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FRIDAY - JUNE 12, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 364

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

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Global Paging Convention

Just a few days away. I hope to see you there.

If you missed my essay about my first trip to Montreal, you can read it here.

If you need to print the suggestions from Ron Mercer about how to get from the airport to downtown Montreal, click here.

Montreal (French: Montréal) is the cultural capital of Quebec and the main entry point to the province. The second largest city in Canada, it is a city rich in culture and history, has an inordinate number of attractive, fashionably dressed people, and a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America. Montréal is the third-largest French-speaking city, behind Paris and Kinshasa. The population of Montreal is 3.6 million.” [source] left arrow The source article contains lots of info about this beautiful city. Highly recommended reading if you are going to attend the convention.

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Recently Heard On The Radio

A radio dispatcher: "Attention all units, check for an open microphone."

One mobile unit answers: "It's not me."

If you need an explanation as to why this is funny, here it is:

In two-way mobile radio, like the taxi, police, ambulance, fire, and other services use, sometimes people will lay the microphone down in the seat of their vehicle. Then they accidentally lean on the microphone or sit on it, activating the PTT (push-to-talk) — causing the radio to transmit and interfere with the radio channel. Of course, when a conventional two-way radio is transmitting it cannot receive. This is sometimes called, "half-duplex." So the dispatcher is trying to talk to a radio that cannot possibly hear the message.

You would think that they would know better. A "full-duplex" radio, like a cellphone, that can transmit and receive at the same time, uses much more complicated technology. Some radios have a "time-out timer" (TOT) that will automatically deactivate the transmitter if it stays on for more than a set time.

There are lots of other funny stories about unintentional radio transmissions, like one operator going to sleep and snoring over the radio channel all night long. Barking dogs, and ringing telephones are frequently heard over voice-activated (VOX) radio channels.

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There will be no newsletter next week. I will be attending the Global Paging Convention through Friday. I hope to make it up to you the following week with a report on the convention, including photos and audio interviews.

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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Just a few more days until the Global Paging Convention begins in Montreal!

Thanks to our committed sponsors/vendors!
  • American Messaging
  • Argosy Communication Products
  • Daviscomms UK Limited
  • e*Message W.I.S. Deutschland GmbH
  • Generic Mobile
  • Indiana Paging Network
  • Mobilfone
  • Multitone Electronics
  • NEP/UCOM Paging
  • Omni Provincial Electronics
  • PageOne
  • PagePlus
  • Prism Paging
  • ProPage
  • SelectPath
  • Teletouch Paging
  • Unication USA
  • VoxPro Communications
  • Xacom Pty. Ltd.
multitone logo Welcome to the latest AAPC Vendor — Bronze Member — Multitone Electronics. Be sure to check out their display at the Global Paging Convention.

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 17  
9:30 am – 11:00 am EMMA Board Meeting
9:00 am – 12:00 pm AAPC Board Meeting
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Paging Technical Committee Meeting
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration Open
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EMMA Members Meeting

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception sponsored by:

e*Message W.I.S. Deutschland GmbH, Generic Mobile, Indiana Paging Network, Mobilfone, NEP/UCOM Paging, PageOne, Page Plus, ProPage, SelectPath, Teletouch Paging, VoxPro Communications

Thursday, June 18  
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
8:15 am – 8:45 am Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Prism Paging and Xacom

8:45 am – 9:00 am


  • Derek Banner, EMMA
  • François Lincourt, PageNet Canada
  • Jacques Couvas, EMMA
  • Scott Forsythe, AAPC

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Paging a Global Industry?
Is the paging industry ready for Globalization or is it already a global industry? This session will present vendors and operators’ perspectives on the benefits and potential pitfalls of a global paging industry. Learn how this might impact your business.

  • Johan Ågren, Generic Mobile
  • Kirk Alland, Unication USA
  • Vic Jensen, Unication USA
  • David McLawhorn, Teletouch Paging
  • Facilitator: Ted McNaught, Northeast & UCOM Paging
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break sponsored by Prism Paging and Xacom
10:30 am – 11:00 am Technology Repurposing Spectrum—from Narrowband to Broadband
Jim Weisenberg, Space Data Corporation
Space Data is the leader in Near Space Communications, the area above airplanes and below satellites where we and the military fly our balloon-borne SkySite communications platforms at altitudes of 65,000 to 100,000 feet. We transmit over the NPCS spectrum where our license interests total over 60% of the 3 MHz available and we are seeing new equipment being developed to enable utilities and others to use our spectrum for automated meter reading (AMR), and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) — as well as their own private fixed and mobile broadband wireless system requirements.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Successful Diversification Strategies
A group of global experts will lead you down the road to the future by reviewing their successful diversification strategies.
  • Dietmar Gollnick, e*Message WIS, Germany Deutschland GmbH
  • Brian Hick, Digicall
  • Chris Jones, PageOne
  • Mike Lyons, Indiana Paging Network
  • Facilitator: Scott Forsythe, SelectPath
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch sponsored by American Messaging
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Paging Systems Evolution and the Regulatory Quagmire
Sharon Finney, Adventist Health System
This presentation will highlight the regulatory concerns to be considered as paging system technology evolves.
Sharon, Corporate Data Security Officer, will discuss how the rapidly developing regulatory quagmire could impact both paging system developers and customers.
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break sponsored by Prism Paging and Xacom
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Answering the Call—Paging’s Performance in Global First Responder Markets
Ralf Ackermann, Vice President German Fire Service Association
Listen to first hand examples of how paging services are critical to saving lives. A first responder will provide insights into how to continuously improve service in this critical market.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Social Hour sponsored by Unication USA & American Messaging
Friday, June 19  
8:30 am – 2:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Paging—Worldwide Trusted Partner of the Healthcare Industry
Panel discussion providing an overview of paging and critical messaging services within the healthcare environment.


  • Dave Anderson, American Messaging
  • John Bishop, Xacom Pty. Ltd.
  • Pete Carney, Multitone Electronics
  • Facilitator: Roy Pottle, American Messaging

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Competing Technologies in the Healthcare Industry?
Review of technologies being marketed to the healthcare industry, such as: METAmessage for Wireless, Ekahau Wireless Location and Tracking, Polycom SpectraLink Wi-Fi phones.

  • Dan Kiely, VoxPro Communications
  • Ron Mercer, Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
  • Jim Nelson, Prism Systems International, Inc.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Round Table Discussions
Pinpoint examination of critical topics within the industry
1. Benefits and challenges of operating a call center and/or TAS
    Facilitator: Dan Kiely, VoxPro Communications
2. Value of Broadcasting/Group Calls
    Facilitator: Perri McNaught, Northeast & UCOM Paging
3. Adapt, improvise, and refine your business model
    Facilitator: Chris Jones, PageOne
4. Staying out of the FCC Crosshairs—forms & deadlines 101
    Facilitator: Ken Hardman, Esq., Counsel to AAPC
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm The Future of Paging
Derek Banner, European Mobile Messaging Association
This session will provide a brief synopsis of the recent past and most importantly, the future of paging as a global industry. The medical industry and first responders continue to be major users of paging and will continue to need reliable, fast, and economic communications. In this session, we will try to work out how we can respond to these challenges and push paging into industrial and geographic areas where few alternatives exist.

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Telemetry and paging

MENTION PAGING TO anyone outside of the paging industry and they immediately think of the “Beeper.” It’s an unfortunate stigma, but one that we recognize as the fuel that gave birth to an entire industry, not to mention most of today’s personal wireless communications.

There have been numerous advancements since the Beeper. The truth is there are countless sophisticated applications that utilize one-way and two-way paging technology that efficiently accomplish needed tasks. We commonly refer to this growing segment of the paging market as telemetry, or machine-to-machine. Paging companies are well aware of their ability to apply this technology and send the required information over their networks; however, their knowledge of the diverse list of applications is dependent on the innovative and creative people who work in other industries to consider the use of paging technology in their solutions.

Paging technology is uniquely suited for those applications that demand a short set of instructions to a device or system that would otherwise have required human intervention. The cost can be a small fraction, as compared to other radio, or hard-wired, technologies.

My first exposure to this concept was in the late 70s. We had a major egg producer that used an automatic alarm in his hen house that would page him if the temperature exceeded certain parameters. I was informed the hens would stop laying eggs if they got too cold, which would result in a shortage of eggs at the supermarket and a loss of sales. It saved him the cost of hiring someone to “guard the henhouse” (true story).

Today, modern digital paging technology supports much more sophisticated applications. For instance, the capability to receive and instantly display text messages on a large visual display has several uses, including mass notification on school campuses and public venues, highway traffic signs that alert drivers of weather and road conditions, plus billboard and taxicab advertising.

Paging is used by major electric utilities to remotely control non-essential equipment during peak periods to prevent outages. Irrigation systems are being controlled by municipalities and agriculture, cutting the cost of labor and saving water. Oil and gas companies use paging technology to control remote oil wells and monitor pipelines.

Fire Stations use paging to open bay doors, activate emergency sirens and provide a “Rip & Run” printout. Remote weather reporting stations serving aviation in the Colorado mountains can be quickly rebooted with a page.

A two-way paging device has the advantage of sending information as well as receiving. This supports a wide variety of monitoring applications, including the remote reading of utility meters, alarm monitoring, and the reporting of conditions such as whether a UPS deposit box has any packages to pick up, or if a vending machine needs to be refilled.

There are fleet vehicle and asset tracking applications, as well as paging products to remotely disable a stolen car. Paging can even support remote credit card processing and wireless ATM functions, as in the instance of short-term sports events.

The Beeper is not dead. We have added the valuable capability of wirelessly controlling remote systems and monitoring alarms. The growing list of applications proves the unique cost-saving utility of modern paging technology to provide solutions.

Of course we still have the News, Stocks, Weather and Sports.

Special thanks to Ron Mercer and Vic Jensen for their valuable input on this subject. For more information on Telemetry Opportunities for Radio Paging Technology, contact AAPC at, or Ron Mercer at

Besides serving as President of AAPC, Scott Forsythe is the Chief Technical Officer for SelectPath, Inc. dba Contact Wireless.


Source: Enterprise Wireless MAGAZINE Second Quarter 2009 • Enterprise Wireless Alliance

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Advertiser Index

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

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Opinion: New iPhone Could Spell Doom for Sprint, Palm

By Andrew Berg
WirelessWeek - June 09, 2009

Apple has fundamentally changed the smartphone game, and it could have devastating consequences for Sprint and the Palm.

When the doors at Best Buy and Sprint stores opened just last Saturday, they did so to a world where the Palm Pre and iPhone 3G were identically priced. Today, only four days after the Pre launch, two more upgraded iPhone models are on the showroom floor at AT&T – the 3GS 32GB and 16GB models – and the same iPhone 3G for $100 less.

new iphone What’s perhaps most notable about Apple’s moves yesterday is the extent to which the company is now leaning heavily on software while simultaneously leveraging its existing hardware. The company avoided the redundancy and high production costs of the rumored iPhone Nano and will now run through its existing inventory of 3Gs at a recession-palatable price point.

To some extent, the new 3GS isn’t that different from the existing 3G. Sure, it’s faster, has more memory and a better camera that can handle video, but it’s essentially the same phone. However, with the new APIs and features offered by the iPhone OS 3.0, every iPhone gets an overhaul, even the now lowly 3G. Let’s not forget that up until about 11 a.m. Pacific time yesterday, the 3G was still seen as one of, if not the premium, smartphone on the market.

Has that really changed in 24 hours? No. Instead, Apple has managed to expand the iPhone’s demographic in a way that is inclusive of the 3G and creates a kind of status strata for its product with the 3GS 32GB model crowned as king. And what of the Pre? Well, there it sits, $100 over its nearest competitor and still unproven, which is to say nothing of the two companies clinging for dear life to its inevitable success or failure.

But while Apple may have redefined smartphone pricing, will such a drastic reduction in the price of the 3G hurt sales of the 3GS? Only time will tell, and unlike Palm and Sprint, Apple has plenty of that. Does Apple really care if 3GSs aren't immediately flying off the shelves? Sure it would be nice, but it’s not going to hurt them if early sales are shy of record breaking.

And when all those $99 3Gs are gone, Apple will have effectively increased adoption and can discontinue the 3G, moving the 3GS to the forefront of AT&T’s upgraded 7.2 HSPA network. Pairing of the 3GS and an upgraded AT&T network could be the fastest smartphone/network combination the industry has ever seen. As it stands, the old 3G is actually faster than AT&Ts current 3G network.

With an App Store that has already recorded 1 billion downloads and a new rush of development that makes use of over 1,000 new APIs included with the iPhone OS 3.0, it is almost unthinkable that any device will rival Apple’s current smartphone supremacy in the near future. But then again, only time will tell.



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41% of Consumers Will Buy a Smartphone Next

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on June 11th, 2009

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[Opinion] Before I owned my iPhone, I had a Motorola Razr. I thought the Razr was a good phone and didn’t think I would ever need a smartphone. Once I tried out the iPhone, I knew that the Razr had really sucked and I didn’t have a clue what a smartphone could do for me. After well over a year with my iPhone, I will never go back to normal phones.

Lots of consumers are seeing the smartphone light it seems. Analytics firm Yankee Group has unveiled the latest trends in the mobile phone industry that show the smartphone is growing by leaps and bounds. According to the firm 41% of consumers say they will make a smartphone their next mobile device purchase.

Smartphones are predicted to grow as a category to 38% of all handsets sold by 2013, the largest growth category in mobile devices. The study also found that the average U.S. consumer has owned four mobile devices and the desire for a new device to be a smartphone is growing.

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Mobile Phone Market Declines 11.9% In 1Q

ABI Research says mobile handset consumers overall are waiting for the economy to get better before upgrading their handsets, but smartphone buyers are an exception.

By Marin Perez
June 11, 2009 12:31 PM

The mobile phone industry saw a sluggish first quarter because of fears over the global economic recession and seasonal sales trends, according to a new report by ABI Research.

The first quarter typically sees fewer sales than the previous quarter because manufacturers like to release high-profile handsets before the holiday shopping season. But this first quarter had an especially sharp drop, as the industry shipped 35 million fewer units than it did during the same period last year, ABI said.

"The industry and consumers have gone into protection mode," ABI Research director Kevin Burden said in a statement. "Protecting profitability has led handset manufacturers to produce less and operators and retail outlets [to hold] smaller inventories. Consumers are also realizing that many of the features they desire are already in the handset they currently use, and are willing to forgo an upgrade until they have more confidence in their own futures."

ABI said all indications point to global shipments being lower than last year, which is in line with recent predictions by Samsung and Nokia. Companies such as Motorola and Sony Ericsson are already struggling in the highly competitive field, and the decline in shipments will likely lead to some tough business months ahead.

One bright spot is the smartphone segment, which is expected to defy the recession. Nokia released its touch-screen N97 this month, and the handset is expected to be a global best-seller. Palm has launched the long-awaited Pre, only to be one-upped by Apple announcing the iPhone 3G S and a discounted iPhone 3G on Monday.

Source: InformationWeek

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Not All Get Word of Contaminated Water Warning

By Eric Pera

Published: Friday, June 5, 2009 at 9:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 5, 2009 at 9:06 p.m.

POLK CITY | Many Polk City-area residents awoke Tuesday morning to their normal routine, oblivious to a boil water alert, the result of a broken water line in which there was zero water pressure.

Such occurrences are potential health hazards, as contaminated water can enter damaged water lines, making people sick if they don't boil water for a full minute or more.

Unable to contact each household in the affected area personally or by leaflet, Polk City relied on Polk County's emergency notification systems to automatically telephone residents and alert them to the potential threat.

But the systems have limits. People with unlisted phone numbers or those who rely solely on cell phones did not get a call warning them of the danger.

In this case, the danger was minimal, said Polk Health Director Daniel Haight, and Polk City followed the proper procedures, alerting his office and placing notices in local newspapers. The boil alert was lifted Friday afternoon.

By law, the potential health problem posed by the broken water line had to be reported to the Health Department within 24 hours, and Polk City met that test, Haight said, adding, "There was no proven contamination."

Not this time. But what about future emergencies anywhere in the county? Folks who use cell phones as their only means of telecommunication will be in the dark, so to speak.

That goes for any emergency notification delivered by the county or the Polk School District, which has its own communicator system, often referred by the trademark Reverse 911.

The problem is nationwide and has the attention of the Federal Communications Commission, which is examining cell broadcast technology such as the CellCast system, which allows emergency managers to broadcast text alerts to all cell phone users.

Such technology is expensive, though, and must be embraced by the telephone companies, who have yet to do so, said Sally Tolley, Polk's 911 systems manager.

Polk is exploring new technologies similar to the CellCast system in a partnership with Orange County and several other neighboring counties, she said, but the pilot project is still in its infancy.

"We're trying to figure out how we're going to get (an emergency message) out to that mobile customer," Tolley said. "The best route is cell broadcast technology."

Cell broadcast text messaging delivers messages simultaneously from one point to many phones, much like radio broadcasts, letting emergency managers designate specific areas, according to Government Technology Magazine.

Cell broadcast technology could be used for health alerts, imminent threats like tornadoes, even amber alerts for missing or abducted children, Tolley said.

"The idea of mass notification systems has come so far in the last 10 years," she said. "We're getting there."

Just not yet.

Polk's two emergency notifications systems can not easily be accessed, and it takes months to record a new telephone in its database, said Debbie Moore, crime prevention administrator for the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

"If you gave me a number today, it could take three months before it's in the system," she said.

Of the county's two systems, one is capable of contacting cell phones, but only in certain parts of the county, Tolley said. Even then, the cost to keep track of the database is too prohibitive to consider cell phone users, she said.

"We could open it up countywide," Tolley said, "but think of how many citizens we have out there. I don't even know if our database could hold it all."

Had it been available, cell broadcasting would have greatly expanded Polk City's ability to notify water customers affected by this week's water alert. The tiny municipality doesn't have the resources to knock on every door, said Pam Peterson, the city's assistant city manager.

"We had over 2,000 customers in that (affected area)," she said. "We just don't have the manpower."

Haight, the county's health director, offers some advice for those who notice a drop in household water pressure. "Assume there might be a problem," he said, "and until you find out, boil the water."


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Posted: June 5, 2009 05:34 PM
Updated: June 5, 2009 09:34 PM

ymca HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - An incident has parents in a Huntsville community with their eyes open, and reminded similar facilities just how important and needed safety precautions really are.

An unidentified man asked for a particular child at the Southeast YMCA on Weatherly Road in Huntsville without authorization last Thursday. Two female employees saw red flags and told the man to leave, and he complied.

By all accounts, the two women did the right thing.

Sgt. Mark Roberts with the Huntsville Police Department said, "We want the public and the daycares to be a little more vigilant, but they should be vigilant all the time."

The incident made Jennifer Dewitt very nervous. She's a mother and volunteer at Willowbrook Baptist Church, where 24/7 rolling security cameras keep a watchful eye.

Software called Parent Pager is a regime that registered adults in the system must go through when checking out any of the 700 kids in the church's child care programs.

"They would go to a kiosk and touch 'Child in,' they would then scan their finger, and it would bring up the individual," Dewitt said.

A pager, children's name tags, check-in slips, and other information are all provided, along with any other guardians that are authorize to pick the child or to drop them off. If there is a stranger that shouldn't be there, Parent Pager and constant supervision at the desks ensure they won't be leaving with a child.

The man involved with the Southeast YMCA situation police want to know more about is described in his 40's or 50's, six feet tall with salt and pepper hair, wearing a black suit, and described as very scruffy looking. Investigators said they haven't identified this man.

If anyone has information about the man or the incident, they should call Huntsville police at (256) 722-7100.

Source: WAFF48NEWS

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letter o n that day the Space Data Corporation’s SkySite® network completed 5 years of continuous 24/7 operation. Flying a constellation of radio repeaters suspended below specially engineered weather balloons, Space Data delivers seamless radio coverage to enterprise and government users in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.

As originally conceived by Space Data’s co-founder and CEO Jerry Knoblach, SkySites are easily deployable high altitude repeater platforms with a range of over 400 miles.

While working as an engineer in the satellite industry, Knoblach realized there had to be a more economical way to deliver wide-area coverage to underserved areas without the expense and challenges of launching satellites. In 1997 he co-founded Space Data

Corporation along with fellow engineer Eric Frische to develop near-space balloon technology for wireless use. Eyeing the many parts of the world that have limited or no wireless service, a primary Space Data objective is to bring these services, including cellular and broadband, to more sparsely populated areas of the world.

jerry knoblach Space Data’s co-founder and CEO Jerry Knoblach. In 1997, he co-founded Space Data Corporation along with fellow engineer Eric Frische to develop near-space balloon technology for wireless use.

The SkySite network in the Southwestern United States represents just one of the many current applications for Space Data’s SkySite technology. These high flying airborne communications platforms have been deployed around the world in support of a variety of commercial and military applications.

Drawing on widely used and proven weather balloon technology, Space Data’s SkySites operate in the near space altitudes from 65,000 to 100,000 feet. From platforms floating in the earth’s stratosphere, battery operated transceiver packages suspended below the SkySites provide continuous coverage to M2M (machine to machine) devices for enterprise and government users throughout the Southwest.

Because the SkySite is effectively like having an antenna site nearly 20 miles high, a single SkySite can provide the same coverage as 300 terrestrial towers. A constellation of 41 SkySites is sufficient to provide coverage to the entire continental United States.


Controlled by personnel at Space Data’s 24-hour Network Operations Center (NOC) in Chandler, Arizona, each SkySite is placed at optimum altitude and monitored continuously throughout its flight. The radio payload packages carried by the SkySites also contain proprietary Space Data technology that allow operators on the ground to vent lifting gas or release small amounts of ballast in order to regulate the altitude of the SkySite. After floating at altitude for a day, another SkySite is launched to cover the same area while a NOC operator sends a signal to the payload on the SkySite launched the previous day to detach from the balloon. After detachment, it descends to earth under a small parachute. The biodegradable balloon rises higher into the atmosphere where it eventually bursts into small pieces.

humvee Once back on earth, the payload sends its GPS location to the NOC and that information is used to retrieve the payloads and utilize them in future launches. Over the 5 years the commercial SkySite network has been in continuous operation, Space Data has retrieved and re-used 90 percent of the radio payloads it has flown. Each of the communications payloads weighs approximately 6 pounds and meets FAA criteria for balloon borne payloads, thereby eliminating possible damage when they come back to earth.

Reusable payloads and inexpensive balloons are key components to keeping the Space Data SkySite network an affordable alternative to large terrestrial based networks and satellites. A SkySite launch today costs approximately $500. As the network grows and additional economies of scale are achieved, Space Data estimates that its average cost per launch will be less than $100 each.

Space Data holds approximately 2 MHz, or 64 percent, of the nationwide NPCS (Narrowband PCS) 900 MHz spectrum, more than all other carriers combined. Space Data provides coverage from the current SkySite network on this 900 MHz spectrum acquired through auctions and other spectrum acquisition efforts. This nationwide spectrum footprint allows Space Data the flexibility to open new markets and add coverage without the need for additional spectrum allocations or coordination with the FCC or other licensees. Space Data CEO Jerry Knoblach said, “Because our spectrum is contiguous nationwide, it allows us to deliver ubiquitous nationwide wireless services. We can offer our customers and partners unprecedented access, particularly in the 70 percent of the continental U.S. not served by wireless towers. The only comparable service in remote areas is provided by satellite systems, which are inherently far less cost-effective than our SkySite-based service.”

space data army Space Data’s SkySite offers users the many advantages of satellite communications at a fraction of the high cost associated with satellite services. In its 5 years of continuous operation the SkySite commercial network has launched over 18,000 SkySite balloons. After launch the balloon ascends at approximately 1000 feet per minute and begins delivering wide area coverage just minutes after launch. Once at altitude, the SkySites will typically drift for up to 24 hours at altitudes between 65,000 and 85,000 feet where the high altitude winds are fairly light and stable.

SkySite technology is not limited to any frequency band or type of service. Space Data has developed and deployed payloads that support analog and digital voice services in multiple bands as well as data services, broadband and military payloads.

SkySites improving health care

In January 2009, Space Data expanded its coverage area to include the Navajo Nation in parts of Utah, New Mexico and northeastern Arizona. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, the project provides 24/7 coverage to difficult-to-access areas of the Navajo Nation with traditional transportation for the purposes of improving healthcare among the Navajo, who often live in very remote and rugged areas.

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From left to right: Carla Anderson, SVP/COO, e-Copernicus; Gregory L. Rohde, President, e-Copernicus; Robert Nakai, Program Manager, Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project; Eddie Browning, USDA State Director; and Jerry Knoblach.

After having risen steadily for decades, diabetes has reached near epidemic levels among Navajo residents in the Navajo Nation. The Tuba City based Western Navajo Agency has identified that some 41 percent of its population either has diabetes or is in the pre-diabetes stage. The remoteness of the Nation’s population makes providing adequate health care for diabetic patients difficult at best. Population density in the service area is approximately 3 people per square mile.

Without the SkySite telemedicine initiative, the condition of many of the patients unable to travel regularly to clinics due to a lack of transportation or health-related issues could not be monitored. As part of the project, patients are provided with specialized PDAs that will allow them to monitor glucose readings and transmit that information via the SkySite network to health professionals. The system also delivers important health related information directly to patients via their SkySite wireless-enabled

PDAs. The public information officer for the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project, Ray Baldwin Louis, says the system is a lifesaver and without it many of the Nation’s diabetic residents would suffer.

Robert Nakai, program manager for the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project said the SkySite system will “prevent illness, promote health, facilitate early intervention and maximize the effectiveness of treatment regimes.”

Jerry Knoblach, Space Data CEO, says the SkySite program serving the Navajo Nation is a cost-effective way for the Navajo to manage diabetes. He adds “It costs $31,000 to cover one emergency hospital trip for diabetes, but for that cost you can monitor two people for a lifetime. Plus, it saves miles and time for health care professionals.”

The SkySite diabetes monitoring program for the Navajo Nation has been launched initially as a two year program serving 200 patients with more expected to be added during the life of the program.

Serving Defense and Homeland Security

The advantages of Space Data’s SkySite technology has not missed the attention of the U.S. Air Force, who awarded Space Data a $50 million contract for a version of the innovative near space platform known as Combat SkySat. Utilizing relatively lightweight radio units that are easily carried into the field and able to be launched from the back of a Humvee in less than 20 minutes, the Combat SkySat delivers a significant improvement in ground-to-ground communications for military personnel. Field deployments have shown that voice and data communications range can be increased from 10 to over 400 miles.

In addition to the U.S. Air Force, the Combat SkySat technology has also been used by the United States Army, Navy and Marines. Internationally, the Royal Canadian Armed Forces have taken advantage of the Combat SkySat technology. With the line of sight increase in range that Space Data’s Combat SkySat provides, field radios are able to operate at lower power levels and reduced power consumption. This reduces the weight that must be carried into battle, which is an important advantage as approximately one-third of that weight in traditional communications is in batteries to power portable communications devices.

Unlike satellite communications, Combat SkySat affords field personnel dramatically extended communications range utilizing their existing radio equipment without modification. Satellite communications requires specialized radios and additional equipment to be carried in the field.

Beyond the obvious military applications for Space Data’s SkySite aerial communications platforms, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has seen advantages in using the technology in the ongoing efforts to protect borders. By launching SkySites when and where needed, U.S. Border Patrol agents can have immediate wide-area communications coverage in remote areas where reliable radio coverage is non-existent.

At present, Space Data is actively involved in an initiative with a major manufacturer and the federal government to develop and test SkySite P25 repeaters. As with all SkySite payloads, the P25 platform will be easily and rapidly deployable with recoverable and reusable transceiver packages. Once commercially available, Space Data’s P25 SkySites will offer significant advantages to nearly any agency requiring P25-capable around-the-clock tactical or emergency communications coverage; anytime, anywhere.

Cellular Coverage Everywhere

As ubiquitous as cellular coverage is for most people, there are still very large areas of the U.S. and the rest of the world where it is impossible to make or receive a cellular phone call. SkySites from Space Data can provide an economical and effective way to deliver cellular coverage to areas where a traditional terrestrial tower based network would be cost-prohibitive.

Space Data is working with cellular carriers to develop airborne cell sites that will be carried aloft under SkySites. Knoblach envisions a time when everyone will be able to make and receive cellular telephone calls from anywhere using a combination of traditional terrestrial based towers and a constellation of SkySites that will blanket the nation with contiguous coverage. An avid outdoorsman, Knoblach adds “It will be great when you can actually pull out your cell phone out at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and make a call.”

More spectrum and new services

The large block of spectrum held by Space Data has opened other opportunities for the company beyond the most visible applications in its SkySite service. As the NPCS spectrum is immediately adjacent to the 900 MHz SMR band, Space Data recognized an opportunity to offer additional services. Working with Motorola, Space Data has taken a portion of its vast spectrum holdings at 900 MHz and created over twenty 25 kHz iDEN channels on standard 39 MHz spacing. The 6:1 efficiency offered by iDEN allows a single channel to accommodate six simultaneous voice paths. Those channels are now incorporated into and supported by all current generation iDEN handsets and base radios.

Recognizing that iDEN digital technology has remained out of reach for many users due to high infrastructure cost and limited spectrum availability, this initiative from Space Data offers the possibility of a more cost-effective option. In order to make this technology available to any enterprise user, Space Data offers the opportunity to install and operate virtual private digital iDEN systems using its main switch equipment, thus eliminating the need for each user to own their own iDEN switch. In addition to leasing space on Space Data’s iDEN switch, the

900 MHz spectrum may be purchased or leased for the specific site or region requiring coverage.

According to Knoblach, “The benefits of iDEN digital technology have been proven worldwide on over 40,000 sites with over 25 million subscriber units on the air. Space Data is now able to make this proven technology available to any size user, from a small campus with a few subscriber units to a large regional user on private spectrum very affordably.”

Delivering the best of full-duplex telephone, PTT two-way radio, SMS, AVL and advanced feature sets for mission critical users, Space Data’s iDEN offerings address what many of today’s wireless users are demanding in their next communications network. And, they are able to do it all on non-shared spectrum so they can be assured that communication access will be available to them when they need it most. For those needing more iDEN coverage, Space Data has already begun plans to develop iDEN capability for its SkySites, allowing a user to extend coverage beyond that available from traditional terrestrial sites.

Taking innovation to new heights—literally stratospheric—is an everyday occurrence at Space Data. With a vision to deliver affordable wireless communications services anywhere in the world, the sky isn’t the limit. Instead, it’s the answer.

Rhett Grotzinger is president of Xenith Solutions, LLC, a business development firm specializing in the wireless industry.

Source: Enterprise Wireless MAGAZINE Second Quarter 2009 • Enterprise Wireless Alliance

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 12, No. 23 JUNE 10, 2009   


Comment Sought On Competitive Provision Of 911 Service

The FCC has asked for comment on a specific policy issue that has arisen in the context of the consolidated arbitration proceedings between Intrado Communications, Embarq, and Verizon. On June 4, 2008, the Wireline Competition Bureau preempted the jurisdiction of the Virginia Commission with respect to the arbitration of an interconnection agreement between Intrado and Embarq. On October 16, 2008, the Bureau preempted the jurisdiction of the Virginia Commission with respect to the arbitration of an interconnection agreement between Intrado and Verizon. Intrado filed separate petitions for arbitration of interconnection agreements with both Embarq and Verizon, and on December 9, 2008, the Bureau consolidated the proceedings. In its petitions, Intrado sought physical interconnection with Embarq and Verizon to offer emergency services in Virginia, including a competitive alternative to the 911 network currently provided to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and other public safety agencies by Embarq and Verizon, in their respective territories in Virginia. While Intrado’s petitions raise a number of contractual issues specific to Intrado, Embarq, and Verizon, the arbitration proceeding also has raised the more general policy issue of the competitive provision of 911 voice services. Resolution of that issue in the context of this arbitration proceeding could have a significant impact on persons and entities that are not parties to the proceedings, including PSAPs, competitive carriers, Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS) providers, and others. Therefore, the FCC seeks comment on the specific issue of how competition in the provision of the 911 network to the PSAPs and other public safety agencies would impact the provision of public safety services in Virginia. Comments in this WC Docket Nos. 08-33, 08-185 proceeding are due July 6, and replies are due July 21. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, John Prendergast, Richard Rubino, and Cary Mitchell.

The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a June 16 confirmation hearing on the nominations of Julius Genachowski to be FCC Chairman and Robert McDowell to be reappointed as FCC Commissioner. It is not clear when the panel will take up the nominations of Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Atwell Baker to fill the remaining seats on the FCC.


  • RUS FY 2009 broadband community connect grant program opens June 19.
  • NTIA, NHTSA publish E-911 grant pro-gram for states.
  • FCC seeks comments on changing Form 499-A filing date to September 1.
  • Denali asks FCC to forbear from applying unjust enrichment provisions to competitive bidding rules.


RUS FY 2009 Broadband Community Connect Grant Program Opens June 19

This is a reminder that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) fiscal year (FY) 2009 application window for its Community Connect Grant Program opens June 19. You may submit completed applications for grants on paper or electronically according to the following deadlines: Paper copies must carry proof of shipping no later than June 19, 2009, to be eligible for FY 2009 grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2009 grant funding. Electronic copies must be received by June 19, 2009, to be eligible for FY 2009 grant funding. BloostonLaw is available to assist clients with preparing applications for Community Connect grants.

1. Funding Opportunity: The purpose of the Community Connect Grant Program is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants that will provide currently unserved areas, on a “community-oriented connectivity” basis, with broadband transmission service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, health care, and public safety services. Rural Utilities Service will give priority to rural areas that it believes have the greatest need for broadband transmission services, based on certain criteria. Grant authority will be used for the deployment of broadband transmission service to extremely rural, lower-income communities on a “community-oriented connectivity'' basis.

2. Award Information: $13,406,000 is available for grants. The Administrator has established a minimum grant amount of $50,000 and a maximum grant amount of $1,000,000 for FY 2009. This funding is separate from the ARRA stimulus money to be administered by RUS once rules are implemented.

3. Eligibility Information: Only entities legally organized as one of the following are eligible for Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance:

A. An incorporated organization,

B. An Indian tribe or tribal organization, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(b) and (c),

C. A State or local unit of government,

D. A cooperative, private corporation or limited liability company organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

Note: Individuals are not eligible for Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance directly. Applicants must have the legal capacity and authority to own and operate the broadband facilities as proposed in its application, to enter into contracts and to otherwise comply with applicable federal statutes and regulations.

4. What are the basic eligibility requirements for a project?

A. Grant applicants must demonstrate a matching contribution, in cash or in kind (new, non-depreciated items), of at least 15 percent of the total amount of financial assistance requested. Matching contributions must be used for eligible purposes of Community Connect grant assistance.

B. To be eligible for a grant, the Project must:

a. Serve a Rural Area where Broadband Transmission Service does not currently exist, to be verified by Rural Development prior to the award of the grant;

b. Serve one Community recognized in the latest U.S. Census or the latest version of the Rand McNally Atlas;

c. Deploy Basic Broadband Transmission Service, free of all charges for at least 2 years, to all Critical Community Facilities located within the proposed Service Area;

d. Offer Basic Broadband Transmission Service to residential and business customers within the proposed Service Area; and

e. Provide a Community Center with at least 10 Computer Access Points within the proposed Service Area, and make Broadband Transmission Service available therein, free of all charges to users for at least 2 years.

5. Funding Restrictions:

A. Eligible Grant Purposes
    Grant funds may be used to finance:

a. The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, including spectrum, to deploy Broadband Transmission Service to all participating Critical Community Facilities and all required facilities needed to offer such service to residential and business customers located within the proposed Service Area;

b. The improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a Community Center that furnishes free access to broadband Internet service, provided that the Community Center is open and accessible to area residents before, during, and after normal working hours and on Saturday or Sunday. Grant funds provided for such costs shall not exceed the greater of five percent (5%) of the grant amount requested or $100,000;

c. End-User Equipment needed to carry out the Project;

d. Operating expenses incurred in providing Broad-band Transmission Service to Critical Community Facilities for the first 2 years of operation and in providing training and instruction; and

e. The purchase of land, buildings, or building construction needed to carry out the Project.

B. Ineligible Grant Purposes

a. Grant funds may not be used to finance the duplication of any existing Broadband Transmission Service provided by another entity.

b. Facilities financed with grant funds cannot be utilized, in any way, to provide local exchange telecommunications service to any person or entity already receiving such service.

6. Reporting: All recipients of Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance must provide annual performance activity reports to Rural Development until the project is complete and the funds are expended. A final performance report is also required; the final report may serve as the last annual report. The final report must include an evaluation of the success of the project.

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

NTIA, NHTSA Publish E-911 Grant Program For States

The National Telecommunications and Information Ad-ministration (NTIA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have published a joint Final Rule implementing the E-911 grant program authorized under the Ensuring Needed Help Arrives Near Callers Employing 911 (ENHANCE 911) Act of 2004. The Act authorizes grants to the states for the implementation and operation of Phase II enhanced 911 services and for migration to an Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled emergency network. To qualify for a grant, an applicant must submit a State 911 plan and project budget, designate an E-911 coordinator, and certify, among other things, that the State and other taxing jurisdictions within the State have not diverted E-911 charges for any other purpose within 180 days preceding the application date. This Final Rule, which became effective June 5, establishes the requirements an applicant must meet and the procedures it must follow to receive an E-911 grant. While the E911 grant program is limited to government entities, it may indirectly benefit our clients who may be working with their state governments to implement public safety communications capabilities.

More specifically, the ENHANCE 911 Act directs NHTSA and NTIA to issue joint implementing regulations pre-scribing the criteria for selection for grants. The Act establishes certain minimum requirements for grant applications. An applicant must provide at least 50 percent of the cost of a project from non-Federal sources. In addition, an applicant must certify that it has coordinated its application with the public safety answering points (PSAPs) located within the jurisdiction; that the State has designated a single officer or governmental body to serve as the coordinator of implementation of E-911 services; that it has established a plan for the coordination and implementation of E-911 services; and that it has integrated telecommunications services involved in the implementation and delivery of Phase II E-911 services.

The Act also requires applicants to certify that no portion of any designated E-911 charges imposed by the State or other taxing jurisdiction within the State is being or will be obligated or expended for any purpose other than E-911 purposes during the period at least 180 days immediately preceding the date of the application and continuing throughout the time grant funds are available to the applicant. Applicants must agree to return any grant awarded if the State or other taxing jurisdiction diverts designated E-911 charges during the time period that grant funds are available. Finally, applicants that knowingly provide false information on the certification are not eligible to receive grant funds and must return any grant funds awarded.

The total amount of E-911 grant funds available is $41,325,000. The funding ranges between $500,000 and $2.8 million per state. Only eight states are allocated more than $1 million, with Texas and California eligible for $2.7 million and $2.8 million, respectively.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.


FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON CHANGING FORM 499-A FILING DATE TO SEPTEMBER 1: The FCC has asked for comments on Alexicon Telecommunications Consulting’s petition requesting that the Commission change the annual filing deadline for the Annual Tele-communications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) filing deadline from April 1 to September 1 of each year (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 29). Alexicon believed changing this reporting deadline to September 1 would lead to less administrative burdens for rate-of-return regulated companies as well as Commission staff. Changing the current deadline will allow small companies to complete their annual financial audits before the re-porting deadline, which is an issue many of these companies are facing today, Alexicon said. In addition, moving the deadline would not only assist small companies (with limited staff) in allowing them to complete many other reporting deadlines already in place during the first quarter of each calendar year but would also necessitate these companies having to re-file this report due to incomplete prior period audited financial reporting. The FCC has placed this petition on Public Notice in WC Docket No. 06-122. Comments are due July 6, and replies are due July 20. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

DENALI ASKS FCC TO FORBEAR FROM APPLYING UNJUST ENRICHMENT PROVISIONS TO COMPETI-TIVE BIDDING RULES: The FCC seeks comments on the petition filed by Denali Spectrum License Sub, LLC asking the Commission to forbear from applying the unjust enrichment provisions of the competitive bidding rules. Comments in this WT Docket No. 09-64 proceeding are due June 18, and reply comments are due July 6. The Commission has adopted unjust enrichment rules, which require a designated entity (DE) that has benefited from bidding credits to return some or all of those benefits if it transfers its license to a non-DE or otherwise loses its eligibility for such benefits. In 2006, the Commission revised its unjust enrichment rules, extending from five years to ten years the period during which a DE will have to repay some or all of its bidding credits if it loses eligibility for those benefits. Section 1.2111(d)(2)(i) of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.2111(d)(2)(i), provides a prorated schedule for licensees that lose their eligibility for a bidding credit and were initially granted their licenses after April 25, 2006, to repay that biding credit. Denali asks that the Commission forbear from applying 47 CFR 1.2111(d)(2)(i) to it in light of the prevailing economic conditions, Denali's need for additional capital to fund network deployment, and the opportunity for Denali to create jobs and extend its state-of-the-art network to under-served low income and other segments of the population. Denali asserts that forbearance from applying the unjust enrichment provisions would be consistent with recent Federal initiatives intended to stimulate the national economy and promote investment. Denali also states that as a condition on the grant of its forbearance request, it will adhere to the less stringent unjust enrichment provisions that apply to licenses granted prior to April 25, 2006. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

WYDEN, SNOWE INTRODUCE “MOBILE WIRELESS TAX FAIRNESS ACT”: U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) have introduced the Mobile Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2009 (S. 1192), which restricts any state or local jurisdiction from imposing a new discriminatory tax on mobile wireless communications services, providers, or property during a five-year period from the date of enactment of the bill. The average tax rate for goods and services is 7.07 percent, but federal, state and local taxes make up 15.9 percent of the average wireless bill, according to figures from Phoenix Business Journal. Between January 2003 and January 2007, the effective tax rate on wireless services increased four times faster than the rate for other taxable goods. The measure is similar to the Cell Tax Fairness Act (H.R. 1521), which was introduced in the House earlier this year. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.


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 in-tended. 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, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

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 June 30, 2009. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and Cary Mitchell.

JULY 20: FCC FORM 497, LOW INCOME QUARTER-LY REPORT. This form, the Lifeline and Link-Up Work-sheet, 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.

JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, UNIVERSAL SERVICE QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE. Line count up-dates are required to recalculate a carrier's per line universal service support, and is filed with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This information must be submitted on July 31 each year by all rate-of-return incumbent carriers, and on a quarterly basis if a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (CETC) has initiated service in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area and reported line count data to USAC in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area, in order for the incumbent carrier to be eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). This quarterly filing is due July 31 and covers lines served as of December 31, 2007. Incumbent carriers filing on a quarterly basis must also file on September 30 (for lines served as of March 31, 2008); December 30 (for lines served as of June 30, 2008), and March 31, 2009, for lines served as of September 30, 2008). BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JULY 31: FCC FORM 525, COMPETITIVE CARRIER LINE COUNT QUARTERLY REPORT. Competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs) are eligible to receive high cost support if they serve lines in an incumbent carrier’s service area, and that incumbent carrier receives high cost support. CETCs are eligible to receive the same per-line support amount received by the incumbent carrier in whose study area the CETC serves lines. Unlike the incumbent carriers, CETCs will use FCC Form 525 to submit their line count data to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This quarterly report must be filed by the last business day of March (for lines served as of September 30 of the previous year); the last business day of July (for lines served as of December 31 of the previous year); the last business day of September (for lines served as of March 31 of the current year); and the last business day of December (for lines served as of June 30 of the current year). CETCs must file the number of working loops served in the service area of an incumbent carrier, disaggregated by the incumbent carrier’s cost zones, if applicable, for High Cost Loop (HCL), Local Switching Support (LSS), Long Term Support (LTS), and Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). ICLS will also require the loops to be reported by customer class as further described below. For Interstate Access Support (IAS), CETCs must file the number of working loops served in the service area of an incumbent carrier by Unbundled Network Element (UNE) zone and customer class. Working loops provided by CETCs in ser-vice areas of non-rural incumbents receiving High Cost Model (HCM) support must be filed by wire center or other methodology as determined by the state regulatory authority. CETCs may choose to complete FCC Form 525 and submit it to USAC, or designate an agent to file the form on its behalf. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JULY 31: REPORT OF EXTENSION OF CREDIT TO FEDERAL CANDIDATES. This report (in letter format) must be filed by January 30 and July 31 of each year, but ONLY if the carrier extended unsecured credit to a candidate for a Federal elected office during the reporting period. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

AUGUST 1: FTC BEGINS ENFORCEMENT OF RED FLAG RULES. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has delayed enforcement of the “Red Flag” Rules for 90 days until August 1, 2009, to give creditors and financial institutions additional time to implement identity theft pro-grams. Under the new rules, all businesses that maintain a creditor-debtor relationship with customers, including virtually all telecommunications carriers (but other companies as well), must adopt written procedures designed to detect the relevant warning signs of identity 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 August 1, 2009, meaning only that a business will not be subject to enforcement action by the FTC if it de-lays implementing the program until August 1. The FTC announcement does not affect other federal agencies’ enforcement of the original Nov. 1, 2008, compliance deadline for institutions subject to their oversight. 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” (ac-counts used mostly for personal, family or household purposes). This also may affect private user clients, 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.

AUGUST 3: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICA-TIONS 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. (Normally this form is due on August 1, but because August 1 falls on a Saturday this year, the next business day is Monday, August 3.) This filing requirement also applies to certain Private Mobile Radio Service (PMRS) licensees, such as for-profit paging and messaging, dispatch and two-way mobile radio services. 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 was due April 1. For-profit private radio service providers that are “de minimis” (those that contribute less than $10,000 per year to the USF) do not have to file the 499-A or 499-Q. However, they must fill out the form and retain the relevant calculations as well as documentation of their contribution base revenues for three years. De minimis telecom carriers must actually file the Form 499A, but not the 499Q. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

AUGUST 3: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT: Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks—including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by August 3. (Normally, this filing would be due August 1, but this year August 1 falls on a Saturday, and agency rules require the filing be submitted the first business day thereafter.) Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transfer-ring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. New this year is that reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

SEPTEMBER 1: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS. The Copyright Statement of Accounts form plus royalty payment for the first half of calendar year 2009 is due to be filed September 1 at the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office by cable TV service providers. BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

SEPTEMBER 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. In its June 12, 2008 WC Docket No. 07-38 Form 477 Report & Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to improve data collection, the Commission modified Form 477 to require broadband providers to report the number of broadband connections in service in individual Census Tracts. In order to generate an even more complete picture of broadband adoption in the United States, it proposed additional methods to add to the data reported by Form 477 filers, including a voluntary household self-reporting system, and a recommendation to the Census Bureau that the American Community Survey questionnaire be modified to gather information about broadband availability and subscription in house-holds. To further improve the quality of collected data, the FCC adopted three additional changes to FCC Form 477. First, it now requires broadband service providers to report data on broadband service speed in conjunction with subscriber counts according to new categories for download and upload speeds. These new speed tiers will better identify services that support advanced applications. Second, it amended reporting requirements for mobile wireless broadband providers to require them to report the number of subscribers whose data plans allow them to browse the Internet and access the Internet con-tent of their choice. Finally, it required providers of inter-connected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to report subscribership information on Form 477. Then, on reconsideration, it added a requirement that filers include the percentage of residential broadband connections.

Who Must File Form 477: Three types of entities must file this form.

(1) Facilities-based Providers of Broad-band Connections to End User Locations: Entities that are facilities-based providers of broadband connections – which are wired “lines” or wireless “channels” that enable the end user to receive information from and/or send information to the Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction – must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which the entity provides one or more such connections to end user locations. For the purposes of Form 477, an entity is a “facilities-based” provider of broadband connections to end user locations if it owns the portion of the physical facility that terminates at the end user location, if it obtains unbundled network elements (UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and provisions/equips them as broadband, or if it provisions/equips a broadband wireless channel to the end user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum. Such entities include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers (LECs), cable system operators, fixed wireless service providers (including “wireless ISPs”), terrestrial mobile wireless service providers, satellite mo-bile wireless service providers, MMDS/BRS providers, electric utilities, municipalities, and other entities. (Such entities do not include equipment suppliers unless the equipment supplier uses the equipment to provision a broadband connection that it offers to the public for sale. Such entities also do not include providers of fixed wire-less services (e.g., “Wi-Fi” and other wireless ethernet, or wireless local area network, applications) that only enable local distribution and sharing of a premises broad-band facility.)

(2) Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Tele-phone Services: Incumbent and competitive LECs must complete and file the applicable portions of the form for each state in which they provide local exchange service to one or more end user customers (which may include “dial-up” ISPs).

(3) Providers of Mobile Telephony Services: Facilities-based providers of mobile telephony services must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which they serve one or more mobile telephony subscribers. A mobile telephony service is a real-time, two-way switched voice service that is interconnected with the public switched network using an in-network switching facility that enables the provider to reuse frequencies and accomplish seamless handoff of subscriber calls. Obvious examples include cellular, PCS, and “covered” SMR carriers, but may include services provided on other wireless spectrum such as AWS, BRS and 700 MHz if configured to fit the above definition. A mobile telephony service provider is considered “facilities-based” if it serves a subscriber using spectrum for which the entity holds a license, that it manages, or for which it has obtained the right to use via lease or other arrangement (e.g., with a Band Manager). BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 507, UNIVERSAL SER-VICE QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE. Line count updates are required to recalculate a carrier's per line universal service support, and is filed with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This information must be submitted on July 31 each year by all rate-of-return incumbent carriers, and on a quarterly basis if a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (CETC) has initiated service in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area and reported line count data to USAC in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area, in order for the incumbent carrier to be eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). This quarterly filing is due July 31 and covers lines served as of December 31, 2007. Incumbent carriers filing on a quarterly basis must also file on September 30 (for lines served as of March 31, 2008); December 30 (for lines served as of June 30, 2008), and March 31, 2009, for lines served as of September 30, 2008).. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 525, COMPETITIVE CARRIER LINE COUNT QUARTERLY REPORT. Competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs) are eligible to receive high cost support if they serve lines in an incumbent carrier’s service area, and that incumbent carrier receives high cost support. CETCs are eligible to receive the same per-line support amount received by the incumbent carrier in whose study area the CETC serves lines. Unlike the incumbent carriers, CETCs will use FCC Form 525 to submit their line count data to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This quarterly report must be filed by the last business day of March (for lines served as of September 30 of the previous year); the last business day of July (for lines served as of December 31 of the previous year); the last business day of September (for lines served as of March 31 of the current year); and the last business day of December (for lines served as of June 30 of the current year). CETCs must file the number of working loops served in the service area of an incumbent carrier, disaggregated by the incumbent carrier’s cost zones, if applicable, for High Cost Loop (HCL), Local Switching Support (LSS), Long Term Support (LTS), and Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). ICLS will also require the loops to be reported by customer class as further described below. For Interstate Access Support (IAS), CETCs must file the number of working loops served in the service area of an incumbent carrier by Unbundled Network Element (UNE) zone and customer class. Working loops provided by CETCs in ser-vice areas of non-rural incumbents receiving High Cost Model (HCM) support must be filed by wire center or other methodology as determined by the state regulatory authority. CETCs may choose to complete FCC Form 525 and submit it to USAC, or designate an agent to file the form on its behalf. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


June 12 – DTV Transition.

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

June 15 – Deadline for reply comments on conservation groups’ request for FCC action on antenna structures (WT Docket Nos. 08-61, 03-187).

June 15 – Deadline for comments on 14th Annual Report on CMRS Competition (WT Docket No. 09-66).

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

June 16 – Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing on FCC appointments of Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell.

June 18 – Deadline for comments on Denial's request that the FCC forbear from applying unjust enrichment provisions to competitive bidding rules (WT Docket No. 09-64).

June 19 – Deadline for both paper and electronic copies of applications for FY 2009 RUS Community Connect Grants for broadband projects.

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

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

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

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

June 29 – Deadline for replies to petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on seven day’s notice (by carriers proposing to decrease all of their rates).

June 29 – Deadline for reply comments on 14th Annual Report on CMRS Competition (WT Docket No. 09-66).

June 30 – DTV Consumer Education Initiative requirements expire.

June 30 – Annual ICLS Use Certification is due.

June 30 – Deadline for reply comments on Supplemental NOI regarding video competition report (2008 data) (MB Docket No. 07-269).

July 1 – Annual Access Charge Tariff Filings are due.

July 2 – FCC open meeting.

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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Beep loss: Pager service to be discontinued

By Jay B. Hilotin, Chief Reporter
Published: June 11, 2009, 08:58

Pagers will take their last beep on July 1 – the day Etisalat, the country’s main telecom services provider, will take beepers off the radio waves.

Instead, pager users in the UAE will be offered free Wasel pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards.

“There are a few hundreds [or users] left,” said a company spokesperson. “Most of them are taxi drivers; they get a buzz from their central control room and that’s a signal for them to call the operations room. No one wants to use it now.”

One person who could soon be without a beeper is Dr Nooshin Barzagani, a cardiologist at Dubai Hospital. He said: “I’ve been using pagers since the early 1990s. It alerts me when there are emergencies. It’s OK if they will replace it with better technology, as long as it works for me and my patients,” Dr Barzagani said, adding her pager does not really work in every part of the country.

Before the arrival of mobile phones – and short messaging system – pagers were the preferred tool for electronic communication, but they have since lost their charm. Pagers first came to the UAE in 1988. From 90,746 subscribers in 1996 and 96,937 in 1997, the number of pagers in Dubai came down to 63,704 in 2000, according to statistics. For the entire UAE, the number of pager customers has shrunk from 258,000 in 1997 to about 216,000 in 2000.

Pagers have faced the same fate as a communication tool as the telex, which also faced a massive decline during this period. The number of UAE telex lines dropped to 953 in 2000 from 1,696 in 1996. The number of telegrams in Dubai also declined to 53,172 in 2000 from 88,114 in 1996.

Meanwhile broadband internet connections have gone up. du, the second telecom operator, has three million mobile phone subscribers. The number of etisalat’s mobile phone subscriptions reached 7.341 million in the first quarter of 2009, with 1.202 million internet customers. On May 30, it unveiled a new messaging service for mobile phones.

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Editor's note:

Many years ago I sold a new a very large and sophisticated Paging Control Terminal (PCT) to Etisalat, the telephone company in the UAE. It was a fully redundant terminal with digital input trunks — including paging and voice mail — the first of its kind in the world. I was sorry to read this article.

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From: Michael Lyons
Date: June 8, 2009 11:32:51 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Cc: Linda Hoover <>
Subject: Our Next PTC Meeting

If you have not already done so, please let me know if you are planning on attending the upcoming PTC Meeting in Montreal.

Here is what I have to date-

Attending –

Michael Lyons - IPN
Jim Nelson - Prism
Alan Carle - NEP
Brad Dye -
Derek Banner - EMMA
Dietmar Gollnick - Emessage
Norbert Sels - Emessage
Doug Potts - AMSI
Douglas Bigrigg - Project25
Morgan Bear - Page Plus
Scott Forsythe - Select Path
Vaughan Bowden - Easy Solutions
Vic Jensen - Unication
Rizwan Ahmad - Dialight
Mark Williams - Mobilfone
Ron Mercer - Paging Planners
Paul Fitzgerald - Inforad
Alan Hills - Recurrent
Johan Ågren - Generic Mobile
Terry Poe - TeleTouch
John Nagel - AMSI

Meeting Info-

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.

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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.


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