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Friday — September 15, 2023 — Issue No. 1,078

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This Week's Wireless News (and other stuff) Headlines:

  • What Solutions Will Shape the Future of LMR?
  • Huge security breach affects Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Edge, and plenty more apps besides — here's what you need to know
  • iPhone 15 Pro is powered by new industry-leading 'A17 Pro' chip
  • Apple will issue software update for iPhone 12 over radiation worries
  • Oliver Anthony cancels show over ticket price, performs for free with Papa Roach instead
    • Verizon's 5G Innovation Session Tour Stopping at the Nation's Capital
    • Rip-and-Replace Program Recipients Must Update Status by October 9
    • Senate Approves Anna Gomez as Fifth FCC Commissioner
    • FCC to Consider Further NPRM on 5G Fund for Rural America
    • FCC Releases 2023 BDS Tariff Review Plans for Exogenous Cost Filings
    • FCC Waives Deadlines for Carriers Impacted by Hurricane Idalia
    • Verizon Settles DoJ Cybersecurity Controls Case for $4.1 Million
    • NTIA Announces Final Middle Mile Grants
    • Treasury Announces $158 Million in Capital Projects Funding for Broadband in Puerto Rico
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Who Is BloostonLaw
    • Is the BCM104 The BEST BROADCAST MIC?
    • “I Want To Go Home”
    • Oliver Anthony Music


This doesn't mean that nothing is ever published here that mentions a US political party—it just means that the editorial policy of this newsletter is to remain neutral on all political issues. We don't take sides.

About Us


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.

I regularly get readers’ comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Messaging communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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Editorial Opinion pieces present only the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of any of advertisers or supporters. This newsletter is independent of any trade association. I don't intend to hurt anyone's feelings, but I do freely express my own opinions.

Remote AB Switches

ABX-1 switches are often used at remote transmitter sites to convert from old, outdated and unsupported controllers to the new modern Prism-IPX ipBSC base station controllers. Remotely switch to new controllers with GUI commands.


ABX-3 switches are widely used for enabling or disabling remote equipment and switching I/O connections between redundant messaging systems.


Common Features:

  • RJ45 for A, B and Common connectors.
  • Manual push button or use Prism IP commands to switch one or more relays.
  • Single or Dual Port Control card for IP or Serial connection.
  • Form C relay—control local connection.
  • Power Loss Indicator.
  • Rear Panel Connector for controlling the switch externally.
  • Power Source: 5VDC for ABX-1; 12VDC for ABX-3.

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Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz

The RFI High Performance Paging Transmitter is designed for use in campus, city, state and country-wide paging systems. Designed for use where reliable simulcast systems where RF signal overlap coverage is critical.

  • Commercial Paging systems.
  • Healthcare Paging systems.
  • Public Safety Emergency Services Paging systems.
  • Demand Response Energy Grid Management.

Built-in custom interface for Prism-IPX ipBSC Base Controller for remote control, management and alarm reporting.


  • Use as a stand-alone unit or in wide area network.
  • Mix with other transmitter brands in an existing paging network.
  • Adjustable from 20-250 watts.
  • 110/240 VAC or 48VDC.
  • Absolute Delay Correction.
  • Remote Diagnostics.
  • Configurable alarm thresholds.
  • Integrated Isolator.
  • Superb Reliability.
  • Improved amplifier efficiency.
  • Most reliable high-powered paging transmitter available.

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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Huge security breach affects Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Edge, and plenty more apps besides — here's what you need to know

News By Craig Hale, published September 14, 2023

A whole raft of common apps have been put at risk

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

There's a major security flaw concerning many of the best browsers and other apps that you must address as soon as possible to prevent hackers from attacking your device.

The vulnerability, which is being tracked as CVE-2023-4863, is caused by a heap buffer overflow in the WebP code library (libwebp) and can lead to your system crashing or arbitrary code execution when exploited.

Affected applications include Chrome, Firefox, Brave, and Edge, along with other programs like Telegram, Thunderbird, and Gimp.

"Very bad"

Most Chromium-based browsers have rolled out their updates, including the four mentioned above, while others expected to be issuing patches soon. We'd advise you to keep an eye out for update notifications and to apply your browser patch(es) as soon as possible.

Heap buffer overflow allows an attacker to flood an area of a system's memory with malicious activity, in turn allowing them to take control of a device, obtain data, or simply spread malware.

Alex Ivanovs of Stack Diary, who, alongside a in-depth technical explanation of the flaw, also noted that the vulnerability has affected more than just browsers, noticed that Apple has patched macOS Ventura to address the flaw with version 13.5.2.

Apple's Security Engineering and Architecture (SEAR) team and the University of Toronto Munk School's Citizen Lab are credited with first reporting the bug on September 6th.

Failure to update could result in damage being done to a victim's machine and even the loss of personal data.

Source: Tech Radar  



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iPhone 15 Pro is powered by new industry-leading 'A17 Pro' chip

Benjamin Mayo | Sep 12 2023 - 11:04 am PT

Apple today announced that iPhone 15 Pro is powered by a new Apple Silicon chip, which Apple calls 'A17 Pro'.

A17 Pro is fabricated using an industry-leading 3 nanometer process, housing a total of 19 billion transistors. Apple says the high-performance cores in A17 chip are up to 10% faster, and mean iPhone remains the fastest smartphone in the industry. However, the bigger focus this year is on the GPU performance.

The new six-core GPU in A17 Pro is faster than ever, up to 20% faster. Apple also says sustained performance for gaming is also significantly improved.

The A17 Pro chip also enables hardware-accelerated raytracing for super-accurate lighting rendering on iPhone 15 Pro. Apple demoed how iPhone 15 Pro can render realistic scenes with high frame rates thanks to the new chip.

The A17 also includes a USB-3 controller, enabling up to 10 Gbps data transfer speeds over the iPhone 15 Pro's USB-C port. This is up to 20x faster than the old USB-2 speeds supported by the Lightning port.

The A17 Pro chip is available inside the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, which go up for preorder this Friday and go on sale in stores next week, on Friday September 22.

Benjamin Mayo
Benjamin develops iOS apps professionally and covers Apple news and rumors for 9to5Mac. Listen to Benjamin, every week, on the Happy Hour podcast. Check out his personal blog. Message Benjamin over e-mail or Twitter.
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INTERNET Protocol Terminal

The IPT accepts INTERNET or serial messaging using various protocols and can easily convert them to different protocols, or send them out as paging messages.

An ideal platform for hospitals, on-site paging applications, or converting legacy systems to modern protocols.

Input Protocols: Serial and IP
Output Protocols: Serial and IP
FLEX (optional PURC control)   POCSAG (optional PURC control)

Additional/Optional Features

  • Database of up to 5000 subscribers.
  • 4 serial ports on board.
  • Up to 8 phone lines (DID or POTS).
  • Can be configured for auto-fail-over to hot swap standby.
  • 1RU rack mount unit appliance—no moving parts.
  • Easily secure legacy system messages leaving site for HIPAA compliance.
  • Only purchase the protocols/options you need.
  • Add Paging Encryption for HIPAA compliance on site.

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Apple will issue software update for iPhone 12 over radiation worries

Decision comes after other countries follow France and pull iPhone 12 from market.

KEVIN PURDY — 9/15/2023, 8:32 AM

The iPhone 12, a phone that Apple no longer actively sells, is under investigation in France for potentially violating one of two electromagnetic radiation standards.

For many people, the iPhone 12 effectively disappeared from the market on Tuesday, when Apple introduced iPhone 15 models and stopped selling the 12, first released in October 2020. In Europe, however, the iPhone 12 remains a notable device, as a number of countries are following France's lead in looking into the device's electromagnetic profile. With a software update coming, it may go back on sale soon.

What kicked off the unexpected concern about a nearly 3-year-old phone was France's National Frequency Agency (ANFR). On the same day as Apple's fall product announcements, the ANFR informed Apple that the iPhone 12 exceeds European Union regulations for Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), the rate at which a human body would absorb radiation from a device. A translated version of the ANFR report has the agency calling on Apple to withdraw the iPhone 12, "quickly remedy this malfunction," and if not, "recall copies already sold."

There are two measures of SAR for a device operating in the same frequency range as an iPhone, per EU standards. The "head and trunk" value, taken to protect against "acute exposure effects on central nervous tissues" when a phone is against the head or in a pants pocket, must not exceed 2 Watts of power per kilogram of body tissue, averaged over six minutes. When the phone is held in the hand or in clothing or accessories, for a "limbs" value, it's 4 W/kg.

EU regulations for electromagnetic radiation absorption from devices.

France's ANFR measured the iPhone 12 exceeding the "limbs" limit at 5.74 W/kg. The ANFR stated that it would ensure the iPhone 12 was no longer available for sale in France and would oversee "corrective updates" it expects from Apple. Jean-Noel Barot, a digital and telecommunications minister in France, told newspaper Le Parisien that software updates could fix the issue, according to Reuters.

Apple responded swiftly to ANFR's claims, telling multiple press outlets earlier this week that the iPhone 12 was certified by multiple international bodies and that it had provided the ANFR with documentation showing the device within regulatory limits, both from within Apple and independent lab results. Apple eventually told Reuters that it would issue a software update "to accommodate the protocol used by French regulators." The company noted that it believed the issue was "related to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety concern." French officials stated that they were eager to test the software update and lift their ban on sales of the iPhone 12.

The EU's standards note that within a phone's typical frequency range, the main danger of excess radiation is not changes to cells or chemicals in the body, leading to cancer, but "whole-body heat stress and excessive localized heating of tissues." The vast majority of mobile phone research indicates no adverse effects from regular exposure to the non-ionizing frequencies phones use to communicate. But a series of studies, however inconclusive or problematic, have raised unnecessary concern and garnered media attention. The World Health Organization states that "no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use."

France's notice has spurred action by other countries. Germany's Federal Office for Radiation Protection said Wednesday that "the question of the need for change is currently the subject of discussions," Reuters reported. Belgium's state secretary for digitalization, Mathieu Michel, told Reuters that he reached out to regulators to review not just the iPhone 12 but all Apple smartphones and other devices. Denmark and Italy have said they are investigating but have taken no formal actions.

In the US, SAR limits set by the Federal Communications Commission are 1.6 W/kg. The iPhone 12's submitted SAR levels were measured at 1.554 W/kg at their peak, generally when using a hotspot or engaging in "Simultaneous Transmission." The iPhone 12 did, of course, clear the FCC for release in 2020.

French regulators have recently shown enthusiasm for demanding more from US-based tech companies. They've asked Google and Facebook to offer one-click cookie rejection and put repairability scores on smartphones and appliances and told the US and other nations that they want to see global AI regulations by year's end.

This story was updated on September 15 to include Apple's response and decision to issue a software update.


Kevin is a senior technology reporter at Ars Technica, covering a variety of technology topics and reviewing products. He started his writing career as a newspaper reporter, covering business, crime, and other topics. He has written about technology and computing for more than 15 years, having previously worked at tech and productivity blog Lifehacker, product recommendation site Wirecutter, repair advocate and marketplace iFixit, and home energy and climate site Carbon Switch.

Source: arsTECHNICA

Paging Data Receiver PDR-4

The PDR-4 is a multi-function paging data receiver that decodes paging messages and outputs them via the serial port, USB or Ethernet connectors.

Designed for use with Prism-IPX ECHO software Message Logging Software to receive messages and log the information for proof of transmission over the air, and if the data was error free.

  • Option—decode capcode list or all messages.
  • Large capcode capacity.
  • Serial, USB and Ethernet output.
  • POCSAG or FLEX page decoding, special SA protocols.
  • Receivers for paging bands in VHF, UHF, 900 MHz.
  • Message activated Alarm Output.
  • 8 programmable relay outputs.
  • Send notifications of a system problem.
  • Synthesized Receiver Tuning.
  • Selectivity better than 60 dB.
  • Frequencies 148-174, 450-470, 929-932 MHz.
  • Image Rejection better than 55 dB.
  • Spurious Rejection better than 55 dB.
  • Channel Spacing 12.5 or 25 kHz.
  • Power 5VDC.
  • Receiving Sensitivity 5µV at 1200 bps.

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Oliver Anthony cancels show over ticket price, performs for free with Papa Roach instead

"That's not acceptable"

By Anagricel Duran 13th September 2023

Oliver Anthony. CREDIT: YouTube/still

Viral sensation Oliver Anthony has cancelled his upcoming show in Knoxville, Tennessee over steep ticket prices.

The singer took to his Instagram to share a video telling his fans to avoid buying tickets to his forthcoming show at a music bar called Cotton Eyed Joe. Tickets were priced at $99, with meet and greets costing $199 each.

"I had to pull off on the side of the road and make this video. My adrenaline's pumping, man," Anthony said in the clip. "Don't buy $90 Cotton Eyed Joe tickets or $200 for a meet and greet. That's not acceptable. Just saw the Facebook post and lost my ----."


Don't buy $90 Cotton Eyed Joe tickets or $200 for a meet and greet. That's not acceptable. Just saw the Facebook post a and lost my ----. Miscommunication with my friend booking shows and I. My shows should never cost more than $40, ideally no more than $25. Hell out of the 4 shows we have currently done, 2 of them have been completely free. This will get straightened out tonight. Hold off buying tickets for now.

He continued: "Miscommunication with my friend booking shows and I. My shows should never cost more than $40, ideally no more than $25. Hell, out of the 4 shows we have currently done, 2 of them have been completely free. This will get straightened out tonight. Hold off on buying tickets for now."

As Stereogum reports, a spokesperson for the Cotton Eyed Joe bar took to their official Facebook page to address the situation. They said Anthony had allegedly agreed to play at the Knoxville bar for $120,000, citing that ticket prices needed to be that much in order to "break even and bring our customers a show we thought would be fun."

They added: "To our talent agency and promoter friends that follow us… be careful booking the North Man of Richmond." Anthony responded to the situation on his official Facebook page and announced that the show was cancelled, claiming it was his fault for not being more "directly involved with the venues who have reached out".

Oliver Anthony Music
on Monday

Cotton Eyed Joe has been cancelled. Ultimately, it's my fault for not being more directly involved with the venues who have reached out. My plate has been full and I delegated the responsibility to someone else to help me book. I am not pointing fingers at Cotton Eyed Joe, I don't know where the miscommunication took place. I'm just upset seeing those prices. We will find another place in Knoxville area that can do $25 ticket and free meet and greet. I will work to get your tickets refunded from my own budget if they can't. This will never happen again. Thanks for your patience. I am still learning how all of this works.

"My plate has been full and I delegated the responsibility to someone else to help me book. I am not pointing fingers at Cotton Eyed Joe, I don't know where the miscommunication took place," he said.

"I'm just upset seeing those prices. We will find another place in Knoxville area that can do $25 ticket and free meet and greet. I will work to get your tickets refunded from my own budget if they can't. This will never happen again. Thanks for your patience. I am still learning how all of this works."

Anthony joined Papa Roach and Shinedown for an acoustic performance of a few songs in a car park at the rain-affected Blue Ridge Rock Festival last Saturday (September 9). They played a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Simple Man' as well as Papa Roach's 'Last Resort'.

Oliver Anthony's viral hit 'Rich Men North Of Richmond' was released on August 8, and has since hit Number One on the iTunes Country Charts, soared to the top spot on Apple Music's Global Music Charts, and racked up over 32million views on YouTube.


Inside Towers Newsletter

Friday, September 15, 2023 Volume 11 | Issue 182

Verizon's 5G Innovation Session Tour Stopping at the Nation's Capital

Verizon Business and Ericsson plan to host a 5G Innovation Session at Union Station in Washington, D.C. on September 20, focusing on businesses and public sector agencies. The event will feature demonstrations, presentations, and panels with industry leaders and experts from Verizon, Ericsson, the U.S. Department of Energy, Amtrak Police, FEMA's Emergency Management Institute, and the U.S. Capitol Police.

Verizon hopes to demonstrate how it has invested in major network upgrades throughout Washington, D.C., where 75 percent of the population is now covered with 5G Ultra Wideband service using C-band spectrum. Upgraded infrastructure includes new cell sites and fiber optic cables.

Verizon's 5G Innovation Sessions 2023 kicked off in Chicago (April) with events in New York City (June) and San Francisco (August). Upcoming events will be held in Los Angeles (October), with the final stop in Dallas (December). Each event covers a range of themes, including Managed Venue, Fixed Wireless Access, Private 5G, and Mobile Edge Compute.

During the event, Verizon plans to showcase:

  • Industry Solutions
  • 5G Edge Accelerated Access
  • 5G Edge Cashierless Checkout
  • 5G Business Internet
  • 5G Edge Aerial Inspections
  • Mission-Critical Networks
  • Time Critical Communications
  • Private 5G
  • Verizon Frontline's Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response vehicle
  • Verizon Frontline's Mobile Utility Technology Transport
  • Verizon Rapid Response Connectivity Unit
  • Robotic Dog
  • Verizon's Mobile Connectivity Agile Vehicle
  • Frontline deployables to support first responder connectivity

Source: Inside Towers newsletter Courtesy of the editor of Inside Towers, Jim Fryer.
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BloostonLaw Newsletter

Selected portions [sometimes more — sometimes less — sometimes the whole updates] of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update — newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, & Prendergast, LLP — are reproduced in this section of The Wireless Messaging News with kind permission from the firm's partners. The firm's contact information is included at the end of this section of the newsletter.

  BloostonLaw Telecom Update Vol. 26, No. 37 September 11, 2023  

Rip-and-Replace Program Recipients Must Update Status by October 9

On September 8, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding recipients in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program (Reimbursement Program) of their obligation to file status updates with the FCC every 90 days, beginning on the date on which the Bureau approved Recipients' applications, until the obligation to file expires. All Recipients were required to file the last status update on June 10, 2023. Accordingly, all Recipients must file their next status update on October 9, 2023.

The term Recipient means any eligible advanced communications service provider that has requested via application and been approved for funding in the Reimbursement Program, regardless of whether the provider has received reimbursement funds. Carriers with questions about the Reimbursement Program or the status update requirement may contact the firm for more information.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Cary Mitchell, and Sal Taillefer.


Senate Approves Anna Gomez as Fifth FCC Commissioner

The United States Senate voted last Thursday to confirm Anna Gomez as the fifth commissioner of the FCC, breaking a stalemate at the agency that has prevented the Biden Administration from pursuing more ambitious telecom policy goals.

Gomez was confirmed 55-43, with five Republicans — Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (W. Va.) Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mike Rounds (S.D.) and Todd Young (Ind.) — joining Democrats and senators who vote or caucus with the party.

"Congratulations to Anna Gomez on her confirmation by the United States Senate," wrote FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel in welcoming her to the FCC. "Anna brings with her a wealth of telecommunications experience, a substantial record of public service, and a history of working to ensure the United States stays on the cutting edge of keeping us all connected. Her international expertise will be a real asset to the agency. I look forward to working with her to advance the agency's mission to ensure the benefits of modern communications reach everyone, everywhere and that the United States can continue to lead in the digital age."

A telecom lawyer, Gomez worked at the FCC and served in the private sector. She is currently a communications policy adviser at the State Department.

Chairwoman Rosenworcel has been without a working majority at the FCC since she was named to head the agency under the Biden administration. The practical effect of adding Ms. Gomez to the Commission will be to strengthen the Chairwoman's hand on administration priorities for the telecom world, such as another attempt to institute net neutrality. In the wireless realm, we can expect to see additional spectrum allocated for wireless broadband deployment, though any movement on scheduling auctions or grant of auction licenses will likely remain at a standstill until Congress restores the FCC's auction authority.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

FCC to Consider Further NPRM on 5G Fund for Rural America

The FCC plans to consider an item in its September Open Meeting that could move the agency closer to implementing its $9 billion 5G Fund for Rural America.

"The Commission's 5G Fund for Rural America was created to ensure the deployment of next-generation, high-speed mobile service in areas of the country where, absent subsidies, it will continue to be lacking," stated FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel.

Commissioners will vote in the meeting to explore a series of questions on how to best harness new, granular and improve mobile coverage data from broadband data collection to better target 5G Fund support to those areas of the country where it is needed most.

The 5G Fund for Rural America was established in October of 2020 as a mechanism for distributing up to $9 billion in USF funds over the next decade to bring 5G wireless broadband connectivity to rural America. The rapid pace of deployment of 5G networks in many parts of the country, combined with T-Mobile's commitment to cover 90% of rural Americans with its 5G network, led the FCC to conclude that the policy goals of its Mobility Fund Phase II program (which was designed to facilitate widespread deployment of 4G LTE networks) should be updated to account for the improved speed, latency, and security of 5G.

The FCC envisioned the 5G Fund as a two-phased reverse action, with Phase I using up to $8 billion to target nationwide support for rural areas lacking unsubsidized 4G LTE and 5G broadband service, and $680 million set aside to support deployment on Tribal lands. Phase II would provide at least an additional $1 billion in support to focus on the deployment of innovative 5G networks that facilitate precision agriculture. However, the FCC voted to delay its Phase I auction until after it had developed precise and granular broadband maps, a process that has taken several years and which is ongoing.

In anticipation of the 5G Fund FNPRM, the FCC's is in the process of finalizing an interactive map on its website (see HERE) illustrating areas that lack relevant service from an unsubsidized provider. The map was created using mobile data from the Broadband Data Collection, as of December 31, 2022 (updated 8/16/2023), for two technology/speed combinations (4G, with 5 Mbps downstream/1 Mbps upstream, or better; or 5G at 7/1 Mbps), and for two environments (in-vehicle mobile, or outdoor stationary). The September Open Meeting is scheduled for September 21, 2023.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast, Ben Dickens, Cary Mitchell

Law and Regulation

FCC Releases 2023 BDS Tariff Review Plans for Exogenous Cost Filings

On September 1, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the release of the release of the 2023 tariff review plan (TRP) for use by rate-of-return carriers that elected incentive regulation for their business data services (BDS) offerings, pursuant to the Rate-of-Return Business Data Services Order of 2018. The TRP worksheets are posted on the FCC's website here.

The 2023 Tariff Review Plan Order requires electing carriers to file tariff review plans reflecting any exogenous cost adjustment for Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS), North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and regulatory fees in rates to be effective October 3, 2023. The exogenous cost adjustment for TRS must be "grossed up" to spread the entire adjustment over the remaining months in the tariff year. The TRP worksheets adjust BDS rates using factors for TRS, NANPA, and regulatory fees. Electing carriers that do not participate in the NECA tariff should also file a TRP. The FCC encourages electing carriers to use the TRPs because they have been reviewed by staff, but carriers are free to create and use their own TRPs, as long as those TRPs comply with FCC rules.

The October 3, 2023 exogenous cost filing and rate adjustment is optional for electing carriers if the total amount of such exogenous cost adjustments would either increase rates or meet a de minimis threshold of $1,040.00, which is the current standard tariff filing fee.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Waives Deadlines for Carriers Impacted by Hurricane Idalia

On September 1, the FCC issued an Order waiving certain Affordable Connectivity Program, Lifeline, E-Rate, Emergency Connectivity Fund, Rural Health Care, and High Cost rules for providers in the areas affected by Hurricane Idalia. Idalia struck Florida's Gulf Coast on August 30, 2023 as a Category 3 storm and traveled through southern Georgia and parts of North and South Carolina. The President declared a state of emergency for Florida and South Carolina (the "emergency area").

For providers serving a location in the emergency area, the FCC waived the Performance Measures testing requirements for the third and fourth quarter of 2023. This does not extend to actual service requirements, however.

The following rules are waived through November 30, 2023:

  • Lifeline non-usage, recertification, and reverification requirements for subscribers residing in the emergency area;
  • ACP non-usage and annual recertification requirements, along with their respective de-enrollment requirements, for subscribers residing in the emergency area;

The following deadlines have been extended an additional 150 days from their original date:

  • E-Rate program rules: (1) the 60-day deadline to file appeals and requests for waiver; (2) the deadline to file FCC Forms 486, 472, and 474; (3) the September 30, 2023 service implementation deadline for non-recurring services; (4) portions of the service and equipment substitution rule; and (5) document retention and production requirements for participating E-Rate applicants and service providers whose documents were destroyed by Hurricane Idalia.
  • Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program rules: (1) the 30-day deadline to file appeals and requests for waiver; (2) the deadline to file FCC Forms 472, and 474; (3) portions of the service and equipment substitution rule; and (4) document retention and production requirements for participating ECF program participants whose documents were destroyed by Hurricane Idalia.
  • Rural Health Care (RHC) Program rules: (1) the 60-day deadline to file appeals and requests for waiver; (2) the 14-day deadline to respond to USAC information requests; (3) the five-year documentation retention and production rules for participating health care providers and service providers whose documents were destroyed by Hurricane Idalia; (4) the invoice filing deadline; and (5) the September 30, 2023 deadline for Healthcare Connect Fund Program participants to file Annual Reports.

The telephone number aging rule is waived through June 3, 2024 for numbers assigned in the emergency areas.

Finally, the FCC extended the Form 499-Q revision deadline to November 1, 2023, for providers serving the emergency area. This allows affected providers to recalculate the contribution obligations to reflect the effect of Idalia on contributor revenues rather than having to wait until next year's 499-A true-up process.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.


Verizon Settles DoJ Cybersecurity Controls Case for $4.1 Million

On September 5, the Department of Justice announced that Verizon Business Network Services LLC, of Ashburn, Virginia, has agreed to pay $4,091,317 to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it failed to completely satisfy certain cybersecurity controls in connection with an information technology service provided to federal agencies. The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.

According to a press release, this settlement relates to Verizon's Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service (MTIPS), which is designed to provide federal agencies with secure connections to the public Internet and other external networks. The settlement resolves allegations that Verizon's MTIPS solution did not completely satisfy three required cybersecurity controls for Trusted Internet Connections with respect to General Services Administration (GSA) contracts from 2017 to 2021. After learning of the issues, Verizon provided the government with a written self-disclosure, initiated an independent investigation and compliance review of the issues and provided the government with multiple detailed supplemental written disclosures. Verizon cooperated with the government's investigation of the issues and took prompt and substantial remedial measures.

NTIA Announces Final Middle Mile Grants

On September 7, he Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced nearly $50 million to four organizations to expand middle mile high-speed Internet infrastructure in New Hampshire, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming. The grants were awarded as part of the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program.

  • County of Grafton (NH): The project will develop the 222-mile County of Grafton middle-mile backbone through population centers by building new fiber optic cable to close gaps and leveraging existing infrastructure to reduce the cost of buildout. The backbone will be available for municipalities to tap into and run additional fiber optic cable through their municipalities to reach the last mile. The network will provide the electronics and optics necessary to provide service at identified municipal/County anchor locations and will allow for future growth and expansion with minimal additional equipment. The non-municipal/County locations will be served through dark fiber access only, allowing ISPs to make their own investments within individual communities.
  • Blue Ridge Advisory Services Group, Inc. (TN): Built over four years, the proposed route will be 155 miles of new fiber cable that significantly improves the existing Scott County Telephone Cooperative (SCTC) network architecture by creating 4 new rings, closes several unprotected laterals, spans across unserved areas, and interconnects (via a network-to-network interface NNI) with East Kentucky Networks (EKN).
  • Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (VA): The applicant plans to construct approximately 130 miles of new fiber to enable open-access middle mile connectivity and enhance grant funds for local ISPs and existing carriers. This aims to increase their speed to the market and provide route diversity for their last-mile broadband service to residential and business customers. It will enable technology-driven businesses to provide high-paying jobs in the existing industrial and business parks in the region. The applicant expects to build eight (8) open-access middle mile fiber segments to provide critical broadband connectivity and diversity for economic development purposes to thirteen localities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Visionary Communications, LLC (WY): The 11.5-mile project will bring critical fiber backhaul to the main tower site feeding Oriva Hills, substantially increasing the capacity available which addresses the primary limitation of broadband availability and will be available for all last-mile providers to utilize. The fiber build will be augmented with the addition of two new tower sites, upgraded microwave backhauls, high-capacity microwave links, and fiber backhaul to facilitate 100/20 Mbps fixed wireless service at nearly every unserved residence in Oriva Hills. The Wright Point of Presence will connect the community to Visionary Communications existing middle-mile fiber infrastructure.

With these grants, all funding for grant awards from the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program has been awarded to 36 organizations across 40 states and territories. No additional awards will be announced.

Treasury Announces $158 Million in Capital Projects Funding for Broadband in Puerto Rico

On September 6, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the approval of $158 million in federal funds for broadband infrastructure and multi-purpose community facility projects in Puerto Rico under the American Rescue Plan's (ARP) Capital Projects Fund (CPF), part of President Biden's Investing in America Agenda. Today's announcement includes two funding plans: $85.7 million for broadband infrastructure, and $64.7 million for multi-purpose community technology centers / "Centros Tecnológicos," which will bring connectivity to Puerto Rico communities for years to come. The remainder of the funds (approximately $8 million) will be used by Puerto Rico to administer the programs.

Puerto Rico is approved to receive $85.7 million to improve the resiliency, reliability, and speed of the island's high-speed Internet access. This funding will specifically promote the Puerto Rico Submarine Cable Resiliency (PRSCR) Program, which will construct a new submarine fiber route to the island of Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands and create three new cable landing stations on the island's coastlines. Puerto Rico will invest an additional $64.7 million of CPF funding in the Puerto Rico Multi-Purpose Community Technology Center Program, which seeks to create multi-purpose community technology centers / "Centros Tecnológicos" in areas across Puerto Rico where the public can access high-speed Internet, use on-site devices, borrow devices for at-home use, have access to educational opportunities in technology, digital learning, work remotely, and access healthcare services. Together with their administrative funding, these projects represent 100 percent of the territory's total allocation under the CPF program.

The Treasury Department began announcing state awards in June 2022. To date, CPF has awarded nearly $8 billion for broadband, digital technology, and multi-purpose community center projects in 47 states and three territories. These states and territories estimate that the broadband investments will reach over two million locations, in addition to the tens of thousands of individuals who will be served annually by connected multi-purpose community facilities. The Treasury Department will continue approving state, territory, and Tribal plans on a rolling basis.


SEPTEMBER 15: BROADBAND DATA COLLECTION. Facilities-based broadband service providers must file in the FCC's Broadband Data Collection (BDC) system data that reflects where they made mass-market broadband Internet access service available as of June 30 of this year. Such entities, as well providers of fixed voice services, must also submit the subscription data as of this year required under Form 477 in the BDC system. This filing is usually due September 1 each year, but was extended this year (2023).

BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.

OCTOBER 2: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM. Each year on September 30, multi-channel video program distributors ("MVPDs") must file with the FCC an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. Because September 30 falls on a Saturday this year, this filing is due October 2. Users must access the FCC's electronic filing system via the Internet in order to submit the form; it will not be accepted if filed on paper unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver of the electronic filing requirement. Certain MVPDs also will be required to complete portions of the Supplemental Investigation Sheet ("SIS") located at the end of the Form. These MVPDs are specifically identified in a Public Notice each year by the FCC.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Richard Rubino and Sal Taillefer.

OCTOBER 2: FCC FORM 611-T, DESIGNATED ENTITY REPORT. Each year on September 30, entities that won licenses at auction with bid credits must file a combined 611-T Designated Entity report for any licenses still subject to the "unjust enrichment" rule, which requires licensees to maintain their eligibility for small business and rural service provider bid credits for the first five years of the license term. Because September 30 falls on a Saturday this year, this filing is due October 2.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

OCTOBER 16: 911 RELIABILITY CERTIFICATION. Covered 911 Service Providers, which are defined as entities that "[p]rovide[] 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location information (ALI), automatic number identification (ANI), or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a public safety answering point (PSAP), statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority," or that "[o]perate[] one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP," are required certify that they have taken reasonable measures to provide reliable 911 service with respect to three substantive requirements: (i) 911 circuit diversity; (ii) central office backup power; and (iii) diverse network monitoring by October 15. Because October 15 is a Sunday this year, the certification is due October 16. Certifications must be made through the FCC's portal.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Sal Taillefer.

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

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and John Prendergast.


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Calendar At-a-Glance

Sep. 11 – Comments are due on CAF Phase II/RBE Letter of Credit Waiver Extension.
Sep. 15 – ETRS Form One is due.
Sep. 15 – Broadband Data Collection filing is due.
Sep. 18 – Comments on Enhanced A-CAM NPRM are due.
Sep. 21 – Comments on BEAD Buy American, Build American Waiver are due.
Sep. 25 – Comments on Cybersecurity Label Program are due.
Sep. 26 – Reply comments are due on CAF Phase II/RBE Letter of Credit Waiver Extension.
Sep. 30 – FCC Form 396-C (MVPD EEO Program Annual Report) is due.
Sep. 30 – FCC Form 611-T (Designated Entity Report) is due.

Oct. 2 – Reply comments on Enhanced A-CAM NPRM are due.
Oct. 5 – ETRS Form Two is due.
Oct. 9 – Rip and Replace status reports are due.
Oct. 16 – 911 Reliability Certification is due. Oct. 23 – Comments on Enhanced A-CAM NOI are due.

Nov. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Nov. 9 – ACP Transparency Data Collection submissions are due.
Nov. 20 – ETRS Form Three is due.

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