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Friday — May 20, 2016 — Issue No. 708

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Welcome back to The Wireless Messaging News.

I have included another article from RCR Wireless News this week. It is a continuation of their “Throwback Thursdays” and although well done, it was very painful to read.


  • “New PCS offerings won’t take away from paging customer base”
  • “One-way paging remains solid as sexy two-way enters market”

We were so wrong, in our forecasts about the future of paging! I am definitely including myself in the we because I totally believed that as one-way paging slowly declined, two-way paging would grow (more than enough) to take its place. We did forecast the current popularity of wireless text messaging but we thought it would be mainly on ReFLEX two-way paging devices.

Many people lost far more than I did — millions of dollars in fact. I only lost the last job that I ever had, a nice new condo in a yuppie-neighborhood in Dallas, and a snazzy new sports car.

A yuppie short for “young urban professional” or “young upwardly-mobile professional”) is defined by one source as being "a young college-educated adult who has a job that pays a lot of money and who lives and works in or near a large city.” This acronym first came into use in the early 1980s.

The article follows below.

P.S. There is an important LETTER TO THE EDITOR from Vaughan Bowden, and an interesting one from Allan Angus — both friends and colleagues. (Way down at the bottom.)

Now on to more news and views.

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

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

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Board of Advisors

Frank McNeill
Founder & CEO
Communications Specialists
Jim Nelson
President & CEO
Prism Systems International
Kevin D. McFarland, MSCIS
Sr. Application Systems Analyst
Medical Center
Paul Lauttamus
Lauttamus Communications & Security
R.H. (Ron) Mercer
Wireless Consultant
Barry Kanne
Paging Industry Veteran
Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer
Allan Angus
Consulting Engineer

The Board of Advisor members are people with whom I have developed a special rapport, and have met personally. They are not obligated to support the newsletter in any way, except with advice, and maybe an occasional letter to the editor.

Advertiser Index

Critical Alert
Easy Solutions
Hark Technologies
Ira Wiesenfeld & Associates a/k/a IWA Technical Services
Leavitt Communications
Preferred Wireless
Prism Paging
Product Support Services — (PSSI)
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC — (Ron Mercer)
RF Demand Solutions
UltraTek Security Cameras
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WaveWare Technologies

Enhancing Mobile Alert Response
2630 National Dr., Garland, TX 75041

New Products

OMNI Messaging Server

  • Combines Nurse Call Monitoring and Browser Based Messaging
  • Combines Radio Paging with Smartphone and E-mail Integration
  • Embedded System with 2 RS-232 Ports and Ethernet
  • Browser Based Messaging and Configuration
  • Smartphone Alert Notification Using Low-Latency Communication Protocols
  • TAP, COMP2, Scope, WaveWare, SNPP, PET and SIP Input Protocols
  • PIN Based Routing to Multiple Remote Paging Systems
  • 2W, 5W Radio Paging

MARS (Mobile Alert Response System)

  • Combines Paging Protocol Monitoring and Wireless Sensor Monitoring (Inovonics and Bluetooth LE)
  • Improves Mobile Response Team Productivity using Smartphone App
  • Low-Latency Alerts using Pagers, Smartphones, Corridor Lights, Digital Displays and Annunciation Panels
  • Automated E-mail Based Alert Response and System Status Reports
  • Linux Based Embedded System with Ethernet and USB Ports
  • Browser Based Configuration

STG (SIP to TAP Gateway)

  • Monitors SIP protocol (engineered for Rauland Responder V nurse call)
  • Outputs TAP protocol to Ethernet and Serial Port Paging Systems
  • Linux Based Embedded System
  • Browser Based Configuration

WaveWare Technologies


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Easy Solutions

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

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost-effective solutions.
  • We are not just another vendor . . . We are a part of your team. All the advantages of high priced full time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business . . . We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

Experts in Paging Infrastructure

  • Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
  • Excellent Service Contracts
  • Full Service—Beyond Factory Support
  • Contracts for Glenayre and other Systems starting at $100
  • Making systems More Reliable and MORE PROFITABLE for over 30 years.

Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or e-mail us for more information.

Easy Solutions
3220 San Simeon Way
Plano, Texas 75023

Vaughan Bowden
Telephone: 972-898-1119

Easy Solutions

Wireless Messaging System Administrator — Workflow Systems in Seattle, Washington


Swedish Shared Services is in need of a Wireless Messaging System Administrator (1.0 FTE, Day Shift) to work in the Workflow Systems at Swedish First Hill in Seattle, WA.

The Wireless Messaging System Administrator position will provide professional, functional and configuration support to the various components that are used in support of the wireless text messaging services implemented within Providence/Swedish environment. Support includes responsibility in the areas of third party services, internal systems, and other components that are key to the effective routing of wireless messages in support of effective communication within the environment.

In this position you will:

  • Support and incorporate the mission and core values into daily activities. Treats all others with respect and demonstrates excellence, justice and compassion in daily work and relationships with others
  • Add, update or remove configuration items within message routing systems to provide for functionality that meets the customer business requirements.
  • Provide customer support in the troubleshooting, analysis, and resolution of issues
  • Adheres to policy and procedures for standards and configuration of Emergin
  • Maintains integrity of data entries within Emergin that tracks the configuration and distribution of wireless messages


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor degree in related field in related field OR Associate degree and 2 years industry related experience OR 4 years of industry related experience
  • Skills in wireless messaging devices (pagers, cellular phones, PDA devices), connection and paging protocols (TAP, TNPP, SNPP, WCTP, etc.), coding formats (POCSAG & FLEX), and capcode strategies programming of services, paging servers and devices.
  • Messaging systems and methods — Emergin Orchestrator & Messenger, Prism, services provides web interfaces, and electronics mail methods (Outlook, Epic, etc.).
  • Administration and programming of above devices and systems.
  • 2-way Public Safety, 800 MHz, HEAR, Business radio.
  • Distributed Antenna systems.
  • Telecommunications in both Analog and Digital.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office products.

About Swedish Shared Services

Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. Our expanding network of facilities currently includes three hospital locations in Seattle, a hospital in Edmonds and the new Swedish Issaquah campus. It also consists of Swedish Medical Group’s network of primary care clinics, and affiliations with suburban hospitals and specialty clinics throughout Greater Seattle.

Each campus has a local operations leadership team, supported by centrally located and led corporate services, such as Human Resources, Financial and Information Services.



Our Non-Profit Mission: Improve the health and well-being of each person we serve.


Since 1910, Swedish has been a hallmark of excellence. Swedish has grown to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 11,000 employees, more than 2,800 physicians and 1,700 volunteers. Swedish is committed to being the best place to receive care, and also the best place to work. We reward our employees with generous compensation and benefits, individualized orientation, education and a supportive work environment. Swedish is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Swedish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, protected veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Administrative Support (Clinical)

Location: Washington-Seattle

Req ID: 116538

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RF Demand Solutions

Codan Paging Transmitters

  • The smart choice for Critical Messaging
  • Proven performance in extreme conditions
  • Trusted by the World's largest mission critical security, military, & humanitarian agencies

Flexible Modern Design:

  • Analog & Digital
  • VHF, UHF & 900 MHz
  • WB, NB, & Splinter Operation
  • Multiple Frequencies & Protocols
  • High Power Output Configuration available
  • Integrates with Motorola & Glenayre Simulcast
  • Compatible with most popular Controllers

 Thousands In Use...

  • Utility Load Demand
  • Healthcare
  • Enterprise

Your US Distributor for Codan Radio Paging Equipment
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  • VoIP telephone access — eliminate interconnect expense
  • Call from anywhere — Prism SIP Gateway allows calls from PSTN and PBX
  • All the Features for Paging, Voice-mail, Text-to-Pager, Wireless and DECT phones
  • Prism Inet, the new IP interface for TAP, TNPP, SNPP, SMTP — Industry standard message input
  • Direct Connect to NurseCall, Assisted Living, Aged Care, Remote Monitoring, Access Control Systems

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Repair and Refurbishment Services

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Product Support Services, Inc.

511 South Royal Lane
Coppell, Texas 75019
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PSSI is the industry leader in reverse logistics, our services include depot repair, product returns management, RMA and RTV management, product audit, test, refurbishment, re-kitting and value recovery.

Annual Telecommunications Statistics

By External Source Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:21

Data released by Statistics Canada show operating revenues for the telecommunications industry increased 2.5% from 2013 to $58.8 billion in 2014, while operating expenses rose 3.1% to $46.5 billion. As a result, the industry generated a 20.8% operating profit margin.

Mobile and paging revenues and Internet services revenues contributed the most to the growth of the telecommunications industry in 2014. Mobile and paging operating revenues were up 4.0%, while Internet services operating revenues increased 9.0%.

Mobile and paging services, the largest component of the industry, accounted for $22.2 billion or 37.7% of the industry's total operating revenues. Operating revenues from Internet services were $8.7 billion or 14.8% of the industry's total operating revenues. Together, they represented more than half (52.5%) of the revenues generated by the industry. By comparison, in 2011, this proportion was 47.7%.

In contrast, operating revenues for wireline telephony services (local and access services and long distance services) decreased 4.4% from 2013 to $11.3 billion in 2014. Wireline telephony services accounted for 19.2% of the telecommunications industry's total operating revenues in 2014. By comparison, in 2011, they represented just under one-quarter of total operating revenues.

Source: FYI Music News (Canada) 

Leavitt Communications


Specialists in sales and service of equipment from these leading manufacturers, as well as other two-way radio and paging products:

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Philip C. Leavitt
Leavitt Communications
7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Web Site:
Mobile phone:847-494-0000
Skype ID:pcleavitt


Disaster-Proven Paging for Public Safety

Paging system designs in the United States typically use a voice radio-style infrastructure. These systems are primarily designed for outdoor mobile coverage with modest indoor coverage. Before Narrowbanding, coverage wasn’t good, but what they have now is not acceptable! The high power, high tower approach also makes the system vulnerable. If one base station fails, a large area loses their paging service immediately!

Almost every technology went from analog to digital except fire paging. So it’s time to think about digital paging! The Disaster-Proven Paging Solution (DiCal) from Swissphone offers improved coverage, higher reliability and flexibility beyond anything that traditional analog or digital paging systems can provide. 

Swissphone is the No. 1 supplier for digital paging solutions worldwide. The Swiss company has built paging networks for public safety organizations all over the world. Swissphone has more than 1 million pagers in the field running for years and years due to their renowned high quality.

DiCal is the digital paging system developed and manufactured by Swissphone. It is designed to meet the specific needs of public safety organizations. Fire and EMS rely on these types of networks to improve incident response time. DiCal systems are designed and engineered to provide maximum indoor paging coverage across an entire county. In a disaster situation, when one or several connections in a simulcast solution are disrupted or interrupted, the radio network automatically switches to fall back operating mode. Full functionality is preserved at all times. This new system is the next level of what we know as “Simulcast Paging” here in the U.S.

Swissphone offers high-quality pagers, very robust and waterproof. Swissphone offers the best sensitivity in the industry, and battery autonomy of up to three months. First responder may choose between a smart s.QUAD pager, which is able to connect with a smartphone and the Hurricane DUO pager, the only digital pager who offers text-to-voice functionality.

Bluetooth technology makes it possible to connect the s.QUAD with a compatible smartphone, and ultimately with various s.ONE software solutions from Swissphone. Thanks to Bluetooth pairing, the s.QUAD combines the reliability of an independent paging system with the benefits of commercial cellular network. Dispatched team members can respond back to the call, directly from the pager. The alert message is sent to the pager via paging and cellular at the same time. This hybrid solution makes the alert faster and more secure. Paging ensures alerting even if the commercial network fails or is overloaded.

Swissphone sets new standards in paging:

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  • It’s much faster to send individual and stacked pages digitally than with analog voice.
  • If you want better indoor coverage, you put sites closer together at lower heights.
  • A self-healing system that also remains reliable in various disaster situations.
  • Place base station where you need them, without the usage of an expensive backhaul network.
  • Protect victim confidentiality and prevent unauthorized use of public safety communications, with integrated encryption service.


  • Reliable message reception, thanks to the best sensitivity in the industry.
  • Ruggedized and waterproof, IP67 and 6 1/2-feet drop test-certified products.
  • Battery autonomy of up to three months, with a standard AA battery.
  • Bluetooth enables the new s.QUAD pager to respond back to the dispatch center or fire chief.


  • Two-way CAD interfaces will make dispatching much easier.
  • The new s.ONE solution enables the dispatcher or fire chiefs to view the availability of relief forces.
  • A graphical screen shows how many of the dispatched team members have responded to the call.

Swissphone provides a proven solution at an affordable cost. Do you want to learn more?
Visit: or call 800-596-1914.

Leavitt Communications

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

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

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

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Phil Leavitt

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7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

USB Paging Encoder

paging encoder

  • Single channel up to eight zones
  • Connects to Linux computer via USB
  • Programmable timeouts and batch sizes
  • Supports 2-tone, 5/6-tone, POCSAG 512/1200/2400, GOLAY
  • Supports Tone Only, Voice, Numeric, and Alphanumeric
  • PURC or direct connect
  • Pictured version mounts in 5.25" drive bay
  • Other mounting options available
  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • Frequency agile—only one receiver to stock
  • USB or RS-232 interface
  • Two contact closures
  • End-user programmable w/o requiring special hardware
  • 16 capcodes
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

Other products

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

Hark Technologies
717 Old Trolley Rd Ste 6 #163
Summerville, SC 29485
Tel: 843-821-6888
Fax: 843-821-6894
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Preferred Wireless

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Terminals & Controllers:
4ASC1500 Complete, w/Spares
3CNET Platinum Controllers
2GL3100 RF Director
1GL3000 ES — 2 Chassis — Configurable
1GL3000 L — 2 Cabinets, complete working, w/spares
35SkyData 8466 B Receivers
1Unipage — Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
10Zetron M66 Transmitter Controllers
15Glenayre Complete GPS Kits
1Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
Link Transmitters:
6Glenayre QT4201 25W Midband Link TX
3Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
1Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
VHF Paging Transmitters:
19Motorola Nucleus 125W CNET
6Motorola Nucleus 350W CNET
11Motorola Nucleus 350W NAC
14Motorola Nucleus 125W NAC
1Glenayre QT7505
1Glenayre QT8505
3Glenayre QT-100C
UHF Paging Transmitters:
16Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
2Glenayre GLT8200, 25W (NEW)
15Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
4Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
 Nucleus Power Supplies
 Nucleus NIU, Matched Pairs
 Nucleus GPS Reference Modules
 Nucleus GPS Receivers
 Nucleus Chassis
 Glenayre 8500, PAs, PSs, DSP Exciters
 Glenayre VHF DSP Exciters


Too Much To List • Call or E-Mail

Rick McMichael
Preferred Wireless, Inc.
Telephone: 888-429-4171
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Critical Alert

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Critical Alert Systems, Inc.

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.

Unlike our competitors, our product development process embraced the power of software from its inception. This enables us to design hardware-agnostic solutions focused on built-in integration, flexibility and advanced performance.


Nurse Call Solutions

Innovative, software-based nurse call solutions for acute and long-term care organizations.


Paging Solutions

To this day, for critical messaging, nothing beats paging. It’s simply the best way to deliver a critical message.



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BloostonLaw Newsletter

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

BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 19, No. 20May 18, 2016

REMINDER: FCC Form 395 Due May 31

Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report. We will be glad to help clients with preparing and filing these reports, and obtaining proof of filing.


Modernizing Wireless Licensing at the FCC

WTB Chief Jon Wilkins last Friday posted an item on the FCC Blog announcing an initiative to modernize ULS to “a new, integrated, cloud-based platform that will enable FCC staff, licensees, and other stakeholders to conduct electronic licensing activities with more consistent performance, easier access to information, and enhanced functionality, such as the use of APIs to improve the ability of licensees to utilize information from ULS.”

With ULS being modernized and moved to the cloud, this will hopefully lead to fewer ULS outages and more consistent performance. As part of this effort, the FCC says it wants to look at other ways to improve users’ experience over time, such as integrating greater mapping (GIS) functionality and integrating ULS with other FCC databases — like the National Outage Reporting System (NORS) and Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) — with a goal of reducing data entry burdens and improving correlation of data.

The initiative is a multi-year project and it will be complicated. According to Wilkins, ULS holds at least two million active licenses and it handles approximately 250,000 monthly interactions such as application filing.

The project will begin by transitioning three services to the new platform — General Mobile Radio Services, the 3650-3700 MHz Service and Point-to-Point Microwave (PPMRS). Of these services, the PPMRS is probably the one that will have most day-to-day relevance for our firm’s clients and their operations. GMRS is a land mobile service that uses channels around 462 MHz and 467 MHz for short-distance two-way communications (similar to walkie-talkies). The 3650-3700 MHz (3.65 GHz) Band is a Wireless Broadband Service regulated under FCC Part 90 Rules that allows users to obtain nationwide non-exclusive licenses and then gain a modicum of protection rights through registration of individual base stations. This “last-mile access” band is in the process of being merged into the larger Citizens Broadband Service in the 3550-3700 MHz (3.5 GHz) band that will offer tiered access and grandfathered 3.65 GHz operations will be protected.

Improving the GIS integration capabilities of ULS is becoming more important as the FCC is requiring certain 700 MHz band licensees to meet geographic-based coverage and service requirements, and Preferred Access Licensees (PALs) in the new Citizens Broadband Service will soon be able to bid for census tract-sized licenses they can aggregate over larger areas.

FCC Proposes Amendments to to Facilitate Small Cell Deployments

The FCC Wireless Bureau is seeking comment on proposed amendments to the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas (Collocation Agreement) designed to expedite the review of deployments of small wireless antennas and associated equipment under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Comments on Public Notice (DA 16-519) are due by Monday June 13.

The Bureau is proposing these amendments to facilitate swift deployment of small wireless antennas and associated equipment, including Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cell facilities, since smaller wireless facilities are typically less likely to have significant effects on historic properties. Smaller antennas that provide localized coverage using higher frequency bands will be used on a wide scale basis to support next generation “5G” wireless services and the “Internet of Things.”

In order to fulfill its responsibilities under the NHPA, the Commission has incorporated the requirements of Section 106 of the NHPA into its environmental rules. These rules direct licensees and applicants to follow the procedures in the rules of the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP), as modified by two programmatic agreements executed by the Commission with ACHP and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), in order to determine whether certain undertakings will affect historic properties. A more general Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (NPA) addresses new tower construction, and the Collocation Agreement addresses historic preservation review for collocations on existing towers, buildings, and other non-tower structures. In general, the Agreement creates exceptions that allow certain antenna placements to avoid the delay and expense of historic preservation clearance, and the FCC now seeks to expand those exceptions.

The Commission has recognized that DAS networks and small cell facilities use components that are a fraction of the size of traditional cell tower deployments and can often be installed on utility poles, buildings, and other existing structures with limited or no potential to cause adverse effects on historic properties. Accordingly, the Commission eliminated some Section 106 reviews of proposed deployments of small wireless communications facilities by adopting targeted exclusions from Section 106 review for (1) certain small-facility collocations on utility structures, and (2) on buildings and other non-tower structures, provided that they meet certain specified criteria.

The Bureau's proposal to amend the Collocation Agreement modifies an existing program alternative established in accordance with the ACHP’s rules. After considering the comments received in response to this Public Notice, the FCC will submit a proposed Amended Collocation Agreement to the other original signatories: ACHP and NCSHPO. A summary of the Wireless Bureau’s is provided below.

  • Exclusion Relating to the Collocation of Small Wireless Antennas and Associated Equipment on Buildings and Non-Tower Structures Outside of Historic Districts.

The Collocation Agreement currently provides an exclusion for collocations of antenna facilities located outside of historic districts, on buildings and non-tower structures that are not over 45 years of age. The proposed amendment to the Collocation Agreement would add an exclusion for small wireless antennas and associated equipment mounted on buildings or non-tower structures or in the interior of buildings that are greater than 45 years of age, provided they are not historic properties and are located outside of historic districts.

  • Exclusion Relating to Minimally Visible Deployments of Small Wireless Antennas and Associated Equipment on Structures in Historic Districts or on Historic Properties.

The Wireless Bureau is also proposing to provide an exclusion from review for a small wireless antenna and associated equipment mounted on a building or non-tower structure (or in the interior of a building) that is a historic property or inside or within 250 feet of the boundary of a historic district, subject to visibility limits.

  • Exclusion Relating to Visible Small Wireless Antennas and Associated Equipment Deployments on Historic Properties or in Historic Districts.

The Wireless Bureau is proposing narrow exclusions from the Section 106 process set forth in the NPA for visible small wireless antennas and associated equipment in historic districts under limited circumstances.

Finally, the Wireless Bureau is proposing a variety of miscellaneous minor amendments to the Collocation Agreement that:

  1. define the FCC’s policy goals in amending the Collocation Agreement;
  2. define “Antenna”;
  3. update the Agreement to refer to the NPA; and
  4. clarify the definition of “Collocation.”

Please contact us if you would like to learn more concerning the details of the Bureau’s proposals, or if you would like to file comments.

NCTA Files Motion for Extension of Time on Special Access NPRM; Sprint Opposes

On May 13, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association filed a motion for extension of time in the FCC’s Business Data Service and Special Access proceeding. Specifically, the Association asked the FCC to extend the deadline for comments by at least 45 days, and the deadline for reply comments by at least 30 days. According to the Association’s filing, “the Commission instead issued a complicated, voluminous Further Notice that significantly expands the scope of the proceeding to cover new services, new providers, and new issues. The pleading cycle adopted by the Commission fails to reflect the radically expanded scope of the proceeding, severely constrains the ability of NCTA’s member companies to meaningfully participate in this proceeding, and lends credence to concerns raised by one commissioner that “the outcome is predetermined.”

On May 19, Sprint filed an Opposition to NCTA’s motion, arguing there “is no basis for any further delay in adopting long-overdue Business Data Services (“BDS”), also known as special access, reform. All participants in these proceedings—including NCTA—have had ample opportunity to analyze the BDS data collection …”

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC proposes:

  • to identify competitive markets as those in which material competitive effects are present;
  • a set of de-regulatory rules to govern competitive markets, primarily applying the Communications Act’s just-and-reasonable requirements and prohibiting NDAs that prevent carriers from providing information to the FCC;
  • a set of rules to safeguard customers in non-competitive markets, including the use of price regulation and the prohibition of certain tying arrangements that harm competition;
  • that tariffs should not be used in the future as part of the regulation of any BDS;
  • a future periodic data collection of a kind that will allow the Commission to update periodically its identification of competitive and non-competitive markets; and
  • elimination of the current exemption for certain Verizon services from the basic provisions of the Act governing just and reasonable offerings of telecommunications services.

The proposed framework is, according to the FCC, based on four fundamental principles:

  1. competition is best;
  2. the new regulatory framework should be technology-neutral;
  3. barriers that may be inhibiting the technology transitions should be removed; and
  4. regulations should be constructed to meet not only today’s marketplace, but tomorrow’s as well.

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FCC Announces Effective Date for Expanded Online Public Inspection Database

On May 12, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that the first group of entities being added to its expanded online public inspection file database must commence using the database on June 24, 2016.

Specifically, On June 24, 2016, cable systems with 1,000 or more subscribers, DBS providers, SDARS licensees, and commercial radio stations in the top 50 Nielsen Audio radio markets with five or more full-time employees must place their new public inspection file documents in the FCC-hosted online public file database. In addition, these entities must place their existing public file documents into the online public file within six months after the effective date, or by December 24, 2016. Cable systems with 1,000 or more subscribers but fewer than 5,000 subscribers will not be required to place new political file material in the FCC’s online file until March 1, 2018. Cable systems with fewer than 1,000 subscribers are exempt from all online filing requirements.

Additionally, television broadcasters, which have been subject to online file requirements since 2012, will also be required to use the new expanded online public inspection file (“OPIF”) rather than the existing online broadcast public inspection file (“BPIF”). The FCC will move all documents in BPIF to the OPIF database by midnight on June 24, 2016. The FCC will conduct a live Webinar to demonstrate the new OPIF database prior to the OPIF effective date.


Automakers Urge White House to Reject Open Spectrum Plan

Last week, Reuters reported that a letter signed by more than fifty automakers, state transportation agencies, and other groups urged the White House and other federal policymakers not to open wireless spectrum currently reserved for connected vehicles. Signatories include Toyota Motor Corp, Ford Motor Co, General Motors Co, Volkswagen AG, and Honda Motor Co.; the Michigan, California and Arizona state transportation departments; and the National Safety Council and National Sheriffs Association.

In 1999, the FCC allocated to a portion of the 5.9 GHz spectrum for vehicle-to-vehicle communications. In 2013, it launched a proceeding to explore ways to make more spectrum available in the 5 GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi (FCC Docket 13-49). A recent spate of congressional inquiries is putting pressure on the FCC to free up more spectrum, including the portion allocated to vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

"One of the most – if not the most – significant advances in vehicle safety is now coming into existence. We urge you to stay the course and complete the action your administration has undertaken to improve the safety of drivers and passengers on America’s roadways," said the letter, which reportedly comes as a response to recent calls from the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and other groups to act quickly to open up more spectrum, as connected device usage “skyrockets.”

FCC Commissioners Testify on Internet Privacy Proceeding

On May 11, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai testified before the Before the Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the United States Senate at a hearing entitled “Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules.”

At the hearing, Chairman Wheeler testified that “Section 222 of the Communications Act expressly grants the Commission the authority it has used to protect the privacy of customer information that phone companies collect.” He cited to concerns that unlike specific websites or social media services, customers cannot easily or quickly switch ISPs, and since ISPs handle all of a customer’s unencrypted online activity, the Commission’s recently adopted NPRM would give all consumers the tools we need to make informed decisions about how our ISPs use and share our data, and confidence that ISPs are keeping their customers’ data secure. “And this proposal does not prohibit ISPs from using and sharing customer data—it simply proposes that the ISP first obtain customers’ express permission before doing so,” said the Chairman.

Commissioner Pai painted a very different picture in his testimony. “[T]he FCC in March 2016 decided to target ISPs, and only ISPs, for stringent regulation—regulation far more invasive and prescriptive than the case-specific approach of the FTC. For several reasons, this approach makes little, if any, sense.” He largely focused on the fact that the FCC’s regulation does not cover edge providers in the same way as ISPs. “Search engines log every query you enter. Social networks track every person you’ve met. Online video distributors know every show you’ve ever streamed. Online shopping sites record every book, every piece of furniture, and every medical device you browse, let alone purchase … [a]nd yet the FCC targets only one comer of the marketplace.” He also noted that the proposal singles out new upstarts in the concentrated market for online advertising; may actively confuse consumers who do not know which entities are ISPs and which are not; and “may signal the end for ad-based discounts on online services.”


MAY 31: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on May 31. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report.

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 29: CARRIER IDENTIFICATION CODE (CIC) REPORTS. Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Reports must be filed by the last business day of July (this year, July 29). 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 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). Because July 31 falls on a Sunday this year, the filing will be due August 1. This quarterly filing is due July 31 and covers lines served as of December 31, 2013. Incumbent carriers filing on a quarterly basis must also file on September 30 (for lines served as of March 31, 2014); December 30 (for lines served as of June 30, 2014), and March 31, 2015, for lines served as of September 30, 2014).

Calendar At-A-Glance

May 27 – Comments are due on Internet Privacy NPRM.
May 31 – Comments are due on Mobile Competition.
May 31 – FCC Form 395 (Annual Employment Report) is due.

Jun. 1 – Deadline to increase local residential rates above $18 to avoid reductions in support.
Jun. 1 – Comments are due on Dormant Proceeding Termination.
Jun. 8 – Comments are due in Emergency Alert System NPRM Proceeding.
Jun. 13 – Reply comments are due on Rate-of-Return FNPRM.
Jun. 15 – Reply comments are due on Mobile Competition.
Jun. 16 – Reply comments are due on Dormant Proceeding Termination.
Jun. 27 – Reply comments are due on Internet Privacy NPRM.
Jun. 28 – Comments are due on New Special Access Regulation.

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. 8 – Reply comments are due in Emergency Alert System NPRM Proceeding.
Jul. 26 – Reply comments are due on New Special Access Regulation.
Jul. 29 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.

Aug. 1 – FCC Form 507 (Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update) is due.
Aug. 1 – International Traffic Data Report is due.

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

Mobile data battles fragmentation; PCS, 2-way shadow paging — this week in 1996


Mobile data services struggle against competing standards, while the traditional paging industry brace for PCS, 2-way battle — 20 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories!

New PCS offerings won’t take away from paging customer base
There is enough room in today’s marketplace of specialized products for both traditional paging and the handset messaging offered by new 1800 MHz wireless operators and digital cellular operators, analysts say. “Consider the microwave oven,” said David Abraham of David Abraham & Co., Westport, Conn., a financial advisory firm. “When the microwave came out, people said it would replace conventional ovens. It didn’t.” Paging operators believe the market for an inexpensive handheld device will continue to expand, even after short message services are introduced by PCS and other digital wireless operators. — Read More

One-way paging remains solid as sexy two-way enters market
It is said that when you provide a valuable service at a fair price, you’ll always have customers. Such is the personality of paging. In the last year more than ever, the industry has recognized that two-way paging and other wireless services, feature-rich as they may be, likely will not abate core one-way paging in all its simplicity. While a pager can’t do it all, it does exactly what it needs to-no more or no less-for a lot of people. On scores of cost, coverage, size and battery life, one-way continues to attract healthy demand. Consolidation headlines the pace of the paging industry in recent months. Many big players also have taken their stock public. Paul Kagan & Associates reported the top 12 paging carriers comprised two-thirds of total U.S. subscribers at the end of last year, up from 47 percent at the end of 1994. — Read More

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From:Vaughan Bowden
Subject:GPS Rollover + Trimble GPS Date issue
Date:May 19, 2016 at 8:52:45 AM CDT
To:Brad Dye

Hi Brad,

In case you haven’t heard… there is another GPS event occurring this weekend.

Paging operations are expected to continue without interruption. However, this one is a bit different as it will also underline a date limitation in the older Trimble GPS heads and cause a reporting discrepancy moving forward. The date issue is similar to the year 2000 concerns. Specifically after Saturday night 5-22-16 8pm EDT, the C2000 equipment will display and report information with an older time reference. Equipment connected to the older receivers will report alarms as if it were 6-9-1996. Sunday will be 6-10-1996.

Hopefully this will be just a cosmetic thing and will have a limited impact on the big picture.

Below is more info and attached is an announcement from Spok.

After the GPS anomaly that occurred in January 2016, US paging operators looked to see if there were any predictable GPS events coming up. They found that there will be an internal GPS week rollover event on May 22, 2016.  Due to this week data value rollover, the date used within some equipment will revert back to June 1996. Paging operations will continue without interruption. The equipment will continue to operate as normal except for the displayed date. Alarm messages from the equipment will have the rolled back date as well.

The issue can be addressed in the C2000/2010 equipment by ensuring it is using the newer 55238-40 model GPS head. If the older 23632-20 heads are still used, a firmware update will address the issue.

Call me at your convenience if you are not aware of the issue and have concerns.

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From:Allan Angus
Subject:From The Wireless Messaging News
Date:May 13, 2016 at 1:55:58 PM CDT
To:Brad Dye

On Cruelty,

I refer you to Robert Trivers’ book, The Folly of Fools, Chapter 10. 

From the point of view of an evolutionary biologist, Trivers considers what possible evolutionary advantage there might be in self-deception. There is clearly an evolutionary race between, say, predator and prey, in which one being able to deceive the other conveys an advantage. However, in the case of man, arguably the most evolved species on the planet, who might obtain the most detailed information possible about any given situation, why do we deceive ourselves into believing that we are stronger, better, more righteous, than we actually are? 

Cruelty in the name of religion is just one of the topics that Trivers addresses.

While he doesn’t address it directly, the false historical narrative that paging technology is somehow poorly designed or “out of date” could also have been a section in the book. 

While most previous authors who’ve considered the topic of self-deception from a psychological point of view; for example, Freud, concluded that it stems from a defense mechanism, Trivers proposes that self-deception supports an offense. To offer a few specific cases, the lie, believed almost everywhere, that cellular technology is in all respects superior to simulcast, is used not as a defense against simulcast but rather as an attack against it. Similarly, a male who puffs up his chest seriously believing his superiority may defeat an opponent with his self-confidence before the first blow is ever struck. 

As Trivers recounts in endless cases of airline disasters, fruitless wars, genocides, et cetera, the folly of us fools repeats endlessly when we buy into the lie of our superiority on the basis of religion or race or nationality or education (you may add to the list) when after all, we are just another instance of man. 

Under the influence of these self-deceiving judgments about ourselves (better) and others (worse), we take one step forward and two steps back as individuals, at work, at home, and as a society, whenever we set the blame for our own failings on the shoulders of others. Fill in the blanks here: Our (country, company, marriage, church, team, …) will be better when we deal with the (other country, other race, other religion, other race, other company, other woman/man, other …) 

Shirzad Chamine, (see ) suggests that these self-deceiving and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors are examplars of patterns he calls Saboteurs. In coaching various C-level executives and teams around the world, he concludes that only 20% of individuals and teams achieve their full potential because of these patterns of self-defeating thought. In Chamine’s view, the master Saboteur is the self-deceiving inner judge that leaps forward whenever we sense a real or potential risk. There is a simple on-line assessment that can be completed on the web site I’ve referenced. I recommend Chamine’s book on positive intelligence and Trivers’ on folly, available at Amazon, for Kindle, and etc. 

As someone who is about as irreligious as could be, Trivers offers what I think is the best analysis of the Lord’s Prayer that I have ever seen. I recommend it to you all in the context of Brad’s images. 

Trivers points out that the Lord’s Prayer has three parts. The first part is an assertion of personal humility: “Thy Will be done”. The second part allows you to request only two things, and one is contingent. You may ask for your daily bread. You may ask for your trespasses to be forgiven, but only if you forgive those of others. The final part is a request not to be led into temptation or evil. There is no place where you insert your desires to destroy your enemies or aggrandize your self. 

Just “Thy Will be done”, your daily bread, forgiveness accepted in return for forgiveness given, avoid temptation and do no evil. 

Allan Angus


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What is the difference between religion and spirituality?

Religion is often about who’s in and who’s out, creating a worldview steeped in “us against them.” Spirituality rejects this dualism and speaks of us and them. Religion is often about loyalty to institutions, clergy, and rules. Spirituality is about loyalty to justice and compassion. Religion talks about God. Spirituality helps to make us godly. The two need not be at odds. Religion at its best is spirituality in community.

Religious institutions that do harm are those that insist you surrender your will to them, rather than to God. Clergy who do harm are those who insist you worship them, rather than God. When a religion insists it speaks for God and asserts that by rejecting it, you are rejecting God, it is a danger to everyone. If you need a church, make sure it is one that points beyond itself to a God of love, justice, and personal autonomy and freedom. If you need clergy, make sure they free you for God, rather than chain you to themselves and their view of God.

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