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Friday — August 12, 2022 — Issue No. 1,023

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This Week's Wireless News Headlines

  • Cable Finally Loses Broadband Market Share in Q2 with First Negative Growth Quarter Ever
  • Brightspeed, Ziply weigh in on the true cost of fiber
  • FCC considers new rules for emerging space capabilities
  • Fast Fiber Networks Have Quietly Won the Broadband War
  • Man who built ISP instead of paying Comcast $50K expands to hundreds of homes
    • Why the FCC Rejected Starlink, LTD Requests for RDOF Subsidies
    • REMINDER: Both Form 477 and BDC Filings are Due September 1
    • ReConnect 4 Rules Set Up Potential Overbuild for RDOF Winners
    • FCC, NTIA Sign New Memorandum of Understanding on Spectrum Coordination
    • FCC Releases Latest Form 477 Data
    • FCC Fines Equipment Vendor $685k For Failure to Comply with Marketing Rules
    • USAC To Hold Lifeline Claim Seminar on August 10
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Who Is BloostonLaw
    • Tyler Bufkin
    • The BaMaKey TP-III miniature Morse Code paddles/key by BaMaTech
    • “Loser”
    • Erika Lewis


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.

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Cable Finally Loses Broadband Market Share in Q2 with First Negative Growth Quarter Ever

By Daniel Frankel published about 21 hours ago The top seven U.S. cable companies collectively lost over 60,000 subscribers from April - June

(Image credit: Carlos. E. Serrano/Getty Images)

The top seven U.S. cable companies experienced a first from April to June — they lost broadband customers in a quarter, 60,239 of them, according to Leichtman Research Group's quarterly tally of the U.S. wireline Internet business.

No. 1 MSO Comcast was flat in high-speed Internet growth in Q2, while No. 2 company Charter Communications bled 21,000 customers and No. 3 company Altice USA lost 39,600 of them.

According to LRG principal Bruce Leichtman, the lowest customer growth figure for wireline broadband that he can remember occurring in the last 20 years of tracking this business was the second quarter of 2009, the height of the Great Recession, when the leading MSOs only added 250,000 subs.

For the first time that Next TV can recall, cable operators lost market share in the U.S. wireline business, slipping from 68.7% at the end of June compared to 69.6% after the second quarter of 2021.

The new LRG tally highlights an abrupt braking for the U.S. cable industry, which grew customers by a record 1.4 million in Q2 2020, with quarantined customers outfitting their homes with broadband service en masse. Cable operators added over 843,000 HSI subscribers in the second quarter of 2021. (Note, LRG's tally is pro forma, given the changes to the individual companies in the consolidating telecom industry.)

What's changed?

Not so much the proliferation of fiber wireline by the telcos — they lost nearly 85,000 broadband users in Q2.

Certainly, the emergence of fixed wireless access factored in — T-Mobile and Verizon are seeing steady gains for their FWA services, which together picked up 816,000 subs in Q2.

“Over the past year, there were about 3,260,000 net broadband adds, with fixed wireless services accounting for 56% of them," Leichtman said.

Perhaps more than anything, saturation in wireline broadband is occurring, with fixed services reaching as far as they feasibly can into rural regions.

Overall fixed broadband services from the leading companies covering more than 95% of the U.S. market added around 670,000 customers in Q2 vs. over 890,000 in the same period last year. In 2020, the Q2 figure was 1.24 million added customers, with telco losses offsetting some of cable's massive gains.

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Daniel Frankel
Daniel Frankel is the managing editor of Next TV, an Internet publishing vertical focused on the business of video streaming. A Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered the media and technology industries for more than two decades, Daniel has worked on staff for publications including E! Online, Electronic Media, Mediaweek, Variety, paidContent and GigaOm.
Source: NEXT|TV  

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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Brightspeed, Ziply weigh in on the true cost of fiber

By Masha Abarinova
Aug 11, 2022 05:36am

The panelists also pointed to public-private partnerships as a way to subsidize fiber builds, though acquiring those funds can be a challenge of its own. (Getty Images)

With all the buzz of late about ISPs doubling down on fiber builds, there’s the question of whether fiber is cost-efficient enough to bridge the digital divide.

Executives speaking at Fierce Telecom’s Digital Divide Forum believe the cost of fiber isn’t as egregious as people may think. Gary Johnson, CEO and general manager at Paul Bunyan Communications, noted fiber’s front-end costs don’t compare to its long-term benefits.

“When we put in fiber networks we know it’s in there for decades,” Johnson said at a Wednesday session. “We’re not going to be rebuilding it, we’re burying all our infrastructure. So it’s got a long tail in terms of that investment.”

Tom Maguire, COO at Brightspeed, echoed those thoughts, acknowledging that while fiber as a standalone technology looks expensive, assessing its total cost of ownership is key.

“There are some elements of building a fiber infrastructure that are a little bit more expensive…hand holes and duct banks and things like that,” he explained. “When we started putting fiber in the ground it was B-PON, now we’re up to XGS-PON and the optical distribution network didn’t change at all.”

That, Maguire added, speaks to fiber’s future-proof capabilities – especially as the amount of bandwidth people consume continues to climb. Brightspeed has a bevy of fiber build plans, most recently announcing expansions in Missouri, Louisiana and five other states.

Though constructing new infrastructure is important, Chris Denzin, COO at Ziply Fiber, pointed out leveraging existing broadband infrastructure as a way to reduce fiber costs.

“With Ziply Fiber as an ILEC, our civic partners see the fiber network deployments reach completion faster and extend further by leveraging existing network facilities,” Denzin said at the session’s keynote address.

Ziply has put in work building out the fiber network it acquired from Frontier in 2020. The operator has deployed 100G enabled fiber routes across over 80 suburban and rural markets in the Pacific Northwest, Denzin noted. Ziply also aims to cover more than 1 million locations across its footprint over the coming years. Denzin also said Ziply is exploring micro-trenching as a cost-saving alternative to fiber boring.

Other cost-effective measures Ziply’s trying out include an all-in-one ONT router and fiber nodes. "Swapping out the structured wiring inside older properties is very expensive and time-consuming,” Denzin said. “So [Ziply’s] using technology to find a better way to deliver gig or faster speeds.”

Similarly, Brightspeed has leveraged technology from vendors such as Corning, Maguire said on the panel, to reduce build costs.

“We found the advent of plug and play [fiber cables] seems to be the way to avoid some cost,” he pointed out. “That not only speeds things up but it also helps to reduce the need for splicing, which is where a lot of cost lies.”

Maguire went on to say Brightspeed is also standardizing its fiber cable sizes. “By standardizing materials, we’re able to get bigger reels of things and just cut off what we need and use that same reel on the next job,” he said.

Labor supply is another essential cost component, to ensure there is a skilled enough workforce to deploy fiber. Paul Bunyan Communications is a fiber cooperative that serves around 6,000 square miles in Minnesota. “As a small rural provider, we’re not going to recruit away from a lot of other people,” said Johnson.

The provider is instead investing into building up its own workforce, such as creating an in-house curriculum for local educational institutions.

“When you look at the installation of a fiber network and the IT infrastructure that wraps around it,” he continued, “that’s a skill set we can apply in a lot of ways…these are very valuable skills that we will use no matter what the future holds for us.”

Public-private partnerships

The panel rounded out the discussion with a nod to public-private partnerships for subsidizing fiber builds. There’s nearly $100 billion available in federal broadband funding, as Cisco Business Development Manager Robin Olds pointed out in his keynote.

But the grant-seeking process can be complex, Maguire said, especially for smaller providers. Hurdles can be things like challenge processes and changing application requirements.

“The process differs from state to state, in some cases county to county,” he said. “I think if there’s a way for states to think about ways that they could simplify the process, because anything that a winning company gets out of this program will benefit the residents of their individual communities.”

“We participated in ReConnect,” Johnson said. “Not a simple process to go through particularly for a company of our size. It’s a very complex application process.” He added the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund also has its issues due to not properly pre-screening applicants.

But progress has been made with funding accessibility. All 50 states have submitted their applications for the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

Despite ongoing hurdles, Johnson said he is pleased to see what’s happening on the state and federal levels for broadband deployment. “We are real bullish right now that there’s finally that recognition that everyone needs broadband — that universal service matters,” he said.

Source: Fierce Telecom


Service Contracts

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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FCC considers new rules for emerging space capabilities

by Jason Rainbow — August 11, 2022

Debris-removal startup Astroscale's exhibition booth at Small Satellite Conference 2022 in Logan, Utah.

LOGAN, Utah — An inquiry into updating rules around space debris and emerging on-orbit services seeks to position the U.S. as a leader in an emerging space economy.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Aug. 5 to explore the economic potential and policy questions relating to in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing capabilities (ISAM).

“We believe the new space age needs new rules,” FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement, because “the regulatory frameworks we rely on to shape space policy were largely built for another era.”

Rosenworcel said ISAM capabilities can lead to the development of new ways to clear up orbital debris that, if left unaddressed, will constrain the future space economy.

The move will, for the first time, “create a record of what is needed to support and enable the new space economy before the FCC,” said Laura Cummings, regulatory affairs counsel for debris-removal startup Astroscale’s U.S. division.

“This includes consideration of spectrum use by novel missions, application processing and licensing procedures to facilitate commercial activity, and orbital debris considerations for unprecedented operations,” Cummings said at the Small Satellite Conference here.

The FCC said it is specifically seeking information on how the regulator might update, clarify, or modify its rules and licensing processes to reduce barriers for ISAM missions and advance their progress.

It is part of a broader effort to update space-related rules to keep up with technological developments and a growing number of private companies in the industry.

The regulator said last week that it is considering opening up more Ku-band spectrum to non-geostationary satellite (NGSO) operators to improve broadband speeds.

Other initiatives include identifying more spectrum for commercial space launches, a review of application processes for satellite systems, and exploring new space-based connectivity opportunities with V-band spectrum.

“It’s a lot,” Rosenworcel said, adding that the FCC has increased the size of its division responsible for satellite matters by 38% to tackle the workload.

Source: Space News

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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.


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  • 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.
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  • Power Source: 5VDC for ABX-1; 12VDC for ABX-3.

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Fast Fiber Networks Have Quietly Won the Broadband War

Thank subsidies and our pandemic-era data appetite. No wonder Google Fiber has restarted its expansion plans.

Stephen Shankland, Imad Khan Aug. 11, 2022 5:00 a.m. PT

For broadband networks, fiber optic connections now are more widely used than cable or DSL. Getty Images

Government subsidies and pandemic-era telecommuting have quietly fueled the growth of broadband fiber networks, propelling the fast connection technology from an exotic, expensive technology niche to the mainstream.

In the US, the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment programs encouraged Internet service providers to bring higher-speed access to places that previously wouldn't have been profitable to serve. Government support also has helped improve broadband in Sweden, Lithuania, Italy and other European nations.

A global pandemic, which turned our homes into offices and schoolrooms, also encouraged the upgrade to faster broadband. Work video conferences and Zoom school lessons demanded more data — often at the same time — than we had previously needed. An explosion in the use of streaming video services like Netflix, HBO Max, Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus added to the demand for fiber at home.

Fiber broadband now has reached a tipping point, passing both cable and DSL in the 38 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a club of relatively rich countries. Fiber accounted for 35% of subscriptions compared with 32% for cable and 27% for DSL in 2021, according to OECD data released in July. From 2020 to 2021, fiber broadband subscriptions surged 40%.

The rapid embrace of fiber comes as our homes become more connected. A decade ago, a household might have had a few laptops and a couple smartphones connected to a local network. But an explosion of streaming services, tablets and smart home devices has created a need for fat data pipes, like those fiber offer, that was out of reach for most people until recently.

"It's becoming the new normal," said Jeff Heynen, a broadband analyst at the Dell'Oro Group.

Broadband delivered by fiber optic lines has surpassed older cable and DSL network technology using copper cables in the 38 relatively wealthy nations tracked by the OECD. Data from OECD; graph by Stephen Shankland/CNET

When the broadband revolution began in the 1990s, phone companies upgraded their decades-old copper wires to DSL service, while cable companies started using their coaxial cables to deliver data alongside TV shows. The fastest DSL download speeds rarely surpass a few tens of megabits per second, however, and cable usually is in the range of 25 to a few hundred megabits per second. By contrast, fiber broadband easily reaches 1 gigabit per second for downloads and, in sharp contrast to cable and DSL, uploads that are just as fast.

Longer term broadband benefits

Fiber's leap in speed may be difficult to discern if you're upgrading from a reasonably good cable Internet service. Most services and websites don't supply data at gigabit speeds.

Broadband benefits

And a network, no matter how fast, won't help people who can't access it. Fiber broadband does little to address the digital divide, particularly given that programs to bring broadband to lower income families are expiring. Fiber broadband is a premium option. Even where it's available, it isn't always affordable.

As with 5G mobile networks, however, the full impact of the improvements may come over time. Better speeds and lower communication delays pave the way for the more deeply digital lives we'll soon be living. Networked devices, streaming video, remote work, smart homes and software updates for our cars all add up to a need for more network capacity.

On Wednesday, Google Fiber staked its place in the fiber broadband market, expanding to five new states after a five-year hiatus. The company helped kick off the gigabit fiber revolution, though other companies, such as AT&T Fiber, Ting and Sonic, are now carrying the mantle.

Mark Strama, a former Texas state representative who runs Google Fiber's expansion efforts, said demand for the company's gigabit service forced it to move more deliberately. Google Fiber had a backlog of customers trying to get onto the service in the 15 cities it already operated that had to be addressed first.

Google Fiber, which hasn't participated in any government subsidy programs, has benefited from faster, cheaper fiber installation methods, Strama said. About eight years ago, the company began using "micro trenching," a technique that buries fiber optic cable at 6 inches, rather than the previous standard of 3 feet. Now, Google Fiber can reach 500 new homes in a weekend, Strama said.

Dumping DSL

Heynen, the analyst, said many customers ditched DSL for cable or fiber as the pandemic revealed the technology's shortcomings. Now, as we become a culture of YouTubers and TikTokers, upload speed will drive demand for fiber networks, he said.

Fiber's "symmetric" data rates are also important for appearing in video-conferences, he added. The physics of transmitting data over fiber optic strands instead of electrical signals over copper wires does away with many of the limits that have bogged down Internet service providers.

"With fiber, the only limitations on speed are the electronics on either end of the connection," Heynen said. "It's a real sea change."

Source: CNET

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Man who built ISP instead of paying Comcast $50K expands to hundreds of homes

Jared Mauch gets $2.6 million from gov't to expand fiber ISP in rural Michigan.

JON BRODKIN — 8/10/2022, 8:00 AM

A truck delivery of fiber conduit and other materials for Jared Mauch's broadband network.

Jared Mauch, the Michigan man who built a fiber-to-the-home Internet provider because he couldn't get good broadband service from AT&T or Comcast, is expanding with the help of $2.6 million in government money.

When we wrote about Mauch in January 2021, he was providing service to about 30 rural homes including his own with his ISP, Washtenaw Fiber Properties LLC. Mauch now has about 70 customers and will extend his network to nearly 600 more properties with money from the American Rescue Plan's Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, he told Ars in a phone interview in mid-July.

Fiber installed at one of the homes on Mauch's network.

The US government allocated Washtenaw County $71 million for a variety of infrastructure projects, and the county devoted a portion to broadband. The county conducted a broadband study before the pandemic to identify unserved locations, Mauch said. When the federal government money became available, the county issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking contractors to wire up addresses "that were known to be unserved or underserved based on the existing survey," he said.

"They had this gap-filling RFP, and in my own wild stupidity or brilliance, I'm not sure which yet, I bid on the whole project [in my area] and managed to win through that competitive bidding process," he said. Mauch's ISP is one of four selected by Washtenaw County to wire up different areas.

Mauch's network currently has about 14 miles of fiber, and he'll build another 38 miles to complete the government-funded project, he said. In this sparsely populated rural area, "I have at least two homes where I have to build a half-mile to get to one house," Mauch said, noting that it will cost "over $30,000 for each of those homes to get served."

$55 a month for 100Mbps with unlimited data

The contract between Mauch and the county was signed in May 2022 and requires him to extend his network to an estimated 417 addresses in Freedom, Lima, Lodi, and Scio townships. Mauch lives in Scio, which is next to Ann Arbor.

Although the contract just requires service to those 417 locations, Mauch explained that his new fiber routes would pass 596 potential customers. "I'm building past some addresses that are covered by other [grant] programs, but I'll very likely be the first mover in building in those areas," he said.

Under the contract terms, Mauch will provide 100Mbps symmetrical Internet with unlimited data for $55 a month and 1Gbps with unlimited data for $79 a month. Mauch said his installation fees are typically $199. Unlike many larger ISPs, Mauch provides simple bills that contain a single line item for Internet service and no extra fees.

Mauch also committed to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides subsidies of $30 a month for households that meet income eligibility requirements.

The contract requires all project expenses to be incurred by the end of 2024, and for the project to be completed by the end of 2026. But Mauch aims for a much quicker timeline, telling Ars that his "goal is to build about half of it by the end of this year and the other half by the end of 2023." The exact funding amount is $2,618,958.03.

Comcast wanted $50K, AT&T offers just 1.5Mbps

Operating an ISP isn't Mauch's primary job, as he is still a network architect at Akamai. He started planning to build his own network about five years ago after being unable to get modern service from any of the major ISPs.

As we wrote last year, AT&T only offers DSL with download speeds up to 1.5Mbps at his home. He said Comcast once told him it would charge $50,000 to extend its cable network to his house—and that he would have gone with Comcast if they only wanted $10,000. Comcast demands those up-front fees for line extensions when customers are outside its network area, even if the rest of the neighborhood already has Comcast service.

Mauch was using a 50Mbps fixed wireless service before switching over to his own fiber network. In addition to his home Internet customers, Mauch told us he provides free 250Mbps service to a church that was previously having trouble with its Comcast service. Mauch said he also provides fiber backhaul to a couple of cell towers for a major mobile carrier.

County touts “historic” broadband investment

Mauch has already hooked up some of the homes on the list of required addresses. Washtenaw County issued a press release after the first home was connected in June, touting a "historic broadband infrastructure investment" to "create a path for every household to access high-speed broadband Internet"

The county said it is investing $15 million in broadband projects by combining the federal funds with money from the county's general fund. Between Washtenaw Fiber Properties and the other three ISPs selected by local government officials, "over 3,000 Washtenaw County households will be connected as a result of this investment in the next few years," the press release said.

One of the areas covered by Mauch's funding is around a lake in Freedom Township, where he plans to begin construction on August 22, he said. "Generally speaking, it's a lower income area as well as an area that has been without service for a very long time, aside from cellular or wireless," he said. "The goal is to close the gap on them very quickly."

As for the other three ISPs, the county was reportedly negotiating with cable giants Comcast and Charter, and Midwest Energy and Communications. Those three companies ended up getting the deals with the county, a contractor working on the overall project confirmed to Ars.

Under state law, "Municipalities in Michigan are not simply able to decide to build and operate their own networks, they must first issue an RFP for a private provider to come in and build," the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Community Broadband Networks Initiative wrote. "Only if the RFP receives less than three viable offers can a municipality move forward with building and owning the network. There are also additional requirements that municipalities have to follow, such as holding public forums and submitting cost-benefit analysis and feasibility studies."

The county's RFP set 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds as the minimum acceptable tier but stated a strong preference for "at least 100Mbps download speeds, ideally with symmetrical upload speeds, from wireline technology to accommodate present and future bandwidth-hungry applications."

Mauch faces increasing equipment costs

Mauch has made some upgrades to his operation. In our previous story, we described how Mauch was renting an air compressor to blow fiber through his conduits. He recently bought an industrial air compressor at a government liquidation auction, spending under $4,000 for equipment that often costs about $20,000, he said. He had previously spent $8,000 on a directional drill machine that installs cables or conduits under driveways and roads without digging giant holes.

Increasing prices have been a problem. Mauch said he used to buy fiber conduit for 32 cents a foot but that he's paying more than double that now. The handholes that are buried underground at various points throughout Mauch's network used to cost $300 and are now about $700, he said.

While Mauch built the network using his own money, he said one wealthy family last year wrote a nearly six-figure check to fund a network expansion that let "them and all of their neighbors get Internet access."

When we first wrote about Mauch, he was using a contractor to install most of the fiber conduits and installing the actual fiber cable into the conduits himself. He said he's using a few contractors now but he's still doing some fiber-laying work.

One time last year, Mauch was using the rented air compressor to blow out conduits because they accumulate water. On the other end, over a mile away, "people thought it was smoke coming up from the ground and they called the fire department, and the fire department came out on two successive days because there was a water mist in the air," he said. "One day they couldn't figure out where it was coming from. The next day I saw them, and I turned around and I talked to them about it."

“I’m saved in people’s cell phones as ‘fiber cable guy’”

Jared Mauch

Mauch said network management has been smooth without any major problems over the past 18 months or so. His network generally uses about 500Mbps of traffic, and he can ramp up to 4Gbps as needed, he said. Mauch said he has people lined up to handle emergencies "so I can go on vacation," and took a trip to Europe in March. During his Europe trip, there was an outage at one of the power substations in his area while he was away. Some of his customers lost Internet service due to that power outage, but Mauch's network kept running because of the generator at his house.

"There was no power for about 24 hours, so my house ran on generator for 24 hours, and I could see which customers were out of service," he said.

Life has changed a bit for Mauch since he became an Internet provider. "I'm definitely a lot more well-known by all my neighbors... I'm saved in people's cell phones as 'fiber cable guy,'" he said. "The world around me has gotten a lot smaller, I've gotten to know a lot more people."




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Friday, August 12, 2022 Volume 10, Issue 157

Why the FCC Rejected Starlink, LTD Requests for RDOF Subsidies

Since Jessica Rosenworcel became FCC Chairwoman in January, the agency has been working to root out applicants provisionally awarded financial support through its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) program that allegedly can’t prove they can deliver the broadband services they claimed. The agency rejected two big initial winners on Wednesday — Starlink and LTD Broadband. Doubters had long questioned whether the two companies could actually deploy what they promised in RDOF applications, Inside Towers reported.

The initial auction results were announced December 7, 2020. LTD Broadband, the largest awardee, provisionally won more than $1.3 billion. Starlink, the orbital satellite division of SpaceX, took second place with an initial award of more than $885 million.

RDOF provides $9.23 billion in subsidies to be distributed over a decade to support broadband deployment. Initial awards were made as a result of a “reverse” auction in which service providers bid for projects using the least amount of federal dollars.

The Commission said after legal, technical, and policy reviews, these applications failed to demonstrate that the providers could deliver the promised service. Funding their proposed networks would not be the best use of limited Universal Service Fund dollars to bring broadband to unserved areas, according to the agency.

“Consumers deserve reliable and affordable high-speed broadband,” said Rosenworcel. “We must put scarce universal service dollars to their best possible use as we move into a digital future that demands ever more powerful and faster networks. We cannot afford to subsidize ventures that are not delivering the promised speeds or are not likely to meet program requirements.”

Rosenworcel acknowledged that Starlink’s technology “has real promise.” But she questioned its methodology and the $600 upfront cost customers must pay for hardware. “The question before us was whether to publicly subsidize its still developing technology for consumer broadband—which requires that users purchase a $600 dish—with nearly $900 million in universal service funds until 2032.”

LTD was a relatively small fixed wireless provider before the auction. However, it submitted winning bids in 15 states. It failed to timely receive eligible telecommunications carrier status in seven states, rendering it ineligible in those states for support, according to the FCC. Ultimately, the FCC review concluded that LTD was not reasonably capable of deploying a network of the scope, scale, and size required by LTD’s extensive winning bids.

The FCC called Starlink a “nascent LEO satellite technology” with “recognized capacity constraints,” according to Ars Technica. The Commission questioned Starlink’s ability to consistently provide low-latency service with the required 100 Mbps/20 Mbps speeds. The Wireline Competition Bureau said it received “inadequate responses” from Starlink and LTD to follow-up questions. As a result of the ruling, both ISPs are now “in default on all winning bids not already announced as defaulted,” the FCC said.

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

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REMINDER: Both Form 477 and BDC Filings are Due September 1

For facilities-based broadband service providers, both their FCC Form 477 and Broadband Data Collection (BDC) data must be filed with the FCC by September 1, as applicable. While the BDC report will ultimately replace Form 477, the fillings will be concurrent for an indeterminate period.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, on September 1 each year, facilities-based service providers are required to file granular data in the BDC system about where they make mass-market Internet access service available as of June 30, 2022. The FCC released a Public Notice and Enforcement Advisory reminding all facilities-based service providers of fixed or mobile broadband Internet access service of their duty to timely file complete and accurate data in the BDC on a biannual basis a few weeks ago. A copy of the advisory is available here.

This filing is in addition to the Form 477 filing that has been required for years now.

Carriers with questions about either filing may contact the firm for more information.

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


ReConnect 4 Rules Set Up Potential Overbuild for RDOF Winners

On August 4, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) published in the Federal Register the official Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Round Four of its Rural eConnectivity Program, known more colloquially as the ReConnect Program. Applications may be submitted starting September 6 through 11:59 PM ET on November 2.

Of particular interest in the FOA, it appears that certain eligible areas will include areas in which Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) support has been awarded but not yet authorized. Specifically:

Areas receiving, or under consideration for other Federal funds are eligible for ReConnect funding as long as an entity has not received final approval to receive other Federal funding to construct terrestrial facilities providing at least 100/20 Mbps service in the proposed funded service areas as of September 6, 2022. With respect to RDOF, final approval for this FOA means an RDOF awardee’s long-form application has received final approval as ready-to-authorize or has been authorized to begin receiving support.

The 100/20 Mbps service tier was considered “above baseline” for RDOF. Accordingly, only those winning bidders who bid “above baseline” or “gigabit” tiers are affected. The “ready-to-authorize” stage is the point at which the FCC has issued a Public Notice approving the long form application, and directing the affected winning bidders to submit their letters of credit and their legal opinion letters. Once those documents are reviewed and approved, the FCC issues a second Public Notice actually authorizing support and directing USAC to begin disbursements.

We are available to assist clients who may be affected by this development.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

FCC, NTIA Sign New Memorandum of Understanding on Spectrum Coordination

On August 2, the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agencies on spectrum coordination. This marks the first time the MOU has been updated in nearly twenty years. According to a Press Release, the revised MOU “will strengthen cooperation and collaboration between the agencies and help advance a whole-of-government approach to how we use and manage one of the nation’s most important resources.”

Specifically, the MOU establishes a stronger framework for managing spectrum use and planning, including, among other things, through:

  • Formalized High-Level Planning. For the first time, the FCC Chair and Assistant Secretary will hold formal meetings to conduct joint spectrum planning at least quarterly.
  • A Longer-Term Spectrum Outlook. FCC and NTIA staff will meet at least monthly to exchange information. Where possible, the agencies will share their planned spectrum activities for the next 12 months.
  • Greater Coordination. The agencies have committed to coordinating more of their spectrum activities than was required under the prior MOU, including when the agencies are considering taking actions that would create new spectrum adjacencies. The updated MOU also extends the amount of time for coordination.
  • Improved Transparency and Data Sharing. Both agencies will endeavor to share information, concerns, or views as early in the spectrum planning process as possible, supported by technical data and analysis that is based on sound engineering principles. For NTIA, this includes sharing information, concerns, or views of other federal agencies as well.
  • Clearer Dispute Resolution. FCC and NTIA will work together to develop and implement a process for escalating any disputes for consideration by agency leadership.

“Next-generation spectrum innovation is going to require next-generation spectrum coordination. This updated MOU embraces the idea that no single entity can meet this challenge alone,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “We need a whole of government approach—one that draws on the strengths in our national DNA: our hard-wired belief in the creative possibilities of the future, the power of coordination, and the rule of law. This effort, as part of our broader Spectrum Coordination Initiative, helps make that possible. I am grateful to have the leadership and partnership of Assistant Secretary Davidson in this important work.”

“A spectrum coordination agreement that pre-dates the smartphone is not sufficient to meet the challenges facing our agencies today,” said Assistant Secretary Davidson. “This updated MOU between NTIA and the FCC will deepen our collaboration and improve our ability to anticipate and mitigate serious spectrum issues. I salute Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s leadership and support in charting a course for sustained coordination for years to come.”

The full MOU is available here.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

Law and Regulation

FCC Releases Latest Form 477 Data

On July 29, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the availability of releasing updated data on fixed broadband deployment and mobile voice and broadband deployment as of June 30, 2021, as collected through FCC Form 477. Fixed Deployment Data is available for download here, and will be visible on the National Broadband Map here. Mobile Deployment Data is available here.

The fixed broadband data include revisions made by filers through June 28, 2022, while the mobile deployment data include revisions made by filers through November 14, 2021. According to the FCC, data users should expect future revisions to be captured in subsequent releases. Further, a description of the fields in the fixed and mobile broadband deployment data and an explanation of the treatment of the data prior to release are available here, and unless otherwise noted there, the data will be released as filed.

The FCC also indicated that for data on fixed broadband deployment, users can download data on the census blocks where providers report offering fixed broadband services to at least part of the block. These data tables also indicate the technology used to offer the service, and the maximum advertised download and upload speeds for both consumer and business fixed broadband services. The data are available in CSV (comma delimited) format for both the entire United States and for individual states. For data on mobile deployments, users can download coverage area shapefiles indicating mobile voice and broadband network deployment for each combination of provider and network technology, as well as separate CSV files depicting mobile coverage resulting from two different coverage analyses: centroid and actual area.

Separate and apart from Form 477, the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) filing window is now open and will remain so until September 1, 2022. The BDC is collecting data regarding broadband deployment by facilities-based broadband service providers as of June 30, 2022. The FCC expects the new Broadband Map based on the first BDC submissions to be published in the fall of 2022.

BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.

FCC Fines Equipment Vendor $685k For Failure to Comply with Marketing Rules

On August 1, the FCC issued a Forfeiture Order finding Sound Around, Inc. (Sound Around or Company) marketed 32 models of wireless microphones that failed to comply with the Communications Act and the FCC’s equipment marketing rules. Accordingly, the FCC imposed a fine of $685,338 on the company for the violation, as originally proposed in the Notice of Apparent Liability issued against the company in 2020.

According to the Forfeiture Order, Sound Around received directives for years from the FCC warning the company to ensure its devices were properly authorized under the Commission’s rules, but Sound Around did not do so. Specifically, the FCC initially issued a citation to Sound Around in 2011. In 2016, the FCC opened an investigation against Sound Around when it received a complaint that the company was still marketing non-compliant equipment. Over the course of this investigation, the FCC discovered that many of the models offered for sale by Sound Around did not actually operate at the frequencies the company indicated (under oath). Further, two models operated in the aviation band, thereby potentially affecting critical public safety radio service.

In the Notice of Apparent Liability that preceded the instant Forfeiture Order, the FCC “proposed a significant upward adjustment of the total base forfeiture[g]iven the company’s long record of repeated and continuous marketing violations and the egregious nature of the violations, because the Company marketed two microphone models that apparently operated in the aviation band and thus had the potential to cause harmful interference to a critical public safety radio service.” The baseline forfeiture for 32 violations would have been $224,000.

Sound Around argued that the fine should be cancelled because the FCC did not prove a violation occurred; that the 2011 Citation provided insufficient and stale notice to support the NAL; that the proposed forfeiture should be lowered because some microphones were authorized or should be grouped together for the purpose of any forfeiture calculation; and that the upward adjustments are excessive and unwarranted. The FCC found these arguments unpersuasive. The FCC further found that the proposed forfeiture amount was appropriate because (a) Sound Around apparently had marketed non-compliant devices since at least 2009 and (b) for two of the models, the Commission further upwardly adjusted the forfeiture to the statutory maximum because those models presented an egregious threat to public safety.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino.


USAC To Hold Lifeline Claim Seminar on August 10

On August 3, USAC announced that it will be hosting a webinar on August 10 from 3p to 4p ET, titled Lifeline Claims System (LCS). The webinar will provide an overview of the LCS, specifically how service providers can access and file Lifeline claims. Providers interested in attending may register here.

USAC indicates that this session is designed for service providers in all states and territories, and will be made available for later viewing at the Lifeline Program: Webinars page.


AUGUST 29: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS. The Copyright Statement of Accounts form plus royalty payment for the first half of year is due to be filed August 29 at the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office by cable TV service providers.

BloostonLaw Contact: Gerry Duffy.

SEPTEMBER 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. Four types of entities must file this form: (1) Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations (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); (2) Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Telephone Services (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 (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); and (4) 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).

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

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 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 Contact: Sal Taillefer.

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Calendar At-a-Glance

Aug. 8 – Comments on ATSC 3.0 NPRM are due.
Aug. 8 – Reply comments are due on ACP Data Collection NPRM.
Aug. 19 – Comments are due on Certificate of Authority and Interconnection Declaratory Ruling.
Aug. 26 – Reply comments are due on Pole Replacement FNPRM.
Aug. 29 – Copyright Statement of Accounts is due.

Sep. 1 – FCC Form 477 due (Local Competition and Broadband Report).
Sep. 1 – Broadband Data Collection filings are due.
Sep. 6 – Reply comments on ATSC 3.0 NPRM are due.
Sep. 6 – ReConnect Round 4 application filing window opens.
Sep. 9 – Reply comments are due on Certificate of Authority and Interconnection Declaratory Ruling.
Sep. 30 – Middle Mile Infrastructure Program grant applications are due.
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

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Nov. 2 – ReConnect Round 4 applications are due.

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