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935

 

November 20, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Microsoft Releases More Emergency Updates for Windows 10
  • Measuring microns: The quest to build a better GPS
  • COVID-19 vaccines are almost ready to be distributed. Who gets them after health care workers? Here's a list.
  • Apple is holding back messaging progress across the entire world with iMessage
  • InsideTowers
    • Big 3 TowerCo 3Q20 Scorecard
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • RDOF Auction Budget Clears – Competitive Rounds to Continue
    • FCC Waives Rules Updating Lifeline Minimum Service Standard for Mobile Broadband
    • FCC Further Extends Lifeline Waivers for COVID-19
    • 57 Applicants Qualified to Bid in Auction 107
    • All Eligible Price Cap Carriers Elect Seventh Year of CAF Phase II Model-Based Support
    • Changes in Online Public Inspection File Requirements
    • FCC Proposes $3,000 Fines for Failure to Timely File License Renewal Applications
    • President-Elect Biden Announces FCC Review Team
    • FCC Announces All of U.S. Virgin Islands to have Access to High-Speed Broadband
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • This Week's Technical Video
    • Morse Code Class 01

934

 

November 13, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Archives When the pager made it possible to work from home
  • Apple makes bold claims about its M1 chip for Macs
  • Video: COVID Beeper
  • InsideTowers
    • Modulation and Propagation Webinar From Rohde & Schwarz on November 18
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Grants Transfer of Control of ITS Telecommunications, ITS Fiber to Blue Stream
    • ACAM Broadband Coalition Seeks Rulemaking to Expand ACAM
    • Connected Care Pilot Program Applications Accepted Thru Dec. 7
    • FCC Issues Guidance on Caller ID Authentication Exemption Certifications
    • FCC Preempts City Regulations on Rights-of-Way Fees
    • Cable Operator Notice Requirement Revisions Effective November 12
    • Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Simington Nomination
    • Comments on Proposed Limit for NCE FM New Station Applications Due November 20
    • $3000 Fine Proposed for Failure to Renew License
    • Former Chairman Tom Wheeler Sees Net Neutrality as “High Priority” in Biden Administration
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • This Week's Technical Video
    • Ham Basics: Sending Morse Code

933

 

November 6, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Apple to Launch MacBooks With Own Chips Next Week
  • The Double Whammy of Seasonal Affective Disorder in a Season of Covid
  • Zoom is set to eliminate one of the worst aspects of video conferencing
  • InsideTowers
    • Ice and Wind KO Towers in Oklahoma and Texas
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • RDOF Auction Begins
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for November Open Meeting
    • T-Mobile to Pay $200 Million Civil Penalty to Resolve Sprint Lifeline Investigation
    • New NCE and LPFM Rules Effective October 30
    • FCC Lifts Freeze on Television Station Minor Modification Applications, Rulemaking Petitions
    • FCC Proposes $75,000 Penalty for Failing to Timely Provide Supporting Documents to USAC
    • FCC Fines Arizona Company $37 Million for Illegal Spoofing
    • FCC Dismisses Pending Petitions for Reconsideration of Transformation Order
    • GAO Issues Report on FCC Administration of High-Cost Program
    • FCC Announces 100% Broadband Access in Puerto Rico Under Uniendo A Puerto Rico Fund
    • USDA Updates Telecommunications Program Map Links
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • André Rieu & Carmen Monarcha – Habanera (Live in Maastricht)

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October 30, 2020

 

Headlines

  • “BETTER LATE THAN NEVER”
  • Ira Wiesenfeld stopped by for a visit
  • China’s Xiaomi overtakes Apple as world’s third-largest smartphone maker
  • Netmarketshare: Both Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge see significant rise in market share, Edge hits double digits
  • The Verge: The Apple iPhone 12 has a lot of new stuff (video)
  • InsideTowers
    • The Verge The Apple iPhone 12 has a lot of new stuff
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Establishes 5G Fund
    • FCC Finds No Basis to Alter Approach in Net Neutrality Remand
    • FCC Partially Eliminates Unbundling Requirements for Certain Network Elements
    • FCC Modifies Part 15 Rules to Make Way for 5G
    • Petition for Declaratory Ruling on Secure Networks Act Reimbursement Filed
    • Radio Duplication Rule Elimination Effective October 22
    • FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Operating with Excess Power and Failing to Allow FCC Inspection
    • Minnesota Broadcaster Seeks Waiver of Full Power TV Station Rulemaking Freeze
    • FCC Issues Report on T-Mobile Outage; Identifies Measures to Prevent Similar Outages in the Future
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • LMCC and FCC Meet to Address DTV Interference
    • Make Sure You File Your License Renewal Application Before Expiration
    • FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Operating with Excess Power and Failing to Allow FCC Inspection
    • Oppositions to E911 Location Accuracy Petitions for Reconsideration due November 3
    • Chairman Pai Proposes Wider Use of 5.9 GHz Band for Enhanced Wi-Fi
    • FCC Proposes $20K Fine Against OSNET Wireless for Operation of Modified Unlicensed Part 15 Devices
    • FCC Adopts New Rules to Expand Use of 4.9 GHz Band
    • FCC Grants Waiver Request of Southern California Regional Rail Authority
    • FCC Denies Several Petitions for Reconsideration of License Terminations for Non-Construction
    • Klein Electronics Enters into $20K Consent Decree For Marketing Illegal Equipment
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSICå VIDEO
    • “Where Does It Hurt”
    • Bernadette Seacrest

931

 

October 23, 2020

 

Headlines

  • 2020's fastest-rising tech jobs? Programming language PHP leads the way
  • NVMe vs SATA vs M.2 : What's the difference when it comes to SSDs?
  • InsideTowers
    • Tower Crew Rescue and Recovery “Unprecedented,” Tragic and Heroic
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Link to the complete PDF file.
  • THIS WEEK'S TECHNICAL VIDEO
    • How to install 90° Right Angle type "N" Male Solder Connector

930

 

October 16, 2020

 

Headlines

  • The Best New Features for Messages in iOS 14
  • You can preorder the latest iPad Air starting today
  • iPhone 12, Mini, and Max Size Comparison: All iPhone Models Side by Side
  • InsideTowers
    • Back-Up Generators Must Be Standing By on January 1
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Link to the complete PDF file.
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • Allie Sherlock & The 3 Busketeers

929

 

October 9, 2020

Headlines

  • Why paging technology is still crucial to major incident response
  • See That Orange or Green Dot at the Top of Your iPhone? Here's What It Means
  • Frontier’s Bankruptcy Shows Why ISPs Shouldn’t Be in Charge of the Internet
  • InsideTowers
    • FCC Activates DIRS For Hurricane Delta Across Four Gulf Coast States
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Link to the complete PDF file.
  • THIS WEEK'S TECHNICAL VIDEO
    • Measuring and adjusting duplexers

928

 

October 2, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Apple’s Massive iPhone 12 Upgrade Suddenly Confirmed
  • Massive iPhone 12 leak just revealed prices for every model
  • Artificial light at night is linked to mental health disorders among teenagers
  • InsideTowers
    • FCC Imposes Forfeiture By Hawaiian Developer of $49.6M In Fraud Case
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Link to the PDF file.
  • BloostonLaw Private User Update
    • Link to the PDF file.
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • Retro Italian Swing Medley
    • Hetty & the Jazzato Band Promo Video

927

 

September 25, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Press release from Critical Messaging Association (CMA), September 2020
  • Apple Accident Confirms New iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Releases
  • Adobe announces biggest change to the PDF 'in a generation'
  • The Secret to Success
  • InsideTowers
    • Bobcat Wildfire Threatens Mount Wilson Towers
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Since my regular Mac Pro computer is in the Apple shop for service, this week's issue of BloostonLaw Telecom Update is being reproduced in its entirety (without editing) via a link to the PDF file.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt
      • Sonic Transmitters Available
    • AL Dykstra
      • Needs help with a PF1500 issue.
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • Concert Fantasy on �Pajaro Campana�
      • Juan Riveros, Harp

926

 

September 18, 2020

 

Headlines

  • At this point, 5G is a bad joke
    • Thinking of buying a new phone, just for high-speed mmWave 5G? Do yourself a favor: Don't.
  • 3 Self-Defeating Habits That Destroy Happiness
    • The top 3 energy-draining, ambition-killing traits to lose.
  • There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek
    • Once considered a nerdy basement hobby, lo-fi transmissions from ordinary folks save lives during wildfires, hurricanes, and other climate disasters.
  • InsideTowers
    • NTIA Advisor Gets Trump Nod to Succeed FCC�s O�Rielly
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Since my regular Mac Pro computer is in the Apple shop for service, this week's issue of BloostonLaw Telecom Update is being reproduced in its entirety (without editing) via a link to the PDF file.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt
    • Sonic Transmitters Available
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �Audion � Nico Bereciart�a�

925

 

September 11, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Former Apple Engineer Introduces Native Gmail Client for Mac With Multi-Account Support, System Notifications, and More
  • Fauci says U.S. needs to 'hunker down' for fall and winter
  • University in Poland will Launch Balloon with VLF Transmitter On Board
  • InsideTowers
    • California Fire Threatens Local Broadcast Tower Outside of Fresno
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Since my regular Mac Pro computer is in the Apple shop for service, this week's issue of BloostonLaw Telecom Update is being reproduced in its entirety (without editing) via a link to the PDF file.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt
    • Sonic Transmitters Available
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �I Thought About You�
    • Hetty Loxston & Stefanos Tsourelis

924

 

September 4, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Computer repair may cause one or two missed weekly newsletters.
  • Apple mistakenly approved a widely used malware to run on Macs
  • Statum Systems Unveils Way To Replace Hospital Pagers One Interface To All Medical Communications
    • Brad's comments: Is this magic? It's certainly not science.
  • FCC generates more than $4.5 billion in latest wireless spectrum auction
  • InsideTowers
    • Carrier Recap of Laura: Verizon Launches Largest Deployment Ever
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • RDOF Application Corrections Due September 24
    • FCC Releases Text of Application Fee Schedule Proposal NPRM
    • Winning Bidders Announced for 3.5 GHz Auction; Down Payment and Long Forms Due Sep. 17
    • Small Cable Providers in Court to Stop C-Band Repack
    • Anti-5G Legislation Introduced in Illinois
    • FCC Issues Report Supporting Unmanned Aircraft Systems Use in 5030-5091 MHz Band
    • FCC Announces Transfer of White Space Database to Red Technologies
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Denies Waiver to Grandfather 3650-3700 MHz License
    • FCC Grants Extension of Time for Incumbent Earth Stations to Make Lump Sum Reimbursement Election � New Deadline is September 14, 2020
    • FCC Upholds $25K Fine Against Mobile Relay Associates for Failure to Monitor
    • 911 Reliability Certification System Available; Filings Due October 15
    • FCC Announces New Speed Test App
    • FCC Adopts Declaratory Ruling to Clarify Pole Attachment Rules
    • Contacts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt
  • Sonic Transmitters Available
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �Hasta la Ra�z�
    • Song Across Latin America � International Committee of the Red Cross � Playing For Change

923

 

August 28, 2020

 

Headlines

  • One day late this week. Sorry.
  • If Zoom's out, what about WebEx, Google Meet or Skype? We tried them all, here's what we found
  • FCC Proposes to Reinstate Amateur Radio Service Fees
  • U.K. Developing Targeted Mobile Broadcasts for Virus Alerts
  • InsideTowers
    • Cell Site Outages Abound in Gulf as Laura Wreaks Havoc
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: Form 477 Data as of June 30 are Due September 1
    • 3.5 GHz CBRS PAL Auction Closes
    • C-Band Auction (Auction 107) Short-Form Applications Due Tuesday, September 22nd
    • FCC Settles Swath of Online Political File Investigations for Failure to Certify
    • Simplified Media Lease Access Rate Rules Effective September 21
    • Senators Urge FCC to Increase Funding for Rural Healthcare Program
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Contacts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt
      • Sonic Transmitters Available
    • Andrea Cumpston (EWA)
    • Chris Baldwin
  • THIS WEEK'S INFORMATION VIDEO
    • �How Does Light Therapy Work?�
    • Home-made version of a light therapy device.

922

 

August 21, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Windows 10 update will bring back one of Windows 7�s best features
  • BlackBerry 5G Android Smartphone With Keyboard Coming In 2021
  • Verizon�s network stands ready to handle extreme heat, rolling power outages and wildfires
  • Microsoft drives another nail in the coffin of its most hated product
  • What 5G Networks Mean for Hurricane Tracking
  • InsideTowers
    • California Jump-starts Plan to Close Digital Divide
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • ITSP, CMRS Regulatory Fee Data for 2020 Now Available in Fee Filer, Revisions Due Aug. 28
    • FCC Extends Lifeline Waivers Through November 2020
    • Initial Broadband Mapping Requirements Effective Sep. 17; Comments on FNPRM Due Sep. 8
    • FCC Extends Pole Attachment Petition Comment Deadlines; Comments Now Due September 2
    • Ninth Circuit Upholds Small Cell Rule Reforms
    • House Committee Members Urge Unlimited Minutes/Data for Lifeline During Pandemic
    • FCC Announces 5G Open Radio Access Forum
    • USAC Board Nominations Sought
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Contacts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt
    • Sonic Transmitters Available
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �Granada�
    • Pl�cido Domingo
    • Lyrics: English/Spanish

921

 

August 14, 2020

 

Headlines

  • The iPhone 12 feature that could help convince millions of people to upgrade their phones
  • China Launches Beidou, Its Own Version of GPS
  • Perseid Meteor Shower
  • How 5G antennas will get built near you
  • Apple�s Radical iPhone 12 Upgrade Suddenly Confirmed
  • InsideTowers
    • 9th Circuit Court Ruling Called a �Grand Slam� For Industry
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Special Edition
    • FCC Adopts Auction 107 Procedures; Applications Due September 22
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Releases C-Band Auction Procedures Order; Short-Form Applications Due Sept. 22
    • White House, Department of Defense Announce 3.45-3.55 GHz Band Availability
    • FCC Reminds Broadcasters of Obligation to Make Televised Emergency Information Accessible
    • Justice Department Moves to Block California Net Neutrality Law
    • Comments on Supply Chain Proceeding Due August 31
    • Chairman Pai Announces New FCC Staff Departures and Arrivals
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Contacts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt
    • Sonic Transmitters Available
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �Everyday� � Buddy Holly
    • Allison Young Cover

920

 

August 7, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Outdated NHS communications technology to be phased out by 2021
  • Motorola Acquires Video Security Solution Provider Pelco
  • Va. amateur radio group joins organization
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • How Vulnerable Is G.P.S.?
  • InsideTowers
    • Strong Tower Market Sways FCC to Nix Rules on Access to FM, TV Antenna Sites
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Updates Lifeline Minimum Service Standards, Index Budget Amount
    • White House Withdraws Commissioner O�Rielly Renomination
    • Chairman Pai Circulates Order Increasing Minimum Standard for Lifeline Mobile Broadband
    • FCC Adopts Declaratory Ruling to Clarify Pole Attachment Rules
    • Bidding in 3.5 GHz CBRS Auction Nears $2B Mark
    • FCC Extends 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window to September 2
    • Comments on Fourth Robocall FNPRM Due August 31
    • 911 Reliability Certification System Available; Filings Due October 15
    • FCC Announces New Speed Test App
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Contacts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt
    • Sonic Transmitters Available
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �Sunshine�
    • Avalon Jazz Band

919

 

July 31, 2020

Headlines

  • Amazing New Paging Product
    • In the spirit of �a rising tide lifts all boats� I am announcing a new product at no cost to the manufacturer. I believe that this new device may be a �game changer� for some paging carriers wanting to diversify their businesses. Since just about everyone has a cell phone these days, this gadget can be plugged into a cell phone and receive paging messages on just about any paging frequency in the world.
  • PF-21 Pager Follow
  • WEX International has a new magnetic charger for the W8008 alphanumeric display pager.
  • Saudi doctors are among 5m people still using pagers
  • Spok Reports 2020 Second Quarter Operating Results; Continued Strong Wireless Trends and Operating Expense Improvements Contribute to Strong Second Quarter Net Income and EBITDA
  • What Thunderbolt 4 Means and How It Could Change Computing
  • Congress grilled the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Here are the big takeaways
  • InsideTowers
    • Senator Inhofe Puts FCC Commissioner Nomination on Hold
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: Number Disconnection and Aging Records Required; ATIS Publishes Reporting Guide
    • Sen. Inhofe to Hold O�Rielly Renomination Until He Votes to Overturn Ligado Order
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Petition for Reconsideration of Earth Station Siting Methodology Guidance
    • FCC Details Urban Rate Survey for 2021
    • Sen. Gardner Introduces Broadband Legislation
    • FCC Designates Robocall Traceback Manager
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Seeks Comment on T-Band Reallocation and Licensing NPRM
    • FCC Amends Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Collocation of Wireless Antennas Beyond Boundaries of Tower Site.
    • FCC Fines HobbyKing USA $2.8 Million for Equipment Marketing Rule Violations
    • Comments on Proposal to Expand Use of the 70/80/90 GHz Bands Due August 5
    • FCC Announces Expedited Historic Preservation Review Process for Critical Infrastructure
    • Comment Sought on Petition to Simplify Pro Forma Transfer of Control Process
    • International Bureau Seeks Comment on Petition for Reconsideration of PN Guidance on Siting Methodologies for Earth Stations
    • Emergence from Bankruptcy Without Prior FCC Authorization Leads to $127K Civil Penalty
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Leavitt
  • THIS WEEK'S TECHNICAL VIDEO
    • How to use the NanoVNA to sweep/measure an antenna system's SWR and optimize its tuning

918

 

July 24, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Table of Contents
  • WRINGING OF HANDS AND MASS PANIC ABOUT PAGING IN AUSTRALIA
  • The Good 'Ole Days
    • Paging Reached Its Peak in 1999
  • Best macOS 11 Big Sur Features: Control Center, Safari Updates, Notifications Overhaul, Design Changes and More
  • Apple reportedly delays launch event for new 5G iPhones
  • High School Marine Buoy Transmitter Now Active on 20-Meter WSPR
  • InsideTowers
    • Congress Shines a Light on Federal 5G Spectrum Disputes
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Auction 105
    • FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting
    • FCC Adopts Limited Waiver of Speed Testing Requirements for CAF Phase II Recipients
    • FCC Announces Counties Where Conditional Forbearance from Lifeline Voice Applies
    • Comments on NCTA Pole Attachment Petition for Declaratory Ruling Due August 19
    • FCC Announces Rate-of-Return Carriers Electing Incentive Regulation for Business Data Services
    • Next Gen TV Rule Revisions Effective August 17
    • Commissioner O�Rielly Recommended to Full Senate for Second Term
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act Report
    • MVPD Electronic Delivery Requirements Effective July 31
    • Crown Castle Fiber and Potomac Electric Power Company Settle Pole Attachment Complaint
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Eric?
    • Phil Leavitt
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • Tula Ben Ari Live From Jerusalem

917

July 17, 2020

Headlines

  • Amazon wins FCC chair�s support for Kuiper satellite plan
  • Apple Releases iOS 13.6 With Car Key, Toggle to Turn Off Automatic Update Downloads, Audio Apple News+ Stories and More
  • Microsoft has finally fixed three of Windows 10�s biggest problems
  • EWA Honors the Life of Joe Vestal
  • InsideTowers
    • FCC Takes Another Step to Secure 5G Networks
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: Multiple Mock Auction Dates for Auction 105 Begin Friday, July 17
    • FCC Publishes Official Agenda for July Open Meeting
    • FCC Announces Successful Completion of Post-Incentive Auction Transition
    • FCC Reminds LPTV and TV Translator Stations of July 13, 2021 Transition Date
    • Chairman Pai Issues Statement on First Completed CAF-II Auction Buildout
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Phil Hebert
    • Phil Leavitt
    • Rex Lee
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • John Cruz Live From Hawai'i

916

July 10, 2020

Headlines

  • Under the headline “ARE PAGERS OBSOLETE?” in the June 26, 2020 issue, there was a commentary from Albert Erdmann about an article that was criticizing the use of pagers by Britain's health service. Albert's op-ed piece was well received and prompted some comments to me from one of our supporters. This was not his first submittal to the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR so I asked him to please send us more information supporting paging and to include a little bio info about himself as well. So I invite you to read his response in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section this week. I like his writing style.
  • Also in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section, there is a lot of paging equipment being offered for sale. Don't get caught without spares.
  • Frontier hid fees and over-promised Internet speeds, AG says
  • The US Secret Service Issues Ransomware Warning
  • NOT JUST GPS: NEW OPTIONS FOR GLOBAL POSITIONING
  • Nearly 600 online retailers hit with credit card-stealing malware � protect yourself now
  • Phone Times
  • InsideTowers
    • Mobile Data Report Ranks U.S. Phone Ownership As �Expensive�
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: RDOF Auction Short Forms Due July 15
    • AT&T Posts Generic ILEC-to-ILEC Agreement on its Website
    • Reassigned Number Database Compliance Begins Jul. 27; Small Businesses Have Until Jan. 27, 2021
    • FCC Seeks Comment on T-Band Reallocation and Licensing NPRM
    • Comments on Wireless Facility Deployment Revisions Due July 22
    • Comments on 70/80/90 GHz Bands NPRM Due August 5
    • Comments on Termination of Dormant Proceedings Due August 5
    • Senators Introduce Legislation to Permit Refinancing of RUS Debt
    • House Passes Moving Forward Act to Boost Broadband Availability and Next Gen 911
    • Supreme Court Strikes Down Government Debt Exemption in TCPA
    • GAO Issues 5G Report; Recommends Comprehensive Strategic Planning to FCC
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • “Tintarella Di Luna”
    • Hetty and the Jazzato Band

915

July 3, 2020

Headlines

  • New �EvilQuest� Mac ransomware found in pirated apps encrypts users files
  • SPACEX: WHY ELON MUSK IS SAYING �YOUR GPS JUST GOT SLIGHTLY BETTER�
  • Thousands Of Radio Operators Band Together To Practice For The Worst
  • Emergency responders finding SMS is a whole lot more than text messages
  • Lessons From the Rise and Fall of Blackberry
  • InsideTowers
    • U.S. In-Building Wireless Market Outlook
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • BloostonLaw Remains Available to Help You During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Unauthorized Transactions and Failure to Provide Felony Conviction Disclosures Leads to Substantial Penalties
    • FCC Finds RoboCall Blocking Tools Block Billions of Calls
    • FCC Delays Effective Date of Radiofrequency Exposure Limits Order
    • FCC Denies Waivers of 900 MHz Application Freeze
    • FCC Warns Filers Against �Casual� Confidentiality Requests
    • Unauthorized Operation of Pirate Radio Station Leads to Consent Decree
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Technical Requirements for Marine Class B Automatic Identification System Equipment
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �God Bless the U.S.A.�
      • Home Free
      • Lee Greenwood
      • The United States Air Force Band

914

June 26, 2020

Headlines

  • ARE PAGERS OBSOLETE?
    • The first article this week is criticizing the use of pagers by Britain's health service, it is followed by a reader's article in response. (Submitted by: Albert Erdmann.)
  • Paging technology providers: �3m is on the table to replace archaic NHS comms network
  • A Reader's Comments on the above
  • Check Out These Passive Smartphone Amps
  • macOS Big Sur: Top 5 features
    • Refined user interface
    • Messages
    • Safari
    • Maps
    • Mac Catalyst
  • FirstNet Authority signs $218 million task order for core upgrade, deployable assets
  • Former Intel engineer says Skylake problems were turning point for Apple�s ARM Mac transition
  • Microsoft is permanently closing its retail stores
  • InsideTowers
    • Administration Invests $86 Million in Rural Broadband in Eight States
    • Cities Fight FCC Over 5G Upgrade Order
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: RDOF Phase I Application Filing Window Opens July 1, Closes July 15
    • Commissioner O�Rielly Supports Bill Eliminating ETC Designation Requirements
    • New Retransmission Consent Rules Effective July 20
    • FCC Warns Filers Against �Casual� Confidentiality Requests
    • Sen. Thune Introduces Bill to Direct Spectrum Auction Proceeds to Rural Broadband
    • Walden and Wicker Release Broadband Connectivity and Digital Equity Framework
    • House Democrats Release Text of Infrastructure Bill; Includes $100 Billion for Broadband
    • Chairman Pai Urges Congress to Implement Legislative Directives to �Keep Americans Connected�
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �Quando, Quando, Quando�
    • Hetty and the Jazzato Band — Lockdown Sessions #1

913

June 19, 2020

Headlines

  • BBT Announces Management Buyout From Beeper
  • Zoom says free users will get end-to-end encryption after all
  • Delta County 9-1-1 millage levy hiked
  • BlackBerry Adds More Federal Agencies to Crisis Notification Platform
  • Effective intergovernment communication fosters clear, calm crisis management
  • InsideTowers
    • T-Mobile Layoffs Begin, AT&T Plans Job Cuts Too
    • Thune Introduces Bill to Fund Rural Broadband Deployment
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: CLECs Must De-tariff Business Data Services by August 1
    • FCC Releases Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Procedures Public Notice
    • FCC Seeks Comment on CAF Phase II Location Adjustment Waiver Request
    • FCC Seeks to Refresh the Record in Contribution Methodology Reform for One-Way VoIP
    • FCC Adopts Second Report and Order on Next-Gen TV
    • Comment on 5G Fund Adjustment Factors Due July 7
    • FCC Announces 26.5% USF Contribution Factor for Q3
    • FCC Announces Availability of RDOF Short Form Instructions, Tutorial
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �What A Difference A Day Made�
    • Hetty Loxston

912

June 12, 2020

Headlines

  • Everything You Need to Know About Hybrid Warfare and How to Be Prepared
    • Rex M. Lee
  • FEMA Selects HF Backup Disaster Communications Network
  • iOS 14 could let you retract embarrassing iMessages
  • China set to complete Beidou network rivaling GPS in global navigation
  • JOE TAYLOR HINTS AT POSSIBLE NEW MODE!
  • InsideTowers
    • Digital Signage Market Will Be Worth $36 Billion by 2026
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Temporarily Waives RUS Operating Report Requirement for Upcoming Form 481 Filing
    • FCC Announces Auction 105 Application Short Form Status; Corrections Due June 19
    • FCC Seeks Comment on 5G Fund Adjustment Factor Values
    • Sen. Wicker Seeks Information on Regarding Proposed Bill to Speed Up RDOF Auction
    • Comments on Robocall Enforcement Actions for Carriers with Delayed Compliance Due July 10
    • FCC Reopens Comments on RF Exposure Proceeding
    • FCC Proposes $225 Million Fine for Spoofed Robocalling Campaign
    • FCC Reaches $5 Million Settlement with VoIP Provider MagicJack
    • Senators Criticize AT&T for HBO Max Data Cap Exclusion
    • Commissioner Starks Announces Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition Program, Seeks Nominees
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �LA VIE EN ROSE� � ENGLISH/FRENCH
    • Hetty Loxston

911

June 5, 2020

Headlines

  • OFF TOPIC BUT VERY IMPORTANT
  • iPhone looters find devices disabled, with a warning they�re being tracked
  • WSJT-X Version 2.2.0 is Now in General Release
  • FCC extends deadline for ISPs to quit charging customers who use their own equipment
  • FCC Grants Spectrum Licenses to T-Mobile, Others
  • InsideTowers
    • NATE Warns Wireless Workers About Planned 5G Protests
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • AT&T Terminating TTA and EAS Arrangements in 12 States as of June 30
    • AT&T Terminating TTA and EAS Arrangements in 12 States as of June 30
    • Repurposing of Satellite C-band for 5G to Move Forward on Accelerated Timeline
    • FCC Delays Effective Date of Radiofrequency Exposure Limits Order
    • Comment Sought on Termination of Certain Proceedings as Dormant
    • FCC Streamlines Lifeline Application for Tribes; Extends Current Waivers through August 2020.
    • FCC Announces Auction 103 License Applications Accepted for Filing; Petitions to Deny Due June 8
    • FCC Grants Temporary Spectrum Access in Rural Kentucky
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • �Mi Tierra Veracruzana�

910

May 29, 2020

Headlines

  • I have upgraded several ads this week at no cost to the advertisers. Times are tough and we don't know what the future holds. I just think this is no time to be fussy about rules, sizes, and costs of the ads. If anyone else would like to place an ad here in the newsletter just let me know and make an offer.
  • HEALTH AND WELFARE OF PAGING VETERANS
  • Traditional and Non-traditional Paging
    • People Paging People
    • People Paging Things
    • Things Paging People
    • Things Paging Things
  • How would you like to help support The Wireless Messaging News with a stimulus check?
  • Buy An Amp today? Oh come on they are cool.
  • macOS 10.15.5 has a trivial bug or a �reprehensible� decision � CCC developer
  • Wex International Limited
    • Technical Specifications of Receiver Decoder Board
    • Technical Specifications of the POCSAG Decoder Board
    • Technical Specifications of the 900 MHz FLEX Decoder Board
  • EWA Elects New Board Members
  • Feds Urge Govs. To Label Telecom Workers As 'Essential'
  • InsideTowers
    • OSHA Cites Tower Company After 2019 Fatal Fall at Worksite in Mississippi
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Comments on End User Interstate Access Detariffing Due July 6
    • Comments on 5G Fund for Rural America Due June 25
    • Unlicensed 6 GHz Band Operation Rules Effective July 27
    • Comments on One-Ring Phone Scam Prevention Due June 19
    • FCC Initiates Proceeding on Video Description Implementation
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • BloostonLaw Remains Available to Help You During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • FCC Adopts 900 MHz Band Reconfiguration Order
    • Effective Date and Comment Deadlines Established in 6GHz Band Proceeding for Unlicensed Devices
    • Chairman Pai Circulates T-Band Auction NPRM; Reiterates Call for Repeal of Auction Mandate
    • FCC Grants Long Island Power Authority Waiver of 900 MHz Freeze
    • FCC Cites Operator of Surveillance Cameras for Interference to EU Satellite
    • FCC Acts on LMCC Petition to Clarify 800 MHz Interstitial Rules
    • FCC Proposes $25K Fine Against DWireless for Interference to FAA Terminal Doppler Radar Station
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • THIS WEEK'S MUSIC VIDEO
    • Tal Ben Ari �Tula�
  • A mural in my hometown Fairfield, Illinois

909

May 22, 2020

Headlines

  • I have upgraded several ads this week at no cost to the advertisers. Times are tough and we don't know what the future holds. I just think this is no time to be fussy about rules, sizes, and costs of the ads. If anyone else would like to place an ad here in the newsletter just let me know and make an offer.
  • How would you like to help support The Wireless Messaging News with a stimulus check?
  • Passive smartphone amps are cool.
  • Social distancing beeper will BLEEP if you�re closer than two metres to someone else
  • EWA Elects New Board Members
  • Everything You Need to Know About Slow Internet Speeds
  • InsideTowers
    • Adapting Mobile Devices to Private LTE/CBRS Networks
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Corrects Population Count for Certain Auction 105 Licenses
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting
    • FCC To Consider RDOF Procedures Order at June Open Meeting
    • FCC Adopts 900 MHz Band Transition Order
    • Chairman Pai Circulates T-Band Auction NPRM; Reiterates Call for Repeal of Auction Mandate
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Executive Branch Review Process
    • Public Disclosures Regarding Satellite Relocation Could Make C-band Auction More Complex
    • FCC Extends Relay Services Waiver
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline for Human RF Exposure Proceeding
    • 774 Providers Extend Keep Americans Connected Pledge
    • FCC Releases Mobility Fund Phase II 4G LTE Coverage Maps
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts

908

May 15, 2020

Headlines

  • How would you like to help support The Wireless Messaging News with a stimulus check?
  • Don't miss the photos and the video in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR from Jerry Vargas. They are wonderful.
  • Buy An Amp today
  • 900 Million iPhones Affected By Updated Apple iOS Warning
  • Apple updates COVID-19 app with updated quarantining guidelines
  • You Need to Update Adobe Acrobat for macOS Right Now
  • Microsoft lists CPU requirements for Windows 10 May 2020 Update
  • InsideTowers
    • Pai: 5G Has Nothing to Do With the Coronavirus
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: Supply Chain Data Collection Responses are Due May 22
    • House Democrats Introduce Relief Bill; Includes Funding, Prohibition on Disconnection
    • FCC Releases Tariff Review Plans for 2020 Access Service Tariff Revisions
    • Accelerated Relocation Elections for Space Station Operators in C-Band Due May 29
    • Sen. Markey Introduces Legislation to Update National Broadband Plan
    • Senators Call for Additional $2 Billion in Support for Telehealth Services
    • Sinclair Broadcasting Group to Pay $48 Million Penalty for Merger Violations
    • Aviation Groups, Department of Defense Oppose Ligado Grant
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Jerry Vargas

907

May 8, 2020

Headlines

  • New iPhone iOS 13.5 update could save your life � here's how
  • Avoid The Christmas Rush — Buy An Amp today
  • New coronavirus strain more contagious than original � study
  • Zoom tries to buy its way out of its security problems
  • Sinclair agrees to pay largest FCC fine by broadcaster in history
  • Everything You Need to Know About USB 4
  • InsideTowers
    • Pentagon Says Ligado 5G Network Will Cripple GPS and National Security
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Waives Income Documentation Requirement for Lifeline Participants
    • Chairman Pai Extends �Keep Americans Connected� Pledge through End of June
    • FCC Announces Disclosure of NRUF CMA Data; Objections Due May 11
    • Young, Peterson Introduce Bill Expanding USF Contributions to Include Broadband Services
    • FCC Grants Blanket Extension of New Video Truth-in-Billing Requirements Until December 20, 2020
    • New Must Carry-Retransmission Consent Election Procedures For 2021-2024 Period Extended
    • House Democrats Announce Broadband Plan
    • Comments on Implementation of Secure Networks Act Due May 20
    • FCC Issues Order Eliminating Requirement to Warn Robocallers Before Issuing Penalties
    • FCC Extends Timeframe for Determining Whether to Finalize Huawei/ZTE Security Threat Designations
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts

906

May 1, 2020

Headlines

  • Who Are The Main Players In Video Conferencing?
  • Google makes Meet, its Zoom and Skype competitor, free for everyone
  • Passive Audio Amps For Smart Phones
  • Critical Messaging is Multi Channel
    • Dietmar Gollnick
  • Spok Reports First-Quarter 2020 Operating Results; Wireless Trends Continue to Improve and Year-Over-Year Improvements in Software Revenue Bookings
  • FCC proposal would help fight one-ring call scams
  • Communication Interface Technologies Files 8 Push Notification Patent Cases
  • InsideTowers
    • Pai Extends Keep Americans Connected Pledge Through June
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: BDS Election Notification Letters Due May 1, Revised Tariffs by July 1
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for May Open Meeting
    • CC Advises EAS Participants to Secure Their EAS Equipment from Online Attacks
    • FCC Seeks Comment on New Fields in NORS, 911 Reliability Certification System
    • FCC Seeks Comment on One-Ring Phone Scam Prevention
    • Richard Rubino Elected to LMCC Board of Directors
    • Comments on Competitive Bidding Procedures for Auction 107 (3.7-3.98 GHz Band) Due May 1
    • LPTV Order Effective May 26
    • FCC Enters $1 Million Settlement Agreement Over Rural Health Care Program Rule Violations
    • FCC Settles Investigation of Unauthorized Transfers of Control for $70,000
    • FCC Issues Show Cause Orders Against Four Chinese Telecom Companies
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • BloostonLaw Remains Available to Help You During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Richard Rubino Elected to LMCC Board of Directors
    • FCC Provides COVID-19 Relief � Extends Certain Construction Deadlines
    • 900 MHz Band Reconfiguration on FCC Meeting Agenda for May 13
    • FCC Implements Special Procedures for Public Safety STAs and Waiver Requests Due to COVID-19
    • FCC Proposes $25,000 Fines for U-NII Rule Violations
    • FCC Adopts 6GHz Band Rules for Unlicensed Devices
    • FCC Fines Wireless Carrier $130,000 for Exceeding Radiation Limits, Labeling Requirements
    • FCC Proposes $685K Fine for Marketing 32 Non-Compliant Microphones
    • BloostonLaw Contracts

905

April 24, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Zoom releases 5.0 update with security and privacy improvements
  • Passive Audio Amps For Smart Phones
  • The Real Reason to Wear a Mask
  • InsideTowers
    • Twitter Doubles Down on Destructive 5G/COVID-19 Tweets
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Clarifies Political File Order, Obligations
    • FCC Provides COVID-19 Relief � Extends Certain Construction Deadlines
    • FCC Proposes Changes to CATV Rules
    • FCC Approves Ligado 5G Network despite Concerns About Interference to GPS
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Petition to Waive RDOF Prohibition on CAF Phase II Defaulters
    • FCC Proposes $25,000 Fines for U-NII Rule Violations
    • FCC Announces Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Webinar
    • FCC Provides Invoicing Guidance for COVID-19 Telehealth Program
    • FCC Grants Navajo Nation Temporary Spectrum Access
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Eric DILIP KUMAR
      • Only 4 deaths in Hong Kong

904

April 17, 2020

 

Headlines

  • DISPATCHERS: “BEHIND THE SCENES” HEROES
  • God Bless Our Doctors And Nurses
  • Passive Audio Amps For Smart Phones
    • Stay at home shopping
  • Lee De Forest, Pioneer Broadcaster
    • Radio scientist was playing a key role years before KDKA’s historic broadcast
  • InsideTowers
    • Pai Signals Approval of Ligado L-Band Use for 5G
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Waives Certain Requirements of CAF Phase II Speed Testing Template Requirements
    • FCC Adopts Limited Waiver of CAF Phase II Speed Testing Filing Requirements
    • FCC Adopts Filing Procedures for 2020 Access Charge Tariffs
    • FCC Corrects Comment Deadline on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Exposure
    • FCC Waives Broadcast Pr-Filing Announcement Requirements for June Renewals
    • FCC Staff Report Details Potential State-By-State Eligibility for 5G Auction
    • House Republicans Introduce Rural Broadband Bill
    • FCC Waives Children’s Television Pre-emption Rescheduling Requirements
    • Frontier Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing
    • Executive Branch Agencies Recommend FCC Revoke China Telecom International Authorizations
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts

903

April 10, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Times are tough and the cupboard is bare. With Ira Wiesenfeld's help and encouragement, I am launching a new promotion of my iPhone passive audio amplifiers. Everyone who has purchased one has been happy. Check them out. New photos included.
  • Here's When You'll Get Your Stimulus Check
  • Passive Audio Amps For Smart Phones
  • BLOOSTONLAW SUMMARY OF CARES ACT
    • (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)
  • InsideTowers
    • NATE Releases Results of COVID-19 Impact Survey of Members
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • BloostonLaw Summary of CARES Act
    • FCC Extends Filing Deadline for Supply Chain Filing
    • FCC Waives Certain Network Performance Pre-Testing Requirements
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for April Open Meeting
    • Chairman Pai Circulates $9 Billion 5G Fund Order
    • FCC to Consider Proposed 6GHz Band Rules for Unlicensed Devices
    • FCC Fines Wireless Carrier $130,000 for Exceeding Radiation Limits, Labeling Requirements
    • FCC Proposes $6 Million Fine Against Tracfone for Lifeline Violations
    • Comments on Unlicensed White Space Device Operations Due May 4
    • Comments on Cable Operator Record-keeping Rules Due May 4
    • Comments on Radio frequency Electromagnetic Exposure Due May 6
    • FCC, FTC Demand Three Gateway Providers Cut Off COVID-19 Robocall Scammers
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Mike Brantley
  • MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • About an hour of relaxing blues by artist Keb' Mo'

902

April 3, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Important Information
    • This week's video is an interview of a leading COVID-19 expert in South Korea.
  • Facebook Messenger Launches Standalone Video and Text Chat App for macOS and Windows
  • If You Work From Home, the FBI Has a Warning for You
  • A Feature on Zoom Secretly Displayed Data From People’s LinkedIn Profiles
  • FCC Tells Phone Companies to Use Robocall-Fighting Tools by June 2021
  • Frontier prepares for bankruptcy, regrets failure to install enough fiber
  • InsideTowers
    • New T-Mobile Brims With Optimism as Legere Steps Down as CEO
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Waives Lifeline De-Enrollment Requirements, Extends Re-verification Until May 29
    • FCC Extends Filing Deadline for Net Neutrality/Lifeline Comments
    • FCC Waives Lifeline De-Enrollment Rules; Extends Recertification Until May 29
    • FCC Extends E-Rate Program Deadlines
    • President Trump Signs CARES Act Into Law; Chairman Pai Circulates COVID Telehealth Order
    • FCC Waives Mobile Competitive ETC Spending Requirements
    • Carrier Settles Unauthorized Transfer of Control Investigation for $8,000
    • Additional CBRS Environmental Sensing Capabilities Approved for CommScope and Google
    • Comments on Outage Report Sharing Due April 30
    • FCC Extends Broadcast Report Deadlines
    • FCC Issues Guidance on Local Television Ownership Rule During Pandemic
    • USDA Launches COVID-19 Resource Webpage
    • FCC Grants Wireless ISPs Temporary Access to 5.9 GHz Spectrum; AT&T Access to AWS-4
    • Deadlines
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • BloostonLaw Remains Available to Help You During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act” Introduced – Includes Repeal of T-Band Auction
    • FCC Temporarily Waives 3.65 GHz Transition Requirement
    • FCC Implements Electronic Payments for Forfeiture Penalties
    • FCC Takes Actions to Ensure Reliable Communications Necessary for Telecommuting and Distance Learning During COVID-19 Pandemic
    • FCC Extends Push Notification Waiver until September 30, 2020
    • FCC Rules that COVID-19 Related Emergency Robocalls by Public Health and Governmental Officials are Legal
    • Interference and Failure to Use Call Sign Costs Amateur Radio Operator $18,000
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Rex Lee
  • INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • You Need To Listen To This Leading COVID-19 Expert From South Korea

901

March 27, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Apple iOS 13.4 Is Causing Serious iPhone Problems
  • Old tech�s new wave, or why we still love faxes, pagers and cassettes
  • Spok�s Board of Directors Unanimously Rejects B. Riley�s Unsolicited Proposal
  • The Best Way to Beat a Bad Mood, According to Psychology: The 3Ms
  • LastPass, 1Password and other password managers can be hacked: What to do now
  • InsideTowers
    • FCC Grants AT&T Extra Temporary Spectrum Access for Puerto Rico, USVI
    • CBRS Offers New In-Building Wireless Choices
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: Form 499-A, and Access to Advanced Services Certifications Still Due April 1
    • FCC Changes Schedule for CBRS PAL Auction (Auction 105) Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
    • FCC Open Meeting to Proceed as Scheduled; Live-Feed Only
    • FCC Delays FM Broadcast Construction Permit Auction; Upfront Payment Refunds Available
    • USDA Extends Certain RUS Deadlines, Waives Certain Rules due to Coronavirus
    • FCC Temporarily Waives 3.65 GHz Transition Requirement
    • �Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act� to Include Broadband Funding
    • President Trump Signs Broadband Data Mapping Bill
    • Sen. Klobuchar Introduces Rural Broadband Sustainability Bill
    • FCC Extends Push Notification Waiver for White Spaces Devices
    • Commissioner O�Rielly to be Appointed to Second Term
    • Chairman Pai Touts Over 500 Signatories to �Keep Americans Connected� Pledge
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Blooston, Mordkofsky et al
  • INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • �SLOW THE SPREAD� — Surgeon General — Social Distancing — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

900

March 20, 2020

Headlines

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Results are Being Tracked by State
    • Here is my home state — Illinois
  • Letter from American Messaging
    • Link to a second letter
  • Spok Holdings Confirms Receipt of Letter From B. Riley Financial
  • B. Riley Financial Issues Letter to SPOK Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Your Amazon Prime membership could soon be useless — unless you're buying only Amazon's newly approved products
  • Interest in Ham Radio soaring as country grips with virus outbreak
  • InsideTowers
    • Verizon Gets Extra Spectrum to Boost Network During Pandemic
    • FCC Eases Rules to Spur Connectivity for Hospitals, Students
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Waives Lifeline Program Rules During Pandemic
    • FCC Releases Preliminary List and Map of RDOF Phase I Eligible Areas; Challenges Due April 10
    • FCC Waives Lifeline Program Rules During Pandemic
    • Comments Sought on Connect America Phase II Letter of Credit Rules
    • Pandemic Disrupts Broadcast TV Repack – FCC Grants Relief
    • USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31
    • FCC Waives TRS Rules During Public Health Emergency
    • FCC Announces Winning Bidders for Third 5G Spectrum Auction
    • FCC Extends E-Rate Application Filing Window to April 29
    • Comments on Extension of New TV Truth-In-Billing Effective Date Due April 6
    • FCC Upholds Elimination of Solicited Fax Opt-Out Rule
    • FCC Grants T-Mobile, US Cellular Temporary Access to Additional Spectrum Due to Pandemic
    • FCC Issues Small Entity Compliance Guide on Access Arbitrage
    • FCC Releases June 2019 Form 477 Data
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Blooston, Mordkofsky et al

899

March 13, 2020

Headlines

  • Notice From Prism-IPX Systems
  • IWCE 2020 is Officially Postponed
  • Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
    • Other Guidance and Resources
  • Breaking: The NAB Show Is Off, at Least for April
    • NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith Announces NAB Show Off for April, Reviewing Options for Event Later This Year
  • Apple says it's fine to wipe your iPhone with a Clorox wipe
  • GPS is going places
    • Here are five things you didn’t know the navigation system could do
  • Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Update Warning
  • InsideTowers
    • Coronavirus KO’s IWCE 2020 . . . For Now
    • Next Week's South Wireless Summit in Nashville is Postponed
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Form 499-A, Access to Advanced Services Certifications Due April 1
    • FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for March Open Meeting
      • Mandating STIR/SHAKEN to Combat Spoofed Robocalls
      • Amending Distributed Transmission System Rules to Facilitate Next Generation TV
      • Defining Significantly Viewed Local TV Stations
      • Revising Program Carriage Rules and Part 76 Review Procedures
      • Detariffing Telephone Access Charges and Simplifying Consumer Bills
    • FCC to Consider Mandatory Implementation of STIR/SHAKEN
    • Senate Passes Broadband Mapping Bill
    • FCC Releases Technical Guide for 3.7 GHz “C-Band” Auction
    • FCC Releases 2018 Data on Voice Services
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance

898

March 6, 2020

Headlines

  • These are the first passwords hackers will try when attacking your device
  • Amateur Radio Club President is among Two Killed in Knife Attack
  • What Is Replacing Shortwave?
  • New Microsoft Security ‘Nightmare’: Users Warned Your Passwords Are Now At Risk
  • InsideTowers
    • Senate Passes Secure 5G and Beyond Act
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • New E911 Location Accuracy Benchmark for VoLTE Providers Effective April 3
    • FCC Finalizes Procedures for 3.5 GHz CBRS PAL Auction; Short-Form Applications Due April 9
    • RDOF Bidding Procedures Comments Due March 27
    • FCC Issues Proposed Rules for 3.7 GHz “C-Band” Auction; Bidding to Begin December 8, 2020
    • FCC Proposes $200 Million in Fines to Big Four Over Location Data Sharing
    • Senate Introduces 5G Workforce Legislation
    • Senate Passes Supply Chain Reimbursement Bill
    • FCC Auction Technical Guides Available
    • FCC Implements Electronic Payments for Forfeiture Penalties
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Andrew Ruschak
    • Allan Angus
    • Peter Cook
  • TECHNICAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • WD Black NVMe SSD review, including an explanation of what NVMe is, fitting the drive, and comparative performance tests.

897

February 28, 2020

Headlines

  • Windows 10 is about to get its biggest change yet
  • New ad from SEA AIR AND LAND COMMUNICATIONS LTD
  • Broadcasting From Marconi's House
  • NVMe vs. SATA: Which SSD Technology Is Faster?
  • 5 ways we can prepare for coronavirus
  • InsideTowers
    • FCC Levies $200 Million in Fines to Carriers Over Location Data
    • Four Sites Around Memphis Have Been Set Ablaze
    • Broadcaster Contemplates Putting 250 Tower Portfolio on the Market
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Initiates Huawei/ZTE Equipment Data Collection, Responses due April 22
    • Comments on Net Neutrality Record Refresh Due March 30
    • FCC to Vote on 3.5 GHz Auction Details Friday; Draft Order Signals Likely Schedule
    • DC Circuit Denies NTCH Challenges to H Block Auction Procedures
    • House Introduces Emergency Response Reporting Bill
    • Texas Court Rejects Huawei Complaint
    • FCC Releases Updated Data for Communications Marketplace Report
    • Chairman Pai Announces 5G Virtualized Radio Access Forum
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Denies Late-Filed License Renewal Application
    • FAA's Proposed Remote Identification Rules Would Affect Drones, Hobby Planes
    • KARI’S LAW 911 Direct Calling Requirements Effective February 17, 2020
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Revisions to Historic Preservation Forms 620 & 621 – Comments Due March 13; Reply Comments Due March 28
    • FCC Establishes Process for Second Funding Stage for Puerto Rico/USVI
    • FCC Concludes Sharing of Consumers’ Real-Time Location Data Violates Federal Law
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline for Vertical Location Accuracy Proceeding to February 21
  • MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Hotel California”

896

February 21, 2020

Headlines

  • Microsoft is rolling out changes coming to Windows 10 20H1 to improve driver updates via Windows Update
  • A COMEDY OF ERRORS
    • P.S. I still love my computer.
  • Let’s meet in spring in Florence. At CMAE20. 28th/29th April 2020
  • Radio enthusiasts worry about interference from LED streetlights
  • InsideTowers
    • Judge Blocks Huawei from Suing U.S.
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: CPNI Certifications Due March 2
    • FCC To Release Mobility Fund Phase II Coverage Maps; Objections Due Feb. 27
    • FCC Authorizes Over $240 Million For Rural Broadband
    • Congress Seeks to Steer C-band Auction Proceeds to Meet Urgent Needs
    • Comments on TRACED Act Implementation Due February 24
    • Senators Introduce Tribal Broadband Bill
    • FCC Announces Members of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Leigh Henson, Ph.D. — Former Professor Emeritus of English — Missouri State University
  • INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
    • “Explaining Display Connectors”

895

February 14, 2020

Headlines

  • This change brings Google’s Android messages RCS CHAT one step closer to iMessage
  • Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes
  • Dangerous new malware spreads over Wi-Fi: Protect yourself now
  • Apple Just Made A Striking New Security Move That Could Impact All Users
  • InsideTowers
    • Legere Crows “Huge Victory” as Industry Applauds Court’s Decision
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Releases Text of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund; Prepares NPRM for Phase I Auction
    • FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting
    • FCC To Propose December 8 Start for C-Band Auction; Short-Form Applications Likely Due in October
    • District Court Rejects Lawsuit to Block Sprint/T-Mobile Merger
    • FCC Establishes Process for Second Funding Stage for Puerto Rico/USVI
    • Comments on 5.9 GHz Band Proceeding Due March 9
    • House Energy & Commerce Committee Announces Rural Broadband Field Hearing
    • FCC Issues NPRM on Robocall Traceback Consortium Registration
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • John Doering Jr
  • MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE WEEK
    • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” John Denver (Home Free Cover)

894

February 7, 2020

Headlines

  • France fines Apple $27 million for slowing down iPhones
  • South Dakota bill would ban driving while using mobile devices
  • Windows 10 Warning: Anger At Microsoft Rises With Serious New Failure
  • TCL will stop selling BlackBerry smartphones; is this the end of the legend?
  • InsideTowers
    • Vulture Vomit and Excrement Responsible for Denied Tower Permit
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Commissioner Rosenworcel Notes “Major Changes” to RDOF Order Prior to Approval
    • FCC Concludes Sharing of Consumers’ Real-Time Location Data Violates Federal Law
    • Recent CATV Changes to Cable Operation Notices
    • Clock Phase Bidding Completed in Millimeter Wave Auction No. 103
    • FCC Initiates Hearing Aid Compatibility Proceeding
    • FCC Announces Priority Window for Rural Tribes to Apply for 2.5 GHz Spectrum
    • FCC Extends Comment Deadline for Vertical Location Accuracy Proceeding to February 21
    • Comment Sought on Petitions for Reconsideration of Digital Opportunity Data Collection
    • FCC Proposes $12.9 Million Forfeiture for Spoofing and Robocalling
    • FCC Announces $31 Million Settlement Over Rural Health Care Violations
    • FCC Announces Staff Changes in Office of Economics and Analytics
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE WEEK
    • “Fit As A Fiddle” Avalon Jazz Band (Singin' In the Rain)

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January 31, 2020

Headlines

  • AT&T slashed billions from network spending, cut tens of thousands of jobs
  • Apple is officially done rebuilding its maps in the US
  • Microsoft finally fixes broken File Explorer on Windows 10
  • Apple to Launch AirTags, Small Charging Mat, New iPads and Macs, High-End Headphones, and More in First Half of 2020
  • InsideTowers
    • Commissioners Spar as FCC Votes on Rural Broadband Subsidies
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Adopts Uniform Deployment and Reporting Deadlines for CAF Phase II Auction Support
    • FCC Reestablishes Deployment and Reporting Deadlines for CAF Phase II Auction Support
    • FCC Approves SAS Administrators; Authorizes Full Commercial Deployment of 3.5 GHz CBRS
    • Comments on Technical Requirements for Reassigned Numbers Database Due February 24
    • FCC Issues Compliance Advisory on Lifeline Usage Rule
    • FCC Eliminates Amortization Requirement for E-Rate
    • FCC Issues $16,000 Penalty for Unlicensed Operation in 3650-3700 MHz Band
    • President Trump Signs PIRATE Act into Law
    • Guard Band Licensee and Band Manager Annual Reports Due March 2
    • FCC Issues Small Entity Compliance Guide for Truth in Caller ID Rules
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Reaches $1.13 Million Settlement over Tower Lighting Investigation
    • FCC Reminds Users of the 3.65-3.7 GHz Band of Transition Period Ending on April 17, 2020
    • FCC Adopts Streamlined Licensing Procedure for Small Satellites
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Removing Radiolocation/Amateur Allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz Band
    • FCC Settles NEPA/NHPA Investigation for $20,000
    • Non-Payment of Regulatory Fee Results in Order to Pay or Show Cause
    • FCC Enters into $16,000 Consent Decree for Unauthorized Operation in 3.65-3.7 GHz Band
    • FCC Announces Updates to Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council Best Practices Database
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Zebra Technologies Request for Waiver of Part 15 to Permit Use of Ultra-Wide Band Positioning System
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Alan Gilmour
  • MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE WEEK
    • “GYPSY JAZZ”

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January 24, 2019

Headlines

  • Frontier issues statement in wake of report that it's planning bankruptcy
  • Southern Illinois Internet provider Frontier Communications expected to declare bankruptcy
  • St. Louis Smart City Project Integrates Public-Safety Applications
  • South Carolina Sales Tax on Cloud Based Services
  • Dutch Limburg-Noord security region grants contract to pagers
  • Local fire departments awarded grants from the State Fire Commissioner's Office
  • InsideTowers
    • Torn American Flag Gets A Makeover From Crown
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Flurry of Last-Minute Proposals for Changes in Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Order
    • Second Round of ReConnect Grant/Loan Program Opens January 31
    • Comments on Vertical Location Accuracy Due February 18
    • Comments on Removing Radiolocation/Amateur Allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz Band
    • FCC Updates CSRIC Database
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE WEEK
    • Avalon Jazz Band “I love Paris” (Cole Porter)

891

January 17, 2020

Headlines

  • NSA alerted Microsoft to major Windows 10 security flaw
  • Frontier Communications Internet Service Out for Most of the Day
  • Paging Infrastructure For Sale
  • Technology Apple may have to abandon Lightning connector cable
  • Germany Special Event Recognizes Anniversary of SDR Development
  • Here's how new Microsoft Edge will roll out to Windows 10
  • InsideTowers
    • Vertical Location Rule Changes for E911 Calls Effective in March
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • CAF-BLS Location Information for Carriers with No HUBB Requirement Due March 1, 2021
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for January Open Meeting
    • FCC to Consider Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Order; Estimates 6 Million Eligible Locations
    • FCC Seeks Further Comment on New and Expanded Truth-in-Billing Rules
    • FCC Establishes Eligible Locations Adjustment Process for CAF Phase II
    • Revisions to TRS Rules Effective February 10
    • Congress Urges Chairman Pai to Require Carriers to Protect Against —SIM Swap— Fraud
    • FCC Reaches $1.13 Million Settlement over Tower Lighting Investigation
    • President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate John Johnson to be FCC Inspector General
    • Comments on Cable Service Change Notification NPRM Due February 6
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • VIDEO FOR THE WEEK
    • “B�same mucho”
    • The London Latin Collective

890

January 10, 2020

Headlines

  • FCC will pay ISPs to deploy broadband with 250GB monthly data cap
  • Top Public Safety and Emergency Communications Trends in 2020
  • Board questions changes in 911 radio system bids
  • Spok Survey Reveals Top Priorities for Healthcare IT Leaders in 2020
  • InsideTowers
    • Pai Anticipates Vote on $20B Rural Broadband Fund This Month
    • Submarine Cable Turns Virginia Beach Into a Fiber Hub
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Lifeline Reforms Effective January 27, 2020; Comments due Revised TRS Fund Rules Effective Feb. 5; Intrastate and VoIP Contributions Begin July 1
    • Comments on Supply Chain FRPRM, Huawei/ZTE Designations due February 3
    • Comments on Unbundling and Resale Rule Modifications Due February 5
    • FCC Releases Form 477 Data as of December 31, 2018
    • Comments on All-Digital AM Broadcasting NPRM Due March 9
    • FCC Settles NEPA/NHPA Investigation for $20,000
    • USDA Announces $23 Million in ReConnect Funding in North Dakota
    • FCC to Hold Webinar on Children's Programming Report (FCC Form 2100)
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • VIDEO FOR THE WEEK
    • Si tu vois ma mère (Sidney Bechet) Avalon Jazz Band

889

January 3, 2020

 

Headlines

  • Best wishes to everyone for a healthy and happy new year. There is a lot going on in the world so 2020 should be an exciting year. I hope in a positive way. My New Year's Resolution is the same every year:
  • Can I Recover a Lost iPhone If I Only Have the IMEI Number?
  • Your smart TV is spying on you. Here are step-by-step instructions to stop it
  • Spok Names Michael W. Wallace Chief Operating Officer
  • InsideTowers
    • Letter From the Editor — Looking Back and Squinting Forward
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Lifeline Reforms Effective January 27, 2020; Comments due January 27
    • FCC Seeks Input for Report on Call Blocking
    • Comment Sought on Consent Requirements for Wireless Carrier Marketing Messages under TCPA
    • FCC Announces Revised License Renewal Process for Commercial Broadcast Stations
    • President Trump Signs Pallone-Thune TRACED Act into Law
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • VIDEO FOR THE WEEK
    • See the 2020 Times Square Ball Drop From Above
  • Holiday Cheers from the Leavitts

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