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Friday — May 28, 2021 — Issue No. 960

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This Week's Wireless News Headlines

  • EWA Elects New Board Members
  • USB-C upgrade will more than double its power capacity to 240W
  • Is Ham Radio Dead? Is Ham Radio Doomed?
  • BlackBerry's move to healthcare — a timeline
  • Is Your Ransomware Mistake Worth $5 Million?
  • Iridium Invests in GNSS Accuracy Solution Provider
  • Inside Towers
    • Thune Leads Bipartisan Bill to Advance Rural Broadband
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Commissioner Carr Calls for USF Contributions by Edge Providers
    • FCC Proposes to Accelerate STIR/SHAKEN Compliance for Small Carriers that Originate High Volumes
    • Comments on Secure Networks Reimbursement Program Due June 23
    • NTIA Announces $288 Million in Funding Through Broadband Infrastructure Program
    • FCC Relieves Certain Carriers of “Mixed Support” Merger Conditions
    • Broadband Bill Round-Up
    • FCC Issues Over $500 Million in Fines for Misuse of Radio Location Spectrum
    • FCC Announces 1 Million + Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Initial Enrollment
    • Lynk Files FCC Application for Direct-to-Cellphone Satellite System
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Blooston Law Contacts
  • Music Video Of The Week
    • “Knockin' on Heaven's Door”
    • Playing For Change



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

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

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

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Advertiser Index

Easy Solutions  (Vaughan Bowden)
Frank Moorman
IWA Technical Services, Inc.  (Ira Wiesenfeld)
Leavitt Communications  (Phil Leavitt)
Prism-IPX Systems  (Jim Nelson & John Bishop)
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC  (Ron Mercer)

Service Monitors and Frequency Standards for Sale

Motorola Service Monitor

IFR Service Monitor

IFR 500A Service Monitor

(Images are typical units, not actual photos of items offered for sale here.)

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1 Motorola R 2001D  
4 Motorola R 2400 and 2410A  
5 Motorola R 2600 and R 2660 late S/Ns  
4 Motorola R 1200  
2 Motorola R 2200  
2 Stand-alone Efratom Rubidium Frequency Standards 10 MHz output
1 Telawave model 44 wattmeter Recently calibrated
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EWA Elects New Board Members

For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea Cumpston, Communications Director
Phone: 703-797-5111

May 27, 2021 (Herndon, VA) – The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) is pleased to announce the election of new members to its Board of Directors, which occurred during the first day of its Spring meeting on May 26. Newly elected EWA Directors are:

  • Scott Carpenter, United Parcel Service, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Kurt MacDonald, Radio One, Orlando, Florida.
  • Tim Totten, Honorary Board member, Louisville, Kentucky.

On the election, EWA President Mark Crosby made the following statement:

“The private land mobile radio industry continues to promote and support the public welfare through the deployment of private voice and data communication systems both local and regional in scope. The leaders elected today join a group of experienced and distinguished private wireless industry representatives who will help craft EWA’s future advocacy efforts as well as promote the many public welfare benefits attributable to private wireless technology and system installations.”

About the Enterprise Wireless Alliance

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance is an FCC-certified frequency advisory committee and leading advocate for business enterprises, private carrier operators, wireless sales and service organizations and private wireless equipment vendors. EWA provides spectrum acquisition strategies, frequency coordination, license preparation, license management and associated reporting services. Membership in EWA is open to users of wireless communications systems, vendors, system operators and service organizations. EWA develops cutting-edge services to support member businesses, such as Spectrum Intel, Cevo®, a powerful online frequency coordination solution, which simplifies the FCC-license application process and allows users to select their own frequencies, and Cevo Go™ a mobile app that delivers frequencies certified by EWA in hours, not days. More information about membership and services is available at

Source: Enterprise Wireless Alliance  

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50 years experience providing and supporting radio and paging customers worldwide. Call us anytime we can be useful!






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Leavitt sells and supports most pager brands. We stock Unication G1, G5, Secure and some Elegant pagers. Call or e-mail for price and availability.

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USB-C upgrade will more than double its power capacity to 240W

You'll probably need a new charger to take advantage of the "Extended Power Range," though.

S. Shah @eightiethmnt May 26th, 2021

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Thanks to its compatibility with a range of devices, USB-C is the prime candidate for a common charger that could help alleviate the build-up of electronic waste. So, news of a major power upgrade bundled into its new standard will only boost its case. As CNET reports, the version 2.1 update to the USB-C specification could deliver up to 240W of power, more than double its current 100W capacity. The change would allow you to juice up beefier electronics like gaming laptops and larger monitors.

The industry group that develops the technology, known as the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), calls the 240W option "Extended Power Range," or EPR. This is effectively a change to the "USB-PD" spec that you may have seen on fast chargers and battery packs. While the amperage of the system remains "configurable up to 5A," the voltage, which presently maxes out at 20V, will be configurable up to 48V under the new specification. As such, cables that support the additional power capacity will have additional requirements and carry specific icons so that people can easily identify them. The new cables will also need to support up to 5A and 50V to be compliant.

There's already a myriad reasons why USB-C is favored by electronics manufacturers. The connector is versatile: It works with a host of devices, from smartphones to laptops to external hard drives (and even the Nintendo Switch). It's also easy to use: You don't have to worry about which end is up when plugging it in, unlike a regular USB or micro-USB. The only caveat is that the number scheme for the cables, which points to the speed at which they transfer data, can be confusing for the lay user.

Source: engadget  

Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz

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

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

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

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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


“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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

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

Volunteers needed for translations into other languages.

Board of Advisors

The Wireless Messaging News
Board of Advisors

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

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Is Ham Radio Dead? Is Ham Radio Doomed?

Posted date: May 25, 2021

“Lots of speculation and knee-jerk reactions exist on social media about whether or not Ham Radio is Dead. I wonder what the statistics say? Let’s take a look at some real evidence about what is happening in Ham Radio inside of the USA and around the world”

State/Territory Novice Tech Tech-Plus General Advanced Extra Total
Alabama 82 5885 3048 589 2788 12392
Alaska 19 1642 901 166 669 3397
Arizona 124 11400 4947 1096 4502 22069
Arkansas 47 4486 1887 351 1596 8367
California 882 64964 20154 3933 15799 105732
Colorado 114 10683 4402 785 3664 19648
Connecticut 138 3412 1928 427 1696 7601
Delaware 21 813 473 88 407 1802
District of Columbia 4 247 120 25 120 516
Florida 536 18888 11715 2840 9807 43786
Georgia 136 9296 4872 956 4010 19270
Guam 1 115 52 10 101 279
Hawaii 28 2178 819 153 722 3900
Idaho 32 6111 2311 276 1493 10223
Illinois 288 9118 5263 1111 4417 20197
Indiana 196 7664 4062 796 3171 15889
Iowa 67 3067 1634 432 1481 6681
Kansas 77 3571 1954 332 1477 7411
Kentucky 91 4846 2450 454 1975 9816
Louisiana 70 2806 1687 382 1356 6301
Maine 43 2041 1241 237 1100 4662
Maryland 117 5223 2902 624 2708 11574
Massachusetts 171 6064 3517 743 3274 13769
Michigan 204 10284 5307 1100 4626 21521
Minnesota 126 5627 2954 666 2479 11852
Mississippi 27 2464 1363 255 1232 5341
Missouri 119 7893 3796 711 3094 15613
Montana 34 2186 1094 187 778 4279
Nebraska 37 1814 989 253 748 3841
Nevada 43 4683 1852 364 1502 8444
New Hampshire 51 2501 1462 291 1433 5738
New Jersey 240 6330 3313 797 3052 13732
New Mexico 30 3608 1492 300 1327 6757
New York 485 12833 6913 1521 6039 27791
North Carolina 174 10585 5663 1145 4992 22559
North Dakota 11 815 423 69 292 1610
Ohio 361 13215 7237 1448 6102 28363
Oklahoma 52 5226 2444 421 1965 10108
Oregon 119 11528 4935 785 3571 20938
Pennsylvania 314 11224 6230 1435 5469 24672
Puerto Rico 180 2746 1059 205 617 4807
Rhode Island 27 903 491 108 458 1987
South Carolina 75 4788 2565 517 2236 10181
South Dakota 19 837 560 127 473 2016
Tennessee 136 9437 4932 942 4146 19593
Texas 333 27810 12868 2575 10980 54566
Utah 43 13009 3133 327 2056 18568
Vermont 17 993 529 117 494 2150
Virgin Islands 120 81 11 57 269
Virginia 202 9836 5278 1059 4753 21128
Washington 214 19570 8151 1303 5724 34962
West Virginia 50 3390 1427 229 1213 6309
Wisconsin 106 5075 3159 644 2523 11507
Wyoming 12 1021 584 113 453 2183
Other* 2 243 101 7 228 581
TOTAL 7127 397114 0 184724 36838 153445 779248

* Other = US territories and possessions not listed above, plus APO/FPO

Source: QRZ Now  


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With PRISM IPX Systems, Your message is delivered Secure & Encrypted

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Prism IPX Products
PriMega Message Gateway
The PriMega manages a paging network from the message input using telephone and data lines to the data output to one or more paging transmitters, e-mail or text messaging destinations.
IPT Systems
The IPT is a versatile small footprint Linux based product used for small paging systems and for converting data protocols for messaging systems. Popular for converting text messaging transport protocols for linking message systems.
Message Logging Systems
Paging Message Logging software collects data decoded off-the-air and sends the data to the logging server. Logs can be used to prove messages were actual transmitted and were capable of being received without error.

Prism-IPX Systems is a partnership between Prism Systems International, Inc. and Xacom International LLC. Both companies provide Prism Message Management solutions around the world for country-wide, regional and local commercial paging operators and private messaging systems. The company leads the industry in the development and design of modern critical messaging communications systems.

About Prism Systems International, Inc.

Prism Systems International, Inc is the parent company of Prism Paging, a well-known market leader for paging systems, and majority owner of Prism-IPX Systems, a centralized message management system.

Jim Nelson, Prism’s Chairman, President and CEO, founded Prism Systems International Incorporated in 1997. The company leads the industry in the development and design of critical messaging communications systems. With over 48 years in paging as a system developer and a commercial paging system operator, Jim has held senior management positions in well known industry-leading companies such as Multitone, Quintron, BBL Industries, Metromedia Paging, Arch Wireless, TGA and owns the Prism companies.

Appointed to the Board of Directors of AAPC (now CMA-A) and EMMA (now CMA-E) in 2008, Jim was also elected as Vice-Chair of the Paging Technical Committee in the same year. Jim is currently serving his second term as President of CMA America and is a member of the Board Directors of CMA-Europe.

Jim by an international unanimous vote was awarded the 2011 AAPC & EMMA Industry Recognition Award. This is a personal award that recognizes Jim for his years of dedicated service, innovation, tireless support, and significant contributions which have advanced the paging industry.

About Xacom International LLC

Xacom International LLC is a minority owner of Prism-IPX Systems and brings considerable experience and resources to the partnership.

Xacom International LLC is led by John Bishop, Managing Director. John is a Fellow – Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow – Australian Institute of Management. Current Chairman of the Critical Messaging Association’s Paging Technical Committee and member of several other committees.

John’s extensive career includes more than 30 years of database and critical systems design experience. He has held executive management positions with global cellular carriers and major paging infrastructure companies for the last 25 years.

Easy Solutions

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

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

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

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

Experts in Paging Infrastructure

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

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

Easy Solutions
3220 San Simeon Way
Plano, Texas 75023

Vaughan Bowden
Telephone: 972-898-1119
Telephone: 214 785-8255


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

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

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

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INTERNET Protocol Terminal

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

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

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

Additional/Optional Features

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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

MAY 21, 2021

BlackBerry's move to healthcare — a timeline


From the world's most popular smartphone to a leader in healthcare cybersecurity, we look at key moments in BlackBerry's move to healthcare

1984 - 1995: Beginnings

Research in Motion (RIM) is founded by two engineering students from Canada. In 1988 the company becomes the first wireless data technology developer in North America. Products include a wireless modem made by Ericsson containing RIM firmware. An investment round of C$5 million funds the development of RIM's two-way paging system hardware and software.

1998 - 2008: Rapid growth

The company's growth leads to a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In 1998 the first BlackBerry pager is released, so-called because of the keyboard's resemblance to the fruit. By 2008 BlackBerry is the leading smartphone around the world, until Apple launches the iPhone. BlackBerry responds by releasing its first touchscreen smartphone.

2013 - 2015: A new direction

The company changes its name from RIM to BlackBerry. John Chen is appointed as CEO, with a key goal to focus on the healthcare sector. The following year BlackBerry invests in NantHealth, a cloud-based clinical support platform. BlackBerry starts repositioning itself as a software company, acquiring several firms including WatchDox and AtHoc.

2016: Transitioning to cybersecurity

With its acquisition of UK firm Encription, BlackBerry signals its aim of focusing on cybersecurity. BlackBerry Secure, an enterprise mobile security platform for IoT, is released.

2018: Establishing a trusted brand

BlackBerry launches a number of products for the healthcare sector including Spark, its "Enterprise of Things" platform, and a blockchain solution for storing and sharing medical data anonymously. Additionally an operating system for the development of robotic surgical instruments, patient monitoring systems, and infusion pumps is released. This year the company also becomes a HIMSS Analytics certified consultant, enabling BlackBerry to help hospitals assess vulnerabilities in their IT infrastructure.

2020: The leader in healthcare IoT security

A report by consultants Frost & Sullivan finds that BlackBerry is responsible for securing 96% of the enterprise IoT threat landscape. This includes solutions like BlackBerry Identity and Access Management, which prevents breaches by allowing enterprises to manage the network of users and their access to devices and data.

2021: Innovation in cybersecurity

Frost & Sullivan names the company an Innovator in Healthcare Cybersecurity after studying over fifty organisations and top cyber threats. Toronto-based University Health Network (UHN), the largest health research organisation in North America, selects BlackBerry Spark to protect its entire public research and teaching hospital network.

Commenting on these recent accomplishments, Neelam Sandhu, Senior Vice President and Chief Elite Customer Success Officer, said: "BlackBerry Spark is trusted by healthcare experts and organisations around the world for its next-gen AI cybersecurity that ensures critical workflows. Our platform is also HIPAA and HITECH compliant, giving healthcare organisations the peace of mind they need to focus on what is most important, while we seamlessly protect, prevent and remediate cyber threats.

"As we look to the future of the healthcare industry, there is no doubt that cyber attacks will continue to increase. BlackBerry facilitates and augments the great work accomplished on a daily basis by healthcare workers across the world to ensure you are safe and secure."​

Source: Healthcare  

Paging Data Receiver PDR-4

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

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

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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

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R.H. (Ron) Mercer
217 First Street
East Northport, NY 11731

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Is Your Ransomware Mistake Worth $5 Million?

May 17th, 2021

The Colonial Pipeline is running again after the company paid a $5 million ransom.

William G. Wong Related To: Electronic Design

This article is part of the TechXchange: Cybersecurity

What you’ll learn

  • Why low-level security may not protect against ransomware.
  • How ransomware can bypass firewalls.
  • What happens after you pay a ransom.

If you have a non-electric car, then you’re aware that the cost of gasoline has been going up due to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline caused by a ransomware attack perpetrated by a criminal organization called DarkSide. We may not know the details of what went wrong. However, it’s easy to guess what happened.

It’s one thing to take over a single PC, but the attack like the one on the Colonial Pipeline is different, and not just because of its magnitude. For a single PC, the attack can come in the form of a corrupted file or e-mail. It’s also possible to attack a PC attached to the Internet remotely through bugs in the network software.

An attack on a larger network like the one controlling the pipeline usually starts through a single PC, but the security hole is then exploited by the attacker. Ransomware on a PC will likely notify the user almost immediately. However, an attacker assaulting a larger system will likely remain under the security radar for a long time, maybe months. This allows for examination of the system and creating additional holes in any security so that the attacker can get back in—even if one of those holes, including the original one, are closed.

Once an attacker is inside a system, then it’s a matter of how restricted they might be and what systems they may need to compromise. One potential point of attack for the pipeline would be the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) controls commonly used in this type of environment. These should not be directly accessible via the Internet, but even keeping them behind a firewall is insufficient if other computers on the same LAN are compromised.

What is Ransomware?

On the PC, ransomware is often a single application that’s compromising a system. The attack by DarkSide may have started using similar tools. Still, there was a good deal of interactive probing and setup prior to demanding a ransom. To make this attack effective, they had to compromise the system by doing things like encrypting data that’s critical and not available via a backup. The typical recourse for ransomware on a PC is to either wipe the PC and restore from a backup, or install a new system and lose the data that was held for ransom.

The other way to force payment of the ransom is to take over a piece of hardware that’s critical in such a way that it can’t be replaced or reset. This is harder to accomplish but possible in some instances. It also requires significantly more insight into the overall system, whereas encrypting data only needs access to the data and know what is worth encrypting.

A big issue is that most infrastructure systems like the pipeline aren’t taking a zero-trust approach to their control systems. Zero-trust security assumes any communications should not be trusted unless they are authenticated first. Most IoT frameworks and services already take a zero-trust approach, requiring authentication all of the time in addition to using encrypted connections.

The National Cybersecurity Picture

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many legacy systems within our national infrastructure. Adding new, more secure devices to the mix will help and beefing up firewalls is a good step forward, but most of the infrastructure in the U.S. is privately owned. Investment into security was at the bottom of the list. The $5 million that Colonial Pipeline paid in cryptocurrency is just the tip of the iceberg. DarkSide indicated that they have more people on the hook with their ransomware attack.

Likewise, paying a ransom may not get the results promised. Colonial Pipeline’s recovery was a combination of restoring from backups and using information provided by DarkSide after the ransom was paid. The latter took more time to implement because restoration wasn’t instantaneous.

Unfortunately, our critical infrastructure includes more than just one pipeline and protections—much of this infrastructure is on par with Colonial Pipeline. Many have been influenced to make changes, but we don’t know how many or how effective these efforts will be in preventing such attacks.

It’s unlikely that we’ve seen the last of these types of attacks or that there are only a few bad actors. The almost daily news about security breaches has been with us for decades. It’s now a question as to whether selling names and info on the dark web will be more profitable than extorting money from large corporations.

Source: Electronic Design  

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.

“If you would know the road ahead, ask someone who has traveled it.” — Chinese Proverb

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.
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Iridium Invests in GNSS Accuracy Solution Provider

Monday, May 24, 2021

Iridium Communications made a strategic investment in DDK Positioning, an Aberdeen, Scotland,-based provider of enhanced global navigation satellite system (GNSS) accuracy solutions.

DDK uses the Iridium network to provide global precision positioning services that can augment GNSS constellations, including GPS and Galileo, to significantly enhance their accuracy for critical industrial applications. DDK is also developing similar services for other GNSS constellations, such as GLONASS and Beidou. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Standard positioning accuracy through a system like GPS is typically within 10 meters; however, by using the Iridium network, DDK's enhanced GPS accuracy service brings incredibly precise positioning of five centimeters or less. This advanced level of accuracy is ideal for autonomous vehicles like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision agriculture applications, offshore infrastructure projects such as windfarm construction, and automotive applications like driverless cars, as well as a host of construction, mining, surveying and Internet of things (IoT) use cases. Historically, there have been limited geostationary satellite provider options for this type of service, but they suffer from line-of-sight blockage issues and coverage limitations in and around Arctic and Antarctic regions.

"We are delighted to have embarked on this journey with such a strong and well-respected company as Iridium,” said DDK CEO Kevin Gaffney. “This partnership is a perfect fit for DDK Positioning, with Iridium's satellite communications network and our GNSS solution, we are in a position to deliver a truly unique service which is robust, resilient and secure. The investment made by Iridium will also allow us to grow the company even further whilst expanding our service offering globally."

According to a report published by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, augmentation services like those offered by DDK will account for $76.5 billion (€65 billion) in global GNSS market revenue by 2029, while the global GNSS downstream market, including services delivered and hardware devices, is estimated to reach $382 billion(€325 billion).

"We are impressed with the team that DDK has put together and see great potential for this technology and how it takes advantage of the Iridium network," said Iridium CEO Matt Desch. "DDK's enhanced positioning is a unique capability that adds a high-value solution on top of our existing portfolio of custom network services. Solutions from Iridium and DDK partners that are focused on precision agriculture, autonomous systems, maritime and infrastructure projects can now experience incredibly precise GNSS accuracy from anywhere on the planet."

Source: Radio Resource International  

Inside Towers Newsletter

Friday, May 28, 2021 Volume 9 | Issue 105

Thune Leads Bipartisan Bill to Advance Rural Broadband

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), ranking member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, Thursday led U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) in introducing the bipartisan Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2021. The legislation would dedicate a portion of proceeds from congressionally mandated FCC spectrum auctions to be used for rural broadband network buildouts.

“Access to high-speed broadband services is critical, now more than ever before,” said Thune. “This bipartisan legislation would provide the FCC with the necessary resources to continue bridging the digital divide in rural America. I strongly support finding common-sense ways to effectively and efficiently deliver reliable broadband services to Americans who need it, and our bill is a step in the right direction.”

"Member companies of NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association are on the front lines of deployment, working on a daily basis to close the digital divide,” said NATE President/CEO Todd Schlekeway. He said the association endorses the bill “that will ultimately provide an infusion of funds from proceeds generated from congressionally mandated spectrum auctions to promote broadband deployment services and communications infrastructure expansion.”

“Policies that focus on bringing infrastructure to unserved or unconnected parts of the country make good sense,” said Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of USTelecom — The Broadband Association. “This bill recognizes the essential public-private partnership necessary to deploy high-speed broadband to every corner of the country and narrow the digital divide.”

Kelly Cole, senior vice president of government affairs of CTIA, said members “stand committed to ensuring all Americans have access to broadband and continue to roll out 5G networks in communities big and small across the country.”

And the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association praised the measure was well. The bill “puts forward a solid common sense and flexible solution toward eradicating the rural divide,” said WISPA VP Government Affairs Christina Mason.

If enacted, the Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2021 would:

  • Set aside 10 percent of the net proceeds from spectrum auctions mandated by Congress for the buildout of broadband networks;
  • Require the FCC to use the funds provided by RCAP to address gaps that remain in broadband Internet access service coverage in high-cost rural areas;
  • Allow the Commission 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 agency 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.

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. 24, No. 22 May 26, 2021  


Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. However, because the 31st is a Holiday this year, the filing will be due on June 1. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on June 1. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report.

Clients can send their scanned Form 395 (PDF format) to for filing.

BloostonLaw Contact: Richard Rubino.


Commissioner Carr Calls for USF Contributions by Edge Providers

On May 24, in a Newsweek op-ed, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr outlined a new approach to funding the federal government’s efforts to close the digital divide. Specifically, he called for “Big Tech” – including Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google to “pay their fair share.”

According to Carr, “online streaming services provided by just five companies—Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and Microsoft—account for a whopping 75 percent of all traffic on rural broadband networks. The same study shows that 77-94 percent of total network costs are related to adding capacity or otherwise supporting the delivery of those streaming services.”

Further, he posits that since Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google generated nearly $1 trillion in revenues last year, “[i]t would take just 0.009 percent of those revenues to eliminate entirely the unsustainable 30 percent tax that currently hits consumers on their monthly bills.”

The full piece can be found here.

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

FCC Proposes to Accelerate STIR/SHAKEN Compliance for Small Carriers that Originate High Volumes

On May 21, the FCC released its Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in its STIR/SHAKEN proceeding, in which it proposes to accelerate the date by which small voice providers that originate “an especially large amount of call traffic” must implement the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework. Comment deadlines have not yet been established.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC determined that an extension for small voice service providers until June 30, 2023 was appropriate, and defined small voice service providers as those with 100,000 or fewer voice subscriber lines. The FCC seeks comment on a proposal by USTelecom to exclude from the existing STIR/Shaken implementation deadline extension for small voice service provider extension those small carriers that either (1) receive more than half their revenue from customers purchasing services that are not mass-market services or (2) originate more than 500 calls per day for any single line in the normal course of business.

According to the FCC, small carriers that originate a large amount of traffic are more likely to originate unlawful robocalls because, to originate large-scale robocall campaigns, it is necessary to originate a large number of calls. In addition to comments on the validity of its rationale, the FCC also seeks comment on the burdens and barriers of implementing STIR/SHAKEN for the subset of small voice service providers for which we propose shortening the extension.

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

Comments on Secure Networks Reimbursement Program Due June 23

On May 24, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on the proposed application filing process for the $1.9 billion Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program (Reimbursement Program). The FCC also seeks comment on proposed information fields to be collected on forms eligible providers of advanced communications services will be required to submit to request funding allocations and disbursements from the Reimbursement Program. Comments are due June 23.

Specifically, the FCC is developing an online portal through which applicants and recipients would electronically submit all filings related to the Reimbursement Program, including the Application Request for Funding Allocation. The FCC also proposes to utilize a version of the previously developed Reimbursement Fund Administration System (RFAS) to process requests and coordinate interactions between program participants, the Fund Administrator, and the FCC. Comment is sought on the information fields associated with these processes.

The FCC also proposes to collect an initial estimate of costs reasonably incurred for the permanent removal, replacement, and disposal of covered communications equipment or services. Such estimates may be based on either detailed engineering analysis and vendor quotes or the predetermined estimated costs identified in the final Catalog that will be made available by the FCC in the future. For purposes of reviewing initial estimated costs, the FCC proposes to base its evaluation on the average between the minimum and maximum costs listed in the cost estimate range for a particular itemized expense listed in the Catalog, rather than allowing applicants to choose any amount within the cost estimate range.

The FCC proposes to use a filing window to accept applications, and to issue funding allocation within 90 days of the close of the filing window. Following the approval and issuance of a funding allocation, a recipient may, as provided by the FCC’s rules, file a Reimbursement Claim Request for the draw down disbursement of funds from the recipient’s funding allocation.

The FCC also proposes to require recipients to link actual costs incurred and the supporting invoice documentation to these itemized initial cost estimates, submit invoices through the online portal, and to provide specific details related to the invoice (vendor name, date issued, description of contents, etc.) to assist reviewers in linking invoices to specific itemized cost estimates. Recipients seeking disbursements will also be required to provide vendor and supplier quotes with the Reimbursement Claim Request.

Carriers interested in commenting on the FCC’s proposed reimbursement procedures may contact the firm for more information.

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

NTIA Announces $288 Million in Funding Through Broadband Infrastructure Program

On May 19, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the availability of $288 million in grant funding for the deployment of broadband infrastructure. According to a press release, grants will be awarded to partnerships between a state, or political subdivisions of a state, and providers of fixed broadband service.

NTIA’s Broadband Infrastructure Program was established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. In the priority order defined by the Act, NTIA will accept applications for projects that are designed to:

  • Provide broadband service to the greatest number of households in an eligible service area;
  • Provide broadband service to rural areas;
  • Be most cost-effective in providing broadband service; or
  • Provide broadband service with a download speed of at least 100 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 20 Mbps.

NTIA will group applications based on the priority above that each application addresses, and will sequence its review of application groups in the statutory order listed above.

“As a former governor, I know that state and local leaders have the best understanding of the gaps in their broadband infrastructure. This program will allow states and localities to partner with providers to target this funding toward the areas where it is most needed and can do the most good,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “While these grants will lay the foundation, we know that we need even bolder investments in broadband expansion to finish the job. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan will provide the resources to continue these broadband infrastructure build-outs until one hundred percent of Americans have access to high-speed, affordable, and reliable broadband.”

Law and Regulation

FCC Relieves Certain Carriers of “Mixed Support” Merger Conditions

On May 20, the FCC adopted an Order on Reconsideration relieving certain “mixed support” merging companies from a merger condition cap intended to prevent improper cost shifting post-transaction between affiliates that receive both model-based and cost-based universal service support.

Specifically, in January 2021, the FCC approved a mixed support-conditioned section 214 transfer of control of Lavaca Telephone, a cost-based support company, to Dobson Technologies, a model-based support company. Dobson also holds a non-controlling minority ownership interest in Fort Mojave Telecommunications, a cost-based support company. Dobson petitioned the FCC to exclude Fort Mojave’s operating expenses from the mixed support cap because it shared no costs with Dobson and maintained separate books and accounts.

The mixed support merger condition – also colloquially referred to as the Hargray conditions – was first implemented in 2018 to deter potential cost shifting when, for example, an acquiring company that receives fixed model-based high-cost support acquires a rate-of-return company that receives cost-based support.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

Broadband Bill Round-Up

May 20 saw the introduction of several broadband-related bills in Congress. Specifically:

House Agriculture Republicans introduced the Broadband For Rural America Act, which provides more than $7 billion in authorizations for USDA broadband connectivity programs. Specifically, the bill:

  • Authorizes $3.7 billion per year for critical rural broadband programs, including the ReConnect Rural Broadband Program, the Middle Mile Broadband Program, and the Innovative Broadband Advancement Program
  • Targets limited resources so assistance is focused on the most rural and least-connected residents, which are often the most expensive to connect
  • Promotes borrower accountability and protects taxpayers with new tools to ensure promised services are delivered to rural communities

Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) led Energy and Commerce Republicans in introducing the American Broadband Act. This bill would:

  • Close the digital divide through investments that target rural and unserved areas based on accurate maps;
  • Authorize $20 billion over five years to promote broadband infrastructure deployment and $3 billion to promote rural wireless infrastructure deployment;
  • Remove barriers to investment and deployment for distressed communities and encourage public-private broadband partnerships;
  • Streamline permitting processes by incentivizing state and local governments to cut red tape, placing reasonable limits on permitting, and promoting infrastructure deployment on federal lands;
  • Unleash private investment to win the future.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced H.R. 3346, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act. This legislation would prohibit the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) from regulating the rates charged for broadband Internet access service.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) introduced the Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act to increase access to and speed the deployment of broadband to households and small businesses currently without this vital service. The bill will enable more broadband service providers to participate in the FCC’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.

FCC Issues Over $500 Million in Fines for Misuse of Radio Location Spectrum

On May 20, the FCC fined Air-Tel, LLC and IOU Acquisitions, Inc. $327,290 and $207,290 respectively for providing unlicensed wireless broadband-based GPS services under the guise of providing radar-based location services. The companies also altered equipment to provide these services and to operate outside of the spectrum band for which they are authorized.

Specifically, Air-Tel and IOU hold authorizations to provide Radiolocation Services in the 3300-3650 MHz band. These services are generally radar-based and rely on the propagation properties of radio waves to determine the position of an object for non-navigation purposes. Instead, the companies offered technologically distinct wireless broadband-based GPS services which rely on satellite communications and wireless broadband, not radiolocation. To offer this different service than was authorized under their FCC licenses, the companies altered the settings of wireless equipment both to support this unauthorized service and to operate outside the authorized frequency bands allowed for the equipment.

The FCC investigation was prompted by a complaint about the companies’ misuse of spectrum. An FCC field agent visited their joint facility in Denver, Colorado and a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture was issued in 2018. Both companies have ceased operating on the licenses at issue in this case.


FCC Announces 1 Million + Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Initial Enrollment

On May 20, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolled more than one million households in the first week of the program’s debut, and that over 900 broadband providers have agreed to take part in the program.

Households can qualify several ways such as through their use of existing assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid, Lifeline or if a child relies on reduced-price school meals programs. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is also available to households who are eligible for a broadband provider’s existing COVID relief program, to those who have received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year, and to those low-income households who suffered a large loss in income during the pandemic due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.

“The high demand we’ve seen for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program demonstrates what many of us already knew to be true – too many families are struggling to get online, even in 2021. Help is here. As an agency, we’re continuing to focus our efforts on reaching as many communities as possible, so they can get the support they need,” said Rosenworcel.

Lynk Files FCC Application for Direct-to-Cellphone Satellite System

On May 25, Lynk Global, Inc. announced that it has filed for a commercial operator's license with the FCC, and that its commercial service is expected to begin around the world starting next year upon FCC approval. According to a press release, the startup's patented technology will eventually allow anyone with an existing cell phone to stay connected, anywhere in the world, at all times, via its satellite network, without any changes to the phone. That is to say, existing cell phones will work.

Lynk’s initial commercial license application intentionally uses the FCC's new streamlined process for up to 10 small satellites to accelerate the license. Previous applications suggest this streamlined process will take 10-12 months, allowing Lynk to begin global service next year. This is the first step in Lynk's plans for a larger constellation that will grow to several thousand satellites to begin continuous global service in 2025. Ultimately, Lynk's full constellation will reach 5,000 satellites to provide broadband speeds to customers’ phones.


JUNE 1: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. However, because the 31st is a Holiday this year, the filing will be due on June 1. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on June 1. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report.

BloostonLaw Contact: Richard Rubino.

JUNE 30: STUDY AREA BOUNDARY RECERTIFICATION. In addition to the obligation to submit updated information when study area boundaries change, all ILECs are required to recertify their study area boundary data every two years. The recertification is due this year by June 30. Where the state commission filed the study area boundary data for an ILEC, the state commission should submit the recertification. However, where the state commission did not submit data for the ILEC and the ILEC submitted the study area boundary data, then the ILEC should submit the recertification by June 30.

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

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 of the FCC, clearly referencing WT Docket No. 10-208; the Universal Service Administrator; and the relevant state commissions, relevant authority in a U.S. Territory, or Tribal governments, as appropriate. The information and certifications required to be included in the annual report are described in Section 54.1009 of the FCC’s rules.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Sal Taillefer.

JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, 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.

Calendar At-a-Glance

May 27 – Reply comments on Auction 108 Public Notice are due.
May 31 – FCC Form 395 (Annual Employment Report) is due.

Jun. 1 – FCC Form 395 Employment Reports are due.
Jun. 1 – Applications for USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program are due.
Jun. 7 – Comments are due on Accessibility Rules.
Jun. 7 – Reply comments are due on 12.2-12.7 GHz Band NPRM.
Jun. 10 – Comments are due on Semiconductor Shortage study.
Jun. 15 – Reply comments are due on Semiconductor Shortage study.
Jun. 16 – 15-Day Access Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 23 – Petitions to suspend 15-Day Access Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 23 – Comments are due on Secure Networks Reimbursement Program.
Jun. 24 – 7-Day Tariff Filings are due.
Jun. 28 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend 15-Day Access Tariff Filings are due (NOON ET).
Jun. 28 – Petitions to Suspend 7-Day Tariff Filings are due (NOON ET).
Jun. 30 – STIR/SHAKEN Implementation Certifications are due.
Jun. 30 – Replies to Petitions to Suspend 7-Day Tariff Filings are due (NOON ET).
Jun. 30 – Biannual Study Area Boundary Recertifications are due.

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. 6 – Comments are due on Accessibility Rules.
Jul. 27 – Auction 109 – AM/FM Broadcast Auction begins.
Jul. 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Report is due.

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