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Friday — December 16, 2022 — Issue No. 1,041

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This Week's Wireless Headlines:

  • Where are all the new Macs?
  • Fire Rescue Victoria's dispatch system down, firefighters relying on mobile phones, radio
  • China’s BeiDou outpaces GPS to become top navigation service provider
    • Two Broadcast Towers Fall in South Dakota
    • FCC Orders Call Blocking for Carrier Identified in Student Loan Robocall Scam
    • Thune Launches Broadband Oversight Effort
    • FCC Orders Call Blocking for Carrier Identified in Student Loan Robocall Scam
    • Panetta, Kelly Introduce Broadband Grant Tax Act, to Prevent Taxation of Grant Funds
    • Pallone and McMorris Rogers Introduce Satellite Bills to Speed Deployment
    • Fifth Circuit Hears Oral Argument on USF Contribution Factor
    • Burt Cohen Appointed to Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Who Is BloostonLaw
    • Blooston, Mordkofsky et al
    • Comments in support of CTIA/CCA PFR - Mandatory Disaster Response Initiative
    • Basic Electricity — What is an amp?
    • “The Most Beautiful Trumpet Solo”


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

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

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

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Where are all the new Macs?

Apple said it would transition all of its Macs away from Intel silicon within two years of the M1’s announcement. It’s missed that deadline.

By MONICA CHIN / @mcsquared96 Dec 15, 2022, 7:30 AM CST|102 Comments / 102 New

Two Mac Studios don’t quite make an Arm Mac Pro. Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

By MONICA CHIN / @mcsquared96 Dec 15, 2022, 7:30 AM CST

Does anyone else vividly remember the day of June 22nd, 2020? I sure do. That was the day when Apple announced that its Macs were going to transfer away from Intel processors to the company’s own silicon. That transition, Tim Cook himself claimed, would take two years.

Reader, it has been well over two years since that fateful day. Even if you start the clock at the November 2020 launch of the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, we are past due. Apple’s ambitious timeline has not come to fruition.

Let us peruse the items that are currently for sale on Apple’s website. The MacBooks have all moved over to Arm processors — we’ve got the M1 and the M2 MacBook Airs, and we’ve got the MacBook Pro 13, 14, and 16. We’ve got the 24-inch iMac (remember, the one that comes in yellow) and the Mac Mini, which are all M1. We’ve got the Mac Studio, with M1 Max and M1 Ultra options.

But then, wait, what’s this? A Mac Pro that’s Intel all the way down and hasn’t been updated since its 2019 release.

You can get all kinds of Intel chips in that Mac Pro — you can get an eight-core Xeon W, you can get a 28-core Xeon W, but what you can’t get in it is any kind of processor with M in its name.

I don’t mean to diminish the ground that Apple has broken over the past two years. We’ve watched a — just okay, let’s be honest — Intel MacBook line pass its baton to its M1 and M2-powered successors, which are arguably the best generation of MacBooks that has ever existed. We’ve gotten great results from the M1-powered iMac and Mac Mini. We’ve been rendered speechless by the power of the Mac Studio. There are M-chips in an iPad now, for Pete’s sake.

But the facts are the facts: Apple missed its self-imposed deadline. It has not successfully seeded the M chips across its Mac line.

Apple missed the two-year deadline

Where is the M2-powered Mac Pro? For that matter, where are all the other M2 devices we were waiting to see this year? Apple launched the M2 chip in June 2022, after all, and it’s been kicking around in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and iPad Pro. We’ve reviewed all of those devices. They’re fine — they’re faster than their M1 predecessors, and they don’t approach the multicore power of the M1 Pro or M1 Max. I mostly came out of my M2 MacBook testing process excited for what I would see out of the M2 Pro and M2 Max... which we do not yet have.

We were expecting more. There were rumors of an M2 Mac Mini, and outlets from Bloomberg to DigiTimes were reporting that we might see 14-inch and 16-inch Pro models, powered by an M2 Max chip, launching by the end of this year. We’d heard that they’d enter mass production in Q4, and we heard that suppliers were gearing up to ship them out. Contrary to expectations, Apple then did not hold a launch event (as it did in October of 2021 — last year’s 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros were announced). Instead, Apple spontaneously dropped a whole bunch of press releases in October, and they were all... iPads. iPads on iPads.

Assuming Apple doesn’t pull together another event in the next two weeks or so (although that would be hilarious, and I’d be here for it), it looks like those releases are now all going to be 2023 events.

What’s the holdup? Covid has certainly made this year’s assembly landscape somewhat unpredictable for Apple and its partners leading to factory shutdowns during various parts of the year. Supply chains have also been a giant shrug emoji in recent times, leading to delays across sectors. I imagine that these circumstances have had something to do with the slower release cycles we’re seeing, though I can only speculate.

What is clear right now is: Apple hasn’t yet been able to swing its own chips in a very high-end system. The Mac Studio is powerful, of course, and an absolutely stellar device. But the audience it’s serving is not quite the same as the Mac Pro’s audience.

In lieu of an Arm-based Mac Pro, we got the Mac Studio. It’s a powerful little desktop computer, but doesn’t have the range or expandability of the Mac Pro proper. Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

In particular, it’s not nearly as configurable — the Mac Pro can be customized for a user’s or company’s specific hardware needs, with additional storage, graphics cards, and ports, in ways the Studio can’t. The Studio also maxes out at 128GB of memory, which is more than enough for the prosumer but will be inadequate for offices in, for example, many fields of math and science. And it’s also the case that some high-level professional applications still don’t run natively on Apple’s silicon — which isn’t ideal for professionals with demanding loads, regardless of how impressive Rosetta 2 is.

Given all that, it’s not necessarily surprising that we haven’t yet seen Apple’s silicon in the “Pro” category. But it is a category that Apple apparently expected to have broken into by now. This should, perhaps, be a reminder to those of us who follow the computing space, who were blown out of the water by the Mac Studio and have waited impatiently to see what uncharted heights Apple’s CPU division would climb to next. Chips are hard to build, pros are hard to please, and no company is infallible. Not even the most valuable company in the world.

The upside to all this, of course, is that next year is all the more exciting. Not only do we have all these professional M2 devices rumored to be rolling out, but all kinds of M3 devices are also rumored to be in store for later in the year, including an Air, an iMac, and a Mac Mini — and, yes, even a Mac Pro. That would be a fairly quick transition away from the M2 — but if the M3 is a more exciting chip in terms of performance gains and enterprise capability anyway, that may be for the best.

Source: The Verge  

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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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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Fire Rescue Victoria's dispatch system down, firefighters relying on mobile phones, radio

December 15, 2022

Fire Rescue Victoria's computer dispatch system is offline and firefighters are being alerted to emergencies by mobile phone and radio, with the makeshift set-up likely to be in place for days.

Key points:

  • Fire Rescue Victoria shut down its computer system after detecting a compromise
  • Authorities are investigating the cause of the problem
  • Victorians can still call triple-0 for help from firefighters

The system, along with phone lines, was shut down in response to an issue detected in the early hours of this morning that could be a cyber attack.

Acting Commissioner at Fire Rescue Victoria, Gavin Freeman, said it wasn't clear what had caused the problem.

"Our process and protocol is close things down as a precaution until we can work out what the issue is," he said.

Other authorities are working with Fire Rescue Victoria to find the cause of the problem.

Mr Freeman said response times and community safety had not been impacted.

"If the Victorian community call triple-0, a fire truck is still dispatched the same way it always has been," he said.

"What we've done in fire stations is ensure that we have firefighters staffing radios and we're dispatching that way, so they'll get a call directly from ESTA or the regional areas of Victoria have their paging systems which are still operating."

Gavin Freeman says the automated system is a voice-over and television screen that displays call information for firefighters.
(ABC News)

Mr Freeman said it was too early to tell if the incident was a cyber attack.

"We're not ruling anything in or out at this point in time, we need to keep an open mind and conduct that investigation very thoroughly," he said.

Premier Daniel Andrews said he had had a broad briefing on the incident and he understood there was no notable impact in terms of firefighting responses.

Fire Rescue Victoria is planning to run on its manual system for the next three or four days.

Source: ABC 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.


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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China’s BeiDou outpaces GPS to become top navigation service provider

By Global Times Published: Dec 14, 2022 10:10 PM Updated: Dec 14, 2022 10:02 PM

File photo of a model of the Beidou Satellite Navigation System. Photo:Xinhua

China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has become the top guidance service provider for domestic Gaode Map, according to a statement released by the Beijing Institute of Space Science and Technology Information on Wednesday.

Based on the average number of satellites called by domestic navigation apps for each positioning, BeiDou satellites have been called the most, 30 percent more than the second-ranked GPS, the China Media Group (CMG) reported.

Gaode Map has used BeiDou satellites to make more than 210 billion positioning calls each day. The combination of BDS and map navigation is providing better services to the public, read the statement.

Map apps users can check the number of BeiDou satellites currently offering service in real time during navigation, including each one's code, azimuth angle, height angle, frequency, signal strength and other factors.

Although the news only became public on Wednesday, the BDS has actually long surpassed GPS in serving domestic map apps, Liu Dingding, a Beijing-based veteran market analyst, told the Global Times.

Another domestic map giant, Baidu Maps, announced an official switch to the BeiDou system on September 30, with daily positioning uses exceeding 100 billion for the first time.

BeiDou playing a dominant role in the domestic navigation sector is of great significance. For starters, as a homegrown technology, it is free from external meddling, and it could ensure data and information security. In addition, the positioning quality of BDS has proved in many scenarios to be much better than GPS, Liu said.

A Beijing resident told the Global Times that the BeiDou system is more accurate than GPS. "I use Baidu Maps app to plan a route and navigate whenever I drive. With BeiDou, Baidu Maps now knows whether I'm on the main road or the side road right next to it, which usually cannot be distinguished by GPS," said the person.

Liu noted that the application of BDS in navigation apps is only the tip of the iceberg. The system has been widely used in many industrial and agricultural sectors, from port management and grain production to providing disaster relief.

An intelligent farm in Handan, North China's Hebei Province, has installed BeiDou-supported positioning and navigation devices, automatic steering devices and remote-control devices on autonomous tractors to sow seeds and spray pesticides.

The total output value of China's satellite navigation and location-based service industry exceeded 470 billion yuan ($64 billion) in 2021, with a compound annual growth rate of over 20 percent, said a white paper released by the State Council Information Office in November.

As of the end of 2021, BDS had been installed in more than 7.8 million road transport vehicles nationwide. Approximately 8,000 BDS terminals were in use on the country's railway network, and more than 100,000 agricultural machines were equipped with self-driving systems based on BDS.

BDS has seen accelerated development and use overseas too, Liu noted.

Beidou products, technologies and services have been applied in more than 120 countries and regions, the Xinhua News Agency reported in October.

Source: Global Times

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Inside Towers Newsletter

Friday, December 16, 2022 Volume 10, Issue 244

Two Broadcast Towers Fall in South Dakota

The winter storm that moved through much of the country this week knocked down two TV towers in South Dakota on Wednesday. The larger, 1,700-foot TV tower is owned by Nexstar KDLO-TV. An adjacent 800-foot tower also fell that day, according to NorthPine. The Inside Towers database indicates the tower was built in 1978.

Antennas for Alpha Media’s KDLO-FM were also on the larger tower under a lease agreement. KDLO is back on-air, broadcasting from a backup facility, notes Inside Radio. The station says it’s broadcasting with reduced signal strength and coverage, but listeners can also tune in online at:

Watertown Radio Engineer Bruce Erlandson told KDLO-FM a salvage company will need to come and remove “all the mangled steel. It’s just a mangled mess up there.” He estimates it could take a year to rebuild and the costs will run into the “hundreds of thousands” of dollars.

KDLO reported when the towers collapsed, two buildings underneath them were hit by falling metal. No injuries were reported.

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

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. 25, No. 48

December 12, 2022  

FCC Orders Call Blocking for Carrier Identified in Student Loan Robocall Scam

On December 8, the FCC has ordered telecommunications companies to stop carrying robocalls related to known student loan scams, and in particular must cease accepting robocall traffic from Urth Access, LLC. As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC determined that upwards of 40 percent of apparent scam student loan debt robocalls generated in October originated from Urth Access. The previous notice regarding this issue had authorized providers to cut off the traffic; this order requires that they do so. If they do not, they must regularly report to the FCC of the steps they have taken to mitigate the traffic.

See the article below for more.

BloostonLaw Contact: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.


Thune Launches Broadband Oversight Effort

On December 6, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, announced that he will be launching a nationwide oversight effort that will review numerous broadband programs spanning several federal agencies. According to the announcement, the primary goal of Thune’s effort is “to hold these agencies accountable and ensure that previously authorized broadband funding is being used in the most efficient way possible to protect taxpayer dollars.”

As a first step in his initiative, Thune sent a letter seeking input on the current broadband regulatory structure from a diverse group of stakeholders, including broadband associations, public interest groups, and free market think tanks. The letter asked specific questions regarding the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), such as:

  • As part of the IIJA, Congress established a technology-neutral approach for the BEAD program. Do you believe NTIA followed Congress’ intent in establishing a technology-neutral approach? If not, should Congress consider amending the IIJA statute to make it more explicit that all technologies are allowed to participate? If so, how?
  • The BEAD NOFO promotes government-owned networks. Do you believe government-owned networks are an effective entity to deploy broadband networks? If yes, please explain.
  • One of the provisions of the IIJA requires products and materials used for broadband projects to be produced in the United States. Given the current supply chain issues, should Congress consider modifying this obligation or otherwise clarify this provision?
  • The Broadband Buildout Accountability Act, S. 3671, would remove the Freedom of Information Act exemption in the BEAD program. Should Congress enact this legislative proposal? If not, why?
  • Are there other technical issues in the BEAD program that Congress should address before NTIA announces funding allocations by June 30, 2023?

The letter also asks questions about more general broadband issues, such as:

  • Which of the many broadband programs that have rolled out over the years do you believe has had the most success in delivering broadband services to truly unserved areas?
  • Should Congress consider eliminating any of these programs? If so, which ones?
  • Should Congress merge and combine any of these programs? If so, which programs would be best suited to be merged?
  • What specific reforms and constraints should Congress consider to ensure federal funds are not being awarded where providers are receiving other federal or state broadband funding support?
  • Should Congress take additional action in response to concerns that broadband funding may be used to overbuild existing service? If so, what reforms and constraints should be implemented?

The full letter can be found here. BloostonLaw attorneys are available to assist carriers wishing to express their points of view on these issues.

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

FCC Orders Call Blocking for Carrier Identified in Student Loan Robocall Scam

On December 8, the FCC has ordered telecommunications companies to stop carrying robocalls related to known student loan scams, and in particular must cease accepting robocall traffic from Urth Access, LLC. As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC determined that upwards of 40 percent of apparent scam student loan debt robocalls generated in October originated from Urth Access. The previous notice regarding this issue had authorized providers to cut off the traffic; this order requires that they do so. If they do not, they must regularly report to the FCC of the steps they have taken to mitigate the traffic.

According to a Press Release, the FCC’s investigation into Urth Access’s robocall campaigns has involved multiple partners. The USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group identified Urth Access as the originator for substantial volumes of apparently unlawful student loan-related robocalls. In addition, the call blocking company YouMail helped the FCC estimate the scale of calls made during these robocall campaigns: approximately 40% of all student loan-related robocalls reaching YouMail subscribers in October 2022 appeared to originate from Urth Access. The apparent spike in student loan debt scam calls appears to have followed the announcement in August of the President’s student loan forgiveness program, just as similar spikes had followed prior Department of Education loan forbearance announcements since March 20, 2020.

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

Law and Regulation

Panetta, Kelly Introduce Broadband Grant Tax Act, to Prevent Taxation of Grant Funds

On December 7, Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA-16) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), joined by Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL-07) and Drew Ferguson (R-GA-03), authored and introduced H.R. 9449, The Broadband Grant Tax Treatment Act, bipartisan legislation to amend the Internal Revenue Code to ensure that funding directed for the implementation of broadband from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will not be considered taxable income. According to the announcement, grants awarded to industry for the purposes of broadband deployment are currently factored into a company’s income and will soon be subjected to additional taxes due to scheduled changes to the corporate tax code that begin next year. This bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), and joined by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

“More than 800,000 Pennsylvanians, including 520,000 rural Pennsylvanians, lack quality broadband Internet access,” said Rep. Kelly. “This bill will not only help to change that, but it will also work to make that access more affordable. It also ensures federal grant dollars, especially those made available to local governments through pandemic relief funding, will give constituents the best return on their investment. Internet connectivity brings together all Americans; it strengthens small businesses and E-Commerce; and it expands educational opportunities for our children. This legislation allows for existing grant funding to be spent as effectively as possible.”

“Although Congress recently provided historic investments to build out our nation’s broadband, many of the small businesses and companies that will use that federal funding to construct the networks and connect our homes could face steep taxes,” said Rep. Panetta. “This bill would exempt those grants from federal taxation and ensure that those dollars go directly towards our goal of universal broadband. Congress is working together to address the digital divide with investment and incentives and this bipartisan legislation would make it easier and quicker to close that gap with connectivity all across America.”

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

Pallone and McMorris Rogers Introduce Satellite Bills to Speed Deployment

On December 8, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introduced two bills to modernize the FCC’s satellite licensing rules. According to a press release, the bills “clarify the agency’s authorities under the Communications Act, promote responsible use of space, protect national security, incentivize investment and innovation, and advance U.S. leadership in next-generation satellite communications networks.”

The Satellite and Telecommunications Streamlining Act, introduced by McMorris Rodgers, would set time limits on FCC satellite and satellite constellation approvals, and further streamlines the application renewal process. The bill also provides requirements for each license, including some related to space safety and orbital debris.

The Secure Space Act, introduced by Pallone, would prohibit the FCC from giving a license or U.S. market access for a non-geostationary orbit satellite system to entities (and affiliates) that are on the FCC’s covered entities list of companies that present “an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons.” This would include Huawei, ZTE and others.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Sal Taillefer.

Fifth Circuit Hears Oral Argument on USF Contribution Factor

On December 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral argument in Consumers’ Research et al. v. FCC, in which Consumers’ Research and other petitioners challenged the FCC’s USF contribution factor. Originally filed in January, the petitioners claimed that the FCC’s approval of the 1Q USF contribution factor and the contribution factor itself “exceed the FCC’s statutory authority and violate the Constitution and other federal laws,” in the following ways:

  1. Congress’s standardless delegation to the FCC of legislative authority to raise and spend nearly unlimited money via the Universal Service Fund violates Article I, section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
  2. To the extent Congress permitted the FCC to re-delegate (or de facto re-delegate) to a private company the authority to raise and spend nearly unlimited money via the Universal Service Fund, Congress unconstitutionally delegated its legislative power to a private entity—the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”)—in contravention of Article I, section 1 of the Constitution.
  3. The revenues raised for the Universal Service Fund pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 254 are taxes and therefore Congress’s standardless delegation to the FCC of authority to raise and spend nearly unlimited taxes violates Article I, section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.
  4. To the extent Congress permitted the FCC to re-delegate (or de facto re-delegate) to USAC the authority to raise and spend nearly unlimited taxes for FCC-defined “universal service,” Congress unconstitutionally delegated its taxing power to a private entity in contravention of Article I, section 8 of the Constitution.
  5. To the extent Congress did not to permit the FCC to delegate to a private company the authority to raise and spend nearly unlimited money for FCC-defined “universal service,” the FCC’s subsequent re-delegation to USAC is beyond the FCC’s lawful statutory authority, regardless of whether the charges are deemed to be “taxes.”
  6. If USAC is determined not to be a private entity, and to the extent Congress permitted the FCC Chair to appoint USAC board directors, Congress violated the Constitution’s Appointments Clause.
  7. To the extent Congress did not statutorily permit the FCC Chair to appoint USAC board directors, the FCC has acted in excess of its statutory authority in doing so.
  8. The USF Tax Factor is a binding legislative rule, but the FCC did not comply with the APA’s requirements for rulemaking, nor with the Federal Register Act’s requirements for publication.

Consumers’ Research and others have also challenged the contribution factor in the Sixth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit as well. There, Reply Briefs have just been filed.

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


Burt Cohen Appointed to Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service

On December 5, the FCC appointed the Honorable Burt Cohen, Staff Attorney and Broadband Coordinator for the State of Connecticut, Office of Consumer Counsel, to serve as the State Consumer Advocate representative on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. This appointment fills the position recently vacated by the Honorable William “Bill” Vallee of the Connecticut State Office of Consumer Counsel.


JANUARY 31: Form 855 HAC Compliance Certification. The next Hearing Aid Compatibility regulatory compliance certification, certifying compliance with the FCC’s HAC handset minimums as well as enhanced record retention and website posting requirements for the 2022 calendar year, will be due Tuesday, January 31, 2023, for all CMRS service providers (including CMRS resellers) that had operations during any portion of 2022. Companies that sold their wireless licenses during the 2022 calendar year are still obligated to file a partial-year HAC compliance certifications if they provided mobile wireless service and sold wireless handsets at any time during the year.

BloostonLaw has prepared a 2023 HAC Regulatory Compliance Template to facilitate our clients’ compliance with the revised HAC rules. Contact Cary Mitchell if you would like to obtain a copy of the HAC Regulatory Compliance Template.

BloostonLaw Contact: Cary Mitchell.

JANUARY 31: FCC FORM 555, ANNUAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER CERTIFICATION FORM. All Lifeline Program service providers are required to file the FCC Form 555, except where the National Verifier, state Lifeline administrator, or other entity is responsible. Since January 31 falls on a weekend or holiday this year, Form 555 may be filed by February 1. The FCC Form 555 must be submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) electronically via USAC’s E-File (One Portal). Carriers must also file a copy of their FCC Form 555 in the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System, Docket 14-171, and with their state regulatory commission. The form reports the results of the annual recertification process and non-usage de-enrollments. Recertification results are reported month-by-month based on the subscribers’ anniversary date.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and John Prendergast.

FEBRUARY 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, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.

FEBRUARY 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT. Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks—including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30.

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

FEBRUARY 1: Live 911 Call Data Reports — Non-Nationwide Providers that do not provide coverage in any of the Test Cities must collect and report aggregate data based on the largest county within its footprint to APCO, NENA, and NASNA on the location technologies used for live 911 calls in those areas. Clients should obtain spreadsheets with their company’s compliance data from their E911 service provider (e.g., Intrado / West).

BloostonLaw Contact: Cary Mitchell.

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Calendar At-a-Glance

Dec. 19 – Comments are due on Petition for Reconsideration of Resilient Networks Order.
Dec. 23 – Comments are due on EAS Integrity NPRM.
Dec. 27 – Reply comments are due on Petition for Reconsideration of Resilient Networks Order.

Jan. 12 – Comments are due on Petition for Rulemaking for FM Digital Radio Rules.
Jan. 13 – NTIA is encouraging carriers to participate in the BDC challenge process by January 13.
Jan. 23 – Reply comments are due on EAS Integrity NPRM.
Jan. 31 – Annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Report is due.
Jan. 31 – FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) is due.

Feb. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Feb. 1 – FCC Form 502 (Number Utilization and Forecast Report) is due.
Feb. 1 – Live 911 Call Data Reports from Non-Nationwide Providers are due.

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Subject: Comments in support of CTIA/CCA PFR - Mandatory Disaster Response Initiative — BloostonLaw Update
To: Brad Dye
Date: December 15, 2022

As we reported in the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC has adopted rules in its Resilient Networks proceeding that would require facilities-based mobile wireless carriers to negotiate bilateral Roaming Under Disaster (RuD) agreements and enter into mutual-aid arrangements with all other facilities-based mobile wireless providers from which it may foreseeably request roaming privileges, or that may foreseeably request roaming privileges from it, in emergency situations when the Mandatory Disaster Response Initiative (MDRI) is activated. However, the timetable for small carriers to comply with the new MDRI requirements is much too short, and we believe this will impose undue costs as well as compromise your ability to negotiate reasonable RuD terms. The attached comments urge the FCC to reconsider its MDRI rules and allow small carriers at least eighteen (18) months to achieve compliance.

We urge all clients that are facilities-based wireless carriers to support this effort. To this end, we are proposing a charge of $150 per participating company. Comments are due on Monday, December 19. Please let us know by reply e-mail at your earliest convenience if your company wishes to support this effort. Contact Cary Mitchell if you have any questions or if there are additional points you would like us to raise.

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