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Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,
It was four degrees below zero (º F.) here in central Illinois this morning. We had over a foot of snow this past week — that is a lot for this part of the country. We just paid $50 to have our driveway plowed. The drifts were three feet deep in places.
Last week, in response to my request for comments, Ron Mercer submitted an article about the adoption of ReFLEX technology by the public safety community. As he promised, this week he has written a follow-up commentary (Part 2).
Just received in time for this week's edition — Vince Kelly, USA Mobility's President & CEO, sent me their comments on Ron Mercer's first article (Part 1).
I applaud both of these gentlemen for bringing this important debate into our newsletter. Some of their points have been made previously in various FCC filings, but finding them on the FCC web site is tedious. I strongly believe that a public debate of this nature is a very healthy part of our democratic way of life — as long as it remains cordial of course.
Vince Kelly and Ron Mercer are both good people and both professionals. I am pleased that they have taken "the high road" in this discourse. I hope that others will join in this discussion of the pros and cons of private vs. public paging systems for use by first responder groups in contending with major disasters. An earnest and intelligent dialogue on this topic is vital to our future.
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— Part 2 —
By Ron Mercer
This follow-up commentary suggests approaches to improve the possibility that public safety agencies will decide on ReFLEX systems, be they public or private, in fulfillment of the communications needs of their constituents.
2) Review of Previous Article:
On the other hand, many public safety decision makers recognize that public systems offer a number of advantages that could be difficult or impossible to provide on private systems:
In addition to the above factors, which tend to be quite objective, many decision makers within public safety have voiced more subjective concerns such as:
3) Strategies To Promote ReFLEX In Public Safety Applications:
The following suggestions are offered in the hope that they can stimulate discussion that, in turn, can germinate alternative proposals:
USA Mobility's Comments
February 15, 2007
Ron Mercer’s article in last week’s edition of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter (“The Choice of Private vs. Public ReFLEX Systems by the Public Safety Community”) may have created some mistaken impressions. The article made important points about the value of two-way paging to homeland security and first responder organizations. However, it also made a number of faulty comparisons of the quality, reliability, and cost of paging services provided by established commercial operators and by stand-alone “private” systems that might be constructed for individual public safety agencies.
The truth is that a paging system built from scratch is unlikely to deliver service equivalent in quality to that of a well-financed, existing system. Commercial paging carriers offer network infrastructure which allows for delivery of critical messages in most population centers without building new facilities. USA Mobility’s nationwide two-way network reaches over 80% of the country’s population, and where we have gaps in coverage, we customize our service by adding transmitters to ensure that we meet our customers’ needs.
We have a large workforce made up of skilled and seasoned personnel, including technicians at our network operations centers and repair workers stationed around the country. Our many system hubs feature redundant facilities to ensure our performance, and our Network Operations Centers monitor all aspects of our systems around the clock. We have considerable experience working with first responders, medical personnel, and government officials, as healthcare and government customers together make up a majority of our direct customer base.
Our network uses satellite distribution to ensure that messages are delivered when terrestrial systems are impaired; few public safety agencies have access to satellite services through existing state or municipal facilities. Our customers benefit from the national scale of our network, which allows interoperability with federal, state, and regional governments and other first responder groups in contending with major disasters. The other “attractive aspects of private systems” listed in the article’s table can be provided easily using commercially available means.
Commercial operators have the necessary infrastructure to serve the public safety community today. The best of these operators have proven track records that no start-up can possess. Individual public safety agencies cannot readily duplicate the human capital possessed by established paging carriers. Organizations that rely on private paging systems lacking the resources of the commercial carriers risk suffering inadequate performance during emergencies.
Building a new paging system is expensive. Spending excessively on taxpayer-financed systems that cannot deliver the quality of service offered by qualified commercial providers is a poor choice. Local public safety officials owe it to the communities they serve to examine all the facts before deciding whether to rely on the established paging carriers or to build a private paging system.
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Financing to Fuel Awareness Efforts on Benefits of Software as an Appliance (SaaA)
RIDGELAND, Miss., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Bomgar™ Corporation (formerly NetworkStreaming), the only provider of appliance-based remote support software, announced it has closed $5 million in series B funding. Investors included Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and GulfSouth Capital— both of which participated in the previous round. This investment brings the total capital backing of Bomgar to $12 million.
This infusion of financing will fuel the company's sales and marketing initiatives, allowing the company to educate the market on the benefits of Software as an Appliance (SaaA) and to adjust its branding as Bomgar™ Corporation to set itself apart from competitive remote support vendors selling software via the Application Service Provider (ASP) model.
"Bomgar™ has taken a fresh approach to the remote control support market, offering an appliance solution to a previously ASP-saturated market," said John Palmer, owner of GulfSouth Capital and founder of SkyTel, which was bought by MCI WorldCom in 1999. "Bomgar's™ product also addresses the real needs for today's enterprises — security, productivity and scalability — making Bomgar™ a very compelling investment."
Bomgar™ also expects to use the financing to further develop and enhance its product line, the Bomgar Box™ (formerly SupportDesk™), including the introduction of the newest product in the suite, the Bomgar Box 100™. The B100™, also announced today, is the smallest, lightest, and most affordable product in the suite and is targeted toward the individual IT support and repair consultant. It is designed to be a head-to-head alternative to service-based offerings. See release: "Bomgar Corporation Announces the B100™, its ASP-alternative Remote Support Tool" - http://www.bomgar.com/press/021207.htm
The changing needs of the enterprise have spurred the trend for software that can be easily installed, readily scaled for growth, and compliant with the latest governance standards. Based on the Software-as-an-Appliance (SaaA) model, the Bomgar Box™ is the gold standard for remote support technology that enables support reps to access any PC or Mac computer, anywhere in the world, through a secure web interface, connecting through firewalls in seconds. This appliance-based approach also allows organizations to keep the product and record of helpdesk sessions stored within the company's walls, alleviating liability concerns.
About Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company
Since its inception in 1947, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company has experienced tremendous growth, both in the extent of areas serviced and in the types of coverage provided. Currently, Southern Farm offers insurance in eleven southern states. The company has also expanded to provide not only life insurance but also disability insurance, long term care, and annuities. No longer serving only farm-related families, Southern Farm is one of the top 100 insurance companies in the United States.
About GulfSouth Capital
GulfSouth Capital, Inc., is an investment management company based in Jackson, Miss. Ambassador John N. Palmer is the Chairman of the Board and sole owner of GulfSouth Capital, Inc.
Ambassador Palmer has been an entrepreneur, telecommunications pioneer, and community leader. He began his career in telecommunications with the purchase of a local radio common carrier in 1965. By 1973, he had developed more than nine regional paging companies throughout the South. That year, he formed Mobile Communications Corporation of America (MCCA). During his 16- year tenure as Chairman and President, MCCA grew to become a significant force in the cellular telephone business.
In 1989, Ambassador Palmer sold MCCA to BellSouth but retained certain businesses that became SkyTel Communications. These operations included SkyTel's domestic one-way paging and advanced messaging system and Latin American paging services. SkyTel became a leader in advanced wireless messaging and deployed the first nationwide two-way wireless messaging network. Ambassador Palmer served as Chairman of SkyTel until its sale to MCI WorldCom in 1999.
About Bomgar™ Corporation
Based in Ridgeland, Miss., Bomgar™ Corporation (formerly NetworkStreaming) specializes in appliance-based solutions for remote control support. Bomgar™ allows companies to connect to remote clients and co- workers via the Internet anywhere in the world, in less than 10 seconds. The company is the only provider in the industry offering an appliance-based solution, providing companies with an unparalleled level of security and the ability to scale efficiently. Backed by venture capital, Bomgar™ has grown steadily since its inception in 2003, securing more than 2,500 customers in all 50 states in the US and 33 countries, in addition to resellers in Canada, South Africa and the U.K.
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POSTED: 1:00 pm EST February 12, 2007
WINTER PARK, Fla. — As the bad weather approaches Central Florida, leaders across the state are gathering this week to discuss ways to warn people about approaching severe weather.
At Orange County's Emergency Operation Center, leaders announced a new alert system for the county's residents on Monday, WESH 2 News reported.
By signing up on OCAlert.net, people can receive severe weather alerts on their cell phones, pagers or computers.
"If we can awaken people up, if we can turn that bed upside down and say, 'Go turn your TV on and get your radio on,' we think that we've done our part in the alert job," said Orange County Fire Chief Carl Plaugher. "And that's the part that we think we might be missing, (that) we want to enhance with your all's help."
Officials said alerting people in the middle of the night about bad weather is their biggest challenge.
Public Safety Director Jerry Demings asked the weather experts how much time citizens have to prepare when a tornado warning is issued.
"It would seem that these high-risk individuals should probably take action based on the watch," one expert said.
However, they acknowledged that people in vulnerable areas are not likely to take action as soon as a watch is issued. If they are asleep, it's impossible for them to prepare, officials said.
"What we're designing now is something that would basically build on this OC Alert as we move forward -- the ability to let people know early morning what to do, what reasonably to expect to happen as daylight approaches," said Rick Harris of Orange County Schools. "We've also ordered nearly 300 weather radios."
Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty said officials need to remain vigilant during severe weather season.
"Whether it's an alert system or reverse 911, text messages, even sirens, somebody has to make the decision to push the button to implement that system, so that's why we need to stay on top of the weather conditions that are out there. Some have a lot more warning time than others," Crotty said.
Crotty said he thinks if any sirens at all are installed it will happen in the county's more rural areas rather than in the cities.
Residents across Central Florida can sign up for free weather alerts for their home county on WESH.com's severe weather page. When the National Weather Service issues a watch or warning, we will send an alert to your e-mail address, cell phone or pager.
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Senate Commerce Panel Is Not Overwhelmed By Cyren Call’s Plan To Give 700 MHz Spectrum To Public Safety
At last Thursday’s hearing on public safety communications, the Senate Commerce Committee appeared to give a less than enthusiastic reception to Cyren Call Communications Corp.’s proposal to reallocate 30 MHz of commercial spectrum in the 747-762 MHz and 777- 792 MHz bands (i.e., most of TV channels 60-62 and 65-67 in the “Upper 700 MHz band”) and assign that spectrum without auction to a single licensee for deployment Call plan—U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has promised to introduce legislation backing the proposal— did not even attend the hearing. That left Cyren Call Chairman Morgen O’Brien to defend a controversial plan that has pitted the commercial and public safety wireless industries against one another. Nonetheless, the Cyren Call plan poses a threat to efforts by small businesses and rural telephone companies to gain a reasonable chance to bid on additional 700 MHz spectrum in the upcoming auction, and should be opposed by our affected clients at the FCC. After all, Morgan O’Brien took a similar long shot in the 1980s and created Nextel.
Under O’Brien’s vision, there would be a “concept of a governmental/commercial shared 30 MHz broadband network at 700 MHz, the license for which would be held by a Public Safety Broadband Trust (PSBT).” The PSBT would consist of representatives of a broad variety of local, state and federal governmental entities and organizations. Excess capacity on the 30 MHz would be leased to commercial carriers for entirely commercial service in exchange for building, maintaining, operating and upgrading the network in accordance with specifications established by the PSBT.
The PSBT proposal contemplates that public safety entities would pay for their own subscriber equipment and for system access. However, they would avoid the infrastructure costs that require extraordinary bond or other taxpayer measures, measures that take years to effectuate and, at best, provide individual organizations with equipment that already may be outdated by the time it is deployed, and which then cannot be upgraded for years or decades without additional taxpayer funding, according to O’Brien.
Instead, he believes the PSBT approach would mirror the commercial approach to network upgrades; public safety technology would be refreshed routinely in accordance with the demands of the consumer marketplace, although always consistent with the PSBT specifications as well. Public safety, he believes, also would enjoy the cost economies of subscriber devices produced in volume for the broader consumer market, economies that continue to drive down the cost of cell phones and other wireless products. It is not clear how the public safety upgrades would be funded.
While Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) remained mostly silent, Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) said he was opposed to the idea of tampering with a 2006 law making 24 megahertz of the 700 MHz band available to public safety and authorizing grants for public-safety interoperability ($1 billion), enhanced 911 ($43.5 million) and emergency alert and tsunami warning systems ($156 million). The benchmarks are predicated on anticipated receipts from spectrum set for auction by the FCC later this year. Congress ordered TV broadcasters to return the 700 MHz spectrum in February 2009 as part of their transition to digital technology. But the Cyren Call proposal would cap the sale of the 30 MHz of the Upper 700 MHz band at $5 billion.
Stevens wondered if the PBST wouldn't be the same as creating another FCC. O’Brien replied that the trust would reimburse the U.S. Treasury $5 billion from revenues of wireless carriers that operate the national network and federal loan guarantees similar to those made available to the airline, energy, and auto sectors. “It’s a hard concept for me to get my arms around,” said Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
Senator John Sununu (R-N.H.) asked whether public safety agencies are making the most efficient use of existing spectrum and whether they will make the most of additional radio channels coming their way.
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) referred to testimony from David Billstrom of National Interop Inc., who said the interoperability problem can be fixed with the same Internet protocol radio technology used by the military during the past four years.
O’Brien told lawmakers improving interoperability is only a byproduct of a broader solution designed to support streaming video and other data-intensive public-safety applications.
Steve Largent, president of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), said that his organization, in cooperation with the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Program, will host a two-day joint experts meeting in the nation’s capital the week of April 9, to brainstorm on possible industry-aided solutions to public safety’s interoperability and broadband operational deficits. Largent said the meeting, underwritten by CTIA, would be led by industry veteran and former spectrum policy-maker Dale Hatfield.
“This [lack of public-safety broadband capability] is not going to be solved by a seminar run by Dale Hatfield or Albert Einstein.” O’Brien said.
O’Brien and public-safety leaders tried to convey a sense of urgency on the need for more spectrum. Without legislation taking this out of the auction and allocating it for the public safety trust, this one-time opportunity will be lost forever,” said Charles Werner, chief of the Charlottesville, Va., Fire Department and a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
“I believe Congress has an extraordinary time-sensitive opportunity,” said Harlin McEwen, chairman of the communications and technology committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “Approval of the public safety broadband trust and the public sector private sector partnership will catapult public safety to its rightful place in the forefront of communications capability, while at the same time delivering broadband service to communities that continue to be bypassed by the commercial telecommunications revolution.”
At the same time, a coalition of wireless and high-tech groups urged the Senate Commerce Committee to keep intact the legislative framework for giving public-safety additional radio frequencies and rolling out digital TV.
“This proposal should alarm lawmakers as it is in conflict with the DTV Act and other statutes enacted by Congress,” said the High Tech DTV Coalition in a letter to Inouye and Stevens. “By not auctioning the commercial spectrum that will generate monies used to fund the DTV transition, Cyren Call would derail the entire transition process. In so doing, it would place at risk public-safety’s ability to obtain access to the 24 megahertz that it so desperately needs for interoperability.”
The FCC, which rejected the Cyren Call plan in November, has proposed designating for broadband use half of the 24 megahertz already allocated to first responders. That is, in WT Docket No. 96-86, it has proposed a nationwide public safety system in the 700 MHz band (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, January 3 and 10). Specifically, it has proposed allocating 12 MHz of the 700 MHz public safety spectrum from wideband to broadband use, assigning it to a single licensee to operate on a secondary basis, and permitting the licensee to provide unconditionally preemptible access to its assigned spectrum to commercial service providers on a secondary basis. Comments in this WT Docket No. 96-86 proceeding are due February 26, and replies are due March 12.
The FCC has placed the Cyren Call RM-11348 petition on public notice. Oppositions to the petition will be due 15 days from the date of publication of the notice in the Federal Register. Replies to oppositions will be due 10 days thereafter. As we noted last week, our clients will want to participate in this proceeding because of the potential adverse effect that the Cyren Call proposal may have on small licensing areas in the upcoming 700 MHz auction.
Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP
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Time Warner Cable (TWC) has added cellular phone service to its product portfolio in Raleigh, N.C., , in what is reported to be the first in a nationwide rollout. The cellular service is being provided by partner Sprint Nextel.
Called Mobile Access Powered by Sprint, the new service is available immediately and lets Raleigh-area customers subscribe to cable TV, digital phone service, broadband Internet and wireless phone service all with TWC. Sprint will supply is wireless network and selection of mobile phones, but all the paperwork and contracts will be handled by TWC.
Part of the package, which starts at $15, includes free mobile-to-home and home-to-mobile minutes for customers who have both the cellular service and Time Warner Digital Phone. The two services will have an integrated voicemail box.
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Arlington OEM Deputizes Ham Radio Group to Assist with Emergency Communications
Public-private partnership is first-of-kind in Northern Virginia
ARLINGTON, VA — Twenty-five volunteers have graduated from a year-long course of weekly radio communications exercises and stand ready to assist Arlington County Government with crisis communications and response.
The local Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers have received their RACES certificates of graduation from Arlington's Office of Emergency Management. The certificates qualify them to help in emergency situations such as weather catastrophes and terrorist attacks.
Each graduate passed a County-authorized character/background check, attended emergency communications classes developed specifically for Arlington County volunteers and participated in regular weekly radio communications exercises managed by the OEM Emergency Support Function team. After more than fifty weeks of exercises, the group has achieved the first level of competence required. Additional training and exercises are required to maintain active Arlington RACES affiliation.
Arlington’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) initiated the program as an all-volunteer auxiliary communications service to support the government’s need for public safety radio communications during emergencies, in case the County’s public safety radio communications system is damaged or inoperative.
This program, Northern Virginia’s first and only government OEM-led radio amateur volunteer group, serves as a model of public-private emergency communications cooperation. Eleven other local government jurisdictions across the nation, including Delaware; Georgia; Illinois; Maryland; New Jersey; Tennessee and South Carolina have requested RACES training materials.
Amateur radio, often called “ham radio,” has consistently been the most reliable means of communications in emergencies when other systems failed or were overloaded. Ham radio operators are skilled at quickly setting up communications systems and establishing networks during major emergencies. During the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, ham radio played an important role with disaster relief when other systems failed.
The Official Date and Time of this Release is: 02/15/2007 4:00:00 PM
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As a follow up to my e-mail a few weeks back, below is a little more detail on a position that Space Data is looking to fill. If any of your readers are interested, or know of such an individual please contact Paul Reeder at the contact information posted below.
Space Data has a open position for a C++ programmer with experience working on the lower protocol layers in digital wireless protocols, preferably ReFLEX. CORBA experience is valuable. Experience with POSIX, MySQL and networking would be helpful.
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