeKit development source on the Apple TV news. I heard the same from Apple device makers, who also asked for anonymity, throughout the day today.

If you can tell Siri to execute a command on your phone, it's hard to understand what technical hurdle would stop it from sending that same command to a Wi-Fi-connected light bulb or garage opener over a cellular network. Technically speaking, inserting Apple TV into the process step seems unnecessary, and perhaps makes it look as if Apple is trying to drum up Apple TV sales.


That may not necessarily be the case, at least from what I learned from one HomeKit device partner who would go on the record.

Gary Bart is the president of a company called Zendo, a previously unannounced HomeKit partner I met with this afternoon. He would not comment directly on Siri and Apple TV, but he did say that Apple is moving deliberately on HomeKit. "Think of this as HomeKit 1.0," said Bart. "Apple is very aware of the competitive space, and it will likely add features as consumers get used to the first round of products."

If Apple TV is training wheels for HomeKit's remote Siri control, it's still not clear what technical purpose it serves, but at least Bart's comments suggest room for optimism. Apple itself wouldn't comment publicly on the Apple TV-Siri-HomeKit relationship. It's also worth noting that you don't need Apple TV to control smart home devices via their apps when you're away from home.

The first batch of HomeKit-enabled devices launches in Q1 2015, and many of them were shown to the world for the first time at CES 2015. You'll see them in the gallery above, and they include devices like smart power outlet adapters, a smart door lock, a connected garage opener from Chamberlain, and Elgato's sensor kit.

These will likely be the first smart home products for many people, and while some might be irked when they find they can't use Siri remotely without an Apple TV, Apple's bigger challenge may emerge when those early buyers become more savvy and look to integrate more products. Once mainstream buyers start to realize you can't get your HomeKit lock to talk to your Nest thermostat, we'll see just how much patience consumers have for yet another platform fight.

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S&T’s Interoperable Solution Makes It Easier and Cheaper For First Responders to Communicate

A new low-cost interoperability solution developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) could save the first responder community millions of dollars.

The Radio Internet Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M), used by local, state and federal responders, is a low-cost, external, stand-alone, interface device that connects radio frequency (RF) system base stations, consoles and other RF equipment — regardless of brand — over the Internet or Private Internet Protocol (IP) network. The RIC-M converts from a commonly used V.24 serial communications protocol to an open-standard Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP). Both encrypted and unencrypted Project 25 (P25) digital communications are supported, and it can also operate with analog communication equipment.

“In the past, legacy systems were not interoperable,” explained S&T First Responders Group (FRG) Program Manager Christine Lee. “If you bought one brand of base station, you had to buy the same brand for the all other components even if other brands offered more economical choices or better options. RIC-M allows first responder organizations to be free from dependence on expensive, single-vendor communication solutions, offering cost savings and wider variety.”

Base stations are used by law enforcement, medical and other agency dispatchers to communicate with first responders and agents in the field. Using the RIC-M, agencies can easily upgrade and reconfigure legacy systems for less than $500, Lee stressed.

“Instead of having to replace an entire system — which can cost as much as $15,000 — when one component breaks or becomes obsolete, organizations can use any RIC-M compatible product to extend the system’s life for another 10 to 20 years,” she said.

Since its conception in 2012, RIC-M has been successfully field tested with various state and federal response agencies including Montgomery County, Maryland; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Federal Protective Service; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior, Office of Law Enforcement and Security.

“The biggest benefit of the RIC-M is that it will allow agencies to continue to use current stock pile and installed legacy equipment,” said Carter Blumeyer of Rivada Port Graham Solutions, who participated in the fielding as an evaluator. “This legacy equipment is solidly built and still could last more than 10 years from now.”

Source: (Thanks to Carter Blumeyer.)

DHS Science and Technology Directorate

Radio Internet Protocol Communications Module

Upgrading legacy systems so first responders (and their equipment) can communicate

RIC-M is inexpensive and portable, making it ideal for connectivity during chaotic response scenarios.

Often, first responders face challenges with communicating across jurisdictions during joint operations or major crises because of incompatible communications systems. Proprietary differences make it difficult for equipment by different manufacturers to communicate effectively.

The Project 25 (P25) suite of standards was developed to address this concern by producing a single set of compatible standards for all land mobile radio manufacturers to follow. These standards ensure equipment can reliably communicate, regardless of manufacturer. They also ensure a higher degree of interoperability among different systems, which can save limited agency funds by not having to replace otherwise-serviceable equipment to achieve interoperability. Replacing legacy base station equipment with newer models can cost response agencies up to $15,000 per system.

As an alternative, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), designed a P25-compatible, after-market technology solution — the Radio Internet Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M) — that allows agencies to easily upgrade and reconfigure legacy systems for less than $500. RIC-M allows many older base station systems to be used for another 10 to 20 years.

Enhancing interoperability via open standards

Older base station equipment does not support open- standard interconnection, presenting a problem during emergencies when the exchange of vital information can instantly save lives and property. RIC-M provides a Voice over Internet Protocol bridge between base stations and multi-vendor dispatch equipment, allowing all portable radios to communicate to and from dispatch consoles.

Using an Ethernet cable, RIC-M connects a base station and various communications devices, to create an Internet Protocol bridge.

RIC-M allows interoperability between different vendor systems to seamlessly communicate. The module, which adheres to P25 standards, bridges portable radios, legacy base station systems, and dispatches consoles.

With this bridge, portable radios are able to communicate through the base station/RIC-M to-and-from dispatch consoles via a local area network, in accordance with Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Standard P25 Fixed Station Interface Messages and Protocol (TIA- 102.BAHA).

Since the project began in 2012, RIC-M prototypes have been tested with several dispatch consoles compliant with this standard. In November 2013, a prototype was field tested at the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Radio Laboratory in Denver, Colorado. In July 2014, production-ready RIC-Ms were then distributed for further base station testing.

Agencies participating in the testing include: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOI, U.S. Marshals Service (for use with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Drug Enforcement Administration), the Federal Protective Service and the Montgomery County, Maryland Fire and Rescue Service.

Patent and trademark pending RIC-M soon available to response agencies

DHS S&T has applied for a utility patent and will soon File a trademark application for RIC-M. Once approved, DHS S&T will provide a license to vendors to manufacture and commercialize RIC-M. The licenses are expected to be available to response agencies across the country by spring 2015.

Source: (Thanks to Carter Blumeyer.)


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Telecom Industry Readies for a Net-Neutrality Fight

FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Comments at CES Will Likely Spur Sharp Response From Wireless, Cable Companies

Jan. 8, 2015 5:45 p.m. ET
The Wall Street Journal

The last time the Federal Communications Commission tried to impose rules on net neutrality, Verizon Communications Inc. decided to sue the government alone.

This time, it is likely to have company.

Big telecom firms are mobilizing for a fight now that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has indicated he will propose to regulate the Internet as a public utility—including data traveling over wireless networks, which the industry has fought to keep separate.

The regulator’s comments, at a giant industry conference in Las Vegas late Wednesday, threaten the industry’s multi-year strategy of shifting from heavily regulated businesses like phone calls to data services that enjoy a lighter touch.

Industry trade groups that represent wireless carriers, telecom companies and cable providers would likely lead the charge.

“Of all the options on the table at the FCC, it is the most extreme and most dangerous legal path forward,” said Helgi Walker, the lawyer who beat the FCC twice in legal challenges brought by Comcast Corp. and Verizon. “There is no need to go there.”

Mr. Wheeler said he would present the new rules to the commission Feb. 5 and call a vote on Feb. 26.

Reclassifying broadband as a public utility—or in regulatory parlance, as a telecommunications service under Title II of the 1934 Telecommunications Act—is something public interest groups have been advocating for years, as broadband service has become as important to most Americans as telephone lines were in the last century.

Strong net-neutrality rules would require the companies that control Internet lines to treat content equally. Carriers say they have no interest in blocking content, but want to have the option to develop services that would let companies like health-care services pay for priority delivery. They also worry Title II would give the FCC the power to regulate prices or require them to let rivals resell Internet access using wires they built.

More subtly, carriers like Verizon and AT&T have invested billions of dollars in converting their copper networks into data networks that aren’t as heavily regulated. Verizon spent billions building out its fiber-based FiOS Internet service, and AT&T launched U-Verse Internet service. Both companies began replacing the legacy equipment at the core of their networks with newer technology that was subject to less regulatory oversight.

Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon’s chief executive until 2011, said at an industry conference a little over a year ago that those investments were driven in large part because of regulations. There “was a gap in the rules at the time,” Mr. Seidenberg said. “It turned out pretty well.”

While the FCC isn’t expected to enforce some of the most onerous regulations, like price controls when it comes to data networks, carriers worry future commissioners might be less forgiving.

The FCC signaled it would consider Title II regulation last summer, but was spurred forward in November, when President Barack Obama took the unusual step of publicly calling for the Internet to be regulated as a utility.

By early December, telecom and cable companies were receiving signals that Title II was inevitable. Mr. Wheeler’s comments at the CES conference Wednesday were taken as confirmation.

“The issue here is how we make sure that consumers and innovators have open access to networks,” Mr. Wheeler said. “There is a way to do Title II right, that says there are many parts of Title II that are inappropriate, and would thwart investment, but that a model has been set in the wireless business,” Mr. Wheeler said.

The industry will have its work cut out for it in court if the FCC decides to go that route. In previous challenges, the industry has won because the courts questioned the FCC’s regulatory basis for imposing rules on Internet traffic.

Reclassifying the Internet under Title II would address that issue, and analysts at Guggenheim Securities said the FCC wins the majority of challenges to its rules.

Source: The Wall Street Journal


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STI Engineering's RFI-148 250 high performance paging transmitter features true DDS frequency generation that enables precise control and flexibility for a wide range of data transmission applications.

The transmitter is particularly suitable for large simulcast POCSAG and FLEX paging networks and can be used as drop-in replacement of older and obsolete transmitters. The unit has a proven track record in large scale critical messaging systems.

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BlackBerry Ltd Now Decides To Bring BBM To Android Wear

Posted By: Aman Jain
Posted date: January 09, 2015 08:30:44 AM

BlackBerry Ltd is now planning to port BBM to Google Inc’s wearables-focused Android operating system, Android Wear. Jeff Gadway, an executive at Blackberry, told the press that BBM will launch on Android Wear in “early 2015.”

An obvious move from Blackberry

With almost every chat service making itself available on Android Wear, it’s an obvious and much-needed move from BlackBerry. Users will be able to view and accept invites through the wearable and use the gadget’s speech to text option.

The Canadian smartphone maker started offering the BBM app on the iOS and Android mobile platforms in October 2013. In the beginning, some technical glitches did come, but the company managed to win around 90 million monthly active users as of last September. The total number of registered users is around 140 million. To monetize its cross-platform service, the Canadian firm added stickers and a sticker store last year and increased BBM features to include an encrypted messaging offering aimed at enterprises.

At CES, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said bringing BBM onto Android Wear is a strategy to enhance the attractiveness of the platform with the primary focus on increasing ad yields.

Chen confident on BlackBerry turnaround

Separately, in an interview with David Pogue of Yahoo! Inc., BlackBerry CEO John Chen said their network’s security model and encryption would have defended against the attack on iCloud that caused the theft of personal photos from celebrities. Chen claimed the error-proof security architecture of BlackBerry phones and the BlackBerry data network does not require users to be concerned about privacy and security. Chen did mention that President Obama uses a BlackBerry.

Chen also talked about their QNX software, which is fitted into 50 million cars, saying that initially the QNX automotive software was integrated into the infotainment system, but eventually it is moving toward the mechanics of cars, such as collision avoidance and braking systems.

On the BlackBerry Passport and Classic, Chen said the devices will help in maintaining their current crop of customers along with earning new ones. “It’s about a productive phone. … I want to make sure it’s very secure and very private, [and has a] long battery,” Chen told

Further, the BlackBerry CEO said his turnaround plan is working, and in one year, the company has transformed from losing more than $1 billion a quarter to earning $46 million.

Source: ValueWalk

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USB Paging Encoder

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1 Unipage—Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
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3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Eagle 900 MHz Link Transmitters, 60 & 80W
2 Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
VHF Paging Transmitters
1 Glenayre QT7505
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1 Nucleus VHF, 125W, Advanced Control
UHF Paging Transmitters:
20 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
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15 Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W

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For CAS, strong partnerships remain key to providing our software-based communications solutions to our customers. These solutions include:

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We provide the communication, training and resources required to become a CA partner. In turn, our partners provide customers with the highest levels of local service & support. CA Partners may come from any number of business sectors, including:

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Selected portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update — newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP are reproduced in this section with the firm's permission.

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HAC Report Due January 15; Revised Rules In Effect

The next Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) reporting deadline for digital commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers (including service providers and resellers of cellular, broadband PCS, AWS and/or 700 MHz band services) is Thursday, January 15, 2015. In a significant change from last year, for Tier II and Tier III carriers, 700 MHz band devices and LTE/WiMAX air interfaces are no longer exempt from the HAC compliance standards as of October 17, 2014. All service providers subject to the commission’s HAC rules — including companies that qualify for the de minimis exception — must participate in annual HAC reporting. To the extent that your company is a provider of broadband PCS, cellular and/or interconnected SMR services, if you are a CMRS reseller and/or if you have plans to provide CMRS using newly licensed (or partitioned) AWS or 700 MHz spectrum, you and your company will need to be familiar with the Commission’s revised rules.


FCC Expected to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules at February Open Meeting

Multiple news sources reported this past week that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler intends to have the FCC vote on Net Neutrality rules at its February open meeting.

On January 2, the Washington Post reported that Chairman Wheeler told the other Commissioners before the holiday that he intended to “circulate a draft proposal internally next month with an eye toward approving the measure weeks later.” According to the Post, the rules to be circulated are intended to keep large broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast from speeding up or slowing down some web sites compared to others. A spokesperson for the FCC reportedly declined to comment on the Chairman’s communications, but did confirm the February timeline.

Net Neutrality has been a polarizing issue in recent months. Back in November, President Obama called upon the FCC to “make it clear that whether you use a computer, phone or tablet, Internet providers (ISPs) have a legal obligation not to block or limit your access to a website,” and further called for the classification of the Internet as a utility. Rural service providers have gone on record emphasizing the need for the interconnection obligations of Title II’s Sections 251 and 252, but have not gone so far as to call for full Title II regulation. Large providers like Verizon have generally supported the use of Section 706, which would put the FCC in an oversight role of an otherwise-unregulated Internet service industry.

FCC Makes it Easier to Certify RF Equipment

On December 30, the FCC issued a Report and Order updating the Commission’s radio frequency (RF) equipment authorization program to expand the use of Commission-recognized Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs) as a faster and less expensive way to certify equipment. The TCB program up until now allowed equipment manufacturers to go to a private sector certification contractor rather than going through the full FCC Equipment Certification process, but only for certain categories of equipment. The new rules essentially outsource the entire certification process to the TCBs, in the name of facilitating the more rapid introduction of new and innovative products to the market while ensuring that these products do not cause harmful interference.

Specifically, the new rules:

  • Discontinue FCC acceptance of applications for equipment Certification of RF equipment and instead permit TCBs to process and grant all applications for Certification;
  • Codify a pre-grant approval procedure that TCBs must currently follow when certifying equipment based on new technology that requires consultation with the FCC;
  • Clarify a TCB’s responsibilities in performing post-market surveillance of products it has approved;
  • Specify steps for addressing instances of deficient TCB performance, including appropriate sanctions for deficiencies that do not warrant rescinding a TCB’s authority to issue a grant of Certification;
  • • Modify the rules to reference new standards used to accredit TCBs that approve RF equipment under Part 2 of the Commission’s rules and terminal equipment under Part 68 of the Commission’s rules;
  • Require accreditation of all laboratories that test equipment subject to any of the certification procedures under Part 2 of the Commission’s rules and codify a procedure through which the Commission currently recognizes new laboratory accreditation bodies;
  • Update references to industry measurement procedures in the Commission’s rules; and
  • Provide greater flexibility under the Office of Engineering and Technology’s (OET) existing delegated authority to enable it to address minor technical issues that may be raised when updating to the latest versions of industry standards that are referenced in Parts 2, 5, 15, and 18 of the Commission’s rules.

Until now, TCBs were generally not allowed to certify new technologies, because such situations often involved the interpretation of what may be vague aspects of the FCC rules and policies. The FCC will overcome this obstacle by identifying certain scenarios where the certifying body will be required to consult with the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) before certifying a device that raises unique issues. In rare cases, OET can require submission of a sample device to the FCC (i.e., similar to the old system). TCBs will have authority to rescind a certification they issued within 30 days, if they conclude that they got it wrong; however, they cannot rescind a certification issued by a different TCB.

Comment Deadlines for Technology Transitions NPRM Established

On January 6, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which the FCC sought comment on proposals to update rules on customer premises equipment (CPE) backup power, copper retirement, and Section 214 discontinuance appeared in the Federal Register, establishing a comment deadline of February 5 and a reply comment deadline of March 9.

As we reported in the December 3 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC is seeking comment on, among other things:

  • how to ensure CPE has sufficient functionality in the event of a power outage;
  • which communications services should fall within the scope of any CPE backup rules and what services should be considered “minimally essential” for purposes of continuity of power;
  • what steps providers should be required to take to maintain continuity of power for CPE;
  • whether to define “retirement” of copper to include removing and disabling of copper loops, sub-loops, and the feeder portion of loops;
  • how to address allegations that in some cases incumbent LECs are not adequately maintaining their copper facilities that are not yet retired;
  • • whether and how the FCC should take action to promote the sale or auction of copper prior to retirement;
  • whether the adoption of best practices can help address the need for reliable backup power; and
  • what would constitute an adequate substitute for a retail service discontinuation, and on better defining the scope of its section 214(a) authority (particularly in the context of wholesale services).

Carriers interested in filing comments in this proceeding should contact the firm for more information.

Community Connect Grant Application Filing Window Opens; Applications Due Feb. 17

The application window for FY2015 Community Connect grant funding opened last month and applications must be submitted no later than February 17 to be considered for an award.
The Community Connect program, which is administered by USDA’s Rural Development office, is intended to spur broadband service in rural areas where it is “least likely to be available.” According to the USDA’s website, grant funds may be used to finance the following:

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, including spectrum, land or buildings, used to deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to all residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA) and all participating Critical Community Facilities, including funding for up to 10 Computer Access Points to be used in the Community Center.
  • The improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a Community Center and provision of Computer Access Points. Grant funds for the Community Center will be limited to 10% of the requested grant amount or $150,000; and
  • The cost of providing the necessary bandwidth for service free of charge to the Critical Community Facilities for 2 years.

Each project is eligible to receive up to $3 million in grant funding. Eligible entities include incorporated organizations; Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations; state or local units of government; and cooperatives, private corporations or limited liability companies organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

BloostonLaw attorneys are experienced in preparing grant applications and are available to assist companies interested in applying for Community Connect funding.

Windstream Seeks Declaratory Ruling on DS1/DS3 Unbundling Obligations

On December 29, Windstream filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling asking the FCC to “confirm that an incumbent local exchange carrier’s obligations to provide DS1 and DS3 capacity loops on an unbundled basis are not altered or eliminated either by replacement of copper with fiber or by the conversion of transmission from TDM to Internet Protocol format.” Comments are due on February 5 and reply comments are due on March 9.

According to the Petition, the question arises from recent assertions by AT&T and Verizon that they are no longer obligated to provide unbundled DS1 and DS3 capacity loops when they retire copper and/or transition to IP. Specifically, Verizon has apparently stated in recent notices of intent to retire copper facilities that after the retirement it will “no longer be required to offer UNEs or other services over copper facilities,” and that it “will offer to requesting carriers a 64 kbps voice-grade channel over fiber loops,” with no mention of unbundled access to DS1 and DS3 capacity. AT&T also has claimed that there is “no high capacity loop UNE requirement in an all-IP environment,” and has reportedly disavowed any plans to ensure that the access provided “is functionally equivalent to that provided immediately before the experiment” through unbundling.

Windstream argues that there is “no justification for failing to apply these rules during and after the IP transition without a showing—as would be required in support of a forbearance request—that changed conditions undermine the policy rationale underlying the loop unbundling rules.”

Law and Regulation

FCC Grants Request for Extension; Responses on USTelecom Petition Due Jan. 23

On December 30, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order granting Public Knowledge’s Request for Clarification or Extension of Time to respond to USTelecom’s Petition for Reconsideration of the November 25, 2014 Declaratory Ruling clarifying the circumstances in which a carrier must seek approval to discontinue a service. Responses to USTelecom’s Petition are now due January 23.

In the November 25 Declaratory Ruling, the FCC held, among other things, that a ‘service’ may no longer be defined by its provider (such as in a tariff) but instead must be defined by a “functional test that takes into account the totality of the circumstances from the perspective of the relevant community or part of a community.” According to USTelecom’s Petition, filed December 23, that ruling “changed the long-standing definition of what constitutes a ‘discontinuance, reduction, or impairment of a service’ for purposes of interpreting Section 214.” USTelecom argues that under the new requirement, “providers are unable to gauge what services or aspects of their products or services might require a section 214 filing to discontinue or grandfather” and are “left guessing whether particular changes they make to their services … trigger a 214 application process.” USTelecom also argued that a Declaratory Ruling is an improper vehicle for this sort of change, which it says should have been made (if at all) in a notice-and-comment rulemaking proceeding.

The FCC granted Public Knowledge’s Request because USTelecom styled its Petition as filed under Rule 1.429(f), which is the rule for Petitions for Reconsideration of rulemaking proceedings and gives parties 15 days to respond. Because the Petition seeks reconsideration of a Declaratory Ruling, however, it is a Petition for Reconsideration of a non-rulemaking proceeding, which only has a 10 day response period. Due to the high possibility of confusion caused by USTelecom’s mischaracterization, along with the fact that the majority of the response period in either scenario fell over the holiday season, the FCC extended the deadline.

Iowa Supreme Court Rules Telecom Tax Applies to VoIP Providers

On December 19, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling that says companies that provide phone service through the Internet must be taxed the same as traditional telephone service providers. According to the ruling, VoIP providers operate “telephone lines” even though the calls are transmitted (at least initially) over broadband networks. As a result of the ruling, VoIP companies in Iowa are now subject to annual state property tax assessments on telephone companies, which are calculated based on the size of their service networks.

The ruling comes as a result of a challenge by Cable One Inc., an Arizona-based company that provides cable, internet and VoIP service in the Sioux City area, of two years’ worth of Iowa Department of Revenue assessments totaling $1.4 million, which Cable One argued didn’t apply because the company doesn't operate a telephone line. According to an article in the Washington Times, Justice Edward Mansfield “reached back 130 years in [the Supreme Court’s] own history” to overturn the decisions below, noting that the original law (which dated back to 1878) technically applied only to telegraph lines but that the Iowa Supreme Court later ruled that it also applied to telephones because they were similar technologies.

“The foregoing cases support the view that the definition of ‘telephone line’ adapts with changing technology, so long as there is a line and a comparable service is being provided,” Mansfield wrote. “Cable One operates a transmission system to carry voice signals from one fixed location to another over a series of wires; therefore, it operates a telephone line.”

Justice Mansfield said the decision was also “bolstered by Cable One’s own marketing material,” noting that the company told customers that its phone service was similar to a traditional landline.

FCC Form 477 Interface Accepting Data, Deadline March 2

On January 6, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing that the FCC’s Form 477 filing interface at is now accepting data as of December 31, 2014.

The Public Notice also indicates that the filing deadline for Form 477 is March 1, but since March 1 is a Sunday this year the filing will be due on March 2 pursuant to FCC rules. Due to the relative newness of the filing interface, BloostonLaw encourages its clients to take advantage of the open filing window to submit the data as soon as possible, in order to avoid technical difficulties and last-minute delays.


FCC Announces New Consumer Help Center

On January 5, the FCC issued a press release announcing the launching of a new online consumer help center that will “more efficiently link consumers to the information they need, as well as make it easier for consumers to file complaints and get responses to their concerns.”

According to the release, improvements brought about by the new help center include a streamlined complaint filing system; ready access to information that will “empower consumers to resolve some problems on their own’; better communications between consumers and FCC consumer representatives”; the ability for consumers to monitor complaints 24/7; and faster delivery of complaints to service providers.

The press release also indicates that the help center will “streamline the process of synthesizing and analyzing consumer complaint trends, and will make more of that data readily accessible to the public.”

The Consumer Help Center can be found at


FEBRUARY 2: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT. Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks—including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 2 (as February 1 falls on a Sunday this year). Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30.

Calendar At A Glance

Jan. 8 – Reply comments are due on Robocall and Call-Blocking Issues.
Jan. 15 – Annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Report is due.
Jan. 19 – Reply comments on Part 22 Technical Changes are due.
Jan. 23 – Responses to USTelecom Petition for Reconsideration of Tech. Transition Declaratory Ruling due.
Jan. 29 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection for large businesses with more than 1,500 employees.
Jan. 30 – Comments are due on the FCC’s Incentive Auction Procedures.
Jan. 31 – FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) is due.

Feb. 2 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Feb. 2 – FCC Form 502 (Number Utilization and Forecast Report) is due.
Feb. 5 – Comments are due on Technology Transitions NPRM.
Feb. 5 – Comments are due on Windstream Petition for Declaratory Ruling on DS1/DS3 Access.
Feb. 6 – Comments are due on Unlicensed Use of TV Band and 600 MHz Band Spectrum.
Feb. 9 – Comments are due on the IntraMTA Petition for Declaratory Ruling.
Feb. 17 – Filing deadline for Community Connect grant applications.
Feb. 25 – Reply comments are due on Unlicensed Use of TV Band and 600 MHz Band Spectrum.
Feb. 27 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection for small businesses with less than 1,500 employees.
Feb. 27 – Reply comments are due on the FCC’s Incentive Auction Procedures.

Mar. 2 – Copyright Statement of Account Form for cable companies is due.
Mar. 2 – Annual CPNI Certification is due.
Mar. 2 – FCC Form 477 (Local Competition & Broadband Reporting) is due.
Mar. 9 – Reply comments are due on Technology Transitions NPRM.
Mar. 9 – Reply comments are due on Windstream Petition for Declaratory Ruling on DS1/DS3 Access.
Mar. 11 – Reply comments are due on the IntraMTA Petition for Declaratory Ruling.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 525 (Delayed Phasedown CETC Line Counts) is due.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 508 (ICLS Projected Annual Common Line Requirement) is due.
Mar. 31 – International Circuit Status 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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Intel's Compute Stick is a dirt-cheap Windows PC that fits in the palm of your hand

Mark Hachman
@markhachman Jan 7, 2015 2:06 PM

In November, Intel announced its Compute Stick—an entire PC inside the form factor of a Google Chromecast. Now it's ready to ship, and at just $149 for the Windows version.

Intel quietly announced at the Consumer Electronics Show here that the Compute Stick would ship in March. Two versions will be available: the Windows (with Bing) version, for $149, as well as a lower-powered Linux version for $89.

The stick will plug into the back of a smart TV or monitor “and bring intelligence to that,” said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, during the Intel investor conference in Santa Clara, California, which was webcast. The concept isn't new, of course. Amazon, Google, and others have dedicated streaming boxes squezed into the HDMI stick form factor, and Dell’s $129.99 Wyse Cloud Connect can turn a screen or display into a PC, gaming machine or streaming media player.

Inside the Compute Stick is an Atom Z3735F, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage—enough, certainly, for a basic Windows implementation and not much more. But it does fit in a microSD slot for further expansion, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. (The Linux version has 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage.)

First there was the desktop PC, then the laptop, the tablet, Intel's NUC, then modular computers like Amplicity, and now this. Computing just keeps getting smaller and smaller.

Why this matters: You probably won't replace your PC with Intel's Compute Stick. But with the prevalence of cloud computing, the Stick might turn out to be the tool IT managers drop in their bag when they hit the road. Unfortunately, however, hotel TVs seem to have an uncanny lack of open HDMI ports when you need them. Could you play Peggle on this? World of Warcraft? We'd be interested to find out.

Source: PCWorld

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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Mobile Processors A Huge Deal For Thin And Light Notebooks

In the lead-up to CES 2015 this year, we were briefed on Intel’s forthcoming family of 5th Generation Core Series processors that are based on their 14nm Broadwell architecture. For many consumers, except for tech geeks and power users, a processor launch isn’t always a very sexy or interesting thing. However, what does catch the average Joe or Jane’s eye (at least if ultrabook sales figures are any indication) is a super-thin notebook with great battery life. And if portability and longevity with freedom from the power plug is what’s attractive these days, then Intel’s 5th Gen Core Series is the geek-equivalent of Jennifer Lawrence or Bradly Cooper. The manufacturing process shrink from 22nm (nanometer) to 14nm has been kind to Intel and the company is just now hitting full-ramp volume on what could be the most enabling notebook platform architecture to come out of Santa Clara in a long time.

How does 15 hours of battery life grab you? Dell’s hoping it’ll make your pulse quicken a bit, with the introduction of their ridiculously thin and light, redesigned XPS 13 ultrabook. Further, that’s 15 hours of claimed battery life from a 13-inch machine that weighs in at just 2.6 pounds. And if that weren’t enough, Dell stuck a super-gorgeous (sorry for all the superlatives but I’ve seen and held it and it’s true) 13-inch WQHD 3200X1800 IPS touch display into what is an 11-inch notebook frame, essentially. Why? Because with the thermal headroom available with Intel’s new notebook platform, they can. That’s what you call “enabling” and it sure is a pretty machine, carbon fiber and all…

What’s also really impressive with Dell’s design, is that the XPS 13′s display is near “bezelless” with only 5mm of bezel around the panel. With a very solid, premium look and feel, along with the unmistakable light-weight strength and good looks of its carbon fiber wrist rest area, it’s no wonder the machine is winning all kinds of awards in Las Vegas this week. I just got a hold of one of the very first shipping models for review and I can assure you, this machine lives up to the hype and will give even Apple’s rumored next-gen MacBook Air a run for its money.

Plenty of other manufacturers, that are exhibiting out in Las Vegas this week, had thin and light machines on display as well, like Lenovo’s unbelievably-light LaVie Z convertible. This machine weighs almost a full pound less than the XPS 13, at 1.72 pounds and sports up to a Core i7 5th gen Intel Broadwell processor. Again, I know, more superlatives but literally, when you pick this machine up, it’s so light it feels empty — like there’s nothing inside its shell and it couldn’t possibly be anything more than a mock prototype. That is, until they fired it up and it booted Windows 8.1. It really is that light.

What’s going to be interesting is how Intel’s 5th Gen Core series Broadwell processor performs in machines like the Dell XPS 13, Lenovo’s offerings and others. Dell’s claim of 15 hours of battery life is pretty lofty and Intel’s claim of 22% more graphics performance and a slight CPU boost, along with much lower power consumption, is also bold. I plan to prove out these claims in the coming weeks as I work through the benchmark gauntlet with Dell’s 13-inch ultralight newborn.

That said, clearly, what Intel has achieved with the launch of their Broadwell-based Core Series processors is affording manufacturers much more freedom to work with different form factors and designs that otherwise wouldn’t be possible, while still supporting good performance across mainstream end user usage models.

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