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FRIDAY — NOVEMBER 11, 2011 - ISSUE NO. 481

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A Special Report on the National Emergency Alert System test done on Thursday follows. I conducted an informal survey and from the comments that I received, the test did not go very well.

Typical of government-run projects, they had to "reinvent the wheel" with something they thought was better .

I guess this is "crying over spilled milk" but we missed the chance right after 9/11 to implement a national wireless warning system that was already installed and working perfectly. What was that? Well, the government could have leased one of the nationwide paging channels from a major carrier before it was decommissioned. Now it's too late. Well... maybe not too late, just a little more difficult since so much equipment has been taken out of service.

The carrier could have continued on with support and maintenance, and by the government paying for it, that would have removed the carrier's big issue: "How are we going to made money doing this?" It wasn't necessary to make money as a commercial system if it was to be operated as a public safety system by the government. By now we could have alphanumeric display devices hanging on the walls of all of our schools, public buildings, and even homes. Up and down our highways too.

So if they had to invent a new system we could have been using paging technology for the last ten years, while they stumble, fumble, and debug something new that probably won't be any better . It's just a good thing that terrorists were not successful in another attack here like 9/11 — or worse.

Sometimes I feel like one of those Old Testament Prophets — "a voice crying out in the wilderness." But I keep on crying.

There will still be space available next week for more comments on this topic. This is YOUR public forum.

I sent out another message recently asking for suggestions from supporters of this newsletter.

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One good friend said that the articles I quoted about Steve Jobs had language in them not suitable for an industry newsletter. What do you think? Do we have many readers under the age of eighteen? (That last one is meant to be funny.) Have I been too hard on some companies?

I have believed, for a long time, that the majority of our readers appreciate me being frank and outspoken on topics that I feel strongly about. Am I wrong?

Really, I would like to receive your comments on this.

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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Messaging companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Messaging communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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Special Report

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On Thursday I sent out over one thousand copies of the following e-mail:

Dear ______ ,

A 30-second Emergency Alert System message is supposed to play on every U.S. television and radio station today at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) — 11 AM (Pacific Standard Time).

For the first time in history, every radio and TV station, every cable and satellite operator, will interrupt all broadcasts.

Two years in the planning, the minute-long drill is designed to expose weaknesses in a 60-year-old readiness system that has never been used — not even on 9/11.

The test will be conducted under the auspices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Communications.

I am very interested to know if you see or hear this test message today and what your impressions are.

I will publish reader comments in the CMA Wireless Messaging Newsletter on Friday.

Thanks and best regards,

Brad Dye
Editor, CMA Wireless Messaging News

Following are the all responses that I received; about 44 in total. I don't think I missed any. This is nothing that could be called a scientific survey, never-the-less the results are very interesting and revealing. The comments are "as received" only shortened and lightly edited for clarity. Please note that I told everyone that I would publish their comments, so please don't complain.

Sorry I was away from email the last few days and didn't get this until this morning.  I heard something briefly on the news this morning about some issues but can't report back an actual experience.  Sorry about that.

Hope all's well otherwise!


Gary Blair
Président / President
Télé-Page - Tele-Page

Unfortunately I did not see the broadcast.


J. Roy Pottle
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
American Messaging Services, LLC

It doesn't seem that the engineering side was well versed on this end.

The test started alright, but then after about 10 seconds into it, We started to get the first audio echo of the original announcement, preceded by additional audio echos. It slowly became just a garble and you could no longer understand the announcement.

My guess is this was caused by the radio station getting it's broadcast down a normal "two-way" telephone line from a central control point? That would have allowed the signal to return back down the line as an echo when it hit a termination point (drop).  If there were multiple drops on this line, that would then account for the multiple echos we heard (time dependent on the distance from the control point of each line drop).

Either way, it MUST be corrected !!!! Otherwise the original announcement will be obscured by all the echos, and become worthless !!!

Wayne Markis
Interstate Wireless, Inc.

I listened to the alert on a couple of radio stations in Phoenix.  The very beginning of both broadcasts ( 5 seconds or so ) were going fine.  Then a chorus of tones and voice messages all aired on top of each other.  Sounded like a DX pileup and if I hadn't known what the message was going to be, I'm not sure I could have deciphered any voice.  Needs work.

Enjoy your weekend,

Dave Scott

I was in my car when the test happened, there where 2-3 tones and then the radio just had a static sound for 30 seconds or so, 3 more tones came across, then went back to the music. No message "this is a test" etc., but did get my attention.  

Mark A Babbs

Senior Account Executive
IPN Messaging

I hope this e-mail finds you in good cheer.

Thank you for drawing my attention to this day's test of the emergency alert system. I will try to observe, particularly those who do not know that a test is to be or being conducted. Maybe Twitterers and Facebookers will have lots to say about it, but I follow neither. Anyway there will be plenty things to unearth and examine because warning the public never is as straightforward as one may think it is. Let me also take this opportunity to thank you for the newsletter.

May I suggest you encourage book reviews. Book reviewers are the godchild of journalism— that maybe is why journals have them. Furthermore, great — and not so great — printed books are becoming as rare as pagers — it's not surprising, both work in a similar fashion. (forgive these two puns, they were not intentional)

Warm regards,

Edouard Dervichian
Swissphone Telecom AG

I wasn't near a TV so I missed it.

John Parmalee

I took a classic response to the hype over this test: I took a nap! When I woke up, the house and I were still there.

John Doering

At 1:00 PM today I was in the Mars Chocolate North America Ice Cream factory in Burr Ridge, IL, and there was no hint of any emergency drill taking place.


I hope to see you this weekend.



Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer


Ron Mercer
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC

The EAS test appeared to go without a hitch here in the Mid-Michigan area. Turning on the television about five minutes before the 2:00 pm test was somewhat of a shocker for me. I had not viewed a soap opera and the accompanying commercials for many years. Now I know why FCC chairman Newton Minow, in a speech given in 1961, described broadcast television as a "vast wasteland"!

Vic Jackson
Interconnection Services, Inc.

Well, I was attending a seminar with about 300+ Fire Chiefs, EMA Directors, EMS Managers, etc. and no one got an alert at 2:00 p.m. So much for nationwide alerting.

Barry Kanne, W4TGA

[I] had my television on in my office at 2:00. saw nothing but the Joe Paterno coverage.

Brian Bobeck
Aquis Communications

Oregon apparently received the test at the reception point but it did not go out to any media outlet … i.e. No Test here.

Jim Gainer
Manager CE-Instrumentation
Providence Health & Services

At the radio station I own in Pinedale, Wyoming, we received the national test promptly at 12:00 Noon Wyoming time. Our newly purchased EAS machine sent out the modem squawks, then sent out the 8-second attention tone, and then sent out about 30 seconds of silence.

That was followed by three more modem squawks to conclude the test.

Following the test, I went on the air live, and explained that there was supposed to be audio explaining that it was a national test, but our EAS box did not send out the voice message.

Bob Rule
Pinedale, Wyoming

Here is a news story I found on :

I'm glad to know it wasn't just me who had a problem.

By the way, thanks so much for your news on the pager industry.  We are down to about 5% of what we once had in the way of pager customers, but I'm keeping the system going for that loyal 5%.

Bob Rule
Pinedale, Wyoming

The initial alert here in the Houston area came through but the subsequent audio message was garbled by multiple repeating copies running through every few seconds. The muddle finally ended when the shutoff tones began coming through.


Reggie White, W5SSB


I'm attaching my recording. It was a minute or so late on our local 99.3 FM station in Tyler, TX. It sounded very similar to normal EAS alerts, except it had a period of what sounded like noise and an alert tone in the distance, maybe an audio engineering snafu. It was funny when the FOX news lady said if you could hear her, it may not be working.

[Editor's note: The recording is a little over five minutes long and very well done.]

Terry Poe
Teletouch Paging, LP
Technical Manager


Brad, actually, looking back at the elapsed time, it was about 3 minutes, 10 seconds after 1 pm when the alert tone began.  


Terry Poe
Teletouch Paging, LP
Technical Manager

Good afternoon, Brad,

Hope all is well with you.

Funny you should mention the EAS test. We became a Primary Entry Point (PEP) station a little over a year ago. FEMA is trying to bring up the level of coverage to 90% and are now using some FM stations in population dense areas where they can't get AMs. So, we were involved in the test being one of the 67 or so radio stations originating it.

They have the idea down pretty well and most of us on the conference bridge reported having sent out the test and having it forwarded. Unfortunately, they had some problems with audio distribution which caused some to receive doubling, tripling, etc. of the message and in some cases that caused the equipment at some stations to terminate the audio after only about 4 seconds leaving dead air until the EOM tones kicked in. That was the case in our area. Our station broadcast the whole message, conglomerate noise and all, but everyone else just got 4 seconds of it. I'm just glad they didn't stick with the original idea of a two and a half minute message. At least the data tones did their job. So, the fellas at FEMA have some more work to do. I feel for them because they had been working hard on this to make it come off. I'm sure there are some red faces up there in Washington. Practice makes perfect, provided you learn from your mistakes.

Thanks for asking. I try to look at your letter every week.

Joe Norris
Greenville, SC

I was traveling and did not get a chance to see or hear the test. Sorry.

Best Regards.

Sent from my iPad

Mike Brantley

Well; It was not what I expected:

1) I had expected my NOAA weather radio with SAME decoder to alert with EAS messages. This did not happen yet the receiver has signal from a local transmitter. So much for the NOAA receiver if the "big one" gets dropped.

2) The TV was tuned to CNN news on the local Brighthouse cable system. It did display the National Emergency Alert System after about a delay of 3 or 4 minutes past the hour. The display, black background and white lettering was very fuzzy on my 720P HD TV. After a minute or so, the bi-lingual messages ceased and the TV displayed a command line login screen for what appeared to be a LINUX application. The screen was frozen that way for minutes. I changed channels with the remote and the cable programming restored. I am not sure if this EAS display was transmitted in-band on the Brighthouse network or was an out of band application running in the HD cable box. It was unimpressive and no sound was heard other than some telemetry data.

Joe Leikhim

I saw or heard nothing.

Larry Sheets

Our healthcare organization watched for it on our local cable company. There was about a 50% engagement of the various cable channels that we checked. I never did "hear" any instruction or test message.

Stephen M. Lowe, CHFM
Director of Engineering/ Safety
East Texas Medical Center
Athens, Texas


Yes at our shop we could hear the tones but the message was not audible (too much static)

Dave Weber

David W. Weber
WEB Communications, Inc.

Yes, I checked it out, and seems to have worked alright, at least over here.

Similar to the local ones we get, I imagine they (the Feds) have tied them together.

Big brother at work!


Jerry Vargas
Tait Radio
Houston, Texas

Hi Brad, Heard it on TV and the voice quality was horrible and there seemed to be a lot of interference like a radio station not quite tuned in. I couldn't understand a word.

Jenna Richardson
American Messaging Services, LLC

I believe that 2 pm eastern time would translate into 1 pm our time, right. I as out to lunch so I don't know what happened. When I worked at McKeevers I had to routine the ESDA system at predetermined times I understood that these radios would be on the air during a disaster. Most of them were high-band GE systems. All the police and sheriff units seemed to have one in their cars. I don't recall what the frequency was.

Marv Perry
Decatur, Illinois

So far, nothing as happened concerning the alarm. Anyhow, I am deeply interested on the subject.


Hernán Streeter
Chile, South America

Sent from mobile device.

I don't normally have the TV or Radio on during the day when I'm working, unless the weather is bad. However, I tuned in and heard the test signal on both radio and television. The radio had a taped announcement that said "this test is being conducted...." and then it went dead, never completed the message, followed by a few beeps.

I work from home unless I'm traveling. On a normal in office work day, I would not be notified of an emergency unless someone called me, paged me or sent me an e-mail.

Linda Tebben
American Messaging Services, LLC

I did not see or hear anything about the test, so unfortunately I am not able to help.

Ken Hardman

Reporting in from Dallas, Texas... Today at 1 PM central time I was listening to station 100.3 FM when the program I was listening to went dead for a second, then followed the familiar warning modem tones in their usual bursts. The second burst was not the same recognizable sound... It was a NEW message, then a very noisy "silence" ensued for aprox 50.0987 seconds, then the usual modem tones re-appeared and the message was concluded within one minute.

It is a clear cool day today with plenty of brilliant sunshine!

Cheers Brad,

John A. Webster
Founder and Commodore
The Cuba Run 2010

I am in Madison, Wisconsin. I was in my car when the test was done, and was listening to the radio. I checked all of the eight FM stations that I had pre-sets for and all were playing the EAS message.

The massage was quite unclear. If I listened very closely I could hear about 70% of the content. There was a lot of static. All the stations were about the same.


Frank Burnham, RCDD, DES
Communications Distribution Designer
Electrical Designer
Mead & Hunt, Inc.
M & H Architecture, Inc

I was listening over the internet to a couple of local FM radio stations and never heard it come over. They were KAFF and KGCB. In the past these stations have sent other alerts over the internet programming such as flood warnings, etc., issued by the weather service.

Bob Motz

I listed to WLAC in Nashville. The test ran a little over a minute late, in the news after the top of the hour ID. I was listening to 1510 locally AND the internet re-broadcast. Other than difference of a few seconds, both sounded the same, flawed.

The test I heard sounded like locally generated FSK, then the dual tones as usual, then during the voice announcement of 'national' test, I could hear a repeat of the FSK, tones, and announcement 'under' the audio. The voice announcement sounded to be the same voice.

Just my observations in passing ... as a former broadchaser, I mean, broadcaster.

Take care,

Laos Deo,

Nick Forlidas
Aquis Communications

I forgot to turn on the radio, so I missed the test. It sounds like a good idea since we're living in the terrorism era.

Call me if you have any questions.


Tom Beck
Radio Comm. Gp
Jacobs Technology Inc

I did hear it and wonder why it's in place if never used for emergencies such as 9-11 ?

Liz Buckner
First Page

My 2 cents.

Who sits in front of a TV or radio these days?

Needs to be additional media. Heck ask Google and Yahoo to 'take down' their browsers for 10 seconds and feed the world the message. And of course Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.

Sean Collins
Amcom Software

My pager was silent????

That's my thought!! We do not have a TV on at work, nor a radio. This method is not good enough.

Either include mobile devices or it's a massive waste of tax-payer money.


Steve Donohue


I've got a great idea..lets equip every house in the country with an alpha text device of sort ... configure some type of protocol and use paging technology to disseminate to the masses ... oh! I forgot. "PAGING TECHNOLOGY IS DEAD!" WRONG! Lets all use a RIM BLACKBERRY ... OUCH!

John Raptor
Sales Consultant
Cook Paging
Pacific Northwest

I was listening to the radio in my van when the test went off. I tuned around the am and fm band and was surprised to find that not all went off at the same time nor did they return to normal at the same time. Also I have a atomic clock and some of the tones did not go off until better than 1 minute after 14:00. Was there supposed to be an announcement or just dead air as was all in the Greater Cincinnati Area?

Tri State Paging

I am in an area where we can't get radio or TV however there may be an alert going over the PA system.


Peter Angelo

I'm in Canada I guess we don't count.

Sent from my iPhone 4S

Barry Caine

I was hoping to hear the EAS alert on my radio app on my iPhone. When I realized at 2:00:10 that they were NOT going to carry it, I ran to my truck and turned on an AM talk station here in Portland Maine where I heard the last 10-15 seconds … it sounded successful.

I guess Internet radio feeds are exempt?

Below is a report from a yahoo group I follow.


Alan Carle
UCOM Paging

Feed: Alerts, Warnings, & Response to Emergencies | AWARE
Posted on: Thursday, November 10, 2011 11:30 AM
Author: Gary Timm
Subject: National EAS Test Produces Mixed Results

Yesterday’s National EAS Test was a mixed bag of good and bad. The test was delivered successfully to both the Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations and via the National Public Radio (NPR) Squawk Channel, a background channel used to supplement the feed of the over-the-air PEP stations. Unfortunately most areas of the country reported there were issues with double audio being delivered, with a second EAS Header Code starting about 15 seconds into the alert and double audio continuing for the duration of the 30-second test. While some PEP stations reported the test sounded fine, other PEP stations sent the EAS Header Code but had no audio of the test in states such as Minnesota and Indiana, and other PEP stations such as the one in Utah never received the test.

It was also reported that the system used for originating the test at FEMA had a clock that was apparently running 3 minutes fast, as the test was issued at 2:00 PM ET but the time stamp said it was issued at 2:03 PM ET. While it seems FEMA has some issues to iron out with the test origination, there were positive reports from many states across the country that received the test and forwarded it out to all stations in the state properly. So while the audio was less than desirable, it is encouraging to hear of many states that have a well-functioning State EAS Network which will be ready to relay a no doubt cleaner test the next time around.

Speaking of what comes next, FEMA Assistant Administrator Damon Penn did a blog post after the test and he details what the future holds for EAS testing. See his post at: He invites all interested parties to submit their reaction to the test and any suggestions for improvement to FEMA at: Broadcasters and cable operators are reminded they must now fill out Forms 2 and 3 at the FCC Nationwide EAS Test website:

View article... < >

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RIM: BlackBerry services affected, but not another outage

BlackBerry service in a number of countries was affected by an outage last month

By John Ribeiro
November 9, 2011 10:56 PM ET

IDG News Service — Research In Motion said on Wednesday that it was investigating reports from some users who were experiencing delays.

"There is no system-wide outage, however we are investigating reports that some users in EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa) have experienced delays," RIM said in a statement.

The company said in an update later on Wednesday that services were operating normally in EMEIA, but did not provide details of what had caused the problem.

The service issue comes about a month after the company had outages of up to four days across North America, Latin America, and EMEIA.

RIM said last month that the service interruption was caused by a failure of a core switch within its infrastructure. Although the system was designed to failover to a backup switch, the failover did not function as previously tested, creating a large backlog of data that RIM had to clear.

The company faces a possible class action suit in Canada, demanding a refund of users' data plan charges during the outage.

A number of users on Wednesday reported problems with the BlackBerry service. One user said she and four other friends were getting slow responses, particularly on BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). Another user said "BlackBerry is disappointing right now" as BBM wasn't working properly.

The development comes a day after Google said it was pulling the plug on a native Gmail app for BlackBerry. The Internet giant said that from Nov. 22 it will end support for the Gmail App for BlackBerry, and has focused its efforts on building a great Gmail experience in the mobile browser.

Users may continue to use the app, if installed, but it will not be supported by Google, or available for download from Nov. 22. BlackBerry users can continue to access Gmail through the mobile web app at in their BlackBerry web browser, Google said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Source: Computerworld

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linquist What makes him powerful: Former paging executive Roger Linquist, the chairman and CEO of MetroPCS ( NYSE:PCS ), has seen a lot of trends come and go in the wireless industry. But MetroPCS' goal of providing cost-conscious customers with the best value in the wireless industry is proving to be a long-standing success story.

Under Linquist's guidance, MetroPCS skipped deploying 3G EV-DO technology and instead became the first U.S. operator to launch a commercial LTE network in September 2010 when the company launched LTE in Las Vegas using the AWS band. Deploying LTE was a big risk for the company, and Linquist has said that it took the company about a year and a half to gain sufficient interest from the vendors in the ecosystem so it could economically deploy the technology in the AWS band.

Today MetroPCS offers LTE service in its 14 core markets and has lots of available capacity on its LTE network. Linquist's challenge now is to get LTE Androids handsets down to a price point of around $100, which will make them appealing to the company's cost-conscious subscribers and make more customers migrate to the LTE network. Linquist expects the low-cost LTE devices to arrive around mid-2012.

In the meantime, the company is deploying EV-DO data service in a little less than 20 percent of its cell sites to augment its CDMA 1X data service that exists in all of its markets. The deployment, along with Wi-Fi offloading, serves as a bridge until MetroPCS can get more people onto its LTE network.

Beyond the network, MetroPCS has also worked hard to expand its content portfolio.

In August, the company teamed with on-demand digital music service Rhapsody to jointly introduce Music for All , an unlimited, ad-free service optimized for Android handsets and bundled into the company's $60 monthly rate plan. Linquist said the company looked at many different vendors and with Rhapsody it found a clearinghouse that matched its economics.

MetroPCS and Linquist are already looking ahead to 2012 when the company plans to launch VoLTE. In addition, the company recently said it will be making some changes to its marketing campaign and broadening its customer focus to include families .

But where Linquist seem to shine the brightest is in his ability to navigate his company through challenging circumstances (such as finding a way to launch LTE in the AWS spectrum). We expect to see more of Linquist's creative solutions in the year ahead.

Source: FierceWireless

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FCC unveils plan to provide broadband to the poor

By Rick Burgess
November 9, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

child using computer The Federal Communications Commission has released information regarding a new strategy to increase broadband proliferation amongst low-income families. The commission has labeled the initiative "Connect to Compete" and has billed it as the largest effort ever to shrink the digital divide by offering low-cost Internet and computers to qualifying families.

Taking some pointers from Comcast's Internet Essentials plan earlier this year, the FCC intends to get more telecommunications companies on board with a similar program. Companies participating in Connect to Compete will be offering broadband for $9.99/mo and provide the option of a desktop or laptop computer for $150. Participating companies are expected to include Comcast, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Cox and most other major cable providers. AT&T and Verizon will not be involved, although there is no mention of whether or not Connect to Compete is strictly limited to cable service.

Despite its "biggest effort" proclamation, the FCC will not be directly investing any federal money. Instead, the agency is leveraging the wealth and reach of telecommunications companies, non-profit organizations and other private businesses to provide discounts, logistics and service to as many poor families as possible. Morgan Stanley, for example, will be providing micro loans to families to who may need to purchase the $150 computer package. Redemtech will be furnishing $150 refurbished laptops and desktop packages as Microsoft will also be offering free software and a line of $250 computers for underprivileged families.

Roughly 17 million Americans are expected to be eligible for the service, but fewer are expected to qualify. In order to qualify for Connect to Compete, households must have a child enrolled in the National School Lunch Program and must not be a current broadband subscriber. In addition, Comcast's similar (but compensatory) Internet Essentials plan does carry with it a few stipulations. Those enrolling in Internet Essentials must have not been subscribers for up to 90 days prior, must not have a past-due bill and also must not have equipment returned. It is unclear what guidelines the FCC will set, if any, on restricting access to Connect to Compete.

Comcast's Internet Essentials program is "compensatory" because the company promised it as a deal sweetener to appease the FCC during anti-trust negotiations to acquire NBC Universal. Internet Essentials is already available and is slated to remain available for three years. Connect to Compete will be available for two years and subject to review and renewal at a future date.


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WASHINGTON – Police use of GPS tracking clearly makes Supreme Court justices nervous — as the many scenarios they posed Tuesday showed.

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By H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY

The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing a case on police use of GPS.

"You could tomorrow decide that you put a GPS device on every one of our cars, follow us for a month, no problem under the Constitution?" Chief Justice John Roberts asked doubtfully.

Deputy U.S. Solicitor General Michael Dreeben, defending Global Positioning System surveillance, said yes, if federal agents wanted to track the nine justices on public streets, agents could do so without a warrant.

Could agents monitor people through cellphones that "emit signals that police can pick up and use to follow someone, anywhere?" Justice Sonia Soto-Mayor asked.

Not if they go into private residences, Dreeben said, only in public places.
As the Supreme Court took its first-ever look at GPS tracking Tuesday, the justices raised plenty of daunting situations involving high-tech surveillance. Yet there was no clear consensus for a rule that would govern such cases, including the one before them involving the attachment of a GPS device to a car.

The Global Positioning System relies on a constellation of satellites that transmit signals to receivers on the ground. It can be used to follow a person 24 hours a day, weeks on end, in a way that would be extremely costly and nearly impossible with usual police manpower.

Such pervasive satellite tracking of a driver's every move prompted several references Tuesday to George Orwell 's futurist novel 1984 and to "Big Brother" government. It also raised questions of how people's expectations of privacy may be changing in contemporary America.

Justice Samuel Alito observed that "in the pre-computer, pre-Internet age, much of the privacy that people enjoyed was not the result of legal protections … it was the result simply of the difficulty of traveling around and gathering up information."

The court was hearing the Justice Department 's appeal of a lower-court decision that said officers need a warrant before they may attach a GPS device to a vehicle, based on Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The case began in 2005 when federal agents secretly attached a GPS device to the Jeep of Antoine Jones while it was parked in a public lot. They used the evidence of Jones' travels over four weeks, including to a stash house in Fort Washington , Md., to help win a conviction for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The Justice Department contended its surveillance was valid under United States v. Knotts, a 1983 Supreme Court decision that declared the use of a beeper to track a suspect driving to a drug lab was not a search under the Fourth Amendment.

During a vigorous hour of arguments Tuesday, Deputy Solicitor General Dreeben sought to quell justices' worries about blanket tracking.

"This case does not involve 24-hour surveillance of every citizen of the United States," he said. "It involves following one suspected drug dealer as to whom there was very strong suspicion."

Jones' lawyer, Stephen Leckar, countered that GPS constitutes a "robotic" and pervasive intrusion on people's lives that greatly threatens personal privacy. "GPS in your car, without a warrant," he said, "is like (being) unable to get rid of an uninvited stranger."

Justices referred to the sweeping nature of GPS but worried about how to distinguish it, for example, from government's use of cameras on public streets.

Chief Justice Roberts noted that police can obtain much more information from a GPS device than from intermittent tracking of a suspect in a squad car. Yet he grew frustrated at Leckar for failing to offer a clear standard about people's expectations of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.

"I don't know what society expects," Roberts said.

Justice Anthony Kennedy was among those who voiced concerns about police secretly attaching the device to Jones' Jeep in the first place. "I have serious reservations about the way in which this beeper was installed," he said.

Several justices raised examples with emerging technologies.

"There are now satellites that look down and can hone in on your home on a block and in a neighborhood," Soto-Mayor said as she pushed Leckar for a clear theory on what high-tech methods police could invoke without a warrant.

"This case does not require us to decide those issues of emerging technology," Leckar insisted. "It's a simple case at the core."

He urged the court to rule that police may not put a GPS device on a person's car without a warrant.

A decision in the case of United States v. Jones is likely by the end of June when the justices usually recess for the summer.

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

Published by the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

[Reproduced here with the firm's permission.]


Vol. 14, No. 42 November 9, 2011

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BloostonLaw now has available its “Open Internet Framework Manual,” and the separate website Transparency Rule disclosure templates that need to be completed and posted by fixed broadband Internet access service providers and by mobile broadband Internet access service providers. If you do not provide mobile broadband at this time, you need only post the fixed service template.

The purpose of the manual is to help clients and their staffs to understand the new FCC Open Internet Framework rules. The purpose of the templates is to assist clients in preparing the “Network Management Practices, Performance Characteristics, and Commercial Terms and Conditions” disclosures that they must post on their websites by November 20, 2011. Fixed wireline and fixed wireless service providers must post the fixed provider template, and mobile service providers must post the mobile provider template. A company that provides both fixed and mobile Internet access services should post and separately identify both templates. You must ensure that you point each new customer to where they can view your template, such as a reference to your website.

The templates have been designed to be as generalized as practicable. Nonetheless, some portions [normally, marked in red] require specific information particular to each client. In addition, any client whose practices differ from the general ones listed in the templates can and should make any and all changes necessary to conform the template to its practices, so long as those practices do not violate FCC rules or policies. We recommend that you have us review the finished version of your templates for compliance.

BloostonLaw contacts: Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528), Ben Dickens (202-828-5510), or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554).

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  • News and Views
  • Comparing RLEC Plan, Consensus Framework to FCC’s Executive Summary.
  • Bills introduced to reform FCC process, reporting.
  • Reply date extended until Dec. 5 for “Cramming NPRM.”
  • House approves freeze on any new state, local taxes on wireless.
  • Senate resolution calls for exempting small businesses from Internet sales tax.


The USF/ICC Decision

This is the first in a series of columns designed to share the firm’s opinion about various topics of the day for our client base. In some cases, we may share our thoughts about late-breaking news items, such as FCC or court developments, or about industry developments that deserve feature and comment — such as recent phantom traffic concerns raised by a particular “CMRS” carrier terminating large amounts of unidentified traffic. We also anticipate having occasional commentary from industry watchers outside the firm.

The Way Forward on the FCC’s Universal Service Fund-Intercarrier Compensation Proceeding:

Although the FCC has not yet released its Order on Universal Service and Intercarrier Compensation (USF/ICC) “reform,” its recent vote (October 27, 2011) on the matter is already subject to intense scrutiny and comment. Several webinars, articles in the press, appeal plans and paid Wall Street Journal advertising all underscore this intense interest, despite the fact that the multi-hundred page order has yet to be released.

What is the way forward from here? When will it be time to act, and what will be the most effective course of action? Or, will it be best to simply close one’s eyes and “hope” that this latest “change” will pass by harmlessly? Unfortunately, this Hamlet-like “to do or not to do” choice will soon be on the front burner for many rural ILECs.

As a threshold matter, one cannot accurately divine (usually) the important details of a complex FCC action until the order is released, which we expect to happen in the next week or so. Thus we believe clients should not rely upon any material aspect of the FCC’s reported action until the order is released and reviewed carefully.

Second, we urge clients to conduct a preliminary impact analysis as soon as possible after the Order is released and reviewed. Rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) should be able to estimate the impact of the new access rate reductions, access restructure mechanism and access restructure charges upon their access revenue streams; as well as the impact of the revised corporate operations expense cap, phase-out of safety net additive, and other USF changes upon their universal service revenue streams. Unfortunately, the potential significant impacts of the Nebraska-proposed Capex and Opex regression models won’t be known until the FCC completes the models in early 2012. The FCC’s current Order (as well as the follow-up orders) will have many moving parts capable of affecting RLEC finances. We urge our clients to undertake this task as soon as possible, in order to understand where one’s interests lie, particularly given the additional FCC proceedings ( e.g., waiver proceedings, reconsideration petition proceedings, rulemakings, etc.) which are likely to follow.

The Likelihood of Appeals and Other Activity:

Against this background, we can make some broader, more generalized predictions. The FCC’s anticipated Order is a watershed event in the history of U. S. Telecommunications policy, and represents one of the largest wealth transfers ever accomplished within the industry. Unfortunately, such transfers come at the expense of small, rural carriers, and will apparently accrue to the benefit of the very largest carriers, like AT&T and Verizon. At the present time, it may be argued that certain aspects of the FCC’s forthcoming Order(s) will be vulnerable to review in the Courts of Appeals on jurisdictional grounds, on grounds relating to reasoned decision-making requirements applicable to federal agencies and on grounds related to statutory and constitutional duties owed to incumbent local exchange carriers by the FCC.

As previously noted, however, review of the FCC’s soon to be released Order is key to determining whether, in our view, such an appellate undertaking is warranted . We will do so promptly after the release of the Order, and publish our views as soon as prudently possible.

We also foresee the necessity of further work on Capitol Hill to help Senators and Congressmen from rural states understand the past success of RLECs in bringing state-of-the-art telecommunications and information services, jobs and economic development to their rural constituents, and to provide the assistance necessary to finish the job of bringing broadband service to Rural America. Don’t be discouraged by those claiming that telecommunications legislation is not possible in the present DC climate; the Congress has the power to fix FCC mistakes, as well as to raise concerns that can impact FCC decisions. Toward that end, we urge clients to keep in mind the utility of impact analyses (mentioned earlier) in conveying the economic harms of the FCC’s raw policy. We will be happy to assist our clients in making their voices heard on Capitol Hill, through meetings and presentations.

As a final note, in this newsletter, we expect to devote much future attention to the FCC’s new policy as the rural industry finds its way forward in a radically changed universe of bill and keep, and consequent non-recovery of revenue requirements.

In the meantime, if you have an opinion or any suggestions about our new format, please let us know.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

Comparing RLEC Plan, Consensus Framework To FCC’s Executive Summary

From the Executive Summary, it appears that the Order will by and large disregard the Consensus Framework compromises which the Commission repeatedly urged RLECs and Price Cap carriers to reach among themselves and submit to the Commission.

The Order itself reduces total RLEC high-cost support over the next six years by 8 percent (from $13.05b to $12.0b), and contains no provision to transition RLEC high-cost support from the existing High-Cost Loop Sup-port (HCLS) and Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS) mechanisms to a broadband mechanism. It also goes beyond the RLEC Plan and the Consensus Framework: (a) by substituting a regression model capable of reducing support for both existing and future capital expenditures for the proposed RLEC limitation on future capital expenditures; and (b) by adding a regression model capable of reducing support for all operating expenses to the extended cap on corporate operations expenses.

Even if the FCC is able to convince reviewing courts that its additional step reducing the $0.0007/minute terminating access rate to a “0” bill-and-keep rate is a permissible change in rate structure rather than an unlawful preemption of intrastate access rates, it is effectively taking RLEC terminating access rates out of rate of return regulation and putting them on incentive regulation (with indications that originating access and transport will follow in a near-future rulemaking). FCC staff assertions that the new incentive recovery mechanism is a “good deal” for RLECs may or may not be true in a time of declining access minutes. However, it also appears that the new RLEC access recovery mechanism may wreak havoc on NECA pooling, and contemplates no additional recovery for post-2011 switching investments.

The Order will also contain a further notice of proposed rulemaking that should place out for comment some or all of the RLEC Plan for a transition to an RLEC broadband high-cost support mechanism, but that also may put into play proposals for reducing the current 11.25% RLEC rate of return, reducing originating access and transport charges to bill-and-keep, fleshing out the regression modal limitations on support for capital and operating expenses.

Clients will need to rely upon and participate in prospective and future FCC rulemakings, and upon Congressional oversight and legislative modifications, to correct the foreseen and unforeseen consequences of the Order.


  • Near Term ICC Reform
    • Traffic over PSTN, regardless of where it originates/terminates (and particularly including VoIP traffic), is subject to access or reciprocal compensation charges.
    • Apply call signaling requirements to all traffic (including IP)
    • Adopt reasonable rules to address access rate development
    • Make clear interconnecting carriers must pay applicable charges
  • Near Term USF Reform
    • Support for future RLEC capital expenditures limited on basis of accumulated depreciation
    • Cap on Corporate Operations Expenses extended to ICLS and LSS as well as HCLS
  • Long Term ICC Unification
    • Unify intrastate and interstate switched terminating access rates
    • Restructure mechanism in Connect America Fund (CAF) to offset revenue reductions
    • FCC proceeding before further access rate reductions
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  • Long Term USF Reform
    • RLEC-Specific CAF Mechanism based upon broadband adoption rates and wholesale broadband benchmark (with reductions of legacy mechanism costs and support)
  • Miscellaneous Specific Provisions
  • No per-line cap on high-cost support.
  • Unsubsidized competitors must make proper showings before RLEC support disaggregated in donut-and-hole situations.

Consensus Framework

  • Total Annual High-Cost Support Budget Target – $4.5b
  • Annual Mobility Funding – $300m
  • Annual CAF and Legacy Support Budget Target for Rate of Return Carriers – $2b, with up to an additional $50m per year, to a budget target of $2.3b in sixth year
    • RLEC Plan, as proposed
    • Exception: Interstate Rate of Return – 10% for RLECs (9% for Price Cap Carriers)
  • Annual High-Cost Support Budget Target for Price Cap Carriers – $2.2b
    • 10-Year Right of First Refusal; Model-based Support
  • Terminating Switched Access & Reciprocal Compensation – $0.0007 per minute
    • Phased in over 6 steps for Price Cap Carriers
    • Phased in over 8 steps for Rate of Return Carriers (intrastate to interstate in 2 steps; interstate to $0.005/minute in 3 steps; $0.005/minute to $0.0007/minute in 3 steps)
      • Restructure Mechanism and $25/month benchmark for RLECs
  • Traffic over PSTN which originates or terminates in IP format subject to access or reciprocal compensation.

Executive Summary

  • Total Annual Funding – $4.5b
  • Annual Mobility Funding
    • Phase 1: Initial $300m, with $50m to tribal areas
    • Phase 2: Annual $500m, with $100 to tribal areas
  • Annual Funding for Rate of Return Carriers – Approximately $2b annually
  • Interstate Rate of Return – Seek comment on reducing from 11.25%
  • Annual Funding for Price Cap Carriers
    • Phase 1: Existing High-Cost Support + $300m
    • Phase 2: Up to $1.8b annually for areas with no unsubsidized competitor
  • Terminating Switched Access & Reciprocal Compensation – Bill-and-Keep
    • Phased in over 6 years for Price Cap Carriers
    • Phased in over 9 years for Rate of Return Carriers
      • Incentive-based RLEC restructure mechanism (2011 interstate revenue requirement and intrastate/reciprocal compensation revenues)
      • New SLC-like Access Restructure Charges (ARCs)
  • Traffic over PSTN which originates or terminates in IP format is subject to access or reciprocal compensation.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

Bills Introduced To Reform FCC Process, Reporting

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) have introduced HR 3309 (the FCC Process Reform Act) and HR 3310 (the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act) to improve the way the FCC operates by improving transparency, predictability, and consistency. The legislation would:

  • Require the Commission to survey the state of the marketplace through a Notice of Inquiry before initiating new rulemakings to ensure the Commission has an up-to-date understanding of the rapidly evolving and job-creating telecommunications marketplace.
  • Require the Commission to identify a market failure, consumer harm, or regulatory barrier to investment before adopting economically significant rules. After identifying such an issue, the Commission would be required to demonstrate that the benefits of regulation outweigh the costs while taking into account the need for regulation to impose the least burden on society.
  • Require the Commission to establish performance measures for all program activities so that when the Commission spends hundreds of millions of federal or consumer dollars, Congress and the public have a straightforward means of seeing what “bang we’re getting for our buck.”
  • Apply to the Commission, an independent agency, the regulatory reform principles that President Obama endorsed in his January 2011 Executive Order.
  • Prevent regulatory overreach by requiring any conditions imposed on transactions to be within the Commission’s existing authority and be tailored to transaction-specific harms.
  • Enhance consistency and transparency in the Commission’s operations by requiring the FCC to establish and disclose its own internal procedures for:
    • (1) adequate review and deliberation regarding pending orders;
    • (2) publication of orders before open meetings: and
    • (3) initiation of items by bipartisan majorities, and minimum public review periods for statistical reports and ex parte communications.
  • Require the FCC to establish its own “shot clocks” so that parties know how quickly they can expect action in certain proceedings and provide a schedule for when reports would be released.
  • Empower the Commission to operate more efficiently through reform of the “sunshine” rules, allowing a bipartisan majority of Commissioners to meet for collaborative discussions subject to transparency safeguards.
  • Consolidate eight, separate congressionally mandated reports on the communications industry into a single comprehensive report with a focus on intermodal competition, deploying communications capabilities to unserved communities, and eliminating regulatory barriers.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.


REPLY DATE EXTENDED UNTIL DEC. 5 FOR “CRAMMING” NPRM: The FCC has extended the reply comment date until December 5 for its CG Docket No. 11-116 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on “cramming” — the illegal placement of an unauthorized fee onto a consumer's monthly phone bill (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, July 13). Specifically, the FCC proposed rules that would: (1) require landline telephone companies to notify subscribers clearly and conspicuously — at the point of sale, on each bill, and on their websites — of the option to block third-party charges from their telephone bills, if the carrier offers that option; and (2) strengthen the Commission’s requirement that third-party charges be separated on bills from the telephone company’s charges. In addition, both landline telephone companies and Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers, such as cellular, PCS and other wireless telephone companies, would have to include, on all telephone bills and on their websites, a notice that consumers may file complaints with the FCC and provide the Commission’s contact information for the submission of complaints. These requirements may become significant as more and more vendors are allowing customers to pay for items via their wireless phone. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

HOUSE APPROVES FIVE-YEAR FREEZE ON ANY NEW STATE, LOCAL TAXES ON WIRELESS: The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a five-year freeze on any new state and local taxes imposed on cellphones and other wireless services, including wireless broadband access. The House voice vote on the Wireless Tax Fairness Act (HR1002) reflected a consensus that new taxes on wireless mobile services have far outpaced average sales taxes on other items and have become a deterrent to the spread of wireless broadband technology. The bill prohibits state and local governments from imposing new discriminatory taxes on mobile services, providers or property — cellphones — for five years. Discriminatory taxes are defined as those not generally imposed on other types of services and providers or imposed at a lower rate. "We need to encourage the development and adoption of wireless broadband, not tax it out of existence," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) the sponsor of the legislation. She said that in many places, the taxation of wireless approaches or even exceeds the rates of sin taxes on goods like alcohol and tobacco. She added that wireless customers now pay 16.3% in taxes and fees, more than double the average rate of 7.4% on other goods and services. It said taxes on wireless services hits 26.8% in Baltimore, 20.4% in New York City and 19.9% in Omaha, Neb. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

SENATE RESOLUTION CALLS FOR EXEMPTING SMALL BUSINESSES FROM ANY INTERNET SALES TAX: Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) have introduced a non-binding resolution that calls on the Senate to exempt small businesses from legislation that would authorize states to require Internet retailers to collect sales taxes from out-of-state customers, according to the National Journal. The resolution states: "It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should not enact any legislation that would grant state governments the authority to impose any new burdensome or unfair tax collecting requirements on small Internet businesses and entrepreneurs, which would ultimately hurt the economy of, and consumers in, the United States." The National Journal said that the resolution appears to anticipate legislation now being prepared by several senators—Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) — that would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes from customers in states where the stores have no “brick and mortar” building. In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot require retailers to collect sales taxes for sales to people in states where those retailers lack a physical presence. Since then, states have argued that they are losing billions of dollars in revenues because of this loophole, which originally applied to catalog retailers but has since been extended to online retailers, the National Journal said. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

WHITE HOUSE THREATENS VETO OF SENATE RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING “NET NEUTRALITY” RULES: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and 42 cosponsors have introduced a resolution (S.J. Res. 6) disapproving the FCC’s “Net Neutrality” rules. The resolution is the first step toward a Senate vote to overturn the rules before they take effect on November 20. President Obama, however, has threatened to veto any measure that would kill the Net Neutrality rules. A policy statement released by the White House says: “If the President is presented with S.J. Res. 6, which would not safeguard the free and open Internet, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the Resolution.” The House recently passed its own resolution of disapproval, and several parties, including Verizon and MetroPCS, have filed lawsuits challenging the rules (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, November 2; and October 5 and 12). BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

COMMENT SOUGHT ON WIRELESS COMPETITION REPORT: The FCC has asked for comment on mobile wireless competition for its Sixteenth Annual Report on the State of Competition in Mobile Wireless, including Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS). The Commission is required to submit annual reports to Congress analyzing competitive conditions with respect to commercial mobile services. The FCC said it seeks to update the information and metrics used in the Fifteenth Report, as well as to enhance the Commission’s analysis of mobile wireless competition for the Sixteenth Report.

This FCC seeks data and information on industry structure, firm conduct, market performance, and consumer behavior with respect to mobile wireless services, as well as on input and downstream segments, intermodal competition, urban-rural comparisons, and international comparisons. The FCC requests that commenters provide, to the extent possible, information and insights on competition across the mobile wireless ecosystem using this framework. It also asks parties to comment on whether the framework used in the Fifteenth Report was adequate for analyzing mobile wireless competition or whether changes should be made for the Sixteenth Report. For the Sixteenth Report, the FCC requests that commenters submit data and statistics for the calendar-year 2010 time period, as well as information on any trends and developments that have occurred during 2010 or 2011. Comments in this WT Docket No. 11-186 proceeding are due December 5, and replies are due December 20. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

COURT REFUSES TO DISMISS SPRINT, CELLULAR SOUTH ANTITRUST STANDING; SPECIAL MASTER SAYS AT&T CAN SEE CERTAIN INTERNAL SPRINT DOCUMENTS: The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has denied AT&T’s Motion to Dismiss Sprint and Motion to Dismiss Cellular South (now C Spire) insofar as they challenge plaintiffs’ claims to antitrust injury with regard to the proposed T-Mobile acquisition’s effects on the market for mobile wireless devices. The Court denied AT&T’s Motion to Dismiss Cellular South insofar as it attacks Cellular South’s antitrust standing to pursue claims regarding the role of its Corr Wireless subsidiary as a purchaser of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) roaming. AT&T argued that because Sprint and Cellular South do not describe the state of competition among device manufacturers, their claims must fail. The Court disagreed. It said that where monopsony power ( e.g., “market power on the buy side of the market”) is the concern, “what matters is market concentration on the buying side of the market, not the selling side.” The Court added: “That there may be and, indeed, by all accounts, is, healthy competition among firms that sell mobile wireless devices is irrelevant to understanding whether, by acquiring T-Mobile, AT&T could so increase its buying power as to dictate terms to device manufacturers and otherwise impair plaintiffs’ access to these necessary inputs. Judged against these standards, the Court concluded that plaintiffs’ complaints contain sufficient facts, which must at this stage be accepted as true, to state a plausible claim to threatened loss or damage in the market for mobile wireless devices.”

In a related matter, Special Master Richard Levie has ruled in favor of AT&T in its request for Sprint to turn over internal strategic documents because of their relevance to the Justice Department's lawsuit challenging the proposed merger. Levie said that "AT&T is entitled to discover what effect the iPhone and other events of the past few months have had on Sprint's relevant market share, a part of the government’s case." Meanwhile, AT&T has pushed back its expected closing of the merger by three months, to June 2012. AT&T also announced that it now expects its proposed $1.93 billion purchase of Qualcomm's 700 MHz Media FLO spectrum, which was announced last December, to close by the end of the first quarter of next year, rather than by the end of this year. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

REVISED FCC FORM 499-A NOW AVAILABLE: The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has released the revised Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions that have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The revisions include the following:

  • Adding a definition for non-interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers.
  • Adding a filing requirement for non-interconnected VoIP service providers with inter-state end-user revenues subject to TRS Fund contributions. Such providers must file the Form 499-A to register with the Commission by December 31, 2011 . If a non-interconnected VoIP provider has already registered with the Commission (e.g., because it has other lines of business subject to the Commission's registration and reporting requirements), it need not refile the Form 499-A.
  • Requiring non-interconnected VoIP service providers with interstate end-user revenues subject to Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund contributions to designate an agent for service of process. (BloostonLaw is available to serve in this capacity.)
  • Updating certain instruction references and the contact information for the TRS Administrator.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

NARUC UNVEILS DRAFT TELECOM RESOLUTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION AT NOV. 13 MEETING: The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has proposed draft telecommunications resolutions to be considered at its November 13 meeting in St. Louis. The draft resolutions for consideration include the following:

  • Resolution on Mandatory Reporting of Service Outages by Interconnected Voice-Over Internet Protocol Service Providers and Broadband Internet Service Providers. The resolution urges the FCC to extend the mandatory service outage reporting requirements to interconnected VoIP and broadband service providers.
  • Resolution on Accountability for FCC Imposed Merger Public Interest Commitments to Deploy Broadband Infrastructure and Adoption Programs. The resolution requests the FCC to undertake a public inquiry into the extent that wireline and wireless carriers and cable television companies have complied with the public interest broadband deployment and adoptions obligations imposed on previous merger applicants; that the FCC require any and all applicants that make merger application public interest commitments to submit on a semiannual basis implementation progress reports to the FCC and State commissions; that the FCC enforce prior and future merger application public interest obligations; and that the FCC prohibit the use of or reliance on federal financial support from the Connect America Fund (CAF) of the Mobility Fund by any wireless or wireline carrier or cable television company or any other applicants.
  • Resolution Urging the FCC to Protect All Voice Service Consumers from Cramming Billing Practices. The resolution urges the FCC to implement mandatory cramming rules to all voice service providers that assess telephone bills on consumers, including traditional wireline service providers, interconnected voice-over internet protocol service providers, and wireless service providers.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FCC RELEASES REPORT ON STATE DISTRIBUTION OF 911 FEES & CHARGES: The FCC has released its third annual report regarding states that have diverted any portion of the 911 fees they collect for purposes other than 911 programs. The Report to Congress on State Collection and Distribution of 911 and Enhanced 911 Fees and Charges was submitted to Congress on November 1, 2011. The Commission submits this report annually pursuant to the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008 (NET 911 Act). The information contained in the report is based on information provided to the Commission by states and U.S. territories regarding their collection and expenditure of fees or charges to support 911 or Enhanced 911 (E911) services. This year's report identifies seven states that, in part, used some portion of 911 fees for non-911 purposes in 2010. This represents a decline in the number of states that reported diverting 911 fees for non-911 purposes in previous years: the Commission’s first annual report in 2009 identified 12 states that had diverted 911 funds, while the second annual report in 2010 identified 13 states that had diverted funds. Specifically, Arizona, Illinois, Oregon and Rhode Island diverted 911 fees to their state’s general fund. Virginia and West Virginia used the diverted fees for other public safety-related purposes. South Dakota could not provide expenditure information at this time. In conjunction with release of this year’s report, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau issued a Public Notice proposing to collect more detailed information from states and U.S. territories regarding their collection and use of 911 fees, including whether such fees are or can be used to support Next Generation 911 (NG911) initiatives. The Public Notice also seeks comment on whether the FCC should recommend potential legislative changes to Congress that would provide greater accountability in the collection and expenditure of 911 funds. Comments in this PS Docket No. 09-14 proceeding are due December 6, and replies are due January 5. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

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Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or

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Growing up in Wayne County Illinois, two of my best friends — out of about a half-dozen "best friends" — were Tom Lloyd and Preston Mathews. Tom went on to study medicine (pharmacology) at Harvard and even continued on with "post-doctoral" studies there after receiving his Ph.D. He is currently a Professor of Epidemiology at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Preston is a respected businessman in this area. He and his brother own the Wayne County Press, our local newspaper. We used to deliver newspapers together on our bicycles, when we were kids. Tom and I were avid campers in the same Boy Scout troop. We used to "invent" things together and once built a still in the basement of my parent's home. We got in a little trouble for stinking up the whole house.

It was really great when they came by my place for a visit last weekend. I am always eager to show visitors my main interests. First my combined electronics laboratory, ham shack, and office . Then, I drag them kicking and screaming upstairs to endure a demonstration of my home theater room (a large-screen TV and surround-sound system) .

People around here think I am a "mad scientist." Well, I have the mad part down pat, but I am still working on the scientist part.

If they are not totally bored by then — as some are — I take them out to see the antennas I have built on my "farm." (My farm takes up one whole acre!) Preston writes a weekly column in the Wayne County Press. I was happy to read the following report on their visit.


By C. P. Mathews

Just finishing up on a weekend visit from long-time friend Dr. Tom Lloyd from Hershey, Pa., who is laying plans now to begin administrating his international educational foundation from Fairfield, instead of from the East Coast. . . By the way Tom was delayed in Harrisburg, Pa., being in the midst of a six-inch snowfall Saturday, that blanketed parts of the East Coast.

We spend quite a few hours each visit analyzing things in Fairfield, and also topics from afar sometimes medically related.

But one of the most exciting things we did this weekend was to go by to say "hi," to Brad Dye, an old classmate who has been big over the years in the wireless pager industry being international sales manager for Motorola and others.

Brad took us across town to his electronic "lab," and we were simply "blown away" with this fantastic hi-tech environment that he has created.

The room was loaded with amplifiers, rectifiers, receivers on line with various satellite systems. . . Lloyd and I listened as Brad elaborated and tried to explain to a couple of "street people," just what the heck he was really doing there.

As Brad demonstrated some of his system, Lloyd and I felt like the guy in the old Maxell audio tape ads, sitting in front of the speakers with their hair blowing straight backward from the velocity of the sound. That is if we did have hair. . .

We only wish we were astute enough to relate to you what Brad's goals are, and also to relate to you how much fun he seems to be having working on this stuff . . . it was truly great. . .

On the way back to the car, Lloyd and I had to admit, here is a guy who is retired from an exciting background in commercial electronics and he has been able to bring it home with him and continue to enjoy retirement right here, in his own special way. . .

Wayne County Press
Fairfield, Illinois
Monday, October 31, 2011
Section 2
Page Four

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