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Friday, April 26, 2002

Dear Friends and wireless professionals,

I have some interesting news for you this week, but first my regular disclaimer:

This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Data and Radio Paging. You are receiving this message because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, and you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

Wireless News

Paging Trade Associations
Between Larry Gabriel and Ron Mercer, I have been convinced to join the AAPC. Nobody knows more about the paging industry than these two guys. I sent in my membership application yesterday. Please see Larry's comments about the AAPC below:

Hello Brad,

I wanted to bring to your attention a new paging organization has been formed "AAPC" American Association of Paging Carriers is the formal name.

A website has been set up by the founding group, at Several companies that were members of PCIA formed the org and it now has received some press from a few publications during the last several days.

Anyway, I wanted to bring that up because the FCC is attempting to increase paging carriers USF contribution from .04 a pager per year to .25 per pager per month. This is an extreme increase and is potentially serious blow to small paging operators.

The AAPC has filed comments as a group to the commission to help persuade them from going ahead, I believe the group is asking for the FCC to tier the USF, making the advanced messaging customer subject to a higher tax vs the one way user.

Anyway, keep up the good work!


Larry Gabriel, Jr.

Rumors and confusion continue to be rampant in the ReFLEX world. Among the latest: A Korean lawsuit is anticipated pursuant to a recently circulated Nixxo/Hoseo letter (as reported last week) which assigned "exclusive" marketing rights for Hoseo paging products to Nixxo. Seems that this announcement constitutes a direct violation of an earlier agreement between Hoseo and a New York organization: Estel Corp. Stay tuned for more details in the next edition!

Several international paging networks use the RTS Advantage™ as a gateway to the Internet for paging traffic. With all due humility, I take credit for inventing the sending of TNPP messages over the Internet. I talked Jay Moskowitz, the (then) CTO and founder of RTS Wireless, into incorporating this feature into his products. Our only misgiving at the time was that—back in those days—some people were saying that we were not supposed to conduct commercial activities on the Internet! Wow, things have certainly changed. Anyway, Jay asked his developers to encapsulate TNPP within TCP/IP and then the RTS Advantage™ quickly became the standard solution for international networking. It allowed small paging companies the opportunity to join large networks without having to pay for a dedicated international data circuit. One of those systems crashed recently and even though RTS doesn't exist as a stand-alone company any more, I was able to locate some of the fellows that used to work there and they rescued the system. Thank you guys! You know who you are.

If you don't know what all these terms like TNPP and TCP/IP mean, there are two items on my web site that you might enjoy reading:

  1. Paging Protocols by Jay Moskowitz
  2. Glossary of Wireless Terms

Copies of my previous wireless newsletters are located at:

No regular commercials this week. If you need any equipment, please let me know. If I may be of assistance as a consultant—to help out on a project—and maybe get it done faster, please read this and then get in contact with me.

Until next week


Best regards to all, and have a great weekend,

Brad Dye

Wireless Data Consultant
Dallas, Texas USA
Telephone: 214-219-9112
Cell phone: 972-523-8258

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