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FRIDAY - JUNE 20, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 316

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I sent out an EXTRA EDITION of the newsletter on Monday about Velocita closing the agreement to purchase SkyTel from Bell Industries. It's a done deal.

Velocita came up with the funds to buy SkyTel through a "Factoring" company. In case you are not familiar with the term, here is a short definition from Wikipedia:

Factoring is a word often misused synonymously with accounts receivable financing. Factoring is a financial transaction whereby a business sells its accounts receivable (i.e., invoices) at a discount. Factoring differs from a bank loan in three main ways. First, the emphasis is on the value of the receivables, not the firm’s credit worthiness. Secondly, factoring is not a loan – it is the purchase of an asset (the receivable). Finally, a bank loan involves two parties whereas factoring involves three.

OBS: In Europe the term Factoring typically means accounts receivable financing. Here the correct word for this article is: American factoring.

The three parties directly involved are: the seller, debtor, and the factor. The seller is owed money (usually for work performed or goods sold) by the second party, the debtor. The seller then sells one or more of its invoices at a discount to the third party, the specialized financial organization (aka the factor) to obtain cash. The debtor then directly pays the factor the full value of the invoice. [Source: Wikipedia]

Another Press Release about the sale follows below. I heard that there were heavy cuts in Skytel field technical personnel, and I don't think that this was a good idea. The new owners may find that they need those technicians more than they thought. One anonymous reader said: “Basically they have no money, no credit—so they took out a payday loan.”

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Feds give NY $8 million for radio upgrades

June 20, 2008

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security is giving New York nearly $8 million to help pay for upgrading its emergency communications systems.

Rep. Nita Lowey says the money will help offset some of the big costs to improve communications among police, fire and other emergency response systems.

Problems with first responder communications were exposed during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Police and fire officials struggled to share information and keep their personnel informed about the rapidly changing developments.

Nearly seven years after the attacks, federal, state and local governments are still trying to address those concerns.

Lowey is a Democrat whose district includes parts of Westchester and Rockland counties.


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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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To: Paging carriers, Paging vendors, Paging inventors, and anyone in the paging business
Re: Myrtle Beach in Arizona


One of the most valuable aspects of AAPC membership is the ability to share with other members. Sure, the legal monitoring and advocacy efforts are strong reasons to join AAPC, but it’s the relationships with other carriers and vendors that stand out as the primary reason we participate in our industry’s only trade association.

Nobody knows better than I that budgets are tight and business is hard to escape from. We survive by being creative and thrifty, yet it is critical that we continue to network and share ideas that promote successful business opportunities.

AAPC’s annual paging event is scheduled for November 5-7, at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, replacing our traditional “Myrtle Beach” event, and promises to bring in even more vendors and carriers. Already on the list: Space Data Corp., Prism, Inilex, DX Radio Systems, Digital Paging Company, Raven Systems, and MicroSpace Communications. Many more are planning to be there. Do not miss this event!

By combining our annual AAPC conference with EWA, we expose the paging industry to a broader audience, creating new opportunities and fostering new ideas. Several AAPC members have already benefited from contacts at our last meeting.

As President of AAPC, I strongly urge you to attend. As a small paging carrier, I promise this will have a positive effect on your business. It will be the paging conference of the year, with paging-specific sessions designed to inform and interact on many pertinent issues, including paging’s role in CMAS, changes in the satellite industry, new product offerings, and countless networking opportunities.

If you haven’t attended before, are wondering what AAPC is up to, or need to get updated on the future of paging, this is the event for you. Mingle with other paging carriers who share the same hurdles, same successes, and the same optimism for paging. Discover innovative ways to use paging spectrum beyond beepers. Get the latest from the Paging Technical Committee, the “best minds in paging.”

I can’t say enough. . . I want to see all AAPC members and Wireless Forum attendees at this conference! It’s important! Registration and hotel reservation information is available at our website, Please feel free to call me at 303-768-9673 or Linda Hoover, AAPC Executive Director, at 910-632-9442 if you have specific questions.

I will see you there!

Scott Forsythe
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AMD names chief sales officer

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 6:44 AM PDT
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Thursday named senior vice president Gustavo Arenas to the post of chief sales officer.

Sunnyvale-based AMD (NYSE:AMD) said Arenas will be responsible for making sure the company's regional sales organizations coordinate and collaborate among themselves and with customers worldwide.

Most recently at the company Arenas was in charge of sales, business and marketing organizations for North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Before joining AMD, he worked for 30 years at Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT).

Source: BusinessJournal

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Court Rules Against ISP in Employer Snooping Case

The Intelligence Center for the ISP Community
June 19, 2008
By Alex Goldman (blog)

Put some spicy text messages into a court case — even if those messages are between husband and wife — and the case will get a lot of attention. That's what happened when Jerilyn and Jeff Quon (and others) sued the City of Ontario, Calif. and its ISP, Arch Wireless (part of USA Mobility).

Jeff Quon and some of his police department co-workers sued when the department looked into text message usage and obtained transcripts of them. This, after the department's manager had said the employees could use as much as they liked as long as they paid for overages -- and Quon had paid the department several times for his overages.

The always-liberal Ninth Circuit Court ruled [.pdf] on Wednesday that Arch Wireless and the City of Ontario violated the Stored Communications Act, which "prohibits providers from divulging the contents of any communication that is maintained on the service without a warrant."

So this is a court ruling that every ISP should be aware of.

As far as I can tell, although the court has ruled on the issue, it has not assigned damages. That will be worth watching for, too.

Source: ISP Planet

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Your boss shouldn't read your text or e-mail messages without an OK, court says

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of an Ontario police officer whose messages were obtained by the Police Department and reviewed without his permission.

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
June 19, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court Wednesday sharply limited the ability of employers to obtain e-mails and text messages sent by employees on company-financed accounts.

The text message portion of the ruling, issued by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, will affect all employers who contract with an outside provider for messaging, as most do. Access to e-mail would be barred if the employer contracts out its e-mail service rather than maintaining an internal server to handle it.

A majority of companies keep employee e-mail on their servers, analysts said. Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook program, which has a 65% share of the corporate e-mail market, can be used either on a company's internal systems or on systems managed by vendors. Currently, about 28% of Outlook users have their e-mail handled by an outside vendor, according to research firm Radicati Group.

The ruling also gives all government workers 4th Amendment protection against searches of text and e-mail communications by their bosses, lawyers said.

"This ruling is a tremendous victory for your online privacy, helping ensure that the 4th Amendment applies to your communications online just as strongly as it does to your letters and packages," the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group that advocates civil liberties in the digital world, said in an online posting.

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel was the first federal appellate decision to provide 4th Amendment protection to electronic messages, which lawyers said would require police to obtain a warrant before they could access someone's e-mail or text messages.

The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit by Ontario Police Sgt. Jeff Quon and three others against the city's service provider and the city and Police Department for violating the 4th Amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.

In August 2002, Quon and another officer exceeded a department limit of 25,000 characters per month for texting. The police chief ordered a subordinate to obtain transcripts of the officers' text messages to determine whether the pagers were being used purely for work purposes.

The provider, Arch Wireless, sent the department transcripts of the messages. The city determined that many of Quon's messages were personal, and several were sexually explicit.

The court found that Arch Wireless violated the federal Stored Communications Act, which prohibits providers from divulging the contents of any communication that is maintained on the service without a warrant.

"I think right now service providers are going to be a little leery of providing anything to the subscriber because of this case," said John H. Horwitz, who represented Arch Wireless in the case.

The court ruled against the Police Department even though the city had informed employees that it had the right to read e-mails and text messages. The court said that despite the policy, text messages were not monitored for content and employees had an expectation of privacy.

"There were a host of simple ways to verify the efficacy of the 25,000 character limit [if that, indeed, was the intended purpose] without intruding . . . on 4th Amendment rights," Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote for the court.

The department could have warned Quon that for a month he was forbidden from using his pager for personal communications, and that all his messages would be reviewed, the court said.

Dieter C. Dammeier, who represented Quon and three other plaintiffs who communicated with him by text message, said reading one's text message "really is like somebody trying to eavesdrop on your phone conversations." He said some of the sexually explicit messages were between Quon and his wife.

"Nowadays, people text message," Dammeier said. "It's a new wave of communication, and hopefully this decision is going to be the trend that keeps them more private."

He said the case would return to the lower court to determine monetary damages.

The defendants' lawyers said they did not know whether their clients would appeal.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Wi-LAN Alleges Patent Infringement Vs Motorola, RIM, UTStarCom

June 20, 2008: 08:09 AM EST


Patent-licensing company Wi-LAN Inc. (WIN.T) has started patent-infringement litigation against Motorola Inc. (MOT), Research in Motion Corp., Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) and UTStarCom Inc. (UTSI).

Wi-LAN is claiming these companies infringed and continue to infringe certain of its patents by making and/or selling mobile handheld devices and other equipment.

The patents in question include Wi-LAN's U.S. patents RE 37,80 and 5,282,222.

The litigation was filed in the Eastern District of Texas, a popular venue for patent holders because it prosecutes infringement cases quickly and because some patent holders have won large damage awards there.

Ottawa-based Wi-LAN is being represented by McKool Smith, a U.S. law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation.

The litigation follows on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's latest patent ruling last week on a case between LG Electronics Inc. (066570.SE) and Quanta Computer Inc. (2382.TW) over whether a patent holder could collect royalties from multiple points in the production chain by restricting downstream use of its patented technology. As reported, the court ruled against LG, finding that its patent rights were exhausted under the terms of its license agreement with Intel.

Jim Skippen, chief executive of Wi-LAN, recently told Dow Jones that his company has focused on licensing its patents to equipment vendors and other downstream companies on the expectation that the Supreme Court would rule against LG and make it difficult to impose downstream restrictions on the use of Wi-LAN's technology.

Following the LG ruling, Skippen said he didn't think the decision was sensible from a business perspective since patent holders must now endeavor to collect a full royalty from one segment of the production chain, rather than easing the burden on prospective licensees by splitting the cost of a license among different levels of the chain.

Wi-LAN generates the bulk of its revenue from patent licensing.

Wi-LAN also confirmed it has settled its dispute in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California with Marvell Semiconductor Inc. It didn't provide any details of the settlement.


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Motorola shares at 5-year low on competition fears

Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:31pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Shares of cell phone maker Motorola Inc fell 7 percent on Thursday, hitting a five-year low on fears the company was losing ground to competitors.

Carrier Sprint Nextel Corp on Wednesday priced Samsung Electronic's touchscreen Instinct phone, a rival of Motorola and of Apple Inc's iPhone at a competitive $130, after rebate, and said it would spend more than $100 million to market the product.

"This sort of solidifies what shape they are in," said Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek. Samsung, LG Electronics , Blackberry maker Research in Motion and Apple are stealing share at Motorola and Nokia's expense, he said. "MOT is the much weaker player."

In addition, handset maker Foxconn International Holdings Ltd, a Hong Kong firm that makes phones for Motorola and others, also told Bloomberg that Motorola was still "having difficulties". Foxconn, a division of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd expected its profitability to come under pressure this year due to competition.

"That is putting pressure on some of the mobile phone manufacturers like Nokia and Motorola," said William Lefkowitz, options strategist at brokerage firm vFinance Investments in New York.

Shares of Motorola were down 6.7 percent to $8.02 and touched a low of $7.61, Nokia was down 3.4 percent to $24.54, Apple was up 1.3 percent at $181.20, RIM was up 1 percent to $146.15 on Nasdaq. Samsung shares closed down 4 percent and LG dropped 5.5 percent.

(Reporting by Peter Henderson and Doris Frankel)

Source: Thomson Reuters

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Factoring Company Provides $66 Million Factoring Facility to Velocita Wireless to Support Acquisition of SkyTel, from Bell Industries, Inc.

A leading factoring company, has signed an agreement to provide a $66 million accounts receivable factoring facility to a leading provider of wireless data services. The accounts receivable factoring facility was a key element of the funding package which enabled the New Jersey based network operator to complete the acquisition of a complimentary wireless technology business, providing nationwide wireless data and messaging services. By SEO Factor

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New York, NY (PRWEB) June 17, 2008 — Platinum Funding Group, a leading factoring company, has signed an agreement to provide a $66 million accounts receivable factoring facility to a leading provider of wireless data services. The accounts receivable factoring facility was a key element of the funding package which enabled the New Jersey based network operator to complete the acquisition of a complimentary wireless technology business, providing nationwide wireless data and messaging services.

With its headquarters in New Jersey, this national wireless network operator focuses on the M2M market. The company offers wireless data machine-to-machine (M2M) products including automatic vehicle location (AVL), telematics, point-of-sale, security and energy solutions to enterprise and government customers. Its network operates in 50 states covering 93 percent of all U.S. businesses and 220 million people.

The accounts receivable factoring facility provided by Platinum Funding Group will also assist the combined entity to consolidate its position as one of the leading M2M providers in the U.S. providing comprehensive, reliable and secure communication solutions.

"Platinum's ability to think outside the box, and find creative solutions for complicated transactions is a necessity in the current financial environment," said Eyal Levy, founder and CEO of Platinum Funding Group. "Platinum's assistance in several acquisitions lately, when liquidity is limited, makes us an attractive instrument for investment banks, private equity and venture capital firms."

Russell Backhouse, the CFO who coordinated the transaction with Platinum added, "At a time when borrowing facilities are extremely difficult to negotiate Platinum distinguished themselves with their speed of decision, flexibility and willingness to work to get the deal done."

Mark Hull, CEO said, "This acquisition clearly benefits all of our customers as together we are an even stronger company with a long-term commitment to messaging, data and the M2M market."

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Platinum Funding Group, a leading factoring company, provides clients with accounts receivable financing, purchase order financing, letters of credit, bridge funding, and accounts receivable management. Established in 1992, the factoring company has been consistently assisting companies with annual sales revenue between $1 million and $150 million. Platinum provides premier factoring services and possessions the financial resources to serve the needs of its invoice factoring clients across more than 30 industries, issuing same day advances on accounts receivable to early-stage companies, fast growing firms, and companies in Chapter 11. Platinum Funding Group is headquartered in New York City and has regional offices throughout the U.S.

Platinum Funding UK Limited commenced operations out of its United Kingdom office in the spring of 2008. Through its UK affiliate, Platinum Funding Group has expanded its services to include purchases of international receivables, with a focus on the European market.

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California Hands-Free Law to Go into Effect July 1; Ham Radio Not Affected Says Counsel

A new California hands-free cellular telephone law goes into effect July 1, 2008. It, like many others around the country, prohibits using mobile telephones while driving unless a hands-free device is utilized. ARRL has received numerous questions about its application to the use of mobile Amateur Radio stations by licensed amateurs. The law, in relevant part, states as follows:

"23123. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving."

ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, advises that "The definition of prohibited behavior in California's recent statute does not include a prohibition of operating a mobile, licensed Amateur Radio station while driving, because Amateur Radio transceivers are not telephones. While ARRL cannot guarantee that this statute will not be interpreted by law enforcement officers or the courts of California more broadly than that, it is our view that a fair reading of the statute excludes mobile operation of Amateur Radio equipment by licensed radio amateurs.

That said, it is obvious that drivers should pay full time and attention to driving. To the extent that operating their amateur stations while mobile is a distraction to them, they should consider, if possible, pulling over safely to the side of the road and conducting their amateur communications while stationary."

ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, adds that while the statute on its face does not apply to Amateur Radio mobile operation, problems could still arise: "Law enforcement officers are not telecommunications experts and may not understand or be concerned about the difference between a cellular telephone and a ham radio. If you do get stopped, be polite and state that you were operating a mobile Amateur Radio transmitter as specifically authorized by the FCC and not a wireless telephone. Don't engage in an argument if the officer issues a citation -- that won't help your cause. If cited, you will need to follow the instructions about contesting the citation in traffic court. As ARRL counsel notes, the language of the statute does not appear to include amateur mobile operation. Unfortunately, you could have to go through the inconvenience of appearing in court to contest a citation."

ARRL will continue to monitor the application of this statute relative to radio amateurs.

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Wireless Pioneers Plan October Dinner Celebrating 25 Years of Cellular

Chicago Reunion to Kick Off Wireless History Initiative

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, June 5, 2008—A group of wireless telecommunications leaders committed to preserving the history of the industry for future generations today announced plans for a dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of the launch of cellular communications. The event, Cellular 25, is scheduled for Oct. 13 in Chicago.

The Cellular 25 celebration marks the kickoff for the Wireless History Initiative (WHI), a broad-based, non-profit industry foundation forming to preserve and promote the history of wireless telecommunications through professional networking and educational outreach to the general public. WHI also plans to document the paging, public safety, and private radio services that pre-date cellular. Some of these offerings existed as early as the 1920s.

The Cellular 25 evening celebration reuniting pioneers of the wireless industry will follow a ceremony at Soldiers Field in Chicago earlier that day, marking the launch of cellular telecommunications. CTIA – The Wireless Industry Association® is sponsoring that program and is co-sponsoring the Cellular 25 event. Plans for the evening, including a reception and dinner, are designed to allow maximum time for re-establishing professional and social connections.

The Initiative was launched by Arlene Harris, Founder, Jitterbug and CBSI, now Convergys.; Elizabeth Maxfield, Attorney, former Senior Vice President, CTIA, and Founder, CIBERNET; and Judith (Lockwood) Purcell, Managing Director, Coracle Group LLC and Founding Editor of RCR Wireless News, Wireless Week, and other telecom business publications.

“This is a timely and deserving initiative,” said John Stanton, Founder, Trilogy Partners and Western Wireless Corp. “Wireless is one of the great success stories in this country, the poster child for competition and innovation. I support the goal of recording the history of the industry so the lessons of wireless can energize future generations of entrepreneurs and innovators.” 

Initial supporters of the Oct. 13 celebration and WHI include (in alphabetical order):

  • Jack Brennan, Retired, former CEO, Metro Mobile
  • Jim Caile, Chairman, Telecommunications Industry Association's Wireless Communications Division and former Corporate Vice President, Motorola
  • Martin Cooper, Founder and Chairman, ArrayComm, and former Vice President R&D, Motorola
  • James A. Dwyer, Chairman, Interop Technologies, and former President, Wireless One Network, American Cellular Telephone, and Independent Cellular Network
  • Sheila MB Griffin, President, Griffin Holdings, Inc. and Strategic Marketing Officer, Retired, Motorola, Inc.; Member, Cellular Start-up Team and General Manager, Research and Information, Ameritech Mobile Communications; Motorola Manager, Baltimore/Washington Cellular Market Trial
  • Mal Gurian, President and CEO, Mal Gurian Associates LLC, and former President and CEO, OKI Telecom Cellular Telephone Division
  • James J. Healy, Vice President-Industry Alliances, T-Mobile, and former Chair, GSM Association
  • Len Kolsky, Of Counsel, Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, and former Vice President and Director, Global Telecom Relations, Motorola
  • Dr. Joyce Gab Kneeland, Director, Master of Science in Communication Program, Northwestern University and former Senior Vice President, U.S. Cellular Corp.
  • Joy A. Nemitz, Senior Vice President-Market Development, TARGUSinfo, formerly Assistant Vice President, GTE-TSI
  • Richard D. Lane, Wireless Consultant, former senior executive with Pacific Bell Mobile Services and CellularOne New York
  • Gerald McGowan, Board Member, Boston Communications Group, Inc., and former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal
  • James B. Murray Jr., Founder and Partner, Court Square Ventures and Author of Wireless Nation, formerly Founder and Partner of Columbia Capital
  • Emily Nelms, formerly with Motorola and American Radio Telephone Service
  • Morgan O’Brien, Founder, Cyren Call and Nextel Communications
  • Graham Randolph, Consultant-Market Development, TESSCO Technologies, former Vice President and COO, American Radio Telephone Service, and former Chairman, Telocator
  • Liz Sachs, Senior Partner, Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, and former Attorney, Motorola Government Relations
  • John Stanton, Founder, Trilogy Partners and Western Wireless Corp.
  • John Stupka, former CEO, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems and SkyTel
  • Sue Swenson, CEO Sage Software, and former President and COO, Leap Wireless
  • Paul Tobin, Founder, Boston Communications Group, Inc., and former President, CellularOne Boston/Worcester and Portsmouth, NH
  • Kari-Pekka (K.P.) Wilska, Venture Partner, Austin Ventures, and former President of Nokia, Inc.

Many more individuals involved in the early years of wireless are expected to join this list. In addition to these industry notables, Crain’s RCR Wireless News, one of the industry's earliest business publications, plans to integrate its long-standing Wireless Hall of Fame awards program into the new foundation and supports its work. “This is the beginning of an active effort to continue providing deserved recognition for industry luminaries for years to come,” said Alan Bergstein, RCR Publisher and Editorial Director.

“We are planning a landmark occasion with attendees who were instrumental in creating and commercializing this great industry 25 years ago and even earlier,” said Harris. “Individuals and trade associations across the industry have responded enthusiastically to our organizing efforts, and we look forward to building upon this strong momentum.”

“We are pleased to support this celebration honoring the individuals who created a new world of wireless,” said David Diggs, Vice President and Executive Director, The Wireless Foundation (CTIA), and former Market Research and Planning Manager, American Radio Telephone Service. “We look forward to working with WHI as it engages pioneers, as well as people everywhere, in the compelling past and future of wireless.”

The independent WHI intends to capture information about the people, organizations, and technologies that propelled wireless telecommunications from its experimental phase to a form of communications, information, and entertainment with 258 million subscribers in the United States alone. The first WHI project will be the launch of a comprehensive Web site preserving the colorful history of wireless.

Individuals interested in attending the Oct. 13 event or reserving tables may e-mail For information on corporate sponsorships for the celebration, please e-mail

About the Wireless History Initiative
Founded by experienced leaders in the wireless industry, the Wireless History Initiative (WHI) seeks to educate and inspire future generations about the significance and growth of wireless telecommunications. Forming in 2008, the non-profit Initiative is developing programs that build community within the industry and preserve its rich and colorful history. The Initiative also intends to educate consumers and businesses regarding the many ways in which wireless adds convenience, productivity, and enrichment to everyday life. Currently working with existing wireless trade associations, WHI welcomes sponsorship and volunteer inquiries.


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Motorola: Dead Company Walking

Jun 20 2008 8:44am EDT

Kevin Maney eulogizes: Motorola, once one of the great American companies, appears to be in a death cycle. Its stock is at a five-year low, its market share is sinking like a phone thrown overboard, and its product line seems to be behind the times. Analysts are dropping support for Motorola, the company's debt ratings are going through the floor, and it can't recruit top talent.

It all adds up to a sad scenario that seems destined to end with Motorola going the way of one-time icons like RCA, Westinghouse, and U.S. Steel. If Carl Icahn thought booting Ed Zander from the CEO job was going to fix anything, he was clearly mistaken.

On, the input from Motorola employees is brutal. Some samples:

From a senior project coordinator — "There are probably too many downsides to express in this review. There is high stress level due to the fact that no one knows from day to day if they will have a job even if they are a top performing employee."

From a software engineer: "Motorola is huge into cost cutting right now. It seems that cost cutting is our actual product. It makes me wonder that if we are so bent on cutting costs then are we going to say no to the right projects that will help make money in the end?"

From a senior quality engineer: "Please force out these dinosaur managers who have no grasp of technology! According to reports, our current CEO does not even use email. The previous CEO, Ed Zander, let the company become a laughingstock with its RAZR phones."

From an anonymous employee: "Tough times for the company have lead to a stressful work environment with employees and resources stretched very thin. Lost the creative edge from years past. Poor middle management in general. Very few managers are truly decisive leaders - they are unwilling to take any chances and risks and prefer to follow the herd."

CEO Greg Brown has one of the lowest internal approval ratings of any CEO reviewed on Glassdoor, at 19%. Employee satisfaction runs at a low 2.7 on a scale of 1 to 5. Unless something radical happens, Motorola's days of being a great company are done.


(The opinions expressed in the article above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the editor of this newsletter. I only report the news that I find—I don't always agree with it.)

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Investors Take Over Philly Wi-Fi Effort

By Teresa von Fuchs
WirelessWeek - June 18, 2008

A group of local investors has stepped in to save Philadelphia’s Wi-Fi network, purchasing the nearly city-wide network built by EarthLink.

The group, called Network Acquisition, said it plans to offer free wireless access outdoors, while most residents will have to purchase additional equipment to access the network indoors. The group plans to underwrite the free service by selling wired and wireless services to business customers. The newly formed company also said it plans to finish building out the network, which currently covers 65% to 80% of the city.

EarthLink announced plans earlier this year to shut down the network, as the business model failed to make a profit; out of the 1.4 million residents in Philadelphia, only about 6,000 customers signed up for service. Users also reportedly complained about signal strength and lack of customer service.

Investors in Network Acquisition include technology entrepreneur Richard Rasansky, a director at equity investment firm Boathouse Communications Mark Rupp;

Derek Pew, chief executive of Boathouse and former interim CEO of Wireless Philadelphia, the nonprofit that worked with EarthLink overseeing the citywide Wi-Fi network; David Hanna, chairman of wireless Internet equipment maker Tropos Networks; and former Philadelphia mayoral candidate and businessman Tom Knox. Rupp will be CFO of the new company and Pew will be CEO. The group said they purchased the network from EarthLink, but did not disclose terms of the deal.

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Disasters raising new tests for telecoms: experts

June 19, 2008

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An injured survivor cries as she talks on a phone in quake-hit Hanwang in China's southwestern province of Sichuan

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Disasters like the devastating earthquake in China have highlighted the need for countries to develop better emergency communications plans, experts say.

With indications that the number of disasters may be rising around the globe, nations need to think seriously about how to deliver communication equipment to make rescue operations quicker and more efficient, they say.

Telecommunications were interrupted for more than 30 hours in the areas hardest hit by last month's quake in China, said Wu Guoxiang of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

He told CommunicAsia, a regional trade show, that there were lessons to be drawn from some of the communications problems that developed as authorities grappled with the scope of the disaster.

The quake killed tens of thousands of people but also destroyed more than 18,000 mobile base stations and nearly 30,000 kilometres (20,000 miles) of cable and optical fibre, he said.

But when the Chinese government sent a fleet of emergency communications vehicles with satellite facilities to the quake zone, many could not reach the hardest-hit areas because of landslides and other damage.

That points to the most important lesson, he said: the capability for rapid deployment.

"Actually, a satellite communications response plan did not exist," Wu said.

When authorities then turned to helicopters to help deploy thousands of mobile satellite phones, and terminals to transmit maps and help with emergency medical care, the bandwidth could not handle the heavy traffic, Wu said.

"Satellite is the most reliable means to support disaster response, particularly major disasters," Wu, the head of ESCAP's space technology applications sector, told the trade show late Wednesday.

"It should be properly integrated as a backup to other ground-based systems, and be able to be rapidly mobilised."

Evi Koh, an adviser to the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council, an industry body, said a string of disasters — including last month's cyclone in Myanmar and the 2004 Asian tsunami — showed national planners needed to think about how to be able to deliver communications equipment when needed.

"The important thing is preparedness," he said.

Harald Skinnemoen of Norway's AnsuR Technologies said his company was working on a project, partly funded by the European Commission, to develop rapidly deployable lightweight communications infrastructure.

He said it had also developed a system to transmit digital pictures in almost real-time from a disaster scene to an operations centre where they can be combined with input from an earth observation satellite, for example.

The photographs are zoomable over the Internet.

"It's a really powerful tool for flooding, fires," he said — even peacekeeping in conflict zones.

"One of the problems of course with this is money," Skinnemoen acknowledged. He said it was unclear which kind of organisation would buy a system that by definition would not be for everyday use.

But he insisted that global data were pointing to an increase in geological, meteorological and chemical disasters over the past century.

"We definitely are facing bigger and bigger challenges," he said. "Now, I think, is the time to act."


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Xohm WiMAX to go live in September, says Sprint CTO

18 June 2008

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Now we know. After weeks of speculation as to when Xohm, the WiMAX business unit of Sprint Nextel, would launch commercial services, Barry West, Sprint Nextel CTO and president of Xohm, finally named the month (if not the day).

Addressing conference delegates in his keynote presentation Tuesday at the WiMAX Forum Global Congress in Amsterdam, he said the first commercial Xohm service will start this September in Baltimore. "Mobile WiMAX services will follow in the Washington DC and Chicago markets during Q4 2008," he said. "We're already looking at other markets to launch after that."

West says that over 575 Xohm WiMAX base station sites are on air, with a number of devices going through its own testing labs. "It's the only [communications] technology I know where the chipset evolution for devices is going faster than the infrastructure," he said. Talking to, West added. "The access devices available at launch will include a Samsung AirCard, a modem from ZyXEL, a ZTE USB dongle, the Nokia Internet tablet [N810]", and Intel inside laptops. Others will follow."

The original Xohm target for commercial launch was April 2008. One of the reasons publicly cited by Sprint Nextel for not making the April launch was lack of backhaul capacity. That problem has now been resolved, says West. "As we've sorted out the logistical issues with site deployment, we're getting much better at securing backhaul capacity through fibre-optic and microwave links," he says.

West also reports that Xohm's back-office systems, responsible for billing and customer management, are nearly ready. "I'm probably two months behind where I thought I would be [on the back-office] but we are testing the software now [primarily from Amdocs] and we are very pleased with it. We can now activate a device over the air under five minutes and set up a billing relationship with the customer."

The distribution of non-subsidised WiMAX-embedded devices through independent outlets is a key part of the Xohm business model, as is billing for customers rather than devices (the prevalent business model in the cellular world). West wouldn't reveal any details of Xohm tariff packages in Amsterdam other than to say they would be simple to understand.

As anticipated, West poked fun at the high data-rate claims made by LTE supporters and those that branded WiMAX as a niche technology. "If its niche then it's a global niche," said West, referring to the fact there are now over 300 WiMAX deployments around the world.

One of the main weaknesses of LTE compared with WiMAX, argues West, is the lack of a developed chipset ecosystem. WiMAX has 23 chipset vendors while LTE chipsets are dominated by one or two companies. "LTE could wither without multiple chipset vendors," says West.

West believes LTE will not be rolled out in any significant volumes until the 2012-13 period as operators, who have already invested a lot in HSPA, hold back on 4G investment.


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The following is an abstract of a presentation that Ron Mercer, of Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC, is planning to give at the APCO 74th Annual Conference & Expo to be held in Kansas City this year—August 3-7, 2008.


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The fact that radio paging has outperformed virtually all other communication techniques during a variety of disasters has been well documented. (e.g. the 9/11 disasters in New York City and Washington DC as well as during the three hurricanes that hit central Florida in 2004 and the Katrina/Rita emergencies in the Gulf Coast in 2005).

Less well known, but equally important, are the unique attributes of paging technology that can protect the environment while continuing to meet the communications needs of public safety/first responder personnel.

This session will describe the characteristics that allow radio paging to combine environmental friendliness with functionality, cost effectiveness, and freedom from service interruption. The presentation will take account of:

  • The narrowband efficiency of radio paging which permits use of less vulnerable satellite and microwave backbone facilities.
  • Paging’s “store and forward” operating mode that smoothes traffic peaks to reduce channel “gridlock”.
  • The ability to prioritize traffic allowing less urgent “machine-to-machine” transactions to be integrated with critical “people-to-people” emergency communications. Many Machine-to-Machine transactions consist of environmentally friendly functions such as: Irrigation control, Traffic Light Synchronization, Highway Information Signs, Public Emergency Notification, Package Pick-up Requests, etc.
  • The ability of paging devices to support e-mail messaging via the Internet which tends to be less prone to overloading during emergencies.
  • The use of multiple high power base stations in a simulcast configuration to improve radio coverage, particularly in-building coverage.
  • The “delivery retry” mode, which assures that multiple attempts will be made to deliver messages (assured delivery).
  • Efficient “Group Calling” that permits a message to be sent simultaneously to thousands of users on a single transmission.
  • Inter-system roaming that keeps users in full communication when they travel to other parts of the country.

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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.]

   Vol. 11, No. 24 June 18, 2008   

FCC Adopts Additional Form 477 Reporting for Virtually All Wireline and Wireless Carriers

The FCC has modified the reporting requirements for the FCC Form 477 Local Competition and Broadband Reporting Form, to include requiring the percentage of residential broadband connections. The FCC now requires wired, terrestrial fixed wireless, and satellite broadband service providers to report, for each Census Tract and each speed tier in which the provider offers service, the number of subscribers and the percentage of subscribers that are residential. For terrestrial mobile wireless broadband service providers, which only report broadband connection at the state level under the Form 477 Order, the FCC does not modify the obligation for such providers to report percentage of residential broadband connections at the state level. As in the Form 477 Order (see separate story), the FCC finds that granting a blanket exemption to small carriers would undercut the benefits of its revised information collection by depriving the Commission and other parties of adequate information on broadband deployment and adoption in rural, unserved, and underserved areas of the nation, the areas where additional information is most needed and would be likely to have the greatest impact. As previously reported, the FCC greatly expanded the filing requirement in 2004; the new requirement only continues this trend. Virtually all of our clients need to file Form 477s. Additionally, the FCC notes that all Form 477 filers must submit, for each state in which they provide service, the percentage of their broadband subscribers that are residential. The FCC concludes that any incremental burden associated with providing this information on the Census Tract basis is outweighed by the utility of the data it will obtain. It thus applies the revised requirement to all broadband service providers, regardless of size. Form 477 is due March 1 and Sept. 1 of each year.

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

FCC Finally Releases Text Of Form 477 Order & FNPRM

The FCC has released the text of its WC Docket No. 07-38 Form 477 Report & Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to improve data collection that it adopted at its March 19 open meeting. The Commission modified FCC Form 477, the Local Competition and Broadband Reporting Form, to require broadband providers to report the number of broadband connections in service in individual Census Tracts. In order to generate an even more complete picture of broadband adoption in the United States, it proposes additional methods to add to the data reported by Form 477 filers, including a voluntary household self-reporting system, and a recommendation to the Census Bureau that the American Community Survey questionnaire be modified to gather information about broadband availability and subscription in households.

To further improve the quality of collected data, the FCC adopted three additional changes to FCC Form 477. First, it now requires providers to report broadband service speed data in conjunction with subscriber counts according to new categories for download and upload speeds. These new speed tiers will better identify services that support advanced applications. Second, it amended reporting requirements for mobile wireless broadband providers to require them to report the number of subscribers whose data plans allow them to browse the Internet and access the Internet content of their choice. Finally, it required providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to report subscribership information on Form 477.

Then, on reconsideration, it added a requirement that filers include the percentage of residential broadband connections (see separate story [above]).

FNPRM: In the FNPRM, the FCC sought comment on developing a nationwide broadband availability mapping program. It also sought comment on ways in which it might effectively capture information about actual, delivered speeds of broadband Internet access services, and about prices of broadband services. In addition, it sought comment on whether to require Form 477 filers to report the number of voice telephone service connections either at the ZIP Code level or on the basis of another geographic unit. Further, it sought comment on methodologies for consumer broadband surveys, and on methods for preserving confidentiality when sharing the information collected on Form 477. More specifically, the FNPRM sought comment in the following areas:

A. Reporting Number of Lines and Channels: Currently, local exchange carriers that file Form 477 are required to report the total number of voice-grade equivalent lines and wireless channels provided to end users. This information is provided on a state-by-state basis. In the Order, the FCC extended this obligation to providers of interconnected VoIP service. In the FNPRM, the FCC seeks comment on whether to require local exchange carriers and interconnected VoIP service providers to report the number of voice telephone service connections, and the percentage of these that are residential, at the 5-digit ZIP Code or Census Tract level. This increased granularity of data would enable the Commission to better assess adoption of particular technologies and competition using particular technologies in localized areas. The FCC seeks comment on the benefits and burdens associated with this additional reporting requirement.

B. Broadband Availability Mapping: In the past, the FCC acknowledged the success of the ConnectKentucky initiative and its interactive mapping program. It noted that the ConnectKentucky program, along with other efforts at the state level, has facilitated identification of areas without broadband service, and that this identification has resulted in public and private resources being focused to provide service to unserved areas. In order to provide an information resource that will facilitate similar focus nationwide, the FCC seeks comment on the adoption of a national broadband mapping program with the objective of creating a highly detailed map of broadband availability nationwide. The FCC seeks comment on ways such a program can provide useful information to other broadband initiatives undertaken by federal and state agencies and public-private partnerships, such as ConnectKentucky. The FCC seeks comment on whether and to what extent it might work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service in developing and using this mapping program, so as to combine the expertise of the Commission and its staff with that of the RUS in supporting rural infrastructure deployment. The FCC tentatively concludes that the Commission should collect information that providers use to respond to prospective customers to determine on an address-by-address basis whether service is available. It seeks comment on this conclusion, and on what standardized formats could be used to collect the information. The FCC seeks comment on whether and how a nationwide broadband mapping program can incorporate the data collected on Form 477, including information on broadband service subscriptions by Census Tract and by speed tier. The FCC also seeks comment on whether there are other sources from which the Commission should collect data to improve the output of the broadband service availability mapping program. The FCC seeks comment on how to maintain the confidentiality of broadband service information while still providing a rich resource for use by other federal agencies, states, localities, and public-private partnerships in focusing resources on expanding broadband availability in a manner similar to the focusing of resources enabled by the ConnectKentucky project. The FCC said it will apply an expedited comment cycle on this issue, and intends to issue a responsive Order within four months.

C. Delivered Speed Information Gathering: The FCC previously sought comment on whether to require reporting of actual broadband connection speeds experienced by customers rather than the theoretical maximum that a given network can support or the particular service configuration allows. The FCC said the record indicates that factors beyond the control of service providers may compromise the ability of service providers to report actual speeds experienced by consumers. Also, comments in the record point to the existence of other methods of collecting this information. In the FNPRM, the FCC seeks comment on how it might require service providers to report this information, and any alternative means, in addition to or other than requiring such service provider reporting, for effectively capturing meaningful information about actual speeds of Internet access services experienced by consumers.

D. Broadband Price Information: The FCC seeks to supplement and enrich the record on broadband price information. It seeks comment on requiring providers to report, for each state or each Census Tract in which they offer service, the monthly price the provider charges for standalone broadband service in each of the speed tiers used for Form 477 reporting, not including any temporary promotional price discounts or any discounts for bundled services. If a provider offers multiple broadband services with different service characteristics within a speed tier (e.g. services that include either a static or a dynamic IP address), or charges different prices for a service for customers in different portions of a state or Census Tract, the FCC seeks comment on whether it should require the provider to report the lowest and the highest prices available to consumers within the state or Census Tract, in order to identify the range of prices that a consumer may have to pay. In the alternative, the FCC seeks comment on whether it should require providers to report the lowest price for standalone service available to consumers within the state or Census Tract within each speed tier. If a provider has only national pricing for a service, the FCC seeks comment on permitting the provider to report the monthly national price for such a service, in lieu of individual state reports. The FCC also seeks comment on whether there are any methods to derive a standalone price for broadband service when only bundled services are offered by a provider. Specifically, if a provider does not offer standalone service, but does offer bundled service, the FCC seeks comment on whether we should require the provider to report the total monthly price of the least expensive bundle of services that includes the broadband service. The FCC seeks comment on whether it should also require providers to report the Average Revenue Per User, or ARPU, for their services. The FCC seeks comment on any additional metrics or standards that we may adopt to collect meaningful comparative broadband price information in the presence of widespread service bundling, promotional pricing, flux and variability in broadband service prices, and the variety of optional features associated with services. And finally, the FCC seeks comment on whether and in what form the Commission should use the reported service price information.

E. Preserving Confidentiality: The FCC seeks comment on ways in which it can preserve confidentiality when sharing the information collected on Form 477, the voluntary registry, and other sources with agencies such as the RUS and with public-private partnerships such as ConnectKentucky and similar ventures, for example by sharing the data in a less granular or aggregated form than the level at which it is collected.

F. Broadband Customer Surveys: The FCC seeks comment on whether it should conduct and publish periodic surveys of broadband customers to obtain information about the price, technology, and speed of their connections and to obtain information about the applications and services that they use over the connections. It asks commenters to provide information on the appropriate methodology for conducting such surveys.

Comments on Section B (Broadband Availability Mapping) will be due 15 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 15 days thereafter. Comments on all other sections of the FNPRM (Sections A, C, D, E, and F) will be due 30 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 30 days thereafter.

In a separate statement, Chairman Kevin Martin said the Order “will require detailed subscribership information on a local level and detailed information about the download and upload speeds of broadband services offered to consumers. Specifically, we will collect information in the following tiers of service:

  • First Generation data: 200k up to 768k
  • Basic Broadband : 768k to 1.5mbps
  • 1.5mbps to 3.0mbps
  • 3.0mbps to 6.0 mbps
  • 6.0mbps and above

“Additionally, we conclude that we will obtain and map additional information about broadband service availability to better direct resources toward unserved and underserved areas. Armed with this additional broadband data, the Commission will be better able to assess and promote the deployment of broadband across the nation.”

Concurring in part, Commissioner Michael Copps said: “I will spare you all my full broadband data stump speech today, except to say that it is truly shocking that we still rely on an absurdly dated definition of broadband speed and a 5-digit ZIP code methodology that didn’t pass the red face test even when we introduced it many years ago.”

Also concurring in part, Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said: “I am disappointed that we fail to take affirmative steps to improve our understanding of broadband affordability. To maintain our productivity edge, we must give our citizens communications tools that are equal or greater than those available to our global competitors. Particularly given the growing evidence that citizens of other countries are getting a much greater broadband value, in terms of price per megabit, it is regrettable that the Commission misses an opportunity to collect useful information about the actual prices available to American consumers. In addition, particularly as availability increases, affordability is likely to be an increasingly important factor influencing broadband adoption. I hope that the Commission can take up these issues, relegated to a Further Notice in this item, in the near future.”

In her statement, Commissioner Deborah Tate said: “While I fully recognize and support the need for the Commission to continue to update the evolving speeds and definitions of broadband as the marketplace develops, we must also be cognizant of any unintended consequences to programs that rely on our current definitions. To insure that everyone--even those with lower speeds or older technologies--is counted, and also to insure that by adopting new definitions today we do not disrupt any of the funding opportunities- whether through the FCC, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, Appalachian Regional Commission, or even State grants--I would have preferred to move this to the Further Notice so that we could be certain these definitional changes are only for the positive. Thus I concur in this section of the Order.”

Dissenting in part, Commissioner Robert McDowell said that “unfortunately, today the majority is playing with fire by attaching subjective and, perhaps, misleading terminology and definitions to various speeds. In short, what started out with a sleepy bureaucratic Order may end up being a change of tectonic proportions. The majority has not thought through the unintended consequences of its actions today. Instead of allowing consumers to determine what is a sufficient speed for their desired purposes, the government is drawing an arbitrary line that may favor some technologies that are currently considered “broadband.” While the concept of what is “broadband” should constantly improve and evolve, these decisions are best left to consumers and the marketplace, not unelected bureaucrats. It certainly should not be a political decision. I fear that what the majority has wrought this morning may very well come back to haunt us. Accordingly, I respectfully dissent from this portion of the item.”

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

Commission Releases Fifth Section 706 Report On Broadband Deployment

Although adopted at its March 19 open meeting, the FCC waited until last week to release its Fifth Report to Congress on the availability of advanced telecommunications capabilities to all Americans (Section 706 Report). As in previous reports, the FCC defines “broadband” or “advanced services” as those with upstream and downstream transmission speeds of more than 200 kbps. And it defines “high speed” as services with over 200 kbps in at least one direction. But the Fifth Report acknowledges that services are evolving, and the companion Form 477 Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) is an effort to improve broadband data collection in this regard (see separate stories [above]).

Some of the highlights of the Fifth Report include: The Commission estimates that high-speed cable modem service is available to 96 percent of the households to which cable system operators could provide cable TV service. As of June 2007, there were over 23.3 million broadband DSL connections. As of June 2007, 35.3 million mobile wireless devices capable of accessing the Internet over high-speed lines were in use, versus almost none at the end of 2003. In addition, the Commission estimates that, as of mid-2007, providers have deployed mobile broadband networks to areas of the country containing 233 million people, or 82 percent of the U.S. population. There are approximately 36 Broadband over Power Line (BPL) deployments around the country in both rural and suburban areas, nine of which are commercial deployments and the remaining 27 of which are either pilot or trial deployments. Currently, most BPL systems provide symmetrical speeds upwards of 2 mbps to the customer.

The number of high-speed lines — those lines with speeds of over 200 kbps in at least one direction – has increased from 27.7 million in December 2003 to 100.9 million in June 2007. A granular inspection of the June 2007 high-speed line counts reveals that, in the faster direction, 27.9 million of these lines offer service at speeds greater than 200 kbps but less than 2.5 mbps; 37.7 million of these lines offer service at speeds greater than or equal to 2.5 mbps but less than 10 mbps; 3.8 million of these lines offer speeds greater than or equal to 10 mbps but less than 25 mbps; nearly 92,000 of these lines offer speeds greater than or equal to 25 mbps but less than 100 mbps; and over 21,700 of these lines offer speeds greater than or equal to 100 mbps. Further, the number of advanced services lines – those lines with speeds of over 200 kbps in each direction – has also increased from 19.9 million in December 2003 to 69.6 million in June 2007, of which 61.1 million are residential advanced service lines.

High-speed deployments in rural communities also have continued to increase since the Commission’s Fourth Report. With respect to the lowest density zip codes – those with fewer than six persons per square mile – there has been a significant increase in subscribership. The percentage of the lowest density zip codes with at least one high-speed subscriber increased from 73.5 percent in December 2003 to 90.5 percent as of June 2007. Further, based on the 2007 NTCA Broadband/Internet Availability Survey Report, 99 percent of the NTCA respondents offer broadband service to some part of their customer base. In addition, an OPASTCO membership survey found that on average, respondents make broadband available to over 90 percent of their customer base. Ninety percent of the respondents in that survey reported being able to deliver data speeds of at least one mbps in one direction. Over 75 percent of the respondents also indicated that they compete against two or more providers in the broadband market.

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


FCC REQUIRES TELEMARKETERS TO HONOR DONOT- CALL REGISTRY INDEFINITELY: The FCC has amended its rules to require telemarketers to honor registrations with the National Do-Not-Call Registry indefinitely. The previous rules provided that registrations would expire after five years. This action is consistent with Congress’s mandate in the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which prohibits the removal of numbers from the Registry unless the consumer cancels the registration or the number has been disconnected and reassigned or is otherwise invalid. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already committed to retain numbers on the Registry indefinitely. This FCC rule change serves to minimize the inconvenience to consumers of having to re-register their phone numbers every five years and furthers the underlying goal of the Registry to protect consumer privacy rights. To enhance the accuracy of the Registry, the Commission encourages telephone companies to convey information on disconnected and reassigned numbers to the FTC, the administrator of the Registry, in a timely and accurate manner. The Commission also said it will continue to coordinate with the FTC on additional ways to improve the Registry’s accuracy. Since the inception of the Registry in June 2003, more than 157 million numbers have been listed. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


FCC Meetings and Deadlines

June 19 – Deadline for reply comments on Progeny’s request for waiver of M-LMS construction rule (WT Docket No. 08-60).

June 19 – Short-form application filing deadline for Auction 78 (unsold AWS-1, broadband PCS licenses). June 20 – Deadline for comments on 700 MHz D Block Second NPRM (WT Docket No. 06-150).

June 23 – Deadline for petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice (carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

June 24 – Deadline for ILECs filing annual access tariffs on seven days’ notice (carriers proposing to decrease all of their rates).

June 26 – Deadline for replies to petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice (carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

June 26 – Deadline for petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on seven days’ notice (carriers proposing to decrease all of their rates).

June 27 – Deadline for replies to petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on seven days’ notice (carriers proposing to decrease all of their rates).

June 27 – Deadline for comments on FNPRM concerning DTV consumer education initiative (MB Docket No. 07- 148).

June 30 – Annual ICLS Use Certification is due.

June 30 – Deadline for comments on NOI on fraudulent 911 calls made from wireless NSI phones (PS Docket No. 08-51).

July 1 – Effective date of annual access tariffs.

July 2 – Deadline for comments on Kentucky homeowner association restrictions on antennas (CSR-7925-0)

July 7 – Deadline for reply comments on 700 MHz D Block Second NPRM (WT Docket No. 06-150).

July 14 – Deadline for reply comments on FNPRM concerning DTV consumer education initiative (MB Docket No. 07-148).

July 17 – Upfront payment deadline for Auction 78 (unsold AWS-1, broadband PCS licenses).

July 17 – Deadline for reply comments on Kentucky homeowner association restrictions on antennas (CSR-7925-0)

July 21 – FCC Form 497, Low Income Quarterly Report, is due.

July 29 – Deadline for reply comments on NOI on fraudulent 911 calls made from wireless NSI phones (PS Docket No. 08-51).

July 31 – FCC Form 507, Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update, is due.

July 31 – FCC Form 525, Competitive Carrier Line Count Quarterly Report, is due.

July 31 – Report of extension of credit to federal candidates is due.

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

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Wireless AMBER Alerts™ Are Available to Help Reunite Abducted Children in California with Their Families

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STOCKTON, Calif. —(Business Wire)— Jun. 13, 2008 An AMBER Alert was recently issued in California urging citizens to be on the lookout for an abducted girl and her abductor. During these times, when a child's safety is in question, many people wonder if there is anything they can do individually to help.

Your audience might be interested in knowing that in addition to paying close attention to AMBER Alerts when they are distributed via broadcast outlets or on highway signs, they can also sign up to receive AMBER Alerts as free text messages on their wireless devices. Their participation will add critical eyes and ears to the search for abducted children.

Any wireless subscriber may opt in to receive free Alerts by completing a simple registration process at or their wireless carrier's website. Most wireless customers can text the word AMBER followed by a space and their 5-digit ZIP Code to 26237.

AMBER stands for "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response" and was created in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to find abducted children. The AMBER Alert Program was soon adopted across the nation and is a legacy to Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then murdered. All 50 states have since established AMBER Alert programs.

President Bush authorized the national AMBER Alert program as part of the PROTECT Act signed in 2003. The law formally established the federal government's role in the AMBER Alert program, appointing the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the agency responsible for coordinating AMBER Alerts on the national level. The wireless industry has officially partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to make free Wireless AMBER Alerts available to cell phone subscribers.

More than 390 children have been successfully recovered as a result of the AMBER Alert network.

The Wireless Foundation is a non-profit organization that was formed by member companies of CTIA-The Wireless Association(R) in 1991. The Foundation oversees a number of programs designed to put wireless technology to work addressing the challenges of society.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since it was established by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children's hotline which has handled more than 2.2 million calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 126,000 children. The organization's CyberTipline has handled more than 588,000 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 13,902,500 child pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at

The U.S. Department of Justice's mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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Jennifer Comer, 202-736-3675
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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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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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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