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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,
Of course I am very biased. Heartland Communications is an Illinois paging company. They are faithful supporters of this newsletter through advertising. They have even made use of my consulting services. They are heavily involved in telemetry over paging (with an electric utility company), which I think is way cool. They buy and sell paging infrastructure equipment. They repair and sell pagers.
I know Heartland's president Lowell Todd, and their operations manager Rick Van Dyne—both nice guys. I haven't visited their company headquarters in Crystal Lake, Illinois — but I wouldn't be surprised if they have a lemonade stand out in front of their office and a lawn mowing business in the back. All the things they are doing are amazing and should be taken as an example by the rest of the paging and wireless messaging industry. LET'S DIVERSIFY!
Congratulations Heartland Communications — keep up the good work!
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
CRYSTAL LAKE – It happens. You’re hooked up to the wireless Internet, about to hit “send” on that e-mail when - ah, man - the connection is lost.
Well, not for much longer.
Crystal Lake officials have reached an agreement with the Crystal Lake-based technology firm Heartland Communications to build a citywide wireless fidelity, or WiFi, network.
The network, which already is under construction, will be built by installing wireless antennas on city buildings and structures, Heartland President Lowell Todd said.
The company will pay for the construction of the network and, in exchange for the use of city facilities, Crystal Lake will get free wireless service and 5 percent of gross revenues.
Residents can subscribe to the citywide network for $24.95 a month.
The agreement has Mayor Aaron Shepley enthused.
“What a tremendous thing for the city,” he said.
“My understanding is we’re going to be the first city around that has this capacity,” he said.
“I really do think this will be the start of a very drastic and positive change in the way people access technology in our community.”
Aurora is in the throes of building its own city-wide wireless network. The system, which will be offered free of charge to residents, was designed to cover what Aurora’s technology consultant Tony Hylton called a technology gap.
"We wanted to fulfill certain social obligations, including to ensure that we closed the digital divide and to ensure that our lower socio-economic communities had access to technology," Hylton said.
Crystal Lake will have Heartland’s first municipal WiFi network, Todd said. The first phases of the project, which will surround the city’s downtown area, are expected to be completed and ready for business this summer. The network is required to be 80 percent built within 18 months.
Wireless networks send data from place to place via radio waves, essentially allowing connection to Internet networks. Todd said it functioned at the same speed as a wired high-speed network.
“There are a lot of products that are sold WiFi capable,” Todd said. “Just about everything you buy from Best Buy and Circuit City comes WiFi enabled.”
Deputy City Manager George Koczwara said the agreement gave Crystal Lake a leading role in technology development. The concept is being discussed in many municipalities, he said.
WiFi users in Crystal Lake can go to free “hot spots,” like Panera Bread on Route 14, or have access to a private network.
Paul Anderson does both.
“My first thought is, although that price is relatively inexpensive, I wouldn't [subscribe to] it,” Anderson said when told about the new network.
As he spoke, he sat in Panera Bread, working on his WiFi-enabled laptop computer.
For Anderson, a subscription to the new network would be redundant.
“I've got my home, I've got places like this, I've got my office,” he said. “Part of the reason I’m here (in Panera) is for .... more pleasant scenery.”
But fellow Panera customer Adriana Czerwiec said the new network would be a good thing.
The Arlington Heights resident commutes to Crystal Lake to attend nursing school and stops in Panera to use the WiFi network a couple of times each week.
“If I were a resident, that would be something I would be interested in,” she said of the WiFi system. “There’s a convenience factor.”
Source: Northwest Herald McHenry County, Illinois
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Hit Me on My Pager, Now and Forever
By Brendan I. Koerner
Among my myriad faults as a writer, one of the biggies is my tendency to make sweeping statements that, upon further reflection, probably deserved a few qualifiers. I was about to make the same mistake with this week's column; thank the Lord that I was struck with a terrible cold, and as a result ingested some pseudoephedrine-laced medicine that helped refocus my mind. So instead of foolishly declaring that the continued popularity of the one-way, numeric pager is entirely inexplicable, I will now argue that the continued popularity of the one-way, numeric pager proves that you can't keep a good low-end product down.
I'm not talking here about those fancy Nextel two-ways, of the sort favored by teenagers whose high schools ban cellphones. Nor do I mean the broad-screened alphanumeric one-way of the mid-to-late 1990s, which laid the groundwork for the world's acceptance of SMS. The topic here is the humble "beeper," the boxy little gizmo bolted to many a hip during the Reagan years, and capable of nothing grander than displaying 10 to 12 digits worth of information. This is the gadget that Low End Theory demi-gods A Tribe Called Quest once glorified with the immortal rhetorical question: "Do you know the importance of a Skypager?" And it's a gadget that continues to sell in the era of the cheap Razr, for a trio of reasons that will be revealed after the jump. PLUS: An expert reader provides a quickie lesson on Spartan politics!
The most obvious reason that the beeper persists, and the reason that most endears it to Low End Theory, is price: most any strip-mall wireless hut will toss in a free Motorola Bravo LX ("designed to meet the needs of the active professional") when you sign up for network activation. Heck, they probably won't even do a credit check, given that your monthly bill will doubtless top out at $10. So consumers cursed with particularly virulent strains of Short-Arms-Deep-Pockets Syndrome (SADPS), or those who got in
But you're not only reachable on the street. You're also reachable in the bowels of your office building, or in that one weird nook in your apartment where Sprint PCS seems to flicker out. (Quick complaint from a onetime Sprint PCS customer: How can I be roaming in my own kitchen?) The fact of the matter is that many paging protocols tend to be more reliable than commercial cell coverage, and so they're pretty handy for folks in mission-critical positions. This surely isn't news to Gizmodo's vast audience of IT professionals, many of whom never abandoned the old-fashioned beeper (albeit only if their bosses were too cheap to upgrade to alphanumerics).
Then, as fans of the first season of The Wire know all-too-well, there's the anonymity factor. Because of the aforementioned ease with which a beeper and its attendant service can be purchased, you can make it so that your personal info isn't connected to the beeper number—just pay in cash at your local cell hut, and you're good to go. No monthly roster of incoming numbers is kept, and there's not much threat of letting sensitive information slip on a one-line LCD screen. Hence pagers are a prime example of how the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle tangentially applies to information security: the more sophisticated equipment comes, the more it can be exploited by eavesdroppers and other undesirables. Bug? Feature? All that's moot with the humble ol' beeper.
I know I promised just three reasons, and that you're probably well bored by now. But let me throw one more out there, on the aesthetic vibe: the time to exploit the ironic retroness of the 1980s beeper has finally come, what with the impending release of the Miami Vice movie. You will totally be the life of the party if you stroll in somewhere with a cherry-colored Motorola LS550 strapped to your hip, believe me. Plus, if you rock it long enough, you can start swapping in this nifty pager cam from time to time—the perfect accessory for anyone whose perversion of choice is grainy belt shots. As Tribe so eloquently put it back in the day, "The 's' in Skypage really stands for sex."
SPARTA WINS: Apologies for the relative brevity of this week's column but, as mentioned in the first graf, I'm dealing with a monster cold at the moment—feel like I've been operating underwater for the past 36 hours. So no low-end wrap-up in this space, just a quick classics lesson in reference to last week's Quasar column. Towards the end, I noted that "only ancient Sparta had a higher ratio of soldiers to citizens" than the Alamo city.
A Low End Theory reader with a degree in ancient history—we're not all mech-eng nerds, yo—wrote in with a fascinating tidbit. Turns out that San Antonio really loses out on the citizen-to-soldiers sweepstakes, since the ratio in Sparta was 1:1; only fighting men could be full-fledged citizens. If you weren't willing to bludgeon an Athenian once in a while, you were either a serf/slave or a woman. Yes, I realize that this system doesn't exactly jibe with our current notions of individual liberty. Don't shoot the messenger. (Thanks, Ben)
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Crystal Lake has struck a deal with Heartland Communications that will give city residents more options in selecting an Internet provider.
Heartland is building a citywide wireless fidelity, or WiFi, network. Crystal Lake residents will be able to subscribe to the service. The monthly cost will be $24.95. In exchange for the use of city facilities, city government gets free wireless service and 5 percent of gross revenues.
The agreement does not cost taxpayers anything. The company will pay for the construction of the network. And it provides city residents with another option in acquiring access to the Internet. Competition is good for consumers. It’s good to see Crystal Lake making decisions that encourage such competition. The agreement that Crystal Lake has with Heartland is non-exclusive.
The agreement calls for the Heartland network to be 80 percent completed in about 18 months. The deal does not provide free access anywhere for residents, except for at the Crystal Lake library.
There already is some wireless service available in Crystal Lake. But this project will provide the option of wireless Internet citywide. Providing access to such technology can only benefit Crystal Lake.
Some municipalities – such as Aurora – have cut deals with WiFi providers that allow residents to have free access. However, those deals include pop-up advertising. Usually there is an option allowing residents to pay a fee if they want to avoid pop-up advertising. There is some question whether such arrangements are, in the long-term, economically viable. And such advertising can be obnoxious.
Also, whether any tax dollars should be spent to provide Internet access is questionable. Some consider Internet access as important, necessary infrastructure. Others see it as a luxury.
We like Crystal Lake’s approach. No tax dollars are being spent, but the city is working with a company to get the infrastructure into town. Once that happens, the market will determine what happens.
Source: Northwest Herald McHenry County, Illinois
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NEW YORK - Continuing a decades-long relationship with New York City, Verizon Business has begun work on implementing a new Enhanced 911 system designed to provide the city's police, fire and emergency medical personnel with state-of-the-art technology to help them locate and communicate with 911 callers. Verizon Business will provide the new system under a seven-year contract valued at as much as $195 million.
(Media-Newswire.com) - NEW YORK - Continuing a decades-long relationship with New York City, Verizon Business has begun work on implementing a new Enhanced 911 system designed to provide the city's police, fire and emergency medical personnel with state-of-the-art technology to help them locate and communicate with 911 callers.
Verizon Business will provide the new system under a seven-year contract valued at as much as $195 million. The agreement with the city has an option for two two-year extensions, including upgrades in network and equipment technology to ensure that the system remains state of the art. A key feature will enable New York City's Police Department ( NYPD ) and Fire Department ( FDNY ), and the FDNY's Emergency Medical Services division for the first time to share redundant, dual-dedicated switches to receive and process E-911 calls
"Building on our experience in providing mission-critical communications services, Verizon Business is committed to assisting the city in protecting and serving the residents and visitors of the Big Apple,'' said Alex Coleman, group president for Verizon Business' government and education organization. "Once the city migrates to the new system, New Yorkers will know that their call for help will be handled by one of the most sophisticated, resilient and reliable E-911 systems available today."
Verizon Business is overseeing implementation of a turnkey, fully managed E-911 service for the city that includes a new fiber-optic network, dedicated switches, routers, Centrex voice services and Ethernet Private Line data network services. Once the new system is operational, Verizon Business will provide network monitoring and technical support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Implementation of the first phase of the new E-911 system has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. All operations are currently planned to be migrated to the new system in 2008.
Verizon Business, with its predecessor companies, has provided 911 network services to New York City since 1968.
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WiFi network could boost small businesses
Sunday, May 20, 2007
CRYSTAL LAKE – Laptop-toting customers long have headed to outposts of Panera Bread, Starbucks and Caribou Coffee for Internet access in Crystal Lake while they sip cups of gourmet coffee.
But independent business owners, such as Lisa Ludvigsen, who opened Evolve boutique on Williams Street in September, are hoping they also soon may be able to offer wireless access to their customers.
Evolve sells artisan creations from around the world, spiritual books, crystals and stones, and is meant to be a place that brings people together.
She hopes to turn space at the back of the boutique into a gathering area, and if gatherers could log on, “that would be very cool,” Ludvigsen said.
When Heartland Communications completes installation of a planned citywide wireless Internet network, Crystal Lake residents will be able to Web surf at home or in the park for $24.95 a month. But the company still is hammering out details of how business owners could allow their customers to access the network.
Heartland President Lowell Todd said the company, which plans to complete 80 percent of the network in the next 18 months, was considering several plans for local businesses.
Rates based on bandwidth
Todd said the company envisioned multiple business “classes.”
Some businesses might not want to participate at all, while others may want only to install repeaters – relay stations that strengthen the WiFi signal – that would enable subscribing customers to log on.
Businesses that want to subscribe to the service themselves would be able to allow “roamers” or subscribing customers to log on, while others may pay to allow customers to log on for free.
“We’re just looking to establish those pricing tiers,” Todd said, noting that prices would reflect the amount of bandwidth a company was likely to use.
The network might not be the right choice for very large businesses, Todd said.
Employees from Crystal Lake-based Heartland already are beginning construction on the network.
The company is paying to install the system’s infrastructure on the city’s light poles and buildings. City officials will, in return, get free access to the network and 5 percent of gross revenues.
Leslie Fraser, an employee at Crystal Lake’s Two A “T” cafe, said the cafe has looked into wireless in the past, but never made the investment.
“For people to be able to do that here should be great,” Fraser said.
Network competitors unfazed
Heartland will compete for customers with existing providers such as Comcast, AT&T and a variety of independent service providers.
The WiFi network’s speed would reach up to 1.5 megabytes per second, compared to the 6 megabytes offered by regular Comcast Internet.
Comcast is the world’s largest cable Internet provider, with 12.1 million mostly residential users.
Because a citywide network is rarely about speed and more about ubiquity of service, “we don’t see it as a competitive threat,” said Rich Ruggiero, Comcast’s vice president of communications and public affairs.
“These sort of fledgling offerings don’t stack up as a true competitor,” Ruggiero said.
Todd said some residents still would need or want the high-speed service, but most are happy to have more options.
“[Comcast] actually has a very fast product,” Todd said. “You pay quite a bit more money for it.”
Kevin Adler, operations manager at CSI Technical Services Inc. in Crystal Lake, said the WiFi network likely would not compete with the Internet provider’s business-to-business services.
“Any business that relies on the Internet for more than just surfing the Web or checking e-mail ... is not going to go with a wireless type solution,” Adler said.
AT&T also has a Metro WiFi division that currently is building citywide networks in St. Louis, and the California cities of Riverside and Napa.
The company “believes strongly in bringing broadband access to as many customers as possible,” spokeswoman Blair Klein said.
The key tenet of citywide networks is outdoor access, whether for patrol cars or public park remote control lighting, Klein said.
AT&T did not market the Metro service in Crystal Lake because the city did not issue a request for proposals, Klein said.
Heartland reached the WiFi agreement after Todd approached the city, making his sales pitch to deputy city manager George Koczwara.
Heartland has an existing contract providing pagers to the city’s police and water departments.
Koczwara said the non-exclusive agreement with Heartland was similar to its contracts with multiple cellular phone companies.
“There’s no cost to the city for this whatsoever,” Koczwara said.
Source: The Business Journal McHenry County, Illinois
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Google’s 700 MHz Auction Plan Looks At Real-Time Auction Model, Per-Device Registration Fees
In an ex parte filing, Google has proposed that the FCC should allow “any spectrum that is unused at a particular place and time to be eligible for secondary uses by any lawful devices.” Google says this can be achieved through a “dynamic auction mechanism, fixed per device registration fees…or on an unlicensed basis.” Google wants the FCC to clarify that the service rules governing the 700 MHz auction bands already allow the use of “dynamic auction techniques, such as real-time auctions and per-device registration fees.”
Google’s filing notes that the current auction method takes money away from infrastructure buildout, requires advance payments that create unnecessary barriers to entry (especially for smaller firms and experimental technologies), and arguably constitutes a tax by removing money from the private sector. Google emphasizes that a solution can be found in dynamic auctions—i.e., real-time airwaves auctions and device-driven registration processes. However, it is not at all clear that such mechanisms will help small bidders so much as it will help companies like Google.
Real-time auction model: Under this scenario, Google says that for each available spectrum band, the licensee could bestow the right to transmit an amount of power for a unit of time, with the total amount of power in any location being limited to a specified cap. This cap would be enforced by measurements made by the communications devices. For channel capacity efficiency reasons, bands should be allocated in as large chunks as possible. The airwaves auction would be managed via the Internet by a central clearinghouse.
Per-device registration fees: As part of a real-time auction process, the communications device itself could become key to the payment process. For example, the consumer’s price to purchase a device could include an airwaves’ registration fee (e.g., $5-$10), which would grant the ability to gain unlimited use at a specified power level. The device could include collision-detection and back-off features (similar to Wi-Fi) to limit congestion.
Either or both of these “dynamic auction mechanisms” would provide more efficient use of spectrum, Google says. It adds that a consumer could purchase an Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled “smart” communications handset at a retail store and as part of that purchase, pay a one-time $10 registration fee to access the pertinent spectrum. In turn, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) may have secured the rights to service that same device via the real-time auction of a licensee’s spectrum holdings. Through the use of marketplace mechanisms, then, a particular slice of spectrum ends up in the hands of the user who values it most at any particular time and place, Google says. It requests that the FCC declare that any successful bidder in the upcoming 700 MHz auction be able to institute such practices.
Google’s Band Plan Proposal: The current band plan for the Lower 700 MHz Band includes an unpaired 6 MHz “E Block” (722-728 MHz) that resides in TV Channel 56. According to Google, this particular block appears to “lack any significant commercial value, due to the limited bandwidth available and it unpaired nature. In order to unlock the long-term commercial potential of the E Block, and create the greatest possible efficient uses, the Commission should designate it as suitable, primarily or exclusively, for the deployment of broadband communications platforms. Specifically, the E Block only should be (1) utilized for interactive, two-way broadband services, (2) connected to the public Internet, and (3) used to support innovative software-based applications, services, and devices.”
According to CNET, the Google proposal will be endorsed this week by one of the consortiums that is planning to bid in the spectrum auction: Frontline Wireless, an investor group founded by former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, with a number of Silicon Valley venture capitalists including the Google investors L. John Doerr and Ram Shriram.
What Is Google Asking the FCC to Do?
It would appear that Google’s talk of “real time auctions” isn't something designed to replace the normal “simultaneous multiple round auction” format to which our clients have grown accustomed. Instead, Google appears to be lifting concepts from the FCC’s “white spaces” proceeding and asking the FCC to clarify that its current 700 MHz rules do not preclude 700 MHz licensees (and not unlicensed users – this is a crucial distinction) from using so called “carrier sense” technologies and “dynamic auction techniques” (i.e., a technology that allows the wireless device to “negotiate” with the available networks for access to the least expensive network, operating protocols, and the most suitable spectrum channels).
This points to an entirely new “device based” model for wireless spectrum management. Some believe it is the future (since it may obviate the need for having licensed spectrum), but wireless carriers will likely disagree. Google’s proposed clarification is almost certainly for the benefit of Frontline, which we must assume wants to operate its Upper 700 MHz E-Block commercial system as a “test bed” for these concepts.
As a second “ask” in Google’s filing, they want the FCC to adopt rules for the Lower 700 MHz E-Block (allocated as 6 MHz EA licenses) indicating that this unpaired spectrum can only be used for (1) interactive two-way broadband services, (2) that are connected to the Internet; and (3) that are used to support software-based applications, services and devices (i.e., Google’s business model).
In this regard, Google’s filing may be seen as a preemptive “shot across the bow” of Qualcomm, which holds the Lower 700 MHz D-Block license nationwide (the other unpaired 6 megahertz channel), and which is using the D-Block spectrum for its proprietary MediaFLO wireless mediacasting network and service. Qualcomm would love to increase the channel capacity of its MediaFLO network, so our clients shouldn't be surprised to see them in there bidding for the Lower 700 MHz E-Block licenses.
While our clients aren't likely to be interested in bidding for unpaired spectrum (which will likely be licensed over 176 EAs), what this means for them is that bidding for CMA licenses could be more heated if the EAs get too expensive for the larger carriers. Might Google bid on the unpaired spectrum.
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This system is ideal for public or private Paging system operators that use multiple transmitters and wish to create new Paging systems or to build out existing systems into new regions. For more information about Zetron's High Speed Simulcast Paging System, the Model 600 and Model 620, go to:
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WHAT DO FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES, WISPS, HAVE IN COMMON?
THEY ALL USE NIGHTHAWK.
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.
Put the innovative technology of Nighthawk to work for you. For more information on any of our products or services, please contact us.
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Verizon Plots iPhone Killer
By Scott Moritz
Just a month before Apple's iPhone is due to juice AT&T's growth, industry watchers say New York-based Verizon has some hand candy of its own to sweeten sales.
"They are working on an answer to the iPhone that is supposed to be pretty good," says one telecom expert who is familiar with Verizon's effort.
Verizon's anti-iPhone is LG's Prada. The Prada, or KE 850, was recently introduced in England and is very similar in appearance to the iPhone.
The Prada is less than a half-inch thick and is dominated by a three-inch touch-screen. The phone has a camera on the back and is designed to be a video and music player.
As the phone's high fashion name would suggest, the Prada was designed with the help of the Italian fashion house and it comes with a suitably high price, selling for more than $600 in the U.K. The iPhone, due to be rolled out next month, is expected to fetch $500.
AT&T's five-year exclusive arrangement with Apple to sell the iPod-inspired iPhone is seen as a potentially big threat to the continued growth at Verizon Wireless.
Verizon and AT&T have ridden solid gains in wireless users to 52-week highs this month. But if the iPhone is a hit, AT&T stands to win many new customers when the phone hits the market, stealing momentum and lucrative users from Verizon.
Verizon can stem some of the defections if it has its own supersleek iPhone imitation.
In reaction to all the iPhone attention AT&T is getting, Verizon COO Denny Strigl told USAToday Tuesday: "We do have a very good response in the mill. You'll see that from us in the late summer."
A Verizon representative played down the notion that the company was banking on the Prada as its answer to the iPhone.
"We have several music devices coming" including the LG Prada, "but there are others," the representative said.
Verizon investors will be hoping one of those phones can beat the iPhone.
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TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode per month), broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage. Members are able to use the satellite for their own use If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you.
TAPS will provide the gateways in Chicago, with Internet backbone and bandwidth on our satellite channel for $ 500.00 (for your system) a month.
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From: "Ron Mercer" <email@example.com>
Date: May 24, 2007 9:11:48 AM CDT
To: "Brad Dye" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: PAGING MUSEUM
HI Brad. Thanks for publishing the “Paging Museum” idea that we discussed several days earlier. I have a number or pagers, some 40 years old, that I can contribute. Stephen Oshinsky has advised that he can contribute a number also. I'm very interested in potential locations for the Museum. (Washington DC, AAPC in North Carolina, etc.)
Any thoughts anybody?
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The PageNet Scrapbook
If you are in a nostalgic mood, you might enjoy reading some old articles in The PageNet Scrapbook. They tell about the house that Chairman George Perrin built on “billionaire's row” in Dallas, and how it burned down before it was finished—an erie parallel to what happened to the world's largest paging company.
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