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Friday — October 14, 2022 — Issue No. 1,032

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This Week's Wireless Headlines:

  • Airport 5G restrictions should be made permanent, says aviation body
  • Readers of the Newsletter who are Ham Radio Operators
  • The ARRL Letter for October 13, 2022
    • Florida Amateur Radio Operators Activate for Hurricane Ian
    • Ian, Julia, and Karl — The Latest Storm Updates
  • FCC poised to ban all U.S. sales of new Huawei and ZTE equipment
    • Starks: Spectrum Management is Critical
    • FCC Extends Deadlines in Areas Affected by Hurricane Ian, Adds South Carolina
    • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Open Meeting
    • FCC Initiates Dropping Companies from Robocall Mitigation Database due to STIR/SHAKEN Violations
    • FCC Transitions to New Version of COALS Cable/MVPD Filing System
    • FCC Proposes Modifications for Broadcast Foreign Sponsorship ID Requirements
    • Senators Ask FCC to Increase Broadband Speed and Access
    • FCC Extends Hurricane Ian Waivers; Includes South Carolina
    • Huawei Suspected of Attempting to Bypass US Sanctions on Semiconductor Purchases
    • NTIA Discusses Internet Use Survey Data
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Who Is BloostonLaw
    • Which Splicing Device is Best? Push Ins Vs. Wago Vs. Wirenuts
    • “Once in a While”
    • Tuba Skinny cover


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Airport 5G restrictions should be made permanent, says aviation body

Ben Lovejoy - Oct. 12th 2022 4:21 am PT @benlovejoy

Last year saw temporary airport 5G restrictions imposed after safety concerns were voiced over potential interference with radio altimeters on airliners. A body representing the aviation industry has now called for these restrictions to be made permanent.

It’s the latest development in what began as an embarrassing clash between two different government agencies …


Widespread adoption of cable and fiber-based TV services saw the effective demise of satellite TV. That meant that the frequencies previously used for those broadcasts could be freed-up for alternative use.

The usage of radio frequencies is controlled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which decided that the frequencies were suitable for 5G use, and auctioned off the rights to use them. Verizon and AT&T jointly spent $68M on acquiring the rights to what was then labeled 5G C-band.

Another government agency, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), appeared to discover this fact after the event. It said that there was a risk of 5G C-band spectrum interfering with radio altimeters.

Radio altimeters on board airliners and some other aircraft bounce a radio signal off the ground and time the return signal to determine the altitude of the plane. This is much more accurate than pressure-based altimeters, and is used during the final approach and landing. It plays an especially important role in conditions of poor visibility.

The FAA had been voicing concerns about the potential risks of C-band interference since 2015, but it seems that the agency didn’t directly communicate these to the FCC until very late in the day.

The result was a very public and embarrassing argument between the two. It did seem clear that only older radio altimeters were at risk, and there was limited evidence even for these. After a series of proposed delays and compromises, an eventual deal was done, imposing temporary 5G C-band restrictions around 50 major airports. This gave the aviation industry until July 2023 to check their older aircraft, updating radio altimeters as required.

Airport 5G restrictions could be made permanent

However, a body representing the aviation industry has now called for the restrictions to be made permanent.

A letter has been sent to the FCC by a legal firm representing Aviation Spectrum Resources, Inc. (ASRI) – which was itself representing the views of a wide range of aviation bodies and businesses that met with the FCC earlier this month. Namely:

  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • Airlines for America
  • Air Line Pilot Association International
  • American Airlines
  • ASRI
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Regional Airline Association
  • Garmin International
  • National Air Carrier Association
  • Thales

The letter notes that the temporary restrictions do not appear to have had any downside, and asks for some of them to be made permanent.

Preventing antennas pointing 90 degrees above the horizon, and maintaining the wireless spurious emissions in the 4200-4400 MHz band consistent with current mitigations, would appear to not compromise wireless operators’ actual use cases while further assuring aviation safety and providing a workable RF environment against which future radio altimeters can be designed and built.

Verizon told CNET that it was continuing its discussions with the FCC, “and progress is being made.” The carrier didn’t directly comment on the ASRI letter.

About the Author
Ben Lovejoy
Ben Lovejoy is a British technology writer and EU Editor for 9to5Mac. He’s known for his op-eds and diary pieces, exploring his experience of Apple products over time, for a more rounded review. He also writes fiction, with two technothriller novels, a couple of SF shorts and a rom-com!
Source: 9TO5Mac  

Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz

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

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

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


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

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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  • Click here for French.

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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.

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Readers of the Newsletter who are Ham Radio Operators

Pete Oesterle VE3HOH/W3
John Nagel W5EXJ
Anthony Hedge KD9BKH
Jerry Daugherty W9FS
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR
Barry Kanne W4TGA
Steve Siegel K3SLS
Loren Anderson KEØHZ
Dan Ruhe KE3UC
Bill Woods N9SVU
Paul Sadowski AH6LS & DH6LS
Larry Gabriel K4BZY
Gary Blinckmann WA2IQC
Peter Moncure W4PWM
James Petera N8IXP
Ed Lyda WA4OEI
Brad Dye K9IQY
Bill Waugaman WA3OJG
Paul DeLong KF4LNB
Albert Erdmann KJ4BWW
Ken Pearce N4KCD
Tim Jones K4MSP / W4FWD (Repeater)
Brent Finster K6BEF
Charles Tindall KF5VPB
Frank Moorman KE5CSP
Graham Jones W5AAG

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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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The ARRL Letter for October 13, 2022

Florida Amateur Radio Operators Activate for Hurricane Ian

Tony DeAngelo, N2MFT, President of the Sheriff's Tactical Amateur Radio Communications (STARC) in Hillsborough County, Florida.

STARC has amateur radio equipment in five of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) locations, as well as a Homeland Security office. "It's a great working arrangement with all of the equipment provided for us," said DeAngelo. "Our volunteers staffed those locations and the remainder worked from their homes."

Over the course of the 4-day activation, 16 STARC volunteers worked 24 hours a day passing information for aid and assistance through the sheriff's office using WebEOC, a web-based emergency management information system.

DeAngelo emphasized that STARC is not a club, but a service organization. STARC volunteers are required to undergo an extensive background investigation, including fingerprinting by the HCSO. STARC volunteers are civilians and employees of various Hillsborough County government agencies, Verizon, Tampa Electric, St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Police Department, and other public and private agencies. In the event of a disaster, radio operators provide communications between participating agencies if normal means of communications are lost.

DeAngelo is a retired police officer, and has been a licensed amateur radio operator for 30 years. He will continue to monitor weather information in case another activation is needed.

Ian, Julia, and Karl - The Latest Storm Updates

Cleanup and damage assessment from Hurricane Ian continues. Power outages peaked at 2.7 million customers, but new reports indicate power has been restored for 99% of the outages leaving less than 5,000 residents and businesses still off line. All power is expected to be restored by Friday, October 14, 2022.

Hardee County Emergency Management in West Central Florida lost power and all communications, but Hardee County Public Information Officer Alicia Woodard said it was amateur radio that stepped in to help.

"Our amateur radio operators here began relaying information to our county agencies," said Woodard.

"A special thanks to Mike Douglas, W4MDD, ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager and ARRL Assistant Section Manager/ Technical Coordinator Darrell Davis, KT4WX, for their assistance during the storm."

Hardee County received 27 inches of water. Normal flooding for the area is 16 inches and most power is now back on.

Hurricane Julia made landfall this past weekend over Nicaragua with winds of 85 miles per hour. Now downgraded, the storm has moved out to the Pacific Ocean but is till able to bring heavy rains to parts of Central America.

In Nicaragua there were reports of power outages and 10,000 residents were moved to shelters. Officials there, report 25 casualties with over 50 people missing.

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, reported late Wednesday morning that Karl is still a tropical storm. Although it is currently moving to the north-northwest, it is expected to make a sharp left-hand turn and head south-southwest on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently forecasting Karl to make landfall near Veracruz, Mexico late Friday or possibly early Saturday morning as a tropical storm, possibly even a tropical depression.

"The Hurricane Watch Net is closely monitoring the track and intensity of Karl," said Graves. "Should environmental conditions change allowing it to become a hurricane and threaten landfall as such, HWN will of course activate."

Source: ARRL Letter

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.

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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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FCC poised to ban all U.S. sales of new Huawei and ZTE equipment

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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The Federal Communications Commission plans to ban all sales of new Huawei and ZTE telecommunications devices in the U.S. — as well as some sales of video surveillance equipment from three other Chinese firms — out of national security concerns, sources with direct knowledge of the private deliberations told Axios.

Why it matters: The move, which marks the first time the FCC has banned electronics equipment on national security grounds, closes a vise on the two Chinese companies that began tightening during the Trump administration.

  • The ban marks the culmination of years of warnings from security researchers, analysts and intelligence agencies that the Chinese government could use Chinese-made telecommunications equipment to spy on Americans.
  • The price could come in higher costs for some smaller telecommunications providers that favored the Chinese companies' products thanks to their aggressive pricing.

Behind the scenes: On Oct. 5, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel circulated a draft order among her fellow commissioners. The order — which still needs to be voted on — would effectively ban new equipment sales in the U.S. from firms that pose a threat to national security, two sources with direct knowledge told Axios.

  • The order would ban telecommunications equipment from Chinese telcos Huawei and ZTE. The FCC previously prohibited companies from using federal funding to purchase equipment from these firms, but the new order would extend this ban to all purchases.
  • The FCC order will also determine the scope of a ban on sales of video surveillance equipment used for public safety. This would affect the Chinese companies Hytera Communications Corporation, Hikvision and Dahua Technology Company, the sources told Axios.

Yes, but: The ban is not retroactive, so the companies can continue to sell products that the FCC previously approved, one source told Axios.

  • New models or equipment that would need a new FCC approval, however, would be banned.

What they're saying: "Hikvision presents no security threat to the United States," a Hikvision spokesperson told Axios in a statement. "There is no technical or legal justification for why Hikvision should be impacted by the forthcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules."

  • Huawei and ZTE did not respond to requests for comment.

Flashback: The FCC was required to vote on the order within a year of the passage of the Secure Equipment Act, which President Biden signed into law on Nov. 11, 2021.

  • That law required the FCC to ban equipment sales by companies that pose an "unacceptable risk to the national security" of the U.S.
  • FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr in March 2021 called on the agency to close the so-called "Huawei loophole" which allowed companies to use private sector money to buy equipment from the firm because the FCC still authorized sales of its devices.
Source: axios

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Inside Towers Newsletter

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Volume 10, Issue 200

Starks: Spectrum Management is Critical

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks says spectrum management is critical as the impact of wireless has grown. “The carriers will remind you that 5G is on its way to contributing more than a trillion dollars to the U.S. economy,” he told attendees of a spectrum conference on Tuesday. “The unlicensed community will tell you the same about technologies like WiFi.” That’s before the spillover effects are counted, he adds, like the value created when wireless helps a business grow.

And that may be underselling the impact, Starks notes. “In the years to come, advancements in wireless could open massive new markets in areas like smart transportation and unmanned aviation, to name just a few. When paired with our capacity to crunch massive streams of data, the right spectrum could fuel new applications in AI, improving healthcare delivery, lowering costs, and enhancing how we connect, play, and work.”

The wireless ecosystem is large, and spectrum rules heavily influence where its resources go, according to Starks. That means getting spectrum policy right can determine the path of U.S. leadership in any number of markets that depend on, or contribute to, wireless connectivity, he says.

Starks explains: “We’re home to leading wireless chipmakers and developers of mobile operating systems. Our companies are at the forefront of innovation in mobile applications, and our standards bodies have been instrumental in guiding wireless technology deployment around the world. We also continue to lead in the commercial space industry—and the emerging convergence of space-based and terrestrial mobile. By my count, no fewer than four U.S. companies have plans to launch some version of satellite-to-handset capability.”

Starks says spectrum management may be a technical arena, but it’s more than a set of engineering problems that need to be solved. It’s also a vision for America’s digital future. “Across government, we need to bear that in mind as we collaborate to unlock our full wireless potential—whether it’s in bands like lower 3 GHz or others that could be suitable for commercial use but have important federal incumbents. We also need to bear that in mind in commercial bands, here at the FCC, as we weigh costs and benefits and balance risk and reward in our spectrum proceedings.”

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. 39 October 10, 2022  

FCC Extends Deadlines in Areas Affected by Hurricane Ian, Adds South Carolina

On September 30, the FCC issued a Public Notice further extending certain Wireless Radio Service deadlines. The extension now applies to deadlines occurring between September 24, 2022 and October 29, 2022 for licensees and applicants affected by Hurricane Ian. The FCC also expanded the definition of “affected areas” to include the state of South Carolina. The deadlines in question were further extended to October 29, 2022.

See the full article below for more information.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.


FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Open Meeting

On October 6, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the tentative agenda for its upcoming Open Meeting, currently scheduled for October 27. At the meeting, the FCC will tentatively consider:

  • Uniendo a Puerto Rico Fund and the Connect USVI Fund: a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would ensure continued support for mobile carriers and extend the support phase down for incumbent fixed broadband providers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to enhance their networks’ reliability and resiliency in the face of hurricanes and other natural disasters. (WC Docket Nos. 18-143, 10-90)
  • Considering 12.7 GHz Band for Next-Generation Wireless Services: a Notice of Inquiry to seek information on the current use of the 12.7-13.25 GHz band, ways to encourage more efficient and intensive use of the band, and whether the band is suitable for mobile broadband or other expanded use. The FCC will also consider an Order to extend the temporary freeze on applications in the 12.7 GHz band. (GN Docket No. 22-352)
  • Caller ID Authentication on Non-IP Networks: a Notice of Inquiry launching a broad inquiry on caller ID authentication technology for non-Internet Protocol networks. (WC Docket No. 17- 97)
  • Improving the Security of the National Alert and Warning Systems: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to strengthen the operational readiness of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts, including by reducing the vulnerability of these systems to cyberattacks. (PS Docket Nos. 15-94, 15-91, 22-329)

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

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

FCC Initiates Dropping Companies from Robocall Mitigation Database due to STIR/SHAKEN Violations

On October 3, the FCC issued the first Orders beginning the process of removing seven voice service providers from the agency’s Robocall Mitigation Database. As we have reported in previous editions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, removal from the database means that other networks will no longer take their traffic.

Specifically, the Orders demanded that Akabis, Cloud4, Global UC, Horizon Technology Group, Morse Communications, Sharon Telephone Company, and SW Arkansas Telecommunications and Technology show cause within 14 days as to why the FCC should not remove them from the database. As indicated, removal from the database would require all intermediate providers and terminating voice service providers to cease carrying the companies’ traffic. If that were to occur, all calls from these providers’ customers would be blocked and no traffic originated by the provider would reach the called party.

Each of these providers failed to adhere to the FCC’s Secure Telephony Identity Revisited/Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information using toKENs (STIR/SHAKEN) caller ID authentication framework requirements. Specifically, servie providers were required to implement STIR/SHAKEN. In December 2021, the FCC extended the implementation deadline for certain voice service providers on the basis of undue hardship or material reliance on a non-IP network. Service providers that received an extension were required to implement a robocall mitigation program to prevent unlawful robocalls from originating on their networks. Furthermore, all voice service providers—not only those granted an extension—were required to file certifications with the FCC, stating whether their traffic is authenticated with STIR/SHAKEN or subject to a robocall mitigation program. Voice service providers whose traffic is subject to a robocall mitigation program must detail in their certifications the specific reasonable steps that they have taken to avoid originating illegal robocall traffic. Each of the providers that received show-cause orders failed one or more of these requirements.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Transitions to New Version of COALS Cable/MVPD Filing System

On October 4, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that the Cable Operations and Licensing System (COALS) is being modernized. According to the FCC, cable operators and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) that use COALS will experience improved security, reliability, and performance as a result of the new COALS platform. The new version of COALS also brings filings for the Cable Antenna Relay Service (CARS) fully online, and hosts the cable Equal Employment Opportunity annual filings.

As of Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST the current version of COALS will no longer accept filings. On Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 8 a.m. EST the updated version of COALS will be activated. Accordingly, COALS will be unavailable for the period between October 11, and October 18, 2022. The updated version of COALS will be available at

According to the FCC, information and data contained in the existing version of the COALS system will be migrated to and available in the updated version of COALS, with limited exceptions. Filings submitted prior to the October 11, 2022 shut down which did not require filing fees or for which required filing fees have been submitted will be processed and migrated to the updated COALS. Similarly, CARS filings placed on public notice prior to October 11, 2022 will be processed and migrated. However, drafts of filings stored in the current version of COALS and filings with unpaid fees will not be processed or migrated and the associated fee requests will be cancelled. Filings to transfer community units (CUIDs) that have not been accepted by the recipient will also be cancelled. Cancelled filings may be refiled in the new system.

The updated version of COALS will require the use of a username and password from the FCC Registration System (CORES). For security purposes, the use of legacy “COALS ID” logins will be retired with this transition. All communities, licenses, systems, and filings in COALS will be linked to an FCC Registration Number (FRN) based on the most recent one used in the legacy system. Users with access to these existing FRNs and passwords will be able to delegate authority for that FRN to one or more new or existing CORES usernames. The FRN associated with a particular community or filing will be visible in the new, public search and users may manage FRN associations in the new system.

The FCC will hold a webinar on Wednesday, October 26 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST to introduce the login, features, and capabilities of the updated COALS. The webinar will be streamed live at both and on the FCC’s YouTube page at

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Proposes Modifications for Broadcast Foreign Sponsorship ID Requirements

On October 6, the FCC released a Second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modify the process for identifying foreign governmental entities in the wake of the D.C. Circuit’s recent ruling in National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) v. FCC that the FCC lacked jurisdiction to require licensees to check federal databases to verify whether a lessee is a “foreign governmental entity.” The NPRM proposes, among other things, a certification process with standardized language for broadcasters and lessees to use in order to demonstrate that the appropriate inquiries have been made in determining whether a foreign governmental entity has sponsored the programming. Comment and reply comments have not yet been established.

Specifically, the NPRM:

  • Proposes that a broadcaster must certify that it has informed its lessee of the foreign sponsorship identification rules and obtained, or sought to obtain, a certification from its lessee stating whether the lessee is or is not a “foreign governmental entity;”
  • Proposes that a lessee must submit a certification in response to a broadcaster’s request;
  • Proposes to incorporate into the FCC’s rules standardized certification language for broadcasters and lessees to use in their certifications;
  • Contains an alternative proposal to the certification requirement. Under this approach, in the event that a lessee states it is not a foreign governmental entity, a broadcaster must obtain from the lessee appropriate documentation showing that the lessee’s name does not appear on either of the two federal government websites referenced in the FCC’s April 2021 Order.

In addition, this NPRM provides stakeholders an additional opportunity to comment on a pending petition regarding how to distinguish between advertising and programming arrangements for the lease of airtime. The item also asks whether the FCC should establish a presumption that any broadcast matter that is two minutes or less in length, absent any other indicia, should be considered “advertising” that is exempt from the application of the foreign sponsorship identification rules.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.

Law and Regulation

Senators Ask FCC to Increase Broadband Speed and Access

On October 4, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-SD) led a bipartisan group asking the FCC to increase broadband speed requirements in its existing programs. The letter comes as the FCC is considering proposals to update the Alternative Connect American Cost Model (ACAM) and Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF-BLS) programs, about which we have reported previously.

The Senators wrote, “Without agency action, the FCC risks leaving Americans in rural areas behind. We respectfully urge the FCC to take action to enhance these programs as soon as possible. Doing so will position the FCC to better respond to the needs of our constituents living and working in rural high-cost areas. We appreciate your work to bring fast, reliable, and affordable broadband to every American.”

The letter was also signed by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Gary Peters (D-MI).

Full text of the letter can be found here.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Extends Hurricane Ian Waivers; Includes South Carolina

On September 30, the FCC issued a Public Notice extending the waivers granted to providers affected by Hurricane Ian to October 30, 2022, and to include providers in the state of South Carolina. The substance of the waivers themselves otherwise remains the same.

Specifically, the following deadlines are extended to October 30, 2022:

  • any deadlines currently set within the period from September 24, 2022, to October 29, 2022, inclusive, with respect to Wireless Radio Service applications, notifications, and reports pursuant to Parts 1 (Subpart F only), 13, 20, 22, 24, 27, 30, 74 (excluding Subparts G, and L), 80, 87, 90, 95, 96, 97, or 101 of the FCC’s rules (such as filings regarding certain minor license modifications, license renewals, and notifications of construction); and
  • all construction deadlines and other regulatory deadlines currently set within the period from September 24, 2022, to October 29, 2022, inclusive, applicable to Wireless Radio Services pursuant to Parts 1 (Subpart F only), 13, 20, 22, 24, 27, 30, 74 (excluding Subparts G, and L), 80, 87, 90, 95, 96, 97, or 101 of the FCC’s rules.

The FCC also waived Section 1.931(a) of the rules through October 29, 2022, to allow the filing of STA requests for Wireless Radio Services in manners other than electronically on FCC Form 601, e.g., by requesting STAs by telephone call to FCC staff.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.


Huawei Suspected of Attempting to Bypass US Sanctions on Semiconductor Purchases

On October 5, Bloomberg reported that Huawei is providing support to Pengxinwei IC Manufacturing Co. (PXW), a startup company in Shenzhen, China that appears to be preparing to enter the chipmaking market (based on orders for chipmaking equipment). PXW is reportedly run by a former Huawei executive and is constructing facilities close to Huawei headquarters. Bloomberg further reports that Huawei is expected to buy most, if not all, of PXW’s output.

As we reported in previous editions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, Huawei is designated by the FCC as a national security threat, along with ZTE. As a part of this designation, Huawei is prohibited from buying American semiconductors and other key technologies. As such, Bloomberg and others suspect PXW is a play by Huawei to get around this restriction. If true, use of such PXW equipment may end up under a similar restriction, with availability of FCC “Rip and Replace” funding not clear at this time. Therefore, this situation should be carefully researched if considering PXW equipment purchases.

NTIA Discusses Internet Use Survey Data

On October 6, NTIA posted a blog article analyzing its Internet Use Survey data. According to NTIA, its analysis shows affordability as a driving factor around why some households continue to remain offline, confirming that cost of service is an essential part of increasing Internet adoption.

This year’s survey included a new question on affordability: “At what monthly price, if any, would your household buy home Internet service?” Answers to the new question showed that the mean price offline households wanted to pay was approximately $10 per month, though it’s worth noting that three in four households gave $0 or “none” as their answer.

According to NTIA, households citing expense as their main reason for non-use were more willing to pay some amount for home Internet service, with a mean reported price of $16 and 54 percent responding that they would only subscribe to home Internet service if it were $0.

In contrast, households citing a lack of need or interest in home Internet service were only willing to pay $6 per month on average, with 83 percent of the group giving an answer of $0. Overall, while reduced monthly service costs could attract some number of offline households (including nearly half of those in the “too expensive” group), many more indicated that they could not or would not pay any amount. NTIA posits that these results further suggest that many within the “too expensive” category would likely purchase home Internet service if they could only afford it, though for many of these households, the only affordable price is $0.

Households citing a lack of need or interest, NTIA reports, were much less willing to pay for a home Internet subscription, which NTIA believes to suggest that there are other factors influencing non-use, such as a lack of digital skills or issues with accessibility.

The full blog post can be found here.


OCTOBER 15: 911 RELIABILITY CERTIFICATION. Covered 911 Service Providers, which are defined as entities that “[p]rovide[] 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location information (ALI), automatic number identification (ANI), or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a public safety answering point (PSAP), statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority,” or that “[o]perate[] one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP,” are required certify that they have taken reasonable measures to provide reliable 911 service with respect to three substantive requirements: (i) 911 circuit diversity; (ii) central office backup power; and (iii) diverse network monitoring by October 15. Certifications must be made through the FCC’s portal.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Sal Taillefer.

NOVEMBER 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual Form 499-A that is due April 1.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and John Prendergast.

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Calendar At-a-Glance

Oct. 13 – Deadline for status updates by Rip and Replace Program recipients.
Oct. 15 – 911 Reliability Certification
Oct. 20 – Comments are due on Enhanced Competition Incentive Program.
Oct. 24 – Comments are due on Part 74 LPTV/Translator rule revisions.

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Nov. 2 – ReConnect Round 4 applications are due.
Nov. 7 – Reply comments are due on Part 74 LPTV/Translator rule revisions.
Nov. 21 – Reply comments are due on Enhanced Competition Incentive Program.

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