|FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 10, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 236|
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USA Mobility Reports Third Quarter Operating Results
Continued Improvement in Subscriber Trends;
Cost Reductions Outpace Expectations
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006. Reported revenue for the quarter was $119.6 million and EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortization and accretion) totaled $33.3 million. Third quarter operating income was $14.9 million, while net income was $8.7 million, or $0.31 per share.
Key results in the third quarter included:
"Third quarter operating results compared favorably to our forecast and represent another solid quarter of progress for the Company," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer. "The annual rate of net subscriber losses continued to improve as we increased our sales and service focus on our core subscriber segments, including healthcare, government services and large business enterprises. Our net subscriber loss rate improved as gross placements rose for the second consecutive quarter. In addition, we launched a number of important marketing initiatives during the quarter to promote the Company as a single source for wireless solutions. Among them, we unveiled an enhanced user-friendly web site that provides existing and potential customers with a broad range of information and tools to help them identify and meet their wireless communications needs."
Kelly added, "As we approach the two-year anniversary of the Metrocall Arch merger, which created USA Mobility, we look back at both our accomplishments and our challenges. We have achieved all of our integration objectives ahead of time and we have re-focused our sales and marketing efforts around our core subscriber segments. We also have returned significant capital to our shareholders after having paid off all our bank debt incurred at the time of the merger."
"However, we continue to be challenged with a higher than anticipated rate of gross subscriber losses, particularly in our direct customer base. In fact the gross rate of direct subscriber erosion actually increased from 6.6 percent in third quarter 2005 to 7.0 percent in third quarter 2006. Our current outlook for the future is more optimistic on our ability to place gross additions to our subscriber base in our core segments than it was at the one-year anniversary of our merger a year ago. Our outlook in terms of our ability to lower our operating costs while increasing sales productivity has also improved. However, our outlook for the rate of gross subscriber churn forecasts a higher level of subscriber attrition than we assumed at the merger and even one year ago. The actual future rate of gross cancellations will be the single most critical determinant to long-term value of our paging business."
The Company paid a cash distribution to shareholders in July of $3.00 per share, or approximately $82 million. The Company also declared its first regular quarterly dividend of $0.65 on November 1, payable on December 7 to shareholders of record on November 16. "The Board's decision to implement recurring cash distributions reflects our confidence that we can continue to generate substantial cash flow going forward," Kelly said. "These actions are also consistent with our stated cash flow generation strategy and goal of returning cash to shareholders."
Thomas L. Schilling, chief financial officer, said the Company continued to aggressively reduce costs during the quarter. "We are extremely pleased with the continued cost reduction we've been able to achieve. Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and accretion) decreased 3.7 percent in the third quarter and were 21.8 percent lower than they were a year ago, outpacing the year-over-year decline in revenue of 21.3 percent. Our cost reductions in third quarter exceeded our expectation, and we now expect to out perform our operating expense guidance." Schilling added: "We are maintaining our revenue and capital expense guidance of $495 million to $500 million and $20 million to $22 million, respectively. However, we now expect operating expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and accretion, for 2006 to be $354 million to $356 million, well below our previous guidance of $363 million to $368 million."
USA Mobility plans to host a conference call for investors at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 9, 2006. The dial-in number for the call is 877-704-5378 (toll-free) or 913-312-1292 (toll). The pass code for the call is 9657441. A replay of the call will be available from 3:00 p.m. ET on November 9 until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (toll-free) or 719-457-0820 (toll). The pass code for the replay is 9657441.
About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a leading provider of paging products and other wireless services to the business, government, healthcare and emergency response sectors. USA Mobility offers traditional one-way and advanced two-way paging via its nationwide networks covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. In addition, the Company offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel and Cingular Wireless, including BlackBerry and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include wireless connectivity systems for medical, business, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility focuses on the business-to-business marketplace and supplies mobile connectivity solutions to more than 80 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies. For further information visit http://www.usamobility.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's expectations for future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, our ability to continue to reduce operating expenses and to generate cash from operations, our future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, technological improvements in hand-held devices and transmission services offered by our competitors, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
Source: USA Mobility Press Release [Original contains financial tables.]
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SAN ANTONIO, TX – 11/9/06- Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control and emergency notification products, announced today that it has hired Michael Mayer to serve as Vice President – Utility Products Division. Mr. Mayer comes to Nighthawk after spending over seven years at BLP Components, where he was responsible for the development of the utility business in North and South America, including working with utilities on remote disconnect and load management projects. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University. At Nighthawk, he will be responsible for expanding the Company’s position in the utility market.
H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I’m extremely pleased that Michael has joined the Nighthawk team. Michael brings a wealth of utility industry experience to Nighthawk, as well as existing relationships within the industry. While we’ve managed to gain considerable traction in this market over the past couple of years, it’s time for the Company to take the next step and further penetrate the market. Michael’s focus will be on leveraging existing operations and business opportunities into new opportunities and a more complete set of Nighthawk solutions for the utility industry in order to generate greater financial success for the Company.”
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Helio Gets The Drift
By Sue Marek
November 9, 2006
SK-Earthlink mobile virtual network operator Helio has added a third device to its portfolio, one that incorporates location-based services (LBS). The Samsung slider phone, which uses the moniker the Drift, is custom-built for Helio and accommodates two new LBS-based services — Google Maps and Buddy Beacon.
The Drift, which retails for $225, comes in two colors — gunmetal black and frost white. The device has a 2.12-inch high-resolution QVGA display, stereo Bluetooth and a 2.0 megapixel camera. It also supports exclusive Helio services such as MySpace Mobile and Helio On Top.
According to spokesman Rick Heineman, Helio is the first service provider to offer GPS-enabled Google Maps for mobile. Using the GPS-functionality on the phone, the user will automatically be able to find their current location and use those coordinates to figure out things such as directions and real-time traffic information. In addition, the GPS functionality is incorporated into local search information. The Google Maps service is not exclusive to Helio but the MVNO is the first to commercially offer it in the U.S. "We are excited to be the first to take advantage of this service and activate it," Heineman says.
Buddy Beacon is another GPS service enabled by the Drift. This service, which was developed by Helio and is exclusive to the MVNO, lets Helio members locate their friends and let their location be known. If a user switches on their Buddy Beacon functionality, their location is broadcast to friends on their Buddy List. Members can have up to 25 Buddies on their list. If a member doesn't wish to broadcast their location, they can simply turn off the Buddy Beacon functionality. To notify friends on the buddy list to turn on their Buddy Beacon, Helio users can send them an SMS telling them to activate the service. "The control is in the users' hands," Heineman says.
Although both the GPS-enabled Google Maps and the Buddy Beacon are currently only available with the Drift handset, Heineman says that Helio plans to offer these services on all handsets going forward. And he expects more GPS type services to be introduced.
Both Buddy Beacon and GPS-enabled Google Maps are included in the price for Helio all-inclusive memberships, there is no extra charge for these services.
Source: Wireless Week
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NTP takes aim at Palm
Posted November 9th, 2006 at 7:45 PM by Doug Berger
Remember when NTP sued the crap out of Blackberry for patent infringement? Well now that they’re done with BB, they’ve moved onto next on their hit-list, Palm. According to the Associated Press, “The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that Palm’s products, services, systems and processes have improperly used NTP’s wireless e-mail technology.”
Back in March, NTP successfully sued Research In Motion, recovering $612.5 million in “damages.” I put that in quotes because NTP is a patent holding company, meaning they probably have no intentions of ever making Palm products. Such a suit on Palm could mean the end for them seeing as their market capitalization is only twice that amount at $1.55 billion.
Isn't it ridiculous that NTP can wait such a long time to protect their patents and get away with it? Both Palm and RIM have been “infringing” these patents for years, but they kept hush-hush until they could really cause some damage. This whole fiasco is really exploiting some huge flaws in the current U.S. patenting system. Can you work on that USPTO?
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Motorola to Acquire Good Technology
Acquisition Extends Seamless Mobility Offerings For Enterprises and Consumers
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., and SANTA CLARA, Calif., 10 November 2006 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Good Technology, Inc. today announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Motorola will acquire privately held Good Technology, a leader in enterprise mobile computing software and service. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Good Technology, based in Santa Clara, is a strategic addition to Motorola’s Mobile Devices business. The acquisition will extend Motorola’s mobile computing capabilities and increase the company’s enterprise client base. Good Technology’s wireless messaging, data access and handheld security offerings provide intuitive and advanced productivity solutions for mobile professionals with enterprise-level device security and management.
Motorola will build upon Good Technology’s customer and carrier relationships by maintaining its multi-device strategy. Good Technology’s software and service offerings have been chosen by more than 12,000 enterprises around the world. In addition, Good Technology’s highly reliable, secure connectivity platform offers the potential to power applications beyond email while extending to customers beyond the enterprise.
“The addition of Good Technology will advance Motorola’s vision of seamless mobility,” said Ron Garriques, president, Motorola Mobile Devices business. “Good Technology’s solutions, talent and customers complement Motorola’s business and extend our ability to deliver compelling products and services to enterprise customers. Good Technology’s software and managed service deliver a rich user experience, low cost of ownership, industry-leading security and enterprise-class support. These competitive differentiators have led many enterprise customers to choose Good Technology. This acquisition will continue to strengthen Motorola as a leading provider of mobility devices and solutions both for enterprise customers and consumers.”
“This is an exciting milestone for our company, and we look forward to scaling our growth as part of Motorola,” said Danny Shader, chief executive officer and president of Good Technology. “Motorola’s global reach, scale, widely recognized brand and worldwide carrier and customer relationships make it the ideal partner for Good Technology. Our combined teams will create exciting growth opportunities for Good Technology, our customers and our employees. We look forward to working with the Motorola team to ensure a rapid and seamless transition.”
Motorola has an existing business relationship with Good Technology using Good Mobile Messaging on the Motorola Q.
The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory and other customary conditions, is expected to close in early 2007.
The statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements based on current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include, but may not be limited to, statements about the anticipated timing of the transaction and the potential impact the acquisition will have on Motorola. Motorola wishes to caution the reader that the factors below and those contained in Item 1A of Motorola's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, as amended, and in its other SEC filings could cause Motorola's results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These factors include: (i) unforeseen factors that could impact the timely completion of the transaction on the terms described, (ii) difficulties in integrating the operations of the newly acquired business and achieving strategic objectives, (iii) difficulties in retaining employees at Good Technology, (iv) difficulties and delays in the further development, production, testing and marketing of acquired technologies, (v) uncertainties related to broader deployment of relatively new technologies, including customer acceptance of the products and technologies, (vi) the ability to differentiate our products and compete with other companies in the same markets and (vii) the general outlook for the economy and the telecom industry.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering "must have" products, "must do" experiences and powerful networks — along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $35.3 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com.
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Good Technology makes mobile computing easy and essential for everyone. The company's flagship products, Good™ Mobile Messaging (formerly GoodLink), Good Mobile Intranet and Good Mobile Defense, securely extend IBM Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange, and other enterprise systems to a variety of the most popular smartphones and networks. Good's software and managed service deliver a rich user experience, low total cost of ownership through Secure Over-The-Air™ management, industry-leading security and enterprise-class support and service. Good Technology products are available through authorized wireless carriers, value-added resellers and directly through Good Technology. GOOD™, the GOOD and Design logo™, GOODLINK™ and GOOD TECHNOLOGY™ are Good Technology's primary trademarks. Other marks belong to their respective owners. For more information visit www.good.com.
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Cyren Call rejected by FCC
Tuesday, 7 November 2006
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected a proposal from the Cyren Call group to construct a nationwide emergency wireless network. The decision comes just days after the proposals were opened for public consultation. RCR Wireless News reports that the FCC claims that the plan is contrary to auction law, but Cyren Call’s chairman Morgan O’Brien says he will continue trying to get approval for the network, since the US Congress will have the final say on how the emergency spectrum band is used. Cyren Call wants to use spectrum in the 700MHz band to provide a national wireless system for use by emergency and public safety organisations.
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Commerce Creates Spectrum-Management Advisory Group
Friday, November 3, 2006
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez has appointed a diverse group of representatives from the private sector to a two-year term on an advisory committee dealing with RF spectrum.
Committee members will provide advice and recommendations regarding new wireless technologies and how they related to homeland security, national defense and other critical government needs.
The Commerce Spectrum Advisory Committee is part of the Bush administration's Spectrum Policy Initiative, which was established by President George W. Bush in June 2003 to further develop and implement a U.S. spectrum policy for the 21st century that meets the country's needs and spurs economic growth.
The Advisory Committee will report to John Kneuer, acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, who will appoint a chair at the first meeting, which has not been scheduled. According to Kneuer, "Committee members will offer expertise on reforms that expedite the American public's access to broadband services, public-safety services, and long-range spectrum planning."
Members of the Committee include: Dr. David Borth, corporate vice president and CTO, Motorola; Martin Cooper, chairman and co-founder, ArrayComm; Mark Crosby, president and CEO, Enterprise Wireless Alliance; James Goldstein, director of spectrum reconfiguration, Sprint Nextel Corp.; Alexander H. Good, vice chairman and CEO, Mobile Satellite Ventures; Robert M. Gurss, director of legal and government affairs, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International Inc.; Dr. Dale Hatfield, independent consultant and adjunct professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, University of Colorado/Boulder; Dr. Kevin Kahn, senior fellow, Intel Corp.; Hilda Legg, consultant, Legg Strategies; James Lewis, senior fellow and director of technology and public policy program, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Dr. Mark McHenry, president, Shared Spectrum Company; Darrin M. Mylet, vice president/wireless services, Cantor Fitzgerald; Ambassador Janice Obuchowski, president, Freedom Technologies Inc.; Dr. Robert Pepper, senior managing director, Cisco Systems; R. Gerard Salemme, executive vice president and director, Clearwire Corp.; Bryan N. Tramont, partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP; Mark Tucker, CEO, CoCo Communications; and Jennifer Warren, senior director of trade and regulatory affairs, Lockheed Martin Corp.
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Cyren Call’s Request For 700 MHz Spectrum Without Auction Is Dismissed, But Docket Remains Open
The FCC has dismissed, without prejudice, Cyren Call Communications Corp.’s petition for rulemaking that seeks reallocation of 30 MHz of commercial spectrum in the 747-762 MHz and 777-792 MHz bands (i.e., most of TV channels 60-62 and 65-67) and assignment of that spectrum without auction to a single licensee for deployment of a nationwide, broadband network for shared commercial and public safety use. Clients should note that the Cyren Call proposal involves TV channels 60-62 and 65-67.
The proposed reallocation of TV channels 60-62 and 65-67 would essentially gut the upcoming Upper 700 MHz band auction, which Congress has earmarked as a significant revenue source. It would also eliminate the Upper 700 MHz C Block, which a substantial group of small and mid-sized licensees known as “Balanced Consensus Plan” (including several BloostonLaw rural telephone clients) has identified as one of two spectrum blocks that should be licensed as CMA-sized licenses, so that small businesses and rural telcos will have a realistic opportunity to win these licenses at auction.
The FCC’s Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau had placed the Cyren Call petition on public notice October 30, asking for comments by November 30. the Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau dismissed the petition four days later.
In Section 337(a) of the Communications Act, Congress mandated that the Commission allocate spectrum between 746 MHz and 806 MHz, inclusive by designating 24 MHz of the spectrum “for public safety services” 36 MHz of the spectrum “for commercial use to be assigned by competitive bidding pursuant to Section 309(j),” the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau noted in the order dismissing the petition.
Thus, the Commission concluded that Cyren Call’s petition is inconsistent with Sections 337(a) 309(j)(15)(C)(v)’s auction requirement. Even in its recent response, the FCC said, “Cyren recognizes Congressional action will be needed before its proposal could be implemented. But the FCC clearly has the authority to develop a public record.”
Indeed, in its petition, the Commission continued, Cyren Call recognizes that the spectrum it seeks been designated to be auctioned for commercial purposes and indicates that it “has committed itself to pursuing legislative relief.” As such, the Commission said it has no authority to take further action the request at this time, and will dismiss the petition without prejudice, leaving the RM -11348 docket open for further comment.
The Cyren Call petition for rulemaking was filed on 27. A principal in the company is Morgan O’Brien, was also a principal in Fleet Call, the forerunner Nextel, which is now Sprint Nextel. No action was taken on the Cyren Call petition until the Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau placed it on public notice on October 30.
The next day, October 31, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) filed a letter stating that the Cyren Call petition should be dismissed because a similar petition filed by Northrop Grumman Information Technology in 2003 seeking broadband spectrum in 700 MHz band had previously been dismissed.
CTIA stated, in its November 3 letter, that Cyren Call’s petition is remarkably similar to Northrop’s 2003 proposal. “Indeed, in all relevant respects, it is indistinguishable. Both filings were made by commercial entities, both sought the reallocation of commercial 700 MHz spectrum (in fact overlapping spectrum) for public safety operations, and thus both were inconsistent with Section 337(a). Indeed there has been no change in the statutory and regulatory framework surrounding the petitions since 2003 that should warrant a departure from Commission precedent.”
Cyren Call Response: Interestingly, Cyren Call, in a November 2 letter, acknowledged that it was seeking a legislative solution to the Congressional mandate that the spectrum in question was covered by auction. However, Cyren Call argued that the Commission should not foreclose public debate over spectrum that will not be available for use until 2009. “Having waited six months for the Commission to seek their input, the public safety community should not have this opportunity stopped by CTIA’s untimely assertion that a matter of such significant public interest does not even warrant public debate,” Cyren call said. During the next day or so, a dozen firefighting associations submitted letters or comments in support of Cyren Call’s position.
FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON WAYS TO REDUCE COLLISIONS BETWEEN MIGRATORY BIRDS, TOWERS: At its November 3 open meeting, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that seeks comment on whether the FCC should take measures to reduce the number of migratory bird collisions with communications towers. In August 2003, the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) that sought information on the impact of communications towers on migratory birds. Building on the record developed in response to that NOI, the NPRM seeks comment on the extent of the effects of communications towers on migratory birds, as well as various legal, substantive, and procedural issues related to adopting measures to diminish migratory bird collisions with communications towers. First, the NPRM seeks comment on the FCC’s legal authority to adopt regulations related to migratory bird collisions with towers. The FCC tentatively concludes that its obligation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to consider the environmental effects of the actions it authorizes may provide a basis for such regulations. The NPRM also asks whether the available scientific evidence is sufficient to demonstrate that communications towers are having a significant impact on migratory birds. In addition, the FCC seeks comment on its responsibilities under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and on whether the MBTA gives any government agency other than the Department of the Interior authority to enforce its terms. Next, the NPRM requests information on the role of tower lighting in migratory bird collisions. The FCC tentatively concludes, consistent with a guidance memorandum issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), that medium intensity white strobe lights at night are preferred over red obstruction lighting systems, to the extent possible without compromising aircraft navigation safety. The Notice also seeks comment on the possible use of other lighting systems that could similarly minimize bird-tower collisions. Additionally, the FCC solicits input on the role of other tower factors – such as tower height, tower location, the use of guy wires, and the collocation of new antennas on existing towers – on migratory bird collisions, and requests comment on whether to adopt regulations in these areas to protect migratory birds. The NPRM inquires, among other things, whether adoption of a preference for medium intensity white strobe lights might preclude need for these additional measures. With regard to the possible regulation of guy wires and tower height, the NPRM asks whether such measures would have an adverse effect on environmental matters unrelated to migratory birds, such as historic properties, wetlands, or endangered species. Finally, the NPRM seeks comment on whether the FCC should amend its rules to require tower applicants to prepare an environmental assessment if a proposed tower or antenna facility may affect migratory birds. This last proposal could create significant additional costs for tower owners if not carefully tailored. The text of the WT Docket No. 03- 187 NPRM was not available at our deadline, and a comment cycle had not yet been established.
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Vol. 6, No. 11
FCC Denies Waiver To Use Paging Frequency For EMS
The FCC has denied a waiver request filed by the County of Morgan, Tennessee, to allow the frequency 152.0075 MHz as a repeater output frequency in a communications system used to support emergency medical service (EMS) in the county. Morgan currently is licensed for two VHF frequencies. According to Morgan, it uses its current radio system to support the provision of EMS to residents of the County.
It appears that Morgan wants to upgrade its communication system by adding a mobile relay repeater station. Morgan states that it has to use VHF frequencies and that the only VHF frequency it can use without causing destructive interference to co- and adjacent channel licensees is the frequency 152.0075 MHz. This frequency, however, is reserved for paging operations. Accordingly, Morgan seeks a waiver of Section 90.20(13) of the Commission’s Rules to allow the frequency to be used in a base/mobile communication system. The FCC said that Morgan failed to provide any support for its assertion that no other VHF frequencies are available. For example, Morgan provided no technical study or any statement from a recognized frequency coordinator demonstrating that there are no other VHF frequencies available. .
The FCC found that Morgan’s statement alone — without empirical data to support the assertion — to be unpersuasive. Finally, the FCC noted that Morgan has not demonstrated any unique or unusual factual circumstances that would warrant grant of a waiver.
Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP
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Web Access in Cars Hits the Road
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Automotive PCs will connect through regular cellular phone signals. Makers expect the in-car systems to eventually move to WiMax — high-powered WiFi that blankets broadband access across cities — over the next few years.
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The personal computer has finally gone to driving school
Three decades after they began appearing on desktops, PCs are about to start showing up in vehicles. They will let people check e-mail , avoid traffic jams or make restaurant reservations via the Web while on the job or at play.
The idea could prove especially popular among younger drivers. A September survey found that 14 percent of prospective buyers under 30 want in-car e-mail and Web access, more than double the number who said they wanted it in 2004, says CNW Marketing Research.
"We're going to see a lot of explosive changes," predicts Robert Wray, CEO of StreetDeck, a maker of mobile commuting software.
Automotive PCs will connect through regular cellular phone signals. Makers expect the in-car systems to eventually move to WiMax — high-powered WiFi that blankets broadband access across cities -- over the next few years.
Companies putting PCs on wheels are:
A rugged PC fits into a cradle in front of the dash. The PC, which runs Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) XP software, can play Internet radio and MP3 music files.
Web access in vehicles "is going to be as common as cell phones," predicts Ian Palmer, executive vice president of KVH.
One is a small portable, a little bigger than a Cracker Jack box, that can be carried around and temporarily popped into the dash where the stereo is located. The other, a more powerful model, is installed in the dash. Prices for both will be upward of $2,000.
Drivers will need to exercise safety. They won't be allowed to view their e-mail and other distracting functions unless the car is stopped. But that problem is being solved as voice-command systems become more widespread.
For instance, Canadian firm Intelligent Mechatronic Systems next year will offer its iLane cradle for personal digital assistants. The cradle uses a synthesized voice to read arriving e-mail, calendar reminders and text messages.
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FCC sides with Continental in Logan WiFi dispute
November 7, 2006
As the communication world turns: In a decision which may well have wide-ranging repercussions for hot spots, hot zones and other efforts to offer public Internet access, the FCC has thrown its regulatory weight behind Continental Airlines in the airline's battle with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). The airline wants to install WiFi service in its passenger lounges at Logan International, but Massport insists this would endanger emergency communication at the airport.
The FCC ruled late last week that Massport's attempt to block other organizations from offering wireless Internet service violated FCC rules which allow businesses and consumers to install WiFi antennas without landlord approval. "Today's decision ensures that the WiFi bands remain free and open to travelers, who can make productive use of their time while waiting to catch their next flight in an airport," FCC commissioner Michael Copps said. "[Travelers] will be able to choose from among multiple providers, including members-only airport lounges as well as coffee shops or businesses that may choose to attract customers by offering WiFi service at lower prices than the airport authority offers."
The FCC ruling may end a bitter, two-year battle. In June 2004 Logan began to offer a $7.95 a day WiFi service at the airport. The service is free to travelers whose Internet provider has a roaming agreement with Advanced Wireless Group, the New York company operating the service. In July 2004 Continental installed its own free WiFi system in its President's Club frequent-flyer lounge at Logan. It took Massport a few months of haggling with Continental, but in summer 2005 the airport authorities ordered Continental to shut down its system, arguing they were doing so for public safety reasons. Specifically, Massport said that Continental's--and other airlines'--WiFi would interfere, and even jam, WiFi-based communication among emergency crews during an emergency at the airport. The FCC was un-persuaded by Massport's arguments, saying that the agency's WiFi safety exception applied to potential dangers to the public's physical safety and health, not interference with other radio device users.
Note that Continental defied Massport's orders and continued to offer its WiFi service to passengers. American Airlines, however, stopped its T-Mobile WiFi service, and Delta had decided to scrap plans to offer WiFi in its lounges.
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Research and Markets: Japan's NTT DoCoMo Holds a Cellular Subscriber Base of 51.14 Million
November 09, 2006 07:00 PM Eastern Time
DUBLIN, Ireland—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c44869) has announced the addition of NTT DoCoMo Company Intelligence Report to their offering.
NTT DoCoMo is Japans leading wireless telecommunications service provider and one of the largest cellular phone service operators in the world as measured by total number of cellular subscribers, with an aggregate cellular subscriber base of approximately 51.14 million and an estimated domestic market share of 55.7% as of March 31, 2006. The company conducts its business together with its 99 subsidiaries and 13 affiliates. The company's most significant subsidiaries are its eight regional subsidiaries, each of which operates in a region of Japan.
DoCoMo offers a range of mobile telecommunications services, including 2G (mova) and 3G (FOMA) services, packet communications services (wireless data communications services using packet switching), Personal Handyphone System (PHS, a wireless data and voice platform that enables customers to access the Internet, as well as to make calls), Quickcast (paging) services, and satellite mobile communications services, primarily on its own nationwide networks. In addition, DoCoMo sells handsets and related equipment primarily to agent resellers who in turn sell such equipment to end-user customers.
DoCoMo ceased accepting new applications for Quickcast services as of June 30, 2004 and announced its decision to terminate paging services as of March 31, 2007. [Emphasis added.] DoCoMo also ceased accepting new subscriptions for PHS services as of April 30, 2005 and announced plans to terminate these services by the end of December 2007.
DoCoMo was incorporated in August 1991 as NTT Mobile Communications Planning Co Ltd. It was later renamed as NTT Mobile Communications Network Inc in April 1992. The company assumed its present name, NTT DoCoMo, in April 2000.
As of March 31, 2006, NTT Corporation, the fixed-line operator that is 33.72%-owned (38.5% of the voting rights) by the Japanese government, owned 62.2% of DoCoMo’s outstanding voting shares and 59.05% of the company’s issued stock.
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The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage. Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc. The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs. This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes. This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area. In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home. When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate. A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate. When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room. As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer. When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated. The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.
The FAS-8 is designed for activating one or more relays in a firehouse and if desired, printing the alphanumeric message to a serial printer. For this application the FAS-8 is set to activate upon receiving the proper paging cap code sent from 911 dispatch. Up to eight different devices can be activated all with individual time functions. The most common devices to turn on include the PA amplifier, audible wake up alarm, and house lights. The most common device turned off is the stove. The FAS-8 can accept up to 8 different cap codes and have separate relay and time functions per cap code. This allows for different alerting to be accomplished at the same physical location depending upon which cap code is sent. This can be very helpful when fire crews and medical crews are housed in the same building.
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Helio Launches Buddy Beacon Location Service with Samsung Drift Mobile Phone
November 09, 2006
By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Associate Editor
Mobile telephony company Helio today announced a new GPS-based location and tracking service called Buddy Beacon. The service, which uses Google (News - Alert) mapping technology, is available on the Drift co-branded phone from Samsung.
The Drift phone, in combination with Buddy Beacon, lets customers exchange information about their current location with nearby friends, Associated Press said in a report.
“Rather than calling or texting, Helio members can switch on their Buddy Beacon and use satellite technology to broadcast their location to the friends they add to their Buddy List,” Helio explained in its announcement. “When they turn on Buddy Beacon, their Buddy List friends can see their location on a map along with a nearby address.”
The AP report noted that a service similar to Buddy Beacon previously was available from AT&T (News - Alert) Wireless, but was discontinued when the company was acquired by Cingular.
Instead of GPS, AT&T’s Find Friends service “relied on triangulation to locate a subscriber, measuring the distances a signal was traveling between the person's phone and the closest network antennas,” AP said.
The AP report added that mobile companies including Sprint (News - Alert), Nextel, and Disney Mobile recently began offering phones that let parents track the location of their children. Tracking services for business use also are gaining momentum.
Helio President and COO Wonhee Sull said in a statement that Buddy Beacon is just the latest service the company offers as a way to bring advanced wireless technologies from Korea to the U.S.
“Exceptional collaborators like Samsung (News - Alert) and Google combined with Helio’s focus on constant innovation are making first-to-market devices like Drift and our specialized services a reality,” Sull said.
Buddy Beacon is included on Drift with Helio’s All-In membership plan; also included is a GPS-enabled version of Google Maps, which provides real-time traffic data, detailed directions, integrated search results (map with info about local businesses), and satellite imagery.
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