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Friday — May 17, 2019 — Issue No. 857

Welcome Back To The Wireless Messaging News

As I research the news for articles to republish here, I see so much junk reporting like "purge the pagers," "ditch the pagers" "replace pagers" yada yada yada.

We never said pagers should be a person's only mode of wireless communication, only that pagers work when nothing else will. Like during a major catastrophe. Any doctor, nurse, fireman, EMT, or other first responder should always carry a pager as backup to whatever other device that they are using.

Consumer paging came and went. Emergency paging continues to be the prudent choice.

I hope that nothing major happens to prove me right.

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This doesn't mean that nothing is ever published here that mentions a US political party—it just means that the editorial policy of this newsletter is to remain neutral on all political issues. We don't take sides.

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A new issue of the Wireless Messaging Newsletter is posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the web. That way it doesn’t fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world’s major Paging and Wireless Messaging companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It’s all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

We are having a cold spell in Southern, Illinois

I regularly get readers’ comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Messaging communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.


Let's get together and share ideas. Our competitors are not other paging companies, they are other technologies.

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

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Advertiser Index

Easy Solutions  (Vaughan Bowden)
IWA Technical Services, Inc.  (Ira Wiesenfeld)
Leavitt Communications  (Phil Leavitt)
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Prism Paging  (Jim Nelson & John Bishop)
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC  (Ron Mercer)
Wex International Limited

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Passive Audio Amps For Smart Phones

Small Brass Horn — Wood Base

This is an acoustic amplifier for a smartphone. It doesn't need electric power to operate and there are no moving parts. I works like a megaphone (speaking-trumpet, bullhorn, blowhorn, or loudhailer). Everyone that I have shown it to has said something like “Wow, I want one of those!” So I am building a few of them.

Of course there are more “Hi-Fi” ways to listen to audio on your smartphone but who would want to plug an elegant smartphone into some cheap, plastic gadget? Or even use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, which are a pain in the neck to set up, even on a smartphone.

These will be made with hardwood bases and some of them will be exotic hardwoods with interesting grain patterns. The horns are polished brass — made from mostly old horns that had rubber bulbs on the ends and were used in “times gone by” by taxis and even clowns in circuses. These horns have been re-purposed, reshaped, and re-polished.

Of course when not listening to music or other interesting audio, you can appreciate it for its beauty, it looks just plain cool. This is a work of art.

Sorry to say that I didn't design this myself. It was designed by Daniel Jansson in Sweden. He is a graduate of Umeå Institute of Design with an MFA degree in Interactive Design.


This one has been made from a Horn of Plenty (an antique hammered-brass planter) that came from India.

The Smartphone to brass adapter will be made from various hardwoods.

If you see a horn that catches your fancy let me know and I will build an amp for you.


  • Small Brass Horn — Wood Base
  • Large Brass Horn — Wood Base
  • Horn of Plenty (Cornucopia) — Wood Phone Holder
  • Gramophone (special order)
  • Polished Cow Horn (design not yet finalized)
  • Trombone project
    • This will have a large wooden base covered with African Zebrawood veneer and filled with about 20 lbs of lead shot for stability. I am probably going to keep it for decoration in my living room unless I get an offer I can't refuse.

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Extreme addresses networked — IoT security

The ExtremeAI security app features machine learning that can understand typical behavior of IoT devices and alert when it finds anomalies.

By Michael Cooney
Network World
MAY 15, 2019 10:42 AM PT

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Extreme Networks has taken the wraps off a new security application it says will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to help customers effectively monitor, detect and automatically remediate security issues with networked IoT devices.

The application – ExtremeAI security—features machine-learning technology that can understand typical behavior of IoT devices and automatically trigger alerts when endpoints act in unusual or unexpected ways, Extreme said.

Extreme said that the ExtremeAI Security application can tie into all leading threat intelligence feeds, and had close integration with its existing Extreme Workflow Composer to enable automatic threat mitigation and remediation.

The application integrates the company’s ExtremeAnalytics application which lets customers view threats by severity, category, high-risk endpoints and geography. An automated ticketing feature integrates with variety of popular IT tools such as Slack, Jira, and ServiceNow, and the application inter-operates with many popular security tools, including existing network taps, the vendor stated.

There has been an explosion of new endpoints ranging from million-dollar smart MRI machines to five-dollar sensors, which creates a complex and difficult job for network and security administrators, said Abby Strong, vice president of product marketing for Extreme. “We need smarter, secure and more self-healing networks especially where IT cybersecurity resources are stretched to the limit.”

Extreme is trying to address an issue that is important to enterprise-networking customers: how to get actionable, usable insights as close to real-time as possible, said Rohit Mehra, Vice President of Network Infrastructure at IDC. “Extreme is melding automation, analytics and security that can look at network traffic patterns and allow the system to take action when needed.”

The ExtremeAI application, which will be available in October, is but one layer of IoT security Extreme offers. Already on the market, its Defender for IoT package, which includes a Defender application and adapter, lets customers monitor, set policies and isolate IoT devices across an enterprise.

The Extreme AI and Defender packages are now part of what the company calls Extreme Elements, which is a menu of its new and existing Smart OmniEdge, Automated Campus and Agile Data Center software, hardware and services that customers can order to build a manageable, secure system.

Aside from the applications, the Elements include Extreme Management Center, the company’s network management software; the company’s x86-based intelligent appliances, including the ExtremeCloud Appliance; and ExtremeSwitching X465 premium, a stackable multi-rate gigabit Ethernet switch.

The switch and applications are just the beginning of a very busy time for Extreme. In its 3Q earnings call this month company CEO Ed Meyercord noted Extreme was in the “early stages of refreshing 70 percent of our products” and seven different products will become generally available this quarter — a record for Extreme, he said.

Source: Network World  

Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz

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

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

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

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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The GL3000 is the most prolific paging system in the world and Easy Solutions gladly welcomes you to join us in providing reliable support to the paging industry for many more decades in the future.

Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost-effective solutions.
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Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or  e-mail  us for more information.

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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

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

Volunteers needed for translations into other languages.


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

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

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


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


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Prism-IPX is a leader in providing reliable communications systems using modern designs to meet today’s demands for critical message alerting and delivery. Prism-IPX designs versatile and robust Critical Message Management systems using paging and other wireless technologies for high performance and dependable communications.

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Prism-IPX Systems products include full-featured radio paging systems with VoIP input, IP based transmitter control systems and paging message encryption. Other options include e-mail messaging, remote switch controllers, Off-The-Air paging message decoders and logging systems.

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Internet Protocol Terminal

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

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

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

Additional/Optional Features

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

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Paging Data Receiver PDR-4

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

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

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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

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

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

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

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

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Remote AB Switches

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


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


Common Features:

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

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We can supply alphanumeric display, numeric display, and voice pagers.

We also offer NEW and refurbished Alphamate 250s, refurbished Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate refurbished, and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts, and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging! Outstanding service is our goal.

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( ) for pricing and delivery information, or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Volume 7 | Issue 97 

CC Chairman Proposes Call Blocking By Default to Combat Robocalls

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Wednesday circulated a declaratory ruling that, if adopted, would allow phone companies to block unwanted calls to their customers by default. An accompanying draft Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would propose a safe harbor for carriers that implement network-wide call blocking that fail caller authentication under the SHAKEN/STIR framework, once implemented.

Many carriers have held off developing these kinds of tools because they’re not sure they’re legal under the agency’s rules, according to the agency. “By making it clear that such call blocking is allowed, the FCC will give voice service providers the legal certainty they need to block unwanted calls from the outset so that consumers never have to get them,” said Pai. “And, if this decision is adopted, I strongly encourage carriers to begin providing these services by default, for free, to their current and future customers.”

The action would be the first by the Commission to directly combat scam robocalls that spoof legitimate, in-service numbers. These measures will be considered by the full Commission at its June 6 monthly meeting.

Pai also proposed seeking public comment on how caller ID authentication standards, known as SHAKEN/STIR, can inform call blocking. The Chairman has demanded that carriers adopt these standards to combat malicious spoofing. With the expectation that such standards will be available later this year, Pai is proposing in a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to create a safe harbor for calls that are blocked because they are not authenticated under the SHAKEN/STIR framework.

“The criminals that are scamming consumers with this flood of illegal robocalls must be confronted by industry and government head-on,” said USTelecom President/CEO Jonathan Spalter. “This is a big and bold proposal by the FCC that can bolster our industry’s cutting-edge call blocking and authentication efforts and do something important: stop unwanted calls from reaching consumers in the first place.”

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, praised the move. “NTCA’s hometown operators have close connections to the communities they serve, and they are eager to be part of the solution for robocalling problems in light of significant customer frustration,” said CEO Shirley Bloomfield. “As the FCC considers how best to solve these concerns, it will be important to consider and overcome any barriers that could hinder smaller rural providers’ full participation in these efforts.”

Wireless Internet Service Providers Association President/CEO Claude Aiken, tweeted: “Thank you @AjitPaiFCC! Repurposing 5.9 for unlicensed use could be a shot in the arm for both #ruralbroadband and #WiFi. @WISPAnews stands ready to assist.”

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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. 22, No. 21 May 15, 2019 


ALL common carriers, including wireless carriers, 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. Carriers with 16 or more full-time employees are required to provide additional information in their reports concerning the number and category of employees.

BloostonLaw Contact: Richard Rubino.


FCC Announces Authorization of Support for CAF II Auction

On May 10, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that it is ready to authorize Connect America Fund Phase II auction (Auction 903) support for 2,025 Auction 903 winning bids. The next step for the applicants identified in the Public Notice is to 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 in accordance with the instructions provided below by the applicable deadline — prior to 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 24, 2019.

A list of applicants to-be-authorized can be found here. Any long-form applicant identified in the Public Notice that fails to file the required documents for any of the identified winning bids by the applicable deadline will be in default on such bid(s) and subject to loss of support and a fine.

FCC 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 FCC staff finalizes its review of the long-form application.

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

FCC Releases Report on Hurricane Michael Investigation

On May 9, the FCC released a report on its investigation into communications providers’ preparation for and response to Hurricane Michael. The investigation found that three key factors—insufficiently resilient backhaul connectivity, inadequate reciprocal roaming arrangements, and lack of coordination between wireless service providers, power crews, and municipalities—were the predominant causes of the “unacceptably slow” restoration of wireless service in the Florida Panhandle following the storm.

To improve recovery efforts from future storms, the report recommends that:

  • Wireless providers in hurricane-prone areas enter into roaming agreements as part of their pre-storm preparation processes.
  • Communications providers and power companies in hurricane-prone areas enter into coordination agreements regarding mutual preparation and restoration efforts that can be activated when a storm strikes.
  • Wireless providers use diverse backhaul options, such as microwave links and satellite links in hurricane-prone areas.
  • Communications providers participate in training activities to improve coordination of restoration efforts.
  • Wireless providers ensure familiarity with applicable best practices, especially as they relate to cooperation and coordination with local utilities.

“It will come as no surprise to the residents of the Florida Panhandle that there is significant room for improvement on the recovery efforts seen in the wake of Hurricane Michael,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “I appreciate the efforts of the FCC’s public safety staff and call on wireless phone companies, other communications providers, and power companies to quickly implement the recommendations contained in this report.”

A copy of the full report is available here.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

FCC Announces Phase Down of Legacy Support for Price Cap, Fixed CETCs

On May 14, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the beginning of the phase down of legacy high-cost universal service support for price cap carriers and fixed competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (competitive ETCs or CETCs), now that the FCC has authorized Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction support.

First, the FCC has updated the report showing price cap carriers’ legacy CAF Phase I frozen support amounts associated with each census block, available here. This report identifies the census blocks for which CAF Phase II auction support was awarded and may ultimately be authorized, after which legacy support for those blocks will cease for price cap carriers that did not decline phase-down support. As CAF Phase II auction support is authorized, the FCC will update the report accordingly.

Second, the FCC also has updated the report showing the legacy support amounts associated with competitive ETCs offering service to fixed locations, available here. Fixed competitive ETCs will begin receiving legacy support at a reduced level (i.e., initially, two-thirds of the current legacy support amounts) beginning the first day of June, the month after the first authorization of any CAF Phase II auction support nationwide.

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

Declaratory Ruling and FNPRM Proposed to Combat Unwanted Calls

Chairman Pai has circulated a declaratory ruling that would allow phone companies to block unwanted calls to their customers by default, and a draft Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) that proposes a safe harbor for providers that implement network-wide blocking of calls that fail caller authentication under the SHAKEN/STIR framework. Chairman Pai states that “[b]y making it clear that such call blocking is allowed, the FCC will give voice service providers the legal certainty they need to block unwanted calls from the outset so that consumers never have to get them.” According to the FCC’s Public Notice, “voice providers have held off developing and deploying call blocking tools by default because of uncertainty about whether these tools are legal under the FCC’s rules.”

In the FNPRM, Chairman Pai proposes to seek public comment on how the SHAKEN/STIR caller ID authentication standards can be used for call blocking. The FNPRM also proposes to create a safe harbor for calls that are blocked because they are not authenticated under the SHAKEN/STIR framework.

The declaratory ruling and FNPRM will be considered by the Commission at its June 6 Open Commission Meeting.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Mary Sisak

BDS Reply Comments Extended

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has extended the deadline for filing reply comments on the April Data Tables placed on the record in the price cap business data services (BDS) and USTelecom Forbearance Petition proceedings. In its Petition, USTelecom requests forbearance from the requirements to provide transport as an unbundled network element. Reply comments on the Data Tables have been extended from May 16, 2019 to May 28, 2019.

The WCB also extended access to the Secure Data Enclave, which houses the April Data Tables, until June 30, 2019.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Mary Sisak

Form 397 Eliminated Effective May 15

On May 15, the FCC published in the Federal Register its document eliminating the requirement for certain broadcast television and radio stations to file the FCC Broadcast Mid-Term Report (Form 397). According to the FCC, this requirement has become redundant now that most of the information that the form requests is readily accessible online via the Commission's Online Public Inspection File (Public File). The Public File will be modified to allow stations to indicate whether they are subject to a mid-term review, as this is the only information not otherwise available.

BloostonLaw Contact: Gerry Duffy.

FCC Adopts Measures and Proposes Others to Expand Video Communications Options, Improve VRS

In a Report and Order issued May 15, the FCC took steps to improve video communications for people with disabilities, while seeking to protect the video relay service (VRS) program against waste, fraud, and abuse. First, to better meet the communications needs of people who rely on American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate, the FCC adopted rules allowing qualifying customer support call centers to add their telephone numbers to the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Numbering Directory (Numbering Directory or Directory)—thereby enabling sign-language users to communicate directly with signing customer support representatives. Next, to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse more efficiently and effectively, the FCC modified its per-call validation rule to authorize the processing of registration validation queries by the Numbering Directory, rather than the TRS User Registration Database (User Database or Database). In addition, to close a gap in User Database coverage, the Commission adopted a rule requiring registration of enterprise and public videophones in the Database. Finally, to halt VRS provider practices that erode the efficiency and effectiveness of VRS, the FCC prohibited VRS providers from offering or providing non-service related inducements to consumers to entice them to register with a VRS provider.

In the accompanying Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Further Notice), to further improve VRS reliability through expanding the available pool of qualified sign-language interpreters, the FCC proposes to convert the pilot at-home interpreting program to a permanent program. To eliminate unnecessary inconvenience to VRS registrants, it also propose to permit VRS providers to commence service to new and porting VRS users for up to two weeks, pending Database verification of the user’s identity, with compensation to be paid only after the user’s identity is verified. Finally, the Commission seeks further comment on whether to require consumers to log in to enterprise and public videophones before using them to place VRS calls, as a means to safeguard the TRS program from waste, fraud, and abuse involving such videophones.

Under section 225 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), the Commission must ensure the provision of telecommunications relay services (TRS) so that persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have speech disabilities can communicate by telephone in a manner that is functionally equivalent to voice communication services utilized by persons without such disabilities. VRS is a form of TRS that enables people with hearing or speech disabilities who use sign language to make telephone calls over broadband with a videophone. In addition to enabling communication between ASL users and voice users, the VRS system also enables ASL users to communicate directly with other ASL users via video.

BloostonLaw Contact: Gerry Duffy

Law & Regulation

Lifeline Verifier Launched in Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan

On May 10, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the launch of the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier) for all new enrollments in three new states: Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. Starting on June 11, ETCs in these three states will be required to use the National Verifier to make eligibility determinations for all consumers applying for Lifeline service and must cease using legacy eligibility processes for prospective Lifeline subscribers.

USAC will continue to verify that subscribers in the National Verifier for these three states are eligible to receive Lifeline service through the process that was initiated during the soft launch on March 12, 2019. In addition, annual recertification will now be conducted by the National Verifier for all Lifeline consumers in these three states.

To ensure that ETCs continue to be supported during the transition to the National Verifier, USAC will also be contacting ETCs in the relevant states to provide details regarding additional training opportunities. Informational resource materials regarding the National Verifier are also available on USAC’s website.

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


David Redl Resigns from NTIA

Last week, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) chief David Redl unexpectedly resigned from his position, which he has held since November 2017. An NTIA spokeswoman said that Diane Rinaldo would be taking over as acting administrator. According to reports, Ms. Rinaldo is a former staffer with the House Intelligence Committee who has been Redl's deputy at NTIA for the past year.

In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said: “David Redl is a longtime colleague, who served with distinction during his 18 months at NTIA. He was a vocal advocate within the Department of Commerce for repurposing federal spectrum for commercial use and fostering the private sector’s lead in 5G deployment. I thank David for his service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Commissioner O’Rielly said, “I commend and thank David Redl for his long career in service to the American people, having had the privilege of working with David both on Capitol Hill and now in our respective roles. While we didn’t always agree, I respect the difficult task he had in managing the unique views of many federal agencies on spectrum policy, and I appreciate his fierce passion and his breadth of knowledge of the issues. I wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”

Commissioner Carr said, “From our time in law school together, I have had the good fortune of knowing Administrator David Redl. Through his service on Capitol Hill, his leadership of NTIA, and his work advising the President on telecom policy, David has played a key role in securing U.S. leadership in technology policy. The country has benefited greatly from his deep knowledge of spectrum policy and his dedicated public service. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

FCC Announces Network Resiliency Webinar for Small and Rural Providers

On May 13, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing an upcoming webinar to discuss available resources and best practices for small and rural communications providers regarding network reliability and security. The free webinar will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, June 17, 2019.

This webinar will focus on issues relevant to small and rural providers offering wireline, interconnected VoIP, cable, satellite, and wireless services. Topics will include:

  • A review of updates to the small business cybersecurity planner, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans maintained by OCBO on the FCC’s website. • Best practices that small businesses may implement to protect their communications networks to ensure reliability, resiliency, and security.
  • Recommendations from the Final Report of the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council VI (CSRIC) on how small and rural carriers can transition to Next Generation 911 while minimizing risks of the transition, such as preventative measures to avoid service outages.
  • Recent updates to the FCC’s Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) for reporting of communications service disruptions, and to the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) for reporting of communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis, as they relate to small and rural providers.
  • A review of updates to the Network Reliability Steering Committee (NRSC) Emergency Preparedness Checklist, which provides general guidance on how to prepare for, and respond to, a wide array of emergency situations.
  • The importance of identifying and eliminating potential security vulnerabilities in communications networks and their supply chains, and an overview of the FCC’s proposal to protect Universal Service Funds from being spent on equipment or services from suppliers that raise national security concerns.

The webinar will be streamed live with open captioning over the Internet. The web address, login, and dial-in information can be found on the “Small and Rural Provider Network Resiliency Webinar” events page. Advance registration is required.

FCC Announces SHAKEN/STIR Summit

On May 13, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing that the Chairman will convene a summit focused on the industry’s implementation of SHAKEN/STIR, a caller ID authentication framework to combat illegal robocalls and caller ID spoofing. The summit will be held on July 11 at the FCC’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

The summit will feature stakeholder discussions of (i) lessons learned from major voice service providers that have begun to deploy call authentication technology in their own networks and test inter-carrier call signing; (ii) the technical barriers, if any, to deployment of SHAKEN/STIR by other major voice service providers; (iii) challenges to deployment faced by smaller voice service providers; and (iv) the use of call authentication to reduce spoofed robocalls and improve the consumer experience.

Stakeholders interested in participating in the summit—including voice service providers, equipment manufacturers, consumer groups, entities involved in SHAKEN/STIR governance, state government entities, technologists, and any other parties interested in the implementation of SHAKEN/STIR—are encouraged to contact the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau by June 11, 2019.


MAY 31: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. See above story.

BloostonLaw Contact: Richard Rubino.

JULY 1: FCC FORM 481 (CARRIER ANNUAL REPORTING DATA COLLECTION FORM). All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) must report the information required by Section 54.313, which includes outage, unfulfilled service request, and complaint data, broken out separately for voice and broadband services, information on the ETC’s holding company, operating companies, ETC affiliates and any branding in response to section 54.313(a)(8); its CAF-ICC certification, if applicable; its financial information, if a privately held rate-of-return carrier; and its satellite backhaul certification, if applicable. Form 481 must not only be filed with USAC, but also with the FCC and the relevant state commission and tribal authority, as appropriate. Although USAC treats the filing as confidential, filers must seek confidential treatment separately with the FCC and the relevant state commission and tribal authority if confidential treatment is desired.

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

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

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Sal Taillefer.

JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, UNIVERSAL SERVICE QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE. Line count updates are required to recalculate a carrier's per line universal service support, and is filed with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This information must be submitted on July 31 each year by all rate-of-return incumbent carriers, and on a quarterly basis if a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (CETC) has initiated service in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area and reported line count data to USAC in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area, in order for the incumbent carrier to be eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). This quarterly filing is due July 31 and covers lines served as of December 31, 2018. Incumbent carriers filing on a quarterly basis must also file on September 30 (for lines served as of March 31, 2019); December 30 (for lines served as of June 30, 2019), and March 31, 2020, for lines served as of September 30, 2019).

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

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

Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

Calendar At-a-Glance

May 15 – Comments are due on Auction 103 Procedures.
May 15 – Deadline for Intermediate Providers to Register with FCC Database.
May 20 – Comments are due on Location Accuracy Requirements.
May 29 – Reply comments on Broadcast Ownership Rules are due.
May 30 – Reply comments are due on Auction 103 Procedures.
May 31 – Grant applications for ReConnect Program are due.
May 31 – Comments are due on RAY BAUM’S Act Information Sharing Report.
May 31 – FCC Form 395 (Annual Employment Report) is due.

Jun. 1 – Deadline to file AM/FM License Renewals – DC, MD, VA, WV.
Jun. 3 – Comments are due on MOBILE NOW Act Implementation NPRM.
Jun. 3 – Comments are due on 900 MHz Broadband Reconfiguration NPRM.
Jun. 3 – Comments on OTARD Rule are due.
Jun. 17 – 15-Day Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 17 – Deadline to accept A-CAM II Offers.
Jun. 17 – Reply comments on OTARD Rule are due.
Jun. 17 – Reply comments are due on RAY BAUM’S Act Information Sharing Report.
Jun. 18 – Reply comments are due on Location Accuracy Requirements.
Jun. 21 – Loan/grant combination applications for ReConnect Program are due.
Jun. 24 – Petitions re: 15-Day Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 25 – 7-Day Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 27 – Petitions re: 7-Day Tariff Filings are due (no later than noon E.T.)
Jun. 28 – Replies to Petitions re: 7-Day and 15-Day Tariff Filings are due (no later than noon E.T.)

Jul. 1 – FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form) is due.
Jul. 1 – FCC Form 690 (Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Winner Annual Report) is due.
Jul. 2 – 7-Day and 15-Day Tariff Filings are effective.
Jul. 3 – Reply comments are due on MOBILE NOW Act Implementation NPRM.
Jul. 12 – Loan applications for ReConnect Program are due.
Jul. 15 – Deadline for Covered Providers to Use Only Registered Intermediate Providers.
Jul. 31 – FCC Form 507 (Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update) is due.
Jul. 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.

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From: Gerald Perez
Subject: Paging suppliers for POCSAG wide area paging system
Date: May 6, 2019
To: Brad Dye

Dear Brad,

I’m hoping you might be able to help me with the following request, firstly some background.

I have started the process of looking for a new paging supplier, our current supplier is Infostream in Australia. Although the system is reliable support is lacking hence the need to find a replacement supplier.

We are based in Gibraltar (Europe) so would like to get a paging supplier in Europe preferably UK or Spain. Our wide area system is made up of the following items:

  • 2 paging terminals (rack mounted servers — hot failover)
  • 2 remote base stations (Infostream cypher 3 controller and 100W transmitter) used to provide coverage of Gibraltar which is approx. 6.8kM sq. Yes, a tiny place!
  • 1 spare remote base station Protocol POCSAG 1200 baud
  • 1 hospital console connected to out paging server, allows hospital staff to send alphanumeric messages, link protocol TAP.

Do you know any potential suppliers/manufacturers?

Any information would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

Kind regards,


Gerald Perez
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Published on May 4, 2019

SUBSCRIBED 106K This video talks about the basic timing of CW / Morse code elements (dits and dahs), and how to send them using a few device — such as a traditional straight key, as well as using a dual-lever paddle with an electronic keyer. Iambic keying with a paddles is also described and demonstrated

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