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John Chen has BlackBerry back in the game

June 24, 2015, 5:45 AM
CBS News

A few months after being named chief executive of BlackBerry ( BBRY ) in 2013, John Chen declared on Bloomberg TV that he wasn't “crazy” to take on the seemingly impossible task of breathing new life into a company many Wall Street analysts had given up on years ago.

Now, some financial pundits think his turnaround strategy is starting to work, as evidenced by the strong performance of BlackBerry's software business in the latest quarter.

The 60-year-old native of Hong Kong had been in tight spots before. Many on Wall Street wrote off his former company , Sybase, before he became CEO. But he managed to turn around Sybase and arrange for its sale to SAP ( SAP ) for $5.8 billion in 2010.

After coming out of retirement to run BlackBerry, Chen outlined an eight-quarter turnaround plan involving outsourcing manufacturing and focusing on the higher-margin software business. Software and technology licensing revenue surged 153 percent in the most recent quarter on a year-over-year basis to $137 million.

Overall revenue fell to $658 million, down 32 percent from $966 million a year earlier . Excluding one-time costs, BlackBerry reported a loss of $28 million, or 5 cents per share, versus a loss of 11 cents a year earlier. The results lagged Wall Street expectations, and BlackBerry shares fell 4.24 percent, or 39 cents, to $8.81 in Tuesday trading. Nonetheless, analysts expect that better times lie ahead for BlackBerry.

“BlackBerry's turnaround has been an uphill battle for some time,” Richard Tse, an analyst with Cormark Securities, wrote in a note sent to clients before the earnings were released. He rates the shares as a “buy.”

“But despite the intense competition and lack of visibility," he added, "the short-term actions have been positive in streamlining the operations and focus. We believe a shift toward enterprise cloud presents a sizable revenue opportunity should this team execute. While there is much risk, we believe the potential reward outweighs it.”

Chen [...] was recognized for the progress he's made by landing as the runner-up last year in CNN's CEO of the Year competition, losing to Apple ( AAPL ) CEO Tim Cook. Before Chen arrived, BlackBerry had announced a $1 billion writedown of its new phones and plans to shed 40 percent of its workforce. To top things off, BlackBerry had called off plans to sell itself after failing to find a buyer.

Although BlackBerry now longer dominates the smartphone market as it once did, it has released a plethora of new handsets including the Classic, which is modeled after the Bold, the company's best-known product. Another new product called Leap is designed to appeal to corporate and professional users. The square-screened Passport debuted last year.

BlackBerry recognized revenue on 1.1 million devices as the company's average sales price jumped 13 percent in the quarter to $239. The Passport and Classic reported solid results in the quarter, while it was too early to have results from Leap because it only recently reached the market. Sales of the new devices were growing at a slower-than-expected rate, according to Scotia Capital analyst John Chan.

“We previously expected a full quarter of Classic and Passport availability in the U.S. would drive significant handset volume increases in the quarter,” wrote Chan in a note to clients before earnings were released. “As we've stated in the past, smartphone sales follow the pattern of movie tickets where the vast majority of the volume is sold soon after launch. While this may be true for consumer devices, we believe devices targeted at enterprises and government, such as the Classic, may take a much longer time to ramp.”

If that ramp-up happens and BlackBerry's software business keeps gaining strength, Chen may yet make it to CEO of the Year.

BlackBerry's Next Innovation Could Be Bacteria-Free Smartphone

Jun 25, 2015, 2:30 PM ET

An employee crosses the street near signage displayed at BlackBerry Ltd. headquarters in Waterloo, Canada, March 19, 2015. Kevin Van Paassen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Germaphobes take note: BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed this week the company is considering developing a bacteria-free smartphone geared toward doctors and nurses as it continues to try and win over more health care enterprise customers.

Chen teased the idea when speaking at a Mackenzie Health event on Wednesday in Ontario, Canada, where he announced a partnership with ThoughtWire and Cisco to equip health care workers in a Mackenzie Richmond Hill unit with BlackBerry devices connected to a secure messaging and alerts system.

“Health-care workers have to be worried about one less thing to wipe down,” Chen said when he mentioned the idea of a clean phone, Bloomberg reported.

BlackBerry has continued to lean on its enterprise appeal to help the company stay relevant in a market where individual consumers are continually choosing Android and iOS based smartphones. Developing a so-called "clean phone" could be another step toward winning hospitals and doctors' offices as new enterprise clients.

It is estimated between 20 to 30 percent of germs can transfer between fingertips and a phone, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville said the innovation would be “thoughtful and welcome” but it’s "not as though it’s a great revolution.”

“To put it in perspective, smartphones are not a major source of hand contamination and a source of infection,” he told ABC News. “But every little thing helps.”

As Chen focuses on growing BlackBerry's software business, the company reported in its Q1 earning call this week it has achieved year-over-year revenue growth of 150 percent in software and technology licensing. The company also added 2,600 new enterprise customers, mainly in the health care and financial services fields, Chen said.

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Emergency Communications Bill Goes To President For Signature

By: Homeland Security Today Staff
06/24/2015 (1:51 pm)

Following Homeland Security Today's report this week that the House passed the final version of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Interoperable Communications Act (HR 615) earlier passed by the Senate, author Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), the ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee, said he’s elated to see the amended version of his legislation go to the President for his signature.

The legislation is the first bill of 2015 to pass out of the Committee on Homeland Security and sent to the President for his signature.

“Interoperable communications is essential to emergency response and homeland security operations,” Payne said. “But almost 14 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security still does not have in place the policies and procedures necessary for successful communication among its components. I am pleased the House of Representatives has passed the amended version of my bill, which will finally put DHS on the path to achieving department-wide interoperable communications. This will enhance the safety of DHS’ boots on the ground and the communities they serve.”

The DHS Interoperable Communications Act which was amended and passed by the Senate earlier this month, charges DHS’ Under Secretary for Management with maintaining interoperable communications among the components of the department. DHS is required to create and submit to Congress a strategy to achieve department-wide interoperable communications that includes known interoperability challenges and gaps and projected milestones. Payne introduced the legislation in response to DHS’ ongoing lack of a robust and comprehensive interoperable communications strategy.

In a November 2012 audit of DHS’ oversight of interoperable communications, DHS’s Office of Inspector General (IG) found that over 10 years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, only 0.25 percent of the radios uses by DHS components could access and communicate over the specified common channel. Additionally, only 20 percent of the radios had the correct settings for the common channel.

In a May 2015 verification review of its 2012 audit, the IG found that although DHS had begun initiating corrective actions, the plans have not been finalized and there is no timetable to do so. Consequently, DHS is under-prepared for emergencies and lacks proper communications capabilities for daily operations and planned events.

Source: Homeland Security Today

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F.C.C. Chairman Sees No Need to Set Aside More Airwaves for Smaller Cell Carriers

JUNE 25, 2015
The New York Times

The country’s top communications regulator on Thursday rejected calls to dedicate more airwaves for smaller wireless carriers in an auction expected next year.

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, wrote in a blog post that he wanted to keep the level sold exclusively to smaller carriers at the level agreed to last year. T-Mobile US and other smaller wireless carriers lobbied for months to increase the size.

As Americans spend more time using their cellphones, the F.C.C. wants to dedicate a larger portion of available spectrum to cell service. Spectrum is the airwaves through which television, radio and many other signals are sent.

To do so, the agency is buying back rights sold to local TV stations decades ago. It then plans to sell them back to cell carriers, helping them improve service nationwide.

The F.C.C. said that to increase competition, it would limit the amount of spectrum that could be sold to AT&T and Verizon, the two dominant wireless carriers. Already, AT&T and Verizon own the majority of the span of airwaves that are best for sending cell data.

But smaller carriers — in particular, T-Mobile US and its outspoken chief executive, John Legere — pushed Mr. Wheeler to set aside even more for them. The company found allies within the government: This month, the Justice Department sent letters to the F.C.C. urging it to earmark even more spectrum for smaller carriers.

Mr. Wheeler’s response was that the F.C.C. was already doing enough to increase competition.

“There will be significant spectrum made available in all markets of the country to all bidders,” Mr. Wheeler wrote. “As a result, consumers will benefit directly from competition in all parts of the country.”

The auction rules are expected to be voted on by all five commissioners, including Mr. Wheeler, next month. That seemed to give Mr. Legere room for optimism.

“A lot of noise coming out of Washington today,” Mr. Legere told his followers Thursday afternoon on Periscope, a live-streaming app. “I want you to understand, this is going to go on for another month or so. So don’t give up hope.”

Source: The New York Times  

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Why the Navy Still Pays Millions for Microsoft’s Windows XP

Robert Hackett / Fortune 11:30 AM ET

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Microsoft will ship the Navy custom updates

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in April 2014, but the product is still a moneymaker.

That’s because some customers just can’t let go of it. The United States Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), for instance, inked a $9.1 million contract with the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant this month to keep its XP-based systems afloat. Microsoft, in exchange, will supply the command with custom security fixes for its products such as Windows XP, which no longer gets security updates, and Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003, which lapse in mid-July, reports IDG News .

“The Navy relies on a number of legacy applications and programs that are reliant on legacy Windows products,” SPAWAR spokesman Steven Davis told the news service. “Until those applications and programs are modernized or phased out, this continuity of services is required to maintain operational effectiveness.”

In fact, as many as 100,000 machines at SPAWAR may rely on the outdated technology, according to a federal contract extension .

But the Navy isn’t the only holdover. The Army recently green-lit an extension of Windows XP support for “over 8,000 devices,” Ars Technica points out . And federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service are still paying for support while they transition to Windows 7, for which free security updates won’t end until the beginning of 2020 . (Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 at the end of July.)

All this may seem weird, but it would be far more dangerous for the Navy to let its contract expire—or for it to roll out an emergency operating system refresh that it might potentially botch. Letting its Windows XP support expire might leave “critical command and control systems” vulnerable to attack, as IDG notes citing Navy documents.

“A plan for migrating to current and supported capabilities has been developed and is being executed,” Davis said.

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Duke awards $2,000 to South Gulf Fire and Rescue

Duke Energy community relations specialist Bobby Pickels presented a check for $2,000 to training captain Nick Dickinson of South Gulf County Fire and Rescue. Wes Locher | The Star

By Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 09:50 AM
The Star

The gap is closed.

South Gulf County Fire and Rescue (SGCFR) received a $2,000 support grant from Duke Energy last week to aid in the purchase of new radios and pagers for the volunteer department.

According to training captain Nick Dickinson, due to the location of the department’s two stations on either end of State 30E, communication among members can become difficult or impossible due to a lack of cell phone and radio towers in the area.

Having received nearly 30 calls in the past two weeks, not atypical for a larger a full-time fire department, Dickinson said the summer is just ramping up and new radios will be crucial to providing adequate support.

“Communication is key,” Dickinson said. “Out on the cape, we need every inch we can get.”

While SGCFR held multiple fund-raisers to purchase the equipment, it came up a bit short of the goal. Each pager costs around $400, making every cent crucial.

Bobby Pickels, regional community relations specialist for Duke Energy, heard about the need for equipment and suggested Dickinson file an application with the utility’s foundation for a support grant.

“I spoke with representatives of the department several months ago and suggested they file an application,” Pickels said. “They did and they were approved.”

The funds will be used to replace aging radios and pagers.

Dickinson expressed appreciation to Pickels and the Duke Energy Foundation for providing the funds and meeting needs for equipment to serve the cape during the summer months, especially as the crowds continue to increase.

“It’s going to get crazier,” Dickinson said.

Source: The Star

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Our systems not only notify your personnel quickly and reliably, but also provide actionable feedback to fine-tune your procedures, reduce unnecessary alarms, and improve patient outcomes.


A Top Business Answering Service Announces a Paging Service to Enhance Lead Flow Management

Edwards Answering Service introduces a new paging service that notifies subscribers of a new call though a paging notification system. Businesses that have employees who travel, or work remotely will find this service useful in managing important calls from digital beepers, alpha beepers and cellular phones.

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Being there to answer a customer’s call is absolutely vital to any business. Edwards Answering Service has introduced a paging service to help companies streamline important phone calls. The company helps simplify call retrieval by allowing clients to receive important pages from their customers that want to speak with them or leave a message.

Businesses and employees are constantly on the move. With meetings, lunches, dinners and business trips, it can be difficult to stay in one place. Pager services can help companies enjoy more flexibility to managing their business phone lines. If there’s no one in the office to take a call, paging notifications can be sent out that the client can review for further action. A popular option some managers prefer to utilize is a direct patching service, in which the company can patch clients through to their customers from virtually anywhere.

While there are many answering services, most businesses don’t want just anyone answering their phones. Fortunately this useful business resource has over sixty years of experience and several satisfied customers. Their friendly staff take the time to learn the unique workings of their clients businesses. They can answer the phone utilizing a custom script and qualify the call according to what is specified by the client. In many instances, higher priority calls get a direct live patch through to a predetermined number, while calls that can wait have the option to leave a detailed message.

“Businesses can now get their notifications sent out via paging.”

These exceptional call management services are perfect for small and large businesses alike that want to find efficient ways to better manage the front end of their company. Knowing where to find a quality answering service may get confusing with all of the options out there. However a company’s longevity is a true testament to the great service provided. The prices offered by the company are very fair, but most importantly they’re a customer service focused organization that’s dedicated to providing the absolute best service possible.

Many types of industries and organizations may greatly benefit from this type of service. Property management companies, contractors and retail stores need options that are flexible and scalable to their unique organizations. The company offers their service from New York to California, and operates twenty four hours a day. They always have live operators staffed to answer the phones, even on the major holidays.

To learn more please visit their website or call a representative today with the number provided herein this article.

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Radio Amateur Sworn In as New NASA Deputy Administrator

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dava Newman, KB1HIK, has been sworn in as the deputy administrator of NASA. President Barack Obama appointed Newnan last October, and the US Senate confirmed her appointment on April 27. Sworn in on May 15, she started her new job 3 days later at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC.

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New NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman, KB1HIK, with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, ex-KE41QB, on

Newman's first day on the job. [NASA/Bill Ingalls photo]

“I’m very excited to be at NASA,” said Newman. “I'm looking forward to being a part of the agency's work to expand humanity's reach into space, advance our journey to Mars, and strengthen America's leadership here at home.”

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, ex-KE4IQB, said he's long admired Newman. “Her 'talents and skills as an educator and technological innovator will bring a new energy to our NASA leadership team, and I'm ecstatic to have her on board,” he said.

Newman had been on the MIT faculty since 1993. Her research has included modeling human performance in low and microgravity conditions, examining dynamics and control of astronaut motion, and the development of assisted walking devices for the physically handicapped. Possibly her most prominent project has been the development of the BioSuit, a skintight spacesuit that would give astronauts unprecedented comfort freedom in exploration of planetary surfaces and extra-vehicular activity.

An avid sailor, Newman has circumnavigated the globe. — Thanks to MIT and NASA

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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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Formed in 2010, CAS brought together the resources and capabilities of two leading critical messaging solutions providers, UCOM™ and Teletouch™ Paging, along with lntego Systems™, a pioneer in next-generation nurse call systems. The result was an organization that represented more than 40 years of combined experience serving hospitals and healthcare providers.

CAS was created to be a single-source provider for hospitals and healthcare facilities in need of advanced nurse call and communications technologies.

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BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 18, No. 26June 24, 2015

FCC Clarifies Enhanced Transparency Exemption; Seeks Comment on Permanent Exemption

On June 22, the FCC clarified that the relevant metric for determining whether a carrier is exempt from Open Internet transparency rules should be the number of connections from the carrier’s Form 477 Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Reporting. Although the FCC originally discussed the exemption in terms of “subscribers,” the Public Notice indicates that “connections” are the broadband equivalent of subscriber lines. Therefore, carriers with 100,000 or fewer connections are exempt from the enhanced transparency requirements until the exemption expires.

The FCC is also seeking comment on whether to make the exemption permanent. See the full article below for more information.


FCC Seeks Comment on Making Enhanced Transparency Exemption Permanent

As noted above, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau issued a Public Notice on June 22 clarifying the threshold of exemption from the FCC’s enhanced Open Internet transparency rule and seeking comment on whether to make that exemption permanent. Comments will be due 30 days after the Public Notice appears in the Federal Register, and reply comments will be due another 30 days after that.

Specifically, comment is sought on the following questions:

  • What is the burden of the enhanced disclosure requirements on smaller providers, as measured in financial and other resources, and how is the burden disproportionately experienced by smaller providers?
  • To the extent that concerns remain regarding any burdens, what is the corresponding benefit to customers of smaller providers of the information contained in those disclosures? For example, to what extent are customers of exempted providers deprived of information they need to understand the services they purchase and receive, and to monitor practices that could undermine an open Internet?
  • Are rural customers likely to be disproportionally affected by exempting smaller providers from the enhanced disclosure requirements?
  • How should any benefits of the enhanced transparency requirements to customers of exempted providers be balanced against any public interest benefits of reducing burdens to the providers?
  • Will the reduction of compliance burdens for smaller providers benefit consumers in the areas served by those providers by, for example, facilitating broadband deployment, lower prices, or better quality services for consumers?

Currently, the threshold for purposes of the exemption is 100,000 or fewer broadband connections as measured by the carrier’s most recent Form 477, aggregated over all affiliates. The FCC also seeks comment on whether this is the right threshold for any extension of the exemption and, if not, what a more appropriate level might be. Additionally, the FCC seeks comment on whether there are reasons to adopt thresholds that vary for fixed and mobile providers.

FCC Releases Lifeline Modernization Second Report and Order; FNPRM

On June 22, the FCC released its Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order in the Lifeline modernization proceeding. In the FNPRM, the FCC seeks comment on a number of proposals aimed at including broadband service within the program. In the Second Report and Order, the FCC adopts several rules and procedures in response to the previous Lifeline NPRM.

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.

In the Second Report and Order, the FCC established a uniform “snapshot” date each month for Lifeline providers to calculate their number of subscribers for the purpose of reimbursement (the first day of the month); eliminated the requirement that incumbent local exchange carriers must resell retail Lifeline-discounted service; and limited reimbursement for Lifeline service to Lifeline providers directly serving Lifeline customers.

FCC Adopts Order Allowing VoIP Providers Direct Access to Numbering Resources

The FCC has also released an Order allowing Voice over Internet Protocol providers to go directly to numbering administrators for phone numbers. According to the FCC, this will benefit consumers by reducing costs and promoting additional competition from these innovative VoIP providers.

The Order also “facilitates the ongoing transitions in communications technology that are sweeping the nation and improves FCC oversight of the numbering system.” According to the press release, these improvements will “help ensure that calls connect nationwide and provide more accountability in and protections for the numbering system.”

The Order also imposes a number of conditions to protect and enhance the security and integrity of the numbering system. Conditions will also ensure that all numbers distributed are used, protecting the system from running out of phone numbers.

FCC Largely Affirms 600 MHz Incentive Auction Rules; Applications to Bid Likely Due This Fall

The FCC last Friday released a Second Order on Reconsideration (FCC 15-69) in the incentive auction docket (GN Docket 12-268) which largely affirmed the rules adopted in last year’s Incentive Auction R&O, with certain clarifications and modifications discussed below. Based on these rules, the Commission is now developing the more detailed procedures to govern the incentive auction process. The FCC says it intends to begin accepting applications to participate in the incentive auction in the fall of 2015, and to start the bidding process in early 2016 .

In the Incentive Auction R&O, the Commission adopted a 600 MHz Band Plan that can accommodate market-by-market variation, since this would avoid restricting the amount of repurposed spectrum that is available in most areas nationwide. The Commission denied requests by broadcasters to adopt a uniform band plan nationwide, since a “least common denominator” band plan would result in a constrained market despite the availability of more spectrum elsewhere in the country.

With respect to the 600 MHz band plan, the FCC affirmed that paired uplink and downlink bands supporting a Frequency Division Duplex (“FDD”)-based framework for operations was the best design in light of current technology, the Band’s propagation characteristics, and the potential interference issues present in the Band.

Other highlights from the Second Reconsideration Order include affirmation of the Commission’s decision to designate one unused television channel following the repacking process for shared use by unlicensed devices and wireless microphones, and to permit unlicensed devices to operate in the 600 MHz guard bands and channel 37, subject to the development of appropriate Part 15 technical rules and database requirements.

The FCC reiterated that, “consistent with the Spectrum Act, unlicensed use of the guard bands will be subject to the Commission’s ultimate determination that such use will not cause harmful interference to licensed services.”

With respect to eligibility to participate in the reverse auction, the Commission rejected arguments that LPTV stations be allowed to participate in the incentive auction, and affirmed its decision to allow Non-Commercial and Educational (NCE) stations to participate fully in the reverse auction.

With the FCC’s incentive auction framework recently upheld by the DC Circuit, and petitions for reconsideration addressed in the Second Reconsideration Order, the Commission is steadily crossing its legal and regulatory hurdles and looks to be on schedule for plans to hold the incentive auction in early 2016. With auction applications likely to be due this fall, we strongly urge clients that may be interested in bidding to immediately size up the PEA license areas and to begin discussions with potential partners. We can assist our clients with structuring auction applicants to best take advantage of bid credits and other considerations.

FCC Adopts Rules for Robocalls and Texts

On June 18, the FCC adopted a Declaratory Ruling and Order in which it made a number of affirmations aimed at increasing consumer protection from robocalls and texts. The full text of the order is not yet available, but a press release issued by the FCC indicates the Order :

  • Permits service providers to offer robocall-blocking technologies to consumers and implement market-based solutions that consumers can use to stop unwanted robocalls.
  • Affirms the right of consumers to revoke their consent to receive robocalls and robotexts in any reasonable way at any time.
  • Creates a one-strike rule for reassigned numbers, requiring companies to stop calling a reassigned number after one call.
  • Clarifies that a consumer whose name is in the contacts list of an acquaintance’s phone does not consent to receive robocalls from third-party applications downloaded by the acquaintance.
  • Affirmed that consumers are entitled to the same consent-based protections for texts as they are for voice calls to wireless numbers.

The press release also indicates that the FCC adopted “very limited and specific exemptions for urgent circumstances,” such as free calls or texts to alert consumers to possible fraud on their bank accounts or remind them of important medication refills, among other financial alerts or healthcare messages, but provided that consumers have the right to opt out from these permitted calls and texts at any time.

Because the FCC’s modifications to the robocall restrictions are in the form of a declaratory ruling and order, many aspects may be effective immediately upon release of the document; therefore, our clients that utilize robocalling for a variety of legitimate reasons will want to evaluate their practices IMMEDIATELY under the new requirements, and make adjustments as necessary to avoid liability.

Law & Regulation

Time Warner Cable to be First Net Neutrality Suit

The Washington Post is reporting that Time Warner Cable will be the first to face a complaint under the recently-effective Net Neutrality rules. According to the article, Commercial Network Services (CNS) plans to accuse Time Warner Cable of charging it unreasonable rates to deliver its streaming videos to Time Warner’s customers.

CNS operates a site called SunDiegoLive, which hosts a number of webcams streaming live video over the internet. It is reportedly popular for showing the coming and going of U.S. Navy vessels, for example.

Time Warner Cable said in a statement to The Washington Post that it is willing to enter into agreements in which no money changes hands if the content partner exchanges “large amounts of traffic at multiple locations,” an arrangement known as “settlement-free peering.”

“TWC’s interconnection practices are not only 'just and reasonable' as required by the FCC, but consistent with the practices of all major ISPs and well-established industry standards,” the company said. “We are confident that the FCC will reject any complaint that is premised on the notion that every edge provider around the globe is entitled to enter into a settlement-free peering arrangement.”

The Post further reports that the complaint will ask the FCC to decide that Time Warner should pass on the company’s content without charging CNS a fee and that all ISPs be required to enter into settlement-free deals with web site operators at so-called “public exchanges,” which reportedly house physical networking equipment for online businesses.

FCC Adopts Protective Order for Form 481 ETC Financial Data

On June 17, 2015 the Wireline Competition Bureau issued a new Protective Order covering ETCs filing certain financial data in their annual Form 481 reports pursuant to section 54.313(f)(2). This Order adopts procedures that are identical to the procedures adopted in the previous Protective Order, with the exception that it now incorporates the new docket number, WC Docket No. 14-58, and supersedes the 2012 Protective Order.


Deutsche Telekom Reportedly in Talks with Comcast About T-Mobile US Sale

Reuters, by way of German publication Manager Magazin, is reporting that Deutsche Telekom is in talks with Comcast about a potential sale of T-Mobile US. According to Manager Magazin, Deutsche Telekom is apparently in talks with several parties, including satellite provider Dish, but Comcast is viewed as a more attractive buyer.

Little else is known at the moment, given that Deutsche Telekom declined to comment and Comcast was reportedly not immediately reachable for comment.

Sprint Reportedly Stops Throttling Data Due to Net Neutrality Rules

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint stopped its practice of throttling data speeds for its heaviest mobile data users during periods of high network congestion. In a statement, Sprint said it believes its policy would have been allowed under the rules, but dropped it just in case. “Sprint doesn’t expect users to notice any significant difference in their services now that we no longer engage in the process,” a Sprint spokesman said.

As we reported in last week’s edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, AT&T was recently fined $100,000,000 for throttling data speeds for users exceeding a certain amount of data despite referring to those plans as “unlimited.” It is important to note, however, that AT&T was found to have apparently violated the FCC’s transparency requirements, which require carriers to adequately disclose their network management practices.


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.

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. 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.

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

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Amateur Radio is Poised to Gain Access to Two New Bands!

FCC proposes to permit amateur access to 2200 and 630 meters.

The FCC has allocated a new LF band, 135.7 to 137.8 kHz, to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis. Allocation of the 2.1 kHz segment, known as 2200 meters, was in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07). The Commission has also proposed a new secondary 630 meter MF allocation at 472 to 479 kHz to Amateur Radio, implementing decisions made at WRC-12. No Amateur Radio operation will be permitted in either band until the FCC develops specific Part 97 rules. Amateur Radio would share both allocations with unlicensed Part 15 utility-operated power line carrier (PLC) systems used to control the power grid, and with other users. In addition, the FCC has raised the secondary Amateur Service allocation at 1900 to 2000 kHz to primary, while providing for continued use by currently unlicensed commercial fishing vessels of radio buoys on the “open sea.”

The allocation changes, associated proposed rules, and suggested topics for comment came on April 27 in a 257-page FCC Report and Order; Order, and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing three dockets — ET 12-338, ET 15-99, and IB 06-123 — affecting various radio services.

Rudy Severns, N6LF, in Oregon, is a member of the WD2XSH ARRL 600 Meter Experimental Group.

With respect to the new LF sliver band at 135.7-137.8 kHz, the FCC concluded that Amateur Radio and PLC systems can coexist there. “Since the Commission last considered this issue, amateurs have successfully operated in the band under experimental licenses without reported PLC interference,” the FCC said. In 2003, the FCC turned down an ARRL proposal to create a 135.7-137.8 kHz allocation, after utilities raised interference issues. This time, the FCC said, it would have to establish “appropriate requirements” for amateur use in order to ensure compatibility with PLC systems. “Our objective is to allocate spectrum on a secondary basis to amateur stations in a manner . . . compatible with existing PLC systems,” the FCC said.

The ARRL submitted a Petition for Rulemaking in 2012, asking the FCC to allocate 472-479 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis and to amend the Part 97 rules to provide for its use. Several countries, including Canada, already have access to the band. The ARRL has received no interference reports during its extensive course of experimentation around 500 kHz.

The FCC said that the “cornerstone” of the technical rules it's proposing for both bands is “physical separation between amateur stations and the transmission lines” carrying PLC signals. “Such a separation, in conjunction with limits on the amateur stations' transmitted EIRP and antenna heights, will enable PLC systems and amateur stations to coexist in these bands,” the FCC asserted.

The FCC said it wants to hear from both PLC system users and radio amateurs regarding technical requirements it would have to put into place. The Commission suggested that other requirements might include limits on antenna heights, transmitter power limits, and operating privilege limits based on license class or mode.

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