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Friday — July 17, 2020 — Issue No. 917

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This Week's Wireless News Headlines:

  • Amazon wins FCC chair’s support for Kuiper satellite plan
  • Apple Releases iOS 13.6 With Car Key, Toggle to Turn Off Automatic Update Downloads, Audio Apple News+ Stories and More
  • Microsoft has finally fixed three of Windows 10’s biggest problems
  • EWA Honors the Life of Joe Vestal
  • InsideTowers
    • FCC Takes Another Step to Secure 5G Networks
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Reminder: Multiple Mock Auction Dates for Auction 105 Begin Friday, July 17
    • FCC Publishes Official Agenda for July Open Meeting
    • FCC Announces Successful Completion of Post-Incentive Auction Transition
    • FCC Reminds LPTV and TV Translator Stations of July 13, 2021 Transition Date
    • Chairman Pai Issues Statement on First Completed CAF-II Auction Buildout
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Phil Hebert
    • Phil Leavitt
    • Rex Lee
    • John Cruz Live From Hawai'i


Wireless Messaging News

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

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

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

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Easy Solutions  (Vaughan Bowden)
IWA Technical Services, Inc.  (Ira Wiesenfeld)
Leavitt Communications  (Phil Leavitt)
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Prism-IPX Systems  (Jim Nelson & John Bishop)
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC  (Ron Mercer)
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These are acoustic amplifiers for smartphones. They don't need electric power to operate and there are no moving parts. They work like a megaphone (speaking-trumpet, bullhorn, or loudhailer). Everyone that I have shown one to has said something like “Wow, I want one of those!” So I have built 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.

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The two large horns — the trombone and the gramophone — are difficult to pack and ship to they are for local pickup only. The remainder can be sent to you. I have the cowboy horn and the rest are in stock at the Colorado coffee shop.

Please call for pricing and availability or stop in for a demo and a great cup of espresso.

P.S. Allan, Virginia and I worked together at WebLink Wireless in Dallas.

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Amazon wins FCC chair’s support for Kuiper satellite plan

by Monica Alleven | Jul 13, 2020 12:55pm
Fierce Wireless

Amazon’s system joins a number of other satellite systems in development. (Pixabay)

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Friday announced his support for Amazon’s Kuiper constellation, which calls for launching more than 3,000 satellites to provide broadband in the U.S. and across the globe.

Amazon detailed plans for the project last year, when it filed its plans for the FCC’s approval. In a tweet, Pai said he shared with his colleagues a proposal to approve, with conditions, the Kuiper application to deploy and operate a non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGS)) fixed satellite service (FSS).

The chairman didn’t elaborate on what the conditions would be. Bloomberg noted that his request is likely to result in approval in closed-door voting at the agency, where Pai leads the Republican majority.

The Kuiper System is designed to use 3,236 satellites operating in 98 orbital planes, at altitudes between 366 and 391 miles. Amazon has said the satellite system would help close the digital divide, providing fixed connectivity to homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, government agencies and first responders, among others.

Amazon told the commission last year that it has the expertise, infrastructure and financial wherewithal to make the Kuiper System a success. “We recognize that the effective implementation of global broadband NGSO FSS services requires more than the design, construction, and deployment of a technologically advanced satellite system, low-cost customer terminals, and gateways,” the company said. “It also requires worldwide terrestrial network infrastructure and customer operations capabilities.”

Amazon also pointed to its global terrestrial networking and compute expertise, including intercontinental fiber links, data centers, compute/edge compute capabilities and the tools and know-how to securely and efficiently transport data.

In addition, according to Amazon, the Kuiper system will enable mobile network operators to expand wireless services to unserved and underserved mobile customers and provide high-throughput mobile broadband connectivity services for aircraft, maritime vessels, and land vehicles.

Amazon’s system joins a number of other satellite systems in development. SpaceX and OneWeb are two other prominent players in the space. SpaceX, which received FCC approval in 2018 to launch nearly 12,000 broadband satellites, is currently embroiled in a fight over the 12 GHz band, which Dish Network and others want to use for 5G.

Last week, SpaceX reiterated (PDF) its opposition to a 2016 petition for rulemaking regarding the 12 GHz Band, emphasizing the importance of the band to SpaceX’s delivery of next-generation advanced broadband service to consumers throughout the United States, including those in rural, unserved, and underserved areas. 

Source: Fierce Wireless Thanks to Paul Fitzgerald of InfoRad


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  • 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.
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  • Improved amplifier efficiency.
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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.

Board of Advisors

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Communications Specialists
Jim Nelson
President & CEO
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Sr. Application Systems Analyst
Medical Center
Paul Lauttamus, President
Lauttamus Communications & Security
R.H. (Ron) Mercer
Wireless Consultant
Barry Kanne
Paging Industry Veteran
Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer
Allan Angus
Consulting Engineer

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Apple Releases iOS 13.6 With Car Key, Toggle to Turn Off Automatic Update Downloads, Audio Apple News+ Stories and More

Wednesday July 15, 2020 10:04 am PDT
by Juli Clover

Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 13.6, major updates that come more than a month after the launch of iOS and iPadOS 13.5.1. iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 introduce new Health, Apple News, and software update features.

The iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Apple has also released an iOS 12.4.8 update for older devices unable to run iOS 13.

The software introduces a toggle for customizing updates, providing users with granular control over the downloading and installing of new iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ versions.

iOS users can decide if their iPhone or iPad should automatically download an iOS update when connected to WiFi, and when that update should be installed.

A Download iOS Updates toggle turns automatic downloads on or off, and an Install iOS Updates toggle lets users choose to install a software update overnight as a device charges. The new update feature will be a welcome change for ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ users who prefer to stay on older versions of iOS and do not want their devices to update automatically.

iOS 13.6 also brings support for Car Key, a feature available in both ‌iOS 13‌ and iOS 14. Car Key is designed to allow an ‌iPhone‌ or an Apple Watch to be used in lieu of a physical key to unlock an NFC-enabled vehicle.

Car Key needs to be implemented by car manufacturers to function, and BMW is one of Apple's first partners. BMW's Digital Key for ‌iPhone‌ feature will let ‌iPhone‌ owners tap to unlock their vehicles, start the car by placing the ‌iPhone‌ in the smartphone tray, place limitations on young drivers, and share keys with up to five other users.

Car Key will work in a wide range of BMW models, including the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 if manufactured after July 1, 2020. An iPhone XR, XS, ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 5, or newer is required, as is the iOS 13.6 update.

In the Health app, there's a new "Symptoms" section that lets users add symptoms of various illnesses, choosing from options such as body and muscle aches, appetite changes, coughing, dizziness, headache, nausea, and more.

For the ‌Apple News‌ app, iOS 13.6 adds a feature that saves your place in an ‌Apple News‌ article when you start reading something and then exit out of the article or app, handy for long-form content.

‌Apple News‌ in iOS 13.6 also includes new Apple News+ Audio feature where Apple will offer some news stories in an audio capacity, but this option was not activated during the beta.

Apple's full release notes for the update are available below:

iOS 13.6 adds support for digital car keys, introduces audio stories in ‌Apple News‌+, and contains a new symptoms category in the Health app. This release also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Digital car keys

  • Unlock, lock, and start your compatible car with your ‌iPhone‌
  • Securely remove digital keys from a lost device via iCloud
  • Share digital keys easily with iMessage
  • Driver-specific profiles so you can configure shared keys for full-access or restricted driving
  • Power reserve lets you unlock and start your car for up to five hours after ‌iPhone‌ runs out of battery

‌Apple News‌

  • Audio stories are professionally narrated versions of some of the best reads from ‌Apple News‌+, selected and produced by the ‌Apple News‌ editors as part of your ‌Apple News‌+ subscription
  • ‌Apple News‌ Today is a new, free audio briefing on the day's top stories from the ‌Apple News‌ editors, also available in the Podcasts app
  • A new Audio tab makes it easy to find ‌Apple News‌ Today and Apple

News+ audio stories

  • CarPlay allows you to listen to ‌Apple News‌ Today and ‌Apple News‌+ audio stories while on the road
  • Local news in your Today feed provides extensive coverage of San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City
  • More stories available from local news providers with a subscription to ‌Apple News‌+
  • Your daily newsletter from ‌Apple News‌ can now be personalized with stories that reflect your interests


  • New category for symptoms in the Health app, including symptoms logged from Cycle Tracking and ECG
  • Ability to log new symptoms, like fever, chills, sore throat or coughing, and share them with third-party apps

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

  • Adds a new setting to choose if updates automatically download to your device when on Wi-Fi
  • Addresses an issue that could cause apps to become unresponsive when syncing data from iCloud Drive
  • Fixes an issue that could cause data roaming to appear to be disabled on eSIM even though it remained active
  • Fixes an issue thats causes some phone calls from Saskatchewan to appear as originating from the United States
  • Addresses an issue that could interrupt audio when making phone calls over Wi-Fi Calling
  • Fixes an issues that prevented some ‌iPhone‌ 6S and iPhone SE devices from registering for Wi-Fi Calling
  • Resolves an issue that could cause the software keyboard to appear unexpectedly when connected to certain third-party hardware keyboards
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Japanese hardware keyboards to be incorrectly mapped as a U.S. keyboard
  • Addresses stability issues when accessing Control Center when Assistive Touch was enabled
  • Provides a mechanism for administrators to specify domains to exclude from traffic carried by always-on VPN connections

iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 could be one of the final updates to the ‌iOS 13‌ operating system as Apple shifts its focus to iOS 14, which is available for developers and public beta testers and set to be released this fall.

Source: MacRumors  

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Providing Expert Support and Service Contracts for all Glenayre Paging Systems.

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

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

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost-effective solutions.
  • We are not just another vendor . . . We are a part of your team. All the advantages of high priced full-time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business . . . We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

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  • Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
  • Excellent Service Contracts
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  • Making systems More Reliable and MORE PROFITABLE for over 30 years.

Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or  e-mail  us for more information.

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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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INTERNET Protocol Terminal

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

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

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

Additional/Optional Features

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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

Microsoft has finally fixed three of Windows 10’s biggest problems

By Darren Allan, July 15, 2020

OneDrive, printer and random reboot issues are all cured

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Windows 10 has received fixes for three major bugs which have been plaguing users in recent times, with the resolutions delivered by Microsoft’s monthly dollop of patches for July.

The issues in question are serious problems with OneDrive, along with printer functionality being accidentally torpedoed (by a previous batch of Windows 10 security patches), and gremlins with forced reboots.

These are all cured — at least theoretically — by the latest monthly patches as mentioned (KB4565503 for the May 2020 Update, and KB4565483 for the November 2019 Update and May 2019 Update).

The issue with OneDrive was specific to those who have upgraded to the latest May 2020 Update for Windows 10.

Microsoft notes that cumulative update KB4565503 does the following: “Addresses an issue that might prevent you from connecting to OneDrive using the OneDrive app. This issue occurs on some older devices or on devices that have older apps, which use legacy file system filter drivers. As a result, this might prevent these devices from downloading new files or opening previously synced or downloaded files.”

Printer fix

The major printer issue was introduced by the cumulative updates released in June, and although Microsoft did usher in a fix shortly afterwards, it had to be manually applied. As promised, it’ll now be automatically delivered to your PC via the relevant July cumulative update.

Microsoft further notes that there’s also a solution for a separate problem that prevents some apps from printing documents which play host to graphics or large files.

Finally, Microsoft has resolved a bug whereby Windows 10 would randomly reboot some PCs due to an issue with the Local Security Authority Process. Affected users receive a message telling them their PC is going to reboot.

Microsoft explains that it has addressed the issue which “might cause lsass.exe to fail with the error message ‘A critical system process, C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe, failed with status code c0000008. The machine must now be restarted.’”

That’s a pretty nasty flaw, so it’s good news to see it fixed.

Hopefully these resolutions will make the May 2020 Update available to more users who have previously seen it blocked due to the OneDrive problem, but as we’ve seen recently, there could be other ‘safeguard holds’ which interfere with the upgrade for some folks.

Source: Tech Radar  

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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EWA Honors the Life of Joe Vestal

With deep regret, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) must inform the membership of the passing on July 14th of Joseph B. Vestal, a former officer, Executive Committee member, and member of the EWA Board of Directors. Joe Vestal’s accomplishments included the founding of FleetTalk Management Services after a long and influential management career with Motorola, including a pioneering role in development of the 800/900 MHz SMR industry. Mr. Vestal also provided critical guidance and support that led to the consolidation of the Industrial Telecommunications Association and the American Mobile Telecommunications Association, which resulted in the formation of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance in 2005.

“Joe Vestal’s contributions to our industry are legion,” said EWA President Mark Crosby. “He was an inspiring entrepreneur and leader who mentored many current leaders in private wireless. When Mr. Vestal spoke, it was best that you paid attention.”

In recognition of Mr. Vestal’s entrepreneurial contributions to the wireless industry, EWA established the EWA-Joseph B. Vestal Endowed Scholarship at Old Dominion University (ODU), his alma mater, in 2011. The scholarship awards financial aid to full time ODU students enrolled in Electrical Engineering Technology or Information Systems Management studies who intend to pursue a professional career in wireless applications or telecommunications. Providing such support to students was one of his passions, and every year he led the selection process.

In honor of the life of Joe Vestal, EWA will be making a donation to the Vestal Scholarship in his name. To learn more about the scholarship and for information on how to make a donation, visit EWA's website or contact EWA Communications Director Andrea Cumpston at 703-797-5111 or by e-mail at

Source: Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA)  

Consulting Alliance

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

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

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

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

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Remote AB Switches

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


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


Common Features:

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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

Leavitt Communications

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

Inside Towers Newsletter

Friday, July 17, 2020 Volume 8 | Issue 138

FCC Takes Another Step to Secure 5G Networks

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

With a 5-0 vote, the FCC yesterday took more steps to protect the communications infrastructure supply chain. The issue is at the heart of so-called “rip and replace,” the effort to find and fund replacement of rural carriers’ untrusted network equipment purchased from Huawei and ZTE. The vote took place during a week when the U.K. reversed an earlier decision and decided to block untrusted Chinese-made gear from its 5G networks.

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said all federal agencies should be on the same page “before publishing a list of equipment that could cause concern,” referring to a list the agency will develop and maintain. His colleague, Commissioner Brendan Carr said Huawei’s response to other country’s concerns about having its gear in their networks has been: “why would we risk our reputation by making our products insecure? Why would the Chinese regime risk that?”

Carr said: “These were meant to be rhetorical questions.” But after the Chinese government crackdown in Hong Kong, he emphasized, “they can’t be.”

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the action yesterday is one of a series of steps the FCC has taken to secure 5G networks. She urged the agency to go further and support Open RAN as part of a comprehensive government 5G strategy. Noting the U.K. has testbeds on the concept and a Japanese company says it’s developed a commercial mobile networking using Open RAN, she said: “The FCC needs to act on this.” To Congress, she said, “We need resources to make this happen.”

Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, who’s promoted a “Find it, fund it, fix it” model for “rip and replace,” supported the concept of a comprehensive 5G strategy “to develop and support alternatives that replace existing equipment and position us to better compete in the future.”

Starks said the problem of insecure network gear is worldwide. “Through its “Made in China 2025″ strategy, China artificially lowered their prices, assisted in the research and product development, and undercut international competition. Through this unfair advantage, the equipment produced by these corporations has become pervasive around the world.”

“O-RAN is promising because it enables a single disturbed IT system of interoperable hardware,” said Starks. “This granular approach reduces the barriers to entry for radio network access vendors, particularly small-scale, specialized suppliers, and presents a unique opportunity for American companies.” Starks suggests the FCC investigate requiring carriers to consider O-RAN solutions as they rebuild networks. 

Thursday’s Declaratory Ruling finds that the FCC has already fulfilled one of its obligations under the Secure Networks Act by adopting its November 2019 ban on USF support for equipment and services produced or provided by companies that pose a national security threat. In a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC seeks public comment on implementing various aspects of the Secure Networks Act, including proposals to:

  1. create and maintain the list of covered communications equipment and services required by the statute;
  2. ban the use of federal subsidies, including USF funding, for any communications equipment or services placed on this list;
  3. require all providers of advanced communications services to report on whether they use any covered communications equipment or services; and
  4. prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in the reimbursement program that is required by the statute to remove and replace insecure equipment. 

Source: Inside Towers newsletter Courtesy of the editor of Inside Towers Jim Fryer.
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Selected portions [sometimes more — sometimes less — sometimes the whole updates] 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's partners. The firm's contact information is included at the end of this section of the newsletter.

  BloostonLaw Telecom Update Vol. 23, No. 29 July 15, 2020  

Reminder: Multiple Mock Auction Dates for Auction 105 Begin Friday, July 17

As a part of the July 1 Qualified Bidders Public Notice, about which we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC scheduled multiple mock auction dates in order to accommodate the large number of qualified bidders. Each qualified bidder has been assigned to one of three mock auction dates: Friday, July 17; Monday, July 20; or Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The spreadsheet with each qualified bidder’s mock auction date can be found here.

The FCC noted that the bidding system for Auction 105 differs from the bidding system used in previous clock auctions. While the functionality is largely the same, the interface is new. Accordingly, the FCC encourages all qualified bidders to participate in the mock auction.

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


FCC Publishes Official Agenda for July Open Meeting

On July 9, the FCC published the official agenda for its upcoming Open Meeting, currently scheduled for July 16. At the meeting, the FCC will consider:

  • Designating 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: a Report and Order that would designate 988 as the 3-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to aid rapid access to suicide prevention and mental health support services. (WC Docket No. 18-336)
  • Call Blocking Rules: a Third Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would continue the Commission’s work to combat unwanted and illegal calls and implement portions of the TRACED Act. (CG Docket No. 17-59)
  • Secure Networks Act Implementation: a Declaratory Ruling and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would integrate provisions of the recently enacted Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 into its existing supply chain rulemaking proceeding. (WC Docket No. 18-89)
  • Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements: a Sixth Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration that would further its effort to improve vertical (or Z-Axis) location accuracy for wireless 911 calls, which will help first responders quickly locate people calling for help from multi-story buildings. (PS Docket No. 07-114)
  • Modernizing Priority Services Rules: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would streamline and update its rules to ensure that priority service programs operate effectively for emergency workers as technology evolves. (PS Docket No. 20-187)
  • Leased Commercial Access: a Second Report that would modernize the leased access rate formula by adopting a tier-based calculation. (MB Docket Nos. 07-42, 17-105)
  • Improving Broadband Data and Maps: a Second Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would establish requirements to ensure that the Commission collects accurate and granular data on the availability of broadband service through the Digital Opportunity Data Collection, and would seek comment on additional measures to implement the requirements of the Broadband DATA Act. (WC Docket No. 19-195).

The links in each of the descriptions above lead to draft versions of the document to be considered and a one-page summary prepared by FCC staff. It is important to note that the final item actually considered at the Open Meeting may differ from the draft.

The Open Meeting will be webcast live at

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

FCC Announces Successful Completion of Post-Incentive Auction Transition

On July 13, the FCC issued a Press Release announcing that the post-incentive auction transition has successfully reached the July 13, 2020 deadline established for television stations to move off their pre-auction channel assignments. As a result, all of the low-band airwaves sold in the broadcast incentive auction are now available for wireless mobile broadband services.

Over the course of the transition, 987 full-power and Class A TV stations were reassigned to new TV channels. According to the Press Release, over 99% of the 987 repacked TV stations have successfully transitioned off their pre-auction channels, and the remaining stations that were granted short extensions due to unforeseeable circumstances are now scheduled to transition before the end of the summer. These remaining stations are currently located in the portion of the band allocated for broadcast television or the duplex gap, and none have delayed or will delay the deployment of wireless services in the new 600 MHz wireless band.

“Today represents a milestone in the Commission’s effort to repurpose spectrum to meet the demands of wireless consumers,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “I want to thank the broadcast and wireless industries, the tower crews, the equipment manufacturers, and the radio frequency engineers who support them for the hard work they have done over the past 39 months to make the benefits of the broadcast incentive auction a reality. I also want to thank the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, along with a team of professionals from across the Commission, who worked in a proactive, flexible, and collaborative way with industry throughout the transition. I appreciate their deep commitment to public service and their dedication to making this challenging project a success for American consumers.”

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

Law and Regulation

FCC Reminds LPTV and TV Translator Stations of July 13, 2021 Transition Date

On July 13, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding all low power television and television translator stations (LPTV/translator stations) that only one year remains until the July 13, 2021, digital transition date when stations must terminate all analog television operations. Specifically, by 11:59 p.m. local time on July 13, 2021, all LPTV/translator stations must terminate all analog television operations regardless of whether their digital facilities are operational.

The FCC also reminds these stations of the following deadlines:

  • Final Digital Extensions Due No Later Than March 13, 2021. In addition to ceasing analog operations by the digital transition date, transitioning LPTV/translator stations that experience delays in completing their digital facilities may seek one last extension of time of their digital construction permits, of not more than 180 days, to be filed no later than March 13, 2021, which is four months prior to the July 13, 2021, transition date. However, the grant of an extension of time to complete digital construction will in no way extend the July 13, 2021, deadline by which a station must terminate analog television operations.
  • Transition Related Technical Filings Should Be Filed No Later Than May 1, 2021. While not a firm deadline, stations requiring last-minute technical changes submit any required applications or filings (minor change, request for special temporary authority, etc.) no later than May 1, 2021, to allow sufficient time for staff processing.
  • Filing Deadline For Digital-to-Digital Replacement Translators: July 13, 2021. Applications for new digital-to-digital replacement translator (DTDRT) service, which allows eligible full power television stations to recover lost digital service area that could result from the Incentive Auction repacking process, must be filed not later than July 13, 2021.
  • Requests For Silent Authority. A station may suspend operations for a period of not more than 30 days absent specific authority from the Commission. Stations that remain silent for more than 10 days must notify the Commission not later than the tenth day of their suspended operations by filing a Suspension of Operations Notification via LMS as outlined in the Appendix. Stations that need to remain silent for more than 30 days must file a Silent STA via LMS.
  • Surrender of Channels. LPTV/translator stations with digital companion channels must choose to complete their transition to digital by either (1) “flash cutting” their existing analog facility to digital (at which time their analog license will be replaced by a new digital license and the digital companion channel permit or license canceled) or (2) surrendering their analog channel and continuing to operate their digital companion channel. For stations choosing the second option, analog channels must be surrendered no later than July 13, 2021. Stations that choose not to convert to digital and instead intend to permanently discontinue operations must do so no later than July 13, 2021, and must submit their station licenses for cancellation.
  • Viewer Notifications. To ensure that viewers are aware of the impending termination of analog service, stations are required to notify viewers of their planned transition to digital. Stations have the flexibility to determine the frequency, length, and content of their notifications.

Stations with questions about the transition may contact the firm for more information.

BloostonLaw Contact: John Prendergast.


Chairman Pai Issues Statement on First Completed CAF-II Auction Buildout

On July 14, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a Press Release congratulating Bloosurf, LLC for becoming the first broadband provider to have its Connect America Fund Phase II auction buildout validated as complete by the Universal Service Administrative Company:

“I congratulate Bloosurf for being the first company to satisfy its buildout requirements with funds from our recent Connect America Fund Phase II auction, making fixed broadband available to more than 5,000 rural homes and businesses in Maryland and Delaware. I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that the funds provided through the Connect America Fund Phase II auction are having across the nation—including in Delaware itself, where I visited with Bloosurf in rural Seaford in early 2019. I look forward to additional providers satisfying their broadband deployment requirements in the months and years to come. I am also looking forward to our upcoming $16 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Phase I auction this fall, which will bring high-speed broadband to up to 5.4 million unserved rural locations. This FCC is pulling out all the stops to close the digital divide, and we are making significant progress.”


JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, LINE COUNT DATA (A-CAM AND ALASKA PLAN RECPIENTS). Sections 54.313(f)(5) and 54.903(a)(1) of the FCC’s rules requires all rate-of-return telecommunications carriers to provide line count information on FCC Form 507 to USAC, the universal service Administrator. Carriers receiving Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS) must submit this information annually on March 31st of each year, and may update the data on a quarterly basis. Carriers that receive Alternative Connect America Model (A-CAM) I, A-CAM II, or Alaska Plan support are required to file by July 1st of each year. For 2020, the FCC has extended the A-CAM filing deadline until July 31.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.

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

CIC holders shall provide a usage report to the NANPA per the industry CIC guidelines … The NAS shall be capable of accepting CIC usage reports per guideline requirements on January 31 for the period ending December 31 and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. These reports may also be mailed and accepted by the NANPA in paper form. Finally, according to the NANPA website, if no local exchange carrier reports access or usage for a given CIC, NANPA is obliged to reclaim it. The semi-annual utilization and access reporting mechanism is described at length in the guidelines.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

AUGUST 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT: Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks—including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by August 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

AUGUST 1: Live 911 Call Data Reports – Non-Nationwide Providers that do not provide coverage in any of the Test Cities must collect and report aggregate data based on the largest county within its footprint to APCO, NENA, and NASNA on the location technologies used for live 911 calls in those areas. Clients should obtain spreadsheets with their company’s compliance data from their E911 service provider (e.g., Intrado / West).

BloostonLaw Contacts: Cary Mitchell.

AUGUST 29: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS. The Copyright Statement of Accounts form plus royalty payment for the first half of year is due to be filed August 29 at the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office by cable TV service providers.

BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

SEPTEMBER 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. Three types of entities must file this form.

  1. Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations: Entities that are facilities-based providers of broadband connections — which are wired “lines” or wireless “channels” that enable the end user to receive information from and/or send information to the Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction — must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which the entity provides one or more such connections to end user locations. For the purposes of Form 477, an entity is a “facilities-based” provider of broadband connections to end user locations if it owns the portion of the physical facility that terminates at the end user location, if it obtains unbundled network elements (UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and provisions/equips them as broadband, or if it provisions/equips a broadband wireless channel to the end user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum. Such entities include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers (LECs), cable system operators, fixed wireless service providers (including “wireless ISPs”), terrestrial and satellite mobile wireless service providers, MMDS providers, electric utilities, municipalities, and other entities. (Such entities do not include equipment suppliers unless the equipment supplier uses the equipment to provision a broadband connection that it offers to the public for sale. Such entities also do not include providers of fixed wireless services (e.g., “Wi-Fi” and other wireless ethernet, or wireless local area network, applications) that only enable local distribution and sharing of a premises broadband facility.)
  2. Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Telephone Services: Incumbent and competitive LECs must complete and file the applicable portions of the form for each state in which they provide local exchange service to one or more end user customers (which may include “dial-up” ISPs).
  3. Providers of Interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service: Interconnected VoIP service is a service that enables real-time, two-way voice communications; requires a broadband connection from the user’s location; requires Internet-protocol compatible customer premises equipment; and permits users generally to receive calls that originate on the public switched telephone network and to terminate calls to the public switched telephone network. Interconnected VoIP providers must complete and file the applicable portions of the form for each state in which they provide interconnected VoIP service to one or more subscribers, with the state determined for reporting purposes by the location of the subscriber’s broadband connection or the subscriber’s “Registered Location” as of the data-collection date. “Registered Location” is the most recent information obtained by an interconnected VoIP service provider that identifies the physical location of an end user.
  4. Providers of Mobile Telephony Services: Facilities-based providers of mobile telephony services must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which they serve one or more mobile telephony subscribers. A mobile telephony service is a real-time, two-way switched voice service that is interconnected with the public switched network using an in-network switching facility that enables the provider to reuse frequencies and accomplish seamless handoff of subscriber calls. A mobile telephony service provider is considered “facilities-based” if it serves a subscriber using spectrum for which the entity holds a license that it manages, or for which it has obtained the right to use via lease or other arrangement with a Band Manager.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM. Each year on September 30, multi-channel video program distributors (“MVPDs”) must file with the Commission an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. 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.

Calendar At-a-Glance

Jul. 15 – Short forms for Auction 904 – Rural Digital Opportunity Fund are due.
Jul. 13 – Comments to refresh the record on One-Way VoIP USF Contribution are due.
Jul. 20 – Reply comments are due on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Exposure NPRM.
Jul. 22 – Comments are due on Wireless Facility Deployment Revision NPRM.
Jul. 24 – Comments are due on Pro Forma Transfer Process Rulemaking Petition.
Jul. 27 – Reply comments are due on 5G Fund for Rural America.
Jul. 27 – Reply comments on Robocall Enforcement Actions for Carriers with Delayed Compliance are due.
Jul. 27 – Reply comments to refresh the record on One-Way VoIP USF Contribution are due.
Jul. 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.
Jul. 31 – FCC Form 507 (Line Count) due for A-CAM and Alaska Plan recipients.

Aug. 1 – FCC Form 502 due (North American Numbering Plan Utilization and Forecast Report).
Aug. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Aug. 1 – Live 911 Call Data Reports from Non-Nationwide Providers are due.
Aug. 3 – Reply comments are due on Wireless Facility Deployment Revision NPRM.
Aug. 4 – Reply comments are due on End User Interstate Access Detariffing.
Aug. 5 – Comments are due on 70/80/90 GHz Band NPRM.
Aug. 5 – Comments are due on Termination of Dormant Proceedings.
Aug. 6 – Reply comments on 5G Fund Adjustment Factor Values are due.
Aug. 10 – Reply comments are due on Pro Forma Transfer Process Rulemaking Petition.
Aug. 20 – Reply comments are due on Termination of Dormant Proceedings.
Aug. 31 – Lifeline Income Documentation, De-Enrollment/Reverification Requirement waivers expire.

Sep. 1 – FCC Form 477 due (Local Competition and Broadband Report).
Sep. 5 – Reply comments are due on 70/80/90 GHz Band NPRM.
Sep. 30 – FCC Form 396-C (MVPD EEO Program Annual Report).

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Subject: Nucleus Advanced Controller
Date: July 11, 2020 at 10:53:05 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Hi Brad,

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I have a Nucleus station that I am trying to get going on 927 MHz. It has the standard controller that will not allow it to function in ham band.

Do you have or know of an available advanced controller?

Thank you,

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From: Rex M. Lee
Subject: Are Pagers Obsolete?
Date: July 10, 2020 at 12:37:20 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye


Per Albert Erdmann’s letter to the editor, Are Pagers Obsolete, great topic, information and letter.

Discussing the relevancy of paging is a great debate today as the evolution of tech and telecom continues into the future.

I don’t want to parrot the pros and cons of paging, already made by others, as I would be speaking to the choir regarding your readers.

Unfortunately, the debate among those under 40 regarding the relevancy of paging centers on the fact that Millennials grew up using cellular technology by the most part.

If they have any reference to paging it is through old school RAP music or maybe one of their parents carried a pager or spoke fondly of the days they carried a pager, usually a digital pager.

I doubt any Gen-X parents ever used anything less than a digital pager and probably would not know what a Pageboy (1&II) voice or Metrix tone-only pager is, I know when I started in paging in 1983, working for PageAmerica, we had launched first-gen digital paging (BPR 2000).

If they remember any evolved (late 90s tech)  pagers at all, those devices may have been a Motorola PageWriter 2000 or TalkAbout two-pager, which technically these devices were supported by NPCS technology/networks, if not these devices maybe a Blackberry device before RIM (remember those guys?) started manufacturing cellular based Blackberries.

I actually tell my daughters (born in 1998/2000) that I was texting before they were born, but we did not call it texting, we called it “two-waying,” those of you who worked for SkyTel in the late 90s, like myself, will know what I’m talking about.

With this being said, those 40 and under today can only reference what they grew up with and use today which were cellular phones such as feature phones (flip-phones), personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smartphones as used today.

To make Gen-Xers, Millennials, and Gen-Zers understand the relevancy of paging will take education.

A good place to start is with privacy, cybersecurity, civil liberties and safety which all were high regarding flip phones, PDAs and Blackberry which collectively were the last private, secure and safe forms of telecommunications and mobile computing on the market.

However there is No privacy, cybersecurity or safety regarding smartphones which maybe illegal to use within critical infrastructure and enterprise business due to predatory surveillance and data mining business practices employed by the OS, App and platform developers that include companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and companies from adversarial countries such as China and Russia.

Those companies include ByteDance (TikTok-China), Tencent (WeChat-China), Baidu (DU Apps/Browser) and Prisma Labs (Prima Apps — Russia).

Today, smartphones plus other connected technology are supported by intrusive, addictive and harmful technology in the form of the OS, apps and platforms that support smartphones plus other connected tech that is in turn supported by the android OS, Apple iOS or Microsoft Windows 8 & 10 OS.

Don’t take my word for this claim, read the enclosed admissions made by T-Mobile, Verizon plus executives and a lead product designer from Google and Facebook.

According to T-Mobile and Verizon; we lost tech and telecom privacy and cybersecurity associated with smartphones, tablet PCs, wearable tech, connected vehicles, SmartTVs, IoT/IIoT devices, or any connected product supported by the android OS, Apple iOS or Microsoft Windows 8 & 10 OS:

  • T-Mobile Admission: “We, too, remember a time before smartphones when it was reasonable to conclude that when you activated service with T-Mobile that only T-Mobile would have access to our personal information. However, with the Samsung Galaxy Note, the iPhone, and many other devices, there are indeed a variety of parties that may collect and use information.” — T-Mobile Privacy Team (FCC Consumer Complaint #423849 Filed by Rex M. Lee/Public Record)
  • Verizon Admission “We have reviewed your request at the highest levels of our organization and have confirmed that the only solutions to make a phone private and secure are available through third parties, not directly from Verizon. . . Additionally,  Verizon is not equipped to address preinstalled solutions or applications on any device — July 02, 2018, email regarding a request to purchase a secure and private solution by Rex M. Lee, Cybersecurity and Privacy Advisor/Tech Journalist, My Smart Privacy/BlackOps Partners, Washington, DC

How come I include intrusive, addictive and harmful in my description of the OS, apps and platforms that support tech and telecom products today?  Because Eric Schmidt, Former Chairman Alphabet, Inc. (Google), Sean Parker, Co-Founder of Facebook and Tristan Harris, Former Lead Product Designer, Google, publically admit how Google,  Facebook and other tech giants develop their technology, which includes the OS, apps and platforms, during numerous interviews dating back to 2010:

  • Sean Parker (Co-Founder Facebook & Spotify): a) "It's a social-validation feedback loop ... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology . . . God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains. . . The inventors, creators — it's me, it's Mark [Zuckerberg], it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these peopleunderstood this consciously. And we did it anyway. . .” — Sean Parker, Axios- November 9th, 2017
  • Tristan Harris, Former Lead Product Designer, Google: “The average person checks their phone 150 times a day. Why do we do this? Are we making 150 conscious choices? One major reason why is the #1 psychological ingredient in slot machines: intermittent variable rewards . . . Addictiveness is maximized when the rate of reward is most variable. . . By shaping the menus we pick from, technology hijacks the way we perceive our choices and replaces them with new ones. But the closer we pay attention to the options we’re given, the more we’ll notice when they don’t actually align with our true needs.” — 60 Minutes & TED Talk 2017
  • Eric Schmidt (Former Chairman of Alphabet Inc.- Google): "I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions [...] They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next…We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about. . . Is that over the line?”The Wall Street Journal 2010 /Fox Business 7.05.2016

In plain English, these former executives and product developers for Facebook and Google publically admit that these companies plus others (including companies from China and Russia) intentionally develop intrusive, addictive and harmful technology in order to monitor, track and data mine the end user (you and myself) for financial gain at the expense of the end user’s privacy, cybersecurity, civil liberties and safety whether the user is an adult, teen, child or business professional.

One day we all were using private and secure forms of tech and telecom products such as flip phones and Blackberry, but as we adopted so called “SmartTechnology” we started using unsecure tech and telecom products, such as smartphones, that are supported by intrusive, addictive and harmful technology as admitted by T-Mobile (Mr. Eardmann’s carrier of choice), Verizon plus former execs/employees of Google and Facebook.

As long as smartphones, tablet PCs and other connected technology pose a threat to the end user’s privacy, cybersecurity, civil liberties and safety, these technologies cannot compete with the reliability, security and privacy of paging, especially within critical infrastructure.

Due to predatory surveillance and data mining business practices employed by the developers; smartphones, tablet PCs and connected products in general may be illegal to use within a confidential and protected environment, such as critical infrastructure, according to legal agreements, industry and federal cybersecurity standards, federal information processing standards (“FIPS”) and laws that regulate medical information, client attorney privilege and classified information.

In closing, for more information regarding the legality of smartphones plus other connected products, read the article I wrote for the Epoch Times, “Business Users of Smartphones May be Breaking the Law,” Dec 4th, 2018:

Per threats associated with Chinese and Russian technology in the form of intrusive, addictive and harmful apps/platforms, go to my author page at The Epoch Times — Rex M. Lee, to read more articles on this subject matter: or visit my website at My Smart Privacy at: which is my journalist website.  Nothing to buy, just free information.

Brad — Keep up the newsletter and the Good Fight Sir.

Best Regards,

Rex M. Lee
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