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“Reliability is Everything”: J Roy Pottle
Back in 2005, a boutique investment bank asked Roy Pottle if he was interested in acquiring Southwestern Bell Corporation’s paging subsidiary. At that time, demand for mobile phones was on the rise. In contrast, the paging industry was in decline, the technology increasingly viewed as a relic from a less convenient past. Roy thought otherwise.
As the former Executive Vice President and CFO of Arch Wireless Inc., the largest wireless messaging or paging company in the US, Roy had a unique understanding of the business and most importantly, understood which customers were leaving and which were not.
“For a subset of customers, particularly in the medical community, the use of pagers was deeply embedded in their communication processes for critical messaging. Those customers weren’t going anywhere,” he explains of his decision to partner with Co-Founders Marc Gineris and Tom Hopkins to buy and then rebrand SBC’s paging division into American Messaging.
Sixteen years later, American Messaging has evolved into a global leader in critical messaging. It has consolidated the US paging industry through 35 acquisitions, but more importantly, modernized its network infrastructure and broadened its product suite to integrate its networks with its proprietary secure messaging app, AMS Connect.
The narrower focus of critical messaging is simply communication required immediately and with great certainty.
“Five years ago, we set out to modernize our networks and related infrastructure to ensure it was modern, reliable and secure,” Roy says.
This need brought about a series of dependencies within the company’s operations, described by American Messaging President and COO Dave Andersen as a “circular connection”: “Our requirement to be secure drove investments which made us more reliable and modern. The requirement to be more reliable drove investments which made us more modern and secure. Our desire to modernize drove investments that made us more reliable and secure,” he says. “The relationship between these three dependencies supports each other for the benefit of our customers and improved network performance.”
Meanwhile, American Messaging set out to broaden its product suite through the development of a new, secure messaging application which was in turn integrated with traditional paging and third-party broadband networks. “We married two wireless networks — our traditional proprietary paging networks and third-party broadband networks, providing customers with redundancy and increased flexibility as messages are now delivered simultaneously, using two different networks, to a pager and our secure messaging app AMS Connect,” Roy says.
This provides end users with the flexibility to use their pager or their mobile device depending on the coverage and individual preferences. In hospitals, broadband coverage can be uncertain – sometimes resulting in missed or delayed messaging. In-building penetration associated with pagers, on the other hand, ensures messages are received immediately. “It’s not one or the other, it’s one and the other,” Roy says.
When messages are critical and seconds count, pagers are often the preferred device. When immediate receipt of messages is not critical, however, AMS Connect provides end users with the flexibility to carry their preferred device given their specific needs and circumstances at any point in time. “Essentially, we have transitioned from a network company to a network and software company as we continue to build the feature set for AMS Connect and its related software.”
Developing AMS Connect and its software suite for onboarding and feature selections has been crucial to American Messaging’s long-term strategy, Roy says. “Over the last few years, we’ve moved very quickly to position the company and grow through our integrated messaging solution,” he says. “We’ve evolved our software solution through our third-party offshore partner Intelligencia LLC. They’ve proven to be an outstanding collaborative partner.”
American Messaging listens to its customers and thereby determines incremental functionality; Intelligencia then handles the development and testing of the software platform to introduce additional features and ensures they work as intended.
According to Roy, the secure messaging world can be split into two components: critical messaging and clinical and collaborative care. The latter primarily relates to the software and related feature set that physicians and other medical personnel use to interact with one another during patient care. “However, the narrower focus of critical messaging is simply communication required immediately and with great certainty,” he says.
It’s a business that comes down to being a dependable and reliable choice for critical messaging. “When you’re a critical messaging company, your messages have to be received immediately, and you have to have high confidence that they will be,” Roy says. “For us, reliability is everything.”
As a company and as a culture, we must do what we say we’re going to do — and we are honest about what we do well and what we need to do better.
Reliability extends to supply chain competence and partners. According to Roy, American Messaging has relied upon its partners to build stronger and more reliable operations, allowing it to modernize its business. “We set out five years ago to modernize our network infrastructure and our device equation. We have two critical manufacturers on the device side, one in Seoul, South Korea, and another in Taipei, Taiwan. We’ve worked closely with them over the last several years.”
One of the fruits of this collaboration is a new paging device with a USB port. “We’ve also undertaken development work on encrypted pagers, ensuring all messages are secure.”
Reliability flows from the top down and is the cornerstone of the company’s culture. “American Messaging’s tagline is: ‘The Dependable Choice.’ Underpinning our strategy is the need to excel at service delivery,” Roy insists. “From the beginning, we’ve said that to be the dependable choice for our customers, we had to be dependable to one another. As a company and as a culture, we must do what we say we’re going to do — and we must be honest about what we do well and what we need to do better. We also accept that we don’t get everything right, but when we do make a mistake, we’re upfront and we commit to fixing the problem.
“We have a culture committed to getting things right and doing the right thing. We set out on a mission to be the best, most trusted provider of critical messaging services in the US, with a strategy to differentiate ourselves through every employee excelling at customer service and service delivery.”
While stoic words such as ‘reliable’ and ‘dependable’ are exactly what clients require, Roy says it’s fun that forms the basis of company culture. “The cornerstone of our culture is: ‘Let’s have fun doing it,’” he says. “We still have the same passion for having fun doing what we do and enjoying working with each other to make a difference in delivering critical messages that often save lives.”
Google Maps Alternative Announces Major New Feature for Personalized Navigation
13 Jan 2022, 22:18 UTC · by Bogdan Popa
TomTom AmiGO is currently one of the most advanced navigation apps on the market, and more often than not, it’s considered just the perfect alternative to Google Maps on both iPhone and Android
One of the reasons AmiGO is such a good app is TomTom’s commitment to frequent updates, as the navigation software keeps getting additional polishing, as well as new functionality to improve and evolve the user experience.
This week, for example, TomTom announced a new AmiGO feature whose purpose is to pave the way for a more personalized navigation experience when getting behind the wheel.
To do this, TomTom has added support for profiles, which are essentially a way to tell the app what car you’re driving. The profile section lets you share plenty of details about your car, including the color, but without a doubt, the most important is the type of fuel it uses.
TomTom AmiGO supports both gas/diesel and electric, so just make sure you define the right setting in the app. Once this is configured, the application can automatically search for the right gas or charging station according to your settings whenever you tap the gas station icon on the main screen.
It goes without saying this feature comes in handy specifically for EV owners. AmiGO supports all kinds of extra information, including even compatible chargers, so the app can therefore look for the right charging station according to your profile.
TomTom says it’s working on several other ways to make the profile section more relevant to the personalized navigation, so users are strongly recommended to fill in the information after updating AmiGO to the latest version.
“We are continuously working towards improving the driving experience for everyone! So even if you do not have an electric vehicle, by adding your vehicle to the app you will help us to fine tune our routing to give you improved navigation in the future,” the company says.
You can find the latest TomTom AmiGO version on the Google Play Store and the App Store.
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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.
Built-in custom interface for Prism-IPX ipBSC Base Controller for remote control, management and alarm reporting.
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Mac continued to grow faster in 2021 than any Windows brand
Apple’s M1 processor line is a big deal and good for sales, according to a report from Canalys. As Windows Central first reported, PC sales overall have grown in both 2020 and 2021. According to the report, PC sales last year were “15% higher than last year, 27% higher than 2019, and the largest shipment total since 2012.”
Apple far and away had the largest gains percentage-wise. Annual growth came in at 28%, and the company shipped 7.8 million units in 2021. While Apple’s growth is impressive, it still has a comparably small market share compared to its competitors. Though Lenovo and HP’s market share fell overall, they still make up a combined 45.8% of the market and shipped over 153.3 million units.
A 28% jump in one year is still impressive, though. Part of that massive growth is no doubt thanks to the popularity of the M1 series processors. The buzz around M1 in 2020 was massive, and the releases of the redesigned iMac and overhauled MacBook Pros definitely contributed to that growth.
Even in a market where all computer sales went up, Apple still handily outperformed its competitors. Lenovo, the largest in terms of market share, only had a 13.1% increase over 2020, and HP only went up 9.5%. Of course, that “only” is in the context of huge growth for all of them. Dell led the way in Windows-based PC growth with 18% year-over-year growth.
Even with the unprecedented growth, Apple only makes up 8.5% of the market.
The report covers all sales of PCs, including desktops and notebooks, and it has some pretty interesting data. For one, individuals owning more than one PC is becoming the norm in more developed markets, and the market is becoming more saturated as younger and older consumers get their hands on PCs.
As Ishan Dutt, a Canalys Senior Analyst, said:
It will be interesting to see how PC sales continue in 2022 as the silicon shortage gets shorted out and more components and devices are more readily available.
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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.
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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.
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Wireless Network Planners
If the various versions of two-way paging are a little confusing to you—you are not alone. Maybe the illustration below will help clear up what the different versions are.
We all know what one-way paging is—the pager is just a selective-call radio receiver. If you add a tiny transmitter inside of the pager then you are moving into the realm of two-way paging, since the pager now has the ability to talk back. The early ones were called "one-and-a-half-way pagers" (1.5) since they could only send limited responses back to the infrastructure. Even though limited, the simple responses of "I am here" and "I got it" allowed the paging industry to offer automatic roaming and assured message delivery. This was a great step forward. You will never miss a message because the system keeps trying until your pager says "I got it" and automatic roaming to other cities (and even other countries) is possible because the pager always says "I am here" as soon as you get off of an airplane and turn it on. Other features were added later with various names and numbers, until we finally got to "full two-way" (2.0) pagers—which are basically pagers that can send and receive alphanumeric text messages—usually with a small keyboard. We will be seeing many more variations such as wireless-telemetry devices, wireless e-mailers, and wireless-enabled PDAs. (Personal Digital Assistants.) I hope this brief description helps clarify what the different version of two-way paging are—not everyone who reads this is an engineer.
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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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IOS MALWARE FAKES IPHONE SHUT DOWN, KEEPS ON SPYING YOU THROUGH CAMERA AND MICROPHONE
Jan 14, 2022 by Dunja Djudjic
Have you ever felt like someone is spying on you through your phone? Well, they just might. In a recent video, security researchers from ZecOps have demonstrated a scary malware that makes it seem like your iPhone has been shut down and rebooted. But in reality, its camera and microphone remain up and running without any indicators, enabling hackers to on you.
In the demo video above, you can see that the camera on the infected iPhone is still rolling even when it appears to be turned off. There’s no LED indicator that it’s filming, so there’s no way you could know about it. But it gets worse.
Normally, when you turn off your iPhone, everything is turned off. The screen goes dark and it no longer responds to any stimuli from you. But with ZecOps’ “trojan proof of concept,” the shutdown is only simulated. Your phone appears to be turned off, but the camera and the microphone are still rolling. The researchers dubbed the attack “NoReboot,” as not even a reboot is enough to get rid of it. Since your phone is only seemingly shut down, the process of turning it on is also simulated and the attack is always ongoing.
As Bleeping Computer notes, Apple recently introduced a new feature in iOS 15. It enables you to locate your device even when it’s switched off. This raises a question – is it really ever switched off? Apple never explained how exactly this works, which makes room for concerns. However, researchers found it is achieved “by keeping the Bluetooth LPM chip active and running autonomously even when the iPhone is switched off,” this source writes.
Scary as it may sound, there is a way to figure out that your phone has been infected. As one of the commenters on YouTube notes, it’s a red flag that no SIM or passcode is required after you reboot your phone. Still, you need to have it set up in the first place, otherwise, this tip is of no use.
Some users wonder what happens after a hard reboot or if your battery runs out of power completely. Sadly, there’s no answer to any of these questions. I guess it’s time for camera covers and tinfoil hats, then.
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800 MHz 12.5 kHz Channels Release?
HERNDON, VIRGINIA, January 11, 2022 — On January 7, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) reminded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the “private land mobile community is eager to make productive use” of the 12.5 kHz channels in the 800 MHz band. The FCC finalized the rules for these channels in 2020, and the frequency coordination processes for these channels have been established. All that remains is for the FCC to issue a Public Notice announcing the date when it will accept applications.
“In August of last year, EWA noted that there were no apparent technical encumbrances that would prohibit releasing these 318 channels. The FCC has not responded nor indicated when it might make these channels available to public safety and business enterprises” said EWA President and Chief Executive Officer Robin Cohen. “Perhaps the FCC will provide an update.”
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Fiber Infrastructure Expands on All Fronts
By John Celentano, Inside Towers Business Editor
There’s that old adage: “It takes a lot of wires to make wireless work!” After all, signals are only wireless between your mobile device and the nearest cell tower. From there, signals are carried over wireline terrestrial networks. These days, those wires increasingly are fiber optic cables, and lots of them.
Fiber cable use is expanding across multiple fronts with different network architectures. More and more, fiber is applied in wireless infrastructure at several so-called X-haul levels: fronthaul, mid-haul and backhaul.
At the same time, fiber companies operate millions of route miles delivering wholesale long-haul transport and middle mile dark fiber and wavelengths to enterprises and other carriers with high capacity dense wave division multiplex (DWDM) systems. Telephone and cable companies are selling fiber-based retail broadband services to tens of millions of residences and small businesses via fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-premise architectures.
These different applications allow fiber companies to generate revenues two ways: business-to-consumer (B2C) local access retail broadband services, and business-to-business (B2B) wholesale data and transport services.
Over 1,000 operating companies in the U.S. provide fiber-based services both on a B2C and B2B basis. These companies fall into several categories:
Fiber networks require extensive capital expenditures to install, operate and maintain. We estimate that aggregate capex among U.S. public and private telcos, cablecos, fibercos, and overbuilders is nearly $50 billion a year. These investments encompass intercity long-haul transport, regional and metro rings and local access broadband connections in major cities, small towns, and rural communities across the country.
A detailed analysis entitled ‘Understanding the Fiber Infrastructure Business’ is presented in the just-released Intelligence Q3 2021 issue. The report provides a deep dive into fiber network architectures and fiber company business models along with profiles of the leading fiber companies.
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Reminder: Supply Chain Reimbursement Filing Window Closes January 14
The application filing window for the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program (Reimbursement Program) closes this Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. BloostonLaw attorneys are available to assist clients interested in participating in the Reimbursement Program.
As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 (Secure Networks Act), as amended, required the FCC to establish the Reimbursement Program to reimburse providers of advanced communications services with ten million or fewer customers for costs incurred in the removal, replacement, and disposal of covered communications equipment or services from their networks that pose a national security risk. Covered communication equipment or services eligible for Reimbursement Program support is limited to the communications equipment or services produced or provided by Huawei Technologies Company (Huawei) or ZTE Corporation (ZTE), that were obtained by providers on or before June 30, 2020.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, Cary Mitchell, and Sal Taillefer.
FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for January Open Meeting
On January 7, the FCC issued a Press Release announcing that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the January Open Commission Meeting scheduled for the 27th:
Each summary above contains a link to the draft text of each item expected to be considered at this Open Meeting. However, it is possible that changes will be made before the Meeting. One-page cover sheets prepared by the FCC are included in the public drafts to help provide an additional summary.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.
Chairwoman Rosenworcel Releases Draft ACP Rules
On January 7, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel circulated and released to the public a draft Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, if adopted, would establish the rules for the $14.2 billion Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) pursuant to Congressional directives in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. A copy of the draft document can be found here. As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the Affordable Connectivity Program would provide eligible households with discounts of up to $30 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on Tribal lands. It also will provide a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet for eligible households, as directed under the law.
According to the fact sheet prepared by the FCC, the Report and Order would:
The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on the structure of and objectives for an outreach partner grant program, and on a mechanism with which an eligible household in a high-cost area may receive an enhanced benefit of up to $75 per month. This document has been circulated for tentative consideration by the Commission by January 14, 2022, the statutory deadline for promulgating rules for the Affordable Connectivity Program. In a footnote, the FCC indicates that the issues referenced in this document and the ultimate resolution thereof remain under consideration and subject to change.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.
Law and Regulation
Consumers’ Research Challenges Q1 USF Contribution Factor in Fifth Circuit
On January 5, a group of petitioners led by Consumers’ Research filed a Petition for Review of the proposed Universal Service Fund contribution factor for first quarter 2022. Specifically, the petitioners seek review of the FCC’s approval of the proposed USF contribution factor on the grounds that they exceed the FCC’s statutory authority, and violate the Constitution and other federal laws, including:
This is the second such suit filed by Consumers’ Research, the first being on the same grounds but regarding the fourth quarter 2021 USF contribution factor.
BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.
FCC Announces New Procedures for Current CDBS Filings
On January 11, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that, as of today, January 12, it will no longer accept filings in the Consolidated Database System (CDBS). According to the Public Notice, this action is necessary due to pressing technical issues that prevent the effective use of CDBS going forward and is intended to facilitate the ongoing transition of all filings to the Licensing and Management System (LMS) database.
The majority of applications and submissions handled by CDBS have transitioned to LMS, and those applications and submissions must continue to be submitted using LMS. The FCC will dismiss as procedurally defective any applications that are required to be filed using LMS that are not submitted through that system.
Effective with the sunset of CDBS filings on January 12, all filings that cannot be submitted using LMS, it must be submitted by email to email@example.com. In the case of filings using an FCC form, the form should be submitted as an attachment to the email in “pdf” format.
Carriers with questions about CDBS and LMS filings may contact the firm for more information.
BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino.
USDA Offers ReConnect Program Application Workshops
On January 5, the USDA Rural Development Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced it is providing two three-day workshops for those interested in applying for ReConnect Program funding. As we reported in previous editions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the ReConnect Program offers loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America without sufficient access to broadband.
The first workshop will take place Tuesday, January 18th — Thursday, January 20th, and the second workshop will take place Tuesday, February 8th — Thursday, February 10th. The three-day workshops will take place virtually and provide attendees with an understanding of the ReConnect program application system and program requirements for FY2022.
Topics will include:
Both workshops are identical and cover the same content.
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 2021 calendar year, will be due Monday, January 18, 2022, for all CMRS service providers (including CMRS resellers) that had operations during any portion of 2021. Companies that sold their wireless licenses during the 2021 calendar year will need to file a partial-year HAC compliance certifications if they provided mobile wireless service at any time during the year. Under current FCC rules, at least 66% of a Tier III provider’s handset must meet ratings of M3- or better and T3- or better. The benchmark applicable to Tier III providers will increase from 66% to 85% on April 3, 2023.
BloostonLaw has prepared a 2022 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.
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 Contacts: Cary Mitchell.
MARCH 1: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT FORM FOR CABLE COMPANIES. This form, plus royalty payment for the second half of last year, is due March 1. The form covers the period July 1 to December 31, and is due to be mailed directly to cable TV operators by the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office.
BloostonLaw Contact: Gerry Duffy.
MARCH 1: CPNI ANNUAL CERTIFICATION. Carriers should modify (as necessary) and complete their “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” for this year. The certification must be filed with the FCC by March 1. Note that the annual certification should include the following three required Exhibits: (a) a detailed Statement Explaining How The Company’s Operating Procedures Ensure Compliance With The FCC’S CPNI Rules to reflect the Company’s policies and information; (b) a Statement of Actions Taken Against Data Brokers; and (c) a Summary of Customer Complaints Regarding Unauthorized Release of CPNI. A company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules must execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and file the certification with the FCC in the correct fashion. Our clients can forward the original to BloostonLaw in time for the firm to make the filing with the FCC by March 1, if desired. BloostonLaw is prepared to help our clients meet this requirement, which we expect will be strictly enforced, by assisting with preparation of their certification filing; reviewing the filing to make sure that the required showings are made; filing the certification with the FCC, and obtaining a proof-of-filing copy for your records. Clients interested in obtaining BloostonLaw's CPNI compliance manual should contact the firm for more information. Note: If you file the CPNI certification, you must also file the FCC Form 499-A Telecom Reporting Worksheet by April 1.
BloostonLaw contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.
MARCH 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION & BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. This annual form is due March 1 and September 1 annually. The FCC requires facilities-based wired, terrestrial fixed wireless, and satellite broadband service providers to report on FCC Form 477 the number of broadband subscribers they have in each census tract they serve. The Census Bureau changed the boundaries of some census tracts as part of the 2010 Census.
Specifically, three types of entities must file this form:
BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.
MARCH 1: HUBB LOCATION DATA FILING AND CERTIFICATION. Carriers participating in modernized Connect America Fund (CAF) programs with defined broadband buildout obligations have until March 1 of each year to file deployment data with USAC's High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal showing where they built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service in the previous calendar year. Carriers that have no locations to upload must certify this fact in the HUBB. Affected programs include: CAF Phase II Model; Alternative Connect America Cost Model (Original A-CAM) and Revised ACAM; ACAM II; Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS); Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE); Alaska Plan (other than carriers with individualized performance plans that only require them to maintain service at existing levels); CAF Phase II Auction; and Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).
Carriers with 2021 deployment milestones must also complete milestone certifications as part of the annual HUBB filing and will face verification reviews tied to those milestones. Carriers subject to defined deployment milestones must notify the FCC and USAC, and relevant state, U.S. Territory or Tribal governments if applicable, within 10 business days after the applicable deadline if they have failed to meet a milestone. Carriers that miss milestones face increased reporting obligations and potential loss of support.
BloostonLaw attorneys have successfully assisted clients in uploading and certifying their HUBB location data, as well as obtain petitions for waiver of the FCC’s rules where necessary.
BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.
March Mar. 1 – Copyright Statement of Account Form for cable companies is due.
|LETTERS TO THE EDITOR|
Still try to keep up (only thanks to you) with paging. Enjoy your music suggestions, you might check out Bonnie Tyler’s classic “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Not jazz but nice.
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Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Two new sunspot groups emerged on January 9 and another showed up on January 12. Average daily sunspot numbers rose six points this week to 42.4, and average daily solar flux increased from 91.4 to 101.6.
Geomagnetic indicators were quieter, with average daily planetary A index declining from 7.7 to 6.1, and average daily middle latitude A index from 6 to 4.1.
The higher A index values on January 8 and 9 were from a G-1 class storm caused by co-rotating interaction regions.
Predicted solar flux for the next month shows values peaking at 120 on January 21 - 24 and again around mid-February. Predicted values are 104 and 106 on January 13 - 14; 108 on January 15 - 17; 106 on January 18 - 20; 120 on January 21 - 24; 110 on January 25; 100 on January 26 - 27; 95 and 90 on January 28 - 29; 85 on January 30 - February 1; 95 and 105 on February 2 - 3; 100 on February 4 - 5; 102 on February 6 - 7; 105 on February 8; 110 on February 9 - 10; 115 on February 11 - 12, and 120 on February 13 - 20.
Predicted planetary A index is 5 on January 13 - 14;14, 24, 12, and 8 on January 15 - 18; 5 on January 19 - 22; 10 on January 23; 8 on January 24 - 26; 5 on January 27; 10 on January 28 - 30; 5 on January 31 - February 3; 15, 10, and 8 on February 4 - 6; 5 on February 7 - 11; 12, 10, and 8 on February 12 - 14, and 5 on February 15 - 18.
Sunspot numbers for January 6 through 12 were 35, 38, 31, 36, 38, 51, and 68, with a mean of 42.4. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 93.7, 107.3, 102.4, 102.1, 102.2, 100, and 103.2, with a mean of 101.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 2, 2, 14, 10, 6, 5, and 4, with a mean of 6.1. Middle latitude A index was 2, 1, 9, 7, 4, 3, and 3, with a mean of 4.1.
A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read "What the Numbers Mean...," and check out the Propagation Page of Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA.
A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.
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Bonnie Tyler — (Official Lyric Video)
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