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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 1, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 296

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

There are some things about business lingo that I just don't understand. One is "EBITDA." On my web page glossary I explain it like this:

EBITDA Operating cash flow: Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. A corporate income statement item that measures a company’s total sales minus such items as operating expenses before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Because many companies such as cellular, paging and PCS carriers often begin operations with huge capital debts, EBITDA is considered by some to be a better gauge of the company's performance than net income, which likely will be skewed negatively by large debt payments and other items. Another view is, that it is a nonsensical way to say how much money a company would be making if it were not losing so much money.

Another one is the "goodwill value" that is placed on a company. For example, this week:

Sprint said it will take a material goodwill impairment charge, which could amount to all of the $31 billion goodwill on its balance sheet. Sprint reviewed the net book value of its wireless unit and found that it exceeds the fair market value of the unit, which basically means that the intangible assets like good customer relations, good employee relations and the strong brand name of Sprint's wireless unit have depreciated. Goodwill also refers to the gap between what a company pays for its acquisitions (Nextel) and what those acquisitions are actually worth. The carrier plans to report the change in its fourth quarter results, but it will not affect its current cash balance or force it to violate any of its debt arrangements. [source]

OK, if they can assign a goodwill value to a business, why can't I do the same? So, I hereby declare that this newsletter has a goodwill value of one billion dollars! Does anyone want to buy it?

Communications Privacy

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There has been LOT more chatter this week about privacy—or lack of— when using wireless messaging. This was prompted by the scandal involving the Mayor of Detroit as reported last week.

I have included several clips from the Internet about privacy and communications. Mostly things that I have found that I thought might be helpful in understanding the interception of other people's messages. Please remember that I have no legal training—I am just passing along information that I found on the Internet. If you want to verify any of this information, I recommend that you talk to a good attorney. I would be glad to recommend one for you. I have clearly cited all of my sources. (I always do.)

One reader asked if Glenayre paging terminals could store messages? To make sure I got the right answer, I gave my friend Vaughan Bowden at Easy Solutions a call since he is an expert on the operation and support of Glenayre terminals.

According to Vaughan, The GL terminal does not routinely store alphanumeric text messages but it is possible to set up a subscriber account with a data mailbox so that the last 25 messages would be saved for later retrieval. For a legal "wire tap" requirement messages could be spooled to a serial port and saved outside of the GL or spooled to an internal disk file.

I was also asked if it was possible to tell where messages originated — like caller ID or call tracing. Well this is something I do know a little about, and while it is technically possible to do so in some situations, it is extremely complicated and depends on many variables such as the type of message, the type of interface coming in to the terminal, and the make and model of the terminal. I remember when I worked at BBL Industries, we supplied a paging terminal to an oil company in Saudi Arabia that retrieved the telephone number of the calling party and then automatically sent it to a numeric display pager, but that was a one-of-a-kind product and it is ancient history now.

Comments, corrections, and additional information on the privacy and/or security of wireless messaging are requested for next week's newsletter.

One other important item was brought to my attention by Mike Candell—it is about a waver granted to Jamestown Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of the GPS-equipment manufacturer Trimble Navigation, for the build-out of a very large (national) paging system. The FCC document contains a lot of fascinating information. It mentions Vytek, Sonik, CalAmp, USA Mobility, and others. I will have additional comments on this in future newsletters, once I have had a chance to study the issues. For now the following clips from FCC DA-08-145 should get your attention:

Jamestown intends to use the subject licenses to provide a precision-based GPS service called RTK GPS, which will include services for the following activities: precision agriculture; mining; construction; surveying; mapping; natural disaster damage assessment and recovery; flood control design and maintenance; hazardous waste site mapping; and highway construction and snowplow routing.

Jamestown also states that it will put underutilized paging spectrum to use in a highly efficient manner by providing consumers with an improved means of obtaining highly precise positioning data more quickly, efficiently and accurately.

Now on to more news and views . . .

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What You Need To Know About Paging and CALEA

A guide for Law Enforcement Agencies

Developed by the Paging Technical Committee of the AAPC

The paging industry is fully compliant with the regulations regarding its responsibilities as a common carrier under Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). Under the law, each licensed paging carrier in the USA is to provide a way to monitor the message content of specified subscribers and deliver that content to an output port for collection by an authorized Law Enforcement Agency (LEA). We, as responsible members of this industry, have complied with the requirements of the law and are ready to assist the LEA in their execution of a lawful court order for intercepted message content.

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A lawful court order must be provided to the carrier

To comply with the law the paging carrier requires a copy of a lawful court order under which it will act.

Depending on the type of pager involved, the LEA will receive the intercepted data “off-the-air” or via the Internet. The necessary equipment must be provided by the LEA as the paging carrier’s responsibility is to deliver it to a port, not collect the intercepted message content. Most carriers do not have the ability to retain message traffic.

What is needed:

Court order

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The LEA provides the collection equipment

In most jurisdictions a court order authorizing the interception is required. This is presented to the Security Officer of the paging carrier who will arrange the provision of the needed data. The order must specify the start and end date of the surveillance period. Many paging carriers will automatically stop the data at the prescribed end of the order period. If you get an extension, you must present the modified order to the paging carrier to keep the data flowing.

1-way pagers

For 1-way pagers, numeric or alphanumeric, the CALEA Standards call for interception “off-the-air” either using a pager programmed to the same frequency and capcode of the targeted pager (Clone) or with the use of an interception system. In either case, it will be necessary to obtain the frequency and capcode information of the targeted pager from the paging carrier, or via other means.

2-way pagers

It is not practical to intercept 2-way pagers “off-the-air” because the signals that they send into the network are very weak and very short. You would have to be close to the pager to receive information. The best place to intercept 2-way signals is at the paging company switch. The carriers supporting 2-way paging have installed a A lawful court order must be provided to the carrier The LEA provides the collection equipment Paging and CALEA CALEA AMI delivery system to send the required data to the LEA. This is done via an SSL (encrypted) connection over the Internet.

The data is sent from the paging carrier to the LEA each time the targeted pager receives or sends a message. It is the responsibility of the LEA to have a CALEA AMI Server on-line and ready to receive the intercepted data. The paging carrier does not store any intercepted message data.

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Info is delivered via the Internet

In addition to message content the AMI format can deliver source, destination, time, message serial number and in some systems, approximate location of the pager. Not all paging carriers can provide the same information. However, the data available in the case of a 2-way pager is significantly more than what you might get from a 1-way intercept. It is also possible, with some carriers, to intercept the content of Voicemail and FAX messages sent to the targeted subscriber. The CALEA AMI system is designed to handle each of these types of content if they are available from the paging carrier’s switch.

This information applies only to paging carriers who offer true paging services. RIM, Mobitex and Motient are data services and are not subject to CALEA compliance at this time. SMS is a Cellular/PCS service subject to CALEA intercept via their respective carriers.


Glossary of Paging Terms

AMI Format: (Advanced Messaging Interface) A format used to send CALEA intercept data from the paging carrier to the LEA AMI Server.
AMI Server: A computer used by the LEA to receive AMI messages from the paging carrier.
CAPCODE: The digital address assigned to the pager.
FORMAT: The over-the-air protocol used by the digital pager. Examples are: FLEX™, POCSAG, Golay, ReFLEX™.
SSL: (Secure Socket Layer) A form of 128 bit encryption used over the Internet to protect data moving between two computers.

Source: PTC/AAPC


From: Ron Mercer
Subject: CALEA
Date: January 31, 2008 8:00:43 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Brad:

Thank you for bringing the question regarding the privacy of information transmitted over radio common carrier radio (RCC) paging networks to my attention.

As you know, in 1994 the Congress of the United States enacted a law that enabled the government, pursuant to a court order or other lawful authorization, to intercept all wire and electronic communications carried by any common carrier such as radio paging service providers (RCCs).

he radio paging industry, through the then active Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA), responded to that law by establishing a 30 member committee within the Paging Technical Committee (PTC) which was assigned the responsibility of creating a set of standards that, when implemented, would make a paging carrier compliant with the CALEA law.

Along with Rob Lockhart of Motorola and Stephen Oshinsky of Skytel, I was privileged to be a co-author of that set of standards.

The PTC Committee decided to develop a Suite of standards in three parts:

1) A standard for traditional one-way paging

2) A standard for Advanced Messaging (generally two-way paging)

3) A standard for Ancillary Services

For traditional paging (Standard 1), PTC’s CALEA Standards call for “off-the-air” monitoring using either:

  • “Clone” pagers (monitor pagers fitted to operate on the same radio frequency and use the same capcode as the targeted pager)
  • A Radio intercept System

For Advanced Messaging (two-way paging) and Ancillary Services (standards 2 and 3), the PTC Standard calls for carriers to install a dedicated CALEA AMI delivery system that delivers details of traffic toward or from targeted individuals to law enforcement over a secure Internet connection.

In all cases, however, the following regulations are most important:

1) Carriers are not required to archive messages sent to/from subscribers. The only requirement is for court authorized “real time” delivery of messages to law enforcement using either of the techniques described above. Most carriers do not archive messages.

2) However, if carriers elect to archive messages, for other business reasons, these archived messages can be subpoenaed by law enforcement.

3) All CALEA activity must be authorized by a court order and these court orders specify both “start monitoring” and “stop monitoring” dates and times.

Source: Ron Mercer


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Motorola to Explore Structural and Strategic Realignment of its Businesses to Enhance Shareholder Value

Company will evaluate alternatives to accelerate the ability of its Mobile Device Business to recapture growth and profitability in an expanding global market

motorola logo SCHAUMBURG, Ill., – January 31, 2008 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced it is exploring the structural and strategic realignment of its businesses to better equip its Mobile Devices business to recapture global market leadership and to enhance shareholder value. The company’s alternatives may include the separation of Mobile Devices from its other businesses in order to permit each business to grow and better serve its customers.

“All of our businesses have exceptional people, products and intellectual property and the ability to achieve category leadership in their markets,” said Greg Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are exploring ways in which our Mobile Devices Business can accelerate its recovery and retain and attract talent while enabling our shareholders to realize the value of this great franchise.”

The company does not intend to discuss developments with respect to the exploration of strategic alternatives unless or until its Board of Directors has approved a definitive transaction or the process is otherwise complete. There can be no assurance that any transaction will occur or, if one is undertaken, its terms or timing.

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Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications. The company develops technologies, products and services that make mobile experiences possible. Our portfolio includes communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility solutions, digital set-tops, cable modems, mobile devices and Bluetooth accessories. Motorola is committed to delivering next generation communication solutions to people, businesses and governments. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.6 billion in 2007. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http://www.motorola.com.

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This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include , but are not limited to possible actions related to the company's Mobile Devices business. Motorola cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 16 through 24 in Item 1A of Motorola’s 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings, could cause Motorola’s actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to market conditions in general and applicable to possible alternatives for the businesses, and tax and regulatory matters. Motorola undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Electronic Communications Privacy Act

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA Pub. L. 99-508, Oct. 21, 1986, 100 Stat. 1848, 18 U.S.C. § 2510) was enacted by the United States Congress to extend government restrictions on wire taps from telephone calls to include transmissions of electronic data by computer. Specifically, ECPA was an amendment to Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (the Wire Tap Statute), which was primarily designed to prevent unauthorized government access to private electronic communications. Later, the ECPA was amended, and weakened to some extent, by some provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. In addition, Section 2709 of the Act, which allowed the FBI to issue National Security Letters to Internet service providers (ISPs) ordering them to disclose records about their customers, was ruled unconstitutional under the First (and possibly Fourth) Amendments in ACLU v. Ashcroft (2004). It is thought that this could be applied to other uses of National security letters (NSLs).

Title I of the ECPA protects wire, oral, and electronic communications while in transit. It sets down requirements for search warrants that are more stringent than in other settings. Title II of the ECPA, the Stored Communications Act (SCA) protects communication held in electronic storage, most notably messages stored on computers. Its protections are weaker than those of Title I, however, and do not impose heightened standards for warrants. Title III prohibits the use of pen register and/or trap and trace devices to record dialing, routing, addressing, and signaling information used in the process of transmitting wire or electronic communications without a search warrant.

Several court cases have raised the question of whether e-mail messages are protected under the stricter provisions of Title I while they were in transient storage en route to their final destination. In United States v. Councilman, a U.S. district court and a three-judge appeals panel ruled they were not, but in 2005, the full United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed this opinion. Privacy advocates were relieved; they had argued in Amicus curiae briefs that if the ECPA did not protect e-mail in temporary storage, its added protections were meaningless as virtually all electronic mail is stored temporarily in transit at least once and that Congress would have known this in 1986 when the law was passed. (see e.g. RFC 822).

From a rights perspective, the ECPA protects individuals' communications against government surveillance conducted without a court order, from third parties without legitimate authorization to access the messages, and from the carriers of the messages, such as Internet service providers. However it appears to provide little privacy protection to employees with respect to their communications as conducted on the equipment owned by their employer.

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Excerpts from:

An Architecture for Security and Privacy in Mobile Communications

G. Winfield Treese
Serissa Research, Inc.
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[From page five:]

Historically, in the United States, security and privacy of mobile communications has passed through a number of phases. Section 605 of the Communications Act of 1934 says:

. . . no person not being authorized by the sender shall intercept any communication and divulge or publish the existence, contents, substance, purport, effect, or meaning of such intercepted communication to any person . . .

In other words, it was not illegal to listen to a call, but it was illegal to tell anyone about it. Scanner and short-wave enthusiasts had free rein of the airwaves for the next fifty years. In 1984, however, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) changed the situation to make it illegal to “intentionally intercept . . . any wire, oral, or electronic communication . . .” While the act does provide for some exceptions, the law essentially made it illegal to listen to another’s conversation without authorization. Later, the Telecommunications Disclosure & Dispute Resolution Act of 1992 made it illegal to manufacture or sell equipment that was capable of receiving cellular or cordless telephones.

Notwithstanding these U.S. restrictions on the public intercepting wireless communications, the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) requires that carriers implement and as necessary modify their equipment to facilitate the ability of the government to intercept communications. An FCC report on the law stated:

Specifically, section 103(a) of CALEA requires that “a telecommunications carrier shall ensure that its equipment, facilities, or services that provide a customer or subscriber with the ability to originate, terminate, or direct communications” are capable of (1) expeditiously isolating the content of targeted communications transmitted by the carrier within its service area; (2) expeditiously isolating information identifying the origin and destination of targeted communications; (3) transmitting intercepted communications and call identifying information to law enforcement agencies at locations away from the carrier’s premises; and (4) carrying out intercepts unobtrusively, so that targets are not made aware of the interception, and in a manner that does not compromise the privacy and security of other communications. [1].

In a sense, the primary purpose of CALEA was to preserve the ability of the U.S. government and other law enforcement organizations to conduct wiretaps and trace telephone calls, an ability that was jeopardized by evolving technology.

[1] Federal Communications Commission. 99-229, Second Report and Order, August 26 1999.

Source: http://arxiv.org/pdf/cs.CY/0110042.pdf (Page 5.)


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Cell phone alternatives: new generation of two-way radios and pagers provides advanced features and uses

by Held, Shari
Indiana Business Magazine • Dec, 2007 • COMMUNICATIONS

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Paging all personnel. Despite the fact there haven't been any huge advancements in paging technology over the last year, it has enjoyed its share of the limelight — thanks to recent disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the London bombings. "With a cell phone . . . you are dialing one user after another," says Michael Lyons, COO and CTO for LaPorte-based Indiana Paging Network, which also has offices in Indianapolis and LaGrange, Ill. "Paging is one of those technologies where you can send one message and reach tens of thousands of users. That is why it fares well in disasters. Paging has been highlighted as one of the mediums that responders should rely on because of its network resilience, redundancies and backups."

"The paging industry has seen recent growth in its core markets — hospital and first-responder markets— as a result of the recent disasters," Lyons says, adding that the industry has seen a return of businesses that had previously migrated to other technologies. "They wanted to send out a group call and alert all the responders at one time. There's just not a way to do that today in the other mediums."

Two-way advanced messaging capabilities in paging have not only given individuals the ability to send a message, but also the ability to respond to that message on the same data stream. Now two-way paging is being used for other applications, such as vehicle tracking for remote control of sprinkler systems, air conditioning units, computers and other devices. "With the huge WiFi deployments that are going across the country, paging is used to turn those remote access points," Lyons says. "Paging has evolved to being more than just a device on somebody's hip."

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IP UNITY GLENAYRE BECOMES MOVIUS: LAUNCHES NEW CORPORATE STRATEGY AND BRAND TRANSFORMATION

New Movius Corporate Brand Accompanies Expansion

Duluth, Ga. — January 29, 2008— Movius Interactive Corporation, a global leader in messaging, collaboration and mobile media solutions, was unveiled today as the new corporate brand of the former IP Unity Glenayre. Along with the new corporate identity, Movius is also introducing the company’s strategic direction for the next generation of mobile media and messaging solutions.

Having largely completed the business integration from the merger that formed the company a year ago, Movius reaffirms its commitment to deliver a full complement of industry leading messaging and collaboration solutions for global service provider markets. Also, at the core of the company’s new strategy is the expansion of its portfolio to address targeted applications with rich user interfaces in the rapidly growing market of interactive mobile media.

“Today’s consumers have strong bonds with mobile devices as an extension of their individuality,” said Oscar Rodriguez, CEO, Movius. “With our new focus, we’re enabling a rich, personalized experience that goes beyond basic communications and now includes entertainment, commerce and social networking. These fundamentals of ‘interactivity’ are keys to driving adoption of new carrier services.”

Movius is harnessing technology from a broad ecosystem to help carriers respond to key market forces ranging from increased demand for mobile media as well as new ad-sponsored business models. The company is augmenting its portfolio with applications that provide users greater control and interactivity in mobile entertainment, mobile marketing and social networking. These new applications go beyond traditional messaging into the adjacent market of Interactive Mobile Media.

“Carriers face new challenges from price erosion to market saturation for voice and data services,” said Jill Aldort, senior analyst at Yankee Group. “Threats from new technologies and internet giants are prompting operators to identify new opportunities to drive revenue. Movius is attacking this challenge head-on with a suite of solutions that enables operators to bring new valuable services to their customers.”

Strategic Direction for 2008
Movius’ bold new focus will drive to market a new generation of interactive mobile media applications throughout 2008. New solutions from Movius help open up revenue potential for service providers from new applications as well as new business models such as mobile marketing and advertising. With the demonstrated know-how and expertise to innovate and quickly implement new, viable applications, Movius is uniquely qualified to deliver on its strategy.

Visit Movius at Mobile World Congress
The new Movius brand and solutions will be featured at the company’s stand during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 11 – 14, 2008 (Hall 1, number F120).

About Movius
Movius Interactive Corporation gives people the power to enrich their lives through viable innovations that transform the way they interact with information, media and each other. Formally under the name IP Unity Glenayre, Movius is a recognized leader in messaging, collaboration and mobile media solutions for service providers worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.moviuscorp.com.

Media Contacts for Movius:

For North American Media
Denise Nelson, Erin Jones
Ventana Public Relations
(925) 837-6277
denise.nelson@ventanapr.com
For European Media
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Source: Movius


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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

 
  For immediate release:
January 28, 2008
News Media contact:
Rosemary Kimball at (202) 418-0511
e-mail: rosemary.kimball@fcc.gov
 
 

REQUIREMENT FOR ANALOG CELLULAR SERVICE EXPIRES IN FEBRUARY
Certain Wireless Handsets, Alarm Systems and OnStar Services Affected

     Beginning February 18, 2008, cellular telephone companies will not be required to provide analog service. While most wireless telephone users will not be affected by this transition (often called the “analog cellular sunset”), some users may be affected. In addition, the transition could affect some alarm systems and some users of OnStar in-vehicle communications service. (OnStar discontinued offering its analog service, found in older cars, on December 31, 2007.)

     Wireless Telephone Service. The analog cellular sunset will not affect anyone using a digital-only handset (including subscribers to wireless service from Sprint/Nextel or T-Mobile).

     It might affect those using a handset that can receive analog service from a cellular telephone company, including AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, Alltel, US Cellular, and Dobson (and other companies that market their services as “Cellular One”). Companies must notify their analog customers prior to discontinuing analog service.

     There are several ways to tell if a handset is digital or analog. If it has advanced features such as text or instant messaging, Internet browsing, an MP3 player, or an integrated camera, it is digital. If it uses a SIM card (a small, removable card that can be found under the phone’s battery), it is digital. Some wireless phones display an icon indicating that they have digital capabilities. Many wireless telephone companies have helpful information about their analog-to-digital transition plans on their Web sites.

     To determine how roaming service may be affected by the transition, customers should contact their wireless telephone company directly and inquire whether any of its roaming partners will discontinue their analog service after February 18, 2008.

     Alarm Systems. The analog cellular sunset may affect services relying on analog cellular radio equipment, such as alarm systems with wireless analog radio links. The majority of alarm systems installed in homes and businesses do not use a wireless radio signal to connect to a central monitoring station. Some alarm systems, however, use analog radio equipment and send a wireless signal – provided by a wireless telephone company – using the 800 MHz spectrum. These systems are affected by the transition. According to the alarm industry, out of a total 26 million installed alarm systems, there are approximately one million systems that use analog radio equipment. Wireless alarm systems installed before Spring 2006 generally used analog equipment. Alarm companies are in the process of contacting their customers to arrange for replacement installation of a digital alarm radio. Consumers who believe their alarm system relies on an analog wireless radio and haven’t been contacted by their alarm company, or consumers who are unsure about what type of alarm system they have, should contact their alarm company to determine their options for maintaining service.

     OnStar. Analog OnStar service was terminated on December 31, 2007. Information regarding OnStar service and the analog cellular sunset can be found on the OnStar Web site at http://www.onstar.com/us_english/jsp/digital_transition.jsp. Vehicles equipped with analog-only OnStar equipment cannot be upgraded and no longer receive OnStar service. OnStar subscribers with vehicles equipped with dual mode (digital and analog) OnStar equipment will continue to receive service. OnStar subscribers with vehicles equipped with analog/digital-ready equipped vehicles must be upgraded in order to receive service. Consumers with questions about their OnStar service should contact OnStar toll-free at 1-866-579-7726 (have your OnStar account number or your vehicle identification number available), or visit OnStar’s Web site at https://www.myonstar.com/adt.os.

For more information about this issue or any other telecommunications-related issues, visit the FCC’s Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Web site at www.fcc.gov/cgb, or contact the FCC’s Consumer Center by e-mailing fccinfo@fcc.gov; calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:

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Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554.
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Source: FCC


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Most text messages just vanish

The ones transmitted by most cell phone services expire when deleted

mike wendland January 25, 2008

By MIKE WENDLAND
FREE PRESS COLUMNIST

The scandal over the thousands of text messages between Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and chief of staff Christine Beatty has a lot of people wondering just how private their own messages are.

For most, the answer is: Don't worry.

Just as cell phone calls are not recorded, neither are most text messages.

Regular text messages sent through regular cell phones are not kept in any central repository. When you zap them from your phone, they are, in almost all instances, forever zapped. There is no federal law requiring that they be stored or kept by the cell phone provider.

Text messaging is what the wireless companies call SMS, for short message service. It has become almost as popular as cell phone voice communications, with as many as 20 billion text messages being sent each month in the United States alone.

Typically, text messages are 140 characters or fewer, sent via the data networks of the wireless providers from one device to another.

In the mayor's case, his messages were saved because of the specialized service the city has for wireless communications between city officials. Although the scandal is being dubbed BlackBerrygate by wags, strictly speaking the gizmo the mayor and Beatty used to communicate wasn't a BlackBerry.

It was a SkyWriter, and although it looks a lot like a BlackBerry, it's a dedicated messaging device from SkyTel. The Mississippi-based wireless company specializes in providing paging and messaging services to large corporations and governmental bodies through its own wireless network and devices.

Every message sent on the SkyTel network is recorded, including date and time the message was sent; the "from" and "to" addresses; length of the message, and the message content up to 2,000 characters, the company says on its Web site (www.skytel.com) in describing the "benefits of message archiving."

The automatic archiving of messages is important when legal requirements mandate the storage of all business- or government-related communications. But tell the mayor that's a benefit today.

The irony of the scandal is that if the mayor and his top aide had used a regular cell phone and text messaging service from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, there would be no record. Those messages are simply passed through to the connected devices by the wireless companies and not stored on any master server.

"We do keep them for about two weeks," says Mark Elliott, a spokesman for Sprint.

"But that's just to make sure they get sent if the customer's phone is turned off or out of the network. After that, even if not retrieved, they're gone. We don't store them. We have no record of them. That's standard practice in the industry."

Howard Riefs, a spokesman for AT&T, said the company keeps text messages for no more than 72 hours. After that, he said, "the text message is removed from our system and cannot be accessed or retrieved."

Verizon Wireless said Thursday it keeps text messages only "a very short time" before erasing them.

But the mayor used SkyTel, which stores the messages. And by using the city-paid private messaging services from SkyTel for his very personal communications, the mayor left a trail that the Free Press uncovered.

When you use a city-owned device on a taxpayer-paid communications system to plot your dalliances, there is no such thing as privacy.

All this, of course, raises questions for all of us about the privacy of text messages. And it focuses interest on an issue many parents have raised, namely, how to monitor the text messages their children send and receive. (See the item above.)

In general, text messages are pretty private. Once they're deleted on the phone, they're gone. If the messages are saved on a memory card on the phone, they can be recovered, even after being deleted, though the recovery is expensive and requires specialized firms.

But folks who send e-mail via their mobile phones shouldn't think those words are similarly e-vaporized. That's because e-mail sent by phone is processed the same way as computer e-mail — through servers that store and archive the messages in electronic databases.

While e-mail may be deleted from a computer or cell phone memory, it can usually be retrieved from the central server. So, for instance, if your employer wants to know how you're using a company phone, it could retrieve and read your e-mail. Or, if you're embroiled in a civil or criminal case, your e-mail can be subpoenaed and presented as evidence in court.

All this concern over privacy and messaging just underscores something most of us heard from our moms: Don't say (or write) anything you don't want other people to find out.

Source: Detroit Free Press


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FCC TO RULE ON TEXT MESSAGING CENSORSHIP

Group Seeks Wireless Net Neutrality

Public Knowledge, Free Press, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, EDUCAUSE, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, and U.S. PIRG have filed a joint petition that asks the FCC to declare that text messages are governed by the anti-discrimination provisions of the Communications Act. This would make refusing to assign a short code or otherwise blocking text messages because of the type of speech "unjust and unreasonable discrimination" in violation of law.

The group asserts that text messaging is "rapidly becoming a major mode of speech, as a replacement for and a complement to traditional voice communications," and that "short codes are developing into an important tool for political and social outreach." They allege that mobile carriers "arbitrarily decide what customers to serve and which speech to allow in text messages, refusing to serve those that they find controversial or that compete with the mobile carriers' services."

NARAL Pro-Choice America experienced this censorship last year when Verizon Wireless initially rejected its application for a short code to be used for wireless alerts to supporters. Verizon quickly buckled under pressure and media attention and reversed course.

People Calling People, L.L.C. plans to file comments in the proceeding and urges anyone who cares about free speech to do the same. Comments are due on or before February 13 at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/ and should reference WT Docket No. 08-7.

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

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

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   Vol. 11, No. 4 January 30, 2008   

Auction No. 73 Update

AUCTION 73 PROCEEDS, BUT TOO FAST?

The reserve price has been met for the A and B Block licenses, which will be awarded based on Economic Area (EA) and Cellular Market Area (CMA) definitions, respectively. Therefore, the high bidders in Auction No. 73 for these 700 MHz Band licenses will receive them, and a follow-up auction (No. 76) will not be held for any of the A and B Block licenses.

At the conclusion of Round 10, the provisional winning bids for the B Block licenses exceeded the aggregate reserve price of $1,374,426,000 for the block. At the end of Round 14, the provisional winning bids for the A Block licenses exceeded the aggregate reserve price of $1,807,380,000.

However, the bid increments used by the FCC have been so large (generally 20% or more each round) that many small bidders may find that they never have a chance to bid the maximum value they place on a license.

After 15 rounds, bidding in Auction No. 73 topped $10.8 billion, with 1,028 new bids.

However, at our deadline, there were no new bids on a nationwide piece of the spectrum, known as the "D" Block, which must be shared with public safety agencies under auction rules set by the FCC. Last Thursday's bid of $472 million still stood. The FCC’s reserve price on this block of spectrum is $1.3 billion.

If the reserve price is not met, the FCC will re-auction the D Block nationwide license without the current private-public safety requirements.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

Analog Cellular Sunset Will Become Effective Feb. 18

The FCC has issued a reminder that beginning February 18, 2008, cellular telephone companies will not be required to provide analog service. While most 800-900 MHz band wireless telephone users will not be affected by this transition (often called the “analog cellular sunset”), some users may be affected. In addition, the transition could affect some alarm systems and some users of OnStar in-vehicle communications service. (OnStar discontinued offering its analog service, found in older cars, on December 31, 2007.) The FCC observes that:

Wireless Telephone Service. The analog cellular sunset will not affect anyone using a digital-only handset (including subscribers to wireless service from Sprint Nextel or T-Mobile).

It might affect those using a handset that can receive analog service from a cellular telephone company, including AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, Alltel, US Cellular, and Dobson (and other companies that market their services as “Cellular One”). Companies must notify their analog customers prior to discontinuing analog service.

There are several ways to tell if a handset is digital or analog. If it has advanced features such as text or instant messaging, Internet browsing, an MP3 player, or an integrated camera, it is digital. If it uses a SIM card (a small, removable card that can be found under the phone’s battery), it is digital. Some wireless phones display an icon indicating that they have digital capabilities.

Many wireless telephone companies have helpful information about their analog-to-digital transition plans on their Web sites. Dual-mode and tri-mode phones should not be affected, if one of their air interfaces is analog, because the phone will still operate on its digital air interface(s).

To determine how roaming service may be affected by the transition, customers should contact their wireless telephone company directly and inquire whether any of its roaming partners will discontinue their analog service after February 18, 2008.

Alarm Systems. The analog cellular sunset may affect services relying on analog cellular radio equipment, such as alarm systems with wireless analog radio links. The majority of alarm systems installed in homes and businesses do not use a wireless radio signal to connect to a central monitoring station. Some alarm systems, however, use analog radio equipment and send a wireless signal – provided by a wireless telephone company – using the 800 MHz spectrum.

These systems are affected by the transition. According to the alarm industry, out of a total 26 million installed alarm systems, there are approximately one million systems that use analog radio equipment. Wireless alarm systems installed before Spring 2006 generally used analog equipment. Alarm companies are in the process of contacting their customers to arrange for replacement installation of a digital alarm radio.

Consumers who believe their alarm system relies on an analog wireless radio and haven’t been contacted by their alarm company, or consumers who are unsure about what type of alarm system they have, should contact their alarm company to determine their options for maintaining service.

OnStar. Analog OnStar service was terminated on December 31, 2007. Information regarding OnStar service and the analog cellular sunset can be found on the On- Star Web site at www.onstar.com/us_english/jsp/digital_transition.jsp. Vehicles equipped with analog-only OnStar equipment cannot be upgraded and no longer receive OnStar service. OnStar subscribers with vehicles equipped with dual mode (digital and analog) OnStar equipment will continue to receive service.

LAW & REGULATION

VONAGE SUES NEBRASKA PSC OVER USF OBLIGATIONS: Vonage Holdings Corp. has asked a federal district court to prevent the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) from forcing it and its customers to contribute to the state universal service fund (USF). "These defendants [Nebraska and the PSC] know that Vonage's service is subject to exclusive federal regulatory jurisdiction, yet they are attempting to compel Vonage to pay a state-law surcharge for the Nebraska Service Fund in violation of the United States Constitution, the Communications Act of 1934 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996," Vonage’s complaint reads. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, such as Vonage, argue that they provide an information service rather than a telecommunications service, and should therefore be exempt from Communications Act Title II regulation and not be required to contribute to the USF. Traditional telephone providers have argued that VoIP services should be subject to the same oversight and fee requirements that they face. Vonage cites rulings by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding decisions that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission cannot subject Vonage to state telephone regulations. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

DEADLINES

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.

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

For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or halmor@bloostonlaw.com


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Cranfield mobile messaging company opens in Chicago and eyes more growth

Written by Tony Quested
WEDNESDAY, 30 JANUARY 2008

A world of opportunity has opened up for Cranfield based mobile phone message services provider 2sms, which is opening in Chicago and London in a fast-track expansion programme.

India and China are also on the longer-term radar for the company but chief executive Tim King says the business will not permit itself to overstretch.

2sms has just secured £450,000 with help from The Capital Fund – a £50 million venture capital fund that backs fast-growing, small and medium-sized enterprises in Greater London.

The company has established a management base off the Euston Road in London to handle executive and strategic issues but is retaining its software, general IT and back office teams at Cranfield University Technology Park.

It was prompted to open a new American hub for sales and technical support through demand from European customers eager for assistance in the US.

2sms already had a couple of technical support staff in Chicago and Washington DC but it was clear from their clients’ feedback that scaling up was essential in the short term.

King said: “Chicago is well placed in the middle of the US, giving us good access to the whole of the country. It is also close to a Horizon Wireless centre where 2sms does a lot of business.

“The operation will be small initially but will be ramped up in short order. The US is a vital market for us and our customers. You can’t take a decision to enter the American market and go at it with any half measures.”

King anticipates that the current headcount of 16 will be doubled in the coming months, depending on revenue generation.

He revealed that 2sms was also regularly receiving other exciting opportunities from India, China and South America but said: “These are on the road map but will not be tackled immediately. Trying to expand in the US and these Far East emerging markets would entail another funding round and might involve undue risk and we’re not in that game. Our aim is to maximise return for our shareholders.”

King is well set when 2sms does decide to pursue such opportunities having previously worked on emerging markets at Citibank.

The new investment of £450,000 includes £250,000 from The Capital Fund who invested alongside Richard Goldstein, an experienced investor in the SME sector, who has also joined the 2sms board.

2sms provides text-messaging services to businesses, meaning they can easily and quickly contact staff and customers by mobile phone text message.

Alerts can be sent to individuals or groups, and all data is fully secure and encrypted. Crucially, 2sms has developed software that can be bolted onto whatever back-end systems its clients are currently using, thereby avoiding technology conflicts.

As mobile phones become an ever more widely-used method of communication, the popularity of text messaging as a convenient method of sending and receiving information is growing rapidly.

The services offered by 2sms allow companies to communicate effectively and instantly – messages are typically delivered in fewer than five seconds – with their employees and clients directly from the desktop. Taking advantage of the latest technology means that the messages are delivered at low cost.

Since starting up in 2000, 2sms has been concentrating on the UK, where it has over 1,500 customers, including several FTSE 100 companies.

Source: Business Weekly UK


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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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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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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

From: James E.Sharp
Subject: Comments from the newsletter
Date: January 28, 2008 10:33:55 AM CST
To: Brad Dye

I couldn't let this one go, Brad.

            I'd like to comment on the fire department paging issue -- now that the "commercial system operators" have told us what is best for us. I began my communications career in 1964, tuning "Motracs" at 4545 Augusta Boulevard and began my fire fighting career a year later as an industrial firefighter at a research corporation in Texas. I am now a communications consultant for an engineering company in Wisconsin and have been Training Officer for several municipal fire departments and the Chief of several volunteer departments in Texas during my career.

            Voice paging has a place and has its place in emergency notification. Now that a taxpayer funded federal study has identified the requirement for emergency notification in dangerous locations such as nuclear plants is a wearable, "pager-like" device -- who gets that "full-loop award" on that one?

            Like most other applications, the FD requirements depend on the exact way paging is used. In a rural and suburban volunteer department, the voice paging rules because monitoring the channel after the page coordinates the activities that are occurring -- and new technologies like digital stored-voice are a good thing -- save that location message! Let's wish for a reasonable-cost residential "rip-n-run" solution -- but you still want to hear over the operational channel, "Engine One, 10-76 to a structure fire at 123 Maple Street" or maybe even "Engine one 10-23, with 3 on-board with fire showing through the roof". Remember 92 % of the firefighters in the US are volunteers and respond from home or work. So, yes we can look at new ways to accomplish the same old task. If you want a good trunked system that will support alert paging as a CBS application and segregate FD traffic to a channel that is monitorable by the same pager that announced the alert -- try MPT-1327 and some engineering -- or have dispatch just send a long data message to all the mobiles and portables and pretend it was alpha-numeric paging -- but patching FD group traffic on a P-25 system to a "page and run " channel will work -- that's a good, reasonable, well-thought-out solution. The location of the incident is not the only important message to come over the pager while you are responding -- the fact that anybody else is responding at all is somewhat important -- and in what vehicle (pumper, tanker, rescue) is important and what they find when they arrive is paramount.  In a suburban department when the "before mentioned group" of firefighters ride the air-conditioned motor to the scene, try an MDT or everybody can just reread their  location message while one guy fights traffic and attempts to "think out" a reasonable route to the scene -- maybe some SOP's on responsibility matrixes might help. In an industrial situation, coordination with different outside agencies depending on the exact type of incident and perhaps notification of the in-house workforce is important and that may be accomplished in many different ways.

            I am really tired of the paging system operators (whose only concern is how many messages they can pack on the same channel), politicians (who think the taxpayer is a "bottomless source of money"), radio manufacturers (who will do anything to sell you a $2800 portable, including prevent a viable trunking solution from entering the market), cops (who just want another on-scene agency to control) and other idiots telling us why we don't know what we are talking about and how voice paging is archaic. The fire department seems to be the last person anyone checks with when replacing a radio system.

            There are solutions out there and they are as varied as the applications that spawned them -- and SOME of them include voice paging.

Jim Sharp


From: rickm@preferredwireless.com
Subject: FCC ID for PURC Tx
Date: January 31, 2008 6:26:36 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Brad

I have a customer in Israel asking for the FCC ID document for some Motorola PURC 5000 VHF transmitters. Do you know if this is something I can find on-line or anywhere for that matter? The 2 ID’s he is looking for are:

ABZ69FC4731 & ABZ89FC3756. Thanks for you help.

Rick McMichael
Preferred Wireless, Inc.
10658 St. Charles Rock Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63074
314-429-3000 O
314-427-2504 F


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