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This week's newsletter is in a new format. I have gone back to a single page and have re-arranged the ads and the news clips. I hope everyone likes it this way. Please let me know what you think. My only concern is that it may take too long to download, especially for people with slower connections to the Internet. That is why I divided it up into two or three pages before. I may have to go back to that format.
I have generally avoided political commentaries here, since this is a newsletter about Wireless Messaging, but this week I couldn't resist. Please see the images of Hugo Chávez following. I am very offended at the comments he made at the United Nations this week. My regrets to all of my wonderful friends in Venezuela.
There will be no newsletter next week because I will be attending Enterprise Wireless 2006 in Orlando, Florida. I always look forward to trade shows, conventions, and seminars. I love seeing old friends and making new ones. I expect to be taking lots of photographs and recording several interviews for the upcoming podcast supplement to the newsletter.
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Emergency alert bill could stall wireless warnings
By Jeffrey Silva
Sep 20, 2006
WASHINGTON—Two proponents of cell broadcast technology said a Senate-passed bill to modernize the nation’s emergency alert system could further delay widespread deployment of wireless warnings to the nation’s 219 million mobile phone subscribers.
The Warnings, Alerts and Response Network Act, sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and approved last week as a rider to port-security legislation, authorizes $106 million to develop technical protocols for wireless and other new emergency warning distribution channels during the next year or so.
"The nation's technological infrastructure for cell broadcast is already in place," said Paul Klein, chief operating officer of CellCast Technologies, a Houston-based firm that markets cell broadcast EAS gear. "No new development is necessary for immediate activation."
Klein noted that other countries are using cell broadcast technology. “Congress' reluctance to consider immediate and proven technology delays America's urgent need to overhaul our half-century old public warning program," said Klein.
The mobile phone industry supports short message service as a near-term EAS solution and favors studying future technologies for delivering next-generation wireless emergency alerts.
"We are buoyed by the Senate's recognition that an improved Emergency Broadcast System is needed for our nation and that a critical tool rests-literally-in our hands today. The ubiquity of cell phones provides the opportunity to dramatically enhance public safety. However, we must caution Congress and the administration that an extensive, multi-year 'study' is not needed and is a barrier to deploying an enhanced warning system in a timely manner,” said John Richter, honorary secretary of the Cellular Emergency Alert Systems Association-United States. “Countries in Asia and Europe are now using the 'control channels' on existing phones to create improved warning systems that will not overload networks and provide highly localized alerts. A Wisconsin cell phone carrier will even deploy the same type of system in the very near future—a development that is being closely monitored by the Department of Homeland Security. We strongly urge the federal government not to reinvent a wheel, but look to existing, available, and proven technologies to improve public safety."
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FBI Proposes New Wiretapping Rules
Sep 15, 2006
Foreign Internet service and applications providers would be required to base inside the country the servers they use for U.S. customers, under a proposal from the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ).
The DoJ and its U.S. FBI division are taking that message to Congress and asking lawmakers for a broad rewrite of U.S. wiretapping rules.
However, some members of Congress have ripped into the Chinese government for a similar law requiring Internet providers to locate their servers inside its borders.
U.S. lawmakers have criticized the Chinese law because it allows the government to censor and monitor Internet traffic. The DoJ proposal, which would amend a 1994 telephone wiretapping law called the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), aims to allow the U.S. government easier access to servers so it, too, can monitor communications.
The proposed law, not yet introduced in Congress, would likely set off an arms race in which other countries that want to conduct online surveillance require U.S. companies such as Google and Microsoft to locate servers inside their borders, said John Morris, director of the Internet Standards, Technology and Policy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a civil liberties group.
"There are countries around the world that would like nothing more than have the United States set the example, to say, ‘You have to have a point of presence in my country,’ " Morris said.
The CDT included the DoJ proposal, pitched to lawmakers during the past couple of months, on its list of "dangerous" tech proposals in Congress. The CDT list, released Thursday, is available here.
The CDT is concerned that Congress could take up the proposal yet this year as lawmakers look for ways to attract voters before the November general election, CDT officials said.
The DoJ press office did not return a phone call seeking comment on the proposal.
In February, members of the U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee scolded Google, Microsoft and Yahoo officials for allegedly cooperating with the Chinese government’s censorship efforts. A day after that hearing, Rep. Christopher Smith, a New Jersey Republican, introduced a bill that would bar U.S. Internet companies from locating Web servers inside "Internet-restricting" countries such as China and Vietnam, with penalties of up to five years in prison and a US$2 million fine for officers of companies that willfully violate the restrictions.
Smith’s Global Online Freedom Act is awaiting action in the committee.
Morris called the DoJ proposal "embarrassing" after lawmakers objected strongly to the Chinese law earlier this year. "The proposal has some horrendous provisions," he said. "The point-of-presence proposal itself would be devastating to the American economy."
The DoJ proposal would force vendors of any Internet communications applications to redesign their products to allow wiretapping, Morris said. "The harm to innovation that would follow ... is hard to underestimate," he said.
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Teletouch Reports Financial Results for Fiscal 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas—BUSINESS WIRE—Sept. 19, 2006—Teletouch Communications, Inc. (AMEX:TLL), a leading U.S. wireless communications services company today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2006.
NOTE to INVESTORS and ANALYSTS: The Teletouch financial results as reported for fiscal year 2006 are primarily related to the Company's paging business that was sold on August 14, 2006. On August 11, 2006, Teletouch acquired Progressive Concepts, Inc. (PCI), a Cingular(R) Wireless Master Distributor, Reseller and Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), commonly controlled by Teletouch Chairman, Robert M. McMurrey, with unaudited gross revenues of approximately $88.1 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005. As a result of this acquisition and the subsequent sale of the paging business, the historical financial results as reported are not indicative of future operating results. The first fiscal quarter of 2007 consolidated operations and complete prior year financial information will be available in October through the Company's currently scheduled 10-Q and acquisition related amended 8-K public filings.
In addition, Teletouch's results for the first quarter ended August 31, 2006, will include PCI's operations and prior periods will be restated to include PCI's historical financial statements and financial information due to accounting for the business combination in a manner similar to a pooling of interests, i.e., meaning that the historical basis of the net assets of PCI are combined from the beginning of the period as if the transactions had occurred at that date.
Teletouch CEO, T. A. "Kip" Hyde, Jr. stated, "PCI has been a privately-held company for over thirty years and we are in the process of migrating core systems and processes under Teletouch to improve overall profitability, keeping in mind that this acquisition will have the impact of increasing Teletouch's annual revenues some 400% when compared year-over-year. In addition, we plan to use PCI as a solid foundation for growth, both internally and through acquisition activities in similar services markets and distribution spaces."
Teletouch total revenues for fiscal 2006 were $20.9 million compared with $24.7 million in fiscal 2005. Total paging revenues totaled $15.2 million in fiscal 2006, or 72.5% of total revenues. Two-way radio service and product sales accounted for $5.2 million, or approximately 24.7% of fiscal 2006 revenues.
The Company recorded an operating loss of $0.57 million for fiscal 2006 compared with $3.7 million in fiscal 2005. The decline in operating income was primarily due to the decline in service revenues from fewer pagers in service. The Company recorded a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $1.2 million, or $0.04 per share in fiscal 2006 compared with a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $3.5 million, or $0.75 per share in fiscal 2005.
More detailed information relating to the acquisition of PCI, the sale of the paging assets and the related contractual arrangements executed in connection therewith may be found in the Current Reports on Form 8-K, as well as the current 10-K recently filed by Teletouch.
About Teletouch Communications
For over 40 years, Teletouch has offered a comprehensive suite of telecommunications products and services, including cellular, two-way radio communications, GPS-telemetry and wireless messaging services throughout the United States. Teletouch's wholly-owned subsidiary, Progressive Concepts, Inc., is a leading U.S. provider of wireless cellular voice, data, and entertainment products and branded wireless services to individuals, businesses, and government agencies. PCI provides these products and services through its chain of retail stores (under the "Hawk Electronics" brand), Hawk-branded agents, a direct sales force in Texas and Arkansas, and through the Internet (www.hawkelectronics.com). PCI also operates a significant national wholesale distribution business serving smaller cellular and automotive retailers, car dealers and cellular service providers throughout the country. Teletouch's common stock is traded on the American Stock Exchange under stock symbol: TLL. Additional information about Teletouch can be found at: www.teletouch.com.
All statements in this news release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (which Sections were adopted as part of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). While management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under the caption "Additional Factors That May Affect Our Business" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q filings, and amendments thereto. In addition, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We disclaim any intention to, and undertake no obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statement.
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American Messaging (http://www.americanmessaging.net/paging/news.asp) and Nighthawk Systems, Inc today announced that they have agreed to join forces to provide telemetry solutions to enterprise customers utilizing American Messaging’s wireless network. American Messaging is now the second largest paging company in the United States with approximately 1.5 million customers, providing network coverage in 98 of the top 100 markets and in all 50 states. Nighthawk Systems is a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control and emergency notification products.
Together Nighthawk and American Messaging are better able to take advantage of each company’s core competencies to provide the best wireless remote control solutions for customers. This agreement provides a mutually beneficial framework under which both Nighthawk and American Messaging can bundle each other’s services and products into their own product offerings.
H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s CEO, commented, “I’m extremely pleased that we've reached this agreement with American Messaging. They have formed a company with a sole and absolute focus on paging, allowing our respective customers to benefit from utilizing their extensive network. Nighthawk has gained access to a larger, more focused network of sales and marketing personnel that is committed to providing time and money-saving solutions to both new and existing customers.
“American Messaging remains focused on providing our customers with the most reliable one-way nationwide paging coverage in the United States,” said J. Roy Pottle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Messaging. “We believe this agreement is a perfect fit, as we provide a dependable wireless network for Nighthawk devices that allow customers to control equipment in remote locations.”
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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 over 40 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 www.nighthawksystems.com.
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American Messaging Services is a leader in business-to-business paging solutions, providing high quality customer support infrastructure and network reliability with cost efficiency in order to ensure superior customer satisfaction. American Messaging is the second largest paging company in the United States with 1.5 million customers, providing nationwide frequencies in addition to numerous local frequencies with coverage in 98 of the top 100 major metropolitan areas and in all 50 states. American Messaging offers a variety of services to meet the paging needs of business, emergency response, healthcare, and government organizations of all sizes. Services range from traditional numeric paging to two-way paging allowing the user to send and receive e-mail messages. Additional information about American Messaging and its services is available at www.americanmessaging.net.
Statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, including statements about plans and expectations regarding business areas and opportunities, acceptance of new or existing businesses, capital resources and future business or financial results are "forward-looking" statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, customer acceptance of our products, our ability to raise capital to fund our operations, our ability to develop and protect proprietary technology, government regulation, competition in our industry, general economic conditions and other risk factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made, and our future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may not meet these expectations. We do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
The U.S. Senate has approved a bill to establish a new national emergency alert-and-communications system for potential natural disasters, major accidents and terrorist attacks, although its passage was positioned as an amendment to a more controversial port-security measure in the House of Representatives.
The Warning, Alerts and Response Network (WARN) Act of 2006 (S.1753) - sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) - was given the green light by a 95-0 vote, and it was placed in the amending hopper for the SAFE Port Security Act (H.R. 4594). The WARN Act envisions a modern national system for the transmission of public-safety alerts across a broad variety of communications technologies. Besides traditional television and radio broadcasting methods, this most notably would include wireless communication devices (including cellular telephones), messages over the Internet, digital and analog cable, and satellite and other terrestrial radio systems.
The proposed bill would give federal, state and local emergency managers the ability to send out geographically targeted alerts to citizens at risk, to establish a grant program to help remote communities install sirens and other devices because of their lack of quality telecom infrastructure, and to provide at least $106 million for the research and development of technologies and equipment to operate these alert systems. It also would create a National Alert Office to work with the Federal Communications Commission and other U.S. agencies to set up the network.
A comparable House bill was introduced by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.); in early August, it was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
DeMint, chairman of the Disaster Prediction and Prevention Subcommittee, has maintained the inclusion of wireless technologies in a new alert system leverages the fact that more than 200 million U.S. citizens currently subscribe to some form of wireless service. Government agencies, wireless carriers, technology vendors and broadcasters have begun testing pilot installations of new alert systems, but it is uncertain - based on the bill's future and funding - when a full implementation may take place.
Prior to the vote yesterday, DeMint and Stevens continued to point out inherent dangers and threats to the public safety regarding the likes of hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, chemical spills or attacks. They drew additional support from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs as well as from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
"No longer is it adequate to depend on television and radios to disseminate absolutely critical public safety information," said Collins. And IAFC maintained the WARN legislation it endorses would create a nationwide communications system making first responders and the public better informed and prepared for all hazards.
As reported (Telecom Policy Report, June 5), the WARN Act, which also authorizes appropriations for fiscal years 2006 through 2012, has been pushed heavily by Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation. They also are among several WARN co-sponsors, and they co-authored a Senate version of the port-security-improvement proposal.
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AWS-1 Auction Ends At Just Under $14 Billion
The Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-1) auction or Auction No. 66 concluded Monday afternoon with $13,879,110,200 in gross bids (or $13, 700,267,150 in net bids). The auction, which began August 9 with 168 qualified bidders, offered 1,122 licenses in the 1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz bands. The auction closed after 161 rounds. 1,087 licenses were sold.
The top five winning bidders based on the net amount of their winning bids include: T-Mobile License LLC; Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless; SpectrumCo LLC; MetroPCS AWS, LLC; and Cingular AWS, LLC. More than half of the winning bidders in the auction certified their qualifications as small business entities, enabling them to use bidding credits. The unsold licenses remain held by the FCC and will be made available again in a future auction.
All winning bidders must make down payments on their licenses within 10 business days after the release of the FCC’s Public Notice announcing the close of the auction. Winning bidders must also file their long-form applications (FCC Form 601) with the FCC within the same period. The grant of these licenses to the winning bidders is dependent upon the timely submission of their down payments and final payments, and the review of their long-form applications.
As required by the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (CSEA) for this auction, the FCC set a reserve price to cover the estimated relocation costs of Federal stations occupying 1710-1755 MHz, the frequencies covered by half of each AWS license in the auction. Net bids had to total at least $2.06 billion in order to conclude the auction in compliance with CSEA and the reserve.
BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Gerry Duffy, and Cary Mitchell.
BloostonLaw Urges FAA To Drop Plan For Land Mobile Licensing Requirements
BloostonLaw, on behalf of its land mobile radio clients, has filed comments supporting the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposal to maintain safe, navigable airspace and recognize that hazards to navigable airspace can result in serious injury and loss of life and property. However, BloostonLaw believes that the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in Docket No. 2006-25002, Notice No, 06006 is overly broad and that the FAA can meet its goal of ensuring that there is no Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) between non-governmental radio facilities and FAA facilities through existing procedures that do not place an undue burden on the public or otherwise over extend the resources of the FAA.
Accordingly, BloostonLaw urged the FAA to substantially scale back its proposal (if not eliminate it altogether), and rely on existing regulatory mechanisms that are in place to protect governmental radio installations in order to ensure interference free operation between government and non-government frequency allocations. For those non-governmental radio facilities that are not subject to the FCC’s site-by-site licensing process, BloostonLaw believes that FAA review may be appropriate in certain circumstances; provided such review is limited to those radio facility proposals that do not meet established co-channel/ adjacent channel interference standards published by the FAA and the FCC.
The FAA has proposed certain amendments to Part 77 of the Code of Federal Regulations which, if adopted, would impose significant and in many cases unnecessary regulatory burdens on applicants proposing the construction and or modification radio facilities in significant portions of the radio spectrum bands. In particular, the FAA has proposed to require the filing and approval of an FAA Form 7460-1 Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration for any construction of a new facility or modification to an existing facility which supports the radiating elements for the purpose of radio frequency transmission operating on the following frequencies: (i) 54-108 MHz, (ii) 150-216 MHz, (iii) 406-420 MHz, (iv) 932-935/941 MHz, (v) 952-960 MHz, (vi) 1390-1400 MHz, (vii) 2500- 2700 MHz, (viii) 3700-4200 MHz, (ix) 5000-5650 MHz, (x) 5925-6525 MHz, (xi) 7450-8550 MHz, (xii) 14.2-14.4 GHz and (xiii) 21.2-23.6 GHz.
Proposed Rule Section 77.9 (e)(2) would likewise require the filing and approval of a Form 7460-1 with respect to the frequency bands identified above, for any changes or modifications under certain additional circumstances, including, but not limited to: (i) change in authorized frequency; (ii) Addition of new frequencies; (iii) Increase in effective radiated power (ERP) greater than 3 decibels (dB); (iv) of radiating elements, including: (A) Antenna mounting location(s) if increased 100 feet or more, irrespective of whether the overall height is increased; (B) Changes in antenna specifications (including gain, beamwidth, polarization, pattern) and (C) Change in antenna azimuth/bearing (e.g., point-to-point microwave systems).
The FAA’s proposal does not appear to take into account the regulatory processes by which the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) already coordinate frequency proposals through the Inter-department Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC), in order to ensure interference-free operation between government and non-governmental facilities.
Essentially, BloostonLaw argued that (1) the FAA’s proposal has not demonstrated adequate need and would create unnecessary burdens; (2) the FAA’s proposal fails to provide a standard for measuring harmful interference to FAA facilities that could result in procedures that are arbitrary and capricious; (3) the FAA’s proposal will add undue delay in the construction of land mobile and microwave facilities; and (4) the FAA should use new technology, and utilize publicly available databases, in order to limit the number of FAA notices.
BloostonLaw contacts: John Prendergast and Richard Rubino.
SEN. BOXER “UNCOVERS” SO-CALLED “HIDDEN” FCC STUDY: U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) recently asked FCC Chairman Kevin Martin why a 2003 Media Bureau draft review of the radio industry was never released to the public. The 2003 “Review of the Radio Industry” found a 35% decrease in the number of radio station owners between 1996 and 2003, which the study attributed largely to mergers. The fact that the study was not released implied that the FCC was trying to suppress it. In a September 18 letter to Boxer, however, Martin said he had never seen the study and was not aware of it. Additionally, he had asked the FCC’s Inspector General to investigate the matter. Further, Martin directed that the document be posted on the Commission’s Web site and the staff update the study with the most recent data. Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, who headed the agency at the time the draft was prepared, said last Friday that he had never seen the study and did not know about it before the recent controversy. And despite allegations that FCC officials ordered the study destroyed, Powell said he clearly gave no such order.
BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.
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Victoria, B.C. Canada – September 20, 2006 – Daniels Electronics Ltd., a leading Canadian supplier of high reliability Land Mobile Radio (LMR) radio equipment, today announced it has been awarded an $8 Million contract with the Canadian government for the supply of digital public safety radios.
This contract will be used by the Canadian government over the next 4 years to expand and upgrade the government’s radio networks to provide state of the art digital communications for the first line public safety responders.
“Daniels is very pleased to be awarded this substantial contract with the Canadian government and to be able to provide advanced digital communications in support of public safety in our country.” says Robert Small, Chief Operating Officer of Daniels Electronics. “It demonstrates Daniels’ world class products and shows we are developing the right public safety products to meet the needs of the public safety community here in Canada.”
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CTIA-The Wireless Association® Congratulates
WASHINGTON, D.C. - CTIA -The Wireless Association® President and CEO, Steve Largent issued the following statement in response to the conclusion of the FCC's Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction:
"We greatly appreciate the efforts of Chairman Martin and the Commission in running a smooth and successful auction. The industry will put this spectrum to great use in meeting the needs of the American public, and the country will reap the benefits of the almost $14 billion that was raised. We are excited about the future services that will be delivered, and we look forward to working with the Commission on the upcoming 700 MHz auction. This spectrum will be a key in providing cutting-edge wireless services that meet the needs of consumers and the Public Safety community. Both of these auctions will highlight the benefits to the American public of assigning spectrum via auction."
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Attorneys General Oppose Preemption Provisions Pertaining to Wireless and VOIP Service in Telecommunications Bill
Sep 18, 2006
Last week, 41 state attorneys general signed a letter to Congress opposing provisions in H.R. 5252 the "Advanced Telecommunications and Opportunity Reform Act," that the group says would "preempt state law and enforcement as they pertain to wireless carriers and voice over internet protocol (VOIP) service providers."
The letter stresses the large number of consumer complaints about wireless telephone service and that state Attorney General offices are best equipped to continue to address these complaints. The letter also highlights the 2004 Attorney General multi-state settlement with three wireless carriers that insures consumers have protections relating to service agreements and coverage areas. The letter also points out that the FCC does not have the resources to address all consumer complaints about wireless and VOIP.
"The marketplace has failed to protect consumers," says the letter, which goes on to say that a voluntary code of conduct is unenforceable and inadequate.
Source: public CIO
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Nighthawk Systems Inc. manufactures low cost and reliable remote control products for fire house alerting, volunteer alerting, activation of warning signs and sirens, and a number of applications for public safety. The Company manufactures the EA1 and the FAS-8 which have been designed specifically for these applications. Both products are paging based and will work with any public or private paging network. They are available in all VHF, UHF, and 900 MHz paging frequencies. The products can serve as the primary notification system or an excellent, low-cost backup to existing systems.
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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TheSportsPage.com to Announce 2006 NFL Winners, Losers and SurprisesSeptember 19. 2006
Sports information goes portable.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 19, 2006 — "The more things change, the more they stay the same," commented Ed Skowronski, President of TheSportsPage.com, the nation's leader in wireless sports information. 20 years ago TheSportsPage.com™ invented the sports pager as a way to get sports information to on-the-go sports fans who didn't want to be tied down to a TV, radio or score phones. The pager displays scores and betting lines from all the major sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and College Football and Basketball). 20 years later, people still prefer the convenience of the pager to even cellular phones. During this time, this Las Vegas-based company has relied on the insatiable appetite of the sports fan.
|“But the pager can go way beyond that. With today’s infatuation with celebrities and Reality TV our pager could show the line on Emmitt Smith winning Dancing with the Stars or Survivor Series odds or who’s the frontrunner for Jessica Simpson’s next date.”|
This appetite for sports information has weathered the technology explosion. Today, in this age of I-pods, black berries and laptop computers, the reliable sports pager still has a roll. In fact, the sports pager only takes one or two clicks to find a score or line; whereas a phone or computer takes many keystrokes to find the relevant data. Portable affordable sports information will always have a place in the heart of the hard core sports fan and there will always be a demand for sports information that can be carried around in the palm of the hand.
Skowronski explains: "But the pager can go way beyond that. With today’s infatuation with celebrities and Reality TV our pager could show the line on Emmitt Smith winning Dancing with the Stars or Survivor Series odds or who’s the frontrunner for Jessica Simpson’s next date."
From a humble beginning to the top of the wireless sports information industry TheSportsPage.com™ bet big by betting on sports fans who want portable sports information. The sports pager was a great idea 20 years ago and it is still going strong today. The more things change, the more things stay the same indeed.
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Source: PR Web
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In case of emergency: use satellite
By Roger Bray
Published: September 18 2006 03:00 | Last updated: September 18 2006 03:00
Disaster strikes in a foreign city. Rockets have landed, conventional communications are down and mobile phone networks are clogged. For staff on trips there and their corporate travel managers it is a nightmare. How can those travelers keep in touch? How can their companies check that they are safe and get them out quickly?
This is no far-fetched fiction. Hard lessons were learned from the events of September 11 in New York City, which underlined the importance of keeping track of travelling employees and prompted many companies to take action.
Technology can help in two ways: by providing travelers and their headquarters with communication devices which stand the best chance of coping with sudden, overwhelming demand; and by enabling travel management companies to search their databases, locate the travelers they booked as precisely as possible and provide that information rapidly to their corporate clients.
What is the most disaster-proof kit staff can carry with them? Satellite phones and Wifi enabled devices are likely to prove the most resilient, not least because fewer people will be using them in a crisis.
Satellite phones are larger than mobiles but less bulky than they used to be. Travelers do not have to carry miniature dishes but they still have to be used outdoors.
Richard Offenbach, a director of London-based Satphone, which sells and rents them, describes them as "about the size of a large beer can". "They cost around £500-£1000, or £2000 if you want one installed in a building. The Iridium 9505, for example, weighs less than 375 grammes and measures 158 x 62 x 59mm. It offers worldwide coverage, with the exception of North Korea and rebel-controlled parts of Sri Lanka, says Mr Offenbach.
Calls using the Iridium are bounced by one of 66 satellites to a ground station in Arizona and - unless they are made direct to another satellite phone - transmitted from there by conventional telephone links. Some companies reduce reliance on such links by installing satellite phones in their offices and connecting them to a roof antenna.
According to Mr Offenbach, many banks and financial institutions have installed them at contingency sites in case their own premises are attacked. This would enable travelling employees to make contact, even if land lines and mobile networks were unusable.
Wireless internet connections and 3G access to email from mobile phones are less likely to be saturated than voice networks.
But those who feel the need to talk in an emergency could find a Wifi hotspot and use a laptop with a head or handset to make VOIP (voice over internet protocol) calls. Mobile phones are already available that allow you to do the same by switching from the cellular network to Wifi. They include later models in Nokia's E Series.
Many big travel management companies (TMCs) provide clients with automated systems to locate travelers. They include HRG, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, American Express and P&O Travel.
Amex's TrackPoint tool sends details of trips to a website which customers can access if they need to see how many staff they have in a country, area or city, which flights they took and where they are staying. The information is refreshed every four to six hours in case those bookings are changed. An Amex spokesperson says: "After 9/11, contacting everybody took several days. That provided the impetus for launching Trackpoint and when the tsunami happened we were in touch with most people in a few hours."
The company concedes that even more detail could be known about a traveler's whereabouts if transactions using Amex's corporate card could be included quickly in information accessible to clients.
Suppose, for example, the fact that a card holder had paid for lunch at a restaurant could be transmitted as soon as the transaction had been authorised. Amex says it is interested in the idea but a system for implementing it has not been developed yet.
Alan Coles, managing director of UK-based P&O Travel, says: "Our system allows us to key in different parameters. If a client wants to know where all its people are or get information on a flight or a destination, the system hunts through our entire database. What we can say is three people were on a flight which arrived in Jeddah at 6pm for example and that they are in these hotels.
"But we don't offer a system which gives details beyond what we book - such as telling clients whether their staff are in meetings and where the meetings are. It would be difficult getting travelers to provide the information. It's hard enough getting them to follow travel policy and it's sometimes difficult to get people's mobile phone numbers and email addresses. They may be a little concerned about Big Brother - but I think we might need that kind of information if they were engineers going to Iraq, for example."
It is not only TMCs that provide automated location services. London- based International SOS provides customers with access to a website where they can track the whereabouts of staff in any particular area or city. Information on their trips is transmitted direct to the company via the GDS (global distribution systems) - or from online booking sites and search engines - through which the trip is booked.
Some travelers play hard to get, however. Those who book direct with airlines and hotels not approved in a company's travel policy will not appear on the radar screen, and if the devices they carry with them fail to function, perhaps because of flat batteries, they may be left isolated.
Source: Financial Times
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By MAURA J. CASEY
Published: September 16, 2006
Former Gov. Ann Richards of Texas will be remembered for her wit, her one-liners and especially for the keynote speech at the 1988 Democratic Convention, which was, in retrospect, the high point in the party’s dismal campaign for the presidency that year. To intrigued television viewers nationwide, Ms. Richards, with her big hair and big attitude, epitomized the kind of formidable woman that is a hallmark of the Lone Star State. People liked her down-home phrases. When she said, “We’re gonna tell how the cow ate the cabbage,” they believed her. She leavened a plain-spoken manner with wisecracks. Both helped elect her governor two years later.
But her political career eclipsed what Ms. Richards called “one of the great, great stories” of her life: her recovery from alcoholism and her nearly 26 years of sobriety. That triumph deserves to be more than a line in her obituary.
In so many ways, her decision to stop drinking and enter a rehabilitation program in 1980, after a painful intervention by family and friends, was necessary for her continued rise in public life. What made Ms. Richards different was her decision to be forthright about the fact that she was a recovering alcoholic. She didn’t hide it. “I like to tell people that alcoholism is one of my strengths,” she said. She was right. Alcoholics know that seeds of healthy recovery grow from the need to mend their own flaws to stay sober, one day at a time. Ms. Richards faced her imperfections fearlessly, and that enabled others to be fearless, too, if only for a little while.
She never stopped helping people. One well-known author said the first mail she received after enrolling in a rehabilitation program was an encouraging letter from Ms. Richards. A politician who left rehab and wondered how on earth he was going to avoid drinking when he got home well after midnight found Ms. Richards waiting for him when he arrived. As governor, she started treatment programs in Texas prisons. When she visited, she would tell the inmates the simple truth: “My name’s Ann, and I’m an alcoholic.” Her imperfection had become a source of inspiration for others.
Ann Richards was funny, wise and compassionate. At 73, she died too soon. But she died sober.
Source: The New York Times
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From: George Wallace
Subject: my email in your current newsletter
Date: September 20, 2006 11:40:22 AM CDT
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Subject: Need Msf 5000 parts
Date: September 21, 2006 12:35:30 PM CDT
My self and Ray at Teletouch need some Uhf combiners that go in the High Power MSF 5000 225 watt Pa's Part # TLE5834A. Motorola is out and it looks as there is no plans to replace this item. I don't know if someone built this for Motorola?
I need about 10 of these to fix my Pa's. I don't know if this is something you put in your letter or if I need to buy a small ad?
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James Dabbs to Speak At EWA Next Week In Orlando
From: James Dabbs
Date: September 22, 2006 12:39:17 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye
I'm scheduled to give a presentation called "Paging 2.0" at EWA next week, as part of a panel discussion. Since this may be of interest to AAPC members, I thought I'd give you a heads up.
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