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December 8, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • More “false news” claiming that Paging technology is outdated
  • Two Publicly-Traded Wireless Messaging Companies
    • Grupo Televisa
    • Spok Holdings Inc.
  • Minnesotans can now text 911 in an emergency
  • Inside Towers
    • Pai On Net Neutrality Defense Blitz
    • Southern California Takes the Heat
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Rate-of-Return Reform Order Tariff Filing Requirements Effective December 4
    • Responses to Mandatory 4G LTE Data Collection Due in Less Than One Month
    • Rate-of-Return Reform Tariff Filings Requirements Effective December 4 Continued
    • Responses to Mandatory 4G LTE Data Collection Due in Less Than One Month
    • Amendments to Caller ID Rules Effective January 2
    • Remainder of Revised 800 MHz Cellular Services Rules Effective December 1
    • Comment Deadlines Established for Wireline Infrastructure Investment NPRM
    • FCC Announces Opening of Filing Window for Form 323
    • Comment Deadline Established for Ancillary or Supplementary Services and Broadcast PNs
    • Senators Ask FCC to Delay Net Neutrality Vote, Initiate Investigation into Comment Fraud
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • 2-1-1 San Diego overwhelmed amid flood of emergency calls
    • [I told you this would happen.]
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Margaret Mead
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Cotton Fields”

783

December 1, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • The VIDEO OF THE WEEK is about my friend David Clark who if from my home-town area where I live now. He lives in Vietnam and has a very interesting story to tell.
  • I have been in touch with three or four industry insiders recently and (coincidentally) they all told me the same thing, “Paging is alive and well, especially in healthcare.” I hope to focus more on this market segment in the future. Your thoughts and comments are welcome.
  • Don't miss the article by Igor Gluic, CTO of Citipage Ltd. Edmonton, Alberta (one of the supporters of this newsletter).
  • Multitone Expands its Appear Range of Powerful and Secure Mobile Messaging Applications
  • Health Care Leaders Focus On People - Not Symptoms
    • Top 12 reasons why we still need pagers
  • Amateur Radio-Carrying D-Star One CubeSat among Spacecraft Apparently Lost
  • Inside Towers
    • Verizon Plans to Deploy Broadband in Up to Five Markets in 2018
    • T-Mo Rolls Out Roll Out Plans for 28,000 Small Cells
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (Holiday Edition)
    • FCC Circulating Draft Order on Net Neutrality, Title II Broadband Regulation
    • FCC Adopts All Items on November Meeting Agenda
    • Elimination of International Traffic and Revenue Reports Effective Dec 21
    • Comment Deadline Established for Robocall Blocking NPRM
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Final Reminder: November 30 Registration Deadline for Number Portability NPAC USERS
    • FCC Reaches $1.7M Settlement With Securus for Providing Misleading Information in Merger Approval Application
    • FCC Grants 800 MHz Waiver to Arizona Public Service Company
    • Senators Introduce Next Generation 911 Act
    • Wireless Industry Urging FCC to Hold Millimeter Wave Spectrum Auction in 2018
    • AT&T, Verizon, and Tillman Infrastructure Partner to Build Cell Towers
    • AT&T May Be Seeking Rural Carriers for FirstNet Build; Competing Proposals on the Table
    • State of Hawaii Cited for Improper Operation on Aeronautic Frequency
    • FCC Accepts 800 MHz Transit ion Administrator Recommendation for Separation of the 800 MHz Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio (ESMR) systems from non ESMR Systems in Canadian Border Regions 1 Through 6
    • FCC Denies Waiver to Allow High Power Maritime Broadband Radios in 5 GHZ Band
    • East Arkansas Broadcasters Cited for Obstruction Lighting Violations
    • RADWIN Enters into $95K Settlement for Marketing Noncompliant U-NII Devices
    • FCC Grants Part 15 Waiver to Permit Deployment of Security Screening Devices
    • FCC Updates Equipment Authorization Rules for Radio Frequency Devices – New Rules Effective November 2
    • December Open Meeting – FCC to Consider Elimination of CMRS Presumption for Wireless Licenses
  • You can text your emergency to 911 in the Long Beach area starting Friday
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • What are You Thankful For?
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • David Clark never wanted to return to Vietnam after the war. Today, working with Vietnamese war victims helps him master his past.

782

November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

(Thanksgiving in the United States)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S. The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow—it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.

781

November 17, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Great meeting with Ira Wiesenfeld this week.
  • FCC Adopts Long Awaited Changes to PRS Bands – GMRS, FRS, CB & MURS
  • Multitone Staff Protection System Wins Coveted Building Better Healthcare Award 2017
  • Software-Defined Radio (SDR) Pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose passed away
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC’s O’Rielly Cites “Commission Ineptitude” If U.S. is Late on 5G
    • Deep Divide at FCC Over Copper Retirement Exposed
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Reply Comment Deadline on ICC Record Refresh Extended to Nov. 20
    • FCC Announces 2018 Reasonable Comparability Benchmarks
    • FCC Announces Official Agenda for November 16 Open Meeting
    • Wireless Industry Urging FCC to Hold Millimeter Wave Spectrum Auction in 2018
    • House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on 5G
    • FCC Grants In Part AT&T Complaint Against Iowa CEA Provider
    • Senators Express Concern on Wireline Deployment Draft Order
    • AT&T, Verizon, and Tillman Infrastructure Partner to Build Cell Towers
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • What the Kaspersky antivirus hack really means
    • Should you delete Kaspersky products from your machine? The answer's not so simple.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Ira Wiesenfeld
    • Steve Brodie
    • Swissphone
      • s.QUAD — Bundle Deal! $100.00 Discount!
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Dealing With Grief During the Holiday Season
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Manu Chao Clandestino — Playing For Change

780

November 10, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Carnegie Technologies Acquires SmartSwitch From Chemring Technology Solutions
  • Is your emergency communications plan ready?
  • Backup Internet Turned Up in 24 hours or Less
  • Paging History Lesson
  • UPDATE: Paging problems continue for some Marathon Co. first responders
  • Aldermen want to fine pedestrians up to $500 for ‘distracted walking’
  • FBI ‘Ignores’ Apple Olive Branch To Get Data From Texas Shooter iPhone
  • Inside Towers
    • Doing a Disservice to Those Who Served
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Wireline Competition Bureau Concludes 100% Overlap Challenge Process
    • FCC Affirms WEA Geo-Targeting Schedule; Extends “Clickable Reference” Deadline for Small Carriers
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Performance Measures for CAF Support
    • Senators Introduce Next Generation 911 Act
    • Senate Subcommittee on Communications Holds Hearing on Internet of Things
    • Senate Confirms David Redl as New NTIA Head
    • FCC Holds LNPA Transition Outreach Webcast
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • When you can’t hear the fire alarm (New Zealand)
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Tom Cook
    • Steve Brodie
    • David Wilson
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • “Don't Think About It Too Much.”
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Haiti Oh • Live Outside • Playing For Change

779

November 3, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • One of my “pet peeves” (off topic)
  • People have been queuing outside Apple Stores for days to buy the iPhone X
  • Is public safety in jeopardy?
  • GE Board Was Kept in the Dark About CEOs Extra Plane
  • Rural Telcos Get a Break on WEA-Embedded URLs
  • Inside Towers
    • Rural Telcos Get a Break on WEA-Embedded URLs
    • National Park Service in CA Cited For Unchecked Tower Growth
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Adopts New Wireline HAC Volume Control Standards for Wireline and Wireless Phones
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for November Open Meeting
    • AT&T May Be Seeking Rural Carriers for FirstNet Build; Competing Proposals on the Table
    • FCC Seeks Comment on NTCA Petition for Temporary Waiver of Lifeline Speed Increase
    • FCC Seeks Comment on TCPA Declaratory Ruling
    • Comment Deadline Established for International Circuit Fees, MDU Cable Subscriber Calculation
    • House Judiciary Committee Holds Net Neutrality Hearing
    • FCC Issues $1.7M Fine to Securus for Providing Misleading Information
    • FCC Approves CenturyLink Acquisition of Level 3
    • FCC Announces Agenda for 800 MHz Public Forum
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Beware of Solicitations to Modify Your License for Narrowbanding
    • FirstNet has Competition from Rivada Networks; Opt-Out Deadline is Dec 28
    • FCC Imposes $25,000 Fine for Violation of Part 90 Rules
    • FCC Enforces Freeze on 800 MHz Guard Band/Expansion Band Spectrum for Commercial Use
    • FCC Grants Waiver for Michigan to Share 800 MHz System with Rural Electric Coop
    • FCC Advances Up To $76 Million to Restore Networks in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
    • FCC Grants Importation/Marketing Waiver for Marine MF/HF Digital Selective Calling Radio
    • FCC Fines Individual $400k for Interfering with NYPD Radio System
    • FCC Expands Scope of RECCO Rule Waiver to Permit Continued Use of Avalanche Rescue System
    • FCC Announces Agenda for Nov 6 Public Forum on Co- Existence of Public Safety and Wireless Carriers in 800 MHz Band
    • Assertion of Non-Interference is No Excuse for Unlicensed Operation of Pirate Station
    • Sprint Relieved of Paying Anti-Windfall Payment
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • On The Soapbox (re-print)
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Fumaza • Los Pinguos • Playing For Change • Live Outside

778

October 27, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set
  • Spok Reports 2017 Third Quarter Operating Results; Software Revenue Improves Both Sequentially and Year-Over-Year, Stable Wireless Trends
  • Answers to Emergency Radio Failure and Allegations in St. Mary’s County, Still Unclear
  • Extreme Networks CEO Ed Meyercord On The Difference Between Extreme And Cisco
  • Inside Towers
    • Governor Blames Traveler’s Death on Poor Cell Coverage
    • Telecom-Laid Fiber Network Doubles as Seismic Monitor
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: LNP NPAC Users Must Register by October 31
    • FCC Proposes Significant Changes to Priority Access Licenses in the 3.5 GHz Band
    • FCC Encourages Voluntary Adoption of Network Reliability Best Practices
    • FCC Announces Webinar on Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process
    • House to Hold Hearing on FCC Oversight
    • Order Eliminating Certain Rules and Telegraph References Effective November 20
    • VRS Improvements Order Effective October 17
    • West Virginia Deputy Solicitor General Named FCC General Counsel
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Beeper Communications and Mantaro Networks Receive Funding from the BIRD Foundation to Develop Unmanned Search and Rescue Systems First Responders
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Barry Kanne
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Stress
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • The Most Amazing Voice in the World—Anna Clendening—America's Got Talent 2016

777

October 20, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • After Massive Quakes, Millions in Mexico Turn to Early Warning App
  • Tales In Tech History: BlackBerry
  • How Unifying Critical Communications Can Help Emergency Responders
  • Inside Towers
    • California Senators Press FCC on Wireless Alerts Failure During Fires
    • SPEED Act Introduced Late Yesterday to “Streamline Permitting”
    • Safety Summit Produces Checklist From Black & Veatch
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Announces Access Tariff Filing Requirements under BDS Order
    • FCC Seeks Comment on MF-II Challenge Areas; Affected Clients Should Evaluate Impact
    • FCC Establishes Comment Deadlines for Multiple Proceedings
    • FCC Issues Official Agenda for October Open Meeting
    • FCC Seeks Comments on Disclosure of Numbering Data to DOJ
    • House Subcommittee Approves Draft FCC Reauthorization Bill
    • Senators Reach Out to Robocalling “Mastermind”
    • Merger Announcement Between T-Mobile and Sprint Expected Soon
    • FCC Initiates Hearing Over Sprint/Indiana 800MHz Rebanding Disputes
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Beeper Communications and Mantaro Networks Receive Funding from the BIRD Foundation to Develop Unmanned Search and Rescue Systems First Responders
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jim Taylor
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Bad things do happen in the world . . . but
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Everyday People • Turnaround Arts • Playing For Change

776

October 13, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Here's How BlackBerry Plans to End Its Patent Dispute With This Google Android Phone Maker
  • Two GOP senators want answers on robocall scam that received largest-ever fine
  • Oh yes . . . I almost forgot. As far as I know only one reader went berserk and cancelled his subscription after reading “My Personal Opinion” editorial last week on gun control.
  • Ministry of Defence signs £400k paging services deal
  • Lewis County [New York] eyeing 911 text messaging system
  • FirstNet Faces Cybersecurity, Interoperability Issues
  • New GPS-Based Dispatch System Should Speed Memphis Police Response Times, Department Says
  • Ham radio operators have Butte County [California] emergency role
  • Inside Towers
    • U.S. Justice Department Likely Opposed to Sprint/T-Mobile Merger
    • Alleged Scammers Indicted in $15.7M Telecom Fraud
    • County Rethinks Wireless Alerts While Flames Rage On
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • All Companies Reporting LTE Coverage on Form 477 Must Register for 4G Data Collection by Oct. 23
    • FCC Advances Up To $76 Million to Restore Networks in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
    • FCC Deactivates DIRS for Hurricane Nate; Maintains Activation for Hurricane Maria
    • FCC Waives Certain Rules and Deadlines for Carriers Affected by Recent Hurricanes
    • FCC Fines Individual $400,000 for Interfering with NYPD Radio System
    • FCC Denies TerreStar Request for Waiver to Extend 1.4 GHz Service Buildout Deadline
    • FCC Grants Experimental License for Project Loon in Puerto Rico
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Beeper Communications and Mantaro Networks Receive Funding from the BIRD Foundation to Develop Unmanned Search and Rescue Systems First Responders
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Blooston, Mordkofsky et al
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Mahatma Gandhi
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • With My Own Two Hands • Song Around The World • ATD Fourth World • Playing For Change

775

October 6, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Apple is looking into reports of iPhone 8 batteries swelling
  • Extreme Networks +5.6% after forging direct purchase deal with Brocade
  • iPhone didn't Emerge From Nothing. Here's What Came Before It
  • macOS High Sierra: Startup SSD volume must be APFS; other drives can wait
  • Rumor: Sprint, AT&T And Verizon Will Sell BlackBerry Motion
  • Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Meet a Variety of Communication Needs
  • Inside Towers
    • Mexican Carriers Come to the Aid of Puerto Rico
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: 911 Reliability Certification Due in Two Weeks
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Open Meeting
    • BloostonLaw Files Comments in FCC’s Wireless Renewal Proceeding
    • Democrats Announce Plan to Invest $40 Billion in Internet Deployment and Development
    • FCC Reminds VPDs to Make Televised Emergency Info Accessible to Viewers with Disabilities
    • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Confirmed for Second Term
    • Correction: Comments on ICC Reform and Streamlining Complaint Process Due October 26
    • Reminder: Form 323 Filing Window Opens December 1
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Accessible User Interfaces Deadline for Small MVPDs
    • FCC Issues Twentieth Report on Wireless Competition
    • Chairman Pai Calls Upon Apple to Activate FM Chips
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Apple's Response About The “FM Chip” Issue
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • John Parmalee
    • Steve Brodie
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • My Thoughts on The Shooting In Las Vegas
    • Start With Yourself
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Biko • Playing For Change Band • Live in New York

774

September 29, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • General Who Turned Around Katrina Response Criticizes Puerto Rico Efforts
  • Is BlackBerry making a comeback?
  • United for Puerto Rico: Together Changing Paths
  • Pitbull Sent His Private Plane to Bring Puerto Rican Cancer Patients to the Mainland
  • “Force of 50” Steps Up to Assist Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico
  • Toshiba Reaches Deal With Bain-Apple Group to Sell Chip Business
  • Inside Towers
    • CTIA: Wireless Industry Stepped Up to Historic Hurricanes
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (September 27, 2017)
    • Final Reminder: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM DUE SEPT. 30.
    • USAC Quietly Announces Plan to Transfer USF Fund to US Treasury
    • FCC Issues Instructions for Mandatory Collection of 4G LTE Coverage Data for MF-II Challenge
    • FCC Proposes to Eliminate HAC Reporting for Smaller Wireless Carriers
    • EAS Test Deadline Extended to November for Participants Affected by Hurricanes
    • Comments on ICC Reform Due October 28
    • Comments on Streamlining Complaint Process Due October 26
    • FCC Clarifies Form 477 Comment Deadline – Comments Due October 10
    • FCC Activates DIRS for Hurricane Maria
    • Change in Filing Location for Commercial Overnight Documents at FCC
    • T-Mobile Announces Acquisition of Iowa Wireless
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • REMINDER: New FCC Renewal and Discontinuance Rules Effective Oct. 2
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline on 900MHz B/ILT Band Rule Changes
    • PHI Service Company Seeks Extension of Time and Waiver to Complete Construct ion of Paging Auction Frequencies
    • FCC Denies Waivers for use of Airport Terminal Channels
    • FCC Imposes $13K Fine for Failure to Narrowband
    • Congress Passes SANDy Act
    • FCC Cites Pirate Radio Operations on Government Spectrum
    • FCC Accepts Late-Filed License Renewal filed by Puerto Rico
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • All the iPhone X’s Face ID secrets were just revealed
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank: the play
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Island Style — 'Oiwi E • Song Across Hawai'i • Playing For Change Collaboration

773

September 22, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • POSTED THIS MORNING ON FACEBOOK: Not much excitement when you live in the country, but I did catch a mouse in a trap last night. S/he just couldn't resist the smell of that delicious extra-sharp cheddar cheese. Reminds me of some people I know.
  • It has been unseasonably warm here in Southern Illinois lately: 92º (F.) but I'm not complaining, (electric) Air Conditioning is cheaper than propane heat.
  • Need 2 Glenayre Power Supplies
  • NASA reveals what will happen when Planet X Nibiru hits Earth on September 23
  • FCC chairman asks for emergency communication feedback during Joplin stop
  • How Windows 10 S is different from the Windows 10 you know
  • Do they hear us now?
  • On Hurricanes and Spoofers
  • Inside Towers
    • Puerto Rico Suffering Over 95 Percent Outage of Cell Sites
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August 30, 2017)
    • REMINDER: 911 Reliability Certifications Due Next Month
    • Verizon Wireless Terminates Service to at Least 8,500 Rural Customers
    • FCC Releases NPRM on Section 208 Formal Complaint Rules
    • FCC Announces Deactivation of DIRS for Irma
    • FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations on Call Blocking
    • FCC Extends Deadline on Form 477 Comment Cycle
    • FCC Schedules Public Forum on Improving Sharing in the 800 MHz Band for November 6
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Wins Prestigious W.G. Cady Award, Honored by Radio Club of America
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • -bernieS WBAI-FM
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Should we pray for those in trouble?
  • PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
    • Hurricane Maria Catastrophe In Puerto Rico
    • Earthquake Catastrophe In Mexico

772

September 15, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Extreme Networks CEO Ed Meyercord On Being 'More Competitive Than We've Ever Been,' And Why NFL Stadium Networking Opportunities Are A Wide-Open Field For Partners
  • Ham Radio Operators needed in the Keys
  • Kirk Meyer in the headlines
  • Spectrum Policy Time Warp By Mark E. Crosby
  • Facebook Messenger Day hits 70M daily users as the app reaches 1.3B monthlies
  • During hurricanes, emergency officials turn to ham radio
  • Rural Woodbury County Fire/EMS agencies to get new pagers
  • Regulatory Fee Payments Due September 26, 2017, Electronic Filing is Mandatory
  • Inside Towers
    • More Than 86% of FL Cell Tower Sites Working: 13.4% Sites Out of Service
    • Federated Wireless’ Spectrum Controller Gets American Tower Backing
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August 30, 2017)
    • REMINDER: DIRS Activated in Multiple Counties for Hurricane Irma
    • FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for September Open Meeting
    • FCC Seeks to Refresh Record on Intercarrier Compensation Reform
    • Comments on 700MHz Relicensing Rules Due October 10
    • DIRS Active in Multiple Counties Across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands
    • FCC Officially Eliminates Certain Rules Currently Under Forbearance
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline on 900MHz Band
    • Congress Passes SANDy Act
    • CenturyLink Delays Level 3 Acquisition
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Here's everything Apple announced at its big iPhone launch event
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Dennis Riise
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Steve Jobs
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Yahamba (Remastered) • Playing For Change Band • Live in Australia

771

September 8, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • There are a lot more fake news articles coming out lately about Paging Technology being obsolete, inefficient, unreliable, and a waste of money.
  • Please take notice of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update headline about “Discontinuance of Operation” and how “License Savers” or “Channel Keepers” (i.e., a device which only transmits test signals, tones, color bars or some combination) does not constitute station operation.
  • Spok Holdings Inc. (SPOK) Settles Into New 52-Week Low on September 07 Session
  • Web Roundup: Items from other news organizations from IWCE's Urgent Communications
  • NHS spends over £6M every year on pagers
  • Apple iPhone 8 event: what to expect
  • Virgin Island Gov. Signs Confiscation Order Ahead of Hurricane Irma
  • Why North America Needs a New Messaging Ecosystem
  • Inside Towers
    • Wireless, Tower, Broadcast Industries Prep for Irma
    • Irma Propels Comcast to Offer State-Wide Hotspot Access to All
    • Irma Clobbers Cell Tower Sites In Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August 30, 2017)
    • FCC Releases Regulatory Fee Order — Fees Due September 26, 2017
    • New FCC Rules for License Renewals and Discontinuance of Operation Will Require CMRS Licensees to Have Unrelated Customers
    • DIRS Deactivated in Louisiana and Certain Counties in Texas
    • Senate Committee Announces Hearing on Lifeline Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
    • FCC Postpones Filing Window for Biennial Form 323
    • FCC To Host CAF Phase II Auction Webinar
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Amateur Radio Preparations Ramp Up as Irma Strengthens to Category 5
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Charles Dickens
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Gomni • Playing For Change • Live Outside

770

September 1, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Lots of news this week but not much in the editorial department.
  • OnStar Assisting With Hurricane Harvey Emergency Communications
  • North Korea’s Missile Launch Triggered Japan’s Smartphone Emergency Alert System
  • Microsoft tells some Mac Office users to pass on Apple's High Sierra
  • Harvey Shows Progress On Emergency Communications Since Katrina
  • Inside Towers
    • Local Telecoms Working 24/7 on Harvey Restoration Efforts
    • Less Than 4% of Harvey-Hit Tower Sites Inoperable
    • Sprint, SoftBank Commit $2.5 Million in Harvey Relief Efforts
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August 30, 2017)
    • REMINDER: DIRS Activated for Hurricane Harvey; Reports Sought From Louisiana, Texas
    • Year End Reminder: Ownership Changes and Internal Restructuring May Require FCC Approval
    • Comment Sought on 700 MHz Relicensing Process
    • Comments on Form 477 Revisions are Due September 25
    • Comment Sought on Status of Competition in Video Programming Market
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Changes to Form 601 to Implement Cellular Rule Changes
    • DC Circuit Requires FCC to Give Dish DEs Another Chance at $3.3B in Bid Credits
    • FCC Waives Numbering Rules for Carriers Affected by Hurricane Harvey
    • REMINDER: Comments on CAF Phase II Public Notice Due September 18
    • Rep. Bill Johnson Calls for Improving Internet Access in Rural America
    • FCC Releases International Circuit Capacity Report
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Response to Hurricane Harvey
    • FCC Adopts New Rules for License Renewals and Construction Requirements
    • FCC Opens Notice of Inquiry Regarding 900 MHz Band
    • Verizon Announces FirstNet Alternative
    • FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory Regarding Improper Use of Aviation Emergency Frequency
    • Remotes Unlimited Inc. Enters into $30K Consent Decree
    • Comments Due October 3 for Mid-Band Spectrum NOI
    • FCC to Hold 911 Outage Situational Awareness Workshop
    • Senate Confirms Rosenworcel and Carr to the FCC
    • Senate Passes Six Telecom Bills
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting Where Needed in Hurricane Response
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change Celebrating 10 years of positive change

769

August 25, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Apple Is Planning a 4K Upgrade for Its TV Box
  • FirstNet for Emergency Communications: 6 Questions Answered
  • Trustworthy report says iPhone 8 will start at $999
  • Creators Update on two-thirds of Windows 10
  • Dear iPhone: Here’s Why We’re Still Together After 10 Years
  • Audit of York County 911 planned after paging issue
  • Inside Towers
    • AT&T and FirstNet Project Debate “Public Safety Grade” Definition
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August 16, 2017)
    • ISPs Must Electronically (Re)designate Agent to Preserve Copyright Act Safe-Harbor Eligibility
    • FCC Extends Deadline on AT&T Petition for Forbearance
    • FCC Eliminates Certain ETC Reporting Requirements Effective September 22
    • Senators Call for Further Investigation of Lifeline Program
    • Senator Announces Rural Broadband Funding Act
    • AT&T-Time Warner Deal Challenged by Brazil Antitrust Agency
    • Verizon Increases Limitations on Unlimited Plans
    • FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Announces Staff
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • ARRL: Solar Eclipse QSO Party a Hit, Science Conclusions Await Additional Analysis
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Stand By Me
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Playing For Change Band en las calles de Buenos Aires

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August 18, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Lots of news out there this week about the Voxpro acquisition. I have included two articles. It's good to see one of “our folks” (paging) being successful.
  • New Android malware that spreads via text can steal victims' credit card details from other apps
  • The pros and cons of a cellular Apple Watch
  • Canadian firm acquires Voxpro in €150m deal
  • Irish company Voxpro acquired by Telus for estimated €150m
  • Extreme Networks, Inc. Smashed Every Target in This Report
    • Ed Meyercord
  • Despite new silicon, 802.11ax isn't coming to the enterprise for a while
  • Solar Eclipse QSO Party Will Facilitate Real Science
  • Inside Towers
    • City Wins, AT&T Loses, in Kentucky Pole Attachment Dispute
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August 16, 2017)
    • MVPDs That Have Not Submitted Form 399 Must Do So By August 25
    • FCC Seeks Comment on RoR Overlap Map
    • FCC Announces Availability of 911 Reliability Certification System for Oct. 16 Deadline
    • FCC Reminds EAS Participants of Upcoming Deadlines
    • Comments on Net Neutrality Extended to August 30
    • Comments on USF Contribution Forbearance Petition Due September 13
    • Comments on Slamming NPRM Due September 13
    • FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Announces Staff
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Aircraft Tracking Hobby
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • John Parmalee
    • David Drake
    • Paul Lubsen—Sonik Messaging Systems
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The clock is running
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Biko • Playing For Change Band • Live in New York

767

August 11, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • This issue is one that I am proud of since I believe it makes an important contribution to the Paging industry by sharing important information. I refer to the recent outages of Paging systems caused by certain models of the Trimble ThunderBolt GPS receiver and disciplined oscillator (GPS-DO). Near the end of this issue, in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section you will find a lot of very important information. There is info there that will benefit engineers responsible for Paging system maintenance as well as a basic tutorial for those just learning about how The Global Positional System (GPS) works. For some reason, York County, Pennsylvania has been getting most of the news coverage about this outage, but there have been several other Paging systems—in various parts of the country—affected. Still, there is a lot of mis-information going around. You can get the straight scoop here.
  • PA Firefighters Overcome 10-Day Comms Issue
  • Japan ends June with 163 mln mobile subscribers
  • Swissphone: Dubuque County, Iowa, migrates to Digital Paging
  • NASA describes expected impact of total eclipse on GPS
  • After York Co. 911 paging outage, fire chiefs compare old system to digital one
  • Text-to-911 service recently launched in county
  • Inside Towers
    • Should FCC Open Up 900 MHz Band for Broadband, IoT?
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August 9, 2017)
    • Eighth Circuit Denies Stay of Business Data Services Reform
    • Deadlines
    • Comments Due September 18 for CAF II Bidding Procedures
    • Comments Due October 3 for Mid-Band Spectrum NOI
    • FCC Releases Section 706 NOI, Comments Due September 7
    • Senate Confirms Rosenworcel and Carr to the FCC
    • FCC Proposes $82 Million Fine for Spoofed Robocalls
    • Senate Passes Six Telecom Bills
    • AT&T / Time Warner Merger Vote Delayed Due to Congressional Schedule
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • York County 911 paging system back up to full capacity
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • A message from ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR
    • Paul Lubsen—Sonik Messaging Systems
    • Trimble Thunderbolt no longer determines the correct date
      Brad Dye's comments
    • Jim Nelson, President & CEO, Prism-IPX Systems
    • Didier Juges—a proposed solution to the ThunderBolt problem
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Democracy
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Stuck On You • Playing For Change • Live Outside

766

August 4, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • I have three friends that I go to for technical advice about paging systems. Each of them are experts that I trust—although each of them have different skill sets.
  • New GPS receivers installed after 911 outage in York County, PA.
  • Honolulu to impose fines on those who use phones [or pagers] while walking.
  • Swissphone: Modern Alerting Solutions in the Era of LTE
  • Zacks Investment Research Upgrades SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (NYSE:SKM) to Strong-Buy (South Korea)
  • FCC Continues Path to Eventual 6.25 kHz Narrowbanding
  • 4 Practical Ways To Help In A Disaster
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (August 2, 2017)
    • REMINDER – 911 Reliability Certifications Due October 16
    • AIRWAVES Act May Bring Additional Funding for Rural Broadband Wireless Infrastructure
    • Deadlines Established for Rural Call Completion NPRM – Comments Due August 28
    • FCC Adopts DVB-CID Requirement Waiver Ahead of Open Meeting
    • Legislation to End Lifeline Support for Wireless Service Introduced in House
    • Watchdog Group Files Suit Against FCC Over Net Neutrality
    • Technological Advisory Council Meeting Scheduled for September
    • FCC To Hold 911 Outage Situational Awareness Workshop
    • FCC To Hold 911 Outage Situational Awareness Workshop
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC To Adopt Stricter License Renew al and Discontinuance of Service Rules
    • FCC Updates Equipment Authorization Rules for Radio Frequency Devices
    • Virginia First State to Opt-In to First Net
    • FCC Provides Language for Wireless Microphone Consumer Disclosure
    • Signal Jamming Produces $22K Fine
    • Comment Due on Aug 14 on Use of High Seas Marine Channels by First Responders and Fed Govt . During Disasters
    • FCC to Consider Expanded Use of Mid-Band Spectrum for Super-Fast Fixed Wireless Services
    • Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Workshop on Improving Situational Awareness During 911 Outages
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Tom Harger, Chief Engineer, Contact Wireless
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • —The Dalai Lama
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Music Always Unites Us • Playing For Change Foundation

765

July 28, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Well . . . Preferred Wireless has closed down, and all the inventory is gone. Good luck to Rick McMichael in whatever business venture he chooses to pursue. Rick was a loyal supporter of this newsletter from the beginning.
  • NASA launches app to inspire citizen scientists during Solar Eclipse
  • AAA Communications Inc is Excited to Announce the Addition of Robert Mitchell to the Position of IT Administrator
  • Spok Reports 2017 Second Quarter Operating Results; Wireless Trends Continue to Improve, Software Revenue and Bookings Increase
  • Spok Holdings Inc. (SPOK) Settles Into New 52-Week Low on July 27 Session
  • ARRL President Issues Call for Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534
  • Google is killing a 7-year-old feature that gave instant search results while you typed
    • Brad's Comments
  • Inside Towers
    • Senate Bill Makes Up Repack Cost Shortfall for TV, Radio
    • Disputed Power Line Project Considers Telecom-Style Towers
    • No Vote Could Lead to No Tower, No Phone Coverage
    • Senate Commerce to Vote on FCC Nominees Next Week
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (July 26, 2017)
    • REMINDER – International Traffic and Revenue Report Temporarily Waived
    • FCC Reminds Model-based CAF Phase II Recipients of Interim Deadlines
    • EAS Participants Should Prepare for Second Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test on September 27
    • Comments on Law Enforcement Caller ID NPRM Due August 21
    • Licensee Fined for EAS Violations, Other Infractions
    • House of Representatives to Hold Open Internet Hearing
    • FCC Provides Language for Wireless Microphone Consumer Disclosure
    • CenturyLink Sued by Attorneys General over Internet Billing Practices
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Linux Malware’s Exploitation of Consumer IoT Devices on the Rise
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jim Nelson
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • • Ripple • Playing For Change • Song Around The World •

764

July 21, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Summertime in Southern Illinois
  • Painful Memories of the Demise of Paging—So am I saying that Paging is over—or obsolete—or even in its death throes? Absolutely not.
  • Text-to-911 Now Available to Klamath Emergency Communications District
  • Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants “the Felony Question”
  • Throwback Thursdays—paging markets plummet . . . this week in 2001
  • Surplus Paging Equipment Inventory
  • Inside Towers
    • 911 Outsourcing: A Hot Button Issue with Firefighters
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (July 19, 2017)
    • REMINDER – Incumbent 3650-3700 MHz Grandfathered Protection Zone Filings Due August 7, 2017
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (July 12, 2017)
    • Chairman Pai Issues Ultimatum to USAC, Seeks De-Enrollment and Recapture for Offending Accounts
    • FCC Eliminates Certain Form 481 Filing Requirements
    • FCC to Consider Expanded Use of Mid-Band Spectrum for Super-Fast Fixed Wireless Services
    • Chairman Pai Orders Immediate Action on Lifeline Waste, Fraud and Abuse
    • Senators Urge FCC To Prepare for Net Neutrality Comment “Deluge”
    • FCC Adopts Video Description Report and Order Ahead of Open Meeting
    • Senate to Hold Nomination Hearing for FCC Reappointments, Nomination
    • Microsoft Unveils Plan to Bridge Digital Divide in Rural Areas with TV White Space Broadband
    • House Energy and Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on FCC Oversight
    • House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2018 Agricultural Bill
    • FCC Fines Robocalling Platform Nearly $3 Million
    • Scientists Design Smartphone App to Combat Diabetes
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Aircraft Tracking, FlightAware, and How You Can Be of Service
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, on music
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Dhwani • Rajhesh Vaidhya • Playing For Change • Live Outside

763

July 14, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Muncie Based ComNet, LLC Wins Coveted ATSI Award Of Excellence For 13th Time
  • Could this startup's lawsuit burst Alphabet’s balloon? [Space Data]
  • Pagers may make a comeback in Japan as emergency lifelines during disasters
  • Updated List of Surplus Paging Infrastructure Equipment Inventory
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Updates RF Device Authorization Rules
    • FirstNet Progress Under Senate Microscope
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (July 5, 2017)
    • REMINDER: Reply Comments on the FCC’s Broadband Infrastructure Proceedings Due July 17
    • FCC Issues Guidance on Applicability of Privacy Rules
    • President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Brendan Carr to FCC
    • FCC Seeks to Refresh Record on Toll Free Calling Access Charges
    • Comment Deadline Established for Code BLU NPRM
    • 1300 – 1350 MHz Band of Spectrum May Be Freed Up for Commercial Use
    • House Appropriations Committee Releases Agriculture Bill, Includes $6.9 Billion for Rural Telecom
    • Chairman Pai Appoints New Bureau Chief, Chief Economist
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (July 12, 2017)
    • Chairman Pai Issues Ultimatum to USAC, Seeks De-Enrollment and Recapture for Offending Accounts
    • FCC Eliminates Certain Form 481 Filing Requirements
    • FCC to Consider Expanded Use of Mid-Band Spectrum for Super-Fast Fixed Wireless Services
    • Chairman Pai Orders Immediate Action on Lifeline Waste, Fraud and Abuse
    • Senators Urge FCC To Prepare for Net Neutrality Comment “Deluge”
    • FCC Adopts Video Description Report and Order Ahead of Open Meeting
    • Senate to Hold Nomination Hearing for FCC Reappointments, Nomination
    • Microsoft Unveils Plan to Bridge Digital Divide in Rural Areas with TV White Space Broadband
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Iridium Works to Become Maritime Distress Services Provider
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • —John G. Whittier
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Satchita • Playing For Change • Song Around The World

——

July 7, 2017

762

June 30, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Excitement in a little country town.
  • Important rule redux: “One is none — two is one.”
  • The big feature article again this week is from Rick McMichael of Preferred Wireless, announcing that he will be closing his business by July 31st. This is very important since Rick has one of the largest stocks of paging equipment in the world. This may be the last chance to obtain replacement or spare paging systems infrastructure.
  • THE BEAUTIFUL, IMPOSSIBLE DREAM OF A SIMPLER SMARTPHONE
  • In comments filed with the FCC late last week, CMA supported elimination of the CMRS Messaging regulatory fee
  • Inside Towers
    • Congress Considers In-Flight Cell Call Ban
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • ISPs Must Electronically (Re)designate Agent to Preserve Copyright Act Safe-Harbor Eligibility
    • FCC Cracks Down on Unlicensed Operation
    • FCC Affirms $25K Fine for Pirate Station Operation
    • FCC and OSHA Release Tower Best Practices Guide
    • FCC Wireless Buildout “Reminder” May Signal Tougher Enforcement Ahead
    • FCC Establishes Procedures to Review State Opt-Out Requests from FirstNet
    • FCC Extends Waiver of Push Notification Requirement for Fixed and Mode II Devices through September 30, 2017
    • FCC Proposes $120 Million Fine for Robocall Spoofing
    • Democratic Senators Call for Ringless Voicemail Protection for Consumers
    • FCC Proposes Modification of 900 MHz License Held by Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • LAST CALL: FCC Form 481 Due July 3
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for July Open Meeting (With Item Summaries)
    • FCC Approves Broadband Satellite Constellation
    • FCC Provides Instructions on Registering for the 2017 EAS Test Reporting System
    • FCC Announces Updated Lifeline Minimum Service Standards and Indexed Budget Amount
    • Gigabit Opportunity Act Introduced in House of Representatives
    • Senate Holds Hearing on USF and Rural Broadband Investment
    • Effective Deadlines Established for Communications Disruptions Reconsideration Order
    • FCC Proposes $120 Million Fine for “Massive” Spoofing Operation
    • AT&T Deploys Fixed Wireless to Meet CAF Commitment
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contact Information
  • Strong Ties Bind Amateurs and Broadcasters
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Music— William Shakespeare
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • El Choclo • Playing For Change • Live Outside

761-s

June 23, 2017

Supplement to this week's newsletter:

BloostonLaw Telecom Update

  • REMINDER: Study Area Boundary Certifications are due June 30
  • Comments Filed in Broadband Infrastructure Proceedings
  • NTCA and USTelecom Seek Forbearance on Broadband USF Contributions for Rural LECs
  • FCC Issues Official Agenda for Open Meeting; Deletes One Item
  • E911 Filings for CMRS Providers Due in August
  • Democratic Senators Call for Ringless Voicemail Protection for Consumers
  • Chairman Pai Appoints New Bureau Chiefs
  • Deadlines
  • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Blooston Law Contacts

761

June 23, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Important rule: “One is none — two is one.”
  • The big feature article this week is from Rick McMichael of Preferred Wireless, announcing that he will be closing his business by July 31st. This is very important since Rick has one of the largest stocks of paging equipment in the world. This may be the last chance to obtain replacement or spare paging systems infrastructure.
  • Marty Cooper, inventor of the cellphone: “The next step is implantables”
  • Supreme Court Rules Sex Offenders Can't Be Barred from Social Media
  • Letter from Rick McMichael of Preferred Wireless, announcing that he will be closing his business by July 31st
    • Photos of Preferred Wireless large warehouse
    • Surplus Paging Equipment Inventory List
  • Inside Towers
    • Infrastructure Plan Includes Rural Broadband, Trump Confirms
  • Blooston Law Private Users UpdateSPECIAL EDITION
  • FCC proposes record fine for man in robocall scheme
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Freedom of Speech
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Joe Bonamassa & Tina Guo — "Woke Up Dreaming" — Live From Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening

760

June 16, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • How we can prevent 911 calls going unanswered
  • SkyTel Luminaries
    • John Palmer
    • Jai Bhagat
    • Bill Hayes
  • CEO Notruf NÖ Austria Compares TETRA & POCSAG Alerting
  • Mission Critical Communications Article, Is Your Smartphone Secure?
  • Google Drive Will Soon Be Able to Back Up Your Whole Computer
  • Surplus Paging Equipment Inventory
    • Preferred Wireless, Inc.
  • Inside Towers
    • Governor Wants His Cities to Be “Smart” About Deployment
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: FCC Form 481 Due July 3, New Location Reporting Requirements
    • FCC Filing Window for Grandfathered 3.65-3.7 GHz Protection Zones Closes August 7
    • FCC Wireless Buildout “Reminder” May Signal Tougher Enforcement Ahead
    • FCC Releases Updated List of Census Blocks Eligible for CAF Phase II Support, Other Updates
    • President Trump to Nominate Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Commissioner
    • FCC Reminds MVPDs of July 10 Deadline to Pass Through Emergency Information
    • Comment Deadline Established for Local Service Rate Floor Comments Due July 10
    • $280 Million Civil Penalty Awarded Against Dish Network for Do Not Call Violations
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Extreme : Grows with Avaya Networking Acquisition
    • Ed Meyercord
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Philipp Zimmermann, Head of Marketing, Swissphone
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “Music can change the world because it can change people.”
    • —Bono
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • 54-46 Was My Number • Playing For Change Band • Live in Brazil

759

June 9, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Apple's Tim Cook: 'Don't listen to trolls, and for God's sake don't become one'
  • iMac Pro cost blows away similar Lenovo workstation, DIY builders struggle to meet price with fewer features
  • The Supreme Court will consider a mobile phone privacy case
  • At The Dawn Of Recorded Sound, No One Cared
  • Inside Towers
    • Governor Wants His Cities to Be “Smart” About Deployment
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • ISPs Must Electronically (Re)designate Agent to Preserve Copyright Act Safe-Harbor Eligibility
    • Copyright Office Introduces Electronic Agent Directory, Requires Re-Registration
    • Comment Sought on Petition for Rulemaking on BDS for Model-Based RoR Carriers
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for June 22 Open Meeting
    • Study Area Boundary Data Recertification Due June 30
    • U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Cellphone Data Case Next Term
    • Comment Deadline Established for Main Studio Rule NPRM
    • FCC Releases Updated Form 477 Data on Fixed Broadband Deployment
    • FCC and OSHA Release Tower Best Practices Guide
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • The 36th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Why are we always preparing for war?
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • I Lived To Tell About It • War & Pierce Playing For Change • Live Outside

758

June 2, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • A bad report on a new emergency paging system in Marine City, Michigan.
  • TheStreet Downgrades Spok Holdings, Inc. from a “B-” to a “C” May 30th, 2017
  • Our friend Rex Lee has written another excellent article about smartphone security that was published in Mission Critical Communications this month.
  • BlackBerry shares rocket on bullish analyst note
  • Announcing InfoRad Wireless Pro Messenger Gateway
  • False Alarms
  • OneLogin Password Manager Breach Enabled by Stolen AWS Cloud Keys
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC, OSHA Release Tower Climber Safety Guide
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • FCC Form 481 Due July 3
    • Battle Continues over Mobility Fund Phase II Rules
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline for Wireless Infrastructure NPRM and NOI
    • FCC Releases FY2017 Regulatory Fee Notice of Proposed Rule Making
    • FCC Issues Violation Warnings to Local Governments for Violations of Preservation Rules
    • New York City Urges Immediate Improvements to Wireless Emergency Alert System
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Blooston Law Private Users Update
    • ALERT — Fraudulent Tower Ownership Change ASR Applications Filed
    • FCC Issues Violation Warnings to Local Governments for Violations of Environmental and Historic Preservation Rules — Threatens Fines
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Request for Waiver by Washington County, Oregon to Use 800 MHz Business Channels
    • FCC Rewrites Part 95 Personal Communications Rules
    • FCC Steps Up Enforcement of Technical Rules
    • Chairman Pai Proposes Blue Alerts for EAS
    • FCC Proposes $144K Fine for Operation Without Low-Power TV License
    • FCC Issues Several Violation Notices for Unlicensed Operation and Signal Jamming
    • AFX Agrees to $90K Consent Decree for Marketing Unauthorized Radio Frequency Devices
    • FCC CIO Issues Statement on Denial of Service Attacks on FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System
    • New York City Urges Immediate Improvements to Wireless Emergency Alert System
  • Buildout of Nationwide First Responder Broadband Network Could Drive Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Changes
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Before Alice Got To Wonderland . . .
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Tula & Mel Semé “Part of me”

——

May 26, 2017

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May 19, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Tim Cook is testing a glucose tracker for the Apple Watch
  • How WannaCry Went From A Windows Bug To An International Incident
  • SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite
  • Microsoft held back a free WannaCry patch, report says
  • Exclusive: The world’s first look at Apple’s final iPhone 8 design in real life
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Begins Net Neutrality Roll Back With Industry Backing
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: STUDY AREA BOUNDARY RECERTIFICATION DUE MAY 26
    • Deadlines for Comments on Wireline Broadband Infrastructure Rules Established
    • Comments on Robocall Blocking Proceeding are Due July 3
    • FCC Issues Guidance on Sunshine Period in Broadband Reclassification Proceeding
    • FCC Releases Agenda for May 18 Open Meeting
    • FCC Proposes $144k Fine for Operation Without Low-Power TV License
    • Senate Proposes Bill to Expand Rural Broadband Deployment Using Accurate Map Data
    • FCC Extends Separations Freeze
    • FCC to Hold Small Business, State and Local Government Webinars
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • BlackBerry (BBRY) Stock Soars on Possible 'Four-Bagger' Prediction
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Happy?
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK—Words of Wonder • Get Up Stand Up • Playing For Change • Song Around The World
    • A new PFC Song Around The World featuring Keith Richards in collaboration with Roberto Luti, Titi Tsira and a number of worldwide musicians on a rendition of his reggae song, “Words of Wonder,” off 1992's “Main Offender”. This video also leads into a cover of Bob Marley's “Get Up, Stand Up,” featuring Keb' Mo', Mermans Mosengo, Aztec Indians, Natalie Pa'apa'a of Blue King Brown, and Jamaican singer Sherita Lewis.

756

May 12, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Password managers: The good, the bad, and the ugly
  • News UK: Closure of Vodafone pager service sparks concern among nurses
  • County awards bids for tile installation and fire pagers
  • Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV will be announced at WWDC
  • Inside Towers
    • Americans’ Wireless Data Use Continues to Skyrocket
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • Petitions for Reconsideration Filed in Mobility Fund Phase II Proceeding
    • 9th Circuit Decides to Rehear FTC vs. AT&T Mobility Case, Sets Aside Earlier Decision
    • Petitions for Reconsideration Filed in Mobility Fund Phase II Proceeding
    • E911 Indoor Location Accuracy Certifications Due for All CMRS Providers by June 2, 2017
    • FCC CIO Issues Statement on DDoS Attacks on ECFS
    • Commissioner Clyburn Criticizes Chairman on Net Neutrality
    • Accounting Requirement Revisions Effective January 1, 2018
    • Reinstatement of UHF Discount Effective June 5
    • Comment Deadline Established for Wireless Broadband Deployment Order
    • NCHS Estimates that a Majority of Households Relied Exclusively on Cell Service in 2016
    • FCC Announces Membership of BDAC Model Code Working Groups
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Bose Sued for Violating Wiretapping, Eavesdropping, Intrusion of Privacy, Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices, and Unjust Enrichment
  • NEWS Some HP PCs are recording your keystrokes
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Woodrow Wilson
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • La Bamba • Playing For Change • Song Around The World

755

May 5, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • AUTO TECH: Nissan develops mobile phone 'prison' to stop texting and driving
  • Throwback Thursday May 1, 1998
  • Part Two of Seventh Annual Spok Survey Confirms Infrastructure Improvements and Mobile Device Diversity
  • Report: Hospital Staff Continue to Use a Diverse Mix of Mobile Devices, Including Pagers
  • Inside Towers
    • SpaceX Tells Congress They Can Bring Out-of-This World Coverage
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • FCC Provides Guidance to CMRS Providers on E911 Location Compliance
    • FCC to Consider NPRM on Reversing Broadband Title II Classification
    • FCC to Consider NPRM to Eliminate Rate Floor Rule
    • FCC Proposes to Publicly Release List of Counties Where BDS Will Be Deemed Competitive or Not
    • FCC Waives International Traffic and Revenue Report Deadline
    • Republican Senators Introduce “Restoring Internet Freedom Act”
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for May Open Meeting
    • FCC Seeks Comment on VRS Relay User Equipment Profile
    • FCC Announces Process to Request Unredacted Version of Business Data Services Order
    • Verizon Purportedly Absent from Incentive Auction Because it “Didn’t Need” Low Band Spectrum
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Land Mobile Communications Council Elects Board of Directors for 2017-2018
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Change The World
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Mokumba • Playing For Change Band • Live in Australia

754

April 28, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Surfside Beach Fire strengthens communication with digital pagers
  • Spok Reports 2017 First Quarter Operating Results; Software Bookings and Backlog Increase, Wireless Trends Improve
  • 2.4GHz is a headache for Wi-Fi users, and it’s here to stay
  • Inside Towers
    • Pai Opts For Classifying Broadband From Commercial to Private Service
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: STUDY AREA BOUNDARY RECERTIFICATION DUE MAY 26
    • FCC Adopts Business Data Service Order in Price Cap Areas, Final Text Not Yet Available
    • FCC Adopts NPRM/NOI on Pole Attachment, Copper Retirement, and State Law Preemption
    • FCC Grants Petition for Reconsideration of USF Construction Limits
    • FCC Adopts Order on Wireless Broadband Deployment
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Broadband-Enabled Health Care Solutions
    • D.C. Circuit Court Remands Lifeline Reform Order
    • PSHB Releases Report on 2016 EAS Test
    • Chairman Pai Announces Intent to Establish Diversity Committee
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Don't install the Windows 10 Creators Update on your own, Microsoft advises
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Margaret Mead
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • Anne Frank
    • Albert Einstein
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • To Bring The Change
    •  In Nepal the struggle for equality and protection from human trafficking is real.

753

April 21, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Fake News: To borrow a phase being frequently used by President Trump, there is a lot of “Fake News” about paging too. I just read another piece about one of the many new “ultimate” pager apps. They keep posting fake news about how this so-called “outdated technology” is costing U.S. hospitals billions of dollars annually.
  • Real News: Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators

  • IEEE EMC Society 2017 Meeting — April 19, 2017
  • Q&A: Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs discusses the Tricorder XPRIZE and the winners
  • Inside Towers
    • Siting Hurdles Knocked Down in Unanimous FCC Vote
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • FCC Form 481 Due July 3
    • FCC Releases Incentive Auction Data; Forward Auction Deadlines Established
    • Chairman Pai Writes USAC about “Serious Flaws” in E-Rate Administration
    • FCC Releases Official Agenda for April 20 Open Meeting
    • FCC Proposes $400,000 Fine for Illegal Operation on NYPD Radio Channels
    • Effective Dates for Video Relay Order and Comment Deadlines for VRS FNPRM/NOI Established
    • Verizon Purchases $1 Billion in Fiber from Corning
    • FCC Approves Time Warner Sale of Atlanta TV Station
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Motorola addressing issues with new paging system for emergency responders [using Unication Pagers]
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • I wish that I had done more.
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • On and On • War & Pierce • Playing For Change

752

April 14, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Editorial: “A Lesson Learned”
  • Microsoft blocks Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs from Windows 7, 8 updates
    • Windows 10 or bust
  • RadioShack Again Files for Bankruptcy
  • The FCC just sold a chunk of the wireless spectrum to T-Mobile
  • Inside Towers
    • Auction Results Reaction: Telcos Love Outcome, Broadcasters More Muted
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • Comment Deadline Extended for Mobility Fund Phase II FNPRM; Form 477 Confidentiality
    • Chairman Pai Announces Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Members, First Meeting
    • Democratic Senators Introduce Bill to Create Broadband Privacy Rules
    • Commissioner Clyburn Criticizes Chairman for Failing to Release Key Portion of Business Data Order
    • House Introduces Broadcast Ownership Diversity Bill
    • Chairman Pai Proposes Office of Economics and Data
    • Chairman Pai Terminates FCC Proceeding to Allow Cellphones on Airplanes
    • Hacker Sets Off All 156 Emergency Sirens in Dallas
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Putting BlackBerry's $815 Million Arbitration Award Into Perspective
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Music
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Diaraby • Playing For Change • Live Outside

751

April 7, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • An, copied verbatim from the FCC's website, is about a recent ruling that effects Paging Service Providers.
  • FCC Releases Guidance for E9-1-1 Location Accuracy Benchmarks
  • How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Life and Livelihoods
  • Deaf community weighs in on need for emergency communications
  • Inside Towers
    • IWCE 2017 “As Relevant As Ever,” Drew Over 7,000 Attendees
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Study Area Boundary Recertification Due Next Month
    • President Trump Signs Order Overturning Broadband Privacy Order; Status of CPNI Report Up in the Air
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for April Open Meeting
    • D.C. Circuit Vacates FCC Order on Opt-Out Notices for Solicited Faxes
    • FCC Adopts World Radiocommunication Conference Frequency Allocations
    • FCC Provides Guidance to CMRS Providers on E911 Location Compliance
    • Comment Deadlines Established on Separations Freeze FNPRM
    • Chairman Pai Announces Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force
    • Deadlines
    • Post-Auction Procedures, File Formats Available for Incentive Auction Results
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • At F.C.C., Obama-Era Rules on Chopping Block
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “One race, Many cultures, One place.”
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • One Love (Live In Madrid) — Playing For Change

750

March 31, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Organ donation on the rise in area Mehreen Shahid
  • BlackBerry's profit beats expectations, shares surge
  • 6 Things You Didn’t Know About GPS
  • Inside Towers
    • FirstNet Partners with AT&T to Build Wireless Network for First Responders
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • FCC to Release Form 477 4G Speed Data from Individual Carriers – MUST OPPOSE BY APRIL 12 — If You Want Your Information Kept Confidential
    • Mobility Fund Phase II Order Published in Federal Register, Effective April 27
    • FCC Reforms Cellular Rules
    • FCC Issues NPRM and NOI on Service Provider Authority to Block Robocalls
    • FCC Issues VRS Order and FNPRM
    • FCC Proposes to Eliminate International Services Reporting Requirements
    • FCC Seeks Comment on State of Mobile Wireless Competition
    • House Passes Resolution to Repeal FCC Broadband Privacy Order
    • D.C. Court of Appeals Denies Petition for Review of VoIP Numbering Access
    • FCC Takes Action to Curb Inmate Use of Contraband Devices
    • FCC Expands Channel Sharing Opportunities
    • AT&T Expected to Receive FirstNet Contract Tomorrow
    • FCC Issues Consumer Advisory on “Can You Hear Me” Scam
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Blooston Law Private Users Update
    • FCC Issues Consumer Alert on RoboCall Phone Scams – Initiates Docket on Methods to Eliminate RoboCalls
    • FCC Revises Form 605 — Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services
    • North Carolina Obtains Waiver of Inter-Category Freeze
    • Court Rules in Favor of First Net in Rivada Mercury Suit; AT&T Contract Award Expected, Deployment Could Begin in June
    • Chairman Pai Nominated to a Second Term by President Trump
    • FCC to Investigate AT&T 911 Outage
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Microsoft adds new calling features to Skype for Business
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Charles R. Swindoll
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” • Playing For Change • Song Around The World •

749

March 24, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Check out the great new advertisement from STI Engineering about their Paging Transmitters.
  • People are talking about hackers 'ransoming' Apple — here's what's actually going on
  • Man sentenced to 28 years for slaying of beeper store owner
  • New WikiLeaks docs show how the CIA hacks iPhones and MacBooks
  • Notice to All Leavitt Customers for Motorola Items
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Says It Appears Network Reconfiguration Caused 911 Outages
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Form 499-A Due April 1
    • FCC Waives Cost Surrogate Requirements Again
    • FCC Proposes to Extend Jurisdictional Freeze
    • 2017 Access Charge Tariff and Tariff Review Plan Filing Procedures Established
    • Version 3.0 of Network Outage Reporting System Released
    • FCC To Hold Open Meeting on March 23
    • Senate On The Verge of Broadband Privacy Repeal Vote
    • Senators Introduce Broadband Measurement Legislation
    • AM Rebroadcasting Rule Changes Effective April 10
    • Court Rules in Favor of First Net in Rivada Mercury Suit; Deployment Could Begin in June
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Amateur Radio Gains a Champion in FAA Tower Safety Rules Controversy
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Andrea Cumpston of EWA
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Procrastination
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay • Playing For Change©
      • With lyrics • Legendado HD •

748

March 17, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Swissphone Webinar
  • Last week I published an e-mail in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR from Joost Eerland in the Netherlands saying he needed a programming cradle for Commtech 7900R. He received at least two offers for help; one from Steve Donohue at ISC Technologies here in Illinois, and one from Larry Murphy at Automated Alert & Response Systems in Ireland who sent him the cradle he needed.
  • Don't miss the announcement, and the new ad from Phil Leavitt of Leavitt Communications. Phil has been a loyal, and long-term supporter of this newsletter.
  • Twitter got hacked — even a BBC account. Do this one thing to protect yourself
  • IEEE EMC Society 2017 Meeting Notice — April 19th, 2017 “Man-Made Noise and the Impact to Radio Communications — The Changing Environment”
  • International Crystal Mfg. Closing Down
  • Letter to To All Leavitt Customers for Motorola Items
  • Inside Towers
    • Township Council Wants 24 Small Cells in a “Cantennae”
    • FCC to Speed Tech Decisions; Spectrum Frontiers May Benefit
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance Certification
      Due April 10
    • Comment Deadlines Established for Mobility Fund Challenge Process
    • Resolutions Introduced to Nullify Broadband Privacy Order
    • Chairman Pai Calls for FCC to Administer Broadband Funding
    • Comment Deadline Established for ATSC 3.0 Transition
    • FCC Announces Proposed Second Quarter 2017 USF Contribution Factor
    • Chairman Pai Announces Investigation Into 911 Outage
    • Danae Wilson Appointed Tribal Representative to FCC
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Hamming it up: Whether used for hobby or emergency, ham radio is booming form of communication
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Happiness
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Teach Your Children • Playing For Change Band • Live in Brazil

747

March 10, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Just in case you thought so, Burch Falkner didn't die.
  • With Claims of C.I.A. Hacking, How to Protect Your Devices
  • Carriers Offer Privacy Plan for 9-1-1 Indoor Location Database
  • Google's big Hangouts revamp: Now you get separate Meet and Chat apps
  • Inside Towers: CCA Urges FCC to Streamline Deployment With Reduced Siting Fees
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • Form 477 Filing Interface Reopened; Data Now Due March 24
    • FCC Releases Broadband Privacy Stay Order
    • FCC Releases CAF Phase II Weights Order
    • Chairman Pai Nominated to a Second Term by President Trump
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for March Open Meeting
    • FCC Initiates Docket on Methods to Eliminate Robocalls
    • FCC Releases Form 477 Data on Fixed Broadband Deployment as of June 30
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Burch Falkner
    • Joost Eerland
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Eric Clapton on the Blues
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Weary Blues — California Feetwarmers
      Playing For Change
      Live Outside

746

March 3, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Blackberry CEO on security, future of the company
  • ‘Paging Dr. VT320, paging Dr. VT320’
  • Spōk Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Operating Results; Software Bookings Increase from Prior Quarter
  • Procedural Concerns Lead EWA to File Application for Review
  • What is the Second Law of Thermodynamics?
    • This is a good “academic description” of how and why you feel like you do as you become an old person.
  • Inside Towers: Repack Questions: Is 39 Months Enough Time? Is $1.75B Enough?
  • Blooston Law
    • Telecom Update Special Edition
      • High Cost Universal Service Broadband (HUBB) Filing Deadlines Extended
      • FCC Extends Form 477 Filing Deadline Indefinitely Due To Technical Difficulties
    • Telecom Update Vol. 20, No. 10
      • REMINDER: Accessibility Recordkeeping Certification Due April 1
      • FCC Stays Broadband Privacy Rules
      • FCC Establishes Rules for CAF Phase II Auction
      • FCC Extends Enhanced Transparency Exemption for Small Providers, and Larger Ones Too
      • FCC Allots $450 Million Per Year for Mobility Fund Phase II
      • FCC Eliminates or Streamlines Accounting Requirements
      • FCC Seeks Comment on ATSC 3.0 Adoption
      • FCC Expands AM Rebroadcasting Location Rules
      • Commissioner O’Rielly Details Delegated Authority Proposal
      • Informal Working Groups for 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference Announce Meetings
      • Deadlines
      • Calendar At-A-Glance
    • Private User Update
      • 2-for-1 Regulation Rollback Does Not Apply to FCC; Agency May Comply Anyway
      • FCC Continues Enforcement Against Pirate Stations
      • FCC Grants Waivers for Travelers Information Stations
      • Verizon Shaves $350 Million Off Yahoo Purchase Price Over Data Breaches
      • FCC Amends Rules to Permit Railroad Police access to Public Safety Interoperability Channels
      • FCC Chairman Touts Virtues of FM Chip Activation, But FCC Won’t Regulate
      • FCC Rescinds “Midnight Regulations” En Masse
      • Information Collections Associated with Changes to Maritime Radio Services Rules Effective February 27
  • ATSC 3.0: What you need to know about the future of broadcast television
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Who On Earth Dreams These Up?
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • We Are Family | Playing For Change Foundation

745

February 24, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Thanks for the many “get well soon” messages. This was certainly not one of those colds that “lasts for one week with medicine or seven days without medicine.” I am into my third week and just now starting to feel human again.
  • Two funny items this week. The THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK is a ridiculous poem, and the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR includes a story from Burch Falkner.
  • Vodafone, the last major pager network supplier in the UK is selling out.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Cloudbleed, the Latest Internet Security Disaster
  • Lakewood beeper store operator illegally moved millions
  • HAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign
  • Inside Towers: Neutrality Reporting Waiver Restored for Small ISPs After Fractious FCC Vote
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Deadline to File Geocoded Location Data is March 1
    • International Bureau Reminds Circuit Capacity Holders of March 31 Reporting Deadline
    • WTA Files Petition for Extension of High Cost USF Broadband Portal Filings
    • Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Talks May Be Rekindled Soon
    • FCC Announces Agenda for February Open Meeting
    • FCC Settles TRS Fund Investigation for $9.1 Million
    • Comment Deadlines Established for Petitions for Reconsideration of Broadband Privacy Order
    • Verizon Shaves $350 Million Off Yahoo Purchase Price Over Data Breaches
    • Chairman Touts Virtues of FM Chip Activation, But FCC Won’t Regulate
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Robin Gape (G8DQX)
      • The late Dave Powis, G4HUP
    • Burch Falkner
      • Obituary, Announcement was made today of the passing of . . .
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • A ridiculous poem — “One fine day . . .”
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • North Korea Lets Loose a Weapon of Mass Destruction
—— February 17, 2017

No Issue This Week

The first issue of this newsletter came out on February 7, 2002. Last week’s issue was dated February 10, 2017 and that was issue number 744. That’s an issue “almost” every Friday for fifteen years. I haven’t missed very many Fridays, but I am going to take a sick day this week. There are so many cases of the flu and flu-like symptoms going around here in the Midwest that many of the schools have been closing. I was tested for the flu and it came back “negative” so I guess it could have been worse. I am a lot better than I was but still not over whatever bug I have. Hope to see you again next week.

Best regards,

Brad Dye

744

February 10, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • We have been following, with great interest, the issue of privacy on our Smart Phones. I have published several exclusive and excellent articles by Rex Lee exposing this loss of our privacy. Here is another article that came out yesterday on this important topic.
  • Android privacy assistant seeks to stop unwanted data collection
  • Visit American Messaging at HIMSS17 Conference and Exhibition
  • The Next Five Years: What to Expect From the Internet of Things
  • BLACKBERRY ATTEMPTS TO WIN BACK SOME LOVE WITH THIS VALENTINE’S DAY SALE
  • Inside Towers: Rep. Blackburn’s Task: Reorganizing the FCC
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • Comments on Dormant Proceeding Termination
      are Due March 6
    • FCC Rescinds “Midnight Regulations” En Masse
    • FCC Revokes Lifeline Broadband Designations
    • Chairman Pai Implements Two Process Reform Measures
    • FCC Seeks Comment Regarding Possible Elimination of Rules Under RFA
    • FCC Seeks Comment on TCPA Rulemaking Petition
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting
    • Congress Introduces “New Deal Rural Broadband Act”
    • Chairman Pai Appoints Commissioner O’Rielly to Chair Federal-State Joint Board on USF
    • FCC Files Motion to Hold Lifeline Reform Order Cases in Abeyance
    • Senate Democrats Vow to Defend Net Neutrality
    • NTCA Files Petition for Limited Waiver of Geolocation Information Filing
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Ron Mayes VHF—Motorola NUC HI power TXs for sale
    • Burch Falkner—A peek into the future
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The Super Bowl
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Super Bowl 51 Winning Touchdown

743

February 3, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Did you know that guajira guantanamera in Spanish means Cuban country girl from Guantánamo? Check out the THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK and the VIDEO OF THE WEEK near the end of this newsletter. If you don't like my choice of music videos please let me know.
  • My connection to the Internet was not working for a while this afternoon, so I have shortened this issue a little bit. Still . . . I think there is enough important news about various wireless topics to capture your interest. Not the least being the headline, “American Messaging Services acquires the paging assets of Critical Alert Systems.” Wow, that one really caught me by surprise
  • My experimental activities for the past couple of weeks have been with GPD DOs.
  • American Messaging Services, LLC acquires the paging assets of Critical Alert Systems, LLC.
  • Samsung taking these steps to make Galaxy S8 safe
  • Reliable, rugged, affordable communications: Paging solutions remain tried and true
  • Inside Towers: Cell Towers Integral in Florida County’s ‘Great Tornado Drill’
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • Geolocation Data for New Broadband Deployment Due March 1
    • CAF ETCs Must File Geocode Broadband Location Data by March 1, 2017
    • FCC Allows State of New York to Distribute CAF Phase II Support
    • FCC Chairman Circulates Order Waiving Enhanced Transparency Requirements for Small Providers
    • FCC Eliminates Certain Public Inspection File Rules for Cable Operators and Broadcasters
    • Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Unnecessary Regulations
    • 2-for-1 Regulation Rollback Does Not Apply to FCC; Agency May Comply Anyway
    • Chairman Pai Forms Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Blooston Private Users Update
    • Meet Your New FCC, Led by Chairman Ajit Pai
    • Failure to List Felony Convictions Leads to Hearing to Revoke Licenses
    • House Passes Nine Communications Bills
    • Trump Transition Team Reportedly Aims to Strip FCC of Consumer Protection Powers
    • FCC Issues $25K Fine Against Individual for Caller ID Abuse
    • Essex Telecom Enters into $28K Consent Decree Rebranding Improper Use of 3550-3650 MHz Band
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Ron Mayes about HIPPA
    • Frank Moorman about Motorola's expungement of NSO accounts
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Guantanamera
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • A new Playing For Change Song that features children performing alongside PFC Guantanamera | Playing For Change | Song Around The World

742

January 27, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • Donald Trump names Republican Ajit Pai to head FCC
  • New BlackBerry smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 CPU coming soon?
  • Google Chrome Makes Reloads Faster
  • Claim made for hydrogen 'wonder material'
  • iOS 10.3 beta to let users share iCloud data
    to advance Apple AI
  • InsideTowers: New Administration Plans on Spending $1.5 Trillion on Broadband Infrastructure
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • Initial E911 Location Accuracy Live Call Data Reports
      Due Feb. 3
    • Meet Your New FCC, Led by Chairman Ajit Pai
    • Initial E911 Location Accuracy Live Call Data Reports Due Feb. 3
    • FCC Authorizes $454 Million in Revised A-CAM Support Offers
    • Forward Auction Meets Final Stage Rule, Moves Forward Toward Conclusion
    • House Passes Nine Communications Bills
    • FCC Announces Agenda for January 31 Open Meeting
    • Trump Nominee Ross Pledges To Free Up Government Spectrum
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Sprint Customers In Durham Can Now Text Photos To 911
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Steve Donohue reports another shocking anti-paging article
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • 25 Empowering Worry Quotes
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • A new Playing For Change Song that features children performing alongside PFC musicians on the Bobby McFerrin classic, “Don't Worry Be Happy.” Perfect message and a great song.

741

January 20, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • I hope to hear from more readers with opinions on the health and wellbeing of the Paging Industry.
  • FCC Reports 8 States, Puerto Rico Divert 9-1-1 Fees During 2015
  • Microsoft to make Windows 10 upgrades free for more Windows 10 subscription plan users
  • New iPads Might Not Launch Until Sometime in the Second Half of 2017
  • This article doesn't agree with the preceding one, but the dates are different.
    Apple Inc. Planning New iPad Launches in 1st Half of 2017
  • THE IPHONE X-FILES iPhone 8 rumours suggest gadget will be named iPhone X to mark its 10th anniversary
  • InsideTowers: Carriers Beef Up Networks for Super Bowl With Permanent Upgrades
  • Editor's Note: I couldn't resist posting this off-topic news about “El Chapo”
    U.S. Prosecutors Offer Glimpse of Case Against Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Enhanced Transparency Rules Effective January 17
    • Some of Broadband Privacy Order In Effect – For Now
    • Initial Indoor E911 Location Accuracy Reports due February 3
    • Trump Team Reportedly Aims to Strip FCC of Consumer Protection Powers
    • Comments on A-CAM Funding Increase Due February 13
    • Comment Sought on Eighth Annual State Collection of 911 Charges Report
    • FCC Proposes to Close Inactive Dockets
    • FCC Releases White Paper on Cybersecurity Risk Reduction
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • Sprint Customers In Durham Can Now Text Photos To 911
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • John Scott
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Happiness
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • Dona Georgina—Playing For Change—Live Outside—From Brazil

740

January 13, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • New Windows 10 build is a monster update
  • Industry expert Graeme Hull signs contract with Swissphone Wireless
  • Blackberry is quietly trying to make a comeback— but not with phones
  • Wireless Communication, For Safety’s Sake
  • A super-cool science story about a really cold thing
  • Consumer Reports now recommends Apple’s new MacBook Pro after software update
  • Samsung foldable phone could become reality this year, finally
  • California Supreme Court reaffirms work-free employee rest breaks in case against guard services firm
  • FCC Eliminates Annual CPNI Certification Requirement
  • InsideTowers: “The Rain Turtle” and Other Tower Superstitions…Happy Friday the 13th!
  • Union Pacific Emergency Response Communication Center Recognized for Excellence
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • Lifeline Recertification Program
    • FCC Clarifies Standalone Lifeline Broadband Requirement
    • Forward Auction Stage 4 Expected to Begin January 18
    • Carriers Seek Delay on Modernizing Wireless Emergency Alerts
    • Commissioner Rosenworcel Renominated
    • AT&T Begins Shutdown of 2G GSM and EDGE Networks
    • FCC Announces January Open Meeting Tentative Agenda
    • Failure to List Felony Convictions Leads to Hearing to Revoke Licenses
    • FCC Announces Tribal Workshops
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • New Emergency Communication Tower Coming To Newington
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Brotherly Love
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • War/No More Trouble/Playing for Change/Song Around The World
      (my favorite music video)

739

January 6, 2017

This Week's Headlines

  • I hope the new year is starting off as well for you as it is for me.
  • Editorial: Positive thinking is a valuable skill, but it requires practice.
  • Did you know that in the 13th century there was a city in Southern Illinois that was bigger than London or Paris at that time?
  • KillDisk cyber sabotage tool evolves into ransomware
  • Noise Floor: Where Do We Go From Here?
    • Very important article sent to me by John Parmalee, K5VGM /WI2XLJ
  • FBI dispute with DNC over hacked servers may fuel doubt on Russia role
  • Inside Towers
    • American Tower’s Focus is on its 20,000 Lease Agreements
  • InfoRad® — When a Failure to Communicate is Not an Option®
  • Blooston Law Telecom Update
    • HAC Report Deadline Approaching – January 17, 2017
    • Commissioner Rosenworcel’s Term Officially Ends
    • FCC Adopts Voluntary Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework
    • PSHSB Releases Initial Findings Regarding 2016 EAS Test
    • Total Call Mobile Settles Lifeline Fraud Investigation for $30 Million; Gets Banned from Lifeline
    • Birch Communications Settles Deceptive Marketing Investigation for $6.1 Million
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-A-Glance
  • FCC: Chairman Tom Wheeler issued the a statement on President Obama’s reappointment of Jessica Rosenworcel to serve a second term on the Commission.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Denis Gignac
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Benjamin Franklin
  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK
    • Chinese Fire Dragon Celebrating New Year

 

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