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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - JULY 24, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 369

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

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SPOT Introduces Next Gen Satellite GPS Messenger

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By Amy Tierney
TMCnet Web Editor

July 21, 2009

A Milpitas, Calif.-based provider of personal satellite messaging and emergency communications introduced its new Satellite GPS Messenger, a smaller and lighter version of the original "personal tracker."

SPOT LLC today unveiled the new "SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger," which is 30 percent smaller than the SPOT Satellite personal tracker. It features custom messaging modes, and uses a GPS chipset and satellite communications to offer enhanced reliability and performance, the company said.

The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, shown below, uses the GPS satellite network to determine a customer's location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service center. The device also lets people track users progress in real-time via Google Maps. It also features a SOS (News - Alert)/9-1-1 Alert button to let emergency responders coordinate a rescue with the users’ GPS location, the company said.

The latest model offers globally recognized symbols for its message buttons to accommodate use in international markets and drive distribution to customers in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, SPOT, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., said.

“Today's announcement further demonstrates our continued commitment to expand our product line and develop integrated services like SPOT Assist roadside assistance providing advanced personal satellite communications to increase safety for our customers on a daily basis,” said Darren Bassel, director of global marketing, SPOT LLC, in a statement.

The smaller design is meant to target a larger consumer market, including families and other users who spend time in the areas with unreliable cellular service, Bassel said.

Since the device was introduced, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger initiated more than 250 rescues and sent over 10 million peace-of-mind and track-me messages around the world, the company said. As of March 31 the company received orders to ship of more than 120,000 units.

In related news, SPOT in January unveiled SPOT Assist, a roadside GPS safety service that works with the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. With the service, users can obtain roadside assistance that works on reliable satellite technology without the need for a cellular network. Unlike conventional services like OnStar, SPOT Assist combines a GPS receiver with satellite communications technologies to provide location-based messaging independent of cellular coverage, TMCnet reported.

amy tierney Amy Tierney is a Web editor for TMCnet, covering unified communications, telepresence, IP communications industry trends and mobile technologies. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page. [source]

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

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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.

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PAGING CARRIERS

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AAPC responds on our members behalf to the recent article in Urgent Communications

To: Mr. Glenn Bischoff
  Editor, Urgent Communications

Dear Mr. Bischoff:

The American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC), the national association dedicated to representing and advancing the paging industry, read with interest Urgent Communications’ July 8, 2009, article entitled “Fire Departments Dropping Pagers in Favor of Emergency Dispatch Solution.” While AAPC is pleased that the paging industry has received press coverage from Urgent Communications, we are obligated to comment on certain assertions made within the article.

Foremost is the suggestion that an abundance of fire departments are discontinuing the use of their pagers in favor of a specific product offered by Omnilert. The paging industry has had a long and well regarded relationship with fire fighters, one that is built on a strong demand for dependable service and the unique features that paging provides, including common group codes, coverage, reliability and speed. Fire Departments are some of the most prolific users of large group paging, which requires a common code for simultaneous (versus sequential) transmission. In fact, a very large number of pagers in use today nationally are used by fire departments, many of whom simply will not rely on cellular service during critical emergencies. The reliability of paging technology is not an issue as thousands of fire fighters and the communities they serve may attest.

We understand why certain fire personnel would want to reduce the number of devices they carry and make the decision to switch their personal messaging to a cell phone or other device rather than a pager. However, we find it troubling if that person were also responsible to the public and the choice is made based on the promise of service equality. Service providers have the responsibility to inform their customers of the difference in service they are likely to experience. Many paging system operators have the ability to forward messages to other devices such as cell phones, but with the appropriate advice to their users about the potential delays or failure to receive the message. We support the appropriate use of technology for the application and fully agree e-mail (SMTP) and SMS play a vital role in routine communications, but not necessarily when the information requirement is immediate. Commercial, and most private paging service, is provided on dedicated paging channels which are not shared with two-way voice, video or high density data traffic which can congest the channel as it does with cellular.

Finally, as you are aware, it is well documented that paging was the most dependable means of communications for first responders during times of great emergency such as 9/11, Katrina and the NYC subway and London bombings. Paging is one of the vital technologies listed by the Federal Government in the Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act for national and local alerting of emergency messages. Paging services save lives every day.

We appreciate this opportunity to share our views with you. Given the instrumental role Urgent Communications plays within the wireless industry, particularly with respect to critical public safety news, we hope that you will rely on AAPC in the future for news associated with paging products, emergency services, regulatory activities and technology developments. Please visit our web site at www.pagingcarriers.org, and feel free to contact me. We look forward to working with you.

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FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI
ANNOUNCES SENIOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND
HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU APPOINTMENTS

Washington, DC — Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) and two deputies, who will join the other senior staff in the bureau. Today’s announcements include: Bureau Chief Rear Admiral (ret.) Jamie Barnett, Deputy Chief David Furth and Deputy Chief Jennifer Manner.

“Communication is essential during times of disaster – both natural and man-made – and the FCC must ensure that our nation’s communications networks serve our public safety needs,” said Chairman Genachowski. “These experienced professionals understand the importance of preparation and foresight in emergency response. I am delighted that Admiral Barnett, with his broad and deep experience with public safety issues and familiarity with the concerns of state and local governments, will be joining the agency. I am also pleased to be elevating David Furth and bringing Jennifer Manner back to the agency. This team will provide the expertise required to enable a public safety infrastructure for the twenty-first century, with the advanced technology needed to serve our firefighters, police officers, and other first responders.”

Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Rear Admiral (ret.) Jamie Barnett: Admiral Barnett served 32 years in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve, retiring in 2008. His last active duty assignments were Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Director, Naval Education and Training in the Pentagon. For the last two years, Admiral Barnett has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a policy think tank focusing on science and technology issues of importance to the nation, including cyber conflict and cyber security. From 1984 to 2001, Mr. Barnett was a senior partner at Mitchell, McNutt and Sams, P.A. in Tupelo, Mississippi with a governmental law practice representing municipalities, counties, law enforcement agencies, schools and local government officials.

Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, David Furth: David Furth has served at the FCC since 1992 and in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau since the Bureau’s formation in 2006. Since January 2009, Mr. Furth has served as Acting Chief of the Bureau. Previously, Mr. Furth was an Associate Bureau Chief in PSHSB, focusing on public safety spectrum policy issues, particularly 800 MHz rebanding and the 700 MHz rulemaking proceeding.

Mr. Furth also worked in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in various capacities, including Deputy Chief and Chief of the Commercial Wireless Division, Senior Legal Advisor to the Bureau Chief, and Chief Counsel and Associate Bureau Chief. Mr. Furth also served as a Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Rachelle Chong. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Furth was in private law practice in Washington, DC and San Francisco, California.

Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Jennifer Manner: Most recently, Ms. Manner was a principal at ZComm Strategies, LLC, where she advised telecommunications companies on regulatory policy issues. Prior to that, Ms. Manner was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at SkyTerra Communications, L.P. Ms. Manner served as Senior Counsel to FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy, with responsibility for wireless, technology and international issues. Before joining the Commissioner’s office, Ms. Manner worked at Worldcom, Inc., in the communications group at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP, and as an Attorney-Advisor at the FCC.

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Car Horns To Warn Against Natural Disasters

Posted on: Monday, 20 July 2009, 08:59 CDT

In the past, sirens howled to warn the population against floods, large fires or chemical accidents. Today, however, there is no extensive warning system in Germany, as most sirens were dismantled after the Cold War. Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT in Euskirchen want the population to be warned by car horns in the future.

In Batman’s hometown of Gotham City, a gigantic searchlight projects the Bat signal into the sky in case of disaster to alarm the superhero and the population. In Germany, an extensive network of sirens was used in the past to warn the population against disasters: in case of forest fires, industrial accidents or a looming inundation of a part of town, civil protection agencies could trigger the loud and clear siren alarm, while detailed information was provided by radio and television. However, after the end of the Cold War, most sirens were dismantled in the mid-nineties to be replaced by the satellite-based warning system SatWaS, which informs the population only via radio and television. But if TV and radio are switched off, the warning goes unheard.

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Car horns warn against natural disasters

In recent years, different individual solutions for warning systems have been developed. Cell-broadcast systems can send mass SMS messages to mobile phones. Smoke detectors, radio-controlled clocks and weather stations equipped with radio receivers can also trigger alarm. Despite the high distribution rate of some of these devices, it cannot be ensured that a warning reaches the entire population. Only individual persons or households would be warned, and only if the devices are on standby 24/7/365. Today, fire brigades and disaster protection agencies would rather want the sirens back. However, the resulting costs would amount to several 100 million Euros for German federal and state governments, which share the responsibility for civil protection.

In January, researchers of the INT applied for a patent of a technology which allows the horns of parked cars to be activated in case of disaster. The technology is based on the eCall emergency system, which new cars are going to be equipped with as from September 2010. The eCall system was developed at the initiative of the EU Commission to help reduce the number of road traffic fatalities. It consists of a GPS sensor and a mobile phone component, which is activated only in case of an accident (i.e. when the airbags are triggered) and which can transmit data (e.g. accident time, coordinates and driving direction of the vehicle) to an emergency call center.

The INT researchers found out that this infrastructure can also be used to warn the population. Once the cars are equipped with a radio receiver, their horns can be triggered in case of disaster. The receiver can be activated only by civil protection agencies. These might send e.g. the following signal to the vehicles: »To all vehicles that are equipped with the receiver and that are currently within the boundaries of the following GPS coordinates: If the engine is off, start sounding the horn!«

Dipl.-Ing. Guido Huppertz from the INT’s Technology Analyses and Forecasts (TAV) department has worked on the system and explains the advantages of honking cars: »All hitherto suggested solutions such as mobile phones or smoke detectors only inform the respective device user. The entire population can only be informed if 100% are equipped with these devices.« The INT suggestion has a clear statistical advantage: a mere 14% of the registered vehicles are already sufficient to provide extensive alarming. »If all new vehicles are equipped with eCall from the end of next year, the warning system may be ready for use after an establishment phase of 2 to 4 years,« Huppertz predicts.

The new system is meant to complement rather than replace the other options. »The effort is restricted to the integration of a small electronic module into new vehicles« Huppertz states. »As far as the authorities are concerned, the necessary infrastructure is already available.«

Source: redOrbit.com

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Ms. Ellen O’Hara has been chosen to serve as president and CEO of Zetron Inc., a Kenwood subsidiary and leader in the field of mission-critical communications. Ms. O’Hara’s position is effective August 17, 2009.

Redmond, WA—July 20, 2009: Zetron, Inc. today announced that Ms. Ellen O. O’Hara has been chosen to serve as president and chief executive officer of Zetron Inc., beginning August 17, 2009. She is replacing John Reece, who is retiring from the position.

“We are very pleased to have someone of Ellen’s prodigious talent and skills join Zetron,” said Reece. “With her experience managing and leading a variety of global communications companies, she provides Zetron with a unique set of strengths that will be invaluable as the company moves into the future.”

Before joining Zetron, Ms. O’Hara served as president and chief operating officer for EF Johnson; and held senior-level management positions at Motorola, including vice president and general manager of its Radio Products Division, and vice president and director of subscriber operations in its Radio Network Solutions Group. She also worked for General Electric and Ericsson/GE in business development, operations and product management. Ms. O’Hara holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a BA from Mount Holyoke.

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For over 25 years, Zetron has been providing mission-critical communication solutions for clients in public safety, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and business. With offices in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A. Basingstoke, England; Brisbane, Australia and numerous field locations, Zetron supports a worldwide network of authorized resellers and distributors. This gives Zetron a global reach as well as a local presence in the regions it serves. Zetron is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation. Kenwood Corporation is part of the JK Holdings Group, which includes Kenwood Corporation, JVC, and other affiliates. For more information about Zetron, visit http://www.zetron.com.

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Mobile broadband users near quarter billion mark

July 22, 2009 Written by telecoms.com editorial

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Mobile broadband users hit quarter billion mark

Mobile broadband subscribers worldwide topped the 225 million mark at the end of March 2009, representing 93 per cent year on year growth.

According to statistics released by Informa Telecoms & Media on Wednesday, the popularity of mobile broadband remains at its highest in Asia Pacific, which boasted over 90 million subscribers, while growth is most notable in Latin America with 385 per cent year on year growth to over 10 million subscribers.

Typically in many emerging markets, fixed broadband access remains limited and mobile operators are seeing the opportunity to use recently deployed wireless networks as a way of diversifying their revenue streams by connecting millions for whom an internet connection has until recently been out of reach. The Informa statistics incorporate all forms of mobile broadband technology, from 3G HSPA to WiMAX.

Informa’s principal analyst for growth markets, Nick Jotischky, said the evolution of the device market has also contributed to a surge in mobile data traffic. The analyst estimates that the increased usage in non-voice services has resulted in mobile operators recording total data revenues of $46.5bn during 1Q09, which is an 8.5 per cent year on year increase on the corresponding period in 2008. The value of the non-voice market for the whole of 2008 was estimated to be over $180bn, accounting for over 20 per cent of total service revenues.

The iPhone also helped, with O2 reporting that 40 per cent of its data traffic in the UK comes from the smartphone market.

“Mobile operators cannot afford to overlook the effects of the economic downturn on consumer spending and especially the discretionary spend of data services. Moreover, intense competition and the introduction of bundled offers in order to limit churn has resulted in decreasing SMS revenues for many operators despite an actual rise in traffic. Whilst all data services, be they messaging, entertainment, internet or mobile banking services are becoming more central to mobile operator strategies, they are often more successful as retention tools and differentiators than actual revenue generators,” said Jotischky.

Source: Telecoms.com

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IS THERE A NEWS SHORTAGE?

There must be a shortage of substantive wireless news stories out there. Recently, out of the blue, there were a number of articles that seemed to unnecessarily besmirch the paging industry. As if business isn't tough enough these days.

The first one that crossed my desk was an article that appeared in the Washington Post on July 7 with the headline "Paging Study Finds That the Doctor is Often Out." The article started with "Still waiting to hear from the doctor? Maybe he never got that page message." If you were an uninformed reader, you might have instantaneously concluded that there is something amiss with paging system technology. The fact is that paging systems are one of the most reliable communication techniques in existence. It is a simple data transmission, so that even if there is some interference, the message will get through. Of course, the article eventually got to the point that the real problem is that doctors are unavailable (do you think?), there are incorrect phone numbers in the system, and that doctors are failing to turn their pagers on. It is not the paging system that is the problem. Maybe the headline should have read "Doctor's Fail to Turn Pagers On and Miss Critical Calls."

TV station KXII in Texas on July 1st reported that "Emergency paging system shut off without notification for several Texoma police, fire departments." Who knows why service was terminated by the former carrier, but a little further research would have revealed that there were a number of paging providers that were ready to provide replacement service, and in fact, that's exactly what happened. This article did note, however, that pagers are "the lifeline to send out information about what to do and where to go during emergencies."

And then there was the article entitled "Fire Departments Dropping Pagers in Favor of Emergency Dispatch Solution" released by Urgent Communications on July 8. Aren't pagers an emergency dispatch solution? I was a bit confused until I read the article, which comes close to reading like a vendor press release that was converted into a news article. I especially liked the part in the article where the maker claimed that they could "rattle off a number of fire departments that have adopted its system." Two customers were mentioned in the article and I guess that counts as a "number." Perhaps the editors should report the other side of the story at some point.

A long, long time ago I remember accepting and publishing an article from a vendor that touted their product's benefits. I think it took a day or two at most to hear from another manufacturer who asked me if it was my "practice to provide complimentary advertising space to their competitors." I think my professional response at the time sounded something akin to "huh muhna huh muhna ..."

Fortunately, we have the FCC finally getting its staff squared away so that relevant spectrum management and telecommunication policy news may once again be reported.

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

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   Vol. 12, No. 29 x July 22, 2009   

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Broadband Stimulus Applicants Should Be Aware of Compliance Requirements

The first of the Government’s public workshops clarified some of the nuances of the broadband grant/loan application process, and highlighted some of the obligations and potential pitfalls of being a stimulus money grantee. It will be important for our clients interested in seeking stimulus funding to be aware of the obligations they will be agreeing to as part of the application process, including such burdens as special bookkeeping procedures, hiring practices, equipment acquisition restrictions, reporting and audit requirements and restrictions on selling the funded facilities. For example, the workshop indicated that applicants/grantees must have an entirely separate ledger to record the use of federal funds, written procedures for procurement, and written codes of conduct for employees, officers, and agents. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) itself contains certain additional report ing duties, as well as requiring adherence to the Buy American provisions, §1606 Wage Rate Requirements, and the National Environment Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act environmental assessment requirements. Award recipients must follow further specified quarterly reporting and audit requirements based on the projects they are involved in, as outlined in the NOFA. The NOFA also imposes restrictions on the sale or lease of project assets. Under the rules, the sale or lease of any portion of the award-funded broadband facilities during the life of the asset is prohibited without the approval of the relevant agency. The NOFA appears to indicate that the agencies may not be able to approve a sale or lease until after the tenth year from the date of issuance of the grant, loan or loan/grant award, unless the sale was identified in the grant application (which is unlikely).

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

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Clyburn, Baker sail through Senate nomination hearings.
  • Verizon says it will allow small carriers in to handset deals with manufacturers.
  • Comment sought on providing eligible entities access to aggregate Form 477 data.
  • FCC issues Further Notice on remanded Access BPL issues.
  • NTIA sets Aug. 31 for NOFA information collection requirement.
  • VITAL MEETINGS & DEADLINES

Clyburn, Baker Sail Through Senate Nomination Hearings

Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee last week for their FCC nomination hearings. Democrat Clyburn, a South Carolina Public Service Commissioner, was introduced by her state’s Republican Senators, Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, which virtually assures her bipartisan support for confirmation. Baker is also expected to be confirmed. Both were favorably reported out of the committee yesterday, July 21. All that remains is a Senate floor vote, which had not been scheduled at our deadline. Both nominees faced virtually no opposition.

“I appear before you well aware of the formidable economic challenges our nation faces today,” Clyburn said. “I firmly believe, however, that we have at our disposal a communications sector that, if harnessed, should be a leader in our nation’s economic recovery and long-term sustainable economic growth. Our success will depend in large measure upon our ability to think creatively, spur innovation and work together to use communication technologies in a way that enables businesses to succeed and improve the lives of Americans.

Clyburn said she would focus on consumer and public-interest issues, as well as affordable broadband service. She said she opposed the fairness doctrine "in any way shape or form," supported Internet “openness,” and had concerns about media consolidation.

Baker, a former head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), also expressed concerns about the fairness doctrine and talked about the importance of broadband, including incentives to business. She said she would be wary of new network neutrality regulations in a marketplace that seemed to be working. She said she supported an open Internet, but that reasonable network management was necessary so that operators could block access to illegal content like porn and pirated copyright works. She said the current system of swift enforcement of openness violations was working.

“I believe we can reap great benefits from a spectrum policy that unlocks the value of the public airwaves in more efficient, transparent and flexible ways,” Baker said. “The Spectrum Inventory bill that this Committee marked up last week, shows important leadership and is a first step to increasing wireless broadband use in innovative ways such as secondary markets, leasing, and test-beds. Improving the effective and efficient management of federal programs such as universal service must round this National Broadband Plan. In this time of profound economic challenge, we need to ensure that the communications sector continues to thrive and contributes meaning fully to an economic recovery, both in the near and long term.”

Clyburn agreed that when she was talking about open ness, it applied to legal content. She said that network operators should have "reasonable tools" to control what goes over their networks. She said that whether network neutrality regulations were needed would depend on whether the market was competitive. If so, there might be no need, but if not, it warranted consideration.

In what might not bode well for supporters of newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership, both Baker and Clyburn said they had concerns about concentration of control of broadcast ownership, according to Multichannel News and other media outlets. But Baker did point to a chang ing marketplace of increasing competition. "I do think that broadcasting and newspapers are still a very stable, traditional medium for people in an area to receive their information. So, I think if they are owned by one source, that does become troublesome." But she followed that quickly with the observation that, "we have a new media landscape where there is a wide variety of news sources, more than ever before, for people to receive that information."

Clyburn said that she was "very wary of media consolidation" and vowed to take a "close look at it," saying a variety of voices was "most important."

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

Verizon Says It Will Allow Small Carriers Into Handset Deals With Manufacturers

Verizon Wireless said it will give small wireless carriers—those with 500,000 or fewer subscribers—access to all of its exclusive devices from all of its handset partners six months after Verizon launches the phones, according to a letter Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam sent to Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Chairman of the House Telecom Subcommittee. The letter comes in the wake of promises from the FCC and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to investigate handset exclusivity arrangements (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, July 8).

"Moreover, we have no objection to small carriers having full access to any manufacturer's portfolio of prototypes and products in development, without being informed which may have been selected by Verizon Wireless," McAdam said in the letter. "Obviously our pre-launch product selections are proprietary and must remain confidential between us and our vendors."

In February, Verizon agreed to allow the Associated Carrier Group—which represents 25 CDMA carriers that have a combined 2.6 million subscribers—access to LG and Samsung phones six months after Verizon launched the devices.

And, from now on, when Verizon strikes a deal with a manufacturer for exclusive access to a handset, it will allow the phone be sold after six months to any carrier with fewer than 500,000 customers.

“Exclusivity arrangements promote competition and innovation in device development and design,” Verizon wrote. “When we procure exclusive handsets from our vendors, we typically buy hundreds of thousands or even millions of each device. Otherwise manufacturers may be reluctant to make the investments of time, money and production capacity to support a particular device.”

Art Brodsky, a spokesman for Public Knowledge, a group that advocates for more digital openness, characterized Verizon’s move as a distraction, according to the New York Times. “It is a meaningless effort that is just a way to head off action from Congress or the FCC,” he said. Mr. Brodsky pointed out that fewer than 5 percent of wireless customers use carriers that fall below Verizon’s 500,000-customer cut-off. He also questioned why Verizon should be able to set the terms of these contracts. Mr. Brodsky argued that since the wireless carriers use public airwaves, they should be forced to let any custom er use any phone on any network.

“I should be able to walk into Best Buy and pick up any phone I want and tether it to any carrier I want with any plan I want,” he said.

Striking down exclusive contracts would not guarantee that popular phones would be available on every carrier, the Times said. Technical differences in the networks of the major United States carriers mean that cellphone makers must customize each phone’s design for individual carriers.

The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) said Verizon's recent offer for exclusive handsets was inadequate, arguing the proposed compromise doesn't cover current and past exclusive arrangements. "While RCA is encouraged by Verizon Wireless' most recent exclusive handset proposal, RCA will continue to pursue modifications to the policy," RCA said, "the commitment does not go far enough to rectify the consumer and competitive harms caused by these agreements. More than 180 million of the nation's wireless customers are unable to benefit from the new policy."

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

LAW & REGULATION

COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROVIDING ELIGIBLE ENTITIES ACCESS TO AGGREGATE FORM 477 DATA: The FCC seeks comment on how to provide access to aggregated FCC Form 477 data under the Broadband Data Improvement Act (BDIA). The Form 477 is the Local Competition and Broadband Reporting Form (see Page 6). Under a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), the FCC seeks comment on how to interpret and implement sections 106(h)(1) and 106(h)(2) of the BDIA. On October 10, 2008, the BDIA became law. Section 106(h)(1) of the BDIA requires the Commission to “provide eligible entities access . . . to aggregate data collected by the Commission based on the Form 477 submissions of broadband service providers.” Section 106(h)(2) of the BDIA imposes certain confidentiality requirements on eligible entities that receive the FCC Form 477 “aggregate data.” Thus, the FCC seeks comment on how it should implement these statutory provisions. First, it seeks comment on how it should interpret the term “aggregate” in Section 106(h)(1). Particularly, to what extent does the adjective “aggregate” require the Commission to provide to eligible entities data that is more aggregated than the raw data submitted by Form 477 filers. The FCC also seeks comment on whether the confidentiality provisions of section 106(h)(2) indicate that the Commission should provide access to data that is more disaggregated than the Form 477 filing-based data that it makes available to the public in various periodic statistical reports released by the Wireline Competition Bureau. More generally, the FCC seeks comment on how much the Commission should aggregate the data that it provides to eligible entities, and what factors it should consider in determining the appropriate level of aggregation. The FCC also seeks comment on section 106(h)(2) of the BDIA, which requires eligible entities to treat “any matter that is a trade secret, commercial or financial information, or privileged or confidential, as a record not subject to public disclosure except as other wise mutually agreed to by the broadband service provider and the eligible entity.” In particular, the FCC seeks comment on whether that section is self-effectuating or whether the Commission should take any measures to ensure eligible entities’ compliance with section 106(h)(2). If parties believe that the Commission should adopt safeguards to ensure compliance with section 106(h)(2), then the FCC asks that they describe with specificity the nature of their proposed safeguards.

This item will address whether and how the FCC should provide access to Form 477 data to “eligible entities” like RUS and public-private partnerships like ConnectKentucky and similar ventures. Such access would help these entities to prioritize their efforts and determine what areas have or do not have broadband service. However, the availability of Form 477 data to governmental entities such as NTIA or RUS would also appear to be a potential “gotcha” for clients who are applying for stimulus funds. Form 477 filers are required to report on speeds/availability of their broadband services by zip code, and it may not be evident from advertising or other public information exactly where any given carrier’s service is available. RUS or NTIA may use the Form 477 data to discredit an otherwise well-drawn stimulus proposal by pointing to other service providers who are claiming to provide service in an area that in reality appears to be unserved or underserved. And of course, service to some portion of a zip code may not translate into actual service throughout a proposed broadband service area. Given the timing of the item, and the need to complete a rulemaking (even on an expedited timetable), State and local agencies and other “eligible entities” probably will not have access to this data in time to use it for the first round of stimulus applications, but the data may very well be available to NTIA/RUS staff in reviewing applications. We therefore urge our clients to be thorough in their research of unserved and underserved areas and to conduct field studies whenever possible. Comments in this WC Docket No. 07-38; GN Docket Nos. 09-47, and 09-51 proceeding will be due seven days after publication in the Federal Register, and replies will be due five days later. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC ISSUES FURTHER NOTICE ON REMANDED ACCESS BPL ISSUES: The FCC has issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to address certain issues from its Report and Order on rules for broadband over power line (BPL) systems and devices that was remanded by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In the BPL Order, the Commission established technical standards, operating restrictions, and measurement guidelines for Access BPL systems to promote the development of such systems while ensuring that licensed radio services are protected from harmful interference. In ARRL v. FCC, in response to an appeal by the American Radio Relay League (an association of amateur radio operators), the court remanded the BPL Order to the Commission for further consideration and explanation of certain aspects of its decision. Specifically, the court directed the Commission to provide a reasonable opportunity for public comment on un-redacted staff technical studies on which it relied to promulgate the rules, to make the studies part of the rulemaking record, and to provide a reasoned explanation of the choice of an extrapolation factor for use in measurement of emissions from Access BPL systems.

The FCC has placed the unredacted staff technical studies into the record of the proceeding and is requesting comment on the information in those studies as it pertains to the BPL decisions. The FCC is also placing into the record certain additional materials that contain preliminary staff research and educational information that was not previously available. In response to its remand of a portion of the BPL measurement procedure, the FCC is also providing an explanation of its reasons for selecting 40 dB per decade as the extrapolation factor for frequencies below 30 MHz. The FCC further explains why it believes the studies and technical proposal submitted earlier by the ARRL do not provide convincing information that the FCC should use an extrapolation factor that is different from that which the Commission adopted.

As the several studies now available show and as the FCC has observed previously, there can be considerable variability in the attenuation of emissions from BPL systems across individual measurement sites that is not captured in the fixed 40 dB per decade standard. To ad dress this variability, the FCC is requesting comment on whether it should amend its BPL rules to 1) adjust the extrapolation factor downward to 30 dB or some other fixed value and, 2) as an alternative, also allow use of a special procedure for determining site-specific BPL extrapolation values using in situ measurements. The special in situ procedure the FCC is proposing is based on a concept under consideration by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) working group on power line communications technology electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). In addition, the FCC is clarifying that parties testing BPL equipment and systems for compliance with emissions limits in FCC rules may measure at the standard 30 meter distance rather than only the shorter distances recommended in the BPL measurement guidelines. The FCC requests comments on the unredacted staff studies, the FCC decision for selecting an extrapolation factor for BPL systems based on slant range method and its proposal to allow use of site-specific extrapolation factors as an alternative to the standard extrapolation factor. In the interim, the FCC will continue to apply the standard as adopted in the BPL Order. Comments in this ET Docket No. 04-37 proceeding are due 30 days after publication in Federal Register, and replies are due 15 days thereafter. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

NTIA SETS AUGUST 31 FOR NOFA INFORMATION COLLECTION REQUIREMENT: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the collection of information requirements contained in the Notice of Funds Availability (NO-FA) for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) published July 9. Comments on the collection of information requirement in the BTOP NOFA are due August 31. Commenters should reference RIN: 0660- ZA01. This does NOT affect the August 14 stimulus grant/loan application filing deadline. In the BTOP NOFA, NTIA requested comments on the collection of in formation specifically for the BTOP Infrastructure, Public Computer Center, and Sustainable Adoption programs. The comments requested will be used as a part of a request by NTIA, if it decides to use this collection past the approved emergency request clearance time period. At that time, NTIA would resubmit a collection of information request to OMB in accordance with the review process provided in the regulations implementing the Paperwork Reduction Act. A specific comment deadline was inadvertently not included in the BTOP NOFA and is now announced—i.e., comments (on the information collection requirement) are due August 31. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

DEADLINES

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

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

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

AUGUST 1: FTC BEGINS ENFORCEMENT OF RED FLAG RULES. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has delayed enforcement of the “Red Flag” Rules for 90 days until August 1, 2009, to give creditors and financial institutions additional time to implement identity theft programs. Under the new rules, all businesses that maintain a creditor-debtor relationship with customers, including virtually all telecommunications carriers (but other companies as well), must adopt written procedures designed to detect the relevant warning signs of identity theft, and implement an appropriate response. The Red Flag compliance program was in place as of November 1, 2008. But the FTC will not enforce the rules until Au gust 1, 2009, meaning only that a business will not be subject to enforcement action by the FTC if it de lays implementing the program until August 1. The FTC announcement does not affect other federal agencies’ enforcement of the original Nov. 1, 2008, compliance deadline for institutions subject to their oversight. Other liabilities may be incurred if a violation occurs in the meantime. The requirements are not just binding on telcos and wireless carriers that are serving the public on a common carrier basis. They also apply to any “creditor” (which includes entities that defer payment for goods or services) that has “covered accounts” (ac counts used mostly for personal, family or household purposes). This also may affect private user clients, as well as many telecom carriers’ non-regulated affiliates and subsidiaries. BloostonLaw has prepared a Red Flag Compliance Manual to help your company achieve compliance with the Red Flag Rules. Please contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554) with any questions or to request the manual.

JULY 31: SECTION 43.61(a) INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRAFFIC REPORTS. All common carriers that provided international facilities-based and facilities-resale switched and private line services, or pure switched resale services, during calendar year 2007, are required to file the report regardless of the amount of traffic they provided. Facilities-based services are provided using international transmission facilities owned in whole or in part by the carrier providing the service. Facilities-resale services are provided by a carrier utilizing international circuits leased from other reporting international carriers. International facilities-based and facilities-resale switched message telephone and private line services data must be filed on a country-by-country, region and world total basis. International switched tele graph, telex and other miscellaneous services data may be filed on a region and world total basis only. Carriers that provided international pure switched resale services for the calendar year may file world totals only. Blooston Law contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JULY 31: CARRIER IDENTIFICATION CODE (CIC) REPORTS DUE. Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Reports must be filed by July 31 of each year. These reports are required of all carriers who have been assigned a CIC code by NANPA. Failure to file could result in an effort by NANPA to reclaim it, although according to the Guidelines this process is initiated with a letter from NANPA regarding the apparent non-use of the CIC code.

The assignee can then respond with an explanation. (Guidelines Section 6.2).

The CIC Reporting Requirement is included in the CIC Assignment Guidelines, produced by ATIS. According to section 1.4 of that document: At the direction of the NANPA, the access providers and the entities who are assigned CICs will be requested to provide access and usage information to the NANPA, on a semiannual basis to ensure effective management of the CIC resource. (Holders of codes may respond to the request at their own election). Access provider and entity reports shall be submitted to NANPA no later than January 31 for the period ending December 31, and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. It is also referenced in the NANPA Technical Requirements Document, which states at 7.18.6: CIC holders shall provide a usage report to the NANPA per the industry CIC guidelines … The NAS shall be capable of accepting CIC usage reports per guideline requirements on January 31 for the period ending December 31 and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. These reports may also be mailed and accepted by the NANPA in paper form.

Finally, according to the NANPA website: If no local exchange carrier reports access or usage for a given CIC, NANPA is obliged to reclaim it. The semiannual utilization and access reporting mechanism is described at length in the guidelines. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

AUGUST 3: 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. (Normally this form is due on August 1, but because August 1 falls on a Saturday this year, the next business day is Monday, August 3.) This filing requirement applies to wireline and wireless carriers (including CMRS, paging, and other commercial service providers), as well as re sellers. It also applies to certain Private Mobile Radio Service (PMRS) licensees, such as for-profit paging and messaging, dispatch and two-way mobile radio services. The FCC has modified this form in light of its recent decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual form (Form 499-A) that was due April 1. For-profit private radio service providers that are “de minimis” (those that contribute less than $10,000 per year to the USF) do not have to file the 499-A or 499- Q. However, they must fill out the form and retain the relevant calculations as well as documentation of their contribution base revenues for three years. De minimis telecom carriers must actually file the Form 499-A, but not the 499-Q. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

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

AUGUST 31: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS. The Copyright Statement of Accounts form plus royalty payment for the first half of calendar year 2009 is due to be filed September 1 at the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office by cable TV service providers. BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

SEPTEMBER 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. In its June 12, 2008 WC Docket No. 07-38 Form 477 Report & Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to improve data collection, the Commission modified Form 477 to require broadband providers to report the number of broadband connections in service in individual Census Tracts. In order to generate an even more complete picture of broadband adoption in the United States, it proposed additional methods to add to the data reported by Form 477 filers, including a voluntary household self-reporting system, and a recommendation to the Census Bureau that the American Community Survey questionnaire be modified to gather information about broadband availability and subscription in house holds. To further improve the quality of collected data, the FCC adopted three additional changes to FCC Form 477. First, it now requires broadband service providers to report data on broadband service speed in conjunction with subscriber counts according to new categories for download and upload speeds. These new speed tiers will better identify services that support advanced applications. Second, it amended reporting requirements for mobile wireless broadband providers to require them to report the number of subscribers whose data plans allow them to browse the Internet and access the Internet con tent of their choice. Finally, it required providers of 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 Broad band Connections to End User Locations: Entities that are facilities-based providers of broadband connections – which are wired “lines” or wireless “channels” that enable the end user to receive information from and/or send information to the Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction – must complete and file the applicable portions of this form for each state in which the entity provides one or more such connections to end user locations. For the purposes of Form 477, an entity is a “facilities-based” provider of broadband connections to end user locations if it owns the portion of the physical facility that terminates at the end user location, if it obtains unbundled network elements (UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and provisions/equips them as broadband, or if it provisions/equips a broadband wireless channel to the end user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum. Such entities include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers (LECs), cable system operators, fixed wireless service providers (including “wireless ISPs”), terrestrial mobile wireless service providers, satellite 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 wire less services (e.g., “Wi-Fi” and other wireless ethernet, or wireless local area network, applications) that only enable local distribution and sharing of a premises broad band facility.)

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

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

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

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

SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 525, COMPETITIVE CARRIER LINE COUNT QUARTERLY REPORT. Competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs) are eligible to receive high-cost support if they serve lines in an incumbent carrier’s service area, and that incumbent carrier receives high cost support. CETCs are eligible to receive the same per-line support amount received by the incumbent carrier in whose study area the CETC serves lines. Unlike the incumbent carriers, CETCs will use FCC Form 525 to submit their line count data to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This quarterly report must be filed by the last business day of March (for lines served as of September 30 of the previous year); the last business day of July (for lines served as of December 31 of the previous year); the last business day of September (for lines served as of March 31 of the current year); and the last business day of December (for lines served as of June 30 of the current year). CETCs must file the number of working loops served in the service area of an incumbent carrier, disaggregated by the incumbent carrier’s cost zones, if applicable, for High Cost Loop (HCL), Local Switching Support (LSS), Long Term Support (LTS), and Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). ICLS will also require the loops to be reported by customer class as further described below. For Interstate Access Support (IAS), CETCs must file the number of working loops served in the service area of an incumbent carrier by Unbundled Network Element (UNE) zone and customer class. Working loops provided by CETCs in 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.

OCTOBER 1: STATE CERTIFICATION OF UNIVERSAL SERVICE SUPPORT. State regulatory commissions must certify by October 1 that eligible rural carriers are using universal service support for the intended purposes. State commissions must file this annual certification with the FCC and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) stating that all federal high-cost support provided to rural incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) and competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs) serving lines in rural ILEC service areas "will be used only for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which the support is intended." Failure of a state commission to provide certification will mean that non-certified carriers in that state will not receive high-cost support for the first quarter of 2008. If you have any doubts about your state's status, contact your state commission immediately. Carriers not subject to state jurisdiction must certify directly to the FCC and USAC. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

OCTOBER 1: LOCAL SWITCHING SUPPORT FORMS. All incumbent eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) serving study areas with 50,000 or fewer access lines must file projections for Local Switching Support (LSS) with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) no later than October 1 in order to receive LSS in calendar year 2006. Average schedule companies must submit USAC Form LSSa, and cost companies must submit USAC Form LSSc. Whereas the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) normally files these forms for participants in its Traffic Sensitive Pool, carriers maintaining their own interstate access tariffs for traffic sensitive services (or services that are otherwise not included in the pool) must file the forms themselves. Contact the firm if you need assistance with these forms. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

OCTOBER 1: LOCAL SWITCHING SUPPORT FORMS. All incumbent eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) serving study areas with 50,000 or fewer access lines must file projections for Local Switching Support (LSS) with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) no later than October 1 in order to receive LSS in calendar year 2006. Average schedule companies must submit USAC Form LSSa, and cost companies must submit USAC Form LSSc. Whereas the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) normally files these forms for participants in its Traffic Sensitive Pool, carriers maintaining their own interstate access tariffs for traffic sensitive services (or services that are otherwise not included in the pool) must file the forms themselves. Contact the firm if you need assistance with these forms. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

OCTOBER 19: 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: www.universalservice.org. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

NOVEMBER 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. This filing requirement applies to wireline and wireless carriers (including CMRS, paging, and other commercial service providers), as well as resellers. It also applies to certain Private Mobile Radio Service (PMRS) licensees, such as for-profit paging and messaging, dispatch and two-way mobile radio services. The FCC has modified this form in light of its recent decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual form (Form 499-A) that was due April 1. For-profit private radio service providers that are “de minimis” (those that contribute less than $10,000 per year to the USF) do not have to file the 499-A or 499-Q. However, they must fill out the form and retain the relevant calculations as well as documentation of their contribution base revenues for three years. De minimis telecom carriers must actually file the Form 499-A, but not the 499-Q. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

VITAL MEETINGS & DEADLINES

July 29 – Deadline for comments on Supplemental NOI regarding video competition report (2009 data) (MB Docket No. 07- 269).

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

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

July 31—Report of extension of credit to Federal candidates is due.

July 31 – International Telecommunications Traffic Reports are due.

July 31 – Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Reports are due.

Aug. 1 – FTC enforcement of Red Flag rules takes effect.

Aug. 3 – FCC Form 499-Q, Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, is due.

Aug. 3 – FCC Form 502, Number Utilization and Forecast Report, is due.

Aug. 3 – Deadline for comments on FNPRM regarding improving one business day porting interval process (WC Docket No. 07-244).

Aug. 5 – Auction No. 86 (unassigned BRS Auction) Seminar.

Aug. 5 – Auction No. 86 (unassigned BRS Auction) Short-Form Filing Window Opens.

Aug. 14 – Deadline for applications for NTIA, RUS broadband stimulus program funding.

Aug. 14 – Deadline for applications for NTIA mapping grants.

Aug. 18 – Auction No. 86 (unassigned BRS Auction) Short-Form Filing Deadline.

Aug. 19 – Deadline for reply comments on fixing omission in 4.9 GHz rules (WP Docket No. 07-100).

Aug. 21 – Deadline for comments on NTIA’s NOI regarding implementation of CSEA regarding AWS-1 auction relocation issues (Docket No. 0906231085–91085–01).

Aug. 27 – FCC Open Meeting.

Aug. 28 – Deadline for reply comments on Supplemental NOI regarding video competition report (2009 data) (MB Docket No. 07-269).

Aug. 31 – Deadline for reply comments on FNPRM regarding improving one business day porting interval process (WC Docket No. 07-244).

Aug. 31 – Deadline for comments on NTIA BTOP NOFA information collection requirement (RIN: 0660-ZA01).

Aug. 31 – Copyright Statement of Accounts is due.

Sept. 1 – Auction No. 79, FM Construction Permits.

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

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

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The magic profits of the iPhone

Apple's premium product bucks downward trend, writes Rupert Neate.

Published: 9:39PM BST 23 Jul 2009

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Global mobile phone sales this year are expected to suffer the worst collapse since the industry began in 1983. Yet, Apple, which entered the mobile phone market just two years, is struggling to keep up with overwhelming demand for its iPhone.

Apple has sold 21.17m of the phones worldwide, including more than 1m in the UK.

While this may sound like a huge number, it represents just 1pc of all phones sold. But staggeringly, Brian Modoff, an analysts at Deutsche Bank, estimates that the iPhone accounted for almost 20pc of the whole industry's operating profits.

Together, the iPhone and Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry accounted for 3pc of all phones sold last year, but collected more than 35pc of the industry's profits.

Mr Modoff believes the iPhone and the BlackBerry, nicknamed the CrackBerry, will continue to win more market share from long-established players such as Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. He predicts the pair will account for 5pc of units sold and 58pc of the industry's profits this year.

The iPhone is a major contributor to Apple's overall profits, although the company refuses to disclose exactly how much money it makes from the device.

Tim Cook, Apple's chief operating officer, this week highlighted the success of the phone when the company reported profit of $1.23bn (£747m) for the three months to the end of June. It was Apple's most successful non-Christmas quarter in the company's 32-year history.

"The demand has been staggering almost in every country that we've shipped in," Mr Cook said.

As well as revenue from phone sales, Apple also rakes in hundreds of millions from the sale of mobile phone applications, known as apps.

More than 1.5bn apps, ranging from video games to travel guides and personal organisers have been downloaded from its applications store to date.

Apple is thought to collect about 30pc of the sale price of every app. While some apps are available for free it is thought that 90pc cost more than 99p.

Carolina Milanesi, research director at mobile phone research house Gartner, said: "The iPhone is hugely popular with customers, and it's also massively profitable.

"They have completely disrupted the market in less than three years, it is really impressive."

The startling rise of iPhone and BlackBerry devices is hammering all the established mobile phone makers.

Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, last week warned that it will fail to increase its market share this year due to rampant competition. The Finnish company, which makes about 40pc of all phones sold worldwide, also announced a 66pc drop in three months to June.

On the same day Sony Ericsson, once regarded as the most technologically advanced mobile phone maker, slumped to its fourth consecutive quarterly loss. Both company's are desperately slashing jobs in order to free up cash to revamp their tired portfolios to compete with the iPhone in the so-called smartphone sector and push into application stores.

Ms Milanesi says that even if rivals players make phones that are technically better than the iPhone, for example Nokia's N97 and Palm's Pre, they are starting very much on the back foot in terms of brand recognition and consumer appeal.

"You just can't stand still in phones," she says "People can't even remember the names of phones which were popular just six months ago.

"Sony Ericsson was once cool like the iPhone, but it has got to act fast or it will get left behind," she says. "Do you remember the catch-phrase Hello Moto?," Ms Milanesi asks of a recent Motorola advertising campaign. "No, and nor does anyone else."

Motorola has suffered the greatest fall from grace of all the established players. The company, whose RAZR model sold 110m units and was named the 12th greatest gadgets of the past 50 years by PC World, made a $509m loss in the first three months of the year. Motorola is planning to revive its reputation with a series of handsets based on Google's Android operating system.

The lure of the iPhone is also disrupting the mobile phone operator market, with the company that secured the rights to the iPhone outperforming its competitors in most markets.

In the UK, O2, which holds the exclusive rights to the iPhone until September, is the only mobile phone operator to increase its market share.

Rival T-Mobile is so desperate to stem the tide of its customers defecting to Orange that its is snapping up SIM-free phones from mainland Euro≠pe to offer to customers threatening to leave.

Matt Hatton, analyst at Analysys Mason, said: "No other phone has the emotional pull of the iPhone, the BlackBerry almost has it, but only among corporate customers.

"People may buy a Palm Pre with their brains, but they are buying the iPhone with their hearts."

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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