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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,



They say, “a squeaking wheel gets the grease.”

Adobe plans to upgrade their Creative Cloud (Internet authoring) applications soon (it already happened this week), so I will need to replace one of my computers with a Mac Mini in order to run the new programs. If you would like to help sponsor this purchase, please click on the Donate button below.

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The squeaking wheel got some grease this week. Thanks. Keep those cards and letters coming in (e-mails too)—need that computer. I'll get a used one.


Burch Falkner

Do you know Burch Falkner of Falcon Wireless Direct? If you don't, you probably should get to know him. I have known him for many years, and as I was preparing this issue of the newsletter. I found his biography on the Internet.

It starts out with: “Burch has been in wireless communications for a long, long time. He built his first crystal radio while in the 3 rd grade.”

So that makes him smarter than I am—since I built my first crystal radio . . . let me see . . . it must have been in the fifth or sixth grade. I was a little “slow.”

The other thing is this claim that he has been in wireless communications for a long, long time .

While this is true, I must point out that this early start in wireless was even before there were wires for communications. Down there in Alabama they used smoke signals to communicate. Now that is really a long, long time ago! (You can laugh now.)

So way back when, “in the day” as they say, Burch and I met several times, and tried to do a couple of business deals together. Being an ex-Motorola two-way radio salesman, I naturally thought that I knew everything about selling radio equipment.

Simple: you just go to visit the customer who already knows he or she needs some equipment, you take them out to dinner, and you tell them you are selling the very best equipment in the whole world, and not to worry that the price is so much higher than the other brands—you get what you pay for—right?

It worked for me.


Well Burch marches to a different drummer. He would invite a lot of people to a seminar in a nice hotel.

Now these folks sometimes didn't even know they needed any radio equipment, but after hearing this charming, silver-tongued, southern gentlemen explain how they could start a business, and make some money by buying the equipment that he was offering, they would line up to place orders.

I was very impressed to say the least.



So Burch has placed a giant advertisement—starting in this issue—called “Looking for something new to do?” I can't imagine anything more apropos for this newsletter since most of us in the Paging business are not doing so well. Burch can help.

I hope you will click on the ad and find out what he has to offer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ data

By Brian Fung
June 17 at 12:00 PM
The Washington Post

AT&T is being charged a $100 million fine after slowing down its “unlimited” data. Here's what that means for its users. (Alice Li/The Washington Post)

The Federal Communications Commission slapped AT&T with a $100 million fine Wednesday, accusing the country's second-largest cellular carrier of improperly slowing down Internet speeds for customers who had signed up for “unlimited” data plans.

The FCC found that when customers used up a certain amount of data watching movies or browsing the Web, AT&T “throttled” their Internet speeds so that they were much slower than normal. Millions of AT&T customers were affected by the practice, according to the FCC.

The FCC found that when customers used up a certain amount of data watching movies or browsing the Web, AT&T "throttled" their Internet speeds so that they were much slower than normal. Millions of AT&T customers were affected by the practice, according to the FCC.

The fine, which AT&T says it will fight, is the largest ever levied by the agency.

AT&T implemented the practice in 2011, prompting thousands of customers to complain to the FCC, according to an agency statement.

By not properly disclosing the policy to consumers who thought they were getting “unlimited” data, the company violated the FCC's rules on corporate transparency, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement.

“Consumers deserve to get what they pay for,” Wheeler said. “Broadband providers must be upfront and transparent about the services they provide. The FCC will not stand idly by while consumers are deceived by misleading marketing materials and insufficient disclosure.”

Many of AT&T’s unlimited customers have 4G LTE service, which typically provides mobile Internet speeds of more than 30 megabits per second. That's roughly 60 times faster than the speeds experienced when AT&T throttled subscribers, who were slowed to speeds equivalent to dial-up, according to a senior FCC official.

But consumers are unlikely to receive any money from the fine, which will go instead to the U.S. Treasury, said the agency official.

AT&T disputed the charges. “The FCC has specifically identified this practice as a legitimate and reasonable way to manage network resources for the benefit of all customers, and has known for years that all of the major carriers use it,” the company said in a statement.

“We have been fully transparent with our customers, providing notice in multiple ways and going well beyond the FCC’s disclosure requirements.”

This isn't the first time AT&T's unlimited data policy has landed the company in hot water. The Federal Trade Commission sued the telecom company in October, alleging that 3.5 million users had their Internet service slowed to dial-up speeds an average of 12 days every month.

This comes at a tricky time for AT&T, which is trying to convince regulators to approve its $49 billion acquisition of the nation’s largest satellite TV provider, DirecTV.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecom, broadband and digital politics. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
Source: The Washington Post

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BlackBerry Venice and Prague rumors: Which one will run Android? Sources disagree

By Robert Nazarian
June 19, 2015
Digital Trends

Android fans who still desire a physical keyboard might have something to celebrate about later this year. It was reported last week that BlackBerry might be working on an Android phone, and it looks like it’s more than just a rumor. Two devices have leaked so far, and reports disagree on which one will run Android. It’s also possible that neither will. Here’s everything we know so far.

Updated on 06-19-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news of another rumored Android phone called the “Prague” and that the “Venice” might not be running Android after all.

BlackBerry’s first Android phone could be codenamed “Prague”

The BlackBerry “Venice” might not be Android after all, according to a new report from N4BB. While the “Venice” is more for of a premium handset, sources say that BlackBerry is thinking about emerging markets for its first Android phone. A new device with the codename “Prague” has leaked, and although the OS has not been officially confirmed, some believe this could be the rumored BlackBerry Android phone. The report suggests that this model will be very similar to the BlackBerry Z3 (pictured below) in terms of design and is scheduled for an August release.

If the report is true, it would also mean that BlackBerry’s first Android phone won’t have a physical keyboard, since the Z3 doesn’t have one. That would be a huge letdown for those Android fans coveting one.

The previously leaked “Venice” could still be an Android device, but inside sources confirmed the existence of only one Android device — not two. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that BlackBerry isn’t working on a second Android device for the future.

BlackBerry “Venice” leaks with high-end specs

Codenamed “Venice,” this new BlackBerry phone is slated to arrive in November with the following specs: a 5.4-inch Quad-HD screen, a 1.8GHz 64-bit Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB RAM, as well as an 18-megapixel rear-camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Venice will reportedly feature a slide-down physical keyboard, so this could be the mysterious slider device CEO John Chen teased at Mobile World Congress. Even more interesting is the fact that the display supposedly has dual-curved edges just like the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Based on the leaked specs, it’s clear that BlackBerry is going all out with most of the specs, but the processor is questionable. The Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 features a quad-core processor paired with a dual core. The 808 happens to be the same processor that the LG G4 features, but the reason LG chose it was because the updated version of the octa-core Snapdragon 810 wasn’t ready yet. With OnePlus already announcing that the OnePlus 2 will utilize the updated 810 (v2.1) with no overheating issues, it’s curious that BlackBerry wouldn’t do the same.

The phone itself was briefly shown off at Mobile World Congress by Ron Louks, BlackBerry’s president of devices and emerging solutions, and one report hints that it could run Android. Of course, the software is still up for debate, and sources disagree on the subject.

The company appears committed to the BlackBerry 10 OS, which was introduced at MWC a few months ago. Based on that fact, it would not surprise us if the “Venice” ends up being a BlackBerry 10 device, but if would make sense for BlackBerry to offer both low-end and high-end handsets if the company really wants to capitalize on the Android market.

BlackBerry might not be a household name anymore, but a phone based on Android could be just the thing to jumpstart the company again. There are still a lot of business users who crave the BlackBerry brand, not to mention Android users who covet a physical keyboard.

The biggest question remaining about the alleged Android BlackBerry is whether the company will offer a full version of Android with Google services or a forked version similar to what Amazon offers The latter would be a huge mistake, since it wouldn’t be all that attractive to current Android fans, and the phone wouldn’t have access to Google’s core apps such as Google Play, Gmail, and Maps. Regardless, we’ll keep you updated on the device here.

Source: Digital Trends  

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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.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost effective solutions.
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Teenager murdered after tracking down lost smartphone

By Chris Welch on June 18, 2015 06:42 pm
The Verge

A Canadian teenager was shot and killed Sunday after an attempt to recover his lost smartphone took a tragic turn. 18-year-old Jeremy Cook accidentally left his phone in a cab over the weekend, police believe — a scenario that's played out countless times in cities around the world. And just as every other person in this situation would instinctively do, Cook turned to tracking software in hopes of reclaiming it.

Both Apple and Google offer apps that can help you pinpoint a misplaced or stolen smartphone: Find My iPhone in the case of iOS, and Device Manager for Android. These tools have reunited many of us with our (expensive) smartphones, but they can also lead to some precarious situations. Last year The New York Times reported on some of the more distressing examples. People are out there carrying around hammers for protection as they seek out thieves, and others have physically assaulted innocent bystanders when the geolocation for these tracking apps is slightly off. In that story, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department tried to remind everyone to stay levelheaded. “It’s just a phone — it’s not worth losing your life over,” Andrew Smith told the Times . And now, appallingly, someone has been murdered over a phone.

Authorities believe Cook traced the missing phone to a parking lot and headed there at around 5AM Sunday. He had the sense not to go alone; his sister is believed to have accompanied him. But when the pair arrived, they quickly got into an altercation with three men in a parked car. As Cook went to retrieve his phone, the car began driving away. That's when everything went very bad, very quickly. According to NBC News, Cook leapt onto the driver side door and held on as the vehicle began moving. Within seconds, multiple shots were fired, and when police arrived, Cook was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eventually the car was found abandoned nearby, having apparently struck a fence and telephone pole — with Cook's stolen smartphone inside. Police are still searching for three male suspects in the senseless murder, and have called for people to use extreme caution when seeking out their missing property. "'The app itself is a great tool to have, Steeves told CBC. “But if you suspect there's any potential for violence at all, we certainly encourage people to contact police.”

Source: The Verge

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Why Are Pagers Still a Thing?

Written by RACHEL PICK
CONTRIBUTOR— Motherboard
June 12, 2015 // 11:30 AM EST

I remember, as a tiny 90s child, briefly wanting a pager. I was at the local high school seeing a basketball game with my dad, and the high school girls loitering outside the gym seemed impossibly tall and unattainably cool. One of them had a pager attached to her belt loop. It was red and glittery, and I was awed. It conveyed an air of importance— this person is reachable at all times.

You know what happened next. Telecommunications exploded, and pagers were buried in the fallout. Now, most of us are reachable at all times, and it has nothing to do with how important we are. (I can’t stress this enough. Ten percent of my email inbox is currently coupons for Michael’s, the chain craft store.)

Strangely, though, for those of us who really do need to be accessible—for whom being incommunicado can mean putting others’ lives in jeopardy—the beeper is still king. Doctors, firefighters, and EMS technicians all still use pagers. (Adorably, so do birdwatchers , for a less vital reason: they subscribe to pages alerting them to rare bird sightings in their area.) This seems absurd at first blush. In 2012, Americans spent $7 million on new pagers, coming to about 10,000 units. By comparison, they spend $64 billion a year on iPhones alone. We have a wealth of messaging apps to choose from: WhatsApp, Kik, Slack. Why do a small number of us cling to a device most everyone else has forgotten?

As it turns out, there are a number of solid reasons. Pagers don’t store information, which is a positive when hospitals regularly suffer data breaches, requiring them to pay expensive fines for HIPAA violations. And regular smartphone text messaging is not encrypted.

Pagers don’t rely on the same transmitters that cell phones do, and their transmitters are stronger and send signals much further. Additionally, cell phone networks are more vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster. When a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri in 2011, cell phone networks were down for up to four days . Even the teensy earthquake that hit New York the same year hindered cell reception for an hour. And pagers are battery-powered, which is critical in the event of a natural or domestic disaster that knocks out electricity. If the power’s out and your smartphone dies, you’re screwed. A pager just needs to be fed some new batteries and it’s good to go.

And unlike a smartphone, pagers are not distracting. A physician’s pager is only used for medical emergencies, so she knows that when it goes off the situation is urgent, and it’s the same with emergency response teams. Whereas my Pavlovian response to an iPhone chime forces me to check everything, and it’s usually crap.

But maybe most importantly, pagers are just cheap as hell. NYU’s Langone Hospital launched a small-scale smartphone program in 2012, and it cost them over $10,000 to pilot only 16 phones. You could fill a bathtub with $10,000 worth of pagers.

This is not to say that there aren’t some valid arguments in favor of the smartphone. A smartphone would enable the sender to message a whole team of firefighters, medical staff, or emergency responders at the same time. It would offer access to valuable data like maps and medical info, and it could transmit a GPS signal if a first responder were ever in danger and unable to communicate. Also, the pager system can cause “bottlenecks” in hospitals: as WNYC notes , nurse’s stations are frequently slammed by a group of recently-paged doctors all waiting to use the phone, and whatever patients they were tending to are left in the lurch while they wait.

But in order to really make the switch happen, at least in hospitals, any contending messaging app would need to be designed with HIPAA rules and regulations in mind to ensure 100 percent compliance. And It would ideally come with medical vocabulary already loaded into its predictive texting system, so autocorrect couldn’t cause potentially fatal mistakes.

One such app, NetSfere, is already working to address these issues with smartphones. Anurag Lal, NetSfere’s president and CEO, has tried to make sure NetSfere’s encryption algorithm protects messages from data breaches and data mining. “I won’t use the word ‘impossible,’” Lal says, referring to the likelihood of a breach, “but the data that goes back and forth is secured by an encryption key that is very distinct.”

I also asked him about the dangers of autocorrect and predictive texting. “We are counting on the underlying operating system,” Lal says. “We typically provide a set of best practices to the hospitals that we go after, and we actually tell them clearly to turn off predictive texting. We counsel against that.”

NetSfere has also created its own proprietary tone, so a physician can tell the difference between a message sent via NetSfere and something less important. “We also have the means to send a continual tone,” Lal adds, so the alert would recur every 30 or 60 seconds until the message was opened—another feature of the pager that was important for medical staff.

But perhaps the most compelling argument for smartphone use is the collaborative aspect. “There’s a need for collaboration amongst doctors. If you speak to doctors or physicians, very quickly they’ll confess that from time to time they are faced with an environment where they need other referrals or consultations on cases,” Lal says. Using a secure messaging app, doctors would be able to get opinions and recommendations from their colleagues in record time. Collective brainpower protects against confirmation bias and the possibility of an overlooked potential solution.

While pagers may still be in use for another decade or so, it’s safe to say that at least among hospital staff they are slowly being phased out. But who knows? Maybe they have a future as ironic accessories.

Source: Motherboard (Thanks to Tom Harger.)

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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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FCC: Telcos can block robocalls and spam texts for you

by Mariella Moon
June 19, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission has just made it clear that customers can ask carriers to block illegal robocalls and spam messages for them — and that telcos can legally do so. In a 3-2 vote, the commission has passed a proposal that makes it perfectly legal to stop automated calls before they reach consumers. Some phone companies apparently tell subscribers and industry watchdogs that they can't do anything about the problem, because they're required to connect every call. With the new rules in place, they can't use that as a reason anymore, but it's still up to them whether or not to fulfill a customer's request. They're not actually obligated to put a stop to automated calls whenever someone asks them, (and we'll bet a lot of people will, because nobody likes getting them) even if the technology already exists for wireless carriers.

Back in 2013, the Federal Trade Commission, fed up with being buried in complaints, launched the $50,000 Robocall Challenge. That gave rise to Nomorobo , which you can download and set up right now, as well as a Google technology that can detect caller ID spoofing used by notorious scammers and spam callers like "Rachel from card services." According to the FCC, automated calls remain a huge issue to this day: it recorded 215,000 complaints in 2014 alone, not including those sent to the FTC. In fact, when FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler voted in favor of the rule changes, he begged phone companies to "please start letting [their] consumers request to have robocalls blocked."

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

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

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

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

USB Paging Encoder

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  • PURC or direct connect
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  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • Frequency agile—only one receiver to stock
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Other products

Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.

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2Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
VHF Paging Transmitters
19 Motorola Nucleus 125W CNET
6Motorola Nucleus 350W CNET
12Motorola Nucleus 350W Advanced Control
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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. 25June 17, 2015

REMINDER: FCC Form 481 Due in Two Weeks

The FCC’s Form 481, which collects the information required by Section 54.313 of the FCC’s Rules, is due July 1. As with previous years, the Form must be filed with the FCC, USAC, and the relevant state commission or tribal government (as appropriate). BloostonLaw is prepared to assist carriers in preparing and filing the Form, as well as obtaining confidential treatment with the FCC for sensitive responses.


Comment Deadline Established for Part 4 Outage Reporting NPRM

On June 16, the FCC published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its Part 4 outage reporting rules, which require certain providers of communications to electronically file reports of network outages that exceed specified thresholds of magnitude and duration, in the Federal Register. Comments are due July 16, and reply comments are due July 31.

As we reported in the April 1 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC seeks comment on proposals to improve the Commission’s Part 4 rules. According to the NPRM, the proposals are based largely on the FCC’s experience with the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) program. The FCC emphasized that it is seeking to determine the most cost-effective approach to revising the rules, and so specifically seeks comment on the costs and benefits associated with the proposals, which include:

  • revising Section 4.5(e)(1) to clarify that any network malfunction or higher-level issue that significantly degrades or prevents 911 calls from being completed constitutes a “loss of communications to PSAP(s),” regardless of whether the PSAP is rendered completely unable to receive 911 calls;
  • amending Part 4 to require the reporting of systemic wireless call failures that result from radio access network (RAN) overloading;
  • redefining the reporting threshold, which is currently defined in terms of impact on DS3 circuits, in terms of “OC3 minutes” instead (i.e., based on impact on OC3 circuits or other circuits or aggregations of circuits that provide equal or greater capacity);
  • shortening the reporting timeframe for simplex outage events from five days to 48 hours;
  • adopting a more standardized, technology neutral method for calculating the number of users “potentially affected” by a wireless network outage, such as multiplying the number of cell sites disabled as part of the outage by the average number of users it serves per site or the actual number of users that were being served at each affected cell site when the outage commenced (using the Visitor Location Register);
  • classifying as “special offices and facilities” those facilities enrolled in or eligible for the Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) program, which prioritizes the restoration and provisioning of circuits used by entities with National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) responsibilities and duties;
  • amending the definition of “special offices and facilities” to exclude all airports other than those designated “primary commercial service” airports in the NPIAS; and
  • granting states read-only access to those portions of the NORS database that pertain to communications outages in their respective states, and entertaining requests from other federal agencies for access to NORS data, but acting upon such requests on a case-by-case basis.

Carriers interested in participating in this proceeding should contact the firm.

D.C. Circuit Court Denies Motion to Stay Open Internet Order

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an Order denying the Motion for Stay of the FCC’s Open Internet Order filed by USTelecom, NCTA, CTIA, AT&T, ACA, CenturyLink, and WISPA. According to the Court, the petitioners “have not satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review.” However, the Court did grant the Petitioners’ Motion for Expedition, and directed them to file a proposed briefing format and schedule within 14 days. The Court also ordered that the FCC’s Motion to Dismiss the case be referred to the merits panel for which the petitions for review are assigned.

“This is a huge victory for Internet consumers and innovators! Starting Friday, there will be a referee on the field to keep the Internet fast, fair and open. Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the Internet are now things of the past. The rules also give broadband providers the certainty and economic incentive to build fast and competitive broadband networks,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler of the denial.

Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly, who have opposed the Open Internet Order, expressed their disappointment.

DC Circuit Upholds Key Elements of Incentive Auction; 600 MHz Auction on Track for Spring of 2016

In a major victory for the FCC, a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court last week unanimously upheld key elements of the FCC’s incentive auction framework that had been the subject of a judicial appeal from the National Association of Broadcasters and Sinclair Broadcast Group. The decision removes a major hurdle to the Commission’s plans to hold the incentive auction in early 2016.
A written statement from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that the schedule for the incentive auction remains on track.

“We are gratified that the Court agrees with the Commission’s balanced, market-based approach to freeing up more valuable spectrum for innovative wireless broadband services,” wrote Wheeler. “This decision provides the Commission and all stakeholders with the certainty necessary to proceed apace toward a successful auction in the first quarter of next year.”

The NAB filed its petition for review of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Order ( FCC 14-50 ) last August, arguing that the Commission’s incentive auction framework improperly diminishes key broadcaster protections embodied in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (“Spectrum Act”). In particular, the NAB took exception to the methodology used by the Commission to predict local television coverage areas and population served, which it argued could result in significant loss of viewership of broadcast TV stations after the FCC "repacks" TV stations into a shrunken TV band.

The NAB claim also argued that the FCC erred in failing to ensure proper protections for broadcast translators, which are transmitters that help boost the coverage of broadcast TV programming to more rural and remote viewers.”

The Court rejected the appellants’ arguments on all counts, stating in its opinion “[i]t is self-evident that the accuracy of the commission’s determinations would be improved by its use of more recent population data, more precise terrain calculations, and more exact technical information.” It also found that the Commission’s decision not to offer protection to low-power translator facilities was a proper interpretation of the Spectrum Act’s broadcast service preservation mandate, because translator facilities are licensed separately but, unlike low-power Class A TV stations, are afforded only secondary status.

Sinclair raised two additional challenges to the Incentive Auction Order that were not raised by the NAB. First, Sinclair took issue with the Commission’s establishment of a 39-month construction period for broadcasters to transition their services to new channels, known as the “go-dark” deadline. Sinclair also challenged the Commission’s interpretation of the Spectrum Act’s requirement that “at least two competing licensees participate in the reverse auction” before the Commission accepts a broadcaster’s relinquished spectrum. The Court held that the FCC’s decision to establish a 39-month “go-dark” period was neither arbitrary nor capricious, and that the FCC’s interpretation of the term “competing” as to broadcast licensees was logical.

“To require the Commission to forgo the spectrum merely because no other broadcaster in the same geographic market wishes to sell ‘would limit the Commission’s ability to allow market forces to determine the highest and best use of spectrum’ and prevent acquisition of adequate spectrum to allow the auction to close,” wrote the Court.

An NAB statement expressed disappointment with the DC Circuit ruling, but confirmed that the association was “committed to working with policymakers to ensure a successful auction that protects the interests of broadcasters, whether they participate or not, and does not disenfranchise our tens of millions of viewers."

As a related matter, the FCC last week adopted an Order which will allow full power and Class A broadcast television stations to negotiate deals to share channels after the incentive auction, not just before. The FCC believes that providing greater flexibility and certainty regarding channel sharing arrangements will encourage voluntary participation by broadcasters in the incentive auction.

Frontier Communications Accepts Over $283 Million Connect America Fund Offer

The FCC has announced that Frontier Communications Inc. has accepted $283.4 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II to expand and support broadband to over 1.3 million rural customers (and over 650,000 homes and businesses) in 28 states. The CAF Phase II funding will provide ongoing support for rural broadband networks capable of delivering broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps uploads. Carriers receiving CAF support must build out broadband to 40% of funded locations by the end 2017, 60% by end of 2018, and 100% by the end of 2020. The states in which Frontier will receive the most funding, and with the largest number of rural customers affected, include Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

By Public Notice, the FCC authorized and directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to disburse from the Universal Service Fund the support amounts for each state where Frontier has accepted support. Consistent with Frontier’s election, USAC was directed to disburse from the broadband reserve account a lump sum payment associated with January through June 2015 for those states where model-based support is greater than Phase I support.

Frontier previously received $133 million in CAF Phase I support, out of a total of $438 million in Phase I support provided.

According to the FCC, over the next six years, “Phase II of Connect America will provide more than $10 billion to expand broadband-capable networks throughout rural America nationwide, all without increasing the cost of the program to ratepayers.”

A spreadsheet listing all counties by state where Frontier will receive funding is available at .

FCC Strictly Applies Rural Broadband Experiment Requirements and Denies Waivers

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has denied a number of petitions seeking waiver of various requirements in connection with the Connect America rural broadband experiments. (WC Docket No. 10-90, 14-259) The waivers included a request by LTD Broadband for an extension of time to obtain a commitment letter for a Letter of Credit (LOC) and separate petitions by Aristotle Telecom and Worldcall Interconnect, Inc. for waivers or extensions of deadlines relating to submissions of the required financial information. The WCB also removed Halstad as a provisionally selected bidder from further consideration for failing to file a LOC commitment letter from a top 100 bank. All of these actions, at least in part, were based on the WCB's strict enforcement of the established deadlines, filing requirements and rules. Accordingly, carriers seeking such funding now and in the future (if available) should be prepared to strictly follow the established rules before submitting applications.

CTIA Sues City of Berkeley CA over RF Radiation Warning Requirement

CTIA, on behalf of the cellular industry, has sued the City of Berkeley, California in US District Court for Northern California to block an ordinance requiring the inclusion of an additional warning label with wireless handset sales. The warning rule includes a requirement that the service provider include the statement: “If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. This potential risk is greater for children.” CTIA argues that the Berkeley warning is contrary to Federal studies finding no evidence linking cell phone use to cancer or other health issues, and that Berkeley is violating the free speech requirements of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Berkeley indicates that the ordinance merely recites information contained in the manufacturer’s product manuals.

The City of San Francisco had adopted a similar ordinance, only to revoke it in 2013 after CTIA took the city to court. But the San Francisco ordinance required the warning to disclose the emissions coming from the device. CTIA indicates in its court filing that the FCC’s standard already sets a protection standard well above what is necessary; and that consumer wireless devices meet the relevant standard regardless of how they are worn. The cellular industry is concerned that if the Berkeley ordinance stands, it will spawn a myriad of similar but different (and in some cases conflicting) requirements from other state and local governments, creating an unreasonable and expensive compliance burden on cellular providers and retailers.

Law & Regulation

FCC Issues Proposed Forfeiture of $100,000,000 in Connection with Open Internet Rule Violation

The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order finding that AT&T Mobility, LLC (AT&T) "apparently willfully and repeatedly violated" the Commission’s 2010 Open Internet Transparency Rule by: "(1) using the misleading and inaccurate term “unlimited” to label a data plan that was in fact subject to prolonged speed reductions after a customer used a set amount of data; and (2) failing to disclose the express speed reductions that it applied to “unlimited” data plan customers once they hit a specified data threshold." According to the FCC, "AT&T’s practices deprived consumers of sufficient information to make informed choices about their broadband service and thereby impeded competition in the marketplace for such services." The FCC proposed a forfeiture of $100,000,000 and a set of requirements to bring AT&T into compliance with the Transparency Rule.

The FCC's Open Internet Transparency Rule requires a person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service to "publicly disclose accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of its broadband Internet access services sufficient for consumers to make informed choices regarding use of such services and for content, application, service, and device providers to develop, market, and maintain Internet offerings." The FCC's action is brought under the 2010 Open Internet Order because the enhanced rule adopted in the 2015 Open Internet Order did not become effective until June 12, 2015.

According to the FCC, AT&T ran afoul of the transparency rule in connection with its unlimited data plan when it implemented its Maximum Bit Rate (MBR) policy "under which the Company capped the maximum speed throughput that unlimited data plan customers experienced once they used a set amount of data in a billing cycle." Prior to this, AT&T's unlimited data plan "allowed customers to use unrestricted amounts of data, with no high-speed data caps or automatic speed restrictions." According to the FCC, "[t]he capped speeds that unlimited data plan customers experienced under the MBR policy were orders of magnitude slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertises." The FCC also asserts that the reduced speeds "significantly impaired the ability of AT&T’s customers to use their data service." The FCC states that it has received thousands of complaints from unlimited data plan customers "alleging that they have had their speeds intentionally reduced, and who claim that they purchased an unlimited data plan and are not getting the services that they paid for."

The FCC finds that "AT&T apparently willfully and repeatedly violated Section 8.3 of the Commission’s Rules by: (1) using the term “unlimited” in a misleading and inaccurate way to label a data plan that was in fact subject to prolonged speed reductions after a customer used a set amount of data; and (2) failing to disclose the data throughput speed caps it imposed on customers under the MBR policy." The FCC further finds that AT&T must take a number of steps to come in to compliance with the rule. According to the FCC, 1)AT&T must correct any misleading and inaccurate statements about its unlimited data plan; 2) AT&T must individually inform all of its unlimited data plan customers, via bill insert or other similar method, that AT&T’s disclosures were in violation of the Transparency Rule, and that AT&T is correcting, or has corrected, its violation of the rule with a revised disclosure statement; 3) the revised disclosure statement must provide those customers with enough information to allow them to make informed choices about the purchase and use of their unlimited data plan, and must inform them that those unlimited data plan customers who choose to cancel their unlimited data plans after the revised disclosure is provided may do so without penalty; 4) the revised disclosure statement must include the maximum speeds to which AT&T limits unlimited data plan customers’ service when applying the MBR policy, to the extent that any such maximum speeds remain in effect; and 5) AT&T must file a report with the Commission within thirty (30) days of the release of the Notice of Apparent Liability regarding its progress, if any, in implementing these measures.

In establishing the proposed forfeiture of $100,000,000, the FCC finds that AT&T knew that its disclosures were misleading from the time it implemented the MBR policy. According to the FCC, "prior to implementing its MBR policy in 2011, AT&T engaged a focus group to conduct studies about its plan to intentionally slow unlimited plan customers." The FCC also finds that AT&T apparently has committed multiple violations of the Transparency Rule. However, the FCC states that it is not imposing the statutory amount of $16,000 per violation because to do so would lead to an astronomical figure. In addition, the FCC states that it has moderated its penalty because "this is the first Commission NAL finding an apparent violation of the Transparency Rule.

"AT&T has 30 days to either pay the $100,000,000 forfeiture and comply with the FCC's requirements or file a written statement seeking a reduction or cancellation of the forfeiture and requirements.

Appropriations Bill Targeting Net Neutrality Rules Gains Subcommittee Approval

On June 11, the House Financial Services Subcommittee Thursday voted to approve an appropriations bill that would cut the FCC’s funding by $25 million from last year’s funding, as well as prohibiting the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved. The appropriations bill also requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service.

Broadcasting & Cable reports that Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) called the rider among the most excessive, and House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) called it a reckless, politically motivated decision. Even if the bill were to pass these dissenters, however, it must still be signed by President Obama before becoming law — a very unlikely possibility given the President’s vocal support for Net Neutrality.

FCC Issues Agenda for June 18 Open Meeting

On June 11, the FCC issued the official agenda for its June 18, 2015 Open Meeting. At the meeting, the FCC will consider:

  • a Report ad Order that will facilitate innovative technologies and services by establishing a process to authorize interconnected VoIP providers to obtain telephone numbers directly from the Numbering Administrators, rather than through intermediaries;
  • a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order in order to comprehensively restructure and modernize the Lifeline program to efficiently and effectively connect low-income Americans to broadband, strengthen program oversight and administration, and take additional measures to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse;
  • a Declaratory Ruling and Order reaffirming the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's protections against unwanted robocalls, encouraging pro-consumer uses of robocall technology, and responding to a number; and
  • a Second Order on Reconsideration that resolves petitions for reconsideration of the Commission’s Order adopting rules to implement the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction, providing parties with additional certainty ahead of the auction.

As always, audio/video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC Live web page at at 10:30 a.m.

Illinois Representative Introduces One-Sentence No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act
Earlier this month, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) introduced the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act, the most direct piece of legislation the BloostonLaw Telecom Update editors have ever encountered. It states, in its entirety:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Communications Commission may not regulate the rates charged for broadband Internet access service (as defined in the rules adopted in the Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order that was adopted by the Commission on February 26, 2015 (FCC 15–24)).

According to a press release on the bill, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act is cosponsored by Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (MI), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (OR), as well as Representatives Bob Latta (OH), John Shimkus (IL), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Steve Scalise (LA), Leonard Lance (NJ), Brett Guthrie (KY), Pete Olson (TX), Mike Pompeo (KS), Gus Bilirakis (FL), Bill Johnson (OH), Billy Long (MO), Renee Ellmers (NC), Chris Collins (NY), Kevin Cramer (ND), and Joe Barton (TX).

“While Chairman Wheeler has stated that the FCC does not intend to regulate broadband internet access rates under his leadership, future Commissions still have the authority to insert their own mandates on rates,” said Kinzinger. “If we are to ensure that the government is not setting the rates we pay to use the internet, we must once and for all take that option off the table. Given no objection from Chairman Wheeler to such legislation, I have introduced the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act.

FCC Announces Proposed Third Quarter 2015 USF Contribution Factor

The Office of Managing Director (OMD) has announced that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the third quarter of 2015 will be 0.171 or 17.1 percent. According to the FCC, during the third quarter of 2015, carriers may not recover through a federal universal service line item on customer bills an amount that exceeds 17.1 percent of the interstate telecommunications charges on a customer’s bill.

The proposed contribution factor will be deemed approved if the Commission takes no action regarding the projections of demand and administrative expenses and the proposed contribution factor.

USAC shall use the contribution factor to calculate universal service contributions for the third quarter of 2015. Each provider’s contribution obligation will be reduced by a circularity discount approximating the provider’s contributions in the upcoming quarter. The proposed circularity factor for the third quarter of 2015 is 0.14773.

The FCC reminds contributors that failing to pay contributions in a timely fashion may be subject to the enforcement provisions of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended and any other applicable law. In addition, contributors may be billed by USAC for reasonable costs of collecting overdue contributions.

Finally, the FCC states that under the limited international revenues exception (LIRE) in section 54.706(c) of the Commission’s rules, “a contributor to the universal service fund whose projected collected interstate end- user telecommunications revenues comprise less than 12 percent of its combined projected collected interstate and international end-user telecommunications revenues shall contribute based only on projected collected interstate end-user telecommunications revenues, net of projected contributions.” According to the FCC, “[t]he rule is intended to exclude from the contribution base the international end-user telecommunications revenues of any entity whose annual contribution, based on the provider’s interstate and international end-user telecommunications revenues, would exceed the amount of its interstate end-user revenues.” Because the proposed contribution factor exceeds 12 percent, however, the FCC states that a contributor may be required to contribute to the universal service fund an amount that exceeds its interstate end-user telecommunications revenue. If a contributor is in this situation, the FCC states that a contributor may seek a waiver of the LIRE threshold.

Maryland County Challenges FCC Regulations on Wireless Infrastructure Modifications

Montgomery County, Maryland, an affluent suburb of Washington, DC, has sued in federal court to overturn regulations the FCC adopted in 2014 to speed up the deployment of wireless infrastructure.

In 2012, Congress passed Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act that empowers the FCC to adopt regulations to reduce delays pertaining to wireless facilities modifications. Section 6409(a) provides that a State or local government may not deny any eligible facilities request for modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that does not substantially change the physical dimensions of such tower or base station. Then, last October, the FCC implemented the legislation by adopting rules interpreting key terms in the statute — including “substantially change” and “base station.” The not-in-my-backyard attitude of some homeowners had prompted some municipalities to attempt to deny or delay certain wireless infrastructure modifications deemed unsafe or unsightly as a concession to the pressures being exerted by those unhappy homeowners. Thus, in the October 2014 regulations, the FCC also established a 60-day period of review after which facilities applications that had not been acted upon by the municipalities would be deemed granted.

Montgomery County urges the federal court to set aside the FCC’s actions. The County claims the FCC’s interpretations of “substantially change” and “base station” are inconsistent with the statute; and that Section 6409(a) and the regulations adopted by the FCC last October violate the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – the states’ rights amendment. An issue also to be decided by the court is whether the FCC’s interpretation of a statute is entitled to the deference normally granted to federal agencies to interpret statutory provisions when conducting rulemaking proceedings.

In a joint intervention filing with the court, CTIA — The Wireless Association and PCIA — The Wireless Infrastructure Association said that the FCC was within its legal authority to streamline the deployment of wireless infrastructure. They argue that in the quickly evolving world of wireless service, providers must frequently upgrade their facilities to increase network capacity, expand coverage, and make new communications technologies available to consumers. The delays imposed by some municipalities to frustrate the deployment of new wireless technologies, claim CTIA and PCIA, are an inconvenience to consumers and expensive for carriers, as well as costly to our national economy. They argue that the FCC’s regulation are critical to achieving the national policy goals established by Congress in Section 6409(a) and that the Commission’s interpretations of undefined statutory terms provide certainty and ensure that reluctant State and local jurisdictions cannot thwart federal law through imposing endless delay.

A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is expected later this year.


Los Angeles City Council Initiates Free Internet Access Request for Participation

Last week, the Lost Angeles City Council voted to solicit bids from companies interested in taking part in an effort to spread 1 Gigabit speed broadband across the city, as part of the CityLinkLA program.

The city is essentially looking to trade public infrastructure, providing access to bulk lease rates on the Department of Water and Power’s fiber network, street lights and poles, access to storm water drainage systems, and a streamlined permit process, for a reduced-rate wired service for low-income communities and a free wireless Internet service throughout the city. City Councilman Bob Blumenfeld said providers would also be able to offer higher tiers of service to make money.

“Making us the most connected city in the nation is an important priority, and this effort today takes a giant leap in that direction,” Blumenfield said. “What we’re doing today is, we’re trying to make Los Angeles more connected. We’re trying to say . . . information is no longer just a privilege — it is a right for everybody.”

A mandatory proposers' conference will be held July 16, and responses to the Request For Participation are due to City Hall by Nov. 12.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Files for Permission to Begin Testing Satellite Broadband Service

According to The Washington Post , last week Elon Musk’s SpaceX company filed with the FCC for permission to begin testing its satellite broadband project, which the Post calls “a significant step forward for an initiative that could create another major competitor to Comcast, AT&T and other telecom companies.”

According to the article, the company’s plan calls for the launch of some 4,000 small, inexpensive satellites rather than a few big devices that may be hard to replace. Unlike traditional satellites, SpaceX’s satellites would hang in low orbit, trading Internet signals to make connections more reliable and to cover more area. Readers may recall the previous efforts of LightSquared, Inc. to use satellites to provide internet access, which ultimately fell apart over interference concerns — problems the Post suggests Musk won’t have.

With a recent $1 billion investment by Google and Fidelity to help support the project, SpaceX has proposed tests starting next year.


JULY 1: FCC FORM 481 (CARRIER ANNUAL REPORTING DATA COLLECTION FORM). All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) must report the information required by Section 54.313, which includes outage, unfulfilled service request, and complaint data, broken out separately for voice and broadband services, information on the ETC’s holding company, operating companies, ETC affiliates and any branding in response to section 54.313(a)(8); its CAF-ICC certification, if applicable; its financial information, if a privately held rate-of-return carrier; and its satellite backhaul certification, if applicable. Form 481 must not only be filed with USAC, but also with the FCC and the relevant state commission and tribal authority, as appropriate. Although USAC treats the filing as confidential, filers must seek confidential treatment separately with the FCC and the relevant state commission and tribal authority if confidential treatment is desired. BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.

JULY 1: MOBILITY FUND PHASE I ANNUAL REPORT. Winning bidders in Auction 901 that are authorized to receive Mobility Fund Phase I support are required to submit to the Commission an annual report each year on July 1 for the five years following authorization. Each annual report must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the Commission, clearly referencing WT Docket No. 10-208; the Universal Service Administrator; and the relevant state commissions, relevant authority in a U.S. Territory, or Tribal governments, as appropriate. The information and certifications required to be included in the annual report are described in Section 54.1009 of the Commission’s rules.

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 2014 is due to be filed August 29 at the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office by cable TV service providers.

Calendar At A Glance

Jun. 22 – Comments are due on Eligible Services List for E-Rate 2016.
Jun. 23 – Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 24 – Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice are due.
Jun. 26 – Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice are due by noon Eastern Time.
Jun. 29 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject Tariffs filed on 7 days’ notice due by noon Eastern Time.
Jun. 29 – Comments are due on the FCC’s Mobile Competition Report.

Jul. 1 – FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form) is due.
Jul. 1 – FCC Form 690 (Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Winner Annual Report) is due.
Jul. 6 – Reply comments are due on the 9-1-1 Non-Service Initialized Device NPRM.
Jul. 6 – Reply comments are due on Eligible Services List for E-Rate 2016.
Jul. 9 – Deadline to Certify Accuracy of Authorization and Database Technical Information for Full Power and Class A Stations.
Jul. 9 – Deadline for Petitions for Eligible Entity Status for Full Power and Class A Stations.
Jul. 14 – Reply comments are due on the FCC’s Mobile Competition Report.
Jul. 16 – Comments are due on Part 4 Outage Reporting NPRM.
Jul. 20 – PRA comments are due on the Open Internet Order.
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. 29 – Copyright Statement of Accounts is due.

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Apple iPhone 7 Details Get Leaked

Posted: June 19, 2015

Details of the iPhone 7 were supposedly leaked the other day. Just in case you were wondering what Apple is doing about the next generation of iPhones, the hints are beginning to come out ever so carefully. From the design to the operation system to the release date, consumers all want to know when they can get their hands on the iPhone 7.

Mac Rumors reports that Apple will keep the design prototype which they used for the iPhone 6, but potential owners should expect a twist. The 7000 Series aluminum used for the Apple Watch is supposedly going to be used for the iPhone 7 as well. What you would have is a combination of both of the latest Apple mobile devices. Fans of the iPhone 6 will be pleased while those who are in awe of the Apple Watch will also be satisfied. It is a win-win.

There is an additional thing to keep an eye on. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kou stressed that the rose gold color that is a color option for the Apple Watch will also be available for the iPhone 7.

Do you want the phone? Do you love the rose gold color option? The iPhone 7 may actually be a match made in heaven.

Confirmed is that the A9 chip is being installed as the processor. The question is will it live up to the hype as one of the fastest processors in the technological world. Speed, effectiveness, and the ability to handle a multitude of actions and tasks at once will determine whether or not the A9 chip is a home run.

You have read many of the stories. After so much speculation involving Apple’s latest processor, the wait may not be as long as you want to believe.

According to Realty Today, a September release date is what Apple is aiming for.

If Apple actually goes through with its secretive plans to drop the iPhone 7 just before the start of the year’s final quarter, all the possible device owners will be lined up at the Verizons, Sprints, and T-Mobiles of the world. What they would get for their troubles is an improved phone with tons of capability.

The camera for the iPhone 7 is expected to much better than its predecessor.

A proposed idea regarding the camera of the iPhone 7 is that it will be boosted by high-definition 1080 resolution lens which processes 240 frames per second. Pictures will be better with Apple’s next venture into the mobile device war. And given the recent commercial ads by Samsung, ironically the developer of the A9 chip, Apple will undoubtedly step up their A-game in having a comparable camera for the iPhone 7.

You will be looking for more features regarding the iPhone 7. The anticipation will only grow as the details continue to be leaked out to the public. Consumers are eagerly awaiting, but will the Apple iPhone 7 live up to its promise?

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From:Burch Falkner
Subject: From The Wireless Messaging Newsletter
Date:May 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM
To:Brad Dye

Good afternoon Brad!

The demise of Fairfield, IL is not an isolated or regional condition confined to America's heartland. We were seeing this almost a half century ago in upstate NY (my second home).

At one time, General Electric, Smith Corona, and Sylvania were major employers in the upstate along with regional manufacturers like Brockway salt proof trucks. In Rochester alone, generations

of workers were trained from high school to prepare themselves for jobs at Kodak, Xerox and a host of other high tech, high paying employers. This quickly changed as manufacturers began the pilgrimage south.

Nobody cared. Most said it was the fault of the unions and corrupt politicians. That was New York. It could never happen in Illinois, Alabama, and numerous "right to work" states. Guess what? It HAS happened, right before our very eyes, and the root of the problem is LABOR SAVING TECHNOLOGY, under the control of multinational corporations.

The funny thing is that the end of this scenario was clearly known by Kurt Vonegut, author of Slaughterhouse Five and many other books including Player Piano.

If your readers are not into Charlie Sheen reruns and some of the incredibly vile network offerings on TV, they may want to read Player Piano. It's not a long read, but a good picture of what happens when capitalism goes wrong. It only takes forty years to go from mostly right to mostly wrong. We've validated history!

According to Mr. Vonegut, the last of the non-automated jobs will be dentists and hairdressers. You may have to think about that for a moment......



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Fresh Crater Near Sirenum Fossae Region of Mars

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a "fresh" (on a geological scale, though quite old on a human scale) impact crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars on March 30, 2015.

This impact crater appears relatively recent as it has a sharp rim and well-preserved ejecta. The steep inner slopes are carved by gullies and include possible recurring slope lineae on the equator-facing slopes. Fresh craters often have steep, active slopes, so the HiRISE team is monitoring this crater for changes over time. The bedrock lithology is also diverse. The crater is a little more than 1-kilometer wide.

The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colorado. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project and Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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