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New Legislation Suggests Implementing Emergency Alerts Into Streaming Services Like Netflix and Spotify

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:21 AM PDT
by Mitchel Broussard

Currently, when users in a certain area face potentially bad weather, threats of danger, or a nearby AMBER alert, their iPhone or other smartphone sounds off and displays a message explaining the emergency.

In new legislation shared today, United States senators Brian Schatz and John Thune hope to “explore” ways this system could improve to enhance reliability, including implementing these alerts into audio and video online streaming services (via TechCrunch)

According to the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act, more people would be successfully alerted to and aware of potential emergencies if these alerts played on services like Netflix and Spotify. In these situations, the legislation argues, users might have left their smartphone behind in another part of the house while streaming on a TV or computer, missing an alert in the process.

Senator Schatz explained that the mishap with the false missile alert in Hawaii earlier this year “exposed real flaws in the way people receive emergency alerts,” inspiring change and the new legislation.

“When a missile alert went out across Hawai‘i in January, some people never got the message on their phones, while others missed it on their TVs and radios. Even though it was a false alarm, the missile alert exposed real flaws in the way people receive emergency alerts,” said Senator Schatz, lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. “Our bill fixes a number of important problems with the system responsible for delivering emergency alerts. In a real emergency, these alerts can save lives so we have to do everything we can to get it right.”

“Emergency alerts save lives but management mistakes can erode their credibility and effectiveness. The READI Act implements lessons learned from past incidents and recognizes that emergency protocols must change along with communication technology,” said Senator Thune, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Other aspects of the READI Act also propose eliminating the option for users to opt out of receiving “certain” federal alerts, like missile alerts, on smartphones. For iPhone, users can toggle off AMBER Alerts and Emergency Alerts completely under the "Government Alerts" section in Notifications settings.

Otherwise, the legislation would encourage State Emergency Communications Committees to “periodically review and update” their own alert system plans to keep them more up-to-date, as well as compel FEMA “to create best practices” for state, tribal, and local governments for issuing alerts, avoiding false alerts, and retracting false alerts if they happen. This false alert system would also see a reporting system implemented under the READI Act so the FCC can track when they occur and “examine their causes.” [source]

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During his fourteen years with Unication Vic was instrumental in establishing the Unication brand as a premier supplier of Critical Messaging solutions. Prior to Unication, Vic was with Motorola for thirty-one years, holding senior management positions in Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Operations and Corporate Research. Vic has a BSEE and MBA.

Vic will be responsible for existing and new product development as well as providing marketing and sales support for the company while assisting the development of new business opportunities and creating customized solutions for customer needs.

Jim Nelson, President and CEO of Prism-IPX, states “I am very excited to have Vic join our team. I've known Vic for over 40 years and I can't think of anyone more capable of excelling at this challenge. Vic has a proven record of facilitating long term business relationships with both customers and partners in our industry. His in-depth knowledge of infrastructure and devices for critical messaging complement and enhance Prism-IPX's ability to meet the needs of our customers as it continues to provide innovative products to our market segments.”

About Prism-IPX Systems:

Prism-IPX is an innovative market leader and a major distributor for Unication’s products and has working relationships with other manufacturers to round out its product line as a full system supplier. The company has won several major contacts for reliable modern IT-centric messaging systems that address cyber-security and IP based networking with centralized management and monitoring. The company is expanding its staff and plans to open additional development and support locations to better serve its markets. Prism-IPX Systems LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Alpharetta Georgia USA.

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Ajit Pai slams cities and towns as FCC erases $2 billion in local fees

FCC orders cities and towns to slash permit fees for 5G equipment.

JON BRODKIN — 9/26/2018, 1:26 PM

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The Federal Communications Commission today finalized an order that will prevent city and town governments from charging wireless carriers about $2 billion dollars' worth of fees related to deployment of wireless equipment such as small cells.

The decision has angered both large and small municipalities, as we reported last week.

The FCC's Republican majority says that limiting local fees will cause carriers to build 5G networks in rural and sparsely populated areas where it would otherwise be financially unfeasible. But the order doesn't require carriers to deploy any more broadband than they otherwise would have, and carriers already promised nationwide 5G networks before the FCC made its proposal.

“Comb through the text of this decision—you will not find a single commitment made to providing more service in remote communities,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC's only Democrat, said before today's vote. “Look for any statements made to Wall Street—not one wireless carrier has said that this action will result in a change in its capital expenditures in rural areas.”

The $2 billion savings is less than 1 percent of the estimated $275 billion that carriers will have to spend to deploy 5G small cells throughout the US. That level of savings won't spur extra deployment “because the hard economics of rural deployment do not change with this decision,” Rosenworcel said.

The FCC order suggests up-front application fees of $100 for each small cell and annual fees of up to $270 per small cell, saying that these should cover local governments' costs for processing applications and managing deployments on public property. Cities and towns that charge more than that would likely face litigation from carriers and would have to prove that the fees are a reasonable approximation of all costs and are “non-discriminatory.”

The FCC order also limits the kinds of aesthetic requirements cities and towns can impose on carrier deployments. The FCC is telling municipalities “which fees are permissible and which are not, about what aesthetic choices are viable and which are not, with complete disregard for the fact that these infrastructure decisions do not work the same in New York, New York, and New York, Iowa,” Rosenworcel said.

Pai slams cities for “extracting” fees

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the decision “has won significant support from mayors, local officials, and state legislators,” and he criticized those cities and towns that oppose the FCC's decision.

“To be sure, there are some local governments that don't like this order,” Pai said. "They would like to continue extracting as much money as possible in fees from the private sector and forcing companies to navigate a maze of regulatory hurdles in order to deploy wireless infrastructure."

Pai claimed that the fees carriers are charged in big cities prevent them from investing in rural areas. “Big-city taxes on 5G slow down deployment there and also jeopardize the construction of 5G networks in suburbs and rural America,” he said.

But Pai offered no evidence that deployment decisions in rural areas are affected by permit fees in big cities.

Carriers' previous actions show that savings from tax cuts and deregulation don't necessarily cause new deployment. Comcast and AT&T laid off thousands of employees less than a year ago after claiming they would create thousands of new jobs in exchange for a federal tax cut. Shortly after the FCC voted to eliminate net neutrality rules, Charter announced a “meaningful decline” in capital investment.

“We see this play out in NYC, where poles are priced as low as $12 per month in underserved areas yet there are very few providers looking to install in those communities,” New York City CIO Samir Saini wrote in a blog post yesterday. “Our colleagues in rural areas tell us they haven’t been able to attract companies even when offering poles at NO cost.” (NYC charges much higher fees in more affluent areas.)

Saini accused the FCC of “handing taxpayer-owned assets over to multi-billion dollar telecommunications companies, and encouraging them to run wild on our public rights of way.”

“Without local control, multiple companies could pile many different installations on a single light pole,” Saini wrote. “Imagine a mass of new equipment on a single structure, ruining streetscapes and potentially interfering with first responder, electric utility and other critical equipment.”

The National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities also criticized the FCC decision.

“Over 100 local governments from 22 states filed comments in opposition to the proposed ruling during the FCC's comment period,” the group said. “The FCC's impractical actions will significantly impede local governments' ability to serve as trustees of public property, safety and well-being. The decision will transfer significant local public resources to private companies, without securing any guarantee of public benefit in return.”

The FCC move will also force cities and towns to act on carrier applications within 60 or 90 days.

“By narrowing the window and resources for evaluating small cell applications, the FCC is effectively hindering our ability to fulfill public health and safety responsibilities during the construction and modification of broadcasting facilities,” the counties' and cities' group said.

FCC vote pleases industry lobbyists

Today's vote to preempt local regulatory decisions was supported by CTIA, the major wireless carriers' primary lobby group.

“[T]his decision will promote billions in investment and significant job creation," CTIA CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said. "It creates a common-sense national framework that will also enable the wireless industry to accelerate the deployment of 5G for millions of Americans.”

But the order will likely lead to lawsuits because the FCC mostly disregarded the concerns of localities, according to consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge.

“Rather than finding consensus between industry and state and local government stakeholders, the Commission's Declaratory Ruling and Order overwhelmingly sides with industry on nearly every issue, resulting in a vote that will almost certainly be challenged in the courts and create uncertainty, rather than predictability, for small cell wireless deployments,” Public Knowledge Senior Policy Counsel Phillip Berenbroick said.

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Jon is a reporter who joined Ars Technica in 2011, and covers a wide array of IT and tech policy topics. Jon previously wrote for IDG's Network World for 5 years, where he covered Microsoft, Google, open source, cloud computing, virtualization, data centers, and much more. Jon hails from Boston University, where he studied journalism and literature, before spending the start of his career writing about government, the environment, health, and medical technology for the Sentinel & Enterprise and the MetroWest Daily News in Massachusetts.





“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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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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 ALPE-UniElite (All New Parts)ALPE-UniEliteAlphanumeric$34.83
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9 Ways Motorola's Changed in 90 Years Before and After

Date 9/25/2018 7:08:40 PM

(MENAFN Editorial) Dubai, UAE, 25 September, 2018: In sweet home Chicago on September 25, 1928 brothers Paul and Joseph Galvin incorporated Motorola's founding company, Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, with only one product and five employees. Flash forward through #90yearsmotorola and there's no doubt we have transformed the tech industry. Join us as we travel back through 90 years of innovation and technological breakthroughs to see how we have changed from then to now.

  1. We said 'goodbye' to Galvin and 'hello' to Motorola

    Galvin Manufacturing introduced the Motorola car radio in 1930. The Motorola brand name became so popular that in 1947 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation changed its name to Motorola Incorporated. A short eight years later in 1955 the iconic Motorola batwing was born.

  2. Our 1st product fixed 1920s battery life probs, our latest solves today's need for speed

    Our first-ever product was designed in 1928 to address a problem that continues to exist today: battery life. The Galvin Manufacturing battery eliminator allowed battery powered radios to run on household electricity. True to our DNA, we've never stopped delivering what matters most to you. One of our most recent products, the 5G moto mod™, will bring you speeds 10x faster than today's wireless technology and the increased connectivity you're looking for.1 Did you know that on a 5G network, you can download the latest season of your favorite show in HD in the time it takes to board a plane?

  3. From radio to millimeter, we've definitely made some waves

    Galvin Manufacturing produced the world's first FM portable two-way radio in 1943. Since then we've brought the world's first commercial high-power transistor, commercial hand-held cellular phone and two-way pager to name just a few. Most recently, we released the world's first 5G upgradeable cell phone: the moto z3 and an accompanying 5G moto mod™ so you can connect to Verizon's 5G network when it launches.

    Did you know at 2 lbs. and 10 in. long the world's first commercial hand-held cellular phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, was the size of a brick and weighed as much as a pineapple?

  4. We went from pocket-size pagers to RAZR thin flip phones

    In 1982 the Motorola Sensar pager had a unique pen-sized design that looked radically different from any other pager on the market. It was only 2 ounces and conveniently fit into a pocket. In 2004, the innovative Motorola RAZR V3 changed the cell phone design game. With the thinnest profile on a clamshell cell phone of that time and an aluminum body, the RAZR was the first cell phone that doubled as a fashion accessory. The RAZR's V3 model sold more than 130 million units and was the best-selling clamshell phone in the world.

  5. We've transformed from modest mods to modern mods

    Why carry a cell phone and a pager? In 1995, the Motorola RSVP numeric pager fit on the back of any MicroTAC to create a pager, cell phone combo! Today, we continue to push mobile phone limits with moto z and moto mods™. Debuting in 2016, the moto z is more than just a smartphone snap on a moto mod™ and transform it into a projector, photo printer, speaker and more.

  6. From Mount Everest to the moon, we've been everywhere

    Over the past 90 years, we've been all over the globe and beyond! In 1969, a Motorola radio transponder aboard the Apollo 11 lunar module relayed the first words from the moon to Earth. In 2007, 30 years later, mountaineer Rod Bader climbed the highest peak of Mount Everest and used a Motorola MOTORIZR Z8 to make the highest-ever land-based portable phone call and text message.

  7. From the 1900s to the 2000s, we've never stopped creating bestsellers

    In 1986, we introduced the world's best selling pager, the Bravo. The numeric pager could store five 24-character messages that was a lot back then! In the new millennium, the Motorola V60 became available in all three cellular technologies — GSM, TDMA and CDMA — and quickly became a worldwide best seller with internet access, text messaging and voice-activated dialing.

  8. Getting our start in Chicago's windy city, a global presence was only a few years away

    While Motorola has always called Chicago home it didn't take long for us to build a global presence. In 1952 Motorola's first international subsidiary opened in Toronto, Canada, producing radios and televisions. Since then, Motorola has continued growing, with a strong presence in various countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific and China.

    Did you know the first recorded sale of a Motorola-branded product outside the United States took place in June of 1930 with the sale of two Motorola car radios to W. Oldenburger in Mexico City?

  9. The best is yet to come

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Verizon’s secret $40 unlimited plan is now available to everyone — you just need an iPhone

Chris Mills @chrisfmills
September 26th, 2018 at 2:28 PM

Share Tweet Earlier this year, it emerged that Verizon is very stealthily funding a company called Visible, which is offering a slightly different kind of wireless service. Once you sign up — which happens through an app, rather than in-store or over the phone — you get a slightly restricted unlimited plan for $40, including unlimited calling and texting. Compared to the standard single-line rate of around $70 a month that other carriers offer, it’s a great deal.

The problem, up until now, is that you needed an invite to partake. But with the service seemingly growing up a little, the only requirement to subscribe now is to have an iPhone 5s or later, unlocked and compatible with Verizon’s network.

Once you download the app and sign up, Visible will send you a SIM, and you’re good to go. You can even pay with PayPal or Venmo, reinforcing the notion that this is definitely a service for younger people. It doesn’t have the same credit applications or complicated sign-on procedure as a postpaid account, and seems designed to compete with the likes of Google’s Project Fi or the increasingly popular prepaid carriers like Boost or MetroPCS.

There is one big problem with Visible, however: Although it uses Verizon’s excellent 4G LTE network, users are perma-throttled to 5Mbps.

That’s not dramatically slow, and still fast enough to stream or use apps, but it’s a far cry from the 100Mbps+ speeds that users can expect in areas with new technology and good service. You’re also liable to get de-prioritized when the network is busy, likely in favor of Verizon postpaid customers, who generally get priority over MVNOs. On the plus side, there’s no limits on mobile hotspotting, so you get unlimited hotspot data at 5Mbps. Still, even with the caveats, $40 a month for unlimited data, calling, and texts on Verizon’s network is a steal. The most surprising thing is that Verizon itself is funding the company, since it has the potential to cannibalize some of Verizon’s existing customers. At a guess, that might be why it started stealthily without any major marketing push: Verizon wants to analyze whether Visible customers are defecting from Verizon postpaid, or whether it’s picking up customers from other prepaid operators or its competitors.

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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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Ph: 678-242-5290 Email:

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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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FCC Enforcement Bureau Equipment Compliance Advisory

September 27, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued an FCC Enforcement Advisory cautioning operators and vendors of low-cost, two-way VHF/UHF radios that such devices may not be imported, advertised or sold let alone used in the United States unless they comply with FCC rules. The advisory comes in response to advocacy work conducted by the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) and the Enterprise Wireless Alliance who have championed this issue for the past year. We are pleased that the Enforcement Bureau has responded definitively and forcefully.

EWA encourages all to be aware of the Advisory and to share this information. The Advisory makes the key point that because “these devices have not been authorized by the FCC, the devices may not be imported into the United States, retailers may not advertise or sell them, and no one may use them.”

In addition, the Advisory notifies two-way radio users that:

  • The Enforcement Bureau has noticed the rise in sales of low-cost, two-way VHF/UHF radios that do not comply with FCC rules. Some of the radios can be modified to operate on channels for which the user is not authorized and is not eligible.
  • Some radios are capable of prohibited wideband operations.
  • Anyone importing, advertising or selling non-compliant devices should stop.
  • Anyone owning such devices should not use them.
  • Violators may be subject to substantial monetary fines.

“This Advisory serves as an important reminder to all who sell or use two-way radios that observing the rules is critical to spectrum order and efficiency,” said EWA President Mark Crosby.

“The Advisory states that violators “may be subject to penalties authorized by the Communications Act, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary fines (up to $19,639 per day . . . and up to $147,290 for an ongoing violation).”

If you have questions regarding this FCC Enforcement Advisory and/or concerns related to a proposed equipment purchase complying with FCC rules, please call your Enterprise Wireless Alliance Spectrum Advisor or call EWA at 800-482-8282.


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Volume 6 | Issue 189

FCC Gets Small Cell Siting Order Over Goal Line

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

FCC Commissioner
Brendan Carr

In dramatic fashion, the FCC pushed the order to streamline small cell siting over the finish line yesterday. The Commission’s order limits the fees localities can charge for reviewing small cells in a public Right-of-Way, sets shot clocks on those reviews, and affirms local governments can apply reasonable aesthetic considerations. The effort was controversial, because many localities say the order will deny them the right to effectively govern small cell placement in a ROW. [...]

During the vote, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stressed how he and Commissioner Brendan Carr, made it a point to discuss the draft order with local governments to get their input. Carr said the order ensures, “No city is subsidizing 5G.” Carr stressed that economists believe the changes will save $8,000 per deployment of each small cell, money that could help bring 5G deployments to more places.

If the U.S. doesn’t act to ease such deployment, other countries will, Carr said. China “wants to lead the tech sector for the next decade. They are moving aggressively to deploy the infrastructure needed for 5G. Everyday, China is deploying 460 cell sites. That is 12 times our pace.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel split her vote, but said the item essentially consists of “three unelected officials telling states and localities what they can do in their own backyards.” Noting that groups like the National Governors Association and National Conference of state legislatures asked the Commission not to pursue this path, Rosenworcel said the agency doesn’t have the authority to dictate siting terms to localities.

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, who “enthusiastically” supported the item, wished the order could have included macro towers. He said the agency needs to recognize macro towers will still play a vital role in 5G deployment. “Eighty percent of the population lives in suburban or rural areas where macro towers are the most effective way to transmit signals,” said O’Rielly, who was quoting what American Tower has told the Commission, without naming the towerco. He also urged his colleagues to wrap-up the twilight tower proceeding, saying: “It is time to bring this embarrassment that started in 2001 to an end.”

Summing up the need for the small cell siting changes, Pai discussed the FCC’s efforts to carve out more spectrum for wider broadband deployment. However, he cautioned, “all the spectrum in the world won’t matter if we don’t have the infrastructure we need to carry 5G network traffic. New physical infrastructure is vital for success in 5G.”

Source: Inside Towers newsletterCourtesy 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. 41 September 26, 2018 


All Covered 911 Service Providers are required certify that they have taken reasonable measures to provide reliable 911 service with respect to three substantive requirements: (i) 911 circuit diversity; (ii) central office backup power; and (iii) diverse network monitoring by October 15. Certifications must be made through the FCC’s portal.

Covered 911 Service Providers are defined as entities that “[p]rovide[] 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location information (ALI), automatic number identification (ANI), or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a public safety answering point (PSAP), statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority,” or that “[o]perate[] one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP.” BloostonLaw can assist with preparation of the certification, and/or review it prior to submission.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Mary Sisak and Sal Taillefer.


FCC Eliminates Form 325 Cable Report

On September 26, the FCC adopted a Report and Order that eliminated FCC Form 325, Annual Report of Cable Television Systems, which collected operational information from cable television systems nationwide.

First developed in 1966, Form 325 was last significantly changed nearly 20 years ago. According to the Report and Order, Form 325 has become increasingly obsolete due to marketplace, operational, and technological changes that have occurred over time. Additionally, the FCC found that it has made limited use of Form 325 data in recent years, and much of the same information is available from alternative sources.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy.

FCC Takes Action to Implement Kari’s Law

On September 26, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing calls to 911 made from multi-line telephone systems, pursuant to Kari's Law, the conveyance of dispatchable location with 911 calls, as directed by RAY BAUM'S Act, and the consolidation of the FCC's 911 rules. Comment and reply comment deadlines have not yet been established.

First, the FCC proposed rules to provide clarity and specificity to how the statutory requirements of Kari’s Law should be met by those companies to which it applies. Kari’s Law requires multi-line telephone systems to enable users to dial 911 directly, without having to dial a prefix (such as a “9”) to reach an outside line. Kari’s Law also requires multi-line telephone systems to provide notification, such as to a front desk or security office, when a 911 call is made in order to facilitate building entry by first responders.

Second, the FCC has proposed rules that would apply dispatchable location requirements to multi-line telephone systems, fixed telephone service, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, and Telecommunications Relay Service, in order to implement RAY BAUM’S Act. That law requires the FCC to consider adopting rules to ensure that “dispatchable location” information, such as the street address, floor level, and room number of a 911 caller, is conveyed with 911 calls, regardless of the technological platform used, so that first responders can be quickly dispatched to the caller’s location.

Finally, the FCC proposed to consolidate its 911 rules from multiple rule parts into a single rule part.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy, Mary Sisak, John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

FCC Adopts Wireless Infrastructure Order

At this morning’s Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Declaratory Ruling and Report and Order designed to clarify the scope and meaning of Sections 253 and 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act, establish shot clocks for state and local approvals for the deployment of small wireless facilities, and provide guidance on streamlining state and local requirements on wireless infrastructure deployment.

Specifically, the Declaratory Ruling:

  • Explains when a state or local regulation of wireless infrastructure deployment constitutes an effective prohibition of service prohibited by Sections 253 or 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act;
  • Concludes that Section 253 and 332(c)(7) limit state and local governments to charging fees that are no greater than a reasonable approximation of objectively reasonable costs for processing applications and for managing deployments in the rights-of-way.
  • Removes uncertainty by identifying specific fee levels for small wireless facility deployments that presumably comply with the relevant standard; and
  • Provides guidance on when certain state and local non-fee requirements that are allowed under the Act—such as aesthetic and under-grounding requirements—may constitute an effective prohibition of service.

The (Third) Report and Order:

  • Establishes two new shot clocks for small wireless facilities (60 days for collocation on preexisting structures and 90 days for new builds);
  • Codifies the existing 90 and 150 day shot clocks for wireless facility deployments that do not qualify as small cells that were established in 2009;
  • Concludes that all state and local government authorizations necessary for the deployment of personal wireless service infrastructure are subject to those shot clocks; and
  • Adopts a new remedy for missed shot clocks by finding that a failure to act within the new small wireless facility shot clock constitutes a presumptive prohibition on the provision of services.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

FCC Streamlines Earth Station Rules

On September 26, the FCC adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at streamlining and consolidating the rules governing earth stations used to provide satellite-based services on ships, airplanes and vehicles. The final text of the document is not yet available.

Specifically, the Report and Order integrates the three types of earth stations in motion into a single regulatory category, in an effort to reduce the burden on applicants, leading to a more efficient licensing process. The FCC also aims to increase flexibility to ESIMs – earth stations that communicate with geostationary satellite orbit (GSO) satellites operating in the fixed-satellite service (FSS) – to operate in the “conventional Ka- frequency band,” which in turn is intended to facilitate the delivery of satellite-based high-speed services.

The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on expanding the frequencies available to ESIMs communicating with GSO FSS satellite networks to allow additional flexibility to satellite operators. Comment and reply comment deadlines have not yet been established.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast.

Law & Regulation

FCC Fines Robocaller $82 Million for Spoofed Health Insurance Marketing Calls

On September 26, the FCC today fined telemarketer Mr. Philip Roesel and his companies more than $82 million for illegal caller ID spoofing. According to the FCC, Mr. Roesel made more than 21 million robocalls to market health insurance. The Truth in Caller ID Act prohibits callers from deliberately falsifying caller ID information to disguise their identity with the intent to harm, defraud consumers, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.

The FCC proposed this fine in the summer of 2017. In response to the proposed fine, Mr. Roesel claimed that the FCC failed to prove intent to harm, that any value he received was not “wrongfully” obtained, and that he did not know he caused harm. The FCC determined that the evidence did not support these claims and is imposing a fine in the amount originally proposed, one of the largest forfeitures ever imposed by the agency.

According to the FCC, Mr. Roesel, himself (doing business as Wilmington Insurance Quotes), or through his company, Best Insurance Contracts, Inc., made millions of spoofed robocalls. He sought to sell health insurance and generate leads for such sales. By spoofing his caller ID information, Mr. Roesel made it difficult for consumers to register complaints and for law enforcement entities to track and stop the illegal calls. Such conduct, along with long-standing Congressional and FCC recognition that illegal robocalls cause consumers significant harm, show intent to cause harm and an effort to wrongfully obtain something of value.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

FCC Proposes $37.5 Million Fine for Spoofed Calls Appearing to Come From Consumers

On September 26, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing a fine of more than $37.5 million fine against Affordable Enterprises of Arizona for apparently making millions of illegally-spoofed telemarketing calls that appeared to originate from consumers and other numbers not assigned to the company.

According to the NAL, The Tucson-based company made more than 2.3 million maliciously-spoofed telemarketing calls to Arizonans during a 14-month span starting in 2016 to sell home improvement and remodeling services. The company apparently manipulated the caller ID information so that many calls appeared to come from consumers who were unconnected to the operation. Calls also appeared to come from unassigned phone numbers and numbers assigned to pre-paid “burner” phones. In each case, the caller ID was spoofed and consumers were unable to identify from the caller ID that the call was from Affordable Enterprises.

One Arizonan received more than five calls per day on her cell phone from consumers complaining about telemarketing calls they thought she had made. Records show that Affordable Enterprises had made spoofed telemarketing calls to consumers that appeared to be coming from the cell phone of this unaffiliated Arizonan. Such calling tactics harm both the consumers receiving the deceptive calls and those whose numbers are essentially commandeered by the telemarketer.

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau began its investigation based on information provided by a whistleblower. Using this lead—from a former employee of Affordable Enterprises—the FCC subpoenaed the phone records of the company and worked with the Federal Trade Commission to review consumer complaints from individuals on the Do Not Call Registry. The company, which also used names including Affordable Kitchens and Affordable Windows, used a telemarketing platform to connect sales representatives to consumers to try to market home improvement services.

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


FCC To Auction Toll Free Numbers

For the first time, the FCC will use an auction to distribute certain toll free numbers. The numbers to be auctioned are approximately 17,000 numbers in the new 833 toll free code for which there have been multiple, competing requests. By using an auction, the FCC hopes to ensure that sought-after numbers are awarded “to the parties that value them most.” The FCC will study the results of the auction to determine how to best use the mechanism to distribute toll free numbers equitably and efficiently in the future as well. In addition, the FCC will reserve certain 833 numbers for distribution to government and non-profit entities that request them for public health and safety purposes.

Currently, toll free numbers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. But this system does not consider the need for or the value placed on particular numbers, and the system can be gamed by organizations who have the fastest connectivity to toll free number databases. According to the release, revenues from the auction will be used to defray the cost of toll free numbering administration, reducing the cost of numbering for all users.

9th Circuit Rules TCPA Covers Numbers Dialed from List of Stored Numbers

On September 20, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an Opinion finding, among other things, that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) definition of an “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS) includes any device that automatically calls numbers from a list of stored numbers, rather than being limited to just those that are able to generate numbers randomly or sequentially. The court’s decision comes in the wake of a ruling by the D.C. Circuit vacating the FCC’s interpretation of ATDS, leaving the court free to form its own construction. The decision is being touted as a victory for TCPA plaintiffs, and therefore a negative for companies using autodialing to reach customers or potential customers. Under the TCPA, calls made via an “automatic telephone dialing system,” or ATDS, without the receiver’s consent can carry statutory penalties between $500 and $1,500 per violation.

The case arose when the plaintiff sued Crunch Fitness in 2014 after his phone carrier charged him for three incoming text messages sent by the gym over an 11-month period. The court came to its conclusion by reviewing not only the TCPA’s restrictions, but also its exceptions. Specifically, the court looked to the TCPA’s exemption for calls made with the prior express consent of the called party and reasoned that in order to take advantage of this exemption, calls would have to be placed from a device that can dial from a list of stored numbers of persons who had consented to such calls.

One argument that has been advanced for the exclusions of similarly situated entities is that their calls are not made with equipment that uses “random or sequential number generator[s],” as stated in the TCPA’s definition of ATDS, but rather a list of numbers provided by customers. It is unclear whether other courts with follow the Ninth Circuit’s lead.


OCTOBER 1: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM. Each year on September 30, multi-channel video program distributors (“MVPDs”) must file with the FCC an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. Because September 30 falls on a Sunday this year, the filing will be due the following business day on October 1. Users must access the FCC’s electronic filing system via the Internet in order to submit the form; it will not be accepted if filed on paper unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver of the electronic filing requirement. Certain MVPDs also will be required to complete portions of the Supplemental Investigation Sheet (“SIS”) located at the end of the Form. These MVPDs are specifically identified in a Public Notice each year by the FCC.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.

OCTOBER 15: 911 RELIABILITY CERTIFICATION. Covered 911 Service Providers, which are defined as entities that “[p]rovide[] 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location information (ALI), automatic number identification (ANI), or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a public safety answering point (PSAP), statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority,” or that “[o]perate[] one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP,” are required certify that they have taken reasonable measures to provide reliable 911 service with respect to three substantive requirements: (i) 911 circuit diversity; (ii) central office backup power; and (iii) diverse network monitoring by October 15. Certifications must be made through the FCC’s portal.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Mary Sisak and Sal Taillefer.

NOVEMBER 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: Mary Sisak and Sal Taillefer.

Calendar At-a-Glance

Oct. 1 – FCC Form 396-C (MVPD EEO Program Annual Report).
Oct. 1 – Reply comments are due on Toll-Free Arbitrage FNPRM.
Oct. 8 – Reply comments are due on FCC Request to Refresh the Record on Robocalling.
Oct. 15 – 911 Reliability Certifications are due.
Oct. 15 – Auction 903 Long Form is due.
Oct. 16 – Reply comments are due on IP CTS NPRM.
Oct. 16 – Comments are due on IP CTS NOI.
Oct. 29 – Comments are due on 2005-2006 Rule Elimination PN.
Oct. 29 – Comments are due on 3.7 GHz NPRM.

Nov. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Nov. 5 – ETRS Form Three is due.
Nov. 15 – Reply comments are due on IP CTS NOI.
Nov. 27 – Reply comments are due on 3.7 GHz NPRM.

Dec. 20 – Form 323 (Biennial Ownership Report) is due.

 BloostonLaw Private Users Update Vol. 18, No. 9 September 2018 

ALERT!! Be Aware of Misleading Solicitations for Application Work

Over the past month or so, we have seen a significant uptick in solicitations of our clients by outside companies asserting that license modifications or other FCC filings are required, when those filings in fact may not be necessary. While the solicitations may indicate in the fine print that the company is not affiliated with the FCC or any governmental agency, some of these solicitations are designed to look similar to documents that could come from the FCC — thereby creating confusion.

Along these lines, we have also heard of reports that at least one vendor is taking a different tact by claiming in its letter that it had “received a request for modification of your two-way radio license,” and then asks the recipient to “indicate all Modifications below & return in the enclosed envelope” along with the payment of the FCC filing fee and their fee for preparation of the application.

If you receive any outside solicitations, please contact our office so that we can verify with you whether any licensing work is in fact necessary. In most instances, if the license is under an annual retainer arrangement with us, the licensing modification work would be covered under our retainer representation.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

FCC Announces Temporary Freeze on Certain Part 90 Applications in the 900 MHz Band

On September 13, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing a temporary freeze, effective on September 13, 2018 on the acceptance of certain applications related to Part 90 services operating in the 896-901/935-940 MHz spectrum band (“900 MHz band”) until further notice. The suspension implemented by this Public Notice applies only to applications for new or expanded use of 900 MHz band frequencies.

Affected services. The filing suspension imposed by this Public Notice applies to applications regarding site-based stations in the 896-901/935-940 MHz band, specifically, the following radio services: 900 MHz Industrial/Land Transportation (B/ILT), Conventional (radio service code GI); 900 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR), Site-Specific, Conventional (radio service code GR); 900 MHz Business, Conventional (radio service code GU); 900 MHz I/LT, Trunked (radio service code YI); 900 MHz SMR, Site-Specific, Trunked (radio service code YS); and 900 MHz Business, Trunked (radio service code YU).

Affected applications. Effective immediately and until further notice, the Bureau will not accept:

  1. applications for new licenses;
  2. applications that seek to modify existing licenses by adding or changing frequencies or locations;
  3. applications that seek to modify existing licenses by changing technical parameters in a manner that expands the station’s spectral or geographic footprint, such as, but not limited to, increases in bandwidth, power level, antenna height, or area of operation; and
  4. any other application that could increase the degree to which the 900 MHz band currently is licensed.

This action does not apply to applications that would not substantially alter the current licensing landscape, including:

  1. applications to renew existing licenses without modification;
  2. applications that seek to modify existing licenses by deleting frequencies or locations;
  3. applications that seek to modify existing licenses by changing technical parameters in a manner that does not expand the station’s spectral or geographic coverage, such as decreases in bandwidth, power level, or antenna height;
  4. applications that seek to modify existing licenses by changing the number of associated mobile units or temporary fixed stations;
  5. applications that seek to modify existing licenses by adding or moving control points;
  6. applications to assign, transfer, or lease existing licenses;
  7. notices of construction or consummation;
  8. requests for extensions of time to construct or consummate previously granted applications;
  9. applications to cancel licenses; and
  10. applications for special temporary authority for short-term operations.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino.

Nationwide Test of Wireless Emergency Alerts and Emergency Alert System Postponed to October 3rd

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) network and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) that was scheduled for Thursday, September 20th has been postponed to the back-up date of October 3rd. This decision was made in order to ensure that the test did not to interfere with ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

On October 3rd, the WEA test will originate at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and the EAS test will originate at 2:20 p.m. All Participating Commercial Mobile Service Providers and EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test. EAS Participants are required file the “day of test” information sought by ETRS Form Two at or before 11:59 PM EDT on October 3, 2018. EAS Participants shall file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three on or before November 19, 2018.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino.

FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory for Two-Way VHF/UHF Radios

In response to efforts by the Land Mobile Communications Council (“LMCC”) to combat the importation and sale of non-compliant two-way VHF and UHF radios, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has issued an Enforcement Advisory that cautions users, manufacturers, importers and retailers that all radios must be authorized by the FCC prior to being imported, advertised, sold or operated in the United States.

The FCC has found that the sale and use of radios that do not meet the FCC’s technical requirements (and therefore cannot be authorized by the FCC) is widespread. In some cases, radios can be modified to transmit on public safety and other land mobile channels for which they are not authorized, while others are capable of operating in a wide-band mode (which became prohibited as part of the FCC’s narrowband mandate that was effective January 1, 2013). The FCC notes that these sorts of unapproved radios are illegal, and many have the potential to negatively affect public safety, aviation safety, and other operations by Federal, state, and local agencies (as well as private users) by causing harmful interference to licensed radio operations.

In addition to requiring specific authorization under the FCC’s equipment authorization process before a radio may be marketed, imported or sold in the United States, the FCC has also made clear that even if a radio has been approved by the FCC, it is important to note that it may not be modified without approval of the FCC.

The FCC has stated that the importation, marketing, sale and use of non-compliant equipment must cease immediately, since violations could result in substantial fines and penalties. It is important to note that the FCC has indicated that the use of unapproved equipment could likewise result in fines, since the operation of those radios would not be in compliance with the FCC’s Rules. You should therefore inspect your radios in order to ensure that they (a) have an FCC approval identification sticker and (b) are used consistent with the Company’s underlying FCC radio license (or the FCC certification for radios operating on unlicensed low power channels).

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

FCC Requests Comment on Metrom Rail LLC’s Request for Waiver of Part 15 Ultra-Wideband Rules for PTC

The FCC is seeking comment on Metrom Rail LLC’s request for waiver of Sections 15.519(a) and 15.519(c) of the FCC’s Rules to allow the installation and operation of an ultra wideband (UWB) positive train control (PTC) system in the 3.272-5.014 GHz band. Metrom’s system would operate above the current radiated power limit for “fixed wireless infrastructure”, under the hand-held UWB device rules. Metrom states that the requested waiver would enable PTC to be deployed in public transit and short rail train systems and promote safety for railway passengers and personnel in a cost-effective manner. Comments are due October 22, 2018; Reply Comments are due November 6, 2018.

Rule Section 15.519(a) contains provisions for UWB devices that are relatively small and are primarily handhold while being operated and do not employ a fixed infrastructure. Furthermore, Section 15.519(a)(2) prohibits the use of antennas mounted on outdoor infrastructure. Metrom states that the AURA PTC System devices are functionally equivalent to handhold devices and its proposed use of fixed infrastructure would not increase the risk of harmful interference. Likewise, Rule Section 15.519(c) of the Commission’s rules restricts radiated emissions in the 3100 – 10600 MHz band to -41.3 dBm. Metrom requests a waiver to operate with 6 dB additional gain for limited directional antenna applications. Metrom states that the higher emission level of -35 dBm EIRP would increase range, reduce deployment costs, and will not increase the potential for causing harmful interference to authorized users.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

800 MHz Rebanding in Mexico Reportedly Close to Completion

Urgent Communications recently reported that several “key” 800 MHz licensees in Mexico have completed their spectrum relocation activities, according to the FCC’s remarks to the governing board of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC). Michael Wilhelm, Chief of the Policy and Licensing Division of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, reportedly said during the NPSTC meeting earlier this month that the only U.S. regions that have not been fully rebanded are in the Mexico border area. Urgent Communications reports that there are 29 licensees in Texas that need to retune their 800 radio systems, as well as 14 California and two in New Mexico.

“Most of the U.S. licensees that remain to be retuned are blocked from doing so by stations in Mexico,” Wilhelm said. “We’ve received excellent cooperation from Mexican government and licensees. AT&T Mexico, which was the most significant blocker in Mexico, has finished retuning all of its Mexico stations, and so have some of the other major Mexico users of the 800 MHz band.”

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

New Jersey Natural Gas Cited for Failure to Transmit Station Call Signs and Improper Operation

The FCC has cited New Jersey Natural Gas (“NJ Gas”) for (a) failing to transmit its station identification and (b) operating inconsistent with its station license. In response to an interference complaint, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau inspected NJ Gas’s radio facility at Rockaway, New Jersey. This inspection resulted in findings that NJ Gas was not transmitting its station identification as required by the FCC’s Rules and was operating in a digital mode when the station license only authorized analog voice operations.

Under the FCC’s Rules, licensees must identify the call sign each station or system of stations verbally or by International Morse Code at least once each 15 minutes (or 30 minutes if in the Public Safety Pool) during periods of continuous operation. If the station employs either analog or digital voice scrambling, the call sign must be transmitted in a non-scrambled mode.

The citation issued to NJ Gas is a good reminder that station operations must conform to the terms of your license in all respects. The FCC’s rules do not permit Private Land Mobile licensees to make any modifications to their facilities without prior approval from the FCC. Please contact our office if you are going to make equipment changes or otherwise change the configuration of your station so that we can make sure that you remain in compliance with the FCC’s rules and regulations.

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FCC Proposes $534K in Fines for Unlicensed Operation and Unauthorized Equipment

The FCC has proposed to fine IOU Acquisition, Inc. (“IOU”) and Air-Tel, LLC (“Air-Tel”) a total of $534,580 for operating without a license and for using equipment that was modified from its FCC certified specifications.

Both IOU and Air-Tel (collectively, the “Companies”) hold licenses to provide Radio-location Service (“RLS”) in the 3300-3600 MHz band. Rather than using these licenses to provide RLS services, the Companies provided an unauthorized wireless data transmission service by intentionally altering the settings of wireless equipment to operate outside of the authorized frequency bands.

Licensees in the RLS are permitted to operate stations in order “to determine distance, direction, speed or position by means of radio-location devices, for purposes other than navigation.” Traditionally, radio-location licenses have been utilized for radar installations. Other licensees use RLS spectrum for perimeter security radar at electric power substations or airports, speed enforcement radar, surveillance or Doppler weather radar. In all these uses, the radio-location signal does not carry any information. Rather, the information regarding an object’s size, speed, location, etc., is determined based on the signal’s propagation characteristics.

While the Companies hold RLS licenses, neither holds a license to provide non-RLS wireless data-transmission service. Rather, the Companies indicated that their RLS licenses were used in conjunction with a non-RLS license held by an affiliated company in the 3650-3700 MHz Service to offer commercial service. The Companies assert that their RLS licenses were being used to provide a GPS tracking service that “uses signal transmissions between land and mobile facilities to estimate and/or communicate mobile station positioning information” and that the “land stations support connections between mobile stations and other land station facilities to gather and exchange radio-location data.” The FCC noted that the “GPS vehicle tracking service” also included “wireless services, IP voice service and an enhanced web portal, which were all provided in the same band and using the same equipment as the location services. In a separate case, the FCC ruled “that the transmission of GPS coordinates does not constitute radio-location as the term is defined in the Commission’s rules.”

The FCC concluded that in providing the GPS vehicle tracking service, the Companies intentionally used equipment at their fixed locations that had been programmed to operate outside of the authorized frequencies, despite repeated warnings not to do so in the equipment user manuals.

The Communications Act allows the FCC to assess monetary forfeitures for such equipment violations of up to $19,639 for each day of a continuing violation — with a maximum of $147,290 for any single act or failure to act. The base forfeiture amount for unauthorized operation is $10,000 per day, while operation of unauthorized equipment is $5,000 per day. Nonetheless, the FCC may depart from these base amounts based upon particular facts and circumstances of each case, including whether or not the conduct was egregious. Here, the FCC found that IOU apparently committed at least four separate willful and repeated violations by using at least four pieces of Cambium equipment outside its certified frequencies from July until September 24, 2017. Similarly, Air-Tel committed at least 12 separate violations by using at least 12 pieces of Cambium equipment in the same manner from July until September 24, 2017. As a result, the base forfeiture for IOU would be $20,000 while it would be $60,000 for Air-Tel. Based upon the nature of the Companies’ conduct, the FCC determined that a significant upward adjustment of the proposed fine was warranted, given each company’s years’ long record of repeated and continuous violations. Warranting a further upward adjustment was the Companies’ act of changing the settings on the equipment, so that the radio equipment would operate on spectrum that was not authorized for use in the United States.

This case illustrates the need for ensuring that your station is operated in compliance with not only the license, but also the service rules that are applicable to your radio system. Additionally, it is critically important that settings on radio equipment are not changed outside of the parameters authorized by the FCC. Doing so could result in substantial fines that would more than erase any profit that might have been earned by the non-compliant operations.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

NanoLumens Enters Agrees to $27,500 Civil Penalty for Illegal LED Devices

The FCC has continued its enforcement activities against the marketing of illegal LED signs. NanoLumens, Inc. (“NanoLumens”) is a Georgia based company that manufactures, sells and imports light-emitting diode (“LED”) display signs. In response to a complaint, the FCC initiated an investigation which revealed that NanoLumens had violated the FCC’s equipment marketing rules by marketing LED signs without required labeling. NanoLumens has agreed to pay a $27,500 civil penalty.

For those of our clients who develop and/or market or import devices that emit radio frequency (RF) energy, whether as intentional or unintentional radiators, it is critically important to comply with the FCC’s equipment authorization rules. There are many nuances to the rules, and certain changes to equipment may or may not trigger filing or retesting requirements. Additionally, those clients that market devices originally tested and certified under a different brand may also be required to obtain an FCC equipment authorization as well. Our office can help you through this process.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

LMCC and Utilities Technology Council Urge NPRM to Amend Part 22 Rules to Allow Technical and Operational Flexibility

The Land Mobile Communications Council (“LMCC”) and Utilities Technology Council (“UTC”) are urging the FCC to act on a years’ old Petition for Rule Making to allow Part 22 VHF and UHF channels designated for one-way or two-way mobile operation to operate with technical standards similar to the Part 90 VHF and UHF channels operated by private land mobile licensees. If the proposed rules were adopted, Part 90 licensees of VHF and UHF spectrum could more easily integrate the use of Part 22 channels into their systems, since the spectrum is virtually identical.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

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Feds working to iron out kinks in public alert system

Updated: September 25, 2018

OTTAWA — Officials behind the country’s system to alert mobile devices about impending natural disasters say there are still several kinks in the system to iron out, even as the alerts are being credited with saving lives just last week.

Mobile alerts went out across the National Capital Region on Friday as a storm slammed into the region and unleashed what Environment Canada now says were six tornadoes — three each in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

About 100 alerts have been issued across the country since April 6, when wireless warnings were added to the traditional television and radio messages broadcast by the National Public Alerting System, said Scott Shortliffe of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.

Yet while many of those alerts have been successful, Shortliffe said in an interview that issues remain, including that only cellphones and wireless devices connected to an LTE network can receive the messages.

The system uses what is called “cell-broadcast technology,” which sends a message to all wireless devices within a certain geographic area with local cell towers, rather than sending messages to individual phones.

“The problem that we face is because the system is so complicated and there’s technological change, there are new handsets that enter the market constantly, we see that new problems can crop up,” he said.

“Even on a system that’s been working perfectly.”

It’s believed such a problem was behind a three-hour delay in the issuing of an Amber Alert in Saskatchewan last week, while Shortliffe said he has heard from some residents in the National Capital Region who never received a tornado alert on Friday.

“I was thrilled that there were people who gave the system public credit that it saved lives in Dunrobin when the tornado came through,” he said. “But I’m also aware that there are people who are saying: ‘My phone didn’t go off. Why didn’t my phone go off?”‘

Another issue identified for the Gatineau tornadoes was that some of the messages broadcast in Quebec were in English only, though Shortliffe said responsibility for the language and content of warnings lies with the provincial or municipal government issuing the alert.

While testing is set to continue across the country and the CRTC has directed all cellphones sold in Canada be capable of receiving the alerts by next April, Shortliffe expected there would continue to be some problems, particularly as people hold onto older phones.

In the meantime, officials plan to continue conducting tests to ensure any problems that crop up are identified and addressed as quickly as possible — and before a life-threatening emergency hits, not when it is already bearing down on people.

“The good thing is we’re all concentrating on the same outcome, which is find out where the problem is and fix it to make sure it’s not repeated next time,” Shortliffe said.

Government officials have identified 19 different life-threatening events that can trigger a warning, including fires, terrorist attacks, floods and tornadoes, air-quality concerns and animal dangers.

There are 988 bodies across Canada that can issue an alert, including federal departments and agencies as well as provincial and municipal authorities, such as police and emergency-response centres.

Those bodies are responsible for drafting specific alerts and sending them to Pelmerex, a company licensed by the CRTC to relay warnings to broadcasters and wireless providers, who are then responsible for sending them over the airwaves.

Pelmerex owns The Weather Network.

A first round of nationwide tests was conducted in May to mixed results that included technical problems with certain wireless networks in Ontario and a coding error that prevented any messages from being sent in Quebec.

While most of those problems have since been fixed, Shortliffe said one major concern is the entire system hasn’t been tested in Quebec. A new round of national tests hasn’t been scheduled.

In the meantime, Shortliffe said people can check to see whether their phones are compatible with the alert system by going to Anyone who didn’t receive a warning even though their phone is compatible should contact their wireless provider.


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From: Gerrit Faas  
Subject: Paging transmitter interface /protocol
Date: September 24, 2018 at 5:17:27 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Hi Sir,

I have a request from a customer to do a special on a paging project. I see that you sell paging transmitters in VHF frequency. [Sorry, but no, I don't sell anything.]

I want to write my own “special” paging software and control the transmitter with frequency / onset / output power etc  and use monitor information from the paging transmitter like:  on power / vswr / forward power / reflected power etc.

Do you have some document describing the communication interface of the paging transmitter, and what information can be set or read from your vhf paging transmitter.

As far as I have read it uses the I-20 protocol/interface or called the WMtxp protocol.

I’m looking for some document describing the protocol / baud rate / crc / checksum etc.

I hope you can help me, or point me out to someone who has this type of information.

Looking forward to your response.

Kind regards,

Remote Control Engineering b.v.


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I really enjoyed this newsletter's variety of useful info and deep diving into codebreaking, quantum physics, etc.

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“How to install an RJ45 connector on a CAT5 Ethernet network Patch Cable - DIY Repair”



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A quick video to show how to install a new RJ-45 connector on a CAT5/CAT5e Ethernet or network cable to make a new patch cord or repair a broken connector. All it takes is a little patience and a few tools. It pays to have the right tools to install the connector and test the cable afterwards. The cost of the tools can often be recovered after making or repairing just a few cables.


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