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Friday — November 21, 2014 — Issue No. 633

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

The year is quickly nearing the end. This would be a good time to use up the rest of your 2014 advertising budget or to make a donation in support of the newsletter.

Thanks very much to the many readers who sent me copies of the news about the SkyTel/Apple patent issue. One news article about the judgement follows.

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Well I received my new computer monitor, thanks to a donation from a reader. I had saved it in my Amazon “Wish List” and then they sent me an e-mail with a deeply discounted price. So the next day, when I checked the price again, it had gone back up. So I asked them if I could still get the better price, and after sending customer service a copy of the e-mail with the lower price, they agreed to honor it.

I had similar thing happen recently. I had broken an essential part in my bandsaw. The customer service department of the company told me that this particular model had been discontinued, and parts for it were not available. A year passed and my model was still being offered in their catalog and was still on the store's shelves so I wrote a polite letter to the company's CEO and asked him if he could do anything for me, or if I had to just throw away my bandsaw and buy a new one?

To shorten the story a little, they still couldn't find the part that I needed, and eventually sent me a whole brand-new bandsaw.

As competition gets increasingly fierce, companies are paying more and more attention to complete customer satisfaction. First-level call center personnel will often just say no but if you stand up for your rights, and politely ask to escalate the issue higher up the ladder, I have found that the problem frequently gets solved satisfactorily.

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There are three ways that we can express ourselves:

  • Passive
  • Aggressive
  • Assertive


When we are passive we give up our human right (freedom of speech) to express our thoughts, beliefs, and opinions. By saying nothing we sometimes lose respect for ourselves.

Some people call this “stuffing it.”

Like Scarlett O'Hara said in Gone with the Wind, “Oh, I can't think about this now! I'll go crazy if I do! I'll think about it tomorrow.”

More on “stuffing it” follows below.


When we express ourselves in an aggressive manner, we can frequently offend others. This is a good way to lose a friend or to create an enemy. We express ourselves alright . . . but at too high a price!


The healthy and respectful way to express ourselves is called being assertive. Think about it — it's about how we express ourselves. There is a way to say everything that we want to say without being disrespectful or offensive to others. Like any skill, it requires practice.

Now back to “stuffing it” . . . and the consequences.

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Maybe you are old enough to remember the “Fibber McGee and Molly” radio-comedy shows? There was a very funny recurring gag about their closet.


Photo of “the Closet” the actual on-the-air sound was done by sound effects men.

None of the show's running gags was as memorable or enduring as The Closet — McGee's frequently opening and cacophonous closet, bric-a-brac clattering down and out and, often enough, over McGee's or Molly's heads. “I gotta get that closet cleaned out one of these days” was the usual McGee observation once the racket subsided. Naturally, “one of these days” almost never arrived. A good thing, too: in one famous instance, when a burglar tied up McGee, McGee informed him cannily that the family's silver was “right through that door, bud . . . just yank it open, bud!” Naturally, the burglar took the bait and naturally, he was buried in the inevitable avalanche, long enough for the police to apprehend him. [source]


So, I'm sure you can see the analogy here. If we internalize our thoughts, opinions, and beliefs it is much like stuffing a lot of things into a closet. When we finally open the door, everything comes crashing out. This might not only damage others, but it might even damage ourselves as well. In other words, we suddenly go from passive to aggressive in one disastrous, and clattering jump. This is not good for anyone.

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

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

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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Bloomberg News

Apple Told to Pay $23.6 Million Over Pager Technology

By Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson November 18, 2014

Apple Inc. (AAPL:US) was told to pay a Texas company $23.6 million after a jury found its iPhone and other devices used SkyTel pager technology from the 1990s without permission.

Patents developed for the SkyTel network and owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC are valid and were infringed by Apple, a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, said late yesterday. MTel, which got about a tenth of what it had been seeking in damages, claimed Apple’s Airport Wi-Fi products and iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices with messaging used the technology.

This is the second trial in as many months in which Cupertino, California-based Apple was accused of using pager technology without paying for it. It won the first case, involving a different company, last month in California.

MTel’s patents in yesterday’s case were issued in the mid-to late-1990s and are either recently expired or nearing the end of their terms.

Mobile Telecommunications was a pioneer in wireless messaging in the 1990s, when its SkyTel 2-Way paging system was the smartphone of its day. Now the company is the licensing arm of closely held United Wireless, which co-owns and operates the legacy SkyTel network for use by first responders and doctors.

“The guys working back then at SkyTel were way ahead of their time,” said Andrew Fitton, chief executive officer of United Wireless. “This is vindication for all their work.”

MTel claimed that Apple devices rely on foundational technology for the transmission and storing of messages and should pay royalties. The Lewisville, Texas-based company was seeking $237.2 million in damages, or about $1 per device.

‘About Fairness’

“Apple is refusing to acknowledge the contributions of others,” MTel lawyer Deron Dacus of the Dacus Firm in Tyler, Texas, told the jury in closing arguments. “This case is about fairness.”

Apple denied infringing the patents and said MTel was trying to take credit for emojis — digital icons that express emotion — and calendar invites. It also argued that the patents were invalid because they didn’t cover any new innovations even when they were first issued. At most, Apple lawyer Brian Ferguson told the jury, MTel was entitled to $1 million.

“A damage award of $237 million is not common sense, it’s not logical,” said Ferguson, of Weil Gotshal in Washington.

Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, had no comment today on the verdict.

Samsung Electronics Co., Apple’s chief rival in the U.S. for smartphones, also is accused of infringing the patents. Jury selection in that case is scheduled for Dec. 15.

The case is Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC v. Apple Inc., 13-258, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall).

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek


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


Roost's smart battery will school your old smoke alarm

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November 12, 2014

If you're intrigued by Nest's Protect , but think spending $99 for a fancy smoke alarm is kind of crazy, Roost's WiFi connected 9-volt battery is worth keeping an eye on. It plugs into any old smoke alarm to make it "smart," as is the custom of our time. You'll get mobile alerts when the battery is low, or if your alarm goes off while you're away from home. Say goodbye to those annoying middle-of-the-night low battery chirps.



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

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

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NTU develops ultra-fast charging batteries that last 20 years

Published on: 13-Oct-2014

(Clockwise from top) NTU Assoc Prof Chen Xiaodong with research fellow Tang Yuxin and PhD student Deng Jiyang

Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes.

The new generation batteries also have a long lifespan of over 20 years, more than 10 times compared to existing lithium-ion batteries.

This breakthrough has a wide-ranging impact on all industries, especially for electric vehicles, where consumers are put off by the long recharge times and its limited battery life.

With this new technology by NTU, drivers of electric vehicles could save tens of thousands on battery replacement costs and can recharge their cars in just a matter of minutes.

Commonly used in mobile phones, tablets, and in electric vehicles, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries usually last about 500 recharge cycles. This is equivalent to two to three years of typical use, with each cycle taking about two hours for the battery to be fully charged.

In the new NTU-developed battery, the traditional graphite used for the anode (negative pole) in lithium-ion batteries is replaced with a new gel material made from titanium dioxide.

Titanium dioxide is an abundant, cheap and safe material found in soil. It is commonly used as a food additive or in sunscreen lotions to absorb harmful ultraviolet rays.

Naturally found in spherical shape, the NTU team has found a way to transform the titanium dioxide into tiny nanotubes, which is a thousand times thinner than the diameter of a human hair. This speeds up the chemical reactions taking place in the new battery, allowing for superfast charging.

Invented by Associate Professor Chen Xiaodong from NTU’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, the science behind the formation of the new titanium dioxide gel was published in the latest issue of Advanced Materials, a leading international scientific journal in materials science.

Prof Chen and his team will be applying for a Proof-of-Concept grant to build a large-scale battery prototype. With the help of NTUitive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTU set up to support NTU start-ups, the patented technology has already attracted interest from the industry.

The technology is currently being licensed by a company for eventual production. Prof Chen expects that the new generation of fast-charging batteries will hit the market in the next two years. It also has the potential to be a key solution in overcoming longstanding power issues related to electro-mobility.

“Electric cars will be able to increase their range dramatically, with just five minutes of charging, which is on par with the time needed to pump petrol for current cars,” added Prof Chen.

“Equally important, we can now drastically cut down the toxic waste generated by disposed batteries, since our batteries last ten times longer than the current generation of lithium-ion batteries.”

The 10,000-cycle life of the new battery also mean that drivers of electric vehicles would save on the cost of battery replacements, which could cost over US$5,000 each.

Easy to manufacture

According to Frost & Sullivan, a leading growth-consulting firm, the global market of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries is projected to be worth US$23.4 billion in 2016.

Lithium-ion batteries usually use additives to bind the electrodes to the anode, which affects the speed in which electrons and ions can transfer in and out of the batteries.

However, Prof Chen’s new cross-linked titanium dioxide nanotube-based electrodes eliminates the need for these additives and can pack more energy into the same amount of space.

Manufacturing this new nanotube gel is very easy. Titanium dioxide and sodium hydroxide are mixed together and stirred under a certain temperature so battery manufacturers will find it easy to integrate the new gel into their current production processes.

Recognised as the next big thing by co-inventor of today’s lithium-ion batteries

NTU professor Rachid Yazami, the co-inventor of the lithium-graphite anode 30 years ago that is used in today’s lithium-ion batteries, said Prof Chen’s invention is the next big leap in battery technology.

“While the cost of lithium-ion batteries has been significantly reduced and its performance improved since Sony commercialised it in 1991, the market is fast expanding towards new applications in electric mobility and energy storage,” said Prof Yazami, who is not involved in Prof Chen’s research project.

Last year, Prof Yazami was awarded the prestigious Draper Prize by The National Academy of Engineering for his ground-breaking work in developing the lithium-ion battery with three other scientists.

“However, there is still room for improvement and one such key area is the power density – how much power can be stored in a certain amount of space — which directly relates to the fast charge ability. Ideally, the charge time for batteries in electric vehicles should be less than 15 minutes, which Prof Chen’s nanostructured anode has proven to do so.”

Prof Yazami is now developing new types of batteries for electric vehicle applications at the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N).

This battery research project took the team of four scientists three years to complete. It is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister's Office, Singapore, under its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) Programme of Nanomaterials for Energy and Water Management.

Media contact:

Lester Kok
Senior Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: 6790 6804

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London, and also an Interdisciplinary Graduate School.

NTU is home to world-class autonomous institutes — the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering — and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit

Source: Nanyang Technological University (in Singapore) 

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Blackberry Classic on Rogers, rolls out December 17th

News by Luke Jones on Saturday November 15, 2014


Blackberry's new smartphone is close to arriving and has made an appearance with Canadian carrier Rogers, available now on pre-order. The Blackberry Classic is a homage to Blackberry's successful years in the smartphone business with devices like the Bold and Curve. The device comes with a classic physical QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad, some old school stuff.

Pre-release it is really hard to see Blackberry's reasoning behind the Classic. Yes, it gives consumers the chance to have the old smartphone form factor with the modern BB10.3 software, but didn?t the Q10 already offer that and fail? I admit I had similar misgivings about the recently launched Blackberry Passport, and that turned out to be a well-received device that is very good.

Perhaps the Canadian company can manage the trick twice and really does know what its dedicated customers want. That's the key for the Blackberry at the moment, delivering products that it knows its customers want, not hedging its bets with other handsets. The Passport fulfils the do all flagship with productivity minded design, while it seems like the Blackberry Classic is speaking to the serial emailer, the businessperson on the move.

Whether it will work remains to be seen, certainly the $449 pre-order price Blackberry is asking on its website seems like a lot of money for what is essentially a phone from three years ago. Also, launching it on December 17th leaves things very late before the Holiday Season, a risky move from Blackberry as many people would already have stocked their smartphone gifts by then.


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USB Paging Encoder

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  • PURC or direct connect
  • Pictured version mounts in 5.25" drive bay
  • Other mounting options available
  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

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Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • Frequency agile—only one receiver to stock
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  • Product customization available

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2Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
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Selected portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update — newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP are reproduced in this section with the firm's permission.

BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 17, No. 46November 17, 2014

Electronic Filing Required for Section 208, 224 Proceedings

By way of an Order released on November 12, the FCC now requires electronic filing through ECFS in two categories of cases: (a) formal complaints under Section 208 of the Communications Act (Act); and (b) pole attachment complaints under Section 224 of the Act. In order to expedite the implementation of this new process, the FCC has waived its rules regarding effective dates and made the new requirement effective as November 22 (unless the electronic system is not in place by then).


FCC Prepping Further E-Rate Modernization Order Entailing Major Increase in Size of Program

Chairman Tom Wheeler is having the FCC staff prepare a further order modernizing the Schools and Libraries universal service support program (known as the E-Rate Program). The highlight of the order will be an increase in the annual cap on the size of the program from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion. Although this 62 percent increase has been criticized by the two Republican Commissioners, it is virtually certain that the three Democrat Commissioners will adopt and implement it.

Many high-cost support recipients will find it curious that the Chairman is explaining much of the $1.5 billion E-Rate cap increase as an adjustment for inflation when the FCC has steadfastly refused to consider or adopt inflationary adjustments for the current $2.0 rural carrier budget and $4.5 billion total budget for high-cost support. However, most RLECs are expected to support the E-Rate Program expansion in the hope that it will make more funds available for rural schools and libraries. They can also be expected to increase their support for accelerated Universal Service contribution reform not only to address the $1.5 billion increase in the total amount of Universal Service Fund disbursements (from $8.5 billion to $10.0 billion) but also to provide more funding for the upgrade of the high-cost local and middle mile networks needed to connect schools and libraries with the rest of the world.

The E-Rate order being prepared will address various proposals set forth in the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that was included as part of the FCC’s July 2014 E-Rate Modernization Order. As clients may remember, the July 2014 E-Rate order refocused the program on making high-speed WiFi service available in schools and libraries, and made a number of other substantial administrative and funding changes. The forthcoming order is likely to address matters such as: (a) requirements for high-cost recipients to respond to school and library requests for proposals for E-Rate services; (b) the size of communities eligible for the additional “rural” discount; (c) state matching programs; (d) dark fiber usage; and (e) options for schools and libraries to construct their own E-Rate facilities.

In a statement, Commissioner O’Rielly said, “I am disheartened to hear that the FCC intends to increase the E-rate program by 62 percent, bringing the total USF budget to approximately $10 billion. How will the FCC pay for this spending spree? Initially, the FCC will raise telecommunications bills by at least 16 percent. And, ultimately, I predict the FCC will disastrously impose new fees on broadband service – a move that even some consumer groups have opposed.”

AWS-3 Auction Surpasses Minimum Draw as Bidding Approaches $25 Billion

Bidding for AWS-3 licenses approached $25 Billion on the fifth day of bidding in FCC Auction 97, demonstrating the wireless industry’s almost insatiable demand for mobile wireless spectrum, and little apparent concern for the possibility of having to share portions of the band indefinitely in certain areas with incumbent Federal users.

This total far exceeds the $10.06 Billion aggregate “reserve price” that the Commission set for the paired channel licenses prior to the auction (which was met on Tuesday), and guarantees that the auction will be a success for the FCC and U.S. Treasury (and that applicants are not bidding in vain).

As of the final round of bidding on Wednesday (Round 19), the FCC had received total gross bids of $24,168,801,900 for the 880 Economic Area (EA) licenses and 734 Cellular Market Area (CMA) licenses. Most notably, a flurry of bidding for the New York-Long Island EA J-Block (20 MHz) license over the past two days saw the Provisionally Winning Bid (PWB) price soar from $826 million at mid-day yesterday to over $1.7 billion this afternoon. During this same time period, the PWB price for the LA-Riverside EA J-Block license climbed from $584 million to over $1.2 billion. In all, there were a total of 1,605 new bids placed in Round 19 for the 1,614 available licenses.

Bidding for the AWS-3 A1- and B1-Block unpaired licenses, spectrum in the 1695-1710 MHz band that will be used for low-power mobile uplink operations, had been minimal or non-existent in many markets until Round 17 on Wednesday afternoon, when one or more bidders placed minimum bids on all of the remaining licenses that had not yet received a bid. The FCC has set an aggregate reserve price of $580 million for the unpaired licenses.

A total of 70 bidders qualified to participate in the AWS-3 auction, including entities affiliated with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Dish Network Corp., Grain Management, LLC and investor Mario Gabelli. However, details about each company’s participation, and the identity of bidders for individual licenses, is kept strictly confidential in light of limited information disclosure procedures that the FCC has in place for Auction 97. FCC anti-collusion rules restrict bidders from issuing public statements about their auction participation or otherwise disclosing information about their auction participation until after the post-auction down payment deadline has passed.

A portion of the proceeds from the AWS-3 auction will be used to relocate certain incumbent Federal government operations from a portion of the AWS-3 band, but other Federal government ( e.g., DoD) operations will remain in the band indefinitely. Winning bidders will need to coordinate their AWS-3 operations with these Federal 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.

The AWS-3 auction is the second of three auctions mandated by Congress to fund FirstNet. The first auction, the so-called “H-Block auction” (Auction 96) which was held last February, brought in $1.56 billion, with a subsidiary of Dish Network Corp. as the sole winning bidder. Dish had pledged to bid at least $1.56 billion in that prior auction in exchange for more flexibility in how it uses other wireless broadband frequencies. With significant proceeds from the AWS-3 auction, this should put less pressure on the FCC to look for FirstNet proceeds from the 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction, scheduled for 2016.

181 Applicants Submit 600 Rural Broadband Experiment Bids

On November 12, the FCC issued a press release announcing that the Rural Broadband Experiment application process saw 181 applicants submit almost 600 project bids, representing close to $885 million worth of projects — almost nine times the amount of money available.

The next step entails FCC staff identifying the provisionally winning bidders, who will then be required to submit additional information demonstrating their financial and technical ability to meet the program’s requirements for their project bids. According to the press release, applicants who are able to make the requisite demonstrations could potentially launch their experiments as early as spring 2015.

As readers will recall, the $100 million available for the experiments is divided into three groups as follows:

  • $75 million to test competitive interest in building networks that are capable of delivering 100 Mbps downloads and 25 Mbps uploads
  • $15 million to test interest in delivering service at 10/1 speeds in high cost areas
  • $10 million for 10/1 service in areas that are extremely costly to serve.

Given the amount of money available in comparison to the bids received, competition will be fierce indeed.

FCC Issues Reconsideration Order on Rural Call Completion, Seeks PRA Comments

On November 13, the FCC issued an Order on Reconsideration granting a Petition for Reconsideration of its October 28 Rural Call Completion Order filed by United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) and the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance (ITTA), while denying or dismissing four others. As a result of the Petition granted, the FCC modified the call completion rules so that the recordkeeping, retention, and reporting requirements adopted in the Order do not apply to: (i) intraLATA toll calls that are carried entirely over the covered provider’s network, and (ii) intraLATA toll calls that are handed off by the covered provider directly to the terminating local exchange carrier (LEC) or to the tandem that the terminating LEC’s end office subtends.

By way of background, the Rural Call Completion Order required covered providers to record and retain specific information about each call attempt to a rural operating company number from subscriber lines for which the providers make the initial long-distance call path choice in a readily retrievable form for the six most recent months. Covered providers were also required to submit a quarterly report containing information on long-distance call attempts from subscriber lines for which the covered providers make the initial call path choice.

In granting the US Telecom / ITTA Petition, the FCC concluded that excluding on-net intraLATA toll traffic from the scope of these rules would not undermine the goals of the Rural Call Completion Order and would not impair its ability to monitor and address problems associated with completing calls to rural areas. Further, the FCC concluded that the cost of including on-net intraLATA toll traffic in the recording and reporting requirements exceeded the limited incremental benefit from collecting this data.

The FCC dismissed or denied Petitions filed by COMPTEL, Sprint, Transcom Enhanced Services (Transcom) and Carolina West Wireless (Carolina West). COMPTEL sought reconsideration of the smaller covered provider exception adopted in the Order, which excluded from the scope of the rules providers that make the initial long-distance call path choice for less than 100,000 subscriber lines. Sprint asked the FCC to reconsider its decision “to use the required call completion reports as the basis for subsequent enforcement action;” urged the FCC to make the RLEC surveys required by the Order available for independent review; and argued that the FCC’s compliance burden estimate was too low. Transcom requested reconsideration of the FCC’s decision to apply certain aspects of the Order to so-called “intermediate providers that are not common carriers.” Carolina West asked the FCC to modify the definition of “covered provider” as it applies to the smaller covered provider exception.

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911 Reliability Certification/PSAP Outage Notification Requirements Deadlines Announced

On November 18, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) announced that its 911 reliability certification and PSAP outage notification requirements became effective on October 15, 2014. Therefore, an Initial Certification of substantial progress toward meeting the requirements of the Annual Reliability Certification will be due to FCC on October 15, 2015, and Annual Reliability Certifications will then be due each year thereafter (i.e., October 15, 2016, and so on).

As we reported in the December 18, 2013 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the Commission adopted a Report and Order (911 Reliability Order) requiring all "Covered 911 Service Providers" to meet an annual certification requirement and to take "reasonable measures" to ensure 911 circuit diversity, availability of backup power at central offices that directly serve PSAPs, and diversity of network monitoring links.

A “Covered 911 Service Provider,” is defined as “any entity that provides 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, ALI, ANI, or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a PSAP, statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority, or that operates one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP." A central office “directly serves a PSAP” if it "(1) hosts a selective router or ALI/ANI database (2) provides functionally equivalent NG911 capabilities, or (3) is the last service-provider facility through which a 911 trunk or administrative line passes before connecting to a PSAP."

The Order also requires all Covered 911 Service Providers to certify annually to certain basic measures in three substantive areas, including 911 circuit auditing, backup power at central offices that directly serve PSAPs, and diverse network monitoring links.

The FCC also amended section 4.9 of the rules, which required carriers to notify PSAPs when communications outages occur that affect 911 service “as soon as possible.” Under the amended rule, Covered 911 Service Providers “must notify PSAPs of outages potentially affecting 911 service to that PSAP within thirty minutes of discovering the outage and provide contact information such as a name, telephone number, and e-mail for follow-up.” (Emphasis supplied).

FCC Issues Agenda for November 21 Open Meeting

The FCC issued the final agenda for its November 21 Open Meeting. At the meeting, the FCC will consider:

  • a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to provide broadcasters greater flexibility in their disclosure of contest terms.
  • a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Declaratory Ruling, and Order to facilitate the transition to next generation networks by promoting and preserving the Commission’s public safety, consumer protection, and competition goals.
  • a Policy Statement and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its approach to 911 governance and proposing mechanisms to ensure continued accountability for reliable 911 services as technologies evolve.
  • a presentation regarding the 2014 International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference, which will include a summary of key issues addressed at the Plenipotentiary and the conference outcomes.

The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. EST and will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC Live web page at .

FCC Issues Regulatory Fees Small Entity Compliance Guide

On November 14, 2014, the FCC issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide on the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2014. While the annual regulatory fees were due on September 23, 2014, it is important to remember that this guide will provide information regarding those fees as well as small fees which are payable upfront (as part of application fees) for certain radio services, including many of the Part 90 services as well as the Microwave Services under Part 101 and the Rural Radio/BETRS services under Part 22 of the FCC’s Rules. This guide is similar to the information that we provided to our clients in August/September of this year. Nonetheless, our small business, non-profit and local government clients should review this guide and let us know if you have any questions.

House Republican Members Oppose Title II Broadband Reclassification

On November 12, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) led a group of Republican legislators — indeed, every Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee — in sending a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to “strongly urge” the FCC not to adopt Title II regulation for the Internet.

“Recent proposals have suggested that the FCC can use its authority under Title II of the Communications Act to create legally enforceable rules to regulate Internet access. We believe this is beyond the scope of the FCC’s authority and would defy the plain reading of the statute,” wrote the group of forty-one. “Given the significant legal barriers to reclassification and the uncertainty that yet another appeal of the FCC’s rules would bring to the Internet, we strongly urge you to reject any such reclassification proposals. As you know, we are not alone in our concerns. In May, Rep. Gene Green led twenty Democratic members of the House in a letter calling on the commission to reject reclassification. We urge the commission to heed our bipartisan concerns.”

A copy of the full letter can be found here .


Law Enforcement Concerned Over New Device Encryption

According to an article in the Yahoo! Tech section, law enforcement officials are upset about the latest versions of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems. Specifically, they are concerned that new levels of encryption introduced by these versions (8 for iOS and “Lollipop” for Android) will hinder investigations because there is no master key that the companies can provide to investigators, even if they have a warrant. The companies simply do not have the keys to provide. According to the Wall Street Journal, one Justice Department official said the companies have promised customers "the equivalent of a house that can't be searched, or a car trunk that could never be opened.”

In response to these concerns, Apple has reportedly argued that it’s “no big deal” — the FBI can still access data backed up on its cloud service. But as FBI director James Comey noted in remarks made in October, “uploading to the cloud doesn’t include all of the stored data on a bad guy’s phone, which has the potential to create a black hole for law enforcement. And if the bad guys don’t back up their phones routinely, or if they opt out of uploading to the cloud, the data will only be found on the encrypted devices themselves.”

Calendar At-a-Glance

Oct. 1 – FCC Form 477 due (Local Competition and Broadband Reporting) .*

Dec. 1 – Deadline to Increase Residential Rate Floor to $16.
Dec. 5 – Comments are due on US Telecom Petition for Forbearance from Certain Wireline ILEC Regs.
Dec. 5 – Comments are due on Unauthorized EAS Alert Public Notice.
Dec. 8 – Comments are due on TracFone Petition for Declaratory Ruling on 911 Taxes.
Dec. 15 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection.
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 – 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.

Jan. 15 – Annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Report is due.
Jan. 19 – Reply comments on Part 22 Technical Changes are due.
Jan. 31 – FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) is due.


* This deadline has been suspended indefinitely. A new deadline has not been set at this time.

BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 17, No. 47November 20, 2014

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FCC Reopens Form 477 Filing Interface; 2014 Form 477 Filings Due December 11

The FCC announced today that its Form 477 filing interface, available here , has finally been reopened. As a result, Form 477 filings of data as of June 30, 2014 are now due December 11.

Form 477 filings are usually due on September 1 each year. This year, however, the FCC extended the deadline to October 1 to accommodate revisions to the filling, and suspended the deadline indefinitely on September 29 due to technical difficulties with the electronic filing interface.

According to the FCC’s Public Notice, filers who submitted their Form 477 filings prior to the closing of the site on September 26, 2014 do not need to take any further action; those filings remain in “Submitted” status. In addition, filers who started the filing process prior to the closing of the site do not need to re-upload any files or re-enter any records provided previously and should see those data after logging in to the interface.

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

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Intel Mica Hands-On: A Fancy, High-Fashion Beeper For $500

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Early this fall, Intel announced its first “luxury smart bracelet” built in conjunction with Opening Ceremony and aimed specifically at the ladiez. Today, we finally got to spend some time with the device and can say with total confidence: Yep, that is one pretty . . . beeper?

The most important thing to note here is that Intel's MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) comes with its very own SIM card, just like the Samsung Gear S. Unlike the Samsung, though, MICA doesn't actually allow you to make phone calls. Instead, it allows you to receive text messages from your “VIP list” (Read: Anyone who you decide to give your MICA's phone number to).

But here's the catch: There's no on-board keyboard. Instead, any text-messages you want to reply to will have to settle for one of the 50 or so canned responses on your MICA. There's no voice control, so that's out, but you can make your own custom messages by plugging your bracelet into your computer and using the accompanying website. Still, anything more than "Gonna be 5 minutes late" or "Got it" is probably going to be getting a little too specific to actually ever be useful.

In addition to some texting, the bracelet (which its makers are very careful not to call a smartwatch) will send you calendar and event notifications, let your accept or decline Facebook events, use TomTom-powered GPS to tell when you're going to be late, and Yelp to offer both local search and suggestions. There are no directions, though, so if you do happen to be running late, your actual phone is a far better bet. It's also worth noting that, at least in this iteration, there is no voice control.

Of course, the benefit of such limited functionality is that does mean it might not suffer from one of other smartwatches' biggest drawbacks—battery life. The MICA will supposedly get up to 48 hours, but when we asked how long battery might last with heavy use, the best answer we got was "not 48 hours."

Perhaps most notably (and again, unlike the Samsung Gear S), this isn't going to connect to your phone in any way—at least not yet. You will have to explicitly give anyone you want contacting you on your bracelet a separate number that will, of course, accept nothing but texts. You know, like a beeper.

While the bracelet, which retails for $500, might seem steep, that does come included with a two-year data plan from AT&T. After those first two years it's up to you, but that's not a horrible deal as far as data is concerned.

And for all its limited functionality, the target market for this bracelet probably doesn't even care. This thing is going to be sold exclusively at Barney's, and the people buying it are probably going to be more interested in form factor than actual function. And at least to my untrained eye, it does seem like they at least got that part down.



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The $50 earthquake alarm that could save thousands of lives

By Eoghan Macguire, for CNN
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(CNN) — In September 1985 a devastating earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale smashed into Mexico City killing 10,000 people and leaving parts of the city in ruins.

Since then, the populous Latin American nation of 122 million has invested in one of the most advanced seismic warning systems anywhere in the world.

The SASMEX facility came online in 1991 and reacts to data gathered by sensors placed near major fault lines along Mexico's Pacific coast.

Receivers dotted around five major cities, including Mexico City and Acapulco, will sound the alarm if they detect an earthquake.

It's a system that can buy vital seconds for residents to brace themselves before the tremors begin.

But not everyone has access to a SASMEX receiver — there are 100,000 in operation but at a cost of roughly $330 apiece, they are a luxury the majority of Mexicans can't afford.

Most receivers are stationed in the likes of public buildings, hospitals, schools and subway stations.

  Until you live in one of these places you don't really understand the primitive fear of earthquakes.

Andres Meira, Grillo founder

With roughly 21 million people living both formally and informally in and around Mexico City alone, that means many will not be aware the alarm is sounding until the ground begins shaking.

$50 alarm

According to local tech entrepreneur, Andres Meira, such vital services should be far more widely available.

Meira is no passive observer in this debate. He moved to Mexico City after working in Haiti and witnessing the devastation caused by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the Caribbean island in 201 0 killing more than 230,000 people.

It's an experience that had a profound and lasting effect on him.

“Until you live in one of these places you don't really understand the primitive fear of earthquakes,” he said. “There are times when you can't sleep and sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night and make sure things aren't moving.”

Now, after combining with local engineers and tech investors based in Silicon Valley, Meira believes he may have a solution that will bring the SASMEX signal to the masses.

It's called the Grillo (the Spanish word for cricket) early warning system. The compact device — a cube about the size of an alarm clock — taps into the special frequencies that SASMEX operates on and relays that information to its users.

When seismic activity is detected, the Grillo sounds a loud, flashing alarm. At a cost of just $50, it also undercuts the price of the receivers used primarily in public buildings by around 85%.

“This is the most affordable and the most direct way for the Mexican public to connect to the early warning system,” Meira says of the product, which also became Mexico's most successful ever Kickstarter campaign.

Andres Meira poses with a Grillo device (Credit: Grillo)

Mexico City's geographic location and geological makeup put it at particular risk from seismic activity. There have been a handful of relatively small quakes in 2014 already.

Meira also hopes versions of the Grillo system could be introduced elsewhere in the world where earthquakes are a real risk — like in Nepal, India, the West Coast of the U.S. and along much of the Pacific Coast of South America.

Missing education?

But others point to the difficulty of introducing a mass warning system without first educating citizens on what to do when receiving a direct alert.

Speaking to earlier this year, Arturo Iglesias Mendoza, director of the Institute of Geophysics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, pondered what would happen if 5,000 of 60,000 people in a football stadium received an alert of an imminent earthquake? "People should know that the safest thing to do is to stay in the stadium," he said.

On top of that, the $50 price is still a considerable investment for many residents of a country where the average wage remains under $5 a day .

Then there is the fact that only a handful of early warning systems like SASMEX exist anywhere in the world. This means that Grillo will unlikely have government sourced data and advanced sensor system set up near major fault lines to tap into in many other locations.

Meira and his colleagues have anticipated such difficulties.

He speaks of the next stage of the Grillo project which will see hundreds of specially developed sensors placed all over Mexico, feeding into an algorithm that will provide early-warning alerts to apps and smartphones.

  This is the most affordable and the most direct way for the Mexican public to connect to the early warning system.

Andres Meira, Grillo founder

Warning app

Known as Grillo Active, the tiny orange devices contain a sensitive movement detector, microprocessor and a WiFi module to transmit a signal. Grillo are currently in talks with a major convenience store chain to locate the devices at between 500 and 1,000 of their stores around Mexico.

Such a wide spread will ensure more reliable and faster alerts.

“The real test of a good infrastructure is the density of sensors,” Meira said. “This is our plan in Mexico.”

Given that the devices can be produced cheaply and located anywhere with an internet connection, the potential for Grillo to be used in a variety of vulnerable areas around the world is very real.

Japan remains the only nation in the world where the entire country is hooked up to an early warning facility. And that system, which consists of 1,000 GPS sensors.

For now, however, this fledgling group's focus remains on Mexico.

The first small batch of Grillo boxes produced have been sold, although they haven't yet seen any action in the field. Mexico's last earthquake was recorded about six months ago, when the device was still in the prototype phase.

Meira hopes that the acid test doesn't come too soon, but he expects a solid performance from his invention when it does.

"The science is all there," he said. "We have tested it out in two earthquakes and they worked just fine. One was a seven pointer (on the Richter scale) and it worked perfectly."

Now, they await the next earthquake.



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A band of storm clouds moves across Lake Erie and into the towns south of Buffalo, New York, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, on Tuesday as several feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the southern and eastern Buffalo suburbs and forced the closure of a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)


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