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Friday — July 24, 2015 — Issue No. 667

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Welcome to The Wireless Messaging News. I hope you have a great weekend.

Chrome for iOS talks to smart devices through the web

by Jon Fingas
July 23rd 2015 at 1:00 am

Your iPhone just became a better remote control for the internet of things . Google has released Chrome 44 for iOS, which lets you see Physical Web devices (think smart parking meters and vending machines) in iOS' Today view — you don't need to run specialized apps or open the browser just to see gadgets around you. It's still a worthwhile upgrade even if you don't live around compatible gadgets, since you can finally use Safari-style horizontal swipes to flip back and forth through web pages. Either way, you'll definitely want to swing by the App Store if Chrome is your surfing software of choice.

Now on to more news and views. There is a lot of very interesting news in this issue.

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

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

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Desktop Alert Announces New Blackberry Emergency Mass Notification Application


NJ (PRWEB) July 23, 2015 — Today, Desktop Alert, Inc. , the award winning industry leader in emergency communications, mass notification and first-responder interoperable communications, announced the companies planned release of its Blackberry Mass Notification mobile application at Blackberry World . Desktop Alert customers can now download the pre-release version of the application at the company website .

"Initial reviews from our customers such as NATO , the U.S National Guard and other U.S. Department of Defense agencies has been very encouraging. The registration and activation process only requires the entry of a simple 6 digit code to activate the Blackberry application on private networks," said Howard Ryan, CEO Desktop Alert Inc.

Desktop Alert provides mobile applications for Blackberry, Android, Kimble and iOS that can be installed on users’ mobile devices and activated with a Desktop Alert server to receive mobile alerts (via push notification), and view recently received mobile alerts, and send alerts (if the user has the appropriate permissions to execute scenarios). In order to provide this functionality, the mobile app needs to communicate with its associated Desktop Alert server.

In most enterprise network environments, a Desktop Alert server running on-premises is shielded from the outside world behind layers and layers of firewalls and other protective network devices. Inbound connections from the internet are deliberately blocked or are extremely constrained due to the widespread security threats inherent in the internet. Only devices on the internal network, such as domain-joined computers, can communicate directly with the on-premises Desktop Alert server. Devices on the internet (that are not connected to the internal network) cannot communicate with an on-premises Desktop Alert server because any inbound connections from the internet are blocked.

Mobile devices aren’t usually connected to an enterprise’s internal network, if at all. Most of the time, mobile devices are connected to the internet, either via a cellular carrier’s data plan ( e.g. 3G or LTE) or personal/third-party Wi-Fi networks. This presents a challenge: how can mobile devices on the internet (that are not connected to the internal network) communicate with an on-premises Desktop Alert server?

Here’s how it works: the on-premises service connects to the relay service through an outbound port and creates a bidirectional socket for communication tied to a particular rendezvous address. The client can then communicate with the on-premises service by sending messages to the relay service targeting the rendezvous address. The relay service will then “relay” messages to the on-premises service through the bidirectional socket already in place. The client does not need a direct connection to the on-premises service nor does it need to know where it resides. The on-premises service doesn’t need any inbound ports open on the firewall. This is how most instant messaging applications work today.

Microsoft provides a concrete implementation of such a relay service called the Azure Service Bus Relay Service.

Desktop Alert makes use of the relay service, allowing our mobile apps to securely communicate with on-premises Desktop Alert servers. Full architectural details are available here .

"Numerous mass notification vendors offering mobile notification applications for private networks (non-cloud environments) require very onerous authentication steps by the end-user such as entry of a login name, password, proxy data and complex/long subscription URLs. These manual entries are cumbersome and ultimately result in the apps registration failure from typos and confusion. The Desktop Alert mobile application registration process takes 15 seconds or less using a simple 6 digit code," Ryan added.

Connections from the mobile app to the relay service are secured using HTTPS (TLS/SSL). The communication consists of simple REST-style requests that are authenticated; only authenticated requests are allowed.

About Desktop Alert:

Desktop Alert’s innovative and patented software, internationally recognized as the “Best Mass Notification” and “Best First Responder Interoperable Communications” system is the leader in providing comprehensive notification, accountability and situational awareness solutions. The Desktop Alert Notification system is designed to provide a suite of scalable, flexible, and adaptable communication, coordination, and collaboration tools in environments ranging from austere — no terrestrial infrastructure support — to fully modern with extensive IP and legacy system integrations. Desktop Alert allows individuals and organizations to accelerate the flow of information in order to ensure effective decision making, coordination, proactive community engagement, and public awareness.


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Bayshore Family Practice Center Enhances Patient Experience with Paging Systems

Located in Houston, TX, Bayshore Family Practice Center originated as a small husband and wife physician practice, and now has been providing care and serving the community for over 30 years. Currently the largest primary care practice in southeast Harris County, the medical staff includes 5 physicians, and 4 physician extender, and 43 additional staff members. Bayshore Family Practice Center’s goal is always to keep their patients first, in care, customer service, compassion, and quality, while providing excellent service.

The Challenge

Bayshore Family Practice Center (BFPC) was using a flag system to notify staff as they passed by the treatment exam rooms. According to Donna Jones, COO at Bayshore Family Practice Center, flags were being overlooked, were not always cleared immediately following a patient’s treatment, and did not prevent the use of overhead messaging. Staff could not move forward with another patient until the flag was cleared, causing patient flow issues. The flag system was not very effective nor did it allow the productive use of staff time.

BFPC recently moved into a smaller location (from 15,000 sq. ft. with 35 exam rooms to 9000 sq ft. with 18 exam rooms), and were concerned with the need to build an equal number of treatment/exam rooms as their previous facility, in order to support patient volume and manage patient flow.

The Solution

Bayshore Family Practice Center chose LRS’ Netpage PC staff paging solution along with the Butler II one-touch room-to-room staff paging system to improve staff productivity, communication, and patient flow. Eighteen Butler II push-button transmitters were mounted outside individual exam rooms, away from tampering by patients, and allowing easy access for nurses and physicians to use the system to instantly send a message. Each one of the 5 buttons on the Butler II was pre-programmed with a different message that when pressed, sends the message to a staff member’s alphanumeric pager who’s assigned to that room. Once a message is received and upon completion of the task, staff are required to acknowledge the receipt by resetting the system at the transmitter that the message was sent from. The NetPage software was installed on every computer in the office, and staff member names were programmed into the system along with an assigned pager number. Each staff member was equipped with an LRS staff alphanumeric pager. As staff members need to contact one another, from their PC, they select the person’s name, a desired preprogrammed message, and send the page to the staff member’s alphanumeric pager.

The Results

Improved Staff Productivity and HIPAA Compliance:

Netpage has allowed staff to be notified wherever they are, and has eliminated the use of overhead paging. According to Jones, “The silent [encrypted] paging provides compliance to HIPAA’s privacy of notifications regulation, as well as, providers are not interrupted unnecessarily.”

The system has helped keep providers organized, improving staff response times with instant communication and detailed messaging. “The staff and providers are better prepared, on time, and even more professional, and the patients love the quiet professional surrounding,” adds Jones.

The Conclusion

Upon experiencing success with LRS’ Netpage and Butler II paging systems, BFPC is researching the use of LRS’ other onsite paging medical solutions — Allegiant Electronic Comment Card Survey System to get instant patient feedback, and the Patient Paging System to further improve patient flow and manage patient check-in processes.



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“We’ve been able to decrease our square footage and even exceed our patient numbers by 50 percent.”

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“The staff and providers are better prepared, on time, and even more professional, and the patients love the quiet professional surrounding,” said Jones.

Business Benefits:

  • Increased staff productivity with instant communication.
  • Improve staff response times
  • Reduce labor cost with increased efficiency
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  • Reduce real estate/construction costs or equipment
  • Enhanced staff accountability

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Fire captain tapped to help Metro improve emergency communications

Passengers react as smoke filled a Metro train in January in a tunnel outside the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station.
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By Paul Duggan
July 20, 2015
The Washington Post

A Fairfax County fire captain has been assigned to work 40 hours a week in Metro’s central train-control facility to help the transit agency and firefighters avoid communications confusion during emergencies, a problem that hampered the response to the Jan. 12 fatal smoke incident in a subway tunnel.

Officials said Monday that Capt. Robert Konczal, who is a specialist in passenger-rail safety, began working June 29 as a liaison in Metro’s Rail Operations Control Center, known as the ROCC, where train controllers monitor the subway in real time.

Konczal is not at the ROCC, which is in Landover, during all hours of operation.

“We would like to see a 24/7 posture,” Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said at a Monday news conference. But until more money and trained fire personnel become available, the liaison job will not be an around-the-clock position, said Bashoor, who is chairman of the fire chiefs committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Until “either the funding is provided, or we’ve found some mechanism to fund that 24/7 position,” he said, “I’ll take the 40 hours a week, and we’ll begin with that.”

Officials said Metro provided $250,000 to create the position and pay for a firefighter who is familiar with rail operations to fill the job 40 hours a week. They said it will be up to Washington-area fire departments or Metro, or both, to budget money for other firefighters to supplement Konczal.

“Every one of us has a fixed budget,” Bashoor said.

He added: “We’re not just going to take any firefighter and put him in this position. It needs to be someone who is familiar with the [Metro] system. And that’s a relatively finite group of people.”

The ROCC’s operations were a focus of a highly critical report last month by the Federal Transit Administration, which cited under­staffing, inadequate training, outdated computer software and other problems at the facility.

[ Jan. 12 smoke incident involved numerous communications problems .]

The train control center also has been implicated in the Jan. 12 smoke incident, in which scores of riders were trapped on a Yellow Line train in a tunnel filled with noxious fumes just south of L’Enfant Plaza. One passenger died, and more than 80 were sickened.

Among numerous aspects of the calamity that are under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board are the confusion and breakdowns in communications that day involving firefighters and train controllers.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Bashoor said the liaison will function essentially as a translator. At the outset of an emergency, as Metro workers report the situation to the ROCC, the liaison will know better than train controllers what questions to ask the workers and how best to interpret the information for 911 operators, Bashoor said.

“I believe that the liaison will be able to provide that critical information in the first couple of minutes of an incident that would improve our response,” he said. “The liaison is able to analyze that information immediately.”

As for why the position is only now being created in a subway system that opened nearly 40 years ago, Bashoor said the region’s fire chiefs “for probably 10 years have been talking to [Metro] about what it would take to get this in place.”

Referring to Jan. 12, he said, “So we’ve been able to convince [Metro] that that’s indeed what we need to do. . . . Sometimes, incidents drive decisions.”

Konczal, who is very familiar with Metro operations, is a member of the passenger-rail safety subcommittee of the COG fire chiefs, Bashoor said.

Two other members of the subcommittee — both firefighters, one in Prince George’s and one in the District — have been assigned as backups. When Konc­zal is unable to work in the ROCC during a designated shift, one of the others will take his place.

Bashoor said the 40 hours a week will not be a set schedule. The times of day or night when the liaison will be on duty will vary depending on Metro ridership patterns and special events that are expected to drive up the number of passengers. Three weeks after Konczal’s first shift, his schedule is still being tinkered with, Bashoor said.

“I can tell you, the liaison from Fairfax County, he’s very invested in making this a success, and he’s actually been working 10 or 12 hours a day,” Bashoor said.

Paul Duggan covers the Metro system and transportation issues for The Washington Post.

Source: The Washington Post

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AT&T bringing new, faster Cloud-based Emergency Communications to Kansas

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:29 pm

TOPEKA — Emergency call dispatchers across Kansas will soon have faster and more reliable access to vital 9-1-1 caller information thanks to an agreement with AT&T.

The Kansas 9-1-1 Coordinating Council has awarded a contract to AT&T to provide a “Next Generation 9-1-1” emergency communications system across the state. This "Next Generation 9-1-1" system will deliver faster and more reliable communication for emergency workers.

Next Generation 9-1-1 is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based system. It is designed to provide access to emergency services from virtually all connected communications sources. It also provides multimedia data capabilities for 9-1-1 call centers, often referred to as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), and other emergency service organizations.

AT&T will use cloud, wireless and wireline technology to improve 9-1-1 services. The new system will also include Airbus DS Communications’ easy-to-use and highly flexible VESTA® 9-1-1 call processing solution.

The Kansas 9-1-1 Coordinating Council expects the new Next Generation 9-1-1 system to boost the speed, security and reliability of communications between operators, dispatchers and first responders. It can support the state’s 348 call taking positions and 117 PSAPs and allow seamless communication between cities, counties and municipalities.

AT&T will create a private cloud service in its highly secure data centers to support the new system. 9-1-1- call takers will access the cloud via secure high-speed connection. First responders, PSAP dispatchers and operators will have nearly instant access to 9-1-1 event data from virtually any connected location. It is expected the system will support capabilities such as Text-to-9-1-1 and multimedia messaging in the future.

Tornados and other catastrophic events can disrupt 9-1-1 operations. Kansas’ Next Generation 9-1-1 system will include business continuity protections. It will allow operators to log in, manage calls and dispatch emergency services from any PSAP linked to the system.

“Our next-generation 9-1-1 service will help ensure the citizens of Kansas that we are using the most efficient and reliable technology for emergency communications,” said Dick Heitschmidt, chairman of the Kansas 9-1-1 Coordinating Council. “The new service will support coordinated communications across PSAPs; if one goes offline, another can immediately take over.”

Hutchinson-Reno County Emergency Communications and Cowley County Emergency Communications will be the first two PSAPs brought on to the statewide system during summer 2015.

The new 9-1-1 system is expected to improve emergency response capabilities statewide, allowing individuals in rural areas to receive the same level of service as their big city counterparts in Kansas City and Wichita.

AT&T will manage the service, easing the IT responsibilities for the state’s PSAPs. PSAPs that use the new service can also use AT&T’s nationwide 4G LTE network as backup where accessible.

State of Kansas PSAPs interested in joining the state system will have to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Council. The memorandum sets the expectations of the Council for the PSAPs and the responsibilities of the Council to the PSAPs. For more information, PSAPs should contact: Scott Ekberg, NG9-1-1 Administrator, (785) 438-8440, or; Randall White, NG9-1-1 Program Manager, (913) 485-991,

Source: Winfield Daily Courier

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

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Microsoft Warns Users About Potential Security Risk

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Ian Bush is an anchor, reporter, news editor, and technology editor at KYW News radio.

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Microsoft is warning most Windows users that their computer security could be at risk unless they take an important step.

Microsoft says everyone using Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and RT needs to download and install an emergency patch.

It’s to prevent a newly discovered security hole. A computer criminal could gain access to your PC by way of a website or email attachment that exploits a flaw in a font format.
Even the latest version of Windows 10, being tested ahead of its release next week, is vulnerable to the problem.

If you have Automatic Updates turned on, Microsoft says you’re protected. Otherwise, head to to download.

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Pitt County moves forward in solving fire department and EMS communication issues

By Zora Stephenson
Published: July 20, 2015, 6:38 pm Updated: July 20, 2015, 8:57 pm


BELL ARTHUR, N.C. (WNCT)- Pitt County Commissioners approved the next step in dealing with radio and pager issues. Fire departments in some parts of the county have experienced problems with their communications devices since the new system was installed over two years ago. Some of the problems include garbled transmissions, delayed alerts, and weak signals. No calls have gone unanswered due to the the problems, but it is still a concern.

Bell Arthur Fire Chief, Virgil O’Neal said, “there are some departments where you don’t have as many people responding because they don’t know we have a call.”

The county has set up a text message alert system as an alternative to the radios and pagers, but there are still issues.

“It worked real well for a while, but in the last two or three weeks we’ve been having problems with that, some peoples pagers are not going off, telephones are not going off or they’re going off three, four, and five hours after the call,” Chief O’Neal said.

Pitt County is aware of the problem and assembled a committee to properly address the situation. They recommended a request for proposal in order to hire a vendor to evaluate the problems.

Pitt County Manager, Scott Elliott, said the vendor will tell the county how much the project will cost, what the fixes will be, and how long it will take. An external engineer and the vendor will collaborate on the project. The request for the proposal will be released within the next week. Once a vendor is chosen, repairs could take up to a year.

Source: WNCT

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Microsoft makes it official: Windows 10 will receive security fixes for ten years

The company will offer "mainstream" support for its upcoming OS until 2020 at the earliest, and "extended" support until at least 2025.

Nick Mediati
Jul 18, 2015 12:35 PM

Back in January, Microsoft first stated that Windows 10 would be free for the “supported lifetime of the device” you install it on. That wording caused some confusion: What the heck is a device’s “supported lifetime,” anyway? But we’re now getting a better idea of what you can expect in terms of Windows 10 support.

According to an updated support document published to Microsoft’s site, the company will offer “mainstream support” for Windows 10 through October 13, 2020, and “extended support” (that is, how long you can expect Microsoft to issue Windows 10 security fixes) through October 14, 2025.

For those keeping score at home, the five-year mainstream support and ten-year extended support periods are more or less in line with the support cycles for Windows Vista, 7, and 8, so you won’t be cut off early, support-wise, with Windows 10.

If your computer is no longer supported by its manufacturer, you should be good to go as well. According to ZDNet’s Ed Bott , you’ll be able to install Windows 10 “even on devices where the OEM does not officially support Windows 10 and has no plans to do so.” Put another way, you’ll still get Windows 10 software updates from Microsoft, even if your PC’s manufacturer no longer offers support for your computer.

Microsoft will release Windows 10 for PCs and tablets to the masses on July 29th, with Windows 10 Mobile following sometime this fall . In the meantime, if you’re on Windows 7 or 8, you can “reserve” your copy now and be notified when Windows 10 is released.

Nick Mediati
Nick is a freelance contributor and a former editor for TechHive and PCWorld. He likes puns and the color yellow.
Source: PCWorld

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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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What Is Data Anxiety?

Jul 22, 2015
By Bob Young

“Can you recover my data?” A University of Washington student had just graduated in 2008 when he brought me his laptop. “I’m headed to Las Vegas in three days to start a new job working for Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.” I told him I’d take a look at the hard disk and give him an answer in the morning.

I called him the next day and gave him the bad news: “Your hard disk has a mechanical failure, and it won’t spin. In order to recover your data, you’ll need to send it to a company like Drive Savers that can open the seal and take the platters out.” When he returned later in the day to pick up his laptop he said, “This really hurts. Every picture I took in all four years of college is on that hard disk.”

I figured I probably knew the answer, but I asked anyway. “Do you have any backups of your data?” He shook his head no. Did this college graduate have a naive belief in his laptop’s invincibility? Did he think he was “too busy” to do backups? I don’t know. What I do know is that he should have been more concerned about his data.

Definition of Data Anxiety

A healthy degree of “data anxiety” can motivate you to keep your data safe. From that perspective, data anxiety is a good thing. It’s a little ironic, then, that after praising data anxiety for its beneficial effect, I’m going to tell you how to get cured.

But before we cure data anxiety, let’s define it: data anxiety is the fear that your digital information will be irretrievably lost.

Causes of Data Anxiety

Data anxiety has many causes. Probably the most common cause is knowing that you only have one copy of the data on one disk drive, and that the disk drive may someday break. Well, I’ve got news for you: “ It’s not if it breaks; it’s when it breaks .”

I’ve been using that sentence to justify hardware budgets since the 1980s. (You have my permission to use it in your next budget request presentation. It’s pretty effective).

Today, there can be other causes of data anxiety, too. Probably one of the most insidious causes is fear of losing the encryption key. Keeping track of keys used in prior years seems to be a problem for some people. Another scenario that can strike fear in your heart is a lack of geographic diversity. In other words, if you have all of your backups in the same building, and the building burns down, your backups will fare no better than the primary storage media. Here in Seattle, wise CISOs know that simply having backups in a separate building isn’t good enough. Some geologists are saying everything in Seattle west of Interstate 5 could be destroyed in the next earthquake, so you’d better have some backups in another state.

Cure for Data Anxiety

So, let’s list the cures for data anxiety.

1) Make multiple copies of your information. Just like the UW graduate mentioned above, backups matter for your personal files just as much as they do for your work files. If you drop your laptop on a busy downtown corner and it’s run over by a city bus, you should say, “Oh, no, I have to buy a new laptop!” But you shouldn’t say, “Oh, no, I just lost my data!”

2) Keep copies of your information in geographically diverse locations. If your company has offices in different parts of the country, great! You can backup the Seattle data to your servers in San Antonio, and your San Antonio off-site backup can be in Seattle.

3) Manage your encryption key history. Backup your encryption key history. Keep your encryption key history in geographically diverse locations, just like your data. Did I mention losing your encryption keys will ruin your day? If you don’t have the keys for a former year’s financial data when your company is audited, you’ll have quite the lump in your throat.

4) If possible without violating regulatory requirements, you might want to consider keeping some unencrypted backups. Protect these copies with plenty of physical security and no online access. The other principles also apply: multiple copies, with geographic diversity.


When you take these precautionary steps, your data anxiety will go away. This situation is very different from the predicament of the college graduate who never experienced data anxiety. You should worry about your business data and your personal data – just long enough to put an effective backup plan in place. Then, you can breathe easy.

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BloostonLaw Newsletter

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.

BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 18, No. 30July 22, 2015

Reminder: Comments on FirstNet Draft RFP for Participation in Public Safety Network Due July 27

FirstNet is requesting public comment by Noon July 27, 2015, on its “draft” Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking private sector partners in the construction, operation and use of the National Public Safety Broadband Network. The draft RFP should be of interest to many of our clients: Telecommunications carriers that wish to partner by providing infrastructure or services to FirstNet as a way to help it complete the network; Public safety agencies and private sector entities wishing to have access to the National Public Safety Broadband Network; and other contractors that may be able to furnish equipment and/or services useful to FirstNet.

Interested parties may also submit (by July 27) a “capabilities statement”, providing information pertaining to coverage, capacity, network “hardening”, and other potential methods to leverage existing and new third-party roaming, infrastructure and other arrangements. We will be glad to help clients formulate and submit comments or capability statements. Of importance to our rural telco clients, FirstNet proposes either: (1) a single entity responsible for providing all functions on a nationwide level, or (2) regional partners providing network infrastructure for a state or region. Either approach could make it difficult for RLECs to participate in FirstNet, and the current comment cycle would appear to represent the only remaining chance to persuade FirstNet to re-think this approach.


FCC Circulates Order Approving AT&T/DirecTV Merger

In a statement released earlier today, Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that, ““An order recommending that the AT&T/DirecTV transaction be approved with conditions has circulated to the Commissioners.” The Chairman’s statement goes on to focus on the conditions that will be included with the transaction:

  • AT&T will build out high-speed fiber to bring service to approximately 12.5 million customer locations (approximately 10 times the size of its existing fiber-to-the-premises buildout).
  • AT&T will not be permitted to exclude affiliated video services and content from data caps on its fixed broadband connections.
  • AT&T will be required to submit all completed interconnection agreements to the Commission, along with regular reports on network performance.
  • An independent officer will be appointed to help ensure compliance with these and other proposed conditions.

The Chairman’s statement did not provide details on any of the other proposed conditions. Whether any of them are effective in preserving competition remains to be seen. The Order is only on circulation at the moment and has not been scheduled for a full vote as of this time.

Various news sources are reporting that the Justice Department will not challenge the merger.

FCC Votes to Adopt Chairman’s Competitive Bidding and DE Proposals

At the July 16th Open Meeting of the FCC last Thursday, Commissioners voted 3-2 (along party lines) to adopt Chairman Tom Wheeler’s competitive bidding proposal and revisions to the Designated Entity (DE) rules.

As expected, and in a significant victory for our law firm’s clients, the Commission adopted its first ever “rural carrier” bidding credit. A 15% bidding credit – equal to the small business bidding credit – will be available to rural telcos and other service providers that provide commercial service to a customer base of fewer than 250,000 combined wireless, wireline, broadband and cable subscribers or fewer and that serve primarily rural areas, regardless of gross revenues. Our last-minute push together with other rural advocates to increase the size of the rural carrier bidding credit to 25% was unfortunately not successful. We had argued that a 25% credit was necessary to put rural service providers on an equal footing with “special purpose DEs” and to give rural carriers a meaningful boost when bidding against the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Ironically, the FCC kept the 15% level because of the availability of USF and other funding to rural carriers.

The Commission adopted a BloostonLaw suggestion to make it easier for rural carriers to join forces in bidding without losing the new rural bid credit:

“For DEs that acquire licenses with the new rural service provider bidding credit, however, we will include an exception to this new attribution rule, similar to that suggested by Blooston Rural, to apply to any disclosable interest holder that would independently qualify for a rural service provider bidding credit. Pursuant to this exception, a rural service provider may have spectrum license use agreements with a disclosable interest holder, without having to attribute the disclosable interest holder’s subscribers, so long as (a) the disclosable interest holder is independently eligible for a rural service provider credit and (b) the use agreement is otherwise permissible under our existing rules. This exception should ensure that rural service providers can work in concert to provide service to rural areas.” [footnotes omitted]

The FCC also appears to agree with the arguments made by BloostonLaw, NTCA and RWA in a joint filing, that rural carriers can form limited partnerships and LLCs in a way that will prevent the aggregation of their lines, for purposes of the rural bid credit. This ruling may require some clarification prior to the short form deadline.

The full text of the order has just been released and we are still analyzing the “fine print”. Some of the policy and rule changes adopted by the Commission were discussed by the staff in their presentation and debated by the Commissioners when they read their separate statements.

First, the Commission’s order eliminates the attributable material relationship (or “AMR”) rule. This rule previously prevented DEs from leasing access to their spectrum to third parties. Lease your spectrum to another carrier, and the rule required that the lessee’s gross revenues be attributed to the licensee. The new rule will evaluate eligibility for small business bidding credits on a license-by-license basis and use a two-pronged test to ensure that DEs are the ones who remain in control of the license.

The AMR rule was created to ensure that DEs participate in the provision of wireless service through the ownership/operation of network facilities, so elimination of the rule is a repudiation of the facilities-based requirement for DEs. The rule had its flaws, to be sure, but it helped to ensure that small and rural service providers were bidding against small businesses that were likewise service providers, not just DEs backed by well-heeled investors. This rule change comes as no surprise and is a major victory for advocates on behalf of women and minority-owned businesses and other “startup” entrepreneurs who had argued that the nature of the wireless business had changed, and that DEs today need to have greater operational flexibility – including the ability to lease 100% of their spectrum to a nationwide carrier.

BloostonLaw opposed elimination of the AMR rule, because of the risk of more “cozy” arrangements between special purpose DEs and large “sugar daddy” backers. While the FCC voted to eliminate the AMR rule, it did acknowledge our concerns and provided a modified protective measure that may help curb abuses:

“We nonetheless recognize Blooston Rural’s concerns and agree that in relaxing our rules with respect to leasing generally, we must counterbalance such modifications to ensure that ineligible entities cannot invest in a DE and then use spectrum leases to gain full access to spectrum obtained with the small business benefits. Accordingly, to address the scenario raised by Blooston Rural, we adopt a specific attribution rule that will serve to limit the amount of spectrum capacity a disclosable interest holder in a DE applicant or licensee will be able to utilize during the five-year unjust enrichment period under any use agreement.” [footnotes omitted]

The Commission also adopted its proposed revisions to the small business size standards. Now, small businesses with attributable gross revenues of $55 million or less will qualify for a 15% bidding credit, and very small businesses with gross revenues of $20 million or less will qualify for a 25% bidding credit. The FCC raised revenue limits to $3 million for its 35% “entrepreneur” credit, but this category is seldom used and will not be available for the broadcast incentive auction.

Also of help to our clients, the Commission adopted a cap of $150 million on the use of small business bidding credits, a $10 million cap on the rural service provider cap, and a $10 million limit on the ability to use bidding credits in smaller markets. This means that startup DEs (which typically focus on more profitable urban markets) will have limited ability to use their “small business” bidding credits to dominate bidding in rural areas. It also means that rural service providers and rural consortia will be able to bid up to $60 million on licenses before they effectively “max out” on the rural carrier credit. In adopting the caps, the FCC observed:

“As Blooston Rural notes, a cap ‘would serve as a substantial disincentive to truly large entities that may be tempted to configure an applicant that is designed to qualify for a small business status’.”

Other DE provisions discussed in the meeting were consistent with Chairman Wheeler’s recently-circulated proposals. In this regard, the DE rules will continue to have a five-year unjust enrichment period; there will be new prohibitions on joint bidding agreements; DEs will be able to form bidding consortia; and there will be a prohibition on holding interest in multiple auction applicants, with certain exceptions. Details about matters that were the subject of our eleventh-hour lobbying efforts — in particular, allowing rural carriers to continue to use limited partnerships, LLCs and other business forms they have used in previous auctions to maximize bid credit eligibility and recognizing exceptions to the rules that will benefit rural telcos that participate in historic rural wireline cellular partnerships — will remain unclear until we are able to read the fine print. However, we are hopeful that the FCC staff’s interest in calling us in for face-to-face meetings and numerous phone calls is an indication they are genuinely concerned about getting these things right.

Each of the Commissioners read from statements after a summary of the item was presented by the staff, and Eighth Floor tensions were abundantly clear. Statements in support of the item from Democratic commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel focused on successes of the DE program and the Commission’s statutory obligation to create meaningful opportunities for small businesses, rural carriers, and businesses owned by women and minorities. Dissenting statements from Republican commissioners Pai and O’Rielly focused on the previous abuses of the DE program and the Commission’s obligation to prevent unjust enrichment. Commissioner Pai’s dissent was particularly strident, citing to abuse that has plagued the DE program “to the detriment of legitimate DEs” and “new loopholes” created in the rules. He called the new DE rules “no real reform” and complained of a “take it or leave it” attitude from Chairman Wheeler.

Wheeler closed out the initial agenda item with a full-throated defense of his new DE rules, and saying he was both “surprised and disappointed” by his colleagues. He recalled the early days of wireless when entrepreneurs — including many of his friends — were able to obtain a license and to start a new facilities-based wireless business. But with 98% of all mobile subscribers today served by one of four nationwide providers, Wheeler explained that the environment that existed back in 1993 no longer exists. “The reality of today’s market changes things,” said Wheeler. Wheeler read from the text of Section 309(j) of the Communications Act and paused on the words “economic opportunity.” He then explained his viewpoint that in today’s marketplace, economic opportunity equated to “asset ownership” and said that the new DE rules reflected 21st century economic opportunity. He concluded his statement by noting the irony of his Republican colleagues arguing for more stringent FCC regulation.

FCC Considering March 29, 2016 Start Date for Broadcast Incentive Auction

Consistent with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s “early 2016” target date, a draft item is reportedly circulating on the Eighth Floor that would set Tuesday, March 29, 2016 as the official start date for the Broadcast Incentive Auction. If the March start date holds, our clients can expect to see short-form applications due in mid-to-late fall of this year. Accordingly, our clients who may wish to bid for 600 MHz band PEA licenses should be exploring strategic partnerships and financing options so they can react quickly once the Report and Order with revised DE and competitive bidding rules is released.

In an FCC blog post on the incentive auction procedures, Chairman Wheeler wrote: “No single party will be happy with everything we’ve done, but the final product is a balanced solution to a challenging situation with more moving parts than a Swiss watch. One message we heard loud and clear, however, was that the final rules must be as simple as possible. We have thus eliminated earlier ideas that added to complexity.”

An FCC web page listing items on circulation at the Commission level includes mention of an item from the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau with the title: “Broadcast Incentive Auction to Begin March 29, 2016; Procedures for Competitive Bidding in Auction 1000, Including Initial Clearing Target Determination, Qualifying to Bid, and Bidding in Auctions 1001 (Reverse) and 1002 (Forward)”

The “Procedures Public Notice” for the incentive auction was originally slated for consideration during last week’s FCC Open Meeting but removed from the agenda because of controversy surrounding the last-minute addition of significant data about broadcast repacking scenarios into the rulemaking record. Consideration of the item has been delayed until the next FCC Open Meeting, scheduled for August 6, 2016.

In addition to setting pre-auction application dates and other deadlines, the Public Notice will provide information on final procedures for setting the initial spectrum clearing target, qualifying to bid, and bidding in the reverse and forward auctions.

Comment Deadline Established for Lifeline FNPRM

On Friday, July 17, the FCC’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the modernization of the Lifeline program appeared in the Federal Register. Comments are due August 17, and reply comments are due September 15.

Specifically, the FCC seeks comment on a number of aspects of the Lifeline program, including:

  • Improving Lifeline Service Offerings , by establishing minimum service levels for both broadband and voice service; whether to set a budget for the program; and a transition period to implement these reforms.
  • Reducing Waste , Fraud, and Abuse, by establishing a national verifier to make eligibility determinations and perform other functions related to the Lifeline program; leveraging efficiencies from other federal benefit programs and state agencies that determine eligibility; whether a third-party entity can directly transfer Lifeline benefits to individual consumers; changing the programs through which consumers qualify for Lifeline to ensure that those consumers most in need can receive support; and putting in place standards for eligibility documentation and state eligibility databases.
  • Increasing Competition , by streamlining the eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation process; permitting Lifeline providers to opt-out of providing Lifeline supported service in certain circumstances; ways to encourage states to increase state Lifeline contributions; how to best utilize licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands to provide broadband service to low-income consumers; and, as an alternative to streamlining the Commission’s current ETC designation process, creating a new designation process for participation in Lifeline.
  • Enhancing Lifeline Service , by amending the rules to treat the sending of text messages as usage of Lifeline service; adopt procedures to allow subscribers to de-enroll from Lifeline upon request; and to increase Lifeline provider participation in Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).
  • Increasing Administrative Efficiency, by changing Tribal enhanced support; enhancing the requirements for electronic signatures; using subscriber data in the NLAD to calculate Lifeline provider support; and rules to minimize disruption to Lifeline subscribers upon the transfer of control of Lifeline providers.

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

Law & Regulation

CORRECTION: Lifeline Documentation Retention Requirement Effective Upon OMB Approval

Last week, we reported that the FCC’s Lifeline Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order appeared in the Federal Register, establishing an effective date of August 13th for the rules adopted therein. This included the requirement that all ETCs retain documentation demonstrating subscriber eligibility for the Lifeline program for the purposes of audits or investigations.

The FCC has clarified that the actual revisions to Part 54 of the Commission’s rules, however — specifically, the document retention requirements and limits for reimbursement for Lifeline service to Lifeline providers directly serving Lifeline customers — will not go into effect on August 13. Rather, these revisions are subject to OMB approval and will not go into effect until such approval is received.

The other items in the Order go into effect on August 13 as noted previously. We will report when OMB approval is obtained and these requirements become effective.

T-Mobile Fined $17.5 Million for 911 Service Outages

On July 17, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued an Order adopting a consent decree with T-Mobile and terminating its investigation into two related 911 service outages on August 8, 2014. According to the decree, these “sunny day” outages resulted from a planned software upgrade that interfered with the routing of 911 calls by T-Mobile, and T-Mobile should have timely notified all affected PSAPs of the outages, but failed to do so. As a result, the Bureau found, T-Mobile customers were unable to reach 911 for approximately 3 hours without first responders being aware.

Under the terms of the consent decree, T-Mobile will pay a fine of $17.5 million and implement a compliance plan to adopt proactive risk management principles designed to reduce the likelihood and impact of 911 failures, ensure reliable 911 call completion, and plan for and provide timely notification to PSAPs affected by 911 outages.

FCC Likely to Deny $3.3 Billion in Bid Credits Sought By DISH’s DE Bidders

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the FCC is said to be close to reaching agreement on an Order that would deny $3.3 billion in bidding discounts to two “small business” Designated Entity (DE) bidders affiliated with DISH Network.

During a press conference following last week’s Open Meeting, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler acknowledged that an order with staff recommendations on the small business eligibility claims of Northstar Wireless, LLC and SNR Wireless LicenseCo, LLC was circulating on the Eighth Floor. Wheeler did not provide any details on the substance of the order, and FCC staff following the meeting also declined to comment. However, the Journal article reports that FCC staff concluded that Northstar and SNR didn’t qualify for small business discounts “because their bidding conduct violated the spirit of the auction rules.”

Northstar and SNR each have complex ownership and management structures, and the applicants each claimed that DISH, a company with nearly $14 billion in annual revenue, was merely a “passive” investor despite having 85% beneficial ownership interest. However, each of the DISH DE applicants reported having less than $15 million in revenues, allowing them to claim eligibility for “very small business” status. Short-form applications of Northstar, SNR disclosed existence of a bidding agreement with third bidder, American AWS-3 Wireless I, LLC, that was a wholly-owned subsidiary of DISH and that did not seek bid credit eligibility.

All three companies made significant upfront payments, and all were presumed to be bidding in the auction, which was conducted under “blind bidding” procedures. After two and a half months and 341 rounds of bidding, the AWS-3 auction brought almost $45 billion in gross bids, and a record $41.3 billion in net proceeds to the US Treasury. When the identity of bidders was revealed at the conclusion of the auction, review of the bidding records showed that DISH’s wholly-owned subsidiary had actually dropped out of the bidding on November 21st (after Round 21). Bidding records also appeared to show allegedly close coordination of bids placed by Northstar and SNR.

Responding to criticism in the days following the auction, DISH issued the following press statement :

“We respectfully disagree with the criticism of the Designated Entity program, and we are confident that we fully complied with the DE rules in the AWS-3 auction, which were unanimously approved by the full Commission. The DE program has been successful in providing much smaller entities the ability to access stronger capital structures, which has facilitated their meaningful participation in an auction process from which they would otherwise be precluded. Our approach — publicly disclosed ahead of the auction — was based on DE investment structures that have been approved by the FCC in past wireless spectrum auctions, including structures used by AT&T and Verizon.”

Verizon fired back in an April ex parte filing telling the FCC that a round-by-round analysis of the auction showed DISH and its DEs frequently bid on the same licenses in the same rounds while other bidders were active. Verizon said this created the “false perception that multiple other parties were interested in those licenses.” Verizon also said that after competing bidders dropped out, DISH and the DEs avoided bidding against one another. “This conduct is indicative of a bidding ring, intended to drive out competitors and then suppress rivalry among the ring members,” Verizon wrote.

While details of the FCC’s order are not yet known, tying the denial of small business eligibility to the conduct of the bidders is significant because it would seem to allow the Commission to distinguish (and let stand) other DE bidding arrangements where a large entity held a significant ownership interest (and side agreements) with a DE. Thus, the sheer size of the DISH DE play, and the alleged collusive conduct, may turn out to be its undoing.

Phone Scam Prevention Act Introduced in US Senate

Senators Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) have co-sponsored legislation, which if adopted, would provide consumers with additional tools to combat telephone fraud. In recent years, scammers have been falsifying Caller ID information in order to hide their identities — even though this is against the Truth in Caller ID Act that was signed into law in 2010 and prohibited calling parties from falsifying Caller ID information when done for the purpose to defraud. The proposed Phone Scam Prevention Act is intended to make this legislation stronger by requiring the Federal Communications Commission to develop Caller ID authentication standards, extend the prohibition on Caller ID spoofing to include calls originating from outside the United States as well as text messaging services and provide consumers with information regarding where they can obtain technology to combat Caller ID fraud.

Spoofing of Caller ID information makes it easy for the criminal to hide while making it difficult, if not impossible, for consumers and law enforcement to track down the calling party. In many instances, scammers create false Caller ID information in order to make it appear that the phone call or text message is coming from a legitimate source such as a familiar business, government organization or known individual. It is well known that scammers will typically target senior citizens, low income families and immigrant communities as easy targets for fraudulent scams.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting

On July 16, the FCC issued a tentative agenda for its August 6, 2015 Open Meeting. At the meeting, the FCC is scheduled to consider:

  • a Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and FNPRM on technology transitions;
  • a Report and Order to protect consumers through the transitions from legacy copper networks to modern networks;
  • an Order on Reconsideration addressing petitions for reconsideration of the mobile spectrum holdings Report and Order;
  • a Procedures Public Notice that provides information on final procedures for setting the initial spectrum clearing target, qualifying to bid, and bidding in the reverse and forward auctions;
    • a Report and Order that adopts technical and operational rules for unlicensed services in the broadcast television bands; and
  • a Report and Order adopting a plan to accommodate the long-term needs of wireless microphone users.

As always, the meeting will be held at 10:30a, and will be webcast live at .


Motions Filed for Amici Curiae Briefs in Open Internet Appeal

Ten parties have filed motions with the D.C. Circuit Court seeking to participate as amicus curiae in the case reviewing the FCC’s Open Internet Order.

The Telecommunications Industry Association seeks leave to argue the FCC’s decisions to reclassify BIAS as common carriage under Title II was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and otherwise not in accordance with law.

The Business Roundtable, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, and the National Association of Manufacturers filed jointly, seeking leave to argue that the proposed regulation of broadband Internet services will reduce broadband investment and stifle innovation.

The International Center for Law and Economics seeks leave to argue that 1) the FCC’s adoption of the Open Internet Order exceeded the FCC’s delegated authority under this Court’s administrative law precedent, as well as recent precedent in the Supreme Court; and 2) even if the adoption of the Open Internet Order was an appropriate exercise of delegated authority, the FCC acted arbitrarily and capriciously or otherwise improperly by failing to consider relevant economic literature, evidence, and the costs of the rules under the Order.

The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy seeks leave to explain the speculative nature of the anti-competitive concerns the FCC cites as a rationale for reclassification of broadband Internet services, and Mobile Future seeks to argue how competitive conditions and operational realities differentiate mobile broadband from fixed broadband in ways it asserts the FCC failed to adequately address in the Order.

Other movants include Former Commissioner Furchtgott-Roth and the Washington Legal Foundation; the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council; Mobile Future; Christopher S. Yoo; and Richard Bennett.


JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, UNIVERSAL SERVICE QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE. Line count updates are required to recalculate a carrier's per line universal service support, and is filed with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This information must be submitted on July 31 each year by all rate-of-return incumbent carriers, and on a quarterly basis if a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (CETC) has initiated service in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area and reported line count data to USAC in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area, in order for the incumbent carrier to be eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). This quarterly filing is due July 31 and covers lines served as of December 31, 2014. Incumbent carriers filing on a quarterly basis must also file on September 30 (for lines served as of March 31, 2015); December 30 (for lines served as of June 30, 2015), and March 31, 2016, for lines served as of September 30, 2015).

JULY 31: CARRIER IDENTIFICATION CODE (CIC) REPORTS. Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Reports must be filed by the last business day of July (this year, July 31). These reports are required of all carriers who have been assigned a CIC code by NANPA. Failure to file could result in an effort by NANPA to reclaim it, although according to the Guidelines this process is initiated with a letter from NANPA regarding the apparent non-use of the CIC code. The assignee can then respond with an explanation. (Guidelines Section 6.2). The CIC Reporting Requirement is included in the CIC Assignment Guidelines, produced by ATIS. According to section 1.4 of that document: At the direction of the NANPA, the access providers and the entities who are assigned CICs will be requested to provide access and usage information to the NANPA, on a semi-annual basis to ensure effective management of the CIC resource. (Holders of codes may respond to the request at their own election). Access provider and entity reports shall be submitted to NANPA no later than January 31 for the period ending December 31, and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. It is also referenced in the NANPA Technical Requirements Document, which states at 7.18.6: CIC holders shall provide a usage report to the NANPA per the industry CIC guidelines … The NAS shall be capable of accepting CIC usage reports per guideline requirements on January 31 for the period ending December 31 and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. These reports may also be mailed and accepted by the NANPA in paper form. Finally, according to the NANPA website, if no local exchange carrier reports access or usage for a given CIC, NANPA is obliged to reclaim it. The semi-annual utilization and access reporting mechanism is described at length in the guidelines.

AUGUST 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its recent decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual form (Form 499-A) that was due April 1.

AUGUST 1: 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 August 1. 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 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.

AUGUST 29: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS. The Copyright Statement of Accounts form plus royalty payment for the first half of calendar year 2015 is due to be filed August 29 at the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office by cable TV service providers.

SEPTEMBER 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. Three types of entities must file this form. (1) Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations: Entities that are facilities-based providers of broadband connections — which are wired “lines” or wireless “channels” that enable the end user to receive information from and/or send information to the Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction — must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which the entity provides one or more such connections to end user locations. For the purposes of Form 477, an entity is a “facilities-based” provider of broadband connections to end user locations if it owns the portion of the physical facility that terminates at the end user location, if it obtains unbundled network elements (UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and provisions/equips them as broadband, or if it provisions/equips a broadband wireless channel to the end user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum. Such entities include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers (LECs), cable system operators, fixed wireless service providers (including “wireless ISPs”), terrestrial and satellite mobile wireless service providers, MMDS providers, electric utilities, municipalities, and other entities. (Such entities do not include equipment suppliers unless the equipment supplier uses the equipment to provision a broadband connection that it offers to the public for sale. Such entities also do not include providers of fixed wireless services ( e.g., “Wi-Fi” and other wireless ethernet, or wireless local area network, applications) that only enable local distribution and sharing of a premises broadband facility.) (2) Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Telephone Services: Incumbent and competitive LECs must complete and file the applicable portions of the form for each state in which they provide local exchange service to one or more end user customers (which may include “dial-up” ISPs). (3) Providers of Interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service: Interconnected VoIP service is a service that enables real-time, two-way voice communications; requires a broadband connection from the user’s location; requires Internet-protocol compatible customer premises equipment; and permits users generally to receive calls that originate on the public switched telephone network and to terminate calls to the public switched telephone network. Interconnected VoIP providers must complete and file the applicable portions of the form for each state in which they provide interconnected VoIP service to one or more subscribers, with the state determined for reporting purposes by the location of the subscriber’s broadband connection or the subscriber’s “Registered Location” as of the data-collection date. “Registered Location” is the most recent information obtained by an interconnected VoIP service provider that identifies the physical location of an end user. (4) Providers of Mobile Telephony Services: Facilities-based providers of mobile telephony services must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which they serve one or more mobile telephony subscribers. A mobile telephony service is a real-time, two-way switched voice service that is interconnected with the public switched network using an in-network switching facility that enables the provider to reuse frequencies and accomplish seamless handoff of subscriber calls. A mobile telephony service provider is considered “facilities-based” if it serves a subscriber using spectrum for which the entity holds a license that it manages, or for which it has obtained the right to use via lease or other arrangement with a Band Manager.

SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM. Each year on September 30, multi-channel video program distributors (“MVPDs”) must file with the Commission an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. Users must access the FCC’s electronic filing system via the Internet in order to submit the form; it will not be accepted if filed on paper unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver of the electronic filing requirement. Certain MVPDs also will be required to complete portions of the Supplemental Investigation Sheet (“SIS”) located at the end of the Form. These MVPDs are specifically identified in a Public Notice each year by the FCC.

Calendar At A Glance

Jul. 27 – Comments are due on FirstNet Draft RFP.
Jul. 31 – Reply comments are due on Part 4 Outage Reporting NPRM.
Jul. 31 – FCC Form 507 (Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update) is due.
Jul. 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.

Aug. 1 – FCC Form 502 due (North American Numbering Plan Utilization and Forecast Report).
Aug. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Aug. 5 – Comments are due on Transparency Exemption proceeding.
Aug. 13 – Effective date for Lifeline rule revisions (including document retention requirements).
Aug. 17 – Comments on Lifeline Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking are due.
Aug. 21 – Comments due on Video Programming Competition Report.
Aug. 29 – Copyright Statement of Accounts is due.

Sep. 1 – FCC Form 477 due (Local Competition and Broadband Report).
Sep. 4 – Reply comments are due on Transparency Exemption proceeding.
Sep. 15 – Reply comments on Lifeline Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking are due.
Sep. 21 – Reply comments are due on Video Programming Competition report.
Sep. 25 – Comments are due on Section IV.B of the Special Access Data NPRM.
Sep. 30 – FCC Form 396-C (MVPD EEO Program Annual Report).

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From:Dennis Cameron
Subject: Your Comments on Motorola
Date:July 19, 2015 at 11:09:53 PM CDT
To:Brad Dye

Hi Brad,

I read with interest your commentary on Motorola. I think you were right on the money with your “memory.” I, of course was most interested in your comments on the Skytel Two-Way system. As you probably recall, I was the principal designer of the radio system for two-way. When I initially designed the system I called for five receivers per transmitter, on average. Others stepped in and suddenly it was down to three receivers per transmitter.  The interesting thing here is that some of the voices recommending three were from the Motorola paging group and the Base station group. Just thought I would pass that on.


Dennis Cameron

[ Editor: Thanks Dennis, you made my day.]

From:Dan Rudnick
Subject: Pager Power Supply
Date:July 21, 2015 at 10:56:24 AM CDT
To:Brad Dye

Hello Brad,

At one time your newsletter had an advertisement for a power supply that could be reset by paging a telephone number.  Do you have that company’s name or number?


Dan Rudnick

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Santa Maria, CA  93455

[ Editor: I remember this product. It was a simple off/on relay, controlled by a pager-type receiver, used to reset a power supply. I don't think the company that made it is still in business. Can any of our readers help?]

From:InfoRad Wireless Messaging Software
Subject: InfoRad/Verizon Support Notification: Verizon Enterprise Messaging Migration
Date:July 23, 2015 at 5:39:22 PM CDT
To:Brad Dye

InfoRad Wireless Software Verizon Enterprise Messaging Support:

As of 7/23/15 Verizon Wireless has migrated their Enterprise Messaging Access Gateway (EMAG) to a new upgraded platform.

As a result of the migration, the server addresses for the EMAG SNPP and WCTP gateways have changed, and for those utilizing EMAG SMTP/e-mail, the e-mail format for the phones has changed.

(NOTE: This does NOT affect customers utilizing the public e-mail gateway
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If utilizing EMAG services with InfoRad Wireless Software, please update the server addresses for SNPP and/or WCTP (and WCTP Secure) in Messaging Services, and if using SMTP/e-mail update the Receiver e-mail addresses.

If using SNPP: change server address to: (port 444 or 7777)

If using WCTP: change server address to: (port 80)

If using WCTP Secure, change server address to: (port 443)

If using SMTP/e-mail, change receiver e-mail address format from:

See Verizon's EMAG web page for more information:

From the web page, Please Note: If Firewalls have to be opened on your end for outgoing traffic or incoming traffic, please open the firewall rules for the IP listed alongside the Protocol you are using and the outbound IP listed in the reference materials provided in the link. Customers should add BOTH locations to their firewall rules.

EMAG Document: Here

New IP addresses for EMAG gateways from the above document:

SNPP port 444, 7777
WCTP port 80,443
SNPP port 444, 7777
WCTP port 80, 443

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