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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 11, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 388

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

After an unusually-long, pleasant, and mild fall season here in the Midwest, winter has arrived with all of its snow, wind, ice, and below freezing temperatures. Hope you are staying warm wherever you are.

I have received several suggestions about people we could invite to a Paging Reunion concurrent with the Global Paging Convention in Charleston, South Carolina — next June.

If you are interested please send me an e-mail and suggest some people we could invite who do not normally attend our conventions.

December is typically a very slow month for wireless news. I guess everyone has the holidays on their minds. The first week in January, when everyone starts clearing off the pile of papers on their desks, usually results in a flood of interesting items — frequently new product announcements and company restructuring.

So . . . without further ado — on to more news and views.

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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 Opinion pieces present the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of AAPC, its publisher, or its sponsors.

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Monday, December 7th, AAPC filed comments at the FCC continuing to attack the "Numbers" USF contribution methodology promoted by AT&T, Verizon and large corporate users, that could result in the imposition of monthly USF charges of $1.20 and higher on each paging unit in service. AAPC requested instead that one-way paging be exempted from USF contributions. AAPC has fought to protect paging carriers from steep and potentially disastrous increases in USF assessments since AAPC's inception. Examples include:

  • In 2003 AAPC criticized FCC staff proposals for converting to a telephone numbers-based or a network connections-based USF contribution methodology, because those proposals would result in significant increases in USF assessments for paging carriers.
  • In 2005, AAPC met with FCC staff to again request that any change in USF contribution methodology be revenue neutral for paging carriers.
  • In 2007, a delegation of AAPC officials met with FCC Personnel to oppose a "Numbers" USF contribution of $1.00 per month per pager
  • In November 2008, AAPC filed extensive comments opposing three variations of a "Numbers" USF contribution methodology AAPC argued at that time that "no persuasive — much less compelling — case has been made as to the need for substantial modification of the [USF] contribution methodology," a position AAPC reiterated in its December 7th comments to the National Broadband Plan Task Force.

In the filing this week AAPC has said that if the USF is expanded to include the support of broadband services and facilities, then users of those services and facilities should pay USF contributions on the same percentage-of-interstate-revenues as existing users of telecommunications facilities and services. AAPC went on to argue that if broadband support is incorporated into USF, the FCC should exclude one-way paging from USF contributions on competitive neutrality grounds.

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FEMA And The FCC Announce Adoption Of Standards For Wireless Carriers To Receive And Deliver Emergency Alerts Via Mobile Devices

Release Date: December 7, 2009
Release Number: HQ-09-148

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WASHINGTON D.C. — As part of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the nation’s next generation of emergency alert and warning networks, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced the adoption of the design specifications for the development of a gateway interface that will enable wireless carriers to provide its customers with timely and accurate emergency alerts and warnings via their cell phones and other mobile devices.

The Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) is one of many projects within IPAWS intended to provide emergency mangers and the President of the United States a means to send alerts and warnings to the public. Specifically, CMAS provides Federal, state, territorial, tribal and local government officials the ability to send 90 character geographically targeted text messages to the public regarding emergency alert and warning of imminent threats to life and property, Amber alerts, and Presidential emergency messages. The CMAS is a combined effort of the federal government and cellular providers to define a common standard for cellular alerts.

Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the 28-month period, mandated by the FCC in August 2008, for commercial mobile service providers who have elected to participate in the design specifications known as CMAS to develop, test and deploy the system and deliver mobile alerts to the public by 2012.

“Working as a team with our partners in the public and private sectors, the adoption of the CMAS standard brings us even closer to making the nation’s next-generation of emergency alerts and warnings — Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) — a reality,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Our goal is simple, to give one message over more devices to more people for maximum safety.”

“Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to ensuring that Americans receive critical emergency alerts and warnings to protect themselves on the go, anywhere, anytime,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. “I applaud FEMA for its leadership and look forward to working with both FEMA and the wireless industry to expedite the delivery of this important public safety service to consumers.”

Wireless carriers who choose to participate in the CMAS will relay authorized text-based alerts to their subscribers. To ensure that persons with disabilities who subscribe to wireless services receive these emergency alerts, the FCC adopted rules in 2008 that will require participating wireless carriers to transmit messages with both vibration cadence and audio attention signals.

The adoption of CMAS culminates the collaborative specification development work between FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), the Alliance of Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and begins the next phase of CMAS collaboration with industry in which FEMA will build the Federal Alert Aggregator/Gateway. This collaboration with industry is a key component of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Programs’ ability to provide alerts and warnings to the public through as many means as possible, including commercial mobile services.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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Source: (Thanks to Aaron Osgood for sending in this article.)

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It is without a doubt unprecedented, at least during my career which dates back a couple of decades and many FCC administrations. On October 1, 2009, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) submitted a Petition for Rulemaking recommending that the Commission make available for public safety local and regional use, unused 900 MHz Narrowband PCS spectrum. To determine where and what amounts of spectrum may be available for reallocation to public safety, NPSTC suggested that the Commission conduct an audit to examine current usage, and recover unused or lightly used channels. If you think about it for a moment, and no matter from what angle you choose to look at this NPSTC filing, it is a gutsy ask. Not that long ago, the FCC dismissed a similar request on a much smaller scale, denying the use of unused spectrum because the spectrum was “currently assigned.” Whether you agree or disagree with the merits of the NPSTC petition, the FCC actually responded in sixty-two days issuing a Public Notice asking for comments on the subject by January 8, 2010. We need to pay attention to this.

At first glance, one could logically believe that it is highly unlikely that the FCC would devote the resources to conduct a targeted audit of a single band, regardless of the fact that the request came from the public safety sector. And perhaps it would seem even more unlikely that the FCC would overturn years of imbedded policy that provides incumbents, especially those that acquired the spectrum at auction, and who had met all mandated construction benchmarks, to forfeit segments of their geographic coverage where their acquired spectrum may be unused prior to the expiration of their license. What about renewal expectancies?

Upon closer examination, you have to give credit to the NPSTC authors for noting in their petition that in many respects, their recommendations coincide with anticipated policy recommendations necessary to support the National Broadband Plan. They wisely referenced agency proposals to conduct a spectrum inventory to locate spectrum that could be used to support broadband services. NPSTC also argued that while the 900 MHz narrowband PCS spectrum isn’t well suited for broadband use, the same reasoning applies, that is, spectrum should not be allowed to lie fallow.

It can’t be the spectrum that the FCC is after, as the 900 MHz narrowband PCS spectrum is a mere drop in the bucket representing less than 1% of what some advocates say is needed on a national basis. Why the urgency? I believe it is because the FCC is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to locate sufficient spectrum or to identify licensing policies that may get in the way of pursuing a robust, National Broadband Plan. They have to ask, even if they know that those who paid billions to secure spectrum are likely to scream foul. The notion to take back unused spectrum and the associated industry comments that are sure to follow is good content for the National Broadband Plan due at Congress in February.

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AT&T to Urge Customers to Use Less Wireless Data

The New York Times
Published: December 9, 2009

AT&T is considering ways to encourage customers to use less wireless data as its network struggles to keep up with demand, a company executive said Wednesday.

“What we are seeing in the U.S. today in terms of smartphone penetration, 3G data, nobody else is seeing in the rest of the planet,” Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive for mobility and consumer markets at AT&T, told analysts at a conference in New York. “The amount of growth and data that we are seeing in wireless data is unprecedented.”

AT&T is the exclusive United States carrier for the iPhone, whose owners are big users of network capacity as they surf the Web and download videos.

The company has been criticized by owners of the phone for delayed text and voice messages, sluggish download speeds and other network problems.

Mr. de la Vega cited the heaviest data users, saying that 40 percent of AT&T’s data traffic came from just 3 percent of its smartphone customers.

But he emphasized that the company would first focus on educating consumers about their data consumption in the hope that doing so would encourage them to cut back, even though they are paying for unlimited data use.

“We’re going to try to focus on making sure we give incentives to those small percentages to either reduce or modify their usage, so they don’t crowd out the customers on those same cell sites,” he said.

The company might consider a “pricing scheme that addresses the usage,” Mr. de la Vega said. But he said that would be determined by regulatory factors and industry competition, among other issues.

Although the company declined to provide further details, analysts speculated that AT&T could be talking about a tiered pricing structure, not unlike a voice plan.

“You use more minutes, you pay more,” said Chetan Sharma, an independent wireless analyst. Mr. Sharma pointed out that carriers in other countries put data-use limits on iPhone customers to manage demand.

Still, Mr. Sharma said pricing plans based on use were only part of the answer to AT&T’s network congestion.

“They still have to improve things on the back end so they can deal with the issues of multiple users on the network at the same time,” he said.

AT&T has announced a goal of adding 2,000 cell sites to improve its network this year. And this week it released an iPhone application called Mark the Spot that lets users report data problems, dropped calls and spotty coverage.

All wireless carriers are preparing for growth in the use of smartphones and mobile computers that will place high data demands on their networks, said James Brehm, a senior mobile consultant with market research firm Frost & Sullivan.

“AT&T and other service providers want to be smarter about how they bill customers and maximize all streams of revenue, while growing the number of connected devices and data traffic at the same time,” Mr. Brehm said.

Mr. de la Vega acknowledged the company’s difficulties in meeting the demands of its customers, but said things were improving in some areas. “In New York, I think we’ve turned a corner,” he said.

Source: The New York Times (Thanks to Ron Mercer for sending in this article.)

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Holiday Gifts That Increase Preparedness

emergency kit WASHINGTON, D.C. — This year Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has assembled a list of gift ideas for the holidays to help keep your family and friends prepared. Emergencies can happen at any moment; these gifts can serve as a great starting point to ensure that your friends and family have an emergency communications plan, a disaster supply kit, and stay informed about emergencies in their area.

“Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere and the holiday season provides a great opportunity to ensure that you and your loved ones are taking simple steps to be prepared,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “As families gather this holiday season, I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and discuss what you would do in case of an emergency or disaster. The public is the most important member of our nation’s emergency response team and the more the public does to be prepared, the more successful this team will be.”

The most important thing any individual can do is take a few minutes to discuss with their family, friends and loved ones what they will do in the case of an emergency or disaster. This includes developing a simple family communications plan and identifying how you would get in touch with loved ones and where you might meet if you are separated when an emergency or disaster takes place.

Additionally, there are simple supplies that can go a long way in the case of an emergency or disaster that would make great gifts this holiday season.

A list of possible gifts that may assist in disasters includes:

  • Disaster kits for homes, offices and autos (first aid kits; food, water and prescription medications for 72 hours; i.e., extra clothing, blankets, and flashlights).
  • NOAA weather radios with extra batteries.
  • Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class.
  • Smoke detectors.
  • Fire extinguishers (for kitchen, garage, car, etc.)
  • Foldable ladders for second-story escape in a fire.
  • Car kits (emergency flares, shovels, ice scrapers, flashlights and fluorescent distress flags).
  • Pet Disaster kits (food, water, leashes, dishes and carrying case or crate).
  • Battery powered lamps

This year, consider at least one of these ideas. You just may save the life of a friend or family member. For more information and preparedness tips, please visit and


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coaxial cable 1931: The new invention of the coaxial cable is issued a U.S. patent, which will eventually deliver the gift of ubiquitous telephony and cable television.

How do you minimize signal interference for telecommunication? Easy: Take a wire that acts as an inner conductor and wrap an outer conductor around it, instead of running two wires side by side. That way, the electromagnetic field carrying the signal will only travel in the space between the inner and outer conductors. That will allow wider frequency range, too.


That invention — known today as the coaxial cable, because the two conductors share the same axis — wasn't realized in the United States until 1931. Experiments with co-ax cables took place in Bell Laboratories for possible telephone usage. Each cable route, consisting of several individual cables, could carry 1,800 calls.

U.S. Patent No. 1,835,031 for a “concentric conducting system” was awarded to Lloyd Espenschied of Kew Gardens, New York, and Herman A. Affel of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and assigned to the American Telephone & Telegraph Co.

Coaxial cable technology improved over time to increase capacity. By the 1970s, systems could support up to 132,000 conversations.

Coaxial cables and amplifiers also led to the creation of the first trans-Atlantic telephone cable in 1956. The implementation of TAT-1, a transatlantic system bridging AT&T with the British Post Office, was “a stupendous pioneering undertaking. Some 4,500 miles of coaxial cable had to be made to the most exacting specifications ever devised, and new machinery had to be designed for laying the cables in waters up to 2.5 miles deep,” according to the book Shaping American Telecommunications: A History of Technology, Policy and Economics.

The co-ax eventually contributed to the growth of community antenna television, or CATV — a large antenna that would share its signal with many individual homes through coaxial cables. And that led to programming created exclusively for cable subscribers, creating a multibillion-dollar industry.

And, as long as we’ve got all those low-interference cables running into millions of homes, why not use them for broadband internet access? Not a bad idea.

As a matter of fact why not run the video through the internet?

All of it based on the simple idea of running a wire wrapped around another wire.

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DHS Wants First Responders to Speak in Plain English

By Matthew Harwood

11/30/2009 — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to persuade local first responders to use plain English at all times when communicating rather than relying on the common code system in use across the United States, reports the Ventura County Star of California.

policemanPolice across the country use "10-codes," a coding system where numbers translate into commonly-agreed upon phrases, such as "10-4," which commonly means "affirmative." The problem, according to the Star, is that the system is not universal, with certain numerical codes representing very different things to other agencies.

This led to so much widespread confusion during the 9-11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina that the federal government now requires all state and local agencies to talk in plain English during multi-agency responses if they want DHS grants .

DHS spokeswoman Sara Kuban told Security Management that sometimes dispatchers may have to tell first responders to switch from coded language to plain English when a situation calls for it. This is one of the reasons the emergency response community is pushing for plain-English communications in all situations.

"Ultimately, the way responders train and communicate daily will impact the way they will communicate in a mutual aid incident," Kuban said. "If emergency responders are trained to use plain English in all situations and incidents, we can alleviate the risk of delayed communication or miscommunication during a mutual aid incident."

Kuban said that 16 states and territories have identified plans to move to plain English.

The Star describes an incident a few years ago that proponents use to illustrate the impact plain English can have during a state-based emergency.

[Chris] Essid [director of the Office of Emergency Communications for DHS] and others point to a 2005 incident in Missouri in which a local police officer radioed late one night to his dispatcher that he had just seen a state highway patrol officer’s car with a door open stopped along a highway. The officer said he was going to go back to make sure the patrolman was OK.

It turns out the Missouri Highway Patrol officer was lying in a ditch, barely alive, having been shot eight times with a rifle. The local police dispatcher decided to use plain English in sending out a call for help.

Had she said “10-33,” her department’s code for “officer down,” it would have meant something very different to the Missouri Highway Patrol: “traffic backup.” Instead, every state trooper within miles responded, and the officer lived.

In many cases, “being able to communicate quickly and effectively can mean the difference between life and death,” Essid said.

Mike Williams, assistant chief of the Chattanooga Police Department in Tennessee, told National Public Radio in October that his agency switched to plain English a few years back when local officials realized they couldn't effectively communicate during tornadoes and floods.

"You had 10 different radio systems, and everybody had different codes," he said. "It was a nightmare."

But not everyone agrees with the push toward plain English. 10-codes allow police officers to talk to each other without signaling to the public exactly what they're talking about. John Miller, a sergeant with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, told the Star that plain English can do more harm than good at certain times.

In some situations, using plain language is not a good idea, he said. An officer, for example, might not want a relative to hear something horrific right away at the scene, such as the death of a loved one. An officer might also want to speak in code when he or she has encountered a dangerous suspect, he said.

“You don’t want to tip someone off and endanger your own life or that of someone else.”

Scanning the comments on, which posted the Star's article, criticism heavily outnumbered acclaim.

Many commenters said rather than use plain English, a universal, standardized 10-code should be developed.

Others complained it was one more instance of the federal government trying to tell localities what to do.

"Taking away 10-codes would be disastrous," Ballz posted. "Yet more federal interference on the local level...if you can imagine that."

And many agreed with Miller, saying 10-codes preserve the ability of officers to communicate with each other without tipping off those around them or listening in.

According to RO in Texas:

In a crises [sic],with multiple agencies,okay, I can see the need for plain talk. However, recently, we tried the plain english thing. A dispatcher radioed to one of our officers that the person he had detained was "wanted". Guess what? the suspect bolted when the officer lost the element of surprise. All a bad guy needs to hear is that it's not just a traffic stop or whatever. The problem with the peeple [sic] pushing this is they're clueless and have no idea of what police work really consists of.

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 12, No. 44 x December 9, 2009   

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  • Rural High Cost Carriers cite concerns over FCC’s Notice about USF, ICC issues.
  • WTA also is concerned about USF, ICC proposals.
  • NTCA, OPASTCO offer own universal ser-vice proposals.
  • NCTA wants to reduce high-cost support where there is “extensive, unsubsidized facilities-based voice competition.”
  • Rockefeller launches probe of credit card “data pass” process.

Rural High Cost Carriers Cite Concerns Over FCC’s Notice About USF, ICC Issues

BloostonLaw, on behalf of its clients, the “Rural High Cost Carriers,” has filed comments expressing concern about the FCC’s proposals in its Public Notice regarding the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) in the National Broadband Plan (GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51 and 09-137; NBP #19). The Rural High Cost Carriers represent a crosssection of rural incumbent local exchange carriers (RLECs) who provide a full range of telecommunications services and facilities, including Broadband, in rural, high cost areas of the United States.

Rural carriers are dependent upon intercarrier compensation and federal USF receipts to provide service at affordable prices. For these carriers, it is not unusual for the combination of access charges, intercarrier compensation and federal USF support to amount to over 60% of the company’s total revenues, and for some carriers, the amount is even higher. Indeed, it is not uncommon to find relative percentages of between 25%-40% of interstate revenues/federal USF for members of the group.

Against this background, the Rural High Cost Carriers are extremely concerned about the intersection of the Commission’s Broadband policy with real revenue requirements including intercarrier compensation and USF, which already have been compromised by the ill-considered policy experiments of prior administrations, such as the shift carrier common line revenue requirements from interstate access charges, into the USF mechanism. The change meant that the reclassified costs became a USF revenue element which is now portable to Competitive Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (CETCs) under the Commission’s policies. This, even though most CETCs had no corresponding common line investments to begin with, such as is the case with the proliferation of wireless CETCs.

The Rural High Cost Carriers asserted that the ultimate consequence is that the USF has now become unsustainable in its present form. Payments to CETCs under the “identical support rule”, by 2007 had swollen the USF by approximately $1 billion and were projected by the Federal-State Joint Board to continue growing exponentially. This is despite the fact that payments to ILECs had remained relatively flat or declining during the same period. This history, including the implementation of the identical support rule and efforts to hold accountable the wireless industry for USF abuses, should inform the Commission as it explores its policy options to further the universal availability of broadband within the U.S.

Specifically, the Rural High Cost Carriers submitted that the FCC should incorporate the following policies in its National Broadband Plan:

1. The size of any USF-related broadband fund, or related government directed revenues, should be driven by the Commission’s public policy decision as to the desirable broadband speeds, and by eliminating wasteful spending on CETCs under the identical support rule.

2 The deployment of high quality and sustainable IP-related services, such as e-mail, VOIP and video, in rural areas, requires sustainable networks. Ideas such as USF portability and forward-looking pricing are unworkable in the real world.

3. Reductions in current levels of high cost support and/or intercarrier compensation would jeopardize the ability of the Rural High Cost Carriers to continue to serve customers and deploy broadband capable networks.

4. The Commission should follow its precedent on cost-causation in designing a broadband-related contribution mechanism. Even with the changes necessary to rationalize USF spending, particularly with CETCs as discussed, upward pressure on the fund will probably exist by dint of FCC-related determinations as to broadband speed requirements and increases in demand. Accordingly, the Commission also should rationalize the contribution base by following its historic principles of cost-causation. Those who profit from the network by driving increasing amounts of content and applications should be included in this calculus.

The Rural High Cost Carriers further submitted that the FCC should first size any USF-related broadband fund based on public policy decisions as to the desirable broadband speeds, and the elimination of wasteful spending on CETCs under the identical support rule. The Commission should reject ideas such as USF portability and forward-looking pricing because they are unworkable in the real world and contrary to the deployment of high quality and sustainable networks in rural areas.

With respect to universal service contributions, the Rural High Cost Carriers argued that the Commission should follow its precedent on cost-causation in designing a broadband-related contribution mechanism that includes those who profit from the network by driving increasing amounts of content and applications.

Finally, the Commission should find that current high cost support and intercarrier compensation mechanisms are necessary to ensure the ability of rural incumbent local exchange carriers to continue to serve customers and deploy broadband capable networks.

The Rural High Cost Carriers include the South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA), All West Communications, Inc., BEK Communications, Big Bend Telephone Company, Breda Telephone Corp., Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative, Cameron Telephone Company, The Chillicothe Telephone Company, Clear Lake Telephone Company, Dumont Telephone Company, Hanson Communications, Inc., Horizon Telecom, Penasco Valley Telecommunications Cooperative, The Ponderosa Telephone Company, Prairie Grove Telephone Company, Inc., Public Service Telephone Company, Inc., South Slope Cooperative Telephone Company, Inc., Spring Grove Communications, and Townes Telecommunications, Inc.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Mary Sisak.

WTA Also Is Concerned About USF, ICC Proposals

In comments on the FCC’s Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation proposals with respect to the National Broadband Plan (see previous story), the Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA) expressed its own concerns. WTA prefaced its comments by noting that its rural telephone company members have been leaders in the prudent upgrade of their multiple-use networks to deploy the modern telecommunications plant capable of providing access to broadband services as well as to traditional voice services. In fact, the great success story of the federal USF program is the progress to date by WTA members and other small rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) in deploying broadband-capable facilities and offering broadband services to approximately 90 percent of the households in many of the nation’s most costly and most difficult-to-serve rural areas.

However, while RLECs have made substantial progress, their task of meeting the burgeoning demands by rural customers for broadband access at higher and higher speeds is far from over. They need to make major future infrastructure investments and operating expenditures to continue providing their rural customers with access to broadband services reasonably comparable in quality and price to the rapidly evolving and expanding broadband services available in urban areas.

In the future as in the past, RLEC broadband deployment will depend a great deal upon the sufficiency and predictability of the cost recovery that is currently provided in major part by federal High Cost Fund (HCF) support and by access charge revenues (interstate and intrastate). Whereas the mechanisms for distributing these dollars may change, eliminations or substantial reductions of the dollars themselves (which currently comprise over half of the revenue streams of most RLECs) not only will impair the ability of RLECs to keep pace with changing broadband developments and needs, but also will threaten the continuing viability of the network upon which customers are relying for increasing levels of broadband services.

WTA proposes separate broadband high cost support mechanisms for: (1) RLECs and other small wireline Carriers of Last Resort (COLRs); (2) RBOCs and other larger wireline COLRs; and (3) wireless and other carriers providing mobility and other complementary or supplementary broadband services. The small wireline COLR mechanism should be funded initially, at a minimum, at the same $2.4 billion annual support level that has enabled RLECs to make substantial progress deploying broadband facilities and services during the preceding five years. To the extent that the Commission requires broadband access to be extended to 100 percent of RLEC customers at an early date and/or requires existing RLEC broadband networks to be upgraded to furnish faster minimum broadband speeds, RLEC broadband support needs will increase above the initial $2.4 billion annual level. Even without express Commission requirements, RLECs will need to make substantial additional broadband investments and expenditures, and to receive substantial broadband high cost support, in order to furnish their rural customers with broadband facilities and services that are reasonably comparable in quality and price to those available in urban areas.

Among other things, the proposed broadband high cost mechanism for small wireline COLRs: (a) should be based upon actual costs; (b) should support above-average broadband maintenance and operating expenses as well as investment costs; (c) will not be able to rely significantly upon cash flows from non-profitable video, Internet access and toll resale ventures; and (d) should support rural broadband networks and not take away the allocated “per-line” support of customers who change carriers or otherwise terminate service.

BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

NTCA, OPASTCO Offer Own Universal Service Proposals

In comments on NBP Public Notice #19, the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) noted that its members who receive high cost funds are deploying broadband services, and any reduction or cap of the high cost program will adversely affect traditional and broadband services in rural America. NTCA said USF reform should include identification of Market Failure Areas to target new broadband support. That support should include middle mile and second mile transport services. A revenue-based contribution methodology that includes all broadband internet access providers as contributors is the optimal plan for funding broadband through the USF, NTCA said. The Commission should also explore requiring large bandwidth users to contribute to the new broadband USF funding mechanism, NTCA added.

NTCA said changes to the high cost support mechanism for broadband services will require a transition period for carriers who currently support a legacy voice network through USF funding. That transition period should include USF funding for stand-alone, or “naked” digital subscriber line (DSL) service, and the Commission should stay the current rural incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) voice/broadband bundling rules and allow rural ILECs to offer stand-alone/naked DSL broadband service with the same levels of high cost USF support that would be allowed in their bundled voice/broadband service offering, NTCA said. It added that the Commission can monitor the ongoing impacts on revenue flows in the high cost portion by declaring all USF broadband services as supported services subject to a Communications Act Title II earnings review.

NTCA said existing carriers of last resort (COLR) and eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) requirements should continue for any entity who receives new high cost USF funding for broadband. The Commission’s Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) audit reports demonstrate high compliance and accuracy among the high cost portion of the USF, NTCA said, and the Commission’s oversight through audits, USAC guidance letters, and Title II regulation, merit continuance in the broadband world.

The Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) outlined the following plan in its comments:

1. Create a new Universal High Speed Broadband Fund, which would support all of the major network components of providing high speed broadband service in rural service areas—last mile loop costs, second mile transport costs, middle mile transport costs, and the cost of access to the internet backbone. Both capital expenditures and ongoing operational expenses would be supported.

2. The plan would support one fixed technology high speed network provider in each rural service area. It also allows for one mobile wireless provider in each area to be supported. Support amounts are based on a demonstration of actual costs that exceed a qualifying threshold.

3. Rural ILECs can “opt in” to the new Fund at any time during a seven-year transition period. Once a rural ILEC opt in, all high cost support is received via the new Fund. At the time of opt in, a rural ILEC would immediately begin receiving the support amount that they were presently receiving from the existing mechanisms, as a starting point. Those ILECs choosing not to opt in immediately would continue to receive support through existing mechanisms.

4. All intercarrier compensation (ICC) rates transition down to zero over seven years, and the ICC revenues that rural ILECs are receiving at the time they opt in would gradually transition into the support received from the new Fund, as the ICC rates are reduced. Rural ILECs may also elect to immediately reduce their ICC rates to zero at the time they opt in.

5. At the end of the seven-year transition period, the existing rural high cost support mechanisms and ICC regime are eliminated, and carriers would recover their broadband network costs through a combination of affordable end user rates and support from the new Fund. At that time, the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is fully converted to a broadband network.

6. All fixed technology providers receiving support through the new Fund must commit to offering broadband throughout the service area at speeds that are at least equal to the national average broadband speed, and end user rates that are reasonably comparable to the national average rate. Support recipients must also submit to quality of service oversight.

7. The Low Income program is expanded to support broadband internet access service for qualifying consumers.

8. Contributions to all USF programs, including the new Fund, would be based on a combination of public network connections and working telephone numbers, including all broadband connections in service, regardless of technology.

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

NCTA Wants To Reduce High Cost Support In Some Areas

The National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has asked the FCC to establish procedures to reduce the amount of universal service high-cost support provided to carriers in those areas of the country where there is extensive, unsubsidized facilities-based voice competition and where government subsidies no longer are needed to ensure that service will be made available to consumers. Comments in this WC Docket No. 05-337, GN Docket No. 09-51, and RM-11584 rulemaking proceeding are due January 7, and reply comments are due January 22.

According to NCTA, the Commission’s high-cost support mechanisms are premised on the assumption that a particular location would not have affordable service available but for the support provided by the program. But in markets with extensive facilities-based competition, that assumption no longer holds true, NCTA says. It adds that the presence of one or more unsubsidized wireline competitors generally should be sufficient to ensure that consumers will have access to reasonably priced service even if government subsidies are reduced or eliminated.

Under NCTA’s proposal, the Commission would establish a two-step process by which any party may request that the Commission reassess the level of support provided to a particular geographic area. In the first step, the burden would be on the petitioner to demonstrate that the area meets one of two competition-based triggers. Specifically, the petitioner would be required to demonstrate either (1) that unsubsidized wireline competitors offer service to more than 75 percent of the customers in an area without support or (2) that the state has found sufficient competition to substantially deregulate the retail rates charged by an incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC). If one or both of those triggers is satisfied, the Commission would initiate the second step of the proceeding. In that step, the burden would be on a USF recipient to demonstrate the minimum amount of support necessary to ensure that non-competitive portions of the area will continue to be served.

In this stage of the process, the Commission would identify any ILEC costs, including costs attributable to any provider of last resort obligations imposed under state law, that cannot be recovered through any of the services (regulated or unregulated) provided over the network in the portion of the study area without competition. BloostonLaw is preparing comments to respond to NCTA’s petition. Clients wishing to participate should contact us ASAP.

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


ROCKEFELLER LAUNCHES PROBE OF CREDIT CARD “DATA PASS” PROCESS: Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to three credit card companies—Visa, American Express, and MasterCard—asking them what they know about the aggressive online sales tactics many online companies use to charge consumers’ credit cards for unwanted club memberships. Millions of online consumers have been enrolled in these membership clubs and their credit card or debit cards have been charged even though they never provided the companies with their sixteen digit credit card or debit card numbers. Chairman Rockefeller sent these letters after a Commerce Committee staff report and hearing showed that a key component of the aggressive online sales tactics is the use of a so-called “data pass” process, which enables websites to transfer consumers’ billing information, including consumers’ credit or debit card numbers, to the companies selling the club membership. “Data pass” has allowed these companies to present misleading enrollment offers to consumers, has led to significant consumer confusion, and has caused millions of American consumers to become enrolled and charged for membership clubs they did not want and were unaware they had signed up for. “There are more than 4 million American consumers whose credit cards are being charged by mysterious membership clubs after shopping online and most of these 4 million consumers don’t even know it’s happening,” said Chairman Rockefeller. “Through the Committee’s investigation, we learned these online club scams have made more than $1.4 billion dollars through these tactics and charged more than 30 million Americans. This next step in our investigation will help us better understand how millions of American consumers’ credit card accounts can be charged every month for services they don’t want. For many Americans, shopping online is a tool to learn about products, to compare prices, and to find a good bargain – and in these tough economic times when Americans are doing all they can to make ends meet and provide for their families, every dollar counts.” The letters sent to Visa, American Express, and MasterCard request information related to cardholder inquiries about unauthorized charges stemming from “data pass” and any efforts made by the companies to reduce the number of “chargeback” requests from cardholders. Visa, American Express, and MasterCard have likely processed millions of charges for membership clubs that were not authorized by cardholders. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC ADDRESSES SERVICES ELIGIBLE FOR FY 2010 E-RATE PROGRAM: The FCC has adopted a report and order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to address and seek comment on issues regarding the services eligible for funding under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism, also known as the E-rate program. First, the FCC modified its rules to expressly include interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and text messaging as eligible services under the E-rate program. Second, the FCC released the list of services that will be eligible for discounts for E-rate funding year 2010. Finally, the FCC seeks further comment on the eligibility of certain services in future funding years, as well as on proposed changes to the process for determining the services that will be eligible for support under the E-rate program. In the report and order, the FCC concluded that interconnected VoIP service is eligible for E-rate support and should continue to be an eligible service under the E-rate program. The FCC also concluded that text messaging is eligible for E-rate support. The FCC clarified the E-rate program eligibility of video on-demand servers, ethernet, web hosting, wireless local area network (LAN) controllers, and virtualization software. It found that telephone broadcast messaging, unbundled warranties, power distribution units, softphones, interactive white boards, and e-mail archiving are ineligible for E-rate program funding. In the FNPRM, the FCC seeks comment on whether particular services should be designated as eligible for E-rate support in funding year 2011 and beyond. Specifically, the FCC tentatively concludes that the eligible services list (ESL) should not include separately-priced firewall services, anti-virus/anti-spam software, scheduling services, and wireless Internet access applications. Also, it tentatively concludes that web hosting should not be eligible for funding under the E-rate program, or, alternatively, should only be eligible for E-rate program funds as a Priority 2 service. In the Further Notice the FCC also tentatively concludes that it should change its rules to establish that specific eligible products and services should be listed in the ESL as opposed to being listed individually in the rules. Finally, the FCC tentatively concludes to revise its rules to eliminate the requirement that the ESL be released by public notice, which would provide the Commission the flexibility to release the ESL by order. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

STUPAK INTRODUCES COMMISSION COLLABORATION BILL: Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) has introduced HR 4167, The Federal Communications Commission Collaboration Act, to authorize 3 or more FCC Commissioners to hold nonpublic collaborative discussions, and for other purposes. Commissioners currently must communicate one-on-one or via written correspondence. According to the bill language, FCC Commissioners have stated that their ability to have a substantive exchange of ideas and hold collective deliberations on issues pending before the Commission has been hindered. Congress's principal purpose in creating a multi-member agency is to obtain the benefits of collegial decision-making by the agency's members, who bring to the decision-making process different philosophical perspectives, experiences, and areas of expertise. According to the bill, Commissioners have relied primarily on an inefficient combination of written messages, communications among staff, and a series of meetings restricted to 2 Commissioners at each such meeting to discuss complex telecommunications matters pending before the Commission, the bill states. Extensive use of such methods of communication has harmed collegiality and cooperation at the Commission, the bill says. Numerous regulatory matters have been pending before the Commission for years, and continued inaction on these issues has the potential to hinder innovation and private investment in the domestic communications industry. In general, HR 4167 would allow 3 or more Commissioners to hold a meeting that is closed to the public to discuss official business if — `(A) a vote or any other agency action, as such term is defined in section 551(13) of title 5, United States Code, is not taken at such meeting; `(B) each person present at such meeting is a Commissioner or an employee of the Commission; `(C) for each political party of which any Commissioner is a member, at least 1 Commissioner who is a member of such respective political party is present at such meeting, and, if any Commissioner has no political party affiliation, at least one unaffiliated Commissioner is present at such meeting; and `(D) an attorney from the Office of General Counsel of the Commission is present at such meeting. Additionally, the Commission shall publish disclosure of such a meeting on its Web site. Many in the industry, however, believe the bill, despite its provision for the presence of both political parties, would result in closed door meetings and not allow full input. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FCC, FEMA ANNOUNCE STANDARDS, TIMETABLE FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS: As part of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the nation’s next generation of emergency alert and warning networks, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FCC has announced the adoption of the design specifications for the development of a gateway interface that will enable wireless carriers to provide their customers with timely and accurate emergency alerts and warnings via their cell phones and other mobile devices. The Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) is one of many projects within IPAWS intended to provide emergency mangers and the President a means to send alerts and warnings to the public. Specifically, CMAS provides Federal, state, territorial, tribal and local government officials the ability to send 90 character geographically targeted text messages to the public regarding emergency alert and warning of imminent threats to life and property, Amber alerts, and Presidential emergency messages. The CMAS is a combined effort of the federal government and cellular providers to define a common standard for cellular alerts. This announcement marks the beginning of the 28-month period, mandated by the FCC in August 2008, for commercial mobile service providers who have elected to participate in the design specifications known as CMAS to develop, test and deploy the system and deliver mobile alerts to the public by 2012. Wireless carriers who choose to participate in the CMAS will relay authorized text-based alerts to their subscribers. To ensure that persons with disabilities who subscribe to wireless services receive these emergency alerts, the FCC adopted rules in 2008 that will require participating wireless carriers to transmit messages with both vibration cadence and audio attention signals. The FCC also initiated the 28-month period during which participating Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) providers must develop, test and deploy the CMAS. This period was established by the Commission in 2008 and developed pursuant to the WARN Act. CMS providers must begin to develop and test the CMAS no later than 10 months from the date that the FEMA makes available design specifications for the Government Interface that will allow FEMA to deliver alerts to participating CMS providers. The end of that development and testing period will trigger an implementation and deployment period, not exceeding 18 months, culminating in the availability of the CMAS to the public. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

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Time ranks Motorola Droid above Apple iPhone for 2009

By Sam Oliver
Published: 09:50 AM EST

Time magazine has named the Motorola Droid the No. 1 gadget of 2009, besting the iPhone 3GS and calling the handset the first to truly challenge Apple's groundbreaking smartphone.

Time said that the Droid is the best hardware companion to Google's Android mobile operating system yet, earning the phone its top honors for 2009.

"The Droid is a hefty beast, a metal behemoth without the gloss and finish of the iPhone, but you don't miss it," the magazine said. "The Droid's touchscreen is phenomenally sharp and vivid, it has an actual physical (not great, but good enough) keyboard, and best of all, the Droid is on Verizon's best-of-breed 3G network. It's Android's first credible challenge to the iPhone."

Apple's iPhone still made the list, and earned praise. But the device came in fourth, behind the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader, and the Dyson Air Multiplier.

"Take the iPhone. Make it faster. There, you're done," the story said. "Yes, the 3GS has a better camera — with video. And it has a compass and voice control. Those are all improvements over the original. But the main point of, and the best thing about, the new iPhone is speed. It has more of it. Period."

Hype surrounding the Droid continues to linger more than a month after the device first debuted. This despite the fact that the handset managed to sell 100,000 units in its first weekend, compared with over a million units of the iPhone 3GS sold in its first three days at retail.

While comparisons between the Droid and iPhone are inevitable regardless, Motorola has encouraged them with a series of advertisements geared towards men. One recent ad suggested the iPhone is feminine, comparing it to a "tiara-wearing digitally clueless beauty pageant queen." Motorola then portrays its Droid as a fast, efficient device that isn't worried about looks.

One recent study found that buzz surrounding the Droid had helped to propel the brand perception of Motorola beyond that of Apple for men ages 18 and up.

The rest of Time's top 10 gadgets list for 2009, following the iPhone 3GS, in order, is: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, Dell Adamo XPS, FinePix Real 3D W1, Casio G-Shock GW7900B-1, Beats Solo by Dr. Dre, and Panasonic G10 Series Plasma HDTVs.

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Motorola pushes wireless data development

LTE and Wimax coming next year

By Ian Williams
The Inquirer
Friday, 11 December 2009, 13:49

MOTOROLA RECKONS THAT next generation wireless data networks will become increasingly ubiquitous next year and it wants to be at the front of the pack.

The company is hedging its bets on both Wimax and Long Term Evolution (LTE), believing that both can in fact co-exist, or at least survive in different environments until they are inevitably merged into a single standard or replaced entirely.

"Wireless broadband is the utility of the 21st century, and Motorola has the solutions in both WiMax and LTE that will meet consumer demand and operator requirements for network efficiency," said Bruce Brda, senior vice president and general manager of Wireless Networks for Motorola's Home and Networks Mobility division.

According to a study by Motorola, it's not just the kids of today or high flying executives who want to be permanently connected, but rather that the vast majority of people now want to have all the Internet has to offer at their fingertips.

With Wimax currently beating LTE to market, the company is pushing its development of products adhering to the 802.16m standard and continues its participation in the various standards bodies currently refining wireless data specifications.

"We believe Wimax will continue to grow and its future path to 802.16m provides a way of delivering more bandwidth even more efficiently. In addition, we are planning new products in 2010 that will be geared for regional operators," added Brda.

According to figures from the Wimax Forum, there are now over 10 million Wimax subscribers using 519 Wimax networks deployed across 146 countries around the globe, ranging from home users through retail and wholesale access to smart grid applications.

However, Brda reckons that Motorola is using its understanding of Wimax to help push the development of LTE multiple-in and multiple out, all-IP wireless networks, thanks largely to its work in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) mobile broadband, as well as on network scheduler and master controller components of the radio access network.

The company is involved in many of the field trials currently under way and its first commercial LTE deployments will be based on third-generation Wimax products that have been proven and field-hardened.

"Our deployment, management and optimisation of many large-scale commercial Wimax networks around the world gives us operations-level experience which our research and development teams use to make better and more stable LTE solutions," explained Brda.

Motorola has seen a number of achievements in the wireless data space over the course of 2009, but insists that we are just starting to see the tip of the iceberg, though it cautions that there are still some massive hurdles that will need to be overcome.

Flat rate data plans, combined with the increased levels of mobile data usage, mean that many operators are reluctant to make the massive investments required to upgrade the networks to Wimax, LTE or even HPSA+ without a definite idea of where the return on investment will come from.

Added to this, continuing discussion of issues around specifications and spectrum allocation make the lives of hardware manufacturers increasingly difficult as well.

Source: The Inquirer

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AT&T: 3% of wireless users eat 40% of data

December 9, 2009
Paul Boutin

iPhone hog iPhone service provider AT&T plans to test ways to get the company’s heaviest network traffic hogs to stop spending all waking hours choking AT&T’s pipes with their unlimited-access phones. But there'll be no draconian usage limits or surprise fees.

Ralph de la Vega, who runs the wireless and consumer arms of the company, spoke to attendees and reporters at a conference in New York held by financial services giant UBS. He said Dallas-based AT&T would offer “incentives,” rather than punishment, to get the top users to back down on their data use.

The top three percent are responsible for 40 percent of the data traveling through AT&T’s network, said De la Vega. “What we actually found out is customers didn’t know how they were using data,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “But once you alerted them to it, they actually reduce their consumption significantly.”

iPhone buyers can get an unlimited data plan from AT&T for as little as $69 per month base price. In fact, unlimited plans are the only kind AT&T currently sells. It makes the iPhone plus plan an attractive package, but AT&T has been unable to keep up with the resulting demand for data downloads and uploads. If De la Vega is correct, it might be easier than expected to keep AT&T’s data pipes from clogging again.

apple (Bonus Trivia: It was Ralph de la Vega, then the COO of Cingular before it became AT&T Mobility, who suffered the onstage humiliation of debuting Motorola’s doomed iTunes phone onstage in 2005. De la Vega flew to San Francisco from New Orleans, where he had been heading Cingular’s restoration of communications in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, to demo the Motorola ROKR and its TV ads to a VIP audience. Alas, he was immediately followed by Steve Jobs, who pulled an iPod Nano out of his pocket and, holding the gumstick-sized music player aloft, erased the memory of the ROKR from attendees’ minds. Being a wireless exec seems to guarantee a life of uncool.)

Source: VentureBeat

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