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Friday — September 30, 2022 — Issue No. 1,030

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This Week's Wireless Headlines

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  • FCC will start kicking voice providers out of its robocall database
  • Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
  • USB logos finally make sense, thanks to a redesign
  • Stanford Computer Scientist Answers Coding Questions From Twitter
    • FCC Union Backs Sohn for Commission Seat
    • FCC Extends Deadlines in Areas Affected by Hurricane Ian
    • FCC Seeks Comment on New Robotexting Rules
    • FCC Extends Deadlines in Areas Affected by Hurricane Ian
    • Tribal Governments May Now Access Form 481
    • CTIA Files 2022 Annual Wireless Industry Survey
    • FCC Launches DIRS/NORS Outage Information Sharing System
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Who Is BloostonLaw
    • BIGGEST Mistakes DIYers Make When Connecting Wires Together
    • "I’ve Been Blue Since You Went Away”
    • Tuba Skinny cover


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Easy Solutions  (Vaughan Bowden)
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Prism-IPX Systems  (Jim Nelson & John Bishop)
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Service Monitors and Frequency Standards for Sale

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FCC will start kicking voice providers out of its robocall database

Calls will be blocked if those providers don't boost their anti-spam efforts.

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J. Fingas @jonfingas
October 3, 2022 3:52 PM

Telecoms slow to adopt anti-robocall measures could soon face stiff punishment in the US. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now plans to remove seven voice service providers from its Robocall Mitigation Database for failing to comply with required anti-spam efforts, such as implementing STIR/SHAKEN call authentication to prevent spoofing. The companies have 14 days to "show cause" why they shouldn't be removed. If they don't, all their customers will be blocked from making calls. Effectively, their voice businesses are finished.

The companies include Akabis, Cloud4, Global UC, Horizon Technology, Morse Communications, Sharon Telephone and SW Arkansas. In all cases, the companies failed to share their anti-robocall plans even after the FCC warned them about violations. The FCC noted that STIR/SHAKEN is necessary for any provider with an IP-based network, and those without IP still have to show that they're mitigating illegal robocalls.

The FCC required that all carriers use STIR/SHAKEN by the end of June 2021. Major carriers like AT&T and Verizon (Engadget's former owner) were quick to adopt the technology. Small providers received extensions, but only so long as they detailed how they'd limit robocalls.

Removals aren't likely to significantly stem the tide of spam calls. However, the FCC's move (along with a campaign from state attorneys general) could discourage telecoms that either skimp on anti-robocall defenses or knowingly profit from scammers and telemarketers.

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.

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

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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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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Lauttamus Communications & Security
R.H. (Ron) Mercer
Wireless Consultant
Barry Kanne
Paging Industry Veteran
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Consulting Engineer
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PRISM IPX Systems Critical Messaging Solutions


Thousands of Users Worldwide Depend on Prism IPX

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Prism-IPX Systems products include full-featured radio paging systems with VoIP input, IP based transmitter control systems and paging message encryption. Other options include email messaging, remote switch controllers, Off-The-Air paging message decoders and logging systems.

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Easy Solutions

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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.
  • We are not just another vendor . . . We are a part of your team. All the advantages of high priced full-time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business . . . We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

Experts in Paging Infrastructure

  • Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
  • Excellent Service Contracts
  • Full Service—Beyond Factory Support
  • Making systems More Reliable and MORE PROFITABLE for over 30 years.

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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Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Messier 83, a galaxy 15 million lightyears from Earth. Image: CTIO/NOIRLab/DOE/NSF/AURA; Acknowledgment: M. Soraisam (University of Illinois); Image processing: Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani and Davide de Martin

The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy (or Messier 83) is comprised of hundreds of thousands of stars, star clusters, and hundreds of supernova remnants, according to NASA. It’s 15 million light-years from Earth. It took the Dark Energy Camera over 11 hours of exposure to capture the vibrant light emanating from the galaxy.

Source: gizmodo


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
Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

Wireless Network Planners

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R.H. (Ron) Mercer
217 First Street
East Northport, NY 11731

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USB logos finally make sense, thanks to a redesign

For years it's been obvious that this change was needed.

Mark Hachman
By Mark Hachman Senior Editor, PCWorld

Image: Aqe / Pixabay

For years, USB technologies have been an alphabet soup of terminology—when, really, all consumers care about is how fast the USB connection is. But now, finally, a new USB logo scheme solves this problem.

The USB Implementors Forum unveiled new logos on Friday for laptop ports, chargers, and cables that actually try to communicate what each one does. It’s a far cry from the nightmare naming scheme that the USB-IF implemented in 2009. It’s worth noting that the names of each specification apparently haven’t changed, but the logos have, and that’s all that matters.

USB-IF executives said the new logos were established alongside the new 240W USB-C power specification, which can now charge USB-C powered laptops at the levels required by even some gaming laptops. Now, the various USB specifications are defined by their speed. Charging specifications are defined by their wattage, with logos that actually indicate this.

“With the new higher power capabilities enabled by the USB PD 3.1 Specification, which unlocks up to 240W over a USB Type-C cable and connector, USB-IF saw an opportunity to further strengthen and simplify its Certified Logo Program for the end user,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and chief operating officer, in a statement. “With our updated logos, consumers can easily identify the USB4 performance and USB Power Delivery capabilities of Certified USB-C cables, which support an ever-expanding ecosystem of consumer electronics from laptops and smartphones to displays and chargers.”

Check out the new logos, which will be used on packaging, ports, and device power ports:

Image: USB-IF

The new USB logos clearly communicate not just the speed of the port, but its capabilities.

About the only drawback? There’s no obligation for device makers to actually inscribe the logo on their laptops, which could mean a continuation of the confusion around ports.

The new USB cable logos also feature clear communication of their speed as well as their charging capabilities. The big question is whether these cables will support Thunderbolt, or DisplayPort, or USB4 — any of the protocols, that is.

Finally, there are the charging logos, which again state what the device is capable of.

If nothing else, this is a huge step forward for clarity, communicating to the consumer what they’re buying. The only real regret is why this wasn’t implemented years ago.

Source: PCWorld

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.

“If you would know the road ahead, ask someone who has traveled it.” — Chinese Proverb

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
Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

Stanford Computer Scientist Answers Coding Questions From Twitter

Oct 4, 2022

Chris Piech, professor of computer science at Stanford University, answers the Internet's burning questions about coding. Do you need to know math to be good at coding? How many computer languages are there? Are programming and coding the same thing? How do you code A.I.? What is the meaning of the "404" error? Chris answers all these questions and much more!

Source: YouTube

Leavitt Communications

We can supply alphanumeric display, numeric display, and voice pagers.

We also offer NEW and refurbished Alphamate 250s, refurbished Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate refurbished, and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts, and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging! Outstanding service is our goal.

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

Phil Leavitt

7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Inside Towers Newsletter

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Volume 10, Issue 195

FCC Union Backs Sohn for Commission Seat

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents 800 FCC employees, endorsed Gigi Sohn’s nomination as an FCC Commissioner. In a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA), NTEU National President Anthony Reardon says the union is concerned about the continued vacancy at the agency.

NTEU believes Sohn is a “highly qualified nominee,” as a former staff member who knows the agency well. “I feel that any further delay in the confirmation of her nomination threatens to inhibit progress at the FCC to the detriment of both the workforce and the American consumer,” says Reardon.

The committee failed to successfully report Sohn’s nomination to the full Senate for a vote. Reardon is urging the committee to do that. “The FCC and its highly trained workforce have earned the priority attention of Congress and the U.S. public to complete this nomination process and get down to business. It is time for the country to allow this Commission and its employees to be fully staffed and functioning,” Reardon says in the letter.

The agency has been without a Democratic majority for more than a year and a half. Sohn brings a wealth of experience, from both the Commission and as the head of consumer group Public Knowledge. However detractors, including Republicans on the committee, cite her past criticisms of Fox News, and association with streaming service Locast, which broadcasters successfully sued over copyright issues, Inside Towers reported.

The shrinking legislative calendar is an issue as well. If Sohn is confirmed, it will most likely be during the lame duck session, posits Techdirt. If Sohn isn’t confirmed by year’s end she’ll need to be re-nominated in the new year. It’s not clear if the administration would do so, or start the process over with a new candidate.

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. 38 October 3, 2022  

FCC Extends Deadlines in Areas Affected by Hurricane Ian

On September 29, the FCC issued a Public Notice extending certain Wireless Radio Service deadlines occurring between September 24, 2022 and October 24, 2022 for licensees and applicants affected by Hurricane Ian. For the purposes of this relief, the FCC defines “affected areas” as the State of Florida. The deadlines in question were extended to October 25, 2022.

See the full article below for more information.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.


FCC Seeks Comment on New Robotexting Rules

The FCC is taking steps to fight back against so-called “robotext” campaigns that have been on the rise in recent years. On September 27, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing new rules on caller ID authentication for text messaging and new blocking requirements. Comment and reply comment deadlines have not yet been established.

Specifically, 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 and unwanted texts, including enhanced consumer education.

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

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.

FCC Extends Deadlines in Areas Affected by Hurricane Ian

On September 29, the FCC issued a Public Notice extending certain deadlines occurring from September 24, 2022, to October 24, 2022 for licensees and applicants affected by Hurricane Ian. For the purposes of this relief, the FCC defines “affected areas” as the State of Florida. A September 30 Public Notice extended this same relief to the State of South Carolina.

Specifically, the following deadlines are extended to October 25, 2022:

  • any deadlines currently set within the period from September 24, 2022, to October 24, 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 24, 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 Commission’s rules.

The FCC also waived Section 1.931(a) of the rules through October 24, 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. Affected licensees and applicants must include a certification that the STA or waiver request is in response to Hurricane Ian.

Applicants for Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) are advised that facilities meeting the criteria for the replacement tower exception or temporary tower exception under the Commission’s National Environmental Policy Act rules do not have to complete the environmental notification process prior to completing their ASR applications. Operators of facilities that are not subject to an exception may seek waiver or postponement of environmental notification upon an appropriate showing of an emergency situation.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast, Richard Rubino and Cary Mitchell.

Law and Regulation

Tribal Governments May Now Access Form 481

On September 30, USAC announced that Tribal governments may now access the most recent FCC Form 481 filings submitted by telecommunications carriers that serve their lands with support from the Universal Service Fund (USF) High Cost program. According to the announcement, carriers no longer have to file Form 481 separately with Tribal governments.

FCC Form 481 collects financial and operations information used to validate carrier support. This includes information about a carrier’s holding company, operating companies, affiliates and branding designations (doing-business-as or DBA); ability to function in emergency situations; terrestrial backhaul; Tribal lands engagement; and comparability of voice and broadband service rates in rural and urban areas. Form 481 also includes a supply chain certification, which requires carriers to certify that no universal service support is being used to purchase, rent, lease, obtain or maintain any equipment or services produced or provided by any company designated by the FCC as posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain.

BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.


CTIA Files 2022 Annual Wireless Industry Survey

On September 22, CTIA filed its Annual Wireless Industry Survey with the FCC. In its cover letter, CTIA noted the following highlights from this year’s Survey:

  • Wireless Investment is at an All-Time High. Providers invested $35 billion in 2021, the most investment in the history of the Survey and the fourth year of continued investment growth. Since the launch of 5G in 2018, wireless providers have invested nearly $121 billion in their networks, and $635 billion over the life of the wireless industry.
  • Growth in Data Traffic Doubled from 2020 to 2021. In 2021, mobile wireless data traffic skyrocketed to 53.4 trillion megabytes. The increase in data traffic between 2020 and 2021 (11.2 trillion additional MB of traffic) was two-times more than the increase between 2019 and 2020 (5.1 trillion). U.S. networks are now supporting more data traffic than 2010 through 2017 combined.
  • More Cell Sites Mean a Faster 5G Rollout. The nationwide rollout of 5G happened twice as fast as 4G, as infrastructure reforms continue to pay dividends. As wireless providers lay the physical foundation for our 5G Economy, they have added nearly 70,000 active cell sites since the Commission and state legislators modernized key siting regulations.
  • Trillions of Texts and Calls. In 2021, American consumers exchanged two trillion messages—more than 63,644 per second. And even with texting at their fingertips, millions of consumers still use voice calls to talk to friends and family daily, amounting to 2.4 trillion minutes of use in 2021.
  • Expanding 5G Networks Mean Explosive Device Growth. Consumers have embraced 5G technology, as the number of connected 5G devices grew 513 percent to more than 85 million.

A copy of the report can be found here.

FCC Launches DIRS/NORS Outage Information Sharing System

On September 30, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that Federal, state, Tribal nation, territorial, and District of Columbia agencies may begin applying for read-only access to the reports filed in the FCC’s Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) and Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, this is the outcome of an FCC proceeding to provide access to critical outage and network status information that will improve situational awareness, enhance their ability to respond more rapidly to outages, and to help save lives, while safeguarding the confidentiality of this information.

Specifically, the FCC has launched an Outage Information Sharing webpage, available at, to serve as a central hub from which stakeholders may obtain information, such as forms related to the information sharing framework, user guides, FAQs, and links to the FCC's previously-recorded stakeholder workshop. This also includes links to training materials that agencies may use in satisfying the training obligations for their staff.

The Commission’s rules allow Participating Agencies to share NORS and DIRS information with first responders, emergency communications centers, and other local government agencies who play a vital public safety role during crises and have a need to know this information (Downstream Agencies). These Downstream Agencies will not have direct access to the NORS-DIRS databases. Instead, they can request outage reports from Participating Agencies in their jurisdictions.

To protect sensitive communications status data, Participating Agencies and Downstream Agencies must preserve the confidentiality of NORS and DIRS filings. The Commission will grant access to NORS and DIRS only after Participating Agencies certify that they will comply with requirements for maintaining the confidentiality of the data and the security of the databases. Participating Agencies will also be responsible for ensuring Downstream Agencies certify that they, too, will maintain the confidentiality of the data they receive.


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 Contact: 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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Benjamin H. Dickens, Jr., 202-828-5510,
Gerard J. Duffy, 202-828-5528,
John A. Prendergast, 202-828-5540,
Richard D. Rubino, 202-828-5519,
Mary J. Sisak, 202-828-5554,
D. Cary Mitchell, 202-828-5538,
Salvatore Taillefer, Jr., 202-828-5562,

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm.

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.

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. 21 – Reply comments are due on Enhanced Competition Incentive Program.

Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP is a telecommunications law firm representing rural telecommunications companies, wireless carriers, private radio licensees, cable TV companies, equipment manufacturers and industry associations before the FCC and the courts, as well as state and local government agencies. Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small and medium-sized enterprises whose vitality and efficiency depend on the effective deployment of communications.

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