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December 30, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • One of the biggest flaws in human thinking is “jumping to conclusions”
  • Examples of critical design criteria for any shared service:
    • A city's drinking water system.
    • A city's electrical system.
    • A city's telephone system.
  • For Your Enjoyment on New Year's Eve.
    • A new video from “Playing For Change”
  • A-1 Wireless Communications in Amarillo, Texas in the spotlight
  • With Help of Israeli Alert System, No Deaths in 7.6 Magnitude Chile Earthquake
  • NIST Debuts Dual Atomic Clock — and a New Stability Record
  • “Playing For Change” video
  • The final minute of 2016 will have one extra second — here's why
  • Modernizing emergency communications for the 21st century
  • Inside Towers
    • Happy New Year — 2017
  • The Upcoming BlackBerry Mercury Could Get An Exclusive Release With Verizon
  • Blooston Law Private Users Update
    • Chairman Wheeler to Leave FCC on January 20, 2017
    • REMINDER: Sending Junk Faxes Can Get You in Big Trouble With the FCC
    • FCC issues Inquiry into Security of 5G Networks and Devices
    • Changes to Maritime Radio Services Rules Effective January 17
    • FCC Seeks Comment on NC Highway Patrol Waiver Request to License 800 MHz B/ILT Channel
    • FCC Amends FOIA Rules
    • FCC Extends Temporary Waiver of Certain Rules Regarding the Importation of Radio Frequency Devices for Six Months
    • Motorola Seeks Partial Reconsideration to Delay Effective Date of Public Safety 700 MHz Rule Change
    • FCC Proposes Modifications to 218-219 MHz Service License to Facilitate PTC in the Northeast Corridor
    • FCC and Treasury Dept. Warn of IRS Impersonation Scam
    • US and Mexico Agree on Protocol to Share 220-222 MHz Band in Border Region
    • FCC Grants Waiver to Permit Sale of Internet-enabled Set-Top Box and USB Component Television Tuner
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • James Beckham — Press Release
    • Jerry Griffith — Ira Wiesenfeld fan letter
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • My New Year's Resolution (every year renewed)
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Happy New Year

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December 23, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • CONGRATULATIONS: Ira Wiesenfeld was elected to serve as Chairman of ETA® International for the 2017 and 2018 calendar years. The 2016 ETA Technician of the Year award was presented to Jay Thompson. Both of these gentlemen are friends and subscribers to this newsletter.
  • Swissphone: South Tyrol Opts For Separate Alerting And Voice Communication Networks (video)
  • LMCC Supports Priority Access to 800 MHz Spectrum
  • ETA® Selects Award Recipients and Elects New Board of Directors
  • A flight was late because someone named their Wi-Fi hotspot ‘Galaxy Note 7’
  • BlackBerry to make a comeback at CES 2017 courtesy of TCL
  • Inside Towers
    • GOP FCC Commissioners to Review Net Neutrality ASAP
  • New Pa. alert system to connect with stranded motorists
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • In lieu of holiday cards this season, BloostonLaw will be making a donation to Healthcare for the Homeless, a local charity program. We wish our clients a happy and safe holiday season! In observance of the holiday, our next newsletter will not be published until Jan. 4. Our office will be closed Dec. 23 and 26 and Jan. 2. Our office will close at 2pm Dec. 30.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Ing. Jimmy Acosta
    • Claude Everton — VE2YI
    • Enterprise Wireless Alliance
    • Microspace Communications
    • e*Message (Berlin) Geschäftsführer: Dr. Dietmar Gollnick
    • Season's Greetings from Daviscomms UK Ltd.—Vasu Srinivasan
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • What is the true meaning of Christmas?
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • My Christmas Card for You

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December 16, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • I think there is a major announcement coming out before Christmas from our friends at Swissphone.
  • My new issue of QST® Magazine came this week and I really had a good laugh while reading one of the articles about two “crackpots” who were arrested in Georgia for planning to blow up the HAARP facility in Alaska. (HAARP background included.)
  • Two Arrested in Georgia for Planning to Attack HAARP Facility in Alaska
  • Voxpro's Kiely rows back on IPO as he plots course to become a global player
  • Lauttamus Communications & Security Adds Staff on Increasing Sales
  • BlackBerry Signs Long-Term Smartphone Agreement With TCL
  • Verizon Agrees To Disabling The Galaxy Note 7 On January 5th
  • Inside Towers
    • Waiting to Exhale: Wheeler Announces January 20 Exit Date
  • Cellphones never got text message to evacuate horrific Tennessee wildfire
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • In lieu of holiday cards this season, BloostonLaw will be making a donation to Healthcare for the Homeless, a local charity program. We wish our clients a happy and safe holiday season! In observance of the holiday, our next newsletter will not be published until Jan. 4. Our office will be closed Dec. 23 and 26 and Jan. 2. Our office will close at 2pm Dec. 30.
    • Holiday Edition
    • Stage 4 of the Reverse Auction Begins with 84 MHz Clearing Target
    • FCC Issues Agenda for December 15 Open Meeting
    • Senate Adjourns Without Appointing Rosenworcel to Second Term
    • Enhanced Transparency Exemption to Expire December 15
    • FCC Announces Deadline for Notification of Service in Frontier CAF Territory
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Lowell Todd
    • Emergency Alert Failure
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “There are three things extremely hard. . .”
    • —Benjamin Franklin
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Alessandro Ignazio Marcello, Concerto in C Minor — 3 Allegro, by Tine Thing Helseth

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December 9, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Friends don’t let friends buy fake Apple chargers
  • My character defect
  • Stop the iPhone Calendar Spam
  • Apple Says iPhone 6s Shutdowns Result of Manufacturing Issue Causing Batteries to Degrade Faster
  • BlackBerry appoints former U.S. Coast Guard CIO to lead Federal Cybersecurity Operations Center
  • Nearly one million Android phones infected by hackers
  • Researchers Break Apple's iPhone and iPad Activation Lock
  • Inside Towers
    • Pare Down or Dismantle the FCC: Trump Advisors Debate
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: CAF BLS Buildout Methodology Selection Due December 5
    • FCC Provides Guidance on Lifeline Modernization Forbearance Election
    • USAC Provides Initial Details on New Deployment Data Reporting System
    • REMINDER: CAF BLS 15-Day Tariff Filings Due December 19
    • Deadlines Established for Technology Transitions Petitions for Reconsideration
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for December Open Meeting
    • Senator Thune Asks FCC Not to Consider Controversial Items
    • Trump Taps Yet Another Net Neutrality Critic for FCC Transition
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Blooston Law Private Users Update
    • Trump Picks Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison to Lead FCC Transition
    • FCC Terminates License after Competitor Squeals Non-Construction
    • FCC Denies Request for Waiver to Exceed Bandwidth Limitation
    • FCC Issues Consumer Alert on Utilities Call Scam
    • FCC Proposes Updates to Strengthen Wireless Emergency Alerts as a Public Safety Tool
    • FirstNet Continues to Pursue Network Procurement
    • HobbyKing USA Cited for Illegal Marketing of Radio Frequency Devices
    • FCC Seeks Comment as Part of its Tri-Annual Review of Marine Station Logging Requirement
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Michael Candell
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • John Keats
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Kayaking in Nordegg, Canada

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December 2, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Friends don’t let friends buy fake Apple chargers
  • My character defect
  • Stop the iPhone Calendar Spam
  • Apple Says iPhone 6s Shutdowns Result of Manufacturing Issue Causing Batteries to Degrade Faster
  • BlackBerry appoints former U.S. Coast Guard CIO to lead Federal Cybersecurity Operations Center
  • Nearly one million Android phones infected by hackers
  • Researchers Break Apple's iPhone and iPad Activation Lock
  • Inside Towers
    • Pare Down or Dismantle the FCC: Trump Advisors Debate
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: CAF BLS Buildout Methodology Selection Due December 5
    • FCC Provides Guidance on Lifeline Modernization Forbearance Election
    • USAC Provides Initial Details on New Deployment Data Reporting System
    • REMINDER: CAF BLS 15-Day Tariff Filings Due December 19
    • Deadlines Established for Technology Transitions Petitions for Reconsideration
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for December Open Meeting
    • Senator Thune Asks FCC Not to Consider Controversial Items
    • Trump Taps Yet Another Net Neutrality Critic for FCC Transition
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Blooston Law Private Users Update
    • Trump Picks Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison to Lead FCC Transition
    • FCC Terminates License after Competitor Squeals Non-Construction
    • FCC Denies Request for Waiver to Exceed Bandwidth Limitation
    • FCC Issues Consumer Alert on Utilities Call Scam
    • FCC Proposes Updates to Strengthen Wireless Emergency Alerts as a Public Safety Tool
    • FirstNet Continues to Pursue Network Procurement
    • HobbyKing USA Cited for Illegal Marketing of Radio Frequency Devices
    • FCC Seeks Comment as Part of its Tri-Annual Review of Marine Station Logging Requirement
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Michael Candell
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • John Keats
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Kayaking in Nordegg, Canada

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November 25, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Wishing a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday for all U.S. readers of The Wireless Messaging News.
  • Just like the Sunday edition of your print-newspaper, this issue has been expanded with additional content for you to read over the long weekend. By coming out early, it also gives me some extra time to cook a turkey.
  • BlackBerry Dtek60 review: Phone maker returns to the fray
  • “Why Paging Remains a Critical Aspect of Healthcare Communications”
    • By Marc A. Gineris, Incyte Capital Holdings LLC
  • Why Nothing Beats Paging For Critical Messaging
    • This is a “rerun” of an excellent video presentation that was published earlier.
  • “Paging's Future”
    • This paper was written 20 years ago by Brad Dye, published here for reference only since some of this information is out of date.
  • “Letter to Congress: Personal Privacy, Mobile Security Threats, Deceptive Trade, & Smartphone Customer Exploitation”
    • By Rex Lee
  • Successful Launch of the Tetra Pager P8GR in Germany
  • Inside Towers:
    • Small Cell Forecast Predicts ‘Healthy’ CAGR Through 2021
  • Enbridge helping to replace Pelham firefighter pagers
  • Blooston Law Telecom UpdateHoliday Edition
    • REMINDER: CAF BLS Buildout Methodology Selection Due December 5
    • REMINDER: CAF BLS 15-Day Tariff Filings Due December 19
    • DC Circuit Court Remands VoIP Symmetry Ruling
    • Seven Senators Urge the FCC to Crack Down on Zero-Rating
    • FCC Proposes $100,000 Fine for Failure to File Form 499-A, Application for Transfer of Control
    • FCC Signs Robocall Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Counterpart
    • Trump Picks Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison to Lead FCC Transition
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Daniel Gignac needs advice about a Zetron 2200 Terminal
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Happy Thanksgiving
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Powerful Next-Gen Weather Satellite Launches to Begin Forecasting “Revolution”

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November 18, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Congratulations to Mercy Contreras who will be receiving the Vivian A. Carr Award at the Radio Club of America banquet tonight in New York City. This award recognizes outstanding achievements by a woman in the wireless industry, and is well deserved.
  • Expect an important article from Rex Lee next week about the “recent” revelations about pre-installed apps on our smartphones. It came in too late to include this week, but I am looking forward to reading it since “big media” is acting like they just found out and Rex has been reporting this issue for quite a while.
  • Apple is exploring moving iPhone production to the US: Report
  • Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say
  • Wait, how fast can Qualcomm charge a phone?: CNET Update
  • Russian security firm says iPhone secretly logs all your phone calls
  • BlackBerry's DTEK app is giving users incorrect device status following Android update
  • iCloud stores your iPhone’s call history for four months
  • Inside Towers: NAB to FCC: Wireless Companies Exaggerate Spectrum “Crisis”
  • Radio Club of America Announces 2016 Award Recipients and Fellows
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • Rural ILEC Input Sought in Wake of Election Results
    • Rural Telephone Companies, the Rural Exemption and the Network Change Notification Rules
    • Petitions for Reconsideration Filed on Technology Transitions Order
    • Commissioner Pai’s Digital Empowerment Agenda
    • FCC Deletes All Items from Agenda for November Open Meeting
    • House Passes Rural Call Completion, Anti-Spoofing Bills
    • FCC Adopts NECA Average Schedule Formula Modifications
    • FCC Warns AT&T its Zero Rating Practice May Violate Net Neutrality
    • FCC Issues Consumer Alert on Utilities Call Scam
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Jerry Griffith—A Bit of my Paging History — Part 2
    • Ed Heffernan. General Manager, Multitone Wireless (Canada)
      • A friendly rebuttal about the invention of pagers
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • by Publilius Syrus
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Aiding a Comrade by Frederic Remington

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November 11, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • BLACKBERRY LTD TRADERS ALERT
  • Jim Nelson's paper “Is Paging Going Away?” first published in the September 23, 2016 issue of this newsletter, continues to circulate around the world with favorable comments. Jim and his partner John Bishop run Prism-IPX Systems. With the help of Angelo Saccoccia and his team at Swissphone we now have this great report on the health and wellbeing of Paging available in French and German. Volunteers are needed for translations into other languages. Let's work together to get this important message circulated to a wider audience. Dr. Dietmar Gollnick and his staff at e*Message in Berlin have contributed some minor but valuable revisions to the German translation.
  • Windows 10 Build 14965 shows a virtual touchpad that could replace the mouse
  • BlackBerry Gets High Marks For Its DTEK60
  • Evidence suggests Apple is working on the biggest mobile game-changer since the original iPhone
  • PayPal adds Siri support for speaking shoppers
  • Naval Academy Students Planning CubeSat with HF Uplink
  • Google doesn't want proprietary fast charging in Android phones
  • Inside Towers: Tower Crew Finally Comes to Cat’s Rescue After Carriers and Others Say “No”
  • Beware, iPhone Users: Fake Retail Apps Are Surging Before Holidays
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • FCC Announces A-CAM Oversubscribed; Seeks Ex Partes on Mitigation Measures
    • FCC Reconsiders Statement in Rate-of-Return Reform Order
    • FCC Releases Broadband Privacy Order; Effective Date Timeline Established
    • FCC Proposes Updates to Strengthen Wireless Emergency Alerts as Public Safety Tool
    • Comment Sought on 2016 Biennial Review of Telecommunications Regulations
    • PSHB Reminds EAS Participants of Form Three Filing Deadline
    • FCC Proposes $21 Million Fine for Fraud in Rural Healthcare Program
    • FCC Terminates License for Non-Construction
    • FCC Issues Consumer Alert on Gift Card Call Scams
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Jerry Griffith—A Bit of my Paging History
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “If the whole universe has no meaning” by C.S. Lewis
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Diving Gannets (birds) in Scotland

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November 4, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • EDITORIAL: “Pagers – the new national security threat!” NOT
  • Jim Nelson's paper “Is Paging Going Away?” first published in the September 23, 2016 issue of this newsletter, continues to circulate around the world with favorable comments. Jim and his partner John Bishop run Prism-IPX Systems. With the help of Angelo Saccoccia and his team at Swissphone we now have this great report on the health and wellbeing of Paging available in French and German. Volunteers are needed for translations into other languages. Let's work together to get this important message circulated to a wider audience.
  • Apple Grabs More Than 100% Of Smartphone Profits
  • Man killed in fall from east Tulsa cell phone tower
  • Inside Towers: New Broadband Privacy Order Released, Internet Reclassified as Telecom
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • A-CAM Offer Corrections
    • Chairman Wheeler Circulates Mobility Fund Phase II Order, VoLTE Roaming NPRM
    • FCC Adopts Broadband Privacy Rules
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for November Open Meeting
    • Pleading Cycle Established for AT&T Petition for Forbearance from Tariffing Rules
    • USAC Issues Lifeline Broadband Provider Designation Process Notice
    • FirstNet Continues to Pursue Network Procurement
    • FCC Announces Next Meeting of NANC
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Blooston Law Private Users Update
    • Failure to Pay Regulatory Fees Leads to Revocation of FCC Authorizations
    • FCC Proposes $15,000 Fine for Unlicensed Operation
    • FCC Streamlines Foreign Ownership Rules for Commercial Licensees
    • FCC Clarifies Robocall/Spoof Blocking
    • FCC Grants Tenn. Department of Safety and Homeland Security Rule Waiver to Use 800 MHz Business Frequency
    • FCC Reminds States to Update Administrative Procedures for 700 MHz Public Safety Band
    • FCC Grants Waiver Request for Use of Airport Terminal Use Frequencies
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Monkeys Are Smarter
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Monkeys Playing

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October 28, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • The featured article this week is the final installment of the series from Rex Lee “How We Lost Our 4th Amendment Rights to Our Technology Providers.” Rex has done some serious research about how this happens when we accept the pre-installed apps on our smart phones and other devices — without reading the many pages of legalese that give away our rights to privacy. I am sure you will be surprised, as I was, when you read his well-written exposé. We are very interested in receiving reader's comments about this important topic.
  • “How We Lost Our 4th Amendment Rights to Our Technology Providers.”
  • [The following news article is a little old, but it is pertinent to the preceding one by Rex Lee.] AT&T sued over NSA spy program
  • Official Photos of Galaxy S7 Edge in Coral Blue Appear
  • Amateur radio provides critical communications when all else fails
  • AT&T a “Spy for Hire” with Project Hemisphere and ‘Warrantless Surveillance’
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (10/26/16)
    • Stage 3 of the Reverse Auction to Begin November 1
    • Comment Deadlines Established for Independent Programming NPRM
    • Deployment Obligation Comparison; Budget Control Calculation for Rate-of-Return Carriers Released
    • Comment Sought on World Radiocommunication Conference Committee
    • FCC Issues Official Open Meeting Agenda; Reschedules Hour
    • FCC Imposes $100,000 Fine for Failure to Register
    • FCC Settles Slamming Case for $240,000
    • AT&T Reaches Deal to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion; Catches Wide Criticism
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Timo Kangas (In Finland)
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Great Art — Claude Monet
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Claude Monet's Grainstack (Meule)

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October 21, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Wishing a safe and happy weekend for all readers of The Wireless Messaging News. No newsletter last week. Sorry, it was rough week.
  • 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
  • Emergency communication system to be tested Oct. 26 (in St. Louis)
  • Microspace Communications Introduces New DataBridge IP Satellite Solution
  • 2,100 Part 22 Paging Licenses Canceled for Lack of Service
  • IARU Region 2 Emergency Communications Workshop Covers Wide Range of Topics
  • Samsung To Exchange Galaxy Note 7s At Some Canadian Airports
  • Senator Pushes Samsung on Lithium Battery Safety, Possibly Others
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (10/12/16)
    • FCC Releases ‘Fact Sheet’ on Business Data Service Proposal
    • FCC Issues Order on Access Charge Tariff Filings Introducing Broadband-only Loop Service
    • FCC Releases Fact Sheet on Proposed Broadband CPNI Order
    • Comcast to Pay $2.3 Million to Settle Cramming Investigation
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Open Meeting
    • Wireline Bureau Releases Information on Legacy USF Deployment Obligations
    • FCC to Resume Forward Incentive Auction
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (10/19/16)
    • Stage 2 of Forward Incentive Auction Closes after One Bidding Round
    • FCC Updates A-CAM FAQ
    • Failure to Pay Regulatory Fees Leads to Revocation of FCC Authorizations, including 214 Authority
    • CCA Suggests Small Carrier Considerations for Internet Privacy Rules
    • USAC Releases Template Language for December 2 Lifeline Consumer Outreach Material
    • T-Mobile Settles Inadequate Disclosure Investigation for $48 Million
    • Speculation Arises on Possible Clinton FCC
    • FCC to Host Broadband Health Mapping Webinar
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Mahatma Gandhi
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Israeli and Palestinian activists march for peace

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October 14, 2016

No Issue This Week

Due to the death of a close friend and the funeral today, I will not be able to publish this week's newsletter. I hope to be back next week with lots of interesting news.

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October 7, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Samsung might actually be facing a second Galaxy Note 7 recall
  • BlackBerry Ltd sales exec tells BBC: There will be a new keyboard model within 6 months
  • Missouri School Boards' Association and CrisisGo Offer No Cost Emergency Mobile Communications To Every School in Missouri
  • Motorola Solutions Buys Florida Channel Partner
  • Cell phone providers: Limit your social media use during storm for better service
  • matched pairs” of the SCM and Exciter modules that are used in the Motorola Nucleus Paging Base Station— by ISC Technologies
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: 911 Reliability Certification Due October 15
    • FCC Announces Effective Date for Lifeline Revisions; ETC Forbearance Election for Voice-Only Services due December 2.
    • Stage 2 Bidding in Forward Auction Expected to Commence Soon
    • FCC Streamlines Foreign Ownership Rules
    • FCC Updates Wireless Emergency Alert System
    • FCC Issues NPRM on Pay-TV Programming Contracts
    • FCC Clarifies Robocall Blocking
    • USAC Posts Capital Investment Allowance Worksheet
    • WCB Releases Guidance on A-CAM Election
    • RFID Registration Requirement Submitted for Renewal; PRA Comments Due December 5
    • Verizon Threatens to Fire Field Technicians Who Repair Copper Lines
    • FCC Solicits Nominations for Intergovernmental Advisory Committee
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Ask Her to Stop Paging Me
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • An Awesome Encounter

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September 30, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Lots of controversy circulating on the Internet about paging this week. The nay sayers continue to invent reasons to prove that paging technology is obsolete just so they can sell some smartphone apps. Our issue last week — featuring Jim Nelson's article, “Is Paging Going Away?” — was tweeted and commented on very favorably all over the world. We are hoping to get Jim's article translated into several more languages. If you would like to volunteer to do this, please let me know. Although I have covered some of it before, I have decided to revisit the history of Paging in this issue.
  • Paging History Report
  • Like Old HP, BlackBerry Is Giving Its Advantage Away, Piece By Piece
  • Exclusive Recitation of Specific Device in Specification Limits Claim Term
  • First-Hand:Hand-Held Radios and Electronic Beepers
  • Frequency-hopping spread spectrum
  • “How We Lost Our 4th Amendment Rights to Technology Providers” Segment 2 — FCC Case Overview by Rex Lee
  • “FCC Ups Alert Requirements: More Characters and Geo-Targeting” from Inside Towers
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Existing Providers Must Notify CenturyLink of Served Census Blocks by Nov. 7
    • WCB Announces Approval of FCC Forms 507, 508, and 509; Form 508 due October 3
    • House Unanimously Amends Communications Act Update
    • Carriers Not Subject to State Jurisdiction Must File 54.314 Certification by October 1
    • Comment Deadlines Established for 700MHz Public Safety Operations FNPRM
    • FCC Issues Agenda for September Open Meeting
    • AT&T Settles Unauthorized Wireless Operations Investigation for $450,000
    • Have You Been Convicted of a Felony? Report it on All Applications or Risk a Significant Fine
    • AT&T Sues Nashville over “One Touch” Ordinance
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Proposes a $23K Fine for Unlicensed Operation and Broadcast of “Officer-in-Distress” Call
    • Sixth Circuit Reverses FCC Municipal Broadband Decision
    • Commissioner Requests Information from Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Request for Waiver to Permit Certification of Part 90 Equipment that does not Meet 6.25 kHz Narrowbanding
    • Puerto Rico Receives Waiver to Allow Late Filed Substantial Service Showing for 700 MHz State Channel
    • FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Causing Harmful Interference and other PLMR Violations
    • FCC Denies Application to Permit Centralized Trunking Station to Encroach on Incumbent Station Operation
    • FCC Modifies Maritime Radio Services Rules
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • South Australia TOTAL BLACKOUT but pagers still working
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Do you make mistakes?
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Night Falls

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September 23, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • This is one of those weeks when I am very proud to still be an active member of the Paging community. It has been a very busy week. This week's issue of the newsletter has several very important articles, that I hope you read.
  • First and foremost, is an exclusive submission entitled, “Is Paging Going Away?” written by Jim Nelson, President & CEO of Prism-IPX Systems. Jim and I have been co-workers, colleagues, and friends for over 30 years. I can't think of anyone more qualified to make a positive case for the health and welfare of the Paging Industry.
  • I am 100% in agreement with the points made in Jim's article and it fully supports this newsletter's raison d'être i.e. the promotion of Paging and Wireless Messaging.
  • Another exclusive article of significant interest is, “How We Lost Our Fourth Amendment Rights to Technology Providers” (Warrantless Surveillance, Access to Protected Data, Telecommunications, and Location Data) By Rex Lee.
  • Samsung phone emits smoke on Indian plane mid-air, no damage
  • “Is Paging Going Away?” By Jim Nelson
  • Are you a Yahoo user? Here's what you should do
  • Blooston Law: Regulatory Fee Payments Due September 27, 2016—Electronic Filing is Mandatory
  • “How We Lost Our Fourth Amendment Rights to Technology Providers” (Warrantless Surveillance, Access to Protected Data, Telecommunications, and Location Data) By Rex Lee.
  • From: Inside Towers—Canada May Be Joining the Wireless Emergency Alert System
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Broadband Loop Support Data Due October 1
    • REMINDER: Regulatory Fee Deadline is Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    • Chairman Wheeler Promises to Review Data Roaming Rules
    • WCB Publishes Annual Adjustment of Revenue Thresholds
    • FCC Fines Long Distance Carriers for Unauthorized Charges
    • FCC Proposes $100,000 Forfeiture for Missed Form 499 Filings
    • Senate Holds FCC Oversight Hearing
    • FCC Announces Broadband Deployment Percentage for Rate-of-Return Carriers
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Success?
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Colombian Bullfighter

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September 16, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Wouldn't you hate to be working for Samsung in their Galaxy Note 7 smartphone product group right now? In case you haven't heard or seen what's going on, take a look at these photos.
  • Malicious smartphone apps turn your phone into tracking device
  • Court questions whether Berkeley cell phone law goes too far
  • What's been fixed and what's still broken in Windows 10
  • Spectrum Warehousing — EWA Seeks to Close Loopholes
  • Samsung formally recalls the Note 7 in the US
  • From: Inside Towers — 911 Call Centers Could Be Hacked
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: 911 Reliability Certification Due October 15
    • FCC Releases Fact Sheet on Upcoming Set-Top Box Order, Including Small Carrier Exemption
    • Reminder: EAS Test Reporting System Forms Due
    • FCC Publishes Transition Order in Federal Register; Effective Date to be Established by OMB
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for September Open Meeting
    • FCC Converts Various Paper Notifications to Electronic Notifications
    • FCC Announces 17.4% USF Contribution Factor
    • FCC Seeks Nominations for USAC Board
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Short and funny
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • The bright lane of the Milky Way above the Chilean Atacama Desert

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September 9, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Big issue this week and I am running late. No time for editorials.
  • iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 6S: What's The Difference?
  • Apple’s iOS 10 Is Coming to Your iPhone Sept. 13
  • Emergency communications in the modern age
  • Apple Watch Series 2 offers glimpse of smartwatch future
  • No Need to Call For Help, Just Text from InsideTowers
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Year End Reminder: Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
    • FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction to Enter Stage Two with Reduced Clearing Target
    • FCC Adopts Enhanced HAC Handset Benchmarks; Expands Scope of De Minimis Exception
    • FCC Sets Regulatory Fee Deadline for Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    • Deadline Established to Notify Frontier of Served Census Blocks
    • 911 Reliability Certification Due October 15
    • Electronic Filing of Form 395 Common Carrier Report Now Effective
    • FCC Announces Exception to TCPA
    • EAS Test on September 28; New EAS Event Codes Go Into Effect September 12
    • Sixth Circuit Reverses FCC Municipal Broadband Decision
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • A reader new to the paging world asks a question.
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Helping Others
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Earthquake in Amatrice, Italy

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September 2, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • A Shocking Photo—John Parmalee a friend, and a long-time reader of the newsletter, sent in the PHOTO OF THE WEEK. I responded with the following: “John, you rascal, I was having a good day until you sent me this. ha ha (thanks).” If you have ever climbed a tower this photo may remind you to be more careful the next time. By the way, this is from Texas. Things are a little different out there.
  • Thank you to our Paging colleagues at Firecom in Lekkerkerk, Netherlands for their support of the newsletter.
  • The good guys at RF Demand Solutions have “re-upped” their advertising for Codan Paging Transmitters — much appreciated.
  • Oh yes, don't miss the new ad from Salcom. Without advertising support, and voluntary contributions, this newsletter wouldn't be possible. Thanks to all of you.
  • Microsoft made 'em do it: The latest Kaby Lake, Zen chips will support only Windows 10
  • Apple quashes 3 zero-days with emergency Mac update
  • Smartphone apps now account for half the time Americans spend online
  • [Methow] Valley and county to get modern emergency communications
  • Recall of Fall Protection Devices Halts Tower Work Across the U.S.
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Year End Reminder: Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
    • Application Filing Fee Increase Effective August 26
    • FCC Extends 800 MHz Freeze in Mexican Border Area to Feb 1, 2017
    • Canadian Pacific Railway Pays $1.21 Million to Settle Licensing Violations
    • FCC Modifies MTA 220 MHz License to Provide for Positive Train Control in New York Metro Area
    • FCC Grants US Coast Guard Request for Blanket Waiver to Permit Use of Class D VHF Digital Selective Calling Equipment
    • FCC Amends Programmatic Agreement Concerning the Co-Location of Small Wireless Antennas
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Some Humor: “The Curse of the Engineer”
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • A Scary Photo From a Texas Tower

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August 26, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • ETA and IWCE Offer Veteran and Student Scholarships
  • MIT researchers discover method to triple wireless speeds
  • New TIA Standard Improves Communication in Tower Construction
  • Apple advises immediate update to iOS 9.3.5 after discovery of targeted iPhone spyware
  • ETA and IWCE Offer Veteran and Student Scholarships
  • Federal Circuit affirms Apple iPhone patent victory over GPNE
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • The BloostonLaw Telecom Update newsletter will be on our traditional August recess, in light of the usual slowdown in the news cycle at this time of year. We will resume publication on September 7. Meanwhile, we will keep clients apprised of significant developments via memos and special supplements.
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Life Is Short
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Louisiana Flood

720

August 19, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial / Tutorial on Simulcasting
    • A Problem Continues with Nucleus Paging Transmitters!
    • Can you help me find some pager parts?
  • Windows Phone and BlackBerry head for extinction, leaving the smartphone market to Android and iOS
  • IDF unveils missile alert system for homes (Israel)
  • SFU part of emergency communications backup (Canada)
  • NIST’s ‘Nerdcart’ Could Improve Emergency Communication
  • FCC Public Notice
    • On July 22, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) announced the roll-out schedule for the new version of the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) platform.
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • On Wednesday, August 3, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice and four reports setting forth its offers of Alternative Connect American Cost Model (ACAM) support to rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) for the next ten years.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Tele-Page Shutting Down—Equipment For Sale
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Honesty
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • California Wildfire

719

August 12, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial / Tutorial on Simulcasting
    • A Big Problem with Nucleus Paging Transmitters!
    • Please check out the updated listing of Paging Infrastructure Equipment in this issue from Preferred Wireless.
    • Can you help me find some pager parts?
  • BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Cheap, secure and better than expected
    • A very thorough review of this new model
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August recess)
  • Amateur Radio Sleuthing Pins Down Source of Strange RF Interference near Chicago
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Michael Phelps now has a Purpose Driven Life
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Michael Phelps wins more gold in Rio.

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August 5, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Lost A Friend
    • Jim Neves and his fiancé, Martha Lapsley, were killed in a tragic house fire last Friday.
  • BlackBerry's Core Apps Come To Android as a Subscription Service
  • ARRL Expresses Support for All Activities that Strengthen Emergency Communications Infrastructure
  • Critical Alert Delivers Secure, HIPAA-Compliant Text Messaging and Paging App for Smartphones & Desktops
  • Bsquare Announces Appointment of Wireless and Technology Executive Mary Jesse to Board of Directors
  • First Successful Transatlantic Telegraph Cable Celebrates 150th Anniversary
  • Feds shut down tech support scammers, freeze assets
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August recess)
  • Shiny happy people: Irish tech firm Voxpro to create 500 jobs in US
  • THOUGHTS AND PHOTO FOR THE WEEK
    • Obituary—James N. Neves—April 06, 1961 - July 29, 2016

717

July 29, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • A Funny Paging Commercial From The Past (Indianapolis)
  • iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s: Rumoured Specs & Features Detailed
  • Public safety increased with the ability to remotely disable vehicles
  • New radio tower goes up in Whitfield County to improve emergency communications
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (July 27, 2016)
    • The BloostonLaw Telecom Update newsletter will be on their traditional August recess
    • FCC Concludes Streamlined Challenge Process for A-CAM
    • Commissioner O’Rielly Blogs About New Mobility Fund Phase II
    • FCC Announces Roll-Out Schedule for New Network Outage Reporting System
    • PSHSB Announces Filing Deadlines for Outage Reporting Revisions
    • FCC to Launch Broadband Health Mapping Tool
    • FCC Denies Allband Petition for Further Waiver
    • Wireless Companies Address Consumer Privacy Concerns with Anti-Theft Commitment
    • CCA Calls for Proceeding on Mobile Data Roaming
    • Verizon Buys Yahoo for $4.8 Billion
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Clarifies that LED Lighting Devices Must Comply with Part 15 RF Emissions Limits
    • Verizon Confirms Shutdown of 2G CDMA Network by 2020
    • FCC Proposes Revocation of Commission Authorization for Failure to Pay Annual Regulatory Fee
    • FCC Amends Part 15 Rules to Facilitate Experimentation and Market Trials for Certain RF Based Medical Devices — New Rules Effective August 24, 2016
    • FCC Increases Application Fees to Reflect Inflation
    • FCC Grants Waiver to Allow New Implanted Medical Device
  • State to test new emergency communication system for schools
  • THOUGHTS AND PHOTO FOR THE WEEK
    • My daughter Amy

716

July 22, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Facebook Connectivity Lab’s Aquila Aircraft Takes Flight
    • Lots of cool photos
  • Knox County, Tenn., Upgrades Emergency Communication Network
  • Encrypting Local Emergency Communications—The High Cost Of Secrecy: A WHKP Editorial
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (July 20, 2016)
    • Typographical Error in Incentive Auction Materials
    • FCC Issues Technology Transitions and Access Charges Order
    • FCC Issues Incentive Auction Schedule and Qualified Bidders Notice
    • FCC Adopts 5G “Spectrum Frontiers” Rules, Impacting LMDS and 39 GHz Licensees
    • FCC Reverses Course on Inmate Calling Service Rates
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting
    • FCC Sets September 28 Emergency Alert System Test Date
    • Verizon Confirms Shutdown of 2G CDMA Network by 2020
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Edward Snowden to Help Develop a Safer Phone for Journalists
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Hands
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Hands

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July 15, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • What is an Emoji?
  • The definition of experience
  • Firefighters in Rensselaer County unveil new 'lifesaving' pager system
  • White House pledges $400M for next-gen wireless tech
  • Warren County plans to replace aging emergency communication system
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (July 13, 2016)
    • FCC Releases Forward Auction Clock Phase User Guide
    • Petitions for Reconsideration of Rate of Return Order Announced
    • FCC Adds New Warning Codes to EAS
    • Commissioner O’Rielly Posts Slide on His Reform Efforts on FCC Blog
    • FCC to Hold Open Commission Meeting on July 14
    • FCC Increases Application Fees to Reflect Inflation
    • Senate Committee on Commerce Holds Hearing on Broadband Privacy
    • Commissioner Pai Inquires of State PUCs Regarding Lifeline Fraud Prevention
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Boone County talks emergency communication upgrade
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Summertime
    • John Steinbeck
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • From a friend of a friend.

714

July 8, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • US lags behind on digital readiness, report says
  • How to tell if your Android phone has spyware
  • Facebook Is Rolling Out “Secret” Conversations, With One Big Catch
  • Qualcomm says it issued patch for Android encryption flaw over a year ago
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (July 6, 2016)
    • WCB Announces Implementation of Budget Control Mechanisms for RoR Carriers
    • FCC Releases International Telecommunications Traffic and Revenue Report
    • Oppositions to Lifeline Petitions for Reconsideration Deadline Established
    • Senate Committee Approves Rural Call Completion Bill with Amendment
    • FCC Reaches $2.4 Million Settlement Over 911 Outages in Alaska
    • FCC Announces Technical Advisory Council Meeting on September 20
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • A Sad Day for Punchers: BlackBerry to Discontinue Traditional Keyboard Phone
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Steve Donohue
    • John Prendergast
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Love and Forgiveness
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • A church is silhouetted below a belt of the Milky Way in Slovakia

713

July 1, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Microsoft backs off sneaky Windows 10 upgrade tricks with simple new pop-up
  • World’s cheapest smartphone, costing under £3, begins shipping next week
  • Best thing about Google’s 2016 Nexus phones: They’ll finally copy the iPhone properly
  • Texting 911 to Osage Beach Emergency Communications Center now possible
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (June 29, 2016)
    • FCC Releases Fact Sheet on 5G Millimeter Wave Spectrum Proposal
    • FCC Releases Fact Sheet on Media Ownership Rule Update
    • PSHSB Launches EAS Test Reporting System, Seeks Comment on Handbook Recommendations
    • FCC Proposes to Streamline Executive Branch Review of Certain Foreign Ownership Applications, and Adopt a 90-day Shot Clock
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for July Open Meeting
    • REMINDER: Deadline for Broadband Privacy Reply Comments Extended
    • Puerto Rico Tel. & America Movil to Pay $1.1 Million for Exceeding Foreign Ownership Limits
    • Comment Deadline Established for Proposed Changes to Broadcast and Cable Public Inspection File Rules
    • Petitions for Reconsideration of Third Lifeline Report and Order Filed
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update (June 2016)
    • FCC Cracks Down on Violation of Environmental Rules
    • FCC Grants Kathrein Automotive Waiver of Consumer Labeling Rule
    • New Electronic Filing System Launched on June 20
    • Telecom Carriers Reminded of Obligation to Protect Against Identity Theft
    • FCC Seeks to Refresh Record on 5 GHz Band Proceeding
    • Consortium Provides Details on FirstNet Bid
    • FCC Denies Petition for Reconsideration of License Renewal Grant
    • FCC Fines Pirate Stations in New Jersey
    • FCC Adjusts Fine Amounts for Inflation
    • Williams Sound Obtains 6-Month Waiver to Bring Auditory Assistance Device into Compliance
  • Danbury approves funding for volunteer firefighter pager system
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • America!
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Brad Dye and Amy Dye Thornton (June 29, 2016)

712

June 24, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Toddler-Proof Your iPhone With This Quick Trick
  • Memorial Hospital practices mass casualty drills regularly
  • Prince Edward County seeks grant for emergency communication towers
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (June 15, 2016)
    • FINAL REMINDER: FCC Form 481 Due in Two Weeks
    • U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds FCC Net Neutrality Order
    • FCC Clarifies Certain Provisions of Rate of Return Order
    • House Subcommittee Examines Internet Privacy Rules
    • Senate Committee Approves Transparency Exemption for Small ISPs
    • House Appropriations Committee Approves Draft Bill Cutting FCC Funding
    • FCC Announces 5th Meeting of CSRIC
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (June 22, 2016)
    • Reminder: Annual International Traffic and Revenue Data Due by July 31
    • Strict Standard Applied to Waiver Requests
    • FCC Announces Separate "Mock Auction" and "Practice Auction" for 600 MHz Forward Auction
    • CC Cracks Down on Violation of Environmental Rules
    • FCC To Hold Open Meeting on June 24
    • Comment Deadline Established for Phase II FNPRM
    • Applications for Review of Open Internet Transparency Guidelines Filed
    • Chairman Wheeler Wants US to Lead World in Development of 5G Networks and Services
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Public demonstration of emergency communications this weekend
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The Dynamics Of Change In Consciousness
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • The Eiffel Tower
June 17, 2016 No Issue This Week

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June 10, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Multitone Enhances its Healthcare Offering with New Appointment
  • Google gets 'serious' about beaming wireless broadband into homes
  • New ASTRID paging system for volunteers of all emergency services in Belgium
  • Is Your Hospital’s Communications System Ready for the Next Big Emergency?
  • Hands On With Motorola's Moto Z and Moto Mods
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Incentive Auction Update: Forward Auction Upfront Payments Due by Friday, July 1
    • FCC Seeks to Refresh Record on 5Ghz Band Proceeding
    • Battery Backup Notification Compliance Deadline for Small Providers is February 1, 2017
    • Telecom Carriers Reminded of Obligation to Protect Against Identity Theft
    • Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting Announced
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Eligible Services List for E-Rate
    • Schumer to Introduce Robocall Legislation
    • MOBILE NOW Act Meets Democratic Opposition
    • House Subcommittee to Examine Internet Privacy Rules
    • Consortium Provides Details on FirstNet Bid
    • New Electronic Filing System Scheduled to Launch on June 20
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Special Offers from Swissphone
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Life Is Too Short
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • “Morning Illusion” by Yan Zhang

710

June 3, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Apple App Store and iCloud back online after outage
  • Local Emergency Communications Director Honored Nationally
  • Microsoft denies forcing Windows 10 upgrades by killing the reschedule option
  • No, Microsoft hasn't backtracked from zealous Windows 10 upgrade tactics
  • Cell Phones and the Anatomy of a Cancer Scare
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: New Requirements in Effect for 2016 Form 481 Filing
    • FCC Adopts Phase II CAF Bidding Rules
    • Broadcast Incentive “Reverse Auction” Bidding Has Begun
    • FCC Revises Part 4 Outage Reporting Rules
    • Comment Deadlines Established for RTT Communication; Proposal to Cover Wireline IP Services
    • FCC Issues Cell Jamming Fines to Chinese Company, Florida Driver
    • FCC Extends National Deaf-Blind Equipment Program
    • NIH Study Finds Link Between Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer in Rats
    • Fourth Circuit Holds Cell Site Location Information Not Protected Under Fourth Amendment
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Enforcement Advisory — Ensure Proper Use of FCC Authorized Equipment
    • Ensure your License Purchase Agreement is Reviewed for FCC Issues
    • FCC Proposes FY2016 Regulatory Fees
    • Kelsey Smith Act Delayed
    • Modernizing Wireless Licensing at the FCC
    • Automakers Urge White House to Reject Open Spectrum Plan
    • FCC Finalizes Rules Governing 3.5 GHz Band
    • Antenna Tower Construction Guidance Provided for Protection of Bats
    • FCC Imposes $35 million Fines for Jamming Violations — $48K to an Individual
  • Preparation tips for hurricane season
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Beauty
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Cuban actress Ana De Armas

709

May 27, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Last week Vaughan Bowden, president of Easy Solutions, reported that a GPS event was to occur. Although this was a “non event” for most paging systems, unfortunately some systems were seriously affected. (Depending on several factors.) I suggest that you contact him immediately if you need assistance with your C2000 equipment. More details follow in the newsletter.
  • Microsoft, Facebook to lay massive undersea cable
  • How to go back to Windows 7 or 8 after an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade
  • Making P25 Work with Paging
    • By Marco Stadler and Philipp Zimmermann of Swissphone
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Wireline Bureau Seeks Carrier Affirmations for Lifeline Compliance Plans/ETC Petitions
    • New 700 MHz Construction Notifications Must Comply With Revised Map Specifications
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Accessibility for Biennial Report
    • Ensure your License Purchase Agreement is Reviewed for FCC Issues
    • FCC to Hold Open Commission Meeting Wednesday, May 25
    • FCC Releases FY2016 Regulatory Fee Notice of Proposed Rule Making
    • Proposed 2017 Financial Services Bill Addresses Multiple FCC Issues
    • Kelsey Smith Act Delayed
    • Effective Date Established for Lifeline Modernization Order
    • FCC Offers Guidance on Internet Transparency Rules
    • FCC Launches Consumer Complaint Data Center
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • ARRL “Strongly Supports” Petition to Drop 15 dB Restriction for Amateur Amplifiers
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Wade Sarver
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Robert Frost
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Golden Sunrise (Tuscany, Italy)

708

May 20, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • RCR Wireless News — “Throwback Thursdays” again
  • There is an important LETTER TO THE EDITOR from Vaughan Bowden, and an interesting one from Allan Angus — both friends and colleagues.
  • Swedish Shared Services is the largest, most comprehensive, non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area, and is looking for Wireless Messaging System Administrator.
  • Annual Telecommunications Statistics (Canada)
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: FCC Form 395 Due May 31
    • Modernizing Wireless Licensing at the FCC
    • FCC Proposes Amendments to to Facilitate Small Cell Deployments
    • NCTA Files Motion for Extension of Time on Special Access NPRM; Sprint Opposes
    • FCC Announces Effective Date for Expanded Online Public Inspection Database
    • Automakers Urge White House to Reject Open Spectrum Plan
    • FCC Commissioners Testify on Internet Privacy Proceeding
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • RCR Wireless News — “Throwback Thursday” (20 years ago in paging)
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Vaughan Bowden
    • Allan Angus
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • What is the difference between religion and spirituality?
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Stopping for a Quick Snack

707

May 13, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays”
  • Marathon PageCom meeting yields results (Shenandoah, Iowa)
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • IP-based Wi-Fi Calling or VoLTE Service Providers Can Seek Waivers of TTY Rules
    • BloostonLaw Preparing TTY Waiver Request and Assisting Clients with Status Reports
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline for EAS Amendment Proceeding
    • Wireline Competition Bureau Releases RoR Density Data
    • Charter Settles Investigation of Customer-Owned Cable Modem Practices
    • May Open Meeting Agenda Announced
    • Senate Judiciary Committee to Examine FCC Privacy Rules
    • Notice of Prohibited Presentations in Lifeline Reform Proceeding
    • Wireline Bureau Launches Inquiry into Mobile Device Security Updates
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Top Consultants Nomination from RadioResource MissionCritical Communications
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Steve Brodie
    • John Parmalee
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Cruelty
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Children cry after leaving their home following a nearby rocket-strike

706

May 6, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • In today's LETTERS TO THE EDITOR a couple of ham radio operators are asking for help in programing Motorola Nucleus transmitters. I hope someone can help them. Lots of these transmitters are becoming available since paging companies are just throwing them away. Hams do a lot to help the public in times of emergences.
  • Mobile phone use not causing brain cancer, University of Sydney study claims
  • IARU Region 2 Calls for Emergency Communications Workshop Papers, Presentations
  • Flagler County Quietly Scraps Plan for 3 New Emergency Communications Towers, For Now
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: New Requirements in Effect for 2016 Form 481 Filing
    • FCC Proposes New Special Access Regulation
    • FCC Issues NPRM on TTY Transition
    • FCC Sets Initial Clearing Target of 126 Megahertz for Broadcast Incentive Auction; Reverse Auction Bidding to Begin May 31
    • Comment Sought on Wireless Disaster Resilience and Information Sharing Proposal
    • Comment Deadline Established for Dormant Proceeding Termination
    • Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment on Mobile Competition
    • FCC Finalizes Rules Governing 3.5 GHz Band
    • Tower Construction Guidance Provided for Protection of Bats
    • FCC Denies Requests to Extend Comment Deadline for Internet Privacy
    • Altice/Cablevision Merger Approved
    • FCC Announces Meeting of Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Microsoft plugs 300M Windows 10 devices, reiterates July end to free upgrade
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Bob Curry—WB4JLD
    • Mike Luttrell
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Beauty
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • It's Hard Work Being a Bee

705

April 29, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Ira Wiesenfeld & Associates a/k/a IWA Technical Services
  • Anti Paging
  • Industry Insights: What’s Up With WhatsApp for Emergency Communications?
  • Iowa Legislature patches 'holes' in emergency communications network
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Portions of Rate-of-Return Reform Order Effective May 25; Others Pending OMB Approval
    • FCC Announces New Requirements for FCC Registration Numbers – Effective Date is Sept. 1, 2016
    • FCC Publishes Agenda for April 28 Meeting
    • Lifeline Modernization Order Finally Released
    • Senate Holds Executive Session on FCC Reauthorization Bill, Process Reform
    • Committee Leaders Seek Briefings on Vulnerabilities of SS7
    • DOJ, FCC Sign Off on Charter Merger
    • Chairman Wheeler Tempers Incentive Auction Expectations
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Mobile phone disaster warning system completed [in Taiwan]
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Sicily
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Sicily

704

April 22, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Well, I found another of those anti-Paging articles this week. It is the worst attack on paging that I have ever seen. At first I wondered if it was a late April Fool's joke or science fiction. Unfortunately it is neither — just a mis-informed contrary opinion, and an attempt to sell another smartphone app.
  • Our friend Mary Jesse is in the news again this week — a new venture. Good luck Mary.
  • Nurse-Activated Stroke Codes Improve Process, Clinical Outcomes
  • EWA Welcomes Robin Cohen as Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs and Spectrum Strategies
  • Industry Insights: What’s Up With WhatsApp for Emergency Communications?
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Clients Should Review Updates to Rate of Return Study Areas and Challenge if Necessary
    • RUS Announces Community Connect Broadband $11 Million Funding Availability
    • FCC Releases Tariff Review Plans for ILECs
    • Deadline for Comments to Refresh Sandwich Isles Reconsideration Record Extended
    • Deadline Established for Broadband Customer Privacy NPRM
    • Kelsey Smith Act Passes House Subcommittee
    • House Considers Bill to Cap Lifeline Budget
    • NTIA Issues Results of Internet Use Survey
    • Hudson Institute Releases Study on Economic Impact of Rural Broadband
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • On-the-Air Activity to Highlight International Marconi Day on April 23
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Kevin McFarland
    • Jason Mills
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Helping Others
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Ecuador Earthquake
  • EARTHQUAKE AID
    • Here's how you can help out some people in Ecuador, and get a new Panama Hat

703

April 15, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back to The Wireless Messaging News.
  • Editorial: Oh Phooey
  • Microsoft sues U.S. government over data gag orders
  • Analyst Review Alert: Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM)
  • Swissphone: Disaster-Proven Paging for Public Safety
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Updated Antenna Structure Compliance Manual Available
    • Comment Deadline Established for Rate-of-Return FNPRM
    • FCC Releases ACAM 2.2; Commences Challenge Process to Competitive Coverage
    • FCC Plans Largest Fine to Date for Lifeline Overbilling
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for April Open Meeting
    • Enforcement Bureau’s Wireless Top-10 Violations List
    • Municipal Broadband Study Released
    • Second Public Workshop on Video Marketplace to Be Held on April 25
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Canadian police have had master key to BlackBerry's encryption since 2010
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Spring—Mark Twain
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Azaleas in bloom on the first day of spring at Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

702

April 8, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back to The Wireless Messaging News.
  • You Should Update Adobe Flash Right Now Or you'll be exposed to hackers
  • Heading Into Nat’l Telecommunications Week: Emergency Communications Director Encouraging Residents To Be Prepared For Emergencies
  • Changes in Zetron, Inc. Leadership Team
  • Google's Nest struggles could set back the IoT movement
  • DOJ will continue to push Apple to unlock iPhone 5s at center of Brooklyn drug case
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Announces 2016 Rate Floors for Fixed Voice and Broadband Services
    • FCC Releases Order and FNPRM on USF Reform
    • FCC Adopts NPRM on Internet Privacy
    • FCC Issues NPRM to Extend Video Description Rules
    • FCC Approves Open Internet “Broadband Facts” Label
    • FCC Announces 2016 Rate Floors
    • FCC Issues Guidance to USAC Lifeline Certification Election
    • House Subcommittee to Consider Multiple Telecom Bills
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • NEW VIDEO - Implosions bring down 48 VOA towers in Beaufort County
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jason Brown
    • Frank Hackett
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • AI just 3D printed a brand-new Rembrandt, and it's shockingly good
  • Milton PAC to host celebrated bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent
    [I couldn't resist. She is my favorite recording artist!]

701

April 1, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back to The Wireless Messaging News.
  • New teardown reveals iPhone SE contains display identical to iPhone 5s, larger battery
  • Top 15 new iPhone SE features + 5 not-so-good features [Video]
  • FBI using Israeli firm Cellebrite to help break into San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone
  • SO YOU GOT AN IPHONE SE. HERE’S HOW TO GET ALL YOUR STUFF ON IT
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Broadcast Incentive Auction is Underway
    • FCC Seeks to Refresh Record in Sandwich Isles Petition for Reconsideration
    • Comment Deadlines Established for EAS NPRM
    • FCC to Hold Open Meeting March 31
    • Copper Retirement Network Change Disclosure Rules Effective
    • Comment Sought on Opt-Out Notices for Fax Advertisements
    • Netflix Throttles Video for Wireless Customers
    • FBI Finds Its Own Way into iPhone; Asks Court to Continue Proceeding
    • FCC Announces Workshops on Environmental Compliance and Historic Preservation Review
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Wireless Bureau Refocuses Attention on Revising License Renewal and Discontinuance of Service Rules
    • Virginia State Police Obtain Waiver of Narrowband Trunking Requirements
    • FCC Resolves Two Cellular Signal Jamming Cases — Imposes $37,000 Civil Penalties
    • FCC Quietly Settles Newark Airport GPS Jamming Case
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Consumer Signal Boosters
    • FirstNet, NTIA and Dept. Commerce Announce $40 Million Grant Program for Band 14 Relocations
    • Commissioners Issue Joint Letters to Various Organizations Against Pirate Stations
    • FCC Grants Part 15 Waivers in the 470-698 MHz Band to Deere & Company and Koos Technical Services
  • Amateur ‘Ham’ Radio vital for emergency communications
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Steve Brodie forwards message from Donald Markl about SKYWARN
    • Burch Falkner
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • AAA Research Into Distraction Finds Hands-free Isn’t Risk-free
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • A Thing of Beauty—a bird dog on point
  • Brad Dye’s favorite chili con carne recipe

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March 25, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back to The Wireless Messaging News.
  • It would be really bad manners to correct someone's English grammar and spelling if their native language wasn't English right? Unless, of course, that person is a friend with a good sense of humor, and agrees to it beforehand. So in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section near the end of this issue, I am editing a blog by Timo Kangas in Finland about editing. Let me know if I messed anything.
  • Another letter, from Burch Falkner in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR , is thought-provoking. As I usually say about Burch, he marches to a different drummer, but he is proud of that, and he makes me think. I recommend that you read his letter.
  • Ditto is wearable that helps you with missed calls & notifications
  • How the FBI might hack into an iPhone without Apple's help
  • Unipage Paging Terminal For Sale
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Revises Confidentiality Procedures for Form 481 Filing
    • Broadband Internet Providers Not Required to File Accessibility Certification – Yet
    • Court Orders FCC to Allow Latina Broadcasters into Auction; Denies Broader LPTV Challenge
    • Usual Suspects and a Few Surprises Among the Applicants for the 600 MHz Forward Auction
    • 2016 Access Charge Tariff and Tariff Review Plan Filing Procedures Established
    • Effective Date Established for Compensation Rate Relief for Small VRS Providers
    • FCC Releases Form 477 Data on Fixed Broadband Deployment
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Meet Boyertown’s 2016 First Responder — Bob Rothermel
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Timo Kangas
    • Burch Falkner
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • A private fishing cabin beside a fjord near Svolvaer on the Lofoten archipelago in Norway

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March 18, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back to The Wireless Messaging News.
    • WaveWare Technologies has updated their ad. Please check it out.
    • Also, have you seen Jimmy Tucker's ad for Combination, Body, Desk or Dash Cameras at UltraTek Security Cameras?
    • If no one buys the products advertised here, the newsletter will dry up and blow away. Am I overstating the obvious?
    • Other important support is by voluntary donations. These have been very generous in the past. 2016 is a new year—time to renew—just like on PBS. I think I solicit donations less than they do. I don't have any CDs or DVDs to give away—just interesting content.
    • Did you notice that this is issue number 699? That represents over thirteen years of one newsletter per week.
    • Time flies when you are having fun. Or as one frog said to another, “time is fun when you are having flies.” Time to laugh. It's healthy.
  • How to send self-destructing messages — and other iPhone messaging tricks
  • Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist
  • Unipage Paging Terminal For Sale
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: FCC FORM 499-A DUE APRIL 1
    • FCC Releases Fact Sheet on Proposed Internet Privacy Rules
    • FirstNet Focuses on Rural Entities; Encourages Participation with Major Carriers
    • FCC Quietly Settles Newark Airport GPS Jamming Case
    • FCC Wireless Bureau Refocuses on Revising License Renewal and Discontinuance of Service Rules
    • FCC Announces March Open Meeting Tentative Agenda
    • OMD Announces Proposed Universal Service Contribution Factor of 17.9%
    • New Right-of-Way Rules for Indian Land Go Into Effect
    • FCC Announces Agenda for Video Marketplace Public Workshop
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Voxpro adds 450 US jobs in global expansion
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Curtis Rock
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The Story of the Taoist Farmer
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • A Low Tech Solution for a High Tech Problem, in the Netherlands

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March 11, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back to The Wireless Messaging News.
  • My Cartoon.
  • Am I a meme?
  • Editorial: Apple vs. FBI
  • Why Apple vs. FBI might be the worst cybersecurity dilemma ever
  • FBI could force us to turn on iPhone cameras and microphones, says Apple
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance Certifications Due April 1
    • Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn Propose Lifeline Broadband Revisions
    • Eshoo Introduces Robocall Bill to Protect Individuals with Federal Loans
    • FCC Fines Net One $1.6 Million for Cramming
    • FCC Provides Limited Compensation Rate Relief for Small VRS Providers
    • Verizon Settles “Supercookie” Investigation, Requires Consumer Opt-In for Third Parties
    • Comcast Gets Net Neutrality Complaint Over Zero Rating
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Why the NSA is staying out of Apple's fight with the FBI
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • When something bad happens
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • A blanket of fog covers the San Francisco skyline in a view from the Berkeley Hills, Feb. 28, in Berkeley, California.

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March 4, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back to The Wireless Messaging News.
  • No editorial this week, but there is lots of very interesting news.
  • Don't miss the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR near the end.
  • Apple Leak Confirms Massive New iPhone 7
  • NSA Is Mysteriously Absent From FBI-Apple Fight
  • Fire service pagers could be scrapped in favour of text messages (NZ)
  • 5 common SMS text scams, and how to avoid them
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • International Bureau Reminds Circuit Capacity Holders of March 31 Reporting Deadline
    • USF Reform Order Coming in March
    • O’Rielly Believes Incentive Auction will Start on On-Time; Bidding May Extend into Fall
    • Comment Date Set on FCC Notice of Inquiry on Video Programming Diversity
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Consumer Signal Boosters
    • Senate Releases Report on White House Interference with FCC’s Net Neutrality Order
    • House Energy and Commerce Approves Small Business Broadband Bill
    • Senator Introduces “Restoring Internet Freedom” Act
    • Comment Sought on Vonage Application for Direct VoIP Numbering
    • NY Court Holds Apple Need Not Unlock Phone for FBI
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC SENDING EMAILS REMINDING PRIVATE RADIO LICENSEES TO DELETE WIDEBAND DESIGNATOR FROM THEIR LICENSES
  • BlackBerry's Priv Android phone comes to Verizon
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Steven G. Day
      • Jay Kitchen's Obituary
    • Dietmar Gollnick
    • Jason Brown
    • Ron Mayes
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Reality
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Astronomers just saw farther back in time than they ever have before
      • Really?
      • 13.4 billion years?

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February 26, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial Comments on Anti-Paging Article
  • Oppo claims new battery tech charges a phone from flat to full in 15 minutes
  • The Shelton Gang—Wayne County, Illinois
  • “Groundbreaking Research Reveals Hidden Costs Of Pager Usage In U.S. Hospitals”
  • Wireless: the next generation
    A new wave of mobile technology is on its way, and will bring drastic change
  • Background: Dr. Chih-Lin I is the Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies of China Mobile
  • Some Highlights From the Barcelona Wireless Show
  • Motorola chief Rick Osterloh weighs in on life under Lenovo
  • Facebook isn’t the enemy in messaging, Mark Zuckerberg tells telecoms
  • AT&T, telecoms aren't rallying to Apple's side in FBI case
  • The 5 biggest reveals from Apple's motion to dismiss the FBI's court order
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: CPNI Certifications Due March 1
    • Chairman Wheeler Circulates Universal Service Order
    • FCC Adopts Closed Captioning Second Report and Order
    • FCC Issues Notice of Inquiry on Video Programming Diversity
    • FCC Adopts “Unlock the Box” Set Top Box NPRM
    • International Bureau Seeks Comment on ORBIT Act Report
    • Anti-Spoofing Legislation Introduced
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Terminating Dormant Proceedings
    • Google Fiber Partners with Municipality to Bring High Speed Broadband to Alabama
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FY 2017 FCC Budget Seeks New "Spectrum License Fee Authority" for Unauctioned Spectrum
    • FCC Grants Waiver of 3.65 GHz Application Freeze
    • Ownership Changes & Internal Corporate Reorganizations May Require FCC Approval
    • Apple Ordered to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s Phone
    • FCC Modifies 218-219 MHz Service Station License to Facilitate Positive Train Control
    • Tesla Exploration Enters into $50,000 Consent Decree for Unauthorized Operation
  • Spok Reports Fourth Quarter and 2015 Operating Results
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Joshua Troop
    • Anonymous Comments on the FBI—Apple Encryption Issue
    • Jenna Richardson
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The Killing of Carl Shelton
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Malala Yousafzai

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February 19, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Justice Department Calls Apple’s Refusal to Unlock iPhone a ‘Marketing Strategy’
  • Unpacking Samsung (cool video)
  • Facebook Plans To Put Ads In Messenger
  • New Emergency Communications System for Los Angeles
  • What to Expect at MWC 2016
  • Can A 1789 Law Apply To An iPhone?
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Lifeline Recordkeeping Requirements Effective (Feb. 17, 2016)
    • “First Confidential Status Letters” Sent to Broadcasters Seeking to Participate in Incentive Auction
    • ACA, WISPA Push for Easing Letter of Credit Requirements for CAF Phase II
    • Congress Passes Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act
    • Senator Leahy Urges USDA to Increase Broadband Speed Requirements
    • FCC Plans $29.6 Million Fine for “Egregious Treatment of Customers”
    • FCC Proposes to Remove Nondiscrimination Requirement on US-Cuba Route
    • February 18 Open Meeting Agenda
    • Apple Ordered to Unlock San Bernadino Shooter’s Phone
    • Workshop and Tech Demo Announced on Spectrum Frontiers, Developments in mmWave Bands
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Thought For The Week
    • Reconciliation
  • Photo Of The Week
    • “La Habana, Cuba”

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February 12, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • What smartphone apps can learn from the humble pager
  • Jim Tucker, proprietor of UltraTek Security Cameras, is back with a new ad for a combination, body, desk or dash camera. Many readers will remember Jim (still affectionately called Jimmy by his friends) from his many years in the communications industry. We all know—from the news—that body cameras have become a hot item in controversial arrests and shootings involving the police. Under the headline protect yourself ! this should be a popular product. I am told that Jimmy's price is much less than what most of the police agencies are currently paying.
  • Senate passes permanent ban on Internet access taxes
  • Government may tap into your IoT gadgets and use your smart devices to spy on you
  • Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts
  • How to Offend 1 Billion Indians With 1 Tweet
  • IARU President Touts Amateur Radio’s Relevance in Emergency Communication
  • York County 911 back online after outage
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: CPNI Certifications are Due March 1, 2016
    • FY 2017 FCC Budget Seeks New “Spectrum License Fee Authority” for Unauctioned Spectrum
    • Comment Sought on Petition Regarding TCPA Restrictions on Television Programming
    • Accessible User Interface Order Effective March 7; Comment Deadlines set for NPRM
    • Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on FCC Oversight
    • House Members Press FCC on Lack of Consistent Broadband Reporting
    • 2016 Form 499 and Instructions Now Available
    • Comcast to Participate in Broadcast Incentive Auction
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Thought For The Week
    • Shakespeare Favorite
  • Photo Of The Week
    • A halo in north China's Inner Mongolia

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February 5, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • FCC Proposes New Rules for Emergency Alert Systems, Requests
  • iPhone 7—Coming in 2016—What We Expect
  • Where to go During a Communications Shutdown
  • Wear Weekly: 2016 The Year of the Dick Tracy Watch?
  • BlackBerry announces Canadian data centre for AtHoc emergency communications platform
  • Homeland Security highlights Super Bowl 50 security
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Decision to Reduce High Cost Support for Rural Carriers May be Near
    • ILECs Should Consider Bundling Service after Equal Access Forbearance
    • FCC To Strengthen Emergency Alert System
    • FCC Grants STA to Qualcomm to Conduct Field Testing of LTE-U Devices
    • FCC Expands Online Public File Requirement, Moves Cable, Radio, and Satellite Files Online
    • Comment Deadline Established for Primary/Secondary Channel Sharing NPRM
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting
    • FCC to Hold Workshop on Tower Climber Safety
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Thought For The Week
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Photo Of The Week
    • Zika Infection

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January 29, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Welcome back to The Wireless Messaging News.
  • Sorry for my friends on the East Coast—buried under snow. We are having a mild winter here in the Midwest. It is 42º here today and the forecast is for 57º tomorrow.
  • Tie vote delays plan to put up cell towers at two Glendale [CA] parks
  • President’s Life Put In ‘Danger’ By Broken Secret Service Radio Systems
  • 8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android
  • Free, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots launch in NYC
  • The iPhone 7 Plus might have two rear cameras
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Blizzard Edition
    • BloostonLaw Comments Offer Conditional Support Proposal; Seek to Eliminate HAC Reporting
    • Forward Auction Short-Form Filing Window Opens Today; Application Deadline Extended to Feb. 10
    • REMINDER: FCC Anticipates New Lifeline Rules to Become On or After February 4
    • Chairman Tom Wheeler Proposes to Unlock Set-Top Boxes
    • FCC Open Meeting Agenda Announced
    • FCC Seeks to Refresh Record on USTA Dominant Carrier Presumption Petition
    • FCC Announces New Treatment of Long-Pending Antenna Structure Applications
    • FCC Adopts Broadcasting Ownership Diversification Order
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Takes Steps to Push Licenses with Wide-Band Emission Designators to Update their Licenses
    • FirstNet Issues Request for Proposals for National Public Safety Network
    • Aluminum Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $135,000 Penalty for License Glitches
    • FCC Grants 800 MHz Rule Waiver
    • Wireless Bureau Announces New Policy for Treatment of Long-Pending ASR Applications
  • Thought For The Week
    • Ethel Barrymore
  • Photo Of The Week
    • Blizzard blasts the East Coast

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January 22, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Connecticut, New Jersey pass spam-text laws
  • Ham Radio operators are emergency communications
  • Planning for 'The Big One': Emergency response to large-scale earthquake
  • BlackBerry wants you to know its phones are cool
  • Skype now hides your IP address to protect against attacks from online trolls
  • Google reportedly paid Apple $1B to be default search engine on iPhones
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Broadcast Incentive Auction Application Form Instructions Released
    • FirstNet Issues Request for Proposals for National Public Safety Network
    • House Report Concludes FCC Routinely Misapplies FOIA Redaction Exemptions
    • 2015 Lifeline Reform Order Receives OMB Approval
    • FCC Files Response to TCPA Omnibus Order Appeal
    • House Committee Hearing Held on Four Communications Bills
    • FCC Removes Cuba from Exclusion List
    • Filing Deadlines Established for AM Revitalization FNPRM
    • Toyota to Implement Satellite Broadband in its Cars
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Thought For The Week
    • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Photo Of The Week
    • “La Victoria Arduino Caffe Expresso”

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January 15, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Emergency codes to become more plain spoken
  • Microsoft Patch Tuesday kills off Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10
  • BlackBerry’s “end-to-end security” didn’t do El Chapo any favors
  • New iPhone 7 concept gives Apple’s next flagship a stunning redesign
  • The NSA releases its first transparency report under the US Freedom Act
  • OFF TOPIC: The wonderful, unexpected return of the luxury coupe
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Grants BloostonLaw Request for Extension of Comment Deadline on HAC Rules
    • Chairman Releases Draft Broadband Progress Report Fact Sheet
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Collection and Distribution 911/E-911 Fees and Charges
    • LPTV Licensees Ask DC Circuit to Vacate Incentive Auction Rules
    • New Website for Incentive Auction Announced
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for January Open Meeting
    • Radio Station Owner Pays $540,000 Penalty to Settle Sponsorship Identification Investigation
    • Commissioners File “Open Letter” on Enhanced Transparency Exemption with Congress
    • Six New Members Appointed to USAC Board
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Thought For The Week
    • Lewis Carroll
  • Photo Of The Week
    • Ice Climbing in Chamonix, France

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January 8, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Electronic Lighting Ballasts can make Pagers stop working.
  • BlackBerry Falls Most in a Year
  • Motorola's name disappears from its phones this year
  • The Radio Club of America (RCA) Announces 2016 Board Members
  • ARRL Again Complains to FCC about Illegal Marketing of Electronic Lighting Ballasts
  • Non-emergency use of firefighters' paging system hot issue at meeting
  • BlackBerry Priv will land on Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile
  • Virginia Tech team advancing use of amateur radio in emergency communications
  • Taking a Closer Look at Samsung’s $5,000 Smart Fridge
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • HAC Report Deadline Approaching – January 15, 2016
    • All ISPs Should Take Notice: Jury Finds Cox Guilty of Willful Copyright Infringement for Not Terminating Infringing Customers, Awards BMG $25 Million
    • FCC Grants Full or Partial Forbearance for ILECS for Many Requirements
    • FCC Takes Steps to Preserve LPTV, Translators Post-Incentive Auction
    • FCC Enters Into Consent Decree with NYC Department of Education
    • FCC Fines Purple Communications $12 Million for TRS Violations
    • Aluminum Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $135,000 Penalty for License Glitches
    • FCC Releases Fifth Broadband Report
    • FCC Asks Major ISPs for Plan Details
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Thought For The Week
    • Washington Irving
  • Photo Of The Week
    • Fishermen take advantage of unseasonably warm weather on the Delaware River on Dec. 13, near Yardley, Pennsylvania.

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January 1, 2016

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial Ramblings
  • Fulton County Launches New $20 Million Public Safety Radio System
  • American satellite started transmitting 46 years after being abandoned in 1967
  • The Rainmaker (Singapore)
  • IoT-Friendly Wi-Fi HaLow Tech Announced During CES
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Extends Small Provider Exemption from Enhanced Transparency, Affirms Existing Threshold
    • Supreme Court Again Upholds Federal Preference for Arbitration
    • ILEC Successfully Challenges Bureau Finding that Study Area Subject to 100 Percent Overlap; ILEC That Fails to Respond Loses Support
    • Congress Expected to Permanently Ban Internet Tax
    • Senators File Letter Supporting Municipalities Blocking Broadband
    • FCC Issues Regulatory Fees Small Entity Compliance Guide
    • Comcast Reaches $26m Settlement Over Waste Dumping, Privacy Violation Complaint
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • LMCC Clarifies Enforcement Request Concerning Licensees That Still Show Wideband Emission Designator
    • FCC Issues Regulatory Fees Small Entity Compliance Guide
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline for Protected Contours of Grandfathered 3.65GHz Licensees
    • Filing Deadlines Established for WEA Alert NPRM
    • FCC Fines Licensee $25,000 for Causing Harmful Interference on Shared Channels
    • FCC and DOL Announce Tower Climber Safety Workshop Feb. 11
    • FCC Clarifies Order Allowing Vehicular Repeater Systems
    • FCC Grants ACR Electronics Rule Waiver Request to Permit Authorization of 2-Way Communicator Personal Locator Beacon
  • Thought For The Week
    • John Keats
  • Photo Of The Week
    • by photographer Jörg Vetter

 

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