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Friday — November 4, 2022 — Issue No. 1,035

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This Week's Wireless Headlines:

  • Air New Zealand Advises Passengers Not To Use Baggage Trackers
  • What Is a Supercardioid Microphone?
  • Speed record shattered for data transmission over standard optical fiber
    • Thankful For Our Freedoms, Thankful for the Vets Who Helped Protect Them
    • BloostonLaw Offers Suggested Comments on Unlawful Text Messages NPRM
    • FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory for Providers to Police Student Loan Scam Robocalls
    • Chairwoman Rosenworcel Announces Plans to Establish Space Bureau; Office of International Affairs
    • FCC Approves 6GHz Automated Frequency Coordination Testing Phase
    • FCC Approves Third Extension of Viasat Satellite Launch Milestone
    • USDA Announces Additions to Rural Partners Network
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Who Is BloostonLaw
    • Which AA Battery is Best?
    • “Shine On”
    • Mark’s Park: A Night with John Cruz • Playing For Change


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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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Air New Zealand Advises Passengers Not To Use Baggage Trackers


Are baggage trackers truly a flight safety hazard?

Following the baggage tracker drama with Lufthansa about the ban on using Apple's AirTags, fellow Star Alliance member Air New Zealand is almost following suit. On its website, the flag carrier categorized baggage trackers under lithium battery-operated devices and has advised passengers against using them.

How did baggage trackers become so popular?

With the chaotic mixture of a staffing shortage, surging passenger demand, and ramped-up flight schedules, the global aviation industry has been quite overwhelmed this year as it entered a post-pandemic recovery era. Simply put, the resources within the industry could not keep up with the increasing demand, and one consequential result was having almost 220,000 bags mishandled in April 2022 alone.

Photo: Swisshashtag via Wikimedia Commons

Passengers became stressed out not knowing where their checked baggage had ended up, and vacation moods were often spoiled. This is why baggage trackers such as the AirTags, the Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker, and the LandAirSea GPS Tracker have risen in popularity. These devices are especially useful in relocating passengers' misplaced baggage within overwhelmed airports, making it easier for passengers to attempt with airlines to get it back.

Besides being relatively wallet-friendly, these baggage trackers are also small. so placing them in passengers' bags is not a hassle. It also does not affect the weight of passengers' checked baggage much. Using such devices also doesn't require much effort on the user's part, as it simply needs to be turned on and have a Bluetooth connection within a respectable distance, and the item remains tracked.

Why is Air New Zealand not a fan?

Given these baggage trackers' usefulness, passengers are always a fan. Airlines, however, such as Air New Zealand, are mainly not. It is worth noting that most portable electronic trackers are powered by coin cell batteries, basically batteries made from lithium. This already raises a red flag regarding safety and security for the airline.

According to the airline, since the baggage trackers must remain turned on and consistently send Bluetooth signals, such devices are still considered a safety hazard. The airline said:

"As products such as the AirTag and Tile are portable electronic devices that cannot be turned off, dangerous goods regulations currently prohibit them from being carried in checked-in luggage."

However, Air New Zealand might have learned a lesson from Lufthansa: to not jump to conclusions so quickly with an immediate ban. Instead, the advisory from Air New Zealand states that although passengers are not entirely prohibited from using tracking devices, trackers with an automated on/off feature cannot be used in flight. It is allowed if passengers have a tracker that can be manually switched off.

Photo: Getty Images

What does this mean for passengers?

Admittedly, turning off such devices renders them completely useless and defeats their sole purpose, so it does seem quite a beat around the bush. And if passengers are curious if Air New Zealand might change its mind just like how Lufthansa did, the answer is probably no. Instead, the flag carrier plans to review such devices early next year, commenting:

"As part of Air New Zealand’s safety management system, a review of these products will likely occur in early 2023. Following this, discussions with the regulatory authority may be undertaken.”

However, there is no clear indication of how Air New Zealand intends to enforce or uphold this advisory. New Zealand's Aviation Security Service has also not received instruction from airlines or regulatory authorities to screen or remove such devices from bags. Essentially, passengers could still use the devices without getting caught.

Source: simpleflying Thanks to Barry Kanne.

Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz

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

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

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


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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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

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

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The GL3000 is the most prolific paging system in the world and Easy Solutions gladly welcomes you to join us in providing reliable support to the paging industry for many more decades in the future.

Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

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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.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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Paging Data Receiver PDR-4

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

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

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

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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What Is a Supercardioid Microphone?

KRIS WOUK NOV 10, 2022, 12:00 PM EST

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Key Takeaway
Supercardioid microphones have a narrower pickup pattern than typical cardioid microphones, meaning they only pick up what is directly in front of them. This makes them great for recording vocals but poor at picking up audio from a moving source.

If you’re in the market for a new microphone, you may have noticed the term “supercardioid” used to describe some mics. What does this mean, and how are these microphones different from other microphone types?

Microphone Polar Patterns Explained

Supercardioid microphones get their name from their unique “polar pattern” (also known as its “pickup pattern”). A microphone’s polar pattern determines how much sound it will pick up from any direction. There are many variations of these polar patterns, but the most common are omnidirectional, figure-of-8, cardioid, supercardioid, and hypercardioid.

As the name hints, an omnidirectional microphone will theoretically pick up sound in all directions. The microphone body can interfere with sounds coming from the rear of the microphone, but these mics essentially pick up sound equally in each direction. A figure-of-8 microphone picks up sound in front of it and behind it, but not on either side.

Cardioid microphones pick up sound in front of the microphone and actively reject sounds from the sides. Imagine you’re speaking into a microphone and then step off to either side. With a cardioid mic, the volume of your voice would drop off fairly quickly as you moved to the side.

Because of their designs, cardioid microphones are the most sensitive microphone design. This makes them popular for vocals and other relatively quiet sources. However, supercardioid and hypercadioid mics take things a step further.

Cardioid vs. Supercardioid Mics

Supercardioid microphones have a narrower pickup pattern than a standard cardioid design, which means they pick up even less sound coming from the sides. This design is even more focused on what is directly in front of the microphone than a cardioid design.

The angle at which a microphone picks up the most sound is known as its “acceptance angle.” The acceptance angle of a cardioid microphone is usually around 180 degrees, while supercardioid microphones have a narrower angle at around 150 degrees. Another cardioid variety, hypercardioid microphones, have an even narrower acceptance angle.

To return to the previous example, if you were speaking into a supercardioid microphone and stepped off to one side, the sound of your voice would drop off even more quickly. That said, this increased directionality isn’t the only difference between cardioid and supercardioid microphones.

Supercardioid microphones have tonal differences when compared to cardioid microphones. This isn’t always the case, but supercardioid microphones often have a slightly brighter tone than a standard cardioid microphone, with more treble content.

If you’ve ever spoken into a microphone, you may have noticed that your voice sounded more bass-heavy as you moved closer to the microphone. This increase in bass as you move closer is known as proximity effect, and it’s an issue in cardioid mics as well as its supercardioid and hypercardioid variants.

Due to the increased directionality, proximity effect is even more noticeable in supercardioid microphones. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but it’s worth pointing out.

Kris Wouk is a freelance tech writer and musician with over 10 years of experience as a writer and a lifetime of experience as a gadget fan. He has also written for Digital Trends, MakeUseOf, Android Authority, and Sound Guys. At MakeUseOf, he was Section Editor in charge of the site's Mac coverage.
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Consulting Alliance

Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, Allan Angus, and Ira Wiesenfeld are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects.

Click here left arrow for a summary of their qualifications and experience. Each one has unique abilities. We would be happy to help you with a project, and maybe save you some time and money.

Note: We do not like Patent Trolls, i.e. “a person or company who enforces patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question.” We have helped some prominent law firms defend their clients against this annoyance, and would be happy to do some more of this same kind of work.

Some people use the title “consultant” when they don't have a real job. We actually do consulting work, and help others based on our many years of experience.

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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.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

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Speed record shattered for data transmission over standard optical fiber

By Michael Irving November 10, 2022

A new data transmission speed record has been set using fiber optics Depositphotos

To really understand just how fast that is, one petabit is equal to one million gigabits. Today’s home Internet connections would be lucky to get a speed of one gigabit per second. In fact, it’s been estimated that the entire global Internet bandwidth comes to just under 1 Pbit/s, meaning this fiber could handle all of it with room to spare.

Technically, it’s not the fastest data transmission rate ever – that honor belongs to a recent optical chip that clocked a staggering 1.84 petabits per second. But that technology is still quite experimental, and much further from being commercialized.

This new record, however, is significant because it was achieved using an optical fiber with a standard cladding diameter of 0.125 mm. That means it should be largely compatible with existing infrastructure. Like most current optical fibers, the new system used a single glass core to transmit data, but the light is first modulated to form 55 distinct data streams, or modes, that carry different information. At the other end of the fiber, these signals are processed to decode the transmitted data.

This marks the first demonstration of transmission using 55 modes, allowing the engineers to make more efficient use of the light than their previous record, set in May this year. In that work, the team managed to transmit data at 1.02 Pbit/s, using just four modes in the form of four separate glass cores. Then, the transmission bandwidth was spread out over 801 wavelength channels across three bands – now, the bandwidth has been confined to just 184 wavelengths within one band, marking an improvement of three times the efficiency.

The team says the transmission capacity still has room for improvement too, by expanding the frequency band.

The research was presented at the European Conference on Optical Communication in September.

Source: NICT

Source: NICT

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Inside Towers Newsletter

Friday, November 11, 2022 Volume 10, Issue 221

Thankful For Our Freedoms, Thankful for the Vets Who Helped Protect Them

I have had the privilege of wearing a uniform for 36 of my 66 years of life, so please recognize I see the world through this lens of experience—one grounded in faith and service.

Across 36 years in uniform, I have experienced life in 39 countries. My conclusion from this survey is I see no other nation so blessed by God with personal freedoms, life opportunities, and a society which enables a daily choice to leverage the former in pursuit of the latter. So, what does love of country and appreciation for a U.S. citizen’s way of life have to do with Veteran’s Day? Everything!

How can one thank a veteran for something for which they are not thankful? If a citizen does not think the USA is a great place to live, then why would they thank those who have served to protect it? Is it wrong to take note of flaws? No. Is it best to keep the flaws in perspective with all the good? I say, yes. Life can challenge all of us at times, but when we can pause to put it all in perspective, most will acknowledge how fortunate we are to have the freedoms, opportunities, and choices we are blessed to possess. This broader view provides a bit more peace and is a starting point for considering the veterans who serve to provide us this place of freedom.

I start most everyday by thanking God for blessing me with a birthright rooted in this free nation. I thank Him for the blessings which have enabled my wife and I to raise our family in this land of opportunity. Then I set about a new day of opportunity focused upon helping veterans as a way to thank them every day.

Over 500 telecom companies have joined Warriors4Wireless in thanking vets every day! They do this by providing meaningful places of employment. Warriors4Wireless has connected around 500 veterans per year to patriotic hiring partners for the last three years. 100 percent of all we do represents a no strings attached free “thank you” with each connection helping a vet in need and a telecom company trying to resolve a workforce shortfall.

So, this Veterans Day, will you join me in giving thanks for the opportunities we are blessed to possess in this nation? Will you join me in leveraging those opportunities to thank a vet everyday by providing them a meaningful place of employment? Will you help us help vets while simultaneously tackling your entry level workforce needs?

Kevin Kennedy attended the United States Air Force Academy and then served for 32 years, primarily as an aviator. He is now the President and CEO of Warriors4Wireless. You can contact him at: or 202-603-6131 or through

By Kevin Kennedy, President, CEO, Warriors4Wireless, Major General, U.S Air Force- Ret.

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. 41 October 24, 2022  

BloostonLaw Offers Suggested Comments on Unlawful Text Messages NPRM

We have prepared suggested comments for small and rural service providers on the Unlawful Text Messages NPRM (FCC 22-72). The comments focus on reducing the cost of compliance and focusing on consumer education. We recommend that any carrier-side blocking of illegal text remain voluntary, because the threat from “spoofed” SMS/MMS texts is dwarfed by the volume of over-the-top (OTT) and app-based wireless messaging. Also, tactics and technologies used by bad actors are constantly evolving in response to consumer trends.

It is important that small and rural carriers are heard in this proceeding so that new and potentially expensive text blocking solutions aren’t mandated when they are only likely to be sidestepped quickly by scammers. If you wish to support, please let us know by Thursday, November 11th.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Cary Mitchell; 202-828-5538


FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory for Providers to Police Student Loan Scam Robocalls

On November 3, the FCC issued an Enforcement Advisory reminding voice service providers of their obligation to combat illegal robocalls aggressively, and warned that the Enforcement Bureau would be vigorously enforcing rules requiring voice service providers to police this kind of traffic. Voice service providers with questions about the FCC’s obligations regarding illegal robocalls may contact the firm for more information.

In this case, the Advisory is precipitated by a rash of student loan robocalls following recent announcements regarding student loan forgiveness and deferment. These calls typically state that the caller is informing the recipient that the payment suspension will end or that a petition can be filed on their behalf to get a certain amount of their loan “dismissed.” Some common campaigns purport to be from the “student loan forgiveness center” or from a state forgiveness center.

Several rules place obligations on providers to police their networks for suspected illegal robocall traffic, including:

  • Permissive Call Blocking (Section 64.1200(k)(4)): Voice service providers may block all traffic from an originating or gateway provider that, when notified by the Commission, fails to effectively mitigate illegal traffic within 48 hours or fails to implement effective measures to prevent new and renewing customers from using its network to originate illegal calls.
  • Mandatory Blocking (Section 64.1200(n)(5)): Gateway providers must block all identified illegal traffic and any substantially similar traffic (unless its investigation determines that the traffic is not illegal) when it receives a notice of suspected illegal traffic from the Enforcement Bureau.
  • Robocall Mitigation (Section 64.1200(n)(2)-(3)): Voice service providers must take steps to effectively mitigate illegal traffic upon actual written notice of such traffic from the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau. This includes taking effective measures, such as knowing its customers, to prevent new and renewing customers from using the provider’s network to originate illegal calls.
  • Robocall Mitigation Database Removal (Section 64.6305(e)): An originating or gateway voice service provider that is unable to fully implement Secure Telephony Identity Revisited/Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information using toKENs (STIR/SHAKEN) must submit a robocall mitigation plan to the Robocall Mitigation Database. An originating or gateway voice service provider that knowingly or negligently transmits illegal robocalls may have its certification removed from the Robocall Mitigation Database. Intermediate and terminating voice service providers may only accept traffic from originating or gateway providers that are in the Robocall Mitigation Database and that have not been delisted.

The FCC expressly stated that its Enforcement Bureau will vigorously enforce the Commission’s rules and obligations placed on voice service providers responsible for originating or acting as the U.S. gateway for scam student loan robocalls.

As such, the FCC warned providers should be vigilant of such scam robocalls transiting their networks and take effective mitigating measures to prevent these calls from reaching consumers. Finally, the FCC stated that failure to do so may result in enforcement action.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

Chairwoman Rosenworcel Announces Plans to Establish Space Bureau; Office of International Affairs

On November 3, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced a plan to reorganize the agency to better support the needs of the growing satellite industry, promote long-term technical capacity at the FCC, and navigate 21st century global communications policy. Under this plan, Chairwoman Rosenworcel will work to reorganize the FCC’s International Bureau into a new Space Bureau and a standalone Office of International Affairs. According to the Chairwoman’s comments, these changes will help ensure that the FCC’s resources are better aligned so that the agency can continue to fulfill its statutory obligations and keep pace with the rapidly changing realities of the satellite industry and global communications policy.

According to Chairwoman Rosenworcel, establishing a stand-alone Space Bureau will better fulfill the FCC’s statutory obligations and elevate the significance of satellite programs and policy within the agency to a level that reflects the importance of the emerging space economy. By separating satellite policy from the “International Bureau,” the agency acknowledges the role of satellite communications in advancing domestic communications policy and achieving U.S. broadband goals.

Establishing a stand-alone Office of International Affairs, according to the Chairwoman, will allow relevant experts to focus specifically on matters of international communications regulation and licensing as we enter a new era of global communications policy. She pointed to the successful models of similar offices such as Office of Engineering and Technology, and Office of General Counsel, which she indicates allow for consistent expertise to be leveraged across all the Bureaus with a nexus to international affairs.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

Law and Regulation

FCC Approves 6GHz Automated Frequency Coordination Testing Phase

On November 2, the FCC conditionally approved thirteen proposed automated frequency coordination (AFC) database systems to finalize development for operations in the 6 GHz band and prepare for the testing phase. These automated frequency coordination (AFC) systems manage spectrum access for 6 GHz band standard power unlicensed devices.

Specifically, the FCC conditionally approved AFC systems proposed by Broadcom, Google, Comsearch, Sony Group, Kyrio, Key Bridge Wireless, Nokia Innovations, Federated Wireless, Wireless Broadband Alliance, Wi- Fi Alliance (WFA), Qualcomm, Plume Design, and RED Technologies. According to the Press Release, the testing process will include both lab testing and an opportunity for public testing. During this public trial phase, each AFC system applicant will be required to make its system available for a specified period of time (e.g. 30 days) to provide an opportunity for members of the public to test each AFC system’s functionality.

Recent rule changes expanded unlicensed use in the 5.925-6.425 GHz and 6.525-6.875 GHz portions of the 6 GHz band to allow standard-power devices under the control of an AFC. Known as Wi-Fi 6E, this technology builds upon previous Wi-Fi updates and makes use of wider channels to provide gigabit-plus speeds, more simultaneous connections, and better security.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, John Prendergast, and Sal Taillefer


FCC Approves Third Extension of Viasat Satellite Launch Milestone

On October 31, the FCC granted Viasat, Inc.’s request to modify its milestone for launching and beginning to operate the VIASAT-3 satellite, which is planned to provide fixed-satellite service (FSS) at the 88.9º W.L. orbital location. Specifically, the FCC modified the milestone by extending it from October 31, 2022 to April 30, 2023. This marks the third extension of Viasat’s launch milestone, which was originally set for June 18, 2019 – more than three years ago.

According to the FCC, further extension of Viasat’s launch milestone is warranted because of “continued COVID-19-related delays beyond Viasat’s control.” Viasat, stated that has completed construction of the satellite’s payload, i.e., the equipment that receives and generates radio frequency signals. The completed module has been provided to Boeing for integration, and Boeing is completing all major environmental testing of the integrated satellite. However, Viasat argued that persistent staff shortages at Boeing, COVID-19-related changes to working conditions in the Boeing factory, and other changes resulting from public health directives have delayed Boeing’s completion of the final phase of the construction process.

The FCC found that grant of this request for a six-month extension will allow for integration of the completed communications module with the satellite bus and enable Boeing to complete environmental testing of the integrated satellite.

USDA Announces Additions to Rural Partners Network

On November 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of the Rural Partners Network (RPN) to 17 communities in four more states and Puerto Rico. Member communities of the RPN receive on-the-ground support from full-time federal staff members assigned to provide technical assistance tailored to the community’s unique needs and objectives. These community liaisons live and work in the rural communities they serve, allowing them to develop partnerships with local leaders to promote growth and prosperity for rural families and local communities. These federal staff members will help rural communities navigate federal programs, build relationships and identify community-driven solutions, and develop successful applications for funding.

RPN is expanding to the following community networks:

  • In Alaska: Southeast Alaska; and Western Alaska Native Communities including areas of Bering Strait, Kashunamiut, Lower Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon.
  • In Nevada: Southern Nevada Community Network including Nye and Esmeralda counties; Sierra Region Community Network including Lyon and Mineral counties; Moapa Valley Community Network including Clark County and cities of Moapa, Moapa Valley, Overton, Logandale, and Bunkerville; Nevada 95-80 Regional Development Community Network including Humboldt and Pershing counties; and Southern Clark County Community Network including Clark County and cities of Laughlin, Searchlight, Cal-Nev-Ari.
  • In North Carolina: Robeson, Bladen, Columbus County Community Network; Glow House Foundation Community Network including Randolph County; Wilson, Edgecombe, Nash, and Johnston Community Network; Halifax-Northampton Community Network; and Albemarle-Roanoke Community Network including Bertie, Martin, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
  • In Puerto Rico: Southwest Puerto Rico including the municipalities of Mayaguez, Maricao and Guanica; Central Puerto Rico-Mountainous Region including the municipalities of Utuado, Jayuya, Ciales, Orcovis, Villalba, Ponce, Adjuntas, Barranquitas and Coamo; and Roosevelt Roads Community Network including Fajardo, Cieba, and Naguabo and to include El Yunque National Forest. • In West Virginia: Southern West Virginia Community Network including Mingo, Wayne, Lincoln, Boone, Logan, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, Fayette counties; and West Virginia Pioneer Community Network including Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Nicholas, Roane, Webster, and Wirt counties.
  • In Wisconsin: Northern Wisconsin Community Network including Ashland, Iron and Price counties; Greater Menominee Community Network including Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and Menominee County; Forest County Community Network; Northwestern Wisconsin Community Network including Eau Claire, Dunn, Clark, Buffalo, Pepin, and Chippewa counties; and Adams County Visionary Community Network.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to ensuring that people in rural communities have every opportunity to succeed – and that they can find those opportunities right at home in rural America,” Vilsack said. “Rural people make up America’s spirit and character and provide the everyday essentials our country depends on. We know that when rural people thrive, America thrives. By expanding the Rural Partners Network, we can help these important but often overlooked communities receive their fair share of government resources to keep rural people and economies prepared for the future.”

“Rural America is full of opportunities but these vital communities don’t always have a way to navigate federal agencies or access the resources of the government,” said Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice. “The Rural Partners Network is bringing federal staff directly to rural communities to ensure local leaders have access to federal resources as they build strong and vibrant economies.”


JANUARY 18: 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 Monday, January 18, 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 will need to file a partial-year HAC compliance certifications if they provided mobile wireless service at any time during the year.

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.

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Calendar At-a-Glance

Nov. 7 – Reply comments are due on Part 74 LPTV/Translator rule revisions.
Nov. 10 – Comments are due on Robotexting NPRM.
Nov. 21 – Reply comments are due on Enhanced Competition Incentive Program.
Nov. 25 – Reply comments are due on Robotexting NPRM.

Jan. 15 – Annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Report is due.
Jan. 31 – FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) is due.

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