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December 25, 2014 2014 Christmas Card
637 December 19, 2014 This Week's Headlines
  • Merry Christmas
  • Six technologies poised to revolutionize PCs in 2015
  • Microsoft combats tech support scammers with lawsuit
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Adopts CAF Phase II Order, Increases Broadband Speed Requirement to 10 Mbps
    • FCC Issues E-Rate Order, Increases E-Rate Spending Cap by $1.5 Billion
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Incentive Auction Procedures
    • Comment Sought on IntraMTA Petition for Declaratory Ruling; Will Impact Related Lawsuits
    • Wireline Competition Bureau to Hold Special Access Data Collection Webinar; Updates FAQ
    • Deadlines for Unlicensed Use of 600 MHz Band and Wireless Microphone Proceedings Extended
    • Commission Announces First Quarter USF Contribution Factor for 2015
    • Comcast Sued for Using Private Routers to Offer Public Wi-Fi
    • Netflix Responds to Commissioner Pai on Fast Lane Allegations
    • Deadline: February 2: FCC Form 502, Number Utilization and Forecast Report
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Paging Licensees Comment On: “Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Reminds Paging and Radiotelephone Service Licensees of WT Docket No. 14-180 Certain Technical Rules and Seeks Comment on The Need for Technical Flexibility”
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Michael Candell
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • 3 Incredible Quotes From Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Confirm She Deserves All The Awards
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Nobel Peace Prize laureates
636 December 12, 2014 This Week's Headlines
  • 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.
  • Emergency Communications Center Receives National Award
  • e*Message Wireless Information Services GmbH Germany
  • Why More Women in Tech and Leadership is a Win for Everyone
  • Web inventor says Internet should be 'human right'
  • FCC: Sorry ISPs, 4 Mbits/s ain't broadband
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Access Certification Due December 15; Lifeline Verification Must Be Complete by December 31
    • FCC Announces Bidders Provisionally Selected for Rural Broadband Experiments
    • Bidding in AWS-3 Auction Surpasses $43 Billion
    • Comments Filed on USTelecom Petition for Forbearance; Replies due December 22
    • FCC Issues Instructions, Web Portal Guide for Special Access Data Collection
    • FCC Issues Agenda for December 11 Open Meeting
    • Comment Deadline on Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements Extended
    • FCC Issues Warning – Signal Jammers Illegal; Warning Applies to State and Local Governments
    • Federal Aviation Administration Streamlines its NOTAM System to Improve Light Outage Reporting
    • Carriers Increase Investment in Carrier-Grade WiFi
    • New York Public Library to Rent Wi-Fi Hotspots by Year’s End
    • Deadline: February 2: FCC Form 502, Number Utilization and Forecast Report
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Windows 10 Event Set for Jan. 21
  • 9 Steps to Make Your Smartphone Totally Hacker-Proof
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Dietmar Gollnick
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Albert Einstein
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • NASA's Orion Spacecraft—Delta 4-Heavy Rocket
635 December 5, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • New bill aims to curb US government backdoor spying
  • Cool Home Automation products
  • Judge: Give NSA unlimited access to digital data
  • Bluetooth 4.2 aims to shield your smartphone from prying beacons
  • Symantec Uncovers Sophisticated, Stealthy Computer Spying Tool
  • Verizon is transitioning 3G spectrum to LTE in 10 cities
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Likely to Issue a Further Rural ILEC USF Order During December
    • FCC Announces Adoption of NPRM on Technology Transition, Text Forthcoming
    • FCC Adopts 911 Policy Statement, Proposes New 911 Rules
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Revision to Broadcast Contest Rule
    • Deadline Set for Broadband Speed, Latency Testing Methodology Comments
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for December Open Meeting
    • Comment Deadlines Set on Rules for Unlicensed Use of TV Band and 600 MHz Band Spectrum
    • FCC Releases Updated Special Access Data Collection FAQs
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Extends Special Access Data Collection Filing Deadline
    • FCC Releases Technology Transitions NPRM and Declaratory Ruling
    • Wireline Bureau Files Analysis of Proposals to Alter HCLS Calculations
    • Comment Sought on Robocalls and Call-Blocking Issues Raised by Attorneys General
    • FCC Adopts Electronic Filing for Certain Proceedings
    • FCC Opens New Docket for Annual Lifeline ETC Certifications
    • Newport Television to Pay $35,000 Fine for Broadcasting Private Telephone Conversation
    • Commissioner Pai Asks Netflix to Explain Recent Practices
    • FCC Grants Relinquishments of ETC Designations
    • New York City Announces Public Wi-Fi Plan Supported by Advertisements
    • Deadline: FEBRUARY 2: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Old Sex Offender Conviction Leads to Revocation of Amateur Radio License
    • Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Seeks Comment on the Location Accuracy Roadmap Submitted by APCO, NENA and Nationwide Wireless Carriers
    • LMCC Comments on ACD Telecom Request to be Certified as a Frequency Advisory Committee
    • FCC Issues Regulatory Fees Small Entity Compliance Guide
    • Law Enforcement Concerned Over New Device Encryption
    • Wireless Bureau Opens Filing Window for Frequency Coordinator for Medical Body Area Networks — Applications Due January 2, 2015
    • Comment Deadlines Set on Rules for Unlicensed Use of TV Band and 600 MHz Band Spectrum
  • Sprint Half-Price Plans: Deal or No Deal?
  • Lighter, cheaper radio wave device could transform telecommunications
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Marcos Passarini
    • Dietmar Gollnick
    • Jerry Quenneville
    • Vasu Srinivasan
    • Barry Kanne
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • The Right Thing
      • W. Clement Stone
      • Zig Ziglar
      • J. C. Watts
      • Benjamin Franklin
      • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Surprise within a Cloud (in the Milky Way)
634 November 28, 2014 Holiday Edition (US Thanksgiving Day)
633 November 21, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • 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.
  • CUSTOMER SATISFACTON
  • HUMANN RIGHTS
  • Apple Told to Pay $23.6 Million Over Pager Technology
  • Roost's smart battery will school your old smoke alarm
  • NTU develops ultra-fast charging batteries that last 20 years
  • Blackberry Classic on Rogers, rolls out December 17th
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Electronic Filing Required for Section 208, 224 Proceedings
    • FCC Prepping Further E-Rate Modernization Order Entailing Major Increase in Size of Program
    • AWS-3 Auction Surpasses Minimum Draw as Bidding Approaches $25 Billion
    • 181 Applicants Submit 600 Rural Broadband Experiment Bids
    • FCC Issues Reconsideration Order on Rural Call Completion, Seeks PRA Comments
    • 911 Reliability Certification/PSAP Outage Notification Requirements Deadlines Announced
    • FCC Issues Agenda for November 21 Open Meeting
    • FCC Issues Regulatory Fees Small Entity Compliance Guide
    • House Republican Members Oppose Title II Broadband Reclassification
    • Law Enforcement Concerned Over New Device Encryption
  • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Issue
      FCC Reopens Form 477 Filing Interface; 2014 Form 477 Filings Due December 11
  • Intel Mica Hands-On: A Fancy, High-Fashion Beeper For $500
  • The $50 earthquake alarm that could save thousands of lives
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • A Tradeoff
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Ten Dead as Snow Buries Upstate New York, Great Lakes
632 November 14, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Digitimes: Apple ordered enough chips for 30-40 million watches
  • Roost's smart battery will school your old smoke alarm
  • Skype Now Lets You Make Calls Right From Your Browser
  • How smartphone warnings could save lives in an earthquake
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Special Access Data Collection Responses Due Dec. 15
    • President Obama Urges FCC to Adopt Strict Rules on Net Neutrality; FCC Chair Asks for More Time
    • FCC Seeks Comment on TracFone Petition for Declaratory Ruling on 911 Taxes
    • FCC Takes Steps to Modernize Cellular Service Rules; Seeks Comment on Further Reforms
    • NARUC Seeks Extension of Time to Appeal to Supreme Court on Tenth Circuit Decision
    • Comment Sought on USTelecom Petition for Forbearance from Certain Wireline ILEC Regulations
    • PSHSB Issues Advisory, Seeks Comment on Unauthorized EAS Alerts
    • AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon Support Using Section 706 to Prohibit Paid Prioritization
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Secret US spy program targeted Americans' cellphones
  • US appeals court questions Motorola’s price-fixing lawsuit against Asian suppliers
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jacque Ormsbee
    • Jason Brown
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Christopher Columbus: 3 things you think he did that he didn’t
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • European Space Agency's Philae Lander on a Comet
631 November 7, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Unicode Consortium proposes to add more skin-tone options for ‘emojis’
  • I am still looking for a copy of the ReFLEX50 specification issued May/June 1994 (i.e., before middle of June 1994)
  • Microsoft will unveil its first Nokia-less Lumia on November 11th
  • FCC: U.S. Paging Background
  • Anyone Remember Pagers? Someone Does & Bought Pager.com For $42K On Sedo
    • Editor's Comments
  • New Apple-focused malware uses Macs to infect iPhones
  • Can Digital Address Analog Paging’s Coverage Problems?
    • New Swissphone solution
  • Tablet productivity review: iPad Air 2 v Surface Pro 3 v Samsung Galaxy Tab S
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Form 477 Filing Interface to Remain Closed Until at Least November 10
    • FCC Adopts Methodology for Calculating Comparable Broadband Rates
    • Verizon Says it has No Plans for Paid Prioritization
    • Chairman Calls for Revisions to Access Rules for MVPDs on the Internet
    • Comment Deadline Corrected for Incentive Auction Reconsideration Petitions
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for November 21 Open Meeting
    • FCC Releases 2015 E-rate Eligible Services List
    • Verizon Rejects Throttling/Blocking Allegations While Reportedly Testing Bundled Subscription Plan
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Huge raid to shut down 400-plus dark net sites
  • Microsoft Office for iOS goes free and full-featured on your iPhone
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The Internet
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • NYC
630 October 31, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Just a reminder — donations and advertising are what make this newsletter possible.
  • Wireless Celebrities
  • CAN YOU HELP? I am looking for a copy of the ReFLEX50 specification issued May/June 1994 (i.e., before middle of June 1994).
  • Beautiful Time of the Year in my hometown
  • Spok Reports Third Quarter Operating Results
  • BlackBerry hopes to rekindle sales by reintroducing classic keyboard & form factor
  • It's official: Lenovo owns Motorola
  • BlackBerry upgrades BBM with timed messages
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Pending Litigation Leads to Delay in Expected Start Date for Incentive Auction
    • FTC Sues AT&T for Alleged “Throttling” of Unlimited Data Plans
    • Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Dates for 2015 Urban Rates Survey
    • FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public
    • Commissioner O’Rielly Remarks at NTCA Conference
    • FCC Issues $10 Million Notice of Apparent Liability for Mishandling Proprietary Information
    • USDA Announces Awards of $190 Million in Broadband Grants and Loans in Rural Areas
    • Apple Announces Participation on ConnectED Program
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Reminder: Part 90 Class B Signal Booster Registration Must be Completed by November 1, 2014; FCC Modifies Technical Rules
    • FCC Issues Paging and Radiotelephone Compliance Reminder; Asks for Comment on Technical Changes
    • VoIP Phone Systems Can be Subject to Hacking, Leaving Businesses with Huge Losses
    • FCC Refuses to Reconsider Termination of Microwave Licenses Because Request is One Day Late
    • FCC Modifies Marine Licenses to Correct Errors in Original Grants
    • FCC Seeks Nominations for Optimal Public Safety Answering Point Architecture Task Force
    • Changes Proposed to Distribution of Wireless License Authorizations and Antenna Structure Registrations
    • Marriott Pays $600k to Resolve Wi-Fi Blocking Investigation
    • FCC Proposes $10,000 Fine Against Global Tower For Failing to Properly Light Tower
    • FCC Grants Port Authority of New York and New Jersey One Year Extension of Construction Deadlines for World Trade Center Stations
    • State of Iowa Granted Waiver of Five-Year Interim Substantial Service Deadline
    • FCC Adopts Order Implementing Changes to 700 MHz Public Safety Narrowband Spectrum Allocation
  • One2many Enables Emergency Alerts On Small Cells
  • Microsoft Cuts 3,000 Jobs, Finishing Layoffs
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Imprisonment
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Wireless Celebrities
      • Mr. and Mrs. Jai Bhagat
      • Dr. and Mrs. Martin Cooper
629 October 24, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • New Wider Format—Do you like it?
  • Please note that Paging is reported-on in the BloostonLaw section: “FCC Issues Paging and Radiotelephone Compliance Reminder.”
  • ReFLEX50 and ReFLEX25
    • CAN YOU HELP ME FIND A COPY OF AN EARLY ReFLEX50 SPECIFICATION?
  • e*Message: Early Warning of Population with e*Warn
  • e*Message Provides Secure Control Signal Transmission in Berlin’s Power Grid
  • Emergency pager system 'should be encrypted'
  • Pagers shout data center creds, pop star airport arrivals
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Comment Sought on Broadband Speed, Latency Testing for High-Cost Support Recipients
    • FCC Issues Paging and Radiotelephone Compliance Reminder; Asks for Comment on Technical Changes
    • VoIP Phone Systems Can be Subject to Hacking, Leaving Businesses with Huge Losses
    • Part 90 Class B Signal Booster Registration Due Nov. 1; FCC Modifies Technical Rules
    • FBI Requests CALEA Revisions To Require Surveillance “Backdoor” For Cellphones
    • FCC Initiates Inquiry on Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Services
    • FCC Releases Internet Access Services Report; Local Telephone Competition Report
    • Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Releases Report on 911 Outages
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Critical Alert Systems President Receives the CMA 2014 Global Critical Communications Industry Award
  • Apple defeats GPNE's $94M patent-infringement claim
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Blake Sorensen, Glenayre Equipment For Sale
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Ebola Virus
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Ebola Virus
628 October 17, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Robert Smith — a friend and reader — pointed out some errors in the news article as quoted in our October 3rd newsletter.
  • For Sharing: The editorial from last week's newsletter — Public Apathy — is available as a separate web page, and as a pdf file.
  • Check Out STI Engineering's New Ad
  • FCC: Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announces Enhancements to the Commission’s Universal Licensing System and Antenna Structure Registration System for Providing Access to Official Electronic Authorizations and Seeks Comment on Final Procedures
  • More Than 350,000 Customers Have Asked AT&T for a Refund After Bogus Charges
  • FBI Director warns against new mobile phones with smart encryption technology
  • Private medical information used by emergency services “insecure” claims whistleblower (Victoria, Australia)
  • NSA Aiming to Right the Demand-Supply Disparity for Cyber-security Professionals
  • Why you'll be paying $100 more for the iPad Air 2
  • Microsoft optimizes Skype for iPhone 6
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Edition
    • FCC Establishes Nov. 7 Deadline for Rural Broadband Experiments
    • Regular Edition
    • 9-1-1 Reliability Certification Rules Now Effective
    • Iowa District Court Sends IntraMTA Wireless Issue to FCC
    • FCC Proposes Changes to DE Rules and Limits on Joint Bidding in Advance of 600 MHz Auction
    • FCC Releases Erratum on E-Rate Order, Indirectly Responds to Requests for Clarification
    • FCC Releases Rural Broadband Experiments Bid Form Instructions
    • FirstNet Participation RFI Comment Deadline Extended
    • Commissioner O’Reilly Renominated to Full Term
    • FCC Seeks Nominations for Optimal Public Safety Answering Point Architecture Task Force
    • Comment Sought on Digital LPTV Issues; Expiration Dates and Construction Deadlines Suspended
    • Changes Proposed to Distribution of Wireless License Authorizations and Antenna Structure Registrations
    • FCC Confirms Open Meeting Agenda
    • Windstream Likely to Accept CAF II Broadband Funding
    • Panelists Announced for Open Internet Regulation Forum
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • ARRL Executive Committee Adopts Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy
  • New iPads, iMacs, and iOS 8.1: 6 Things Apple Announced Today That You Need to Know
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Robert Smith
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Fix The Problem, Not The Blame
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Big-Wave Surfing at Teahupoo, French Polynesia
627 October 10, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial: Public Apathy
  • Critical Messaging Association Appoints New Officers, Presents Award, and Highlights Effective Use of New Technologies at Annual Convention
    • New CMA President and Vice President Named
      • Jim Nelson, president (congratulations Jim)
      • Mike Lyons, vice president
    • 2014 Global Industry Recognition Award
      • Ted McNaught (atta boy Ted!)
  • Save and a haircut offered by Terrytown barber
  • HTC Re camera has no screen or viewfinder (Good grief, what's this world coming to? A camera to take pictures of yourself!)
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • AWS-3 Auction Upfront Payments Deadline
    • AT&T Settles Cramming Investigation for $105 Million
    • FCC Providers Additional Information on Rural Broadband Experiments
    • TracFone Files Petition for Rulemaking on Lifeline Verification
    • Rep. Waxman Proposes Hybrid Approach to Open Internet Rules
    • Marriott Pays $600k to Resolve Wi-Fi Blocking Investigation
    • Comment Deadline on Comcast/Time Warner Merger Extended
    • State Regulators Approve $2 Billion Frontier-AT&T Deal
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Larger Apple iPad to Be Delayed
  • Skype for Mac 7.0 launches with new mobile-inspired look, 64-bit support, improved chat & file sharing
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Public Apathy
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Musician Dr. Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow in the humanities and arts category of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
626 October 3, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Fire-rescue departments continue to count on pagers
  • Off Topic: A New Book by Dr. Joseph Webb
  • San Diego County To Replace Paging System Controller With New Equipment From Prism Paging Systems
  • Goel Named Chief Operating Officer at Sp?k
  • How Apple Pay Could Change the Retail World
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Announces Beginning of Reply Period on CAF Phase II Challenges
    • FCC Releases Rural Broadband Experiments Application Form, Delays Deadline and Webinar
    • FCC Eliminates Sports Blackout Rule
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for October 17 Open Meeting
    • Wireline Bureau Announces CAF Phase I Round 2 Deadlines
    • FCC Announces Release of Lifeline Reform Order Procedures
    • Comment Dates Announced for Healthcare Connect Fund Annual Reports
    • FCC Announces Panelist Information for Open Internet Roundtable
    • FCC Asks Media Firms for Details of Comcast Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Reminder: Part 90 Class B Signal Booster Registration Must be Completed by November 1, 2014
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Request of ACD Telecom, LLC to be Certified as a Part 90 Frequency Coordinator
    • We’re Getting the Band Back Together: Sprint Sells 900 MHz Spectrum to Former Nextel Head for Push to Talk Service
    • FirstNet Seeks Input on Rural Telco Partnership, Non-First Responder Access
    • FCC Rejects Waiver Request from Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
    • Globe Wireless Radio Services Inc. Obtains Waiver to Allow Use of HF Public Coast Frequencies
    • FCC Fines Equity Communications $20,000 for Tower Violations Following Surprise Inspection
    • Canadian National Railway Agrees to Record $5.25 Million Consent Decree to Settle Numerous FCC Licensing Violations
    • FCC Orders Sprint to Reimburse R&M Repeater for 800 MHz Rebanding
    • FCC Updates Rules Concerning Satellite Emergency Beacons
  • Windows 10 revealed: Microsoft's next OS fuses Windows 7 and 8
  • BlackBerry put a $2,000 smartphone into our pauper's hands
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Woodworker's Motto
    • Contrary View
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • GWU Professor Writes About His Hidden Family Secrets
    • Dr. Webb’s new book entitled, “Home to Tunnel Hill”
625 September 26, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Apple Joins Rush To Fix Shellshock Bug Infecting The Internet
  • Apple Releases iOS 8 Update to Fix Broken iPhones
  • 5 Reasons Why the New Apple Watch May Be Your Travel BFF
  • BlackBerry inches towards safety despite smartphone slump
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Users Update
    • FCC Reminds Carriers of Broadband Experiment Application Deadline, Announces Rural Broadband Webinar Scheduled September 29
    • FCC Proposes to Terminate Older Proceedings
    • Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Open Internet
    • Chairman Testifies at House Committee Hearing on Needs of Small Business and Rural America
    • House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on FCC Oversight
    • Sprint Sells 900 MHz Licenses to Former Nextel Executives
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • For drivers with bad credit, new cars come with a kill switch
  • Apple's HealthKit Finally Arrives, After Bugs, Botches, And Boatloads Of Apple Hype
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • A Reminder About The Dangers Of Political Extremism
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off for the International Space Station
624 September 19, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • My grandson, Daniel
  • Mark Zuckerberg urges high school students to study technology
  • Critical Alert is now hiring for a Field Service Technician in the Memphis, Tennessee area
  • American Messaging Services and Doc Halo Announce a Strategic Partnership
    • A revolutionary mobile health platform for secure and critical communication
  • United Spinal Partners with Ivycorp to Maximize Digital Communication Strategy
  • Moto 360 review: Not the Android Wear watch you've been waiting for
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Users Update
    • Reminder: Regulatory Fees due Next Tuesday, September 23
    • FirstNet to Seek Input On Rural Telco Partnership, Non-First Responder Access
    • Sprint Announces It is Not Bidding in Auction 97; Anti-Collusion Rules Currently In Effect
    • USDA Notice Seeks Comment on Changes to Guaranteed Loan Program Regulations
    • FCC Issues Order on Reconsideration for Special Access Data, Partially Grants Blooston Petition
    • November 14 Deadline Established for Streamlining Part 32 Accounting Rules NPRM
    • FCC Subpoenas Idaho Over School Broadband Contract
    • Senators Ask FCC to Reevaluate Local Rate Floor Structure
    • FCC Announces Fourth Quarter USF Contribution Factor
    • Panelists Announced for September 19 Open Internet Roundtables
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Special Issue
    • FCC Expands Cable Television Regulatory Fees to Include Internet Protocol TV Operators – Fees due Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    • FirstNet Issues RFI Seeking Input on Rural Telco Partnership, Non-First Responder Access; Sets Oct. 17 Comment Deadline
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Jimmy Carter, on Technology
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • The Bardarbunga Volcano
623 September 12, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Teletouch Paging is now hiring for a Field Service Technician in the Memphis, Tennessee area
  • U2 releases new, full album 'Songs of Innocence' for free exclusively on Apple's iTunes
  • Samsung ads poke fun at everything from Apple's stream to its Watch
  • InfoRad announces the release of the InfoRad Wireless Web Messaging Client
  • Five million Gmail addresses and passwords dumped online
  • Apple Pay and security: What you need to know
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Users Update
    • Sprint and Verizon Continue Wave of Access Charge Suits
    • FCC Enters into Consent Decree with Verizon over CPNI Violations
    • Net Neutrality Continues to Heat Up
    • FCC Provides Information on Payment Methods, Procedures for FY 2014 Regulatory Fees
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for September 30 Open Meeting
    • 11th Circuit to Rehear Cell-Site Location Data Case
    • Internet Content Providers Protest Net Neutrality “Fast Lanes”
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Albert Einstein, on Technology
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Malaysia Airlines pilots cry during a ceremony to hand over the ashes of pilot
622 September 9, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Too much news to wait until Friday
  • Apple Unveils iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch: Here Are the Apps to Expect
  • iOS 8 to launch on September 17
  • Summary: Apple introduces the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and Apple Pay
  • Spec showdown: Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs. the Galaxy Note 4, LG G3 Stylus, and LG G Flex
  • Verizon offers free iPhone 6 in return for two-year contract, used phone
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Freeman Dyson, on Technology
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • 350 Years Ago, New Amsterdam Became New York
    • Painting from The Library of Congress,  “The Fall of New Amsterdam,” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
621 September 5, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial: Humorous Tutorial on how to pronounce: “spōk MOBILE”
  • Flattr lets you turn your “likes” into micro-donations
  • How Flattr works
  • Apple iPhone 6 and iWatch on the verge, potential buyers line up in New York
  • AT&T's connected car tech now delivers weather, radio and parking help
  • What Happened to Motorola
    • How a culture shift nearly doomed an iconic local company that once dominated the telecom industry
    • [If you ever worked for Motorola, or have followed this company closely, this is an excellent — but long — article that you must read.]
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Users Update
    • Regulatory Fee Payments Due September 23, 2014
    • Auction 97 Short Forms due September 12; Open Internet NPRM Replies due Sept 15
    • Parties Request Extension of Time to File Replies on CAF FNPRM
    • House Seeks Comment on Universal Service White Paper
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Streamlining Part 32 Accounting Rules
    • Tenth Circuit Denies Petitions for Rehearing in Transformation Order Review
    • FCC Issues Order, Further Notice on TRS Mandatory Minimum Standards
    • Time Warner Enters into $1.1 Million Consent Decree for Network Outage Reporting Violations
    • Comment Deadline Established for IP Captioning FNPRM
    • California Adopts Smartphone Kill-Switch Bill
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Scotty “DeepGeek” Fitzgerald
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Humorous Grammar Tutorial
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Ebola victim in Liberia
    • A swarm of locusts in Madagascar
    • Erupting Volcano in Papua New Guinea
620 August 29, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial: More on What This Newsletter is all about!
  • Has anyone bought those Motorola Nucleus 900 MHz 300 Watt, C-Net Paging Transmitters from Rick McMichael at Preferred Wireless for $750 Each? This is such an incredible deal that I think he would be sold out by now. Good grief, just for spare parts, they are worth twice that!
  • Which Of Many Possible iWatches Or iWearables Will Apple Debut On Sept. 9?
  • Get strangers to deliver the bad news with 'Somebody' messaging app
  • 10 awesome things you didn't know your phone could do
  • Zetron’s ‘Shoot for the Stars’ Golf Tournament Raises $23K for ‘Behind the Badge’
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Streamlines and Clarifies Antenna Structure Lighting and Marking Rules
    • CenterPoint Energy Fined $10,000 for Tower Light Outage
    • Sprint Seeks Waiver to Permit Wide-Band Operations in Portions of New Mexico and Texas NPSPAC Regions
    • FCC Amends Part 25 Rules to Conform Transactional Requirements for Satellite Radio Service to the Wireless Services
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Scotty “DeepGeek” Fitzgerald on Open Source Browsers
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Sharing some personal Good News
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Photo taken by my friend, tutor, and master photographer, Jim Brickett. Virgina Beach, Virginia — August 23, 2014
619 August 22, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial: rai·son d'ê·tre
    • Support For The Newsletter?
    • What it is
    • What we do
    • Who has tried to stop us?
    • First Amendment Rights
    • Other valuable information on the web site
    • A joke illustrates my view of business ethics
    • Can You Help The Newsletter?
  • Windows 9 unveiling set for September 30, report says
  • The Internet of Things Will Drive Wireless Connected Devices to 40.9 Billion in 2020
  • Microsoft Dropping Internet Explorer From Some Phones
  • Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS
  • Reprint: Chasqui Explained
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Issue
    • Interstate Telecom Provider and CMRS Regulatory Fee Data Available, Revisions Due Sept. 10
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • In my personal life, my rai·son d'ê·tre is . . .
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • No Matter Who Is Guilty And Who Is Innocent — This Is A Tragedy
618 August 15, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • New Discussion Encouraged
    • Telephone Companies To Eventually Transition From Copper-Wire Lines To VoIP
  • Oh yes, it's funds raising time.
    • Can You Help The Newsletter?
  • Why one of cybersecurity’s thought leaders uses a pager instead of a smart phone
  • Motorola's Road to Irrelevancy – Focusing on Its Core
  • In a kerfuffle about the Facebook messaging app? Here are 5 things you should know
  • New antenna rules to save tower companies millions in safety cost
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • The Most Wanted Man in the World
617 August 8, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Sprint names Marcelo Claure new CEO
  • Sprint reportedly withdraws its bid to buy T-Mobile (updated)
  • BlackBerry's rebirth: how a fallen smartphone giant plans to remake itself
    • How the decline began
    • A failed revolution
    • Chen comes to the rescue
    • Security: catering to the suit-and-tie crowd
    • Devices: sticking with what works, mostly
    • Software: making safe bets
    • But will it work?
  • Critical Response Systems Releases New and Improved M4201 Network Controller
  • Why governments are scrambling to pass smartphone kill-switch laws
  • Preferred Wireless
    • FEATURED ITEM
      40 Motorola Nucleus 900 MHz 300W C-NET Paging Transmitters, some dual flash — $750 Each !
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Issue
      • FCC Seeks to Update Designated Entity Program in Advance of 600 MHz Incentive Auction; Proposals May Throw Wrench in Sprint, T-Mobile Joint Bidding Plans
      • Sprint Ends Pursuit of T-Mobile Merger, Names New CEO
      • Bureau Reaffirms Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) Rule
      • FCC Sets Agenda for August 8 Open Meeting
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • A Cartoon
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Heartbreaking Photos from the earthquake area in China
616 August 1, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Report on: Ira Wiesenfeld & Associates
  • Press Release: Spok Reports Second Quarter Operating Results; Board Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend
  • Apple reportedly paying internet providers to ensure speedy delivery of its data
  • NEWSMAKER — Xavier Niel — France's telecom rebel sets his sights on the U.S.
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Headlines
      • White House Rural Council Announces $10 Billion Private Investment Fund for Rural Projects
      • IRS Approves Windstream Plan to Classify Copper and Fiber as “Real Estate” for Tax Purposes
      • Cable Industry Seeks Reconsideration of Bureau Guidance on CAF Phase II Challenge Process
      • Cities Seek Preemption of State Laws Restricting the Deployment of Municipal Broadband
      • GAO Issues Report to Congress: FCC Should Improve Accountability for High Cost Fund
      • House Passes Cellphone Unlocking Bill
    • Law & Regulation
      • FCC Releases Order, FNPRM to Modernize E-rate Program
      • FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory and Consumer Guide on Open Internet Transparency
      • FAA Proposal to Reduce Building Heights Could Have Adverse Consequences
      • OSHA Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance Re Tower Climbers
      • FCC Extends Reply Comments Deadline in Citizens Broadband Radio Service Proceeding
      • Reply Date for T-Mobile Data Roaming Petition Extended Until August 20
    • Industry
      • FCC to Hold Webinar for Form 477 Filers on New Filing Interface
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Mercy Contreras
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Heart Attack Symptoms
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • U.S. Navy in the Pacific Ocean — July 25, 2014
615 July 26, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • “Better late than never!”
  • The actual 4th Era Smartphone associated with Google – Nexus four.
  • Implementing encryption on pagers
  • One2many Enables Emergency Alerts on Small Cells
  • Visa Introduces New Cloud Payment Solutions Suite
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Correction: Rural Broadband Experiment Program Applications Due October 14
    • Headlines
      • Comment Sought on Interconnection Issues White Paper for Communications Act Update
      • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Limits Lawsuits Under the False Claims Act
      • FCC and NTIA Identify AWS-3 “Protection Zones” Ahead of November Auction
      • FCC Reportedly Grants “Material Relationship Rule” Waiver to Grain Management
    • Law & Regulation
      • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting
      • Comment Deadline Set for Broadband Comparability Benchmark, Dormant Proceeding Termination
      • House Introduces Bipartisan Wi-Fi Innovation Act
      • EPA Backs Down on Fast Adoption of Wage Garnishment Rules
      • FCC Poised to Adopt Text-to-911 Mandate
    • Industry
      • With Advent of Small Cells, Some Local Governments Revisit Tower Regulations
      • Verizon to Offer Symmetrical FiOS Broadband Upload and Download Speeds
    • Deadlines
      • AUGUST 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jerry Griffith
    • Enrique Llaca
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Forgiveness
——— July 25, 2014

The editor's “Get and go, got up and went.” This week's newsletter will probably go out tomorrow, or maybe . . . Sunday.

614 July 18, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Lots of Interesting News This Week
  • House Democrats call for investigation of anti-competitive allegations against Motorola Solutions
  • This is what luxury watch executives think of your 'cheap, plastic-designed' smartwatch
  • Bill Gates’ Internet Doomsday Prophesy Comes True
  • Rumor: Apple's 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6' to enter mass production next week, 5.5-inch model in August
  • GoTenna lets users text off the grid
  • Apple-IBM Deal: Trouble For Google, Microsoft
  • What is Apple iBeacon? Here's what you need to know
    • What is iBeacon?
    • How does it work?
    • What real world iBeacon examples are there?
    • What actually is a beacon?
    • Does iBeacon mean I'll be bombarded with ads wherever I go?
    • Can I make it stop?
    • Why is iBeacon such a big deal?
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Open Internet Comment Period Extended until Friday, July 18, at Midnight
    • Headlines
      • FCC Releases Rural Broadband Experiment Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
      • FCC Dedicates An Additional $2 Billion In Schools And Libraries Support For Wi-Fi Networks
      • FCC Extends Closed Captioning Requirements to Video Clips
    • Law & Regulation
      • FCC Issues Erratum to Omnibus USF/ICC Order
      • Wheeler Announces Universal Service Fund Strike Force
      • FCC Announces Effective Date of IP CTS Rules
    • Industry
      • FCC/NTIA Asks for Comment on Plan for a “Model City” for New Spectrum Sharing Technologies
      • Sprint, T-Mobile Reportedly Planning Joint Venture for 600 MHz Incentive Auction Bidding
    • Deadlines
      • AUGUST 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • What will the IBM-Apple partnership mean for healthcare?
  • Why Steve Jobs Didn't Listen to His Customers
  • Google confirms Android Wear will support custom watch faces
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • The “Trickle Down Theory”
613 July 11, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • USA Mobility Announces Name Change to SP?K
    • “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
  • BS Article of the Week (BS=Baloney Stuff)
  • Last week's newsletter was a short-holiday version, so this week is a little longer than usual.
  • Roy Pottle — CEO of American Messaging Services — Interviewed by: Lynn Fosse, Senior Editor, CEOCFO Magazine
  • USA Mobility Announces Name Change To SPOK
  • German court backs LPKF in Motorola dispute
  • Stadium in Berlin Gets Turned Into Giant Living Room with 750 Couches and 700″ TV
    • Our friend and colleague—in Berlin— Dr. Dietmar Gollnick, sent in this great photo of his 10-year old son Maxim.
    • By the way — just in case you haven't heard — Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals.
  • Amazon allowed kids to spend millions on in-app purchases, FTC says
  • 90 percent of 911 calls made in Washington, DC lacked accurate location info
  • Sirens, phones sound erroneous alert in California
  • Blackphone, the privacy-focused Android smartphone, begins shipping to pre-order customers
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • CAF Phase II Challenge Process Officially Begins
    • Comment Deadlines Set for Omnibus USF/ICC Report and Order and Further Rule Making Proposal
    • Headlines
      • FCC Releases Local Telephone Competition Report, Internet Access Services Report
      • FCC Applies Default Comment Cycle to Requests for Review of USAC Contributions
      • FCC invites Iowa National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program Applications
    • Law & Regulation
      • FCC Proposes to Terminate Older Proceedings
      • EPA to Adopt Wage Garnishment Under the Debt Collection Improvement Act
      • House and Senate Democrats Support Municipal Government Broadband Overbuilds
      • Illegal Retransmission of TV Signals leads to $2.25 Million Fine Against Cable Operator
    • Industry
      • FTC Sues T-Mobile Over Alleged Bogus Charges on Customer Bills
      • Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming TV Service
      • Carlos Slim to “Dismantle” Mexican Telecom Empire to Avoid Antitrust Action
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LG Unveils Display That Can Be Rolled Up Like A Piece Of Paper
  • Boston Using Solar-Powered Benches as Phone Charging Stations
  • China calls Apple’s iPhone a security threat
  • ARRL, FEMA to Sign Memorandum of Agreement at National Centennial Convention
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt: Screen Rooms Available for free
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Your beliefs don't make you a better person
612 July 4, 2014

Special Holiday Edition

• 5 Free Ways Ivytalk Can Help Your Organization

611 June 27, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Wayne County, Illinois weather—it's more exciting than last year!
  • Did you see the new ad from WaveWare Technologies  left arrow that started last week?
  • If you missed the CRS webinar yesterday on The Different Alarm Notification Technologies in Healthcare left arrow click on the link.
  • Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods
  • How to watch hacking, and cyberwarfare between the USA and China, in real time
  • ARRL
    • Changes to Amateur Service Part 97 Rules Go Into Effect on July 21
    • SAQ "Alexanderson Day" Transmissions Set for June 29 and July 2
  • Moto 360 First Look: An Android Wear Watch You Might Actually Wear
  • Microsoft's top lawyer: 'Future is bleak' if gov't bulk data collection continues
  • NSA Fears Prompt Germany to End Verizon Contract
  • Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM
  • Limited free Wi-Fi to be available at NY area airports
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Releases Fourth “Measuring Broadband America” Report
    • NANC Recommendations on LNP Adopted
    • FCC Seeks Comment on LMCC Petition; Denies Extension of Temporary Rule Waiver
    • E-Rate Modernization Effort Announced
    • Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on Market Analysis for CenturyLink Petition
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for July Open Meeting, Will Consider Rural Broadband Experiments
    • D.C. Circuit Vacates FCC Interim Rules on IP-Captioned Telephone Service
    • US Supreme Court Rules Warrants Required for Cell Phone Search
    • AT&T Chairman Promises Expansion of Rural Broadband if DirecTV Merger Approved
    • Mediacom and Deere & Co. Seek Federal Funding For Rural Internet Project in Two Iowa Counties
    • Sprint Inks 4G LTE Rural Roaming Agreements with 12 New Carriers
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Reminder: License Modification May Not Result in a New Construction Date – Watch Your License
    • Complaint Leads to $12,000 Consent Decree for Operating on Expired License
    • FCC Proposes $15,000 Fine for Tower Violations
    • FCC Proposes Record $34.9 Million Fine for the Sale and Marketing of Illegal Signal Jammers
    • ARRI, Inc. Agrees to $80,000 Penalty for Illegal Sale of Electronic Devices
    • FCC Waives Narrowband Requirement to Allow Rescue Squad to Obtain Quiet Zone Approval
  • Chicago is getting lamp posts that count people and track pollution
  • Google Unveils Ambitious Android Expansion at I/O Conference
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Barry Kanne, W4TGA
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Happiness
      • “The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase . . .”
      • “Happiness is not . . .”
610 June 20, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Wharton MBAs Launch Start-Up To Help Fix Medical Communication
  • U.S. senators introduce bill to expand Wi-Fi spectrum for cars
  • Apple Plans Multiple Designs for Smartwatch
  • CTIA Asks Congress to Keep FCC Powers Limited
  • 'Kill Switch' Cuts Theft, Google And Microsoft To Incorporate Feature
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Staff and Industry Experts Shed Light on Incentive Auction
    • Comments Filed on Communications Act Update Third White Paper
    • Democrats Introduce Legislation To Ban Internet “Fast Lane”
    • FCC Proposes Comprehensive Regulatory Fee Reforms
    • Wireline Competition Bureau Presents Status on IP Transition, AT&T Trials
    • FCC Declines to Mandate “Spectrum Etiquette” in Unlicensed Bands
    • House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Net Neutrality
    • Commission Announces Third Quarter USF Contribution Factor
    • FCC Extends Separations Freeze Another Three Years
    • Inmate Calling Services Data Collection Effective June 12; Due Date Forthcoming
    • Chairman Wheeler Issues Statement on Internet Congestion
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • New Licensing Agreement with Amazon Appstore Will Bring Thousands of New Apps to BlackBerry Users This Fall
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Scotty Fitzgerald
    • Jim Tucker
    • Patrick
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Summertime
610 June 13, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • What is The Internet Of Things ?
    • Is this a new communications concept?
    • The Internet Of Things is getting a lot of attention from the big players.
  • Skype's redesigned iPhone app is all about sharing things faster
  • Multiple Uses Of A Paging System
    • The Wheel Of Fortune
  • Comcast Wi-Fi hotspots to count on routers in homes
    • An opposing view
  • Starbucks putting wireless charging pads in more stores; plans rollout to all locations
  • Appeals court rules warrant required for cellphone location data
  • FCC Okays Changes to Amateur Radio Exam Credit, Test Administration, Emission Type Rules
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Matrix to Pay $875K, Implement Compliance Plan to Resolve Call Completion Investigation
    • FCC Issues Agenda for June Open Meeting
    • Senate Holds Hearing on Public Safety Implications of IP Transition
    • Virginia Selected for Pilot Program on Broadband Pricing
    • New Wired Prepaid Broadband Model Wins Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award 2014
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Hackers behind iPhone ransom attacks arrested in Russia
  • Ex-Microsoft employee who leaked Windows secrets to be deported to Russia
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Wade Sarver
    • Duncan Ross
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • On Thankfulness and Gratitude . . .
      • Henri Frederic Amiel
609 June 6, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • RavenAlert™ Flash Drive by American Messaging
  • Critical Response Systems—An Informational Webinar on the different Alarm Notification Technologies in Healthcare today
  • Amazon Expected To Announce Smartphone June 18
  • Google is now winning the battle of the browsers, according to a new study
  • Big changes coming to iPhone messaging
  • Everything you really need to know about net neutrality, in one passive-aggressive Netflix error message
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Form 481 Filing Deadline on the Horizon: July 1, 2014
    • It’s Official: FCC Adopts Smaller License Sizes, Rural Carriers Have a Shot in the 600 MHz Auction
    • FCC Updates Mobile Spectrum Holdings Policies and Rules
    • Update on the Communications Act Update Effort
    • Bureau Issues Public Notice to Refresh the Record in 2010 Broadband NOI
    • Representative Latta Introduces Legislation Limiting FCC Authority over Broadband
    • Filing Fee Effective Date Revised Due to Publication Error
    • Comment Deadline Set for Citizens Broadband Radio Service FNPRM
    • Operate a Pirate Radio Station? . . . The FCC Will Happily Take Your Money
    • C Spire Promotion Highlights Wireless Priority Service for First Responders
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Google goes End-to-End with Chrome encryption
  • Tile™—The World's Largest Lost and Found
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • On Having Fun . . .
      • Charles R. Swindoll
      • Blaise Pascal
608 May 30, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • iOS 8, Mac OS X, Beats: What To Expect At Apple’s WWDC 2014
  • More on VoLTE and “the tail waging the dog”
  • Ted McNaught takes the lead in standing up for the rights of radio paging service providers
    • Critical Alert Successfully Lobbies Maine Legislature to Pass Bill that Removes Radio Paging Service Providers from MUSF Funding Obligations
    • Company sets precedent for efforts to remove Federal Universal Service Fund requirements as well as other states’ USF mandatory payments.
  • Apple's Cue hints at major product announcements
  • Skype to Get Real-Time Translator by Year-End
  • New Details On Apple's iWatch: It Will Have A Round Face, And Apple Is Increasing Its iWatch Orders
  • Apple plans to introduce a connected home platform at WWDC
  • FCC gets endorsement of its plan to subsidize fast rural internet access
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Form 395 Due June 2
    • NASUCA Seeks Stay of Verizon Applications to Retire Copper Loops
    • T-Mobile Seeks FCC Guidance on “Commercially Reasonable” Data Roaming Terms
    • USDA Accepting Grant Applications for Advanced Communications Technology
    • Compliance Deadline for Revised Part 79 Closed Captioning Rules One Year Out
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting
    • FCC Issues Protective Order Re: Confidential Access Charge Tariff Information
    • T-Mobile Takes Sprint’s No. 3 Spot in Smartphone Purchases
    • AT&T Launches Wireless Home Phone / Internet Service Offering Nation Wide
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • State of Montana Obtains Cancellation of its 700 MHz Narrowband Public Safety Licenses
    • FCC Announces Two Actions to Implement Positive Train Controls
    • FCC Expands Licensee Eligibility for Certain Wireless Microphone Users
    • FCC Denies Waiver Request of Central Ohio Joint Fire District
    • FCC Upholds Waiver Grant to Weld County; Changes Process for Consideration of Interservice Waiver Requests
  • Wireless Hall of Fame Inductees Class of 2014
    • Pioneer Category
    • Industry Associate Category
    • Service Provider Category
    • Technology Category
  • IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium Honors Ulrich Rohde, N1UL
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Bill Woods
    • John Parmalee
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Conscience
607 May 23, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • “VoLTE” is in the news a lot lately. It reminds me of the expression: “The tail is waging the dog.”
  • One of my hobbies is woodworking, and I made a gift for Ron Mercer
  • Change your eBay password now
  • This newsletter is made possible by contributions from readers like you.
  • AT&T tracking device would help you find your luggage
  • BlackBerry's ultra-secure chat gives each message its own security key
  • You Can Now Text 911 on Major U.S. Wireless Carriers
  • Microsoft: New success in protecting customer rights unsealed today
  • NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Interview with Brian Williams (next week)
  • Surface Pro 3 Unveiled: 12-inch Microsoft Tablet To Rival MacBook Air
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Retransmission Consent Rule Effective June 18, 2014
    • FCC Releases Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
    • FCC Adopts Rules for 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive Auction
    • FCC Adopts Revised Mobile Spectrum Holdings Policies Designed to Promote Competition
    • INS Withdraws IP Transition Proposal, Authorization Unnecessary
    • FCC Schedules AWS-3 Auction to Begin November 13, 2014; Seeks Comment on Auction Procedures
    • US Supreme Court to Hear Dispute over Procedures for Denying a Cell Tower Permit
    • FCC Application Processing Fees to Increase June 6
    • Sprint To Pay $7.5M for Unwanted Marketing Calls, Texts in Record Do-Not-Call Settlement
    • FCC Cites California Online Retailer for Importing and Marketing Illegal Smartphones
    • AT&T Purchases DirecTV for $49 Billion; Commits to Bid at Least $9 Billion in 2015 Incentive Auction
    • Frontier Communications Plans Emergency-Only Landline Service for Rural Areas
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Verizon Wireless: XLTE: America’s Best Network Gets Even Better
  • T-Mobile lights up VoLTE in the US, AT&T to follow tomorrow
  • This Software Glitch From The 1970s Could Suddenly Affect Every Computer On The Planet In 2038
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Recap of Motorola Public Safety Two-Way Radio Issues
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Nerds
606 May 16, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Lots of problems getting the newsletter done this week!
  • IS THIS GOODBYE?
    (THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY)
    (FOLLOWED BY SOME SERIOUS ISSUES)
    • MOTOROLA
    • THE FOUNDER'S TOUCH
    • WHY? — BECAUSE IT'S BIG NEWS
  • What is VoLTE?
  • AT&T Announces Limited VoLTE Launch For May 23rd
  • Contentious net neutrality proposal gets FCC green light, public comments wanted
  • With friends in government, Motorola beats a path to telecom supremacy
  • EDITORIAL: Motorola's near monopoly
    • BY THE BEE EDITORIAL BOARD
  • Motorola responds to McClatchy's special report
  • Epps op-ed in Sunherald says Blame Obama, not Motorola
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Net Neutrality Debate Continues to Heat Up as Commission Considers NPRM
    • Wireless Clients Must Update CMAS Election Notices to Participate in Wireless Emergency Alerts
    • PSAP Survey Expresses Dire Need for Wireless E911 Indoor Location Accuracy
    • FCC to Consider Open Internet NPRM, Other Items at Open Meeting Tomorrow
    • Proposed Spectrum Limits Continue to Draw Battle Lines on Capitol Hill
    • FCC Proposes $2.9 Million Fine for Making Robocalls to Wireless Phones
    • AT&T and GM Announce Pricing for In-Vehicle LTE
    • Google Ordered to Remove Personal Information from Search Results by European Court
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Alpha and TEN-TEC to Merge Under RF Concepts Banner
  • World Telecommunications and Information Society Day is May 17
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Recap of Motorola Public Safety Two-Way Radio Issues
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • “Education without values” By C.S. Lewis
    • A Poem by Robert Browning
605 May 9, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • WOE IS ME
    • “Illinois has the unfortunate distinction of being the state with the highest percentage of residents who say it is the worst possible place to live.”
  • In searching for news about paging this week, I found several articles from people who suddenly got the “bright idea” that texting on cellphones would be much better than using those “old fashioned” pagers! Well . . . why not? After all this feature on cellphones works great most of the time, right?
  • This newsletter is made possible by contributions from readers like you.
  • Malware infections tripled in late 2013 thanks to sneaky browser plugin, Microsoft says
  • From Jenna Richardson: Searching for the Right Secure Texting and Critical Messaging Solution?
  • Earthquake Warning System Project: SkyAlert® Based On Paging Networks
    • By Santiago Cantú Segura
      Corporate Director at SkyAlert
  • Critical Response Systems — E-Newsletter
    • An IQ Test for Smartphones and Response Pagers
    • Complimentary Recording of Recent Webinar on How to Mitigate Alarm Fatigue Is Available
    • Response Paging Can Be Your Back-up, Safety Net!
    • New White Paper on Alarm Fatigue Available
    • Nothing Beats Response Paging Technology for Delivery of Critical Messages
  • iPhone 6 May Include OIS, Improved Camera Sensor
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC to Hold Workshop on 911 Reliability Certification Process
    • FCC Provides Guidance to USAC on the Treatment of S-Corporation Taxes
    • FCC Plans $3.96 Million Fine for Switching Customers’ Services, Illegal Billing Practices
    • FCC Plans $11.9 Million Fine for TRS Fraud
    • FCC Announces Unused E-Rate Fund Carry-Forward
    • Mozilla Files Petition to Recognize Remote Delivery as Telecommunications Services Under Title II
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • This just in: Report: iPhone 6 Coming in August
  • FCC commissioner’s call to delay net neutrality vote gets bipartisan applause
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Joachim Schmidt
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • One Day At A Time
604 May 2, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Have you seen the new advertisement from Infostream? Check it out, and tell them you saw it here!
  • More on Resurrecting Wet Pagers and Cell Phones
  • Zebra Technologies to buy Motorola Solutions unit for $3.45B
  • Letter from R.F. Technology America
  • DryBox looks to make a splash, drying out wet smartphones
  • Facebook launches Audience Network — a mobile ad network
  • Critical Alert's CommonPath™ Nurse Call Platform Named Finalist in the 2014 iAwards for Connected Health
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Form 481 Filing Deadline on the Horizon: July 1, 2014
    • FCC to Consider Open Internet FNPRM, Early Comment Sought
    • Supreme Court to Weigh Risks of Warrantless Cell Phone Searches
    • Results For Connect America Cost Model Released
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for May Open Meeting
    • Energy & Commerce Committee Announces Hearing with FCC Chairman
    • FCC Proposes $89,200 Fine Against Licensee for Lack of Cooperation
    • FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine for Jamming Cellphone Calls during Daily Commute
    • Amazon's Upcoming Smart Phone to Feature 3D, "Prime Data" Mobile Broadband through AT&T
    • AT&T To Launch 4G-Based In-Flight Wi-Fi
    • Netflix Strikes Deal with Verizon
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Adopts Proposal to Allocate 150 MHz of Spectrum to "Citizens Broadband Radio Service"
    • FirstNet Seeks Replacement as General Manager Resigns
    • FCC and DoJ Seize Equipment from New York City Pirate Radio Stations
    • FCC Imposes $20K Fine Against PLMRS Licensee for Failing to Renew License
    • FCC Seeks Comment on LMCC Petition for Rule Making Regarding 800 MHz Expansion Band and Guard Band Frequencies
    • Freeport-McMoran Obtains Rule Waiver to Exceed HAAT Limit in 217-220 MHz Band
    • FCC Denies Extension Request to Construct by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
    • Acumen Communications Fined for Unlicensed Operations Again
    • Maricopa County Extension Request Denied – Stringent Conditions Imposed
    • FCC Rebukes Local Governmental For Inaccurate Statement
    • FCC Denies Signal Booster Manufacturer Request for Determination of Equivalent Protection
    • 700 MHz Narrowband State Licensees 5-Year Interim Substantial Service Benchmark Showing Due June 13, 2014 – FCC Provides Guidance
    • FCC Denies Waiver Request to Use Federal Frequency to Protect First Responders
    • FCC Denies Waivers to Assign 800 MHz Expansion Band Licenses
    • FCC Proposes Amendments to Maritime Radio Service Rules
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Fax Advertisement Opt-out Petitions
  • TRIDENT — Mobile Interoperability Solution
  • USA Mobility Reports First Quarter Operating Results; Board Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Carl Grabala
    • Reggie White
    • Joachim Schmidt
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • One Day At A Time
603 April 25, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • Update on repairing a wet cell phone or pager
  • Check out infostream's new advertisement
  • High-tech Location Tracking Beeper Introduced to Prevent Children Missing [in South Korea]
  • One System, Two Uses: Intrado Cell Broadcast Service
  • It's official: Nokia's phone business will become Microsoft's on April 25 [today]
  • State of the Internet report is out: Web is faster but attacks also on the rise
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Mobility Fund Phase II Developments
    • Parties Discuss Upcoming Report, Order, and FNPRM on USF/ICC Reform
    • FCC Adopts Proposal to Allocate 150 MHz of Spectrum to "Citizens Broadband Radio Service"
    • Small Company Coalition Updates Summary of Alternative Universal Service Broadband Proposal
    • Wireless Associations Ask FCC to Halt Phase-Down of USF support for High-Cost Wireless Carriers
    • Supreme Court Hears Landmark Case on Copyright Issue
    • Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Availability of CAF Phase II Cost Model
    • Georgia Struggles with Broadband Implementation Legislation
    • Former Chairman Julius Genachowski Joins Syniverse Board of Directors
    • Netflix Emerges as Vocal Opponent of Comcast / Time Warner Cable Merger
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Lawmakers reject bill requiring cell phone kill switch
  • Nostalgia—The First Transistors
    • A Brief Introduction To Early Transistors
    • Norm Krim, "The Father of the CK722"
    • Norman Krim, Who Championed the Transistor, Dies at 98 [in 2011]
    • The CK722 Makes Its Debut
    • Early Pager Using The CK722 Transistor
    • Brad Dye's first transistor built in circa 1954 at age 12
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jay Thompson
      Thompson Communications
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The Autumn of Life
      • Cancion de Otoño en Primavera
      • Song of Autumn in the Springtime
602 April 18, 2014

This Week's Headlines

  • More on how to fix a wet cell phone or pager
  • Bobcat spotted near Fairfield, Illinois
  • A New Initiative Called iCanConnect Is Helping Deaf-Blind People Get Online
  • Google to Use Drones to Improve Wireless Broadband Coverage
  • Civil Emergency Alert Services Association Announces Initiative To Launch Commercial Mobile Information Services
  • EARLY WARNING: Peninsula Regional program strives to stave off Code Blues
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Chairman Reportedly Supports CMA Licensing, Spectrum Limits for 600 MHz Incentive Auction
    • Minority-Owned Investment and Facilities Management Company Seeks Clarification of DE Rules
    • CTIA Announces Smartphone Anti-Theft Commitment
    • FCC Adopts Consent Decree in USF Contribution Investigation
    • Three Indicted for $32 Million Worth of Lifeline Program Fraud
    • HAC Handset Violations Lead to Enforcement Action
    • FCC Announces Comcast and Time Warner Cable Filed Application to Merge
    • FCC and DOJ Seize Equipment from New York City Pirate Radio Stations
    • FirstNet Seeks Replacement as General Manager Resigns
    • T-Mobile to Eliminate Overage Charges for US Consumer Plans
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Smartphone Thefts Nearly Double in 2013
  • Rogers' widened LTE support gives Canadians speedier data indoors
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • bernieS on false assertions about pagers in article:
      “Nurses Say Pagers Must Go; Hospitals Drag Feet”
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Alcohol Awareness Month Recognized By Betty Ford Center
601 April 11, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • Lots of interesting and important news today. This is your homework assignment — be a good student.
  • T-Mobile Promises LTE Tablets for the Price of Wi-Fi Tablets
  • Amateur Radio-Developed Software Assisting in Search for Missing Airliner
  • Ofcom Makes 800/900 MHz Spectrum Available for M2M
  • How Heartbleed bug weakened everyone's online safety
  • Air Canada to offer WiFi across many of its North American flights
  • The secret to saving a wet [pager] phone or tablet
  • BlackBerry's about money first, phones second
  • U.K. Fire Service Selects PageOne Lone Worker Device
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Form 481 Filing Deadline on the Horizon
    • Representatives Introduce Resolution on Rural Call Completion
    • FCC Launches Lifeline Database; Releases Final Lifeline Biennial Audit Plan
    • Tentative Agenda for April Open Meeting Announced
    • Patent Troll Legislation Scheduled for Senate Mark-Up, Promptly Pushed Back Again
    • Senate Committee Holds Hearing on FCC Reporting Act
    • Cincinnati Bell Announces its Departure from Wireless Business — Sells to Verizon
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • eVigilo SMART Broadcast Saved Lives of Millions During Chilean Earthquake April 1st 2014
  • Verizon Launches Cloud Interoperability Service
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • McAfee on Heartbleed
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu on Happiness
600 April 4, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • Discover How to Manage One of the Most Serious Issues Facing Healthcare Today — Alarm Fatigue
  • Microsoft Cortana Arrives To Compete With Apple's Siri
  • It's about time: New atomic clock is more accurate
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Adopts CMA Licensing for Portion of AWS-3 Band
    • FCC Issues Declaratory Rulings on Automated Text Rules
    • FCC Increases Availability of Spectrum for Wi-Fi and Other Unlicensed Uses in 5 GHz Band
    • FCC Imposes $20k Fine Against PLMRS Licensee for Failing to Renew License
    • House Republicans Introduce Bill to Block Internet Management Relinquishment
    • Michigan PSC Mandates That AT&T & Sprint File IP Service Interconnection Agreement
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FirstNet Approves Program Roadmap
    • FCC Proposes $29,250 Fine For Operation Of Cellphone Jamming Device
    • FCC Grants Waiver to Allow Wisconsin Public Safety Entity to Use VHF Conventional Business Pool Frequency
    • FCC To Increase Application Processing Fees
    • FCC Clarifies Private Radio License Renewal Procedures
    • FCC Proposes Amendments to Maritime Radio Service Rules
    • FCC Denies Extension Request to Construct 220 MHz Geographic Area Licenses – Terminates 43 Licenses
    • FCC Continues Enforcement Against Unauthorized Radio Frequency Devices
    • FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Improper Use of Part 15 Devices
  • Samsung Launches Smart Home Service
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The Buzzard
    • The Bat
    • The Bumblebee
    • People
599 March 28, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • Letter from the CEO of American Messaging
    • Our Commitment to the Future
  • Ad Hoc Group Releases Text-to-9-1-1 Guide Ahead of May Deadline
  • York County: Emergency paging system failed, protocol for notifying responders not followed
  • Microsoft announces Office for iPad, extending productivity to all iOS devices
  • Facebook Looks to Drones to Boost Internet Access
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • AWS-3 Auction Rules to be Adopted at March 31 Meeting, Clients Should Begin Planning for Auction
    • Verizon Proposes Much Larger Auction License Sizes
    • White Paper Describes Basis of Jurisdiction for Net Neutrality
    • FCC Releases Universal Service Implementation Progress Report; Carriers Encouraged to Review Data
    • FCC Increases Application Processing Fees
    • FCC Proposes $29,250 Monetary Forfeiture For Operation Of Signal Jamming Device
    • Senate Subcommittee Announces FCC Budget Hearing
    • March FCC Open Meeting Agenda Set; April Meeting Date Revised
    • Silicon Valley Backs Eshoo for Committee Chair
    • AT&T Strikes Deals to Purchase 700 MHz and AWS Spectrum from Rural License Holders
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Introducing Android Wear Developer Preview
  • BlackBerry taking 'serious look' at bringing BBM to desktops
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
598 March 21, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • Editorial Ramblings
    • Illinois Weather
    • I was copied on an e-mail saying that RF Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian company, is taking over DX Radio Systems and will be supporting DX customers out of a California office. More in LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
    • Ranting about the television coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (r.e. transponders and radar)
  • Paging Death Reports Greatly Exaggerated
    • Exclusive by Vic Jackson
  • In The USA—Text-to-911: Quick Facts & FAQs
  • In Canada—What You Need to Know about TEXT with 9-1-1
  • Moto 360: The future of Android Wear is round
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Accessibility Report due April 1; Small Businesses No Longer Exempt
    • FCC Announces Workshop on Technology Transitions And Public Safety
    • ILEC Associations Seek Extension of 2014 Local Service Rate Floor Deadline
    • AT&T Details Proposal for Waiver of Call Completion Data Collection Requirements
    • Senator Johnson Introduces Bill to Require Call Quality Standards and Address Rural Call Completion Problems
    • Proposed USF Contribution Factor for Second Quarter 2014 is 16.6 Percent
    • House Approves FCC Process Reform Act
    • Senators Ask FCC to Implement Remote Areas Fund
    • Senator Rockefeller Issues Subpoena in Wireless Telephone Cramming Investigation
    • U.S. Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions
    • U.S. Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions
    • Mexico Telecoms Reform Could Take Years To Unseat Slim
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Google Releases Android Wear Preview to Developers
    • Video
  • ARRL to FCC: "Grow Light" Ballast Causes HF Interference, Violates Rules
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • John Parmalee
      • D-Wave Computing
    • Tom Beck
    • Frank Romanin CEO
      • RF Technology
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Humorous History of Woodworking
597 March 14, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • Editorial Ramblings
  • e*Message Europe Equips Power Utilities with Innovative Control Technology
  • Jay Moskowitz Wins Prestigious Award
  • BlackBerry's identity crisis continues
  • USA Mobility Reports Fourth Quarter and 2013 Operating Results
  • LA-RICS inks deal with Motorola Solutions for public-safety LTE network
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Accessibility Report due April 1; Small Businesses No Longer Exempt
    • Clients Must Not Overlook April 1 Deadline for FCC FORM 499-A
    • FCC Issues Agenda, Panelists for March 19 Rural Broadband Workshop
    • Commissioner O'Rielly Suggests FCC Reconsider Rural Broadband Experiments
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for March Open Meeting
    • FCC Seeks Further Comments on E-rate Issues
    • Softbank CEO Seeks to Smooth Path for Sprint/T-Mobile Merger
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Apple's iOS 7.1 brings
    • animation updates
    • UI tweaks for Phone, calendar
    • and more
  • Do You Remember This Product?
    • It's just a big pager.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jay Moskowitz
    • Curtis Rock
    • Scotty Fitzgerald "DeepGeek"
      • Ethical Hackers
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • On Being Cured, by C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity
596 March 7, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • This is a special, mostly-one-topic issue of the newsletter.
    The main topic is: Quantum Computing
  • 9 Ways Quantum Computing Will Change Everything
  • Quantum Computing: A Primer
    • Video
  • THE INFINITY MACHINE
    • The Quantum Quest for a Revolutionary Computer
  • The Dawn of a New Era or the Dawn of Big Brother?
    • A Discussion About Quantum Computing
    • Video
  • Quantum Mechanics — Double Slit Experiment. Is Anything Real?
    • Video
  • Quantum Computer
    • Google Summary
  • Quantum Computing and the real: Ontological implications
  • D-Wave's Quantum Computing Claim Disputed Again
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Final Reminder — Broadband Experiment Expressions of Interest Due March 7, 2014
    • Effective Date for IP Transition Order and Comment Deadline for FNPRMs Set
    • FCC Announces Rural Broadband Workshop
    • AT&T IP Service Transition Trials Proposed in Florida and Alabama
    • Auction of H-Block Licenses Closes; DISH Network Big Winner
    • FCC Cancels Newsroom Study Entirely
    • Lifeline Notice of Apparent Liability: $8,300 Overpayment becomes Proposed $3.7 million Civil Fine
    • FCC Proposes to Fine AT&T $25,000 for Installing Whip Antenna on Rooftop
    • FCC Proposes Over $1.9 Million In Penalties For Misuse Of Emergency Alert Warnings
    • U.S. Sues Sprint Over Wiretapping Overcharges
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Acts to Help Emergency Responders Locate Wireless 911 Callers
    • FCC Issues Software Tool to Help Protect AM Stations from Interference by Other Towers
    • Deadline for Signal Booster Compliance Extended to April 30, 2014
    • FCC Denial of Construction Notice Waiver Request Demonstrates Importance of Meeting FCC Deadlines
    • GE Fluorescent Lighting Ballasts Cause Harmful Interference to Verizon Wireless' 700 MHz LTE Cell Site — Results in Citation to Building Owner
    • Tower Owner Draws $10,000 Fine For Not Having Lights On During Daylight
    • FCC Fines Directlink $20,000 for Operating a Transmitter without a License and in Violation of Part 15
  • The recent "How Quantum is the D-Wave Machine?" Shin et.al. paper
  • D-Wave, disentangled: Google explains the present and future of quantum computing
  • Quantum Computing 101
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • He (or she) is Gone
595 February 28, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • Boeing's new smartphone—Cool—just the thing every spy needs!
  • I am very sorry to report that my friend Al Lauttamus has passed away. His obituary follows below. My sincere condolences to his son Paul and his family.
  • This week Apple fixed some security-related problems in Mac OS-X and iOS.
  • E-Mail: If you're trying to decide between using POP and IMAP, I encourage you to use IMAP.
  • Conenza Brings Multi-Channel Communications to Franchise Market with Ivycorp
  • Alvar Lauttamus Obituary
  • Miscellaneous News
    • Broadcom's new chip brings GPS to smartwatches without killing the battery
    • New Google WiFi app could automatically log you into Starbucks and other private hotspots
    • Intel catches up with Apple on 64-bit smartphone chips
    • Qualcomm overtakes Apple with eight-core, 64-bit mobile processor
    • Samsung releases Galaxy S5, new wearables
    • The hottest gadgets at world's biggest mobile tech show
    • Facebook quietly ends email address system
    • Nokia unveils first Android phone
  • Mark Zuckerberg Says WhatsApp Worth More Than $19 Billion Price
  • Blackberry unveils smart phones made by Foxconn
  • Classified Advertising — NEW
  • BlackBerry to offer revamped mobile device management tool
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • First Rural Broadband Experiment Expressions of Interest Filed
    • Netflix Pays Comcast to "Interconnect" with Customers, Ensure Smooth Streaming
    • FCC Proposes New Location Accuracy Rules for Wireless 911 Calls
    • FCC Backs Off Newsroom Study
    • Representative Blackburn Introduces Internet Freedom Act
    • Windstream to Adopt Compliance Plan and Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Rural Call Completion Claim
    • Senate to Hold Wireless Competition Hearing
    • Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $19B, May Offer Internet Voice and Text Messaging
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • FCC brings its free speed-test app to iTunes App Store
  • California court ruling frees drivers to use map apps on cellphones
  • Boeing: Security, modularity and productivity delivered — all in one trusted mobile device.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Danny VanHoose of Appalachian Wireless passed away Thursday, January 30th, 2014
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • In Memory of Al Lauttamus
594 February 21, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • Google And My Heartburn
    • So why the Heartburn?
  • American Messaging partners with NASCAR Team
  • Jenna Richardson to be at HiMSS14 in Orlando
  • A Letter To Supporters Of The Wireless Messaging News
    • Together we can make it better
  • More WiFi Coming To NYC Subway Stations, Including Grand Central & Herald Square
  • Microsoft renames Office Web Apps to Office Online
  • Classified Advertising (new)
  • WhatsApp winning in crowded market
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Deciding 600 MHz Auction Sizes, Industry Input Sought ASAP
    • FCC Establishes New Open Internet Docket
    • FCC Seeks Comment on FCC Process Reform Report
    • Oppositions to Reconsideration Petitions of Rural Call Completion Order
    • PCIA and Distributed Antenna Proponents Seek Streamlined Rules for Small Cell Deployments
    • FCC Issues Agenda for February Open Meeting
    • Senate Democrats Introduce Cell Phone “Kill Switch” Bill
    • Representative Eshoo Doubts Net Neutrality Bill Will Pass
    • Comcast Seeks to Buy Time Warner, Create Largest Television and Internet Provider in U.S.
    • Deadlines: March 1: CPNI Annual Certification
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • With Chromebooks A Success, Google Adds Focus On Chromeboxes
  • New Taxi Top Digital Signage Arrives in the Big Apple
  • Tablet—Buyer's Guide
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Ron Mercer
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Success
593 February 14, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • This newsletter—like Public Radio and Public Television—is supported by reader/viewer/listener contributions
  • Motorola [Mobility] CEO Dennis Woodside confirms he's leaving for Dropbox
  • BlackBerry Boosts Its Messenger With Voice Calling, Location-Sharing
  • American Messaging 's Mobile and Desktop Applications are designed to meet the highest standards for mandatory HIPAA and Omnibus compliance
  • CRS : More than Paging—First Responder Solutions
  • FCC promises to end net neutrality uncertainty “in the coming days”
  • Motorola Solutions Introduces the Minitor VI Pager
  • Apple iPhone Remains Top Smartphone In The U.S.
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Initial Expressions of Interest in Rural Broadband Experiments Due March 7
    • FCC Identifies Potential High-Cost Areas for Rural Broadband Experiments
    • Chairman Wheeler Reiterates Plan to Eliminate the QRA
    • Comment Sought on T-Mobile–Verizon Spectrum Sale/Swap; Transaction Could Improve Prospects for Interoperable 700 MHz Equipment and Roaming on Earlier Timetable
    • Comments Filed on House Committee White Paper on Updating Communications Act
    • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Remarks at Silicon Flatirons
    • FCC Issues Forfeiture for Form 499 Reporting, Contribution Violations
    • President Obama Signs Farm Bill, Creating Rural Broadband Pilot Program and Tinkering with RUS
    • House Subcommittee Postpones Hearing on Broadband Stimulus
    • California Bill Proposes Mandatory Cell Phone Kill Switches
    • FCC Authorizes Two TV Stations to Test Feasibility of Channel Sharing
    • U.S. Department of Labor Sues AT&T Over Worker Treatment
    • White House Announces "Made in Rural America" Initiative
    • Deadlines: MARCH 1: CPNI ANNUAL CERTIFICATION
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Future Cars Will Talk To Each Other
  • Verizon confirms 'More Everything,' brings price cuts, more data, global texting
  • Internet firms release data on NSA requests
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Friendship
      • — C.S. Lewis
592 February 7, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • It is cold and snowing here in Southern Illinois. I am sending this issue out early because it is time for me to go to St. Louis and have my new knee checked out. Next week will be one year since the operation.
  • You may notice a few minor changes in the newsletter format this week—including a new logo. Little by little, I am learning to program CSS (cascading style sheets). Who said "an old dog can't learn new tricks?"
  • Check out the new ad from Critical Response Systems. It looks great, like everything that comes from this company. Someday when I grow up, I want to be just like James Dabbs, and Brian Claise—the brains behind CRS.
  • Paging Infrastructure For Sale
    • I have found a complete Paging System for sale. Several photos of the equipment follow in the newsletter.
  • FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY
    • Filing of 2013 Annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) Certifications EB Docket No. 06-36
  • New CRS ad: More than Paging—First Responder Solutions .
  • JVCKenwood to acquire EF Johnson
    • [JVCKenwood also owns Zetron.]
  • PC maker Lenovo's shares take a deep fall after acquisitions
  • Kennebunk student's iPhone catches fire in pocket
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory Indicating that CPNI Filings are Due March 1
    • FCC Initiates Rural Next Generation Network Experiments for Price Cap, Rate-of-Return Areas
    • FCC Adopts a Variety of Other TDM-to-IP Transition Experiments
    • FCC Adopts Policy Statement and Proposes Rules for Text-to-911 Service
    • FCC Issues Report on VoIP Numbering Trials, Seeks Comment
    • FCC Extends Reply Comment Date for Public Knowledge Petition on CPNI
    • FCC Updates List of Eligible Areas for Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I Support
    • FCC Solidifies 600 MHz Incentive Auction Timeline
    • Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting Issued
    • FCC Seeks Comment on NECA 2014 Average Schedule Formulas
    • Representative Henry Waxman Announces Retirement
    • FCC Seeks Comments on Form 477
    • House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Broadband Stimulus
    • AT&T System Restricts Content Access, Proposes Fees for "Bandwidth Abuse"
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Issues $8,000 Fine for Failing to Respond to Violation Notice
    • Comment Sought on Waiver of Periodic Inspection of Marking and Lighting Alarm System Rules
    • Part 90 Class B Signal Booster Registration is Now Available — Must be Completed by November 1, 2014
    • Gilpin County Sheriff Denied Extension of Time to Construct Public Safety Station
    • Hearing Held on Communications Act Update
    • Federal Government Steps Up Debt Collection Activities
    • FCC Grants Request for Rule Waiver to Permit Use of Channels on the Band Edges Between Part 90 and Part 95 Spectrum
    • Tower Lighting and Marking Violations Generate Substantial FCC Fines
    • FCC Clarifies Processes for Public Safety Use of Industrial Pool Frequencies
  • American Medical Response Chooses Zipit Wireless for Critical Messaging Solution
  • Satellite hotspot promises to bring Wi-Fi everywhere [Iridium]
  • Upcoming ARRL Section, State and Division Conventions and Events
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Adapt
591 January 31, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • The big news this week is that Lenovo — a Chinese technology company — bought Motorola MOBILITY from Google for $2.91 billion.
  • General Communications Technician (GCT) Training at IWCE
  • 10th National Paging Congress in Berlin, Germany
  • Lenovo buying Motorola's handset business from Google for nearly $3 billion
  • Regulatory: FCC Opens Brief Window for Comments on WRC-2015 Draft Recommendations
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • New 911 Service Provider Requirements Clarified by FCC Staff
    • FCC Appears to Urge Rural Electric Utilities to Participate in IP Transition, Offer Broadband
    • Chairman Wheeler Speaks on Net Neutrality Decision, Advocates Case-by-Case Approach
    • AT&T Files IP Trial Ex Partes
    • Further Letters Filed in the Tenth Circuit on the D.C. Circuit Open Internet Decision
    • FCC Acting General Counsel Sallet Addresses Competition Policy
    • FCC Issues Agenda for January Open Meeting
    • FCC "Guidance" Not Binding—Court Dismisses DISH Network TCPA Challenge
    • Comment Sought on Waiver of Periodic Inspection of Marking and Lighting Alarm System Rules
    • Technology & Telecom Vendors Spend Millions Lobbying the Federal Government
    • Study Finds Dominant Wireless Broadband Providers Overcharge Consumers $15 Billion Per Year
    • Wireless Price War, Cash Flow, And Broadband Deployment
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • The new face of smart watches
  • Google Glass now comes with $225 prescription frames: What you should know
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • The Older Mind May Just Be a Fuller Mind
  • A Bit of Illinois History
    • Wild Bill Hickok
590 January 24, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone who made personal donations last year to help support this newsletter. Of course the advertisers are more visible, and they are equally appreciated. With the continued help of all of you, we can keep it going for another year. This is issue number 590 so that represents well over 11 years.
  • Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
  • General Communications Technician Training at IWCE
  • FAQ: How is LTE-Advanced different from regular LTE?
  • Apple's Line in the Sand with Samsung is a 'No Cloning' Provision
  • Yahoo's Mayer Views 2014 as Tech 'Tipping Point'
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Letters Filed in the Tenth Circuit on the Open Internet Order
    • NTCA Releases Results of 2013 Wireless Survey
    • Nationwide Carriers Push for Larger 600 MHz License Sizes in Incentive Auction
    • Senator Franken Asks FCC to Preserve Equal Access to Internet
    • New 911 Regulations Effective February 18, 2014
    • Fraudsters Use Telephones Much Like the Internet
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Carl Icahn Makes Huge $3 Billion Bet On Apple
  • Which Cell Phone Carrier Is the Least Expensive?
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • William Shakespeare
589 January 17, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • Editorial Ramblings Life In The Country
  • Obama Says Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data Will End
  • General Communications Technician Training at IWCE
  • How to Improve Your Public Safety Dispatching
  • Privacy researchers: Cell phone surveillance costs as little as 4 pennies an hour
  • Julia Roberts Thinks People Tweet From Their Pagers, Says She Doesn't "Get" Social Media
    • (So who cares if one of the world's most attractive women isn't a “nerd?”)
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • CPNI Certifications Due March 3
    • DC Circ. Stays Portion of FCC Inmate Phone Call Rate Rule
    • FCC Announces Duty to Query Lifeline Database
    • Comment Sought, Hearing Held on Communications Act Update
    • Federal Government Steps Up Debt Collection Activities
    • Senate Hearing on 911 Location Data
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for January Meeting
    • FCC Chairman Wheeler Announces Senior Staff Appointments
    • Charter Bids for Time Warner; Time Warner Says No-Thank You—Not Enough
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Meet Voyce , the sensor-packed, wearable-tech wellness monitor for dog
  • EXTRA CREDIT READING
    • Health devices launched at CES 2014
    • Improving the Resiliency of Mobile Wireless Communications Networks—DRAFT from BloostonLaw
    • Prepare your body parts for more! 24 wearables to watch in 2014
    • Appeals court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rules
    • How the Internet is about to change after court decision
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Dogs
588 January 10, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • EATING HUMBLE PIE
  • WISHFUL THINKING DIDN'T MAKE IT HAPPEN
  • Awful quotes from the TV series 30 Rock
  • Gmail now lets you e-mail Google+ users, even if you don't know their address
  • American Messaging Services, LLC acquires Aquis Communications, Inc.
  • From BYOD to WYOD : How Wearables Will Transform Business
  • Paging and alerting — Essex FRS invests in new technology
  • How iBeacons could change the world forever
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • ALERT: FCC EXTENDS REVISED STUDY AREA BOUNDARY DATA SUBMISSION DEADLINE
    • BloostonLaw Seeks Supporters for 600 MHz Band Licensing Comments
    • FCC Releases New Data on Internet Access Services
    • EPA Requires Notifications for Small Boilers, Environmental Reports for Generators
    • AT&T Announces Sponsored Data Program
    • S.D. PUC Vice Chairman to Serve as NARUC Telecommunications Committee Chair
    • Genachowski Joins Carlyle Group
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • ARRL Reply Comments Cite "Fundamental Misunderstanding" of "Symbol Rate" Petition
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR– reader needs help
    • Jerry Griffith
      Has an Amcor 2003 to give away
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dalai Lama
587 January 3, 2014

This Week's Headlines:

  • Happy New Year
  • Editor's Comments about BloostonLaw
  • AT&T tries luring T-Mobile users with credit
  • Skype hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, told to "stop surveillance"
  • BlackBerry sues Typo over its familiar-looking iPhone keyboard
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Members of Rescue Squad Indicted for Putting Law Enforcement Channels on Squad Radios
    • Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Comment Deadlines for Proposals to Improve Mobile Wireless Network Resiliency and Service Transparency
    • Signal Booster Manufacturers Warned of March 1, 2014 Compliance Date
    • FCC Rules Impose New Requirements, Annual Certification Requirement on Wireline and Wireless 911 Service Providers
    • FCC Grants Extension of November 20 deadline for 800 MHz Rebanding Cost Estimates
    • Failure to Timely Renew Earth Station License Results in $16,000 fine and Compliance Program
  • Crimp Supply's Crimping 101
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR– reader needs help
    • Daniel Gignac
      Directeur général et Directeur des ventes
      Télécommunications de l'Est
      Matane, Quebec
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Lao Tzu and other thoughts by yours truly

 

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