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Friday — February 23, 2018 — Issue No. 794

Welcome Back To The Wireless Messaging News

Even in my small home town, there are several big trucks going around installing cell sites on utility poles and other structures.

If you are not “up to speed” with the enormous 5G wireless build out going on in this country, don't miss the following article, How Wireless Works, and be sure to click on each of the • Slide links.

“Deploying the next generation of high-speed 5G wireless networks could create up to three million jobs and add approximately $500 billion to U.S. GDP through direct and indirect potential benefits . . .”

“Estimates [are] that wireless operators will invest as much as $275 billion nationwide over seven years as they build out 5G. Estimates highlight that the wireless industry’s investment in deploying 5G could create direct impacts of 350,000 new construction jobs and a total of approximately 850,000 jobs in the United States when considering suppliers and other partners cumulatively over the seven years of network build-out. The broader economic benefits from 5G could create an additional 2.2 million jobs in communities across the country.”

[source] This is a big deal.

Japan tops 165 mln mobile subscribers in 2017

Monday 19 February 2018 | 07:03 CET

Japan ended December 2017 with 165.8 million mobile customers, up from 164.1 million in the September quarter. Mobile operator Softbank had 39.5 million mobile subscribers in the quarter ended 31 December 2017, up from 39.1 million in September, according to a report from the Telecommunications Carrier Association (TCA). KDDI (au) ended December with 50.6 million subscribers in total, up from 49.6 million at end-September. NTT Docomo's subscriber base topped 75.6 million users at 31 December, up from 75.3 million in September. Japan also had 28.1 million broadband wireless access subscribers at end-December, served by Wimax services provider UQ Communications. At 31 December, there were also 132,800 radio paging users in Japan. [source]



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Easy Solutions  (Vaughan Bowden)
Hark Technologies  (David George & Bill Noyes)
IWA Technical Services, Inc.  (Ira Wiesenfeld)
Leavitt Communications  (Phil Leavitt)
Prism Paging  (Jim Nelson & John Bishop)
Product Support Services  (PSSI) (Robert Cook, et al )
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC  (Ron Mercer)
Swissphone  (Angelo Saccoccia, et al)

How Wireless Works

To understand why your community needs a wireless infrastructure upgrade, it's helpful to understand what's actually happening every time you pull out your wireless device.

What's the difference between towers and small cells?

Both towers and small cells play an important role in delivering the wireless services you depend on. While they serve similar functions, they are also different in a few key ways.

My community already has a tower. Do we need small cells?

As screens get larger and smartphones become more capable, many of the online activities we used to do on computers are now being done on cellular-connected devices. We’re also adding tablets and wearable devices like smart watches to the mix—all demanding fast data speeds for streaming video, social media, gaming, and more. The best way for wireless carriers to keep up with all of this extra demand is through network densification—increasing capacity by creating new sectors and deploying more cell sites. By expanding our network of small cells, your carrier will be able to add more speed and capacity without interfering with the high-powered signal of the nearby tower. This all-of-the-above approach is called a heterogeneous network or HetNet.

We are in a unique position to help your community face the challenges of a rapidly evolving wireless world and keep up with growing demand:

  • We have a portfolio of approximately 40,000 towers and 60,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cell deployments across the country.
  • Our high-quality fiber assets are concentrated in the top metro markets where small cells are being deployed today.
  • Our small cell solutions (SCS) footprint is extensive—with hundreds of on-air networks throughout the country and many more under construction.
  • Our industry-leading expertise was developed through years of investment and experience—including franchise and municipal agreements throughout the country.
  • As a leader in the industry, we already have strong relationships with every major wireless carrier.
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Other products

Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.

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Easy Solutions

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Providing Expert Support and Service Contracts for all Glenayre Paging Systems.

The GL3000 is the most prolific paging system in the world and Easy Solutions gladly welcomes you to join us in providing reliable support to the paging industry for many more decades in the future.

Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost-effective solutions.
  • We are not just another vendor . . . We are a part of your team. All the advantages of high priced full-time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business . . . We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

Experts in Paging Infrastructure

  • Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
  • Excellent Service Contracts
  • Full Service—Beyond Factory Support
  • Making systems More Reliable and MORE PROFITABLE for over 30 years.

Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or e-mail us for more information.

Easy Solutions
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Telephone: 972-898-1119
Telephone: 214 785-8255

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Back To Paging


Still The Most Reliable Protocol For Wireless Messaging!


“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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Prism-IPX is a leader in providing reliable communications systems using modern designs to meet today’s demands for critical message alerting and delivery. Prism-IPX designs versatile and robust Critical Message Management systems using paging and other wireless technologies for high performance and dependable communications.

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Prism-IPX Systems products include full-featured radio paging systems with VoIP input, IP based transmitter control systems and paging message encryption. Other options include e-mail messaging, remote switch controllers, Off-The-Air paging message decoders and logging systems.

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PSSI Repair Pricing
Repair Turn-Around Time 5-10 Business Days
1.1 Messaging Device - Repair Fees (parts additional change, 90-day warranty)
  Model Name PSSI Model Code Model Type Pricing (USD$)
  AE-Advisor Elite AE-Advisor Elite Alphanumeric $14.25
  AG-Advisor Gold AG-Advisor Gold Alphanumeric $13.12
  ALPE-UniElite (All New Parts) ALPE-UniElite Alphanumeric $34.83
  ALPE-UniElite (Used Parts) ALPE-UniElite Alphanumeric $14.94
  ALPG-Alpha Gold ALPG-Alpha Gold Alphanumeric $14.51
  Apollo Apollo Numeric $13.37
  Bravo 850 B8-BR850 Numeric $17.02
  BF-Bravo FLX BF-Bravo FLX Numeric $11.44
  T900 T9-T900 2Way $18.56
  BP-Bravo Plus BP-Bravo Plus Numeric $11.44
  BR-Bravo LX BR-Bravo LX Numeric $11.44
  GS-Coaster Coaster Numeric $26.97
  M90-UNI Messenger M90-UNI Messenger 2Way $18.56
  NP88-UNI-NP88 NP88-UNI-NP88 Numeric $9.68
  Pronto PL-Pronto LX Numeric $9.68
  Unication Elegant EL-Elegant Numeric $14.51
  RA-Ranger RA-Ranger Numeric $12.02
  ST800 ST800 Numeric $12.02
  ST800-P ST800-P Numeric $12.02
  T3-Titan Sun Telecom T3-Titan Sun Telecom Alphanumeric $13.37
  Z4-Z400 Sun Telecom Z4-Z400 Sun Telecom Alphanumeric $12.06
1.2 Messaging Device - Miscellaneous Service Fees
  Damaged Beyond Repair Inspection Fee $1.15
  Frequency Change - Synthesized Models $3.45
  Frequency Change - Non-Synthesized Models (parts not included) $4.03
1.3 Infrastructure Network Equip. - Repair Fees (parts additional charge, 6-mth. warranty)
  Model Name PSSI Model Code  
  Motorola Amplifier MO-AMP $581.20
  Motorola SCM/Exciter MO-SCM-EXC $561.25
  Motorola External NIU MO-NIU-EXT $511.92
  Glenayre Tx Controller GL-C2000 $128.34
  Glenayre Exciter Narrow Band GL-EXC-NB $128.34
  Glenayre Exciter Wide Band GL-EXC-WB $128.34
  Glenayre </=300W Amplifier GL-T8500 $303.60
  Glenayre </=300W Amplifier GL-T8600 $303.60
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  Inventory Receiving Processing Fee $18.40
  Pick, Pack, and Order Fulfillment Fee $29.90
  Damaged Beyond Repair Inspection Fee $80.50

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  • IP54 rating, protection from dust and water ingress
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Mobile phone: 847-494-0000
Telephone: 847-955-0511
Fax: 270-447-1909
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Disaster-Proven Paging for Public Safety

Paging system designs in the United States typically use a voice radio-style infrastructure. These systems are primarily designed for outdoor mobile coverage with modest indoor coverage. Before Narrowbanding, coverage wasn’t good, but what they have now is not acceptable! The high power, high tower approach also makes the system vulnerable. If one base station fails, a large area loses their paging service immediately!

Almost every technology went from analog to digital except fire paging. So it’s time to think about digital paging! The Disaster-Proven Paging Solution (DiCal) from Swissphone offers improved coverage, higher reliability and flexibility beyond anything that traditional analog or digital paging systems can provide. 

Swissphone is the No. 1 supplier for digital paging solutions worldwide. The Swiss company has built paging networks for public safety organizations all over the world. Swissphone has more than 1 million pagers in the field running for years and years due to their renowned high quality.

DiCal is the digital paging system developed and manufactured by Swissphone. It is designed to meet the specific needs of public safety organizations. Fire and EMS rely on these types of networks to improve incident response time. DiCal systems are designed and engineered to provide maximum indoor paging coverage across an entire county. In a disaster situation, when one or several connections in a simulcast solution are disrupted or interrupted, the radio network automatically switches to fall back operating mode. Full functionality is preserved at all times. This new system is the next level of what we know as “Simulcast Paging” here in the U.S.

Swissphone offers high-quality pagers, very robust and waterproof. Swissphone offers the best sensitivity in the industry, and battery autonomy of up to three months. First responder may choose between a smart s.QUAD pager, which is able to connect with a smartphone and the Hurricane DUO pager, the only digital pager who offers text-to-voice functionality.

Bluetooth technology makes it possible to connect the s.QUAD with a compatible smartphone, and ultimately with various s.ONE software solutions from Swissphone. Thanks to Bluetooth pairing, the s.QUAD combines the reliability of an independent paging system with the benefits of commercial cellular network. Dispatched team members can respond back to the call, directly from the pager. The alert message is sent to the pager via paging and cellular at the same time. This hybrid solution makes the alert faster and more secure. Paging ensures alerting even if the commercial network fails or is overloaded.

Swissphone sets new standards in paging:

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  • It’s much faster to send individual and stacked pages digitally than with analog voice.
  • If you want better indoor coverage, you put sites closer together at lower heights.
  • A self-healing system that also remains reliable in various disaster situations.
  • Place base station where you need them, without the usage of an expensive backhaul network.
  • Protect victim confidentiality and prevent unauthorized use of public safety communications, with integrated encryption service.


  • Reliable message reception, thanks to the best sensitivity in the industry.
  • Ruggedized and waterproof, IP67 and 6 1/2-feet drop test-certified products.
  • Battery autonomy of up to three months, with a standard AA battery.
  • Bluetooth enables the new s.QUAD pager to respond back to the dispatch center or fire chief.


  • Two-way CAD interfaces will make dispatching much easier.
  • The new s.ONE solution enables the dispatcher or fire chiefs to view the availability of relief forces.
  • A graphical screen shows how many of the dispatched team members have responded to the call.

Swissphone provides a proven solution at an affordable cost. Do you want to learn more?
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We can supply alphanumeric display, numeric display, and voice pagers.

We also offer NEW and refurbished Alphamate 250s, refurbished Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate refurbished, and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts, and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging! Outstanding service is our goal.

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( ) for pricing and delivery information, or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Volume 6 | Issue 38  

Congressman Blackburn Backs Aggressive Buildout Agenda


Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) who chairs the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, was honored at the NATE UNITE 2018 Awards Luncheon on Wednesday. Photo by Cara Aston. Inside Towers

Having just received the inaugural Legislative and Regulatory Champion of the Year Award at NATE UNITE 2018 on Wednesday, Congressman (her preferred designation of her title) Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, addressed the issues facing the telecom infrastructure industry and Washington’s efforts to see them expedited.

“Broadband has long been a priority of mine, and here’s why,” Blackburn said. “It represents more than just the fiber in the ground or the towers in the air. Broadband brings with it the promise of better education, better healthcare, sustainable economic development, and an increased quality of life. It connects people in times of crisis, and it ensures our first responders have the tools they need when responding to emergencies.”

Blackburn listed three guiding principles “it would behoove us to follow”:

  1. Any funds for broadband in an infrastructure package should go to unserved areas first.
  2. The federal government should not be picking winners and losers in the marketplace. Any federal support for broadband infrastructure should be competitively and technologically neutral. If we adhere to these principles, I am confident we can avoid the pitfalls of waste, fraud and inefficiency that marred the previous administration’s efforts on broadband infrastructure.
  3. Congress should be mindful of the significant amounts of private capital spent to support broadband deployment.

It was the FCC’s decision in 2015 to reclassify the competitive broadband marketplace, according to Blackburn, under Title 2 of the Communications Act, that made it “an outdated relic of the 1930’s monopoly era” and put the telecom sector in decline.

Current FCC policies have met with her approval, however. “I want to reiterate our support for Chairman Pai,” Blackburn said, “who corrected this ill-conceived policy and returned us to the light-touch regulatory approach that allowed the digital economy to flourish.”

She cited the “light-touch approach” as being the bedrock of communications policy since the Clinton administration and stressed the importance of how enhancing economic growth through telecommunications, should remain a bipartisan effort. Blackburn noted the recently signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a boon for large companies and smaller broadband providers alike, especially those deploying broadband to unserved rural communities nationwide.

“I still have constituents who don’t even have access to the internet,” Blackburn said. “They’re driving 30 minutes to the nearest McDonalds or library just so that the kids can connect to a WiFi network and get their homework done. That’s simply not acceptable. You can’t have a 21st century economy with a 20th century internet. Broadband expansion can’t just be about cities, 5G, or fiber.”

As Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, she said she has kept her bipartisan committee members busy by asking them to bring her their best ideas for a broadband infrastructure package. “We had a hearing at the end of January – and we discussed 25 pieces of legislation,” she said.

The ideas she got back, run the gamut from the poor quality of the FCC’s broadband maps to streamlining the permitting process, to modernizing our laws to address tower siting and federal rights-of-ways. “We’ll be moving to mark those bills up in full committee soon, and hopefully get as many of them to the floor as possible,” Blackburn said.

Blackburn expressed support of “dig once” programs and expediting the historical review process. She said she was working closely with the White House on broadband expansion and cited two recently signed bills relating to rural connectivity and putting those standards on par with those in more urban areas.

In Tennessee, Blackburn said Governor Haslam recently announced $10,000,000 in grants through the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act with the grantees providing another $10,000,000 in matching funds. “It’s important that people all over the country can connect to a network and place calls, especially when they’re in times of crisis,” she said.

Blackburn applauded bipartisan efforts to complete the AIRWAVES Act, creating a competitive bidding process to grant priority access license for the use of specific bands of spectrum.

“I really want to thank all of you for what you do. So many people don’t understand how critical and crucial of a role the tower technicians and small business owners play in our economy. Not to mention how dangerous it is to climb these enormous towers,” she said. “I encourage you to reach out to my office if you have input on the deployment issues that affect your business. I do my best to be active and engaged, and I hope you’ll take me up on that.”


By Jim Fryer, Managing Editor, Inside Towers

Source: Inside Towers newsletter Courtesy of the editor of Inside Towers.

BloostonLaw Newsletter

Selected portions [sometimes more — sometimes less] 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 of The Wireless Messaging News with kind permission from the firm. The firm's contact information is included at the end of this section of the newsletter.

 BloostonLaw Telecom Update Vol. 21, No. 9 February 21, 2018 

Forms 499-A, 499-Q for 2018 Now Available; Form 499-A Due April 2

On February 15, the FCC released the annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions to be used in 2018 to report 2017 revenues, and the quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-Q) and accompanying instructions to be used in 2018 to report projected and collected revenues on a quarterly basis. The revised FCC Forms and the accompanying instructions are also will be available soon on Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) website at

As a reminder, FCC Form 499-A is due on April 2, 2018. The next Form 499-Q is due May 1.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.


FCC Adopts Order on Reconsideration On Provision of Consumer Broadband Only Loops

On February 16, the FCC released a Second Order on Reconsideration and Clarification in which it reconsidered rules adopted in the Rate-of-Return Reform Order relating to rate-of-return local exchange carriers’ (LECs) provision of consumer broadband-only loops (CBOLs).

First, the FCC replaced the surrogate cost method for determining the cost of CBOLs with rules employing existing separations and cost allocation procedures. Specifically, broadband-only investment will equal the amount of broadband-only loop investment included in CWF Category 2 Wideband and COE Category 4.11 Wideband Exchange Line Circuit Equipment, and related reserves and other investment, assigned to interstate special access pursuant to Parts 36 and 69 of the Commission’s rules. Broadband-only loop expenses should then be determined by reference to such investments. Rate-of-return carriers are required to use the revised procedures for determining broadband-only line costs to be shifted beginning July 1, 2018.

Second, the FCC revised the rule requiring rate-of-return carriers to impute on CBOLs an amount equal to the Access Recovery Charge (ARC) that could have been assessed on a voice or voice/broadband line. Specifically, the ARC revenues from the most recent tariff period prior to the effective date of the CBOL imputation rule (tariff year 2015-16) will be considered a baseline, and a rate-of-return carrier’s CAF ICC support will be reduced by the ARC imputation on CBOLs only if a carrier’s maximum assessable ARCs and imputed CBOL ARCs falls short of the baseline amount. All rate-of-return carriers must reflect the effects of these rule revisions in their Tariff Review Plans for the June 2018 annual access charge tariff filings.

Finally, the FCC clarified two matters pertaining to reductions in Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS) due to competitive overlap. In the Rate of Return Order, the FCC adopted published a table showing the “reduction ratio” for specified “competitive ratios” (i.e., the ratio of competitive square miles to non-competitive square miles in a study area). This table did not adequately reflect the reduction ratios that should apply to competitive ratios in between the specified competitive ratios. The FCC therefore published a second table to clarify. The FCC also clarified a reference to the transition schedule for CAF BLS where there is competitive overlap of “more than 25 percent” of total CAF BLS. This range should actually state “25 percent or more,” to avoid a gap when overlap is exactly 25 percent.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

FCC Releases Official Agenda for February Open Meeting

On February 15, the FCC issued a Public Notice setting the official agenda for the February Open Commission Meeting, which is currently scheduled to take place on February 22:

  • Spectrum Horizons: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on proposed rules that would apply to spectrum above 95 GHz for licensed services, unlicensed operations, and a new class of experimental licenses. (ET Docket No. 18-21; RM-11713; WT Docket No. 15-245; RM-11795)
  • Encouraging the Provision of New Technologies and Services: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to provide guidelines and procedures to implement section 7 of the Communications Act, as amended, to improve Commission processes to promote the provision of new technologies and services to the public. (GN Docket No. 18-22)
  • Mobility Fund Phase II Second Order on Reconsideration: an Order addressing the remaining issues raised by parties in petitions for reconsideration of the Mobility Fund Phase II Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. (WC Docket No. 10-90; WT Docket No. 10-208)
  • Broadcast EEO Mid-Term Reports: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to eliminate the requirement in Section 73.2080(f)(2) of the Commission's rules that certain broadcast television and radio stations file the Broadcast Mid-Term Report (Form 397). (MB Docket Nos. 18-23; 17-105)
  • Part 64 Provision of Payphone Service: a Report and Order to (1) eliminate all payphone call tracking system audit and associated reporting requirements, (2) permit a company official, including but not limited to the chief financial officer, to certify that a completing carrier's quarterly compensation payments are accurate and complete, and (3) eliminate expired payphone compensation rules. (WC Docket Nos. 17-141; 16-132; CC Docket No. 96-128)

The FCC will also hear a presentation on a new National Broadband Map providing improved access to fixed-broadband deployment.

The Open Meeting will be streamed live at and can be followed on social media with #OpenMtgFCC. Continuing with the FCC’s pilot program, public drafts of each item described above is linked within the description. One-page cover sheets are included in the public drafts to help summarize each item. These are not final drafts and may be different than what the FCC ultimately considers and adopts.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process Portal Now Available

On February 14, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that the web-based form that participants in the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) challenge process must use to request access to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) challenge process portal is now available. Any party wishing to receive its login credentials at the time the challenge process window opens should submit its access request form no later than March 15.

Any eligible mobile service provider or government entity (state, local, or Tribal) wishing to participate in the challenge process must submit its contact information via the web-based access request form to be granted access to the USAC portal. The access request form is now available at Portal/form. The FCC will process submitted forms on a rolling basis and email login credentials and instructions for accessing the portal to the user(s) designated on each form.

BloostonLaw has a proven track record of winning FCC auction challenge processes, and is available to assist carriers interested in participating in the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Sal Taillefer.

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FCC Rejects Petition to Reconsider $1.8 Million Fine

On February 15, the FCC rejected a petition for reconsideration of a $1.84 million fine for violations of FCC junk fax rules levied against Mr. Scott Malcolm and his companies DSM Supply and Somaticare for violating the TCPA, specifically, sending unsolicited fax advertisements. In a press release, the FCC said, “Mr. Malcolm’s violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act were numerous, egregious, and occurred after being warned that he was violating the law.”

Following numerous consumer complaints, the FCC cited Mr. Malcolm for violations of the TCPA. According to the press release, the violations continued after Mr. Malcolm received notice, and when Mr. Malcolm was asked to provide any evidence related to and arguments against the proposed fine, his response arrived nearly seven months after the deadline. Mr. Malcolm subsequently petitioned the FCC for reconsideration, claiming that the fine was excessive. The FCC rejected the petition on procedural grounds: FCC rules generally provide for reconsideration only when the petitioner presents new facts that were not available prior to the issuance of the fine, and according to the FCC Mr. Malcolm could have argued excessiveness in earlier responses but failed to do so. The FCC also found that Mr. Malcolm had not presented evidence sufficient to demonstrate that the forfeiture was excessive in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

Net Neutrality Repeal to Hit Federal Register on February 22

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, in which the agency returned broadband internet access service to Title I regulation and repealed the bright-line Net Neutrality rules, will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, February 22. Publication in the Federal Register triggers a number of deadlines relevant to the rules. Senate Democrats, led by Ed Markey (D-Mass), will be able to file their Congressional Review Act resolution to undo the repeal, and State attorneys general and groups like Public Knowledge and Free Press will be able to file lawsuits.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.


Ericsson, Altaeros Launch Tethered Aerial “SuperTower”

According to a press release, Ericsson has partnered with Boston-based startup Altaeros to demonstrate a new “SuperTower” designed to “help operators deploy LTE in hard-to-reach rural communities.” The SuperTower uses tethered aerostats, the industrial versions of blimps. In late 2017, the companies set up a multi-sector LTE base station on a SuperTower in rural Maine, which floats at heights six to eight times higher than most cell towers. According to Altaeros, the SuperTowers “offer greater flexibility for site placement, cost up to 70 percent less to roll out, provide coverage equivalent to a network of 30 conventional cell towers and have less impact on the environment.” The new offering utilizes Altaeros’ tethered aerostat design and automation technology as a platform for Ericsson’s 5G-ready radio system with multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) capable radios.


MARCH 1: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT FORM FOR CABLE COMPANIES. This form, plus royalty payment for the second half of calendar year 2011, is due March 1. The form covers the period July 1 to December 31, 2012, and is due to be mailed directly to cable TV operators by the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office. If you do not receive the form, please contact Gerry Duffy.

MARCH 1: CPNI ANNUAL CERTIFICATION. Carriers should modify (as necessary) and complete their “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” for 2018. The certification must be filed with the FCC by March 1. Note that the annual certification should include the following three required Exhibits: (a) a detailed Statement Explaining How The Company’s Operating Procedures Ensure Compliance With The FCC’S CPNI Rules to reflect the Company’s policies and information; (b) a Statement of Actions Taken Against Data Brokers; and (c) a Summary of Customer Complaints Regarding Unauthorized Release of CPNI. A company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules must execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and file the certification with the FCC in the correct fashion. Our clients can forward the original to BloostonLaw in time for the firm to make the filing with the FCC by March 1, if desired. BloostonLaw is prepared to help our clients meet this requirement, which we expect will be strictly enforced, by assisting with preparation of their certification filing; reviewing the filing to make sure that the required showings are made; filing the certification with the FCC, and obtaining a proof-of-filing copy for your records. Clients interested in obtaining BloostonLaw's CPNI compliance manual should contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554). Note: If you file the CPNI certification, you must also file the FCC Form 499-A Telecom Reporting Worksheet by April 1.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Mary Sisak.

MARCH 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION & BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. This annual form is due March 1 and September 1 annually. The FCC requires facilities-based wired, terrestrial fixed wireless, and satellite broadband service providers to report on FCC Form 477 the number of broadband subscribers they have in each census tract they serve. The Census Bureau changed the boundaries of some census tracts as part of the 2010 Census.

Specifically, three types of entities must file this form:

  1. Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations: Entities that are facilities-based providers of broadband connections — which are wired “lines” or wireless “channels” that enable the end user to receive information from and/or send information to the Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction — must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which the entity provides one or more such connections to end user locations. For the purposes of Form 477, an entity is a “facilities-based” provider of broadband connections to end user locations if it owns the portion of the physical facility that terminates at the end user location, if it obtains unbundled network elements (UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and provisions/equips them as broadband, or if it provisions/equips a broadband wireless channel to the end user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum. Such entities include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers (LECs), cable system operators, fixed wireless service providers (including “wireless ISPs”), terrestrial and satellite mobile wireless service providers, BRS providers, electric utilities, municipalities, and other entities. (Such entities do not include equipment suppliers unless the equipment supplier uses the equipment to provision a broadband connection that it offers to the public for sale. Such entities also do not include providers of fixed wireless services (e.g., “Wi-Fi” and other wireless ethernet, or wireless local area network, applications) that only enable local distribution and sharing of a premises broadband facility.)
  2. Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Telephone Services: Incumbent and competitive LECs must complete and file the applicable portions of the form for each state in which they provide local exchange service to one or more end user customers (which may include “dial-up” ISPs).
  3. Providers of Mobile Telephony Services: Facilities-based providers of mobile telephony services must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which they serve one or more mobile telephony subscribers. A mobile telephony service is a real-time, two-way switched voice service that is interconnected with the public switched network using an in-network switching facility that enables the provider to reuse frequencies and accomplish seamless handoff of subscriber calls. A mobile telephony service provider is considered “facilities-based” if it serves a subscriber using spectrum for which the entity holds a license that it manages, or for which it has obtained the right to use via lease or other arrangement with a Band Manager.

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

MARCH 31: STREAMLINED INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT CAPACITY REPORT. No later than March 31, 2018, all U.S. international carriers that owned or leased bare capacity on a submarine cable between the United States and any foreign point on December 31, 2017 and any person or entity that held a submarine cable landing license on December 31, 2017 must file a Circuit Capacity Report to provide information about the submarine cable capacity it holds. Additionally, cable landing licensees must file information on the Circuit Capacity Report about the amount of available and planned capacity on the submarine cable for which they have a license. Last year, the FCC eliminated the requirement for U.S. International Carriers that owned or leased bare capacity on a terrestrial or satellite facility to show its active common carrier circuits for the provision of service to an end-user or resale carrier, including active circuits used by itself or its affiliates.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy.

APRIL 1: FCC FORM 499-A, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. This form must be filed by all contributors to the Universal Service Fund (USF) sup-port mechanisms, the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the cost recovery mechanism for the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP). Contributors include every telecommunications carrier that provides interstate, intrastate, and international telecommunications, and certain other entities that provide interstate telecommunications for a fee. Even common carriers that qualify for the de minimis ex-emption must file Form 499-A. Entities whose universal service contributions will be less than $10,000 qualify for the de minimis exemption. De minimis entities do not have to file the quarterly report (FCC Form 499-Q), which was due February 1, and will again be due May 1. Form 499-Q relates to universal and LNP mechanisms. Form 499-A relates to all of these mechanisms and, hence, applies to all providers of interstate, intrastate, and international telecommunications services. Form 499-A contains revenue information for January 1 through December 31 of the prior calendar year. And Form 499-Q contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. (Note: the revised 499-A and 499-Q forms are now available.) Block 2-B of the Form 499-A requires each carrier to designate an agent in the District of Columbia upon whom all notices, process, orders, and decisions by the FCC may be served on behalf of that carrier in proceedings before the Commission. Carriers receiving this newsletter may specify our law firm as their D.C. agent for service of process using the information in our masthead. There is no charge for this service.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.

APRIL 1: ANNUAL ACCESS TO ADVANCED SERVICES CERTIFICATION. All providers of telecommunications services and telecommunications carriers subject to Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act are required to file with the FCC an annual certification that (1) states the company has procedures in place to meet the recordkeeping requirements of Part 14 of the Rules; (2) states that the company has in fact kept records for the previous calendar year; (3) contains contact information for the individual or individuals handling customer complaints under Part 14; (4) contains contact information for the company’s designated agent; and (5) is supported by an affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury signed by an officer of the company. BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy, Mary Sisak, and Sal Taillefer.

Calendar At-a-Glance

Feb. 22 – Reply comments are due on Robocall Blocking FNPRM.
Feb. 22 – Reply comments are due on Spectrum Frontiers / Above 24 GHz Report and Order.
Feb. 26 – Comments are due on national television audience reach cap review.

Mar. 1 – Copyright Statement of Account Form for cable companies is due.
Mar. 1 – Annual CPNI Certification is due.
Mar. 1 – FCC Form 477 (Local Competition & Broadband Reporting) is due.
Mar. 2 – Reply comments are due on MVPD communications proceeding.
Mar. 2 – PRA comments due on FCC Form 183. Mar. 5 – PRA Comments are due on pole attachment complaint process; network change notification revisions.
Mar. 27 – Reply comments are due on national television audience reach cap review.
Mar. 30 – Deadline for CAF Phase II Auction Applications.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 525 (Delayed Phasedown CETC Line Counts) is due.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 508 (ICLS Projected Annual Common Line Requirement) is due.
Mar. 31 – Streamlined International Circuit Capacity Report is due.

Apr. 1 – FCC Form 499-A (Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Apr. 1 – Annual Accessibility Certification is due.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm.


Harold Mordkofsky, 202-828-5520,
Benjamin H. Dickens, Jr., 202-828-5510,
Gerard J. Duffy, 202-828-5528,
John A. Prendergast, 202-828-5540,
Richard D. Rubino, 202-828-5519,
Mary J. Sisak, 202-828-5554,
D. Cary Mitchell, 202-828-5538,
Salvatore Taillefer, Jr., 202-828-5562,

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We have been supporting customers that chose an alternative to GTES since 2002 and are happy to provide better than excellent support to everyone in the industry.

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The GL3000 reminds us of the tube style TVs of the days gone by where the electronics was designed and manufactured to last a life time. Unlike the PC infrastructure with today’s less than quality capacitors and other components that seem to always fail after a few years, the Glenayre keeps paging along like the Energizer Bunny (without viruses and failing hardware).

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