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Friday — May 11, 2018 — Issue No. 805

Welcome Back To The Wireless Messaging News

Almost everyone familiar with two-way radios knows that when you push down on the microphone button on a half-duplex radio, the receiver turns off and the transmitter turns on. So the funny story that I was told many years ago — by my mentor Al Konash — was about the dispatcher who transmitted a plea on the base-station radio to whoever was transmitting, telling them to quit because they were blocking the channel. People in the mobiles frequently sat on their microphones, keying their transmitter and blocking the channel for everyone else to use. I guess the dispatcher didn't understand that whoever was doing that, couldn't hear anything.

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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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Editorial Opinion pieces present only the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of any of advertisers or supporters. This newsletter is independent of any trade association. I don't intend to hurt anyone's feelings, but I do freely express my own opinions.



I would like to recommend Easy Solutions for Support of all Glenayre Paging Equipment. This Texas company is owned and operated by Vaughan Bowden. I have known Vaughan for over 35 years. Without going into a long list of his experience and qualifications, let me just say that he was the V.P. of Engineering at PageNet which was—at that time—the largest paging company in the world. So Vaughan knows Paging.

GTES is no longer offering support contracts. GTES was the original group from Vancouver that was setup to offer support to customers that wanted to continue with the legacy Glenayre support. Many U.S. customers chose not to use this service because of the price and the original requirement to upgrade to version 8.0 software (which required expensive hardware upgrades, etc.). Most contracts ended as of February 2018.

If you are at all concerned about future support of Glenayre products, especially the “king of the hill” the GL3000 paging control terminal, I encourage you to talk to Vaughan about a service contract and please tell him about my recommendation.


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Easy Solutions  (Vaughan Bowden)
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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)

FCC hits Florida 'robocaller' with record $120M fine

By Sara Shayanian | May 10, 2018 at 1:41 PM

The Federal Communications Commission fined a Florida man a record $120 million Thursday for a robocalling operation aimed at selling travel packages and timeshares. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

May 10 (UPI) — The Federal Communications Commission fined a Florida man a record $120 million Thursday for a robocalling operation aimed at selling travel packages and timeshares, the agency said.

The FCC said Adrian Abramovich of Miami made almost 100 million robocalls over a three-month period in what the agency called a "malicious spoofing" operation.

The FCC said Abramovich violated the Truth in Caller ID Act, which prohibits callers from deliberately falsifying caller ID information with the intent to harm or defraud customers.

"Tough enforcement is a key part of the FCC's robust strategy for combating illegal robocalls, and this Forfeiture Order represents a big step forward in our enforcement efforts," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday.

"This is the largest illegal robocalling scheme that the FCC has investigated to date, and we are appropriately imposing a $120 million forfeiture in response."

Investigators said Abramovich used the robocalls to "trick" consumers into answering and listening to his advertisements. They said he used a practice known as "neighbor spoofing" to make the calls appear local — increasing the likelihood that people would answer the calls.

The calls purported to be from well-known travel or hospitality companies like Marriott, Expedia, Hilton, and TripAdvisor, the FCC said. After answering the calls, people were redirected to foreign call centers that attempted to sell timeshares and vacation packages.

The FCC said it received numerous complaints from residents and travel businesses about the calls. Spōk, a medical paging company, also complained after its network was disrupted by the calls.

Abramovich testified in Congress last month under subpoena. During the hearing, he described the robocalls as "very easy," noting that it's possible to make as many as 10,000 calls a day.



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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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  • Click here for German. (Berlin Revision: November 8, 2016)
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Here is an English PDF edit of this paper formatted with page breaks and suitable for printing.

Volunteers needed for translations into other languages.


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

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R.H. (Ron) Mercer
Wireless Consultant
Barry Kanne
Paging Industry Veteran
Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer
Allan Angus
Consulting Engineer

The Board of Advisor members are people with whom I have developed a special rapport, and have met personally. They are not obligated to support the newsletter in any way, except with advice, and maybe an occasional letter to the editor.


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Broward County's First Responders Hope Emergency Communication Issues Will Be Resolved

Published at 4:50 PM EDT on May 8, 2018 | Updated at 9:45 PM EDT on May 8, 2018

NBC 6's Marissa Bagg reports on the latest developments related to Broward County's emergency communications systems.

Video link here.

Following some failures by the emergency communication system, such as 911, Broward County's first responders are hoping the problems do not occur again.

Broward County will buy a new communications system that should add bandwidth and channels for police and paramedics to avoid issues like throttling during emergencies. It should be in place by 2020.

Confusion spread due to a communication system malfunction in January 2017 during the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting as Broward County deputies searched for a second shooter, who did not exist.

During the Parkland school shooting tragedy on Feb. 14, similar issues occurred as police radios were overwhelmed and first responders said communication malfunctioned as they searched for Nikolas Cruz.

There is an independent investigation to see how radio transmissions possibly failed during the Parkland shooting.

In late April, as an outage affected Broward County's 911 system, a Davie mother frantically, and unsuccessfully, called for medical assistance to help save her son's life.

“I’m thinking to myself — who else is dead because they didn’t answer?” the mother said.

Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine said an emergency system failure is an issue of life and death.

"Too many people are getting on the same channel at once and it's causing a slowdown and in some cases slowing it down so the system doesn't crash," Udine said. "The technical people say that's what they want to happen so the system doesn't crash but to the public and the police officers using these radios that's a problem that needs to be fixed."


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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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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
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  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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  Pick, Pack, and Order Fulfillment Fee $29.90
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Internet Protocol Terminal

The IPT accepts Internet or serial messaging using various protocols and can easily convert them to different protocols, or send them out as paging messages.

An ideal platform for hospitals, on-site paging applications, or converting legacy systems to modern protocols.

Input Protocols: Serial and IP
Output Protocols: Serial and IP
FLEX (optional PURC control)   POCSAG (optional PURC control)

Additional/Optional Features

  • Database of up to 5000 subscribers.
  • 4 serial ports on board.
  • Up to 8 phone lines (DID or POTS).
  • Can be configured for auto-failover to hot swap standby.
  • 1RU rack mount unit appliance—no moving parts.
  • Easily secure legacy system messages leaving site for HIPAA compliance.
  • Only purchase the protocols/options you need.
  • Add Paging Encryption for HIPAA compliance on site.

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Fax: 270-447-1909
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Paging Data Receiver PDR-4

The PDR-4 is a multi-function paging data receiver that decodes paging messages and outputs them via the serial port, USB or Ethernet connectors.

Designed for use with Prism-IPX ECHO software Message Logging Software to receive messages and log the information for proof of transmission over the air, and if the data was error free.

  • Option—decode capcode list or all messages.
  • Large capcode capacity.
  • Serial, USB and Ethernet output.
  • POCSAG or FLEX page decoding, special SA protocols.
  • Receivers for paging bands in VHF, UHF, 900 MHz.
  • Message activated Alarm Output.
  • 8 programmable relay outputs.
  • Send notifications of a system problem.
  • Synthesized Receiver Tuning.
  • Selectivity better than 60 dB.
  • Frequencies 148-174, 450-470, 929-932 MHz.
  • Image Rejection better than 55 dB.
  • Spurious Rejection better than 55 dB.
  • Channel Spacing 12.5 or 25 kHz.
  • Power 5VDC.
  • Receiving Sensitivity 5µV at 1200 bps.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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Consulting Alliance

Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, Allan Angus, Vic Jackson, and Ira Wiesenfeld are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects.

Click here left arrow for a summary of their qualifications and experience. Each one has unique abilities. We would be happy to help you with a project, and maybe save you some time and money.

Note: We do not like Patent Trolls, i.e. “a person or company who enforces patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question.” We have helped some prominent law firms defend their clients against this annoyance, and would be happy to do some more of this same kind of work.

Some people use the title “consultant” when they don't have a real job. We actually do consulting work, and help others based on our many years of experience.

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Remote AB Switches

ABX-1 switches are often used at remote transmitter sites to convert from old, outdated and unsupported controllers to the new modern Prism-IPX ipBSC base station controllers. Remotely switch to new controllers with GUI commands.


ABX-3 switches are widely used for enabling or disabling remote equipment and switching I/O connections between redundant messaging systems.


Common Features:

  • RJ45 for A, B and Common connectors.
  • Manual push button or use Prism IP commands to switch one or more relays.
  • Single or Dual Port Control card for IP or Serial connection.
  • Form C relay—control local connection.
  • Power Loss Indicator.
  • Rear Panel Connector for controlling the switch externally.
  • Power Source: 5VDC for ABX-1; 12VDC for ABX-3.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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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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Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Volume 6 | Issue 93  

FCC Considers Opening Up 2.5 GHz Band

For their first monthly meeting with only four FCC Commissioners, Michael Rielly moved to the seat formerly held by Mignon Clyburn and both Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr moved to the other side of the dais.

In their first meeting with only four FCC Commissioners, the leadership at the agency voted Thursday to consider opening up Educational Broadband Service (EBS) airwaves to more users in the 2.5 GHz band.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said during the vote, the 2496-2690 MHz of spectrum is the largest contiguous band of spectrum below three gigahertz that could be used for 5G. His colleague Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said what started as an educational closed circuit video has “morphed into a broadband play for commercial providers.” New approaches to the band are needed, Commissioners agreed, because periodic application freezes have led to significant underuse of the band.

Chairman Ajit Pai, thinking FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel was done speaking, started his remarks. She jokingly said, “Hey, there’s only one of us now, I’m going to take as long as I need,” referring to the departure of fellow Democrat Mignon Clyburn from the dais.

“While we seek comment on how to increase flexibility for licensees, we must be mindful of educational use” in the band, she said. Rosenworcel challenged colleagues and the public alike to use the proceeding to develop “creative solutions” to help bridge the homework gap, such as a spectrum auction for “overlay rights” in the band.

FCC Chairman Pai said the agency is thinking “openly and broadly” about EBS licenses. An example is the Commission asks for comment in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking about giving existing EBS licensees, along with other educational entities and Tribal communities, the chance to obtain new priority licenses and then auctioning off the remaining white spaces. The proposal would also loosen geographic limits on license holders.

by Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Volume 6 | Issue 92 

5G Could Drive Up Rooftop Rent for Telecom

Infrastructure Next-generation 5G will likely have significant impacts on the real estate industry, according to Milestone Communications President Len Forkas. With the tech evolution, real estate owners could see new opportunities to generate revenue from telecom companies seeking to rent space on rooftops and inside buildings to add infrastructure, Urban Land reported.

He also noted that building owners may benefit from a greater number of micro-centers that need to be placed closer to consumers in order to reduce latency. “Latency trumps speed,” Forkas explained. “The longer the distance, the slower the latency. I think we’re going to see more data housed closer to where people are using it.”

Telecom companies are also increasingly looking for locations for small cells that can be attached to the exterior of buildings or concealed in streetlights, reported Urban Land.

As building owners begin to lease space to telecoms for micro-centers, Forkas discussed ensuring lease agreements with telecoms spell out in precise detail, the amount and type of equipment that is to be installed. Because of the rapid rate of technological change, companies may need to upgrade or increase the amount of equipment every few years, he said.

“If you have a fixed amount [of equipment] in the lease agreement, you have the opportunity to ask for more rent,” Forkas said. He’s already seeing this trend play out with his companies’ cell towers, where telecoms are adding as much as 4,000 pounds of equipment.

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

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BloostonLaw Newsletter

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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. 20 May 9, 2018 

Discontinuance Rules Effective May 9

On May 9, the FCC published notice in the Federal Register that that Office of Management and Budget has approved the information collections associated with its November 2017 Report and Order revising the Section 214 service discontinuance rules. Specifically, the amendments to Section 63.71, which contains procedures for discontinuance, reduction, or impairment of service by domestic carriers, are effective May 9.

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

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


FCC Announces Revised A-CAM Offers to 217 Authorized A-CAM Companies

On May 7, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing 217 revised offers of Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) support and the associated revised deployment obligations. Report 11.0 shows the revised state-level offers of model-based support and revised deployment obligations for each carrier that has already been authorized by the Bureau to receive A-CAM, and is therefore eligible to elect a second revised offer. (If prompted for a user name and password when following the link, simply click cancel). These carriers have until June 21, 2018 to notify the Bureau, on a state-by-state basis, whether they elect to receive the revised amount of model-based support.

In the 2018 Rate-of-Return Reform Order, the FCC directed the Bureau to offer additional support up to $146.10 per-location to all carriers that accepted the first revised offers of model-based support. Under this second revised offer, all locations with costs above $52.50 will be funded up to a per-location fund cap of $146.10, and the FCC directed the Bureau to adjust deployment obligations accordingly.

To elect the revised support amount for a state or states, a carrier must submit a letter signed by an officer of the company confirming that the carrier elects the revised model-based support amount as specified in Report 11.0 and commits to satisfy the specific service obligations associated with that amount of model support. If a carrier fails to submit any final election letter by the June 21, 2018 deadline, it will be deemed to have declined the second revised offer and will continue to receive current support amounts and be subject to current deployment obligations.

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

FCC Announces Official Agenda for May Open Meeting

On May 3, the FCC released the official agenda for its May Open Meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday, May 10. At the Open Meeting, the FCC will consider:

  • Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would allow more efficient and effective use of 2.5 GHz spectrum by increasing flexibility for existing Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licensees and providing new opportunities for educational entities, rural Tribal Nations, and commercial entities to access unused portions of the band. (WT Docket No. 18-120)
  • FM Translator Interference Rules: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which proposes to streamline the rules relating to interference caused by FM translators and expedite the translator complaint resolution process. (MB Docket No. 18-119)
  • Broadcast License Posting Rules: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on whether to streamline or eliminate certain rules which require the physical posting and maintenance of broadcast licenses and related information in specific locations. (MB Docket Nos. 18-121, 17-105)

Please note that the links in these descriptions are for draft texts of each item expected to be considered at the next Open Commission Meeting. One-page cover sheets are included in the public drafts to help summarize each item. The items actually adopted at the meeting may vary from these drafts.

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

US Telecom Files Petition for Forbearance of Legacy ILEC Rules

On May 4, USTelecom filed a Petition for Forbearance seeking forbearance from “outmoded regulatory mandates that distort competition and investment decisions.” Comments or oppositions are due June 7, and replies are due June 22.

Specifically, USTelecom seeks forbearance from ILEC-specific unbundling and resale mandates in Section 251(c)(3) and (4) and associated Section 251 and 252 obligations; Section 272(e)(1)' s RBOC-specific time interval requirements for nondiscriminatory treatment of affiliates and non-affiliates regarding requests for service, and the long distance separate affiliate requirement for independent ILECs set out in Section 64.1903 of the Commission's rules; and Section 271(c)(2)(B)(iii)' s RBOC-specific competitive checklist item regarding access to poles, ducts, conduit, and rights-of-way.

According to USTelecom, “forced sharing of facilities or services at mandated discounts reduces incentives for investment and innovation, to the detriment of consumers” and “mandates that make legacy facilities and services available at artificially low rates reduce incentives for competitors to deploy their own broadband facilities, diverting resources that could be put to better use, such as expanding the incumbent's own broadband capabilities.” USTelecom further argues that regulation also inherently imposes significant administrative and compliance costs on both regulators and regulated companies.

Carriers interested in participating in the proceeding should contact the firm for more information.

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

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Comments on 4.9 GHz FNPRM Due July 6

On May 7, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WP Docket No. 07-100: Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules. In this FNPRM, the FCC seeks comment on several alternatives to stimulate expanded use of and investment in the 4.9 GHz band. Comments are due July 6, and reply comments are due August 6.

The FCC’s proposals for the 4.9 GHz band include:

  • Band Plan: The FCC proposes to retain the existing channelization plan for the band, but to modify the 4.9 GHz band plan by aggregating Channels 1 - 5 to form a five-megahertz bandwidth channel for aeronautical mobile and robotic use; allow existing channel aggregation bandwidth limit to 40 megahertz; and to grandfather all incumbent users as of the date any final rules become effective.
  • Aeronautical and Robotic Use: The FCC proposes to require aeronautical mobile and robotic operations to be frequency coordinated around incumbent terrestrial users of Channels 1-5; allow manned aeronautical use of Channels 1-5; establish a maximum altitude limit of 1500 feet (457 meters) above ground level (AGL) for manned airborne operations on Channels 1-5; allow air-to-ground and robotic transmissions only from low power devices as defined in Section 90.1215; and to amend Section 2.106 of the Commission’s rules to remove the prohibition on aeronautical mobile service use from the 4940-4950 MHz band in the non-Federal Table of Frequency Allocations.
  • Coordination: The FCC proposes to require certified frequency coordination for licensing in the 4.9 GHz band; permitting Public Safety Pool frequency coordinators which the FCC has certified to coordinate in other Part 90 spectrum bands be eligible to coordinate applications in the 4.9 GHz band; and waiving frequency coordination for certain technology to serve as incentive for manufacturers and licensees to use such technology in the 4.9 GHz band without creating harmful interference.
  • Database and Existing Licenses: The FCC proposes to require incumbent licensees and new applicants to provide technical information that will enhance frequency coordination and help mitigate the possibility of interference, while permitting more new users; adding the 4.9 GHz band to the microwave schedule for P-P, P-MP, and fixed receiver stations; and uncoupling base and mobile stations from geographic licenses (instead requiring that base and mobile technical parameters be entered on the existing location and technical data schedules). Thus, the FCC proposes to maintain ULS as the comprehensive licensing database for the 4.9 GHz band, which frequency coordinators will use to base their coordination. The FCC also proposes to set a one-year timetable, starting on the release date of the ULS public notice described above, for incumbent licensees to provide data.
  • Technical Standards: The FCC seeks comment on how to encourage voluntary implementation of technical standards for equipment in the band that can provide certainty for public safety users while also providing appropriate incentives for manufacturers to develop innovative and cost-effective equipment that will encourage interoperability, discourage fragmentation, and reduce equipment costs through higher economies of scale.
  • Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint: The FCC proposes to allow licensees to use individual 1-MHz bandwidth Channels 14-18 for permanent fixed P-P and P-MP operations on a primary basis, while existing permanent fixed P-P and P-MP operations on individual 1-MHz bandwidth Channels 1-5 would remain secondary, with no such further licensing allowed on those channels due to the proposed aeronautical mobile and robotic designation. • Power Limits: The FCC proposes to allow P-P transmitting antennas to operate with a minimum directional gain of 26 dBi, maximum 5.5 degree beamwidth and minimum 25 dB front-to-back ratio.
  • Construction Deadlines: The FCC proposes to establish a one-year construction deadline for all 4.9 GHz licensees, with a corresponding construction reporting requirement. The current rules impose an 18-month construction deadline only on fixed P-P stations that are licensed on a site-by-site basis, and no construction deadline for base and temporary fixed stations.
  • Eligibility and Shared Use: The FCC seeks comment on whether offering Critical Infrastructure Industries (CII) co-primary status with public safety is likely to create incentives for increased investment in the 4.9 GHz band, and whether eligibility for CII entities should be conditioned on using the band to provide “public safety services,” comment on extending 4.9 GHz band co-primary eligibility to all private internal systems. Alternatively, the FCC seeks comment on the feasibility of a two-tiered sharing approach, in which Tier 1 would consist of primary licensees in the band (including all incumbent users), while Tier 2 would allow other non-public safety users to access the band on a secondary basis, with safeguards to ensure priority and interference protection for Tier 1 operations.
  • Redesignation: The FCC seeks comment on redesignating the 4.9 GHz band, wholly or partially, to support commercial wireless use.

Carriers interested in filing comments or reply comments should contact the firm for more information.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

Streamlined Wireless Siting Rules Effective July 2

On May 3, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Order in WT Docket No. 17-79: Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment. Accordingly, these revisions will become effective July 2, 2018.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the Order excludes certain small wireless facilities deployed on non-Tribal lands from National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, concluding that these facilities are not “undertakings” or “major Federal actions.” Small wireless facilities deployments continue to be subject to currently applicable state and local government approval requirements. The Order also clarifies and makes improvements to the process for Tribal participation in section 106 historic preservation reviews for large wireless facilities, where NHPA/NEPA review is still required; removes the requirement that applicants file Environmental Assessments solely due to the location of a proposed facility in a floodplain, as long as certain conditions are met; and establishes time frames for the FCC to act on Environmental Assessments.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell and Richard Rubino.

2019 Agricultural Appropriations Bill Unveiled; $620M Proposed for Broadband

On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee unveiled the fiscal year 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which includes over $620 million in the expansion of broadband service to provide economic development opportunities and improved education and healthcare services. Funding is included through loan and grants including the Broadband Loan, Community Connect, Distance Learning and Telemedicine programs and a broadband pilot program.

Total discretionary funding in the legislation is $23.27 billion, which is $14 million above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. In total, the bill allows for $145.09 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding — $922 million below the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. The legislation prioritizes this funding for programs supporting rural communities, farmers, ranchers, food and drug safety, rural infrastructure, and nutrition for those in need. In addition, the bill contains several policy provisions to rein in unnecessary and burdensome regulations that harm U.S. food producers and that impede growth in important U.S. industries.

“This legislation supports the safety and the productivity of our nation’s food supply – providing resources that help our farmers and ranchers do their jobs, ensure healthy food is on all our tables, and promote stability and security by ensuring we can rely on U.S. food production here at home,” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “It will also protect families from food insecurity, support growth in rural communities, and increase the safety of the drugs and medical devices that we all may need in our lives.”

Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt said: “In addition, access to high-speed Internet is now just as important to a high-quality of life as electricity, water, and sewer. As a country, we cannot allow large sections of our population to be cut off from the rest of the world, and therefore, be cut off from economic opportunities.”

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


Pentagon Bans Huawei, ZTE Phones from Sale on Military Bases

Last week, multiple news sources reported that the Pentagon is ordering retail stores located on military bases to stop selling Huawei and ZTE phones, on grounds that using these phones could be a security risk.

“Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to the department’s personnel, information and mission,” Army Maj. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal. “In light of this information, it was not prudent for the department’s exchanges to continue selling them.” According to Maj. Eastburn, the Pentagon can’t control whether troops buy these phones elsewhere for personal use, but said they “should be mindful of the security risks posed by the use” of the devices. The Pentagon is also evaluating whether a military-wide advisory regarding the purchase or use of the devices is necessary, he said.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC has recently initiated a proceeding to make it more difficult to obtain Chinese-made telecommunications equipment for national security reasons. Carriers interested in participating in that proceeding should contact the firm for more information.


MAY 31: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on May 31. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Richard Rubino.

MAY 31: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. This FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on June 1. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Richard Rubino.

JULY 2: FCC FORM 481 (CARRIER ANNUAL REPORTING DATA COLLECTION FORM). All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) must report the information required by Section 54.313, which includes outage, unfulfilled service request, and complaint data, broken out separately for voice and broadband services, information on the ETC’s holding company, operating companies, ETC affiliates and any branding in response to section 54.313(a)(8); its CAF-ICC certification, if applicable; its financial information, if a privately held rate-of-return carrier; and its satellite backhaul certification, if applicable. Form 481 must not only be filed with USAC, but also with the FCC and the relevant state commission and tribal authority, as appropriate. Although USAC treats the filing as confidential, filers must seek confidential treatment separately with the FCC and the relevant state commission and tribal authority if confidential treatment is desired.

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

JULY 2: MOBILITY FUND PHASE I ANNUAL REPORT. Winning bidders in Auction 901 that are authorized to receive Mobility Fund Phase I support are required to submit to the FCC an annual report each year on July 1 for the five years following authorization. Each annual report must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the FCC, clearly referencing WT Docket No. 10-208; the Universal Service Administrator; and the relevant state commissions, relevant authority in a U.S. Territory, or Tribal governments, as appropriate. The information and certifications required to be included in the annual report are described in Section 54.1009 of the FCC’s rules.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Sal Taillefer.

JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, UNIVERSAL SERVICE QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE. Line count updates are required to recalculate a carrier's per line universal service support, and is filed with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This information must be submitted on July 31 each year by all rate-of-return incumbent carriers, and on a quarterly basis if a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (CETC) has initiated service in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area and reported line count data to USAC in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area, in order for the incumbent carrier to be eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). This quarterly filing is due July 31 and covers lines served as of December 31 of the previous year. Incumbent carriers filing on a quarterly basis must also file on September 30 (for lines served as of March 31); December 30 (for lines served as of June 30, 2014), and March 31, for lines served as of September 30 of the previous year).

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

JULY 31: CARRIER IDENTIFICATION CODE (CIC) REPORTS. Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Reports must be filed by the last business day of July (this year, July 31). These reports are required of all carriers who have been assigned a CIC code by NANPA. Failure to file could result in an effort by NANPA to reclaim it, although according to the Guidelines this process is initiated with a letter from NANPA regarding the apparent non-use of the CIC code. The assignee can then respond with an explanation. (Guidelines Section 6.2). The CIC Reporting Requirement is included in the CIC Assignment Guidelines, produced by ATIS. According to section 1.4 of that document: At the direction of the NANPA, the access providers and the entities who are assigned CICs will be requested to provide access and usage information to the NANPA, on a semi-annual basis to ensure effective management of the CIC resource. (Holders of codes may respond to the request at their own election). Access provider and entity reports shall be submitted to NANPA no later than January 31 for the period ending December 31, and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. It is also referenced in the NANPA Technical Requirements Document, which states at 7.18.6: CIC holders shall provide a usage report to the NANPA per the industry CIC guidelines … The NAS shall be capable of accepting CIC usage reports per guideline requirements on January 31 for the period ending December 31 and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. These reports may also be mailed and accepted by the NANPA in paper form. Finally, according to the NANPA website, if no local exchange carrier reports access or usage for a given CIC, NANPA is obliged to reclaim it. The semi-annual utilization and access reporting mechanism is described at length in the guidelines.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

Calendar At-a-Glance

May 9 – Comments on 5G auction procedures are due.
May 9 – Comments are 24/28 GHz auction procedures are due.
May 18 – Comments are due on Wireless Signal Booster FNPRM.
May 23 – Reply Comments on 5G auction procedures.
May 25 – Comments are due on RoR Reform FNPRM.
May 29 – Reply Comments are 24/28 GHz auction procedures are due.
May 29 – Challenges for FairPoint additional CAF-I blocks are due.
May 31 – Comments are due on 3.7-4.2 GHz spectrum use.
May 31 – FCC Form 395 (Annual Employment Report) is due.

Jun. 1 – Comments are due on USF Equipment Spending Safeguards.
Jun. 2 – E911 horizontal location accuracy benchmark certification due to be filed.
Jun. 4 - Three-year E911 location accuracy benchmark certification due.
Jun. 4 – Comments are due on Rural Call Completion FNPRM.
Jun. 5 – Comments are due on Status of Gov’t Relocation from AWS Bands.
Jun. 7 – Comments are due on Robocall Database FNPRM.
Jun. 7 – Comments or oppositions due on USTelecom Petition for Forbearance.
Jun. 15 – Reply Comments are due on 3.7-4.2 GHz spectrum use.
Jun. 18 – 15-Day Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 18 – Reply comments are due on Wireless Signal Booster FNPRM.
Jun. 19 – Reply comments are due on Rural Call Completion FNPRM.
Jun. 21 – Deadline to elect revised model-based support.
Jun. 22 – Replies are due on USTelecom Petition for Forbearance.
Jun. 25 – Reply comments are due on RoR Reform FNPRM.
Jun. 25 – Petitions to suspend 15-Day Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 26 – 7-Day Tariff fillings are due.
Jun. 27 – Petitions to suspend 7-Day Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 28 – Replies to Petitions to suspend 15-Day Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 29 – Replies to Petitions to suspend 7-Day Tariff Filings are due.

Jul. 2 – FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form) is due.
Jul. 2 – FCC Form 690 (Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Winner Annual Report) is due.
Jul. 2 – Reply Comments are due on USF Equipment Spending Safeguards.
Jul. 3 – 15-Day and 7-Day Tariff Filings effective.
Jul. 5 – Reply comments are due on Status of Gov’t Relocation from AWS Bands.
Jul. 6 – Comments are due on Expansion of 4.9GHz Band Use NPRM.
Jul. 9 – Reply comments are due on Robocall Database FNPRM.
Jul. 31 – FCC Form 507 (Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update) is due.
Jul. 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.

Aug. 6 – Reply comments are due on Expansion of 4.9GHz Band Use NPRM.

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,
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Historic NSS Call Sign to be Reactivated for Naval Radio Station's 100th Anniversary

ARRL Letter for May 10, 2018

Historic US Navy call sign NSS will be reactivated during the 100th anniversary of the former Naval Radio Station in Annapolis, Maryland. Members of the US Naval Academy Radio Club (W3ADO) and the Potomac Valley Radio Club (W3GRF) will return the historic call sign to the air during the Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test this weekend.

NSS operations from the site of the former Naval Radio Station on Greenbury Point will run from 1300 UTC on Saturday, May 12 to 0200 UTC on Sunday, May 13. Transmissions on CW and SSB will take place on 4,038.5; 5,330.5; 7,533.5; 9,447; 14,487, and 17,545 kHz. NSS will listen for callers on announced frequencies in adjacent Amateur Radio bands. Commemorative QSL cards will be sent for all contacts.

The pair of Federal Telegraph Company 500 kW Poulson arc transmitters installed at NSS-Annapolis in 1918.
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NSS began operation in 1918 as the Annapolis High Power Radio Station using two Federal Telegraph Company 500 kW Poulson arc transmitters and four 600-foot towers, operating in the very low-frequency (VLF) region of the radio spectrum. At that time, VLF was believed to be the only part of the radio spectrum capable of supporting transoceanic radio communication; it would be a few more years before radio amateurs proved the major long-distance communications benefits of frequencies well above 1 MHz.

NSS began regular operation in the HF bands about 10 years later, and that continued until 1976, when the station's HF mission was transferred to Naval Radio Station (call sign NAM) in Norfolk, Virginia. The 1,200-foot central tower and dozens of other towers and masts were demolished in 1999, although three iconic 600-foot Eiffel towers remain at the southern tip of Greenbury Point.

A brief video history of NSS is available on YouTube. The website of radio history buff Jim Hawkins, WA2WHV, also offers a virtual tour of NSS.

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Subject: Thank you for publishing the needs of the local USCG Aux
Date: May 7, 2018 at 1:10:03 PM CDT
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