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Friday — October 8, 2021 — Issue No. 979

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This Week's Wireless News Headlines:

  • How to Fix Windows 11 Installation Error Code 0x8007007f
  • Microsoft Excel has finally solved one of its most annoying issues
  • Jony Ive Writes Touching Letter About Steve Jobs a Decade After His Passing
  • Data on Number of Radio Amateurs Worldwide Needs Updating
  • Raymond Clark Trott 1934 - 2021
  • Inside Towers
    • FCC Cleaning Up RDOF Fund Releasing Nearly $164 Million for Broadband
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Open Meeting
    • FCC Announces Best Practices for Equipment Disposal for Reimbursement Program Participants
    • FCC Proposes Voice Service Providers Block Robocalls to PSAPs on Do-Not-Call List
    • FCC Adopts NPRM on Network Resiliency
    • NCE FM New Station Construction Permit Applications Filing Window Opens Nov. 2, Closes Nov. 9
    • White Space Device Push Notification Waiver Extended through March 2022
    • Video Programming Providers Settle Accessibility Rule Violation Investigation for $3.5 Million
    • Clarification: Lifeline Non-Usage Rule Waived Until Nov. 30 in Areas Affected by Hurricane Ida Only
    • Auction 110 Begins
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
  • Technician's Corner
    • Oscilloscope Probe Tips
    • a-ha — “Take On Me” Remastered in 4K resolution


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Prism-IPX Systems  (Jim Nelson & John Bishop)
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC  (Ron Mercer)

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How to Fix Windows 11 Installation Error Code 0x8007007f

By Rafia Shaikh Oct 7, 2021 06:25 EDT

Microsoft surprised everyone with a slightly early release of Windows 11 this week. Similar to Windows 10, the new operating system can also be installed through Microsoft's Update Assistant, Windows Update, or using the ISO files.

However, the installation process is getting stuck for some early adopters, showing Windows 11 error code 0x8007007f. One user reported on Reddit getting this error repeatedly around 71% through the installation process. One way to address this issue is to reboot and start the process as admin, as recommended by several users:

  • Reboot and run as admin, Fixed it for me.
  • I had the same issue. I seen someone mention something about running as admin and it worked when I did it.
  • Same issue on Surface Laptop Go. Will try the admin trick.
  • Edit: Can confirm the issue at getting stuck at 71% was resolved by running the program with "Run as Administrator". No reboot needed.

Another Windows 11 user suggested:

  • Had to enable Secure Boot for me

If you are getting error code 0x8007007f during the Windows 11 installation process, trying the above workarounds. You can also choose to clean install using the Media Creation Tool to avoid this problem. The Windows 11 upgrade process is otherwise extremely fast and smooth, as most users have confirmed. Except for a couple of hiccups, Microsoft may have finally found a way to make the OS upgrade painless.

Source: wccftech  

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Microsoft Excel has finally solved one of its most annoying issues

By Mike Moore, October 8, 2021

Smoother scrolling in Excel at last

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One of the most frustrating parts of using Microsoft Excel could finally be over thanks to a new update to the software.

Microsoft has revealed it will be bringing support for smoother scrolling to its Excel Desktop app, hopefully resulting in a much better user experience.

The spreadsheet software update should mean an end to accidentally snapping to random unwanted cells, or losing track of all your vital data in the middle of an important work task.

Smooth scrolling

At the moment, Excel struggles with smooth scrolling, as the software looks to automatically highlight the cell in the top-left of your spreadsheet — an issue Microsoft admits is frustrating, and not particularly easy to fix.

"Though you might think this is an easy fix, simply requiring the alteration of a few lines of code, there’s actually a lot more to it," noted Microsoft engineer Steve Kraynak in a blog post outlining the change.

"In fact, we learned that this change affects many different aspects of Excel, including freezing panes, resizing rows, cutting and pasting, filtering, cell styles, comments, dragging and filling, and more."

The new smoother scrolling update has two parts — firstly, making scrolling smoother when using either the mouse wheel or the scrollbars (with Microsoft noting that touch screen and touch pad already scrolled smoothly).

Secondly (and more excitingly) you can now stop scrolling partway through a row or column, with Excel no longer making you go any further than you want.

Microsoft notes that users can try out a number of new features thanks to the update, including dragging the scroll bar to see how they can scroll with precision and stop anywhere they like.

The feature is available now to Insiders on Windows with Beta Channel or Current Channel Preview with Version 2109 (Build 14430.20000) or later, and be available to all Microsoft 365 Subscribers within the next few months.

Mike Moore

Mike Moore is News & Features Editor across both TechRadar Pro and ITProPortal. He has worked as a B2B and B2C tech journalist for nearly a decade, including at one of the UK's leading national newspapers, and when he's not keeping track of all the latest enterprise and workplace trends, can most likely be found watching, following or taking part in some kind of sport.



Tech Radar


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.

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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

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

Volunteers needed for translations into other languages.

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Jony Ive Writes Touching Letter About Steve Jobs a Decade After His Passing

Monday October 4, 2021 8:42 am PDT by Joe Rossignol Steve

Jobs passed away 10 years ago tomorrow, and in commemoration, Apple's former design chief Jony Ive has penned a remembrance of his friend and colleague for WSJ. Magazine. In his first public comments about Jobs since delivering his eulogy in 2011, Ive reflected on his memories of Jobs across nearly 15 years of working together.

"We had lunch together most days and spent our afternoons in the sanctuary of the design studio," wrote Ive. "Those were some of the happiest, most creative and joyful times of my life. I loved how he saw the world. The way he thought was profoundly beautiful."

Ive said that he and Jobs had a shared curiosity that formed the basis of a joyful collaboration. "He was without doubt the most inquisitive human I have ever met," wrote Ive.

"Steve was preoccupied with the nature and quality of his own thinking," said Ive. "He expected so much of himself and worked hard to think with a rare vitality, elegance and discipline. His rigor and tenacity set a dizzyingly high bar. When he could not think satisfactorily he would complain in the same way I would complain about my knees."

Ive believes that Jobs was not distracted by money or power and was instead driven to make something useful for humanity.

Ive left Apple in 2019 to create his own independent design firm LoveFrom with fellow designer and longtime friend Marc Newson, and he said that he still collaborates with Apple, without sharing any specific details. Ive also continues to work with Laurene Powell Jobs, who is focused on philanthropic work through her company Emerson Collective.

"When her brilliant and inquisitive children ask me about their dad I just cannot help myself," wrote Ive, about Powell Jobs' children. "I can talk happily for hours describing the remarkable man I loved so deeply."

Ive ended off with some very touching words:

Steve's last words to me were that he would miss talking together. I was sitting on the floor next to his bed, my back against the wall.

After he died, I walked out into the garden. I remember the sound of the latch on the wooden door as I gently pulled it closed.

In the garden, I sat and thought how talking often gets in the way of listening and thinking. Perhaps that is why so much of our time together was spent quietly.

I miss Steve desperately and I will always miss not talking with him.


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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.
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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.

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Data on Number of Radio Amateurs Worldwide Needs Updating

Posted date: October 04, 2021in: News The oft-cited figure of 3 million radio amateurs worldwide may need updating. That number was what the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) published in 2000 for the global head count. The IARU once regularly collected amateur radio population statistics, but stopped the practice around the point when the worldwide amateur radio population began to decline.

Data available elsewhere for a few major countries shows a steady decline in radio amateurs since 2000, with the exception of the US, where ham licenses — not necessarily licensees — number some 780,000 to date in 2021. Japan’s ham radio population has dropped by more than 600,000 over the past 2 decades; as of 2015, it was 435,581, according to JARL. China boasts more than 174,000 radio amateurs as of 2021. According to 2018 statistics, Thailand has 101,763 hams; the UK has 75,660, and Canada has 70,198.

But, the specific size of the worldwide amateur radio population remains open to speculation, although a 2021 figure of 1.75 million may be closer to the truth. — Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News

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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.

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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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Raymond Clark Trott 1934 - 2021

TROTT, Raymond Clark Born on February 28, 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts, Raymond Clark Trott passed away on August 27, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. Preceded in death by his parents Alice and Joseph Trott, and siblings Joe, Buddy, and Dottie, Ray leaves behind his beloved wife of 60 years, Eleanor, and daughters Roxanne Trott, Suzanne Hodek (husband Kent), and Sharlene Darden (husband Terry). He was the proud grandfather of Elizabeth Young (husband Jeff) and Matthew Darden, and great grandchildren Blake, Jeffrey ("JJ"), Zachary, and Everett ("Rhett"). Ray grew up in Braintree, Massachusetts and served in the United States Army, where he trained in radar technology. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1960, he began a career that would span 50 plus years in mobile communications, forming his own company, Trott Communications, in 1978, where he specialized in the design and implementation of mobile radio and cellular systems for many municipalities, as well as public and private corporations around the world. A pioneer and industry leader, he was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2010, served as a past president, director, and frequent master of ceremonies for Radio Club of America, and was a Life Senior Member of IEEE. Ray had a wonderful sense of humor and loved his travels with Eleanor, including a flight on the Concord, riding the Orient Express and their favorite destination, Hawaii. Ray had a deep compassion for animals; his beloved family pets were Countess, Hans, Wiley, Oscar, Bonnie and Chloe. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dallas SPCA.

Source: Dallas News Thanks to Frank Moorman

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We also offer NEW and refurbished Alphamate 250s, refurbished Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate refurbished, and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts, and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging! Outstanding service is our goal.

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

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Inside Towers Newsletter

Friday, October 8, 2021 Volume 9 | Issue 197

FCC Cleaning Up RDOF Fund Releasing Nearly $164 Million for Broadband

The FCC is ready to authorize a total of nearly $164 million to 42 providers in the second round of funding for new broadband deployments through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The Commission also continues to work to refocus the program to ensure that funding goes to unserved areas that need broadband.

In this funding wave, broadband providers will bring fiber-to-the-home gigabit broadband to approximately 65,000 locations in 21 states over the next 10 years. The Commission continues to closely review long-form applications of other winning bidders that were previously announced to ensure they meet the technical, financial, and operational capabilities to comply with program obligations.

In July, the Commission sent letters to 197 winning bidders offering providers an opportunity to withdraw their funding requests from places where there was evidence of service or where questions of waste have been raised. In response, many winning bidders have conducted new due diligence on the areas in question. Eighty-five winning bidders decided not to pursue buildout in 5,089 census blocks.

Long-form applicants identified above are required to submit acceptable irrevocable stand-by letter(s) of credit and Bankruptcy Code opinion letter(s) from their legal counsel for each state where they have winning bids that are ready to be authorized by 6 p.m. Eastern on October 22. Find instructions here.

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. 42 October 6, 2021  


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: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.


FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Open Meeting

On October 5, the FCC issued a Press Release announcing that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the October Open Commission Meeting scheduled for October 26:

  • Updating Digital Television Table of Allotments: an Order that will update the digital television Table of Allotments, and delete or revise rules rendered obsolete by the broadcast incentive auction and the digital television transition. (GN Docket No. 12-268)
  • Selecting Third Round of Applicants for Connected Care Pilot Program: a Public Notice announcing the third round of selections for the FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program to provide Universal Service Fund support for health care providers making connected care services available directly to patients. (WC Docket No. 18-213)
  • Disaster Communications Field Hearing: a virtual field hearing on communications recovery and resiliency during disasters. The FCC will hear testimony about communications issues during and following Hurricane Ida and other recent disasters.

Each summary above contains a link to the draft text of each item expected to be considered at this Open Meeting. However, it is possible that changes will be made before the Meeting. One-page cover sheets prepared by the FCC are included in the public drafts to help provide an additional summary.

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

FCC Announces Best Practices for Equipment Disposal for Reimbursement Program Participants

On September 30, the FCC issued a Public Notice providing guidance and voluntary best practices regarding the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program (Reimbursement Program) disposal and verification requirements to assist providers of advanced communications services participating in the Reimbursement Program. While the FCC found that the best practices set forth in this guidance comply with the requirements of the FCC’s rules, Reimbursement Program participants are free to choose alternative approaches to comply with the Reimbursement Program’s disposal and verification requirements. A copy of the guidance may be found here.

The FCC’s rules require Reimbursement Program participants to: (1) “dispose of the covered communications equipment and services in a manner to prevent the equipment or service from being used in the networks of other advanced communications service providers;” and (2) “retain documentation demonstrating compliance with this requirement.” The disposal “must result in the destruction of the covered communications equipment or service, making the covered communications equipment or service inoperable permanently,” and participants “must retain documentation demonstrating compliance with this requirement.” The FCC also specifically prohibited the “transfer of covered communications equipment or service to non-U.S. providers in an operable state that would allow for use of the equipment or service in another provider’s network, foreign or domestic.”

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

FCC Proposes Voice Service Providers Block Robocalls to PSAPs on Do-Not-Call List

On September 30, the FCC adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in which it proposes to require voice service providers to block robocalls made to 911 call center telephone numbers listed on a PSAP Do-Not-Call registry. Comment and reply comment deadlines have not yet been established.

The FCC is also seeking comment on several related questions, including the extent to which autodialed calls and text messages continue to be a problem for 911 call centers, as well as whether the number of unwanted calls and texts has significantly changed as a result of anti-robocall efforts since 2012, when the FCC first took steps to establish a PSAP Do-Not Call registry at Congress’ direction. Finally, the FCC is seeking comment on ways to protect PSAPs from cyber attacks and disruptions other than those conducted with robocalls.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

FCC Adopts NPRM on Network Resiliency

On October 1, the FCC released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing steps to improve the reliability and resiliency of communications networks during emergencies. Comment and reply comment deadlines have not yet been established.

Specifically, the NPRM seeks comment on whether elements of the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework (Framework) – a voluntary agreement developed by the wireless industry in 2016 to provide mutual aid in the event of a disaster – could be improved to enhance the reliability of communication networks. Proposed improvements to the Framework include expanding the circumstances under which the Framework is activated; expanding the scope of Framework participants; improving the participants’ commitment to roaming during disasters; and increasing local preparedness and consumer readiness.

The FCC asks what additional or revised measures are warranted to address gaps in promoting resiliency, such as including provisions regarding the placement of back-up systems, such as Cells on Light Trucks; whether the Framework include requirements for restoration or prioritization of text-to-911 capability in areas where the PSAP is text-capable; and whether the Framework include provisions that address backhaul redundancy and resiliency.

The FCC also seeks comment on whether it should require wireless providers to submit reports to the FCC detailing implementation of the voluntary Framework in real time or in the aftermath of a disaster.

The FCC also seeks comment on whether the public would benefit from codifying some or all of the Framework into its rules, and how the FCC can better promote situational awareness during disasters through its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) and Network Outage Reporting System (NORS).

Finally, the FCC seeks comments on communications resilience strategies to address one of the primary reasons for service disruptions: electric power outages.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

Law and Regulation

NCE FM New Station Construction Permit Applications Filing Window Opens Nov. 2, Closes Nov. 9

On October 4, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding potential applicants of the upcoming filing window for applications for noncommercial educational (NCE) FM new station construction permits. The window will open at 12:01 am EDT on November 2 and close at 6:00 pm EST on November 9. The window is available for FM reserved band (channels 201 –220) proposals. According to the Public Notice, the application window will be strictly enforced; applications submitted before November 2 or after the 6:00 pm EST November 9 deadline will be dismissed by public notice without further consideration.

In conjunction with this filing window, the FCC will not accept FM reserved band minor change applications or FM non-reserved band adjacent channels (channels 221 –223) and intermediate frequency (IF) (channels 254-274) minor change applications after 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 4. The freeze will continue in effect until the close of the window.

BloostonLaw Contact: Richard Rubino.

White Space Device Push Notification Waiver Extended through March 2022

On September 30, the FCC issued an Order extending the existing waiver of the push notification requirements in the FCC’s rules. The existing waiver was originally granted in 2017, and is set to expire on September 30, 2021.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC’s rules currently require a daily database re-check requirement for fixed and Mode II personal/portable devices and decided to also require that database administrators push information about changes in channel availability information to these devices in the areas where licensed wireless microphones will be used. When a database administrator receives a request for access to channels for licensed wireless microphone use, the database administrators must share the licensed wireless microphone’s channel registration information among themselves within ten minutes and push information about changes in channel availability for fixed and Mode II personal/portable white space devices within 20 minutes of receiving it, identifying for the white space devices other available channels that could be used instead.

White space devices for which a certification application is filed beginning June 23, 2016, or that are imported or marketed beginning September 23, 2016, were to incorporate a push notification capability. Previously approved white space devices that do not incorporate a push notification capability were to cease operation no later than December 23, 2016. In addition, the white space database administrators were to update their systems to implement push notification capabilities no later than December 23, 2016.

The waiver has been extended because petitions for reconsideration of these rules remain under consideration by the FCC and, according to the Order, the reasons supporting the original waiver remain valid.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

Video Programming Providers Settle Accessibility Rule Violation Investigation for $3.5 Million

On September 29, Pluto Inc. and its parent company, ViacomCBS Inc., entered into a settlement with the FCC regarding violations of the accessibility rules. In addition to paying a $3.5 million civil penalty, Pluto Inc. agreed to enter into a compliance plan to ensure that non-exempt video programming that Pluto streams over the Internet includes closed captioning in compliance with FCC rules.

According to a Press Release, the FCC’s investigation confirmed that Pluto failed to comply with the IP closed captioning rules when distributing video programming on numerous platforms used to disseminate Pluto TV. Additionally, the company failed to implement the closed captioning functionality requirements and make contact information available to users in order to submit written closed captioning complaints. The FCC found that as a result of Pluto’s actions, individuals with hearing disabilities were unable to access closed captioning when viewing Pluto TV over some platforms.

The IP-closed captioning rules apply broadly to the distributors, providers, and owners of IP-delivered video programming. The rules require the closed captioning of IP-delivered video programming and impose requirements on certain apparatus that receive or play back video programming (including certain recording devices). All nonexempt full-length video programming delivered using Internet Protocol must be provided with closed captions if the programming was previously shown on television in the United States with captions or is live programming being shown on television in the United States with captions.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.

Clarification: Lifeline Non-Usage Rule Waived Until Nov. 30 in Areas Affected by Hurricane Ida Only

In last week’s edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, we reported that 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.

However, early last month, the FCC issued an Order temporarily waiving (through November 30) the Lifeline non-usage rules for subscribers residing in “Affected Disaster Areas.” The Order identifies the “Affected Disaster Areas” as the areas in Louisiana and Mississippi designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as eligible for Individual or Public Assistance, which includes all parishes and counties in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The waiver applies only to subscribers residing in the Affected Disaster Areas; subscribers in all other areas are subject to the non-usage rule as previously reported.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Sal Taillefer.


Auction 110 Begins

On October 5, the FCC’s Auction 110 — a mid-band spectrum auction to support next generation wireless services, including 5G, in the 3.45 GHz band — began, with the first bidding phase opening at 10 a.m. ET. Auction 110 will make available 100 megahertz of contiguous mid-band spectrum for commercial use. License winners will operate within a cooperative sharing framework designed to enable commercial use by an array of service providers, while also ensuring that federal incumbents are still protected from harmful interference where and when they require continued access to the band.

As required by law, auction proceeds must cover 110% of the expected sharing and relocation costs for federal users currently operating in the band — in this case $14,775,354,330, based on a January 14, 2021 estimate from NTIA.

“We are moving with record speed and collaboration to free up more mid-band spectrum for 5G,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “These airwaves are a critical part of unlocking the 5G promise everywhere in the country. I want to thank the FCC staff who have worked so hard to start this auction this year. And I want to thank our partners at NTIA and the Department of Defense for working with us to free up this spectrum for 5G.”


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.

DECEMBER 1: FCC FORM 323, BIENNIAL OWNERSHIP REPORT. In odd numbered years, all licensees of commercial AM, FM, and full power television broadcast stations, as well as Licensees of Class A Television and Low Power Television (LPTV) stations, must file FCC Form 323 December 1. The information in each ownership report shall be current as of October 1 of the year in which the ownership report is filed.

In the case of organizational structures that include holding companies or other forms of indirect ownership, a separate FCC Form 323 must be filed for each entity in the organizational structure that has an attributable interest in the licensee. If a licensee holds multiple station licenses and the information submitted on the licensee’s ownership report is equally applicable to each such license, the licensee may file a single Form 323 listing all such licenses. Similarly, if a non-licensee holds attributable interests in multiple licensees and the information submitted on that entity’s ownership report is equally applicable to each such licensee and all licenses, that entity may file a single Form 323 listing all such licensees and licenses. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any entity that both (1) is a licensee and (2) holds attributable interests in one or more licensees must file two ownership reports – one as a licensee and one as a non-licensee.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino.

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Calendar At-a-Glance

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. 2 – NCE FM New Station Construction Permit Application filing window opens.
Nov. 4 – Reply comments on Broadband MTE proceeding are due.
Nov. 9 – Comments on Farm Bill are due.
Nov. 9 – NCE FM New Station Construction Permit Application filing window closes.
Nov. 15 – Deadline to submit information on status of robocall traceback efforts.
Nov. 30 – Lifeline Non-usage Waiver for areas affected by Hurricane Ida ends.

Dec. 1 – Form 323 (Biennial Ownership Report) is due.

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