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Friday — October 21, 2022 — Issue No. 1,033

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This Week's Wireless Headlines:

  • Google Messages updates bring iOS reactions and YouTube embeds
  • Readers of the Newsletter who are Ham Radio Operators
  • You’re not the only one accidentally turning on your iPhone flashlight
  • Officials: BSFR paramedic slept through fatal emergency call; probe finds ‘pager anomalies and failures’
    • Lawmaker Warns FCC Not to Exceed Its Authority
    • BloostonLaw Partners Discuss Privacy at CVTMA Fall Meeting
    • FCC Sizing Up 12.7 GHz Band For 5G Services and Beyond
    • White House Announces Accelerated Infrastructure Initiative; Includes Dig-Once Broadband Program
    • Comment on New Robotexting Rules Due November 10
    • FCC Settles Investigations into Failures to File Annual 911 Certification
    • Ohio Receives First Planning Grants under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
    • FCC Authorizes RDOF Support for 1,865 Winning Bids; Announces More Defaults
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Who Is BloostonLaw
    • USB Ports, Cables, Types, & Connectors
    • “Security”
    • Tuba Skinny cover


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

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

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Google Messages updates bring iOS reactions and YouTube embeds

The tech giant has detailed the new and upcoming features for its Messages app.

M. Moon
October 20, 2022
9:00 AM


Google has detailed the new, recent and upcoming changes to its Messages app in an effort to advocate for the more widespread adoption of the RCS messaging protocol. Apple chief Tim Cook recently made clear that the company has no plans to fix the 'green bubbles' texting experience anytime soon, but Google's feature additions improve messaging interoperability between iOS and Android. Earlier this year, it rolled out an update for the Messages app that allowed it to display iMessage reactions as emoji. More recently, it launched the ability to react to SMS texts from iPhone users with emoji reactions, as well.

To make navigating busy group chats easier, the app will soon let users respond to individual messages when RCS is enabled — they simply have to swipe on a particular message to reply. This will begin rolling out in the coming weeks. Google has expanded access to the Voice Message Transcription feature, as well, giving people who own a Pixel 6, Pixel 6A, Pixel 6 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy Fold 4 the option to read the contents of a voice message instead. The feature auto-transcribes voice messages using machine learning and was only previously available for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Another new feature is the ability to add reminders from right within the Messages app. Users who set reminders for birthdays and anniversaries will even get a notification when they open the application. In addition, the app will now suggest "starring" a message to keep track of important information or scheduling Meet calls and creating Calendar events when appropriate.

Google has also given Messages an in-app YouTube player, so that users won't have to leave the application when someone sends them a link to a video on the platform. It's testing the capability that would allow users to chat with businesses on Search and Maps from within the application in some countries, as well. And for those flying United, take note that the tech giant has struck a deal with the airline to offer free messaging for passengers using United WiFi starting this fall.

Finally, Google is updating its Messages, Phone and Contacts icons to "to better reflect today's modern messaging experience" and to better blend in with Google's other apps.

Source: engadget  

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

  • Click here for English.
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  • 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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Communications Specialists
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President & CEO
Prism IPX Systems International
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Paul Lauttamus, President
Lauttamus Communications & Security
R.H. (Ron) Mercer
Wireless Consultant
Barry Kanne
Paging Industry Veteran
Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer
Allan Angus
Consulting Engineer

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Providing Expert Support and Service Contracts for all Glenayre Paging Systems.

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.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost-effective solutions.
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Experts in Paging Infrastructure

  • Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
  • Excellent Service Contracts
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Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or  e-mail  us for more information.

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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
Denis Gignac VE2EAM
Ira Wiesenfeld WA5GXP

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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.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

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.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
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You’re not the only one accidentally turning on your iPhone flashlight

Goodbye, butt-dial. Hello, butt-light.

By Heather Kelly Updated October 19, 2022 at 8:31 p.m. EDT
Published October 19, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. EDT

A phone with the flashlight on in the back pocket. (Emma Kumer)

There are two kinds of iPhone users. The ones who accidentally turn on their flashlight and leave it blaring out of their back pockets — and the people who wonder how they keep doing that.

Sarah Andrew Wilson says pockets are partially to blame, specifically the lack of pockets in women’s clothing. With no place to quickly put her iPhone away, the tech entrepreneur is constantly grazing her screen with a hand while trying to multitask, hitting the flashlight button in the bottom left corner of the screen.

“I do feel like people are silently judging me. As in, I don’t know how to use my phone. But I’m in tech! I know how to use technology! I’m an early adopter,” says Wilson, who is 47. “So this is obviously a design problem on Apple’s part.”

Wilson is not alone. We heard from dozens of readers about their flashlight woes, and many more Twitter users, as young as 22.

The flashlight button has been on the iPhone’s lock screen for several years. It sits on the opposite side from a nearly identical button that turns on the camera and turns the light on with a bit of light pressure. Turning on the flashlight can drain a phone’s battery, flash in someone’s eyes or just be embarrassing. (To skip to our tips on how to make it happen less, scroll to the bottom.)

Apple declined to comment on the matter.

To figure out why this was happening, I asked people struggling with the problem to demonstrate how they pick up and put away their phone. People who don’t have flashlight woes were careful not to touch the glass, holding their smartphone gingerly on the edges like a CD. The iPhone owners who did turn on their lights were more likely to hold on to the phone like it wasn’t a giant slab of touch-sensitive glass, gripping the front and the back of the device between their fingers.

People of all ages appear to struggle with this issue. Tori Daniels, 25, says they have been turning on the flashlight for years, most recently when they walked into a pitch-black room and realized it was illuminated by their back pocket. Daniels says it’s a button-placement issue by Apple more than a user error.

“I think it’s a comparable level to the fly-is-down thing. Not actually embarrassing. More like, ‘Oh, shoot. How long has that been happening?’ ” Daniels says.

Zain Jaffer, 34, is not a fan of strangers telling him his flashlight is on.

“I feel most people say it in a condescending tone. They will go out of their way to say ‘excuse me sir … your flashlight is on’ and then walk away with a smug smile. I think it’s the equivalent of driving a car and someone honks at you.”

Drew Turner, 40, doesn’t think people are judging him when the light is on, but it still stings when they say something. He keeps his phone in his back pocket, flashlight unknowingly pointing out for all to see.

“I guess I think it’s a me problem since it doesn’t seem to happen to everyone, but I don’t know what I’m doing differently,” Turner says.

Accidentally doing things on cellphones has a rich history dating back to butt-dialing. Calling someone inadvertently doesn’t happen as much since lock screens became common, but now we’re triggering other things on our smartphones.

Divya Goel, 25, says turning on the flashlight is a common problem in her friend group. But the flashlight doesn’t concern her as much as the camera, which once recorded a full 10-minute conversation from her pocket. “The accidental camera thing is a little unsettling to me,” she says.

Another common accidental iPhone problem is triggering SOS and calling 911, which can happen by pressing and holding the side button for too long.

But it’s the flashlight that seems to be the most common issue, perhaps because the outcome is the easiest to see.

Many people find the fickle button so frustrating that they’ve come up with their own ways to turn the light off. Some bypass the screen altogether and use Siri to turn off the light. (Try, “Hey, Siri, turn off flashlight.”)

Michael Wong, a 29-year-old VR start-up founder, toggles the camera on to quickly disable the light.

“I just swipe a bit to the right and it turns the flashlight off. It’s much easier to swipe a bit to the right than long-hold the flashlight button,” Wong says.

Tricks to turn your flashlight on less

Try these tricks one at a time to see if they help your problem. You can also watch my quick video version.

Help Desk reporter Heather Kelly is here to help you with that pesky, slightly embarrassing, flashlight problem. (Video: Monica Rodman/The Washington Post)

  • Make it harder to press: Go to Settings → Accessibility → Touch → Haptic Touch. Set touch duration to “Slow.”
  • Disable Tap To Wake: Go to Settings → Accessibility → Touch. Toggle off the Tap to Wake setting.
  • Disable Raise to Wake: Go to Settings → Display & Brightness. Toggle off the Raise to Wake setting.
  • Hold it differently: Grip your phone by the sides at all times, and assume the screen is always on.
  • Get a Folio iPhone case: These cases include hard covers that fold over the screen, so there’s one more step to access it.

Chris Velazco contributed to this report.

Source: Washington Post

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.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Officials: BSFR paramedic slept through fatal emergency call; probe finds ‘pager anomalies and failures’


COOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) - A Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue firefighter-paramedic slept through an emergency call that led to the patient’s death, drawing concerns about the alarm system at a fire rescue station in Cooper City and triggering an investigation that uncovered “anomalies and failures” with an important piece of the first responders’ equipment.

Investigators said a call for help with someone having trouble breathing came into the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Station 28 in Cooper City at 11:34 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Audio from the call captured the dispatcher describing the situation.

“Twenty-eight Echo. Trouble breathing,” said the dispatcher.

A little under 20 seconds later, the dispatcher is heard repeating her call and providing the patient’s address.

Firefighters would normally hear an alert go out in a situation like this twice, but there was no response from Rescue 28.

Nearly 2 minutes after the first call, then 16 seconds after that, the dispatcher reached out to confirm the ambulance was en route to the home.

But the crew were not on their way. One of the firefighter-paramedics, sleeping in a separate location, apparently never heard the call.

“When that call came in, it would dispatch a rescue truck of three people. They sleep in different locations inside of the station, so there’s different alerting tones or systems that are throughout,” said Jason Smith, president of the organization Broward County Professional Firefighters.

Smith said two of the firefighters went to the truck, but realized the third had not responded.

“They went out, they went to the truck. As they were preparing themselves to respond to the 911 call, this was when they they recognized, ‘Hey, the individual in charge of this truck is not here,'” he said.

The dispatcher sent another crew from the same station. By this time, the breathing trouble had turned into a cardiac arrest.

“At this time, this is when everyone starts realizing that an initial call had come in, and they missed it,” said Smith.

The question arises: how did the firefighter-paramedic, as well as another one sleeping in the same room, not hear that first call?

“This individual asked questions to their group, ‘Hey, did you hear a call?’ And then that’s when [They said], ‘Yeah we got a call, but it didn’t go off in our room,'” said Smith.

BSFR conducted an investigation and found that all the overhead alert tones appeared to be working, that they were “unable to replicate” the problem.”

However, investigators also found “anomalies and failures” with pagers the firefighters wear.

Why the first responders didn’t hear those alerts is simply unknown.

The delay in this case was 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The man sent to the hospital died several hours later.

When asked what he would say to people who learn about this incident and wonder what would happen if they call, Smith replied, “I would say that that is a fair position to initially feel, but the responders of the Broward Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to getting it right. We don’t delay any form of care, whether it’s from minor or to the most urgent, so for us to have any delay is a problem for us.”

7News has learned that some of the firefighters’ pagers have been replaced, the volume in some of the alerts has been increased to make it easier to hear, and there is now a checklist to make sure everyone is accounted for and they know where everyone is.

The patient’s family declined to comment.

Source: wsvn

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E-mail Phil Leavitt ( ) for pricing and delivery information, or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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Inside Towers Newsletter

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Volume 10, Issue 205

Lawmaker Warns FCC Not to Exceed Its Authority

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

If the Republicans win control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections next month, Rep. Kathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), now the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, could be Chair. She wrote to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel recently, signaling the agency should stick to its marching orders from lawmakers, and not stray from that, even if the Commission seats a third Democrat during the lame-duck session of Congress.

“As the committee of jurisdiction overseeing the FCC, I assure you the committee and its members will exercise our robust investigative and legislative powers to not only forcefully reassert our Article I responsibilities, but to ensure the FCC under Democrat leadership does not continue to exceed Congressional authorizations,” Rodgers warned. She noted that “in recent years the FCC has taken it upon itself to misinterpret its authority to initiate rulemakings with ‘economic and political significance’ that fit the chair’s political leanings.”

Rodgers didn’t say specifically what congressional authorizations she believes the agency surpassed. She cited West Virginia v. EPA, a recent Supreme Court decision that clarified the limitations of certain agency action. “Although Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution vests ‘all legislative powers’ in Congress, the Biden administration has largely relied on executive action to advance its radical agenda,” notes Rodgers.

As an example, in his first year, President Biden issued more executive orders and approved more major rules than any recent president, according to Rodgers. “Such reliance on the administrative state undermines our system of government. Our founders provided Congress with legislative authority to ensure lawmaking is done by elected officials, not unaccountable bureaucrats,” wrote Rodgers. “Given this administration’s track record, we are compelled … to remind you of the limitations on your authority,” she stressed.

In response this week, Rosenworcel stated: “I can assure you that the FCC takes seriously the responsibilities entrusted to it by Congress under the law.” As requested, the Chairwoman included a list of pending and expected rulemakings and the specific Congressional authority for each one. Rosenworcel also included a list of pending and expected Declaratory Rulings on delegated authority by an FCC bureau or office.

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. 40 October 17, 2022  

BloostonLaw Partners Discuss Privacy at CVTMA Fall Meeting

On October 21, BloostonLaw partners Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer will be presenting at the Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association’s Fall Conference. The discussion, entitled “Telco & ISP Privacy: Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Today,” will cover the FCC’s attempt to regulate privacy in 2016, and then discuss the various attempts by some states to enact privacy laws of their own when the FCC’s regulations failed. Ben and Sal will then provide an overview of the privacy landscape as it applies to telcos and ISPs today, and will wrap up with a discussion of recently proposed Federal and State privacy legislation affecting telcos and ISPs.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer


FCC Sizing Up 12.7 GHz Band For 5G Services and Beyond

In the upcoming October Open Meeting, the FCC is poised to adopt a Notice of Inquiry and Order seeking further information on the current use of the 12.7-13.25 GHz Band (12.7 GHz Band), how the Commission could encourage more efficient and intensive use of the band, and whether the band is suitable for mobile broadband or other expanded use. The 12.7 GHz Band represents 550 megahertz of mid-band spectrum that the FCC believes could offer an ideal blend of capacity and overage for providing 5G services and beyond.

The NOI portion of the item seeks information on the current use of the band and whether the band is suitable for mobile broadband or other expanded use. The item asks whether any incumbent services in the band should be sunset, remain in their current form, or be relocated, and whether to adopt cost-sharing procedures to apportion any relocation costs among new entrants.

The Commission’s inquiry was initiated at the request of DISH Networks, which uses the band for Fixed Satellite services (including television and broadband Internet services). Another major licensee in the band, RS Access, offers no telecom services and is backed by billionaire Michael Dell. Within a 50-kilometer radius of the 100 largest TV markets, the 13.15-13.2 GHz frequencies are reserved for television pickup stations, and cable television relay services (CARS). The 12.75-13.25 GHz band has only limited Federal use.

The NOI asks questions about potential spectrum access methods in the 12.7 GHz band, including whether to use or require devices to access a database or other spectrum management system similar to the way the Spectrum Access System (SAS) manages the wireless communications of devices transmitting in the CBRS band, in order to prevent harmful interference to higher priority users.

While there has been pushback to reallocating the band from consumer rights organizations, Indian Tribes, community groups, school districts, education associations, agricultural organizations, and small business groups, the satellite industry is eyeing the $90 billion raised by the recent C-band auction in hopes of another big payday. Nearly 100,000 satellite broadband customers have reached out to the FCC urging it not to risk their broadband access by supporting the proposal from DISH and the 5G for 12 GHz Coalition. SpaceX has also been a prominent critic of the 12.7 GHz proposal, which it says will result in a windfall to DISH and Dell’s personal trust fund, and would “effectively end service to Americans who already depend on the band.”

While current stakeholders and nationwide wireless carriers are likely to have the most in the way of substantive input at the NOI stage of the proceeding, small and rural carriers should keep an eye on the band for future 5G opportunities.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Cary Mitchell and John Prendergast.

White House Announces Accelerated Infrastructure Initiative; Includes Dig-Once Broadband Program

On October 13, at the White House Accelerating Infrastructure Summit, the White House announced new efforts and an Action Plan to accelerate the rebuilding of US infrastructure under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Included among the described efforts is a “dig once” construction effort to speed broadband, transportation, and electrification projects.

Specifically, the Department of Commerce (DOC) will initiate a Dig Once effort in cooperation with the Departments of Transportation and Energy. Dig Once entails interagency coordination on planning, design and construction to prevent multiple excavations for broadband, transportation and electrification projects. DOC will support state broadband offices to work with their counterparts in state energy and transportation departments to identify potential opportunities for project coordination. This effort will support the Federal Highway Administration’s December 2021 Broadband Infrastructure Deployment final rule that allows installation of broadband during road construction projects to minimize disruption and delay.

The full Action Plan can be found here.

Law and Regulation

Comment on New Robotexting Rules Due November 10

On October 11, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing new rules on caller ID authentication for text messaging and new blocking requirements. Accordingly, comments are due November 10, and reply comments are due November 25.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the NPRM proposes and seeks comment on applying existing caller ID authentication standards to text messaging. It also proposes requiring mobile wireless providers to block texts, at the network level, that purport to be from invalid, unallocated, or unused numbers, and numbers on a Do-Not-Originate (DNO) list. Finally, the NPRM also seeks input on other actions the FCC might take to address illegal texts, including enhanced consumer education.

Providers interested in filing comments on the NPRM may contact the firm for more information.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

FCC Announces Updates to Form 499 for 2023

On October 14, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the availability the (1) annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, FCC Form 499-A (FCC Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions (FCC Form 499-A Instructions) to be used in 2023 to report 2022 revenues, and (2) quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, FCC Form 499-Q (FCC Form 499-Q) and accompanying instructions (FCC Form 499-Q Instructions) to be used in 2023 to report projected and collected revenues on a quarterly basis. Links to the new forms and instructions are embedded above.

The revisions to the 2023 FCC Forms 499-A and 499-Q and the accompanying instructions, as applicable, are summarized below:

  • Changes to both the 2023 FCC Form 499-A and FCC Form 499-Q, where applicable, and instructions:
    • Date Changes: Dates are updated throughout the FCC Forms and instructions. References to “2022” are changed to “2023” and references to “2021” are changed to “2022.”
    • Clarifications and Stylistic Changes: In a number of instances, additional non-substantive clarifications and minor stylistic changes, such as correcting typographical errors and spacing, are also made.
  • Changes to the 2023 FCC Form 499-A Instructions:
    • Page 11 is updated to clarify that each affiliate and subsidiary entity should identify their ultimate controlling parent or entity, or provide a common identifier for all affiliated filers.
    • Page 19 is updated to remove the requirement to provide a fax number.
    • Page 26 is updated consistent with a recent Bureau order clarifying that incumbent LECs without a subscriber line charge should identify the interstate portion of fixed local exchange service revenues in column (d) of the appropriate line 404.1-404.5.
    • Page 29 is updated to clarify that amounts received from the federal USF support mechanism should be attributed as either interstate or international revenues, as appropriate.
    • Page 39 is updated to clarify that the reseller safe harbor procedures require an active Filer 499 ID to meet the “reasonable expectation” standard.
  • Changes to the 2023 Form 499-Q Instructions:
    • Circularity Factor Update: The circularity factor is updated in the Form 499-Q instructions based upon the quarterly contribution factors subsequent to the Fourth Quarter 2022 contribution factor announcement.

Carriers with questions about the annual and quarterly Form 499 filings may contact the firm for more information.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Settles Investigations into Failures to File Annual 911 Certification

On October 14, the FCC issued three orders settling three separate investigations into failures to file the annual 911 certification by Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation d/b/a Viya, Mud Lake Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc., and Highland Telephone Cooperative. As a result, each of these entities will pay up to $6,000 in civil penalties and will implement compliance plans to ensure the deadline is met going forward.

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.


Ohio Receives First Planning Grants under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

On October 13, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that Ohio received its first planning grants for deploying high-speed Internet networks and developing digital skills training programs under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Specifically, Ohio is receiving $6,470,550.76 in funding to plan for the deployment and adoption of affordable, equitable, and reliable high-speed Internet throughout the state.

From the Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program, Ohio will receive $5 million to fund:

  • Identification of unserved and underserved locations;
  • Efforts to support local coordination including outreach to diverse stakeholders across all entities and geographies within the state;
  • Planning and capacity-building of the state's broadband office;
  • Asset mapping across Ohio to catalog broadband adoption, affordability, equity, access and deployment activities;
  • Local engagement with unserved, underserved, and underrepresented communities to better understand barriers to adoption.

From the Digital Equity Act (Digital Equity) program, Ohio will receive $1,470,550.76 to fund:

  • Development of a Statewide Digital Equity Plan;
  • Hiring a Digital Equity and Inclusion Manager who will create and execute the state digital equity strategy;
  • Create a plan that will benefit the state of Ohio including utilizing the previously established BroadbandOhio Alliance;
  • Regional coalitions to coordinate community engagement activities and ensure the needs of underrepresented populations are identified;
  • Pilot programs that engage with underserved populations.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, all 50 U.S. states and six territories applied for planning grant funding for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s BEAD program and Digital Equity program. Ohio is the second state to receive both its BEAD and Digital Equity planning grant. Grant awards for all 56 eligible entities will be announced on a rolling basis.

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

FCC Authorizes RDOF Support for 1,865 Winning Bids; Announces More Defaults

On October 12, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the authorization of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (Auction 904) support for the winning bids identified here. For each of the winning bids identified, the FCC reviewed the long-form application information, including the letter(s) of credit and Bankruptcy Code opinion letter(s) from the long-form applicant’s legal counsel and, based on the representations and certifications in the relevant long-form application, formally authorized and obligated support.

The FCC also provided a list of winning bids associated with winning bidders or their assignees that have notified the FCC that they do not intend to pursue all or some of their winning bids in a state. A list of these bids can be found here, and according to the Public Notice, a list of the eligible census blocks covered by these winning bids will be made available on the Auction 904 website under the “Results” tab, Auction 904 support will not be authorized for these bids, and the winning bidders and assignees are considered to be in default for these bids and subject to forfeiture.

In the near future, the FCC indicates it will post a state-level summary under the “Results” tab on the Auction 904 webpage at The summary will provide for each long-form applicant included in this Public Notice: 1) the total support amount over 10 years and total number of locations that the long-form applicant is being authorized for in each state, 2) the total number of locations to which the authorized support recipient must offer the required voice and broadband services for each performance tier and latency in each state, and 3) the eligible census blocks included in the winning bids that are being authorized in each state.

The FCC included a summary of the various obligations of authorized Auction 904 support recipients, but caveated that this list is not comprehensive:

  • Annual reporting of location information.
  • Service milestones.
  • Annual section 54.313 report.
  • Annual section 54.314 certification.
  • National Security Supply Chain Proceeding obligations.
  • Document retention and compliance audit requirements.
  • ETC obligations.
  • Discontinuance of service and/or relinquishment of support requirements.
  • Transfer of control requirements.

The FCC authorizes support and determines defaults on a rolling basis.


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. 20 – Comments are due on Enhanced Competition Incentive Program.
Oct. 24 – Comments are due on Part 74 LPTV/Translator rule revisions.

Nov. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Nov. 2 – ReConnect Round 4 applications are due.
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.

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