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The Telecom Digest for Jul 23, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 141 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
County launches texting for 911 calls (HAncock4)
FCC sets start date for incentive auction (Neal McLain)
Eleven FCC Field Offices Culled in Reorganization (Neal McLain)

I would hope that understanding and reconciliation are not limited to the 19th hole alone.
Gerald R. Ford

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Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:59:15 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: County launches texting for 911 calls Message-ID: <861c52a7-2b8a-43c0-819d-0a8e602d25e4@googlegroups.com> Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (outside Philadelphia) has joined the small but growing list of communities offering 911 service by text message, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Officials said the system is intended for people with speech or hearing difficulties, because calling is faster and more accurate. For full details, please see: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150721_Montco_launches_911_texting__joins_Chesco_in_growing_trend.html (article includes chart on do's and don'ts of 911 texts)
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:46:21 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: FCC sets start date for incentive auction Message-ID: <15abe13a-f744-4b54-8895-0597b9265dbc@googlegroups.com> By Ben Munson, Editor, CED, July 20, 2015 FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has been steadfast in his assurance that, despite delays, the 600-MHz broadcast incentive auctions will begin in the first quarter of 2016. Now it appears we have a more concrete, albeit tentative, start date for the proceedings. As Broadcast Law Blog points out, within the FCC's list of items currently being circulated among the Commission is an item setting March 29, 2016 as the official start date for auctions. Because it is still being circulated the measure could be subject to change or could be voted down. Last week the FCC tabled two items--both relating to incentive auction rules--that had previously been on the agenda for the July 16 open meeting. The Commission intends to address those items at its August open meeting. http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2015/07/fcc-sets-start-date-for-incentive-auction?et_cid=4684571&et_rid=652835436&location=top -or- http://tinyurl.com/nnsw8vg Neal McLain
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:53:07 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Eleven FCC Field Offices Culled in Reorganization Message-ID: <b7750cca-7f60-4c62-bd42-fc6827feacf0@googlegroups.com> By Laura Stefani, CommLawBlog, July 19, 2015 Moving to "refocus" and "update" field office operations, FCC preserves more offices than originally anticipated, but some field personnel will lose jobs. A few months ago, we reported on Chairman Wheeler's then-rumored plan to eliminate 16 of the Commission's 24 Field Offices. (The plan, as described by Wheeler himself in testimony on Capitol Hill, would have replaced the decommissioned offices with "Tiger Teams" that would fly around the country to respond to unlawful interference.) Reports of the plan triggered considerable controversy which in turn triggered some old-fashioned D.C. lobbying (by both regulatees and field office employees) which then prompted Congressional intervention. The result? In a terse order long on bureaucratese and short on detail, the FCC has announced that 11 of the 24 Field Offices (down from the 16 originally proposed) will be shuttered. http://www.commlawblog.com/2015/07/articles/broadcast/eleven-field-offices-culled-in-reorganization/ -or- http://tinyurl.com/owtar52 Neal McLain

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