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Friday — October 1, 2021 — Issue No. 978

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This Week's Wireless News Headlines:

  • Instagram users can now join group chats in Messenger
  • Apple Releases Rare ‘Device Support Update’ for macOS Big Sur
  • Microsoft announces Office 2021 features and pricing
  • FCC aggressively moves to block spam calls
  • Audiophiles, How's Your Hearing?
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Votes to Update Network Telecom Outage Reporting Rules
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Calls From Providers Not Listed in Robocall Mitigation Database Must Now Be Blocked
    • BloostonLaw Assists Client in Securing Partial Waiver of FCC HUBB Reporting Deadline
    • Supply Chain Reimbursement Program Filing Window Opens October 29, Closes January 14
    • FCC Reminds Providers of Robocall Blocking Deadline; Announces Email Update List
    • COVID-19 Lifeline Waivers Extended to December 31
    • Senators Endorse Rosenworcel for FCC Chair
    • FCC Seeks Information on Status of Private-Led Robocall Traceback Efforts
    • FCC Announces Precision Ag Task Force Meeting on October 14
    • Deadlines
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Year End Reminder: Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
    • Alarm Industry, Others Urge FCC to Extend 3G Sunset to Prevent Loss of Safety-Related Radio Operations
    • FCC Enforcement Advisory — Don’t Use FCC-Regulated Radio Frequencies for Criminal Activities
    • LMCC Seeks Resolution of the FCC’s List of Protected DTV Stations Due to T-Band Interference Concerns
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
  • Technician's Corner
    • RJ-45 Assembly Guide
    • Tuba Skinny At Fitzgerald's Nightclub


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Instagram users can now join group chats in Messenger

Instagram DMs also gain polls, chat themes and more.

S. Dent @stevetdent September 30th, 2021


After introducing cross-messaging between Messenger and Instagram last year, Facebook has made it more useful with the addition of cross-app group chats. With the new feature, you'll be able to start a group chats and loop in both Messenger and Instagram contacts. In addition, you'll be able to run Messenger-style polls in both Instagram DMs and cross-app group chats if your group needs to decide whether to get pizza, tacos or both, for instance (both, obviously).

Meanwhile, Instagram gets an exclusive new feature called "Watch Together." To use it, you just start a video chat within Instagram, scroll to the post you want to share then click on the share button and "Watch Together." Instagram has added some new content from Steve Aoki, Travis Barker and Cardi B.

Other new additions include group typing indicators available in cross-app group chats for both Messenger and in Instagram DMs. Facebook also brought in new chat themes for Messenger and Instagram DMs, including "Cottagecore" and a theme centered around Columbian singer J Balvin. There's also a new Astrology art suite, with an Astrology group chat theme, AR effect and sticker pack. The new features roll out for Messenger and Instagram today.

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Apple Releases Rare ‘Device Support Update’ for macOS Big Sur

Posted by Chandraveer Mathur on Sep 30, 2021 in macOS Big Sur

On Thursday, Apple has released a new “Device Support Update” for macOS Big Sur, disrupting its usual update schedule. There’s no official change-log from the company about it this year, but it pertains to updating and restoring iOS and iPadOS backups.

Interestingly, this update isn’t listed on Apple’s Big Sur support page but the release notes state that “this update ensures proper updating and restoring for iOS and iPadOS devices with a Mac.”

Apple did not explain the improvements delivered by this update in great detail. It is reasonable to speculate that since the iPhone 13, iPad mini 6, and iPad 9 debuted recently, the update is related to them. The update’s size is 195.6MB and we suggest you install it if you use your Mac to take backups of your iPhone or iPad.

To install the update, navigate to System Preferences > Software Updates. Here, select the new Device Support Update and click Install Now. The installation should not take more than a few minutes and unlike macOS OS updates, you won’t need to restart your Mac after the process completes.

The last time Apple interrupted the regular macOS update cycle with a Device Support Update was in 2019. That update was related to “proper updating and restoring for iOS devices using iTunes for Mac.


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Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz

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

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

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

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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Microsoft announces Office 2021 features and pricing

Office 2021 arrives on October 5th

By Tom Warren@tomwarren Oct 1, 2021, 10:40am EDT

Microsoft is launching Office 2021 on October 5th, and the company is finally detailing the features and pricing today. Office 2021 will be the next standalone version of Microsoft’s Office suite, designed for businesses and consumers who want to avoid the subscription version of Office.

Office Home and Student 2021 will be priced at $149.99 and include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams for PC and Mac. Office Home and Business 2021 is priced at $249.99 and will include everything in the Home version and Outlook for PC and Mac, alongside the rights to use all of the Office apps for business purposes.

Office 2021 will include the collaboration features found in Microsoft 365 versions of Office, with real-time co-authoring, OneDrive support, and even Microsoft Teams integration. Office 2021 will also include the new Office design that has a refreshed ribbon interface, rounded corners, and a neutral color palette that all matches the UI changes in Windows 11.

Microsoft is also adding in some Microsoft 365 features to Office 2021, including modern Excel features, PowerPoint improvements, better inking in Office apps, and Outlook translation support. Here are all the new Office 2021 features:


  • XLOOKUP function — helps find things in a table or range by row in an Excel worksheet.
  • Dynamic array support - new functions in Excel that use dynamic arrays.
  • LET function — an Excel feature that lets you assign names to calculation results.
  • XMATCH function — this searches for a specified item in an array or range of cells and returns the item’s relative position.
  • OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3 support
  • Updated Draw tab
  • Performance improvements


  • Record Slide Show — this new PowerPoint feature includes presenter video recording, ink recording and laser pointer recording.
  • Replay your ink strokes — if you’re using ink in PowerPoint, you can now replay illustrations as they were drawn.
  • Arrange elements on your slides for screen readers — this lets you re-arrange elements to optimize them for screen readers.
  • OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3 support
  • Updated Draw tab
  • Performance improvements


  • Translator and ink — You can now annotate emails, draw in a canvas for messages, or translate emails into more than 70 languages.
  • Instant search — search results are now instant, with more ways to refine and filter results.
  • Performance improvements


  • OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3 support
  • Updated Draw tab
  • Performance improvements

Office 2021 will be available on October 5th, alongside the launch of Windows 11. Microsoft says Office 2021 is supported on Windows 11, Windows 10, and the three most recent versions of macOS.


The Verge


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

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

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

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

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

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INTERNET Protocol Terminal

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

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

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

Additional/Optional Features

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

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Paging Data Receiver PDR-4

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

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

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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FCC aggressively moves to block spam calls

The Federal Communications Commission is stopping some shady telecom company users from making robocalls—or any other kind of call.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Networking | October 1,

Yesterday, I had a dozen — count 'em a dozen — spam calls. My carrier, Verizon, does a good job of marking most of them as spam, but it's not perfect. Some calls get through. Now, if I were like most of you, I'd just ignore any call from an unknown number. Alas, I'm not. I'm a journalist, so I sometimes get calls that I must take from numbers I've never seen before. Sometimes you must do that too. But, now the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finally putting a stop to many spammers.

The FCC is doing this by forbidding legitimate telecom companies from taking calls originating from voice service providers whose certification doesn't appear in the FCC's Robocall Mitigation Database. This means "voice service providers will be prohibited from directly accepting that provider's traffic."

Technically that works because telecoms must now block traffic from "voice service providers that have neither certified to implementation of STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication standards nor filed a detailed robocall mitigation plan with the FCC." Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR)/ Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using toKENs (SHAKEN) is Caller-ID on steroids — it's a protocol for authenticating phone calls with the help of cryptographic certificates. It's meant to make certain that when someone calls you, the name showing up on Caller ID really is the person calling. It also lets your phone company know, in theory, who's responsible for a specific call. STIR/SHAKEN works with both landline and cellular networks.

Acting FCC Chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel said, "The FCC is using every tool we can to combat malicious robocalls and spoofing — from substantial fines on bad actors to policy changes to technical innovations like STIR/SHAKEN. Today's deadline establishes a very powerful tool for blocking unlawful robocalls. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect consumers against scammers who flood our homes and businesses with spoofed robocalls."

Much as I'd like to think that this would drop my spam call count to zero, I know better. For example, while digital telecoms must now be using STIR/SHAKEN, old-school.

Older time-division multiplexing (TDM)/public switched telephone network (PTSN) based networks are still grandfathered in. The FCC requires that "providers using older forms of network technology [must] either upgrade their networks to IP or actively work to develop a caller ID authentication solution." Still, no date has been set for this changeover.

In addition, as Brad Reaves, North Carolina State University professor of computer science, warned in a Marketplace interview, "There are just too many loopholes and ways to bypass this system." These include smaller voice providers that still aren't required to implement STIR/SHAKEN. Besides that, some providers provide US phone service to people living outside the country. They're not required to participate in STIR/SHAKEN either.

Still, this new FCC move is a step forward. Will it end up substantially reducing spam calls? We'll soon know if our phones finally stop ringing non-stop with junk calls. We live in hope.

Source: ZDNet      

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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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Audiophiles, How's Your Hearing?




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

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Inside Towers Newsletter

Friday, October 1, 2021 Volume 9 | Issue 192

FCC Votes to Update Network Telecom Outage Reporting Rules

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

The FCC wants to improve cell network resiliency during natural disasters as well as its own communications reporting system. That’s why the Commissioners voted 4-0 on Thursday to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on these topics as well as strategies to mitigate the effect of power outages on communications networks.

The NPRM seeks comment on proposed improvements to the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, a voluntary industry agreement that includes mutual aid during disasters. One of those questions is whether broadband service outages should be reported in the agency’s mandatory Network Outage Reporting System.

Both Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and Commissioner Brendan Carr went to Louisiana this week to see damage from Hurricane Ida. Carr said at one 911 call center they visited, messages poured in from residents during the hurricane. One message read: “Water in house. Stuck in attic,” he said during the vote. He’s hopeful for changes that would ensure “seamless” call roaming during disasters and deepen coordination between power and telecom repair crews, noting accidental fiber cuts still happen during restoration.

Commissioner Geoffrey Starks supports making carrier participation in the agency’s Disaster Information Recovery System (DIRS) mandatory. “During a disaster, DIRS provides a wealth of actionable information that can shape the local, state, and federal response. Today, we don’t always know if a carrier is not reporting because it has chosen not to or because it has sustained damage that makes the company unable to report,” he said. Expanded participation would make DIRS more valuable, Starks believes.

The NPRM also brings attention to back-up power. “During the 2020 earthquakes in Puerto Rico, the overwhelming majority of cell-site outages resulted from power loss, not damage to facilities. The same was true this year after Hurricane Ida,” Starks noted.

Rosenworcel said she and Carr drove from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. “Along the way we saw cruel reminders of the storm and the great damage wind and water can do—mangled store signs and piles of refuse still being cleared away.”

The agency sent personnel to Louisiana ahead of the storm and to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Response Coordination Center in Dallas, Texas, to support spectrum management, perform damage assessments, and prioritize recovery efforts. It provided assistance to 911 call centers, carriers, broadcasters and State Emergency Operations Centers. The Commission set up what Rosenworcel called the “first-of-its kind team” to address coordination with utilities to prevent accidental fiber cuts during debris removal and restoration” and helped coordinate the transport of communications equipment, fuel, and other resources to help fill communications gaps.

“Communications companies worked long and hard to restore critical services,” noted the Acting Chair. “All of this made a difference. More than 98 percent of the cell sites in the affected counties have been restored. Other outages trended downward as fast as power was restored.”

But the FCC must still understand where communications fell short, where recovery took too long, and what changes can be made to make our networks more resilient before the next “unthinkable event” occurs, according to Rosenworcel. That’s why it’s seeking comments on ways to improve communications reliability during disasters.

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. 41 September 29, 2021  

Calls From Providers Not Listed in Robocall Mitigation Database Must Now Be Blocked

On September 28, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding carriers that the deadline for blocking phone traffic from voice service providers that have neither certified to implementation of STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication standards nor filed a detailed robocall mitigation plan with the FCC has arrived. Going forward, if a voice service provider’s certification and other required information does not appear in the FCC’s Robocall Mitigation Database, intermediate providers and voice service providers will be prohibited from directly accepting that provider’s traffic. See the full article below for more.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Sal Taillefer.


BloostonLaw Assists Client in Securing Partial Waiver of FCC HUBB Reporting Deadline

On September 28, the FCC issued an Order granting in part a petition for waiver filed by Nucla Naturita Telephone Company (NNTC) of the deadline to certify certain buildout data to the High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal by March 1, 2019. With the assistance of BloostonLaw, NNTC was able to establish good cause for the FCC to waive its rules.

Per BloostonLaw partner Sal Taillefer, the waiver request established that NNTC’s non-compliance was the result of a simple administrative oversight that resulted in the timely uploading, but not certification, of a number of locations amounting to a substantial portion of NNTC’s buildout requirements under the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) revised offer. The FCC’s Order agreed, and found that strict compliance with its rules did not serve the public interest because, among other things, NNTC timely uploaded the location data to the HUBB (despite not certifying it).

BloostonLaw can help clients to deal with HUBB compliance, as well as the FCC’s Performance Measure Module compliance.

BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.

Supply Chain Reimbursement Program Filing Window Opens October 29, Closes January 14

On September 24, the FCC released Public Notice announcing that that the application filing window for the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program (Reimbursement Program) will open on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 12:00 AM ET and close on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. BloostonLaw attorneys are available to assist clients interested in participating in the Reimbursement Program.

The FCC also released a Frequently Asked Questions document and an infographic related to its Supply Chain Reimbursement Program. The FAQ can be found here, and the infographic can be found here. It is important to note that any information, guidance, or advice provided in these documents is considered informal guidance and should not be considered a final or binding FCC determination by FCC staff.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 (Secure Networks Act), as amended, required the FCC to establish the Reimbursement Program to reimburse providers of advanced communications services with ten million or fewer customers for costs incurred in the removal, replacement, and disposal of covered communications equipment or services from their networks that pose a national security risk. Covered communication equipment or services eligible for Reimbursement Program support is limited to the communications equipment or services produced or provided by Huawei Technologies Company (Huawei) or ZTE Corporation (ZTE), that were obtained by providers on or before June 30, 2020.

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

FCC Reminds Providers of Robocall Blocking Deadline; Announces Email Update List

On September 28, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding voice service providers and intermediate service providers that, effective immediately, these providers may only accept calls directly from a voice service provider if that voice service provider has filed in the Robocall Mitigation Database certifying whether and to what extent it has implemented the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework. The FCC also announced the availability of an email subscription service to notify subscribers of additions, deletions, and revisions to filings in the Robocall Mitigation Database.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, beginning September 28, 2021, terminating voice service providers and intermediate providers may not accept calls directly from an originating voice service provider not listed in the Robocall Mitigation Database. The FCC originally adopted the rule in September of 2020. On April 20, 2021, the Bureau released a Public Notice announcing this deadline and thereby establishing September 28, 2021 as the date on which the blocking obligation goes into effect. Voice service providers that are not listed in the Robocall Mitigation Database as of this date will have their calls blocked by voice service providers and intermediate providers to which they directly send their traffic.

The FCC also announced that it has made available an email subscription service to notify subscribers of updates to the Robocall Mitigation Database. This service will provide notification of newly added or deleted filings in the database, as well as changes to a provider’s “Business Name” found in its earlier filing. The purpose of these is to allow terminating voice service providers and intermediate providers to keep track of what entities are in the Robocall Mitigation Database without manually reviewing the database for changes.

According to the Public Notice, the list may be joined by logging on to the database portal and, on the personalized welcome page, clicking the “Subscribe to weekly updates” link located toward the middle of the page. By signing up for this email subscription, providers will then receive a new email every Tuesday at 11 AM EST listing modifications to the Robocall Mitigation Database over the preceding 7 calendar days.

Providers with questions about the Database, the related prohibition on delivering calls from unlisted providers, or joining the email list may contact the firm for more information.

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

Law and Regulation

COVID-19 Lifeline Waivers Extended to December 31

On September 22, 2021, the FCC released a waiver extending previous Lifeline waivers set to expire on September 30, 2021, through December 31, 2021. Specifically, waivers governing recertification, reverification, general de-enrollment, and income documentation are extended through December 31, 2021, for all applicable Lifeline participants. Additionally, the waiver regarding documentation requirements for subscribers residing in rural areas on Tribal lands is also extended through December 31, 2021.

Per USAC, from now through December 31, 2021:

  • Recertification requirements are on hold for all subscribers with anniversary dates between April 14, 2020 and March 31, 2022. Affected subscribers will only need to recertify once in calendar year 2022.
  • Reverification requirements are on hold.
  • Consumers will continue to have flexibility related to the documentation they can use to demonstrate income eligibility.
  • Service providers can continue to provide Lifeline service to eligible Lifeline consumers living in rural areas on Tribal lands even before those consumers have submitted certain supporting documentation to complete their Lifeline application; however, those subscribers cannot be claimed until they have an approved National Verifier application.
  • USAC will continue to temporarily accept driver’s licenses or state identification cards that have expired on or after March 1, 2020, when needed to complete any Lifeline applications.

As a reminder, the FCC allowed its waiver of the Lifeline usage requirement expire on May 1. As of that date, ETCs were once again required to send notice to Lifeline subscribers who have not used their service in the previous 30 days and notify those subscribers that they have 15 days to cure their non-usage.

BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.

Senators Endorse Rosenworcel for FCC Chair

On September 22, a group of twenty-five Senators — twenty-four Democrats and one Independent – sent a letter to President Joe Biden’s office urging the President to appoint Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel as permanent Chair of the Commission. The Senators wrote, “We represent 17 states and a wide range of political and policy views, but one thing we have in common is a belief that there is no better qualified or more competent person to lead the FCC at this important time than Acting Chair Rosenworcel.” At the same time, the Senators cautioned that, “further delays will unnecessarily imperil our shared goal of achieving ubiquitous broadband connectivity.”

Signing the letter was Sens Joe Manchin (D-WV), Angus King (I-ME), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jacky Rosen, (D-NV), Tina Smith, (D-MN), Jon Tester (D-MT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, and Sal Taillefer.


FCC Seeks Information on Status of Private-Led Robocall Traceback Efforts

On September 23, the FCC issued a Public Notice requesting voice service providers and the registered consortium, USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group (Traceback Group), to submit any information on the topics the Commission is required to address in its annual report on the state of private led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls. The reporting period for this request is from November 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021. Carriers interested in submitting information must do so by November 15, 2021.

The Commission is required by the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act to seek additional information from voice service providers and the registered consortium about private-led traceback efforts, and to publish an annual report on the status of those efforts. Information relating to the following topics is requested:

  • A description of private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls by the registered consortium and the actions taken by the registered consortium to coordinate with the Commission.
  • A list of voice service providers identified by the registered consortium that participated in private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls through the registered consortium.
  • A list of each voice service provider that received a request from the registered consortium to participate in private led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls and refused to participate, as identified by the registered consortium.
  • The reason, if any, each voice service provider identified by the registered consortium provided for not participating in private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls.
  • A description of how the Commission may use the information provided to the Commission by voice service providers or the registered consortium that have participated in private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls in the enforcement efforts by the Commission.

The Commission originally sought comment on these efforts in July, but misstated the relevant period. This Public Notice supersedes the July Public Notice.

BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.

FCC Announces Precision Ag Task Force Meeting on October 14

On September 23, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the next meeting of the Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States (Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force or Task Force). The meeting will be held Thursday, October 14, beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT. According to the Public Notice, at this meeting the Task Force will hear updates from the Working Group leadership and discuss recommendations, but this agenda may be modified at the discretion of the Task Force Chair and the Designated Federal Officer.

The meeting will be wholly electronic and is open to the public on the Internet via live feed from the FCC’s web page at


SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM. Each year on September 30, multi-channel video program distributors (“MVPDs”) must file with the FCC an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. Users must access the FCC’s electronic filing system via the Internet in order to submit the form; it will not be accepted if filed on paper unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver of the electronic filing requirement. Certain MVPDs also will be required to complete portions of the Supplemental Investigation Sheet (“SIS”) located at the end of the Form. These MVPDs are specifically identified in a Public Notice each year by the FCC.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.

SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 611-T, DESIGNATED ENTITY REPORT. Each year on September 30, entities that won licenses at auction with bid credits must file a combined 611-T Designated Entity report for any licenses still subject to the “unjust enrichment” rule, which requires licensees to maintain their eligibility for small business and rural service provider bid credits for the first five years of the license term.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

OCTOBER 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. (CARRIERS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IDA ONLY). This deadline was extended from September 1 due to Hurricane Ida. Carriers affected by Hurricane Ida. Filers in Louisiana and Mississippi designated as eligible for Individual or Public Assistance for the purposes of federal disaster relief as of September 3 have until October 1.

Three types of entities must file this form.

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

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

OCTOBER 15: 911 RELIABILITY CERTIFICATION. Covered 911 Service Providers, which are defined as entities that “[p]rovide[] 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location information (ALI), automatic number identification (ANI), or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a public safety answering point (PSAP), statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority,” or that “[o]perate[] one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP,” are required certify that they have taken reasonable measures to provide reliable 911 service with respect to three substantive requirements: (i) 911 circuit diversity; (ii) central office backup power; and (iii) diverse network monitoring by October 15. Certifications must be made through the FCC’s portal.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Mary Sisak and Sal Taillefer.

NOVEMBER 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual Form 499-A that is due April 1.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and John Prendergast.

Calendar At-a-Glance

Sep. 30 – FCC Form 396-C (MVPD EEO Program Annual Report).
Sep. 30 – FCC Form 611T Designated Entity Report due for Licenses subject to Unjust Enrichment rule

Oct. 1 – FCC Form 477 due for providers affected by Hurricane Ida.
Oct. 8 – TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund Reimbursement Forms due for Phase 1-5 broadcasters.
Oct. 12 – Comments are due on Unmanned Aircraft System Use of 5GHz Band.
Oct. 15 – 911 Reliability Certification
Oct. 20 – Comments on Broadband MTE proceeding are due.
Oct. 21 – Notice of C-Band Operation for Earth Stations is due.
Oct. 25 – Reply comments are due on Unmanned Aircraft System Use of 5GHz Band.
Oct. 29 – Supply Chain Reimbursement application filing window opens.

Nov. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Nov. 4 – Reply comments on Broadband MTE proceeding are due.
Nov. 9 – Comments on Farm Bill are due.
Nov. 15 – Deadline to submit information on status of robocall traceback efforts.

  BloostonLaw Private Users Update Vol. 21, No. 9 September 2021  

Year End Reminder: Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval

We want to remind our clients that many types of reorganizations, estate planning and tax savings activities and other transactions require prior FCC approval; and given the frequent need to implement such transactions by the end of the year, companies engaging in such transactions should immediately determine whether they must file an application for FCC approval, and obtain a grant, before closing on a year-end deal. Transactions requiring prior FCC approval include (but are not limited to):

  • The distribution of stock to family members in connection with estate planning, tax and other business activities, if there are changes to the control levels discussed above;
  • Any sale of a company that holds FCC licenses;
  • Any sale, transfer or lease of an FCC license;
  • A change in the form of organization from a corporation to an LLC, or vice versa, even though such changes may not be regarded as a change in entity under state law.
  • Any transfer of stock that results in a shareholder attaining a 50% or greater ownership level, or a shareholder relinquishing a 50% or greater ownership level;
  • Any transfers of stock, partnership or LLC interests that would have a cumulative effect on 50% or more of the ownership, even if done as a series of smaller sales or distributions.
  • The creation of a holding company or trust to hold the stock of an FCC license holder;
  • The creation of new classes of stockholders that affect the control structure of an FCC license holder.
  • Certain minority ownership changes (e.g., transfer of a minority stock interest, giving the recipient extraordinary voting rights or powers through officer or board positions).
  • The conversion of a corporate entity or partnership into another form of organization under state law – e.g., from corporation to LLC or partnership to LLP and vice versa.

Fortunately, transactions involving many types of licenses can often be approved on an expedited basis. But this is not always the case, especially if bidding credits and/or commercial wireless spectrum licenses are involved. Also, in some instances Section 214 authority may be required, especially in the case of wireline and other telephony services. Clients planning year-end transactions should contact us as soon as possible to determine if FCC approval is needed.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

Alarm Industry, Others Urge FCC to Extend 3G Sunset to Prevent Loss of Safety-Related Radio Operations

A variety of customers using AT&T’s 3G cellular service have filed comments with the FCC, reinforcing the need for an extension of AT&T’s planned 3G shutdown on February 22, 2022. Industries engaged in safety-related activities indicate that they face dire consequences unless there is an extension of the 3G service. This harm would be brought about because the COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant delays in being able to replace 3G alarm radios for more than one year, and the worldwide microchip shortage has compounded the problem considerably. And just as it seemed the world was getting past COVID-19 shutdowns and social distancing, the Delta variant is reigniting those concerns. The FCC is being asked to order such relief, given the extraordinary circumstances faced by the alarm industry and others.

The record in the FCC proceeding about this issue shows millions of safety related devices depend on the 3G network, besides alarm systems: “Ankle bracelet” monitors to track violent offenders; vehicle collision avoidance systems; vehicle roadside assistance systems; elevator emergency phones; and emergency radios for “lone worker” situations in the agriculture, oil and gas industries. Zonar Systems, a provider of smart fleet management solutions, reports that over 100,000 school buses and countless other vehicles in critical fields still rely on 3G services for safety, compliance with federal mandates and logistics management; and the National Association for Pupil Transport supports Zonar’s filing. These industries are asking for a ten-month extension in order to have time to replace legacy 3G radios with 4G devices, once replacement devices become available in sufficient numbers. In assessing the public interest balance of this matter, the FCC must consider the risk of true safety implications for millions of displaced users, due in large part to a pandemic and related microchip shortage that no one could have reasonably foreseen. Comments point out that weighing against these adverse safety consequences is only AT&T’s desire to bring to a small fraction of its customers a “more robust” 5G service in less populated areas where it has not deployed its 5G+ spectrum, even though 5G on the 850 MHz cellular spectrum will only give the customer a marginally better experience than the existing 4G LTE service; and in the event of a weak or blocked 5G signal, these customers will default automatically to AT&T’s robust 4G service, or the taxpayer-funded FirstNet LTE network to which AT&T has unique access. Commenters point out that cell customers have been slow to move to 5G devices so far.

Any clients that may be adversely affected by the AT&T 3G sunset may submit ex parte comments to the FCC until the Commission schedules a vote on the matter.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell

FCC Enforcement Advisory — Don’t Use FCC-Regulated Radio Frequencies for Criminal Activities

The FCC should not have to say this, but apparently, it has become an issue — and would apply to facilities in the Part 90 Land Mobile Services as well. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has issued an Advisory to remind licensees in the Amateur Radio Service and operators in the Personal Radio Service that the Commission prohibits the use of radios to commit or facilitate criminal acts or any action that is contrary to federal, state or local law. The FCC has made clear that use of radio for illegal purposes could subject the licensee or operator to sever penalties, including significant fines, seizure of equipment, and in some cases, criminal prosecution.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

LMCC Seeks Resolution of the FCC’s List of Protected DTV Stations Due to T-Band Interference Concerns

The Land Mobile Communications Council (“LMCC”) has issued a letter to the FCC’s Media Bureau regarding television stations and land mobile stations that share UHF television channels 14-20 (“T-Band”) in eleven of the top markets in the United States. LMCC notes in its letter that while the FCC recently lifted its 8-year freeze on applications for incumbent licensees in the T-Band, a number of licensing complications have developed that have resulted in few licenses being granted.

The T-Band issues to be resolved include adoption of standards to protect DVT stations. This is complicated since (a) land mobile stations in the T-Band currently use old analog protection standards, (b) some DTV stations are short-spaced to land mobile markets and (c) land mobile users are required to protect stations that have been dark for many years. While LMCC recognizes that some issues will require further study, and potentially a rule making proceeding to resolve, it believes that the issue arising out of the FCC’s Public Notice that listed televisions stations requiring protection from land mobile stations in each of the 11 markets can be resolved immediately. This list included 33 instances where protection would be required of a DTV stations’ virtual channel rather than its actual transmit channel. Additionally, LMCC noted that in some circumstances, the geographic coordinates listed in the public notice were inconsistent with the actual coordinates on the licenses.

LMCC has pointed out that virtual channels do not require protection as they are not related to the frequencies actually used by the television station to transmit their signal. As a result, LMCC has taken the position that the virtual channels and the associated stations should be removed from the list. Finally, LMCC has also requested that the FCC’s list be updated to reflect the correct geographic coordinates where errors exist. These changes are important because an accurate list will ensure proper protection to both DTV stations and any affected land mobile stations.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino

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