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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 06 Jan 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 5 : "text" format

table of contents
FCC Takes Further Action to Stem Illegal Robocalls
FCC Launches Affordable Connectivity Program
Re: Classic BlackBerry phones will stop working January 4
T-Mobile Sues Massachusetts City Over Denial of Wireless Facility Permit

Message-ID: <20220104135407.37B0972B@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 13:54:07 +0000 (UTC) From: Sean Murphy <murphy.s@telecomdigest.net> Subject: FCC Takes Further Action to Stem Illegal Robocalls One of the top agenda items for the FCC in 2021 has been its efforts to combat illegal robocalls through implementation of new technology and new obligations. In December 2021, the FCC took several actions furthering these goals. https://www.kelleydrye.com/News-Events/Publications/Newsletters/TCPA-Tracker/TCPA-Tracker-December-2021
Message-ID: <20220103170324.2B37673C@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 17:03:24 +0000 (UTC) From: Sean Murphy <murphy.s@telecomdigest.net> Subject: FCC Launches Affordable Connectivity Program Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Transitions to New Affordable Connectivity Program -- WASHINGTON, December 31, 2021--In accordance with Congressional directives in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Federal Communications Commission today officially launched the Affordable Connectivity Program, the $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit which helped almost 9 million afford internet access during the pandemic. As of today, eligible households are encouraged to apply to receive up to $30 per month discount toward internet service and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. "The response to the Emergency Broadband Benefit proved what many knew to be true: the cost of high-speed internet is out of reach for too many of us," said FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel. "Now with the long-term Affordable Connectivity Program, we have the opportunity to enroll even more households and help ensure they can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care and more for years." A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below: * Has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines; * Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline; * Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; * Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year; * Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or * Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income program. Rest of press release: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-378908A1.pdf
Message-ID: <20220103204547.1959664c@ryz> Date: 3 Jan 2022 20:45:47 +0100 From: "Marco Moock" <mo01@posteo.de> Subject: Re: Classic BlackBerry phones will stop working January 4 Am Sonntag, 02. Januar 2022, um 18:06:31 Uhr schrieb Sean Murphy: > Starting Tuesday, January 4, the company will stop running support for > its classic devices running BlackBerry 10, 7.1 OS and earlier. This > means all of its older devices not running on Android software will no > longer be able to use data, send text messages, access the internet or > make calls, even to 911. It is interesting that the devices stop working when the support ends. Other Android devices don't have that "feature". (interim moderator's note: Blackberry phones receive some services from Blackberry, and those were turned off. There has been some discussion on crackberry.com about how to circumvent this, but it's not trivial. Blackberry-branded Android phones still work. As of this morning my old Blackberry Classic, with no SIM card, still works for Wi-Fi access.)
Message-ID: <0e75d41f-c433-8d26-8622-8b6c4ef4f7ec@gmail.com> Date: 3 Jan 2022 12:39:31 -0500 From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: T-Mobile Sues Massachusetts City Over Denial of Wireless Facility Permit A lawsuit filed late last week has accused the City of Revere, Massachusetts and its city council of illegally barring T-Mobile Northeast LLC from erecting a wireless telecommunications facility. The Communications Act complaint asks for a court order directing Revere to grant T-Mobile's application for the proposed facility, reportedly part of an integral network of stations that form the backbone of reliable user service. The filing explains that T-Mobile's proposed facility would be part of a network of “cell sites,” stations designed to send and receive radio signals, and would include roof-mounted antennae concealed within two fiberglass enclosures, and related equipment. https://lawstreetmedia.com/news/tech/t-mobile-sues-massachusetts-city-over-denial-of-wireless-facility-permit/

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