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FRIDAY - APRIL 10, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 355

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

SkyTel and American Messaging
I understand that American Messaging has entered into several agreements to manage — through a joint venture — the paging business previously operated by Velocita Wireless, LLC. The transaction is expected to result in immediate financial improvements by leveraging American Messaging's human resources and by integrating both companies' networks. As part of the transaction American Messaging hired approximately 50 former employees of SkyTel and although a significant number of duplicative Skytel positions were eliminated, I hear notice and severance will be paid to those affected. On a positive note, SkyTel customers can expect to get much improved one-way coverage and strong customer service as American Messaging takes over for all aspects of service delivery — while American Messaging will benefit from Skytel's two-way network. As I have stated previously, I really appreciate American Messaging's refreshing attitude of working together with the rest of the paging industry for the good of all of us.

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eat crow Please don't tell Ron Mercer that I called him an "old crow," but he is certainly "eating crow" in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section this week.

For our readers who may not be familiar with American English: Eating crow (archaically, eatin boiled crow) is an English idiom meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proven wrong after taking a strong position. [source]

Also, in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section, some great ideas from Jorge Fernandez, President of Canamex Communications Corporation Have RCCs forgotten the “Basic Principle” of how to succeed in selling paging service? Check out what he has to say. In these difficult times, we need to find all the ways we can to increase wireless messaging business. A new Canamex ad follows below.

Speaking of new ads. . . Can't afford to advertise? Maybe it should be, can't afford NOT to advertise. You may be conspicuous by your absence.

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This newsletter is made possible by paid advertising and contributions from readers. I recently received a $100.00 contribution from a reader in California. It was prompted by RCR Wireless News going out of business. I was very sorry to see RCR go, but I can understand how difficult it must be to maintain a "bricks and mortar" news business now-a-days. I am humbled and grateful when these ads and contributions come in. People in the wireless messaging community really do receive benefit from the news, and the many expert articles that have been sent in by other readers.

We have been so fortunate to have many articles from real experts and industry leaders. It is good that some of us "seniors" pass along our knowledge to the younger ones taking our places. It doesn't take that long to write an article about your specialty. Thanks to spell checkers, it is easy for us to make an article readable. You may feel like I did when I first started writing. I said, ". . . but there are so many people that are much more capable than I am." The answer was, "that may be true, but they don't write." So, if we don't do it — it won't get done!

Don't miss the news clip Motorola calls former CFO "treacherous officer." I think a lot of these problems are the result of going outside of the company to hire senior managers while passing over loyal, long-term employees who are just as much, or even more qualified for the job. I saw it happen many times while I worked there—in the paging group. It sent a bad message to the "troops" and frequently resulted in law suites. I even remember some customers saying, "don't EVER let that person come and visit me again!"

How foolish to think that there is nobody in the whole company who can do a certain job! So we have to bring someone in from the outside who doesn't know our company's policies and traditions? Pay them an obscene amount of money to run roughshod over our employees and insult our customers? Is that what they teach at Harvard Business School? I heard this called "the messiah complex" — some unknown person to come and "save us." Gimmie a break.

Now on to more news and views.

brad dye
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A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

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.

Editorial Policy: The opinions expressed here are my own and DO NOT reflect the opinions or policies of any of the advertisers, supporters, contributors, the AAPC (American Association of Paging Carriers, or the EWA (Enterprise Wireless Alliance). As a general rule, I publish opposing opinions, even when I have to substitute "----" for some of the off-color words. This is a public forum for the topics covered, and all views are welcome (so far). Clips of news that I find on the Internet always include a link to the source and just because I report on a given topic or opinion doesn't mean that I agree with it.

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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Northeast Paging
Canamex Communications NOTIFYall
CRS—Critical Response Systems Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
CVC Paging Preferred Wireless
Daviscomms USA Prism Paging
Easy Solutions Ron Mercer
FleetTALK Management Services Sun Telecom
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Swissphone
Hark Systems UCOM Paging
HMCE, Inc. Unication USA
InfoRad, Inc.    United Communications Corp.
Leavitt Communications WiPath Communications
Minilec Service, Inc.  

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You will note that in an article below we have covered the fact that Senator Kerry (D-MA) introduced legislation in mid-March entitled the "Radio Spectrum Inventory Act" that would require both the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build an inventory of radio spectrum bands that they manage. As a reminder, NTIA manages spectrum used by federal users, and the FCC manages spectrum used by non-federal users. The first question one might ask is "What in the world is this all about? Don't these federal agencies know who is using what spectrum they manage, and where, by now?" Of course they do.

So the next questions one might ask are related to the requirements contained in this legislation. Specifically, not later than 180 days after enactment, NTIA and the FCC are to consult with the new Office of Science and Technology, Executive Office of the President, and conduct a report covering 300 MHz to 3.5 GHz. Why these bands? They are ideal for broadband expansion, but the trick is to be able to cobble enough together. The agencies are also being asked to create a centralized portal or Web site to make their respective spectrum and user inventories available to the public via an Internet-accessible Web site. In case you were wondering if there is an exception for reporting the whereabouts of federal government communication installations on the Web that might be harmful to national security, there is—but the affected agencies must first request and provide justification for their exemption. That doesn't sound quite right to me, unless there is concern that every single government spectrum user would seek an exemption. But some are obvious, aren't they? Like, I don't want to know, nor do I want select others to know, where the Army might be practicing missile target practice. Let's not provide that data on the Web, then.

If this were a race between the FCC and NTIA to see who could get their information on the Web more quickly, we know that the FCC is already at the finish line with their ULS capability. The NTIA could certainly get there as well, and greater transparency with respect to federal government spectrum use (controlled, of course) is a good thing in many respects. But if you want to know if there is any spectrum lying around for broadband expansion purposes, can't you just ask the FCC and NTIA to take another hard look for answers and to provide recommendations without the need for legislation? Of course you can, and the FCC and NTIA have been asked this question many times before.

Mark E. Crosby, President/CEO, EWA

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Skype iPhone app is released and all hell breaks loose for FCC and AT&T

April 4, 2009 - 2:13 P.M.
By Seth Weintraub

Skype has been on Windows Mobile/Windows CE since 2004. I remember trying it out a few years ago on a T-Mobile device here in the US. It didn't seem like a big deal. Perhaps because at that point there was only GPRS speeds for data and the application (and the OS) were so clunky, that the ten unintuitive steps I had to do to activate Skype made it too tedious. It got uninstalled.

Fast forward a few years. 3G wireless data speeds are more than capable of carrying voice data. Even high quality, better-than-landline SILK audio codec data is easy pickings for modern telco networks. Add to that a smooth and intuitive user interface that Skype's iPhone application employs. It also doesn't hurt that just about everyone I know is on Skype, including everyone I work with and even senior members of my family.

Skype just had over one million iPhone app downloads in two days. That is over six downloads per second. One out of every 30 iPhone and iPod touch owners downloaded it in the first two days. Many more will follow. Perhaps the enormousness of that feat and the fact that some developers were able to get Skype working over 3G on the 3.0 beta firmware and reported great results has the telcos worried.

no block skype Already T-Mobile in Germany is fighting to keep Skype off of the iPhone. Canada's least favorite ISP, Rogers, is doing the same.

Add to that the fact that the FCC is being pressured by the open-Internet advocacy group Free Press to make telcos Net neutral. This means that they won't be able to block certain types of packets -- like Skype and video streaming (and Torrent traffic). It also means that they will be unable to prevent Internet tethering to be done on phone devices.

This is what has the telcos worried. A Skype experience that far surpasses that of what AT&T and the others have to offer. Better call quality, better interface, more features, cheaper cost and more compatibility with other platforms both carrier (Wi-Fi, WiMAX, DSL, Cable, etc.) and operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, Symbian, etc.).

About the only thing Skype can't do is call 911, which I imagine will be something that the telcos will put forward when they try to convince governments that they need to block Skype.

But it isn't just Skype. There are many other VoIP players out there. You'll have heard of Cisco and Vonage and probably Asterisk, but there are hundreds of other players operating on the SIP protocol. Even Apple's iChat initiates voice and video using SIP.

If the FCC decides to open up the telcos, Apple might be able to release their super secret, fully functional iChat for iPhone application*.

How can the telcos win on this one? I don't see a way out, VoIP is here to stay -- and it isn't blockable. It isn't hard to route your VoIP traffic over Web ports or random ports that AT&T isn't looking for. The current strategy of paying off lobbyists, which in turn, own a few government officials, will only work for so long.

My advice for the telcos? Embrace the wireless ISP role that you are being forced into. Three, the UK upstart, includes Skype on all of its smartphones. While it may lose out on some revenue, it does get a loyal following that may not get ripped off on long distance charges, even if VoIP users will most likely suck up a lot more bandwidth.

How about a data only plan for the iPhone AT&T? $60/month including tethering. While it has to sound scary, it is the future.

Otherwise, I'll do it myself with a Cradlepoint.

Source: Computerworld blogs

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Motorola calls former CFO "treacherous officer"

April 10, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) — A former executive who sued Motorola Inc. for firing him is a "treacherous officer," the telecommunications equipment maker said in court documents responding to his lawsuit.

Former Chief Financial Officer Paul Liska was fired for "serious misconduct and incompetence" and he planned a "scheme designed to portray himself as a whistleblower and demand millions in return for his silence," Motorola said in documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune and posted Thursday on its Web site.

Liska sued Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago on Feb. 20, a day after he was fired. He claims his dismissal was a "retaliatory discharge," which usually refers to an employee being fired for being a whistleblower.

Liska's attorney, Scott B. Crotty, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Motorola declined to release the court documents to The Associated Press on Thursday and declined to comment beyond the filings. Liska was terminated "for cause," according to a regulatory filing that Motorola issued on March 3.

Cook County officials would not release Motorola's court filings to the AP.

Liska claims he was praised consistently for his work and has said Motorola was trying to "destroy his reputation in retaliation for raising legitimate concerns" about Motorola's cell phone unit.

Liska did not receive his signing bonus, stock options or severance pay.

In February, North America's largest maker of telecommunications equipment posted a massive fourth-quarter loss as it recorded charges to reflect the shrinking value of its cell phone business. It also suspended its dividend, said CFO Paul Liska had left and gave a disappointing forecast for the fiscal first quarter.

Faced with plunging cell phone revenue, the company had hatched a plan last year to spin off its Mobile Devices business, but persistent losses caused it to postpone that move.

When it reported fourth-quarter earnings back in February, Motorola gave no specific reason for Liska's departure, but co-CEO Greg Brown implied that it was connected to the delay of the phone spin-off. He said at the time that changes in the "business environment" made a change at the CFO post appropriate as well.

Motorola is now the No. 5 cell phone maker worldwide, with a 6.5 percent share.

Source: Associated Press via Google

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  Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
TTY: 1-888-835-5322
April 10, 2009
DA 09-816
Robert Kenny: (202) 418-2668




Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is seeking nominations and expressions of interest for membership on the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC or Council). The Council is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides guidance and expertise on the nation’s communications infrastructure and public safety communications. Nominations and expressions of interest for membership must be submitted to the FCC no later than May 11, 2009. Procedures for submitting nominations and expressions of interest are set forth below.

On March 19, 2009, the FCC, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act,1 renewed the charter for the CSRIC for a period of two years through March 18, 2011.2 More specifically, the purpose of the CSRIC is to provide recommendations to the Commission to ensure optimal security, reliability, operability and interoperability of communications systems, including public safety, telecommunications, and media communications systems.


Under its charter, CSRIC’s duties may include:

  • Recommending best practices and actions the Commission can take to ensure the security, reliability, operability, and interoperability of public safety communications systems;
  • Recommending best practices and actions the Commission can take to improve the reliability and resiliency of communications infrastructure;
  • Evaluating ways to strengthen the collaboration between communications service providers and public safety entities during emergencies and make recommendations for how they can be improved;
  • Developing and recommending best practices and actions the FCC can take that promote reliable 911 and enhanced 911 (E911) service;
  • Analyzing and recommending technical options to enable accurate and reliable dynamic E911 location identification for interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services;
  • Recommending ways, including best practices, to improve Emergency Alert System (EAS) operations and testing and to ensure that all Americans, including those living in rural areas, the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who do not speak English, have access to timely EAS alerts and other emergency information;
  • Recommending methods to measure reliably and accurately the extent to which key best practices are implemented both now and in the future; and
  • Making recommendations with respect to such additional topics as the FCC may specify.


The Commission seeks nominations and expressions of interest for membership on the Council. Members of the Council will be appointed from among public safety agencies, consumer or community organizations or other non-profit entities, and the private sector to balance the expertise and viewpoints that are necessary to effectively address the issues to be considered. The Commission is particularly interested in receiving nominations and expressions of interest from individuals and organizations in the following categories:

  • Public safety agencies and/or organizations as well as other state, tribal and/or local government agencies and/or organizations with expertise in communications issues;
  • Federal government agencies with expertise in communications and/or homeland security issues;
  • Communications service providers, including wireline and wireless communications service providers, broadcast radio and television licensees, cable television operators and other multichannel video programming distributors, satellite communications service providers, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol and other IP-enabled service providers;
  • Consumer or community organizations, such as those representing people with disabilities, the elderly and those living in rural areas.
  • Qualified representatives of other stakeholders and interested parties with relevant expertise.

Members of the CSRIC will be appointed either as Representatives or as Special Government Employees (SGEs), as necessary.


Nominations should be received by the Commission as soon as possible, but no later than May 11, 2009. Nominations received after this date may not be considered. Organizations should nominate their Chief Executive Officer or other senior-level official in the organization. No specific nomination form is required. However, each nomination must include the following information:

  • Name, title and organization of the nominee and a description of the sector or interest the nominee will represent;
  • Nominee’s mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and facsimile number; and
  • A statement summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and reasons why the nominee should be appointed to the CSRIC.

Please note this Notice is not intended to be the exclusive method by which the Commission will solicit nominations and expressions of interest to identify qualified candidates. However, all candidates for membership on the Council will be subject to the same evaluation criteria.

Nominations should be sent to Lisa M. Fowlkes, Deputy Bureau Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, via e-mail at; via facsimile at 202-418-2817; or via U.S. mail at 445 12th Street, SW, Room 7-C753, Washington, DC 20554. Due to the extensive security screening of incoming mail, delivery of mail sent to the Commission may be delayed and we encourage submission by e-mail or facsimile.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa M. Fowlkes, Deputy Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, (202) 418-7452 (voice) or (email) or Jeffery Goldthorp, Chief, Communications Systems Analysis Division, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, (202) 418-1096 (voice) or (email).

- FCC -

1 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.
2 See 74 Fed. Reg. 11721-11722 (March 19, 2009).

Source: FCC

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Conficker botnet could flood Web with spam

It could send billions of messages daily, says Russian security researcher

By Gregg Keizer

April 10, 2009 (Computerworld) Windows PCs infected with the Conficker worm have turned into junk mail-spewing robots capable of sending billions of spam messages a day, a security company warned today.

According to Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based antivirus firm, yesterday's update to Conficker, which in some cases was accompanied by the Waledac spam bot, has resulted in a floodtide of junk e-mail.

"In just 12 hours, one bot alone sent out 42,298 spam messages," said Kaspersky researcher Alex Gostev in a message Friday. "A simple calculation shows that one bot sends out around 80,000 e-mails in 24 hours. Assuming that there are 5 million infected machines out there, the [Conficker] botnet could send out about 400 billion spam messages over a 24-hour period!"

The spam is pitching pharmaceuticals exclusively at the moment, said Gostev, primarily erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra and Cialis, with message subject headings, including "She will dream of you days and nights!" and "Hot life — our help here. Ensure your potence [sic] today!"

Gostev also noted that almost every message contained a unique domain in the embedded link, a tactic spammers sometimes use to side-step anti-spam filters, which analyze the frequency that any one domain is used. "We detected the use of 40,542 third-level domains and 33 second-level domains," said Gostev. "They all belonged to spammers and the companies that ordered these mailings."

Most of the domains are hosted in China, he added.

Conficker, the worm that first appeared in November 2008, exploded in early 2009 to infect several million machines and set off a near-panic as an April 1 trigger date approached, was fed a new version early Thursday that restored its ability to spread and beefed up its defenses against security tools. If it successfully updated an already-infected PC, Conficker.e — as the new variant has been labeled — also downloaded and installed a noted spam bot, Waledac.

Waledac has its own checkered history, in that it's assumed to have been created by some of the same hackers who operated the notorious Storm botnet during 2007 and 2008.

The spam coming from Conficker.e-infected systems is actually generated and sent by the Waledac bot Trojan.

The spam coming from Conficker.e-infected systems is actually generated and sent by the Waledac bot Trojan.

Some Conficker bots have also downloaded and installed Spyware Protect 2009, one of the many "scareware" programs in circulation. Scareware is the term given to fake anti-malware software that generates bogus infection warnings and then nags users with endless alerts until they pay to $50 to buy the useless program. According to Microsoft, the scam — also called "rogue software" — is one of the biggest threats to Internet users. In the second half of 2008 alone, Microsoft's anti-malware tools cleaned nearly 6 million PCs of scareware-related infections.

Yesterday, another researcher raised the alarm about the new Conficker and the software it drops, saying that the spam and scareware angles were clearly the first solid evidence of how the worm's makers planned to profit from their crime. "I don't want to be a scaremonger," said Kevin Hogan, director of security response operations at Symantec Corp. "But the situation now, as Conficker does go back to propagating, is actually more serious than a couple of weeks ago."

Source: Computerworld

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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. 12, No. 14 April 8, 2009   

Enforcement Of “Red Flag” Rules Begins May 1

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last year suspended enforcement of the “Red Flag” Rules until May 1, 2009, to give creditors and financial institutions additional time to implement identity theft programs. Under the new rules, all businesses that maintain a creditor-debtor relationship with customers, including virtually all telecommunications carriers, must adopt written procedures designed to detect the relevant warning signs of identify theft, and implement an appropriate response.

The Red Flag compliance program was in place as of November 1, 2008. But the FTC will not enforce the rules until May 1, 2009, meaning only that a business will not be subject to enforcement action by the FTC if it delays implementing the program until May 1. Other liabilities may be incurred if a violation occurs in the meantime.

The requirements are not just binding on telcos and wireless carriers that are serving the public on a common carrier basis. They also apply to any “creditor” (which includes entities that defer payment for goods or services) that has “covered accounts” (accounts used mostly for personal, family or household purposes). This also may affect private user clients who use radios internally, as well as many telecom carriers’ non-regulated affiliates and subsidiaries.

BloostonLaw has prepared a Red Flag Compliance Manual to help your company achieve compliance with the Red Flag Rules.

Please contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554) with any questions or to request the manual.


  • FCC launches Inquiry on national broadband plan.
  • NTIA’s broadband program goals outlined by Seifert at House panel hearing.
  • M-Spam bill would ban text messages to wireless numbers on Do Not Call registry.
  • Several parties seek reconsideration of FCC’s order regarding unlicensed devices below 900 MHz and in the 3 GHz band
  • Fourth quarter 2008 inflation adjustment figures for cable operators now available.

FCC Launches Inquiry On National Broadband Plan

The FCC, at today’s open meeting, adopted a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on developing a national broadband plan pursuant to section 6001(k) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. In the ARRA—also known as the “stimulus package”. In the ARRA, Congress charged the Commission with creating a national broadband plan, and the NOI represents the first step toward that end. The NOI seeks input from all stakeholders: consumers, industry, large and small businesses, non-profits, the disabilities community, governments at the federal, state, local and tribal levels, and all other interested parties. BloostonLaw will be preparing comments for interested clients, and will circulate them ahead of the June 8 deadline.

The Commission must deliver the plan to Congress by Feb. 17, 2010. It will provide a roadmap toward achieving the goal of ensuring that all Americans reap the benefits of broadband. The Recovery Act requires the plan to explore several key elements of broadband deployment and use, and the Commission now seeks comment on these elements, including:

  • The most effective and efficient ways to ensure broadband access for all Americans
  • Strategies for achieving affordability and maximum utilization of broadband infrastructure and services
  • Evaluation of the status of broadband deployment, including the progress of related grant programs
  • How to use broadband to advance consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety and homeland security, community development, health care delivery, energy independence and efficiency, education, worker training, private sector investment, entrepreneurial activity, job creation, and economic growth, and other national purposes.

Acting Chairman Michael Copps said: “This Commission has never, I believe, received a more serious charge than the one to spearhead development of a national broadband plan. Congress has made it crystal clear that it expects the best thinking and recommendations we can put together by next February. If we do our job well, this will be the most formative—indeed transformative— proceeding ever in the Commission’s history.”

Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said: “A key part of any meaningful broadband plan must be accurate, reliable and detailed data on broadband deployment. I am pleased that today’s item, among many other important questions, asks how we can build on our current data collection methods to determine who is participating in the broadband revolution, and who is not, including those in tribal lands and rural areas. It is only with these data – which we should have been collecting all along – that we can make sound policy decisions. Today’s NOI reminds us that we have also been charged by Congress to develop a comprehensive rural broadband strategy under the 2008 Farm Bill with our partners at the Department of Agriculture. I look forward to working with my colleagues on that important plan, which is due to Congress next month.”

Commissioner Robert McDowell said: “It is equally as important that consumers continue to have the freedom to pull – or push – the legal content of their choice anytime, anywhere, and on the device of their choosing within the physical limitations of the networks they use. The market is rushing to satisfy the latest consumer demand in this regard. Let’s make sure the government does not get in the way of these developments. Accordingly, we must avoid counterproductive government mandates that can disappear in a two, four or eight year election cycle. Such short time horizons will merely scare away investors.”

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, Mary Sisak, and Cary Mitchell.

NTIA’s Broadband Program Goals Outlined By Seifert At House Panel Hearing

At last week’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet oversight hearing, Mark Seifert from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration presented NTIA’s position on implementing the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Mr. Seifert is Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce. He explained that NTIA has five goals:

(1) To create jobs.

(2) To begin to close the broadband gap in America. This would include extending high-capacity pipes closer to users in rural, remote, and underserved communities. As Congress has instructed, other entities will be able to connect to those pipes, he said, adding that these publicly- funded high-capacity pipes must operate in conformity with basic principles of openness.

(3) To stimulate investment by requiring grantees that take Federal money to invest their own funds as well.

(4) To start taking steps to ensure that schools, universities, libraries, community centers, job training centers, hospitals, and public safety personnel have high-speed access.

(5) To encourage the demand for broadband. NTIA thinks that when more people understand how broadband access can help them find new ways of making a living, they'll want to have it for themselves.

Which Applications Should NTIA Fund? Mr. Seifert noted that the ARRA gave some guidance in this area. In the case of infrastructure grants, he said, the Act specifies that NTIA consider: whether an application will increase the affordability of, and subscribership to, service to the greatest population of users in an area; whether the application will enhance service for health care delivery, education, or children to the greatest population of users in an area; and whether it will not result in unjust enrichment as a result of support from another Federal program in the area.

Mr. Seifert also noted that the Act also directs NTIA to consider other important factors, such as whether the applicant is a socially and economically disadvantaged small business concern and whether the application will provide the greatest broadband speed possible to the greatest population of users in an area.

“To put this in context, we anticipate receiving applications that will allow people who live in unserved and underserved areas to work online at speeds that permit videoconferencing,” he said. “We hope to see applications that propose to make broadband available for smart grid technology and health information technology applications. We want applications that will provide researchers and scientists at universities and other institutions the broadband connectivity they need to compete with the rest of the world.”

Further BTOP Implementation Activities
Seifert said NTIA will be posting critical funding information, including recipient and fund use data to accurately track, monitor and report on taxpayer funds. A Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) will be published as expeditiously as possible, likely in the next couple of months, that will describe in detail how the application process will work, how NTIA will evaluate the applications, as well as how grantees will be held accountable, including requirements concerning progress reports and job creation measurements, to ensure that taxpayer investments are protected. NTIA is currently contemplating three waves of funding to allow applicants who may not be ready at the beginning of the grant program to participate in later waves. NTIA anticipates the first awards will be made in early fall 2009, with the second wave of applications beginning thereafter. NTIA has tentatively scheduled the third wave of applications to begin in the spring of 2010 in order to issue its final round of awards before the statutory deadline of September 30, 2010.

NTIA believes that having multiple opportunities for organizations to apply is equitable and effective. Some applicants will be ready to go from the beginning of the program while others will need more time to undertake planning activities, develop business plans, map broadband availability and build the necessary partnerships to assure project sustainability. These activities may take some applicants months to complete.

Additionally, applicants that do not succeed in the first round may consider retooling their application and possibly submitting it jointly along with other applicants in later rounds. Simply put, multiple rounds affords both the NTIA and applicants a dynamic and iterative process whereby NTIA is able to ensure that the money, when fully deployed, meets all of the Congressional purposes.

Challenges Ahead
Seifert noted that challenges ahead include substantive policy issues. For example, there is a host of statutory terms like “broadband,” “unserved,” and “underserved” that must be defined in order to give guidance to potential applicants. NTIA must also decide the scope of the consultative role the states will play as NTIA reviews grant applications.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, Mary Sisak, and Cary Mitchell.


M-SPAM BILL WOULD BAN TEXT MESSAGES TO WIRELESS NUMBERS ON DO NOT CALL REGISTRY: U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) have introduced the m-SPAM Act, which would prohibit commercial text messages to wireless numbers listed on the national Do Not Call registry. The bill would also give the FCC and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) more authority to regulate unwanted text messages. At our deadline, however, the text of S.788 was not available. "Mobile spam invades both a consumer's cell phone and monthly bill," Snowe said in a statement. "There is also increasing concern that mobile spam will become more than just an annoyance—the viruses and malicious spyware that are often attached to traditional spam will most likely be more prevalent on wireless devices through m-spam. This significant and looming threat must be addressed in order to protect consumers and vital wireless services." On March 9, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) introduced H.R. 1391, the Stop M-Spam Abuse as a Sales Industry Habit Act of 2009 or SMASH Act of 2009. In general, this bill would direct the FTC to revise the Telemarketing Sales Rules to explicitly prohibit the sending of a text message containing an unsolicited advertisement to a cellular telephone number listed on the national Do Not Call registry. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

SEVERAL PARTIES SEEK RECON OF FCC’s ORDER REGARDING UNLICENSED DEVICES BELOW 900 MHz AND IN THE 3 GHz BAND: A number of parties have filed petitions for reconsideration of the FCC’s November 14, 2008, Second Report and Order and Memorandum Opinion and Order in ET Docket No. 04-186, 02380 i.e., regarding additional spectrum for unlicensed devices below 900 MHz and in the 3 GHz band). In this proceeding the FCC adopted rules to allow unlicensed radio transmitter devices, both fixed and personal/ portable, to operate in the so-called “white spaces,” i.e. unused channels in the broadcast television spectrum, in a manner that it believes will not harm existing services. One of the joint petitions for reconsideration, filed by FiberTower Corp., Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG), COMPTEL, and Sprint-Nextel argues that the Commission “erred in failing to dedicate spectrum for fixed, licensed services, including critical wireless back-haul services, based on the full record developed in this proceeding.” These petitioners state that “the Commission’s failure to authorize fixed, licensed services in at least a small portion of the White Spaces (and its failure to reserve any spectrum for such use on further review) compromises the significant benefits of expanded use of the White Spaces and key goals the Commission sought to achieve through this proceeding.” They argue that “Most White Space lies fallow in unserved, and some underserved, areas, and ample spectrum exists in those areas to accommodate backhaul. Accordingly, the Commission should reconsider its decision expeditiously and help expand backhaul capacity and support broadband stimulus efforts by dedicating – or at least reserving – a portion of the White Spaces now for fixed, licensed use before unlicensed devices are marketed to consumers and it is too late.” Comments on all of the recon petitions will be due 15 days after publication in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 10 days thereafter. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

FOURTH QUARTER 2008 INFLATION ADJUSTMENT FIGURES FOR CABLE OPERATORS USING FCC FORM 1240 NOW AVAILABLE: As described in the instructions for FCC Form 1240, cable operators may adjust the non-external cost portion of their rates for inflation based on quarterly figures released by the FCC. The Fourth Quarter 2008 inflation factor for operators using FCC Form 1240 is 0.55%. The adjustment factor of 0.55% is a measure of the annualized change in prices occurring over the period from October 1, 2008, to December 31, 2008. All adjustments are based on changes in the Gross National Product Price Index (GNP-PI) published by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The Media Bureau obtained the chain-type price indices from the BEA news release dated March 26, 2008 (BEA 09-11) at Table 6 (Addenda: Gross National Product). The inflation adjustment factor is calculated by dividing the GNP-PI for the Fourth Quarter of 2008 (123.286) by the GNP-PI for the Third Quarter of 2008 (123.117). The result of this calculation is converted from a quarterly change measurement factor to an annual change measurement factor by raising it to the fourth power. Operators calculating the Inflation Factor for a True-Up Period which includes some portion of the Fourth Quarter of 2008 should enter the inflation factor on the appropriate lines of Worksheet 1 of FCC Form 1240 as “0.0055.” Operators using this factor for calculating the Projected Period Inflation Segment of FCC Form 1240 should enter this number on Line C3 (January 1996 version), or Line C5 (July 1996 version) as “1.0055.” BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.


APRIL 10: DTV EDUCATION REPORT. Because the DTV transition deadline has been extended, new 700 MHz licensees from Auction No. 73 are required to file a report with the FCC by concerning their efforts to educate consumers about the upcoming transition to digital television (DTV). Last summer, we explained that the FCC’s Part 27 rules require 700 MHz licensees that won licenses in Auction No. 73 to file quarterly reports on their DTV consumer outreach efforts through the Spring of 2009. However, in an apparent contradiction, the same rules do not impose any substantive consumer education requirements on 700 MHz license holders. This situation has not changed. The reporting rule simply states that “the licensee holding such authorization must file a report with the Commission indicating whether, in the previous quarter, it has taken any outreach efforts to educate consumers about the transition from analog broadcast television service to digital broadcast television service (DTV) and, if so, what specific efforts were undertaken.” Many licensees may not have initiated 700 MHz service as of yet. However, to the extent they are also an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) and recipient of federal USF funds, separate FCC rules found in 47 C.F.R. Part 54 (Universal Service) require ETCs to send monthly DTV transition notices to all Lifeline/Link-Up customers (e.g., as part of their monthly bill), and to include information about the DTV transition as part of any Lifeline or Link-Up publicity campaigns until March 31, 2009. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

APRIL 20: FCC FORM 497, LOW INCOME QUARTERLY REPORT. This form, the Lifeline and Link-Up Worksheet, must be submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) by all eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) that request reimbursement for participating in the low-income program. The form must be submitted by the third Monday after the end of each quarter. It is available at: BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

MAY 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its recent decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual form (Form 499-A) that is due April 1. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

MAY 1: RATE INTEGRATION CERTIFICATION. Non- dominant interexchange carriers (IXCs), including facilities-based and resellers, that provide detariffed domestic interstate services must certify that they are providing such services in compliance with their geographic rate averaging and rate integration obligations. An officer of the company must sign this annual certification under oath. The FCC has issued the following guidelines: (1) Any carrier that provides interstate services must charge its subscribers in rural and high-cost areas rates that do not exceed the rates that the carrier charges subscribers in urban areas; (2) to the extent that a carrier offers optional calling plans, contract tariffs, discounts, promotions, and private line services to its interstate subscribers in one state, it must use the same ratemaking methodology and rate structure when offering such services in any other state; (3) an interstate carrier may depart from geographic rate averaging when offering contract tariffs, Tariff 12 offerings, optional calling plans, temporary promotions, and private line services; and (4) carriers may offer optional calling plans on a geographically limited basis as part of a temporary promotion that does not exceed 90 days. But this limited exception does not exempt optional calling plans from geographic rate averaging requirements. Clients with questions about the FCC's detariffing or rate integration requirements should contact us. We have a model rate integration certification letter that may be printed on your letterhead. Blooston- Law contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

MAY 31: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on May 31. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report. Clients who would like assistance in filing Form 395 should contact Richard Rubino.

JUNE 30: ANNUAL ICLS USE CERTIFICATION. Rate of return carriers and CETCs must file a self-certification with the FCC and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) stating that all Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS) and Long Term Support (LTS) will be used only for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which the support is intended. In other words, carriers are required to certify that their ICLS and LTS support is being used consistent with Section 254(e) of the Communications Act. Failure to file this self-certification will preclude the carrier from receiving ICLS support. We, therefore, strongly recommend that clients have BloostonLaw submit this filing and obtain an FCC proof-of-filing receipt for client records. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

JULY 10: DTV EDUCATION REPORT. New 700 MHz licensees from Auction No. 73 are required to file a report with the FCC concerning their efforts to educate consumers about the upcoming transition to digital television (DTV). Last summer, we explained that the FCC’s Part 27 rules require 700 MHz licensees that won licenses in Auction No. 73 to file quarterly reports on their DTV consumer outreach efforts through the Spring of 2009. However, in an apparent contradiction, the same rules do not impose any substantive consumer education requirements on 700 MHz license holders. This situation has not changed. The reporting rule simply states that “the licensee holding such authorization must file a report with the Commission indicating whether, in the previous quarter, it has taken any outreach efforts to educate consumers about the transition from analog broadcast television service to digital broadcast television service (DTV) and, if so, what specific efforts were undertaken.” Many licensees may not have initiated 700 MHz service as of yet. However, to the extent they are also an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) and recipient of federal USF funds, separate FCC rules found in 47 C.F.R. Part 54 (Universal Service) require ETCs to send monthly DTV transition notices to all Lifeline/Link-Up customers (e.g., as part of their monthly bill), and to include information about the DTV transition as part of any Lifeline or Link-Up publicity campaigns until March 31, 2009. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and Cary Mitchell.

JULY 20: FCC FORM 497, LOW INCOME QUARTERLY REPORT. This form, the Lifeline and Link-Up Worksheet, must be submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) by all eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) that request reimbursement for participating in the low-income program. The form must be submitted by the third Monday after the end of each quarter. It is available at: BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC Meetings and Deadlines

Apr. 10 – Auction 73 winners must file quarterly report covering DTV consumer education outreach efforts for period Jan.-Mar. 2009.

Apr. 10 – Deadline for comments on international comparison requirements in Section 706 report (GN Docket No. 09-47).

Apr. 11 – Deadline for FCC to act on Embarq forbearance petition regarding IP-to-PSTN voice traffic, or have it deemed granted (WC Docket No. 08-8).

April 13 – Deadline for comments on NTIA/RUS broadband grant program [Docket No. 090309298–9299–01].

Apr. 13 – Deadline for comments on FCC’s consulting role on broadband grant program (GN Docket No. 0940).

Apr. 13 – Deadline for reply comments on petition asking whether creditors can send auto messages to certain wireless numbers (CG Docket No. 02-278).

Apr. 17 – Deadline for reply comments on international comparison requirements in Section 706 report (GN Docket No. 09-47).

Apr. 20 – FCC Form 497, Low Income Quarterly Report, is due.

Apr. 20 – Deadline for comments on NTCA petition requesting that FCC clarify and/or waive Part 36 jurisdictional separations rules concerning allocation of general and administrative costs (CC Docket No. 80-286).

May 1 – FTC begins enforcement of Red Flag Rules.

May 1 – Rate Integration Certification is due.

May 1 – Deadline for price cap carriers to file short form Tariff Review Plan (TRP) associated with annual access tariff filing due July 1.

May 5 – Deadline for reply comments on NTCA petition requesting that FCC clarify and/or waive Part 36 jurisdictional separations rules concerning allocation of general and administrative costs (CC Docket No. 80-286).

May 13 – FCC open meeting.

May 15 – Deadline for comments on price cap carriers’ short form TRP associated with annual access tariff filing due July 1.

May 22 – Deadline for reply comments on price cap carriers’ short form TRP associated with annual access tariff filing due July 1.

May 31 – FCC Form 395, Employment Report, is due.

June 8 – Deadline for comments on FCC’s national broadband NOI (GN Docket No. 09-51).

June 12 – DTV Transition.

June 13 – DTV Analog Nightlight program begins and runs for 30 days until July 12.

June 16 – Deadline for ILECs filing annual access tariffs on 15 days’ notice (carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

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Private Users Update

   Vol. 10, No. 4 April 2009   

New FCC Rules To Enhance First Responders’ Use Of Broadband Communications

The FCC has adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) addressing 4.9 GHz band rules, as well as miscellaneous Part 90 public safety rules. The FCC said the rules will help expand and enhance first responders’ deployment of broadband communication technologies across the nation in the 4.9 GHz band, thereby helping to stimulate the economy. The new rules will also better enable first responders to more easily share time-sensitive data and streaming video footage in emergencies or life-threatening incidents.

Under the Order, the Commission granted primary status to (1) 4.9 GHz stand-alone, permanent fixed links that are used to deliver broadband service (such as a fixed video surveillance link used to monitor high-risk facilities or environments), and (2) permanent fixed links that connect 4.9 GHz base and mobile stations used to deliver broadband service (for such uses as supporting broadband communications at “hot-spots” and other fixed public safety broadband networks), as well as connect other public safety networks using spectrum designated for broadband use. The Commission took these actions in order to provide public safety with additional operational flexibility to use the 4.9 GHz band during emergencies and disasters and better enable first responders to share crucial data in their efforts to assist those in need and save lives.

The Order retained the current requirement for individual site-based licensing for all permanent fixed stations. The Commission, however, revised the output power measurement procedures for 4.9 GHz band devices to be the same as those required for devices using digital modulation techniques regulated by Part 15 of the Commission’s rules. This rule change is intended to speed deployment of new technologies in the 4.9 GHz band for the benefit of public safety users.

To further enhance public safety communications, the Commission preserved paging operations in the VHF public safety band, and clarified that cross-band repeaters are permitted for all public safety systems.

Additionally, the Commission sought comment on whether to: (1) further amend its rules to reinstate an exemption of 4.9 GHz band applications from certified frequency coordination requirements; (2) impose a more formal “licensee-to-licensee” coordination requirement on primary fixed stations in the 4.9 GHz band; (3) correct and clarify the 4.9 GHz band plan regarding which center frequencies may be licensed when aggregating multiple channels into larger bandwidths; and (4) implement three “clean-up” amendments to Section 90.20 of the Commission’s rules relating to the Public Safety Pool Frequency Table and associated limitations. Comments in this WP Docket No. 07-100 proceeding will be due 60 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 30 days thereafter.

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

FCC Extends Negotiation Period For 800 MHz Wave 4 Licensees In Border Area

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) has extended the negotiation period for Wave 4 NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1) licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region until July 1, 2009, and postponed the beginning of the mediation period for such licensees until July 2, 2009. As noted in prior FCC public notices, rebanding of Wave 4 licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region is affected by ongoing international discussions with Mexico. Extending the negotiation period for these licensees will alleviate administrative burdens on licensees, avoid unnecessary rebanding expenditures, and provide additional time for resolution of border issues and issuance of frequency designations by the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA).

During the extended negotiation period, Wave 4 licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region are not required to engage in planning or negotiation prior to the receipt of frequency designations from the TA, although the FCC encourages them to engage in such activities to the extent that they are not frequency-dependent and would not result in unnecessary duplication of costs. If licensees choose to engage in such planning and negotiation activities, Sprint Nextel shall pay licensees’ reasonable costs in accordance with the requirements of the Commission’s orders in this proceeding.

This extension also extends the filing freeze on new applications in the U.S.-Mexico border region until thirty working days after the July 1, 2009, date for completion of negotiations, i.e., until August 12, 2009. However, the freeze does not apply to modification applications that do not change an 800 MHz frequency or expand an 800 MHz station’s existing coverage area (e.g., administrative updates), assignments/transfers, or renewal-only applications. In addition, Wave 4 licensees in the U.S. – Mexico border region may expand their facilities or add channels during the freeze, based on an appropriate showing of public interest need, using the Special Temporary Authorization (STA) procedures described in the Bureau’s December 2006 STA Guidance PN. Facilities that are authorized under the STA procedures will be subject to rebanding, and Sprint will pay the cost of relocating such facilities to their new channel assignments.

The extension of negotiations and the application freeze does not apply to Wave 4 licensees along the U.S.- Mexico border that have received replacement channels from the Transition Administrator. Such licensees remain subject to the previously announced negotiation and mediation schedules for this wave.

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

FCC Suspends Second Class Radiotelegraph Licenses

The FCC has issued three Orders of Suspension to three different individuals suspending their Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator’s Certificates. The actions were taken on the basis of proof sufficient to satisfy the Commission that the individuals obtained this Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator’s Certificate by fraudulent means.

In each case, the individuals filed an application for a Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator’s Certificate. The applications were returned, however, in part because they were not accompanied by a Proof of Passing Certificate (PPC). The applications were subsequently amended, with attachments that appeared to be PPCs. documenting successful completion of Written Elements 5 and 6 and Telegraphy Elements 1 and 2. The PPCs specified that the examinations had been administered by three examiners associated with National Radio Examiners (NRE), an authorized COLEM.

Based on subsequent developments, the FCC came to have reason to question the authenticity of the PPCs and accordingly contacted NRE, the COLEM that was purportedly responsible for issuing the PPC. After investigating the matter, NRE informed the FCC that no examinations had been administered at the times in question. Furthermore, NRE confirmed that the signatures of the examiners appearing in the PPCs were inconsistent with the actual signatures on file. In addition, NRE indicated that the PPCs lacked watermarks used in legitimate PPCs issued by NRE, and the typeface used in the PPC’s serial number differed from the typeface routinely employed by NRE in the course of printing official PPCs.

The FCC subsequently sent letters of inquiry (LOIs) to the individuals in question, but they were returned as undeliverable.

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

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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From: Mike Lyons
Subject: Our Next PTC Meeting
Date: April 8, 2009 1:16:52 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Our next scheduled meeting is just a couple of months away and to date I’ve received very little feed back regarding attendance — If you have not already done so, please let me know if you are planning on attending the upcoming PTC Meeting.


The next Paging Technical Committee meeting is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the Global Paging Convention, June 17 - 19 at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal, Canada. The PTC meeting will be on Wednesday, June 17 beginning at 1:00 pm. The Global Paging Convention will open that evening with a welcome reception beginning at 5:30 pm and concludes on Friday afternoon around 4:00 pm. Throughout the two days there will be educational sessions intermixed with opportunities to network with people from multiple countries working in the paging industry.

Click here for the tentative conference agenda:
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We hope you will plan to attend this inaugural event, to register please go here:

Once again — please do not forget to get your passports and it is recommended that you make airline reservations as much in advance as possible.

If you have any topics that you would like to have on the agenda, please let me know.

We do need to get an accurate head count, so please let me know if you are planning to attend.


Michael Lyons
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Have RCCs forgotten the “Basic Principle” of how to succeed in selling paging service?

April 9, 2009

Dear Brad,

Let me give you a brief background to support my question.

In 1989, I saw for the first time a Motorola alphanumeric pager at a trade show. It was one of those moments in life when you know that you have something powerful in your hand, and I knew it would change the communications industry forever. My real involvement with text paging began a few weeks later, when I read an article on a trade publication written by an expert in the paging industry stating that alphanumeric paging would not grow until RCCs provided to their customers a user-friendly way to enter text messages. This concept became the “basic principle”; the dogma of alphanumeric sales.

I spent the next months developing the first QUIKPAGER stand-alone remote entry device, with this principle in mind. The concept of sending messages from the customer’s premises was kind of crazy, since paging companies provided operators to dispatch messages. After an uphill battle, I finally convinced one local paging company to try (10) units at a customer’s service dispatch center.

After that first success, more orders began to roll in because paging companies realized that the concept was not that crazy after all. Customers preferred to send messages from their offices and paging companies increased message traffic and sales of pagers by providing a better service. By 1997, we had sold close to 68,000 units to paging companies in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries around the world. There are still thousands of QUIKPAGERs in use today. This success was based on the “basic principle”.

I often speak with people from Fire Departments and Police Stations who call to buy new QUIKPAGERs because they do not want to use the RCC’s web page to send messages. They also ask us how they can use their QUIKPAGERs to send messages to cell phones. We interpret this as an indication that their paging provider will be losing thousands of dollars in paging business. What a pity. What is $495.00 spent on a new QUIKPAGER to provide an easy way to enter messages, compared to the loss of tens of pagers to the cellular company? Honestly, this is very difficult for me to understand, especially given that it happens so often.

I believe that in the 90’s, RCCs understood that a big part of their success was based on providing a user-friendly way to enter messages. Our sales were proof of this undeniable truth. Today I ask: Why have RCCs forgotten this important basic principle? Why do they ask their customers to send messages from their web page that is not very user-friendly, instead of offering them a QUIKPAGER or a PageRouter professional solution?

Well, not all of them. One RCC, who I cannot name for obvious business and confidential reasons, has received from us an average of 25 QUIKPAGERs every two months during the last years. Because of this customer, I placed an ad in your weekly newsletter in January, hoping to receive orders for new QUIKPAGERs from other RCCs. Sadly, no RCC even called to ask for a price. What can we interpret from this? One RCC still uses QUIKPAGERs for their new paging customers, while no one else is even considering it! It is very intriguing that such a simple concept appears to have been forgotten by many RCCs: Provide a user-friendly way to enter messages to sell alphanumeric paging service.

Following the same principle and based on our success with QUIKPAGER, I designed the first PageRouter paging software in 2001 because I wanted to provide a user-friendly way to send messages to pagers from computers. The concept this time was to enter messages, not only from one keyboard location, but from UNLIMITED computers on a network, where users simply open a browser and login to send messages quickly. The difference between the RCCs web page and our software is that PageRouter offers rich features such as a User Directories, Group creation by drag-and-drop, message logs and much more.

In addition, to make installation easy and appealing to end-users, PageRouter software is installed at the customer’s location, on one stand-alone computer that simply connects to their network. PageRouter does not install on their business server maintaining total security and hardware independency, making the sale of PageRouter even easier. PageRouter also provides message unification: PageRouter can receive messages from Nurse Call systems, Bed Management Systems, medical equipment and alarms of all sorts. These features are an added- value and contribute to an increase in paging traffic.

PageRouter is loaded with features that appeal to Hospitals, factories and to pager users in general. Facilitating paging will enhance the RCCs offerings and service levels, which will help them to compete in this ferocious market. The concept is that, with PageRouter and QUIKPAGER, RCCs can now compete offering not only paging service, but a paging system to facilitate paging.

Throughout the years of selling PageRouter paging systems, I learned that hospitals, emergency response teams and many other critical messaging applications require delivery of messages in seconds, not minutes. In addition, hospitals have been looking for other wireless messaging alternatives. One of them is onsite paging. Because of this requirement, we designed and built professional and reliable POCSAG encoders/transmitters for onsite paging. Recently, we sold a PageRouter system to a customer who wanted to move away from commercial paging, to onsite paging and Blackberrys because the RCC did not offer an onsite paging solution. I cannot understand why not. The RCC could have sold the PageRouter system plus retained the commercial pagers.

I would like to invite RCCs to consider forming an alliance with Canamex, where together, we can work to enhance paging services. The concept is simple: The RCC resells PageRouter and makes a profit on the sale. We provide a software license, hardware and software installation, and product support directly to the customer concerning PageRouter. The ultimate goal is to provide a better service to the customer and increase our revenues at the same time. RCCs do not have to worry about Canamex hardware, software, training, installation or support. We can do that professionally and effectively. RCCs can make a profit reselling PageRouter, increasing air time and providing value-added services to their customers.

The concept may sound crazy again, but we did this with QUIKPAGER in the 90s with most of the paging companies. We provided training and support on QUIKPAGER. Why not do the same thing, again, now?

Like with everything else in business, this concept requires a little ingenuity and polishing, but I can prove that it works well because we did it a few years ago with an RCC. They later amalgamated with other paging companies, and again, the new administration seems to have forgotten the “basic principle” to provide a user-friendly way to enter messages.

When answering my question, I encourage RCCs to re-think the “basic principle” and reconsider providing their customers a user-friendly way to enter alphanumeric messages. Please refer to attached letter that I recently received from Wake Forest Baptist University Hospital in NC. Their PageRouter system was precisely sold in partnership with an RCC in 2002. This is one of many tangible examples I can offer to sustain the importance of the “basic principle”; of what Canamex and RCCs can achieve by working together to provide onsite and/or facilitate long range commercial paging using our patented PageRouter technology.

These are tough economic times for everyone. Alliances must be formed. Alone we cannot do as much as we can do together. I strongly believe that PageRouter can offer a lot of benefits to RCC’s customers.

Thank you for your consideration. I would appreciate your comments.


Jorge D. Fernandez
Canamex Communications Corporation
Tel: 905-475-5557

Fax: 905-475-5568

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March 19, 2009

Mr. Jorge D. Fernandez
Canamex Communications Corporation
200 Riviera Drive
Markham, Ontario L3R 5M1

Dear Mr. Fernandez

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how pleased we have been with the Canamex PageRouter paging system. PageRouter has been extremely reliable and easy to use and operate.

The PageRouter system uses a Canamex transmitter and encoder, and provides complete campus coverage, as well as an approximate 12 mile radius of the campus. We have been using PageRouter since November 2002 with a 99.99% uptime.

We upgraded to PageRouter Pro in August of 2008 and we have had no downtime with the upgraded system. Currently there are approximately 1,200 pagers (alpha & numeric) on the system, and the average throughput is approximately 4 seconds. The PageRouter system processes an average of 3,000 messages per day.

The remote programming capabilities of PageRouter Pro have been a huge benefit. We can login from any computer on the network to make programming changes. Our nursing staff has benefited from being able to send pages using the WebPager feature in PageRouter Pro.

On the few occasions that we have needed assistance, you and your staff have responded quickly and effectively.


Scott Holbrook
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From: Ron Mercer
Subject: The Wireless Messaging Newsletter for Craig Meldrum
Date: April 9, 2009 2:50:05 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Hi Brad.

My apologies to Craig Meldrum who is correct! WiPath did have a booth at IWCE and it did seem busy when I stopped by. I also saw several other booths where pagers were being presented. I should have reported that paging was not as visible as I would like it to be, not that there was no presence at all.

eat crow Sorry about that.

Ron Mercer
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
217 First Street
East Northport, NY 11731
Tel: (631) 266-2604
Cell Phone: (631) 786-9359

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