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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 22, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 241

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,

Please accept my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The big news this week is that the FCC has decided to inplement “a Nationwide, Broadband, Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band.” Read the details below.

The Paging Technical Committee (PTC) has announced the results of their recent election of officers. Stephen Oshinsky has been elected for another term as chairman, and Vic Jensen has been elected vice-chairman. Congratulations to both of these gentlemen on their technical leadership roles in the Wireless Messaging industry.

Fifty years ago, I studied electronics and worked very hard to learn the Morse Code so I could pass the FCC examination and become a licensed “Ham Radio” operator. I was very surprised this week to learn that the FCC has eleminated the Morse Code requirement for Amateur Radio licenses. More on this follows.

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Thank you for supporting AAPC in 2006, we look forward to working with you to promote your business in 2007!

AAPC Places Representative on FCC Communications Panel

The American Association of Paging Carriers greatly appreciates your participation and support. This has been a very productive year and AAPC has generated a tremendous amount of momentum in advancing the paging industry. With your participation, AAPC has provided a united front before the FCC to increase their knowledge of the reliability of paging communications during a crisis situation.

After the 9/11 attacks and the failure of communications systems immediately following Hurricane Katrina and Rita, the FCC created an independent panel focused on improving communications. AAPC President, Bruce Deer, and USA Mobility’s president, Vince Kelly testified about the dependability of paging before this panel. The panel made several comments in its recommendations that included paging as a solution.

In addition, as a result of the WARN Act, the FCC has established the Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee. This committee’s purpose is to develop and recommend technical standards, and protocols to facilitate the voluntary transmission of emergency alerts by the Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) providers.

AAPC is pleased to announce that Stephen Oshinsky, an AAPC board member, has been appointed to represent the interests of the paging industry on this panel.

For those of you who do not know Stephen, he is Director of System Architecture for SkyTel Inc., a nationwide paging and narrowband personal communications service provider licensed under Parts 22 and 90 of the Commission’s rules. He also serves as Chairman of the Paging Technical Committee (PTC), a national engineering group dedicated to serving the technical needs of the paging industry.

With Stephen’s appointment our industry will be represented at the national level as the committee works to develop an emergency alerting communications systems. This will hopefully prove to benefit all of us in this industry as well as the public at large.

We will continue to keep our up-to-date on the committee’s activities as well as any other pertinent regulatory activities.

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Heartland Communications   UCOM Paging
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     Washington, D.C. – The Commission today adopted a Ninth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes a national, centralized approach to maximize public safety access to interoperable, broadband spectrum in the 700 MHz band. In addition, the initiative seeks to promote the deployment of advanced broadband applications, related radio technologies, and modern, IP-based system architecture.

     The proposals contained in this item are designed to meet the following public safety objectives: (1) opportunities for broadband, national, interoperable use of 700 MHz spectrum; (2) new sources of funding for the build-out and operation of the national public safety network; (3) economies of scale and scope in production and competition in supply to maximize cost effectiveness; (4) efficient spectrum use; (5) network robustness and survivability; and (6) flexible, modern IP-based wireless system architecture.

     Specifically, this item proposes that the Commission (1) allocate 12 megahertz of the 700 MHz public safety spectrum from wideband to broadband use; (2) assign this spectrum nationwide to a single national public safety broadband licensee; (3) permit the national public safety broadband licensee also to operate on a secondary basis on the narrowband public safety spectrum in the 700 MHz band; (4) permit the licensee to use its assigned spectrum to provide public safety entities with voluntary access to a public safety broadband service on a fee-for-service basis; (5) permit the licensee to provide unconditionally preemptible access to its assigned spectrum to commercial service providers on a secondary basis, through leases or in the form of public/private partnerships; (6) facilitate the shared use of CMRS infrastructure for the efficient provision of public safety broadband service; and (7) establish performance requirements for interoperability, build-out, preemption of commercial access, and system robustness.

      This Ninth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment generally on the above proposals or alternatives, as well as on spectrum leasing and Section 337 issues.

     Action by the Commission, December 20, 2006, by Ninth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, (FCC 06- 181). Chairman Martin, Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate and McDowell with Chairman Martin, Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate and McDowell issuing statements.

     Docket Nos. WT 96-86; PS 06-229

     Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Contact: Jeff Cohen (202) 418-0799,

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Re:  Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband, Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band; Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Communications Requirements Through the Year 2010, Ninth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, (PS Docket No. 06-229, WT Docket No. 96-86).

In our Intelligence Reform Act report to Congress last year, the Commission found that emergency response providers would benefit from development of an integrated, interoperable network capable of delivering broadband services nationwide. Consistent with that finding, and at the urging of public safety, earlier this year the Commission asked whether certain channels within the current twenty-four megahertz of public safety spectrum in the 700 MHz band should be modified to accommodate broadband communications.

Today we expand upon our earlier inquiry by seeking comment on a national approach to maximize public safety access to interoperable, broadband spectrum in the 700 MHz band. I believe this proposal could offer many public safety benefits and is consistent with public safety’s views on achieving an interoperable broadband network.  Many national and local public safety organizations have expressed support for a public-private partnership approach for a single, national licensee to achieve an interoperable public safety broadband network in the context of other public safety proposals.  One example is the Cyren Call proposal, which involves spectrum not currently allocated to public safety. The proposal in today’s notice contains these elements, and it involves only the portion of the spectrum already allocated for public safety.

Although today’s proposal is similar to other public safety proposals, it is not intended to be a substitute for them. The question of how the nation’s spectrum resources in the 700 MHz band should be allocated is ultimately a question for Congress, not the Commission. If Congress determines that additional spectrum resources in the 700 MHz band should be allocated to public safety, the Commission would implement that determination.

In the meantime, however, the Commission is charged with efficiently and effectively managing the 700 MHz spectrum already allocated to public safety by Congress. We must continue to discharge that obligation to the best of our ability consistent with our statutory authority. To do otherwise would abdicate our responsibility at a time when it is more important than ever to ensure that our rules give first responders the communications capabilities they need to protect safety of life and property of the American public.


Re:  Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband, Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band; Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Communications Requirements Through the Year 2010, Ninth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, (PS Docket No. 06-229, WT Docket No. 96-86).

As I have said many times, the safety of the people must always be the first and foremost responsibility of government. We are now over five years out from the tragedy of 9/11 and over a year since Hurricane Katrina, and we know this: America is not as ready as it could be and should be for the next attack or natural disaster, whenever that awful day should come. And that sad truth is not because there are any real disagreements about the policy objectives here with respect to our nation’s heroic first responders. Everyone understands the need to provide the nation’s first responders with interoperable equipment when they charge into a burning building or perform the thousands of other dangerous tasks each year that keep us safe. Everyone understands the importance of making sure that these dedicated public servants have the resources and funding they need to keep us – and themselves – out of harm’s way. And everyone understands that public safety providers must be able to avail themselves of all the extraordinary advances that high-tech companies and commercial providers have made in network architecture and advanced hardware.

Today’s NPRM attempts to address these objectives by proposing an inventive public safety model – the creation of a nationwide, interoperable broadband public safety communications network in the 700 MHz band. Specifically, the NPRM seeks comment on whether a national licensee can create such a network through a public-private arrangement, whereby commercial providers would assist public safety agencies in implementing this network.

As I have stated before, government-commercial sharing of public safety spectrum raises a host of complex technical and policy questions – the margin for error is uniquely low, and we must be exceptionally confident that there are no unintended consequences flowing from any actions we approve. At the same time, given the long-standing need for reform in this area, we simply cannot afford to ignore innovative ideas that could potentially revolutionize existing public safety spectrum management. I therefore applaud the Chairman’s initiative in seeking comment on this proposal. Thanks also to the staff of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau for preparing and presenting this thoughtful NPRM.  I look forward to reading comments from interested and knowledgeable stakeholders, who can help this agency sort through the important and technically complex questions raised by today’s item.


Re:  Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband, Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band; Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Communications Requirements Through the Year 2010, Ninth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, (PS Docket No. 06-229, WT Docket No. 96-86).

I am very pleased to support this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking because it represents a creative approach to an interoperability problem that has long plagued our nation’s public safety community. As we become fully immersed in the digital broadband world, it is critical that our first responders have access to the same first-rate communications systems that many consumers already enjoy.  Our proposal today puts us closer to that goal than we have come in a long time.

True interoperability has been an elusive goal for the public safety community. Despite our best efforts, the Commission’s policies to date have not provided the results we had hoped. While we have seen recent efforts to create certain state-wide and metropolitan area networks, most public safety communications systems remain localized, and interoperability between local, state, and federal agencies is limited. Our item today leapfrogs these previous interoperability efforts and focuses attention on our ability to leverage the licensing process to create a real incentive for nationwide interoperability through a careful balance of flexibility and conditions.

This “carrot and stick” approach is consistent with a view of spectrum policy that I have long advocated. I believe that the Commission has a responsibility to be more resourceful in its approach to spectrum policy and to take a more active role in being on the leading edge of spectrum technology. I have called for the Commission to consider policies that promote flexibility and innovation. Since the spectrum is a finite public resource, we need to see results as well – particularly in the area of wireless broadband, whether for public safety or commercial purposes. I am pleased that this item follows many of these same principles.

Finally, while I wholeheartedly support the launch of this proceeding today, I do want to counsel for taking a cautious and deliberate approach to an ultimate resolution. It is important to acknowledge that our proposal today talks in very broad strokes and looks to commenters to fill in many important details and specifics. A Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making that details a more specific and complete proposal may be needed in order to make sure that we really get this proceeding right. Our item today puts the Commission in a place that it does not routinely occupy. If we decide to go forward with a national broadband public safety licensee, we need to get the specifics nailed down as clearly as possible. We may only have one real bite at this apple, and for the sake of public safety, we want it to be a good one.


Re:  Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband, Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band; Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Communications Requirements Through the Year 2010, Ninth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, (PS Docket No. 06-229, WT Docket No. 96-86).

Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to hear local public safety personnel recount their experiences on the ground during the tragic events of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Their eyewitness accounts underscore how important it is that our nation’s first responders have access to reliable and redundant communications in the event of an emergency, and how much remains to be done before those tools are available. A key challenge to effective emergency communications is the current shortfall in the number of interoperable systems that enable different public safety entities to communicate with each other and coordinate their efforts when time is of the essence. Therefore, it is critical that we take steps to improve public safety interoperability for all types of disasters – whether terrorist, natural, or even a health pandemic.

With this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, we propose a centralized and national approach to maximize public safety access to interoperable, broadband spectrum in the 700 MHz band, and, at the same time, foster and promote the development and deployment of advanced broadband applications, related radio technologies, and a modern, IP-based system architecture. I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners on this proceeding and hearing from public safety entities, state and local officials, and all interested stakeholders regarding what we can do to ensure the reliability and interoperability of communications in order to better protect all Americans.


Re:  Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband, Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band; Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Communications Requirements Through the Year 2010, Ninth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, (PS Docket No. 06-229, WT Docket No. 96-86).

I have said many times that I am fully committed to ensuring that the Commission takes advantage of all opportunities to spur technological innovation and increased access to broadband services by emergency response providers. Our country is teeming with entrepreneurs who are ready, willing and able to invest and take the risks necessary to accelerate the development and roll-out of advanced services for an array of customers, including public safety agencies. Moreover, given that over 220 million Americans rely upon wireless technologies for anytime, anywhere communications, the public has high expectations for reliable communications and effective coordination among emergency personnel in times of crisis. I am hopeful that the questions we pose today will enhance the ongoing dialogue regarding partnerships among the public safety community and the commercial wireless industry. The same market and technological forces that have made advanced wireless services an everyday part of living for the vast majority of Americans can and should be leveraged by the public safety community to make robust, redundant, low cost solutions widely available to our nation’s first responders.

I’d like to thank the Bureau staff for their work on this NPRM.  I’d also like to thank Angela Giancarlo of my staff for her guidance on this matter. 

Source: FCC Chairman and Commissioner statements are contained in the FCC's Ninth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking here. (PS Docket No. 06-229—WT Docket No. 96-86)


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McDowell Stays Out of AT&T Vote

By Susan Rush
December 19, 2006

Despite an urge to participate in the AT&T/BellSouth merger vote by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, Commissioner Robert McDowell has decided to stick with his original decision and recuse himself. McDowell was considered a potential tie-breaking vote.

The AT&T/BellSouth deal has been pushed from the FCC's agenda several times, including from tomorrow's Dec. 20th meeting. The commissioners are believed to be tied in a 2-2 split on the matter. In early December, Martin issued a letter asking to have Commissioner McDowell's vote considered, even though McDowell excused himself months ago on the matter. FCC General Counsel Samuel Feder recently informed McDowell that he was free to participate if he chose to do so.

McDowell stepped away from the discussions, citing his prior lobbying work for the telecom industry. After considering Feder's offer to step back into the vote, McDowell declined. He is standing by an agreement to stay out of matters relating to his former employer Comptel, which opposes the AT&T/BellSouth union. "I had expected a memorandum making a strong and clear case for my participation," said McDowell in a prepared statement, noting that is not what he received. "I expected the legal equivalent of body armor. I was handed Swiss cheese," he said.

Chairman Martin, as well as Commissioner Michael Copps both issued statements saying they respect McDowell's decision. "With Commissioner McDowell having made his decision, I will continue to try to work with my colleagues to bring our consideration of this merger to conclusion," Martin said.

Despite McDowell's recusal, the deal is still expected to receive FCC approval.

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Story posted: December 15, 2006 - 1:23 pm EDT

Shares of Glenayre Technologies Inc. climbed after the company said it will sell its messaging business for $25 million in cash to IP Unity.

The move follows September’s announcement by Glenayre that it was looking to separate its telecom and entertainment businesses. The company hopes to focus on its Entertainment Distribution Co. L.L.C. division, which supplies CDs and DVDs for Universal Music.

Glenayre’s messaging business has struggled in recent years, operating in the red each of the last three quarters and suffering an operating loss of nearly $8 million over the nine-month span.

“The industry is at a stage when media-rich applications are going to drive revenue and customer loyalty for our customers,” said IP Unity CEO Arun Sobti. “With the core infrastructure posed for convergence, the combined company will have the optimal solutions for our combined customer base. We will have all the compelling competencies including scale, experience, partners, channels and innovation to support the largest and most demanding deployments worldwide.”

Shares of the company climbed more than 9 percent to $2.51 Thursday afternoon following the announcement and continued to rise in after-hours activity; the stock lost more than 3 percent Friday morning to settle at $2.52.

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Incoming Democrats in Congress say a 2008 deadline is unrealistic

December 13, 2006 (Computerworld) — Democrats who will assume leadership roles on homeland security when the new Congress convenes in January are questioning Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's recently stated goal for having interoperable emergency communications systems nationwide by the end of 2008.

Two Democrats, including incoming House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), wrote in a letter Dec. 8 to Chertoff that his 2008 goal "demonstrates a misunderstanding of the challenges and scope of achieving interoperability among federal, state and local levels of government. The reality is that interoperable communications systems will require a complicated and expensive process that cannot be executed without real knowledge, leadership and funding on the federal level."

The letter, also signed by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), added that it is a "disappointment that it has taken five years since the attacks of Sept. 11 for the administration to finally turn its attention to this [interoperability] issue."

The Democrats also asked Chertoff for a meeting to clarify his Nov. 28 remarks at a conference where interoperability was discussed. Chertoff said then that his agency will ensure that the highest-risk cities will have interoperable emergency communications by the end of 2007 and that all states will have it by the end of 2008. Chertoff also said that the cities in his department's Urban Areas Security Initiative grant program will receive interoperability scorecards by the end of the year to help them decide how much money to seek in upcoming grant applications.

The DHS has provided more than $2.1 billion to state and local governments for interoperable communications since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has created the SAFECOM program to provide research, testing and evaluation of interoperable wireless communications systems, according to a DHS statement.

The DHS also announced on Dec. 8 the results of a nationwide survey of 6,816 emergency response agencies, which showed that about two-thirds already use radio interoperability to some degree. Of those surveyed, a third use interoperable communications in day-to-day operations, with another third saying they use it only for extraordinary events. The 6,816 agencies that responded came from a group of about 22,400 police, fire and other emergency response agencies from whom comments were solicited.

"The survey reinforces that interoperability is achievable," Chertoff said in a statement. "That technology works today and is available. The willingness of emergency response leaders and local officials to make this issue their priority is what will continue to drive progress on one of 9/11's most important lessons."

Chertoff's office was asked repeatedly to react to the Democrats' concerns, but a spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Lowey is sponsoring a bill that would require the DHS to develop a national strategy for interoperability and that calls for a $5 billion fund to pay for new interoperable technology for first responders, an aide said.

Craig Mathias, a wireless industry analyst at Farpoint Group in Ashland, Mass., said the survey result showing some level of interoperability in use by two-thirds of the respondents is encouraging. "The effort has been a fairly recent one, starting with 9/11, and a good deal of consciousness-raising has occurred," he said. "Some cities and regions have taken on the problem to work among themselves."

But Mathias also said that nationwide interoperability is "still an immense problem ... that will take decades" to achieve. "Twenty years is not an unreasonable amount of time to expect for true interoperability ... where a firefighter is patched through to talk to a doctor in a hospital."

Another analyst, Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates in Northboro, Mass., said interoperability might be achieved sooner than 20 years, but called the Chertoff goal of end of 2008 "unrealistic. ... I don't know where he got that number." Gold predicted it will take at least three to five years for widespread interoperability, assuming massive funding of new systems is available. Even if new systems are put in place, it will take a long time to install and test equipment, he said.

Even the $5 billion Lowey has proposed will not cover the costs of tackling the problem, Mathias said, adding that brute-force political decisions will also be needed. "What authority is going to take the initiative to force through a single set of technologies across tens of thousands of systems? That's a political question," he said.

Mathias said vendors of emergency radios and back-end systems seem to be cooperating well on interoperability, but cities and towns can't afford to replace expensive systems halfway through a 20- to 40-year expected life cycle. "Somebody will have to pay for the interoperability in the long term," he said. In addition, some older radio systems were created on the basis that they have true separation from their neighbors' systems in order to avoid interruptions, he and Gold said.

The most logical approach is to have interoperability at the backbone through a common switch or server installed in regional locations, perhaps using IP, Mathias and Gold said. That way, a communication system in one community on one radio band could talk to a common server used by other communities on other bands. Vendors are heading this direction already, with some large regions already working on such systems, the analysts said.


Source: Computerworld


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     Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration (Order) that modifies the rules for the Amateur Radio Service by revising the examination requirements for obtaining a General Class or Amateur Extra Class amateur radio operator license and revising the operating privileges for Technician Class licensees. In addition, the Order resolves a petition filed by the American Radio Relay League, Inc. (ARRL) for partial reconsideration of an FCC Order on amateur service rules released on October 10, 2006.

     The current amateur service operator license structure contains three classes of amateur radio operator licenses: Technician Class, General Class, and Amateur Extra Class. General Class and Amateur Extra Class licensees are permitted to operate in Amateur bands below 30 MHz, while the introductory Technician Class licensees are only permitted to operate in bands above 30 MHz. Prior to today’s action, the FCC, in accordance with international radio regulations, required applicants for General Class and Amateur Extra Class operator licenses to pass a five words-per-minute Morse code examination. Today’s Order eliminates that requirement for General and Amateur Extra licensees. This change reflects revisions to international radio regulations made at the International Telecommunication Union’s 2003 World Radio Conference (WRC-03), which authorized each country to determine whether to require that individuals demonstrate Morse code proficiency in order to qualify for an amateur radio license with transmitting privileges on frequencies below 30 MHz. This change eliminates an unnecessary regulatory burden that may discourage current amateur radio operators from advancing their skills and participating more fully in the benefits of amateur radio.

     Today’s Order also revises the operating privileges for Technician Class licensees by eliminating a disparity in the operating privileges for the Technician Class and Technician Plus Class licensees. Technician Class licensees are authorized operating privileges on all amateur frequencies above 30 MHz. The Technician Plus Class license, which is an operator license class that existed prior the FCC’s simplification of the amateur license structure in 1999 and was grandfathered after that time, authorized operating privileges on all amateur frequencies above 30 MHz, as well as frequency segments in four HF bands (below 30 MHz) after the successful completion of a Morse code examination. With today’s elimination of the Morse code exam requirements, the FCC concluded that the disparity between the operating privileges of Technician Class licensees and Technician Plus Class licensees should not be retained.

     Therefore, the FCC, in today’s action, afforded Technician and Technician Plus licensees identical operating privileges. Finally, today’s Order resolved a petition filed by the ARRL for partial reconsideration of an FCC Order released on October 10, 2006 (FCC 06-149). In this Order, the FCC authorized amateur stations to transmit voice communications on additional frequencies in certain amateur service bands, including the 75 meter (m) band, which is authorized only for certain wideband voice and image communications. The ARRL argued that the 75 m band should not have been expanded below 3635 kHz, in order to protect automatically controlled digital stations operating in the 3620-3635 kHz portion of the 80 m band. The FCC concluded that these stations can be protected by providing alternate spectrum in the 3585-3600 kHz frequency segment.

Action by the Commission on December 15, 2006, by Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration. Chairman Martin and Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate, and McDowell.

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WT Docket Nos. 04-140 and 05-235.

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update
Vol. 9, No. 46
December 20, 2006

McDowell Continues To Recuse Himself From AT&T-BellSouth Deal

Despite clearance from FCC General Counsel Samuel Feder, Commissioner Robert McDowell last Monday officially disqualified himself from participating in the proceeding on the AT&T-BellSouth merger. Citing his previous relationship with CompTel, which opposes the merger, McDowell said he had expected a memorandum from Feder making a strong and clear case for his participation. “Instead,” McDowell stated, “the Authorization Memo is hesitant, does not acknowledge crucial facts and analyses, and concludes by framing this matter as an ethical cointoss frozen in mid-air. The document does not provide me with confidence or comfort.”

Nor does the December 11, 2006, letter responding to the questions posed by Representatives [John] Dingell [D-Mich.] and [Ed] Markey [D-Mass]. McDowell added, “while I expected the legal equivalent of body armor, I was handed Swiss cheese.”

Further, the Commissioner noted that advice from Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director Robert I. Cusik described the question of McDowell’s participation as a "very, very close call," and advised that "were the decision up to him, he would decide against authorization."

Finally, McDowell said, he had sought the advice of his personal ethics counsel at the Virginia State Bar. “And, while the substance of that discussion is privileged and confidential, suffice it to say that I was not encouraged by their assessment.”

Court Upholds FCC’s Order Giving VoIP Providers 120 Days To Implement 911

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied several consolidated petitions for review of the FCC’s order that gave interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) providers 120 days to implement the capability to transmit 911 calls to a local emergency authority. In Nuvio Corp. v. FCC, the D.C. Circuit concluded that the Commission adequately considered not only the technical and economic feasibility of the deadline, inquiries made necessary by the bar against arbitrary and capricious decision-making, but also the public safety objectives the Commission is required to achieve.

The VoIP technology at issue includes two capabilities that hinder the use of 911 emergency service. First, VoIP service allows callers to choose what are called “non-native” area codes. For example, a customer living in the District of Columbia can use an area code from anywhere in the country. Second, some interconnected VoIP providers (IVPs) also offer “nomadic” service, which allows a call to be made and received from wherever the user can establish a broadband connection.

But each of these features makes it difficult for IVPs to provide the local callers with 911 emergency service. Routers designed to direct 911 calls cannot recognize non-native area codes, and unlike traditional wireless service, there are no means yet available to easily determine the location of a caller using interconnected VoIP service.

After a series of tragedies involving consumers who could not reach emergency services, the Commission issued its order, which became effective on July 29, 2005. In effect, the Commission required that all IVPs, including those that offer nomadic service using nonnative area codes, ensure that their users are able to reach local emergency services when making 911 calls.

To do so, IVPs must route all 911 calls using Automatic Number Identification (ANI) or pseudo-ANI, if necessary. ANI identifies the calling party and may be used as a callback number. A pseudo-ANI is a number consisting of the same number of digits as ANI that is not a North American Numbering Plan (NANP) telephone directory number that may be used in place of an ANI to convey special meaning. A pseudo-ANI may be used to temporarily mask a non-native number to reach a public safety answering point (PSAP).

Further, interconnected IVP 911 calls must also be routed through the wireline E911 network. The Commission did not dictate a specific manner for IVPs to provide E911 access. Instead, it noted that IVPs could satisfy these requirements by interconnecting directly with the E911 network through incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), through a third party, or by any other solution.

Nuvio and other IVPs challenged the FCC’s order. But the D.C. Circuit was unsympathetic. Petitioners assert that the FCC disregarded evidence that the 120-day deadline was not feasible because there was no way to overcome the obstacles to implement E911 for providers of nomadic, non-native VoIP service, the court said. “But this argument fails in the face of substantial contrary record evidence that the nation’s largest interconnected VoIP provider had already procured a technical solution to meet the deadline.” The court was referring to Intrado, a third-party competitive LEC, which is offering a service that “enables the delivery of a VoIP subscriber’s address and call-back number to the most geographically relevant PSAP, thereby accommodating the nomadic capability inherent in their VoIP service.” Additionally, the court noted that the FCC also relied on IVP trials that demonstrated E911 access was possible for providers of nomadic, non-native VoIP service.

The D.C. Circuit dealt similarly with a number of related arguments. Finally, the court took up petitioners’ challenge that the 120-day deadline represents an “unexplained departure from long-standing precedent.” As the court noted, “The precedent, so the argument goes, was established when the FCC gave more time for wireless and satellite phones and other new technologies to implement 911 capabilities than the aggressive deadline it has imposed on the new VoIP telephone service market. Petitioners are right that an agency departing from precedent ‘must provide a principled explanation for its change of direction.’ But surely different technologies may reasonable bear different regulatory burdens. It is not apparent to us that the regulation of satellite or wireless phones is clear precedent for the regulation of information technology service providers. No doubt each involves telephone communications, but the differences between satellite and wireless phone service on the one hand, and VoIP service on the other, are such that the Commission has previously refused to classify IP-enabled services as telecommunications carriers. We give deference to agency expertise used to distinguish its prior cases from present controversies.”

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP

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Nighthawk Systems Discusses 2006 Revenue Growth,
Focus for 2007
—Fourth Quarter Revenues Increase More than 100%—

SAN ANTONIO, TX – 12/21/06 - Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control and emergency notification products, today discussed revenue growth realized in 2006, and discussed areas of focus for 2007.

H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s CEO, commented, “A sustained sales and marketing effort that began in 2005 continued to produce sales growth from both new and existing customers throughout 2006. Boosted by the large sale to the wireless carrier announced earlier this week, we will close the 2006 year with our strongest quarter of the year, more than double the revenues of the previous year’s fourth quarter. Overall, revenues for 2006 will be approximately 70% higher than revenues were for 2005. Revenues throughout the year have come from an almost even mix of orders from new and existing customers, and we will close the year with more and larger opportunities in our pipeline than ever before. The addition of key sales and technical personnel in the last few months has the Company better equipped to provide more complete solutions to larger customers, and generate more revenues. We have a better foundation for growth going into a new year than we’ve ever had before, and I’m excited about the prospects for a great year in 2007.”

Mr. Saathoff continued, “Going into 2007, we have identified many strategic initiatives that we would like to focus on. All of those initiatives are geared toward leveraging the experience of our team as well as existing customer and partner relationships in our markets to further increase sales, produce positive cash flows from operations, and minimize the need for dilutive financing. We’ll work with American Messaging, who already serves 98 of the top 100 markets in the United States, to gain direct access to their customers. We recently conducted training sessions with over 100 of their representatives so that they can introduce Nighthawk products to their customers in 2007. They greatly extend our sales and marketing capabilities. Through hardware and software enhancements that are already underway, we will work with existing customers to provide much larger and comprehensive solutions to meet their growing needs for control and automation. Our goal is to be a solutions partner, not just a vendor to our customers. We will seek out opportunities to partner with other manufacturers and service providers to enhance the company’s ability to participate in large enterprise sales, and we will continue to extend the recognition of the Company’s products and capabilities to new customers by sustaining the sales and marketing programs that have been utilized successfully throughout the current year.”

About Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
Nighthawk is a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control products that enable simultaneous activation or de-activation of multiple assets or systems on demand. Nighthawk's installed customer base includes major electric utilities, internet service providers and fire departments in forty states. Nighthawk's products also enable custom message display, making them ideal for use in traffic control and emergency notification situations. Individuals interested in Nighthawk Systems can sign up to receive email alerts by visiting the Company’s website at

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Doug Saathoff
(877) 764-4484, Ext. 701

Source: Nighthawk Systems


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Subject: Re: Wireless Messaging Newsletter for Joe Blaschka
Date: December 20, 2006 10:09:21 PM CST


The recent case for the Richmond waiver is interesting for a couple of reasons. The first is that the FCC has allowed a private user into what the carrier spectrum. This is not without precedence but nevertheless shows that unused spectrum in any service might get used by someone else.

I also think this is interesting because it points out a failure of the commercial provider to meet the needs of public safety either in price or in performance. My experience in over 30 years of public safety system engineering that performance is the main driving point. Recently, public safety agencies have been moving to alphanumeric paging to replace their tone and voice systems. In many cases, public safety uses and relies on commercial paging systems to provide paging to a wide variety of personnel. However, for some specific time critical and high performance applications such as fire station alerting and fire/EMS personnel alerting commercial paging systems have excessive latency with delays often as long as several minutes. When public safety tries to work with the commercial carriers to reduce these delays, their requests often fall on deaf ears or a do-not-care attitude. They do not care until public safety then decides to move from the commercial system to a private system. Then the commercial carriers see the revenue loss and suddenly start to care.

The same applies to the commercial cellular and PCS carriers. Many think that public safety should rely on commercial systems instead of spending millions building private networks. This could be a win-win situation for both public safety and the commercial carriers. However, few are really willing to build systems robust enough to survive even relatively minor disasters. For example, here in the Puget Sound area we recently had a major wind storm cause massive power outages. This storm was a major one, but by no means as large as some have been in the last 20 years. Power was out in a widespread area for many days, some areas are still out almost a week later. The result is that the cellular and PCS systems suffered massive loss of sites either from the loss of power with no long-term power back up (e.g., generator) or the telephone company lines feeding the sites were lost due to lack of power at the nearby fiber hub. By comparison, the large county-wide trunking system only lost a couple of minor sites that were fed by telephone company circuits. All of the primary sites were backed up by significant battery resources (24 hours or longer) or had generator back up.

If the commercial players really want to be in the public safety business, they need to provide public safety level services. Whining about loss of revenue and unfair competition does not count.


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Date: December 18, 2006 5:11:50 PM CST

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Subject: RE: Wireless Messaging Newsletter for Vic Jensen
Date: December 16, 2006 9:00:55 AM CST

Brad, the "Anonymous" writer hit the nail on the head. We as an Industry need to promote the use of our technologies and not take a protectionist approach. I certainly understand both sides of the question, but in the end we all benefit by attracting external investments and new suppliers.

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From: Tom Harger
Subject: from the newsletter
Date: December 15, 2006 6:16:20 PM CST

Regarding the public use of private spectrum, we leased a 900 HMZ frequency to a county fire department in Colorado. In the process, we build and now maintain a simulcast paging system for them. We got revenue on sale of the transmitters, labor for the install and sale of the initial batch of pagers, and we get lease revenue for the spectrum. It's a win-win. I've never understood why some paging companies try hoarding their resources so others can't use them; to their own detriment. It's like putting a password in a customer owned pager. Like that would keep someone from switching carriers...

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