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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Congratulations to Dr. Dietmar Gollnick and his staff at e*Message Wireless Information Services GmbH Germany on winning a prestigious award for innovation with their “e*Nergy” solution for secure electrical load management.

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Emergency Communications Center Receives National Award

Posted: Tue 11:31 AM, Dec 09, 2014

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — On Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center (HRECC) received National Re-Accreditation for Communications Centers from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

In August 2014, the HRECC underwent an accreditation on-site review by a team of certified CALEA assessors. As a result of this extensive review, the HRECC was recommended for re-accreditation and appeared before the CALEA Commission on Nov. 22 in Albuquerque, N.M. for a final examination of its operation and was awarded re-accreditation status.

“CALEA is the largest internationally recognized accreditation body for law enforcement and communications centers” said Jim Junkins, the HRECC's director. “This award is a highly prized recognition and the HRECC is one of only eight CALEA accredited emergency communications centers in Virginia and one of only 82 in the United States.”

Accreditation is for three years, during which an agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with standards under which it was initially accredited. The HRECC first gained accreditation status in 2011.

Dee Dee Sencindiver, HRECC Accreditation Program Manager and Operations Manager stated, “Accreditation makes us a more professional agency and challenges us to excel in our core values of integrity, innovation, stewardship and learning. It provides additional credibility to an excellent emergency communication system and measures our work against the best of the best.” [source]

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e*Message Wireless Information Services GmbH Germany

December 5, 2014

e*Message Wireless Information Services GmbH Germany has won a prestigious award for innovation with their “e*Nergy” solution for secure load and energy management. As reported in last week's issue, e*Message was one of ten finalists short-listed for awards out of 122 nominations.

They were presented the innovation award—a check for €10,000—at the final awards ceremony in Berlin (Brandenburg), Germany on the 5th of December at 7:00 pm local Berlin time. e*Message was one of five winners to receive awards at this year's gala ceremony. it was attended by more than 400 guests.

As far as we know, this is the first time Paging has ever received such an important award.

Here is a rough translation of the announcement in German:

e*Nergy is a highly intelligent control solution for the electrical grid operators—for load and generation management. It paves the way for the “Smart City” beginning with the first step of the implementation of the “smart grid.” In cooperation with the operator of the largest urban distribution network, the power grid Berlin GmbH developed solution consists of the operation of a nationwide secure, specialized mobile radio network, from the corresponding method of securing the transmission in this network, the devices for energy management and interfaces defined for the management and control.

The e*Nergy service offers over the other solutions available for use at several points in significant added value. e*Nergy provides a unique—in this market segment—Security concept with digital signatures, which meets the requirements of the BSI (Federal Office for Security in Information Technology). Due to the high building penetration of the radio paging network signals, and the wide range of functions, available, electricity network operators can realize all current and future management and control applications in low voltage networks with e*Nergy. Using interfaces to IT systems, the significant cost savings can be achieved by the user. The flexible and extensible system is the most cost-effective solution for electrical distribution system operators to implement the control in the distribution network.

checkTen thousand Euros is equivalent to about $12,440 US dollars at the current exchange rate.

e*Nergy

To ensure the reliable supply of electrical power, energy utilities today are called upon to remotely control decentralized energy loads and generators. A machine-to-machine (M2M) system offered by the Berlin mobile wireless network operator e*Message, e*Nergy is based on Europe’s largest emergency radio network. e*Message operates a satellite-supported digital radio network, independent of public telecommunication networks, with around 800 base stations throughout Germany. This radio network is used for fast mobile alerting of service, emergency and rescue personnel throughout Germany.

“e*Nergy delivers reliable, efficient remote control of all kinds of power consuming and generating installations in modern utility plants like the Britz transformer station,” said Dr. Dietmar Gollnick, CEO of e*Message.


e*Nergy Power Controller (switch)

e*Nergy is used to control the electrical power load, switching devices on and off or regulating individual elements gradually. The new technology is more compact and significantly more efficient than comparable methods. e*Nergy is a pioneer in the field of radio control technology, and boasts a powerful communications infrastructure with coverage to serve every household in Berlin. e*Message operates up to 40 base stations in Berlin and Brandenburg alone, at sites with maximum exposure, including broadcasting towers and optimally suited buildings. This ensures uniform, high-quality wireless coverage. Because the transformer station is controlled from the utility’s central grid control center, electric power can be immediately rerouted in emergencies to restore service.

About e*Message:
e*Message Wireless Information Services GmbH (e*Message Europe) is the operator of Europe’s largest emergency radio network. As one of four mobile wireless network operators in the German market, e*Message maintains a satellite-based wireless network, independent of public networks, with some 800 base stations throughout Germany. e*Message provides specialized messaging services, focusing on security, mobile organizational systems and integrated solutions. e*Message services are used with digital receivers to notify, warn and alert individuals and professional groups—doctors, service technicians, government agencies, firefighters or snowplow services for example—quickly, precisely, and reliably. Founded in December 1999, e*Message took over the paging operations of Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom in January of 2000, and has continuously developed both infrastructure and applications. The group’s head offices are in Berlin and Paris.

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Why More Women in Tech and Leadership is a Win for Everyone

Jun 28, 2014

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I know, another article on Women in Tech. Even I am getting a little weary of the constant discussion, mostly because I fear this will dilute people's appetite for change. However, given the enormous benefits to men and women, I believe that the world will evolve to a better place.

Last year, a very evolved company, f5 networks, asked me to speak to their company on women in tech and leadership. I first found it extraordinary that a company would reach out to someone outside the company as part of a strategic plan to increase the positive impact of women in the company. After completing my research, I realized it was not simply extraordinary, but rather savvy business leadership. One only needs to look into the performance of f5 and the recognition the leadership team has received, particularly John McAdam, their smart and personable CEO, to understand the caliber of thinking behind this movement to better support women in their global company.

My presentation is available on Slideshare.

Basically, men and women are different - truly wired differently. It is these differences that present the opportunity for stronger business outcomes. In general, women are better at some things and men at others. If one company leverages all the best available assets, i.e. men and women, at all levels in their company and another company simply ignores or worse, designs out half the potential assets, how can they possibly achieve their best outcome? It's that simple. The real irony is that everyone benefits - men and women - and since there are more men in higher level positions, men benefit the most.

Facebook in Seattle also asked me to participate in a similarly positive effort to support technical women in their organization. Of course, they have a highly visible role model in Sheryl Sandberg, but perhaps more significant is Mark Zuckerberg's public support of women in leadership. Corporate culture is always driven by the CEO. Given their leadership, I believe it's no accident that both f5 and Facebook are hugely successful, albeit very different, companies.

One point I did not emphasize in my f5 presentation as that presentation was limited to looking at a single company's performance, but that is highly relevant to our global economy is that adding women to the workplace in tech and across the board has the potential to provide "striking economic benefits" as reported by the IMF in September 2013. The IMF notes on this topic are particularly compelling.

We can articulate the benefits, but how do we realize those? This is a complicated equation and there are no silver bullets. As with all social change, the initial path must include awareness, not just of the problems - the topics of most posts I read on this subject, but of the real benefits of diversity and demonstrated successes with real results. Everyone needs to understand "what's in it for them." That is human nature. Fortunately, there is much to be gained all around.

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Web inventor says Internet should be 'human right'

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Dec. 11, 2014 2:02 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are increasing.

Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday the Internet can help tackle inequality — but only if it comes with the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. The Briton, who launched the Web in 1990, made the remarks as he released his World Wide Web Foundation's latest report tracking the Internet's global impact.

The Web Index found that laws preventing mass online surveillance are weak or nonexistent in more than 84 percent of countries. It also said that almost 40 percent of surveyed countries were blocking sensitive online content to a "moderate or extreme degree," and that half of all Web users live in countries that severely restrict their rights online.

Almost 4.4 billion people — most of them in developing countries — still have no access to the Internet, the Web Index said.

"It's time to recognize the Internet as a basic human right," Berners-Lee said. "That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring Internet packets are delivered without commercial or political discrimination, and protecting the privacy and freedom of Web users regardless of where they live."

Denmark, Finland, and Norway were ranked as top overall, meaning they were best at using the Internet for economic, political and social progress. At the bottom of a list of 86 countries were Yemen, Myanmar and Ethiopia.

Berners-Lee was working an engineer at the CERN laboratory in Geneva when he proposed the idea of a World Wide Web in 1989.

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FCC: Sorry ISPs, 4 Mbits/s ain't broadband

Grant Gross
@GrantGross Dec 11, 2014 3:22 PM

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will require broadband providers getting new federal subsidies to build networks in rural areas to deliver download speeds of at least 10Mbps.

The FCC on Thursday voted to update its rules for the Connect America Fund, the broadband subsidy program funded through fees on telephone service, with a major change being the increase in minimum download speeds from 4Mbps to 10Mbps from fixed broadband providers.

Broadband providers AT&T and Verizon had opposed the speed increase, and one of the FCC’s Republican commissioners questioned whether the new speed requirement could limit deployment.

The new speed requirements could double the cost of deployment to rural areas, but the commission did not also double the time that broadband providers could complete their deployments, Commissioner Ajit Pai said.

Instead of increasing the funding window for deployments from five to 10 years, as dozens of members of Congress had requested, the commission increased funding term to six years in most cases. Adding new speed requirements without allowing much more time for broadband providers to receive funding may discourage broadband providers from participating, Pai said.

“I fear we are going to leave many communities without broadband for the foreseeable future,” Pai said. “Incentivizing wireline broadband providers to deploy service deep into the unserved countryside requires a balance act. Today’s order disrupts that balance.”

But FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency doesn’t want to pay for “second-class broadband service.” If large broadband providers don’t agree with the terms of the subsidy, the FCC will use an auction to bring service to rural areas, he said.

Separately, the FCC voted to revamp its E-Rate program, which subsidizes Internet service to schools and libraries. E-Rate, like the Connect America Fund part of the FCC’s Universal Service Fund, will get a $1.5 billion-a-year increase in its cap, to $3.9 billion, with new funds focused on improving Wi-Fi services at schools and libraries.

U.S. telephone customers will pay for the increase with a monthly increase of 16 cents in USF taxes on their phone bills.

Pai and fellow Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly blasted the fee increase, saying it was evidence of out-of-control spending increases in the USF. With the commission refusing to cap the USF’s budget, that suggests there are “more spending sprees to come,” O’Rielly said.

But Wheeler defended the E-Rate increases, saying two-thirds of U.S. schools don’t have the bandwidth they need to deliver modern e-learning services.

“I’m aghast at the hostility that is expressed to giving students the tools they need to get a 21st-century education,” Wheeler said. “We are talking about a moral issue. The greatest responsibly ... that any generation has is the preparation of the next generation.”

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Special Access Certification Due December 15; Lifeline Verification Must Be Complete by December 31

As a final reminder, entities required only to certify that they are not required to provide data and information for the FCC’s Special Access Data Collection because they are not a covered Provider, Purchaser, or entities providing Best Efforts Business Broadband Internet Access Service must do so by December 15, 2014.

Additionally, Eligible Telecommunications Carriers participating in the Lifeline program are required to verify annually the eligibility of their Lifeline customers, which includes de-enrolling customers who fail to respond to verification efforts. Although the FCC Form 555 must be submitted to USAC, the FCC, the state utility commission, and (if applicable) the relevant Tribal authority by February 2, 2015, the verification process must be complete by December 31, 2014.

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FCC Announces Bidders Provisionally Selected for Rural Broadband Experiments

On December 5, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released the list of provisionally selected winning bidders in the Rural Broadband Experiments program. Each provisional winner will be required to submit additional information concerning their project, as well as technical, financial, and regulatory documentation demonstrating its ability to meet the program’s buildout requirements.

Collectively, provisionally winning bids were selected for 26,867 census blocks in 25 states and Puerto Rico. The FCC’s Public Notice made the following observations:

  • 19 entities provisionally won support to build networks that are capable of delivering 100 Mbps downstream and 25 Mbps upstream to project census blocks in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, and Texas.
  • 12 entities provisionally won support to build networks capable of delivering 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream to project census blocks in Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
  • 9 entities provisionally won support to build networks capable of delivering 10 Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream to extremely high-cost project census blocks in California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Dakota, Kansas, South Dakota, and Texas.
  • 3 provisionally winning bidders were removed from the list because their projects were facially non-compliant with the requirements — two had proposed projects that did not meet specifications and one sought a waiver (which was not granted) of the FCC’s 100 millisecond (ms) latency standard.

Telecompetitior provided the following breakdown of the winners:

Among those chosen are 14 wireless ISPs, seven local telephone companies, four power companies and two cable companies. Other winners include competitive carriers that use landline or a mixture of wireless and landline technology, along with municipalities and organizations whose exact business type isn’t clear.

Perhaps the most unusual winner is Terastream Broadband (USA), Inc., who apparently requested $1.00 to serve 149 census blocks in New Mexico, or just a little over half a penny per block. (Conversations with FCC staff have confirmed this was not a typo.)

Bidding in AWS-3 Auction Surpasses $43 Billion

Bidding for AWS-3 licenses surged past $43 billion on the eighteenth day of bidding in FCC Auction 97. This current total more is more than double the FCC’s previous record of $19.43 billion raised in 700 MHz Auction 73 (2008), even though the 700 MHz band spectrum is generally viewed as being more valuable due to its favorable propagation characteristics.

As of Round 76 on Wednesday afternoon, the FCC had received total gross bids of $43,021,856,200 for the 1,614 licenses in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands. This translates to an average price of more than $2.00 per MHz-POP nationwide, though prices for individual markets vary widely. Of note, the current Provisionally Winning Bid (PWB) price for the New York-Long Island EA J-Block (20 MHz) license is more than $2.7 billion, and the PWB price for the LA-Riverside EA J-Block license exceeds $2 billion.

In effort to bring the auction to a close more quickly, the FCC moved to six bidding rounds per day last Thursday, and it transitioned the auction to “Stage Two” yesterday. Stage Two auction procedures require bidders to remain active (with new bids or PWBs) for licenses representing 95% of their total bidding eligibility. Bidding in Auction 97 will continue until a round passes with no new bids or proactive waivers. Prior to the stage transition, bidding was at a low of 38 new bids in Round 67, but had picked up to more than 200 new bids in the rounds after the transition.

While details about each company’s participation, and the identity of bidders for individual licenses, is kept strictly confidential, industry analysts believe the skyrocketing prices for the AWS-3 licenses in certain larger markets is likely being driven by competition from DISH Network Corp. Some speculate that DISH may be bidding aggressively because high market valuation for AWS-3 spectrum would tend to raise the value of the satellite and terrestrial use spectrum that DISH already holds. It also makes the $1.56 billion that DISH spent for nationwide “H-Block” spectrum in Auction 96 last February look like a significant bargain.

Proceeds from the AWS-3 auction will be used to relocate incumbent Federal government operations from a portion of the AWS-3, although certain DoD operations will remain in the band indefinitely. Winning bidders will need to coordinate their AWS-3 operations with these incumbents, unless and until such operations are relocated out of the band; and winners must either coordinate with or relocate incumbent commercial licensees. Additional proceeds will be used towards funding construction of the FirstNet public safety broadband network, with a target of $7 Billion toward construction costs that could be twice as much. With well over $40 billion likely to be raised by the auction, it is safe to say that the first responder community is just as happy as the FCC about the AWS-3 auction results.

Comments Filed on USTelecom Petition for Forbearance; Replies due December 22

Comments were filed on December 5 on USTelecom’s Petition for Forbearance from a wide variety of, in their words, “outdated” regulatory requirements. Reply comments are due on December 22.

As we reported in the October 8 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the forbearance actions sought by USTelecom include: (a) elimination of enforcement of the remaining Section 271 and 272 separate affiliate restrictions and performance assurance plans arising out of RBOC entry into interLATA services; (b) termination of enforcement of legacy equal access requirements preserved by Section 251(g) of the Act; (c) elimination of enforcement of the FCC Rule 64.1903 requirements for structural separation of local exchange and long distance services; (d) termination of enforcement of the 2003 Triennial Review Order requirement that ILECs replacing copper loops with fiber have to provide competing carriers purchasing unbundled network elements with 64 kbps voice-grade channels over the fiber; (e) elimination of enforcement of the Section 214(e)(1) eligible telecommunications carrier (“ETC”) requirements in areas where a price cap carrier does not receive high-cost support; (f) termination of enforcement of the remaining Computer Inquiry rules (e.g., the remaining Comparably Efficient Interconnection (“CEI”) and Open Network Architecture (“ONA”) rules); (g) elimination of enforcement of the Section 224 and 251 rules requiring ILECs to provide competitors with access to their conduits; and (h) termination of enforcement of the Part 61 and 69 rules prohibiting price cap carriers from using contract tariffs to offer business data services in all regions.

Commenters generally supporting the Petition included CenturyLink, Verizon, and ITTA, with AT&T supporting only the proposal to forbear from 214(e). These parties generally asserted that the regulations in question are outdated, create unnecessary regulatory financial burdens on the companies to which they apply, and have been rendered obsolete by the growth of competition in the relevant markets. Commenters in opposition to the Petition included COMPTEL, Sprint, and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). These parties generally argued that USTelecom’s assertions about competition sufficiently ensuring consumer protection were invalid, and further that it had failed provide sufficient evidence in support of any its assertions.

FCC Issues Instructions, Web Portal Guide for Special Access Data Collection

On December 5, the FCC released instructions for the Special Access Data Collection, as well as a Special Access Web Portal System Guide. The FCC also once again updated the Special Access FAQs.

As a reminder, On November 26, the FCC issued an Order extending the deadline for responding to special access data collection for some entities. Specifically, for large businesses with more than 1,500 employees that are required to provide data, the deadline has been extended to January 29, 2015. For small businesses with 1,500 or fewer employees that are required to provide data, the deadline has been extended to February 27, 2015. For those required only to certify that they are not required to provide data and information because they are not a covered Provider, Purchaser, or entities providing Best Efforts Business Broadband Internet Access Service, the deadline remains December 15, 2014.

All Providers and Purchasers of Dedicated Service (as those terms are defined by the FCC) in areas where the incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) is subject to price cap regulation must respond to the data collection unless specifically excluded. All entities required to file the FCC Form 477 on March 1, 2014, to report connections as of December 31, 2013, are required to respond. If a FCC Form 477 filer does not (i) provide a Dedicated Service in a price cap area; (ii) provide a Connection capable of providing a Dedicated Service in a price cap area; or (iii) provide a Best Efforts Business Broadband Internet Access Service, then it will only need to certify as such when responding.

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FCC Issues Agenda for December 11 Open Meeting

On December 4, the FCC issued the official agenda for its December 11 Open Meeting, which will be webcast live at 10:30 at www.fcc.gov/live. At the meeting, the FCC will consider the following items:

  • a Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration in WC Docket No. 13-184 and a Report and Order in WC Docket No. 10-90 to close the school and library connectivity gap by adjusting program rules and support levels in order to meet long-term program goals for high-speed connectivity to and within all eligible schools and libraries.
  • a Report and Order finalizing decisions necessary to proceed to Phase II of the Connect America Fund.
  • a Public Notice that asks for comment on the detailed procedures necessary to carry out the Broadcast Incentive Auction. The Public Notice includes specific proposals on auction design issues such as determination of the initial clearing target, opening bid prices, and the final television channel assignment process.

In addition, the FCC will consider fourteen Memorandum Opinions and Orders related to Applications for Review of decisions by the Enforcement and Media Bureaus within the Commission.

Comment Deadline on Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements Extended

On December 9, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released an Order extending the deadline for its Public Notice of November 20, in which it seeks comment on the “Roadmap for Improving E911 Location Accuracy” (Roadmap) filed in the E911 Location Accuracy proceeding by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, the National Emergency Number Association, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon. Comments are now due December 15 and reply comments are now due December 24.

The Roadmap was filed in response to the Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued on February 21, in which the Commission proposed measures and timeframes to improve location accuracy for 911 calls originating indoors, including proposals related to horizontal and vertical location of callers. For example, the FCC proposed that CMRS providers would be required to provide horizontal location (x- and y-axis) information within 50 meters of the caller for 67 percent of 911 calls placed from indoor environments within two years of the effective date of adoption of rules, and for 80 percent of indoor calls within five years, and vertical location (z-axis) information within 3 meters of the caller for 67 percent of indoor 911 calls within three years of the adoption of rules, and for 80 percent of calls within five years.

The FCC indicated that although comments on the Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking were extensive, additional consideration of the Roadmap is appropriate “in light of the important public safety issues addressed in this proceeding and in order to ensure a complete and comprehensive record.” Accordingly, it seeks comment on whether the Roadmap presents a reasonable alternative, in whole or in part, to the proposals set forth in the Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

FCC Issues Warning – Signal Jammers Illegal; Warning Applies to State and Local Governments

The FCC is once again warning the public that the use of signal jammers is illegal. What is different about this warning is that the FCC has also targeted state and local governments as well as state and local law enforcement agencies and educational institutions. Simply put, if you are not an authorized Federal agency, you may not utilize signal jamming equipment.

It is well known that various state and local agencies use signal jammers to block cell signals for a variety of reasons. Frequently, these are used in the jail/correctional and educational environments. The FCC’s warning signals that even though state or local governmental agencies may have a public interest reason to block cellular signals near a particular facility, such action is illegal and could result in fines in excess of $100,000 per violation.

The use of signal jammers in the United States is not permitted because they are illegal radio frequency transmitters that are designed to block, jam or otherwise interfere with authorized radio communications — whether it be mobile two-way communications or commercial telephone two-way communications. As a result, these jammers indiscriminately block both cellular telephone communications and public safety radio communications since the signal jammer is designed to block all radio communications on any device that is within range of the signal jammer. The blocking of cellular telephone communications makes it impossible for the user to make a 911 call in the event of an emergency. Additionally, even if a call can be made, a signal jammer can also block the GPS location data from a cell phone which can make it difficult for first responders to locate the emergency.

In addition to banning the operation of signal jammers in the United States, it is also illegal to import, market or sell these devices on-line or in stores. Again, violations could result in the imposition of fines in excess of $100,000.

Federal Aviation Administration Streamlines its NOTAM System to Improve Light Outage Reporting

The FCC has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has developed plans to streamline its processes with respect to Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). NOTAMs are critical for aviation safety and are used to notify pilots of various conditions, including light outages and other lighting defects on antenna towers. Under the FCC’s Rules, tower owners are required to notify the FAA within 30 minutes of discovering a light outage or malfunction. Currently, the NOTAM is valid for 15 days, which means that the tower owner must again contact the FAA to cancel the NOTAM and have it reissued if the repairs have not been completed. In this regard, the FCC noted that there are circumstances where it is not possible to make repairs within the 15-day NOTAM period. Additionally, because NOTAMs are now submitted electronically, the FCC and FAA were concerned that the proliferation of electronic filings could make it difficult for the FAA and FCC to track the status of antenna tower — which could then have an adverse impact on aviation safety.

The FAA expects to complete the system upgrade to its NOTAM reporting system by mid-January 2015. Once the system upgrades are complete, tower owners will be able to self-select the amount of time needed to repair a faulty tower light or tower lighting. It is important to note that even though you will be able to select the time-period for the NOTAM, it is critical that it be affirmatively canceled once repairs are complete, so that there is no pilot confusion.

The FCC believes that the new process will ease the burdens of tower owners by allowing them to determine how long the NOTAM will remain in effect. The FCC cautioned that it will continue to monitor NOTAMs and may investigate those where a tower owner selects an unusually long period to make a repair, as well as circumstances where multiple NOTAMs have been issued for the same antenna tower within a relatively short period of time or where a tower owner fails to cancel a NOTAM once repairs have been completed.

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Carriers Increase Investment in Carrier-Grade WiFi

According to an article recently published on LightReading.com, a communications news outlet, Amdocs Ltd. recently released a report indicating that fixed and mobile operators are committing an increasing amount of resources in Wi-Fi hotspots, with the goal of “improving connectivity from best-effort status to carrier-grade.”

According to a press release by Amdocs, key findings of the report include:

  • Carrier-grade Wi-Fi hotspots will grow from 14 percent today to 72 percent of overall Wi-Fi hotspots by 2018.
  • As part of their Wi-Fi network strategy to enable Wi-Fi coverage on the move, by 2016, 77 percent of service providers plan to use "homespots" (where the user agrees to leave the hotspot open for use by passers-by), growing from 30 percent today.
  • Almost all operators (85 percent) plan to invest in carrier-grade Wi-Fi by 2016. MSOs see carrier-grade Wi-Fi providing better positioning in mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals, supporting quad-play offerings and wireless services, while Mobile Network Operators’ (MNOs') plan to use carrier-grade Wi-Fi to broaden their networks and offload radio access network (RAN) traffic.
  • By the end of 2016, 61 percent of Multiple Service Operators’ (MSO's) Wi-Fi hotspots, and 70 percent of MNOs, will be sourced from third parties to take advantage of shared cost savings and accelerated deployment, up from 45 percent in today.
  • Two-thirds (65 percent) of respondents placed the lack of strong network planning and management tools in their top three risk factors for investing in carrier-grade Wi-Fi, with most stating that their existing tools will not extend well to Wi-Fi without additional investment.

A copy of the full report is available here (login required).

New York Public Library to Rent Wi-Fi Hotspots by Year’s End

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, later this month New York City residents will be able to check out portable Wi-Fi hubs at their local branch, free of charge.

The program will reportedly offer 10,000 Wi-Fi units through branches of the New York Public Library, the Queens Library, and the Brooklyn Public Library. The hubs, which are powered by Sprint, will generally be lent to library members in adult learning programs, English-language courses, and residents who don’t have home broadband.

Library officials reportedly estimate the program’s first year will cost $2.6 million for all three library systems, though it was paid for in part by a $1 million donation by Google, Inc. and approximately $500,000 from a number of non-profit entities.

The Wi-Fi hotspot program is separate from the LinkNYC plan we reported on in the previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, which will involve replacing the city’s pay phone system with Wi-Fi hubs. According to New York Public Library President Anthony Marx, there is room for both programs.

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FEBRUARY 2: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT. Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks—including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 2 (as February 1 falls on a Sunday this year). Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30. [emphasis added]

Calendar At-a-Glance

December
Dec. 11 – Open Meeting.
Dec. 11 – 2014 FCC Form 477 due (Local Competition and Broadband Reporting).
Dec. 15 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection Certifications for Entities Not Required to Provide Data
Dec. 15 – Comments are due on E911 Location Accuracy “Roadmap.”
Dec. 15 – Reply comments are due on Part 32 Accounting Rules NPRM.
Dec. 17 – Comments are due on Part 22 Technical Changes.
Dec. 19 – Reply comments are due on Unauthorized EAS Alert Public Notice.
Dec. 22 – Comments due on Broadband Speed, Latency Testing Methodology.
Dec. 22 – Reply comments are due on US Telecom Petition for Forbearance from Certain Wireline ILEC Regs.
Dec. 23 – Reply comments are due on TracFone Petition for Declaratory Ruling on 911 Taxes.
Dec. 24 – Comments are due on Robocall and Call-Blocking Issues.
Dec. 24 – Reply comments are due on E911 Location Accuracy “Roadmap.”

January
Jan. 5 – Comments are due on Unlicensed Use of TV Band and 600 MHz Band Spectrum.
Jan. 8 – Reply comments are due on Robocall and Call-Blocking Issues.
Jan. 15 – Annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Report is due.
Jan. 19 – Reply comments on Part 22 Technical Changes are due.
Jan. 26 – Reply comments are due on Unlicensed Use of TV Band and 600 MHz Band Spectrum.
Jan. 29 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection for large businesses with more than 1,500 employees.
Jan. 31 – FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) is due.

February
Feb. 2 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Feb. 2 – FCC Form 502 (Number Utilization and Forecast Report) is due.
Feb. 27 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection for small businesses with less than 1,500 employees.

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 halmor@bloostonlaw.com .

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BY CHLOE ALBANESIUS DECEMBER 11, 2014 06:25PM EST

The event will include "more details on the Windows 10 consumer experience," Microsoft said.

Microsoft on Thursday sent initiations for a Jan. 21 event that will include details on "the next chapter of Windows 10."

The event, which will be held at Microsoft's Redmond campus, will include “more details on the Windows 10 consumer experience,” the company said. CEO Satya Nadella, operating systems chief Terry Myerson (pictured above), and Windows Phone exec Joe Belfiore are all scheduled to make an appearance.


Windows 10 Jan. 21 Event

Microsoft first revealed Windows 10 at a small September gathering in San Francisco. That event, however, focused largely on the enterprise. Microsoft released a very early preview version of its new operating system that day, which developers quickly downloaded. But Redmond cautioned that Windows 10 was still a work in progress, and would improve based on user feedback.

It also promised more details about the consumer version of Windows 10 in the new year, and it looks like we'll get that on Jan. 21. That will come about two weeks after the Consumer Electronics Show, a show at which Microsoft has had a diminished presence in recent years.

A full Windows 10 launch is expected in mid-2015.

With Windows 10, Microsoft skips right over Windows 9 because, as Redmond describes it, Windows 10 is enough of a departure from Windows 8 that it left the possibility of Windows 9 in the dust.

Among the upgrades Microsoft showed off in September is the return of the Start Menu, a new button that allows for a quick view of all open apps, Snap Assist for app suggestions, and the ability to snap up to four apps at once. You can also “add a desktop” — one for work and one for personal, for example.

PCMag will be at the Jan. 21 event, so check back for all the details.

For more, check out PCMag's First Look at Microsoft's Windows 10 and the video below. If you have an extra PC lying around and want to test it out, see How to Get and Install Windows 10.

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Don't use public Wi-Fi networks that aren't password protected, for instance

If you use an iPhone, your days of lording its security features over Android users are numbered.

When it comes to the seemingly endless head-to-head showdowns between the two operating systems used by 94% of Americans, Android’s major selling point is also its Achilles heel. Its customizability means Android users can download apps from anywhere, increasing the risk of infection via malware that can skim sensitive info, send spam messages, or freeze the phone until the owner coughs up a ransom.

Spyware is still far more prevalent for Android devices than iPhones due to Apple’s tight vetting of apps before they make it onto the App Store. Android’s greater market share has a lot to do with it, too, as cyber-criminals can attack more Android phones with a single infusion of malicious code.

But a recently discovered piece of malware called WireLurker attacked iOS devices through a compromised computer, indicating that not only are malware creators increasingly focusing on mobile, but that Apple may soon represent as good a piece of game as Android.

What about Windows Phone and BlackBerry, which make up just 5.9% of US smartphone users combined? “These haven’t attracted the same kind of attention from malware authors that Android has,” says Jeremy Linden, Senior Security Product Manager at Lookout security firm.

However, as our smartphones become our go-to devices for everything from shopping to business, it’s likely that the tiny computer in your hand – no matter which operating system it runs – will increasingly become a target for cybercriminals.

Here are nine things you can do to ensure the security of your device now:

1. Log out after banking and shopping

Using online banking on your smartphone browser should be as safe as using it with a desktop browser, assuming the bank implements the appropriate security measures, says Linden.

Just make sure you log out when you’re done. Signing out from your account prevents cyber-offenders from viewing your personal financial data if your smartphone is hacked. The same goes for shopping sites, where your credit card info may be visible to anyone snooping on the transaction.

Or use your bank’s official app. “Banking apps are set up to be encrypted and protect your information even if the network you’re using has been compromised,” Linden says. Ensure you’ve downloaded the real app and not a malicious copy. Earlier this year, Lookout found a clone of the app for Israel-based Mizrahi Bank, designed to steal customers’ login credentials.

2. Only use public Wi-Fi hotspots that require passwords

Use public Wi-Fi only on secure networks requiring a password to access, ideally only from providers you trust such as the coffee shop you’re at, a city’s official Wi-Fi or a telecommunications operator. Unsecured networks allow hackers to view all web traffic over the network, including passwords and even the contents of unencrypted email (that is, most people’s email).

If you’re planning to connect to public Wi-Fi a lot — for example, while traveling abroad — use an encryption app such as Freedome (Android or iOS) that can secure your connection to any Wi-Fi network so that your data is unreadable. The app also blocks tracking while you’re surfing the web.

3. Set a password on your lock screen

The humble password can prevent an even more insidious crime: allowing someone you know to install spyware onto your device.

Last year, Lookout found that 0.24% of the Android phones it scanned in the United States included spyware designed to target a specific person. That’s tens of thousands of people whose calls, messages and photos were being monitored by someone close enough to access their phones.

No matter what type of smartphone you use, a good password is also your first line of defense against the most basic security issue: losing your phone. As long as you don’t pick an easily guessed combo like 1111, a password can hold off a would-be thief long enough for you to locate and remote-erase your device via the Android Device Manager, Find My iPhone or Windows Phone sites. (BlackBerry users need to have previously downloaded the BlackBerry Protect app, unless the device uses the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.)

4. Check permissions requested by new apps

According to Lookout, adware is the most common security risk with apps. While ads help app makers turn revenue, some contain adware that may collect personal details or usage habits without your consent, send messages with links to buy fake products or force your device to send premium-rate SMS text messages.

Before downloading an app, read through what permissions it requests from you. If a Flappy Bird clone wants access to your contacts and call history, for example, it’s probably best to cancel that download.

If you suspect you’ve already downloaded adware (based on symptoms such as a deluge of pop-up ads or in-app messages asking you to click on a link), uninstall the app that is delivering the aggressive advertising.

5. Get a security app

If you don’t know which app is the culprit or if you simply want to check your phone’s bill of health, a free security app such as Lookout (Android or iOS) or Avast Free Mobile Security (Android or iOS) can scan the apps on your phone for malware including adware, spyware and viruses. If malware is detected, the security app will remove it.

These apps can also locate your device if you lose it, sound an alarm or message it in case someone has found it, back up your contacts online and remote-erase everything if all hope of getting your phone back is lost.

Check out our comparison of free and paid security apps for more information.

6. Review your download habits

“Non-jailbroken iOS devices are less likely to download malware,” says Linden. (The same goes for Windows and BlackBerry phones.) But if you’ve performed tech surgery to rid your iPhone of its limitations or if you use an Android phone, Linden recommends avoiding downloads from third-party app stores, where malware is much more prevalent. Install a security app that can alert you to suspected malware.

Even if apps are on the official app market, only download from trusted developers, and check the reviews for complaints.

7. Disable app downloads from unknown sources (Android only)

Lookout recently identified a piece of malware called NotCompatible.C that allows your phone to be used without your permission. For example, ticket scalpers could use the malware to route bulk ticket purchases through a group of infected phones, thus hiding their identity and location.

NotCompatible is downloaded secretly onto Android phones from sites harboring it; links to such sites have been found in phishing emails. To avoid similar sneaky malware downloads, disable app downloads from unknown sources, found in the Settings/Security menu.

In general, it’s best to avoid clicking on links in emails from unknown senders or, according to Lookout, clicking on shortened URLs like bit.ly, since you can’t see the domain it leads to.

8. Don’t grant apps administrator access (Android only)

Back in July, an intimidating type of Android malware made the rounds. The so-called FBI ransomware froze infected phones, popping up a message that the FBI had locked the phone because the owner had violated federal law by visiting illegal sites including child pornography websites. To access the phone (and its data), victims were asked to pay several hundred dollars.

Ransomware may also request administrator rights at installation, giving the wayward app the ability to lock the phone, read notifications and remote-wipe your data. Once given, you may never be able to retract the access, as in the case of the trojan Obad.a, which hid itself and set to work scraping users’ info, spamming contacts and downloading more malware.

“When ransomware is downloaded to a phone from a malicious website, it takes the form of an APK (Android application package), often disguised as an anti-virus app,” Linden says. “Or it may in some way trick you into launching the app. To avoid this, do not grant applications administrator access unless the app is reputable.”

If you must travel off the beaten path for apps, only download non-app store apps from trusted third parties.

9. Install OS and app updates

Finally, the obvious but biggest way to protect your smartphone security: Download software updates for your phone and its apps whenever they’re available. Updates are designed to patch bugs and vulnerabilities.

This article was written by Natasha Stokes and originally appeared on Techlicious.

 

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

— Albert Einstein

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

NASA's Orion Spacecraft—Delta 4-Heavy Rocket

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NASA's Orion spacecraft, atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket, lifts off on its first unmanned orbital test flight from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

 

Source:http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/12/05/pictures-of-the-week-the-_0_n_6275832.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

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