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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 20, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 385

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Hope you are all happy and well. We have had an unusually mild fall here in Southern Illinois this year. The weather forecast looks good for this weekend so I hope to get my new antenna up.

There is a lot of news this week. I hope you find it helpful and interesting.

Please note the special ad from Commtech Wireless. It will run for 5 issues. They are running a clearance sale on BRAVO pagers.

Also please note the Global Paging Convention announcement in the AAPC section. It will take place June 15 - 18, 2010 in historic Charleston, South Carolina.

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By 1880, duels had been a fact of life for South Carolina’s blue-blood aristocrats for more than a century. They were thought as natural as white supremacy, cotton and magnolias in moonlight.

One S.C. governor, John Wilson, wrote an oft-cited book, “Code of Honor,” that became the bible of dueling.

Published in 1838, the 22-page booklet praised dueling as an outlet for “manly independence” that ennobled a gentleman’s character. It set out elaborate rules on how to challenge someone — with a polite note — and how to accept or decline a challenge — with a polite note.

The arms were to be “smooth bore” pistols, not more than 9 inches, with flint and steel.

Duels were believed by many to uphold the honor of Southern manhood in an era when, as one writer put it, “honor was more dear than life.” Editors, politicians, soldiers, lawyers, merchants and even preachers challenged each other. If a man refused to duel, he would be shunned by other men. The challenger could post notices declaring him a coward.

One S.C. governor, James Hamilton Jr., fought 14 duels, wounding — but never killing — his foes. From 1806 to 1839, 63 duels were fought in the Charleston area alone.

The slightest insult could trigger a duel. One duel was fought after one man called another an “ugly, gawky, Yankee looking fellow.” In the 1830s, a student at South Carolina College, now USC, killed a fellow student in a duel resulting from a dispute over a plate of fish.

In the 1850s, Camden’s Chapman Levy was a dueling guru, consulted on techniques and manners by people all over the state. Another Kershaw County man fashioned a life-size human silhouette, dubbed the “Iron Man,” that duelists used for target practice. Anyone participating in a duel was said to be “going to the Iron Man.” [source]

So what do you think — if I challenge that dastardly Brit, Derek Banner to a pistol duel during the Global Paging Convention? We could dress up in colonial attire and re-enact a duel. Whether or not we use real pistols is open for negotiation.

The duel usually developed out of the desire of a gentleman to rectify a perceived insult to his honor. It was thought better to die respectably in a duel over an insult than to live on without honor. The goal of the duel was not necessarily to kill the opponent, as much as it was to gain satisfaction. This meant restoring one’s honor by demonstrating a willingness to face death. Duels began as a way to settle personal disagreements outside of a court of law. A gentleman did not go to the courts with a personal issue, but took care of it himself. [source]

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These just in:

eBay completed the sale of its Skype unit in a deal valuing the business at $2.75 billion. [source]

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Daniels Electronics Ltd . announced that its Chairman of the Board, Terry G. Daniels is this year's recipient of the Radio Club of America's Fred M. Link Award, "For his substantial contribution to the advancement and development of Land Mobile Radio and Communications." [Full story next week.]

Now on to more news and views.

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Global Paging Convention
June 15 - 18, 2010
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Charleston, SC, one of the most historic cities in the U.S., will host the 2010 Global Paging Convention. Building on last year’s success, an international crowd of paging industry representatives will continue the dialogue to promote partnerships and foster the global success of the paging industry at this premier event. Professionals from more than a dozen countries brought their expertise and ideas to the 2009 Convention; we expect even more participants next year, and you need to be one of them!

charleston beach uss yorktown Named as one of the top 5 U.S. destinations for fourteen years, Charleston combines luxury and history with an international flavor that will make any visitor feel at home. You can stand on the site of the first shot of the Civil War, come face-to-face with a giant sea turtle, tour an antebellum mansion, explore a WWII aircraft carrier, stroll through blossoming gardens, or just enjoy a trip to the beach or a round of championship golf.

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The Mills House is located in the heart of Charleston along the famous “Museum Mile” and blends opulent accommodations, historic ambiance, modern conveniences, and the essence of southern hospitality.

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PageOne secures exclusive agreement with the Cabinet Office to supply MTPAS-enabled 2-way pagers to emergency responders

Published Thursday, November 12, 2009, 11:06 (

PageOne to provide the only 2-way pagers for privileged access scheme

London, 12 November, 2009 PageOne, the UK's leading provider of mobile messaging solutions to the public and enterprise sectors, today announced that its 2-way pagers will be exclusively MTPAS (Mobile Telecommunication Privileged Access Scheme) enabled for all Category 1 and 2 Responders. The Cabinet Office-run scheme ensures that all Category 1 or 2 Responders in an organisation that use PageOne 2-way paging will be MTPAS-enabled after a special SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is inserted into the pager.

MTPAS is invoked in the event of a major incident, allowing privileged access to the mobile network for Category 1 and 2 Responders. To prevent cell overload, the number of MTPAS enabled mobile phones within each Category 1 and 2 organisation is limited, meaning that not all Category 1 and 2 Responders will receive an MTPAS enabled SIM for their phone. As PageOne's 2-Way pager uses the PageOne wide area paging network for out-going messages and status and reply messages use very little data (either SMS or GPRS), PageOne can provide all Category 1 and 2 Responders in an organisation with an MTPAS-enabled SIM.

"We have welcomed the PageOne 2-way pager onto the Scheme as it gives the first responder community a new and innovative way to enhance resilient communications for effective emergency response," said Tom Swarbrigg, Privilege Access Scheme Manager, the Cabinet Office. "The fact that the PageOne 2-way pager uses so little GSM air-time means that we have been able to extend the use of privileged access to all in both Category 1 and 2 Responder Organisations, so in times of incident the widest possible benefits can be realised by users under the MTPAS Scheme".

PageOne's 2-way pager provides reliable 2-way communication with the speed, assurance and reach of paging with the added benefits of auto acknowledgement, location of pager and response messages returned over either GPRS or GSM (Global System for Mobile communications). The two-way reply feature provides a guarantee that the message has been read. The pager includes a GPS (Global Positioning System) chip that supplies the control centre with the last known location of the pager together with the a reply message, allowing for better intelligence regarding the location of Category 1 and 2 Responders and more efficient deployment of resources during a major incident. Furthermore, PageOne's paging system allows messages to be broadcast simultaneously, maximising the number of Category 1 and 2 Responders that can receive a message as quickly as possible.

"We are absolutely delighted that the Cabinet Office has recognised the crucial role that paging technology can play during a major incident," said Chris Jones, CEO, PageOne. "Paging is a quick, secure, reliable and resilient communication method that ideally fits time-sensitive operations such as responding to a major incident, where every second counts. The additional functionality that PageOne has introduced to the UK with 2-way paging such as the ability to respond to a message and GPS-tracking has reinforced paging as the communication method to use in a crisis."

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All PageOne systems are powered by the company's own flexible platform Oventus, developed to enable the seamless integration of mobile messaging across different networks and technologies. These services have consistently been designed to meet and exceed the demands of an increasingly mobile environment, providing reliable and cost effective communications to thousands of organisations across the government, NHS and major corporate sectors.

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New York Passes Texting Ban, Stronger Limits On Junior Drivers

Updated: November 16, 2009, 12:42 pm

Sag Harbor - Whether you keep in touch by using your mobile phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), laptop, pager or two-way messenger, New Yorkers are constantly "plugged-in." While these devices have numerous benefits, their increased usage has proven to be a significant distraction and danger on the road. This increased usage led to the implementation of a statewide ban on driving while using portable electronic devices (PED).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 25 percent of all police-reported crashes involve some form of driver inattention. According to a 2007 Harris Interactive poll, 91 percent of Americans think that driving while texting is as dangerous as drunk driving, and 89 percent of those polled were in favor of a ban.

Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving e-mail, text messages or other electronic data while driving. The measure also bans viewing, taking or transmitting images and playing games. Motorists found in violation of the ban could face a maximum fine of $150. Fines are allowed to be imposed only as a secondary offense, when the driver is pulled over for a violation of another law.

In addition, the law requires the commissioner of motor vehicles to work with the superintendent of the state police to study the effects of the use of PEDs while driving. Previous studies have shown that drivers who use PEDs behind the wheel dramatically increase their chances of being in or causing a traffic accident. According to an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, speaking on a cell phone while driving or texting impairs several aspects of driving performance, especially reaction time.

In the past few years, counties throughout the state have passed similar local bans, including Suffolk. As of November 1, 2009, these local laws were preempted and all New Yorkers are now subject to the new statewide stipulations.

Safe-Driving Provisions For Junior Drivers
In addition to cutting down driving distractions, the new law also better protects young, inexperienced drivers by strengthening New York's graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws and bringing the state's program closer to the model recommended by the NHSTA.

According to a 2008 NHTSA publication, a significant percentage of junior drivers are involved in traffic crashes and are twice as likely as adult drivers to be in a fatal crash. It's been proven that certain factors, including lack of driving experience, inadequate driving skills, risk-taking behavior and distractions from other teenage passengers, have contributed to higher crash rates among teenagers.

The new law eliminates the limited class junior operator (DJ) and junior motorcycle (MJ) driver license so that young, inexperienced drivers will be supervised for the full six-month permit period and maintains junior driver licenses (Class DJ or MJ), which allow limited driving privileges for young people learning to drive. The law also increases the number of practice driving hours that must be certified by a parent or guardian from 20 hours to 50 hours before a permit-holding junior driver can obtain a license. The number of non-family passengers under the age of 21 allowed to ride with a junior driver not accompanied by a supervising adult has also been reduced from two to one.


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Governor declares Winter Preparedness Week

Friday, November 20, 2009 8:38 AM EST

RICHMOND — Last March 2, Virginians got a big white reminder that winter weather packs a punch when a significant snowfall covered the Commonwealth.

The storm caused icy roads, traffic crashes and power outages, and it shut down schools, offices and businesses.

"Life was disrupted, no doubt about it," said Michael Cline, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. "Last year we had just the one big storm, but we're long overdue for a typical winter that brings several snows as well as ice storms. It's really important for everyone to get ready for winter."

Virginia is vulnerable to severe winter weather, which can lead to injury and death from hypothermia, heart attack, stroke and traffic crashes. This winter, families also are vulnerable to novel H1N1 flu. Gov. Tim Kaine has declared Winter Preparedness Week (Nov. 29-Dec. 5) to highlight importance of getting ready for possible bad weather and protecting your family's health and safety.

Several state agencies, local emergency management offices and the National Weather Service are joining to provide winter safety information to Virginia residents during Winter Preparedness Week and throughout the season.

"All it takes is one heavy snow that sticks around for several days to remind us that being prepared ahead of time makes a lot of sense," said Bill Sammler, warning coordination meteorologist for the NWS in Wakefield. "Use Winter Preparedness Week as a time to get ready for the season and also to ensure your family's safety."

Simple steps to getting winter ready include setting aside emergency supplies, making a family emergency plan and staying informed about local conditions.

Get a kit. Emergency supplies for winter weather include - at a minimum - these basic items: three days' food and water; a battery-powered radio with extra batteries; and a family emergency plan. After getting these supplies, then add a first aid kit, medications if needed, blankets and warm clothing, supplies for special members of your household, and pet items.

Make a plan. Choose an out-of-town relative or friend to be your family's point of contact for emergency communications. Decide on a meeting place if your family cannot return home because of closed roads. Discuss with your family what you would do in case of severe winter weather in your area. Write down your plan. Get a simple family plan form at

Stay informed. Before, during and after a winter storm, you should listen for up-to-date information from your local media and emergency officials. Local media will give instructions from local, state and federal agencies that cover road conditions, winter storm watches and warnings, power outages and health information. Make sure your battery-powered radio is working and you have extra batteries in case the electricity goes out.

Some additional winter safety tips include:

Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects. Never leave space heaters unattended. Go to fire safety for additional winter fire safety tips.

Install a smoke detector in every bedroom and one on every level of your home. Check the batteries monthly, and replace them once a year at the same time every year.

Make sure outdoor pets have adequate shelter, unfrozen water and food.

Driving is most dangerous when the temperature is at or under 32° F. If the road is wet, patches of ice are possible, especially on bridges and curves. Avoid using cruise control in winter weather conditions. Call 511 or go to for 24-hour road conditions.

If your household includes someone with special needs (has a disability, requires electricity to operate home medical equipment, needs to go to dialysis, etc.) call your local emergency manager to let them know where you live and what you will need during an emergency.

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Texting: The Future of 911

Updated 10:45 PM EST, Wed, Nov 18, 2009

texting Is texting the future of emergency communications? The state is looking at whether 911 texting will help crime victims who are unable to call for help.

Lawmakers on the legislature's Public Safety Committee held an information session Wednesday afternoon at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. "I would like to be one of the first states to go forward with texting to be used in our 911 system," said Rep. Stephen Dargan, (D) West Haven.

Representatives from AT&T and Verizon testified during the hearing. Both said the current texting system simply cannot handle emergency messages. One problem: some texts take minutes, even hours, to be delivered and there is no way to prioritize emergency texts over other messages.

"The key message is voice 911 is the way to go," said Peter White, from AT&T.

Cell phone companies are now working to upgrade their texting systems to accommodate 911 messages, but acknowledge that technology could still be years away.

Connecticut is now upgrading its network to a fiber optic system that will be able to handle 911 texting once wireless carriers are ready to go. The state's upgrade is expected to be finished by late 2011, said John Danaher, the Public Safety Commissioner.

"The fiber optic system has immensely greater capacity than the system we now use," said Danaher. "We'll not only be able to transmit texts, we'll also be able to transmit video and photographs."

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

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

   Vol. 12, No. 41 x November 18, 2009   

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  • USF, intercarrier comp under threat in FCC’s National Broadband Plan.
  • FCC identifies USF as “critical gap” in path to future of broadband.
  • Comments on 2nd broadband RFI are due November 30.
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  • FCC seeks comment on health care delivery

USF, Intercarrier Comp Under Threat In FCC’s National Broadband Plan

In conjunction with developing its National Broadband Plan (NBP), the FCC has asked for more focused comment on its universal service and intercarrier compensation (ICC) policies and to explore various policy options that would further the goal of making broadband universally available to all people of the United States. This re-examination of USF and Intercarrier Comp must be viewed in conjunction with the FCC Broadband Task Force indication that the current USF program is an obstacle to broadband deployment (see related story below), signaling an increased threat to the two main sources of support for the rural telecom industry. Our clients should react strongly to this threat, and take the opportunity to shape funding for broadband in rural, unserved areas, by participating in the broadband proceeding. Clients interested in participating in joint comments BloostonLaw is preparing should contact us promptly.

In particular, the FCC seeks comment in the following areas:

Size of the Universal Service Fund. The universal service fund (USF) consists of high-cost, low-income (including the Lifeline and Link Up programs), schools and libraries (the E-rate program) and rural health care support mechanisms. Is the relative size of funding for each support mechanism appropriate to achieve the objective of universalization of broadband? That is, if funding should be significantly increased or reduced for one or more of the support mechanisms, should it be reduced or increased in other mechanisms, and if so, how would such changes advance the goal of universalization of broadband?

Contribution Methodology. There are recommendations for a numbers or connections-based methodology, an expanded revenue-based methodology, or some combination of the two. Commenters should explain how their preferred solution would impact end users, who ultimately bear the cost of universal service through carrier pass-through charges. Commenters should identify with specificity all assumptions. Commenters should specify how any proposed modifications would alter the relative share of contributions borne by residential consumers as opposed to business consumers. Commenters should address the anticipated impact of universal service pass-through charges under different contribution methodologies on residential households with different consumption characteristics, such as (i) a household with landline voice service, low interstate usage, and no broadband connection, (ii) a household with landline voice service, moderate interstate usage, an average wireless plan, and a broadband connection; and (iii) a household with landline voice service, a wireless family plan with five lines, and a broadband connection. Commenters should specify all assumptions.

Transitioning the Current Universal Service High-Cost Support Mechanism to Support Advanced Broadband Deployment. In the past, the Commission and the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service have sought comment on various ideas to reform the high-cost mechanism in a manner that would advance broadband deployment. One potential option would be to supplement the existing high-cost programs with one or more additional programs that would target funding for broadband deployment in unserved areas. Another option would be to gradually reduce funding under the existing high-cost programs over a period of years and to transition that funding into a redesigned mechanism that explicitly funds broadband. The FCC encourages both existing eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) (both wireline and wireless companies) and other broadband providers to address a number of questions related to these options. Our rural telco clients should emphasize to the Commission that continued funding is needed to expand and upgrade the valuable services that they provide, and that the existing telephone network is one of the best avenues for introducing broadband to rural areas.

Impact of Changes in Current Revenue Flows. According to the FCC, some commenters assert that any significant reductions in current levels of universal service high-cost support and/or intercarrier compensation would jeopardize their ability to continue to serve customers and advance the deployment of next generation broadband-capable networks. Others assert that the current systems of support and compensation have led to regulatory arbitrage and inefficient investment and have undermined the deployment of advanced communications. What factual analyses should the Commission undertake to test the validity of such arguments? What would be the financial impact of reducing or eliminating high-cost support for carriers in geographic areas where there already is at least one competitor offering broadband (using any technology) today that does not receive any high-cost support?

What would be the financial impact of reducing or eliminating high-cost support for carriers in geographic areas where there already are multiple competitors offering broadband (using any technology), with more than one of those providers receiving high-cost service support. To what extent are existing ICC revenues and high-cost support being used to pay debt obligations? To what extent do carriers securitize high-cost support and/or ICC cash flows and, if this is occurring, how often and why? Identify lenders who are willing to securitize ICC and high-cost support cash flows. Individual carriers or groups of carriers should provide revenue, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and capex for study areas that receive high-cost funding. For individual carriers or groups of carriers, what percentage of free cash flow (defined as EBITDA minus capex) do high-cost support and/or ICC represent? Carriers should discuss their capital structure, in particular the amount of debt, weighted average interest rate on debt obligations, length of debt obligations, Net Debt/EBITDA and percentage of revenues devoted to paying interest and principal.

The Commission seeks to understand how intercarrier compensation payment flows may impact broadband deployment incentives and how any intercarrier compensation reform may change such incentives. The FCC is particularly interested in factual information or data that addresses the question of how the current intercarrier compensation system either supports or inhibits broadband deployment, rather than conclusory assertions that intercarrier compensation should be reformed.

Competitive Landscape. In 1997, the Commission adopted a principle of competitive neutrality to guide its future policymaking, concluding that universal service rules should neither unfairly advantage nor disadvantage one provider over another, and neither unfairly advantage nor disadvantage one technology over another. Today, the high-cost fund provides support to some facilities-based broadband providers, but not others. Moreover, virtually all incumbent local exchange companies operating in rural high-cost areas have carrier of last resort (COLR) obligations for voice service, while other providers that are offering voice, video and/or broadband in such areas do not.

How does this disparity in regulatory obligation impact the economics of deploying broadband in rural areas? Should the national broadband plan evaluate whether COLR obligations should be revisited in light of the changing competitive landscape? If so, how and why? Should the broadband plan recommend that COLR obligations be removed or modified if any entity no longer is receiving universal service support? What would be the impact of requiring all entities that accept universal service support for broadband to assume some form of COLR obligation for broadband? What would be the impact of requiring entities that accept universal service support for broadband to offer the underlying transmission on a common carrier basis?

How do the COLR obligations vary by state? Do any states have “best practices” that promote deployment and use of alternative technologies? Do states permit carriers to satisfy their COLR obligation using wireless or other technologies? If so, which states and should other states be encouraged to do so? Do states permit carriers to satisfy their COLR obligations using VoIP? If not, should states be encouraged do so? Quantify cost savings, both in capital expenditures and operating expenses that could be achieved if we permitted carriers of last resort to meet this COLR obligation through wireless and/or interconnected VoIP service. Responses should explain any assumptions and how the estimated savings was calculated.

High-Cost Funding Oversight. What appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms would be needed to minimize waste, fraud and abuse and to ensure that recipients of any broadband high-cost support use the funds as envisioned? Should the states and/or the federal government adopt new mechanisms to oversee the distribution of any new high-cost funding to support broadband and why? How should the Commission track a recipient’s progress in deploying broadband-capable infrastructure in whatever geographic area is targeted for support? In particular, should the Commission mandate annual submission of financial documentation, certifications, audits, or other forms of verification such as field inspections? Identify current “best practices” for state oversight over eligible telecommunications carriers and their use of USF. Explain the benefits of any identified state’s procedures and identify any modifications that would serve our goal of ensuring that funds are used efficiently and effectively to make broadband available to consumers in the relevant geographic area.

Lifeline/Link Up. The Commission previously has sought comment on extending low-income support to establish a Broadband Lifeline/Link Up program. The Commission seeks additional detailed comments on structuring such a program. How should any devices necessary for a low-income broadband program be supported? Who would own such devices, and what would become of these devices should a consumer exit the program or seek to upgrade his/her device? How would consumers purchase such devices – through vouchers, reimbursement, and/or some other means? Should the Commission limit the types of devices available to consumers participating in the program? Commenters should identify with specificity any implementation issues. Should the Commission determine some sort of minimum specifications for supported devices? If so, how should these specifications be set initially and how should they change over time as technology evolves? Commenters should identify with specificity any implementation issues. Commenters should provide estimates of the anticipated demand for a low-income broadband program. How should the Commission determine the appropriate support amounts for devices and for service? Should funding be initially capped for a trial period, and if so, at what level? How much low-income support would be necessary in the aggregate to enable all eligible consumers to participate in a low-income broadband program? Commenters should identify all assumptions.

Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, and 09-137 (NBP Public Notice #19) proceeding are due December 7. There is no reply comment opportunity.

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

FCC Identifies USF As “Critical Gap” In Path To Future Of Broadband

The task force gathering data and developing draft proposals for the FCC’s National Broadband Plan says it has identified “critical gaps” in the nation’s policies, programs, and practices that must be filled before America can take advantage of the technological advantages that universal adoption and deployment of affordable, robust broadband can bring. These gaps range across all elements of the broadband ecosystem, including networks, applications, devices, and end-user adoption. Of key importance to rural telecom carriers is the task force’s perception that the current USF program is an impediment to broadband deployment.

The task force developed the list of challenges from data gathered in a series of nearly 40 workshops and field hearings, from over 10,000 comments on the National Broadband Plan Notice of Inquiry and 15 public notices, and in the analysis of existing studies and data. The process of gathering and analyzing information is ongoing, and includes a new survey commissioned by the task force that will, for the first time, provide extensive data about households that don’t adopt broadband. Key gaps identified by the task force include:

Federal Universal Service Fund (USF) Structure:

  • Doesn't support broadband deployment and adoption despite over $7 billion spent to subsidize telecommunications annually.
  • The majority of USF funding supports affordable phone service, not broadband.
  • The four USF programs — high-cost support for rural phone service, support for advanced services in schools and libraries, support for phone service to low-income families, and rural health care support — are not coordinated to maximize deployment opportunities to fill broadband gaps.
  • High-cost funding mechanism rewards inefficiency and funds is not determined by broadband needs.
  • An unsustainable funding mechanism and increased demands for support have doubled the amount paid by consumers since 2000.
  • Accountability is limited for use of high-cost fund for broadband support.

Broadband Adoption Gap:

  • Increases the cost of digital exclusion to society.
  • Broadband adoption levels vary widely across demographic groups.
  • Nearly 90 percent of families with incomes of $100,000 or more subscribe to broadband services, compared to 35 percent with incomes of $20,000 or less.
  • Rural households are less likely to subscribe than urban households.
  • Only 40 percent of Hispanic households subscribe, followed by 46 percent of African-American households, while 65 percent of white households subscribe.

Consumer Information Gap:

  • Undermines competition, innovation, and choice
  • Consumers lack information about actual performance of their broadband service compared to the advertised speeds.
  • Consumers can’t accurately compare performance of competing service.
  • Application providers lack knowledge of network performance, dampening innovation.

Spectrum Gap:

  • Frustrates mobile broadband growth.
  • Smartphone sales are expected to overtake standard mobile phones by 2011.
  • Smartphone subscriptions have increased by 690 percent since 1998, while over-the-air TV viewership decreased by 56 percent.
  • Identifying available spectrum, reallocating it, and assigning it is often a long, multi-year process.
  • Spectrum is also critical for public safety, telemedicine, smart grid, civic engagement applications.

Deployment Gap:

  • High costs can limit broadband deployment.
  • “Middle Mile” costs for transit and transport of Internet traffic can cost rural providers up to $150 per subscriber annually, almost three times as much as network operations, and can be a serious barrier to rural broadband.
  • The lack of efficient coordination when digging trenches for fiber and other expensive infrastructure costs dramatically increases the cost of deployment.
  • Other outside plant costs, including pole attachments, also drive deployment gap.
  • Deployment gaps for access to advanced, high-speed broadband occur in the small business market marketplace, in rural areas, and to consumers in many residential neighborhoods across the nation.

Television Set-Top Box Innovation Gap:

  • Hinders convergence, utilization, and adoption.
  • The convergence of video, TV and Internet Protocol-based technology is creating a new broadband medium that could drive adoption and utilization.
  • Lack of devices is a major barrier for adoption — 99 percent of U.S. households have a TV versus 76 percent with PCs.
  • Retail navigation device and set–top-box market competition has not emerged, limiting innovation.

Personal Data Gap:

  • Users need to control their own information.
  • Personal data is increasingly digitized and moving to the Internet “cloud.”
  • Users have little control over their personal information.
  • Ensuring privacy and security will enable a new generation of applications, and improve top national priorities that would benefit by secure but accessible personnel information.

Harnessing broadband to achieve key national purposes — better health care, education, government performance and civic engagement, economic opportunity, public safety, improvements in energy conservation and environmental protection — requires better connectivity, although the level of connectivity necessary depends on the nature of the institutions and applications.

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

Comments On 2nd Broadband RFI Are Due November 30

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have published in the Federal Register the joint Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on certain issues relating to the implementation of the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This is the second joint RFI that the agencies have issued since the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which established these broadband initiatives (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, November 11). Comments in this Docket Number: 0907141137-91375-05 proceeding are due November 30. BloostonLaw has drafted comments addressing some of the shortcomings encountered during the first funding round. Clients interested in reviewing and/or participating in these comments should contact us as soon as possible.

The input the agencies expect to receive from this process is intended to inform the second round of funding, which will reported be the last round as well. In particular, the agencies seek to gather information that will help them improve the broadband programs by enhancing the applicant experience and making targeted revisions to the first Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), if necessary. In general, this includes:

Streamlining the Applications. In what ways should RUS and NTIA streamline the applications to reduce the burden on applicants, while still obtaining the requisite information to fulfill the statutory requirements set forth in the Recovery Act?

New Entities. What type of information should RUS and NTIA request from new businesses, particularly those that have been newly created for the purpose of applying for grants under the BIP and BTOP programs?

Transparency and Confidentiality. Which data should be made publicly available and which data should be considered confidential or proprietary?

Outreach and Support. What method of support and outreach was most effective? What should be done differently in the next round of funding to best assist applicants?

NTIA Expert Review Process. To further the efficient and expeditious disbursement of BTOP funds, should NTIA continue to rely on unpaid experts as reviewers? Or, should NTIA consider using solely Federal or contractor staff?

Policy Issues. RUS and NTIA welcome suggestions for targeted funding proposals and seek comment on how they can better target their remaining funds to achieve the goals of the Recovery Act.

Economic Development. Should RUS and/or NTIA allocate a portion of the remaining funds available under the BIP and BTOP programs to promote a regional economic development approach to broadband deployment?

Definitions: In what ways should the definitions of “unserved,” “underserved,” and “broadband” be revised?

How should NTIA and RUS assess the cost effectiveness or cost reasonableness of a particular project? What other substantive changes to the NOFA should RUS and NTIA consider that would encourage applicant participation, enhance the programs, and satisfy the goals of the Recovery Act?

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


FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON MEASURING BROADBAND ADOPTION: The FCC seeks comment on measuring broadband adoption, quantifying the individual costs to non-adopters, measuring the cost to society of having a large group of non-adopters, and identifying and remedying barriers to adoption. The FCC also seeks data about existing adoption programs and studies, in order to contribute to and facilitate the Commission’s development of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The FCC notes that adoption statistics often focus on individual or household subscription rates. Is that the best way to measure adoption? If not, what are the alternatives? Is someone who frequently accesses broadband at work or in the library, but not at home, an “adopter?” Is the use of a web-enabled smart phone sufficient to make someone an “adopter” of broadband? Should adoption be measured more by the manner, type or frequency of use of certain types of applications? If so, will those applications be standard across all groups of people? The Commission would like to understand the costs faced by individual consumers who do not adopt broadband as well as the societal costs of having a large portion of society that remains unconnected to broadband. The Commission wishes to further understand the reasons why some consumers, who have access to broadband, do not adopt. The 2009 Pew Broadband Adoption Study found, generally, that relevance, price, availability, and usability were the main reasons cited for not using broadband at home. Based on this and other research and comments filed in the record, the Commission believes that the primary barriers non-adopters face include: affordability of service, affordability of hardware, insufficient digital and technical literacy levels, unawareness of the personal relevance and utility of broadband technology and online content and an inability to use existing technology and applications due to physical or mental disabilities. Is this an accurate and comprehensive list of barriers faced by non-adopters? As the Commission develops recommendations to maximize broadband adoption and utilization how can it remedy each barrier faced by non-adopters? Many parties have suggested that the Commission utilize the Lifeline and Link Up programs to support broadband connection charges, devices and service costs for low-income consumers. What other specific federal policies or programs to address affordability of service and hardware should the Commission consider recommending? Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, and 09-137 (NBP Public Notice # 16) proceeding are due December 2. There is no reply date. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON HEALTH CARE DELIVERY ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN: The FCC seeks tailored comment on how advanced infrastructure and services could help achieve efficient implementation of health information technology (IT) applications. The FCC wishes to further understand gaps between current connectivity infrastructure and the connectivity requirements for various health IT applications across the healthcare ecosystem. Congress has also mandated that health care providers have access to advanced services through the federal universal service fund (USF)—e.g., the rural health care support mechanism and the rural health care Pilot Program. The Commission seeks the current state of Internet connectivity in hospitals, community health clinics, outpatient centers, physician offices, long-term care facilities, homes, emergency medical responders, Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, and other health service providers on tribal lands. What type of connection? What speeds? What issues? Multiple health IT applications are being deployed using public and private communications networks. The FCC seeks to better understand the underlying IT infrastructure necessary to support successful implementation of current and emerging health IT applications, including: electronic health records, real time video for Telehealth consultations and diagnoses, remote patient monitoring systems, mobile and other portable remote monitoring systems, and other applications that enable or cause advanced healthcare delivery. What are the specific network requirements (e.g., transmission speeds, minimum guaranteed bandwidths, latency, jitter, reliability, coverage, others)? How might these differ based upon the content (e.g., text, image, or video) of the application? What are the primary drivers and barriers to taking advantage of available internet connectivity across delivery settings? What in the healthcare sector may be a disincentive to invest in broadband services (particularly for telemedicine)? How does the existing rural health care support mechanism affect nationwide connectivity? Are there instances where the discount structure of the existing rural health care support mechanism provides incentives for rural health care providers to maintain slower, more expensive connections, rather than purchasing faster connections that may be less expensive? Provide specific examples of ways in which the mechanism may impact how health care providers choose broadband service offerings. What role should federal universal service support have in the funding of broadband health care networks? For example, the rural health care support mechanism currently provides, to public and non-profit health care providers in rural areas, discounts on the installation and monthly charges for telecommunications and Internet access service used for the provision of health care. What would be the impact on the delivery of health care if the rural health care mechanism supported network backbone only (i.e., infrastructure), or supported the use of telehealth applications? Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, and 09-137; and WC Docket No. 02-60 (NBP Public Notice # 17) proceeding are due December 4. There is no reply date. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BROADBAND AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: The FCC seeks comment on a series of questions related to small businesses (defined as businesses with 500 or fewer employees), medium and large businesses (defined as businesses with more than 500 employees), non-profit organizations, economic opportunity and workforce development. Community Hubs. In areas of sub-optimal deployment and adoption, local community hubs (defined as places such as libraries, community colleges, job training centers, unemployment offices, etc.) and organizations often present themselves as stop-gaps for individuals to obtain access to broadband. The FCC is looking for information about how these hubs are used in ways that create economic opportunities. What are the key community hubs that often act as access points for individuals to gain broadband access? What is the current broadband availability rate at libraries? Community colleges? Job training centers? Unemployment offices? Computing centers and tribal “chapter houses" on tribal lands? Business Adoption and Usage. In cultivating the economic benefits of broadband, adequate availability, adoption and usage of broadband by business is a central component. The FCC seeks to better understand what level of connectivity is required for businesses of varying sizes and in different business verticals, and how those capabilities are best utilized by businesses. To what extent is broadband available to businesses across the country today? What applications are necessary to enable telework and/or telecommuting (both fixed and mobile)? How does telework and/or telecommuting by employees impact business productivity?

Broadband’s Role in Regional Economic Development. In areas where broadband deployment is new, what new business and jobs have come that were not previously possible? Did these businesses move from somewhere else, or did they not exist at all previously? What is the minimum connection availability that attracts new businesses and jobs? Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 0947, 0951, and 09137 (NBP Public Notice # 18) proceeding are due December 4. There is no reply date. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Mary Sisak.

NANC WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDS PORTING INTERVAL COMPLIANCE DEADLINES: Last May, the FCC reduced the porting interval for simple wireline and simple intermodal port requests from four business days to one business day (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, May 20). Also in its Local Number Portability Porting Order, the FCC directed the North American Numbering Council (NANC) to develop new LNP provisioning process flows that take into account the shortened porting interval. On November 2, NANC Chairman Betty Kane submitted the recommendation of the Local Number Portability Working Group, which, she said, was “supported by the majority of NANC members but which due to time constraints was not able to be adopted at a publicly noticed meeting of the full NANC.” Pursuant to the process flows, NANC's interpretation of the FCC's one business day porting interval reduces the time a porting-out carrier has to verify a port request to only four business hours. NANC recommended July 31, 2010, as the implementation deadline for affected entities (i.e., large carriers), and January 31, 2011, as the implementation deadline for small providers. The FCC considers providers with fewer than 2 percent of the nation’s subscriber lines installed in the aggregate nationwide and Tier III wireless carriers, as defined in the E911 Stay Order, to be small providers. What constitutes a 2 percent provider will be calculated based on an aggregate of incumbent LEC and competitive local exchange carrier (LEC) lines, based on the Commission’s most recent industry statistics available as of August 3, the effective date of LNP Order. In the E911 Stay Order, the Commission classified Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) carriers with 500,000 subscribers or fewer as of the end of 2001 as Tier III wireless carriers. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

CLUB TEXTING ASKS FCC TO DECLARE THAT TEXT BROADCASTERS ARE NOT SENDERS OF TEXT MESSAGES UNDER TCPA: Club Texting, Inc. has filed a petition requesting a declaratory ruling regarding the FCC’s rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Specifically, Club Texting has asked the Commission to clarify that, consistent with the treatment of fax broadcasters, text broadcasters are not senders of text messages under the TCPA. Notably, the Commission’s rules prohibit the initiation of “any telephone call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with the prior express consent of the called party) using an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice, to any telephone number assigned to . . . cellular telephone service . . . .” The Commission concluded that this prohibition applies to both voice calls and text calls to wireless numbers, provided the call is made to a telephone number assigned to such wireless service. In addition, the rules prohibit the use of any telephone facsimile machine, computer, or other device to send an unsolicited advertisement to a telephone facsimile machine. The rules further provide that a facsimile broadcaster will be liable for violations of the rules if it demonstrates a high degree of involvement in, or actual notice of, the unlawful activity and fails to take steps to prevent such facsimile transmissions. Section 64.1200(f)(6) states that a facsimile broadcaster is a person or entity that transmits messages to telephone facsimile machines on behalf of another person or entity for a fee. Comments in this CG Docket No. 02-278 proceeding are due November 30, and replies are due December 7. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

COMMENT SOUGHT ON MOVING TOWARD A DIGITAL DEMOCRACY: The FCC notes that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directs it, in its development of a National Broadband Plan, to include “a plan for the use of broadband infrastructure and services in advancing … civic participation.” Accordingly, the Commission seeks tailored comment on how broadband can help to bring democratic processes—including elections, public hearings and town hall meetings—into the digital age, thereby encouraging and facilitating citizen opportunities to engage and participate in their democracy. Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, and 09-137 (NBP Public Notice #20) proceeding are due December 10. There is no reply date. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SETS TIME FRAMES FOR STATE AND LOCALITY PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FOR WIRELESS TOWERS: At today’s open meeting, the FCC adopted a Declaratory Ruling, clearing the way for broadband deployment by establishing time frames of 90 days for collocations and 150 days for all other tower siting applications reviewed by state and local governments. The FCC said this action will assist in speeding the deployment of next generation wireless networks while respecting the legitimate concerns of local authorities and preserving local control over zoning and land use policies. Congress specifically requires that state and local authorities act “within a reasonable period of time” on requests for tower siting. The deployment of next generation mobile broadband networks promises tremendous benefits for American businesses and consumers and realizing these benefits will require new physical networks, including many new towers. While most state and local jurisdictions currently process tower siting applications in a timely fashion, the FCC found that there are many instances of unnecessary delays. In order to ensure a timely review of these applications and to prevent unnecessary delay, the FCC interprets a “reasonable period of time” under Section 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act as 90 days for collocations and 150 days for all other towers. If a jurisdiction “fails to act” on the application within this reasonable time period, applicants may file a claim for relief in court within 30 days of the failure to act. The court will then decide what action to take based on all the facts of the case. The FCC said its decision achieves a balance by defining reasonable and achievable time frames for State and local governments to act on zoning applications while not dictating any substantive outcome on any particular case or otherwise limiting State and local governments’ fundamental authority over local land use. The FCC stated that the time frames adopted, and the requirement that parties seek injunctive relief from a court, are consistent with preserving State and local sovereignty and the intent of Congress. The ruling also finds that it is a violation of the Communications Act for a State or local government to deny a wireless service facility siting application because service is available from another provider. Finally, the ruling denies CTIA’s request to find that it is a violation of the Communications Act for a State or local regulation to require a variance or waiver for every wireless facility siting. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

Tower Compliance Manual

BloostonLaw has assembled a compliance manual for all tower/antenna structure owners, as well as any licensee mounting antennas on structures. The manual helps structure owners and licensees avoid FCC fines, minimize Federal and state approval delays, and minimize or avoid the potential for civil and/or criminal liability that could be associated with tower operations/accidents. The manual includes a detailed explanation of FCC, FAA and other Federal regulatory requirements so that your staff can understand the legal do’s and don’ts associated with tower construction and antenna mounting. We have also developed checklists that can be used by your employees and contractors to (1) make sure that necessary compliance steps are taken and (2) create a paper trail documenting such compliance. There are separate checklists for antenna structure owners and radio licensees that will use such structures. These checklists cover such issues as environmental protection, historic preservation, harmful RF radiation limits, interference protection, aviation safety, and Federal reporting requirements. A sample tower log is included.

In recent years, tower owners have faced million dollar fines and even higher civil liabilities due to rule violations that may contribute to an aviation accident. Similar liability can arise from environmental or harmful radiation violations. Also, many licensees do not realize that, for every antenna mounted in the United States, the licensee must either obtain the prior approval of the applicable State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), or establish that the antenna qualifies for an exemption from this requirement. BloostonLaw is offering its antenna structure compliance manual in binder format, with the checklists provided on CD-ROM as well, so that you can print off the appropriate checklist for each new structure or antenna. Please contact us if you wish to purchase the manual.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, 202-828-5520; John Prendergast, 202-828-5540; and Richard Rubino, 202-828-5519.


SPRINT SUED OVER INTERCONNECTION AGREEMENT ISSUES: According to the Blog of the Legal Times, a group of telecommunications providers has filed a $20 million lawsuit against Sprint Communications in Virginia federal court, claiming the company owes them money for the use of their networks. The 19 companies, which are subsidiaries of Monroe, La.-based Century-Link, contend that Sprint is underpaying for the use of their local network facilities, the Legal Times reports. According to the complaint, the companies were formerly a part of Sprint Nextel, but were spun off in 2006. At the time, Sprint had signed interconnection agreements, governing how much it would pay the companies to route long-distance calls through their local networks. The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia states that in June 2009, Sprint began refusing to pay the amount it had agreed to and instead substituted its own lower rate, the Legal Times says. “In effect, the Sprint Defendants have purported to rewrite the Sprint [interconnection agreements] unilaterally,” the complaint states.

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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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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Motorola Inc (MOT.N) said on Friday it is buying privately held RadioFrame Networks' iDen wireless technology business to combine it into its own network equipment unit.

Motorola, which invented the iDen mobile phone network technology, said RadioFrame's business would expand its portfolio of wireless base stations for networks using noncontiguous spectrum that are often used outside of North America.

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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.

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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USB Paging Encoder

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

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Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


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

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  • Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.
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Learn (or review) the difference between MTBF and lifetime

By Control Engineering Staff — Control Engineering, 9/24/2008

St. Charles, IL – There has been confusion in understanding the difference between mean time between failures (MTBF) and lifetime. A product might have an MTBF of 500,000 hours, but a lifetime expectancy of 20,000 hours. So why is there such a large discrepancy? Puls LP says the answer is easy if you understand the difference between the terms, because one does not have anything to do with the other.

Puls explains the difference between MTBF and lifetime.

MTBF represents the statistical approximation of how long a number of units should operate before a failure can be expected. It is expressed in hours and does not represent how long the unit will last. There are many ways of calculating MTBF. Use calculations based on models such as SN 29500, MIL HDBK-217 or Belcore; use field failures, or Field MTBF; or use laboratory testing, or demonstrated MTBF. For instance to test 10,000 units for 1000 hours with 10 failures, the MTBF would be 1 million hours. This does not suggest the unit will operate for 114 years. A better representation would be if 500 units operate at the same time, a failure could be expected every 2,000 hours, or 83 days.

Unlike the hours from the MTBF calculations, lifetime indicates operating hours expected under normal operating conditions. It is the period of time between starting to use the device and the beginning of the wear-out phase. This is determined by the life expectancy of components used in assembly of the unit. The weakest component with the shortest life expectancy determines the life of the whole product. For power supplies, electrolytic capacitors have the shortest lifetime expectancy.

To understand MTBF versus lifetime, think of a product going through three phases over its lifetime. In the first, the failure rate is high and is referred to as the “infant mortality” phase. In the second, the failure rate is low and fairly constant. In the third, the failure rate begins to increase and is called the “wear out” phase. The complete graph is the “bathtub curve” because it looks like one. MTBF is a way of determining how many spare parts you might need to support 500 units, but a poor guide on when those parts should be changed. A unit that operates eight hours a day will last three times longer than a device operating around the clock. However, MTBF is the same because both units receive the same number of hours in service.

Many factors determine reliability. Low failure rate and long life are two. A good quality process control and a high degree of automation during production can lower the defect rate and improve reliability. A rugged design using high-quality components can improve reliability system-wide. Environmental conditions such as vibration and temperature can play a major role in defect rate and reliability. For power supplies, heat is the enemy and can shorten the life of electrolytic capacitors dramatically. The industry rule states that every 10°C increase in temperature reduces the life of the capacitor by half.

As that relates to products, for instance, Puls uses large-diameter, high-quality capacitors, allowing the Dimension series to have a rated life of at least 50,000 hours. The older Puls SilverLine Series use capacitors rated with a longer life than competitors with current product, the company says.

Source: Control Engineering

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

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

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

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From: Chris Conti
Subject: Bed Shakers
Date: November 16, 2009 6:42:56 AM CST
To: Brad Dye

Hi Brad,

Bed shakers have been in the Deaf world going back for many years, in fact I was at a small retailer of Deaf Assistance devices (there are all sorts of stuff) looking at the bed shakers and the pillow vibrators to attach to the wireless receivers keyed to the Baby cry monitor (yes a fun device that detects a baby crying and trips a light/outlet) when a woman in this place was buying the bed shaker and alarm clock with outlet for her teen aged son. . . A classic question in the deaf community then came up "Deaf or Hard of Hearing and What school does he go to ?" . . . the woman replies, he can hear just fine this is just to get him out of bed in the morning! — oh and bed shakers most commonly are used for fire alarms.

speaking of which, if anyone needs a consultant that can interface them with the Deaf community, who is also fluent in ASL, they can contact me through the newsletter.

Always enjoy your work!

Chris Conti

p.s.—the title now doesn't show it but I was Everything from the "BBL Guy" to Transmitters in a couple of places and ended up the SkyTel "Sr RF Design Engineer Boston/NY/Philly" up until the great buy-out by Bell Industries and the destruction of the Eng dept at SkyTel-Part of the Destineer Launch Team—Remember two-way paging?

Chris Conti, Chief Engineer/Owner—Clear Line Audio Services

We provide the custom audio support you need. Concert Support, Seminar Support Services, Sound System Design and Installation.

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From: David L. Pearce <>
Subject: AAPC Wireless Messaging News for David Pearce
Date: November 13, 2009 2:00:29 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Hi Brad, and thank your for the newsletter, good stuff as usual.

I can't help to think Motorola will not be with us in 1 to 2 years. Motorola was the company that shipped CPUs in millions of Macs, Tandys, and other consumer goods, not mention being the core of many professional products as well, and they spun that division off, and every time I read about Motorola, they are spinning/selling more divisions. I am also not very positive about their new phones. Android is a MS-like operating system — it's not there to showcase a phone, it's there to showcase Google's technological expertise. Any app that runs on Android will run on any phone, not just the Motorola products... I don't see the phones as being anything better than what a competitor is doing. The only thing Motorola can really hope for is that they can build cheap phones more cheaply than everyone else, like Dell does with the PC (and Dell is slowly withdrawing from its overall dependence on PCs, since even they have a hard time competing with China). I don't see that as any kind of positive or uplifting news on Motorola. I doubt actual investors considering the company do so, either.

As a disclaimer, I have owned a Apple iPhone, and now currently use a blackberry. The only reason I moved down to a blackberry is that ATT has no coverage in rural areas of North Carolina, unless its an area very close to a interstate or major highway. Both Apple and Blackberry understand you have to lead, and to do that, you have to own the OS bits and the HW bits, so that you can push a platform when & where you want it to go. Even blackberry is taking a major assault from Apple at this point, as Blackberry, while being innovative, still lacks the polish and developer support that Apple quickly garnered. I think what is keeping Blackberry alive currently, is the corporate inertia of IT departments to currently fear the iPhone on the sole basis it's different. But these departments will not be able to hold out forever, rather, its only a small amount of time before iPhone becomes a serious challenge to Blackberry in the IT department. Blackberry's only alternative is to keep pushing their platform & technology, and hopefully gain a leapfrog on Apple at some point — that's a tough bill of goods to produce!

Anyhow, just the opinion of a techy in the semiconductor industry, who has seen Motorola dwindle from a powerful world leader, back down to its radio roots, all the time wondering how in the world they keep hiring the kinds of managers that can drive a company like that into the ground (much like GM & Chrysler I guess!).

David L. Pearce

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From: Ron Mayes <>
Subject: From the Paging Information Web Site
Date: November 13, 2009 2:15:17 PM CST
To: Brad Dye


I found your comment about the deaf devices interesting.

In the late 1970’s & 80s the company I worked for, General Communications, in Wichita took on a line of TDDs (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf) along with numerous vibrators and flashing light devices made by SSI. The Bed vibrating device had a connection to the alarm clock, smoke detector, etc. It resembled the old put a quarter in the motel bed vibrating massager bed in old days.

So these devices have been around for decades. I came across the TDD we still have from back then. Now days the deaf use computers and smart phones to communicate, however, the alarm clocks 'n door bells still use flashing lights and vibrating devices.

Your comment of how surprised you were to see pagers used in Vibe mode and bed vibrators was interesting. Our biggest challenge back then was finding deaf who could afford the devices as they didn’t always have a significant source of income. Now ask yourself, how do you determine who to sell TDDs to when it isn’t easy to pick a deaf person out of the crowd. Yes, the sales people had to learn ASL – American Sign Language – to work the sales to individuals. Many of our efforts went to PSAPs in relation to the Federal Accessibility Act.

I just finished exhibiting at the state Kansas Hospital Association convention here in Kansas today. IT’s been a while since I exhibited at a Medical Group Show and was surprised at how many medical facilities are moving away from pagers to cellular phones because I always thought medical would be the last to go away from pagers. My favorite comment to them was how long does it take for them to alert ten or twenty medical personnel they are needed stat. The smaller facilities say they just “YELL” down the hall or page on overhead speakers. Other larger facilities are actually tasking the facility operators to call each and every person/doctor on their cellular phone. Interestingly enough many referred to pagers as the old way of doing things. I’m sure this has a lot to do with the lack of wireless paging and two way radio influence on these facilities. I was the only paging and radio communications exhibitor out of two hundred exhibitors. Some hospital staffers even asked how a pager worked. I’ve got my work cut out for me now as I follow up.

Have a great Day!

Ron Mayes
Advantage Communications
Wichita, KS 67211

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