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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 31 Mar 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 53 : "text" format

table of contents
About Priority Telecommunications Services
Wireless Priority Service (WPS)
HOW IT WORKS: The Government Emergency Telecommunications Service
Monthly TCPA Digest - March 2022

Message-ID: <20220328222208.45651790@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 22:22:08 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: About Priority Telecommunications Services I just finished a course which covered various aspects of what is called "Auxcomm," which is the system that Amateur Radio operators and other volunteers can join if they want to help out during natural and other disasters. Thinking about "EmCom," I asked my brother, who is a retired Firefighter, what he could tell me about priority phone service for First Responders: he told me there have been systems in place for a couple of decades. I just did a Google search for the phrase "telephone call priority systems site:.gov" (without the quotes), and I was able to retrieve the information on "GETS" and "WPS" that's shown in two of the other messages I'm publishing today. My first search turned up a site at the "Cybersecurity and Infrastucture Security Agency," which has the other URL's I used to find out about GETS and WPS. Now, I'm a Vietnam veteran and a Verizon retiree, so I don't come to this issue without any prior experience. I'd bet that just about every military veteran knows what "Flash Override," "Flash," "Immediate," and "Priority" mean when talking about military communications, and I'd also bet tht just about every MD and local Mayor and Congressman knew how to get priority dialtone on landline calls when POTS lines were the norm. That's not secret, or even confidential, information. There's one part of it that I don't get, though, and that's the reason why the information about these capabilities isn't more widely known. It reminds me of the reason that Blue Boxes worked: Security through obscurity (STO) is a process of implementing security within a system by enforcing secrecy and confidentiality of the system's internal design architecture. Security through obscurity aims to secure a system by deliberately hiding or concealing its security flaws. Original available at: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/21985/security-through-obscurity-sto#:~:text=Security%20through%20obscurity%20(STO)%20is,or%20concealing%20its%20security%20flaws. Let's remember that the information needed to create the first Blue Box was published in the Bell System Practices, and IIRC in the Bell system Technical Journal. I don't think there was ever any effort to prevent it being available outside the Bell System: the reason Blue Box users had such incredible access to the telephone network was the same one that we now get spam emails. Long story short, it never occurred to the engineers at Bell Labs or the designers of the Internet that anyone would game their systems for commercial profit. I haven't mentioned anything about the information that was in the course I took, or the specifics of the other systems I've mentioned: that information isn't germane. I am asking that we have a discussion about whether systems like GETS and WPS shoud be concealed from public view. Bill Horne -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220328211641.A8897790@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 21:16:41 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Wireless Priority Service (WPS) On this page: * Who Should Enroll? * Why Should I Sign Up? * How Do I Enroll? * What Does It Cost? * WPS Contacts & Support WPS is a Federal program that authorizes cellular communications service providers to prioritize calls over wireless networks. Participation in the WPS program is voluntary. Participating service providers typically deploy WPS in stages until service is available in most coverage areas and functionality has reached full operating capability. https://www.fcc.gov/general/wireless-priority-service-wps -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220328210752.8040F790@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 21:07:52 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: HOW IT WORKS: The Government Emergency Telecommunications Service INTRODUCTION The Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) is an easy-to-use calling card program that provides authorized national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) users improved call completion on the public landline networks. It is a nationwide program providing authorized personnel priority calling during an emergency or crisis situation when the landline networks are congested and the probability of completing a call is reduced. GETS interoperates with selected government and private networks and services (FTS Networx; the Defense Switched Network; and the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service), and allows calls to or from international locations. The GETS card can be used with common telephone equipment, including standard desk sets, secure telephone equipment, facsimile, modems, and cellular and satellite phones. Calls placed through GETS will receive priority over normal calls, allowing users to communicate even during the highest levels of network congestion and do not preempt or terminate other calls already in process. GETS also provides priority calling to cell phones on most major carrier networks. There is no charge to enroll in GETS or to make calls to the familiarization/test line. When making GETS calls, subscribers can be charged the equivalent of long distance phone rates. ... GETS CALLS FROM AND TO WIRELESS PHONES Wireless phones can be used to place and receive GETS calls. Callers using the Wireless Priority Service (WPS) to place GETS calls receive priority in both the wireless and landline networks. From a WPS-enabled phone, users should dial *272 + 710-627-4387 + SEND to place these calls. Callers making GETS calls from non-WPS enabled wireless phones will receive some enhanced capabilities, but will not receive priority treatment in the wireless network's critical call set up process. GETS and WPS calls terminating in wireless networks that provide WPS will receive priority treatment through the terminating network, regardless of whether the destination device is WPS-enabled. https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/HOW%20IT%20WORKS%20THE%20GOVERNMENT%20Emergency%20Telecommunications%20Service.pdf -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220330172050.322A480C@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 17:20:50 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Monthly TCPA Digest -- March 2022 We are pleased to present our latest Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In this issue's Regulatory Update, we discuss the FCC's increased collaboration with states to combat robocalling. These efforts include the FCC's new robocalling investigatory partnerships with four states and agreements between the Commission's Enforcement Bureau and the state attorneys general of Colorado and Vermont. We also report on the Enforcement Bureau's proposed record fine of $45 million, which would be issued against a Florida-based company for allegedly making telemarketing robocalls without proper consent. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/telecoms-mobile-cable-communications/1175712/monthly-tcpa-digest-march-2022?email_access=on -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)

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