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Friday — November 23, 2018 — Issue No. 833

Welcome Back To The Wireless Messaging News

Today's issue of the newsletter has been shortened due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

I am pleased to welcome a new advertiser this week:

Wex International Limited
(WEX) Established in January 2004, is a Hong Kong registered company involved in product design (both electronic and mechanical), Manufacturing.

Shenzhen Wex Technology Co. Ltd.
Also established in January 2004 is registered in China and located in Guang Ming, Shenzhen. We have our R&D department and manufacturing unit.

WEX specializes on developing products based on Wireless, RF, GPS/GPRS and Pager technology. Our R&D unit consisting of experienced Hardware, software and Mechanical engineers is fully equipped with all Test equipment, RF chamber, temperature test equipment, waterproof tester, ultrasonic plastic sealing equipment etc.

Wex undertakes turnkey (OEM/ODM) assignments. Starting from the product conceptual stage based on customers ideas, specifications and requirements we develop the product. We undertake designs covering Hardware, Software/Firmware and Mechanical aspects of a product.

We supply engineering samples for customers testing and approval. Thereafter we will manufacture the product and supply to our customers. We have experienced professionals heading the company.

Our aim is to design and manufacture quality and niche products according to our customer needs and satisfaction.

Our R&D is headed by Wong Cheung, expert in RF and wireless technology. His team is responsible for the design of various pagers and pager technology based products as well as GPS/GPRS based products. He has a total of over 19 years experience pager design and manufacturing companies in China.

Sales and Marketing is headed by Eric Dilip Kumar who has a total of over 32 years experience in Electronics industry. First 15 years in product development and manufacturing and the past 18 years (based in Hong Kong) handling sales and marketing for pagers and wireless products all over the world.

Manufacturing is headed by Xu Chu Lin who has over 12 years experience in heading a purchase and manufacturing in leading companies in China.

We have successfully developed and manufactured several products to our customers in USA, Mexico, UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Australia.

Shenzhen Wex Technology Co. Ltd. is now a ISO9001 certified company

List of products developed and manufactured to date are listed below:

  1. 4-line Alpha-Numeric pager (in all languages), both in POCSAG and FLEX protocols.
  2. Numeric pager-both in POCSAG and FLEX protocols.
  3. Watch size pager (both POCSAG and FLEX versions).
  4. POCSAG Tone pager.
  5. POCSAG and FLEX Decoder and Receiver boards made specifically to our customers specifications. These are used for AMR, monitoring energy consumption.
  6. POCSAG and FLEX Decoder/Receiver boards with serial port.
  7. Device based on POCSAG and FLEX technology used as Parking meter.
  8. Pre-recorded voice messages in devices based on pager technology.
  9. LED message display boards based on pager technology.
  10. Remote control units for physically disabled persons.
  11. Drowning Detection Device (DDD)-Wireless device to prevent/alert swimmer accidentally drowning in the pool. Has alerts for Life guard and well as parent/guardian (Patent Pending)
  12. Water flow/sprinkler control system using paging technology.
  13. Wireless device to measure water flow (Automatic Meter Reader-AMR)-only manufacture.

We are currently working on more high tech based products to be released [later]. One of them is:

  • Thinnest Water Proof pager meeting IP67 standards especially for use in Hospitals.


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Easy Solutions  (Vaughan Bowden)
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)
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W8001 (4 Line/8 Line IP67 Alphanumeric Pager)

W8008 Thinnest IP67 Rated Alphanumeric Pager 4 Line/8 Line, OLED Display

W2028 (2 Line/4 Line Alphanumeric Pager)

For Trade inquiries contact:
Eric Dilip Kumar

  • Available in VHF, UHF & 900 MHz Full Range Frequency Bands
  • We are OEM for Major Brand names in USA and Europe
  • We also Design and Manufacture POCSAG Decoder Boards
  • We can Design and Manufacture to customer specifications
  • Factory located in Shenzhen, China
  • Pagers have FCC, RoHs, C-Tick, CE-EMC, IC Approvals

Visit our websites for more details

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Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz

The RFI High Performance Paging Transmitter is designed for use in campus, city, state and country-wide paging systems. Designed for use where reliable simulcast systems where RF signal overlap coverage is critical.

  • Commercial Paging systems.
  • Healthcare Paging systems.
  • Public Safety Emergency Services Paging systems.
  • Demand Response Energy Grid Management.

Built-in custom interface for Prism-IPX ipBSC Base Controller for remote control, management and alarm reporting.

  • Use as a stand-alone unit or in wide area network.
  • Mix with other transmitter brands in an existing paging network.
  • Adjustable from 20-250 watts.
  • 110/240 VAC or 48VDC.
  • Absolute Delay Correction.
  • Remote Diagnostics.
  • Configurable alarm thresholds.
  • Integrated Isolator.
  • Superb Reliability.
  • Improved amplifier efficiency.
  • Most reliable high-powered paging transmitter available.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 Email:

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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
3220 San Simeon Way
Plano, Texas 75023

Vaughan Bowden
Telephone: 972-898-1119
Telephone: 214 785-8255

Easy Solutions


“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

  • Click here for English.
  • Click here for German. (Berlin Revision: November 8, 2016)
  • Click here for French.

Here is an English PDF edit of this paper formatted with page breaks and suitable for printing.

Volunteers needed for translations into other languages.


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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Prism-IPX Systems

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Critical Messaging that works
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Who We Are

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.

What We Make

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 and Refurbishment Services

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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
1.4 Infrastructure Network Equipment - Miscellaneous Service Fees
  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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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-fail-over 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.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 Email:

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Specialists in sales and service of equipment from these leading manufacturers, as well as other two-way radio and paging products:

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Leavitt Communications
7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Mobile phone: 847-494-0000
Telephone: 847-955-0511
Fax: 270-447-1909
Skype ID: pcleavitt

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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.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 Email:

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217 First Street
East Northport, NY 11731

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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.

“If you would know the road ahead, ask someone who has traveled it.”
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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.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 Email:

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Ajit Pai wants to raise rural broadband speeds from 10Mbps to 25Mbps

FCC-funded rural broadband currently requires download speed of just 10Mbps.

JON BRODKIN - 11/20/2018, 3:12 PM

The Federal Communications Commission is planning to raise the rural broadband standard from 10Mbps to 25Mbps in a move that would require faster Internet speeds in certain government-subsidized networks.

The FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF) distributes more than $1.5 billion a year to AT&T, CenturyLink, and other carriers to bring broadband to sparsely populated areas. Carriers that use CAF money to build networks must provide speeds of at least 10Mbps for downloads and 1Mbps for uploads. The minimum speed requirement was last raised in December 2014.

Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he's proposing raising that standard from 10Mbps/1Mbps to 25Mbps/3Mbps. "[W]'re recognizing that rural Americans need and deserve high-quality services by increasing the target speeds for subsidized deployments from 10/1 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps," Pai wrote in a blog post that describes agenda items for the FCC's December 12 meeting.

"[T]he program should support high-quality services; rural Americans deserve services that are comparable to those in urban areas," Pai also wrote.

CAF (also known as the "high-cost program") is part of the Universal Service Fund, which is paid for by Americans through fees on their phone bills.

The new 25Mbps/3Mbps standard will apply to future projects but won't necessarily apply to broadband projects that are already receiving funding. For ongoing projects, the FCC will use incentives to try to raise speeds. More money will be offered to carriers that agree to upgrade speeds to 25Mbps/3Mbps, a senior FCC official said in a conference call with reporters.

FCC will offer “guaranteed revenue stream”

Pai also said that carriers accepting CAF money will have the option of receiving a guaranteed revenue stream for 10 years. Pai wrote:

First, we're working to promote efficiency by moving away from simply telling rate-of-return carriers what their allowable costs and return on investment will be and toward setting broad goals for deployment and rewarding companies for being efficient in meeting those goals (what's called an "incentive-based" model). Specifically, we're offering rate-of-return carriers another opportunity to opt in to model-based support, which would give them a guaranteed revenue stream for a decade in exchange for meeting specified build-out requirements. Second, we're ensuring support is sufficient by offering additional funding to carriers that currently receive model-based support and who agree to meet increased build-out requirements. We're also increasing funding for carriers who do not receive model-based support... we're [also] making the program more predictable by setting a new long-term budget for rate-of-return carriers who choose not to opt in to model-based support and ending arbitrary funding cuts.

To provide the guaranteed revenue stream, Pai's proposal would reverse scheduled budget cuts and adjust the program budget in future years, an FCC official said.

Pai said his proposals will "stretch taxpayer dollars as far as possible" and make sure that subsidies are "sufficient to build out networks; after all, these are areas where the business case for private investment is lacking." FCC subsidies should also be more predictable than in previous years, because "building networks is a serious long-term proposition, not a one-time whim," Pai wrote.

When Democrat Tom Wheeler was FCC chair, Pai supported the commission's 2014 decision to raise the speed benchmark from 4Mbps/1Mbps to 10Mbps/1Mbps but said that the FCC should have also provided carriers with more years of funding to account for the upgrade.

Pai opposed Wheeler's 2015 decision to raise a nationwide broadband standard to 25Mbps/3Mbps. Pai said at the time that 25/3Mbps was too high and criticized the Wheeler-led majority for using different standards, namely the 25Mbps/3Mbps standard for judging nationwide broadband deployment progress and the lower standard in rural projects subsidized by the government. As chair, Pai in 2017 floated a proposal that would lower broadband standards, but he changed course after a backlash.

Despite Pai's claim that repealing net neutrality rules and other regulations will spur broadband deployment, Charter and Verizon both said this year that they're reducing capital expenditures. Broadband lobby groups USTelecom and NTCA recently argued that Internet service is similar to utilities such as electricity and gas distribution. The lobby groups also said that the government should provide more money to private companies to close the rural broadband gap. They complained that "US broadband infrastructure has been financed largely by the private sector without assurance that such costs can be recovered through increased consumer rates."




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Leavitt Communications

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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.

Phil Leavitt

7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Volume 6 | Issue 228

Letter from the Editor

A Dinner I’m Thankful For

By Jim Fryer, Managing Editor, Inside Towers

Having attended one dinner last week in Washington D.C. hosted by WIA, honoring the founders of our industry, it gave me some added thanks to add to the dinner I’ll be having with family and friends tomorrow.

Among the many gratitudes I have for how life, crazy and unpredictable as it is, has blessed me over my * years, I need to save one for the tower market. The D.C. dinner reminded me of how unformed the market was back in the primordial mist of the late ‘80’s and what it has become. It is a thing of wonder and worthy of thanks.

Steven Bernstein, former founder and CEO of SBA, talked about starting his company on credit cards and buying chunks of spectrum for the cost of a Butterball turkey (my metaphor, not his . . . I think I’m getting hungry). Steve Dodge, founder and former CEO of American Tower, described putting up a series of towers on spec along a highway corridor in Florida, more on faith than on profound insights on what the market would become. Both men prospered and both were, yes, thankful for the the robust business that followed them. Like so many in the room, I caught the same wave and am riding it today.

With a new year at our doorstep that has a packed pipeline of demand, I am saving one thanks tomorrow for our healthy and happening wireless infrastructure market and the bright future ahead.


Inside Towers will not publish on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Our next newsletter will publish on Monday, November 26. -ed

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. 48 November 14, 2018 

BloostonLaw wishes our clients a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

Holiday Edition

Draft Proposed Rate-of-Return High Cost Support Order Expected

Chairman Pai and the Wireline Bureau are expected to circulate before Thanksgiving a draft of the Order to be considered at the FCC’s December Open Meeting regarding changes to the High Cost Support mechanisms for Rate-of-Return (RoR) carriers. The Order is expected to contain a number of significant changes, including: (a) three separate RoR budgets — for the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (ACAM) mechanisms, the cost-based RoR support [High Cost Loop Support (HCLS) and Connect America Fund — Broadband Loop Support (CAF-BLS)] mechanisms, and the Connect America Fund — Intercarrier Compensation (CAF-ICC) mechanism; (b) an optional offer to existing ACAM recipients that would increase their funding benchmark from $146.10 to $200 if they accept certain additional 25/3 build-out obligations; (c) a new second ACAM offer (with 25/3 build-out obligations) available to all RoR carriers that did not or were not eligible to elect ACAM support the first time it was offered; and (d) an increased support budget (based upon 2018 HCLS and CAF-BLS calculations without any budget control mechanism decreases, with future inflation adjustments) for cost-based RoR carriers (plus additional 25/3 build-out obligations).

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

FCC Eliminates Detailed Handset Accessibility Compliance (HAC) Reporting Requirement in Favor of Simpler Certification

On November 15, the FCC adopted a Report and Order eliminating the requirement that digital commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers (including carriers that provide service using AWS-1 spectrum and resellers of cellular, broadband PCS and/or AWS services) file FCC Form 655, better known as the Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Report. Instead, service providers will be required to post on their web sites more up-to-date and accessible information about hearing aid-compatible wireless handsets. Under the new rules, service providers must also certify annually whether they are in compliance with FCC hearing aid-compatibility rules. We note, however, that the FCC did not eliminate the Form 655 filing requirement for handset manufacturers. Finally, the Report and Order established a streamlined transition process for the new web site and certification requirements.

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

FCC Approves Use of Galileo Navigation System in United States

On November 15, the FCC granted in part the European Commission’s request for a waiver of the FCC’s rules so that non-Federal devices in the United States may access specific signals transmitted from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) known as Galileo. According to a Press Release by the FCC, “consumers and industry in the United States will now be permitted to access certain satellite signals from the Galileo system to augment the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), and thus benefit from improved availability, reliability, and resiliency of these position, navigation, and timing services in the United States.”

The Order finds that the Galileo GNSS is uniquely situated as a foreign GNSS system with respect to the U.S. GPS, since the two systems are interoperable and radio-frequency compatible pursuant to the 2004 European Union/United States Galileo-GPS Agreement. Specifically, the Order permits access to two of the Galileo system’s satellite signals — the E1 signal that is transmitted in the 1559-1591 MHz portion of the 1559-1610 MHz Radionavigation-Satellite Service (RNSS) frequency band and the E5 signal that is transmitted in the 1164-1219 MHz portion of the 1164-1215 MHz and 1215-1240 MHz RNSS bands. These are the same RNSS bands in which the U.S. GPS satellite signals operate. The Order does not grant access to the Galileo E6 signal, which is transmitted over the 1260-1300 MHz frequency band, since this band is not allocated for RNSS in the United States or used by the U.S. GPS to provide PNT services. The FCC noted that granting access to the Galileo E6 signal could constrain U.S. spectrum management in the future in spectrum above 1300 MHz, where potential allocation changes are under consideration.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast.

FCC Updates Cable Subscriber Notice Rules

On November 15, the FCC adopted a Report and Order that allows cable operators to deliver notices to their customers via email. The FCC also adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on whether subscribers should have the option to receive notices through other electronic means such as texts or apps. Comment deadlines have not yet been established.

The FCC’s rules require cable operators to provide certain written information to their subscribers about various service-related topics. In June 2017, the FCC issued a Declaratory Ruling clarifying that the annual notice that must be provided to subscribers can be sent via email, subject to certain consumer safeguards. The Report and Order expands upon this Declaratory Ruling by allowing cable operators and other pay TV companies to send additional general subscriber notices via email. The Order also allows cable operators to respond to certain consumer requests and billing dispute complaints by email if the consumer used email to file the complaint or asks for a response via email. In addition, the Order eliminates cable equipment compatibility notice requirements in light of technological advances and market changes in the cable industry.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy.

FCC Proposes Additional Streamlining for Satellite Rules

On November 15, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at further simplifying and streamlining its rules governing satellite communications. Comment and reply comment deadlines have not yet been established.

Building upon its 2016 Biennial Review, the FCC proposes to create a new unified license for space stations and earth stations operating in a geostationary orbit, fixed-satellite service network. The proposed unified network license would eliminate redundancies in the separate licensing processes for satellites and earth stations. The NPRM also seeks comment on other proposals, such as eliminating certain annual reporting requirements for satellite operators and aligning the build-out periods for some earth stations with the accompanying build-out periods for their communicating satellites.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast.

Senate Introduces TRACED Act to Combat Robocalls

On November 16, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the committee and author of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, announced the introduction of S. 3655, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

As proposed, the TRACED Act:

  • Broadens the authority of the FCC to levy civil penalties of up to $10,000 per call who intentionally flout telemarketing restrictions.
  • Extends the window for the FCC to catch and take civil enforcement action against intentional violations to three years after a robocall is placed.
  • Brings together the Department of Justice, FCC, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Commerce, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other relevant federal agencies as well as state attorneys general and other non-federal entities to identify and report to Congress on improving deterrence and criminal prosecution at the federal and state level of robocall scams.
  • Requires providers of voice services to adopt call authentication technologies, enabling a telephone carrier to verify that incoming calls are legitimate before they reach consumers’ phones.
  • Directs the FCC to initiate a rule making to help protect subscribers from receiving unwanted calls or texts from callers using unauthenticated numbers.

“I’ve heard from countless South Dakotans who are tired of the abusive robocalls and scams that are constantly interrupting their daily lives,” said Thune. “The TRACED Act targets robocall scams and other intentional violations of telemarketing laws so that when authorities do catch violators, they can be held accountable. Existing civil penalty rules were designed to impose penalties on lawful telemarketers who make mistakes. This enforcement regime is totally inadequate for scam artists, and we need do more to separate enforcement of carelessness and other mistakes from more sinister actors.”

BloostonLaw Contacts: Mary Sisak and Sal Taillefer.

Comments on AM Revitalization FNPRM Due January 22

On November 20, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the comment and reply comment deadlines for its Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Revitalization of the AM Radio Service proceeding. Comments are due January 22 and reply comments are due February 19. In the FNPRM, the FCC sought comment on modifications to its prior proposals regarding protection to Class A stations, as well as whether its modified proposals would change commenters’ positions on other proposals in the proceeding.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast.

Calendar At-a-Glance

Nov. 27 – Reply comments are due on 3.7 GHz NPRM.
Nov. 28 – Comments are due on Adequate Replacement Test Interoperable Devices.
Nov. 28 – Comments are due on Phase I Testing for U-NII-4 (5.9 GHz) Devices

Dec. 3 – Reply comments are due on Termination of Dormant Proceedings.
Dec. 7 – Comments are due on Sprint Petition on IP Relay Rate making.
Dec. 10 – Comments are due on Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’s Act NPRM.
Dec. 13 – Reply comments are due on Adequate Replacement Test Interoperable Devices.
Dec. 13 – Reply comments are due on Phase I Testing for U-NII-4 (5.9 GHz) Devices
Dec. 14 – Reply comments are due on Cable Franchising FNPRM.
Dec. 24 – Reply comments are due on Sprint Petition on IP Relay Rate making.

Jan. 9 – Reply comments are due on Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’s Act NPRM.
Jan. 22 – Comments are due on AM Revitalization FNPRM.
Jan. 31 – FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) is due.

Feb. 19 – Reply comments are due on AM Revitalization FNPRM.

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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Subject: Plan "B" implemented on the Glenayre/Quintron Power Monitor panels quite successfully
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Well, it seems that aliens have absconded with every possible printed or electronic copy of the schematics and wiring info on the Quintron/Glenayre power monitoring panels. But where there's a will, there's an Arduino. When all else fails, strip it down to just the metal frame and save the meter bezel, then build your own mousetrap. Check out what I did to the first one, and it's going to be done to the others as well... complete with demo video...

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Subject: Next generation of my Power and SWR monitors — IoT / Internet telemetry added!
Date: November 22, 2018 at 9:08:19 AM CST
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I've already started working the next generation of my power and SWR monitoring system to replace the old Glenayre/Quintron Power Monitor Panels. This version — which I managed to build between late yesterday and this morning — has live Internet-based IoT telemetry!

Check it out if you'd like. Here's a link to the article describing the beta/prototype, which is fully functioning as we speak on one of our R.A. Communications transmitters, currently running here in my lab:

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