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FRIDAY - MAY 2, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 308

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

This week Bell Industries filed an Amendment to their Annual Report. It was sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — as Form 10K/A, and was filed on 4/29/08.

The following carefully worded portion, on page 10 of the Amendment, is of special interest to those of us following the sale of SkyTel.

On March 30, 2008, we entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Velocita Wireless, LLC (“Velocita”), pursuant to which we agreed to sell substantially all of the assets relating to our SkyTel business. In addition to other customary conditions to the closing of the transaction with Velocita, the consent of our secured lenders is required under the terms of the Purchase Agreement. Prior to our entry into the Purchase Agreement, it was determined that the consent of Newcastle would be required in order to consummate the transaction with Velocita. It was also determined that cash we expect to receive upon the closing of the transaction with Velocita will not be sufficient to satisfy the outstanding principal and interest on the Convertible Note. Newcastle has requested substantial modifications (the “Proposed Modifications”) to the terms of its Convertible Note as consideration for its consent to the transaction with Velocita, which represents the sale of a substantial portion of the collateral securing our debt to Newcastle under the Convertible Note. The material terms of the Proposed Modifications requested by Newcastle include: (i) a significant reduction to the conversion price of the Convertible Note from $3.81 per share; (ii) the right to designate at least 50% of the members of our board of directors under certain conditions; (iii) the request to comply with new financial and operating covenants consistent with our credit agreement with Wells Fargo Foothill relating to our financial performance and operations in order for the Convertible Note not to be declared in default; and (iv) the issuance by us to Newcastle of a warrant to acquire additional shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.01 per share (the “Warrant”). Although we have not finalized the terms of our negotiations with Newcastle, we believe that any definitive agreement we reach with Newcastle will contain terms materially similar to the terms proposed by Newcastle. There can be no assurance, however, that we will be able to reach final agreement with Newcastle on the Proposed Modifications or what the final terms of the Proposed Modifications will be.

Because Mr. Schwarz and Mr. Coleman are affiliated with Newcastle, we determined that proposed modifications to the Convertible Note represented a related transaction. As such, the members of our board of directors that are not affiliated with Newcastle have formed a special committee to review and analyze the Proposed Modifications, as well as other alternatives available to the Company. In connection with this review, the special committee has engaged a financial advisor to seek other sources of funding to completely discharge the debt to Newcastle under the Convertible Note as well as other alternatives.

I will leave the interpretation of the above up to the reader, but clearly there is something important going on here, and the sale of SkyTel is not a "done deal" — not yet anyway. Now concerning their stock. A Form 8-K was filed with the SEC on 4/25/08.

As previously announced, on April 24, 2008, the common stock of Bell Industries, Inc. (the “Company”) ceased trading on the American Stock Exchange. The Company’s common stock is now quoted on The Pink Sheets, LLC under the symbol “BIUI.PK”. The Company intends to work with market makers to enable the Company’s common stock to be quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board (the “OTCBB”), though only market makers can quote securities on the OTCBB.

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The local newspaper here in Springfield, Illinois costs 75¢ a copy and it NEVER mentions paging. If you receive some benefit from this publication maybe you would like to help support it financially? A donation of $25.00 would represent approximately 50¢ a copy for one year. If you are so inclined, please click on the PayPal Donate button above. No trees were chopped down to produce this electronic newsletter.

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I reported this symbol change to you the same day that it happened. I found the new Bell Industries symbol on the Internet listed as "OTC: BIUI." It turns out that this was not entirely correct. With a little help from my friends, I am being educated on some of the fine points of the stock market. The symbol is correct, but the stock is being quoted on "The Pink Sheets" not "Over The Counter." You financial wizards can skip the rest of this section. Everyone else may be interested to learn —as I was— what it means to be "on The Pink Sheets."

What does it mean when a stock trades on the Pink Sheets or the OTCBB?

The stocks of well-known companies such as General Electric and Microsoft trade on major exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq. But companies like GE and Microsoft must be listed - that is, accepted for trading purposes by a recognized and regulated exchange - prior to actually trading on an exchange. When a company isn't listed, it often will trade on the Pink Sheets or the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB).

A stock that doesn't trade on a major exchange is said to trade over the counter (OTC). This means that the stock is dealt between individuals connected by telephone and computer networks.

Companies will typically be listed on the OTCBB for one of two reasons:

(1) The company has been delisted from a major exchange. When a company is facing tough times and is unable to meet the requirements for continued listing on the Nasdaq or NYSE, it will be delisted. This usually happens to companies that are under financial strain and near bankruptcy. Even when listed on the OTCBB, companies are still required to maintain SEC filings and minimum requirements set by the OTCBB; however, these requirements are considerably easier to meet than those set by the national exchanges. If a company undergoes bankruptcy proceedings or misses certain SEC filings, an additional letter will be added to the company's ticker symbol to notify investors of this problem.

(2) The company may be listed on the OTCBB because it is unable to meet the initial listing requirements of the Nasdaq or NYSE. In such a case, a company may choose to test the waters of the OTCBB, using it as a stepping stone before leaping into the larger exchanges and markets.

The Pink Sheets are different from the OTCBB. Companies on the Pink Sheets are not required to meet minimum requirements or file with the SEC. So-named because they were actually printed on pink paper, the Pink Sheets started out as a daily quote service provided by the National Quotation Bureau. Typically, companies are on the Pink Sheets because either they are too small to be listed on a national exchange or they do not wish to make their budgets and accounting statements public. To avoid having to file with the SEC, some large foreign companies such as Nestle S.A. have penetrated the American securities markets through the Pink Sheets. Companies listed on the Pink Sheets are difficult to analyze because it is tough to obtain accurate information about them. The companies on the Pink Sheets are usually penny stocks and are often targets of price manipulation. They should only be purchased with extreme caution.

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Motorola Stalls

By Rich Smith | April 25, 2008

So far this month, we've seen Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) more than double its earnings and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) report growing profits of 70%, while Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) blossomed 33%. Why, even Sony is earning profits again (even if its cell-phone-making partner, Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC), is heading the other way). What lesson can we draw from this?

Memo to Motorola (NYSE: MOT): The idea is not just to sell stuff. It's to earn profits on the stuff you're selling.

Perpetual corporate problem child Motorola got itself spanked by investors yesterday, and the wailing continued today, with shares down a total of 5% as of this writing. Motorola's offense: Selling $7.45 billion worth of cell phones, cable boxes, radios, and similar electronic doodads ... and losing its investors $0.09 per share from continuing operations in the process.

And that's the good news.

The bad news is that while $0.09 per share works out to a total loss of $194 million, those were just the "accounting losses" under GAAP. Turn with me to Motorola's cash flow statement, and you'll see that the actual cash losses were much, much worse. Free cash flow for the first quarter of 2008 came to negative $454 million, a sickening drop from the mere $84 million that Motorola burnt in Q1 of last year. In the process, Motorola burnt up the whole pile of cash it had amassed last quarter, and then some.

The worst part, though, is that it's just one division of Motorola that is responsible for all this mess: "mobile devices," or, to you and me, "cell phones." Despite reducing its revenue 39% from loss-inducing cell phones, Motorola did a yeoman's job of cramming more losses into each cell phone sold. The division lost $418 million on an operating basis during the quarter, nearly 80% worse than last year. And I've got a hunch we can also blame mobile devices for next quarter's anticipated loss of $0.02 to $0.04.

Speaking of which, memo No. 2 to Motorola: Carl Icahn's been advising you to unload this division for over a year now. If you'd listened a lot sooner, your report yesterday would have looked a lot better. Perhaps, if he calls again between now and your next report, you'll pick up the phone and listen to his advice.

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The Motley Fool

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AAPC is representing the paging industry at the East and West coast Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) Conventions.

APCO is the world’s largest organization dedicated to public safety communications, their members consist of emergency call centers, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, fire departments, forestry services, and others who work with communications systems that safeguard the world’s citizens.

This month AAPC representatives already staffed a booth at the east coast event and responded to multiple requests from attendees seeking carriers in various parts of the east coast. Next week is the APCO west conference and AAPC will be there to promote the paging industry and ultimately your business.

Welcome to AAPC newest members:

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Thanks to our Gold Vendor member!

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Thanks to our Bronze Member Vendors!

 
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EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association Raven Systems
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HMCE, Inc. TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services
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Minilec Service, Inc. United Communications Corp.
Nighthawk Systems, Inc. WiPath Communications
Northeast Paging Zetron Inc.

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Leaps of faith

For 25 years, Mike Lazaridis has been perfecting the technology behind Canada's most popular invention:the BlackBerry. Now he's using his curious mind—and his money—to help discover the next Einstein

DAVID FIELDING
Friday, April 25, 2008

When he knows he's on to something, his small blue eyes light up behind Benjamin Franklin-esque bifocals. The founder and co-CEO of Research In Motion is trying to explain the importance of pure research in the realm of theoretical physics and, sensing that the subject matter is difficult to grasp, Mike Lazaridis, eyes alight, launches into a one-man skit starring none other than Albert Einstein.

"Let's go back to 1905," he says, "a record year for Einstein." That was Annus Mirabilis for the physicist, who published four major papers detailing, among other things, his theories on special relativity and the particulate nature of light. "Here's a guy going into the grants department"—and here Lazaridis drops into a German accent. "I vish to have a small stipend to pay for my blackboard, my house, a supply of tobacco for my pipe and for a few trips I'd like to make and the letters that I send."

"Um, why?"

"Because I have this idea that light is an absolute speed limit and that it's made up of these little corpuscles that I call quanta."

"They're gonna go, 'What is this guy talking about? So how is this going to help with horse production?'" Lazaridis bangs the table with his left hand. "It's 1905. What is the current imperative? Horses! We needed horses. We were trying to figure out how to make more stagecoaches! Think about it!" He pauses.

"Quanta, that breakthrough that Einstein got the Nobel Prize for, that's semiconductors, that's lasers, that's fibre optics, that's everything," he says. "Relativity theory—GPS wouldn't work without that," he says. His lesson concluded, Lazaridis sits back in his seat and spreads his hands as if to say, "Think about that."

It's not the kind of impassioned speech you'd expect from the co-CEO of one of Canada's biggest companies. Even compared to his notoriously media-wary counterpart, Jim Balsillie, Lazaridis is known as "the quiet one." He'd much prefer sitting down for Q&A with an irreverent science journal like New Scientist than with a business magazine. In his mind, he's the guy behind the scenes, the guy whose singular mission is to make sure RIM keeps pumping out more of its highly addictive BlackBerrys (as the magazine went to press, rumour had it that the company would soon release a touchscreen version to go up against Apple's iPhone).

So, outbursts, especially in front of journalists, are rare. It's just that the pervasiveness of short-term thinking—worrying about building better stagecoaches instead of dreaming up satellites, or pandering to earnings-obsessed analysts rather than laying the groundwork for future innovations—gets him fired up. Lazaridis, more than anyone else, knows that nothing he has achieved in the past 25 years—certainly not the invention of a handheld e-mail device such as the BlackBerry—would have been possible without the pioneering work of theoretical physicists like Einstein.

That's why he's here at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, a haven for some of the world's top minds in scientific research and a place that may well harbour the next Einstein. It's noon, and the blackboard-lined hallways are eerily quiet (most of the staff and students are nocturnal by nature). Lazaridis is seated in one of the few enclosed corners of the open-concept building. Down the hall, in the Black Hole Bistro, a tableful of young physicists are discussing matters of light, energy and atoms over bowls of onion-and-pear soup. Most of the lounges show no signs of life, save for the alien scratchings of the world's hardest math problems on the blackboards. In the Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas one floor down, the muted applause following a presentation can just barely be heard. Lazaridis, in his blue shirt and tie, is smiling. His snow-white hair is, as always, combed into an immaculate wave.

Whenever he can, Lazaridis likes to roam the halls and talk with the math whizzes who work here—guys like Rob Myers, one of the nation's foremost experts in string theory, and Lucien Hardy, whose contributions to quantum teleportation are known around the world. Lazaridis is not looking to glean any scientific tidbits to take back to his headquarters—most of the pure research going on here will never lead to any practical commercial applications. "He wants to see the activity," says Myers, the institute's interim scientific director. "He's a fan of science and excited by it."

That's one reason why, in 1999, Lazaridis donated $100 million of his nascent fortune to seed the institute. Another, he says, is "because people take theoretical physics for granted." No kidding. This world of equations and chalk dust is about as far away as you can get from the world of commerce. Why anyone would hand over such a massive amount of money—at the time, close to one-fifth of Lazaridis's net worth—to a collection of wild-haired math freaks is lost on most of the folks on Bay Street. Sure, Lazaridis knows that quarterly earnings are important. (In its most recent quarter, RIM posted a higher-than-expected profit of $412.5 million and shipped 2.2 million new BlackBerrys, the first time in the company's history that it broke through the two-million-mark in a quarter.) But he also knows that without the kind of work being done at Perimeter, chances are slim that someone will develop another world-beating technology like RIM's 60 or 80 years down the line.

"There's a tendency to say, if this stuff isn't practical, why should we fund you?" says Lazaridis. "It becomes an issue of faith."

Mike Lazaridis knows a thing or two about faith. When he left the University of Waterloo in 1984, just shy of a degree in engineering, he could hardly have predicted what the future had in store for Research In Motion, the company he was preparing to launch with Doug Fregin, a childhood friend from Windsor, Ontario. They were each just 23 years old. With a small government grant and a family loan of $15,000, the pair knew only that they were pretty handy with a circuit board, and that their talent had to be worth something.

RIM's first contract was with General Motors: For $500,000, the two-man outfit delivered a networked display system that scrolled messages across LED signs at GM's factories. It was a neat project, but hardly revolutionary. "You have to understand, the BlackBerry didn't happen overnight; it happened over a decade," says Lazaridis, now 47. "It's not like one day we woke up and said, 'Eureka!'" Lazaridis isn't a fan of this notion of "aha" thinking. It doesn't work that way, he says. Rather, innovation is iterative, one thing built on the back of another. Were it not for the seemingly disconnected contracts RIM was picking up in those early days, the technology that would one day power the BlackBerry might not have come together.

This is especially true of RIM's contract with Rogers Cantel Mobile Communications in the late '80s to design connectivity products for a data network called Mobitex. The deal made RIM the first wireless data technology developer in North America to do this. And while wireless technology would eventually become the singular vision for the company, Lazaridis was busy designing all manner of products: One of the most surprising was the DigiSync film reader, a device used in motion-picture labs. (For this, Lazaridis snagged both an Emmy and an Oscar in technical achievement.)

By the early '90s, RIM was rolling out a steady stream of wireless data management products: wireless point-of-sale terminals, wireless modems, even a system and method for "pushing" packets of information across wireless networks, called RIMgate, which grew out of the Mobitex contract. The tools needed to create something like the BlackBerry were slowly coming together.

Along the way, a fundamental shift in the company's structure took place. Lazaridis, realizing he was a better engineer and dreamer than he was a finance guy, decided to hive off the financial duties from his R&D role. In 1992, Jim Balsillie, a chartered accountant from a Kitchener-based customer of RIM's, was hired as co-CEO. (Fregin assumed the role of vice-president of operations.) Balsillie would deal with the day-to-day business and the shareholders, and Lazaridis would provide the overall vision for the company. In other words, the co-CEO structure not only allowed Lazaridis to focus his time on development and engineering—the kind of stuff he really loved—but it signalled that precisely one-half of RIM's mandate would be innovation.

And, boy, did Lazaridis have something big up his sleeve. RIM had developed a prototype of a two-way messaging pager, and soon he noticed that employees were taking the prototypes home with them to stay in touch at the shopping mall or as they picked up their kids from soccer games. "The more we interviewed them, we noticed that, even when the battery life was only a few hours and the device was the size of a hamburger and had wires sticking out of it, they still carried it everywhere," remembers Lazaridis. "When you see something no one else is doing that your employees find that addictive, you jump on it."

He focused his nearly 100 employees on perfecting the pager technology. Its big moment wouldn't come until he decided they had everything they needed, says Lazaridis. Once they did, "we bet everything on it." In 1998, RIM released the Inter@ctive Two-Way Pager. A year later, Lazaridis dropped the BlackBerry on the world (the Smithsonian has permanent exhibits for both devices).

Dozens of models later, BlackBerrys are RIM's sole focus. More than 14 million customers twiddle their thumbs over the device's miniature keyboard, and Research In Motion is now the sixth-largest cellphone manufacturer in the world. Last year, it had revenue of $6 billion (U.S.) and a market value of some $67 billion (U.S.). As for Lazaridis, he's one of the richest people in Canada, with a personal fortune estimated by Forbes to be $3.6 billion (U.S.). Not a bad payoff for the $15,000 gamble he made in 1983.

The way Lazaridis sees it, the key to the BlackBerry's success rests in large part on the fact that RIM relies on the device to keep its own operation running. "There are two types of companies," says Lazaridis. Once again, his eyes twinkle behind the bifocals. "There's one company that makes products that other people use, but they don't actually use them themselves. Then there are companies that make things they actually use and depend on. We fall squarely in that space—we build things that we use every day." The BlackBerry is the real-time nervous system by which RIM managers and engineers collaborate, trade ideas and monitor customer feedback—just like it is at companies the world over. That means self-motivation is the key to RIM's innovation process: Its employees are driven to dream up bigger and better products, in part because there's a personal payoff at the end—a cooler, more powerful BlackBerry.

Even as the company has grown—from less than a dozen employees in those early days to more than 8,300 today—Lazaridis has kept all of its operations squarely in his sights. From his office on Columbia Street in suburban Waterloo, it's a pebble's toss to the engineering facility; another building houses customer support; further down the street is the manufacturing plant. (RIM has other manufacturing and sales facilities around the world, but "we have a microcosm here," he says. "That's the core.") Lazaridis could make a tour of his entire organization in an afternoon. On foot.

And he does. Once every couple of weeks, Lazaridis holds what he calls "vision meetings." With so many research groups each working on their own cog—the display group, the software group, the standards team, the radio crew—the meetings are key to keeping them on task. They're by invitation only, and Lazaridis uses the time to rally the troops and let them know how the battle's going.

Jim Balsillie is fond of saying that RIM's product pipeline extends about a year to 18 months out. Actually, says Lazaridis, "it's longer than that." But what there is to glean about future handsets resides in the world of blogs and rumours. There's a prototype 3.5G BlackBerry that Lazaridis has previously admitted he's played with. As well, a patent has allegedly been filed for RIM's touchscreen answer to the iPhone, which analysts predict will be directed not at the company's business-oriented core but at the more casual consumer. You can be sure that whatever Lazaridis is planning, it will be researched meticulously. "We have people making sure we choose the right technologies three years out, four years out, and so on .... People say, 'Well, don't you have a five-year vision?' And I say, well, not really. That's a long time, and at the rate we're going, things change a lot."

The hundreds of scientists, physicists and mathematicians at the Perimeter Institute are on a slightly longer schedule. Most of the research they're doing—whether it's formulating a new theory on quantum gravity, trying to prove whether teleportation is possible (it is, sort of), or looking at what happens when matter enters a black hole—will have to be published, peer reviewed, edited, revised and supported before it even gets to the experimental stage. And that's supposing the tools needed to test their hypotheses have even been invented.

For Lazaridis, this place is the fulfillment of a dream he's had since his university days. As a student of engineering, there wasn't a lot of theoretical physics on Lazaridis's curriculum, and what little there was had much more to do with history than with actual research. "I had an amazing physics teacher," Lazaridis remembers. "He said, 'During the day, I'm going to teach you the curriculum, but I'm going to hold a night course once a week, and I'll talk about the latest developments.'" The result was a sort of Dead Poets Society, a close-knit group of Waterloo students who spent their evenings learning about the latest developments in string theory—guys like Alain Aspect, who was by then working with crystals to produce entangled photons. "I couldn't believe my ears," Lazaridis says. "We really got turned on during that time."

An idea began to take shape among the group: What if Canada had its own dedicated centre for theoretical physics?

Nearly 20 years later, Lazaridis had amassed a large enough fortune to make it happen. He'd already helped transform this sleepy college town into the nation's largest tech cluster, attracting attention from major U.S. companies. There were dozens of small companies orbiting Lazaridis's mothership, those that were either started by RIM alumni or were dedicated to providing services and applications for the BlackBerry. Now, at last, the stage was set for Lazaridis to help turn Waterloo into one of the premier destinations for future thought in the world.

But what would make the best physicists in the world come to Waterloo? There are no oceans or mountains to gaze at. Income taxes are high, and the weather—well, it's Canada after all. The answer, as hokey as it may seem: If you build it, they will come. "It was the fastest, most affordable, brandable thing we could do," says Lazaridis. "The building is the brand."

In October, 2004, a few dozen scientists and mathematicians moved from a temporary facility in an old post office into the new Perimeter building, which looks like a massive blackboard plunked down in the centre of suburban Waterloo (or maybe it's supposed to mimic the monolith that appears among the apes at the beginning of 2001). Inside, the staff found everything they needed: a peaceful collection of light-filled offices, each equipped with a floor-to-ceiling blackboard; comfortable lounges where groups could meet to hash out solutions; long hallways to roam and courtyards to sit in; and a cozy café.

Meanwhile, across Waterloo's Silver Lake, plans for yet another world-class research facility were unfolding. For a number of years, the University of Waterloo had been trying to get an Institute for Quantum Computing off the ground. Lazaridis was just the guy to make it happen. Unlike Perimeter, a place where mathematicians could operate in the untethered realm of pure thought, the university wanted to provide students and scientists with a facility where they could test some of the quantum predictions being generated at places like the Perimeter Institute.

In 2002, IQC opened in a temporary facility on RIM's main campus, with a modest (by comparison) personal donation of $50 million from Lazaridis and a provincial endowment of $50 million. Thanks largely to Lazaridis, Waterloo is a kind of end-to-end innovation hothouse, from the very conception of theoretical ideas, to experimentation and refinement, culminating with the companies that will one day provide new technologies born from those ideas. But to say Mike Lazaridis is expanding his empire is missing the point. The idea is to apply the same kinds of strategies that have made RIM so successful to the task of expanding our knowledge of the universe. If this happens to spark a quantum leap in technology along the way, well, that's just a bonus.

If there's one area of research Lazaridis is watching, it's quantum computing. All the advances in computing made so far revolve around the digital bit, a tiny electrical pulse that can either be recorded as a one or a zero—a system we know as binary. According to Moore's Law, every two years we'll figure out a way to double the number of transistors on a computer chip. This explains the shrinking nature of your BlackBerry and the fact that Apple now makes a laptop that slides into a manila envelope. The problem is, if Moore's Law is followed to its natural conclusion, in as little as 10 years, those bits we pack into our iPods will be the size of atoms. This is where quantum computing takes over.

Quantum computers employ quantum bits, or qubits, that behave in very strange ways. For starters, unlike bits, they don't have to be recorded as either a one or a zero—they can be both at the same time. So with only 40 or 50 qubits (we're talking the size of molecules), a quantum computer may one day perform the same tasks the world's most powerful machines now perform with hundreds of megabytes. If you could just jam that kind of power into your BlackBerry...who knows what it could do? "Think about the Industrial Revolution," says Raymond Laflamme, director of the IQC and one of the pre-eminent scholars on the matter (he's actually credited with changing Stephen Hawking's mind about the nature of time). "Suddenly, people see steam and they are able to harness it, control it and make machines. Locomotives changed the landscape of cities and, at the same time, the fabric of society itself...when we think of quantum computing, that's the vision we have," says Laflamme.

It's a tall promise, and one that is unlikely to pay off—at least in any tangible, commercial sense—in Lazaridis's lifetime. But for him, when those results happen is irrelevant. Rather, it's about providing a solid foundation for a future generation of innovators. And it's about faith.

"If I were to say, 'Tell me right now what this stuff is going to be used for in the future before I give you another dime,' that would be the biggest mistake I could ever make," says Lazaridis. "You have to remember, it can never be predicted. That's a fact of theoretical physics."

Source: The Globe and Mail

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BUFFALO, NY (2008-04-25) Erie County will become a part of statewide hazard notification system. County residents will now be able to subscribe, free of charge, to a web-based system that provides emergency information.

County Executive Chris Collins says communication is key during an emergency.

"Accurate and timely information is not only reassuring to residents, but it can also save lives," Collins said. "I encourage residents to subscribe to this free service."

NY-ALERT has a statewide subscriber base of more than 1.3 million accounts.

The system provides information from state agencies and local governments regarding ongoing emergencies, severe weather situations, major road closures and safety precautions that are recommended by governments, schools and the private sector where appropriate.

To sign up for this free service, visit the NY-ALERT website.

Subscribers can choose the type of emergency information they wish to receive, as well as the method of dissemination — e-mail, telephone call at home or work, cell phone call, text message, fax or pager.

Source: WBFO News

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It's not just for kids. You can track flights, get driving directions, transfer files to your phone and much more.

By Rick Broida

April 23, 2008 (PC World) To many people over the age of 30, text messaging can seem like one of those strange, complicated behaviors only teenagers understand. In reality, it's one more great tool in your productivity arsenal, right up there with e-mail and instant messaging.

In function, texting treads a fine line between those two communication capabilities, essentially serving as a basic form of e-mail for even the simplest of today's cell phones. Text messaging relies on a decades-old technology called SMS (Short Message Service) that's used to relay brief messages (usually no more than 160 characters, equivalent to a couple of average-length sentences).

Teens typically use texting for trivial cell-to-cell communication ("WHERE R U?", "AT THE MALL!"). But savvy travelers can leverage SMS for a whole lot more. Let your thumbs do a little walking (over your phone's keypad) and you can check flight status, update your calendar, track a package, check your bank balance and get driving directions to almost anywhere.

You don't even always need your thumbs: Some services let you send messages and retrieve information using just your voice. Best of all, most of these text-messaging marvels cost nothing to use — though you'll want to check with your carrier to see how many messages (if any) are allowed as part of your monthly plan.

1. Remember your appointments and schedule new ones
Can't remember what time your next meeting takes place? If you're a Google Calendar user, you can find out in a flash: Just send a message with the word "next" to GVENT (dial 48368) and you'll get back the time and details of your next scheduled event. Send "day" for a full list of today's appointments and "nday" for tomorrow's.

Google Calendar also lets you add new events via SMS— and you can use plain English to do it. For example: "Lunch with Joe at Panera Bread tomorrow at noon." Shoot a message like that to GVENT, and Google will add it to your calendar with all the appropriate details.

Finally, you can configure Google Calendar to send automatic reminders in advance of an event. For any existing entry, click Edit Event Details, then Add a Reminder. Choose SMS from the list of options, and then specify how far in advance of the event the notification should arrive.

Before you can leverage Google Calendar's SMS features, you have to configure it for use with your phone. In your Web browser, open Google Calendar and click the Settings link, then choose Mobile Setup. Follow the simple cues to enable cell phone notifications, and you're all set.

Of course, Google Calendar isn't the only game in cyberspace. Services like PingMe and Sandy can deliver notifications to your phone and process new reminders that you send from it. And Kwiry helps you remember things you're supposed to do by routing text messages created on your phone to your e-mail in-box.

2. Track packages, calories and cash
A number of Web services now offer alerting and information options via SMS to help keep you in the loop. For example, are you dying to know when your newly ordered MacBook Air will arrive? Forward your delivery-confirmation e-mail to TrackMyShipments.com, and you'll subsequently receive SMS updates on your package's status, location and delays (if any). You can also monitor your own shipments by sending its tracking number to a special e-mail address.

If you're watching your weight, Diet.com can help you count your calories. Text any major restaurant chain's name and menu item to DIET1 (dial 34381) and Diet.com will shoot you back the nutrition stats: calories, fat, carbs and protein.

Quicken Online can send you a text-message reminder when a bill is due, so you won't have to worry about racking up late fees. Other Web-based money managers like Buxfer and Mint offer even more SMS-alert options: They can notify you of low balances, unusual spending and large deposits (such as a paycheck). You can even record transactions (great for tracking expenses on the run) or request an account balance.

3. Compose text messages with your voice
Most people who hate text messaging do so for the simple reason that's such a hassle to compose messages using a cell phone keypad. You could always upgrade to a keyboard-equipped phone like the AT&T Tilt, LG Voyager or RIM BlackBerry Curve, but even those models are "all thumbs" when it comes to text input. Plus, it probably seems excessive to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone just for the sake of easier text messaging.

Instead, let your voice do the legwork — or fingerwork. A free service called Jott will transcribe your spoken message into text and deliver it via SMS to anyone in your contact list (which you have to set up in advance on the Jott site). Just speed-dial Jott from your cell phone, say the name of the person you want to contact and then start talking. (Remember to keep it short: Text messages can't be longer than a few sentences.) This is also a much safer way to send a message while you're at the wheel. (Note, however, that some states ban or discourage using the phone while driving, or are considering laws against it.)

4. Get driving directions
If your phone lacks GPS and you need to find your way between points A and B, let SMS be your guide. Before you hit the road, head to MapQuest in your desktop browser and input your destination. Once the site generates the driving directions, click the Send to Cell option and enter your cell number. In seconds you'll receive a text message containing a link to turn-by-turn directions for your route.

If you're away from your PC, tap Google SMS for on-the-fly navigation. Create a new message with your starting point and destination, then send it to GOOGLE (dial 466453). In return, you'll receive Google Maps directions in one or more text messages (depending on the length of the route). You can also get an actual map by texting "map" and your location.

Need directions but don't want to take your hands off the wheel? Dial 800-FREE-411, 800-GOOG-411 or DIRECTIONS (dial 347-328-4667) for voice-prompted assistance. State your starting address and where you want to go; all three services will whip up directions and shoot them to your phone via SMS. Best of all, they're free. You pay only standard calling and text-message charges.

5. Search Google From the Road
Google SMS offers more than just driving directions: You can text your way to stock quotes, movie show times, currency conversions and much more. The trick lies in remembering the proper syntax to receive the information you want. To access Google's glossary, for instance, your message should read "Define" and then the word. Looking for a particular business in your area? Send the business name (or category, such as "pizza") and the ZIP code or the city and state. If you can't remember the proper format for a particular inquiry, just send "help" or "tips" to Google SMS (dial 466453), and the service will send you a cheat sheet.

4INFO offers a similar batch of SMS services, but adds helpful extras like package tracking and a Wi-Fi hot spot finder. You'll find fun stuff, too, such as jokes, drink recipes and pickup lines. You can also sign up for text-message alerts: 4INFO will send you the game scores for your favorite teams, educate you with a word of the day and even deliver Craigslist ad updates (so you can swoop in the moment playoff tickets go on sale).

6. Keep tabs on flights ...
Jet-setters can also tap Google SMS and 4INFO for flight information. Just text your airline and flight number to receive up-to-the-minute arrival and departure times. If you'd rather have flight updates pushed to your phone, head to FlightStats, sign up for a free account and then set up some Flight Alerts. The site will send you a status report up to three hours before departure, notifications of any flight delays or cancellations, and a notification when the flight lands (helpful if you're on airport-pickup detail).

7. ... and keep tabs on friends
Fans of Twitter, the micro-blogging service that lets others know what you're doing at this very minute, will find SMS virtually indispensable for sending and receiving updates. Start by configuring your Twitter account to support text messaging: Click the Settings link and then click Phone & IM. Follow the instructions to enable your phone, then set Device Updates to "on." (While you're at it, click the Notices option and set "sleep" hours so you're not bothered by new messages all through the night.)

To receive text-message updates from your friends and family, click the Following link in your profile and set Device Updates to "on" for each person. To broadcast your own updates straight from your phone, text your messages to 40404.

8. Transfer files to your phone
Savvy users know that the easiest way to move a file between PCs is to e-mail it to yourself. So why not take the same approach for transferring a file to your phone? Unfortunately, it's not always that easy: Many phones balk at e-mail file attachments because of size or format. And what if your phone isn't set up to fetch e-mail anyway? Your only option is a traditional PC-to-phone connection, which usually requires a special cable or a complicated Bluetooth configuration.

Enter Beam It Up Scotty, a free Web-based service that leverages SMS to send just about any kind of file to your phone. Just browse your hard drive for the desired file — document, photo, MP3, movie or whatever — and then choose a compression setting. Beam It Up Scotty can automatically optimize video and audio files for mobile phone playback and can compress other kinds of files for speedier transfer.

Finally, enter your cell phone number. Within a few minutes, you'll receive a text message containing a link to download the file straight to your phone.

9. Send text messages from your PC
Suppose a text message arrives on your phone while you're sitting at your desk. Do you really have to peck out the reply on the phone's tiny keypad? Not if you know the recipient's phone number and carrier. Just fire up Outlook or any other mail client and compose your reply like an ordinary e-mail. The trick lies in knowing the proper way to address the message.

For example, e-mails sent to phones on the Sprint network must be formatted like this: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com. To send e-mail-via-SMS to a Verizon customer, use phonenumber@vtext.com. You can find a full list of carriers and their text message addresses at SMS 411.

If you don't know the recipient's carrier or can't remember all those different suffixes, take a shortcut: Send your e-mail to phonenumber@teleflip.com. The free Teleflip service does the legwork for you, routing your message to the appropriate carrier. Whatever method you use, keep in mind that replies will come to your e-mail in-box, not to your cell phone — which can be a good thing if you're spending the day at your desk anyway.

10. Archive your messages
Need to save an important message for posterity (or a pending court case)? In an ideal world, you'd simply connect your phone to your PC and copy the messages to your hard drive. Few phones can do that out of the box, however. But the free utility BitPim makes this possible for many models from LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sanyo. You'll also need a USB cable that's compatible with your phone; check with the manufacturer (or eBay) to hunt down the proper cable.

To preserve only a select few messages (and avoid the hassles of software and cables), check out Treasuremytext. This free Web service archives and manages all messages forwarded from your phone. Later, you can visit the Treasuremytext site to review your messages, add notes and organize them in custom folders.

Michigan-based writer Rick Broida has been covering the tech world for nearly 20 years. In addition to his contributions to PC World, he is author of The Cheapskate Blog.

Source: COMPUTERWORLD

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What happened to Motorola?

EE Times
(05/01/2008 4:58 AM EDT)

How does a company go from selling 45.4 million wireless handsets in one quarter to 27.4 million units one year later? What explains a market share drop to 9.7 percent from 18.4 percent in a single year?

The reversal of fortunes at Motorola Inc.'s mobile-handset business boggles the mind. Not too long ago, it was the world's second-largest cellular phone maker, snipping at the heels of market leader Nokia. Moto captivated the industry with the Razr--one of the most sought after phones in the history of the industry, until Apple's iPhone took that crown.

Now South Korea's LG threatens to push Motorola to fourth place from third, and Sony Ericsson should be within striking distance soon if the mess at Motorola persists. Management has responded with plans to spin off the business, as if merely introducing a new ownership model will cure the problem.

What has happened to this American icon? Where is it headed, and can it be rescued?

Anyone who has answers questions is encouraged to chime in. Anyone aside from Motorola's current management, that is.

Source: EE Times

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Court Finds FCC Violated Administrative Procedure Act in BPL Decision

arrl The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today released its decision on the ARRL's Petition for Review of the FCC's Orders adopting rules governing broadband over power line (BPL) systems. The Court agreed with the ARRL on two major points and remanded the rules to the Commission. Writing for the three-judge panel of Circuit Judges Rogers, Tatel and Kavanaugh, Judge Rogers summarized: "The Commission failed to satisfy the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act ('APA') by redacting studies on which it relied in promulgating the rule and failed to provide a reasoned explanation for its choice of the extrapolation factor for measuring Access BPL emissions."

The Court agreed with the ARRL that the FCC had failed to comply with the APA by not fully disclosing for public comment the staff studies on which it relied. The Court also agreed with the ARRL that the Commission erred in not providing a reasoned justification for its choice of an extrapolation factor of 40 dB per decade for Access BPL systems and in offering "no reasoned explanation for its dismissal of empirical data that was submitted at its invitation." The Court was not persuaded by the ARRL's arguments on two other points, on which it found that the Commission had acted within its discretion.

The conclusion that the FCC violated the APA hinges on case law. "It would appear to be a fairly obvious proposition that studies upon which an agency relies in promulgating a rule must be made available during the rulemaking in order to afford interested persons meaningful notice and an opportunity for comment," the Court said, adding that "there is no APA precedent allowing an agency to cherry-pick a study on which it has chosen to rely in part."

The Court continued, "The League has met its burden to demonstrate prejudice by showing that it 'ha[s] something useful to say' regarding the un-redacted studies [citation omitted] that may allow it to 'mount a credible challenge' if given the opportunity to comment." Information withheld by the Commission included material under the headings "New Information Arguing for Caution on HF BPL" and "BPL Spectrum Tradeoffs." The Court concluded that "no precedent sanctions such a 'hide and seek' application of the APA's notice and comment requirements."

With regard to the extrapolation factor, the Court ordered: "On remand, the Commission shall either provide a reasoned justification for retaining an extrapolation factor of 40 dB per decade for Access BPL systems sufficient to indicate that it has grappled with the 2005 studies, or adopt another factor and provide a reasoned explanation for it." The studies in question were conducted by the Office of Communications, the FCC's counterpart in the United Kingdom, and were submitted by the ARRL, along with the League's own analysis showing that an extrapolation factor closer to 20 dB per decade was more appropriate, as part of the record in its petition for reconsideration of the FCC's BPL Order. The Court said that the FCC "summarily dismissed" this data in a manner that "cannot substitute for a reasoned explanation." The Court also noted that the record in the FCC proceeding included a study by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration that "itself casts doubt on the Commission's decision."

The briefs for the ARRL were prepared by a team of attorneys at WilmerHale, a firm with extensive appellate experience, with assistance from ARRL General Counsel Christopher D. Imlay, W3KD. Oral argument for the ARRL was conducted by Jonathan J. Frankel of WilmerHale. Oral argument was heard on October 23, 2007; the Court's decision was released more than six months later.

After reading the decision, General Counsel Imlay observed, "The decision of the Court of Appeals, though long in coming, was well worth the wait. It is obvious that the FCC was overzealous in its advocacy of BPL, and that resulted in a rather blatant cover-up of the technical facts surrounding its interference potential. Both BPL and Amateur Radio would be better off had the FCC dealt with the interference potential in an honest and forthright manner at the outset. Now there is an opportunity to finally establish some rules that will allow BPL to proceed, if it can in configurations that don't expose licensed radio services to preclusive interference in the HF bands."

ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, added: "We are gratified that the Court decided to hold the FCC's feet to the fire on such a technical issue as the 40 dB per decade extrapolation factor. It is also gratifying to read the Court's strong support for the principles underlying the Administrative Procedure Act. Now that the Commission has been ordered to do what it should have done in the first place, we look forward to participating in the proceedings on remand, and to helping to craft rules that will provide licensed radio services with the interference protection they are entitled to under law."

ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, concluded: "I am very pleased that the Court saw through the FCC's smoke screen and its withholding of valid engineering data that may contradict their position that the interference potential of BPL to Amateur Radio and public safety communications is minimal. The remand back to the FCC regarding their use of an inappropriate extrapolation factor validates the technical competence of Amateur Radio operators and especially of the ARRL Lab under the direction of Ed Hare, W1RFI. We are grateful for the work of our legal team and especially for the unflagging support of the ARRL membership as we fought the odds in pursuing this appeal."

Source: ARRL

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As Congress Examines FCC, Chairman May Be Asked to Defend His Leadership

By Cecilia Kang
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 30, 2008; Page D07

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin might be called to defend himself in a hearing on his leadership after a congressional investigation turned up complaints about the way he runs the agency, according to a memo obtained yesterday by The Washington Post.

Martin has been criticized by FCC staff members for pushing his proposals to loosen media ownership rules and requirements for a la carte pricing of cable television through such tactics as suppressing agency studies that do not support his agenda.

"The bottom line is that the FCC process appears broken and most of the blame appears to rest with Chairman Martin," Commerce and Energy Committee staff members wrote in the April 28 memo to Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), chairman of the committee, and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), chairman of the subcommittee on oversight and investigations.

A committee spokesman declined to elaborate on the findings, saying only, "No hearings have been scheduled." An FCC spokesman also declined to comment on the memo.

The memo to Dingell and Stupak said the investigation is ongoing and proposed holding hearings on the findings in June. According to the memo, more than 30 current and former FCC employees were interviewed, along with telecommunications industry representatives and private citizens. The memo was the first indication that the investigation, launched in December, has turned up material to support complaints against Martin.

The bipartisan investigation intensified in early March, when the committee requested a trove of e-mails, memos, handwritten notes and meeting schedules dating back three years from Martin, a Republican, the four other commissioners and staffers.

In a letter to Martin then, the committee said the investigation related "to management practices that may adversely affect the commission's ability both to discharge effectively its statutory duties and to guard against waste, fraud and abuse."

Source: The Washington Post

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BSU Students Develop State's Emergency Communications Protocol

By Don Riley
4/28/2008

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has a new crisis communications protocol developed by students at Ball State University.

Joe Wainscott, Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, says the protocol coordinates procedures for getting the word out during emergencies.

The students passed the Federal Emergency Management Agency course on public information systems before taking on the project.

Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora says it's a good example of students learning by taking a real world problem and finding a practical solution for it.

Wainscott says the department will use the protocol for training public information personnel throughout the state.

The project is part of a $2.5 million grant Ball State received from the Department of Homeland Security to develop emergency public communications training.

Source:

WIBC, INDY'S NEWS CENTER

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Legislation Moving Through House for Citizen Disaster Corps

Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008

Legislation was approved on Wednesday, April 30 by the House Homeland Security Emergency Communications Subcommittee to authorize and finance a nationwide Citizen Corps to prepare localities for natural or other disasters. The bill now moves to the full Committee.

The measure authorizes a Citizen Corps program that has been contemplated since September 11, 2001. About 2,000 communities already have Citizen Corps councils to inform people about preparedness, but they have limited funding. The bill would provide $200 million over five years for the local preparedness programs, starting with $30 million for fiscal year 2009. It also would authorize the Homeland Security Department to establish the Fire Corps and Community Emergency Response Team Program.

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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. 17 April 30, 2008   

AT&T Proposes Broadband, Mobility Funds for Unserved Areas in USF Reform Docket

In comments in the FCC’s WC Docket No. 05-337 Universal Service Fund (USF) Reform proceeding, AT&T has proposed that the Commission transition from the current universal service high-cost mechanisms to a Broadband Incentive Fund (for fixed networks) and an Advanced Mobility Fund (for mobile wireless networks), which will collectively support the voluntary deployment and offering of broadband service in unserved areas. AT&T said the plan’s defining characteristics are cost control, accountability, state participation, and infrastructure build-out in unserved areas, the very guiding principles recently identified by the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.

According to AT&T, policy makers must recognize that the revolution in communications technology is rapidly making past business models and their accompanying regulatory superstructure obsolete. In particular, the business model that piles “long distance” service on top of “basic local exchange service,” and on which the current universal service support mechanisms are based, is increasingly “anachronistic”. Requiring network providers to maintain this business model via carrier of last resort (COLR) requirements and irrational intercarrier compensation mechanisms will maintain significant barriers to the goal of broadband investment and deployment by forcing providers to divert resources to maintain an increasingly inefficient and obsolete network, AT&T said.

Without the flexibility to make their business models consistent with what consumers want and what technology can deliver, AT&T said, network providers will invest less in advanced technology and may temper their marketing efforts to avoid causing a complete collapse of a business model that they might otherwise not try to maintain.

Under the new Broadband Incentive Fund, AT&T said, the Commission would immediately begin providing project-based funding for investment in infrastructure necessary to provide fixed location broadband internet access services in unserved areas. Using an auction-like application process, states and the Commission would combine their expertise to select a fixed location provider (wireline and fixed wireless) to deploy and offer the supported broadband Internet access service (e.g., up to 1.5 mbps downstream) for a specified period (e.g., seven years).

AT&T recommended that this fund receive an infusion of new dollars in an amount to be determined by the Commission that would depend on both the parameters of the broadband service to be offered (the higher the transmission speed, for example, the higher the cost is likely to be) and the speed with which that service is deployed (the more aggressive the deployment schedule, the greater the need for new dollars). This new money would be supplemented by transitioning funding from the current high-cost mechanisms to the Broadband Incentive Fund. Operating in parallel to the broadband mechanism, the legacy high-cost mechanisms would direct support solely to designated carriers of last resort (COLR) for as long as they remain regulated at the state level. Once a state completes full rate deregulation, funding provided to price cap carriers in that state under the legacy high-cost support mechanism would shift to the Broadband Incentive Fund for disbursement in that state, according to AT&T. Once the Commission’s broadband deployment objectives are achieved in that state, funding would be released for projects in other states.

Recognizing the unique characteristics of wireless technologies, AT&T proposed a separate and distinct Advanced Mobility Fund that would immediately make project-based funding available for the deployment of wireless broadband and voice capabilities in unserved areas. Utilizing an application process similar to the Broadband Incentive Fund, wireless providers would be selected to provide the supported service for a specified period. AT&T recommended that this fund receive an infusion of new money, the amount of which would be determined by the Commission, but also suggests an aggressive and systematic transition mechanism to shift all legacy wireless funding to the Advanced Mobility fund. Upon adoption of this plan, legacy funding going to wireless competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) would be capped (if it is not already capped) and, beginning one year after implementation, 20 percent of support per year would automatically be transitioned to the Advanced Mobility Fund. All transitioned money would be earmarked for disbursement to wireless broadband projects in the state from which the funding originated until that state no longer had unserved areas, AT&T said.

In addition to these two new funding mechanisms, AT&T proposed that the Commission undertake several steps to encourage rate of return (ROR) carriers to deploy and market broadband services. AT&T said ROR incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) already have made significant progress in the deployment of broadband, however, many may have been reluctant to offer and aggressively market broadband for fear that such services could significantly reduce access charge revenues. To address these issues, AT&T suggested that the Commission, among other things, affirm that ILECs can use current high-cost funding for broadband investment and establish an access replacement mechanism to enable ILECs to lower intrastate access charges to interstate levels. Once the pressure to maintain access revenues is eased, these carriers will have far more incentive to deploy and market broadband services. In addition to these incentives, under AT&T’s framework, ROR ILECs would have to demonstrate that they have made broadband substantially available in their service area or risk having their USF support capped or their service area opened to other carriers under the Broadband Incentive Fund application process. This proposal represents a leap forward building on AT&T’s broadband and mobility pilot proposed last year, providing a roadmap to transition all Americans from POTS to 21st century broadband, according to AT&T.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

Selected Comments From The USF Reform Docket

Verizon and Verizon Wireless: First, the FCC should cap the overall high cost fund, as recommended by the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Second, Verizon said, the Commission should transition at least some wireless high cost support to one-time wireless construction grants intended to ensure the availability of wireless service in areas that have no wireless service today. These one-time construction grants should be awarded through competitive bidding and should be funded either by reducing ongoing eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) support in areas across the country that have not had a reverse auction for ongoing wireless support (consistent with the Verizon Reform Plan) or from the savings realized from the ongoing support auctions. Under either scenario the total amount of support would not increase as a result of the program. Alternatively or in addition, funds from sources other than the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) program could be used to pay for wireless construction grants. While these grants would be one-time awards and should not necessarily fund the entire cost of deploying wireless network infrastructure, the grants could help defray the cost of constructing facilities in certain areas that may otherwise be cost prohibitive for a wireless carrier to reach.

At the same time, Verizon said, the Commission should adopt the Verizon Reform Plan that emphasizes use of reverse auctions for determining and distributing ongoing wireless and other competitive ETC support. Distributing ongoing high cost support to wireless ETCs through reverse auctions under the Verizon Reform Plan also would more accurately target support by allowing the market – rather than the government – to determine how much support is sufficient to provide universal service in a given area. The combined result of these two options – competitive bidding for onetime grants and reverse auctions for ongoing wireless support – is a win for consumers, Verizon said. It produces a more efficient high cost fund, and a more effective universal service program that requires only that amount of funding actually needed to meet the program’s goals.

Third, Verizon said, rather than creating a new Provider of Last Resort (POLR) fund, the Commission should cap high cost support to incumbent LECs at 2007 levels, as proposed by the Joint Board, as well as take concrete steps to reduce further existing subsidy levels. Specifically, the Commission should: (i) consolidate all study areas commonly owned within a state; (ii) require that all carriers serving rural areas with 100,000 lines or more within a state receive universal service support under the non-rural support mechanism; and (iii) freeze per-line support for all carriers at current levels. These steps will relieve financial burdens on the high cost fund while the Commission moves toward reverse auctions. Conversely, the Commission should not add mobility to the list of supported services, nor should the Commission use USF subsidies to support broadband services. These proposals would only further strain the fund.

Finally, Verizon said, the Commission should eliminate the identical support rule, but it is imperative that the Commission eliminate that rule as part of the transition to the reforms discussed above. Merely eliminating the identical support rule outright and replacing it with complex regulations designed to support competitive ETCs based on cost data – without other reforms – is a misguided “quick-fix” that ignores the underlying problems plaguing the program and adds a new layer of complexity to an already complicated system. Instead, the Commission should promptly eliminate support to competitive ETCs from the funds that were intended to replace access charges. Wireless ETCs were never entitled to tariffed access charges, and competitive ETCs – both wireless and wireline – have not historically relied upon access charges as a source of universal service support. It makes perfect sense then, as the Commission tentatively concluded, to eliminate these subsidies immediately.

Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA): WTA agrees with the Joint Board that the current high cost programs for rural incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) should remain intact. WTA supports the Joint Board’s proposal for separate high-cost POLR programs, because POLR requirements and associated regulations require ILECs to disregard normal business and economic considerations to serve high-cost and/or low revenue customers who are generally ignored by profit-maximizing carriers, and to incur substantially increased plant, operating and maintenance costs to do so. However, WTA opposes a unified POLR program or mechanism encompassing both rural and non-rural ILECs. Rather, WTA believes that major differences between the service areas, financial resources, investment incentives, and support needs of rural and non-rural ILECs warrant the continued maintenance of separate POLR programs.

WTA supports the inclusion of “broadband” services as supported universal services, and urges that definition of broadband be revisited frequently as worldwide and national standards and service needs evolve. However, WTA said it understands that the deployment of broadband infrastructure is very expensive, and asks the FCC to be very sensitive to the impact that its future definitions of broadband and its broadband implementation requirements will have on the costs of carriers and on their high-cost support needs.

WTA supports the concept of a new Broadband Program within the USF that would be modeled after AT&T’s Rural Broadband Pilot Program, and that would provide grants for the construction of FCC-defined “broadband” facilities in “unserved” rural pockets within larger study or service areas that would not otherwise qualify for high-cost support.

WTA supports the establishment of a separate Mobility Program within the USF that would provide support to wireless carriers in high-cost rural areas. A separate program is necessary because wireless carriers provide services that are predominantly complementary or supplementary (rather than competitive with) the services of wireline POLRs, and because wireless carriers and wireline POLRs have significantly different technologies, costs, and regulatory requirements. A separate Mobility Program eliminates the basis and need for the “identical support rule.” Rather, WTA said, wireless high-cost support should be based on the actual costs of wireless carriers. It can and should be calculated on the basis of each wireless recipient’s state or regional service (or study) area, using reasonably available accounting system or method.

WTA opposes an integrated cap on all existing and proposed high-cost support programs. An overall cap, which is essentially a zero-sum game, WTA said, would subject rural ILEC POLRs (who have received stable or declining high-cost support in recent years) to substantial and virtually automatic reductions in their support as new and increasing amounts of high-cost support are provided to non-rural ILECs, wireless carriers, and broadband providers. Rural ILECs lack deep pockets or access to capital markets, and will not be able to continue what the Joint Board has recognized as their “commendable job” of serving their rural customers if their critical high-cost support is cut substantially by an overall cap, WTA said.

Finally, WTA opposes the use of reverse auctions because they will produce investment disincentives, gaming opportunities, and design complexities that will result in unintended and unwanted adverse consequences affecting both rural telecommunications service and competition.

CTIA-The Wireless Association: In the current environment, the Congressional mandate of competitive neutrality has become more crucial than ever. The Commission should be wary of proposals that would violate this important principle. Wireless carriers should not, for example, be segregated into a separate fund that is rigged to provide less support than that provided to ILECs. Locking in almost three times as much high-cost universal service funding for ILECs than is available to mobile wireless and other competitive ETCs cannot be consistent with the competitive- and technology-neutrality requirements of the Act. This is especially true now that there are so many more consumers of mobile wireless services than fixed wireline services and wireless networks still need to built out in some areas. Just like ILECs, wireless ETCs must be able to receive support for the ongoing costs of providing wireless services in high-cost areas. If the Commission decides to eliminate the identical support rule and require wireless carriers to substantiate their costs to receive support, there should be no artificial ceilings such that wireless carriers always receive less than or equal to the per-line support amounts received by the ILEC.

Moreover, any transition to a new support mechanism must recognize wireless carriers’ reliance interests to the same extent that the Commission has recognized ILECs’ reliance interests in the past. Because excessive subsidy levels can be as detrimental to universal service goals as too little support, the reformed universal service system also must ensure efficient support levels for all ETCs. To this end, the Commission should adopt specific goals for the program and performance metrics to measure its achievement of those goals. The reformed support mechanism also must reward efficiency. Because mechanisms tied to any ETC’s embedded or book costs actually reward inefficiency, they must be rejected for all incumbent and competitive ETCs.

Despite the relatively small share of support that wireless carriers receive, they have had considerable success in deploying wireless networks in rural and high-cost areas – including many areas that previously had no telecommunications service of any kind. Nevertheless, there remain areas in the United States where ubiquitous wireless and broadband networks remain an unfulfilled universal service goal. CTIA has commissioned a detailed analysis of the scope of these areas and the projected cost to complete the initial build-out of a Third Generation (3G) broadband-capable wireless network, which is attached to these comments. Based on commercially available data, the study revealed that roughly 23.2 million U.S. residents currently lack access to broadband-capable wireless service at their primary place of residence, and that more than 2.5 million miles of roads are not covered by a broadband-capable wireless signal (amounting to 42% of the road miles in the United States). The study estimates the total cost of completing the initial effort to construct a dual-mode 3G (Evolution Data Optimized (EvDO) and High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA)) broadband-capable network in these areas in the neighborhood of $22 billion. This estimate does not include the substantial costs of operating, maintaining, and upgrading those same networks and CTIA invites parties to share thoughts on how to further refine this initial analysis. While this study is just the first step in identifying the amount of support that will be “sufficient” to achieve national deployment goals, it may suggest, at a minimum, that the Joint Board’s estimates of the necessary size of mobility and broadband support are likely inadequate.

CTIA supports the Joint Board’s proposal to set aside dedicated funding for the crucial tasks of completing the deployment of mobility and broadband. If, as the Joint Board suggests, reverse auctions or requests for proposal are employed to select providers to receive such support, the plan must recognize the two disparate mobile network technologies deployed in the U.S. Unless both CDMA/EvDO and GSM/HSDPA networks are available in all areas, such areas will remain effectively “unserved” for consumers of one or the other technology.

Finally, the definition of “broadband” should not impose rigid speed requirements. A functional definition of broadband will better recognize services that are providing invaluable connectivity to consumers in rural and high-cost areas on both wireless and wireline networks.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

LAW & REGULATION

FCC ASKED TO RULE ON HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION ANTENNA RESTRICTIONS: The FCC has received two Petitions for Declaratory Rulings with respect to the Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule. The first, from Mr. James Bannister, asks the Commission to determine whether antenna restrictions of the Ponderosa Woods Homeowners Association that ban antenna installations without prior approval are preempted by the Commission’s rule. Ponderosa Woods is located in San Jose, California. The second Petition, from Mr. Richard Rhoad, asks whether the antenna restrictions of the Villas at Highland Lakes Board of Trustees are preempted by the Commission’s rule. The Villas at Highland are located in Westerville, Ohio. Parties may file responses to the Petitions on or before May 30, 2008 and replies on or before June 16, 2008. Please place the case identifier, CSR-7861-O, on all filings addressing Ponderosa Woods and CSR-7862-O on all filings addressing Villas at Highland.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

D.C. CIRCUIT REMANDS FCC’s ACCESS BPL RULE: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has granted in part the American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL’s) petition for review of two FCC orders promulgating a rule to regulate the use of the radio spectrum by Access Broadband over Power Line (Access BPL) operators. The Commission had concluded that existing safeguards combined with new protective measures required by the rule will prevent harmful interference to licensees from Access BPL radio emissions. The League challenges this conclusion, contending that the Commission had abandoned decades of precedent requiring shut-down and other protections for licensees and that the rule is substantively and procedurally flawed. The D.C. Circuit granted the petition in part and remanded the rule to the Commission. The Court said the Commission failed to satisfy the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by redacting studies on which it relied in promulgating the rule and failed to provide a reasoned explanation for its choice of the extrapolation factor for measuring Access BPL emissions.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm.

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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EUROPEAN MOBILE MESSAGING ASSOCIATION

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The European Mobile Messaging Association

A Global Wireless Messaging Association

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You can contact Derek Banner, EMMA President, by calling him on +44 1895 473 551 or e-mailing him at: derek.banner@wirelessmessaging.org

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Press Release: Wireless Telemetry Leading Growth in M2M Revenues, Reaching $25.3bn by 2009, as Enterprise Wakes up to ‘Real-Time’ Efficiency Savings

Basingstoke, UK , 22nd January 2007. With businesses waking up to the operational benefits and efficiency savings of real-time data monitoring, wireless telemetry (or AMR – Automated Meter Reading) will lead the evolving growth in M2M markets over the coming 3 years and beyond - according to industry analysts Juniper Research - with revenues rising from $11.6bn in 2006 to $25.3bn by 2009.

According to Juniper, the substantial rise in revenues - expected to quadruple by 2011 to $40.8bn - will contrast with limited growth in telematics from $6.4bn to $11bn in the same period – owing to current widespread usage in many commercial vehicles due to legislation. Other outlets including security and surveillance, highway and public transport signs, and health care will show encouraging signs rising from a cumulative low of $2bn in 2006 to over $9bn by 2009.

Dr Therese Cory, report author, believes the figures represent a great potential for real-time electronic data to transform enterprise performance and efficiency: "The utility industry is a prime example of how, by networking and remotely monitoring machines, data can be analysed and collective behaviour understood in new ways. For example a real-time unified view of how power is used will help safeguard this increasingly rare resource. And what can be measured can be controlled, and ultimately optimised."

To date however, growth has been restrained. M2M projects are notoriously long-term investments taking years to initiate, due to large budgets, the length of the decision making process, and time needed to put together a custom solution from several supply chain players. Despite these hurdles, Therese insists the signs are positive: "Earlier in 2006 the Italian energy company Enel completed an installation of 30 million AMRs. The cumulative cost of this project up to 2005 was $4.48bn. In the same year, only 6 million meters were providing readings, increasing revenues by $1bn."

"Similar cost and benefit patterns are expected across the whole of the wireless AMR segment. Certainly, making the business case will become easier as more companies bite the bullet and provide success stories for others to learn from."

White papers and further details of the study 'Wireless Telematics & Machine to Machine: Entering the Growth Phase, 2006-2011' can be freely downloaded from www.juniperresearch.com. Alternatively please contact Michele Ince at michele.ince@juniperresearch.com , Telephone +44(0)1256 830002/476200.

Author
Dr Therese Cory

Related Reports
Wireless Telematics & Machine to Machine - Entering the Growth Phase, 2006-2011.

Source: Juniper Research (Thanks to Ron Mercer and friend.)

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Nighthawk Systems Inc. manufactures low cost and reliable remote control products for fire house alerting, volunteer alerting, activation of warning signs and sirens, and a number of applications for public safety. The Company manufactures the EA1 and the FAS-8 which have been designed specifically for these applications. Both products are paging based and will work with any public or private paging network. They are available in all VHF, UHF, and 900 MHz paging frequencies. The products can serve as the primary notification system or an excellent, low-cost backup to existing systems.

Public Emergency Notification & Volunteer Alerting

The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage. Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc. The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs. This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes. This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area. In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home. When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate. A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate. When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room. As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer. When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated. The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.

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Firehouse Automation

The FAS-8 is designed for activating one or more relays in a firehouse and if desired, printing the alphanumeric message to a serial printer. For this application the FAS-8 is set to activate upon receiving the proper paging cap code sent from 911 dispatch. Up to eight different devices can be activated all with individual time functions. The most common devices to turn on include the PA amplifier, audible wake up alarm, and house lights. The most common device turned off is the stove. The FAS-8 can accept up to 8 different cap codes and have separate relay and time functions per cap code. This allows for different alerting to be accomplished at the same physical location depending upon which cap code is sent. This can be very helpful when fire crews and medical crews are housed in the same building.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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From: Ron Mayes
Date: April 25, 2008 11:13:55 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Subject: Alpha Paging SPAM Attacks.

April 25, 2008

Brad,

With regards to your question of alpha paging inputs by spammers and such. YES, we have experienced this issue over the past few years. Fortunately for Advantage Communications & Paging my son is completing his college degree in computer science and engineering and I now know more about internet security and programming than a businessman should have to.

What the problem is: Paging Systems (like ours) with fixed IP address accepting SNPP paging inputs through whatever software are being targeted by the same SMS companies and third party text message processing vendors for sending SPAM. Early on we found some third party sites that would send a text message for anyone were sending the same text message to all known “carriers” –Cellular and Paging- whenever their client did or didn’t choose which carrier their intended recipient was using. This massive amount of messaging to numbers and area codes not on our paging system bogged down our SNPP computer and our internet bandwidth. Each message was hundreds of characters long when the header, subject, and message were all included. By luck or given the massive numbers a real pager number would eventually be hit and a message sent out. Given that most small paging systems (like ours) don’t filter area codes on alpha input, choosing to accept seven or less pager ID numbers this would happen. Advantage was able to determine the sending text service only by doing a reverse IP search. Then googled to find their web site and make contact. Just so everyone knows, they don’t put a phone number on their website for contact. It’s done by email. We’ve had three events like this in the past two years. Fortunately, the offending web sites did cooperate with our requests and take us off their carrier list or provide some sort of fix for sending to designated carrier only. In addition to this problem we’ve experienced attacks by Russian and other SPAMMERS attempting to take over our SNPP server to process spam email. On two occasions they were faster and better than us at changing IP sources so we couldn't keep up with typing them in our firewall. Apparently they took it on as a challenge and sent something in code to KILL our server and we had to build another one. Trust me when I say that Virus creators and Spammers ought to be put to death as punishment for their crime because no one could ever recover their losses of time and money from their actions.

Here’s what we have done to help resolve the problems with spammers and wrong way messages. Our current SNPP Server (Comm One systems software) and each remote client have Windows operating systems with all email functions and remote Microsoft commands turned OFF or removed. These then have a good antivirus and firewall security software installed that updates itself daily (Bitdefender 2008). Our host Server SNPP “Gateway” software has a area code network routing setup that enables us to designate only those area codes that are actually utilized on our system. This takes away all the other variations. Our server system is further enhanced with a software called “PEER GUARDIAN” that provides additional IP and Port blocking of known Spammers and related criminals. This software provides us the source of the attempted system penetration and other reports. By having our Gateway server in our office turned on we monitor our traffic and review the reports daily. While we can lament the convenience of SNPP paging from multiple sources for our customers benefit. I miss the simplicity of forcing alpha modem use that spammers couldn't afford to call into.

Now if I can only get the same filter for my cellular phone I wouldn't be bothered by the SMS junk text messages.

Have a great Weekend!

Ron Mayes
President
Advantage Communications & Paging
Wichita, KS
ron@advcom.net

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From: John Simmons
Date: April 29, 2008 4:14:18 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Subject: Paging attack

Brad,

I'm answering the question you posed in your latest newsletter. We have had two types of 'attacks.' We've had someone randomly enter pager numbers into our website; these pages were stopped because they were invalid numbers. The second type of attack was someone telnetting into our SNPP server. The person was unsuccessful because of the timeout per session. I'm more concerned about the second type of attack — if automated it would choke up our SNPP server and block valid pages. This is a DoS type of attack. I hope I won't have to fight this.

John A. Simmons
Project Management Engineer
Roger's Two Way Radio, Inc.
(218) 751-3077
(800) 243-3077
Fax (218) 751-0508
www.rogerstwoway.com
jsimmons@rogerstwoway.com  

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From: jay@spdControlSystems.com
Subject: DoS attack on a paging company
Date: April 25, 2008 1:30:25 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

If you recall, RTS Wireless anticipated this problem a very long time ago and created a product specifically aimed at thwarting many different types of attacks that could be made again paging company Web sites as well as Email overloading. It had a long list of features and functions.

It was called Load Sentry. Too bad the product is no longer available.

Jay Moskowitz
Chairman and Founder
SPD Control Systems Corp.
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Follow-up comments:

Brad: I do recall, in fact I think Ron Mercer and I invented the product and you created it.

Ron Mercer: all true, too bad 4 sure.

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From: Stephen Oshinsky
Subject: Agenda
Date: April 29, 2008 6:29:08 PM CDT
To: Paging Technical Committee

Dear PTC Members:

As a reminder, there is a PTC Face-to-Face meeting next Thursday, May 8th starting at 9 AM. Unication will be hosting the meeting at the Westin DFW Airport Hotel. If you have not already done so, please let me know if you will be attending.

Here is the Agenda for the meeting:

1) Hello / Introductions (Stephen)
2) Review Current Subcommittee – which are active (Stephen)
3) RXP Code Book Action (James)
4) WARN Act Progress
spacer a) C-Interface ideas (Pat)
spacer b) Device UI and Behavior requirements document (John)
5) AAPC ReFLEX Address and SPID Assignment Administration (Stephen)
6) ReFLEX Application Opportunities (Ron Mercer)
7) New Business (Stephen)


The PTC Meeting will be at the following hotel:

The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport
4545 W. John Carpenter Freeway · Irving, Texas 75063 · United States · Phone: (972) 929-4500

If you have not already told me that you will be attending, please let me know ASAP. We may be able to get a special rate depending on the number of people staying at the hotel.

Thank you,

Stephen M. Oshinsky
Director, Systems Engineering
SkyTel
(601) 460-3449

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From: Jeff Billings
Subject: RE: Wireless Messaging Newsletter for Jeff Billings
Date: April 24, 2008 7:34:50 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Brad, your first paragraph of your latest newsletter tells about bogus pages to alpha pagers via email paging. I am seeing this more and more on my email gateway logs. That and SPAM are about to take over. It seems the SPAMMERS are getting craftier by using words that you cannot filter out especially if you have a high amount of emergency responders using your system. So yes we are seeing it a lot more. Any ideas how to get rid of it.

Thanks,

Jeff Billings
RCS Wireless Technology
jbillings@rcscom.com
800-441-9191 ext 111

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From: Mark Bullock
Subject: Regarding your thought for the week
Date: April 24, 2008 5:06:21 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

I had almost forgotten about that Motorola card, but I do remember the wall sign that distilled it down to a single phrase — "Do the right thing, NOW!"

Watching Motorola slowly die is like losing an old friend.

Mark Bullock
SkyTel Data Center Manager
Jackson Network Operations Center

mark.bullock@skytel.com

Motorola Computer Systems Senior Field Engineer, 1980 – 1993.

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UNTIL NEXT WEEK

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I will be attending the PTC meeting next week in Dallas. Ron Mercer will be leading a discussion on the opportunities for ReFLEX repeater systems in underground coal mines. This could be a wonderful new safety system for miners since it could be used for tracking, alerting (both ways), and routine messaging. The Federal Mine Safety Administration has expressed an interest in this project.

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Newsletter Editor

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Brad Dye, Editor
The Wireless Messaging Newsletter
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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.”

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