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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Greetings and hallucinations . . . er I mean salutations.

I hope you enjoy this issue of The Wireless Messaging News.

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Unicode Consortium proposes to add more skin-tone options for ‘emojis’

Written by Herb Ryder on 07 Nov 2014

Earlier this week, a proposal was introduced by Unicode Consortium to add more skin-tone options for 'emojis' — that is, pictographs which are commonly used for text messaging. Unicode Consortium is the organization which develops as well as maintains software standards for text and characters across devices and countries.

With the proposal put forth by Unicode Consortium essentially aimed at racially diverse emojis, it is possible that more skin-tone options for emojis will hit smartphones next year. As a result of the added skin-tone options, emojis will no longer be racially homogeneous; and will extend beyond 'fair' and 'white' to include diverse skin complexions.

Unicode has said in its proposal of racially-diverse emojis that people from all across the world want to have emojis which "reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone."

The organization has proposed five skin-tone modifiers for emojis; with the new characters to be based on the six-tone Fitzpatrick scale — a standard which dermatologists use for classifying skin type.

The five skin-tone modifiers proposed by Unicode Consortium will likely be added to each emoji in a forthcoming update — Unicode Version 8.0 — which is scheduled to be released in mid-2015.


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I am still looking for a copy of the ReFLEX50 specification issued May/June 1994 (i.e., before middle of June 1994). Releases after June 1994 aren't what I need — I already have one of them.

If you have a copy that you are willing to share, I would very grateful. ( click here )

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Microsoft will unveil its first Nokia-less Lumia on November 11th

by Matt Brian
November 7, 2014

Thanks to Chinese regulators, we've already got a pretty good idea of what Microsoft's first Lumia will look like, but now the company is ready to start showing it off. Microsoft says it will reveal the low-budget handset on November 11th, likely confirming the 5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and 3G-only connectivity we've seen approved in Asia. While the handset retains Nokia's familiar design, it will be the first to sport Microsoft's logo, which'll be located beneath the earpiece on the front and in a vertical stripe running down the back.


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U.S. Paging Background

Commercial paging is a Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) and is thus, 1) provided for profit, 2) interconnected to the public switched network, and 3) available to the public.

Traditional commercial paging service consists of one-way data communications sent to a mobile device that alerts the user when it arrives. The communication could consist of a phone number for the user to call, a short message, or an information update. Other licensees in addition to paging carriers offer paging services. For instance, most digital mobile telephone handsets include a paging component or Caller ID feature that allows users to view the phone number of someone who has called them. Narrowband PCS licensees offer more advanced two-way paging type services.

Commercial paging may operate in the 35-36, 43-44, 152-159, and 454-460 MHz bands (referred to as the "Lower Band") and the 929 and 931 MHz bands (referred to as the "Upper Band") (refer to Band Plan) and after 1997 was geographically licensed based on either Economic Area (EA) or Market Economic Area (MEA) Market Area designations. You can read more about the history of licensing commercial paging.

The rules governing commercial paging are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Volume 47, Part 1 and Part 22 (and Part 90 for 929 MHz channels).

Source: FCC

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A new issue of the Wireless Messaging Newsletter is posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the web. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

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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Anyone Remember Pagers? Someone Does & Bought For $42K On Sedo


The domain name just sold for $42,000 on

Back in the day before Smartphones, Tablets, Facebook and Twitter and even the lowly cell phone, people had pagers for those trying to get a hold of them.

Yes boys and girls we are going way back to the time that is pretty much after smoke signals.

Today the domain name sold on for $42,000

According to the domain has a value of $122,000.

There are no ads on Google under the term or on the side (at least for me) for the term pager.

Its probably a good example of an old technologies like a DVD’s or VHS players that don’t really exist anymore as people moved over to Blu Ray and DVR’s.

On the other hand for me, the instagram brand is a play off of the term telegram that was in use long before the days of the internet or even telephones for that matter.

Pager will probably wind belonging to a cool app like this one.

The domain name was owned by GLOBAL WEB PUBLISHING out of Cypress since at least 2005, and now is in escrow at Sedo.

For domainers, you should keep in mind that with tech domain names sometimes time is of the essence and as times change what is a hot technology today becomes yesterdays news and what was a six figure domain becomes worth much less.

On the other hand everything old, can be new again, especially if its a brand that is well known to people of a certain age.

EDITOR'S COMMENTS:Of course, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting the author of this article in person, but I imagine that he is very young, and probably still riding a bicycle or a skateboard. I wonder how long it took him to type this article? Maybe using the “hunt and peck” system? He has probably never seen a typewriter or actually taken a class in touch typing. Never-the-less, he did a good job, that is . . . trying to be “hip” “cool” and “with it.” I can only hope that when the author does a narcissistic search for his own name on Google, that he will find this newsletter and learn something about paging from one of those old people “of a certain age.”
Source:The Domains


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New Apple-focused malware uses Macs to infect iPhones

A new kind of malicious software strikes at Mac OS X and iPhone users in China, according to a just-released security report.

by Seth Rosenblatt
@sethr 6 November 2014, 12:38 pm AEDT

Apple's phones and tablets are under attack in China from a new kind of malware that uses Macs to get at devices that run on iOS, Apple's mobile operating system.
Sarah Tew/CNET

Apple users in China have an active, new threat to contend with that attacks iPhones and iPads through Apple's Mac OS X operating system, a US security firm reported.

Palo Alto Networks called the malicious software “WireLurker” because it waits for a device running Apple's iOS mobile operating system to connect via USB to a Mac laptop or desktop. The software — hidden in apps downloaded from China's third-party Mac OS X app stores — adds malicious code to legitimate iOS apps. The malware attack is limited to China.

The threat is new to Apple, though this sort of attack has been around since about 2003, said Ryan Olson, intelligence director at Unit 42, Palo Alto Networks' threat research team.

“For the general user, it's not something you need to light your hair on fire about,” Olson said. Still, “the tech that we're seeing here brings Mac and iOS much closer” to the threats facing Windows and Android pairings. Unlike most iOS threats, WireLurker is not restricted to iPhones and iPads that have been jail-broken, a user-initiated state that allows any app to be installed — against Apple's wishes.

Apple did not return a request for comment.

Olson said he doesn't know how many people have been affected.


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Senior writer Seth Rosenblatt covers Google and security for CNET News, with occasional forays into tech and pop culture. Formerly a CNET Reviews senior editor for software, he has written about nearly every category of software and app available.



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STI Engineering's RFI-148 250 high performance paging transmitter features true DDS frequency generation that enables precise control and flexibility for a wide range of data transmission applications.

The transmitter is particularly suitable for large simulcast POCSAG and FLEX paging networks and can be used as drop-in replacement of older and obsolete transmitters. The unit has a proven track record in large scale critical messaging systems.

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Can Digital Address Analog Paging’s Coverage Problems?

November 04, 2014

By Sandra Wendelken, Editor
Radio Resource Magazine

Shortly after many public-safety agencies completed VHF narrowbanding, they discovered degraded coverage, particularly for analog paging systems. Volunteer and career firefighters who carried and relied on VHF paging were not receiving pages in places where they normally received them.

Some agencies are looking at digital alphanumeric messaging to replace their analog paging networks to address the coverage problem and gain new features. RACOM, a dealer based in Marshalltown, Iowa, partnered with Swissphone to offer the Swiss company’s DiCal digital paging solution to the U.S. market earlier this year.

Analog systems with tone and voice paging are prevalent in Iowa. In fact, U.S. fire paging is still virtually all analog compared with Germany, which is already 70 percent digital.

Iowa has 800 fire stations and about 15,000 volunteer firefighters. Career departments also use paging in conjunction with station alerting and radio. Many combination fire departments rely on VHF paging to help notify their staff for additional resources and other administrative functions, said John-Paul Schilling, fire chief for Cedar Falls (Iowa) Fire Rescue.

Often the paging networks have too few sites. Some agencies have upgraded the networks to include simulcast. The analog systems also can take a long time to get a page out, but a digital text message takes only an instant. And automating a digital page from a CAD system further speeds the process and makes it easier on the dispatcher.

A county-wide digital paging network including pagers can cost between $300,000 and $500,000 depending on the size of the county and the levels of redundancy.

Marco Stadler, managing director of North America and chief marketing officer (CMO) of Swissphone, said the DiCal product offers several benefits based on its architecture.

Backhaul, either microwave or fiber, is not required for every site, reducing costs and giving fire departments more flexibility for site location. The architecture is also designed for better in-building coverage than analog. A traditional analog system uses less sites, but uses high towers. The digital system is similar to a cellular design with more sites closer to the ground for greater penetration. Secure communications with encryption protects the privacy of victims and helps fire/EMS personnel to respond without the interference or obstruction of the public and eavesdroppers.

Iowa’s Black Hawk County, which includes Cedar Falls, is in the initial stages of determining the viability of a digital paging system. “From a fire administrator’s view of the future, we have serious concerns if the FCC should mandate another narrowbanding of the VHF spectrum,” said Schilling.

Source:Radio Resource Magazine(Thanks to Fred Pakosta.)

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Tablet productivity review: iPad Air 2 v Surface Pro 3 v Samsung Galaxy Tab S

November 6, 2014 — 1:21 PM

Productive: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Which tablets offer the best experience for productivity? We compare the iPad Air 2 with its main large-screened rivals

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 from $979

Tired of carting a laptop and a tablet everywhere? The Surface Pro 3 could well be your ideal hybrid. It's larger and heavier than the iPad Air 2, with its 12.1-inch 2160 x 1440-pixel screen and 800g weight, but the upside is that it works far better as a laptop replacement. It also functions quite capably as a notepad substitute thanks to the support for pen input.

Microsoft's hybrid Surface Pro 3 aims to offer the best of both worlds.

Simple things like support for mouse use, proper multi-tasking and a USB port make the Surface Pro 3 better suited for a business environment. All of the Windows programs and utilities you use on your desktop or laptop run on it without issue, and external peripherals are fully supported, whether it's a printer, external hard drive or USB modem. The same can't be said for the iPad or Android tablets.

The Surface Pro 3 isn't perfect though. Battery life is about half of what you'd get on the iPad Air 2, and the PC-style components means it gets a little hot and noisy in heavy lifting. But if you're looking for the device that offers the best transition between tablet and desktop modes, this is it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 from $599

There are a fair few similarities between the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the iPad Air 2. They're both thin and light, come with a biometric fingerprint scanner, in white and gold colour options, and offer enhanced integration with their own family of devices.

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Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

As is usually the case, Apple manages to do almost everything that little bit better. The iPad Air 2 is thinner and lighter than the Tab S (although the latter has a larger and more vibrant 10.5-inch 2560x1600-pixel display), and its Touch ID fingerprint sensor is markedly better in both responsiveness and functionality. While Samsung has managed to make the Tab S look more up-market than previous tablets, it doesn't hold a candle to the iPad Air 2's luxurious glass-and-aluminium design.

The unique SideSync feature mirrors compatible Galaxy smartphones onto the tablet's screen, letting you access almost all of its functions - even phone calls and web browsing. However, you need to manually start the SideSync app on both devices. Apple's Continuity feature is far more elegant, seamlessly routing calls and text messages from an iPhone to the iPad.

From a productivity perspective, the Tab S is the better machine, as you can run two apps on the screen simultaneously and connect PC-style peripherals like a keyboard, mouse and USB flash drive. It also comes with the excellent Hancom Office suite for free, which comes with full-featured Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps.

Thin: Apple's iPad Air 2
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Apple iPad Air 2 from $619

Apple's flagship tablet is even more Air-like than before, shaving .6mm off its thickness and 32g off its weight. It's also inherited the Touch ID sensor from the iPhone, letting you unlock the screen, purchase content off the iTunes and App Stores, and interact with third party apps by lightly pressing a registered finger on the reader in the home button.

It's also 40 per cent more powerful than its predecessor, but unless you're a gamer or looking to do photo or video editing on it, the biggest benefits are in the new iOS 8 features. This includes Continuity, which lets you start using a supported app like the web browser or email client on one Apple device and pick up exactly where you left off on another device. It also routes SMS and phone calls received on your iPhone to your iPad, provided both of them are on the same Wi-Fi network.

There's no shortage of quality enterprise-grade apps for the iPad, however Apple hasn't done much to improve its usability as a fully independent computer — most likely for fear that it'll cannibalize MacBook Air sales. It's great for light work like checking email or web browsing, but it lacks the deeper multi-tasking functionality and peripherals support that rival tablets offer. Split screen functionality in particular is sorely missing.


As an all-rounder, the iPad Air 2 is still the tablet to beat, offering a potent mix of beautiful yet powerful hardware, highly capable software, and an unmatched ecosystem of excellent tablet-optimized apps. But it still hasn't fully committed to transitioning from a content consumption device to a content creation device. In Apple's world view, users have an iPhone, an iPad and a MacBook, and use each of them for different tasks.

This is where Microsoft's approach is markedly different. Its aim was to create a tablet that could replace your laptop, and while the experience in either mode still has plenty of room for improvement, it comes closer to this ideal than any other device. The Surface Pro 3's hardware is near perfect — it's mainly the operating system that needs to be improved, and early impressions of Windows 10 indicate that it will go a long way towards achieving that when available next year.

Source:The Age

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Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


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Selected portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update — newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP are reproduced in this section with the firm's permission.

BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 17, No. 44November 5, 2014

FCC Form 477 Filing Interface to Remain Closed Until at Least November 10

On October 28, the Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing that the FCC 477 Form filing interface website is expected to remain closed until at least November 10, 2014, due to the continuing implementation of technical improvements to the site. After the site re-opens, the Bureau will release a Public Notice announcing the new filing deadline for Form 477 data as of June 30, 2014, which will be no less than 14 days after the release of that Public Notice. This means that the FCC Form 477 filing could be due as early as November 24, 2014.


FCC Adopts Methodology for Calculating Comparable Broadband Rates

On October 29, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Report and Order adopting a methodology for calculating reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed broadband services. Although the Bureau adopted an interim presumption for comparable rates to use in the Connect America Phase II challenge process, it will take into account the 2014 “illustrative” rates ($57.20 for 4/1 with 100GB of usage and $74.31 for 4/1 with unlimited usage) produced by the methodology when considering the challenges and responses. They will also be applicable to winners of the Rural Broadband Experiments auction.

Specifically, the Bureau adopted a weighted linear regression to estimate the mean rate for a specific set of service characteristics and then to add two standard deviations to this mean to determine the benchmark for services meeting those defined service characteristics. Data from the annual urban rate survey will be used to calculate an annual comparable rate with the new methodology. The Bureau also adopted the proposal of NTCA, WTA, Eastern Rural Telecom Association, and the National Exchange Carrier Association, to use a broader sample of observations than originally planned, ranging in download speeds from 2 to 40 Mbps. The Bureau will also calculate separate standard deviations for service offerings in the vicinity of 4/1 Mbps using observations where the download speed ranged from 2 up to 8 Mbps, and for services that exceed 8 Mbps downstream using observations with download speeds from 8 to 25 Mbps. The reason for calculating two separate standard deviations is to account for the Rural Associations’ assertion that such services are different products.

The Bureau plans to announce the 2015 reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed broadband services when it completes its analysis of the data collected in the 2015 annual urban rate survey. The Bureau also waived implementation of the reasonable comparability benchmarks for Alaska carriers for 2015 to allow further time to determine whether an alternative methodology should be adopted for Alaska.

NTCA Ex Parte Proposes Alternative for Calculating High-Cost Support Distributions

In an ex parte meeting with Commissioner Pai’s Legal Advisor on October 28, 2014, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) proposed an alternative approach to the FCC’s recent proposal to freeze the National Average Cost Per Loop for High Cost Loop Support (HCLS) and apply a percentage ratio reduction to each carrier’s anticipated support to fit total support within the capped HCLS mechanism. NTCA indicated it is concerned that proposal may have “unintended impacts on the ability of relatively higher-cost companies to continue providing universal service.”

Instead, NTCA proposed that the Commission apply half of the reductions on a per-line basis and half of the reductions on a percentage basis, rather than entirely on a percentage basis. According to NTCA, this approach would “achieve the effects that the FCC desired in making its proposal with respect to setting specific incentives and creating certain impacts within the HCLS mechanism, but it would attempt to mitigate the substantial adverse effects on relatively higher-cost companies.”

A copy of the notice of ex parte for the presentation can be found here.

Verizon Says it has No Plans for Paid Prioritization

Over the past week, Verizon and Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, have exchanged letters concerning net neutrality and the concept of “paid-prioritization agreements” in which Internet websites could be charged for priority access over the Internet. In his letter, Sen. Leahy took the position that paid-prioritization agreements could “pose a significant threat of dividing the Internet into those who can afford to compete and those who cannot” thereby “destroying everything that has made [the Internet] one of the greatest innovations in human history.”

In response to Sen. Leahy’s concerns, Verizon has publicly assured Sen Leahy that it is committed to an open Internet. In particular, Verizon reaffirmed its commitment that it “has no plans to engage in paid prioritization of Internet traffic.” Verizon continued that it believes that “the FCC has the authority under Section 706 of the 1996 Act to presumptively prohibit those forms of paid prioritization the Commission determines are likely to harm competition or consumers.” Verizon’s position is consistent with the other major broadband providers and their trade association. Verizon believes that the cries concerning “fast lanes” and “paid prioritization” from those advocating greater regulation of the Internet are “demagoguery” since none of the major Internet Service Providers have expressed an interest in paid prioritization. Verizon believes that the push for greater regulation is to protect self-serving policies rather than the protection of consumers.

Chairman Calls for Revisions to Access Rules for MVPDs on the Internet

On October 28, Chairman Tom Wheeler posted an entry on the FCC’s official blog calling for the FCC to “start a rulemaking proceeding in which we would modernize our interpretation of the term “multichannel video programming distributor” (MVPD) so that it is technology-neutral.” The end result, says the Chairman, will be to give MVPDs that use the Internet the same access to programming owned by cable operators and the same ability to negotiate to carry broadcast TV stations that satellite systems currently enjoy.

“Taking advantage of this rule, new over-the-top video providers may offer smaller or specialized packages of video programming, so consumers will be able to mix-and-match to suit their tastes … And perhaps consumers will not be forced to pay for channels they never watch.” The Chairman also hopes that the rule change will further promote broadband deployment by allowing service providers to connect customers with a wide array of over-the-top video packages.

At the time of this writing, the FCC has not yet released an official document on the proposal.

Law & Regulation

Comment Deadline Corrected for Incentive Auction Reconsideration Petitions

On November 5, the FCC released a Public Notice correcting the pleading cycle for oppositions and replies to petitions for reconsideration of its Incentive Auction Report and Order. The correct deadline for oppositions is November 12, 2014, and the correct deadline for replies to oppositions is November 24, 2014.

According to the Public Notice, when the Public Notice announcing the petitions for reconsideration was published in the Federal Register on October 27, it listed the deadline for replies incorrectly. Pursuant to the Commission’s rules, the opposition deadline for this petition is 15 days after publication in the Federal Register, and the reply deadline is 10 days after the opposition deadline. Despite the incorrect publication, the date of publication remains October 27, producing the deadlines noted above.

FCC Issues Tentative Agenda for November 21 Open Meeting

The FCC has announced that the following items will tentatively be on the agenda for the next open meeting, which is currently scheduled for Friday, November 21, 2014:

  • Modernizing Contest Rules: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to provide broadcasters greater flexibility in their disclosure of contest terms.
  • Emerging Wireline Networks and Services: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Declaratory Ruling, and Order to facilitate the transition to next generation networks by promoting and preserving the Commission’s public safety, consumer protection, and competition goals.
  • 911 Governance and Accountability: The Commission will consider a Policy Statement and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its approach to 911 governance and proposing mechanisms to ensure continued accountability for reliable 911 services as technologies evolve.

The Open Meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m., and will be webcast live at

FCC Releases 2015 E-rate Eligible Services List

On October 28, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released the eligible services list (ESL) for funding year 2015 for the schools and libraries universal service support program (more commonly referred to as the E-rate program) and authorizes the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to open the annual application filing window no earlier than December 29, 2014.

The ESL specifies the services and products that are eligible for E-rate discounts. In this Order, the Bureau adopts the proposals made in the ESL Public Notice of August, with certain modifications. The primary revision is the exclusion of the following services from eligibility:

Category One (formerly Priority One)

  • 900/976 call blocking
  • custom calling services
  • direct inward dialing
  • directory assistance charges
  • e-mail
  • inside wire maintenance plans
  • paging
  • text messaging
  • voice mail
  • web hosting

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  • Circuit Cards/Components
  • Data Protection (all except for firewall and uninterruptible power supply/battery back-up)
  • Interfaces, Gateways, Antennas (other than as specified in this Order)
  • Servers (other than servers necessary for caching)
  • Software (other than the software that supports eligible broadband internal connections)
  • Storage Devices
  • Telephone Components
  • Video Components
  • Voice/video IP components (that had been listed in the Data Distribution entry)

Other changes include renaming the Priority One section as Category One and the Priority Two section as Category Two; clarifying that multi-protocol label switching is eligible for Category One E-rate support; and removing certain language pertaining to distance learning and video conferencing because it provided an example of an eligible educational purpose rather than identifying an eligible service itself (without altering the status of telecommunications transmission and Internet access used for distance learning and video conferencing as eligible for support); moving managed internal broadband services to Category Two; adopting a definition of caching for funding year 2015; and clarifying that antennas and installation equipment that is provided separately, and may be in a separate contract or bid, from the equipment itself, are both eligible.


Verizon Rejects Throttling/Blocking Allegations While Reportedly Testing Bundled Subscription Plan

In an ex parte letter filed last week in the FCC’s open Internet docket, Verizon last week responded to allegations that it was involved in throttling of Netflix Internet traffic and blocking of email encryption. Separately, industry sources report that Netflix and Verizon, who have been engaged in a bitter dispute over alleged buffered video streams, are said to be quietly testing a bundled subscription plan.

The throttling and blocking allegations were raised in comments filed with the FCC by Golden Frog, a provider of virtual private network (VPN) services. Golden Frog claimed that one of its encrypted VPN customers was able to prove that his Netflix traffic was being throttled on Verizon’s FiOS service when a test performed on his 75 Mbps service showed this connection increased ten-fold as a result of the encrypted VPN routing. As a result, Golden Frog concluded that “Internet access providers are ‘mismanaging’ their networks to their own users’ detriment.”

Golden Frog also claimed that an unnamed wireless broadband Internet access provider was “interfering with its users’ ability to encrypt their SMTP email traffic,” and urged the Commission to “establish effective rules that prevent this type of behavior.”

Verizon characterized Golden Frog’s throttling claims as “inaccurate and misleading,” and cited to a MIT report which found that congestion was not a widespread problem among U.S. Internet providers, and when it did occur, it was often resulting from “decisions by content providers [such as Netflix] as to how to route content.”

As to the encryption-blocking claim, Verizon said that without more detail, it would be difficult to know what may have caused the results that Golden Frog claims to have observed. Verizon rejected Green Frog’s accusations forcefully, saying “we can confirm that Verizon does not have a policy or practice of blocking end users’ chosen encryption. Period.”

Separate industry reports suggest that relations between Netflix and Verizon, which resulted in the companies hammering out a peering deal and Netflix reluctantly paying additional fees to the ISP, may be improving. HomeMedia Magazine is reporting that the rivals are quietly testing a bundled subscription plan which could mark the first time a major multichannel video program distributor in the U.S. offers direct and free access to an over-the-top video competitor. In this regard, Verizon is said to be offering new FiOS triple-play customers in New York a free year of Netflix (valued at $108) with their subscription.

If successful, the promotion could be good news for other over-the-top video services, such as Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu Plus, in their drive to retain and acquire new video subscribers.

Calendar At-a-Glance

Oct. 1 – FCC Form 477 due (Local Competition and Broadband Reporting).*

Nov. 7 – Deadline for Rural Broadband Experiments Applications (6 p.m. EST).
Nov. 7 – Nominations and statements of interest for PSAP Architecture Task Force are due.
Nov. 10 – Auction 97 Mock Auction.
Nov. 10 – Responses to CAF Phase II Challenges are due.
Nov. 10 – Reply comments are due on the Healthcare Connect Fund Public Notice.
Nov. 10 – Comments on electronic delivery of license authorizations and ASR registrations are due.
Nov. 12 – Deadline for oppositions to Incentive Auction Petitions for Reconsideration.
Nov. 13 – Auction 97 begins.
Nov. 14 – Comments are due on USDA Notice on Changes to Guaranteed Loan Program Regulations.
Nov. 14 – Comments are due on Part 32 Accounting Rules NPRM.
Nov. 21 – Commission Open Meeting.
Nov. 24 – Deadline for replies to oppositions to Incentive Auction Petitions for Reconsideration.

Dec. 1 – Deadline to Increase Residential Rate Floor to $16.
Dec. 15 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection.
Dec. 15 – Reply comments are due on Part 32 Accounting Rules NPRM.
Dec. 17 – Comments are due on Part 22 Technical Changes.

Jan. 19 – Reply comments on Part 22 Technical Changes are due.


* This deadline has been suspended indefinitely. A new deadline has not been set at this time.

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Huge raid to shut down 400-plus dark net sites

By Jane Wakefield
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7 November 2014 Last updated at 06:37 ET

Troels Oerting from Europol explained to the BBC's Anna Holligan how the joint police operation unfolded.

Silk Road 2.0 and 400 other sites believed to be selling illegal items including drugs and weapons have been shut down.

The sites operated on the Tor network — a part of the internet unreachable via traditional search engines.

The joint operation between 16 European countries and the US saw 17 arrests, including Blake Benthall who is said to be behind Silk Road 2.0.

Experts believe the shutdown represents a breakthrough for fighting cybercrime.

Six Britons were also arrested, including a 20-year-old man from Liverpool, a 19-year-old man from New Waltham, a 30 year-old-man from Cleethorpes and a man and woman, both aged 58, from Aberdovey, Wales.

All were interviewed and bailed according to the National Crime Agency.

Tor, as well as hosting legitimate sites, is home to thousands of illegal marketplaces, trading in drugs, child abuse images as well as sites for extremist groups.

Analysis: Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent

It was the operation last year to take down the drugs marketplace Silk Road which was the first major success in the battle against criminal use of the dark net.

Now this much bigger operation involving global cooperation amongst law enforcement agencies sees that battle taken to a new level, with Silk Road 2.0 amongst 400 sites closed.

It's important to remember that the dark net isn't all about illegal activity. Indeed its best known tool the anonymising browser Tor was created by a US intelligence agency to help its operations and to assist people living under repressive regimes.

Last year, many predicted that shutting one online drugs bazaar — and arresting its alleged owner Ross William Ulbricht - would not make a lot of difference, with plenty more rushing to fill the gap.

Now this much bigger operation may signal that the authorities have developed new techniques to track down the origins of these networks and those behind them.

Still, the number of arrests may be telling — 400 sites closed, but just 17 arrests. That would suggest there is a lot of work still to be done.

Silk Road 2.0 — which launched in October last year — is one of the most notorious and deals in the buying and selling of illegal drugs.

It was resurrected after the original Silk Road site was shut down and its alleged owner arrested.

'Serious organised crime'

The operation also saw the seizure of Bitcoins worth approximately $1m (£632,000).

"Today we have demonstrated that, together, we are able to efficiently remove vital criminal infrastructures that are supporting serious organised crime," said Troels Oerting, head of Europol's European cybercrime centre.

"And we are not 'just' removing these services from the open internet; this time we have also hit services on the dark net using Tor where, for a long time, criminals have considered themselves beyond reach," he added.

The BBC understands that the raid represented both a technological breakthrough — with police using new techniques to track down the physical location of dark net servers — as well as seeing an unprecedented level of international co-operation among law enforcement agencies.

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The so-called deep web — the anonymous part of the internet — is estimated to be anything up to 500 times the size of the surface web.

Within that experts refer to the dark net - the part of the network which Tor operates on. There are approximately three million Tor users but the number of sites may be smaller.

Prof Alan Woodward a security consultant from the University of Surrey who also advises Europol, said that the shutdown represents a new era in the fight against cybercrime.

"Tor has long been considered beyond the reach of law enforcement. This action proves that it is neither invisible nor untouchable," he said.

But, he added, it did not mean copycat sites would not spring up, or that the police had thrown light on the dark net.

Explainer: What is Tor?

Tor is a special part of the internet that requires software, known as the Tor Browser bundle, to access it.

The name is an acronym for The Onion Router — just as there are many layers to the vegetable, there are many layers of encryption on the network.

It was originally designed by the US Naval Research Laboratory, and continues to receive funding from the US State Department.

It attempts to hide a person's location and identity by sending data across the internet via a very circuitous route involving several "nodes" — which, in this context, means using volunteers' PCs and computer servers as connection points.

Encryption applied at each hop along this route makes it very hard to connect a person to any particular activity.

To the website that ultimately receives the request, it appears as if the data traffic comes from the last computer in the chain — known as an "exit relay" — rather than the person responsible.

Tor hides a user's identity by routing their traffic through a series of other computers

As well as allowing users to visit normal websites anonymously, it can also be used to host hidden sites, which use the .onion suffix.

Tor's users include the military, law enforcement officers and journalists — who use it as a way of communicating with whistle-blowers — as well as members of the public who wish to keep their browser activity secret.

But it has also been associated with illegal activity, allowing people to visit sites offering illegal drugs for sale and access to child abuse images, which do not show up in normal search engine results and would not be available to those who did not know where to look.

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Microsoft Office for iOS goes free and full-featured on your iPhone

Jeffery Battersby
@reyespoint Nov 6, 2014 6:01 AM

On Thursday, Microsoft released a new version of Office for iOS that unifies the user experience across all devices—great and small—and opens the door to free editing and content creation, whether you have an Office 365 account or not. This new Microsoft Office for iOS suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Previously, there were two versions of Office for iOS devices: The nearly useless Office Mobile for iPhone and the amazing and nearly perfect Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad. Thursday's release unifies the Office user experience across all iOS devices capable of running iOS 7 or newer and introduces a preview version of the Office apps for Android tablets.

While Office Mobile for iPhone lacked every feature necessary to make it useful on your iPhone, Microsoft’s camp insists that the new versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are built on the same codebase as the excellent Office for iPad suite of apps, but each is optimized for the device you're working on. So the editing experience helps you focus on your content rather than figuring out how to work around interface elements. Each app, whether it appears on your iPad Air or your iPhone 6, offers the same set of features with a slightly different user interface, optimizing the document editing and creation process so that formatting tools and other features stay out of your way until you need them for formatting changes.

I saw these new apps on an iPhone 6, iPad Air, and an Android tablet, all of which were well organized and easy to use. A Microsoft rep said that the apps look excellent on the iPhone 6 Plus and, even given the limited screen space of the iPhone 4/4S and 5/5S models, are very usable on those devices as well.

This update lets you edit or create documents even if you don't have an Office 365 account, which was previously locked.

While access to Office on all of your iOS devices is welcome news, the bigger news may be that you are no longer required to have an Office 365 account in order to create and edit content—you can access these features for free. Without an Office 365 account, previous versions of the iPad apps marked every document you opened Read Only, making it very nearly useless for anyone without an Office 365 account. Microsoft’s recently announced integration with Dropbox will be live as soon as the apps are available.

It's important to note that, while these free apps aren't hamstrung in significant ways, Office power users will find there are incentives for purchasing an Office 365 subscription, including advanced change tracking features, no limits on the ways you can use paragraph styles, and advanced chart, table, and picture formatting tools. And if you're planning on using OneDrive for business documents, you will be required to purchase an Office 365 account. But, in my brief time with these Office apps, most users will not feel constrained by the free app's limitations.

We’ll have a full, detailed review of these apps soon, but based on my brief time these apps, I suspect that most users will enjoy these app's and access to a working version of Office on their phones.



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