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Friday — January 27, 2023 — Issue No. 1,047

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This Week's Wireless Headlines:

  • Everything We Know About Amazon’s New Home Internet Service
  • Windows 11 22H2 Is Ready for Everyone Now
  • Google Messages could finally get this staple messaging feature
    • FCC OKs Proposals to Help Rural Health Care Providers with Broadband Costs
    • FCC Announces Conclusion of CAF Auction Application Review; Long-Form Applications Made Public
    • Comments on Digital Discrimination NPRM Due February 21
    • FCC Proposes $62 Million Fine for Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Violations
    • 2020 TCPA Revisions Effective July 20
    • Build America, Buy America Act Applies to ReConnect Projects Beginning February 3
    • Comments on Revisions to Part 25 Application Process Due March 3
    • Dish Challenges SpaceX Satellite Authorization
    • Deadlines
    • BloostonLaw Contacts
    • Calendar At-a-Glance
    • Who Is BloostonLaw
    • Steve Neal
    • How to Use Seamless Barrel Butt Splices
    • “Steel Rails”
      • The Petersens — Fourth Live Concert from Branson


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Everything We Know About Amazon’s New Home Internet Service

By Luke Bouma on January 27, 2023

For years the dream of competition in the world of home Internet has been just that; a dream. Now in 2023, we are starting to see it become a reality. Wireless Internet from places like T-Mobile and Verizon has come on strong recently. New faster satellite Internet from SpaceX, and fiber Internet have all expanded recently, meaning many Americans who may have had two options in the past now have 4 or 5 options.

Now Amazon wants to join that list by offering high speed Internet from space, similar to SpaceX’s Starlink service.

Here is everything we know about Amazon’s new home Internet service:

Where is it today?

In October of 2022, Amazon announced their Project Kuiper would launch more than 3,000 satellites into low-earth orbit to offer this home Internet service. To do this, Amazon has announced plans to build the required satellites in Kirkland, Washington.

Amazon has also secured a deal with ULA, Arianespace, and Blue Origin to launch these satellites into space starting in early 2023. With this deal, Amazon hopes to launch multiple prototypes into space to test the system before mass production starts.

Amazon is facing a deadline as the FCC has given it until mid-2026 to have 1,600 satellites in space or face losing its FCC approval for the project.

Will this be like older satellite Internet services?

These satellites will offer far better home Internet compared to older satellite home Internet service. With faster speeds and lower latency, Amazon is hoping to become a major player in the world of home Internet at a time when home Internet is becoming more critical than ever.

What speeds should you expect?

SpaceX’s Starlink is likely a good example. A recent report from says Starlink is averaging about 90.55 Mbps down and 9.33 Mbps up with a latency of 43. This is a crazy jump in Internet speed for millions of Americans living in rural areas that struggle to get home Internet So, as more satellites have been launched, the speed has increased.

What price should you expect?

Reports are that Amazon is hoping to undersell Starlink. So look for a price at or below $100 a month. That may not sound cheap to some, but if you live in a rural area high speed Internet for under $100 is a great deal.

Final Thoughts:

This could be huge news for cord cutters if Amazon is able to follow through on their plans. Studies have shown that as more options for home Internet come, online pricing has come down, and data caps have gone away. For now, though, we have to wait as we are likely still years away from these networks becoming fully built out.

Source: Cord Cutters News  

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

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

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

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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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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.
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Experts in Paging Infrastructure

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  • 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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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:

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Windows 11 22H2 Is Ready for Everyone Now

CORBIN DAVENPORT @corbindavenport JAN 27, 2023, 10:41 AM EST

Microsoft has started automatically rolling out Windows 11 22H2 to computers running 21H2, which was previously only available as a manual update. The company said in its health dashboard, “Since Windows 10, we have been helping Windows users stay up to date and secure with supported versions of Windows through automatic updates. We are utilizing this same approach for Windows 11 to help you stay protected and productive.” Some people have reported seeing the update notification on Windows 10, too.

The automatic rollout indicates Windows 11 22H2 is free of any major bugs — at least, Microsoft seems to think so. The update includes a modernized Task Manager, improvements to the Start Menu, drag and drop support on the taskbar, tabs in the File Explorer, better window snapping, and other changes.

There are still far fewer PCs running Windows 11 than earlier versions, partially due to the higher (official) hardware requirements, and also because Microsoft hasn’t been overly pushy with forcing upgrades yet. Statcounter reports that 18% of Windows PCs worldwide are on version 11, compared to 67% on Windows 10 and 9.86% on Windows 7. The most recent Steam Hardware & Software Survey, which collects opt-in data from computers running the Steam games client, places Windows 10 at 68% of PCs and Windows 11 at 29%.

Source: Bleeping Computer

Corbin Davenport is the News Editor at How-To Geek, an independent software developer, and a podcaster. He previously worked at Android Police, PC Gamer, and XDA Developers
Source: How-To Geek  

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
Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

Google Messages could finally get this staple messaging feature

User profiles have been a thing in IM apps for years now, and it looks like Google will adopt it for Messages.

By Hadlee Simons

January 24, 2023

Hadlee Simons, Editor
Hadlee Simons Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Hadlee is part of the news team at Android Authority, joining the website in 2018. He has over a decade of experience working in the tech journalism space. When he's not working, he's gaming, watching motorsport, or running. He'll get back on the jiu-jitsu mat when this pandemic is over.

  • Google could soon bring support for user profiles to the Messages app.
  • Apps like WhatsApp and Telegram have supported profiles for years now.

Google Messages is the company’s flagship messaging and texting app, coming preloaded on phones from a variety of manufacturers. The app already supports a host of RCS features, and it looks like we might finally get another staple instant messaging (IM) feature.

Redditor seeareeff (h/t: GSMArena) uncovered evidence of user profiles coming to the Google Messages app. The user uploaded a screenshot of a profiles menu in the app, containing options for profile sharing, your profile visibility, and contact-related notifications. These options don’t work right now, but you can nevertheless check out the screenshot below.

The Redditor also noted that you can see a “profile” option tied to Messages if you search in Android settings, and we were indeed able to see this listing. So it definitely looks like this feature is in the works.

Profiles would be an overdue move for Google if it wants Messages to be a more modern experience. Mobile IM apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal all support this option. Profiles contain your name, phone number, and optional features like a profile photo and bio in one place, allowing for easier identification in chats. But we’re also glad to see the company apparently working on profile visibility toggles, allowing you to hide your personal details if need be.

Source: Android Authority

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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.

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Inside Towers Newsletter

Friday, January 27, 2023 Volume 11, Issue 19

FCC OKs Proposals to Help Rural Health Care Providers with Broadband Costs

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

The FCC on Thursday approved several proposals to support rural health care providers with broadband costs and other communications services. The Commissioners okayed a number of proposals for the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to make it easier for providers to receive support, reduce delays in funding commitments, and improve the overall efficiency of the program. Reliable high-speed connectivity is critical for rural health care providers to serve patients in rural areas that often have limited resources, fewer doctors, and higher rates for broadband and telecommunications services than urban areas, according to the agency.

The Commission’s RHC Program expands access to telehealth and telemedicine services by providing financial support to eligible health care providers for high-speed broadband connections and telecommunications services. One of the biggest actions was restoring clarity and certainty to the oldest part of the RHC, the Telecom Program. It offers support to rural healthcare providers for the difference between the rates they are charged for communications and those they would pay for the same facilities in urban areas.

During the meeting, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel explained that “years ago, the FCC tried to ‘fix’ the Telecom Program by setting up a series of databases designed to tell communities exactly what communications services should cost.” But the fix didn’t work, she said. “For instance, in Alaska the database featured a rate for a dedicated transmission service in the Extremely Rural tier that was lower than the rate for the same service in the Less Rural tier. In California, the database showed that a 50 Mbps connection was cheaper than a 20 Mbps connection.”

Rural healthcare authorities, their doctors, and members of Congress pointed out the database was flawed. So for the last two years the Commission waived the use of this database. “Today, we fix it for good. In fact, we bid it goodbye and return to the earlier system that worked for providers and helped grow this telemedicine program into what it is today,” said Rosenworcel.

Among other changes the Commissioners approved: The FCC will continue to allow participants to use already-approved rates for an additional two funding years, to ensure smooth operation of the program. It took steps to simplify the program’s invoicing rules and reduce funding delays. The agency also asks for input on how to improve the program going forward.

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. 26, No. 3 January 23, 2023  

FCC Announces Conclusion of CAF Auction Application Review; Long-Form Applications Made Public

On January 19, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the conclusion of the Connect America Fund Phase II auction (Auction 903 or CAF Phase II auction) long-form application review. All Auction 903 winning bids have been authorized or defaulted, with state-level summaries of authorizations posted under the “Data” tab on the Auction 903 webpage at

As part of the Rural Broadband Accountability Plan, the FCC is also making available additional information from the long-form applications submitted by applicants, viewable through the application search feature on the Auction 903 web page. The FCC will continue to withhold from routine public inspection information related to a long-form applicant’s detailed technology and system design description and its project funding description; financial information for which confidential treatment was requested; letter of credit documentation; and any other information subject to a request for confidential treatment that has been granted or remains pending.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Cary Mitchell and Sal Taillefer.


Comments on Digital Discrimination NPRM Due February 21

On January 20, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the comment deadlines for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on digital discrimination in access to broadband. Comments are due February 21, and reply comments are due March 21.

The NPRM, originally released on December 22, seeks comment on:

  • A proposed definition of “digital discrimination of access”: (1) “policies or practices, not justified by genuine issues of technical or economic feasibility, that differentially impact consumers’ access to broadband Internet access service based on their income level, race, ethnicity, color, religion, or national origin”; and/or (2) “policies or practices, not justified by genuine issues of technical or economic feasibility, that are intended to differentially impact consumers’ access to broadband Internet access service based on their income level, race, ethnicity, color, religion, or national origin.”
  • Proposed revisions to the FCC’s informal consumer complaint process to accept complaints of digital discrimination, including: (1) adding a dedicated pathway for digital discrimination of access complaints; (2) collecting voluntary demographic information from filers who submit digital discrimination of access complaints; and (3) establishing a clear pathway for organizations to submit digital discrimination of access complaints.
  • Proposed adoption of model policies and best practices for states and localities to combat digital discrimination based on recommendations from the Communications Equity and Diversity Council. The report outlines six model policies and best practices for states and localities: (1) developing and making available recurring “broadband equity assessments"; (2) facilitating awareness among landlords regarding “tenant choice and competition” in MTEs; (3) identifying ways to “incentivize equitable deployment”; (4) managing public property (such as rights-of-way) “to avert discriminatory behaviors that result in or sustain digital discrimination and redlining”; (5) convening regular meetings of stakeholders to evaluate “areas and households unserved and underserved with competitive and quality broadband options”; and (6) encouraging “fair competition and choice.”
  • Further details of the rules the FCC should adopt to facilitate equal access to broadband Internet service and prevent “digital discrimination of access,” as well as identification of necessary steps for the elimination of such discrimination.

This proceeding is the result of Section 60506 of the Infrastructure Act, which requires the FCC to combat digital discrimination. Earlier in 2022, Chairwoman Rosenworcel formed the cross-agency Task Force to Prevent Digital Discrimination and charged the Communications Equity and Diversity Council to issue a report recommending model policies and best practices for states and localities. The NPRM reflects and builds on the work of these groups.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Proposes $62 Million Fine for Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Violations

On January 17, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to Q Link Wireless, LLC (Q Link) for apparently violating the FCC’s rules governing the reimbursements it claimed for providing Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program customers with Internet-connected devices between December 2021 and March 2022. Because of these apparent violations, which involved overclaiming support for hundreds of thousands of computer tablets, Q Link apparently obtained at least $20,792,800 in improper disbursements from the EBB Program during the period under review. In light of these violations, the FCC proposed a fine of $62 million.

According to the NAL, Q Link offered a tablet model, known as the Scepter 8, that did not appear to have been commercially available to retail customers but instead was manufactured by Hot Pepper, Inc. exclusively for Q Link. Although the exact dollar figures are redacted in the NAL, it appears that Q Link claimed EBB reimbursement on an artificially inflated claimed market value of the Scepter 8. Since the Scepter 8 had no retail offering, the FCC conducted a market value analysis of the Scepter and determined that a reasonable market value for the exclusive device would be approximately $60.

Having established a market value of $60, the FCC determined that Q Links asserted market value for the device in its EBB reimbursement claims substantially exceeded its objective market value. Further the FCC determined that Q Link knew or should have known that the market value of its device was far less than it claimed when it sought reimbursement, and that the technical specifications of the device were substantially inferior to those that Q Link asserted were comparable.

An NAL is not a final FCC order, and recipients are afforded an opportunity to respond to the NAL and request its modification or cancellation.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and John Prendergast.

Law and Regulation

2020 TCPA Revisions Effective July 20

On January 20, the FCC announced the effective date for certain revisions to Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) made in its Report and Order of December 29, 2020. These revisions are effective July 20, 2023.

In the 2020 Report and Order, the FCC codified the TCPA exemptions for calls to wireless numbers into the rules and amended the TCPA exemptions for artificial or prerecorded voice calls made to residential telephone lines so each satisfies the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act's requirements to identify who can call, who can be called, and any call limits. The FCC also adopted limits on the number of calls that can be made under the exemptions for non-commercial calls to a residence; commercial calls to a residence that do not include an advertisement or constitute telemarketing; tax-exempt nonprofit organization calls to a residence; and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)-related calls to a residence. Finally, the FCC required that callers must have mechanisms in place to allow consumers to opt out of any future calls.

Although these requirements were adopted in December of 2020, their implementation was delayed indefinitely.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

Build America, Buy America Act Applies to ReConnect Projects Beginning February 3

On January 17, the US Department of Agriculture stated that beginning February 3, “all non-Federal entities receiving USDA Rural Development (RD) federal financial assistance for infrastructure projects must comply with the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA).” This includes the ReConnect grant program.

The BABAA was enacted as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on November 15, 2021. It established a domestic content procurement preference for all Federal financial assistance obligated for infrastructure projects after May 14, 2022. The domestic content procurement preference requires that all iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in covered infrastructure projects are produced in the United States.

USDA is holding a webinar series on BABAA compliance this week, as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern
  • Friday, January 27, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern
  • Friday, January 27, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern

At this time, it is unclear whether BABAA requirements will apply retroactively to existing projects, or only to new projects going forward.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

Comments on Revisions to Part 25 Application Process Due March 3

On January 17, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on changes to its rules, policies, and practices to facilitate the acceptance for filing of satellite and earth station applications under Part 25. Accordingly, comments are due March 3 and reply comments are due April 3.

Specifically, the FCC proposes to revise procedural rules to formally allow consideration of satellite applications and petitions that request waiver of the Table of Frequency Allocations to operate in a frequency band without an international allocation. The FCC also seeks comment on typical processing timeframes for satellite applications.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.


Dish Challenges SpaceX Satellite Authorization

On January 3, Dish Network Corp. and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) filed separate challenges to the FCC’s Order and Authorization of December 1, 2022 approving Space Exploration Holdings LLC’s (SpaceX) second-generation Starlink constellation (Gen2 Starlink). The appeals were filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

In its Notice of Appeal, Dish said that the Order and Authorization contravened the Administrative Procedure Act “by arbitrarily and capriciously ignoring unrebutted expert studies submitted by DISH showing that SpaceX’s Gen2 system would significantly exceed the applicable power limits adopted by the FCC for the 12 GHz band, and thus would risk causing unacceptable interference with DISH’s Direct Broadcast Satellite (“DBS”) service complies with such power limits.” DISH also argued that the FCC violated its own rules, as well as legal precedent, “by depriving the parties of an opportunity to obtain and comment on an ex parte submission made by SpaceX to the Commission, and the Commission alone, on the most controversial issue in the proceeding—whether its entire system complies with such power limits.”

The IDA, in its own Notice of Appeal, also argued that the Order and Authorization is arbitrary and capricious, and further that it violates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the FCC’s implementing regulations. According to IDA, its members face a series of harms from the Order and Authorization, including “a diminishment in the enjoyment of the dark sky; harm to both professional and amateur astronomy; impairment of the cultural, religious, and heritage significance; impairment of the natural nighttime environment; as well as broader harms and risks to the environment including, as an example, the risks to migrating species that use stars for navigation.”

The Order and Authorization, the FCC granted in part and deferred in part, with conditions, the application of SpaceX to construct, deploy, and operate a constellation of 29,988 non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellites using Ku-, Ka-, and E-band frequencies to provide fixed-satellite service (FSS). The FCC granted authority to construct, deploy, and operate up to 7,500 satellites operating at altitudes of 525, 530, and 535 km and inclinations of 53, 43, and 33 degrees, respectively, using frequencies in the Ku- and Ka-band. However, the FCC deferred consideration of SpaceX’s proposed use of E-band frequencies and tracking beacons. The FCC also granted SpaceX’s request for authority to conduct launch and early orbit phase (LEOP) operations and testing during orbit-raising, as well as tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) during the process of removing its satellites from orbit, consistent with the parameters described in the application and related materials.


JANUARY 31: Form 855 HAC Compliance Certification. The next Hearing Aid Compatibility regulatory compliance certification, certifying compliance with the FCC’s HAC handset minimums as well as enhanced record retention and website posting requirements for the 2022 calendar year, will be due Tuesday, January 31, 2023, for all CMRS service providers (including CMRS resellers) that had operations during any portion of 2022. Companies that sold their wireless licenses during the 2022 calendar year are still obligated to file a partial-year HAC compliance certifications if they provided mobile wireless service and sold wireless handsets at any time during the year.

BloostonLaw has prepared a 2023 HAC Regulatory Compliance Template to facilitate our clients’ compliance with the revised HAC rules. Contact Cary Mitchell if you would like to obtain a copy of the HAC Regulatory Compliance Template.

BloostonLaw Contact: Cary Mitchell.

JANUARY 31: FCC FORM 555, ANNUAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER CERTIFICATION FORM. All Lifeline Program service providers are required to file the FCC Form 555, except where the National Verifier, state Lifeline administrator, or other entity is responsible. Since January 31 falls on a weekend or holiday this year, Form 555 may be filed by February 1. The FCC Form 555 must be submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) electronically via USAC’s E-File (One Portal). Carriers must also file a copy of their FCC Form 555 in the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System, Docket 14-171, and with their state regulatory commission. The form reports the results of the annual recertification process and non-usage de-enrollments. Recertification results are reported month-by-month based on the subscribers’ anniversary date.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and John Prendergast.

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

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

FEBRUARY 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT. Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks—including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.

FEBRUARY 1: Live 911 Call Data Reports — Non-Nationwide Providers that do not provide coverage in any of the Test Cities must collect and report aggregate data based on the largest county within its footprint to APCO, NENA, and NASNA on the location technologies used for live 911 calls in those areas. Clients should obtain spreadsheets with their company’s compliance data from their E911 service provider (e.g., Intrado / West).

BloostonLaw Contact: Cary Mitchell.

MARCH 1: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT FORM FOR CABLE COMPANIES. This form, plus royalty payment for the second half of last year, is due March 1. The form covers the period July 1 to December 31 and is due to be mailed directly to cable TV operators by the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office.

BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer

MARCH 1: CPNI ANNUAL CERTIFICATION. Carriers should modify (as necessary) and complete their “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” for this year. The certification must be filed with the FCC by March 1. Note that the annual certification should include the following three required Exhibits: (a) a detailed Statement Explaining How the Company’s Operating Procedures Ensure Compliance with The FCC’S CPNI Rules to reflect the Company’s policies and information; (b) a Statement of Actions Taken Against Data Brokers; and (c) a Summary of Customer Complaints Regarding Unauthorized Release of CPNI. A company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules must execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and file the certification with the FCC in the correct fashion. Our clients can forward the original to BloostonLaw in time for the firm to make the filing with the FCC by March 1, if desired. BloostonLaw is prepared to help our clients meet this requirement, which we expect will be strictly enforced, by assisting with preparation of their certification filing; reviewing the filing to make sure that the required showings are made; filing the certification with the FCC, and obtaining a proof-of-filing copy for your records. Clients interested in obtaining BloostonLaw's CPNI compliance manual should contact the firm for more information. Note: If you file the CPNI certification, you must also file the FCC Form 499-A Telecom Reporting Worksheet by April 1.

BloostonLaw contact: Cary Mitchell.

MARCH 1: HUBB LOCATION DATA FILING AND CERTIFICATION. Carriers participating in modernized Connect America Fund (CAF) programs with defined broadband buildout obligations have until March 1 of each year to file deployment data with USAC's High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal showing where they built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service in the previous calendar year. Carriers that have no locations to upload must certify this fact in the HUBB. Affected programs include: CAF Phase II Model; Alternative Connect America Cost Model (Original A-CAM) and Revised ACAM; ACAM II; Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS); Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE); Alaska Plan (other than carriers with individualized performance plans that only require them to maintain service at existing levels); CAF Phase II Auction; and Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

Carriers with 2022 deployment milestones must also complete milestone certifications as part of the annual HUBB filing and will face verification reviews tied to those milestones. Carriers subject to defined deployment milestones must notify the FCC and USAC, and relevant state, U.S. Territory or Tribal governments if applicable, within 10 business days after the applicable deadline if they have failed to meet a milestone. Carriers that miss milestones face increased reporting obligations and potential loss of support.

BloostonLaw attorneys have successfully assisted clients in uploading and certifying their HUBB location data, as well as obtain petitions for waiver of the FCC’s rules where necessary.

BloostonLaw Contact: Sal Taillefer.

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

Calendar At-a-Glance

Jan. 23 – Reply comments are due on EAS Integrity NPRM.
Jan. 31 – Annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Report is due.
Jan. 31 – FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) is due.

Feb. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Feb. 1 – FCC Form 502 (Number Utilization and Forecast Report) is due.
Feb. 1 – Live 911 Call Data Reports from Non-Nationwide Providers are due.
Feb. 13 – Comments are due on ACP Transparency Data Collection FNPRM.
Feb. 21 – Comments on Digital Discrimination NPRM are due.
Feb. 27 – Reply comments are due on ACP Transparency Data Collection FNPRM.

Mar. 1 – Copyright Statement of Account Form for cable companies is due.
Mar. 1 – Annual CPNI Certification is due.
Mar. 1 – Annual HUBB Deployment Report is due.
Mar. 1 – Second Broadband Data Collection filing is due.
Mar. 3 – Comments on revisions to Part 25 Application Process are due.
Mar. 21 – Reply comments on Digital Discrimination NPRM are due.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 525 (Delayed Phasedown CETC Line Counts) is due.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 508 (ICLS Projected Annual Common Line Requirement) is due.
Mar. 31 – FCC Form 507 (Universal Service Line Count — CAF BLS) is due.

Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, & 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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