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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 20, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 348

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Dear Friends of Wireless,

The debate continues with a letter from Zach Silbinger, Onset’s VP of business development—with more of his views on the “METAmessage Advanced Paging Solution.” Debate is good, as long as it remains cordial.

Mia Culpa
I have also received a letter from Kevin McFarland asking about my piece last week on Apple's "Push Technology." On review, I made it sound like Apple was about to invent Push Technology for wireless e-mail — when in reality, they are just trying to make it better.

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Push e-mail, a brief tutorial from Wikipedia:

Comparison with polling e-mail
(Post Office Protocol (POP3) is an example of a polling e-mail delivery protocol.) At login and later at intervals, the Mail User Agent (client) polls the Mail Delivery Agent (server) to see if there is new mail, and if so downloads it to a mailbox on the user's computer. However, outgoing mail is generally pushed directly from the sender to the final Mail Delivery Agent. Extending this push to the last delivery step is what distinguishes push e-mail from polling e-mail systems.

The reason that polling is often used for the last stage of mail delivery is that, although the server Mail Delivery Agent would normally be permanently connected to the network, it does not necessarily know how to locate the client Mail User Agent, which may only be connected occasionally and also change network address quite often. For example, a user with a laptop on a WiFi connection may be assigned different addresses from the network DHCP server periodically and have no persistent network name. When new mail arrives to the mail server, it does not know what address the client is currently assigned.

The Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) provides support for polling and notifications. When a client receives a notification from a server, the client may choose to fetch the new data from the server. This makes retrieval of new messages more flexible than a purely-push system, because the client can choose whether to download new message data.

Mobile users
Although push e-mail had existed in wired-based systems for many years, one of the first uses of the system with a portable, "always on" wireless device outside of Asia was the BlackBerry service from Research In Motion. In Japan, "push e-mail" has been standard in cell phones since the year 2000.

The Apple Inc. iPhone supported Yahoo! push e-mail since the phone's initial release in 2007. The July 2008 release of iPhone OS software brings Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync platform to Apple's handheld which allows the iPhone to synchronize e-mail, calendars and contacts with a Microsoft Exchange Server, Zimbra or Kerio MailServer. The software update — which adds other features commonly found in enterprise mobile devices — is available through iTunes as a free download for the iPhone and as a paid upgrade for the iPod touch.

Additionally, at Apple's 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference, MobileMe was introduced as a subscription-based service that stores e-mail, contacts, and calendars on a secure online server — or “cloud” — and pushes this information to various clients including the iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac. The MobileMe service was to be followed shortly by a push implementation that would allow all applications to receive notifications and would allow the iPhone to receive new e-mail instantly, but the launch date in September 2008 has been passed without any new push capabilities.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, "Push e-mail," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed February 20, 2009).

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From AppleInsider: Apple's Push vs Exchange, BlackBerry, Google

Push e-mail
Push e-mail is used to describe e-mail systems that provide an "always-on" capability, in which new e-mail is instantly and actively transferred (pushed) as it arrives by the mail delivery agent (MDA) (commonly called mail server) to the mail user agent (MUA), also called the e-mail client. E-mail clients include smartphones and, less strictly, IMAP personal computer mail applications.

The push for push messaging
Push messaging was brought into the mainstream by Research In Motion, which got started selling two-way pagers. RIM gradually advanced its network with a bolt-on system that interfaces with corporate messaging servers (such as Exchange Server or IBM's Lotus Notes Domino server), grabs any updates from the server, and sends them to RIM's own servers at its Network Operations Center, which then relays the messages over the mobile network to BlackBerry devices. This works out well for RIM, as it gets to sell the BlackBerry devices, the BlackBerry Enterprise Servers that connect to each company's mail server, rather expensive client access licenses (CALs) for each user served by the BES, and then on top of that charge steep monthly messaging fees for every user served by its relay system.

In response to RIM's success, Microsoft advanced its own competing push messaging component to Exchange Server (somewhat confusingly called Exchange ActiveSync or EAS, although it bears little in common with the desktop ActiveSync tool), which pushes out updates to mobile devices directly. Microsoft is currently still in a distant runner up position behind BES, so it does not yet charge for CALs for using EAS, and does not bill companies per-user service fees to relay messages to their own employees. Of course, Microsoft does still require per-mailbox CALs for every user on Exchange, which results in making it an expensive solution once you start adding users.

Apple touted Microsoft's EAS direct messaging architecture as a security and reliability feature when it announced that it had licensed Exchange ActiveSync for use on the iPhone. When using EAS to send Exchange messages to the iPhone, companies push messages directly to their employees rather than paying RIM to forward these through its BES and NOC (below, as illustrated by Phil Schiller in the iPhone 2.0 announcement). RIM's BES has exposed users to a variety of serious critical security vulnerabilities, while RIM's NOC has experienced high profile blackouts this spring that left millions of subscribers unable to receive new messages for hours.

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Now on to more news and views.

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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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

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Samsung and LG Take Aim at Nokia

February 17, 2009, 11:47AM EST
By Moon Ihlwan

The Korean mobile-phone giants are on the march. Having overtaken Motorola, they are challenging Nokia in fast-growing emerging markets

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As the movers and shakers of the mobile industry meet in Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress, which kicked off on Feb. 16, few handset makers see a brighter 2009 than the Koreans. Even as the undisputed leader, Finland's Nokia (NOK), is bracing for the global mobile-phone industry's first year of contraction in eight years, executives at Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics say they are determined to grab market share from rivals new or old. "The keyword for 2009 is yet more dramatic growth," says Lee Younghee, Samsung's vice-president for overseas marketing.

The Korean phonemakers were among the best performers in the past year. After Samsung overtook Motorola (MOT) as the world's second-largest handset maker in 2007, LG passed Motorola as the No. 3 in 2008. To keep up the momentum, LG President Skott Ahn has set a target of achieving double-digit market share for the first time this year, against an estimated 8.6% last year, when LG hit a sales record of 100.7 million units, up 25% from a year earlier.

LG's goal is to outdo Apple (AAPL) by matching its innovation and offering superior phone functions. Ahn points out that although consumers get emotional satisfaction with the iPhone's intuitive design and easy use, its frequent disconnection and short battery life force many users to carry two phones. "My plan is to let consumers carry just one" by providing easy use, rapid response, attractive design, and excellent connectivity, he says.

Turning up the dial on innovation isn't new for LG. In fact, it has emerged from a second-tier mobile-phone player three years ago to one of the top three by making a splash with such hit products as the Chocolate, Shine, and Viewty phones, each of which sported a distinctive look and feel. Also, in the race to launch a touchscreen model in 2007, it beat the iPhone by three months with its Prada phone, designed in a tie-up with the luxury Italian fashion house.

In a new attempt to create buzz, LG is unveiling in Barcelona its new flagship handset, called Arena, featuring touch-based, three-dimensional menus. With a gentle sideways touch, the cube-based menu rotates four customized home screens for direct access to all functions, including video, MP3 music, ultra-fast Internet access, and GPS-based location services. LG is also collaborating with Intel (INTC) to develop a smartphone using the American chip giant's new processor, code-named Moorestown, designed to reduce power consumption below that of the Atom chip now widely used in netbook computers.

LG's path to success is similar to that of crosstown rival Samsung. Taking advantage of the downward spiral of Motorola and hemorrhaging Sony Ericsson, the joint venture between Japan's Sony (SNE) and Sweden's Ericsson (ERIC), the Korean electronics powerhouse has been cementing its position as the only credible challenger to Nokia. In the past two years, Samsung has increased its global market share by 5.1 percentage points, to 16.7%, and executives have said the company's target is to top 20% this year.

The Koreans—along with many industry watchers—expect their party to continue for the time being. Thomas Kang, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, figures the Koreans could widen their presence in emerging markets now dominated by Nokia, thanks to a weak Korean currency that allows Samsung and LG to cut prices with limited impact on profits. The won has lost its value against the dollar by nearly a third in the past year.

A big challenge comes if the currency swings back upward. Lee at Samsung says her company won't buy market share at the expense of profits. But analysts argue that profitability needs to be compromised for any phonemakers aggressively trying to penetrate Nokia's strongholds in China, India, and other fast-growing emerging markets, until they achieve economies of scale. "I don't think Samsung could enjoy respectable profits in fiercely competitive emerging markets until its global market share reaches 25%," reckons Kang at Strategy Analytics. "I'm quite confident Samsung will do fine this year, but it could face dangers next year when the won is expected to get stronger." Analysts caution that the Koreans must heed what happened to Motorola, which started to falter after it lost its price war with Nokia in low-end markets.

Indeed, Samsung recently had a foretaste of how quickly business can turn sour in the handset industry. In the fourth quarter of 2008, when Samsung lowered prices and increased marketing expenses in the face of declining demand, its telecom operating profit plunged 74% year-on-year, to $135 million, while revenues rose 38%, to $8.2 billion. The unit's profit margin plunged to 1.6%, down from 8.9% a year earlier and below the company's target of 10%. LG, which has been gearing up a campaign to end its poor presence in emerging markets, also saw its handset margin drop to 5.2% in the fourth quarter, from 11.5% in the previous three months.

The Koreans aren't deterred. Samsung plans to release some 20 smartphones to challenge the iPhone and Research In Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry series, including a phone using the Google-backed (GOOG) Android operating system. In mature markets, Samsung execs say they want to expand the company's success in Britain and the U.S., where it edged past Nokia and Motorola, respectively, in the latter half of 2008. In emerging markets, "we will have to continue sowing seed with patience until we can reap the fruits," says Lee. LG, for its part, has recently signed a five-year deal costing tens of millions of dollars annually to sponsor Formula One, underlining its redoubled marketing campaign. The big question is, can the Koreans reap some reward before they're caught in a price war that could wipe out profits?

Moon is BusinessWeek's Seoul bureau chief.

Source: BusinessWeek

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HMCE, Inc. UCOM Paging
InfoRad, Inc.    Unication USA
Minilec Service, Inc. United Communications Corp.
Northeast Paging WiPath Communications

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Google: More than a million Latitude users in first week

February 18, 2009 — 8:14am ET
By Jason Ankeny

More than a million wireless subscribers signed up for Google's new mobile friend finder Latitude in its first week according to Vic Gundotra, the web services giant's vice president of engineering. Speaking during a mobile Internet panel at Mobile World Congress 2009 here in Barcelona, Gundotra pointed to the location-based Latitude effort (launched earlier this month) as a prime example of the kinds of new applications enabled by the emergence of more powerful mobile web browsers and software developed to better exploit the technological capabilities of wireless devices.

"We believe that 2008 was the year mobile Internet took off," Gundotra said, citing flat data plans, full web browsers and an improved user interface as the catalysts behind the takeoff. "The iPhone was the first browser to let you surf the real web. But the browser can do more than just browse content--it's a platform for innovations."

According to Gundotra, the modern, cutting-edge mobile browser must comprise three key elements: The HTML5 core language specification, application caching and geolocation tools. He illustrated his argument by showing for the first time in public a new Gmail concept for smartphones that capitalizes on app caching to enable users to browse and search through messages even when the network connection is disabled. Gundotra also demonstrated a mobile search solution integrated with location, voice recognition and the device accelerometer to query "weather," automatically receiving a local forecast for the Barcelona area as determined via GPS.

During a panel discussion following the Gundotra keynote, moderator Rajeev Chand, managing director and senior equity research analyst at Rutberg & Co., said he was surprised by the relatively low number of devices based on Google's Android mobile operating system that were introduced at Mobile World Congress, and asked whether creating an environment around the OS has proven more difficult than Google anticipated. "It takes time," Gundotra responded. "We're very patient."

Source: FierceMobile

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AT&T hopes to rollout 4G technology by 2011

by Cyrus Farivar,
Feb 18, 2009 11:27 am

att logo If you didn't know what to get your love for Valentine's Day, you can thank AT&T for getting you better wireless service—well, in two years, anyway. Hopefully your significant other will take a raincheck.

On Monday, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the mobile provider announced that it would be rolling out Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless broadband technology by 2011. Presuming that everything goes according to plan, this would replace the often spotty 3G service currently in use around the country.

LTE, of course, is the upcoming wireless broadband standard that you'll probably be calling "4G" when it finally hits the big time. This new technology can apparently handle downloads at 100 Mbps and uploads of 50 Mbps for every 20 MHz of spectrum—in layman's terms, that's pretty flippin' fast, folks.

About a year ago, Keith Shank of Ericsson told GigaOm that "in the real world it will likely resemble 20 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up." The site also reported that Verizon began LTE tests last year too, meaning that yes, Virginia, we may actually have a single wireless standard in the not too distant future. Keep those fingers crossed.

Still, 20 Mbps down? That's still waaaaaay better than my pokey 3 Mbps DSL.

Source: Macworld

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Obituary: John Kanzius / Scientist working to cure cancer with radio waves

Died Feb. 18, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
By David Templeton
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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John Kanzius demonstrates his original prototype in 2004 of a cancer treatment device he designed to zap tumors using targeted radio waves.

John Kanzius, described by Discover magazine as one of the world's 50 most promising scientists, died yesterday from the disease he was working to cure.

Mr. Kanzius, 64, who divided his time between Erie and Sanibel Island, Fla., died at 12:45 a.m. in a Florida hospital from pneumonia while undergoing chemotherapy for b-cell leukemia.

Ever since his diagnosis in April 2002, the Washington County native, who had spent a career building and operating radio and television stations, devoted his time to developing a novel approach to targeting cancer, then killing it with heat from radio waves.

His methodology and invention to treat and perhaps even cure cancer remain the focus of research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, which already had laboratory success in targeting and killing cancer, with hopes for human clinical trials in coming years.

His unexpected success, given that he had no college degree, garnered international attention that included a segment last fall on the CBS show "60 Minutes."

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., praised him as one who dedicated the last years of his life to finding a cancer cure.

"Mr. Kanzius believed that nothing was more important and more urgent than finding a humane treatment for the terrible disease," Mr. Casey said. "Mr. Kanzius and his work will be greatly missed, but it is my hope that someone else will be able to pick up where he left off."

Mr. Kanzius' radio-frequency generator also was being used for other potential scientific breakthroughs.

In recent years, he discovered that his invention also could cause saltwater to burn, prompting research by Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist and water expert. Dr. Roy has said that he foresaw multiple applications for the technology, possibly including using salt water as a source of fuel.

Mr. Kanzius' wife, Marianne, said her husband's projects "are proceeding beautifully," but every advance in research was echoed by his own health challenges. Recently his energy was focusing on developing a radio-wave generator that could be used on humans.

Mr. Kanzius began developing his ideas after seeing the brutal impact chemotherapy and radiation therapy had on children, but never anticipated he'd survive long enough for it to benefit him.

His goal, he said repeatedly, was to see one person benefit from his inventions. That did not occur before his death, but there's growing hope the Kanzius method will become a viable treatment for cancer and possibly for any viral, bacterial and fungal diseases that can be targeted and killed thermally with radio waves.

Key to his approach, he always noted, was to kill cancer without side effects to healthy tissue.

"We will continue to work on it," Mrs. Kanzius said of the ongoing research at M.D. Anderson and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "We've got the will to see it to the end.

"He fought one heck of a battle to do something to lessen the impact of the disease for everyone else," Mrs. Kanzius said.

The Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. in Erie is handling funeral arrangements.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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'Temporary' taxes?

Posted: 02/20/2009 01:02:00 AM PST

Ronald Reagan once said, "There is nothing so permanent as a temporary government program." This, of course, applies to taxes. A couple of examples:

  • The federal excise tax on long-distance phone service was originally a luxury tax levied in 1898 to fund the Spanish-American War. Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, announced on May 25, 2006, that the tax would be terminated. Whew, good thing it was temporary. We only paid this tax for 108 years.
  • In 1995, Texas voters approved a temporary tax for the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF), a 1.25 percent tax on hard lines, cell phones and pager service, intended to wire the state's schools for Internet access. Once the TIF tax achieved its purpose, however, it did not expire as taxpayers had been promised. Through the efforts of Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, the tax will finally end in 2009.

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Source: The Reporter

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SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Receives Good Housekeeping “Very Innovative Product” Award

Wednesday, 18 February 2009 06:03

VIP Award Recognizes SPOT for Product Innovation and Performance

spot logo MILPITAS, CA - (February 18, 2009) – SPOT LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) and a leader in personal satellite messaging and emergency communications, today announced that its SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ has received the prestigious Good Housekeeping Very Innovative Product Award. The award recognizes new products that performed exceptionally well when evaluated by its research institute. SPOT will be honored during an awards luncheon on February 20, 2009 at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute in New York City.

The SPOT Satellite Messenger is the world’s first and only handheld personal safety device that provides unparalleled peace-of-mind for users who spend time in the outdoors or simply want to stay connected with family and friends, or in case of an emergency, an emergency response call center. SPOT sends users’ GPS location and message to others from virtually anywhere in the world without the limitations of cellular networks.

“SPOT is rapidly gaining acceptance as a must have safety and communication device for family members, especially when traveling or enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, boating or driving in rural areas from town to town,” said Tom Colby, chief operating officer of Globalstar and president of SPOT LLC. “We are very excited to be honored by such a leading authority on consumer products. On behalf of everyone at SPOT and Globalstar I would like to thank Good Housekeeping for recognizing the innovative utility and performance of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger.”

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 12, No. 7 February 18, 2009   

CPNI Certification Due Mar. 1 Rather than Mar. 2

The FCC has issued a Public Notice reminding carriers that the deadline for CPNI certification is no later than March 1. This year, March 1 falls on a Sunday, and FCC rules normally would roll such a deadline over to the next business day, March 2. However, in light of the Public Notice, this does not appear to be the case for the CPNI certification deadline. Clients should therefore complete their filings by Friday, February 27(i.e., the last business day before March 1). Carriers should modify (as necessary) and complete their “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” for 2008 between January 1 and March 1. The certification must be filed with the FCC by March 1. For 2007, the FCC Enforcement Bureau conducted a computerized audit to identify any non-filers, who may face sanctions. The CPNI filing requirement applies to all “telecommunications carriers”, which can include ILECs, CLECs, wireless carriers, paging companies, resellers and other service providers. If you are not sure whether the CPNI requirement applies to your company, you should contact us promptly. Note that the annual certification should include the information required by the FCC’s CPNI rule changes in 2007. A company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules must execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and forward the original to BloostonLaw for filing with the FCC by March 1. BloostonLaw has prepared a template to assist interested clients in meeting their CPNI certification requirements. We are prepared to help our clients meet this requirement, which we expect will be strictly enforced, by assisting with preparation of their certification filing; reviewing the filing to make sure that the required showings are made; filing the certification with the FCC, and obtaining a proof-of-filing copy for your records. Contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554).

Final Stimulus Bill Makes $7.2 Billion Available For Broadband Grants, Loans

BloostonLaw is available to assist clients in pursuing Broadband Program Participation

Last Friday, both the House and Senate passed the Conference agreement on H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), or economic stimulus bill. President Obama signed it into law yesterday. The ARRA creates a new Broadband Technology Opportunities Program within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The new grant program will distribute $4.7 billion to fund the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas in the country, and to help facilitate broadband use and adoption. An additional $2.5 billion in loans and grants will be administered by the Rural Utilities Service. Thus, a total of $7.2 billion is available for broadband grants and loans under the ARRA. Substantial detail remains to be filled in by the FCC and NTIA as to the precise standards to be utilized in the program, including broadband speeds, non-discrimination standards and prioritizing grant applications. BloostonLaw expects to be engaged extensively in the proceedings on behalf of interested clients.

The Conference agreement combined portions of both the House and Senate bills. The main provisions of the NTIA program include:

Grant Recipient Criteria. Any entity is eligible to apply for a grant, including municipalities, public/private partnerships, and private companies, so long as the entity can comply with the grant conditions. Applicants must put forth 20% of the proposed project’s total cost, subject to a financial hardship waiver.

Grant recipients must agree to abide by a set of conditions, including adhering to a build out schedule, to interconnection and non-discrimination requirements as established by NTIA, and to the principles contained in the FCC’s Aug. 5, 2005, Broadband Policy Statement (FCC- 05-151). These principles are:

  • To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
  • To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
  • To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
  • To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

The Conference agreement does not require that grant recipients meet certain broadband speed thresholds, although the NTIA is expected to consider and support the highest possible broadband speeds in awarding grants. Also, all projects under NTIA must be completed within two years.

National Broadband Plan. The FCC is required to develop a national broadband plan within one year.

Included in the funding are $200,000,000 for competitive grants for expanding public computer center capacity, including at community colleges and public libraries; $250,000,000 for competitive grants for innovative programs to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service; and $10,000,000 to be transferred to the Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General for the purposes of audits and oversight; $350,000,000 for the purposes of developing and maintaining a broadband inventory map.

RUS Grants: At least 75% of the area to be served by a project receiving funds from such grants, loans or loan guarantees shall be in a rural area without sufficient access to high speed broadband service to facilitate rural economic development.

As noted earlier, BloostonLaw expects to be heavily engaged in this process on behalf of its interested clients. The affected agencies will be forced to adopt administrative rules and policies in a short time frame, and we expect that considerable congestion may develop for rural incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC) markets. We further expect to do one or more client seminars, similar to those we organized in the wake of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. We will report again on this subject as events begin to unfold at the agency level. Clients interested in helping to shape the specific rules governing the broadband stimulus process, or in obtaining help formulating an eligibility showing for such funding, should contact us at their earliest convenience.

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

Update On Form 477, Due March 2

The FCC last week released a Public Notice confirming that it had received Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection requirements for its modified FCC Form 477, Local Competition and Broadband Reporting Form that we reported on last week (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, February 11).

The Commission also confirmed that the new Web-based interface through which filers will submit their Form 477 by the March 2 deadline will be available on the FCC’s Webpage as soon as possible. In the interim, information on the new filing can be accessed at, including: (1) screen shots of the electronic filing interface; (2) Form 477 filing instructions; and (3) frequently asked questions.

The Commission said that the Wireline Competition Bureau would issue a further Public Notice when the completed interface is available for public access.

As noted previously, there are pending requests for extensions of time, but it is unclear if these requests will be granted. Carriers should assume that no extension will be granted. If a carrier can gather some of the required data but not all of it by March 2, despite best efforts, a request for waiver can be submitted with the partially completed form. Again, there is no guarantee that the waiver will be granted, but it may give the FCC an avenue to allow a partial filing, especially if the complete information is provided ASAP thereafter. Clients that conclude that a waiver will be necessary despite their best efforts should contact us as soon as possible.

(More information on the revised Form 477 is included under “Deadlines” below.)

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


ROCKEFELLER, WAXMAN ANNOUNCE NEW PANEL LEADERS: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) has announced that Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) will chair the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and that Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) will be the Ranking Member. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has announced that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will be Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. Earlier this year, the panel announced the appointment of Rep. Diana DeGette (DColo.) as Vice Chair of the full Committee. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FCC STAYS 700 MHz NARROWBAND CONSOLIDATION DEADLINE: In light of the DTV Transition delay until June 12, the FCC, on its own motion has stayed the February 17, 2009, deadline for consolidating existing narrowband allocations to the new consolidated narrowband segment regarding public safety operations in the 700 MHz band. In the Second Report and Order, the Commission, reconfigured the 700 MHz public safety band for the purpose of establishing a nationwide, interoperable, broadband public safety communications network. Specifically, the Commission designated the lower half of the 700 MHz public safety band (763-768/793-798 MHz) for broadband communications, and consolidated narrowband operations in the upper half (769-775/799- 805 MHz). Consequently, the Commission required existing narrowband operations in the spectrum blocks corresponding to television channels 63 and 68, and in the upper one megahertz of channels 64 and 69, to be relocated to the new consolidated narrowband segment by the DTV transition deadline of February 17, 2009.

The Commission originally adopted the February 17, 2009 narrowband relocation deadline because it found it “important that the commercial Upper 700 MHz Band D Block licensee and the Public Safety Broadband Licensee not be constrained by the presence of narrowband operations in the public safety broadband allocation with regard to implementing a build-out plan for the nationwide broadband network.” The Commission also found that “focusing the resources necessary to implement the relocation of narrowband operations during the time leading up to when the TV channels are fully cleared will enable the public safety community, as of the February 17, 2009 deadline, to devote its full attention to the important matter of deploying broadband communications capabilities with a nationwide level of interoperability.”

In related actions, the Commission established a process whereby following the D Block auction, the winning bidder for the D Block license and the Public Safety Broadband Licensee would commence negotiations of a Network Sharing Agreement (NSA) and concurrently develop a narrowband relocation plan within 30 days. Finally, the Commission also required that the Upper 700 MHz Band D Block licensee pay the costs associated with relocating public safety narrowband operations to the consolidated channels. On September 25, 2008, the Commission adopted a Third Further Notice, in which it proposed to extend the February 17, 2009 narrowband relocation deadline.

The Commission explained that “[i]mplicit in our decision to adopt February 17, 2009, as the relocation deadline were the assumptions that Auction 73 would yield a national D Block licensee and that the NSA would be successfully negotiated and approved with sufficient time to effect the narrowband relocations prior to February 17, 2009 – the deadline by which the public safety broadband frequency bands must be vacated by current analog television operations.” Because those assumptions did not materialize, the Commission observed that “an extension of the current February 17, 2009, deadline for completing the relocation of all narrowband operations to the consolidated narrowband channels appears warranted.” Accordingly, the Commission proposed to “extend the narrowband relocation deadline to twelve months from the date upon which narrowband relocation funding is made available by the D Block licensee(s),” which it further proposed would occur “no later than the date upon which the executed NSA(s) is submitted to the Commission for approval.” Action on the Third Further Notice, including the proposed extension of the narrowband relocation deadline, remains pending.

In sum, the predicate assumptions for establishing February 17, 2009 as the narrowband relocation deadline have not materialized, and final disposition of a revised deadline remains pending in this proceeding. Accordingly, on its own motion, the FCC stayed the February 17, 2009, deadline for relocating existing narrowband operations to the consolidated narrowband channels (769- 775/799-805 MHz) until a new deadline is established in a subsequent order in this proceeding. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

FCC ACTS TO IMPLEMENT DTV DELAY ACT: The FCC has extended the digital television (DTV) transition period, the analog license terms and adjusted the construction permits for the full power television stations subject to the DTV Delay Act that was enacted into law on February 11, 2009. In the DTV Delay Act, Congress extended the date for the completion of the nationwide DTV transition from February 17, 2009 to June 12, 2009. As a result, after June 12, 2009, full-power television broadcast stations must transmit only digital signals, and may no longer transmit analog signals except for limited analog “nightlight” service. Congress extended the transition date in order to permit analog service to continue until consumers have had additional time to prepare. The DTV Delay Act directs the Commission to take any actions “necessary or appropriate to implement the provisions, and carry out the purposes” of the DTV Delay Act, and to do so within 30 days. The FCC’s Report and Order also delegates authority to the Media Bureau to rule on stations’ filings regarding termination of analog service on February 17, 2009. The FCC intends to follow up quickly with additional rulemakings as needed. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

COURT UPHOLDS FCC’s RETENTION MARKETING DECISION AGAINST VERIZON: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week upheld the FCC’s June 2008 decision that Verizon violated Section 222(b) of the Communications Act by using, for customer retention marketing purposes, proprietary information of other carriers that it receives in the local number porting process (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, June 25, 2008). Three cable companies—Bright House Networks, Comcast, and Time Warner—had filed a complaint about Verizon’s use of the Local Service Request (LSR) process to offer defecting customers incentives to stay with Verizon before the number port was completed. The FCC had ordered Verizon to halt the practice, and Verizon had petitioned the court for review mainly on the ground that the Commission had misinterpreted Section 222(b) by applying it where a telecommunications service is provided only by a carrier “submitting” an LSR (the cable companies), not the one “receiving” it (Verizon). The D.C. Circuit found the FCC’s interpretation reasonable and denied Verizon’s petition and rejected all of its arguments. Essentially, the court said that a carrier that receives proprietary information from another carrier for purposes of providing any telecommunications services shall not use it for its own marketing purposes. The court also found it reasonable for the FCC to treat the three cable companies as “telecommunications carriers” for customer proprietary network information (CPNI) purposes, and to treat them as something else under other provisions of the Act. The court noted that the Commission had left such definitions for “another day.” BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


MARCH 2: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT FORM FOR CABLE COMPANIES. This form, plus royalty payment for the second half of calendar year 2008, is normally due March 1. But because March 1 falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline is March 2. The form covers the period July 1 to December 31, 2008, and is due to be mailed directly to cable TV operators by the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office. If you do not receive the form, please contact Gerry Duffy.

MARCH 2: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION & BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. In its June 12, 2008 WC Docket No. 07-38 Form 477 Report & Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to improve data collection, the Commission modified Form 477 to require broadband providers to report the number of broadband connections in service in individual Census Tracts. In order to generate an even more complete picture of broadband adoption in the United States, it proposed additional methods to add to the data reported by Form 477 filers, including a voluntary household self-reporting system, and a recommendation to the Census Bureau that the American Community Survey questionnaire be modified to gather information about broadband availability and subscription in households. To further improve the quality of collected data, the FCC adopted three additional changes to FCC Form 477. First, it now requires broadband service providers to report data on broadband service speed in conjunction with subscriber counts according to new categories for download and upload speeds. These new speed tiers will better identify services that support advanced applications. Second, it amended reporting requirements for mobile wireless broadband providers to require them to report the number of subscribers whose data plans allow them to browse the Internet and access the Internet content of their choice. Finally, it required providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to report subscribership information on Form 477. Then, on reconsideration, it added a requirement that filers include the percentage of residential broadband connections.

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

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

(3) Providers of Mobile Telephony Services: Facilities-based providers of mobile telephony services must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which they serve one or more mobile telephony subscribers. A mobile telephony service is a real-time, two-way switched voice service that is interconnected with the public switched network using an in-network switching facility that enables the provider to reuse frequencies and accomplish seamless handoff of subscriber calls. Obvious examples include cellular, PCS, and “covered” SMR carriers, but may include services provided on other wireless spectrum such as AWS, BRS and 700 MHz if configured to fit the above definition. A mobile telephony service provider is considered “facilities-based” if it serves a subscriber using spectrum for which the entity holds a license, that it manages, or for which it has obtained the right to use via lease or other arrangement (e.g., with a Band Manager). As noted above, on June 12, 2008, the FCC released a Report and Order (FCC 08-89) and an Order on Reconsideration (FCC 08-148) that together revise the Form 477 filing requirements. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

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

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

MARCH 31: FCC FORM 508, PROJECTED ANNUAL COMMON LINE REVENUE REQUIREMENT FORM: Section 54.903(a)(1) of the FCC's rules requires each rate-of-return incumbent telecommunications carrier to provide information needed to calculate the Projected Annual Common Line Revenue Requirement for each of its study areas in the upcoming funding year to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This information must be submitted on March 31 each year, in order for the carrier to be eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support. This collection of information stems from the Commission's authority under Section 254 of the Communications Act. The data in the form will be used to calculate the amount of support, if any, that each reporting carrier is eligible to receive from the Interstate Common Line Support Mechanism. Carriers are permitted to submit a correction to their March 31 projected carrier common line revenue requirements and supporting data from April 1 until June 30 for the upcoming funding year (July 31, 2008, through June 30, 2009). Additionally, on June 30, carriers are permitted to submit an update to the projected data for the ICLS funding year ending on that date. Permitting these revisions to projected data for current and upcoming ICLS funding years will mitigate the lag between projected and actual data filings and give carriers more meaningful opportunities to revise projections to adjust ICLS where necessary. After the June 30 correction deadline each year, any corrections to projected common line revenue requirement and supporting data shall be made in the form of true-ups, using actual cost and revenue data that a carrier must report in FCC Form 509, Annual Common Line Actual Cost Data Collection Form. (This form is due December 31.) BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

MARCH 31: ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT STATUS REPORTS. Carriers are reminded that Section 43.82 of the Commission ’s rules requires each facilities-based carrier that provides international telecommunications services to file a Circuit Status Report by March 31, 2008. The report should contain data as of December 31, 2007. The information that must be filed and filing format for the Circuit Status Report is described in detail in the Circuit Status Filing Manual. All facilities-based carriers must file a Circuit Status Report if they had any activated or idle circuits as of December 31, 2007. If carriers did not have any activated or idle circuits as of December 31, 2007, they are not required to file this report or file any letter stating that they have no circuits to report. The Filing Manual requires carriers to report the total number of activated and the total number of idle circuits using the following categories: submarine cable, satellite, and landline (cable or microwave). The Filing Manual defines international facilities-based circuits as “international circuits in which a carrier has an ownership interest. For this purpose, the term ownership interest includes outright ownership, indefeasible right of use (IRU) interests, or leasehold interests in bare capacity in an international facility, regardless of whether the underlying facility is a common or non-common carrier submarine cable or … satellite system.” The Filing Manual further explains that leasehold interests in bare capacity “are distinct from private lines leased from another reporting international carrier.” Thus, any telecommunications carrier that has leased an international circuit from another common carrier, a non-common carrier, or a foreign carrier, other than a lease of private line “service” or “capacity” from a common carrier, must file a Circuit Status Report and include that circuit in its report. Such a circuit should be reported as a facilities-based circuit, and not as a facilities-based resold circuit. Private line resellers should report their resold circuits using the Facility Codes 11, 12 and 13 as specified in the Filing Manual. Facilities-based carriers that are regulated as dominant on particular U.S. international routes under Section 63.10 must provide their circuit status information on a facility-specific basis for the dominant route only. Carriers should provide the information in a separate appendix using the same table format in the Filing Manual, but they should add a column labeled "Facility Name" after "Data field #2". Carriers are reminded to file their reports on compact disc (CD) media. The FCC will not accept reports filed on diskettes. But it will accept Excel files. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

APRIL 1: FCC FORM 499-A, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. This form must be filed by all contributors to the Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms, the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the cost recovery mechanism for the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP). Contributors include every telecommunications carrier that provides interstate, intrastate, and international telecommunications, and certain other entities that provide interstate telecommunications for a fee. Even common carriers that qualify for the de minimis exemption must file Form 499-A. Entities whose universal service contributions will be less than $10,000 qualify for the de minimis exemption. De minimis entities do not have to file the quarterly report (FCC Form 499-Q), which was due February 1, and will again be due May 1. Form 499-Q relates to universal service contributions, but not to the TRS, NANPA, and LNP mechanisms. Form 499-A relates to all of these mechanisms and, hence, applies to all providers of interstate, intrastate, and international telecommunications services. Form 499-A contains revenue information for January 1 through December 31 of the prior calendar year. And Form 499-Q contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Block 2-B of the Form 499-A requires each carrier to designate an agent in the District of Columbia upon whom all notices, process, orders, and decisions by the FCC may be served on behalf of that carrier in proceedings before the Commission. Carriers receiving this newsletter may specify our law firm as their D.C. agent for service of process using the information in our masthead. There is no charge for this service. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

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

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

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

MAY 1: RATE INTEGRATION CERTIFICATION. Non-dominant inter-exchange carriers (IXCs) that provide de-tariffed domestic interstate services must certify that they are providing such services in compliance with their geographic rate averaging and rate integration obligations. An officer of the company must sign this annual certification under oath. The FCC has issued the following guidelines: (1) Any carrier that provides interstate services must charge its subscribers in rural and high-cost areas rates that do not exceed the rates that the carrier charges subscribers in urban areas; (2) to the extent that a carrier offers optional calling plans, contract tariffs, discounts, promotions, and private line services to its interstate subscribers in one state, it must use the same ratemaking methodology and rate structure when offering such services in any other state; (3) an interstate carrier may depart from geographic rate averaging when offering contract tariffs, Tariff 12 offerings, optional calling plans, temporary promotions, and private line services; and (4) carriers may offer optional calling plans on a geographically limited basis as part of a temporary promotion that does not exceed 90 days. But this limited exception does not exempt optional calling plans from geographic rate averaging requirements. Clients with questions about the FCC's de-tariffing or rate integration requirements should contact us. We have a model rate integration certification letter that may be printed on your letterhead. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy. MAY 31: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on May 31. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report. Clients who would like assistance in filing Form 395 should contact Richard Rubino.

FCC Meetings and Deadlines

Feb. 20 – Deadline for reply comments on Rural Cellular Association petition regarding exclusivity arrangements between commercial wireless carriers and handset manufacturers (RM-11497). Extended from Dec. 22.

Feb. 23 – Deadline for comments on CTIA proposal to transition cellular licensing to CMA geographic market areas (RM-11510).

Feb. 25 – FCC Summit on Next Generation IP-Enabled 911 and E911 Services.

Feb. 27 – Deadline for reply comments on NECA’s proposed modification of average schedule formulas for interstate settlements (WC Docket No. 08-248.)

Feb. 27 – Deadline for comments on NOI regarding FCC’s annual video competition report (MB Docket No. 07-269).

Mar. 2 – CPNI Annual Certification is due.

Mar. 2 – FCC FORM 477, Local Competition and Broadband Reporting Form, is due.

Mar. 2 – Deadline for comments regarding possible changes to rules under Regulatory Flexibility Act (CB Docket No. 08-21).

Mar. 5 – FCC open meeting.

Mar. 9 – Deadline for reply comments on CTIA proposal to transition cellular licensing to CMA geographic market areas (RM-11510).

Mar. 23 – Deadline for filing certain information collection statements regarding NET 911 Act (PS Docket No. 09- 14).

Mar. 27 – Deadline for reply comments on NOI regarding FCC’s annual video competition report (MB Docket No. 07-269).

Mar. 31 – FCC Form 507, Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update, is due.

Mar. 31 – FCC Form 525, Competitive Carrier Line Count Quarterly Report, is due.

Mar. 31 – FCC Form 508, Projected Annual Common Line Revenue Requirement Form, is due.

Mar. 31 – Annual International Circuit Status Report is due.

Apr. 1 – FCC Form 499-A, Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, is due.

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

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

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

May 1 – FTC begins enforcement of Red Flag Rules.

May 1 – Rate Integration Certification is due.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm.

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

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DHS gets IT money in stimulus

By Alice Lipowicz
Feb 17, 2009

The Homeland Security Department will get a $2.8 billion boost from the new stimulus law, and about half of the money is likely to pay for information technology-related programs.

The largest single IT item is $1 billion for the Transportation Security Administration’s installation of checked baggage explosive detection systems. These are generally systems that use X-rays and digital three-dimensional scanning.

Another $100 million is to go toward one of the department’s most high-profile technology programs — the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s virtual fence surveillance system being built on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Construction of towers for the first permanent segment of the $8 billion southwest border system known as SBInet is expected to begin in late March or early April. The Secure Border Initiative Network system is comprised of cameras, radars, sensors and communications equipment strung on towers that feed data into border patrol operations centers.

Customs and Border Protection also will receive $420 million to help pay for construction and renovation of land border ports of entry. Many of those border entry and exit points are being expanded and reconfigured in part to make room for sophisticated scanners and identification checking equipment.

The law injects $300 million into state and local grant programs for port security, rail security and mass transit security. A large chunk of that grant money is likely to pay for IT-related systems, such as access control, camera monitoring, perimeter alarm systems, underwater surveillance and tunnel surveillance systems.

There also is $200 million for construction and renovation of the department’s headquarters at its new location at the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in the District of Columbia. A portion of that is expected to pay for computer systems, telecommunications, Internet connectivity, access control and other IT systems.

Other IT items included in the DHS budget include $210 million for firefighter assistance grants to upgrade fire stations, a portion of which may help pay for network connectivity and emergency communications; $98 million to the Coast Guard for shore facilities and aids to navigation; $60 million for tactical communications for customs and border protection, and $20 million for tactical communications for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

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From: Zack Silbinger
Date: February 18, 2009 5:04:38 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: From The Wireless Messaging Newsletter

Dear Brad,

I'm writing in response to the recent letter from Vic Jackson concerning Onset Technology’s Advanced Paging solution, which transmits pages over smartphones. Mr. Jackson raises important issues regarding the RCR Wireless piece on Onset — “Bringing paging into the future” — and also draws several inaccurate conclusions.

Any impartial observer of the paging industry can tell you that paging’s heyday is over. Very few consumers today use pagers, with paging companies posting dramatic declines in users every quarter. We very much appreciate the value of paging — cutting through the clutter with an important message over reliable channels can be a life-saving tool for healthcare. But people are voting with their feet away from traditional paging hardware and toward more powerful, convenient and cost-saving devices such as smartphones. We developed Advanced Paging to bring the best of both paging technology and smartphone functionality to the people who need it most.

The demise of mass paging has many implications. Investment in paging has flagged. Partnerships are dwindling. Manufacturers and service providers are going out of business. As Kitty Weldon — a decades-long impartial observer of enterprise communications — at Current Analysis observers, paging companies can't make the same investments in infrastructure as they have in the past because of slumping revenues. On the other hand, cellular networks are thriving, with tremendous investment in the battle to lure consumers. Cellular networks are very reliable now, and getting better every day.

Onset’s solution absolutely saves money for healthcare organizations. Before Onset’s solution, doctors often carried several pagers from multiple clinics and offices. Clinics and offices had to pay to maintain these devices, and pay for the service as well. Onset eliminates these costs entirely, with all costs coming on a smartphone and data service plan — which the doctor probably has already — as well as a fee for the Advanced Paging solution. We find that companies break even on Advanced Paging after seven months of use. Just as importantly, doctors are using the latest in smartphone technology rather than old devices which, in some cases, were made by manufacturers that are no longer in business and cannot offer support.

Regarding Mr. Jackson’s four points on the advantages of paging, may I provide the following counter-arguments:

1. It's difficult to compare paging range to cellular range, but we contend that transmitting pages on the cellular data channel (proven BlackBerry PIN-to-PIN networks and TCP/IP protocols) and WiFi provides reliability as good or better than aging paging infrastructure.

2. Onset's solution provides paging to large groups of people over large geographic areas as well. Moreover, Onset invented the PIN blast that sends pages to thousands of users simultaneously. This is unlike e-mail or texts that are transmitting one at a time and can take hours to get to all these thousands of users.

3. We disagree that communicating over an aging but independent network is a positive. One key element of Onset's solution is that messages travel over the cellular data channel, which are extremely reliable and almost never encounter the congestion that can plague traditional voice lines.

4. Paging has been around longer — no argument here. But BlackBerry’s PIN-to-PIN cellular network — on which the majority of messages on our solution travel — has been proven ultra-reliable for over a decade, while TCP/IP protocols have been around since the formation of the internet.

Mr. Jackson argues that paging should be on a separate system for redundancies, and refers to the emergency power grids established by many hospitals. We agree that reliability is important — which is why Advanced Paging messages travel on rarely trafficked, highly reliable data channels via very small packets of information. Our technology is highly reliable even in the event of general cellular voice line failure, which is why our Emergency Communications solution — which relies on much of the same technology as Advanced Paging — has been tested and implemented for critical communications throughout government agencies and top Fortune 500 companies (Onset has more than 1,400 installations worldwide). More important, the soaring rise of smartphones and the steep decline in paging reflects a market desire for one do-it-all convergence device rather than redundant devices. We’ve encountered strong demand for a single reliable device that saves money, hassle and time for doctors and organizations alike — which is why we introduced Advanced Paging originally.

Allow me to clarify a quote from my colleague, Patrick Corr. "But a traditional pager has limitations because a phone is needed to place a call" refers to a doctor’s response to a received page, not issuing the page itself. With a smartphone, doctors can instantly respond to pages, place calls, review records or visit websites as directed. With traditional pagers, doctors must track down a phone or laptop to perform the same tasks. This efficiency boost is of critical importance for responding to urgent situations, and provides a vast improvement over traditional pagers which can do little more than receive a simple text message.

We also read Ron Mercer’s article “In Defense Of Paging Over Wi-Fi Networks” with great interest and believe it supports our decision to add Wi-Fi to Advanced Paging. We find that healthcare organizations would much prefer to invest in Wi-Fi for paging and data communications rather than a simple paging tower. For a comparable (and usually less expensive) investment, they get all the benefits of paging, as well as Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi technology is proven and already works with many smartphones used by healthcare organizations today.

Mr. Jackson is correct on one important point — paging is a critical tool for urgent communications, especially in a healthcare setting. We believe Onset Technology's Advanced Paging solution offers a forward-looking solution that will save healthcare organizations money while providing them with more powerful communications tools over reliable networks.

Thank you for hosting this important discussion. Your readers can contact me directly at or (781) 916-0046 to discuss further.


Zack Silbinger
VP Business Development & Marketing
Onset Technology

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From: Kevin McFarland
Date: February 17, 2009 2:04:36 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: Apple's "Push Technology"

Hi Brad,  First, your newsletter is a MUST read.  Very informative and timely!

You said last week “So Apple just about has this problem solved with their "Push" technology. I hope you enjoy reading about it. Please don't be one of those people who rolls their eyes and says, "Oh I can't understand that, I'm not technical." Don't chicken out and miss some important points concerning channel loading and wireless messaging.”

How is this better than the Blackberry push I enjoy now (and has worked quite well for a long time)?

And Microsoft Exchange can do it too with the right equipment.

Thanks for listening!


Kevin D. McFarland
IS Analyst, Communications
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH 03756

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From: Erik Schull
Date: February 10, 2009 11:01:46 AM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: MCK-Texas


MCK in Texas seems to be gone; the website is down and the phone number I had for them is disconnected. Do you know anything about them? I have an ASC 1500 with an operating system problem error message. Any leads you can provide would be appreciated.


Erik Schull
Telecommunications Engineer III
Orange County Sheriff/Communications
840 N. Eckhoff Street, Suite 104
Orange, CA 92868-1021
(714) 628-7159

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