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Friday — January 26, 2018 — Issue No. 790

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PSSI (Product Support Services, Inc.) has been a long-time advertiser in this newsletter. I didn't realize until this week, the wide variety of paging equipment that they can refurbish. They not only work on practically all types of one-way and two-way pagers, but also several types of infrastructure as well. As I put together their new advertisement in this issue, it brought back memories of many pagers, that I am sure, still play an important part in today's paging services. It certainly makes business sense to refurbish instead of replace.

Please take a look at their ad and when you call them, mention that you saw it in The Wireless Messaging News.


Rick McMichael has some equipment for sale — left over from the inventory of his business that he recently sold.

1 Motorola NAC board, P/N: TTN4017
1 Motorola NAC board, P/N: PTTN44097A
1 Interface board (mounts beside the NAC)
1 Internal Modem Daughter board
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1 CRIB board, receiver interface daughter board
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1 VHF Nucleus Exciter, for a NAC controlled unit

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Shocking video shows iPhone battery bursting into flames after man bites it

Fox News, January 25, 2018

A bizarre video shows an iPhone battery bursting into flames after a man bites into it in an electronics store in China. CNET, citing Chinese media, reports that the man walked into the unspecified store on Friday and, for reasons that are unclear, bit into the phone battery. Video footage of the strange incident, which has gone viral, shows the battery exploding.

The footage was uploaded to Chinese video sharing service Miaopai on Saturday, according to CNET. The shocking 10-second video has prompted speculation that the man was attempting to check the battery’s authenticity.

The good news is that no-one was injured in the incident, according to, citing a number of Taiwanese news outlets.

Apple’s iPhone batteries have been in the spotlight recently. Last month Apple admitted that it slowed the batteries on some older iPhones for technical reasons, sparking outrage that led to an apology from the tech giant.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this article. [source]

So . . . on to more news.






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Cheap, data-driven tool identifies sickest hospital patients

An automated tool that uses electronic health records.

By Pranjal Mehar — January 26, 2018

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A team of Yale researchers developed and tested an data-driven uses electronic health records to identify patients most at risk of deteriorating while in the hospital.

Led by associate professor of medicine Robert Fogerty, the team used criteria originally established to rapidly detect patients with sepsis, one of the most expensive and potentially deadly medical conditions in the United States. The researchers created software that directs the electronic health record system to notify an attending physician, via pager, as soon as a patient meets the criteria. When key vitals such as heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature change for the worse, the attending receives an automated text message.

The tool — designed from the outset to be low-cost, easy to use, and highly sustainable — was used to monitor more than 15,000 patients in real time over one year and identified individuals at increased risk for admission to the ICU and for mortality. It is a cost-effective yet powerful strategy for spotting seriously ill patients who might otherwise get missed, the researchers noted.

“We made things easier for the providers and safer for the patients, and we did it on a really small budget,” said Fogerty.

The study was a collaborative effort of investigators at Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Health, and Yale Center for Analytical Sciences. The study is published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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Hedy Lamarr Documentary Highlights Radio Invention

Hedy Lamarr found fame in movies through the 1930s and '40s, being dubbed “the most beautiful woman in the world” but audiences scarcely recognize the brilliance beyond her beauty. Zeitgeist Films' recently released documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, focuses on Lamarr's devotion to science and invention, particularly her conception of frequency-hopping. Written and directed by Alexandra Dean, the documentary finally allows Lamarr to tell the story of her life in her own words, using a rare recording from a 1990 interview with journalist Fleming Meeks. This interview was the first time Lamarr recounted the journey to her groundbreaking discovery.

In 1942, Lamarr and her co-inventor, composer George Antheil, patented an invention that utilized frequency ­hopping as a secret communication tool to protect radio-controlled torpedo frequencies from being jammed by the enemy during World War II. But it wasn't until the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 — after her patent expired — that the tool began being widely used in the Navy. Nowadays, frequency-hopping is a critical part of both military and civilian communications, providing the backbone for the modern technology we rely on, including cell phones, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

It was decades before Lamarr was finally recognized for her contributions. Bombshell director Dean said, “It is my hope that this film will become the moment Hedy Lamarr, the legend who shaped our world, will come out of the shadows and take her place in history.” To view theaters and show dates for Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, in limited release, go to, and check out our thoughts on Lamarr's incredible life story in our video, “How Hedy Lamarr Changed the World with Radio” at: [also below] — Assistant Editor Allison Mclellan [QST]

Source: QST Magazine, February 2018, page 45. ARRL — The national association for Amateur Radio.

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  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
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  Damaged Beyond Repair Inspection Fee $1.15
  Frequency Change - Synthesized Models $3.45
  Frequency Change - Non-Synthesized Models (parts not included) $4.03
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  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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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.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Volume 6 | Issue 18 

Lawmakers Set to Yank Some Alert Origination Power Away from States

Lisa Fowlkes, FCC Scot Bergmann, CTIA Sam Matheny, NAB Sen. John Thune

The FCC is still investigating what happened when state emergency officials in Hawaii sent a false missile alert on January 13. The person who actually sent the false alert is not cooperating with the Commission’s investigation, Lisa Fowlkes, Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, told lawmakers yesterday. “We hope he will reconsider,” she said.

Fowlkes, along with Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD), called the Hawaii incident “unacceptable.” She said what happened “appears to be the result of human error.” The state did not have a way to recall an alert; it does now. Hawaii changed its alerting protocol so two people are now needed to send an alert, she said.

Fowlkes and others testified during Thursday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on alerting, held to review what’s working and what isn’t in the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS). Thune said false alerts “create unnecessary panic” and undermine the integrity of an alerting system. “While we do not want to prevent authorized officials from communicating alerts to the public when they see fit, we must ensure that such officials are better trained,” he said.

Brian Schatz (D-HI) was home in Honolulu and received the false alert on his cell phone. He noted that state emergency officials quickly notified U.S. Missile Command that there was no real alert, “but didn’t tell the rest of us,” adding it took nearly 40 minutes to correct the error. “All of this was avoidable. States are not missile experts,” he said. Schatz plans to introduce a bill that gives the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security the authority to send such alerts, not a state. Several committee members, including Ed Markey (D-MA), agreed with the premise.

Both CTIA SVP Scott Bergmann, and NAB EVP/CTO Sam Matheny testified that WEA and EAS distribution systems worked as they were supposed to on that day. Bergmann noted that since WEA was authorized five years ago, over 33,000 WEA alerts have been delivered. “Now, as more than half of U.S. households are wireless only, WEA is more of a tool,” he said.

Today, WEA alerts can be targeted down to the cell tower level. The FCC is expected to vote next week to require carriers to implement geo-targeting, to further limit where an alert is delivered, down to the device level.

The geo-targeting implementation deadline is May 2019. Markey tried to get Bergmann to commit to an earlier implementation. Bergmann said carriers would do their best to beat the specified deadline.

Matheny said NAB hopes lawmakers won’t put regulatory barriers in the way as broadcasters implement next-gen television, or ATSC 3.0. The new technology has the ability to “wake-up” turned off TV sets and other video devices to deliver alerts. Many stations are upgrading their transmission system to ATSC 3.0, as they change channels for the repack.

Lawmakers didn’t get all the answers they wanted. The FCC’s authority only extends to alert distribution, not alert origination, which is done by individual states. Thune said FEMA was asked to participate in the hearing, but could not. He hopes they will when the committee holds a field hearing in Hawaii on alerting later this year.

By Leslie Stimson , Washington Bureau Chief, 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. 5 January 24, 2018 

Reminder: New 214 Service Discontinuance Notice Rules are In Effect

On January 18, the FCC published in the Federal Register notice that the Office of Management and Budget has approved the new service discontinuance rules adopted in the 2016 Technology Transitions Order. Accordingly, the following revisions are now in effect: carriers seeking discontinuance must also provide notice to affected Tribal Nations; notice may be made by e-mail, subject to certain additional requirements; applications to discontinue services with no customers during the 180-day period immediately preceding submission of the application will be automatically granted on the 31st day after its filing; and applications to discontinue service filed by a CLEC in response to a copper retirement notice will be automatically granted on the effective date of the copper retirement, subject to certain other requirements.

Carriers with questions about the revised discontinuance rules should contact the firm for more information.

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


FCC Issues Official Agenda for January Open Meeting

On January 24, the FCC released the official agenda for its upcoming January Open Commission Meeting, which is currently scheduled to take place on January 30. Accordingly, the sunshine period on these dockets has begun and ex parte presentations are no longer permitted. At the meeting, the FCC will consider:

  • Wireless Emergency Alerts: a Second Report and Order and Second Order on Reconsideration to enhance the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts, including improving the geographic accuracy of these alerts. (PS Docket Nos. 15-91; 15-94)
  • Connect America Fund Phase II Reconsideration Order: an Order and Order on Reconsideration addressing the remaining issues raised by parties challenging the FCC’s orders implementing the Connect America Phase II auction (Auction 903), in which service providers will compete to receive support of up to $1.98 billion to offer voice and broadband service in unserved high-cost areas. (WC Docket No. 10-90)
  • Connect America Fund Phase II Auction (Auction 903): a Public Notice establishing procedures for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction, for service providers that commit to offer voice and broadband services to fixed locations in unserved high-cost areas. (AU Docket No. 17-182; WC Docket No. 10-90)
  • Establishment of the Office of Economics and Analytics: an Order to establish an Office of Economics and Analytics. (MD Docket No. 18-3)
  • Paper Filing of Contracts: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to eliminate the requirement that broadcast licensees and permittees routinely submit paper copies of contracts and other documents to the FCC as specified in Section 73.3613 of the FCC’s rules. (MB Docket Nos. 18-4; 17-105)
  • Obsolete Media Rules: an Order deleting rules made obsolete by the Digital TV transition. (MB Docket No. 17-105).

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.

FCC Broadband Committee Releases Draft State Model Code for Accelerating Broadband Deployment

On January 23, the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) released its draft State Model Code for Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment and Investment. A copy of the Model Code can be found here. The Model Code covers a variety of topics related to broadband deployment, including rights of access; requirements for building and network access points; state franchise agreements; and a state broadband infrastructure manager. Of particular interest, Article 11 of the Model Code provides for a declining cap on state universal service: specifically, eligible telecommunications providers receiving State universal service funds in 2019 are to be capped at 90% of the amount received in 2017; for calendar year 2020, 85% of the amount received in 2017; in calendar year 2021, capped at 80%; and for calendar year 2022 and beyond, capped at 75%.

The Model Code drew criticism from Commissioner Clyburn for “language discouraging [municipal broadband].” The Commissioner’s statement is made in reference to the Model Code’s Article 12, which states that, “[t]he preference of the State is that municipal Broadband networks be built, owned, and operated by private industry,” and goes on to indicate that “Fully Public Funded and Operated Networks, in which the Rural municipality designs, builds, operates, and manages a community-wide ISP, and the Rural municipality is responsible for all aspects of the network, including customer support and installations” is the least desirable of options considered.

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

Montana Signs Net Neutrality Executive Order

On January 22, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana signed an executive order that will bar any internet service provider that does business with the state from blocking content, or charging more for faster delivery of content to any customer in the state. The move is expected to face legal challenges, as the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which returned broadband internet access service to Title I regulation and repealed the previous administration’s Net Neutrality rules, explicitly prohibited states from enacting net neutrality legislation.

The Governor’s strategy to get around the FCC’s prohibition is novel. In a statement, Gov. Bullock indicated he believes the state has sufficient latitude to set conditions on any government contracts — which most major ISPs hold — to enforce the restrictions in the executive order. “If you want to do business with Montana, there are standards on net neutrality you will have to follow,” Mr. Bullock said. Basically, in order to obtain lucrative government contracts, ISPs will be required to follow the Net Neutrality principles outlined in the executive order vis-à-vis all of their customers in the state.

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

Comment Sought on ISP Disclosure Requirements

On January 18, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Restoring Internet Freedom Order which, among other things, revised the transparency requirements applicable to internet service providers (ISPs). Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments are due March 19.

Specifically, in the Restoring Internet Freedom Order the FCC required each ISP to publicly disclose network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of its broadband internet access service sufficient to enable consumers to make informed choices regarding the purchase and use of such services, and entrepreneurs and other small businesses to develop, market, and maintain internet offerings. As part of these disclosures, the rule requires ISPs to disclose their congestion management, application-specific behavior, device attachment rules, and security practices, as well as any blocking, throttling, affiliated prioritization, or paid prioritization in which they engage. Finally, the rule requires ISPs to disclose the price of the service, privacy policies, and redress options. The rule requires ISPs to make such disclosure available either via a publicly available, easily accessible website or through transmittal to the Commission, which will make such disclosures available via a publicly available, easily accessible website.

Unlike traditional FCC comments, PRA comments must focus on: (i) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the FCC, including whether the information will have practical utility; (ii) the accuracy of the FCC’s burden estimate; (iii) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (iv) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (v) ways to further reduce the information burden for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees. BloostonLaw routinely prepares PRA comments and is available for assistance.

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

Law & Regulation

Lockbox For Manual Filings with Wireline Bureau is Closing

On February 19, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Order amending the application fee procedure for fillings made with the Wireline Competition Bureau. Accordingly, the lockbox used for manual filings is officially closed. Filings must now be made using an electronic payment system and, wherever possible, electronic filing. This affects fees for tariffs, petitions and applications with the Bureau.

As a temporary transition measure, the FCC has indicated that payments to the lockbox will continue to be processed until April 18, but after that date, payments for any WCB-related fee or service must be made in accordance with the procedures set forth on the Commission’s website.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy, Mary Sisak, and Sal Taillefer.

House Announces New Broadband Bills

On January 17 and 18, House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced that a second and third round of broadband infrastructure bills have been introduced, which “focus on supporting innovation and advancing broadband infrastructure in rural communities.” According to the press release:

  • H.R. 4810, “Making Available Plans to Promote Investment in Next Generation Networks without Overbuilding and Waste (MAPPING NOW) Act,” sponsored by Representatives Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY), would reassert the authority of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information to conduct a National Broadband Map.
  • H.R. 4817, “Promoting Exchanges for Enhanced Routing of Information so Networks are Great (PEERING) Act,” sponsored by Representative Billy Long (R-MO), would authorize a matching grant program through the NTIA to promote peering centers (the physical locations where networks come together, and where content providers cache content closer to end users to increase speed and efficiency of networks) where none exist, or to help an existing one expand if it is the only such facility in a core-based statistical area. The bill would also authorize eligible recipients under the Universal Service Fund’s E-Rate program and Telehealth program to use such funds to contract with a broadband provider to obtain a connection to a peering facility, or to pay costs of maintaining a point of presence at a peering facility.
  • H.R. 4813, “Wireless Internet Focus on Innovation in Spectrum Technology for Unlicensed Deployment (WIFI STUDy) Act,” sponsored by Representative Ryan Costello (R-PA), would direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on the complementary role of unlicensed spectrum in assisting with internet traffic management, and the potential for gigabit WiFi service in spectrum bands below 6 gigahertz.
  • H.R. 4832, “Restoring Economic Strength and Telecommunications Operations by Releasing Expected Dollars (RESTORED) Act,” sponsored by Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND), would permit companies eligible for funds under the Universal Service Fund’s High-Cost program to elect up to a 7-month advance payment of such funds to aid in the restoration of services in Presidentially-declared disaster areas.
  • H.R. 4845, “Connecting Communities Post Disasters Act,” sponsored by Representative Pete Olson (R-TX), would provide a 5-year categorical exclusion from environmental and historical reviews for communications facilities in Presidentially-declared disaster areas to aid the replacement and improvements to such facilities.
  • H.R. 4842, “The Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure,” sponsored by Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), would exempt broadband facilities from environmental and historic preservation reviews on federal property that have already granted another communications facility on the same property. It would also exempt broadband facilities that meet certain parameters from environmental and historic preservation reviews in existing rights-of-way, and would exempt expansion of broadband facilities from environmental and historic preservation reviews if the expansion of the broadband facility is no more than 30 feet in any direction.
  • H.R. 4847, “Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act,” sponsored by Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN), would direct the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to issue regulations within 1 year to streamline applications processes to locate or modify communications facilities on public lands and Amend Section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (47 USC 1455) to institute a firm shot clock by which applications must be granted or denied (an application is deemed granted if the agency fails to grant or deny within the allotted time). It would also require a GAO report evaluating accuracy and reliability of data collected for the National Broadband Map.

“The legislation put forward today by my colleagues will encourage innovation, growth, and prosperity in rural communities across the country. We’re establishing a clear, consistent framework for broadband technologies to flourish, ensuring that government is not picking winners and losers. These bills help unleash innovation and create a connected, resilient internet in unserved areas,” said Chairman Blackburn.

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


The Latest Threat to Cellular Devices: “Good Morning!”

On January 22, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google researchers have determined that recent issues with smartphones freezing in India — where one in three smartphone users reportedly run out of space daily — was caused by “an overabundance of sun-dappled flowers, adorable toddlers, birds and sunsets sent along with a cheery message.” According to the article, “Starting before sunrise and reaching a crescendo before 8 a.m., Internet newbies post millions of good-morning images to friends, family and strangers. All that good cheer is driving a 10-fold increase in the number of Google searches for “Good Morning images” over the past five years.” In response, Google rolled out a new app that highlights files for possible deletion—with a special feature to search out and delete all good-morning messages at once.


FEBRUARY 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual Form 499-A that is due April 1.

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

FEBRUARY 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT. Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks--including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30.

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

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 2017. 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.

Calendar At-a-Glance

Jan. 25 – Comments are due on Spectrum Frontiers / Above 24 GHz Report and Order.
Jan. 26 – Reply comments are due on Nationwide Number Portability NPRM.
Jan. 31 – FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) is due.

Feb. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Feb. 1 – FCC Form 502 (Number Utilization and Forecast Report) is due.
Feb. 15 – Comments are due on MVPD communications proceeding.
Feb. 16 – Reply comments are due on Wireline Infrastructure NPRM.
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.

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. 5 – PRA Comments are due on pole attachment complaint process; network change notification revisions.
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.

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


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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,
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The prominent amateur Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is the recipient of the Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award (formerly International Achievement Award). The award recognizes “especially significant contributions in furthering the global mission of the Wireless Innovation Forum.” A prolific technical author, academic, and engineer, Rohde is a partner of Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, Germany, and chairman of Synergy Microwave Corporation in Paterson, New Jersey.

While working under an RCA US Department of Defense contract in 1982, Rohde's department developed the first software-defined radio (SOR), which used the COSMAC (complementary symmetry mono­lithic array computer) chip. Rohde was among the first to publicly present on this topic with his 1985 talk, “Digital HF Radio: A Sampling of Techniques,” at the Third International Conference on HF Communication Systems and Techniques in London.

“Since then, Rohde has actively driven innovation in the field of SOR, both in industry and academia” the Award announcement said. Rohde holds some 50 patents. In the 2017 edition of Communications Receivers, Rohde and his co-authors set SOR at the core of modern communications systems design.

A project in which Rohde & Schwarz is involved was also honored. The Wireless Innovation Forum conferred its Technology of the Year award on the German Armed Forces Joint Composite Radio Equipment Project; Rohde & Schwarz is lead industry partner.

Winners were announced last November at the Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technologies and Software­ Defined Radio (WlnnComm 2017).

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From: Blooston, Mordkofsky, et al
Suggested Reply Comments on 3.5 GHz NPRM - BloostonLaw Update
Date: January 25, 2018 at 2:26:56 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

In continuation of our efforts to preserve the 3.5 GHz CBRS Band as a readily available tool for rural carriers and new market entrants to provide small cell 4G and 5G services, we have prepared the attached DRAFT reply comments for the 3.5 GHz NPRM proceeding. The reply comments are due to be filed with the FCC next Monday (January 29).

In short, the reply comments strongly oppose the Petitioners’ request to issue priority access tier (a.k.a. “PAL”) licenses on the basis of Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) because this will put protected spectrum rights out of reach of small and carriers. The reply comments urge the Commission to provide for a mix of census-tract and county-based PALs along with slightly longer (5-year) terms for county-based licenses and renewal rights if population-based performance requirements are met since this should encourage greater investment in wider-area 4G and 5G services.  We ask for the Commission to allow for partitioning and disaggregation of county-based licenses, and make other modest rule changes consistent with our initial comments.

Let us know as soon as possible and before NOON on Monday if your company wishes to support the attached draft you have any questions or comments. We are proposing to charge participating clients $225 each.

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Hawai'i Aloha • Song Across Hawai'i • Playing For Change Collaboration

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“Hawai’i Aloha” features dozens of Hawai‘i’s top artists across many genres, and over 1,000 youth from 10 Hawaiian charter schools in one epic song. Recorded live across 27 locations, this is Hawaiiʻs most widely known song, used to close important gatherings of all sizes. It is a song of unity and Aloha ‘Aina (Aloha for one’s birthplace, land and home).

About this collaboration: Mana Maoli, a Hawaiian nonprofit, teamed up with Playing For Change and 4 Miles as part of their Mana Mele Project, which features a solar mobile studio and a Music & Multimedia Academy. Alongside the youth — on campus, in real-world settings, and in this video, is the “Mana Mele Collective” — over 200 artists, engineers, and filmmakers who donate their time and talents to mentorships, recordings, and concerts in support of these schools. We hope you enjoy watching this collaborative effort as much as we enjoyed creating it!

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