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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 16, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 380

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

During paging's heyday, I worked at Motorola's paging division as International Market Development Manager. I had the responsibility for marketing Motorola's pagers in all markets except Japan and the USA. Those areas had other, dedicated teams.

One of our favorite topics, was the cost of ownership. Even though there were many competitive products that cost much less—Motorola had an estimated 80% share of the world pager market.

Most of us, when asked how much something costs, will quickly reply with the purchase price. There are several other very important issues in the paging business that we should consider when we talk about the true cost of ownership. Sure, how much we pay to buy a pager is one of the prime considerations, but it certainly should not be the only one.

I remember hearing a horror story several years ago about a certain paging company that bought a large quantity of new pagers at a very low price. I won't mention any names, but the pagers were so bad, that almost all of their subscribers were returning them.

So many subscribers were opening the front door of the paging company and throwing their defective pagers inside, that the paging company put a large trash can near the entrance. Yes, there were lawsuits, but the paging company was never the same after that. Just think—even the customers that didn't switch to another paging company, or worse yet, to a cell phone company—had to bring their "bad" pager in and trade it for a "good" one. The cost of ownership to the paging company was tremendous! I have even heard of paging-employees quitting their jobs during situations like this.

So my point here is that if the pager is not reliable, the cost of ownership is very high to the carrier. This would be true even if the pagers were given free to the carriers. Think about the cost of:

  • Replacement
  • Re-programming
  • Repair
  • Customer dissatisfaction
    • Every dissatisfied customer tells all their friends
    • Increased churn
  • Stress on employees from customer complaints

This week, Unication USA announces (here) a new standard-two-year warranty for their NP88 numeric display pager. Before you accuse me of boosting their product just because they advertise in this newsletter, let me state for the record, that I don't have any verifiable statistics to prove that the Unication pager is any more reliable than any other pager. I am just saying that this is a bold step, and I applaud them for their action. I wish that others would do the same thing.

I am happy that the vendors of paging equipment haven't given up on our market. Unfortunately, there are many dummies out there who love to say paging technology is obsolete. We know better.

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More news this week about the breakdown of another communications warning system—this time at the University of South Florida. A news article follows.

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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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Text alerts in gunman scare didn't reach all at USF, professor and students say

By Richard Danielson and Alexandra Zayas, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Sunday, October 11, 2009

Senior Nadia Sulieman, studying in the USF library’s basement, did not get a text alert about a possible gunman Monday.Nadia Sulieman

TAMPA — University of South Florida assistant professor Rick Wilber knew Jamie Bishop, the German instructor shot in the head in front of his class during the massacre at Virginia Tech.

Wilber thought of Bishop Monday when the sirens went off just as Wilber walked in to teach a class on mass communications and society.

He wanted more information — right away.

But he said he didn't receive USF's "MoBull" text alert about a possible gunman. Nor did many of the 240 or so students in BSN 1100, a lecture hall in the College of Business, where cell phone reception is spotty.

"Students were asking, 'Should we barricade the doors?' " Wilber said. "For better or for worse, we drew the line and we did not barricade the doors."

In response, USF says it continues to expand and improve its alert system. But neither the text messages nor the sirens are meant to be the sole means of telling people about an emergency.

"Even if a small number of people get the text message, that's enough to alert the whole class, which is what happened in the basement classroom," said USF spokesman Michael Hoad, who plays a big role in planning for campus-wide alerts.

USF has six overlapping technologies — sirens, text messages, e-mail, the university's Web site, more than 60 digital message boards around campus and a toll-free hotline, 1-800-992-4231, for emergency information.

Plus, Hoad said, it has two old-fashioned systems: word of mouth and sending police to the scene.

Nevertheless, students described not getting text alerts in the main library where the intruder was thought to be and in Cooper Hall, an arts and sciences building east of the library.

That's in addition to the College of Business. "The business building was built down into the ground, and this lecture hall is down in what many buildings would be a basement," Wilber said.

And turning to the university's Web site was of little help, he said. An update was posted to the Web at 2:09 p.m., then nothing more until 2:48 p.m.

After e-mailing his concerns to administrators, Wilber said he had a "very good and productive conversation" with Hoad, who agreed that USF should provide more frequent updates on its Web site.

On Monday, the university didn't have more information to post on the Web site, Hoad said. Still, he acknowledged it would have been better to say that than to leave people guessing.

But he said the question of how much of USF has good cell phone coverage is up to the phone companies.

Helping AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and Nextel improve their service wouldn't be the best use of USF's resources for "the next generation of rapid alert technology," he said.

That next step will be installing video public-address systems in campus buildings and major classrooms. The PA systems would have a speaker, a video display of the MoBull message, plus flashing lights.

Hoad, who has been at USF for 21 years, recalls when the university had no more than a telephone tree, where one person called several others, who called still more people and so on, and so on.

Then came e-mail.


USF’s College of Business facilities are said to have poor cell phone reception. On Monday, many people there failed to receive text message alerts that a gunman may be on campus.

Following the shootings at Virginia Tech, USF expanded its text messaging capabilities. This spring, it installed eight emergency sirens on the Tampa campus at a cost of about $200,000.

On Monday, the MoBull system sent alerts to 54,075 cell phones in less than five minutes. More than 97 percent were delivered successfully.

Of those not delivered, Hoad said the university did not know how many went to phone numbers that had been changed, deactivated, were turned off, had dead batteries or were in places on or off campus that did not have reception.

Still, he said, fewer than 40 percent of universities nationwide have sirens, and less than half require students to provide a cell phone number for text messages.

"Two years ago, we had none of this," he said. "It's not like we're going backward. This is clearly a university that is invested in going forward. But no one thing is going to be perfect."

Monday clearly showed a need to train students and faculty on what to do when they get an alert, Hoad said. During the scare, hundreds of people on campus called 911 to ask what to do, swamping dispatchers who were trying to get information to police.

Administrators are looking at holding drills, like fire drills, so that people on campus know how to react.

Whatever USF does, it needs to improve communication to professors and students, said journalism student Carmel Delshad. She said she was the only one of a couple of dozen students in Cooper Hall who received a MoBull text alert.

"Cooper Hall, you might as well just turn your phone off," said Delshad, 21, a senior from Deltona.

But Delshad was better informed than her friend, senior Nadia Sulieman.

When the alerts went out Monday, Sulieman, 20, was reading in a study carrel in the basement of the main library. She said she didn't hear the sirens, nor did she get a text message.

A half-hour into the emergency, she took a break and used her laptop to sign on to Facebook — and read a message from Delshad saying police were searching the library for an armed man.

"This has to be a joke," Sulieman said she thought.

She got up and looked around the basement.

Everyone was gone. Police had evacuated the floor, somehow overlooking Sulieman.

"My only thought was there's a gunman in the library, and I don't have cell phone reception," said Sulieman, a biomedical sciences major from Tampa. "If anything had gone wrong, no one would find out until it was too late."

She walked upstairs. No one was around.

"It was the slowest moment of my life. It was scary. I had no idea what was going on."

She reached the library's main doors.

Police lined the other side of the entrance, with a crowd of students just beyond.

And there, outside, her cell phone buzzed.

The MoBull alert had arrived.

Richard Danielson can be reached at or (813) 226-3403.

Source: Tampa

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Blackberry Storm 2, Motorola Cliq: The Critics Weigh In

Ian Paul, PC World
Oct 15, 2009 9:12 am

The reviews are in for the much-anticipated Blackberry Storm 2 and Motorola's Android debut the Cliq. Finally, questions hanging over these devices have been answered. I know you're all eagerly waiting to find out whether the new Storm can wipe out the stain of its predecessor's virtually unanimous thumbs down, or will Blackberry Storm fanboys be called to defend the honor of their beloved PDA once more? What about the beleaguered Motorola, which was once the cell phone trailblazer? Will Android be its savior?

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blackberry I don't think it would be an understatement to say the Blackberry Storm 2 is to Windows 7 what the original Storm was to Vista. As PC World's Ginny Mies stated right up front in her Storm 2 review, "This is the Storm that I wish RIM had released last year." The handset's aesthetics, the on-screen keyboard and the software are just better, according to Mies. The downside is that Research In Motion chose to stay with its SurePress technology. SurePress is supposed to give you that tactile feel you get from pressing real keys and buttons, while still using a touchscreen. This time around the Storm 2 has a few more sensors to help make typing and clicking more accurate, but Mies says it still falls short.

On the upside, Mies applauds the Storm 2's Wi-Fi connectivity (which the original storm inexplicably didn't have); the device's predictive text entry is great; and the inertial scrolling feature that allows you to quickly flick through your contact or media lists is much improved. Add to that a brighter and sharper display, a nice 3.2-megapixel camera, as well as very good call quality from Verizon, and you have a handset that is a vast improvement over its predecessor.

Around the Web, other reviewers are also impressed with the latest Blackberry Storm. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg has his doubts about the improved SurePress technology, and he also thinks RIM should optimize the Blackberry interface for a touchscreen device. CNET agrees the Storm 2 is a big improvement over the original Storm, but found the GPS to be sub par.

Motorola Cliqs with your Clique on T-Mobile

moto cliq Motorola's Android-based entry, the Cliq, is all about social networks with integration for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Mies liked its sleek design and innovative MotoBlur overlay. On the downside, the Cliq isn't running the latest Android build (yet), and the camera was sub par compared to similar devices. Mies also said the MotoBlur interface was a little overwhelming at first noting that, "Text, talk bubbles, and images fly out at you in every direction."

The biggest draw for the Cliq is its ability to keep you up to date with notifications from all your social networks. You can also let the phone build your address book for you using information from your social networks. Thanks to the MotoBlur interface, the Cliq creates listings for all your social networking friends, and is able to condense multiple social networking profiles into one listing—a handy solution if you're connected to the same person over multiple networks. The MotoBlur's contacts app displays items like a person's birth date, current status update, profile picture, e-mail address, phone number and so on. When Mies described this, I thought it sounded similar to desktop-based products like the Outlook plug-in Xobni, and the possibly soon-to-be defunct Xoopit add-on for Gmail.

The New York Times noted the Cliq is not for everyone due to its ever-changing and potentially confusing MotoBlur interface. The Cliq—says the Times—is really built for people "whose lives are now set to the pulsing beat of updates coming from Facebook and Twitter and their texting buddies." Gadget blog Gizmodo loves the Cliq's customizable interface, but Engadget isn't that impressed. In fact, the blog is already looking forward to the Cliq's successor. "You might say the CLIQ is the DynaTAC [Motorola's groundbreaking handset from 1983]. We're holding out for the MicroTAC and StarTAC," says Engadget. Although, some are pretty bullish about the Cliq's prospects, " Motorola's CLIQ is a game-changing device for T-Mobile," says ZDNet.

So there you have it, a slightly mixed bag for both handsets, with questions still hanging about the Storm 2's funky SurePress technology and the Cliq's active yet attractive MotoBlur overlay.

If the Cliq or Storm 2 doesn't match your style, remember there's a glut of new handsets headed your way this fall featuring more Android goodies and a whole lot of Windows Mobile 6.5.

Source: PCWorld

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Oct 15, 2009 (Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) — October 15, 2009 Contact: Max Weihe (202) 225-2156

Lawmaker says legislation is the "lifeline for critical communications equipment for first-responders" Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Venice) issued the following statement today as her legislation (HR 3633) to extend the deadline to spend Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) grant funds was reported by voice vote by the Energy & Commerce Committee. The program provides funding to states to supply public safety personnel with interoperable communications equipment and training.

"This legislation is the lifeline for critical communications equipment for first-responders. Regional systems - like the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) - rely on this grant funding and will greatly enhance their ability to respond to terrorist attacks and natural disasters," said Harman.

In a letter of support, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said, "The extension is particularly critical for public safety agencies in Los Angeles County which have dedicated their PSIC allocations, as well as a significant portion of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program Funds, for the development of a shared regional interoperable communications system." The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, Inc. said, "As public safety communications interoperability remains a matter of national priority, this legislation is a crucial first step toward ensuring that state and local public safety professionals not only have the resources they need, but the time necessary to implement their technology projects as well." Since 2007, the PSIC program has provided nearly $1 billion in grants to state and local governments, and the deadline to spend the funds is next year. Unfortunately, Department of Homeland Security review of States' interoperability plans was delayed until the spring of 2008. The delay has prevented many states from using PSIC grant funds by next year's deadline. HR 3633 - companion legislation to S.1694 introduced by Senators Rockefeller and Hutchinson - would extend the deadline by one year with an option for an additional year approved on a case-by-case basis.

Harman has fought for a national interoperable communications network since 9/11, when the NYPD in helicopters overhead was unable to warn firefighters that the Twin Towers were glowing red and in danger of imminent collapse. Thousands of lives were lost. She introduced the Homeland Emergency Response Operations (HERO) Act in 2005, legislation which set a firm deadline of Jan. 1, 2007, for the FCC to provide public safety agencies sole access to analog spectrum. The 700 mhz spectrum freed by the DTV transition - known as the D Block - is to be built-out for public safety.

"The fact remains that the U.S. lacks a national interoperable communications network. Progress has been far too slow and the need is urgent," said Harman.

HR 3633 is supported by the Major Cities Police Chiefs, National Emergency Management Association, National Governors Association, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, Inc., Telecommunications Industry Association, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Gear reviewer Dan Nelson reports on the SPOT Personal Tracker, a device using satellites and GPS technology to track and summon help for people in the outdoors.

By Dan A. Nelson
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Originally published Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 12:03 AM


The Spot Personal Tracker can trigger a rescue call via satellite

Nothing beats proper preparation and careful navigation for staying safe in the backcountry. But when the unexpected happens, even the best planning may not be enough to keep you safe.

If you or someone in your party suffers an injury, or you simply lose your way in a remote location, outside help could be the difference between life and death. After substantial testing of the latest emergency communications tools, we found the SPOT Personal Tracker an incredibly easy and effective way to alert rescuers of your plight. The SPOT device also serves as a non-emergency communication tool to keep friends and family advised of your progress during an outdoor adventure.

The SPOT system utilizes a network of satellites and a small handheld device (the SPOT Personal Tracker). You buy the Personal Tracker (recently reduced to $99.95) and subscribe to the satellite network ($100 per year for basic service).

The Personal Tracker is a GPS-enabled device with a simple four-button interface. To use, simply turn on the device. If you have an emergency, hit the 911 button and the unit transmits a message to SPOT's central server. From there, the server fixes your location and notifies your emergency contact person and the appropriate emergency response agency of your request for emergency aid. Rescue teams are then on the way to you (your Personal Tracker sent your GPS coordinates along with the call for help).

If you don't need professional emergency-response personnel to aid you, but could use a bit of help from friends, you can use the Help button. This tells the SPOT server to notify your designated "help" contact that you could use their assistance.

This service does work — my friend, Backpacker magazine's Rocky Mountain editor Steve Howe, accidentally activated the Help function while trekking on Denali a while back and National Park Service rangers tracked him down high on the mountain to provide aid. He was fine, and surprised to see rescuers, but impressed at the response to the SPOT deployment. (Read Steve's full story here:

SPOT designed the handheld unit to prevent accidental activation. The buttons are recessed so it takes a specific push with a small instrument, like a finger tip or a pencil, for an extended period (2-3 seconds) to send out a call. Further, that call can only be made after the on button is pushed to bring the unit out of idle/sleep mode. With two button pushes needed in sequence, inadvertent activation of the device seemed unlikely, if not impossible. A soon-to-be-available new generation of the device, somewhat smaller and lighter (and $70 more expensive), will include fold-back "safety covers" over the Help button and 911 button ("SOS" in the new version).

We never personally had to test the call-for-aid service, but we did put the Personal Tracker into regular use in the Cascades and Olympics — not to call for aid, but to keep family and friends informed of our wilderness progress. Use the "OK" button to send periodic messages to your predetermined contacts to let them know you are fine. Or better yet, for an extra $49 per year, you can incorporate a "Track Progress" option. This service plots your route in real time on a personal page on the SPOT Web site. Your handheld device sends a waypoint to the server every 10 minutes and plots it on a map on your personal SPOT account page. You can share this Web address with friends, post it to your Facebook or Twitter accounts, or link it to your personal blog pages. In this way, your friends can watch your real-time progress through the wilderness.

The SPOT Messenger is the most advanced personal locator beacon and emergency communication tool for wilderness adventures. The company continues to expand its global satellite coverage, and currently covers virtually all of the Northern Hemisphere, as well as South America and Australia. For more information, see

For the purpose of review, gear manufacturers lend products to the Times' freelance reviewer, who returns products after a typical use of 4-6 weeks. There is no payment from manufacturers and they have no control over the content of reviews. Dan A. Nelson of Puyallup is a regular contributor to Backpacker magazine, and an author of outdoor guides with The Mountaineers Books. Contact him with gear-related questions at

Source: The Seattle Times

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Morris County to have county-wide emergency alert system

By Lawrence Ragonese/The Star-Ledger
October 14, 2009, 7:15PM
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MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County fire and rescue personnel will soon have a county-wide pager system to alert them to emergency situations thanks to a successful search for an available radio/TV frequency, officials announced today.

The Federal Communications Commission approved a waiver last week to allow Morris County to use a UHF frequency also being used by emergency responders in Chicago and Syosset, N.Y. County officials were able to convince the FCC there would be no overlap in use, said Thomas Zellman, director of the county Department of Law and public Safety.

Finding an available frequency saved the county at least a half-million dollars, which it would have cost to buy a licensed channel, said Zellman. He credited staffer Keith Heimburg with finding the available public frequency.

"This is great news. It will give us a quality paging system for first responders across the county,’’ said Freeholder Douglas Cabana, who lauded Heimburg’s work and the efforts of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.) to push for FCC approval.

Zellman said towns now have their own limited paging systems. The countywide system would be more powerful and wide ranging, providing more comprehensive service for firefighters, rescue squads and other emergency responders in the county’s 39 towns and county agencies, he said.

A series of 10 transmitters will be installed on existing towers across the county and the new countywide system should be operating within 60 days, said Zellman. The cost of equipment will be $473,000, he said.

Cabana termed the lack of a countywide pager system as the "missing link in the big picture of public safety communications.’’ With no vacant channels in the New York region, the county was faced with purchasing an existing license, he said.

Heimburg began his search in early 2008, constantly searching the FCC data base, and found the possible answer that May, said officials. It then took 17 months to get federal approval.

"The system we have not is not seamless’’ said Zellman. "This should be a big improvement across the county."


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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. 35 x October 7, 2009   

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Enforcement of Red Flag Rules Takes Effect Nov. 1

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last summer granted a three-month enforcement delay—until November 1—of its Red Flag Rules to give creditors and financial institutions more time to review FTC guidance and develop and implement written Identity Theft Prevention Programs. The delay applies to entities under the jurisdiction of the FTC and does not affect the Address Discrepancy or Card Issuer Rules. 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 Nov. 1, 2008. But the FTC will not enforce the rules until November 1, 2009, meaning only that a business will not be subject to enforcement action by the FTC if it delays implementing the program until Nov. 1, 2009. 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” (accounts 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.



  • FCC seeks comment on middle, second mile access on broadband deployment.
  • FCC seeks comment on allowing LECs that lose lines to increase LSS.
  • FCC seeks comment on cost estimates for connecting anchor institutions to fiber.
  • FCC extends reply comment deadline for wireless innovation and investment NOI.
  • FCC extends reply comment deadline for mobile competition NOI.

FCC Seeks Comment On Middle, Second Mile Access On Broadband Deployment

As it develops its National Broadband Plan (NBP), the FCC has asked for additional comment on the impact of middle and second mile access on broadband availability and deployment. The Commission noted that terms like “backhaul,” “transport,” “special access,” and “middle mile” are sometimes used interchangeably, but each of these terms is distinct. To avoid confusion, the FCC said, “middle mile transport” refers generally to the transport and transmission of data communications from the central office, cable head-end, or wireless switching station to an Internet point of presence. “Second mile transport” refers generally to the transport and transmission of data communications from the first point of aggregation (such as a remote terminal, wireless tower location, or HFC [hybrid fiber-coaxial] node) to the point of connection with the middle mile transport. The FCC recognizes that broadband service providers purchase middle and second mile transport service from other providers, self-provide, or utilize some combination in order to provide end users with broadband connectivity to the Internet.

Network Components of Broadband Connectivity. To provide broadband service to consumers and small businesses in an area, a broadband Internet service provider needs to have adequate, reasonably priced, and efficiently provided access to both second mile and middle mile connectivity.

On a per-end user connection basis, how much middle mile and second mile capacity is needed to provide adequate broadband Internet access to that end user connection? How does the needed capacity for middle mile connectivity vary by the number of customers or usage characteristics of the customer base in a particular location? How does this capacity vary based upon the usage patterns or demands of particular end user customer segments? What are the technology options for providing adequate middle mile and second mile connectivity for the next 5-10 years?

Availability and Pricing of Middle and Second Mile Connectivity. A number of different regulatory frameworks apply to the pricing and availability of point-to-point transmission services that may be used by purchasers for middle mile and second mile transport. For example, a purchaser may obtain DS3 or OCn connectivity out of a tariff or contract, and in certain situations DS1 and DS3 connectivity may be available as an unbundled network element. Packet-switched connectivity using Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet technology may be available under tariff, contract tariff, or de-tariffed service, depending on the service provider. For purposes of the National Broadband Plan, however, what matters is whether sufficient connectivity is adequate, reasonably priced, and efficiently provided in all areas of the country. As a result, the FCC is seeking comment on the price, cost, and availability of middle mile and second mile connectivity, with a focus on rural, unserved, and underserved areas.

What is the price of purchasing middle mile and second mile connectivity, broken down by relevant geographic area and technology (e.g., DS3, microwave, OCn, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet)? How much do these prices vary by length of the circuit? Precisely how do these prices for middle mile connectivity vary by category of supplier (e.g., incumbent LECs, competitive access providers, wireless providers, interexchange carriers, Inter-net backbone providers) and by the different regulatory treatment of that connectivity (e.g., when available as an unbundled network element, when available as a tariffed service subject to rate-of-return or price cap regulation, when subject to pricing flexibility, or when subject to no ex ante rate regulation)? Precisely how do these prices for middle mile connectivity vary by category of purchaser (e.g., wireless broadband service provider, cable system, local telephone company)?

How large are discounts from tariffed rates for middle mile and second mile connectivity obtained from incumbent local exchange companies? For example, the results of a recent special access buyer and seller survey conducted by the National Regulatory Research Institute regarding incumbent LEC special access services reported discounts from tariff “rack rates” for DS3 connectivity range from 44-68% for channel termination, 7% for fixed dedicated transport, and 68% for variable (e.g., mileage) dedicated transport charges. How accurate are these discount estimates? What commitments do customers need to make in order to obtain these discounts? Does the availability of discounts vary by geography or density zone, and if so, by how much? Do these discounts vary when competitive alternatives are present, and if so, by how much?

What discounts from tariff “rack rates” or list prices are available for other services, such as OCn, Fast Ethernet, or Gigabit Ethernet? Do these discounts vary by the regulatory treatment of the service? Does the availability of discounts vary by geography or density zone, and if so, by how much? Do these discounts vary when competitive alternatives are present, and if so, by how much?

There are also more technical questions about DS1, DS3, or OCn for the purposes of second mile and/or middle mile transport; pricing and availability of Internet connectivity; economics and deployment issues—i.e., is the provision of a high-capacity fiber optic middle mile or second mile connection to a particular location a natural monopoly in some locations? If so, how can the Commission identify those locations and determine the cost of serving those locations?

Nature of Competition and Availability of Alternatives. How do firms compete in providing middle mile and second mile transport services? Do firms compete on a circuit-by-circuit basis, by offering connectivity to specific points specified by the customer, or do firms “compete for the customer” by offering customers the ability to order a set of particular circuits at certain averaged or specified prices or terms? How does competition differ between middle mile transport and second mile transport services?

Does the nature of competition vary between areas in which high-speed transport network facilities are already in place, as opposed to areas in which such facilities would need to be constructed in order to provide the connectivity requested by the customer? To what extent does a lack of competitive alternatives over some circuits that a particular customer demands affect or limit the ability of that purchaser to acquire or self-provide particular circuits for which alternatives may be available?

Commenters in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51 and 09-137 (NBP Public Notice # 11) are due November 4. There is no reply date

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


FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON ALLOWING LECs THAT LOSE LINES TO INCREASE LSS: The FCC has issued an order and notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), addressing the effect of line loss on universal service Local Switching Support (LSS) received by incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs) that are designated as eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs). Pursuant to the LSS mechanism, an incumbent LEC ETC serving 50,000 or fewer lines in a study area may recover a portion of its switching costs from the universal service fund. Under the Commission’s rules, as an incumbent LEC ETC’s access lines increase above certain thresholds, the amount of LSS it may receive decreases. In the order, the FCC denied the Coalition for Equity in Switching Support’s petition seeking clarification that the Commission’s rules also allow an incumbent LEC ETC’s LSS to increase if the carrier’s access lines decrease below those thresholds. The FCC found no basis in the rules or the record of the Commission’s proceedings to support the clarification the Coalition seeks. In the NPRM, however, the FCC tentatively concludes that the LSS rules should be modified to permit incumbent LEC ETCs that lose lines to increase their LSS, and seeks comment on these proposed rule changes. More specifically, the FCC noted that the Coalition had requested that the Commission amend its rules to permit an incumbent LEC ETC with declining numbers of access lines to use a higher DEM weighting factor in performing jurisdictional separations and calculating LSS. The FCC said it believes that public policy supports doing so. It therefore tentatively concludes that sections 36.125(j) and 54.301(a)(2)(ii) of the rules should be amended accordingly. The FCC emphasizes that this analysis applies only to its current consideration of a relatively minor change to an existing rule, and nothing herein is intended to reflect or prejudge its consideration of LSS as part of any comprehensive universal service reform. Comments in this WC Docket No. 05-337 proceeding will be due 14 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due seven days thereafter. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON COST ESTIMATES FOR CONNECTING ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS TO FIBER: In developing a National Broadband Plan, the FCC is relying on a variety of data to fully evaluate the costs of deploying broadband infrastructure throughout the U.S. On October 5, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation filed a cost model and cost estimates of providing fiber optic connectivity to anchor institutions, such as public schools and libraries, community colleges, and hospitals. The FCC seeks comment related to this cost model.

(1.) Are there other categories of buildings that should be considered anchor institutions?

(2.) How well do the four categories of population density (dense urban, urban, suburban and rural) segment anchor institutions? Is there need to further divide, for example, the rural grouping (<1,000 persons per square mile) to treat more remote areas differently?

(3.) How accurate is the assumption that 80% of anchor institutions lack fiber? Does it vary across the different population-density groups? Does it vary by type of anchor institution?

(4.) To what extent are the cost estimates for bringing fiber to individual buildings accurate?

  • Are the average loop lengths a reasonable representation of the distance to currently available fiber access points for each density group?
  • Are the costs for aerial and trenched deployment representative?
  • Is the ratio of trenched to aerial deployment in the high-end cost estimate reasonable for urban and suburban areas?
  • To what extent will aerial plant be available in urban and suburban areas? To what extent will it be possible to add fiber to existing utility conduits or make use of dark fiber, thereby reducing trenching costs, in urban and suburban areas?
  • Is it reasonable to assume all-aerial installation in rural areas? Is the assumption about requiring 30% new poles accurate? Is the $2-4 per foot cost reflective of the cost of these new poles?
  • Is the termination cost per building accurate? Is it reflective of both equipment of sufficient capacity and of the labor required to install it?

(5.) What incremental inside-wiring, or campus-wiring, costs should be added to these estimates? For what type of institutions in what geographies?

(6.) To what extent will right-of-way issues lead to incremental costs not reflected in these estimates?

How will right-of-way issues impact the timeline of build-out to these institutions?

(7.) Should operating expenses be a consideration when calculating cost for connecting anchor institutions to fiber? What operating expenses would be associated with running these networks, and how would those vary by type of institution and geography?

(8.) To what extent will providing fiber to these institutions improve the build-out economics in currently un- or under-served areas?

(9.) To what extent will providing fiber to these institutions directly assist last-mile build-outs in currently un- or under-served areas? For example, will bringing fiber to local schools generally provide shorter loop lengths to surrounding homes, or is the location of the communications plant relative to the school and community the primary driver? How will that vary by population density?

Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, and 09-137 (NBP Public Notice # 12) proceeding are due October 28. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC EXTENDS REPLY DEADLINE FOR WIRELESS INNOVATION & INVESTMENT NOI: The FCC has extended the reply comment deadline until November 5 for its Wireless Innovation and Investment Notice of Inquiry (NOI) (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 16). The NOI seeks comment broadly on all ideas that will foster wireless innovation and investment. In particular, the NOI focuses on spectrum availability and use, wireless networks, devices, applications, and business practices. The NOI also seeks comment on how the public has used wireless services and technology to solve real-world problems in areas such as health care, energy, education, and public safety. GN Docket Nos. 09-51 and 09-157. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

FCC EXTENDS REPLY DEADLINE FOR MOBILE COMPETITION NOI: The FCC has extended the reply comment deadline until October 22 for its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) that seeks to enhance its analysis of competitive conditions in the mobile wireless market (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 16). As a companion and extension to its Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) Reports, this new Mobile Wireless Competition Report seeks to do the following: First, the FCC inquires about which analytic framework and data sources will most clearly describe competition in the mobile wireless market. Second, it adjusts the inquiry to include new market segments not covered thoroughly in previous reports, such as device and infrastructure segments. Third, it inquires about vertical relationships between “upstream” and “downstream” market segments, and how these relationships affect competition. WT Docket 09-66. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

NTIA AWARDS FIRST FOUR STATE BROADBAND DATA GRANTS: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded the first four grants under its State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program to fund activities in California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Vermont. The data will be displayed in NTIA’s national broadband map, a tool that will inform policymakers' efforts and provide consumers with improved information on the broadband Internet services available to them. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is awarded approximately $1.8 million; the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) is awarded approximately $1.3 million; the Rural Economic Development Center, Inc. (e-NC Authority) is awarded approximately $1.6 million; and the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is awarded approximately $1.2 million to collect and verify the availability, speed, and location of broadband across the states of California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Vermont, respectively. This activity is to be conducted on a semi-annual basis between 2009 and 2011, with initial data coming available in November 2009 to inform broadband policy efforts. Awardees are to present the data in a clear and accessible format to the public, government, and the research community. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Mary Sisak.

STATE REGULATORS UNVEIL WEB PORTAL AS COLLABORATIVE COMPILATION OF BROADBAND PROGRAMS: State utility regulators unveiled a new Web portal that will serve as an interactive compilation of State and federal programs dealing with broadband expansion and other advanced telecommunications services projects. The Website——is being developed by the State members of the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services. It is being maintained by the National Regulatory Research Institute, an independent research agency specializing in utility and regulatory practices. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners provided the site a financial grant to help in its development. will provide a searchable reference guide to broadband expansion programs across the country. With nearly $7 billion in broadband funding opportunities available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Website will be a tool for State and federal policymakers, consumer advocates, industry officials, and the general public seeking to learn about different broadband programs and related information. Users will be able to research different projects and add information about their own in a collaborative fashion. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Mary Sisak.

GENACHOWSKI SPELLS OUT WIRELESS GOALS: At the CTIA IT & Entertainment Show in San Diego last week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined four goals to assist the wireless industry. These include:

(1) Finding new spectrum. Genachowski said. "Spectrum is the oxygen for mobile broadband networks." Genachowski said the agency would look at reallocating spectrum, encouraging efficient spectrum usage and potentially freeing up more spectrum for unlicensed use.

(2) Aiding in the deployment of networks by streamlining the process of tower siting.

(3) Promoting an "open Internet" through network neutrality regulations. "I believe it is essential to ensure the Internet remains open," Genachowski said, adding that "questions remain open" about how to implement the guidelines for wireless.

(4) Ensuring a transparent and competitive market for consumers.

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

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Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or

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Microsoft's Debacle – and Google's Challenge

October 14, 2009

Microsoft’s (MSFT) recent debacle with its Sidekick device is the ugliest user experience we may have ever seen in wireless. The Sidekick device was the first one to backup and synchronize over the air (the “cloud”) to a central server starting already several years ago. The company behind the device was acquired by Microsoft 18 months ago, and after that point the Sidekick platform fell behind the competition – Blackberry (RIMM) and iPhone (AAPL) to begin with, and more recently also Palm/WebOS (PALM) and Google/Android (GOOG). Yet, the remaining Sidekick users appear to have lost all of their data as a result of Microsoft’s server failure.

What this saddest of technology sagas illustrates is that while cloud sync may be convenient, it is no replacement for making your own daily local backup on your own PC at home. Supplement, yes – replacement, no.

What that in mind, how will the typical consumer fare if he migrates from a Sidekick device to a Google/Android device made by HTC, Motorola (MOT) or Samsung, just to mention the manufacturers that will be in the market on T-Mobile and Sprint before Thanksgiving this year, according to their recent press releases? In particular, consider the following use case: An average consumer has a Microsoft Vista PC using Microsoft Outlook for his calendar and contacts database, or the equivalent on the Apple platform. He is not connected to an enterprise environment such as Microsoft Exchange. He may or may not be fine with any form of cloud sync for reasons of security and/or reliability, but in any case he just wants to do a local backup on his own PC, presumably using a simple USB cable.

This is what every consumer Blackberry user on a Windows OS has been doing for over 5 years. It works as simple as plugging in the cable and pressing “Synchronize” on the desktop utility. It synchronizes and backs up. You could have tens of thousands of calendar and contacts records, and it “just works” in a matter of a couple of minutes.

So does it work on Android phone? As it turns out, in every case except one, it does not. It fails this most basic requirement of security and reliability. Let’s go through the devices one by one:

T-Mobile USA offers two Android devices today, with a third on the way in a matter days or weeks. HTC makes the G1 and the MyTouch, and neither offers local sync to your non-Exchange Microsoft Outlook. If you trust Google to sync over the air, or if you have Microsoft Exchange, you’re fine. As far as Google’s cloud sync goes, how accurate is it for calendar and contacts? Does it still work if you have many tens of thousands of entries?

Hitting the T-Mobile USA stores supposedly on November 2 is the Motorola Cliq, announced on September 10. It works much the same way as the HTC devices, except it adds its own cloud sync software called MotoBlur. I asked several Motorola representatives at last week’s CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association) trade show in San Diego , where Motorola focused almost exclusively on this device, and the answer I received was that this service only handles 2,500 entries. That makes it essentially useless certainly for me, and just about everyone I know.

In addition, they described a complicated procedure for uploading one’s contacts/calendar data from Outlook to the MotoBlur cloud service for the initial set-up. What about getting this data out of the MotoBlur service if I change my mind and want to move to an iPhone on AT&T, PalmPre on Sprint or Blackberry on Verizon, I asked? They told me once the data has been sucked into the MotoBlur service, I can’t get it out. Ouch.

Samsung announced its first Android device for the US market, to be available on Sprint November 1. I asked several Samsung reps at the CTIA event if it can sync locally with Microsoft Outlook, and they all told me that it can’t. Basically, same story as with the two HTC devices currently offered by T-Mobile USA. Fail, fail, fail, fail on all these four Android devices.

This brings us to the fifth and final Android device in the US market this month, having just become available on Sprint October 11 – the HTC Hero. Guess what? It actually comes bundled with software that accomplishes this vital task required by most consumers.

So there we have it: 4 out of these 5 current or imminent Android devices are unsuitable for the average US consumer who has a local PC contacts/calendar database such as Outlook, and wants to keep it that way. Cloud sync has been showed to be potentially unreliable (to say the least) and may not even handle larger databases for those of us who have many thousands – or tens of thousands – of entries.

This should be an easy problem for companies such as HTC, Motorola and their current and future carrier partners to fix. It doesn't require a change to any device hardware, and doesn't add any noticeable cost. Let’s hope they see the light, or they will find themselves with many unhappy customers, poor reviews and a high return rate.

In the meantime, products such as the iPhone and Blackberry look very good in comparison – at least when it comes to this most basic and essential functionality. I see a marketing slogan for one of these companies in the near future: “Security and Reliability.”

Source: Seeking Alpha

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USB Paging Encoder

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  • Single channel up to eight zones
  • Connects to Linux computer via USB
  • Programmable timeouts and batch sizes
  • Supports 2-tone, 5/6-tone, POCSAG 512/1200/2400, GOLAY
  • Supports Tone Only, Voice, Numeric, and Alphanumeric
  • PURC or direct connect
  • Pictured version mounts in 5.25" drive bay
  • Other mounting options available
  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

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Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • Frequency agile - only one receiver to stock
  • USB or RS-232 interface
  • Two contact closures
  • End-user programmable w/o requiring special hardware
  • 16 capcodes
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

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Other products

  • Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.
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Please Be Careful

Three People Killed While Erecting Antenna

At approximately 8:40 PM on Monday, October 12, a man, woman and their 15 year old son were killed while trying to erect a 50 foot vertical antenna at the home of the man's mother, Barbara Tenn, KJ4KFF, in Palm Bay, Florida. The deceased were not licensed amateurs.

"It happened in an instant," Palm Bay Fire Marshal Mike Couture said in a statement. "It is an unfortunate set of circumstances that led to the most tragic result."

According to police reports, Melville Braham, 55, Anna Braham, 49, and their 15 year old son Anthony were putting up an antenna— Tenn's second — at night when they lost control of the antenna and it crashed into nearby overhead power lines. The impact sent 13,000 volts of electricity through the pole the three were holding. A family friend, a 17 year old boy, was on the roof at the time of the accident. He and the couple's daughter, who was in the house at the time, were not injured.

The mother was pronounced dead at the scene. When paramedics arrived, the father and son were not breathing; rescue crews immediately tried to resuscitate them. They were transported to a hospital where they later died.

Neighbor Jim Vallindingham told television station WFTV that he called 911 when he saw the fire in the back yard and then he ran over: "I had no idea it was electrical until we got over there and saw the three people laying on the ground. So I called 911 a second time to tell them there were casualties. You know, there were people on the ground. So [the 911 operator] told me that's electric, you back away don't touch anything."

Couture said that night was not the best time to be attempting to put up an antenna. "It wasn't the best time, meaning it was night time. Obviously, in darkness, and trying to do something like this and not being keenly aware of where the power line is in the backyard, [was not a good idea]," he said.

Neighbors said that Tenn, an ARRL member, used Amateur Radio to talk with her family in Jamaica. — Thanks to WFTV and Central Florida News 13 for the information.


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It's still here — the tried and true Motorola Alphamate 250. Now owned, supported, and available from Leavitt Communications. Call us for new or reconditioned units, parts, manuals, and repairs.

We also have refurbished Alphamate II, and the original Alphamate.

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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From: Michael Lyons
Subject: Our Next PTC Meeting
Date: October 12, 2009 5:44:05 PM CDT
Cc: Linda Hoover <>

The next Paging Technical Committee meeting is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the EWA/AAPC Conference, November 4 - 6 at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. The PTC meeting will be on Wednesday, November 4 beginning at 9:00 am. If any one has any items they would like added to the agenda please let me know ASAP.

As always please RSVP to allowing us to get tentative numbers for attendance.

To make your hotel reservations you may either call800-228-1212or click here. Be sure to reference the Enterprise Wireless event to receive the discounted rate of $179/night. This includes wireless Internet access.

Additional Hotel Info -

Westin Buckhead
3391 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
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Phone: (404) 365-0065

  • Click here to register for the conference.
  • Click here to view a tentative conference agenda.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks.


Michael Lyons
[PTC Chairman]

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