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Friday — March 13, 2015 — Issue No. 648

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Welcome back. I hope you enjoy this issue of The Wireless Messaging News.

Well, the big news this week came from Apple. They will start accepting orders for the Apple Watch on April 10th and begin shipping on April 24th. Here is a link to the keynote. I have fond memories of the “Dick Tracy” comic strip, and wondering if there ever would be such a thing as a 2-way wrist radio. The Apple Watch will be that and much more—with the help of a paired iPhone.


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BEFORE HIS TIME   03.10.15

How Dick Tracy Invented the Apple Watch

Apple’s CEO says he’s been dreaming of unveiling a gizmo like the one in the comic strip since he was a kid. This is the true story of the unknown inventor who created Dick’s watch.

Apple CEO Tim Cook suddenly became a little boy again as he showed that Apple’s new smart watch will also send and receive phone calls.

“I have been wanting to do this since I was 5 years old,” Cook exclaimed. “The day is finally here.”

The 54-year-old Cook was harking back to 1965, when any American youngster could tell you that the coolest gizmo around was Dick Tracy’s two-way wrist radio.

The comic strip detective’s creator, Chester Gould, had introduced the futuristic device in 1946, after he scripted Tracy into a jam from which there seemed no credible escape.

Gould decided that he would go high-concept and have Tracy appeal directly to his inky-fingered creator. Gould figured he could then just extricate Tracy from the predicament Manus Dei.

But Gould’s employer, the Chicago Tribune, rejected the idea as a cheat.

Gould then recalled visiting the workshop of an inventor extraordinaire named Al Gross several weeks before. Gross had developed the walkie-talkie when he was barely out of high school. Gross’s more recent projects when Gould stopped by included a two-way radio that could be worn on the wrist like a watch.

Gould now got on the phone to Gross.

“He called and asked if he could use that idea on the wristwatch,” Gross would say in an interview years later. “I told him sure. And he gave Dick Tracy that wristwatch.”

“I was born 35 years too soon. If I still had the patents on my inventions, Bill Gates would have to stand aside for me.”

As a token of his gratitude, Gould presented Gross with the first four panels in which Tracy begins using the soon-to-be-famous gizmo. The device proved to be just the thing for Tracy to extricate himself along with his creator from the predicament.

In the comic strip, the two-way wrist radio is created by a young inventor named Brilliant. He develops another seemingly impossible gadget for Tracy conceived by the real-life Gross: a compact, battery-powered video surveillance camera. This is too much for one of the comic-strip mobsters, and Brilliant meets a bloody end in a 1948 installment.

The real-life inventor, Gross, lived on to develop gizmo after gizmo, including the phone pager, which he patented in 1949. The pager soon after made its debut at a New York hospital, though it did not catch on until years later.

‘‘The doctors hated it,’’ he once said. ‘‘They complained that it would interrupt their golf games.’’

Gross also developed the garage door opener, the cordless phone, and the cellphone. But his inventions were so far ahead of his time that his patents lapsed before the industry and the public were ready to embrace them.

“I was born 35 years too soon,” he would tell a reporter with The Arizona Republic. “If I still had the patents on my inventions, Bill Gates would have to stand aside for me.”

Had he been just a little less visionary, Gross likely would have been right up there not only with Gates of Microsoft, but also with Steve Jobs of Apple.

Gross did enjoy a continuing thrill that had been first sparked when he was still in grammar school. His parents took him on a cruise across Lake Erie from Cleveland to Buffalo, and his destiny was decided when he wandered into the ship’s radio room.

“The radio operator put me on his lap and let me put the earphones on,” Gross would remember. “I heard all of those dots and dashes, and I’ve been interested ever since.”

Wonderment was joined by wondering, and the result powered a lifetime of prophetic tinkering. Gross followed up the walkie-talkie during World War II with a ground-to-air radio system. The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff credited it with “saving millions of lives by shortening the war.”

Yet the closest Gross came to fame was as a pioneering Citizens Band radio operator dubbed “the Father of CB.” Even in this he was best known not by his real name but by his handle, Phineas Thaddeus Veeblefetzer.

Not that Gross needed recognition. He was still busy in his workshop right up to the time of his death in late 2000, at the age of 82.

Childhood fascination was at the heart of it all, so it only makes sense that his two way wrist radio would have had a similar effect on youngsters over the years, these notably including little Timmy Cook in 1965.

On Monday, Cook said he had been wanting for half a century to unveil a real-life gizmo that worked just like the one in the comic strip of his youth.

One hopes Cook is aware that the two-way wrist radio was itself inspired by the real-life ideas of a visionary who should be as well-known to us as Jobs or Gates.

Gross observed in his later years, “‘If you have a cordless telephone or a cellular telephone or a walkie-talkie or beeper, you’ve got one of my patents.”

And now we can posthumously add the Apple Watch.

Source:The Daily Beast

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American Messaging Services, LLC Files Lawsuit Against Doc Halo, LLC For Serious Violations of Their Strategic Partnership

March 06, 2015 07:10 PM Eastern Standard Time

“It was with all the best intentions that we entered into what we thought was a mutually beneficial partnership with Doc Halo in order to provide our valued customers with the most advanced messaging services available”

LEWISVILLE, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—American Messaging Services, LLC (“American Messaging”), the most trusted provider of critical messaging services in the United States, filed a lawsuit against Doc Halo, LLC citing serious and blatant violations of the Strategic Partnership announced jointly on September 16, 2014.

Among the violations cited in the lawsuit:

  • An unreasonable refusal on the part of Doc Halo to provide existing and new American Messaging customers stand-alone secure messaging services and bundled messaging services on the terms contemplated in the Bi-Directional Revenue Sharing Agreement;
  • A blatant effort by Doc Halo to recruit for employment American Messaging Account Managers; and,
  • Interacting directly with American Messaging customers to sell and directly invoice for stand-alone secure messaging services in contravention of its contractual obligations with American Messaging.

“It was with all the best intentions that we entered into what we thought was a mutually beneficial partnership with Doc Halo in order to provide our valued customers with the most advanced messaging services available,” said J. Roy Pottle, Chairman and CEO of American Messaging. “Despite our earnest attempts to make the partnership a success, we realized that any attempt to forge a trust-based relationship with Doc Halo was fruitless. To ensure the ongoing stability of our company as well as our valued relationship with our customers, we had no choice but to take this legal action.”

American Messaging has requested and expects to obtain emergency relief from the court against Doc Halo and is aggressively pursuing remedies that will allow it to offer customers stand-alone secure messaging services and bundled messaging service, which combines paging and secure messaging into a bundled service all under a single invoice.

The lawsuit is available to be read at:

About American Messaging

American Messaging is the second largest critical messaging company in the United States delivering more than 5 million critical messages per day. American Messaging is a trusted provider of critical messaging services to over 1,200 hospitals nationwide.

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Controversial cybersecurity bill wins over Senate Intel Committee

by Mariella Moon

The politicians who reintroduced CISPA following Sony Entertainment's hack must be congratulating each other right now, because the bill is on its way to the Senate floor. During a recent Senate Select Committee on Intelligence markup, 14 out of 15 Senators voted in its favor. The bill now known as CISA, or Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, encourages companies to share data about cyberattacks to other companies and the government. Any and all information shared will have to pass through the Department of Homeland Security, which will in turn be in charge of sharing relevant data with other organizations.

Despite the new name, it's still the same controversial cybersecurity bill, which privacy groups fear could give companies or the government a legal excuse to spy on the internet activities of ordinary people. Even the White House was never a fan for the same reason. From the sound of it, though, it went through an overhaul during the intelligence committee debate. According to CISA supporter Sen. Dianne Feinstein, committee members suggested 15 amendments, 12 of which were incorporated into the current version.

It's unclear how much CISA has changed after the session (we haven't seen the rewritten version yet), but one of the members was still clearly unsatisfied with the result. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the lone dissenting vote, posted a statement on his website, part of which reads:

It makes sense to encourage private firms to share information about cybersecurity threats. But this information sharing is only acceptable if there are strong protections for the privacy rights of law-abiding American citizens.

If information-sharing legislation does not include adequate privacy protections then that's not a cybersecurity bill — it's a surveillance bill by another name.

While the Intelligence Committee gave CISA a thumbs up, it's still far from becoming a law. Before it reaches the President, it'll first have to go through a voting process on the Senate floor, which could happen as soon as mid-April.

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

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

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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!

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2Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
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6Motorola Nucleus 350W CNET
12Motorola Nucleus 350W Advanced Control
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For CAS, strong partnerships remain key to providing our software-based communications solutions to our customers. These solutions include:

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

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

BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 18, No. 10March 11, 2015

Study Area Boundary Changes Due March 16; Certifications due May 26

ILECs that made changes to their study area boundary(ies) during 2014 are required to submit revised
boundary data by March 16, 2015. Some examples of events that would cause study area boundaries to
change include a transaction involving the addition or sale of exchanges; new deployment into previously-unserved areas, such as a new housing subdivision; or an incumbent LEC relinquishing its ETC designation and no longer being obligated to serve an area as a carrier of last resort.

In addition, all ILECs are required to recertify their study area boundary data every two years. The deadline for this recertification will be May 26, 2015.

Please note: as of yesterday, the FCC indicated that the Study Area Boundary Data Collection site’s virus scan was still generating false positives, but that the problem should be resolved soon. Filers may also email any revised shapefile data to and


AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile Allege Insincere Coordinated Bidding by DISH in AWS-3 Auction

In recent comments and ex parte filings with the FCC, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile each raised questions about apparent coordinated bidding in the AWS-3 auction by DISH Network and its two Designated Entities (DEs), Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. The AWS-3 auction (otherwise known as Auction 97) ended on January 29th with a total of $44.899 billion in gross winning bids. Taking into account bidding credits, the auction generated net proceeds to the US Treasury of $41.329 billion, with DISH’s DEs winning 702 licenses for just under $10 billion, after claiming more than $3 billion in small business bidding credits.

An AT&T ex parte letter dated February 20th and filed in the Part 1 DE and Competitive Bidding Rules docket (WT Docket No. 14-170) asked the FCC to eliminate or reform rules that currently allow parties to enter into joint bidding agreements. In making its case, AT&T alleged that DISH and its DEs “engaged in a scheme in which they placed double or even triple bids on numerous licenses throughout the auction.” AT&T alleged that this conduct allowed DISH to exert more buying power than any other applicant and it allowed DISH to “park” bidding eligibility and simultaneously reduce their bid exposure. This practice (which AT&T called bid “stacking”) allowed DISH and its DEs to place up to 3 bids on a single license, nominally keeping the bid units for each bid “active” while only being at risk to have to actually purchase the license just once. An additional benefit to DISH from this conduct “was to sow confusion among its competitors by projecting “shadow demand.” Without naming DISH or its DEs, comments of T-Mobile USA in the same proceeding urged the Commission to address potentially coordinated behavior by entities that share common interests. “[B]idding conduct by some entities disadvantaged other bidders and was directly contrary to the fairness and efficiency goals of the Commission’s blind auction format,” wrote T-Mobile. “By bidding aggressively on many licenses across the country, coordinated entities created the impression that there were more bidders than there actually were, since the identities of bidders were not known to participants. In addition, by increasing bidding activity on specific licenses, these bidders raised minimum acceptable bids more quickly and successfully forced out smaller competitors that could no longer compete.”

In an ex parte meeting that was convened on February 25th at the request of FCC staff, representatives of Verizon noted that they observed the same coordinated bidding patterns as AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon’s ex parte letter following that meeting alleged that “DISH and its DEs frequently submitted two or three bids for the same amount on the same licenses in the same round.” Verizon characterized this behavior as “concerted conduct that went beyond the activity that occurs during typical bidding agreements or bidding consortia.” Verizon also noted that the bidding data “suggest that the activities of DISH and its DEs may have deterred competition and reduced the diversity of winning bidders in a number of instances.”

These FCC filings and the absence of Auction 97 long-form applications filed by Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless from a recent acceptance for filing Public Notice (see story below) suggest that the Commission is taking its investigation on DISH and its DEs very seriously, and that the scope of the Commission’s investigation has been broadened to include investigation into possible unlawful joint bidding by these entities.

Rural Call Completion Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules Effective March 4

Notice of the OMB approval of the FCC’s Rural Call Completion recordkeeping and reporting rules was published in the Federal Register on March 4, thereby officially establishing them as effective. The rules originally appeared in the Federal Register on December 17, but were not effective until OMB approval was received.

The recordkeeping requirements apply to providers of long distance voice service that make the initial long distance call path choice for more than 100,000 domestic retail subscriber lines (counting all business and residential fixed subscriber lines and mobile phones served by the provider and its affiliates). The 100,000 subscriber line floor would appear to exempt most RLECs from the recording, retention and reporting requirements. However, at the time the Order was originally adopted, the FCC “encouraged” such RLECs to voluntarily report quarterly on the number of incoming long distance call attempts they receive, the number of such call attempts answered on their network, and the resulting call answer rate. Whereas this reporting is not initially required (and is not likely to reflect calls made to an RLEC’s customers that were blocked by an intermediate least-cost router well before they get to the RLEC), the FCC’s future enforcement and rulemaking efforts may be influenced by the extent to which RLECs demonstrate their continued interest in call completion matters by filing the voluntary reports.

BloostonLaw Replies to Comments on Designated Entity Bid Credit Proposals

BloostonLaw responded last week to comments submitted by other parties regarding proposed changes to the designated entity (DE) bid credit rules. BloostonLaw disagreed with comments asserting that the AWS-3 auction was a success for DEs. Instead, the record shows that a majority of licenses were won by nationwide carriers and “Special Purpose DEs” that are able to compete in bidding against nationwide carriers, but which compromise the benefits of the Commission’s DE program to the detriment of rural telephone companies.

To restore this imbalance, BloostonLaw continues to urge the FCC to offer a 25% bidding credit to all rural telephone company bidders. This new bidding credit should be independent of any small business bidding credit for which a rural telephone company bidder may be eligible, and the credits should be cumulative. At the same time, rural commenters agree that bid credits alone are no “silver bullet” for rural telcos that seek to compete in auctions. The FCC should therefore consider adopting further mechanisms to help rural carriers obtain spectrum in and adjacent to their current service territories, such as the rural partitioning incentives suggested in BloostonLaw’s initial comments. Such a mechanism would help rural telcos overcome barriers arising from the Commission’s decision to use Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) rather than smaller Cellular Market Areas (CMAs) for the forward licensing of the 600 MHz band.

While comments varied on adopting modifications to the “attributable material relationship” (AMR) rule, BloostonLaw pointed out that the FCC should narrow the AMR rule to clarify that DEs may freely enter into spectrum leasing and other “material relationships” with one another, and it should continue (and strengthen) its prohibition against DEs entering into material relationships with larger carriers. More importantly, the AMR rule should not be modified in a way that would enable an outcome similar to DISH’s domination of the AWS-3 auction.

In a related development, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo highlighted another negative impact arising from DISH’s use of bid credits in the auction. As reported by Wireless Week, Shammo said at a conference on Tuesday that in the past spectrum cost less than it did to add capacity using technology. “This auction flipped that balance. We can build capacity for a third of what this spectrum is going to cost,” Shammo said, noting that the FCC’s bidding rules need to be revised to account for companies like Dish, which took home huge amounts of spectrum at a discount while driving up prices for others.

Law & Regulation

Pennsylvania PUC Deregulates Verizon Landline Service

Local news sources are reporting that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has announced a decision to deregulate landline service offered by Verizon Communications in metropolitan areas of Pennsylvania. According to the report, the PUC ruling, reached on a 3-2 vote by commissioners, will affect Verizon customers in Pennsylvania's largest cities, including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie.

The decision comes as the result of a joint petition for reclassification filed by Verizon PA and Verizon North on October 6, 2014, asking to have all retail services in certain parts of the Commonwealth declared competitive and removed from most PUC jurisdiction. Verizon did not propose to reclassify intrastate access services or a small portion of special access services.

In its order, the PA PUC was careful to point out that, “Verizon does not seek to abandon any of its service offerings, and we grant no such permission. Likewise, Verizon has not presented any plans to cease operation of its legacy copper network. If Verizon sought to do so, it would be required to comply with applicable requirements of federal law,” referring to the FCC’s discontinuation of service requirements under Section 214. Of course, Verizon has successfully retired copper facilities without going through the 214 process by using the FCC’s Notice of Short Term Network change rules instead, which do not require FCC approval or direct notification to customers before retiring copper facilities.

Rather, according to the PUC, granting Verizon’s petition would merely allow it to price all competitive services at its discretion, to detariff basic local exchange service, and would no longer be required to comply with certain quality of service standards, among other things.

Public Safety Bureau Extends Comment Period to March 23 for 911 NPRM

On March 6, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau issued an Order granting a Petition for a two-week extension of time to respond to the 911 Policy NPRM filed by ATIS, the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International, the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies, the National Association of State 911 Administrators, NENA and USTelecom. Comments are now due March 23; replies due April 21.

The 911 Policy NPRM, originally released on November 21, 2014, seeks comment on proposals to:

  • Expand the scope of entities covered by Rule 12.4 (i.e., the definition of “covered 911 service provider”) to include all entities that provide 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities, such as call routing, automatic location information (ALI), automatic number identification (ANI), location information servers (LIS), text-to-911, or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, regardless of whether they provide such capabilities under a direct contractual relationship with a PSAP or emergency authority.
  • Require notification to the Commission and the public of major changes in any covered 911 service provider’s network architecture or scope of 911 services that are not otherwise covered by existing network change notification requirements.
  • Require covered 911 service providers that seek to discontinue, reduce, or impair existing 911 service in a way that does not trigger already existing authorization requirements should be required to obtain Commission approval.
  • Require covered 911 service providers that seek to offer new services that affect 911 call completion to certify to the Commission that they have the technical and operational capability to provide reliable 911 service.
  • Assign the role of 911 network operations center provider for each jurisdiction to the entity responsible for transport of 911 traffic to the PSAP or PSAPs serving that jurisdiction.

Acceptance for Filing of AWS-3 Long-Form Applications

Yesterday, the FCC issued a Public Notice (DA 15-302) identifying Auction 97 long-form applications that have been accepted for filing. A complete list of applications sorted by Applicant name, market number and Channel block in Excel format is available HERE. In light of the controversy swirling about coordinated bidding in the AWS-3 auction by DISH and its DEs, it should come as no surprise that over 700 long-form applications of Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless were NOT included in the accepted for filing list.

Petitions to deny the applications listed in Attachment A of the Public Notice must be filed no later than March 20, 2015 (i.e., ten days after the PN date). Oppositions to a petition to deny must be filed no later than March 27, 2015 (i.e., five business days after the filing date for petitions to deny). Replies to oppositions must be filed no later than April 3, 2015 (i.e., five business days after the filing date for oppositions).

The FCC has indicated it will announce the acceptance for filing of additional long-form applications by separate Public Notice(s).

FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for March 26 Open Meeting

The FCC issued a tentative agenda for its March 26, 2015 Open Meeting. At the meeting, which is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m., the FCC will consider:

  • an NPRM to implement Section 102 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, which directs the Commission to adopt rules that permit the modification of a commercial television broadcast station’s local television market for purposes of satellite carriage rights; and
  • an Order addressing the recommendation of the North American Numbering Council regarding what company should serve as the next local number portability administrator.

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Rep. Blackburn Introduces Internet Freedom Act

On March 3, Rep. Marsha Blackburn introduced H.R. 1212, a bill to “prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service and from imposing certain regulations on providers of such service.”

With the text of the 300+ page Net Neutrality Order still unavailable to the public, one might wonder how the proposed legislation, which boasts 31 fellow Republican cosponsors, might address the issue. The answer is, very directly:

The rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in GN Docket No. 14-28 on February 26, 2015 (relating to broadband Internet access service) shall have no force or effect, and the Commission may not reissue such rule in substantially the same form, or issue a new rule that is substantially the same as such rule, unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act.

The Washington Post ponders what this might mean for the proposed legislation backed by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.), which would also block the FCC from using Title II of the Communications Act but still covers many of the Net Neutrality principles enacted by the FCC.

FirstNet Holds Special Meeting; Chairman Swenson Testifies before Senate Oversight Hearing

FirstNet board members met to consider issuing a second public notice on key policy questions during a special board meeting, and FirstNet Chairwoman Susan Swenson testified earlier today as part of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s first oversight hearing about the three-year-old organization to evaluate FirstNet’s progress in establishing the first nationwide broadband network for emergency first responders. Along with Swenson, Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce; Mark Goldstein, Director (Physical Infrastructure) for the Government Accounting Office (GAO); Todd Zinser, Inspector General of the Commerce Department and Chief Keith Bryant, President and Chairman of the International Association of Fire Chiefs testified before the Committee. The focus of the hearing was three fold: (a) receive an update on progress made by FirstNet; (b) determine any challenges and (c) ensure that service will be provided in rural areas.


Swenson advised that FirstNet has been able to benefit from its experience with the BTOP grants. In particular, issues involving the BTOP grant in Los Angeles have forced FirstNet to reconsider its strategy that was originally going to piggyback a nationwide broadband system on existing state and local government public safety infrastructure. As a result of that evaluation, FirstNet has determined that reliance on commercial infrastructure is more suitable since agreements and memorandums of understanding (MOUs) would not be required. Swenson also reported that FirstNet released a public notice earlier this week seeking comment on system design. It will also be releasing a draft request for proposal (RFP) later this month in order to obtain feedback which can then be reflected in the final version that is scheduled for release at the end of the year. Finally, FirstNet has continued the consultation process with the states and their tribal partners. Swenson indicated that these consultations are ongoing and are necessary for FirstNet to develop an accurate RFP that will meet each state’s individual requirements.


The Government Accounting Office estimates that the total cost of a nationwide broadband public safety system will be significantly more expensive than the $7 billion that FirstNet will received as a result of the AWS-3 spectrum auction. While FirstNet believes that it will have additional funding because of user fees from commercial players, there is still a concern that FirstNet may not have enough funds to build the system. An audit of FirstNet reflected that there were insufficient internal controls in place to ensure compliance with federal requirements — especially in the procurement area. The GAO indicated that FirstNet is making progress in correcting these deficiencies. Swenson noted that federal requirements and reliance on other agencies for services are slowing FirstNet’s progress. In particular, FirstNet does not have hiring authority and must rely on other agencies for this authority. As a result, it is taking FirstNet six to nine months to hire a new employee. FirstNet and various senators agreed that processes need to be streamlined so that FirstNet can meet its obligations to build the necessary 700 MHz nationwide broadband public safety communications system.

Rural Areas

Several of the senators, including Senator Thune expressed concern as to whether FirstNet would bring service to rural America. While it is well known that rural America is not typically a high priority for large commercial carriers due to economic considerations, FirstNet was clear that service throughout rural America and tribal areas is a top priority. In discussing this priority, Swenson stated that there are rural area milestones and that construction will be completed in phases since it is impossible to construct the entire network simultaneously. Swenson concluded her remarks on this subject by indicating that FirstNet talks more about rural than urban because “it is that important.”

Cyber Security

The Committee identified cyber security as an issue for ensuring the safety of the public safety communications network because of the potential for terrorists and other individuals or groups to disrupt our critical communications capabilities. Swenson and Secretary Andrews both reassured the Committee that cyber security is a high priority and that FirstNet is collaborating with the appropriate agencies to ensure that the system will be protected from attack.

Throughout the hearing, the senators appeared to support the work of FirstNet and want to take steps that will facilitate its success. While there is concern with problems that FirstNet has had in the past, it also appeared that the Committee was supportive of the overall progress made to date. The question is whether or not FirstNet can sustain this progress and construct a new system that is financially viable within the funding limits provided by Congress.


Netflix Accused of Changing Sides on Net Neutrality

Netflix was recently taken to task in the media over comments made by its CFO, David Wells, at an industry conference last Wednesday. “Were we pleased it pushed to Title II? Probably not,” Wells said at the conference. “We were hoping there might be a non-regulated solution.”

Readers will recall that Netflix has been one of the more vocal supporters of Net Neutrality, despite entering into a number of “paid peering agreements” with ISPs, including AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon, to improve the quality of their streaming video. Indeed, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reached out to Netflix at the end of last year asking why it would enter into such agreements despite their vocal support for Net Neutrality, and also for certain alleged questionable practices involving changing streaming protocols to impede open caching software from correctly identifying and caching Netflix traffic.

In a statement to press, a spokeswoman for the company said, “Netflix supports the FCC’s action last week to adopt Title II in ensuring consumers get the Internet they paid for without interference by ISPs. There has been zero change in our very well-documented position in support of strong net neutrality rules.”

Calendar At A Glance

Mar. 11 – Reply comments are due on the IntraMTA Petition for Declaratory Ruling.
Mar. 16 – Deadline for comments on Online Public File Expansion NPRM.
Mar. 16 – Deadline to notify AT&T of Service Provided in CAF Phase I Deployment Census Blocks.
Mar. 16 – Deadline to submit Study Area Boundary Changes (if any).
Mar. 23 – Comments are due on 911 Policy NPRM.
Mar. 30 – Comments are due on Letter of Credit Requirements.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 525 (Delayed Phasedown CETC Line Counts) is due.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 508 (ICLS Projected Annual Common Line Requirement) is due.
Mar. 31 – International Circuit Capacity Report is due.

Apr. 1 – FCC Form 499-A (Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Apr. 1 – Annual Accessibility Certification is due.
Apr. 7 – Reply comments are due on 911 Outage NPRM.
Apr. 13 – Reply comments are due on Letter of Credit Requirements.
Apr. 14 – Deadline for reply comments on Online Public File Expansion NPRM.
Apr. 21 – Reply Comments are due on 911 Policy NPRM.

May 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
May 31 – FCC Form 395 (Annual Employment Report) is due.

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New MacBook: Computing Rethought

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The Apple Watch may have dominated Apple's Spring Forward event earlier this week, but an unexpected new MacBook could herald the future of mobile computing. It will be available April 10, both online and at Apple retail stores and select authorized resellers.

Thinness, lightness and tomorrow's technology are its salient features.

Its 12-inch Retina display is 0.88 mm thick, and the MacBook itself is 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Its keyboard is 34 percent thinner.

The MacBook uses a butterfly mechanism that's 40 percent thinner than a traditional keyboard's scissor mechanism but is four times more stable.

It weighs only 2 pounds and doesn't have a fan.

The MacBook has only one port — a USB-C port. It supports higher-wattage charging; USB 3.1 Gen 1 data transfer rates of 5 Gbps; and DisplayPort 1.2, so users can hook up the computer to an external high-definition TV.

"I'm a techie guy, and the thing that struck me during the event was how little space the actual computing and processing and memory parts of the system take up, and how the overall majority is battery," said Jeff Orr, a senior practice director at ABI Research.

People will rethink "the building blocks of what computing will be in the future," and the MacBook's design is pointing the way, he told TechNewsWorld. Ultimately, "the computing function will still be happening, but it will be contained in some other box that's either in your environment or on your person."

MacBook Distinctions

The MacBook has a stainless steel dome switch under each key, which is backlit with its own single LED light.

The Retina display uses 30 percent less energy than existing Mac notebook Retina displays, but it is equally bright.

The MacBook has an all-new Force Touch trackpad with built-in force sensors and haptic feedback. Users can customize the trackpad's feel, and the trackpad enables a new gesture called "Force Click" — a click followed by a deeper press — for various tasks.

"I'm a little skeptical of the haptic feedback and force-sensitive touchpad input," said Eric Smith, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.

"The Force is not with this force-sensitive solution. Windows 8 and 8.1 relied heavily on those features for non-touch PCs, and the result was a lot of upset customers," he told TechNewsWorld.

The same miniaturization techniques used in making Apple mobile devices were applied to create a logic board that's 67 percent smaller than that of the 11-inch MacBook.

The battery has 35 percent more capacity than traditional cells.

Tomorrow's USB Port Today

If you've ever wrestled with plugging something into a USB socket only to find that you had the plug upside down, the USB-C port is for you. It's reversible, meaning you can bung in a plug without worrying whether it's right side up.

The port is one-third the size of a traditional USB port.

"Apple had to limit the number of ports based on cost and thickness," said Smith.

USB-C supports other standards, such as DisplayPort, and "as opposed to Apple's proprietary standards and an old-style USB port, adopting USB-C is a good move for Apple overall," Smith suggested.

It's not backward-compatible with earlier USB plugs, though, which could be a problem. The issue is not so much with actual connectivity — it has a higher link rate so could run a USB hub "with ease," Smith pointed out — but because users would have to bring along additional adapters, always a nuisance and extra weight.

Fitting Into the Apple Family

The MacBook is pricey, with the lower-end version starting at US$1,299.

It 'fits in really nicely within Apple's portfolio," Orr said, but "you can get a reasonable Chromebook for $300 to $400."

Still, the price "may not be as big of a turnoff" for Apple fans, Strategy Analytics' Smith opined, particularly those who want an extremely portable PC solution.


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March 12, 2015

According to an internal FCC Enforcement Bureau (EB) memorandum, the Bureau plans to ask the full Commission to cut two-thirds of its field offices and eliminate nearly one-half of its field agents. At the same time, the Bureau would develop a so-called "Tiger Team" of field agents as a flexible strike force it could deploy as needed. In the March 10 memorandum to Enforcement Bureau field staff — obtained by ARRL and others — EB Chief Travis LeBlanc and FCC Managing Director Jon Wilkins cited the need to take "a fresh look" at the Bureau's 20-year-old operating model in light of technology changes and tighter budgets. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, expressed dismay at the proposals.

"The ARRL is concerned that there is already no sense of urgency in the FCC's enforcement activities targeting spectrum polluters, such as utilities with noisy power lines, or the few violators in our own ranks," Sumner said. "It is troubling to see recommendations for such drastic reductions in the Commission's geographic footprint and the number of field agents at a time when the Field staff is facing ever-increasing challenges."

The EB and the Office of the Managing Director initiated an effort last fall to modernize the Bureau's field operations, the memorandum said.

"This project sought to ensure that the Field's structure, operations, expenses, and equipment were properly aligned with the Commission's overall mission and resources," LeBlanc and Wilkins said. The Commission hired outside consultants to analyze the EB's current "operating model," gathering input from employees, outside experts, and internal and external stakeholders.

Under its "Phase I" field modernization scheme, the Bureau will recommend to the full Commission that it adjust the primary focus of its reduced field office complement to RF spectrum enforcement. The EB will also recommend "adjusting" the number of field agents from 63 to 33. To compensate, part of that field staff complement would include what the EB called a "Tiger Team" of agents "flexible enough to support other high-priority initiatives." Under the plan, all field agents would have to have electrical engineering backgrounds "to support the primary focus on RF spectrum enforcement." The Bureau will also propose standardizing its investigatory and sanctioning processes.

Management would not be spared. Under the recommendations, the EB field organization chart would shrink from 21 to 5 director positions, and from 10 to 3 administrative support positions.

FCC Managing Director Jon Wilkins testifies before the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on March 4.

Under the proposals, the field office would reduce its "geographic footprint," from 24 sites to 8 sites and would "pre-position" equipment in several other strategic locations. Offices slated to stay under the plan would be New York City; Columbia, Maryland -- the site of the Bureau's HF Direction-Finding Center; Chicago; Atlanta; Miami; Dallas; Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The EB would deploy equipment in or near several other cities, initially to include Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Seattle, San Juan, Anchorage, Honolulu, and Billings, Montana.

Part of the plan calls for the EB to establish "beneficial partnerships between the Field and other organizations that may support increasing our effectiveness."

During a March 4 US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Committee hearing on the FCC's FY2016 budget, Rep Michael Pompeo (R-KS) pressed Wilkins on whether the FCC intended to close any field offices and eliminate any personnel. Wilkins attempted to dodge offering a direct answer, and hedged on whether any cuts were planned. He also said the Bureau had not yet received a final report from the outside consultant it had worked with. US Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs the subcommittee.

A copy of the memorandum was sent to National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Local 209 President Ana Curtis. The NTEU represents many FCC staff members.

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