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FRIDAY - JULY 22, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 172

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

A reader needs a replacement Motorola PageBridge terminal ASAP. Please call Don Putman at 850-577-2670 or e-mail: dputman@stm.gd-ots.com if you can help.

It could have been much worse:

The FCC has issued its order finalizing its proposal from earlier this year to continue annual regulatory fees for paging carriers at 2003 and 2004 levels. That means that 2005 FCC regulatory fees are $0.08 per paging unit in service as of December 31, 2004. The FCC said it proposed to "continue its policy of maintaining the CMRS Messaging Service regulatory fee at the rate calculated in FY 2003 and FY 2004 to avoid further contributing to the financial hardships associated with a declining subscriber base." The FCC said it "received no comments or reply comments on this matter" and therefore finalized its proposed fee of $0.08 per unit.

No dates for payment of the 2005 regulatory fees have been announced. In 2004 the payment window ran from August 10th until August 19th, about a month earlier than the windows established in previous years. (Courtesy of the AAPC)

qcwaMany people involved in Paging and other types of radio communications, got their start as ham radio operators. I built my first crystal radio set 50 years ago from the plans I found in a book in the junior high school library. I was happy this week when the FCC gave me back my original Amateur Radio call sign K9IQY that I first received 48 years ago. Since several of the readers of this newsletter are also "hams" I have included a couple of news items about the possible elimination of the Morse code requirement to obtain an FCC license. The Morse code, by the way, was the original"binary" communications code. I guess computers have eliminated the need for old-time radio operators—like me. I was a high-speed code operator in the Navy.

I have found several hundred 900 MHz POCSAG CreataLink one-way modules. These are new, in their original packing and have RS-232 and external antenna ports. More details follow below.

Now on to the rest of the news and views.

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ISSUE NO. 17— FRIDAY — JULY 22, 2005
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AAPC announces new membership rate for small carriers!

You asked for it and we heard you! If you are a paging carrier with less than 500 units, you may join AAPC for only $75 a quarter or $300/year. And, if you pay for a year up front you save an additional 5%.

For just $300 you receive the following benefits:

  • A positive voice working to promote the health of the paging industry in the United States;
  • Up-to-date information on pertinent regulatory and FCC issues of concern;
  • Member list serve to facilitate technical and business discussions and informal assistance between members;
  • Training and education opportunities for member owners and employees to help run your business more profitably;
  • Regular updates on trends, opportunities and threats in the paging industry to help your business adapt and grow;
  • Technical committees to assist in the development of common standards and business practices to help improve and maintain the service quality of the entire industry;
  • Discounts on registration to attend AAPC’s Emerging Technologies Symposium, November 3-4, at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and our Wireless Forum in June in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. These are excellent opportunities for wireless carriers big and small, suppliers, and network providers to network and learn from one another.

If you have always wanted to join and just didn't get around to it, now is the time! Click here for the membership application.

AAPC working with you to advance your business and the paging industry!

Emerging Technologies Symposium to be held at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, November 2-4, 2005

AAPC is in pleased to announce their fall conference will be held at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, www.thescottsdaleresort.com, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Resort will provide a gorgeous, secluded setting with a warm, welcoming atmosphere surrounded by two golf courses and the Arizona mountains to our participants. The resort offers modern amenities, including wireless internet with activities that include a fitness center, spa, tennis courts, mountain biking, jogging trail, and is only a short cab ride away from Old Town Scottsdale. Plan now to attend!


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AMATEUR RADIO NEWS

ARLB018: FCC proposes dropping Morse code requirement entirely

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To all radio amateurs

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ARLB018 FCC proposes dropping Morse code requirement entirely

The FCC has proposed dropping the 5 WPM Morse code element as a requirement to obtain an Amateur Radio license of any class. The Commission included the recommendation in a July 19 Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 05-235, but it declined to go along with any other proposed changes to Amateur Service licensing rules or operating privileges. Changes to Part 97 that the FCC proposed in the NPRM would not become final until the Commission gathers additional public comments, formally adopts any new rules and concludes the proceeding with a Report and Order specifying the changes and an effective date. That's not likely to happen for several months.

"Based upon the petitions and comments, we propose to amend our amateur service rules to eliminate the requirement that individuals pass a telegraphy examination in order to qualify for any amateur radio operator license," the FCC said. The NPRM consolidated 18 petitions for rule making from the amateur community--including one from the ARRL--that had proposed a wide range of additional changes to the amateur rules. The FCC said the various petitions had attracted 6200 comments from the amateur community, which soon will have the opportunity to comment again--this time on the FCC's NPRM.

The Commission said it believes dropping the 5 WPM Morse examination would encourage more people to become Amateur Radio operators and would eliminate a requirement that's "now unnecessary" and may discourage current licensees from advancing their skills. It also said the change would "promote more efficient use" of amateur spectrum.

To support dropping the code requirement, the FCC cited changes in Article 25 of the international Radio Regulations adopted at World Radiocommunication Conference 2003. WRC-03 deleted the Morse testing requirement for amateur applicants seeking HF privileges and left it up to individual countries to determine whether or not they want to mandate Morse testing. Several countries already have dropped their Morse requirements for HF access.

ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, said he was not surprised to see the FCC propose scrapping the Morse requirement altogether, although the League had called for retaining the 5 WPM requirement only for Amateur Extra class applicants. Sumner expressed dismay, however, that the FCC turned away proposals from the League and other petitioners to create a new entry-level Amateur Radio license class.

"We're disappointed that the Commission prefers to deny an opportunity to give Amateur Radio the restructuring it needs for the 21st century," he said. "It appears that the Commission is taking the easy road, but the easy road is seldom the right road."

Sumner said ARRL officials and the Board of Directors will closely study the 30-page NPRM and comment further once they've had an opportunity to consider the Commission's stated rationales for its proposals.

In 2004, the League called on the FCC to create a new entry-level license, reduce the number of actual license classes to three and drop the Morse code testing requirement for all classes except for Amateur Extra. Among other recommendations, the League asked the FCC to automatically upgrade Technician licensees to General and Advanced licensees to Amateur Extra. In this week's NPRM, the FCC said it was not persuaded such automatic upgrades were in the public interest.

The FCC said it did not believe a new entry-level license class was warranted because current Novice and Tech Plus licensees will easily be able upgrade to General once the code requirement goes away. The Commission also said its "Phone Band Expansion" (or "Omnibus") NPRM in WT Docket 04-140 already addresses some of the other issues petitioners raised.

A 60-day period for the public to comment on the NPRM in WT 05-235 will begin once the notice appears in the Federal Register. Reply comments will be due within 75 days.
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Source: ARRL (Thanks to John Dilges, K9GKR.)


FCC 05-143 NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING AND ORDER

Adopted: July 15, 2005     Released: July 19, 2005

INTRODUCTION AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. In this Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order (NPRM), we address eighteen petitions for rulemaking. The petitioners request that we amend the Commission’s amateur radio service rules to implement revised international Radio Regulations that were adopted at the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-03). Most of the petitioners request that we entirely or partially eliminate the requirement that an individual must pass an international Morse code telegraphy examination in order to qualify for certain classes of amateur radio operator licenses. Others request that we either maintain the current requirement or increase the speed in telegraphy that an individual must demonstrate in order to qualify for certain classes of amateur radio operator licenses. In addition, some petitioners request that we establish a new class of operator license in the amateur service, or otherwise modify the license structure or associated operating privileges.

The telegraphy examination requires an examinee to listen to an audio recording of a message that is typically exchanged between two amateur stations and demonstrate, either by transcribing the message text or answering a series of questions based on the content of message, that he or she has the ability to receive correctly Morse code texts at not less than five words per minute (wpm). The message is prepared in such a way that it uses all of the letters of the alphabet, the numerals 0-9, certain punctuation marks, and three prosigns (symbols formed by combining together two letters into one without the inter-letter space). See 47 C.F.R. §§ 97.503(a), 97.507(d). Whether the examinee passes the telegraphy examination is based on the examinee's transcription of the text or answers to the questions. For purposes of this NPRM, phrases such as "Morse code test," "telegraphy examination," and "telegraphy examination in the international Morse code” are used interchangeably.

2. In response to the petitions, over 6,200 comments were filed. Because some of the petitions have presented sufficient evidence to warrant proposing changing our rules, and in the interest of administrative efficiency, we have consolidated our treatment of these petitions in this NPRM.

3. Based upon the petitions and comments, we propose to amend our amateur service rules to eliminate the requirement that individuals pass a telegraphy examination in order to qualify for any amateur radio operator license. We believe that this proposal, if adopted, would (1) encourage individuals who are interested in communications technology, or who are able to contribute to the advancement of the radio art, to become amateur radio operators; (2) eliminate a requirement that we believe is now unnecessary and that may discourage amateur service licensees from advancing their skills in the communications and technical phases of amateur radio; and (3) promote more efficient use of the radio spectrum currently allocated to the amateur radio service. We solicit comments on our tentative conclusions. We decline to propose any other changes to amateur radio service licensing or operating privileges in this proceeding.

However, we note that, in a separate proceeding, the Commission already has sought comment on proposed rule changes regarding some of the other issues raised by petitioners in this proceeding. See Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission’s Rules Governing the Amateur Radio Services, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, WT Docket No. 04-140, 19 FCC Rcd 7293, 7300 ¶ 11 (2004) (Phone Band Expansion NPRM).

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WIRELESS NEWS

Cell Phone Weaknesses, Strengths in London

July 2005 • Volume 3 • Number 8

By Robert Green, Senior Editor

undergroundHow useful are cell phones in the hour following a terrorist attack such as the July 7 attacks in London?

According to first reports from bomb sites around the victimized city, cellular systems either crashed or were deliberately turned off by officials moments after they realized a terror strike was occurring. By 10 a.m. on the 7th, one of the largest providers, Vodophone, had reached capacity and the company had initiated emergency procedures to keep prioritized lines open, according to a BBC report.

Other systems had shut down altogether, raising speculation that police and counter-terror officials feared bombs were being triggered by terrorists using cell signals, as they sometimes are in roadside IED attacks in Iraq. In any case, cell phone reliability was apparently spotty at best.

On the other hand, where mobile camera phones remained operational, news services and perhaps security officials too, leveraged a bounty of what is being called “user-generated content,” mobile phone pictures from sites where witnesses became instant journalists recording mostly grainy images of the devastation.

The London attacks probably resulted in more such material than even the tsunami, as mobile and cellular camera capacity is ever-increasing.

Market researchers Gartner say that more than half the 150 million phones sold in Europe this year will have a built-in camera for capturing still images. Many will also have video recording capability.

"We'll see a lot more event-based reporting from individuals who happen to be at the right place at the right time," a Gartner official told Yahoo News.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in America, both the Washington, D.C., and New York City areas built emergency cell reliability into first responder systems, as most of those systems failed during the 2001 attacks here. According to early reports including one from an American homeland security consultant, authorities in London have also been working to ensure that first responder cellular systems remain operational during terrorist events.

Source: Public Sector Communications


U.S. Not Ready for Bioterror

July 2005 • Volume 3 • Number 8

By Robert Green, Senior Editor

bio terrorInadequate budgets and/or budget snags, bureaucratic ennui, political squabbles and sundry other factors might be colliding to leave Americans more vulnerable to a bio-terror attack than they should be.

Writing on Front Page Magazine.com last month, Prof. William Firshein, Ph.D., recently retired as Wesleyan University's Daniel Ayres Chaired Professor of Biology, identified some of the institutional blocks across the federal, state and local government those seeking better bioterror prevention routinely run up against.

“Our most serious problem concerning bioterrorism is the implementation of our federal mandated preparations, especially in the states themselves. Despite massive defense spending, efforts are lagging in the states. Although all 50 states have plans approved by CDC [the Centers for Disease Control], 26 states have failed to spend their allotted bioterror funds, 39 states have not made information about specific diseases available to the general public, and 48 states do not have enough trained staff to receive and distribute supplies and medicine from a national repository.

“Only four states, according to the independent Trust for America's Health, are adequately prepared for a bioterrorist attack. Such low rates of preparedness are attributed to state budget cuts and to state bureaucracies, where there are disagreements between health agencies in the capitol and those throughout the rest of the state. If we are to be able to mitigate the horrors of bioterrorism, every state must be adequately prepared; their current state of preparedness is completely unacceptable.”

Firshein has published more than 70 articles and reviews in his field.

Source: Public Sector Communications


Wireless service restored in all NYC tunnels

By Jeffrey Silva
Jul 20, 2005

WASHINGTON-Cell phone service in the busy Lincoln and Holland tunnels has resumed, following a nearly two-week outage called for by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in response to subway bombings in London July 7.

Last week, the Metropolitan Transit Authority restored cell-phone service in the Midtown and Brooklyn-Battery tunnels.

Questions have been raised about the process that led to decisions to shut down mobile-phone service in the four tunnels in light of confusion and other factors involved in those actions in the immediate aftermath of the deadly London attacks.

"Following ongoing consultations with security officials in New York and New Jersey who have reviewed the circumstances specific to the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, and based on current security information, the Port Authority determined it will restore cell-phone service to the tunnels effective immediately," said Kenneth J. Ringer Jr., executive director of the Port Authority, late Tuesday afternoon.

Source: RCR Wireless News


EasyTel.Net Takes Low-Cost Paging International with GeniePage.Com

Released by: Adam Moore
2005-07-17 23:48:16

Summary: EasyTel announced today the launch of its new GeniePage.Com service. At $1 per month, GeniePage is an exceptionally affordable solution for anyone who needs to stay in touch.

Las Vegas-based communications company EasyTel announced today the launch of its new GeniePage.Com service. At $1 per month, GeniePage is an exceptionally affordable solution for anyone who needs to stay in touch, domestically and around the world. Based on EasyTel's proprietary Universal Office platform, GeniePage will serve as an ultra low-cost introduction to its full line of communications products.

"With it's extremely low price-point and set of included features, our new GeniePage service will keep people in touch locally and around the world for less than has ever been possible," said EasyTel President Randall Skala.

Key features of the new offering include: unique local and toll-free telephone numbers assigned to each customer; paging by telephone or on the Internet; and delivery of pages by traditional pager, telephone notification or email notification. Full privacy protection is maintained on all calls.

"Anyone can reach a GeniePage subscriber, from anywhere in the world, just by pointing any web browser to www.GeniePage.com ," explained Skala. "You could be in Southern California, and a family member in the Philippines could page you through the Internet, anytime, free of charge. It's up to you how that page reaches you; over an actual pager, a telephone call to any of three numbers you set, or just an email to you."

Skala is just as enthusiastic about the combination of savings and privacy provided by the service. "If you choose to have the pages delivered by phone call, with every page you have the option to call back the person who paged you just by pressing one key. Imagine returning a call to a family member in someplace such as Mexico, China or India that way, instead of having to pay huge charges to make an international call.

"And no matter where you're calling, it's private; the caller never sees the number you called from. This is perfect for anyone who needs to be reachable, but still wants to keep their 'real' phone number private. Doctors, lawyers and other professionals now have a way to answer their pages without giving away their private numbers. It doesn't matter if your return call goes across the street or around the world; all they ever see is a number from the bank of numbers provided by the Universal Office platform."

The basic service pricing is $1 per month on a 12 month prepayment. Customers choosing to prepay 3 years (36 months) will have the $10 activation fee waved. Calls received on the customer's toll-free number, as well as message notification calls and page-return calls, are 5 cents per minute within the US including Alaska, Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, and nationwide Canada. Calls outside the basic area may be made at significant discounts from traditional long-distance services, and massive discounts when compared with the cost of calls into the US.

For more details: EasyTel.Net
Address: 320 E. Charleston Blvd. Suite 204-221
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104-1015
Telephone: 800-850-5500
Email address: CorporateRelations@EasyTel.net

Source: Free Press Release.com


New Pager Design

MELBOURNE, FLA.—A Florida Tech student design team won one of only 14 advanced E-team grants awarded nationwide by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). The student teams, recognized at an NCIIA annual event, earned the grants for their product ideas, which can launch new businesses.

(I-Newswire) - "This is the first such award won at Florida Tech. "There are hundreds and hundreds of applications for the grants annually and only 14 were awarded this year," said Dr. Ken Ports, College of Engineering faculty member and team advisor.

The Florida Tech team of five undergraduate electrical engineering majors and one business administration undergraduate, earned an $11,500 NCIIA grant for their product, an interactive guest paging system. The system is a restaurant pager that allows the customer to play games, view the menu and check on the estimated wait time while waiting to be seated.

The system is a hand-held pager with video screens and buttons wirelessly connected to a base station. It comes equipped with a touch screen, mouse, keyboard, pager-charging bay, software to update the menu and a transceiver. The team will continue to develop their product as they prepare to market it to a restaurant chain.

Tulane University, Brown University and the University of Illinois were among the other NCIIA grant recipients.

The NCIIA is an initiative of The Lemelson Foundation, a private philanthropy established by one of the country's most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson ( 1923-1997 ), and his family. The foundation supports the belief that invention and innovation are critical to American higher education.

Contact: Karen Rhine
krhine@fit.edu
321-674-8964
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Source: I-Newswire.com


Research and Markets has announced the addition of Mobile and Wireless Services for Outpatients to their offering.

Posted on: Tuesday, 19 July 2005, 12:01 CDT

Government health departments are still waiting for a return on large investments in IT infrastructure. However a simple mobile phone based service is already having an impact on hospital performance data. Outpatient clinics, that are using SMS based appointment reminder systems, are seeing a reduction in missed appointments or 'Did Not Attend' (DNAs).

Revenues from SMS patient reminder services will grow steadily over the next five years. Theoretically, if every patient were sent a text message reminding them of their appointment, UK mobile communications providers would receive revenues in excess of GBP 20 million per annum from healthcare related text messaging. However health providers will face a major challenge migrating more than a small proportion of patients from paper based systems to the current generation of mobile services.

This report reveals that outpatient clinics that deployed SMS patient reminder systems saw DNA rates fall by up to 30% even though less than 20% of patients chose to use the service. Text message based reminder systems have been successful from day one because the demographic profiles of persistent DNAs and mobile phone users are similar. However this means users could see diminishing returns as reminder services are expanded.

SMS patient reminder services provide mobile communications vendors with an ideal entry point into the healthcare IT market. Wireless and mobile vendors who establish themselves in this market should be able to leverage their position by adding services, such as patient support and medication reminder and compliance monitoring, to their existing messaging platform. This report points to evidence that this is already happening in the field of mental healthcare where outpatient clinics and social services are under political pressure to ensure that patients keep appointments and comply with medication regimes. This report also sees a number of established IT vendors adding patient reminders to the list of outsourced services they offer hospitals.

This report also examines sales of patient paging systems could come under pressure as restrictions on the use of mobile phones in hospitals are lifted. In the future text-messaging vendors could provide systems that inform patients waiting within the outpatient clinic that the consultant is ready to see them. The ease with which patient paging can be deployed, and its relatively low cost, have been instrumental in the rapid growth in sales of systems to outpatient clinics. While patient paging is currently marketed as a technology that improves the patient's experience of the outpatient care process, it could, when integrated with Patient Administration Systems (PAS), also be used to increase a hospital's workflow efficiency.

Source: Red Nova


Verizon-MCI union may breathe life into Clinton paging business

By Josee Valcourt
jvalcourt@clarionledger.com

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File photo/The Clarion-Ledger

WorldCom history

The rise and fall of a telecom giant

1983
LDDS was started at a Hattiesburg restaurant by Bernie Ebbers, David Singleton, Bill Fields and Murray Waldron.

1988-1994
The company, with Ebbers as the CEO, grows by acquiring smaller telecommunications firms, including IDB WorldCom.

1995
The company changes its name to WorldCom.

1996
The company is listed on the S&P 500. It merges with MFS Communications and acquires UUNET, the country's largest Internet company.

1997
WorldCom and MCI announce a $37 billion merger.

1998
WorldCom moves its corporate headquarters to Clinton.

1999
WorldCom purchases Jackson-based SkyTel and announces a $115 billion merger with Sprint. WorldCom's stock hits $64.50.

2000
Regulators halt the merger between Sprint and WorldCom.

2002
Ebbers resigns in April. A fraud that eventually grows to $11 billion is revealed in June. WorldCom files for bankruptcy in July.

2004
Ebbers is charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and making false filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company merges from bankruptcy as MCI and moves its headquarters to Virginia.

2005
Ebbers is convicted and sentenced to prison. Mississippi MCI employment, once more than 3,000, falls to 850.

CLINTON—There are more parking spaces than cars on the 85-acre campus that was once WorldCom's headquarters.

Rows of unoccupied slots separate many of the idle vehicles, some of which belong to Skytel employees working inside the grand building that sits in front of a man-made lake.

Erected in 1998, the building's exterior hasn't changed much, but Skytel, an MCI pager provider, has gone from 1,700 employees when WorldCom acquired it in 1999 to an estimated 750.

One hundred MCI workers also work under the roof designed to shelter nearly 3,000 employees.

Tough years resulting from a 2002 accounting fraud that caused WorldCom's fall are partly to blame for Skytel's employment shrinkage. A lukewarm interest in the aged paging technology could be another.

Now, with a $6.75 billion acquisition of MCI in progress by telecommunication giant Verizon, it's unknown what will be Skytel's fate or that of the roughly $35 million building.

There's only speculation.

"My assumption is that if Verizon is buying MCI, then they have to think that the company is viable," said Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman. "As far as the building is concerned, I have no knowledge what's going to happen. It's a state-of-the-art building, so if MCI isn't there, somebody will purchase it."

Skytel moved its offices from downtown Jackson to Clinton in 2003 after the 1,300 WorldCom employees who occupied the building were transferred or laid off.

The gated campus overlooks shops and restaurants and is a short distance from Mississippi College—the alma mater of former WorldCom chief executive officer Bernie Ebbers.

Ebbers was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for his role in the $11 billion accounting fraud at the company. He was convicted March 15 of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, fraud and filing false regulatory reports.

One month after the fraud was revealed in June 2002, WorldCom filed for bankruptcy protection. The fraud left the stock of thousands of Mississippi investors worthless.

The company emerged from bankruptcy in April 2004, changed its name to MCI and moved its headquarters to Ashburn, Va.

The company purchased the Clinton site from the college under Ebbers, who served as WorldCom's CEO for 17 years.

A business Aultman would not name once showed interest in leasing office space there.

Although nothing came of that nibble, Aultman remains optimistic that the building will be OK, even if the Verizon-MCI marriage ends Skytel's operation.

At this point, neither company can offer any hints.

The Securities and Exchange Commission prohibits companies from making operational decisions while in the middle of what Verizon is calling a merger, said Peter Thonis, Verizon spokesman.

MCI, which expects the merger to be complete by year's end, touts Skytel as an important part of its business, said MCI spokeswoman Stefanie Scott.

The parent company doesn't break out the financial state of its units in earnings reports. Because of that, the 14 percent drop in the company's U.S. sales and service sector—which includes Skytel figures—offers no glimpse of its performance.

But MCI's layoff of 90 Skytel employees this month may give a better view. MCI said the move was in response to a changing marketplace that includes a shift in product demand.

The paging industry isn't robust, explains Robert Rosenberg, president of Insight Research Corp., a New Jersey telecommunications analysis firm.

The fate of the Clinton company and the former WorldCom campus could rest on whether Skytel is generating more income than it costing to run the business, said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecom analyst in Atlanta.

"Verizon is not acquiring MCI in any shape or form to get their hands on Skytel. I think they're going to look at it because it's a business and it offers a service," Kagan said.

Unlike Verizon, MCI has never had a wireless business. It's relied on Skytel's text messaging and two-way paging technology.

"Verizon has a messaging business as part of its business. They don't need Skytel," Kagan said.

However, it will be some time before the company's outcome is revealed.

"I think it's going to be a while before Verizon makes any changes. You don't take a business apart to integrate it. You integrate first," he said.

Robin Copeland, manager of a nearby Baskin-Robbins, is hopeful.

Skytel employees have been regulars at her store inside an Exxon gas station where catfish and barbecue also are served.

"I think Clinton will continue to grow in the business sense," she said.

Source: The Clarion Ledger


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I have built two web pages about Mountain Communications in Mountain Home, Arkansas—a regional Paging company that the owner wants to sell. The first page has several photos and some links to background information on the company. Please click here for that page. If you like what you see and want to read all the financial details, please send me an e-mail and I will send you the unpublished address of the second page. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone to acquire a Paging company in a beautiful resort area of the Arkansas mountains where there are several large lakes and rivers. They tell me the fishing and boating are great in that area. By the way, this business also includes some wireless broadband, a trunking radio system, and a two-way radio dealership. Update: we are willing to negotiate. Please call Brad Dye at: 618-842-3892.


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Glenayre T8500 PAs tested and guaranteed $200.00 each. WHY PAY $400 TO $600 TO GET THEM REPAIRED???

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Specifications:

  • Operating Frequency 929-932 MHz
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  • POCSAG Paging Protocol 512 /1200/ 2400 Baud
  • Supply Voltage 12V +/- 10%
  • Operating Temperature -20º to +70º C (-4º to +158ºF)
  • Storage Temperature -40º to +85º C
  • First Oscillator Stability +/- 2.5 ppm
  • Second Oscillator Stability <300 Hz
  • Page Sensitivity (2400 baud) 15 mV/m
  • Direct Coupled (via optional antenna coupler) -104 dBm
  • Adjacent Channel @ 25 KHz >50 dBC
  • Co-Channel (Fc and +/- 3 KHz) >-8 dBC
  • Blocking > 70 dBC
  • Intermodulation >50 dBC
  • +26 dB High Level Intermodulation >50 dBC
  • +46 dB High Level Intermodulation >50 dBC
  • Spurious Response >40 dBC
  • Radiated Spurious Emissions -46 dBmV/m

Inputs/Outputs:

  • 6 Customer Configurable Open Collector Outputs 350mA Current Sink or Source
  • 2 Customer Configurable Open Collector Outputs
  • 1.75A Current Sink or Source
  • 2 Outputs Configuration Ports - Connect to +12 or Ground
  • 1 Serial Data Port (and programming line) RS232 or TTL Output
  • 1 RTS Output for Serial Data Operation RS232 or TTL Output
  • 1 CTS Input for Serial Data Operation RS232 or TTL Output
  • 1 Protocol Specific Input 0-12V Input Voltage
  • 1 B+ Input Per Supply Voltage Spec
  • 1 Ground Per Supply Voltage Spec

General:

  • Physical Dimensions 4.75” x 3.25” x 1” (LxWxH)
  • Weight 4.6 ozs.
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  • Interface Automotive grade, 16-pin connector

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CreataLink POCSAG 900 Mhz Telemetry Modules

These are new closeout surplus and still in original Motorola packaging with very favorable below cost pricing. Several hundred are available. They have RS232 serial outputs in addition to the trigger points and the optional external antenna connectors. Please let me know if there is any interest in this opportunity.

Estos son módulos de sobra, nuevos en su embalaje original de Motorola. Los precios son muy favorables, menos del costo original. Hay centenares de ellos disponibles. Incluyen salidas seriales RS232 en adición a los puntos de abre y cierra. También tienen conectores opcionales para antenas externos. Avísame por favor si hay alguna interés en esta oportunidad.

Zetron Simulcast System

High-speed simulcast Paging with protocols such as POCSAG and FLEX™ requires microsecond accuracy to synchronize the transmission of digital Paging signals.

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Zetron's Simulcast System uses GPS timing information to ensure that the broadcasted transmissions between the nodes of the Simulcast System and associated transmitters are synchronized to very tight tolerances.

This system is ideal for public or private Paging system operators that use multiple transmitters and wish to create new Paging systems or to build out existing systems into new regions. For more information about Zetron's High Speed Simulcast Paging System, the Model 600 and Model 620, go to:

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MORE TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Speculation abounds about whether Martin plans to revamp FCC

By Heather Forsgren Weaver
Jul 19, 2005

WASHINGTON-FCC Chairman Kevin Martin appears to be reorganizing the Federal Communication Commission, a move that could disband the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, moving its functions to various other bureaus including a new Homeland Security Bureau. The FCC declined to comment.

A reorganization would answer the question of why Martin, who arrived in mid-March, has yet to announce a chief for the wireless bureau. The departure of John Muleta, the former wireless bureau chief, coincided with the departure of former FCC Chairman Michael Powell.

Speculation is that the reorganization would create a Homeland-Security Bureau with the functions performed by the public-safety and critical-infrastructure division of the wireless bureau and other homeland-security functions scattered about in the agency in the Office of Planning and Policy and the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau. A new Spectrum Bureau would be created with the functions of the wireless bureau licensing division and the FCC's Office of Engineering & Technology. The wireless bureau's policy functions would largely move to the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau.

It is not unusual for new chairmen to reorganize the agency to fit their policy objectives, but Martin has yet to name his priorities except for general statements about broadband and homeland security.

Rumors have circulated for months about who might be named to lead the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, with many names being batted down as having conflicts. Anyone with clients or responsibilities in the wireless industry, the wireline industry or the media industry would be conflicted because of the various issues handled either directly or indirectly by the wireless bureau. By creating a Homeland-Security Bureau and a Spectrum Bureau, Martin would apparently solve this conflicts-of-interest issue.

Source: RCR Wireless News

[There must be something to the rumors, because someone(s) at the FCC likely is the source for RCR's story. Any such reorganization has to be submitted to Congress before it can become effective.]


BREAKING NEWS

FCC reorganization bill introduced more than a month ago

By Heather Forsgren Weaver
Jul 22, 2005

WASHINGTON—With little fanfare, an influential Democrat on the House Commerce Committee introduced legislation last month to reorganize the Federal Communications Commission.

"The FCC originally created and organized its bureaus at a time when individual companies offered single, discrete telecommunications services," reads the bill authored by Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.). "The organization of the FCC's bureaus based on the type of technology is an obsolete model and is no longer relevant since new technologies provide multiple services."

The Wynn legislation has striking similarities but is much broader in scope than a plan being mulled by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and first reported by RCR Wireless News Tuesday.

Not only would the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau be disbanded-apparently a key feature of the Martin plan-but the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau would see itself morphed into the economic regulations bureau and get responsibility for the hot-button media-ownership issue.

The Wynn bill would not create a homeland-security bureau, as the Martin plan does, but would create a public-interest bureau with responsibility over disabilities access, enhanced 911 and the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act implementation.

While Martin would have all spectrum functions in one bureau, the spectrum bureau, Wynn would have all of the functions except licensing in a spectrum management bureau with a separate licensing bureau.

Wynn introduced his bill June 17. It is unclear whether this is what prompted Martin's office to begin discussions of its own reorganization.

The FCC refused comment on the Martin plan.

The Martin plan seemed to answer the question of why Martin, who arrived March 18, has yet to announce a chief for the wireless bureau. The departure of John Muleta, the former wireless bureau chief, coincided with the departure of former FCC Chairman Michael Powell.

It is not unusual for new chairmen to reorganize the agency to fit their policy objectives, but Martin has yet to name his priorities except for general statements about broadband and homeland security.

Rumors have circulated for months about who might be named to lead the wireless bureau, with many names being batted down as having conflicts. Anyone with clients or responsibilities in the wireless industry, the wireline industry or the media industry would be conflicted because of the various issues handled either directly or indirectly by the wireless bureau. By creating homeland-security and spectrum bureaus, Martin would apparently solve these conflicts-of-interest issues.

Any Martin reorganization would require approval by Congress-either by working with Wynn to pass his plan or by asking congressional appropriators for permission-and his fellow commissioners. It does not appear that Martin has sought comment from any of these parties.

Source: RCR Wireless News


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Terabeam snatches Proxim in bankruptcy court

21 July 2005

Price hike from $21 million to $28 million for one-time Wi-Fi name.

By Peter Judge, Techworld

Wi-Fi veteran Proxim, whose assets were to be bought by Moseley Associates, has gone to a higher bidder at the bankruptcy court.

Wireless broadband player Terabeam will pay $28 million for the assets of the one-time Wi-Fi leader, adding $7 million to the $21 million price agreed by Moseley in June.

The price increase reflects growing appreciation od Proxim's assets, after the bankruptcy process clears off the debt attached to the company. In particular, the company's Tsunami point-to-point wireless broadband products were developing into a WiMax range, which figured large in Moseley's plans.

Like Moseley before it, Terabeam has promised, in its Terabeam press release, to continue to sell and support Proxim's products.

Proxim is surprised but happy: "At the time [of the Moseley agreement] we indicated that the final acquisition would be completed after a bidding process," said a Proxim statement. "Although we did not anticipate another company stepping in with a higher offer, we are excited that Terabeam Wireless did emerge from the process as the higher bidder and future parent of Proxim." Terabeam is well-respected and aligned with Proxim’s long-range objectives, said the statement.

Terabeam is a smaller and less diverse company than Moseley, and plans to move its headquarters to Proxim's building.

Although Terabeam and Proxim have both been working on WiMax the two are using rival chips. Terabeam announced a decision to use Fujitsu's chips in May, while Proxim has been develop WiMax kit with Intel since last May.

Proxim's more developed WiMax range may prevail over Terabeam's Fujitsu-based plans, but having a stake in both versions of WiMax may not be a problem this early in the game, said analysts: "There's no harm in covering the bases," said Richard Webb of Infonetics Research.

Terabeam itself has a chequered history. The company spent several years, and $500 million, promising to deliver gigabit wireless speeds through free-space optics. When it failed to deliver on the hype, it was bought for around $50 million (described by Light Reading as "peanuts") by microwave wireless company YDI.

YDI had then changed its name to Terabeam, probably because even a failed start-up will have more brand-recognition than a random-sounding three-letter acronym.

Source: TechWorld


13.9 bln instant messages are sent a day, 46.5 bln daily by 2009

7/21/2005—Posted by ZDNet @ 12:10 am

im use bar graphThere will be 867 mln instant messaging accounts by the end of 2005, Radicati Group says. By 2009 there will be 1.2 bln accounts in use. The value of the IM market (both public IM and enterprise IM (EIM) as well as IM management software) will reach $142 mln in 2005. By 2009 it will reach $365 mln. In 2005, Radicati estimated that 13.9 bln IMs are sent per day (12.5 bln on public networks and 1.4 bln on EIM). As the number of accounts grows usage is expected to increase to 46.5 bln messages per day by 2009; 39.5 bln of which will be on the public networks while 7 bln will be on EIM.


Source: ZD Net


79.8% of 18-24-year-olds use instant messaging, 29.6% read blogs

7/22/2005—Posted by ZDNet @ 12:10 am

BIGresearch conducted a survey of new media usage among various age groups. Instant messaging and text messaging proved to be the most popular activities among young adults, while the older group of 55 and above admitted to using instant messaging and listening to Web radio among various communications channels.

New media usage by different age groups

Media18-2425-3435-5455+
Blogs29.6%21.7%15.5%11.4%
Instant Messaging79.8%68.3%58.1%43.1%
MP3/iPod45.3%29.9%17.5%6.7%
Satellite Radio 12.2%12.5%9.5%5.5%
Picture Phones30.6%22.7%14.1%5.2%
Text Messaging58.3%46.1%27.6%8.3%
TiVo/DVR17.0%21.5%14.6%8.3%
Web Radio44.4%42.6%33.0%13.5%
Source: BIGresearch

Source: ZD Net


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