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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 376

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

When I went over to Helsinki in October of 2005 to help promote the formation of a new paging association. Successor to WMA (Wireless Messaging Association UK) and EMMA (European Mobile Messaging Association), the new association retained EMMA as its name. One of the several very interesting presentations given was from Park Magic. I was impressed by the thought and planning that had gone into this new service from Ireland. It offered city Governments a great way for them to collect for parking—electronically. The notification part of the system used a custom-built pager device, that (of course) made me happy, since I like telemetry and other related services over paging channels.

Later I put Park Magic in touch with my friends at Indiana Paging (who cover Chicago very well) with a recommendation that they work together for a trial of their parking-payment system in Chicago. Unfortunately, Mayor Daley has been catching a lot of criticism about the Morgan-Stanley-backed company's (LAZ Parking) poor performance. This "bad press" seems to have pushed Park Magic (along with Indiana Paging) out of the parking meter business in Chicago. Tell me it ain't so. I was hoping for a big success.

(One of my college professors said that it is OK to use bad grammar—if you know it's bad when you do.)

Now on to more news and views.

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This is the AAPC's weekly newsletter about Wireless Messaging. You are receiving this because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

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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

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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A CONSULTING ALLIANCE

Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, Allan Angus, and Vic Jackson are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects. Click here  for a summary of their qualifications and experience. They collaborate on consulting assignments, and share the work according to their individual expertise and their schedules.

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AAPC/EMMA Trading Post now active!

As many of you know, the inaugural Global Paging Convention was a tremendous success. Many ideas were generated from formal sessions as well as informal conversations. One idea was to create a database of equipment that our members either want to sell or are looking to buy.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the AAPC/EMMA Trading Post. To access the Trading Post you must be either a current member of AAPC or EMMA. The more members populate the trading post the more useful it will become, therefore please take a moment and input any “spare parts” that you may have and/or what you are in need of.

Log in to the members only area from the AAPC web site, www.pagingcarriers.org to view the Trading Post and follow the directions on how to input your information. Please note that initially everyone will need to register to use the Trading Post. Each member is responsible for contacting the listing person if you are interested in purchasing a particular item. AAPC will not be involved in any of the interactions completed, nor monitor what interactions are “in the works”. Our goal with the Trading Post is to expedite the exchange of equipment to continue to foster your business.

Not a member? right arrow Click here to become an AAPC member.

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Thanks to our Bronze Vendors!

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GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions UCOM Paging
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HMCE, Inc. United Communications Corp.
Leavitt Communications (for Zetron) WiPath Communications

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leavitt zetron The Model 640 DAPT-XTRA Paging Terminal is a cost effective solution for small to medium-sized systems and private organizations offering a paging service based on bureau-type operator paging and/or direct telephone access. The 640 supports up to 1,500 users with up to 4 telephone lines. It also supports voice paging, voice prompts, talkback paging, and alphanumeric paging.

zetron Zetron's Remote Monitoring equipment provides monitoring and notification of unusual conditions and status changes. Messages are automatically transmitted over a radio or a public address system. Notification can be sent via speaker or radio announcement, telephone, cellular phone, or paging.

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Daley losing confidence in parking meter company

September 15, 2009
BY FRAN SPIELMAN, City Hall Reporter
Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Daley demanded today that Chicago’s embattled parking meter operator synchronize the time on its pay-and-display boxes and void parking tickets tied to time discrepancies.

“That’s unacceptable. They have to void those tickets,” he said.

Daley said the latest in a string of operational problems that have marred the transition to private control has prompted him to lose confidence in Chicago Parking Meters LLC.

“Slowly but sure, yes,” he said.

But, the mayor said he is not about to cancel the 75-year, $1.15 billion lease tied to a steep schedule of rate hikes that helped plug a gaping hole in the city’s 2009 budget.

“See that home over there? Go over there and ask them if they want their real estate taxes increased,” the mayor said after a ribbon-cutting at the new Jorge Prieto Math & Science Academy, 2231 N. Central.

“We have a rainy day fund. If it wasn't for that, our financial crisis would be worse. . . That was sold at the highest time. You can’t even sell a public asset today. You can’t sell anything today.”

Pressed on what he could do short of voiding the lease to force the company to shape up, Daley said, “Beating ‘em up every day. Bringing them in and talk to them and say, ‘You have to straighten this out.’”

Avis LaVelle, a spokeswoman for Chicago Parking Meters LLC, said time discrepancies are unavoidable, even though pay-and-display boxes are “synched up every night at midnight with the atomic clock.”

“Synchronization is not absolute, no matter what technology you’re using. I just came from a meeting with six people who have cell phones set by satellite. There were five different times among six people,” she said.

As for Daley’s demand that tickets tied to time discrepancies be voided, LaVelle said, “We’re not the enforcement arm for this. The Department of Revenue is doing enforcement. But, if you get to a car one minute after the meter expired, they are being urged to use discretion.”

The Chicago Sun-Times and NBC5 reported this week that pay-and-display boxes touted as the high-tech solution to over-stuffed and improperly calibrated parking meters have a problem of their own: they’re out of synch.

A spot check of about 50 newly-installed boxes found the time they show varies from machine-to-machine — leaving motorists confused about when to return to their vehicles to avoid getting a ticket.

Times displayed by boxes along Lincoln, Fullerton and Armitage didn’t match, even though they’re on the same computer server.

Political fall-out from the parking meter fiasco is at least partly to blame for a precipitous drop in Daley’s approval rating — to 35 percent, the lowest of his 20-year reign, according to a Chicago Tribune poll.

“I take responsibility. I do wear the shirt and I will wear it. I have no problems with that,” the mayor said.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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Motorola Cliq Might Launch in Mid-November

BY: Ed Hardy, Brighthand.com Editor
PUBLISHED: 9/18/2009

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T-Mobile has announced the Motorola Cliq, but isn't saying exactly when this Android-based smartphone will be released. Fortunately, leaks have revealed when the debut is going to be.

One of the promotional documents put out about the Cliq clearly states that pre-orders will start on October 19, and a new but un-confirmed report says the release is scheduled for November 11.

The price for this smartphone still hasn't been revealed, officially or unofficially.

An Overview of the Motorola Cliq

The Cliq will be a "slider", with a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen and a sliding landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard.

It will run Google's Android OS, and come with a suite of entertainment and productivity software. This smartphone is going to be the first with Blur, Motorola's new Android app that will let users work with a variety of social networking and email services from the homescreen. It will also offer access to a growing collection of third-party software through the Android Market.

The Cliq is going to be able to access T-Mobile's 3G network, plus it will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It will be bundled with a 2 GB microSD memory card, and have support for up to 32 GB cards.

This smartphone will also have a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with video capture and playback at 24 frames per second, and a 3.5mm headset jack. In addition, it will sport a GPS receiver and a digital compass.

Source: Brighthand.com

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National Safety Council Responds to ARRL: No Evidence of "Significant Crash Risks" While Operating Mobile

ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, wrote a letter to National Safety Council (NSC) President Janet Froetscher in July expressing the ARRL's concerns that Amateur Radio not become an unintended victim of the growing public debate over what to do about distracted drivers. Froetscher has now replied, saying the NSC does not support bans or prohibitions on the use of Amateur Radios while driving.

Noting that there is significant evidence that talking on cell phones while driving poses crash risk four times that of other drivers, Froetscher observed that the NSC position calling for bans on the use of cell phones while driving is grounded in science. "We are not aware of evidence that using Amateur Radios while driving has significant crash risks," Froetscher wrote in her August 24 letter. "We also have no evidence that using two-way radios while driving poses significant crash risks. Until such time as compelling, peer-reviewed scientific research is presented that denotes significant risks associated with the use of Amateur Radios, two-way radios or other communication devices, the NSC does not support legislative bans or prohibition on their use."

Froetscher said that while "the specific risk of radio use while driving is unmeasured and likely does not approach that of cell phones, there indeed is some elevated risk to the drivers, their passengers and the public associated with 650,000 Amateur Radio operators who may not, at one time or another, not concentrate fully on their driving." She points out that the "best safety practice is to have one's full attention on their driving, their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. Drivers who engage in any activity that impairs any of these constitutes an increased risk."

ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, said the ARRL "appreciates NSC President and CEO Janet Froetscher's clear statement that the NSC does not support legislative bans or prohibitions on the use of Amateur Radio while driving. We applaud the NSC for taking positions that are grounded in science. At the same time, all radio amateurs should heed her call to concentrate fully on driving while behind the wheel. It is possible to operate a motor vehicle safely while using Amateur Radio, but if it becomes a distraction we owe it those with whom we share the road, as well as to our passengers, to put safety first."

On January 30, 2009, the ARRL Executive Committee adopted the ARRL's Policy Statement on Mobile Amateur Radio Operation that states "Amateur Radio mobile operation is ubiquitous, and Amateur Radio emergency and public service communications, and other organized Amateur Radio communications activities and networks necessitate operation of equipment while some licensees are driving motor vehicles. Two-way radio use is dissimilar from full-duplex cellular telephone communications because the operator spends little time actually transmitting; the time spent listening is more similar to, and arguably less distracting than, listening to a broadcast radio, CD or MP3 player. There are no distinctions to be made between or among Amateur Radio, public safety land mobile radio, private land mobile radio or citizen's radio in terms of driver distraction. All are distinguishable from mobile cellular telephone communications in this respect. Nevertheless, ARRL encourages licensees to conduct Amateur communications from motor vehicles in a manner that does not detract from the safe and attentive operation of a motor vehicle at all times."

In his letter, Harrison explained to Froetscher that Amateur Radio operators provide essential emergency communications when regular communications channels are disrupted by disaster: "Through formal agreements with federal agencies, such as the National Weather Service, FEMA and private relief organizations, the Amateur Radio volunteers protect lives using their own equipment without compensation. The ability of hams to communicate and help protect the lives of those in danger would be strictly hindered if the federal, state and local governments to not ensure that Amateur Radio operators can continue the use of their mobile radios while on the road."

Froetscher replied that she "appreciate[s] your focus of Amateur Radio for emergency communications during disasters. I encourage ARRL to adopt best practices for the safe operation of vehicles that confines use of Amateur Radios while driving only to disaster emergencies."

The Policy Statement asserts that the ARRL "is aware of no evidence that [mobile] operation contributes to driver inattention. Quite the contrary: Radio amateurs are public service-minded individuals who utilize their radio-equipped motor vehicles to assist others, and they are focused on driving in the execution of that function."

Source: ARRL

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Alliance to Facilitate Development of Two-Way Satellite Data Solutions for Improved...

Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:05am EDT

Alliance to Facilitate Development of Two-Way Satellite Data Solutions for Improved Tracking, Messaging and Emergency Communications

BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 17, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Iridium Satellite LLC (Iridium) is joining with mobile satellite industry companies and the emergency response community to form the ProTECTS (Promotion of Two-way Emergency Communication and Tracking Systems) Alliance. The primary goal of the alliance is to foster the rapid and orderly adoption of portable, two-way satellite-based location, tracking and messaging technologies.

The alliance will provide a forum for addressing issues affecting the suppliers and users of these vital safety devices. It also will seek to foster the development and deployment of bi-directional satellite data solutions meeting the requirements of the growing population of government and business organizations using portable tracking devices, as well as the public-safety community.

"The ProTECTS Alliance will advocate for industry standards based on two-way satellite data links," said Patrick Shay, vice president and general manager of Iridium's data division. "Soldiers in the field, disaster relief workers, pipeline inspectors in remote oil fields, helicopter pilots fighting forest fires, scientific expeditions in the Antarctic and sailors on the high seas are all relying on satellite location technology as a critical safety lifeline, and the interactive bi-directional data link helps ensure their distress messages are heard and that help reaches them."

"While one-way emergency beacons can provide a valuable aid to life-saving services, experience has shown that they can have a high incidence of false alerts triggered by accidental activations," observed retired Admiral James Loy, former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. "This places a heavy burden on first responders who must try to verify, by independent means, the validity of the distress signal before deploying rescue resources. The large number of distress alert messages makes it impractical — and prohibitively expensive — for authorities to launch search-and-rescue (SAR) operations without determining whether it is a real emergency or an inadvertent activation."

To help further the goals of the ProTECTS Alliance, Iridium also is launching a strategic initiative to focus its internal engineering, R&D, product certification, activations, marketing and channel sales support resources to assist Service Partners (SP) in bringing these personal safety products and services to market.

While Iridium is the founding member of the ProTECTS Alliance, membership is open to mobile satellite service (MSS) providers, software developers, manufacturers, system integrators, resellers, distributors, industry experts, SAR authorities, first responders, trade associations, regulatory bodies and user groups. Charter members of the Alliance are: Active Web Solutions (AWS); Argon ST; Backcountry Access, Inc.; Blackbird Technologies, Inc.; Blue Sky Network, LLC; Cobham ACR Products; DMC Worldwide Corporation LLC; EMS Global Tracking; IonEarth; KANNAD; L-3 Communications; McMurdo; NAL Research Corporation; Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd; Premier GPS Inc.; Roadpost Inc.; Solara Remote Data Delivery Inc.; Spidertracks Ltd; TracPlus Global Limited; and Travel Safety Group LTD.

"Eleven Iridium SPs in 30 countries offer two-way short-burst data (SBD) solutions for personal locating, tracking and messaging through Iridium satellites," said Shay. "SBD represents a very efficient use of our satellite capacity for tracking and monitoring everything from vehicles to construction machines to individuals in remote areas."

About Iridium Satellite LLC

Iridium Satellite LLC (www.iridium.com) is the only MSS company offering coverage over the entire globe. The Iridium constellation of low-earth orbiting (LEO), cross-linked satellites provides critical voice and data services for areas not served by terrestrial communication networks. Iridium's subscriber growth has been driven by increasing demand for reliable, global communications. Iridium serves commercial and government markets through a worldwide network of hundreds of distributors. The company's customers represent a broad spectrum of industry, including maritime, aeronautical, government/defense, public safety, utilities, oil/gas, mining, forestry, heavy equipment and transportation. Iridium has launched a major development program for its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, which will result in continued and new Iridium MSS offerings. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Md., U.S., and is currently privately held.

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CONTACT:  Iridium Satellite LLC
Press Contact:
Liz DeCastro
+ 1 (301) 571-6257
liz.decastro@iridium.com
  Rhodes Communications
Press Contact:
Jim Rhodes
+1 (757) 451-0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com
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BLOOSTONLAW TELECOM UPDATE

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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.]

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   Vol. 12, No. 32 x September 16, 2009   

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Reminder: Ownership Change May Need FCC OK

We want to remind clients that many types of reorganizations and other transactions involving entities regulated by the FCC require prior FCC approval; and given the frequent need to implement such transactions by the end of the year, companies engaging in such transactions should immediately evaluate whether they must file an application for FCC approval, and obtain a grant, before closing on a year-end deal. Transactions requiring prior FCC approval include (but are not limited to):

  • Any sale of a company that holds FCC licenses;
  • Any transfer of stock that results in a shareholder attaining a 50% or greater ownership level, or a shareholder relinquishing a 50% or greater ownership level, regardless of the amount of stock to be transferred;
  • Any transfer of stock, partnership or LLC interests that would have a cumulative affect on 50% or more of the ownership.
  • The creation of a holding company or trust to hold the stock of an FCC license holder;
  • The distribution of stock to family members, if there are changes the control levels discussed above;
  • The creation of new classes of stockholders that affect the control structure of an FCC license holder.
  • Certain minority ownership changes can require FCC approval (e.g., transfer of a minority stock interest, giving the recipient extraordinary voting rights or powers through officer or board position).

Fortunately, transactions involving many types of licenses can often be approved on an expedited basis. But this is not always the case, especially if microwave licenses are involved. Also, in some instances Section 214 authority is required, especially in the case of wireline and other telephony services. Clients planning year-end transactions should contact us as soon as possible to determine if FCC approval is needed.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Incumbent broadband providers should watch for overlapping stimulus applications.
  • Boucher has concerns about broadband program.
  • Strickling says broadband program may have only one more funding round.
  • Adelstein says agencies are evaluating round 1 apps.
  • FCC extends comment dates for Wireless Innovation & Investment NOI.
  • FCC extends comment dates for Mobile Competition NOI.

Incumbent Broadband Providers Should Prepare To Comment on Stimulus Proposals Overlapping Their Service Area

Rural Utilities Service (RUS) officials indicated on Monday that maps of proposed stimulus project areas will likely be released this week or next, to be filed shortly by a public notice establishing a comment period for incumbent broadband providers. It is expected that the comment period will only last 30 days at most, so broadband providers should watch carefully for stimulus proposals that may overlap their service area, and comment appropriately. If an applicant is claiming that a portion of the incumbent’s service area is “unserved” or “underserved” and therefore eligible for stimulus funding, the incumbent will want to be ready to counter that claim if in fact it is already providing broadband service.

Incumbents providing broadband will want to:

(1) Search for information about applications that have been filed in their area. A limited amount of information is available about Round 1 applications, although not in an easily searchable format at present.

(2) Monitor for maps showing applicant proposals overlapping their existing service areas. Such maps may be available later this week, and will hopefully be in a searchable format.

(3) Proceed to prepare information about their broadband service coverage, speeds and capabilities (including appropriate maps).

(4) Be prepared to furnish an analysis of overlapping stimulus proposals within the expected 30-day comment window.

NOTE: NTIA and RUS have posted on the Web site www.broadbandusa.gov summaries of the applications filed in the first round of the broadband stimulus program.

Clients desiring our assistance with this process should contact us as soon as possible. BloostonLaw contacts: Gerry Duffy, Mary Sisak, Ben Dickens, and John Prendergast.

Boucher Has Concerns About Broadband Program

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, expressed concern at a September 10 hearing that much of the eastern part of the United States could be disqualified from broadband grants because of the way remote communities are considered. He directed his remarks at the hearing witnesses: Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Our clients that encountered similar but distinct problems with the current rules in Round 1 should consider submitting comments to NTIA/RUS and their congressional delegation about how the rules can be reformed for Round 2 (which as discussed below, may be the only additional round of funding). Please contact us ASAP if you would like our assistance with such effort.

Boucher said that some rules governing the $7.2 billion program of loans and grants are too restrictive and urged administrators to be flexible. He was specifically concerned about how a community might be considered "remote" under the RUS program. For example, some grants are not available to remote communities that are within 50 miles of a city of at least 20,000.

“In the RUS program,” Boucher said, “a grant of between 80 and 100 percent of project costs is only available to communities that are remote, and any community that is within 50 miles of a city of at least 20,000 is considered non-remote, disqualifying that community from receiving grants of more than 50 percent under the RUS program. Almost the entire eastern U.S. is disqualified from 80 to 100 percent grants by this inappropriate standard, which in mountainous terrain is not a reasonable yardstick for determining need.”

Boucher noted that in Virginia, West Virginia and other states in the Appalachian region, hundreds of communities in isolated mountain valleys may be within only a few miles of a city but because of the high cost of building the fiber optics or wireless links in such challenging topography, and given the small size of the population to be served, only through grants of 80 percent or more of the project cost can these communities receive broadband.

He said that “The previously existing RUS Community Connect program is well suited to the need I have described, but that program is very small with only $13 million available for grants nationwide in one recent year. I would urge that in round two, the definition of remote be changed to qualify more truly isolated communities that may be close to a city. In the circumstances I have described, that proximity is functionally irrelevant.”

Boucher’s second concern is that for rural applicants to be considered for the NTIA program which has more flexible rules for making grants of 80 to 100 percent, the application must first go to RUS and be rejected before NTIA can make an award to the applicant.

“As a practical matter,” Boucher said, “I wonder if by the time RUS has reviewed and rejected an application as not qualified under RUS rules, there is time remaining in the funding cycle for NTIA to review it and consider it on equal footing with applications made initially to NTIA. In the next round, I hope you will consider allowing applicants to designate which agency will be primary for considering the application.”

Boucher’s third concern relates to the standards that are used to determine areas that are underserved. He said they appear to be highly restrictive. One of three standards would have to be met:

1. “No more than 50 percent of homes could have a broadband connection greater than 768 kilobits per second (kbps). That is a very slow data rate that many would not consider true broadband. A speed of at least 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) might be more appropriate. Or

2. “No provider advertises download speeds of at least 3 Mbps in the area. Advertising is not a reliable measure of genuine broadband availability since advertised speeds often exceed actual speeds. Or

3. “The rate of broadband subscribership is 40 percent or less. The national take rate is over 55 percent, and we are told that few places where broadband is found have take rates of 40 percent or less.

“And so I am concerned that these standards will result in many communities finding that the program is less helpful to them than we intended for it to be. My final concern is that apparently the states have been handed NTIA’s applications for initial review. We intended for NTIA to have final decision making authority over its applications, and I am looking for assurance today that it will,” Boucher said.

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

Strickling Says Broadband Program May Have Only One More Funding Round

Lawrence Strickling, Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said that although NTIA and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) previously indicated that they planned to hold three rounds of funding for the broadband stimulus program, a review of the first round has led them to explore the option of holding just one more round of funding. This more consolidated approach may have the potential of yielding benefits for all stakeholders, but will require interested applicants to work quickly to be ready for Round 2, which would constitute their last shot at stimulus funding. Strickling’s remarks came in testimony before the September 10 House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

First, the consolidated approach would enable the agencies to complete the entire grant-making process in the summer of 2010, as opposed to next September, thus expediting the stimulative benefits for the economy and job creation that the Recovery Act promises. Combining the second and third rounds into a single funding round, and adjusting the application deadline, could afford additional time – both to stakeholders, to provide NTIA/RUS with well-informed views on how the first round worked for applicants, and to NTIA and RUS, to learn from their experience and adjust those aspects of the process that need to be improved. Also, parties who wish to collaborate on an application, such as through consortia or public-private partnerships, could have additional time to work out the details of those arrangements. Finally, combining the final two rounds may also economize on administrative expenses, Strickling said.

“As we evaluate this option, however,” Strickling said, “we want to ensure that our framework promotes the development of high quality applications and the funding of projects that meet the most compelling priorities. This was the reason that we initially designed the program with multiple funding rounds. Our goal remains producing the best possible results for the American public, in terms of both the quality of the broadband projects we support and the speed with which the program will contribute to our economic recovery.”

Strickling said that the “review of the first round applications also demonstrates the wisdom of NTIA’s and RUS’s decision to implement our respective Recovery Act broadband initiatives in a coordinated fashion, and the success of those coordinated efforts in both educating the public about BTOP and BIP and establishing rules and intake mechanisms that encourage diverse and broad-based participation.”

He said, “One result of our collaboration was the decision to allow applicants in rural areas to seek funding under both RUS’s BIP and under NTIA’s BTOP, although of course no project would be funded twice. Parties submitted more than 830 applications jointly, requesting nearly $12.8 billion in infrastructure funding. Thus, a rural applicant who is not awarded funding by BIP remains eligible for BTOP funding without needing to refile.

“NTIA received an additional 260 applications that were filed solely with the BTOP program, requesting over $5.4 billion in grants to fund broadband infrastructure projects in unserved and underserved areas. In addition, parties filed more than 320 applications with NTIA requesting nearly $2.5 billion in grants from BTOP for projects that promote sustainable demand for broadband services, including projects to provide broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment or support, including among vulnerable population groups where broadband technology has traditionally been underutilized. Parties submitted more than 360 applications with NTIA requesting more than $1.9 billion in grants from BTOP for public computer center projects, which will expand access to broadband service and enhance broadband capacity at public libraries, community colleges, and other institutions that provide the benefits of broadband to the general public or specific vulnerable populations. NTIA and RUS [will be] posting online – at www.broadbandusa.gov – a searchable database containing descriptions of all applications received, as well as maps of the geographic areas of coverage proposed by applicants in the first funding round. [At present, only high-level data is available.]

“Our proactive outreach regarding the Mapping Grant Program also paid dividends, as we have received application packages from every State, territory, and the District of Columbia. These 56 applicants to the Mapping Grant Program have requested a total of $187 million in grant awards to fund broadband mapping projects and $26 million to fund broadband planning projects. Unlike BTOP’s multiple round approach, the Broadband Mapping Grant Program will issue awards in a single round, and, pursuant to BDIA, only a single state-designated entity per State or territory is eligible to receive a grant. This will help ensure that the projects will benefit from significant state involvement and oversight. We are asking awardees to submit initial data as early as November and hope to leverage the information gained in this program to make data-driven decisions on BTOP grants. We will have a first set of substantially complete broadband mapping data by February 2010, and we will complete a comprehensive, interactive national broadband map by February 17, 2011, as directed by the statute.”

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

Adelstein Says Agencies Are Evaluating Round 1 Apps

In his testimony at the September 10 House Communications Subcommittee hearing, Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Administrator Jonathan Adelstein said: “We are now evaluating applications and expect to issue awards in early November. The first Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) made available up to $2.4 billion in program level funding out of the anticipated $7-9 billion in total anticipated Broadband Investment Program (BIP) investment. Well over half of the total investment projected under the BIP program has been reserved for subsequent funding rounds.”

He said that subsequent funding may include enhancements to eligibility and scoring criteria used in Round One. And he added that RUS is cognizant of the concerns and suggestions that have been raised regarding a wide range of issues including the definition of rural and remote areas, eligibility standards for unserved and underserved areas, scoring weights for various factors and concerns regarding overlapping service territories for satellite providers. But he said it would be premature to speculate about specific changes until RUS has completed the evaluation of first round projects, but it is important to note that this is not a static process.

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

LAW & REGULATION

FCC EXTENDS COMMENT DATES FOR WIRELESS INNOVATION & INVESTMENT NOI: The FCC has extended the comment deadline two days until September 30 for its Wireless Innovation and Investment Notice of Inquiry (NOI) (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 9). Replies are now due October 15. 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. In addition to extending the comment deadlines, the FCC modified the NOI to subject all presentations to its “permit-but-disclose” requirements. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

FCC EXTENDS COMMENT DATES FOR MOBILE COMPETITION NOI: The FCC has extended the comment dates on its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) that seeks to enhance its analysis of competitive conditions in the mobile wireless market (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 9). 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. Comments in this WT Docket 09-66 proceeding are now due September 30, and replies are due October 15. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

FCC PROPOSES 12.3% USF CONTRIBUTION FACTOR FOR FOURTH QUARTER 2009: The FCC has proposed setting the Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution factor at 0.123 or 12.3% for the fourth quarter of 2009. This is down from the record 12.9% in the third quarter, but up from the 11.3% from the second quarter figure and the 9.5% first quarter figure. It is also above the 11.4% figure for the third and fourth quarters of 2008, as well as the 11.3% figure for the second quarter of 2008. And it is up from 10.2% figure for the first quarter of 2008. The proposed 12.3% contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2009 will be used to calculate the line item charge on the customer’s bill (i.e., to calculate the charges on revenues that a carrier receives). The FCC’s USF Interim Contribution Methodology order prohibits carriers from marking up the USF line item higher than the contribution factor. If the FCC takes no action by September 28, the contribution factor will become effective. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC MODIFIES BRS/EBS RULES, SEEKS COMMENT ON CHANGING BRS CONSTRUCTION DEADLINE: The FCC has recently adopted its Fifth Memorandum Opinion and Order and Third Further Notice of Rulemaking modifying, on reconsideration, certain rules in the Broadband Radio Service (BRS)/Educational Broadband Service (EBS). The first issue addressed on reconsideration concerned how the Commission should implement the 15-year term limit for grandfathered EBS leases (i.e. leases entered into before January 10, 2005) that it established in the BRS/EBS Fourth MO&O. The item adopted an unopposed compromise proposal negotiated between two leading EBS and BRS industry groups, and modified the FCC’s 15-year term limit for grandfathered EBS spectrum leases (i.e., those entered into before January 10, 2005). Also on reconsideration, the FCC clarified that BRS 1 and 2/2A licensees could conduct simultaneous operations, post-transition, in the 2.1 GHz band and in the 2.5 GHz band until all of their customers have migrated to the 2.5 GHz band. In the Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC has proposed to amend Section 27.14(o) of the Commission’s Rules to change the substantial service deadline for BRS licenses granted after the effective date of the rule adopted in this proceeding from May 1, 2011, to four years from the date of initial grant in light of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s decision to auction BRS licenses in October 2009. Our firm’s clients who recently filed applications to bid for available BRS spectrum in Auction No. 86 should contact us if they wish to file comments in support of this proposal, which would give them additional time to construct their networks and to provide substantial service in their new license areas. Comments in this WT Docket No. 03-66, RM-10586 proceeding will be due 15 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 10 days thereafter. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell and Richard Rubino.

FCC MIGRATES TO NEW MEDIA: New FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski apparently implemented a “new media” revolution at the Commission. The FCC has launched on the crowd-sourcing platform, Ideascale, at http://broadband.ideascale.com/ Crowd-sourcing allows the online community to discuss, evaluate and rank ideas. The FCC says the platform will be especially useful as the Commission develops a National Broadband Plan, which will provide a strategy for reaching all Americans with robust broadband.

  • The FCC will also be launching on social media sites Facebook and YouTube, which will be linked through www.fcc.gov/connect. These tools, the FCC said, will both allow increased communication with the public.
  • Further, the FCC is also launching www.fcc.gov/rss as a central repository of data feeds from the agency. Though the FCC launched a general RSS feed in August, the addition of 48 feeds provides more robust access. As part of its commitment to opening government
  • data and furthering transparency, the FCC will continue to grow the catalog of data feeds available at www.fcc.gov/rss.
  • Additionally, Chairman Genachowski posted his first video blog on the FCC’s Blogband page, http://blog.broadband.gov/?page_id=185. The FCC created Blogband, along with a Twitter site, in August. The blog is expected to help explain the process of developing the National Broadband Plan and provided an accessible forum for public discussion.

FCC OPEN MEETING TO FOCUS ON NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN: The FCC has announced that its September 29 open meeting will have a single “Omnibus Broadband Initiative (OBI) Presentation.” The Commission staff will report on the status of the National Broadband Plan, which the FCC must deliver to Congress on Feb. 17, 2010. The presentation will include a review of the testimony from participants at the August and September staff workshops, comments received from the public, and staff research and analysis. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

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 halmor@bloostonlaw.com

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Richmond firefighters at Station 20, at 4715 Forest Hill Ave., have planted a flag for each of the 343 firefighters killed in the 9/11 attacks.

By MICHAEL MARTZ
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Published: September 11, 2009

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Eight years after staring into the smoking inferno of the Pentagon, Virginia State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty still is trying to solve one of the biggest problems faced that day — rescuers who couldn't talk to one another.

At the Pentagon in Arlington County and the World Trade Center in New York City, heroic efforts were made by firefighters, police and rescue workers who weren't always able to communicate because they used different radio systems.

Arlington firefighters lent one of their radios to firefighters from Washington so they could talk while fighting the blaze caused when an airliner was crashed by terrorists into the heart of America's military establishment.

Solving that communications problem — called "interoperability" in the emergency-management world — has been one of Virginia's biggest success stories since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as one of the state's biggest continuing challenges.

While Virginia was first among the states to adopt a strategic plan to address the problem, the state still is struggling to finish a radio system that state police and 20 other state agencies will use to talk to one another and, eventually, local first responders.

"It is a police officer safety issue," Flaherty said of problems that have plagued the Statewide Agencies Radio System, or STARS, a five-year, $360 million project that is 15 months behind schedule and struggling to remain within its budget.

The problems have included laptop computers that shut off at high speed because of interference from the electronic fuel system in troopers' new vehicles; digital radios that turned talk to robotic gibberish when signals weakened; and delays in building microwave towers necessary to make the new system work.

At one point, state police ordered Motorola Corp., which had gotten the primary contract, to stop installing radios in patrol cars.

"Clearly, the troopers were skeptical," said Col. Wayne M. Huggins, executive director of the Virginia State Police Association and a former state police superintendent, who led a commission created by then-Gov. Jim Gilmore to examine the state's preparedness after the 2001 attacks.

A new statewide radio system was a top priority of the commission, though an inflated $600 million price tag made it a tough sell.

The state is confident it has overcome most of the problems with the new system, which now is operating in the Richmond and Hampton Roads regions.

Fourteen localities in central Virginia and 32 statewide also are able to connect to the system through COMLINC, an Internet-based technology that allows different radio systems to talk to one another.

The state auditor of public accounts is preparing an audit of the system for release this fall to follow up on concerns his office raised this year about the system's reliability, completion schedule and cost, which is financed with revenue bonds backed by a tax on rental vehicles.

"They're in the process of renegotiating and resizing part of the contract" with Motorola, state Auditor of Public Accounts Walter J. Kucharski said.

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Local police also continue to struggle with the emergency-communications challenge in some parts of the state, such as the Blacksburg area, where a different kind of terrorist struck on April 16, 2007, in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

When student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 students at Virginia Tech and then himself, police and other rescuers confronted some of the same problems faced at the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

"Frustrating communications issues and barriers occurred during the incident," said a panel appointed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to investigate the massacre. "Every service operated on different radio frequencies, making dispatch, interagency and medical communications difficult."

The panel, led by another former state police superintendent, W. Gerald Massengill, concluded: "Local political entities must get past their inability to reach consensus and assure interoperability of their communications systems."

It hasn't happened yet in Blacksburg, where town police and Virginia Tech police continue to communicate on different emergency radio bands.

But the police departments are able to patch through communications with each other in an emergency. And the town and university are part of a pair of major efforts to consolidate emergency 911 dispatch centers in the region and eventually create a common radio band for all the localities, including Montgomery County, Christiansburg and possibly Radford, as well as Radford University.

"It's not cheap . . . but in the long run, you'll save money in each locality by not buying six sets of equipment," said Lt. D.J. Davis in the police services division of the Blacksburg Police Department.

Improving the interoperability of emergency communications has been a top priority of Virginia since the Sept. 11 attacks. Emergency communications have accounted for about one-third of $268 million in federal homeland-security grants the state has received since 2003. (That total does not include about $330 million spent in Northern Virginia and the rest of the Washington region, or spending on bioterrorism and hospital readiness.)

Virginia set up an oversight system to coordinate grants to local governments for buying emergency communications equipment. The state hired an interoperability coordinator, Christopher Essid, who since has become director of emergency communications for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Virginia also created a State Interoperability Executive Committee to award grants that ensure localities buy equipment that is compatible, if not identical.

"We are confident that Virginia has been and remains a leader in expanding communications interoperability," said Robert P. Crouch Jr., assistant to the governor for commonwealth preparedness. "That does not mean we are all the way there."

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One of the remaining challenges is improving communications between colleges and the localities around them.

"In Virginia, there is an identified gap in interoperability between local first-responder communications systems and college and university systems across the commonwealth," said Constance McGeorge, the state's interoperability coordinator.

One reason for the gap is that colleges and universities haven't been eligible for homeland-security grants, except for two years when state officials were able to divert a small amount of money to public institutions.

"That's tough to get," said University of Richmond Police Chief Robert Dillard. "That money is not trickling down to us."

But Dillard's police force is tied into the emergency communication systems for Henrico County and Richmond, which both dispatched officers to the campus last year when a young man with a pellet gun and an odd disguise prompted a four-hour campus lockdown.

Similarly, Virginia Commonwealth University is part of the city's emergency communications system, and Virginia Union University is scheduled to be added soon. Chesterfield County has direct communications with police at Virginia State University in Ettrick.

Localities in the Richmond area have used homeland-security grants to bolster their communication systems. Hanover County, for example, used to be unable to communicate with police, fire and rescue crews in some other localities, but now the county has an 800-megahertz system that Chesterfield's deputy director of emergency management, Curt M. Nellis, called "the latest and greatest" technology.

The view is much the same in Hampton Roads, where Norfolk Emergency Management Coordinator Ron Keys said all localities, as well as Old Dominion and Norfolk State universities, are able to communicate in emergencies. "We are light years ahead of where we were," he said.

And in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia is part of the same emergency plan and communications system as the city and Albemarle County. "That's total interoperability for 25 public-safety agencies over 788 square miles," Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner said.

Aside from buying equipment, however, local fire chiefs and emergency officials say the biggest change has been in the culture of local public-safety agencies.

"We needed to talk to each other and change the way we do business," Werner said. "For decades, it was 'I have my radio system and you have yours' and never shall they meet."

As a result, homeland-security initiatives have forced local officials to represent a regional interest and not just their own, Nellis said in Chesterfield. "Regional collaboration is strong and healthy in central Virginia."

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don't just fix problems...
    • We recommend and implement better cost effective solutions.
    We are not just another vendor — We are a part of your team.
    • All the advantages of high priced full time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business...
    • We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

Experts in Paging Infrastructure
Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
Excellent Service Contracts
Full Service—Beyond Factory Support
Contracts for Glenayre and other Systems starting at $100
Making systems More Reliable and MORE PROFITABLE for over 28 years.

Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or e-mail us for more information.

Easy Solutions
3220 San Simeon Way
Plano, Texas 75023

Vaughan Bowden
Telephone: 972-898-1119
Website: www.EasySolutions4You.com
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E-mail: vaughan@easysolutions4you.com

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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ISI-LX Internet Serial Interface with Protocol Conversion

  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP, SMTP, or WCTP
  • Pass through Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Supports Ethernet or PPP Connection to Internet w/Dial Backup
  • Includes 4 Serial Ports for Multiplexing Traffic

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IPG Internet Paging Gateway

  • No Moving Parts Such as Hard Drives or Fans to Fail
  • Supports 10Base-T Network Connection to Internet
  • Accepts HTTP, SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP from Internet
  • Sends TAP or TNPP to Your Paging Terminal

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PageTrack

  • Inexpensive method of automating your paging monitoring
  • Uses standard paging receiver
  • Available in 152-158 POCSAG or 929 FLEX (call for others)

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Omega Unified Messaging Server

  • Full Featured Internet Messaging Gateway
  • TAP Concentrator and TNPP Routing Functions w/TNPP over Internet
  • Serial Protocols Supported: GCP, SMDI, SMS, TAP, TNPP
  • Internet Protocols Supported: AIM, HTTP, SMPP (out only), SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP
  • Full Featured, Easy-to-use Voice/Fax/Numeric Mail Interface
  • One Number For All Your Messaging
  • Optional Hot-swap Hard Drives and Power Supplies Available

Please see our web site for even more products designed specifically for Personal Messaging carriers. For example, the Omega Messaging Gateway and E-mail Throttling Gateway (anti-spam).

Contact
Hark Technologies
717 Old Trolley Rd Ste 6 #163
Summerville, SC 29485
Tel: 843-821-6888
Fax: 843-821-6894
E-mail: sales@harktech.com left arrow CLICK HERE

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Hark Technologies

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UCOM Paging

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Satellite Uplink
As Low As
$500/month

  • Data input speeds up to 38.4 Kbps Dial-in modem access for Admin Extremely reliable & secure
  • Hot standby up link components

Knowledgeable Tech Support 24/7

Contact Alan Carle Now!
1-888-854-2697 x272
acarle@ucom.com www.ucom.com

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UCOM Paging

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Analyst: 50% Return Rate for Blackberry Tour

Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service
Sep 16, 2009 2:40 pm

Problems with the trackball on BlackBerry Tour phones have led to return rates near 50 percent, an analyst at TownHall Investment Research said.

Users are complaining about the issue in a number of online support forums. They say that they must roll the trackball repeatedly for it to move the cursor on the screen only minimally.

One user said he was on his fourth Tour, after returning the previous three due to problems with the trackball.

Another has posted instructions for how to take apart the phone to try to fix the problem.

Nearly 50 percent of Tours that Sprint sells are being returned, analyst David Eller at TownHall Investment Research wrote in the report. While the trackball problem is the primary reason for the returns, some customers are complaining about the sensitivity of the touch screen, he said.

High return rates of the Tour for Verizon are an even bigger problem because that operator relies on BlackBerry for the bulk of its smartphones, Eller wrote. But new phones from Motorola and Palm might change the mix at Verizon. "Verizon is angry about this recurring trackball problem and is telling its retailers to expect strong support for the new Motorola phone," Eller wrote.

Around Aug. 10, people began reporting in the forums that Research In Motion and Verizon said a firmware fix would be issued in 30 days and would resolve the problem.

Eller expects the issue to put "additional pressure" on RIM's financial results because the high return rates will hurt margins. "These issues amplify our concerns about RIM's ability to sustain margins while entering the consumer market," he wrote.

Research In Motion did not reply to a request for comment in time for publication. Neither Verizon nor Sprint replied to a request for comment.

Source: PCWorld.com

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LEAVITT COMMUNICATIONS

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its stil here

 

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 (pcleavitt@leavittcom.com) for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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Phil Leavitt
847-955-0511
pcleavitt@leavittcom.com
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  7508 N. Red Ledge Dr.
  Paradise Valley, AZ • 85253

   www.leavittcom.com

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Brad Dye, Editor
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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

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