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FRIDAY - AUGUST 6, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 124

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

We have had a very interesting discussion going on here for a while about the relative merits of two-way text messaging as implemented on RIM Blackberry devices and the various ReFLEX devices. Some of us have lamented the fact that ReFLEX devices did not experience the same success that RIM and others did. We have another READER'S COMMMENT this week. This one is from Kim Spitznagel, President of Outr.Net, Inc. Kim is one of the people who really knows this business. His comments shed further light on the topic, and I completely agree with him.

Several new developments in the Wireless Messaging industry this week give further evidence that Kim Spitznagel, Jay Moskowitz, Jim Page, and others have made valid points about this controversy. It's the way that we solve our customer's problems, and the ease of use that the solutions offer, which really matter. Wireless users don't give a hoot about which protocol the particular device uses. They want something that is easy to use and reasonably priced. So two "competitors" of ReFLEX (actually the type of devices and services that just happen to use the ReFLEX protocol), the RIM Blackberry, and the Danger "hip-top" (Sidekick) wireless-text messaging devices have been adopted and are being strongly promoted by cell phone companies. Surely some of these features could just as well have been incorporated into ReFLEX devices.

T-Mobile has just rolled out the Sidekick II, Danger's latest hiptop device with both AOL and Yahoo! IM (Instant Messaging). Cingular is working with Yahoo! to offer IM, e-mail and all kinds of stuff. Verizon Wireless is offering MSN Mobile with e-mail and MSN Messenger (IM) at very attractive introductory prices. Siemens just announced a new mobile phone that includes full Blackberry functionality. It has a full-sized keyboard and is the first handset out under RIM's new licensing program called, "BlackBerry Built-In." So it looks like people really do need (and want) wireless, two-way text messaging. As Gomer would say, "gaaaleee whod'a ever thought . . . "

Now some sad news:

Bob Spargo passed away on Monday
Robert W. Spargo, age 61
DOB: September 17, 1942
Date of Death: August 2, 2004
Born and raised in New Haven, CT
Residence: Boca Raton, FL
Employed by Motorola for 34 years

Bob and I were both hired at Motorola by Al Konash who was our mentor and friend. I think Bob started out as a Field Technical Representative (FTR) like I did. He was very competent technically and could take anything Motorola made apart and put it back together again. Of course he was promoted to progressively more responsible positions. He had many jobs within Motorola including VP of Distribution in the Paging Group. Bob worked alongside Bill Bang (also deceased) to promote and develop what became the Radio Common Carrier (RCC) market. He also worked at Iridium. He was well known for his smile, his cheerful outlook, and his ability to express his opinions to anyone, including Chris Galvin. Bob will be missed by his many friends.

For friends of Bill Clody
Bill Clody had a stroke and is currently in the ICU at:
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1000 Medical Center Blvd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Phone: 678-442-4321

Now on to the Wireless Messaging news and views.

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ZigBee Alliance™ Members Propel Wireless Market with ZigBee-Ready Technology

ZigBee-based Products Receive Top Honors at Sensors EXPO & Conference

San Ramon, Calif.—August 4, 2004—Evidenced by the recent product announcements and the awards granted by the Sensors EXPO & Conference, the ZigBee Alliance™ today highlighted the collective progress of its members to bring new ZigBee-enabled wireless communication solutions to the market. The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to shape the wireless market by enabling a variety of reliable, cost-effective, low-power wirelessly networked monitoring, sensing and control applications in home and industrial environments.

At Sensors EXPO & Conference in Detroit last month, ZigBee-ready technology took center stage as Sensicast Development was presented with the Gold award for its Sensicast Development System in the category of Communications and Networking Products. ZigBee Alliance members receiving Silver awards were: Crossbow Technology Inc. for its MICAz mote; the EM2420 radio chip from Ember Corporation; Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.’s ZigBee-ready Platform with the 2.4 MHz RF Transceiver; and the ZMD44101 Single Chip RF Transceiver from ZMD. Awards were given to products that have the greatest potential to impact the way people work, their timeliness and availability, distinctiveness, and their ability to serve a real need.

“It’s exciting to see the broad range of applications based on the ZigBee specification that are being developed by ZigBee Alliance members,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “The recent success of ZigBee’s first scalability test and the collective progress of the Alliance members to deliver products to the market are a true testament to the potential of the ZigBee technology,” said Heile. “We believe that ZigBee will have a substantial impact on the wireless market, enabling innovative applications for home control, building automation and industrial automation.”

Recent product-related announcements from ZigBee Alliance members include:

  • Airbee Wireless and Link Plus Corporation signed a strategic partnership to co-develop a series of new low-cost systems on a chip around the ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 wireless standard. The resulting products will apply Link Plus AWICS® radios and microprocessor-based hardware and Airbee UltraLite™ embedded software protocols. (
  • Chipcon AS announced that it entered volume production of its CC2420, IEEE 802.15.4 compliant and ZigBee-ready RF Transceiver. Chipcon AS also announced that it lowered its price for large quantities of its CC2420 RF transceiver. (
  • Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. is providing manufacturers with a single source ZigBeeready platform and developer starter kit that contains the hardware, software and documentation to quickly implement efficient wireless designs. The 2.4 GHz platform is designed to support the Z-Stack ZigBee software developed by Figure 8 Wireless. (
  • Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. and CompXs Inc. jointly announced an IEEE 802.15.4 compliant and ZigBee-ready single chip solution. The chip, developed by Oki Electric, includes 2.4GHz RF and combines the physical layer (PHY) and Media Access Control layer (MAC) all onto a single chip. The two companies also developed a Sensor Network Demonstration Kit. (
  • MobilePro Corporation announced an agreement with Information and Communications University (ICU), a Korean institution with experience in ZigBee RF design, to jointly develop MobilePro's ZigBee RF transceiver chip. (

ZigBee’s next member meeting and Open House is scheduled for August 16-19, 2004 in Boston. To learn more about ZigBee or to register to attend the Boston Open House, please visit

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Mobile phone restrictions outdated: researcher

Sydney, Australia
August 2, 2004

Mobile phone restrictions in hospitals were outdated and unnecessary, new research claims.

The study results, out yesterday, indicate that while mobile phone radiation can interfere with medical equipment, it is not nearly as common as expected. Research undertaken by University of Melbourne's Dr. Nathan Lawrentschuk and published in The Medical Journal of Australia, has found many of the current restrictions were implemented before the new digital mobile technology.

In light of the research, hospitals should instead create mobile phone-friendly zones, rather than having patients and relatives huddled outside as they do now, Dr Lawrentschuk said. He examined a series of studies conducted between 1966 and 2004 on the effect of electromagnetic interference (EMI) on medical equipment.

The studies he examined had to include testing phones on medical equipment used to monitor or treat patients, but not implantable medical devices. "In the largest studies, the prevalence of clinically relevant EMI was low," he said. "Most clinically relevant EMI occurred when mobile phones were used within one metre of medical equipment."

Dr Lawrentschuk said his research showed that around four per cent of devices tested in any study were susceptible to interference. "All studies recommended some type of restriction of mobile phone use in hospitals, with use greater than one metre from equipment and restrictions in clinical areas being the most common," he said. Dr Lawrentschuk is a Urology research fellow at the Department of Surgery and Urology at the University of Melbourne, and at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg, Victoria.


Mobile Phone Use In Hospitals: Balance, Not Bans

Mon Aug 02 14:00:00 GMT 2004

New scientific study claims that most hospital cell phone bans may be unnecessary.

Hospitals commonly ban mobile phones throughout their facilities out of fear that electromagnetic radiation might cause medical devices to malfunction. Surprise—another report has been published showing that, as with cell use on airplanes, the concern seems to be hugely overstated.

In the current issue of the peer-reviewed Medical Journal of Australia, University of Melbourne researchers Nathan Lawrentschuk and Damien Bolton survey a wide range of electromagnetic interference (EMI) studies on hundreds of different medical devices, from infusion pumps to respirators. They focused on "clinically relevant" EMI, defined as "interference sufficiently altering the operation of medical equipment that it might endanger a patient." According to their paper, this kind of potentially troublesome EMI from mobile phones occurred in just 45 of nearly 479 medical devices tested at 900 MHz and 14 of 457 tested at 1800 MHz.

"In the largest studies, the prevalence of clinically relevant EMI was low," they write. "Most clinically relevant EMI occurred when mobile phones were used within one meter of medical equipment." As long as you keep your conversation an arm's length from any medical equipment, there's generally nothing to worry about.

This study supports an editorial that appeared last year in the British Medical Journal. The authors—Saul Myerson, a clinical lecturer and cardiologist at the the University of Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, and Andrew Mitchell, a specialist registrar at the institution—argue that mobile phones make sense in non-clinical areas and outpatient waiting areas, at the very least.

"A practical balance can be achieved," they state, "and it is hoped that this would remove the aggressive overreaction of some staff and members of the public to (mobile phone) use in hospitals."



From: Kim Spitznagel
Subject: Response to Jim Page's Letter
Date: August 4, 2004 9:36:43 AM EDT
To: Brad Dye <>

Hi Brad:

Jim Page's letter and the responses have been very interesting. However, I think an essential point has been overlooked.

A major factor in RIMs success was that it focused on one killer app, and got it right. It developed an integrated, secure, relatively inexpensive off-the-shelf solution for wireless email.

Over the course of several years and revisions, all the links in the chain (device, core apps, network, app-level protocols, back-end server, etc.) were tuned for a total end-user experience for wireless email. It eventually became so compelling and addictive that Blackberries earned the nickname "Crackberries".

And the vast majority of these devoted users don't know a Mobitex from a ReFLEX from a Timex - or any of the other protocols to which RIM has migrated their wireless email solution.

One can argue the relative merits of different wireless protocols, but at the end of the day there are many ways knowledgeable app developers can work with (or around) the characteristics of each. There's no inherent reason that compelling wireless email can't be delivered on ReFLEX. Of course there have been some notable attempts on P935s, but with less focus and end-to-end follow-through by their sponsors, they have been too little and too late to make much of a dent in RIM's market.

E-mail won't be the last wireless killer app, and ReFLEX is still a very competitive data protocol for many types of applications. As independent wireless developers, we are free to recommend any protocol that we think best fits the needs of our clients, and we still frequently recommend ReFLEX for applications ranging from field service to sales order entry to telemetry.

Paging seems to be settling down to a sustainable and profitable one-way messaging business, and that's not bad. But with a little more vision and commitment by the major players in ReFLEX, maybe paging could still become much more.

Kim Spitznagel
Outr.Net, Inc.
Real-World Wireless Solutions

It's time for the carriers to start supporting some "out-of-the-box" thinking of special applications. As Kim says, there are still some killer apps out there that may very well die on the vine without the support of the carriers. One important support area is in the pricing model they develop for these new apps. They too have to think "out-of-the-box" and not just look at how many cents per byte they are making.

Maybe they should start thinking of revenue sharing on the apps income instead of how much are they getting by selling airtime. If a real estate company sends a jpeg picture to sell a house and the deal goes through and the carrier had some revenue share agreement, they could do very well from a few sales and not try to make it so expensive per jpeg that the capability would never be used.

I remember a consultant pointing out years ago how much money is paid for an advertising lead that is clicked through to learn more. Car dealership would pay several dollars a click. Instead of making money on each message that is sent and thereby find the service isn't used, wouldn't it be nice to share in the revenue from the click through. Years ago when I attempted to run Instant Messaging through the carrier networks they were all reluctant to do so, even with our creation of an airtime efficient IM protocol that is probably still better than anything out there today. But they wanted per message pricing when it was clear the tween base needed fixed pricing. So it died.

If a few ads had been thrown in between the IMs perhaps the revenue stream would have been there. The carriers and developers and marketing people need to work together and be creative to bring new services to the table rather than putting obstacles in the way of their birth.

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Motorola's newest one-way pagers—the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager—are ideal for users in demanding business environments who need a convenient and cost effective way to stay in touch.

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager were developed for use in hospitals and medical facilities, manufacturing environments, utilities, hospitality applications, campus settings, and for businesses that own and operate their own paging systems.

advisor 2 The Advisor II pager's alphanumeric four-line display and expanded functionality incorporate many of the most advanced paging features available. A major advantage of the Advisor II pager is that it is synthesized which enables the user to program the pager to a specific frequency in the field. Other features of the Advisor II pager include:

  • Displays up to four lines of text and 80 characters per line
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  • 16 message slots for storing multiple pages
  • Six individual addresses to allow the user to receive individual or group pages
  • 4 icons including Message Preview, Unread Message Indication, Alert Mode, and Out of Range Indication
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Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager are available in POCSAG, UHF or VHF models and ship with a one-year standard warranty. As part of the continued support of these pagers, Motorola offers a two-year Express Service Plus program. This feature provides hardware repair coverage for two years beyond the standard one-year warranty for a total of three years of pager repair coverage. Both pagers are available through Motorola Authorized Resellers.

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300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
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It's like a Motorola PeopleFinder™ on Steroids!

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Commtech Wireless introduces MAXPage, a desktop paging terminal packed with features.

Alpha, Numeric, Tone, & Voice
MAXPage, from Commtech Wireless, is the ideal replacement for the Motorola PeopleFinder™. With its advanced features, it can be used with Alphanumeric, Numeric, Tone only, Coaster pagers as well as 2-tone voice pagers in countless applications.

Serial Interface
With the inclusion of a serial interface, MAXPage can interface with Comp, TAP, Scope™, Waveware & Tekk systems as well as Commtech's Wireless Callpoints.

Telephone Interface
Anyone can be given easy access to the MAXPage system through its telephone interface. Once the system is connected to a telephone port, anyone can pick up a telephone, dial the MAXPage unit and use the keypad on their phone to send messages to pagers. The telephone can also be used to transmit voice messages to 2-tone voice pagers.

Alarm Inputs
A powerful feature of MAXPage is its onboard alarms. The four, dry contact closure, onboard alarm inputs will automatically dispatch messages to pagers or groups when activated. Alarms not cleared within a configured time frame can activate a repeat message (escalation) to either the same pager/group or to an alternative pager/group.


  • 1000 Pager capacity
  • Selectable 2 or 4 watt transmitter
  • Reminder messages
  • Dual mode function keys - one touch messaging
  • 2-tone voice paging - from on-board mic or telephone
  • 4 alarm inputs
  • Voice prompted telephone paging
  • QWERTY keyboard interface (PS2)
  • Windows® interface for advanced features
  • Serial interface for Comp/TAP/Scope™/Waveware/Tekk
  • Coaster paging management system

*Some of the features listed are optional and are not supplied as standard

For more information, simply fill out the feedback form or contact us on the details below.

Mr. Zane Lewis
Commtech Wireless USA
6900 Philips Highway, Suite #26-27
Jacksonville, FL, 32216
Phone: 904-281-0073
Fax: 904-281-0074

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Wireless Communication Solutions

The Hark ISI-400LX is a hardware device that encapsulates serial data into TCP/IP for transmission over the Internet. It can also be configured to convert incoming TAP messages from the serial port and send them over the Internet to paging providers in email (SMTP) or Simple Network Paging Protocol (SNPP) format. The ISI-400LX with the optional external modem can connect to a secondary dial-up ISP when a failure on the ethernet port is detected.


This device is the perfect companion for the Hark Gateway products. An ISI can be located at a remote location for receiving TAP, TNPP, or Billing traffic using a local ISP eliminating long distance phone charges.

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System Features & Benefits:

  • Hardware Based
  • Uses Embedded Linux as the Multitasking OS
  • Secure access for Configuration and Maintenance
  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP or SMTP
  • Converts Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Connects to Internet using 10Base-T Network
  • Connects to Internet using Modem and PPP
  • Dial Backup to another ISP or Modem
  • Can be Configured to use 1 to 4 Serial Ports
Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275
or 843-764-1560 ext. 8104
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
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  • ISO 9001 - 2000 certified manufacturing facility.
  • THE High-Quality RF design and Contract Manufacturer of choice.
  • Do you have a product or product component that you would like to have manufactured?
  • Would you like to have us design and manufacture a product just for you?
  • Would you like to know firsthand that your contract manufacturer is one of the leading providers of service with the highest degree of quality in mind?

Daviscomms USA Inc. is your direct connection to Daviscomms (S) Pte Ltd., the leading pager manufacturer in the world with many years experience in Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing of highly-reliable, premium-quality FLEX and POCSAG Alphanumeric and Numeric pagers. Daviscomms offers unparalleled quality, features and functions. We perform our own stringent quality testing as well as certification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to meet all of their standards. All of our paging products meet FCC and IC Standards for use in the USA and Canada.

Our manufacturing facility, located in Malaysia, is a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. Customers, globally, choose Daviscomms for our QUALITY, RELIABILITY, ON-TIME DELIVERY, COMPETITIVE PRICING and our TOTAL COMMITMENT to providing the best value for their needs.

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We offer full product support (ODM/OEM) for our worldwide customers, including a complete design center, research facilities, proto-typing, field services, contract manufacturing, commodity sourcing, and distribution.
In addition to both Numeric and Alphanumeric pagers, we have designed, engineered and manufactured 1-way Telemetry devices, paging receivers, 2-way paging (ReFLEX) telemetry devices, DECT phones/devices and PDA accessories. bravo 800 pager
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At Daviscomms, we are proud to provide our customers with end-to-end manufacturing solutions while delivering superior quality and support. Daviscomms is at the forefront of the industry with its commitment to leading-edge technology, cost-effective manufacturing and the highest degree of customer service.

Daviscomms delivers low cost, high volume manufacturing solutions to our customers. We help maximize time-to-market objectives while minimizing procurement, materials management, and manufacturing costs.

For information about our contract manufacturing services or our Bravo-branded line of numeric and alphanumeric pagers, please call Bob Popow, our Director of Operations for the Americas, 480-515-2344. (Scottsdale, Arizona) or visit our website

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Concepts, Inc.

Since 1979

RTS Wireless ADVX System
Support and Enhancements

Programming Concepts, Inc. provides authorized RTS ADVX Wireless Gateway Support & Enhancements. Our RTS lab includes source code control, development tools, and test beds for all deployed RTS systems. Call now to sign-up for our first class support of your aging RTS system. More info ...

PCI ( has been in business for 24 years providing custom application programming for medium to large businesses. PCI's primary business segments include web enabled application development, financial industry systems, telephony (IVR, CTI, and Wireless), Secure Enterprise Instant Messaging System, Microsoft Customer Relationship Management (MS-CRM) Applications, and a wide variety of commercial applications.

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DX Radio Systems

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DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures high quality, high specification type communications products. The following is a list of products that DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures or supplies as a single supplied product and can be included as part of a turnkey system:

  • Repeaters
  • Repeater Systems
  • Paging Transmitters
  • Paging Systems
  • LTR & MPT1327 Trunking Systems
  • MPT1327 Trunking Repeaters
  • SmarTrunk II Trunking Repeaters
  • Complete Trunking Systems
  • Airport Ground to Air Base Radios
  • Airport Ground to Air Systems
  • Rural Radiotelephone Link Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Combining Systems
  • Complete Turnkey Systems
  • Engineering & Installation of All Systems

Performance that is tough to find anywhere at a price you can afford.

DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
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Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
TTY: 1-888-835-5322

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

For Immediate Release:
August 4, 2004
News Media Contact:
Rosemary Kimball at (202) 418-0511

Prohibits Sending Commercial Messages Referencing Specified Domain Names

Washington, DC -- The Commission has taken action to protect consumers from receiving unsolicited commercial messages on their wireless phones and pagers. The action implements the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act or Act).

The Commission adopted a general prohibition on sending commercial messages to any address referencing an Internet domain associated with wireless subscriber messaging services. To assist the senders of such messages in identifying those subscribers, the Commission required that commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers submit those domain names to the Commission for inclusion in a list that will be made publicly available. No individual subscriber addresses will be collected or included on this list. It also clarified the delineation between these new rules implementing the CAN-SPAM Act, and the existing rules concerning messages sent to wireless telephone numbers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Specifically, the Commission has taken the following actions:

  • Interpreted the scope of material covered under the definition of mobile service commercial messages (MSCMs) in the CAN-SPAM Act to include any commercial message sent to an electronic mail address provided by a CMRS provider specifically for delivery to the subscriber’s wireless device. The Commission found that Short Message Service messages transmitted solely to phone numbers (as opposed to those sent to addresses with references to Internet domains) are not covered by these protections, but all auto-dialed calls are already covered by the TCPA.
  • Provided guidance on what falls within the definition of “commercial”, while emphasizing that the Federal Trade Commission is ultimately responsible for determining the criteria for “commercial” and what are excluded as "transactional or relationship" messages.
  • Prohibited the sending of MSCMs unless the individual addressee has given the sender express prior authorization. This authorization may be given orally, in paper or electronically.
  • Stated it will create a publicly available FCC wireless domain names list containing the domain names used for mobile service messaging. This will enable senders of commercial mail to determine which addresses, containing those domain names, are directed at mobile services.
  • Required all CMRS providers to supply the Commission with names of all the Internet domains on which they offer mobile service messaging service. The rule prohibits sending any commercial messages to addresses that contain domain names that have been listed on the official list for at least 30 days or at any time prior to 30 days if the sender otherwise knows that the message is addressed to a wireless device.

The Commission found that the establishment of a list of domain names appeared to be the most effective method to allow subscribers to avoid unwanted mobile service commercial messages. The new rules impose minimal burdens on CMRS providers, and provide a variety of ways to obtain authorizations from those mobile subscribers who want to receive messages from specific senders.

The Commission also encouraged industry to develop more mechanisms to protect wireless subscribers from unwanted commercial mail themselves.

Action by the Commission August 4, 2004, by Order (FCC 04-194). Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps, Martin, and Adelstein. Separate statements issued by Chairman Powell and Commissioner Copps.

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CGB contact: Ruth Yodaiken at (202) 418-7928

CG Dockets 04-53, 02-278

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Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
TTY: 1-888-835-5322

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

August 4, 2004
News Media Contact:
Julius Knapp
(202) 418-2468


Washington, DC—The Federal Communications Commission today begins a thorough examination of the appropriate legal and policy framework for implementing the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (“CALEA”), particularly regarding broadband access and services. It is the Commission’s primary policy goal in this proceeding to ensure that law enforcement agencies (“LEAs”) have all of the resources that CALEA authorizes to combat crime and support Homeland Security. However, the Commission recognizes that LEAs’ needs must be balanced with the competing policies of not impeding the development of new communications services and technologies and protecting customer privacy.

The Commission initiates this proceeding at the request of, and in response to, a Joint Petition filed by the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Drug Enforcement Administration (“Law Enforcement”) in March 2004. In its Petition, Law Enforcement states that, although the Commission has taken steps to implement CALEA—which was enacted in 1994—there remain several outstanding issues that require immediate attention and resolution by the Commission, so that industry and LEAs have clear guidance as the CALEA implementation process moves forward.

In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice), the Commission tentatively concludes that CALEA applies to facilities-based providers of any type of broadband Internet access service—including wireline, cable modem, satellite, wireless, and powerline—and to managed or mediated Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) services. These tentative conclusions are based on a Commission proposal that these services fall under CALEA as “a replacement for a substantial portion of the local telephone exchange service.”

Additionally, the Commission tentatively concludes that it is unnecessary to identify future services and entities subject to CALEA. The Commission recognizes Law Enforcement’s need for certainty regarding the applicability of CALEA to new services and technologies, but anticipates that the Report and Order in this proceeding will provide substantial clarity sufficient to resolve Law Enforcement’s and industry’s uncertainty about future compliance obligations.

The Commission seeks comment on telecommunications carriers’ obligations under section 103 of CALEA and compliance solutions as they relate to broadband Internet access and VoIP. In particular, the Commission seeks comment on the feasibility of carriers relying on a trusted third party to manage their CALEA obligations and whether standards for packet-mode technologies are deficient and thus preclude carriers from relying on them as safe harbors for complying with CALEA.

With regard to compliance, the Commission proposes mechanisms to ensure that telecommunications carriers comply with CALEA. Specifically, the Commission proposes to restrict the availability of compliance extensions under CALEA section 107(c) and clarifies the role and scope of CALEA section 109, under which carriers may be reimbursed for their CALEA compliance costs. The Commission proposes to afford all carriers with pending petitions a reasonable period of time (e.g., 90 days) in which to comply with, or seek relief from, any determinations that it eventually adopts in this proceeding. Additionally, the Commission considers whether, in addition to the enforcement remedies through the courts available to LEAs under CALEA section 108, it may take separate enforcement action against carriers that fail to comply with CALEA and tentatively finds that it has general authority under the Communications Act to promulgate and enforce CALEA rules against carriers and non-common carriers.

With regard to costs, the Commission tentatively concludes that carriers are responsible for CALEA development and implementation costs for post-January 1, 1995 equipment and facilities; seeks comment on cost recovery issues for wireline, wireless and other carriers; and refers to the Federal-State Separations Joint Board cost recovery issues for carriers subject to Title II of the Communications Act.

Finally, the Commission requests comment on what would be a reasonable amount of time for entities that heretofore have not been subject to CALEA to comply with its requirements, if the Commission ultimately decides that those entities are subject to CALEA.

In the companion Declaratory Ruling, the Commission grants in part a Law Enforcement request in the Petition and clarifies that commercial wireless “push-to-talk” services are subject to CALEA, regardless of the technologies that Commercial Mobile Radio Service providers choose to apply in offering them.

Action by the Commission August 4, 2004, by Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Declaratory Ruling in ET Docket No. 04295 (FCC 04-187). Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy and Martin with Commissioner Copps and Adelstein Concurring. Separate statements issued by Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps, and Adelstein.

Office of Engineering and Technology contacts: Rodney Small at (202) 418-2452 and Geraldine Matise at 202-418-2322.

ET Docket No. 04-295


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TGA Technologies, Inc.
100 Pinnacle Way, Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
Tel: +1 770-441-2100
Fax: +1 770-449-7740
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outrnet custom apps If you see someone in the field (like salespeople, technicians, and delivery people) using paper forms, their company could probably save a pile of money, and get much better timeliness, accuracy and efficiency, by using converting to Outr.Net's Wireless Forms. Custom applications for as little as $995, delivered in just a few days.Outr.Net has a web page on Wireless Forms for Timeports at: left arrow Their latest newsletter is: "Business Development in Mobile Data" left arrow

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CTI SF65's, up to 10 of them, $400.00
each range, set up for POCSAG 512.

SF65's were store and forward units.

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GTES Corporate
Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
GTES Sales
Brooks Marsden
340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
Your Professional Services Partner

GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider to the paging industry.

The GTES team consists of highly qualified and seasoned associates who were formerly a part of Glenayre's paging infrastructure support and engineering operations. We are poised and ready to "Partner" with you to ensure the viability of your network, reduce your long-term cost of ownership, and to provide future solutions for profitability. GTES will offer product sales, maintenance services, software development and product development to the wireless industry.


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Intelligent Paging & Mobile Data Hardware & Software

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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment. The PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal is THE MOST INTELLIGENT PAGING RECEIVER IN THE MARKET. The PDT2000 is a large display pager designed for desktop or in-vehicle mounting and is widely used by emergency services and in onsite paging systems for forklift dispatch etc. All of the following capabilities are standard features of the PDT2000 and of our other paging data receivers:

  • FLEX and POCSAG decoding
  • POCSAG encoding and transmitter control
  • Parallel printer output
  • Serial inputs & outputs
  • Relay control (1-256 or more)
  • PC interfacing and message management
  • Message interception & logging
  • Remote control
  • Cross band repeating & paging coverage infill
  • LED sign control
  • Remote printing etc.

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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including trunked and conventional radio, GPRS & CDMA cellular, Mobitex etc. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and GPS solutions, Dispatch & Messaging software.   We offer mobile communications dealers and systems integrators a "fast to market" job dispatch and job management capability.

Specialised local area paging systems, paging interception and message reprocessing software, field force automation and mobile dispatch solutions. We export worldwide.

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PO Box 8798
Symonds St.
Auckland, New Zealand
3/2 Haultain St.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Paging Training Course

Specially designed course for sales, marketing, and administration personnel. Engineers will only be admitted with a note signed by their mothers, promising that they will just listen and not disrupt the class. (This is supposed to be funny!)

This is a one-day training course on paging that can be conducted at your place of business. Please take a look at the course outline to see if you think this might be beneficial in your employees: Paging training course outline. I would be happy to customize the content to meet your specific requirements.

Although it touches on several "technical" topics, it is definitely not a technical course. I used to teach the sales and marketing people at Motorola Paging and they appreciated an atmosphere where they could ask technical questions without being made to feel like a dummy and without getting a long convoluted overly-technical answer that left them more confused than before. A good learning environment is one that is non-threatening.

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Mark Hood

Telephone: 757-588-0537

Paging Field Engineer/Electronic technician in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.

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Industry executive looking for new position.

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Cellphone Antennas to Sprout Atop Light Poles and Signs

Published: July 30, 2004

At more than $6,000 a month for a few square feet, it may be the most expensive real estate in New York.

The thin sliver of space on top of lampposts, traffic signals and highway signs is where the city plans to allow telecommunications companies to put cellphone antennas and Internet transmitters.

The plan, which will add about $21.3 million to city coffers, will improve spotty cellphone reception - and turn many intersections into wireless Internet "hot spots." But, city officials say, it will also help those who cannot afford regular telephone service, by providing a cheaper option, through wireless Internet-based access, in neighborhoods with the fewest connections to the phone network.

City officials say the plan is needed to keep pace with the rapidly growing use of cellphones and wireless Internet connections. The antennas and Internet relay boxes will start appearing on city poles before the end of the summer, said Gino P. Menchini, the city's commissioner of information technology and telecommunications. About 18,000 spots will be leased.

The pole-mounted antennas will allow the city to shift away from the larger cellular base stations that emit higher radiation and are located on many rooftops, Mr. Menchini explained. And since one of the franchise companies will install universal antennas, which can be used by all cellphone providers, the new setup will actually lower the overall number of antennas needed.

The six companies granted access to the poles include two cellular providers, Nextel and T-Mobile, and three non-cellular companies, ClearLinx Network Corp., Crown Castle Solutions and Dianet Communications. The sixth company, IDT Business Services, will offer telephone service via the Internet. Each company will be allowed to use a maximum of 3,000 poles citywide for a term of 15 years.

Source: The New York Times


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