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Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:39:29 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: An Internet-on-Airplanes Upgrade Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Mitchell Lazarus, CommLawBlog, April 21, 2014 > FCC gives co-primary status to "Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft" uplinks. > > The FCC has given in-flight Internet an upgrade. > > Late in 2012, the FCC authorized use of earth stations installed > on aircraft to communicate with Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS) > spacecraft in geostationary orbits. Called "Earth Stations Aboard > Aircraft" (ESAA), the service delivers wholesale Internet service > to the airplane, where it gets parceled out to individual > passengers via Wi-Fi > > Uplinks from the aircraft use the 14.0-14.5 GHz band, shared with > (among others) the small VSAT terminals we often see on the roofs > of gas stations and chain hotels. The FCC tentatively assigned > ESAA secondary status, meaning that ESAA would have to > (a) protect the VSATs and other primary users from interference, > and (b) accept any interference from them. But the FCC stopped > short of etching that decision in stone: a Notice of Proposed > Rulemaking attached to the order asked whether the FCC should > elevate ESAA to co-primary status. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/04/articles/wireless-telephony/an-internetonairplanes-upgrade/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/ljhtuxe Neal McLain
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:16:54 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Do rate centers cross state lines? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Another case in point: Wendover Utah and West Wendover, Nevada. A few months ago Clint Gilliland, of Menlo Park, CA, posted the following message on the TCI listserv: > [West] Wendover, Nevada and Wendover, UT were adjacent cities > sharing the same SxS CO (in 1971). The Utah numbers were > 801-665-2NNN and the Nevada numbers were 702-668-2NNN. The 665 and > 668 homed on the same final switch train. It looks like it would > be possible to make out of state rate calls from Utah to a > Wendover, UT 665-2NNN number just by dialing 702-668-2NNN. And > vice-versa. This would save money when in-state rates were always > higher than out of state calls. > > I scanned the WHOLE Mountain Bell Wendover directory - a whole > four pages. The full range of numbers was -22NN, -23NN, -28NN and > -98NN. I believe the -98NN numbers could also be reached by -28NN. > > These must have been coin phones as the two gas stations > listed -98NN numbers. Gilliland did indeed scan the entire directory -- all four pages. A PDF is posted here: http://www.annsgarden.com/telecom/Directory-1971.pdf I note that there were no long distance dialing instructions for Nevada subscribers. I wonder if the procedure for calls within Utah also worked for calls from Nevada -- for example, a call from West Wendover Nevada to Ogden Utah?. And how did Nevada customers make calls within Nevada? As Gilliland noted, there are 665-98xx and 668-98xx numbers -- probably coin phones. On further investigation I note: - On the Utah side, these numbers are all gas stations. - On the Nevada side, another type of business is evident: Jim's Casino and the Hide Away Club. Gracious! Gambling and drinking in Nevada but not Utah! Well, some things never change. Neal McLain
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:25:31 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Transcript of the Aereo case Message-ID: <email@example.com> IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC., ET AL., Petitioners v. AEREO, INC., FKA BAMBOOM LABS, INC. Washington, D.C. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 The above entitled matter came on for oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States at 11:26 a.m. Transcript: http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/13-461_o7jp.pdf -or- http://tinyurl.com/msar4fo Neal McLain
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