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REMINICING ABOUT MY EXPIERENCS IN RADIO
In my sixty-plus years in radio communications (amateur, military, and commercial), one of the the things that has fascinated me the most has been the study of frequencies. As a young SWL (short wave listener) it was hard for me to understand where all the “bands” were. The abbreviations VLF, LF, HF, VHF, UHF, and so on didn't help much for a young guy without any formal education in electronics or physics. [see this]
Eventually it all made sense when I realized that the layout was just like a very large slide rule, with audio on the left end, radio in the middle, and light on the right end.
Fortunately now-a-days there are very nice radio-spectrum charts available to help us visualize where the “bands” are located relative to each other.
Then came the more technical part—to learn about—frequency accuracy. My first radio receiver was a home-made crystal set. Due to an error of using the wrong size of wire in the coil, I could only receive three stations. One naturally, was the local AM broadcast station on the other side of town. The second, and most exciting to me, was a local ham radio operator who was the co-founder of that AM station. The third—now this is really strange—was a radio station in Del Rio, Texas. This at one time was the world's most powerful radio station and it wasn't even in Texas. It was just across the river in Mexico where the Mexican government permitted the higher power. The US wouldn't.
An interesting historical sketch about this is here.
Anyway on to my first real Short Wave Radio. It was a pre-WWII vintage Howard model 438.
Frequency readout was wildly approximate and frequency stability was really bad too. If fact it was so unstable that if you accidentally bumped the table where it was sitting, it it jump off-frequency to another station. Sort of like the modern radios do scanning, but not on purpose.
I have an SDR (software defined radio) whose tuning accuracy is about 0.015 Hz and stability is (short-term (ADEV) around 2×10-12 or better (at one second) and ( long-term (MDEV)) well below 1×10-13 (at one day).
When I was a young ham, I dreamed of the day when I might have a receiver that would read out to one kilocycle (before we used the term Hertz). Only the Collins equipment would do that back then but they were for people who drove Cadillacs. Now I have assembled one that reads out to one Hertz and is stable to within ±70 µHertz — and thanks to GPS — it will maintain this accuracy as long as the GPS satellites keep working. By the way that is microHertz (µHz) not milliHertz (mHz).
Details here, if you are interested in knowing more.
WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH PAGING?
Well it has a lot to do with Paging. Without GPS satellite synchronization the modern simulcast paging system would not have been possible. The operating frequency of simulcast paging transmitters—mostly Glenayre and Motorola— was linked to a master oscillator that was in-turn locked onto a GPS satellite signal.
Not only keeping the paging transmitters on frequency but keeping them offset from the assigned frequency was important too. Other issues that most people never thought of were how to make a pager not miss a message when the user just got off of an airplane in another city and turned the pager back on.
All this talk about frequency stability and frequency accuracy leads to remind you about the advertisement immediately following from Frank Moorman. I have it on good authority that Frank is the top technical guy in the country for service monitors. If your radio shop is not equipped with a calibrated Service Monitor, you are doing yourself and your customers a disservice. Being “close enough” doesn't hack it in todays high-tech world.
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BlackBerry turns 35: A look back at its big transformation
March 7, 2019
Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani, BNN Bloomberg
It’s been 35 years since BlackBerry Ltd., formerly named Research In Motion (RIM), was founded by two university engineering students.
Since then, the smartphone pioneer and once-leading Canadian business has gone through major ups and downs in the fast-changing world of mobile technology.
From the height of the "CrackBerry" smartphone craze, to announcing in 2013 that it was weighing options including a sale, and its subsequent transformation under CEO John Chen, the Waterloo Ont.-based company no longer resembles what it started out as.
To mark BlackBerry’s anniversary over the last three and a half decades, here’s a look back at the company’s key milestones in its journey so far.
1984 – RIM is founded by University of Waterloo engineering student Mike Lazaridis and University of Windsor engineering student Douglas Fregin. Eight years later, Jim Balsillie joins RIM, and becomes co-CEO with Lazaridis.
1996 – RIM releases its first keyboard-based device – a two-way pager – called the Inter@ctive Pager, also known as the RIM 900. Two years later, an even slimmer version called RIM 950 is released.
1997 – RIM goes public and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Two years later, the company debuts on the Nasdaq, and receives regulatory approval in the U.S. to sell its first BlackBerry device – a pager with email called the 850.
2004 – Fast forward seven years later – after the first BlackBerry devices with voice-calling and colour screens hit the market – RIM turns 20 years old and tops one million subscribers on its devices. By the end of 2004, it has more than two million subscribers. Two years later, the first line of BlackBerry Pearl devices are released with digital cameras and multimedia features.
2007 – RIM becomes the most valuable company on the TSX with a market capitalization of more than $67 million. Its smartphone subscribers hit 10 million. That same year, Apple introduces the first iPhone.
2008 – RIM shares close below $50 on the TSX, falling from more than $240 over a year earlier. BlackBerry Storm, the company’s first touchscreen device, gets bad reviews, and hype surrounding Apple’s 3G iPhone model builds. A year later, BlackBerry launches its App World marketplace to compete with Apple’s App Store.
2010 - RIM passes 40 million users and ships its 100 millionth smartphone. It buys Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems, which later becomes a key part of its software business. A year later, RIM unveils the PlayBook tablet following the release of Apple’s first iPad. Critics pan the PlayBook, saying it lacks key features like the company’s popular BlackBerry Messenger app.
2012 – Lazaridis and Balsillie step down as co-CEOs, while Balsillie also resigns from BlackBerry’s board of directors. The company’s COO Thorsten Heins is named CEO, and within months he announces 5,000 job cuts. The critical BlackBerry 10 software update is also delayed. The company’s stock hits a low of $6.18 on the TSX in September
January 2013 – Heins launches the BlackBerry 10 operating system, along with the Z10 and Q10 smartphones, which are seen as the company’s last fighting chance in the smartphone market. R&B singer Alicia Keys is named BlackBerry’s creative director, and the company’s name is officially changed from RIM to BlackBerry. In May, Lazaridis steps down as vice-chairman, and leaves the board of directors.
August 2013 – BlackBerry announces it’s conducting a strategic review and says it’s considering a sale or joint venture. A month later, a consortium of investors led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. bid $4.7 billion to take BlackBerry private. The deal collapses in November, and BlackBerry opts to raise $1 billion through a sale of convertible debt to investors. John Chen replaces Heins as the new CEO.
2014 – BlackBerry launches the Passport smartphone and the BlackBerry Classic – a phone with a keyboard that resembles its popular Bold 9900 model. A year later, the BlackBerry Leap and BlackBerry Priv – the company’s first Android smartphone – is introduced. The Priv is the first device not using BlackBerry’s own operating software.
2016 – In September, Chen announces that BlackBerry will stop making smartphones, and outsource all hardware development and manufacturing to outside partners.
BlackBerry chief executive John Chen told BNN’s Amber Kanwar in an interview that the company plans to license its signature QWERTY keyboard to manufacturers, even after outsourcing its internal hardware development. He also tells BNN he has never used the BlackBerry PlayBook.
2018 – BlackBerry buys Cylance Inc. for US$1.4 billion in an all-cash deal – the company’s biggest acquisition ever – as it seeks to boost its cybersecurity business.
2019 – Chen, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announce $310.5 million to expand the QNX operating system. The federal government pledges $40 million to the project on BlackBerry’s commitment to create 800 new jobs.
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Back To Paging
Still The Most Reliable Protocol For Wireless Messaging!
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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City of Winnipeg manager in charge of police radios arrested after 2-year investigation
'You don’t want to know where these came from': Police allege he directed employees to use fraudulent software
Winnipeg police have arrested a manager with the city for allegedly updating police radios with fraudulent software he got from a person considered to be a security threat by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CBC News has learned.
Back in 2011, Ed Richardson allegedly obtained millions of dollars worth of illegal software and instructed city employees to use it, police said in a January 2018 sworn affidavit, submitted to the Provincial Court of Manitoba when officers were seeking permission to search the man's e-mails.
Until his arrest last Thursday, Richardson was the manager of the City of Winnipeg radio shop, responsible for repairing and maintaining radios used by the Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.
The allegations stem from a time when the police service used fully encrypted Motorola radios, which allowed officers to talk in secret, as the only way to unlock the audio and listen to the conversations was with an encryption key. (Prior to 2010, anyone who wanted to eavesdrop on police calls could potentially do so through websites that provided access to police scanners.)
The Winnipeg Police Service began using fully encrypted Motorola radios to communicate in 2010, which allowed officers to talk in secret, as the radios require an encryption key to unlock the audio. (Motorola Solutions)
In the affidavit, police said the Motorola radios needed frequent updating, which could only be done if the city purchased a "refresh key" or license from the company to unlock the proprietary software. Motorola charged about $94 per update per radio, the document said, and a radio shop employee told police Richardson didn't like that.
"[The employee] does not believe his actions were for personal gain; he believes that Richardson likes the idea of not giving more money to Motorola," the affidavit said.
The employee came forward with information in 2017. At the time, the WPS and WFPS were in the process of launching a new emergency radio system for first responders — a project Richardson was leading.
"[The employee] is concerned that Richardson's lack of integrity may put the security of this new radio system in jeopardy," the affidavit said.
Winnipeg police seized a USB reader and a device called an iButton, pictured at left, from the City of Winnipeg radio shop in April 2017 as part of the investigation. (Manitoba Provincial Court)
According to the affidavit, the employee told police that in 2011, Richardson gave him a device known as an iButton that was preloaded with more than 65,000 refresh keys and told him "you don't want to know where these came from."
The employee said they "clearly" didn't come from Motorola, the court document stated.
If the fraudulent refresh keys had been legitimately purchased, it would have cost the city millions, police allege. It's estimated the keys were used over 200 times and cost Motorola nearly $19,000 in lost revenue.
U.S. Homeland Security investigating
In the affidavit, police said they suspect Richardson got the unauthorized software from a Winnipeg ham radio enthusiast who was under investigation south of the border.
In September 2016, a special agent from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) traveled to Winnipeg to brief local law enforcement about an investigation into the activities of the Winnipeg man, the court document said.
The agent said the man reprogrammed Motorola radios for clients around the world and was capable of encrypting them. "This allows the criminal element to communicate without fear of interception by government or law enforcement," the court documents said.
"A significant number of these encrypted radios have been seized from the Mexican drug cartel members." Motorola examined some of those seized radios and believed that the techniques used to "hack" them were consistent with the method used by the Winnipeg man, the affidavit said.
"There is a Chinese method of achieving the same result but it is quite different," the document read. The Winnipeg man was detained by DHS agents in May 2016 while on his way back to Canada from a radio convention in Dayton, Ohio, the affidavit said. Agents seized his electronics, including a laptop, and tools needed to encrypt Motorola radios. They also seized an iButton. "There is no legitimate way that [the man] could be in possession of this device and [it] would have had to been supplied to him nefariously." Police said in the affidavit they believe Richardson gave the man the iButton.
Richardson awarded for his work
In spring 2017, the WPS and WFPS transitioned from Motorola radios to Harris equipment — a project spearheaded by Richardson that took four years to complete.
As the city was bragging about an award Richardson won for the project, he was under police investigation.
"Ed was instrumental in providing leadership to our project team," Glen Cottick, the city's senior manager of business technology services, said in a Dec. 12, 2018 statement announcing the award.
Twelve months earlier, Cottick had been served a court order to provide police with Richardson's emails that were stored on the city's servers. (Cottick was not under investigation; it's his job to make sure the city complies with court orders.)
When CBC News contacted Richardson earlier this month, he said he was surprised to learn he had been under investigation for more than two years. No one from the Winnipeg Police Service had ever questioned him about any allegations, he said.
Richardson declined an interview request, citing concerns it could compromise the case, but said he was going to get in touch with officers to see if he could talk. Richardson also said he was aware police were at one point looking into the radio enthusiast, who he knows through the broader radio community, but said he wasn't sure if that investigation was still ongoing.
Days later, Richardson was placed on administrative leave. According to a co-worker, employees were told not to contact him, but were not given a reason why.
A city spokesperson would not comment on Richardson's leave, saying "it is a human resources matter."
When CBC News contacted the city again after Richardson's arrest, a spokesperson declined to answer questions, saying it was a "human resources and police matter."
A Winnipeg police spokesperson said its investigation is now complete and Richardson is expected to be formally charged during a court appearance next month, when he will face a number of criminal code offenses, including fraud over $5,000, unauthorized use of a computer, possession of a device to obtain unauthorized use of a computer and possession of a device to obtain telecommunication service.
There is no allegation the fraudulent software put the security of police radios at risk.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
No other arrests are expected, police said.
CBC News Manitoba City of Winnipeg manager in charge of police radios arrested after 2-year investigation WATCH 00:00 02:54 Winnipeg police have arrested a manager with the city for allegedly updating police radios with fraudulent software he got from a person considered to be a security threat by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CBC News has learned. 2:54
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Huawei Calls Suit Against U.S. a ‘Last Resort’
Chinese telecom Huawei sued the U.S. government in response to the effort to limit its access to Western markets. The company filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas, home to Huawei's U.S. headquarters in Plano.
Huawei wants the court to order the U.S. government to drop its ban on the military, federal government and their contractors, from using Huawei technology. The ban also prevents government agencies from contracting with companies that use Huawei equipment. Huawei’s chief legal officer Song Liuping told the Associated Press, the ban is “based on numerous false, unproven and untested propositions.”
The U.S. has repeatedly expressed concerns that the telecom has to cooperate with the Chinese government and uses its technology to spy on Americans. “Huawei has an excellent security record and program. No contrary evidence has been offered,” said Liuping.
“We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort,” the company’s chairman, Guo Ping, said at a news conference, according to the AP.
In response to the lawsuit, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), told CNBC, “Congress has a responsibility to secure our nation. There is a real concern the [products] could compromise our national security.”
Hoyer believes the court will find in Congress’ favor. “From Congress’ standpoint, that was a policy that made sense,” he said.
The suit comes as Huawei sued Canada last week for arresting its CFO at the behest of the United States in December. CFO Meng Wanzhou is accused of misleading international banks about Huawei’s business affairs in Iran that violated U.S. sanctions. She’s under house arrest in Canada while she fights extradition to the U.S.
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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.
Form 499-A, Access to Advanced Services Certifications Due April 1
The Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, known as FCC Form 499-A, is due on April 1. The filing, which applies to every telecommunications carrier that provides interstate, intrastate, and international telecommunications, and certain other entities that provide interstate telecommunications for a fee, requires the reporting of revenue information from January 1 through December 31 of the prior year, along with certain other information.
Also due April 1 is the Annual Access to Advanced Services Certification. This filing, which applies to all providers of telecommunications services and telecommunications carriers subject to Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act, requires the filer to certify that it has procedures in place to meet the relevant record-keeping requirements and actually keeps the required records.
BloostonLaw has an extensive experience with both filings and has a compliance manual available for the Accessibility filing.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.
FCC Authorizes Support for First Wave of Connect America Phase II Auction Winners
On February 27, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that it is ready to authorize Connect America Fund Phase II auction (Auction 903) support for 962 winning bids. Authorized bidders must submit acceptable irrevocable stand-by letter(s) of credit and Bankruptcy Code opinion letter(s) from their legal counsel for each state where they have winning bids that are ready to be authorized prior to 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13.
A list of the authorized bidders and their authorized bids can be found here. Commission staff is reviewing information that is submitted with long-form applications on a rolling basis. Accordingly, a long-form applicant that was not included in this Public Notice but that has submitted all of the required information will be included in a future Public Notice once Commission staff finalizes its review of the long-form application.
Any long-form applicant that fails to file the required documents for any of the winning bids by the deadline will be in default on such bid(s) and subject to forfeiture.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.
FCC Releases Clock Phase Bidding System Guide for Auction 102
On February 27, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the availability of the user guide and data file format specifications, along with sample data files, for the clock phase bidding system for the Auction of 24 GHz Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service licenses (Auction 102). The user guide is available in electronic form in the Education section of the Auction 102 website at www.fcc.gov/auction/102 and will remain available and accessible on the Auction 102 website for reference.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Sal Taillefer.
Comment on Broadcast Ownership Rules Due April 29
On February 28, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking initiating the 2018 quadrennial review of its media ownership rules. Comments are due April 29, and reply comments are due May 29.
Specifically, the three rules currently subject to review are the Local Radio Ownership Rule, the Local Television Ownership Rule, and the Dual Network Rule. The NPRM seeks comment on whether, given the current state of the media marketplace, the Commission should retain, modify, or eliminate any of these rules. The Local Radio Ownership Rule limits the total number of radio stations an entity may own within a local market and the number of radio stations an entity may own in that market within the same service (i.e., AM or FM). The Local Television Ownership Rule limits the number of full-power television stations an entity may own within the same local market. The Dual Network Rule prohibits ownership of multiple television stations affiliated with two or more of the major broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.
The NPRM also seeks comment on several proposals offered as potential pro-diversity initiatives.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Richard Rubino and John Prendergast.
Comment on Truth in Caller ID Rules Due April 3
On March 4, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on revisions to implement recent statutory amendments designed to expand and clarify the existing prohibition on the use of misleading and inaccurate caller ID information. Comments are due April 3 and reply comments are due May 3.
Specifically, the FCC proposes to implement the anti-spoofing provisions of RAY BAUM'S Act by extending the rules adopted to implement the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 to cover short message service (SMS) and multimedia message service (MMS) text messages, calls originating from outside the United States to recipients within the United States, and additional types of voice calls, such as one-way interconnected VoIP calls.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.
Law & Regulation
Democrats Reveal New Net Neutrality Bill
On March 6, a group of senators and representatives, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, announced the Save the Internet Act, a new, reportedly bi-partisan piece of legislation aimed at codifying the previous protections eliminated by Ajit Pai’s FCC last year.
Interestingly, the bill does not provide for specific rules; rather, it simply repeals the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order of December 2017 Order, and reinstates the 2015 Open Internet Order. Among other things, the Open Internet Order provided for:
The fact that the bill was described as bi-partisan suggested that it would not include limitations on paid prioritization, which has been a sticking point for Republican lawmakers, who view it as unnecessarily inhibiting market forces. It is also a bit of a surprise that the bill merely [portion missing here].
Tina Pelkey, spokeswoman for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, issued the following statement:
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said: “The FCC was on the wrong side of the law, the wrong side of history, and the wrong side of the American public when it rolled back net neutrality. The FCC’s deeply unpopular decision is being challenged in the courts, in statehouses, and in Congress. I applaud the effort announced today to reinstate open Internet rules at the FCC. I’ll keep raising a ruckus to support net neutrality and I’m glad so many others are too.”
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.
600 MHz Band Licensee Filing Obligations in Connection with TV Band White Space Administration
As a reminder for 600 MHz licensees and operators, Section 27.1320 of the Commission’s Rules requires that they notify one of the white space database administrators of the areas where they have commenced operation in order to receive interference protection from white space operators. Pursuant to Section 15.713(j)(10) of the Commission’s rules, the electronic registration must include the following eight (8) information items:
Carriers with questions about this 600 MHz operating requirement or interest in assistance in preparing an appropriate notification to the white space database administrator should contact the firm for more information.
BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.
Trump Reelection Team Reportedly Backs Government Managed Wholesale of 5G Spectrum
According to a recent article in Politico, President Donald Trump's reelection team is backing a plan — which has been “embraced” by Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale and adviser Newt Gingrich — that would essentially involve the government taking 5G spectrum and making it available to companies on a wholesale basis. The idea is that no company could use exclusive control over spectrum to block competition; carriers could buy capacity, but so could other companies.
“A 5G wholesale market would drive down costs and provide access to millions of Americans who are currently underserved,” Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for Trump’s 2020 campaign, told POLITICO. “This is in line with President Trump’s agenda to benefit all Americans, regardless of geography.”
According to an Axios article, the news sparked “widespread confusion” inside the Trump administration. “Lots of policy folks were caught off guard,” a senior Trump administration official told Axios. “And the industry thought it [the plan Parscale just endorsed] was dead.”
MARCH 8: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION & BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. This annual form is due March 1 and September 1 annually, but the deadline for March this year was extended to March 8. The FCC requires facilities-based wired, terrestrial fixed wireless, and satellite broadband service providers to report on FCC Form 477 the number of broadband subscribers they have in each census tract they serve. The Census Bureau changed the boundaries of some census tracts as part of the 2010 Census.
Specifically, three types of entities must file this form:
BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.
APRIL 1: FCC FORM 499-A, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. This form must be filed by all contributors to the Universal Service Fund (USF) sup-port mechanisms, the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the cost recovery mechanism for the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP). Contributors include every telecommunications carrier that provides interstate, intrastate, and international telecommunications, and certain other entities that provide interstate telecommunications for a fee. Even common carriers that qualify for the de minimis exemption must file Form 499-A. Entities whose universal service contributions will be less than $10,000 qualify for the de minimis exemption. De minimis entities do not have to file the quarterly report (FCC Form 499-Q), which was due February 1, and will again be due May 1. Form 499-Q relates to universal and LNP mechanisms. Form 499-A relates to all of these mechanisms and, hence, applies to all providers of interstate, intrastate, and international telecommunications services. Form 499-A contains revenue information for January 1 through December 31 of the prior calendar year. And Form 499-Q contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. (Note: the revised 499-A and 499-Q forms are now available.) Block 2-B of the Form 499-A requires each carrier to designate an agent in the District of Columbia upon whom all notices, process, orders, and decisions by the FCC may be served on behalf of that carrier in proceedings before the Commission. Carriers receiving this newsletter may specify our law firm as their D.C. agent for service of process using the information in our masthead. There is no charge for this service.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, and Gerry Duffy.
APRIL 1: ANNUAL ACCESS TO ADVANCED SERVICES CERTIFICATION. All providers of telecommunications services and telecommunications carriers subject to Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act are required to file with the FCC an annual certification that:
BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy, Mary Sisak, Sal Taillefer.
MAY 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 recent 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 (Form 499-A) that was due April 1.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.
MAY 31: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on May 31. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report.
BloostonLaw Contact: Richard Rubino.
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