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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 14, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 289

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

AMD’s Ruiz ‘blew it’ in 2007, but still gets raise

by Sumner Lemon
IDG News Service
Dec. 14, 2007 6:18 am

AMD Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz acknowledged Thursday that 2007 was a bad year for his company, but that didn’t stop AMD’s board of directors from raising his salary anyway.

“We blew it and we’re very humbled by it and we learned from it and we’re not going to do it again,” Ruiz told financial analysts in New York.

AMD has struggled this year, largely due to technical problems that repeatedly delayed the widespread availability of its Quad-Core Opteron chip, known as Barcelona. As a result, the company saw its financial losses mount — $1.6 billion during the first nine months of this year — while incurring $3.7 billion in long-term debt to help keep the company’s operations running.

The announcement Wednesday that AMD plans to take an as-yet unspecified charge for impaired goodwill from its US$5.4 billion acquisition of ATI — recognition that the graphics-chip vendor is worth less than AMD paid for it last year — only added to the company’s financial woes and dimmed investor enthusiasm. AMD’s share price closed at $8.84 Thursday, down 56 percent from a year ago.

However, those issues will not affect Ruiz’s base salary, which has been increased, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released Thursday, the same day that Ruiz apologized for the company’s dismal performance.

That filing, which contained a copy of Ruiz’s amended employment agreement, shows AMD raised his annual base salary by 7.4 percent to US$1,124,000. The amended agreement is dated Dec. 7.

In 2006, Ruiz received a base salary of $1,046,358, while stock awards and other forms of compensation raised his total compensation for the year to $12,848,435.

Ruiz’s 2006 compensation was significantly higher than Intel CEO and President Paul Otellini, who took home a salary of $700,000 in 2006. Other awards raised Otellini’s total compensation in 2006 to $9,806,400.


After totally messing up Motorola's paging group, Hector Ruiz went to run AMD (into the ground). Can you believe they pay this guy twelve million dollars a year to ruin the company? The big beautiful campus that was Motorola's world-wide paging headquarters in Boynton Beach, Florida — where I used to work for Hector along with thousands of others — was bulldozed flat and the ground scraped off to build another new Florida development. At one time, 80% of the world's pagers came out of this building.

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Congratulations to Hans Peter Näegeli of Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland on his entrance into the wonderful fraternity of amateur radio with call sign: HB9EHP. Hans Peter has been a well known expert in European Paging for many years.

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AT&T Shows Investors the Money

By Dave Mock December 11, 2007

U.S. telecom giant AT&T (NYSE: T) decided to spread a little cheer ahead of the holidays today, with an upbeat business outlook at its New York analysts conference. Thanks to strong operations across its business segments, the company announced a dividend increase of 12.7%, to $1.60 per share annually. Along with the boosted cash payout, it also authorized a 400-million-share repurchase plan, which it expects to complete by the end of 2009.

AT&T expects wireless revenue to continue growing at a rate in the mid-teens, as more users sign up for service and opt for more wireless data offerings. The growth in wireless is currently fueled by two main engines — broadband upgrades to AT&T's wireless network, and its exclusive offering of the Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone.

The company also announced a major expansion of its residential broadband video offering, called U-verse. Rollouts of the fiber-optic service have been dogged by delays so far, so AT&T changed course and ratcheted up deployment plans, with the goal of having more than a million subscribers by the end of 2008.

It also hopes to have 30 million residences connected by the end of 2010, generating a multibillion-dollar revenue stream. Rumors had been circulating over the past few months that AT&T would acquire EchoStar (Nasdaq: DISH), but the renewed focus on its own broadband offering seems to confirm that the deal is off the table at this point.

AT&T's wireless division head, Ralph de la Vega, also commented on the recent decision by Verizon Wireless — a joint venture between Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) — to open its network. De la Vega noted that AT&T's network technology already allows a customer to swap their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) into different phones, making its network already "open."

But this posturing completely misses the mark on the open-network debate. While the technologies deployed by AT&T and Deutsche Telekom's (NYSE: DT) T-Mobile do have this advantage over Verizon and Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S), open access is about far more than just device portability. Consumers don't want restrictions on hardware or software applications used on devices, and all carriers are guilty of that.

False comments notwithstanding, investors cheered the outlook, and shares soared more than 7% in morning trading. If AT&T can make good on its goals, there will doubtless be more goodwill in years to come.

Source: The Motley Fool


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Administrative Law Judge Paul J. Luckern ruled that GSM/GPRS/Edge handsets manufactured by Nokia don't infringe on three Qualcomm patents.

By W. David Gardner
December 13, 2007 11:31 AM

In the seemingly never-ending patent battles swirling around Qualcomm's massive patent portfolio, the company lost a skirmish to Nokia (NYSE: NOK) this week after a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled that Nokia had not violated three of Qualcomm's wireless mobile patents.

The firms have been mired in several intellectual property litigation cases across the globe as Qualcomm seeks to assert its IP claims and Nokia battles back with its own growing patent portfolio.

"This decision confirms our belief that Qualcomm does not have relevant GSM patents," said Rick Simonson, Nokia's chief financial officer, in a statement. Administrative Law Judge Paul J. Luckern ruled that GSM/GPRS/Edge handsets manufactured by Nokia don't infringe on three Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm noted that the ruling didn't address Qualcomm's WCDMA patents.

Qualcomm said it plans to appeal the preliminary decision by petitioning the ITC. In a statement, the company said: "Qualcomm contends that Nokia imports cellular handsets into the United States that infringe these particular Qualcomm patents covering certain power control technologies and is seeking an exclusion order barring the importation of infringing Nokia handsets that use that technology."

Qualcomm filed an initial complaint against Nokia involving the patents in June 2006, and the case — along with several additional IP suits involving Qualcomm and competitors Nokia and Broadcom — has taken on a life of its own.

In another ITC case involving Qualcomm, the commission ruled in favor of Broadcom (NSDQ: BRCM) by issuing a partial ban on handsets using Qualcomm chips.

The ITC is slated to issue a final ruling in the Qualcomm-Nokia case by April 14, 2008.

Source: Information Week

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AT&T Mobility will pay $76.3 million in taxes

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AT&T Mobility has agreed to pay $76.3 million in back taxes and legal fees as part of a tentative settlement over local taxation of cell phones that the company once argued were not telephones but two-way radios.

The proposed agreement with more than 300 Missouri municipalities could end six years of litigation between AT&T Mobility, a division of AT&T Inc., and the cities' gross receipts tax.

As long ago as 1999, the Missouri Supreme Court found that cell phones could be taxed by municipalities, leaving the question of how much the providers owed in arrears.

Typically, the cell phone companies collected the taxes from subscribers, under protest, so customers do not have to pay more now as a result of the tentative settlement.

Another wireless giant, Verizon, agreed earlier this year to pay $24.5 million in taxes from two years, plus $5 million in cities' legal bills.

The amounts at stake vary widely from city to city, owing to the number of customers living in each and tax rates that vary from one to 11 percent. In the Verizon case, Wellston got $5,778 for two years' worth of bills, Ballwin $69,975 and Ellisville $91,880.

The AT&T settlement documents were filed Friday with St. Louis County Circuit Judge Bernhardt C. Drumm Jr. and won his preliminary approval. Ted Wagnon, a spokesman for AT&T in San Antonio, noted Tuesday that the settlement required approval by the cities themselves and final approval by Drumm in May 2008.

Wagnon emphasized that there would be no change in customers' bills.

John Mulligan Jr. of Clayton, the lawyer who led the collection efforts for the cities, said the agreement called for AT&T to pay back taxes for 27 months — Sept. 1, 2005, to Nov. 30, 2007.

That total comes to $65,456,882. The company also agreed in the settlement to pay legal fees of $10,916,000. So the total package, if it wins final approval from Drumm, would be $76,372,882, Mulligan said.

A central issue, up and down in the courts and the Missouri Legislature for years, is whether a cell phone is taxable like its hard-wired counterpart.

AT&T (which includes the former Cingular), Verizon and other cell phone providers contended — among other arguments — that the device is really a two-way radio, beyond the reach of the taxes.

At one point, the technical arguments led then-Chief Justice Michael Wolff of the Missouri Supreme Court to hold up a cell phone in front of an assembly of lawyers in court and ask rhetorically if anyone doubted it was a phone.

The companies also contended that cities had no jurisdiction, because cell phones, unlike a conventional telephone line, are used in various locations.

The high court rejected both the arguments and later threw out a cap the Legislature put on the level of local tax.


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An emergency communication system which will help local people and services during a crisis has been rolled out by two London authorities.

Two south London boroughs have adopted a new service called "Warn and Inform" to help them to communicate with the local community and council staff in the event of a major incident.

Lewisham and Croydon have bought the Warn and Inform secure messaging service, which enables the councils to send emergency voicemails, SMS text messages, pager messages and emails to residents, schools or local businesses.

The system will also be used to ensure up-to-date information gets through to council staff and the emergency services tackling incidents.

Sir Steve Bullock, mayor of Lewisham, said on Wednesday: "In any major incident, the council aims to keep services running. To achieve this, it is vital that both the emergency services and local authorities are able to keep people informed at all times."

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WirelessWeek - December 12, 2007

Sony Ericsson was given the OK by the European Commission to sell a 50% stake of software developer UI Holdings to Motorola. The commission cleared the deal after it said it found no antitrust problems and received no complaints from rivals.

UI Holdings is the parent company of UIQ Technology, which licenses open user-interface and development platforms to mobile phone vendors.

Under the terms of the deal, UIQ will be vendor and chipset independent, and its technology can be equally licensed to all mobile device vendors. Sony Ericsson has said that this deal with Motorola will make UIQ a stronger player. Both companies already offer handsets that use UIQ based products.

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According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, signs are growing that Motorola is considering whether or not it should piecemeal the company. Activist investor Carl Icahn claims that breaking the company up could translate to $20 billion in additional shareholder value. Analysts seem to agree with Icahn's basic points, but many caution that if Motorola cannot fix the problems with its handset division, then a breakup may not prove as profitable as Icahn suggests. Motorola's CEO Ed Zander recently stepped down from the position. Motorola's CTO Padmasree Warrior also resigned to take the CTO post at Cisco.

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Google Takes Mobile Fight To Microsoft's Doorstep

Posted by Eric Zeman, Dec 13, 2007 09:29 AM

Google (NSDQ: GOOG)'s latest mobile software offering takes aim at the heart of Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Exchange. Google has made it possible to sync your Gmail, applications, your own domains, and now your Google calendar with your BlackBerry's on-board calendar application. No pricey Exchange servers and licenses required.

I work for a small company. Rather than spring for expensive e-mail servers, my employer has set up our corporate e-mail through Google's Gmail. It has worked flawlessly for as long as I've used it, which is going on several years now. We also use Google's calendar application to schedule meetings and so on. Though Google made the calendar available to smartphones via mobile browsers, it was a little awkward to use and you couldn't sync it with your mobile device. Well, now you can.

Google has added calendar syncing to its list of mobile capabilities. You can now sync appointments, meetings, and events from your Google calendar to the calendar application on your BlackBerry smartphone. Excuse me for a second while I say, "Woo-hoo!"

All interested users need do is install a calendar update patch from BlackBerry and go to Google's mobile services page. Google will walk you through the steps and before long, Bingo! You're all set to sync your calendar wirelessly to your BlackBerry.

Does Microsoft already offer this functionality to BlackBerrys? Yes, it sure does. But at a price. Not only do you have to buy the servers (which start at $700 and jump to $4,000 very quickly), but you have to license the software to each user, starting at $67 a pop. Google offers all this for free, gratis, nada, zip, zilch, nothing.

Google has really stepped up the pace of innovations of late. Microsoft, are you paying attention?

Source: InformationWeek

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FCC Ruling May Spur Generator Demand

By Rich Miller
December 10, 2007

In an effort to keep phone and wireless networks online during natural disasters, the FCC is now requiring telecom and wireless companies to provide backup power for cell sites and remote telecom facilities. The new measures, prompted by an FCC review of telecom outages in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, are likely to increase demand for generators, batteries and other power protection equipment. The rules also pose a challenge for carriers with equipment in locations that may not easily support backup equipment due to space constraints or environmental considerations.

The new rules cover most local exchange carriers (LECs) and mobile service providers, who must provide backup power systems for central offices, cell sites, and remote switches and terminals. There are more than 210,000 cellular sites and about 20,000 telecom central offices in the U.S., according to industry statistics. The FCC says central offices should be able to operate for 24 hours without grid power, while eight hours of backup power is required for cell sites, remote switches and remote terminals.

The new rules could affect the market for diesel generators, which are widely used by data centers to provide backup power to keep servers running during grid power outages. The current data center building boom has led to lengthy delivery delays for 2-megawatt generators. Most central offices and cell towers would require smaller generators, but it's not clear how the additional demand for components and raw materials could affect production capacity for major generator manufacturers.

The wireless industry trade group CTIA has filed a lawsuit to overturn the FCC ruling, saying it will cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars to implement the new rules. The wireless industry had total annual revenues of $134.7 billion, according to a June 2007 estimate from CTIA.

Carriers have six months to file a plan outlining how they will comply with the new rules. Many wireless providers and LECs argued against the new regulations, saying their facilities couldn't be easily adapted to add diesel or propane generators or other backup power systems. The FCC rejected that argument, noting the importance of communications reliability during emergencies, as well as the fact that the industry has known for two years that new backup power regulations were likely.

"We recognize that, in order to comply with the rule, some carriers may have to modify sites to accommodate additional equipment or, in some cases, find other, more suitable, locations for their assets," the FCC wrote in its Oct. 4 ruling. "We believe, however, that any such burdens are far outweighed by the ultimate goal of this rule."

John Vivian, corporate account manager of telecommunications at Caterpillar Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of backup generators, told RCR Wireless News that it will be "very difficult" for cellular operators and tower companies to meet the new FCC backup power rule. "It will take a lot of cooperation and innovation," said Vivian.

Adding backup power to central offices and cell sites could lead to local disputes, according to the New Jersey League of Municipalities, which published an advisory on the new rule and its impact.

"Municipalities may shortly see a lot of activity to put generators and battery backup systems at cell tower sites on private and public property, including those in the rights of way," the advisory reads. "This may cause problems for towers in sensitive municipal locations, such as on the roofs of municipal or school buildings, or on water towers, because the systems typically involve gas, diesel or propane powered generators (with accompanying fuel tanks) or batteries with lots of sulfuric acid. Lease terms often prohibit such dangerous substances or require municipal approval of changes from the initial installation, and either type of system is heavy, which may cause building or structural concerns."

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There was a point in the not-too distant past when students who wanted to communicate with each other at school passed notes - sometimes in the hallway between class changes and other times in the classroom.

While the notes are still being passed, the mode and medium by which they are delivered has gotten a serious upgrade.

Handwritten notes have given way to cell phones, BlackBerry and PDAs.

And along with these new forms of digital communication, have come a high-tech lexicon this generation of technologically savvy teens and young adults have grown up on- namely the Short Message Service (SMS).

But if you were to ask most high school students, they’d just call it text messaging.

Text messaging, or texting, has a history that some believe dates back to 1989 when a one friend sent another a message using a pager, typing in the numbers 0-7-7-3-4 and telling the friend receiving the message to turn their pager upside down, making the numerals appear to spell out the word "hello."

Acronyms like bff( best friends forever), lol (laugh out loud) and idk (I don’t know) are part of the sales pitch for one cell phone company, but in the case of a few Opelika High School students, art actually does imitate life. Their lives to be exact.

While she has a perfectly functional cell phone, Christina Porter, a senior at OHS, prefers to communicate with her friends using text messages at times.

"Some people on the phone just won’t shut up, so if you’re texting them and you don’t want to talk anymore, you just don’t text them back," said Porter, who on a busy day has sent more than 150 messages to her friends.

"Or you might have to call the person, wait for the phone to ring and if you’re calling their home, you might have to ask to speak them instead of speaking to them directly right away," said Sara Mattox, 17, also a student at OHS.

Just like real estate, for Patrick McDougald, many times deciding on whether he will text message a friend has to do with location.

"You might be in a situation where you can’t talk on the phone and you need to get a message to a person," said McDougald.

And while none of them (Porter, Mattox and McDougald) admit to ever having sent text messages to their friends during class, some of their classmates do.

"If you know what you’re doing you can simply stare at the teacher like you’re paying attention, have your hand in your pocket, type in a message and send it," Mattox said.

Porter agreed.

"If I already know what the text message is that I’m trying to send, I don’t even need to look at the cell phone keypad to type it in," Porter said. "I just know where the keys are."

Phones and BlackBerry devices with Qwerty keyboards and T9 (predictive text) features make texting even faster.

While they’re fine-tuning their writing skills before they head off to college next year, there are times when the line between the way they text message their friends and how they approach their writing assignments for classes can become blurred.

"With rough drafts and essays, I find myself having to go back and make sure everything’s spelled out correctly," Mattox said.

"Because if we wrote an essay the way we text, that assignment would get a failing grade," Porter said.

That’s something Charles Hannah, a 12th-grade AP English teacher said he hasn't seen show up in any of his student’s work at this point.

"But as younger kids grow up with texting, spelling could become more of an issue," Hannah said. "While it’s good to see students using different ways to communicate, because text messages are typically short phrases, students may not get the practice with more complicated word constructions they need. What that means is that while they can use these word constructions when they speak, they may not know how to present them correctly in their writing."

And while text messaging has its own rapidly growing set of terms that combine letters and numbers that communicate words, it may be a little too soon to think of it as a language all it’s own even if it is popular among teens and young adults.

"It’s not the number of speakers that determines whether a code is a language- it’s the linguistic structure (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicon and discourse patterns) that does," said Robin Sabino, associate English professor at Auburn University. "Text messaging is parasitic on languages, meaning it can’t exist without them."

Source: Opelika-Auburn News

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Published by the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

[Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 10, No. 49 December 12, 2007   

New CPNI Rules Require Filing Annual Certification With FCC By March 1

With the FCC’s new customer proprietary network information (CPNI) rules now in effect as of December 8, clients should modify and complete the “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” shortly after the beginning of the new calendar year (2008) for the prior calendar year (2007). Although the rules do not specify when you should execute the certification, we recommend you do it as soon as possible after the end of the year.

Note that the annual certification should include the following three required Exhibits: (a) the Statement Explaining How The Company’s Operating Procedures Ensure Compliance With The FCC’S CPNI Rules to reflect the Company’s policies and information; (b) the Statement of Actions Taken Against Data Brokers; and (c) the Summary of Customer Complaints Regarding Unauthorized Release of CPNI. When completed shortly after the beginning of each calendar year, a company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules should execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and forward the original to BloostonLaw no later than Feb. 15 for filing with the FCC. THE CERTIFICATION AND EXHIBITS MUST BE UPDATED AND RE-EXECUTED EACH YEAR BY AN OFFICER OF THE COMPANY, AND FILED WITH THE FCC ON OR BEFORE MARCH 1. CLIENTS THAT HAVE NOT YET PREPARED AND SIGNED A 2006 CERTIFICATION SHOULD DO SO BY YEAR END 2007.

Clients interested in obtaining BloostonLaw's CPNI compliance manual should contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828- 5554).

FCC Proposes Eliminating Need To Re-register Do Not Call Numbers Indefinitely

The FCC has released the text of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), tentatively concluding that it should require telemarketers to honor registrations with the National Do-Not-Call Registry indefinitely, so that current registrations will not automatically expire based on the current five year registration period. Initial registrations are set to expire next year, five years after the launch of the program in 2003. The FCC proposes extending this requirement indefinitely to minimize the inconvenience to consumers of having to re-register their preferences not to receive telemarketing calls and to further the underlying goal of the National Registry to protect consumer privacy rights. The FCC seeks comment on this tentative conclusion and how to most effectively implement this proposed change.

More specifically, the FCC tentatively concludes that it should amend its rules so that telemarketers will be required to honor registrations with the National Do-Not-Call Registry until the registration is canceled by the consumer or the telephone number is removed by the database administrator because it was disconnected or reassigned. The FCC seeks comment on this tentative conclusion and how to implement this rule change in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The National Do-Not-Call Registry was adopted in large part to make it easier and more efficient for consumers to prevent unwanted telemarketing calls. As explained in Reports to Congress, the Commission believes the number of telephone numbers added to the Registry and the FCC’s experience in both helping to ensure compliance with the Registry and in enforcing the do-not-call rules are strong indicators that the Registry has been successful in curbing the number of unwanted telemarketing calls.

Therefore, the FCC said it is concerned that, starting June 28, 2008, five years after the opening of the Registry, as many as 10 million registered numbers will expire and be automatically removed from the database, unless consumers take steps to re-register the numbers. By August 2008, as many as 20 million additional numbers will potentially expire and be purged from the Registry.

Such expirations will leave millions of consumers without protection against unwanted telemarketing calls — protections they have come to rely on since registering their numbers in 2003. Removing the current five-year expiration term will alleviate any burdens on consumers associated with re-registering numbers, including the time and effort necessary to register and the need to remember when to re-register.

The FCC believes requiring telemarketers to continue honoring do-not-call registrations will also minimize any consumer confusion resulting from a sudden increase in telemarketing calls received when registrations begin to expire next year. In addition, eliminating the need to reregister numbers every five years should lower the cost of operating the National Registry.

In adopting the National Registry, the Commission was mindful of concerns regarding the accuracy of the database. Initially, the Commission determined that a re-registration requirement should be included given that telephone numbers change hands, are disconnected and reassigned over time. However, the FCC believes the database administrator’s use of technology to check all registered telephone numbers on a monthly basis and remove those numbers that have been disconnected or reassigned will maintain the database’s high-level of accuracy. In addition, consumers will continue to be able to verify or cancel their registration status using either the telephone or Internet. Allowing consumers to verify their registration status or cancel their registrations at any time also enhances the accuracy of the National Registry.

The FCC recognizes that absent a similar change in the FTC’s policies, numbers that have been in the Registry for five years may be purged by the database administrator beginning in June 2008, and that telemarketers will no longer have access to those numbers in order to avoid calling them. The FCC notes, however, that the FTC recently committed that “it will not drop any telephone numbers from the Registry based on the five-year expiration period pending final Congressional or agency action on whether to make registration permanent.”

The FCC said it envisions working closely with the FTC to ensure that telephone numbers are not removed at the end of the five-year registration period, and that telemarketers continue to have access to those numbers. The FCC seeks comment on how best to coordinate with the FTC to most effectively institute this rule change in a meaningful, consistent way.

In light of the FCC’s tentative conclusion and the FTC’s indication that it will retain registrations after the five-year period, the Commission believes the Registry will continue to operate as it does today. The FCC therefore seeks comment on what impact, if any, its proposed rule change would have on telemarketers, particularly small businesses. Because telemarketers would be required to continue honoring do-not-call registrations as they do now, the FCC tentatively concludes that the enhanced consumer privacy protections created by this proposed rule amendment, taken in conjunction with the benefits to the federal government in administering the National Registry, outweigh any potential impact.

The FCC tentatively concludes that requiring telemarketers to honor registrations on the National Do-Not-Call Registry indefinitely will greatly enhance consumer privacy interests. The FCC seeks comment on this tentative conclusion and on how best to coordinate this rule change with the FTC. The FCC believes making registrations permanent adequately balances the need to maintain a high level of accuracy in the National Registry with the desire to have a simple and effective means to limit unwanted telemarketing calls. Comments in this CG Docket No. 02-278 proceeding will be due 30 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 15 days thereafter. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.


FCC PLACES MEDIA OWNERSHIP RULES ON OPEN MEETING AGENDA: The FCC has scheduled a vote on media ownership rules for its December 18 open meeting. It is well known that Chairman Kevin Martin favors allowing companies to own a newspaper and a broadcast station in the top markets, but that many lawmakers oppose relaxing the rules to this extent. In fact, the Senate Commerce Committee last week unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that would halt for at least six months a proposal to let companies own a newspaper and broadcast station in the same city. The Media Ownership Act of 2007 (S. 2336) is not likely to pass Congress before the FCC's expected vote next week, but it appears to be a strong signal for the FCC to delay the vote. Committee Chairman Daniel K. Innouye (D-Hawaii) said: “Transparency in the FCC’s media ownership proceedings is not only fair, it is right. This bill encourages the FCC to provide a forum for meaningful discussion and brings us a step closer to balanced media ownership rules.” Martin also faced strong questions on the issue at a House telecom subcommittee hearing the same day. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, lawmakers from both parties have complained that Martin is circumventing proper procedure in trying to allow companies to own a newspaper and broadcast station in the 20 largest U.S. markets. They want time for more public comment on the proposal, which was announced by Martin on Nov. 13. They also want the FCC first to complete a previously promised review of ways to ensure that broadcasters serve their local communities, and take steps to increase ownership of TV and radio stations by women and minorities. But Martin apparently was not deterred by the signal: The item was placed on the FCC’s meeting agenda. Specifically, the Commission will consider a Report and Order concerning its media ownership regulations in accordance with Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Report and Order also addresses the relevant issues remanded by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia in Prometheus Radio Project, et al. v. FCC., 373 F.3d 372 (2004), and responds to petitions for reconsideration of the 2002 Biennial Review Order. The Commission will also consider a Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning initiatives designed to increase participation in the broadcasting industry by new entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses; a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on trends in embedded advertising and the efficacy of the current sponsorship identification rules with regard to embedded advertising; a Report and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking prepared in its Broadcasting Localism proceeding; and a Fourth Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing the cable horizontal ownership limit and seeking comment on vertical ownership limits and cable and broadcast attribution rules for purposes of promoting a diverse and competitive market in the acquisition and delivery of multichannel video programming. Further the Commission will consider a Twelfth Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions with Respect to Commercial Mobile Services, and a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking additional comment on the appropriate rules and policies for licensing satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) terrestrial repeaters in the 2320-2345 MHz frequency band, and will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on facilitating the coexistence of SDARS and Wireless Communications Service licensees. As with past meetings, clients should note that one or mote items could be deleted from the agenda prior to the meeting. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FCC PROPOSES THAT CONGRESS ADOPT NEW TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: In its Section 257 Report to Congress, Identifying Market Entry Barriers for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses, the FCC proposed that Congress adopt a new tax incentive program that would authorize the provision of tax advantages to eligible companies involved in the sale of communications businesses to small firms, including those owned by women and minorities. The proposed program could permit deferral of the taxes on any capital gain involved in such a transaction, as long as that gain is reinvested in one or more qualifying communications business(es). The proposed program could also permit tax credits for sellers of communications properties who offer financing to small firms. Additional conditions might include restrictions on the size of the eligible purchasing firm, a minimum holding period for the purchased firm, and a cap on the total value of eligible transactions. The provision of tax advantages has proven to encourage the diversification of ownership and to provide opportunities for entry into the communications industry for small businesses, including disadvantaged businesses and businesses owned by minorities and women. Commissioner Michael Copps said he supported the item “insofar as it recommends that Congress adopt a new tax incentive program. A properly structured tax certificate program could help reverse the shameful minority and female ownership trends in recent years. But as welcome as this recommendation is, it does not let the Commission off the hook for addressing this issue in a comprehensive manner, nor can it be allowed to serve as a smoke screen for additional consolidation that will only make the problem worse.” BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.


DECEMBER 30: FCC FORM 507, ICLS QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE: All wireline and wireless eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs), with competitors (CETCs) operating in their study areas, must file quarterly line count updates with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). The December 30 report includes lines served as of June 30, 2007. This data is used to calculate an ETC’s per-line universal service support. CETCs are also required to file quarterly line count updates. However, an ETC without competition is not required to file Form 507, but may do so on a voluntary basis. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JANUARY 1: CARRIERS MUST NOTIFY CUSTOMERS OF “DO NOT CALL” OPTIONS: The FCC requires each common carrier (wireline and wireless) offering local exchange service to inform subscribers of the opportunity to provide notification to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the subscriber objects to receiving telephone solicitations. The carrier must inform subscribers of (1) their right to give or revoke a notification of their objection to receiving telephone solicitations pursuant to the national “Do Not Call” database; and (2) the methods by which such rights may be exercised. Beginning on January 1, 2004, and annually thereafter, such common carriers shall provide an annual notice, via an insert in the customer’s bill, to inform their subscribers of the opportunity to register or revoke registrations on the national Do Not Call database. BloostonLaw will provide clients with the wording for an appropriate notice upon request. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FEBRUARY 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT: Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks--including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks--from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. New this year is that reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

MARCH 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. The current form has two categories: First, all providers of local telephone service, including cellular and PCS carriers, that serve 10,000 or more voice-grade equivalent lines or 10,000 or more wireless channels (or customers) in a given state must file Form 477 for that state. Second, facilities-based providers that serve at least 250 one-way or two-way broadband service lines (in excess of 200 Kbps) or 250 or more wireless broadband customers in a given state must file Form 477 for that state. Such providers may include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers (LECsl), cable companies, fixed wireless service providers, multipoint distribution service (MDS) providers, utilities, and others. Entities that only resell broadband services should not report broadband lines or customers on Form 477. In particular, an Internet service provider (ISP) that purchases broadband service from another entity should not report such lines or customers. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

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

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PageOne technology helps Adastra enhance communication within the NHS

London 12th December2007 – PageOne, the UK’s leading provider of wireless messaging solutions to the public and enterprise sectors, today announces that it has dramatically enhanced its relationship with healthcare software company Adastra, by supplying their NHS customers with it’s latest messaging technology. Adastra already offers its customers PageOne’s paging system and, impressed by PageOne’s ability to integrate both paging and text messaging in one cost-effective service, have upgraded their service to encompass messaging.

Adastra provides a specialist call management, data distribution and clinical recording system used by more than 95% of the UK’s unscheduled primary health care operational hubs and will be using PageOne’s services in two key areas. The first, the Despatching module, enables staff to send live cases to clinicians working away from the main centre. Case details can be sent to the clinician’s computer, while selected case information, such as the patient’s name and address, can simultaneously be sent to a pager or mobile phone. PageOne’s ‘message acknowledgement’ feature alerts dispatchers of receipt, and in turn updates the customer’s Adastra system.

The second area, the Appointments Scheduler, enables Adastra’s customers to book appointments for patients and sends them a reminder, together with directions to treatment centres. Adastra customers have a dedicated area on PageOne’s web site which allows them simplified sign up for the fast and efficient central service provided by PageOne.

“Collaboration with PageOne means that Adastra has a partner which has a unique understanding of what we do, and can facilitate the provision of suitable services,” says Simon Wren, Head of Marketing at Adastra. “It is a three-way mutually beneficial agreement: customers benefit from negotiated special rates and effective communication technology; PageOne is able to target a mature, well understood market and Adastra is able to direct customers to a single source which simplifies our development and is essential to our on-going success.”

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Peter W. Dahl Company, Manufacturers of Custom Transformers, Going Out of Business

Dec 7, 2007

peter dahl logo The Peter W. Dahl Company in El Paso, Texas, will be closing its doors as of December 31, 2007, according to Peter Dahl, K0BIT, owner and founder of the company that has made custom transformers for more than 40 years. Dahl, 67, is suffering from Parkinson's Disease. The company manufactured a wide variety of transformers and reactors for Amateur Radio and commercial radio and television applications. According to Dahl, many are direct replacements for original equipment components that are no longer available from the manufacturer, while others have general-purpose applications in any number of different transmitters. He said that they had more than 4000 individual transformer designs on file. QST columnist John Dilks, K2TQN ("Old Radio"), said the closing of the Dahl Company was "sad news for those of us who restore the big iron." Dahl told the ARRL, "I want to thank everyone for their business throughout the years. I have enjoyed making each Amateur Radio transformer."

—Thanks to John Dilks, K2TQN

Source: ARRL

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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.

Public Emergency Notification & Volunteer Alerting

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.

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Firehouse Automation

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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What is an appropriate Christmas greeting?

Happy Holidays?

Season's Greetings?

Here is a humorous but foolish example of an attempt to be “Politically Correct” and not offend anyone:

Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, but with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a religion at all.

One Christian friend recently commented, in part:

For more than two hundred years, church-folks in the USA have forced Jews and Muslims and other non-believers, by lawsuit and legislation, by financial threat- coercion, and even by gunpoint and lynch law, to pay lip-service to certain behavior, much of it seasonal.

It is a very unfortunate error, when someone who thinks they are defending their faith, actually offends others and drives them away. The “Politically Incorrect Christmas Poem” that appeared here last week — and was then removed — even though well-intentioned, contained some language that might have been taken the wrong way by some non-Christians. It was a little too much “In your face.”

Clearly, “Christians” wearing KKK hoods and lynching African-Americans were no more true Christians than Muslim terrorists-bombers are true Muslims today. Unfortunately all of our religions have things in their pasts to be ashamed of — like the inquisition or the crusades for example.

And what about the popular idea about faith: ”It doesn't make any difference what you believe — just sincerely believe in something.” No — I can't accept that. I think this idea confuses make believe with believe. All roads don't lead to the same place.

So what's the point? The point is that there is nothing wrong with wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Christmas is one of the world's major holidays. I have always received Christmas greetings from people of other faiths and from people with no particular faith as well. So as a Christian, when I wish someone a Merry Christmas, I am not trying force my religion on them, and I don't believe that most people feel that way. On the other hand, I am not ashamed of being a Christian either. I would feel like a total coward if I was so afraid of offending some atheist that I couldn't say “Merry Christmas” anymore.

Besides the atheists and non-religious people have Santa Claus and Christmas Trees. Neither one really has very much to do with the Christian religion.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and these are mine.

Merry Christmas to all.

Brad Dye
Editor, The Wireless Messaging Newsletter


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