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Friday — June 26, 2020 — Issue No. 914

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This Week's Wireless News Headlines:

    • The first article this week is criticizing the use of pagers by Britain's health service, it is followed by a reader's article in response. (Submitted by: Albert Erdmann.)
  • Paging technology providers: £3m is on the table to replace archaic NHS comms network
  • A Reader's Comments on the above
  • Check Out These Passive Smartphone Amps
  • macOS Big Sur: Top 5 features
    • Refined user interface
    • Messages
    • Safari
    • Maps
    • Mac Catalyst
  • FirstNet Authority signs $218 million task order for core upgrade, deployable assets
  • Former Intel engineer says Skylake problems were turning point for Apple’s ARM Mac transition
  • Microsoft is permanently closing its retail stores
  • InsideTowers
    • Administration Invests $86 Million in Rural Broadband in Eight States
    • Cities Fight FCC Over 5G Upgrade Order
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • REMINDER: RDOF Phase I Application Filing Window Opens July 1, Closes July 15
    • Commissioner O’Rielly Supports Bill Eliminating ETC Designation Requirements
    • New Retransmission Consent Rules Effective July 20
    • FCC Warns Filers Against “Casual” Confidentiality Requests
    • Sen. Thune Introduces Bill to Direct Spectrum Auction Proceeds to Rural Broadband
    • Walden and Wicker Release Broadband Connectivity and Digital Equity Framework
    • House Democrats Release Text of Infrastructure Bill; Includes $100 Billion for Broadband
    • Chairman Pai Urges Congress to Implement Legislative Directives to “Keep Americans Connected”
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • BloostonLaw Contracts
    • “Quando, Quando, Quando”
    • Hetty and the Jazzato Band — Lockdown Sessions #1


The first article this week is criticizing the use of pagers by Britain's health service, it is followed by a reader's article in response. (Submitted by: Albert Erdmann.)

I really appreciate receiving articles like this even though British spelling and punctuation make my spelling checker's job a little more difficult. Eventually it will learn British spelling and be a “bilingual” spell checker.

More comments on this topic are welcome.


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Paging technology providers: £3m is on the table to replace archaic NHS comms network

10% of the world's pagers are in use by Britain's health service

Mon 22 Jun 2020 — 12:15 UTC — Lindsay Clark

The digital arm of England's health service, NHSX, is tendering for a replacement to aging pager technologies in an effort to modernise hospital communications systems.

The £3m framework deal on offer is a step in fulfilling a dictum made by UK health secretary Matt Hancock in February 2019 that would require all NHS trusts to stop using pagers by the end of 2021.

The NHS still uses around 130,000 pagers at an annual cost of £6.6m, according to the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC). More than one in 10 of the world's pagers are used by the NHS.

For readers under the age of, say, 30, a pager is a pocket or belt-clipped device which receives local radio signals and bleeps in response to a call message. The devices pre-date cell phone technology and their origins stretch back to the 1950s. In the early days, the recipient did not even know what the message was about – it was just an invitation to call an operator. Now they display some text and suggest a number to call, although the user can't reply.

To serve medical professionals effectively, Hancock said the NHS had "to get the basics right, like having computers that work and getting rid of archaic technology like pagers and fax machines".

"Email and mobile phones are a more secure, quicker and cheaper way to communicate which allow doctors and nurses to spend more time caring for patients rather than having to work round outdated kit," he said in 2019. A pilot project at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) in 2017 saved junior doctors 48 minutes per shift and nurses 21 minutes on average, according to DHSC.

The new tender calls for "systems and services" from "suppliers who can deliver against this requirement, whilst promoting innovation and delivering against a digital maturity model".

Mandatory functionality includes secure messaging, image sharing, staff directory (links to the global address book), and calls. While meeting a long compliance list, including patient safety regulations, suppliers are also requested to look at options in connecting the communication system to patient lists, task management systems, video calls, and ERP systems.

The Framework Agreement covers "NHS England and Improvement, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Primary Care Networks, NHS Trusts, NHS Special Health Authorities and all other NHS organisations".

After the CMA decided to launch a probe into an anticipated 2017 deal in which Capita would buy Voda’s one-way wide-area-paging business, Voda scrapped the deal with the outsourcer and discontinued its pager service in March 2018. Capita's PageOne is the last remaining national pager network left in the UK, leading to increased costs, the government said.

Pagers are among a list of older technologies still in use, mainly for the reason that they are well liked and serve a very specific function. One doctor told the BBC that the pager system works well in emergencies as it takes less than a minute to send a message to members of a whole team, and, because the network uses its own transmitters and frequencies, there is reliable coverage within buildings. ®

A Reader's Comments on the above

Looks like they are wanting to get rid of pagers to “Save Money,” a fools errand.

At least the article mentions the quickness and life saving aspects of paging, versus things like phones or other devices that use mobile networks that often do not work in the concrete jungle of a hospital.

The powers that be do not seem to see that pagers are already the cheapest and best option and of course the most reliable option as well.  Just because the tech is old, does not mean it is not the “best” for this job.

They need to watch for bidders that use either Wi-Fi or public cellular networks.  Neither of these options meets the reliability requirement. This is an environment where a missed or delayed message can mean someone dies. Neither Data or SMS is considered reliable for this application.

In the case of Wi-Fi, these devices are subject to interference from other similar devices, as well as licensed devices.  Also, many of these systems do not have any group call ability, thus the notices have to be sent one at a time, delaying response.  The cellular options have the same issue, and a single data subscription for each device exceeds the cost of paging service for each pager.  In actual practice, it is even worse than this, as many departments issue group call pagers to each staff, such as an ER, and they are paged with a single subscription to the commercial paging provider, and used much like a “party line” of information of where the latest emergency is located.

Few alternate device providers are bidding actual licensed channels for their equipment, since that raises the price even more.  However licensed channels are the ONLY way to ensure the devices always work when someones life is on the line.

Many staff need to be paged away from the hospital.  With a typical commercial paging system, or even a private system this is not an issue as long as they are within 15 miles or so of the Hospital.  In the case of the Wi-Fi type devices, of course they will not work away from the hospital, and therefore the devices are still require a cell data service contract or the like in order to reach these staff, upping the price even more compared to the pager option.

Other things likely to drive the price of the new solution upward is the desire to do many other things other than urgent notification with the devices.  Most hospital systems have already invested in computers and computer networks to take care of these needs and do not need a fancy mobile device to do the work of the existing equipment.  Also, I do not think that a hand held terminal is the best answer for things like say reading an X-ray, or trying to type medical notes into a touch screen, instead of using a normal computer and keyboard.

And of course there is the human factor. A battery a month is enough to deal with pager power needs, whereas other solutions will likely require being charged many times a day.  Loss or damage should also be considered, as even the cheapest of the many alternative solutions will be many times more expensive to repair or replace than the lowly pager which has been serving us for a long time, simply because even today it is the best answer for urgent communications.  In 2020, it is still the BEST answer.

Albert Erdmann

Source: The Register  

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macOS Big Sur: Top 5 features

Here are the features that Apple highlighted during its WWDC20 keynote presentation.

By Roman Loyola
Senior Editor, Macworld
JUN 22, 2020 1:19 PM PDT

At WWDC20 on Monday, Apple took the wraps off of macOS Big Sur, the next version of the Macintosh operating system. Big Sur will replace macOS 10.15 Catalina this fall.

Sur is a major upgrade with several features that users can take advantage of. Here are the features that Apple highlighted during its WWDC20 keynote presentation. We’ll follow up with more details on these features as they are revealed.

Refined user interface

With the existence of iOS, the inconsistencies between Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems are notable, and compared to iOS, macOS looks a little dated. With Big Sur, Apple finally addresses the macOS UI, implementing the first major changes since the release of Mac OS X.

“Depth, shading, and translucency are used to create hierarchy,” said Alan Dye, VP Human Interface, during the WWDC20 keynote. “These new materials are rich, and they’re vibrant.”

The UI in macOS Big Sur features reworked icons, menus, Notification Center, and Widgets.

Apple has reworked icons so they more closely resemble iOS icons, yet still maintain their “Mac personality,” as Apple puts it. The Dock, which prominently displays app icons, appears to float on the screen. Toolbars and Sidebars in apps look cleaner, and buttons disappear when they aren’t in use.

Apple also updated the menu bar so that it’s even more useful for Mac users. It’s now translucent, and menus have a cleaner look. Apple has also added Control Center to the menu bar, which works like the Control Center in iOS. It gives you access to many system controls such as network connectivity, display brightness, sound volume, music controls, and more.

The Notifications menu bar icon is gone in Big Sur. Notification Center can be accessed by clicking on the time in the menu bar, and you can now click on Notifications and Widgets in the Center to get more information. Big Sur will also have a gallery that displays all the Widgets you can add (including third-party Widgets) to the Notification Center.


Message on the Mac has lagged behind the iOS version in its feature set. Apple changes that in Big Sur, having used Mac Catalyst to convert the iOS version of Messages to a version that runs on the Mac.

Apple used Mac Catalyst to convert the iOS version of Messages into a version for macOS Big Sur.

Mac Messages now has improved search and a redesigned photo picker for sharing photos and videos. There’s also Memoji support, effects, pinned conversations, and groups enhancements.


Apple says that Safari in Big Sur has been optimized so that it is even faster than before. The company claims that the new Safari is up to 50 percent faster than Google Chrome. Other new features include:

  • A new Privacy toolbar button that can show web trackers and also display a full privacy report
  • Built-in translation tools
  • More customizations to the start page
  • Robust support for Extensions, and time-based Extensions control
  • Redesigned tabs

Safari can be customized with your own wallpaper.


Apple hopes the improvements to Maps will make it more useful for planning trips on the Mac. Apple said that the new version of Maps started with the iOS version, which was converted using Mac Catalyst. New features include:

  • The ability to save locations as Favorites
  • Guides for places you want to visit
  • Indoor maps
  • Look Around, which shows eye-level photography of a location
  • The ability to monitor a person’s commute


Mac Catalyst

Introduced last year, Catalyst is used by developers to bring their iOS apps to the Mac. Apple said that Catalyst has been updated so that apps can take advantage of the Mac display’s native resolution. Developers will also have access to new menu and keyboard APIs.

Source: Macworld  


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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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FirstNet Authority signs $218 million task order for core upgrade, deployable assets

Written by Donny Jackson 23rd June 2020

FirstNet Authority task orders worth $218 million have been executed that will fund AT&T’s initial upgrades to prepare the FirstNet network for 5G services, as well as to expand the FirstNet portfolio of deployable solutions to include more SatCOLTs and new assets, including mobile command vehicles.

Officials for both the FirstNet Authority and AT&T confirmed to IWCE’s Urgent Communications that the task orders have been signed, as approved last week by FirstNet Authority board members. Financial details about the two task orders are not available, but multiple sources have confirmed that most of the $218 in approved network-investment funds will be used for the core upgrade, which is the first step to making the FirstNet system ready to support 5G services for public safety in the future.

However, the more immediate impact from the network investment will be from an expansion of the deployable assets that are available to FirstNet subscribers at no additional cost—one of the most popular aspects of the FirstNet offering, according to FirstNet officials and public-safety end users.

“Beyond expanding our original 72 dedicated portable cell sites, next year, we’ll be able to bring public safety agencies new types of assets for their response efforts, like mobile command vehicles,” Jason Porter, senior vice president of AT&T’s FirstNet program, wrote in a recent blog. “In the event of an emergency, a mobile command vehicle can be stationed near the scene or disaster and provide a central communications hub for first responders. It’s just one of the ways FirstNet continues to innovate for public safety.”

When asked about details regarding the mobile command centers, an AT&T spokesperson provided the following statement to IWCE’s Urgent Communications.

“Beyond expanding our original 72 dedicated portable cell sites, next year, we’re bringing public safety agencies mobile command vehicles for their use,” according to the statement. “By providing connectivity to the FirstNet network, as well as work stations, television service, Wi-Fi, camper facilities (such as a microwave and refrigerator) and more, incident command will be able to use these vehicles as a central communications hub for first responders on the scene of an emergency or disaster.”

In his blog, Porter noted that the existing FirstNet deployable assets—72 SatCOLTs, three “flying COWs,” and one FirstNet One aerostat—have been requested often by public safety to provide broadband communications.

“With a dedicated fleet of more than 76 deployable network assets—available at no additional charge—we’re providing fire, EMS, law enforcement and more with unthrottled access to connectivity when and where they need it, including in the immediate aftermath of a storm when commercial power and other infrastructure may be disrupted,” Porter stated in the blog.

“In 2018 alone, FirstNet supported public safety during 100+ emergency operations. And last year, those numbers quadrupled, accounting for more than 450 requests for deployable support by public safety agencies. We’re only halfway through 2020, and public safety has turned to FirstNet deployable network assets for additional support during 200+ emergencies and planned events, including supporting the COVID-19 response operations at quarantine sites, field hospitals, testing sites and EOCs.”

Funding for the $218 million investment comes from the contractual arrangement between the FirstNet and AT&T, which was designed to make the FirstNet system financially self-sustaining, so it would not require additional government funding.

The 25-year deal provides AT&T with access to the 20 MHz of prime 700 MHz spectrum licensed to the FirstNet Authority as well as potentially $6.5 billion in funds generated from FCC spectrum auctions.

In return, AT&T is responsible for building and maintaining the nationwide FirstNet system and making annual payments totaling $18 billion to the FirstNet Authority over the 25-year period of the contract. Of this $18 billion in AT&T payments, about $3 billion is expected to fund FirstNet Authority operations, and about $15 billion is slated to fund enhancements to the FirstNet system—the first of which were approved last week by the FirstNet Authority board for the core upgrade and the new deployable assets.

Both the core upgrade and the additional deployable assets are being executed through a task order with AT&T, but FirstNet Authority officials have said that some future network investments could be subject to a competitive procurement process. In SEC filings, AT&T has indicated that the company believes AT&T will receive most of the approximately $15 billion dedicated toward network investment during the 25-year life of the contract with the FirstNet Authority.


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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.

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Former Intel engineer says Skylake problems were turning point for Apple’s ARM Mac transition

Filipe Espósito - Jun. 24th 2020 6:35 pm

Apple announced this week its plans to switch from Intel processors to ARM chips on the Mac, which the company calls “Apple Silicon Mac.” That comes as no surprise since the Mac ARM project was rumored a long time ago, but one of the main reasons for this transition would have been the recent problems with Intel.

François Piednoël, a former Intel engineer, told PCGamer that Apple has become unsatisfied with Intel processors since the introduction of the Skylake architecture in 2015. The report states that Intel’s Skylake processors had several problems at the time, and that Apple was the client with the highest number of complaints about the architecture.

The quality assurance of Skylake was more than a problem, it was abnormally bad. We were getting way too much citing for little things inside Skylake. Basically our buddies at Apple became the number one filer of problems in the architecture. And that went really, really bad.

Apple first used Skylake processors with the 2015 iMac, and then the company also launched 2016 MacBook and MacBook Pro models with the same processor architecture. “Basically the bad quality assurance of Skylake is responsible for them to actually go away from the platform. […] Apple must have really hated Skylake,” said Piednoël.

It’s no secret that Apple had the Mac pipeline affected by Intel on multiple occasions, but personally I don’t think that’s the only reason for the transition to the “Apple Silicon Mac.” Apple has always been a company that values the integration of hardware and software, and that’s only possible when you have control over everything that goes inside a device.

That’s why the company started making its own chips beginning with the Apple A4 in 2010, which equipped the first iPad and iPhone 4. There were already rumors and speculations back then about when Apple would ditch Intel in favor of its own processors. It was something that would happen sooner or later.

Apple chips on the iPhone and iPad have proven they can deliver better performance and security while maintaining the energy efficiency. The transition on the Mac was no longer a question of “if”, but “when.”

Even so, while the transition is not finished, Apple says the company plans to launch new Mac models with Intel processors.

Source: 9TO5Mac  

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.

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Microsoft is permanently closing its retail stores

By Todd Haselton


  • Microsoft on Friday announced it will permanently close its 83 Microsoft Store retail locations.
  • In the past decade or so, Microsoft began to expand its retail presence in an effort to create a shopping experience similar to Apple’s.
  • Microsoft said the closing of its physical locations will “result in a pre-tax charge of approximately $450 million, or $0.05 per share,” which it will record in the current quarter that ends June 30.

A Microsoft store in New York. Scott Mlyn | CNBC

Microsoft on Friday announced it will permanently close its 83 Microsoft Store retail locations. It will instead focus on its online store at, where customers can go for support, sales, training and more.

Microsoft said its retail team members will help on the website instead of in store. A Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC that all Microsoft employees will have the opportunity to stay with Microsoft.

“Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location,” Microsoft Corporate Vice President David Porter said in a blog post. “We are grateful to our Microsoft Store customers and we look forward to continuing to serve them online and with our retail sales team at Microsoft corporate locations.”

Shares of Microsoft were down about 1.5% mid-morning on Friday.

In the past decade or so, Microsoft began to expand its retail presence in an effort to create a shopping experience similar to Apple’s, where people could go to try new Microsoft software and hardware created by both Microsoft and its partners. Microsoft even built a store on 5th Avenue in New York City, just blocks away from Apple’s iconic glass cube store.

The decision seems to be made after Microsoft decided to temporarily close stores in March due to the spread of coronavirus. Microsoft said the closing of its physical locations will “result in a pre-tax charge of approximately $450 million, or $0.05 per share,” which it will record in the current quarter that ends on June 30. “The charge includes primarily asset write-offs and impairments,” Microsoft said.

“Microsoft will continue to invest in its digital storefronts on, and stores in Xbox and Windows, reaching more than 1.2 billion people every month in 190 markets,” Microsoft said. “The company will also reimagine spaces that serve all customers, including operating Microsoft Experience Centers in London, NYC, Sydney, and Redmond campus locations.”

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Remote AB Switches

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


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


Common Features:

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

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Inside Towers Newsletter

Thursday, June 25, 2020 Volume 8 | Issue 123

Administration Invests $86 Million in Rural Broadband in Eight States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $86 million in rural broadband service for 17,000 people and businesses in eight states. USDA is providing loans to six telecommunications providers to build, expand and improve broadband services in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Below are examples of projects that USDA is funding through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program:

  • The Ardmore Telephone Company Inc. is receiving a $20 million loan to install 435 miles of Fiber-to-the-Premises in Ardmore, New Market and Elkmont, AL; and in Minor Hill and McBurg in TN.
  • In Indiana, the Pulaski-White Rural Telephone Cooperative is receiving a $19 million loan to install 355 miles of Fiber-to-the-Home technology in the Buffalo and Star City exchanges.
  • In Wisconsin, the Chibardun Telephone Cooperative Inc. is receiving a $10 million loan to install 328.5 miles of Fiber-to-the-Premises to serve the rural areas of the Prairie Farm and Sand Creek exchanges.

Since October 2019, USDA has invested $744 million to bring high-speed broadband e-Connectivity to 172,000 households, 19,000 rural small businesses and farms, and more than 500 health care centers, educational facilities and critical community facilities in 34 states. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural areas.

The Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program is one of several USDA rural broadband programs. On April 20, 2020, USDA announced the department has received 172 applications for $1.57 billion in round two of the ReConnect Pilot Program. The second round, according to the USDA, will enable it to “implement innovative new solutions to rural connectivity by leveraging financial options with partners and continuing the success of the first round of funding.” The application window for round two closed on April 15.

Friday, June 26, 2020 Volume 8 | Issue 124

Cities Fight FCC Over 5G Upgrade Order

Several local governments from California and Oregon are challenging the FCC’s 5G upgrade order. The FCC approved the plan 3-2 earlier this month to streamline infrastructure modifications for existing towers. The vote was combative. Democratic Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks criticized the Commission for not giving localities more time to comment, considering local government budgets are stretched by the pandemic and protests. Indeed, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties, asked the agency to delay the vote.

The Republican majority said the order will speed work such as antenna swaps for 5G, Inside Towers reported. Co-location “is less intensive and requires less regulatory review than new tower construction,” FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. Before the vote, Carr acknowledged to Inside Towers not every locality supported the change, but said overall, “We think it’s a right-balanced approach.”

Now, some of the California and Oregon localities have told the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals the FCC’s actions “unlawfully preempt local and state government authority” without responding to local government input, according to Politico.

Source: Inside Towers newsletter Courtesy of the editor of Inside Towers Jim Fryer.
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BloostonLaw Newsletter

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. 26 June 24, 2020  

REMINDER: RDOF Phase I Application Filing Window Opens July 1, Closes July 15

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, on June 11 the FCC released its Public Notice establishing the notice, filing requirements, and other procedures for Auction 904, which is scheduled to begin October 29. The filing window for Auction 904 applications is due no later than 6:00 P.M., ET on July 15, 2020. Other important dates include the availability of an auction bidding tutorial by October 14 and the mock auction scheduled for October 26.

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


Commissioner O’Rielly Supports Bill Eliminating ETC Designation Requirements

On June 18, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly uploaded a blog post to the FCC’s website in which he calls for the elimination of the requirement that carriers who win FCC support auctions become eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) before being authorized to receive support. The Commissioner wrote:

While requiring ETC status doesn’t bar participation by certain providers on its face, it serves as a major obstacle for many companies in practice. Getting the designation itself can be a time-consuming and resource-intensive process, especially depending on the state jurisdiction in question. However, that pales in comparison to the added regulatory burdens and litigation risks that come with being subject to state telecom regulation. Individual states have specific requirements for incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers, including ETCs, covering everything from billing to service level reporting, installation, late fees, accounting standards, and customer complaint processes, which add complexity for companies that operate in multiple states or nationwide and may even conflict with providers’ existing local regulatory requirements for other services in multi-product bundles. And, the designation often introduces new burdens: take, for example, state-specific Lifeline requirements and certain states’ disconnection rules that require ETCs to continue providing basic voice service to a customer despite a lengthy period of non-payment. In other words, a nationwide provider with streamlined practices would potentially become subject to a patchwork of regulations—in certain cases, upwards of 40 different regulatory regimes—even though many of the rules entirely pre-date the modern broadband networks that our auctions are trying to subsidize, often, by several decades.

In his post, Commissioner O’Rielly voices his support for a bill introduced on June 11 by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). The text of the bill — H.R. 7160 — is not yet available. However, according to a press release on Rep. Butterfield’s website, “[t]he Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act bill will enable more broadband service providers to participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Fund (USF) programs by eliminating an outdated requirement that only Internet service providers designated as eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) may receive USF dollars.”

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

New Retransmission Consent Rules Effective July 20

On June 18, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the effective date of the revisions to section 76.65 of its rules, which governs good faith negotiation of retransmission consent, to implement provisions in section 1003 of the Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019 (TVPA). These revisions are effective July 20, 2020.

Specifically, in its May Report and Order, the FCC adopted rules revising and/or clarifying Section 1003. This section requires the Commission to adopt rules that provide for negotiation of retransmission consent between “qualified multichannel video programming distributor [MVPD] buying group[s]” and “large [broadcast] station group[s]” as those terms are defined in the TVPA. In the Report and Order, the FCC adopted rules that: (i) define the term “large station group” as used in section 1003 to mean, in relevant part, an entity whose individual television broadcast station members collectively have a national audience reach of more than 20 percent; (ii) define the term “qualified MVPD buying group” as used in section 1003 to mean, in relevant part, an entity that negotiates on behalf of MVPDs that collectively serve no more than 25 percent of all households receiving service from any MVPD in a given local market; (iii) codify in section 76.65 of its rules the provisions governing negotiation of retransmission consent between qualified MVPD buying groups and large station groups, as well as the definitions of “local market” and “multichannel video programming distributor” set forth in section 1003(b)(3); and (iv) make minor conforming changes to section 76.65.

BloostonLaw Contact: Gerry Duffy.

FCC Warns Filers Against “Casual” Confidentiality Requests

On June 18, the FCC issued a Public Notice emphasizing to FCC filers that the practice of so-called “casual” confidentiality requests – i.e., blanket or overbroad confidentiality requests that does not address the specific factors set forth in section 0.459(b) of the FCC’s rules. The FCC specifically reminds filers that this practice is not permitted under the FCC’s rules.

As an example, the FCC notes, “[a] request occurs when … counsel simply requests in the cover letter that the entire response be treated as confidential, or when counsel stamps every page of the response “CONFIDENTIAL” without providing additional information. Pursuant to the Commission’s rules, the Bureau will not consider casual requests for confidentiality.” A confidentiality request may also be overbroad, the FCC continues, “if it merely parrots the criteria described in section 0.459(b) but does not actually provide the substantive explanation required. All such overbroad requests are unacceptable under the Commission’s rules and will be dismissed if not appropriately narrowed in a timely manner.”

BloostonLaw attorneys are well-versed in the FCC’s confidentiality requirements and the showing needed to obtain confidential treatment. Carriers with questions or requiring assistance with confidential treatment may contact the firm for more information.

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

Law and Regulation

Sen. Thune Introduces Bill to Direct Spectrum Auction Proceeds to Rural Broadband

On June 18, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, introduced the Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2020. This legislation, if passed, would set aside a portion of the proceeds from spectrum auctions conducted by the FCC through September 30, 2022, for the buildout of broadband networks.

Specifically, RCAP would:

  • Set-aside 10 percent of the net proceeds from spectrum auctions for the buildout of broadband networks;
  • Require the FCC to utilize the funds provided by RCAP to address gaps that remain in broadband Internet access service coverage in high-cost rural areas;
  • Allow the FCC to use the funds provided by RCAP in a technology-neutral manner to address shortfalls in sufficient funding of existing USF High-Cost Programs for the buildout of broadband services;
  • Require the FCC to consider the broadband Internet access service needs of residents of tribal lands; and
  • Require the FCC to produce an annual report on the distribution of funds established under this act.

“It is critical that South Dakotans in every corner of our state have reliable broadband services,” said Thune. “The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need to ensure that we provide rural areas, not just in South Dakota, but throughout the entire United States, with reliable broadband connectivity. My bill would take an important step toward the goal of closing the digital divide and does so in a responsible manner.”

“NTCA wholeheartedly endorses this legislation and thanks Senator Thune for his leadership on this bill. For years, he has been one of the strongest proponents in Washington for ensuring that every American has access to the communications services necessary for online commerce, remote education, telehealth, and civic engagement in today’s world,” said Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA. “The legislation introduced today represents yet another measure of that leadership and a reaffirmed commitment to achieving the goal of universal service. The Rural Connectivity Advancement Program Act would leverage efforts that have already proven effective in tackling connectivity challenges in rural America, and provide much-needed resources to help the FCC build upon the successes thus far of these existing programs to close the remaining digital divide.”

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

Walden and Wicker Release Broadband Connectivity and Digital Equity Framework

On June 18, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) released principles for a legislative framework to expand broadband access and digital opportunity and close the digital divide. According to a press release, this framework would “serve as a foundation for legislative efforts related to the COVID-19 economic recovery, modernizing the nation’s communications infrastructure, allowing all Americans, regardless of where they live, to participate in the digital economy, and enhancing U.S. network security, reliability, and resiliency.”

According to the press release, the Broadband Connectivity and Digital Equity Framework would close the Digital Divide by:

  • Authorizing funding to complete accurate broadband mapping efforts and deploy broadband quickly in areas throughout the United States to make sure all Americans are connected;
  • Ensuring that children have access to be able to complete their homework remotely;
  • Establishing programs so that anyone experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic remains connected and knows what resources are available;
  • Expanding broadband access and digital opportunity in minority communities to promote digital equity; and,
  • Working with our nation’s carriers, who have worked tirelessly to keep Americans connected during the COVID pandemic, to make sure they are able to continue responding to their consumers quickly and safely.
  • Provide Regulatory Relief through streamlining permitting processes for telecommunications infrastructure and equipment to promote broadband deployment, job creation, and investment in next-generation communications networks.

The Framework would also promote public health, safety, and network security by:

  • Authorizing funding to fully implement the Secure and Trusted Communications Act, Public Law No: 116-124, and invest in the deployment of open radio access network technologies;
  • Investing in our 9-1-1 communications infrastructure; and,
  • Ensuring that the Federal Communications Commission’s telehealth program has the necessary resources to make sure health care facilities have the appropriate technologies to treat patients remotely.

“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 21 million Americans did not have access to broadband services. The need to deploy broadband, bridge the digital divide, and close the homework gap have been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic as Americans work, learn, and receive health care from their homes,” said Walden. “I am proud to work with Chairman Wicker on a bicameral broadband and digital equity framework that will make meaningful strides toward expanding access to vital broadband services, securing networks, and closing the digital divide for all Americans. We must work to connect all Americans and maintain U.S. leadership on next-generation technologies.”

“The coronavirus pandemic has made expanding access to broadband even more urgent,” said Wicker. “This framework would support the delivery of these services by fostering investment, promoting broadband deployment, and enhancing network security and resiliency. I thank Ranking Member Walden for working with me to help expand reliable broadband connection to all Americans.”

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

House Democrats Release Text of Infrastructure Bill; Includes $100 Billion for Broadband

On June 22, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), along with Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva released the text of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The Moving Forward Act is a $1.5 trillion proposal aimed at building infrastructure across the country.

While the bill covers a wide array of topics, including transportation, education, child care, and housing, it has the following provisions regarding broadband deployment:

  • Establishes the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program to aid States in digital equity and digital inclusion activities. Appropriates $60 million for grants to States to develop their digital equity plans and $625 million is provided for grants to implement these plans.
  • Establishes the State Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program, which will be administered by the OICG, to award grants to local entities, tribal governments, Alaska Native entities, Native Hawaiian organizations, non-profits, anchor institutions, educational entities, and workforce development programs for digital inclusion activities. Appropriates $625 million to carry out this program
  • Establishes a broadband benefit program that entitles households with a member who qualifies for Lifeline, free/reduced school lunch, or are recently unemployed to receive a $50 benefit, or a $75 benefit on tribal lands, to put toward the monthly price of Internet service. Appropriates $9 billion.
  • Establishes a grant program at the FCC, using the authorities that established the E-Rate program, for schools and libraries to fund connectivity for students and teachers in the digital classroom. The section appropriates $5 billion to carry out this program,
  • Appropriates $24 million to the FCC to collect data and generate broadband availability maps required under the BROADBAND DATA Act.
  • Appropriates $80 billion to fund competitive bidding systems to build broadband infrastructure. Seventy-five percent of the funding is to be used for a nationwide system of competitive bidding to fund broadband deployment in unserved areas, defined as areas with service below 25/25 Megabits per second (Mbps), and areas with low-tier service, defined as areas with service between 25/25 and 100/100 Mbps. The remaining funds (25 percent) are to be distributed among States, by population, for States to conduct statewide systems of competitive bidding for broadband deployment in unserved areas, areas with low-tier service, and to unserved anchor institutions (anchor institutions with speeds less than 1 gigabit per 1,000 users)
  • Establishes a grant program at the FCC, using the authorities that established the E-Rate program, for schools and libraries to fund connectivity for students and teachers in the digital classroom. The program could be used to fund wired and wireless broadband connections at home, and provide connected devices, including laptops and tablets, to homes of students and teachers. The program also supports mobile hotspot-lending by schools or libraries, among other things. The section appropriates $5 billion to carry out this program
  • Creates the Broadband Infrastructure Financing Innovation (BIFIA) program, administered by the NTIA, to provide State and local governments, public authorities, and public-private partnerships financial assistance in the form of secured loans, lines of credit, and loan guarantees for eligible broadband infrastructure financing projects
  • Authorizes the Next Generation 9-1-1 Implementation Coordination Office to provide $12 billion in grants over five years for the implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 services.

In addition to these new programs and corresponding appropriations, the infrastructure bill would implement a number of new rules, such as requiring the FCC to issue rules to promote and incentivize a standard format for broadband Internet service providers to disclose to consumers the price and terms of their service offerings; prohibiting State governments from enforcing laws or regulations that inhibit local governments, public-private partnerships, and cooperatives from delivering broadband service; requiring the FCC to update its rules to permit Wi-Fi access on school buses as eligible for support under the E-Rate program; and prohibiting the FCC from finalizing a proposed rule that would cap the Universal Service Fund programs.

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


Chairman Pai Urges Congress to Implement Legislative Directives to “Keep Americans Connected”

On June 19, the FCC issued a Press Release announcing that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent a letter to Congress seeking legislation to help consumers and small businesses stay connected over the coming months after the end of the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. While the Pledge expires on June 30, Chairman Pai stated, “I believe now is the time for further legislation to ensure that doctors and patients, students and teachers, low-income families and veterans, those who have lost their jobs and livelihoods due to the pandemic and the accompanying lockdowns, those in our cities and those in the countryside—in short, all Americans—remain connected until this emergency ends.”

A copy of the full letter is available here.

“The Pledge has been an extraordinary success, and I commend the 785 service providers that have stepped up to the plate over the past three-and-a-half months to do the right thing during this national emergency. This public-private partnership has been critical to American consumers,” Pai said. “But broadband and telephone companies, especially small ones, cannot continue to provide service without being paid for an indefinite period of time; no business in any sector of our economy could. So I believe now is the time for legislation to ensure that doctors and patients, students and teachers, low-income families and veterans, those who have lost their jobs and livelihoods due to the pandemic and the accompanying lockdowns, those in our cities and those in the countryside—in short, all Americans—remain connected until this emergency ends. The Broadband Connectivity and Digital Equity Framework proposed by Chairman Roger Wicker of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the U.S. Senate and Ranking Member Greg Walden of the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives is a forward-thinking proposal to do just that.”


JULY 1: FCC FORM 481 (CARRIER ANNUAL REPORTING DATA COLLECTION FORM). All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) must report the information required by Section 54.313, which includes information on the ETC’s holding company, operating companies, ETC affiliates and any branding in response to section 54.313(a)(8); its CAF-ICC certification, if applicable; its financial information, if a privately held rate-of-return carrier; and its satellite backhaul certification, if applicable.

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

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

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Sal Taillefer.

JULY 31: 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.

Calendar At-a-Glance

Jun. 24 – 7-Day Access Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 25 – Comments are due on 5G Fund for Rural America.
Jun. 26 – Petitions to Suspend or Reject 7-Day Access Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 26 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject 15-Day Access Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 29 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend or Reject 7-Day Access Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 29 – Comments are due on CAF Phase II Location Adjustment Waivers.
Jun. 30 – Mobile Competitive ETC waiver expires.

Jul. 1 – FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form) is due.
Jul. 1 – FCC Form 690 (Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Winner Annual Report) is due.
Jul. 2 – Reply comments are due on Executive Branch Review Process.
Jul. 6 – Comments are due on End User Interstate Access Detariffing.
Jul. 6 – Reply comments are due on One-Ring Phone Scam Prevention.
Jul. 7 – Comments on 5G Fund Adjustment Factor Values are due.
Jul. 7 – Reply comments are due on CAF Phase II Location Adjustment Waivers.
Jul. 7 – Comments are due on 5G Adjustment Factors.
Jul. 10 – Comments on Robocall Enforcement Actions for Carriers with Delayed Compliance are due.
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. 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.

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. 4 – Reply comments are due on End User Interstate Access Detariffing.
Aug. 6 – Reply comments on 5G Fund Adjustment Factor Values are due.
Aug. 31 – Lifeline Income Documentation, De-Enrollment/Reverification Requirement waivers expire.

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“Quando, Quando, Quando”

Hetty and the Jazzato Band - Lockdown Sessions #1

Hetty and the Jazzato Band

We hope you are keeping safe and well in these strange times. We are missing performing live but we have had some fun creating a lockdown session cover for you! We hope you enjoy our arrangement of “Quando, Quando, Quando” featuring:

  • Hetty Loxston - Vocals
  • Fabrizio Bonacci - Guitar
  • Alessandro Cimaschi - Double bass
  • Stephanie Leedham - Saxophone
  • Rich Muscat - Clarinet
  • Riccardo Castellani - Drums and Video Editing

Also, a big thank you to Ignacio Lusardi Monteverdi for mixing and mastering our live performance.

Source: YouTube  

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