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Friday — July 24, 2020 — Issue No. 918

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  • The Good 'Ole Days
    • Paging Reached Its Peak in 1999
  • Best macOS 11 Big Sur Features: Control Center, Safari Updates, Notifications Overhaul, Design Changes and More
  • Apple reportedly delays launch event for new 5G iPhones
  • High School Marine Buoy Transmitter Now Active on 20-Meter WSPR
  • InsideTowers
    • Congress Shines a Light on Federal 5G Spectrum Disputes
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Auction 105
    • FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting
    • FCC Adopts Limited Waiver of Speed Testing Requirements for CAF Phase II Recipients
    • FCC Announces Counties Where Conditional Forbearance from Lifeline Voice Applies
    • Comments on NCTA Pole Attachment Petition for Declaratory Ruling Due August 19
    • FCC Announces Rate-of-Return Carriers Electing Incentive Regulation for Business Data Services
    • Next Gen TV Rule Revisions Effective August 17
    • Commissioner O’Rielly Recommended to Full Senate for Second Term
    • FCC Seeks Comment on Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act Report
    • MVPD Electronic Delivery Requirements Effective July 31
    • Crown Castle Fiber and Potomac Electric Power Company Settle Pole Attachment Complaint
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • Eric?
    • Phil Leavitt
    • Tula Ben Ari Live From Jerusalem


It is interesting how news gets more and more sensational as it is reported. Someone in Australia rigged up a simple paging on-the-air monitor and recorded one carrier's paging traffic — then put it on a web site where anyone could read it.

Plans for scanners with POCSAG decoding software running on a PC have been available on the Internet for a long time. Anyone with basic technical skills could monitor paging messages since they have always been transmitted over-the-air and unencrypted. Only in more recent years have some of the carriers started offering encryption due to HIPAA concerns.

This story started out that "someone" intercepted confidential messages. Then it became a "teenager" an ultimately a "child hacker."

The amount of messages made public has been described as a "massive data breach," "thousands of sensitive records," and "over 400 web pages." They should have counted the number of words or even characters.

Australian officials have described the "huge breach of privacy" as "horrifying." And most interesting to me was the quotation of one official saying that he didn't know that paging even existed anymore.

Good grief! Gimme a break.

Source 1, Source 2, Source 3.

By the way, I would welcome an Op-Ed about encrypted paging and where it is available.


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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-IPX Systems  (Jim Nelson & John Bishop)
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC  (Ron Mercer)
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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 have been made with hardwood bases and some of them are 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, soldered, and polished.

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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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The Good 'Ole Days

The High Point of the US Subscriber Paging Industry The Rapid Decline Just Four Years Later
Source: From an old marketing report by yours truly.  


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  • Commercial Paging systems.
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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.
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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.

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Consulting Engineer
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Best macOS 11 Big Sur Features: Control Center, Safari Updates, Notifications Overhaul, Design Changes and More

Tuesday July 21, 2020 2:03 pm PDT
by Juli Clover

macOS Big Sur, an update significant enough that Apple called it macOS 11 instead of macOS 10.16, introduces design changes, feature updates, and app tweaks that make macOS feel refreshingly new and streamlined.

In our latest YouTube video, we've highlighted some of the best features coming in macOS Big Sur that will make upgrading to the new software worth it.

  • Fresh Design - macOS Big Sur overhauls the macOS interface with a design meant to be fresh but familiar at the same time. Windows have a lighter appearance and cleaner look with rounded edges, there are new icons, the menu bar has been redesigned to be more useful, and there are new, more cohesive symbols throughout the OS. On the whole, most of the tweaks are minor, but all together, it's a welcome change.
  • Control Center - Part of the macOS Big Sur redesign includes a new Control Center accessible from the menu bar, which puts useful Mac functions just a click away. It has quick access controls for WiFi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, volume, and display and keyboard brightness, along with toggles for options like Dark Mode, True Tone, and Night Shift. It's also customizable, so you can make sure your most used controls are readily available.
  • Notification Center - Notification Center received one of the biggest design updates in macOS Big Sur, with Apple redesigning widgets and changing the way notifications work. Widgets more closely match the ‌widgets‌ introduced in iOS 14, with customizable sizes and functions to go along with the updated look. Notifications are now grouped together by app, which makes them more readable, and many notifications are more interactive with options to do things like reply to an email without opening the Mail app.
  • Safari Customization - You can set a wallpaper for Safari in macOS Big Sur, choosing from one of Apple's options or a photo of your own. You can also add Favorites, Frequently Visited websites, Siri Suggestions, Reading List, iCloud Tabs, and the new Privacy Report to the Safari start page so you can have your most used Safari functions more readily available.
  • Safari Privacy Report - Privacy Report is a new Safari feature that lets you know which trackers Safari is blocking from tracking you across the web. You can see what trackers a website has installed by clicking on the little shield button in Safari, but Apple also provides a Tracking Report with info on trackers blocked each week and which trackers are used across the most sites.
  • Safari Tab Preview - Safari tabs have been updated in macOS Big Sur, and if you hover over any tab you have open, you can see a little preview of the site. The preview lets you get a glimpse of what's in the tab so you don't need to click all the way over to it to see what it is, which is handy when you have a bunch of tabs open.
  • Safari Translation - There's a built-in translation feature in Safari, which lets you translate languages with a click so you don't need to install a separate extension. Apple's built-in translation option works with English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Messages - Messages in macOS Big Sur is now a Mac Catalyst app, so it's got much of the same functionality that's available in Messages for iOS. It supports all of the new ‌iOS 14‌ features like pinned conversations, inline replies, and mentions, plus there's an updated Photos picker, an option for creating and sharing Memoji stickers, an images search for finding trending images and GIFs to share, and support for Message effects like balloons, confetti, and more. Search is also much improved and brings up separate listings for conversations, photos, contacts, and locations, similar to Messages for iOS.
  • Battery Usage - In the Battery section of System Preferences, Apple now provides details on the Mac's battery life over 24 hours or the last 10 days, broken up by battery level and screen on usage so you can see how your battery is performing. Apple also brought back an estimate of remaining battery life, which is a feature that was removed from macOS Sierra in 2016.
  • Video Editing - The Mac ‌Photos‌ app now supports video editing, so you can adjust parameters like light and color, add filters, and crop and rotate videos without having to use a third-party app.
  • New Startup Sound - There are a whole bunch of new and updated sounds in macOS Big Sur and we have a video coming that will exclusively cover sound changes, but there's one major update worth noting here — the return of the macOS startup sound. macOS Big Sur once again chimes when the Mac is booted up.

There are many more new features in macOS Big Sur, and more detail on what's coming in the update can be found in our macOS Big Sur roundup. macOS Big Sur is limited to developers at the current time, but Apple should be making a public beta available in the near future.

Source: MacRumors  

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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.
  • 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.
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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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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
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Apple reportedly delays launch event for new 5G iPhones

By Nicolas Vega July 23, 2020 | 12:39pm

Apple is reportedly delaying a fall launch event for its next batch of iPhones to the “latter half of October.”

The tech giant was forced to push back its traditional September keynote address due to production delays caused by the coronavirus, according to a tech blog. Apple is now on track to release its 5G iPhones just in time for the all-important holiday season, Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara reported.

Apple is expected to announce four new iPhones at the fall event, with the 5G models not hitting stores until November, while the lower-end LTE phones will be available to customers shortly following the keynote, according to the blog.

The October date is in line with previous reports that the iPhone 12 line faced delays due to “practical hurdles” caused by the coronavirus.

Apple typically sends engineers back and forth from its offices to its factories in China to finalize designs in the lead-up to the product’s release. But coronavirus lockdowns led Apple to restrict employee travel to hotbeds of the disease in recent months.

All of the new phones are expected to feature high-end OLED displays, but Apple is rumored to not be including a complimentary power adapter or headphones in the box.

OLED screens are more power-efficient than their LCD counterparts, and can display darker blacks and brighter colors. It first introduced OLED with the iPhone X, and had previously reserved it only for its more expensive models.

The four new iPhones will come in three different screen sizes — the established 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays, as well as a smaller 5.4-inch screen.


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.

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High School Marine Buoy Transmitter Now Active on 20-Meter WSPR


Phil Karn, KA9Q; Randy Standke, KQ6RS, and members of the Mount Carmel High School Amateur Radio Club (MCHSARC) in San Diego have constructed and deployed an amateur radio marine buoy in the Pacific. The buoy, which transmits WSPR on 14.0956 MHz USB, has already been heard around the continental US, Brazil, Hawaii, Japan, Costa Rica, Australia, and South Africa.

“Over the past year, Randy and I have mentored the MCHSARC in designing and constructing a simple marine buoy that was deployed from the RV Sally Ride [on July 16], about 700 kilometers off the coast of southern California,” Karn said in a post on the AMSAT Bulletin Board. “It is up and transmitting WSPR on 20 meters using the call sign KQ6RS, and is being received all over the US and into Canada and Brazil.” Karn is blogging about the project with updates.

The electronics are the 20-meter WSPR version of the WB8ELK “pico tracker” that has been flown on long-duration balloons. “We removed the solar panels and substituted 21 ordinary alkaline D cells, wired to supply 4.5 V,” Karn explained. “We estimate battery lifetime will be 6 months.”

Karn said that the project made use of everyday hardware. The buoy — essentially a spar buoy — was constructed using a 5-foot section of 4-inch PVC pipe, with sufficient ballast in one end of the pipe to permit it to float vertically in the water. The top is closed using a sewer pressure test plug, which has a bolt in the center that acts as a convenient feed-through and antenna mounting point. The antenna is a stainless-steel CB whip with a matching network.

“We use the sea as a counterpoise, but to avoid direct metal/sea water contact, we lined the inside of the pipe with copper tape to form a capacitive connection,” Karn said.

During initial flotation testing, the project team found that the ballasted pipe alone was remarkably stable in pitch, roll, sway, and surge, but oscillated a lot in heave — i.e., up and down movement. Cross arms were at the water line to add drag in the vertical direction, to counter the issue.

“It wasn’t our intent to mimic a religious icon, but that’s where the physics went,” Karn said. Because sea water was required to tune the antenna, Standke floated the buoy off a dock in Mission Bay.

“We tried to make this thing as rugged as we could,” Karn recounted, offering his favorite saying to the students: “The sea always wins in the end, but we can delay that long enough to be useful.”

Deployment was to be from a NOAA vessel in April, but the trip was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Standke secured a trip on the RV Sally Ride, a research vessel operated by Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

The first reception report was on July 16 at 12:52:30 UTC from grid square CL89eu, although the current carried the buoy east into CL89fu at 20:32:30 UTC. The buoy (KQ6RS-1) can be tracked on the APRS and WSPRnet sites.

Karn said the project team is already planning its second buoy, which may include two-way links, satellite tracking, and sensors.

Source: ARRL  

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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WHAT IS 5G? 5G is the next generation of wireless networks and promises a mobile experience that's 10x to 100x faster than today's 4G networks. We say the word promise because we're in the early days of 5G. When more smartphones and networks support 5G tech, it will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, from the cars we drive (or that drive us) to the food we eat to the safety of our roads to the ways we shop to the entertainment we share with family and friends. And that doesn't include things we haven't yet imagined because we've never had the capability to unlock those new scenarios. Today, 5G may seem confusing even as it's widely hyped. We're here to help you sort fact from fiction, weed through the acronyms and jargon, and figure out when and how 5G can change the way you live. And we'll keep you from getting caught up in hyperbole — and empty promises. [source]

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 24, 2020 Volume 8 | Issue 143

Congress Shines a Light on Federal 5G Spectrum Disputes

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

From left: Socially distanced Tom Power, CTIA; Mark Gibson, CommScope and Dr. Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University, testified before the Senate Commerce telecom subcommittee Thursday.

Wireless spectrum took center stage in multiple venues yesterday. The Senate Commerce telecom subcommittee heard from witnesses, including CTIA and CommScope, about how the FCC and administration have managed spectrum allocation in the wake of several high-profile 5G disputes. The hearing occurred as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) auction began (see story below.)

If wireless companies don’t have enough spectrum, rural areas will fall behind in getting 5G, subcommittee chair John Thune (R-SD) said. He called for the federal government to focus on using its own spectrum holdings more efficiently and to better use the Spectrum Relocation Fund, a federal source of money that helps cover the cost of agencies moving to new spectrum bands. “We need to make sure the interagency process when making these decisions is transparent,” the GOP whip said.

CTIA General Counsel Tom Power warned of global implications surrounding limited availability of prime mid-band spectrum. Other countries are ahead of the U.S. on allocating prime 5G mid-band spectrum, he said, noting that by year-end, “China will be five times ahead of us.” He cautioned the spectrum pipeline is running dry and recommended the lower 3 MHz band, currently held by the Pentagon, as the next best target.

CommScope Director of Business Development Mark Gibson testified that the CBRS spectrum auction is the culmination of eight years of collaboration between industry, government and others. “However, eight years to commercialize a band like CBRS is simply too long.”

“We need to shorten the spectrum availability pipeline,” Gibson said. “CommScope supports a comprehensive long-term spectrum policy [that] should include newer dynamic sharing regimes.”

Michael Calabrese, Director of the Wireless Future Project at the Open Technology Institute at New America, called the turf wars between the FCC and the rest of the federal government “discouraging.”

Thune noted that the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) “is supposed to speak for the entire executive branch. But some agencies communicate with the FCC rather than NTIA, according to Thune. He asked whether the interagency spectrum process worked as intended.

Power said more collaboration among the federal government agencies is needed and recent changes at the top of NTIA “hasn’t helped.” He suggested there needs to be a “commitment to get all the engineers in a room” in a “continued, sustained collaborative effort,” to work out spectrum allocations.

Gibson said there’s more shared spectrum use now and the agreement between the FCC and NTIA is now 17 years old. He suggested there needs to be a process to handle escalating disputes during an FCC proceeding, rather than after the agency has reached a tentative conclusion.

Dr. Roslyn Layton, Visiting Researcher from Aalborg University, agreed, saying, “We’re dancing around federal [spectrum] holdings. We need to take the bull by the horns.” She said the committee can do more. Disagreements about spectrum use are not new, she pointed out, citing that during WWII, broadcasters needed to use spectrum the military wanted.

“We have to figure this out. The stakes are high and our competitors are not waiting. The costs of not being competitive in 5G will cost our country in many ways,” Thune concluded.

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  BloostonLaw Telecom Update Vol. 23, No. 30 July 22, 2020  

Auction 105 Begins Tomorrow

FCC Auction 105 is scheduled to begin with its first round tomorrow. Auction 105 will offer 22,631 Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in the 3550-3650 MHz band. Seven PALs will be offered in each county-based license area. A Priority Access Licensee may hold up to four 10-megahertz channel licenses (out of a total of seven) within the band in any license area at any given time.

Carriers participating in Auction 105 are reminded that they must strictly comply with the FCC’s anti-collusion rules, which among other things prohibits an auction applicant from disclosing to any other applicant (or any nationwide carrier)any information about market choices, bids or bidding strategies (including post-auction market structure), or discussing or negotiating settlement agreements, until after the down payment deadline.

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


FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting

On July 20, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the tentative agenda for its upcoming Open Meeting, currently scheduled for August 6, 2020. At the Open Meeting, the FCC is tentatively scheduled to consider the following items:

  • C-band Auction Procedures: a Public Notice that would adopt procedures for the auction of new flexible-use overlay licenses in the 3.7–3.98 GHz band (Auction 107) for 5G, the Internet of Things, and other advanced wireless services. (AU Docket No. 20-25)
  • Radio Duplication Rules: a Report and Order that would eliminate the radio duplication rule with regard to AM stations and retain the rule for FM stations. (MB Docket Nos. 19-310. 17-105)
  • Common Antenna Siting Rules: a Report and Order that would eliminate the common antenna siting rules for FM and TV broadcaster applicants and licensees. (MB Docket Nos. 19-282, 17-105)
  • Telecommunications Relay Service: a Report and Order to repeal certain TRS rules that are no longer needed in light of changes in technology and voice communications services. (CG Docket No. 03-123)
  • Inmate Calling Services: a Report and Order on Remand and a Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would respond to remands by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and propose to comprehensively reform rates and charges for the inmate calling services within the FCC’s jurisdiction. (WC Docket No. 12-375)

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 Adopts Limited Waiver of Speed Testing Requirements for CAF Phase II Recipients

On July 17, the FCC adopted, on its own motion, a limited waiver of the performance testing requirements for recipients of Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II model-based support (CAF Phase II carriers). Specifically, the FCC will allow those CAF Phase II carriers that are electing a seventh year of support to extend pre-testing through the third and fourth quarters of 2020, with a waiver of certain sampling requirements.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, in the Performance Measures orders the FCC required CAF Phase II carriers to conduct pre-testing in the first and second quarters of 2020, with testing beginning in the third quarter of 2020. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCC is allowing certain CAF Phase II carriers to extend pre-testing into the third and fourth quarters of 2020.

To ensure that carriers that continue pre-testing in 2020 are prepared to begin testing in 2021, the FCC is requiring any carrier that tests less than 70% of its USAC-selected sample to file results for a carrier-selected sample in addition to the USAC-selected sample to ensure that it completes testing of its full sample size. For example, if a carrier is required to have 50 subscribers in a state but has only 20 USAC-selected subscribers, it will be required to file results for the 20 USAC-selected subscribers plus results for 30 subscribers from a carrier-selected sample.

Once the carrier has reached 70% of its USAC-selected subscribers, it will no longer be required to file the carrier-selected sample. For example, once the carrier above is able to test at least 35 USAC-selected subscribers, it will no longer be required to file any carrier-selected subscriber results. However, all CAF Phase II carriers, including those pre-testing carrier-selected samples, must be prepared to begin testing all of the subscribers in the USAC-selected sample in the first quarter of 2021.

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

FCC Announces Counties Where Conditional Forbearance from Lifeline Voice Applies

On July 20, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the counties in which conditional forbearance from the obligation to offer Lifeline-supported voice service applies, pursuant to the FCC’s 2016 Lifeline Order. According to the Public Notice, conditional forbearance from high-cost/Lifeline ETCs’ Lifeline voice obligation will apply effective on September 18, 2020. The list of counties can be found here. This forbearance applies only to the Lifeline voice obligation of eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) that are designated for purposes of receiving both high-cost and Lifeline support (high-cost/Lifeline ETCs), and not to Lifeline-only ETCs.

The 2016 Lifeline Order established conditional forbearance from Lifeline voice obligations in targeted areas where certain competitive conditions are met. Specifically, the FCC granted forbearance from high-cost/Lifeline ETCs’ obligation to offer and advertise Lifeline voice service in counties where the following conditions are met: (1) 51% of Lifeline subscribers in the county are obtaining broadband Internet access service; (2) there are at least three other providers of Lifeline broadband Internet access service that each serve at least 5% of the Lifeline broadband subscribers in that county; and (3) the ETC does not actually receive federal high-cost universal service support. Each year, the FCC issues a notice announcing the counties in which these requirements are met. The counties on the list meet the first two conditions for forbearance; accordingly, forbearance only applies in these counties where a given ETC does not actually receive high-cost support.

Carriers with questions about whether this conditional forbearance applies should contact the firm for more information.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Mary Sisak and Sal Taillefer.

Comments on NCTA Pole Attachment Petition for Declaratory Ruling Due August 19

On July 20, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition for declaratory ruling by NCTA — The Internet & Television Association (NCTA), in which NCTA asks the FCC to declare that, “in areas with no access to broadband, pole owners are required to engage in proportionate and equitable allocation of pole replacement costs, and that it is unjust and unreasonable to require attaching entities to bear those costs in their entirety.” Comments are due August 19 and reply comments are due September 3.

Specifically, NCTA seeks clarification that (1) pole owners must share in the cost of pole replacements in unserved areas; (2) pole attachment complaints arising in unserved areas should be prioritized through placement on the Accelerated Docket; and (3) the FCC is authorized to order any pole owner to complete a pole replacement within a specified period of time or designate an authorized contractor to do so.

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

Law and Regulation

FCC Announces Rate-of-Return Carriers Electing Incentive Regulation for Business Data Services

On July 16, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that the 99 rate-of-return carriers serving 139 study areas in 32 states and one territory identified in the accompanying Appendix elected to move their lower speed business data services (BDS) Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) transport and end user channel termination services to incentive regulation effective July 1, 2020, as permitted by the Rate-of-Return BDS Order.

In the Rate-of-Return BDS Order, the FCC adopted a path for rate-of-return carriers that receive model-based or other forms of fixed high cost universal service support to voluntarily elect to transition their lower speed BDS offerings to incentive regulation effective either July 1, 2019 or July 1, 2020. As a result of both years’ elections, a total of 136 rate-of-return carriers serving 227 study areas in 40 states and one territory have now moved their lower speed BDS offerings to incentive regulation.

The full list of electing carriers can be found here.

Next Gen TV Rule Revisions Effective August 17

On July 17, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing Federal Register publication of its Next Gen TV Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration, which was originally released on June 16, 2020. Accordingly, the rule changes adopted therein are effective August 17. As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC provides additional guidance to broadcasters deploying Next Gen TV that wish to receive a waiver of local simulcasting rules, declines to permit at this time the use of vacant broadcast channels for purposes of Next Gen TV deployment, and clarifies the “significantly viewed” status of Next Gen TV stations. Second, the FCC dismissed and denied two petitions for reconsideration of the Next Gen TV Report and Order.

BloostonLaw Contact: Gerry Duffy.

Commissioner O’Rielly Recommended to Full Senate for Second Term

On July 22, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to recommend FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to the full Senate for a second term of office. Commissioner O'Rielly's term technically expired at the end of June last year, but FCC Commissioners may continue to serve through the end of the next session of Congress following term expiration. As such, O’Rielly’s first term could have lasted until January 2021. His second term will be backdated to have begun on July 1, 2019, and will expire on June 30, 2024. reports that ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) all voted no.

“It is with deep appreciation that I thank the Members of the Senate Commerce Committee, especially Chairman Wicker for his support, along with Subcommittee Chairman Thune and the other Members of the Committee, for considering and favorably recommending to the full Senate my nomination to serve a new term at the FCC. The Committee takes its constitutional role in considering nominations seriously, and I am very pleased to have garnered the support of a bipartisan majority of Members.”

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Seeks Comment on Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act Report

On July 21, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on its tentative findings on the accessibility and usability of telecommunications and advanced communications services (ACS) and equipment in connection with the biennial report to Congress (Biennial Report) required by section 717(b)(1) of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). Comments are due August 4.

The 2020 Biennial Report will provide an assessment of industry compliance with sections 255, 716, and 718 of the Communications Act, which require telecommunications and advanced communications services and equipment to be accessible and usable by people with disabilities and require that mobile phone browsers be accessible and usable by people who are blind or visually impaired. In the draft report, which can be found here, the FCC tentatively finds that the accessibility and usability of many services and equipment covered by the CVAA have improved since the previous report, and that there has been a continued effort in general by affected industries to include people with disabilities in the design and development of their products and services. The FCC also tentatively finds that while overall there has been progress in ensuring access to smartphones and other smart devices, gaps continue to exist in the accessibility of feature phones to people who are blind, and a failure by some providers to make their apps accessible to screen readers.

The Biennial Report will also address the extent to which accessibility barriers still exist with respect to new communications technologies, and the effect of the accessibility-related record-keeping and enforcement provisions of section 717 on the development and deployment of such new technologies. The Biennial Report will provide information about the number, nature of, and actions taken to resolve complaints alleging violations of sections 255, 716, or 718 for the period of January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019 — including the length of time that the FCC took to resolve such complaints, and the number, status, nature, and outcome of any actions for mandamus filed and of any appeals filed pertaining to such complaints.

BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.

MVPD Electronic Delivery Requirements Effective July 31

On July 22, the FCC published notice of approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of its April amendments to the rules on MVPD communications. These amendments are effective July 31.

Specifically, the FCC amended the obligations of certain small broadcasters and MVPDs as follows:

  • Low Power Television (LPTV) stations and non-commercial educational (NCE) translator stations that are qualified under section 76.55 of the FCC’s rules and retransmitted by an MVPD must respond as soon as is reasonably possible to messages or calls from MVPDs that are received via the e-mail address or phone number the station provides in the FCC’s Licensing and Management System (LMS) database.
  • A qualified LPTV station that changes its carriage election must send an election change notice to each affected MVPD’s carriage election-specific email address by the carriage election deadline. • All qualified LPTV stations, whether being carried pursuant to must carry or retransmission consent, to send an email notice to all MVPDs that are or will be carrying the station no later than the next carriage election deadline of October 1, 2020.
  • All qualified NCE translator stations must provide email notice to all MVPDs that are or will be carrying the translator no later than the next carriage election deadline of October 1, 2020.

MVPDs and LPTVs with questions about the electronic notice requirements may contact the firm for more information.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.


Crown Castle Fiber and Potomac Electric Power Company Settle Pole Attachment Complaint

On July 22, the FCC issued an Order granting, with prejudice (i.e., not to be re-filed), the pole attachment complaint filed on June 24, 2020, by Crown Castle Fiber LLC (Crown Castle) against Potomac Electric Power Company and Pepco Holdings LLC (collectively, Pepco). The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

According Crown Castle’s complaint, Pepco “has repeatedly failed to comply with the FCC’s timelines for surveys, make-ready estimates, and make-ready construction on Crown Castle’s applications to attach to Pepco’s poles … [and] has prevented Crown Castle from attaching fiber optic lines to over 6,000 poles for well over a year.” Crown Castle also alleged that Pepco interfered with its ability to overlash antennas and equipment to its existing fiber optic lines. Section 224 of the Communications Act requires utilities to “provide a cable television system or any telecommunications carrier with nondiscriminatory access to any pole, duct, conduit, or right-of-way owned or controlled by it.” Sections 1.1401-1415 of the FCC’s rules implement Section 224 of the Act.

According to the FCC’s Order, granting the parties’ motion to dismiss served the public interest by “promoting the private resolution of disputes, eliminating the need for further litigation, and conserving the resources of the parties and this Commission.”


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 Contact: 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 FCC an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. 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. 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. 4 – Comments are due on 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Report.
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. 17 – Next Get TV Rule Revisions are effective.
Aug. 19 – Comments are due on NCTA Pole Attachment Petition for Declaratory Ruling.
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. 3 – Reply comments are due on NCTA Pole Attachment Petition for Declaratory Ruling.
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: From The Paging Information Web Site
Date: July 17, 2020 at 7:35:44 PM CDT
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I read [sic] your publication years and value the wonderful information provided. However your advertising top of the page “pagers kicking the butt of the cellphone” rather not ethical for a valuable publication like this one regardless weather [sic] its correct or not. 

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Date: July 17, 2020 at 9:07:06 PM CDT
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Hi Eric,

I am glad to know that you have read the newsletter for a long time and have enjoyed it.

I understand your opinion about the cartoon and will take it under consideration. There was a time in my life when I would have called it “off color” but I have mellowed a bit since then. It is really hard to keep everyone happy.

The idea for the cartoon came from a major supporter of the newsletter and I liked the suggestion.

I had similar complaints when I republished an article from a newspaper in England quoting Steve Jobs as he admitted to being an “asshole.” Of course I didn’t write the article and don’t use that term in my own writing, but I know Steve Jobs was a very difficult person to work for — genius that he was.

Anyway that’s how people talk now-a-days.

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