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FRIDAY - MAY 29, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 362

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Still lots of rain here in Illinois. I hope you all had a good week.

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National Interoperability Field Operations Guide
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) is a technical reference pocket-guide of spectrum reference material designed for use by field personnel responsible for emergency response and spectrum coordination during both planned events and emergency situations. First published by the DHS Office of Emergency Communications in 2007, the NIFOG was developed in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Information Officer’s Spectrum Management Office to assist Federal and non-Federal agencies and potential users of the mutual aid channels.

The NIFOG contains sections on:

  • Regulations and guidelines for national interoperability
  • Tables of nationwide interoperability channels
  • Common communications references
  • Tables of commonly used frequencies

and also includes an organized listing of the national mutual aid channels, information from the National Interoperability Frequency Guide (NIFG), the instructions for use of the NIFG, and other reference material. [source]

Editor's note: Every technician, engineer, or amateur radio operator involved in emergency communications should have a copy of this document.

Version 1.3 — issued May 2009, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications, can be downloaded here. left arrow

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Global Paging Convention

The Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (formerly Montréal–Dorval International Airport) is located 20 kilometres from downtown Montréal. Since Montréal is Ron Mercer's home town, he volunteered to provide, those of us attending the Global Paging Convention, with options on travel between the airport and downtown. This information follows the Schedule of Events below.

I hope everyone has their passport ready, transportation arranged, and registration completed for the convention.

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Now on to more news and views.

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A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

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

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

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With only 3 weeks to go the Global Paging Convention agenda keeps getting better!

Early Registration Deadline — June 1st

Register to attend now and save $75


Hotel reservations must be made before June 1st

Make your hotel reservations at the Montreal Bonaventure Hotel

Thanks to our committed sponsors/vendors — so far!
  • American Messaging
  • Argosy Communication Products
  • Daviscomms UK Limited
  • e*Message W.I.S. Deutschland GmbH
  • Generic Mobile
  • Indiana Paging Network
  • Mobilfone
  • Multitone Electronics
  • NEP/UCOM Paging
  • Omni Provincial Electronics
  • PageOne
  • PagePlus
  • Prism Paging
  • ProPage
  • SelectPath
  • Teletouch Paging
  • Unication USA
  • VoxPro Communications
  • Xacom Pty. Ltd.
multitone logo Welcome to the latest AAPC Vendor — Bronze Member — Multitone Electronics. Be sure to check out their display at the Global Paging Convention.

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Tentative Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 17  
9:30 am – 11:00 am EMMA Board Meeting
9:00 am – 12:00 pm AAPC Board Meeting
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Paging Technical Committee Meeting
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration Open
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EMMA Members Meeting

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception sponsored by:

e*Message W.I.S. Deutschland GmbH, Generic Mobile, Indiana Paging Network, Mobilfone, NEP/UCOM Paging, PageOne, Page Plus, ProPage, SelectPath, Teletouch Paging, VoxPro Communications

Thursday, June 18  
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
8:15 am – 8:45 am Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Prism Paging and Xacom

8:45 am – 9:00 am


  • Derek Banner, EMMA
  • François Lincourt, PageNet Canada
  • Jacques Couvas, EMMA
  • Scott Forsythe, AAPC

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Paging a Global Industry?
Is the paging industry ready for Globalization or is it already a global industry? This session will present vendors and operators’ perspectives on the benefits and potential pitfalls of a global paging industry. Learn how this might impact your business.

  • Johan Ågren, Generic Mobile
  • Kirk Alland, Unication USA
  • Vic Jensen, Unication USA
  • David McLawhorn, Teletouch Paging
  • Facilitator: Ted McNaught, Northeast & UCOM Paging
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break sponsored by Prism Paging and Xacom
10:30 am – 11:00 am Technology Repurposing Spectrum—from Narrowband to Broadband
Jim Weisenberg, Space Data Corporation
Space Data is the leader in Near Space Communications, the area above airplanes and below satellites where we and the military fly our balloon-borne SkySite communications platforms at altitudes of 65,000 to 100,000 feet. We transmit over the NPCS spectrum where our license interests total over 60% of the 3 MHz available and we are seeing new equipment being developed to enable utilities and others to use our spectrum for automated meter reading (AMR), and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) — as well as their own private fixed and mobile broadband wireless system requirements.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Successful Diversification Strategies
A group of global experts will lead you down the road to the future by reviewing their successful diversification strategies.
  • Dietmar Gollnick, e*Message WIS, Germany Deutschland GmbH
  • Brian Hick, Digicall
  • Chris Jones, PageOne
  • Mike Lyons, Indiana Paging Network
  • Facilitator: Scott Forsythe, SelectPath
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch sponsored by American Messaging
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Paging Systems Evolution and the Regulatory Quagmire
Sharon Finney, Adventist Health System
This presentation will highlight the regulatory concerns to be considered as paging system technology evolves.
Sharon, Corporate Data Security Officer, will discuss how the rapidly developing regulatory quagmire could impact both paging system developers and customers.
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break sponsored by Prism Paging and Xacom
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Answering the Call—Paging’s Performance in Global First Responder Markets
Ralf Ackermann, Vice President German Fire Service Association
Listen to first hand examples of how paging services are critical to saving lives. A first responder will provide insights into how to continuously improve service in this critical market.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Social Hour sponsored by Unication USA & American Messaging
Friday, June 19  
8:30 am – 2:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Paging—Worldwide Trusted Partner of the Healthcare Industry
Panel discussion providing an overview of paging and critical messaging services within the healthcare environment.


  • Dave Anderson, American Messaging
  • John Bishop, Xacom Pty. Ltd.
  • Pete Carney, Multitone Electronics
  • Facilitator: Roy Pottle, American Messaging

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Competing Technologies in the Healthcare Industry?
Review of technologies being marketed to the healthcare industry, such as: METAmessage for Wireless, Ekahau Wireless Location and Tracking, Polycom SpectraLink Wi-Fi phones.

  • Dan Kiely, VoxPro Communications
  • Ron Mercer, Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
  • Jim Nelson, Prism Systems International, Inc.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Round Table Discussions
Pinpoint examination of critical topics within the industry
1. Benefits and challenges of operating a call center and/or TAS
    Facilitator: Dan Kiely, VoxPro Communications
2. Value of Broadcasting/Group Calls
    Facilitator: Perri McNaught, Northeast & UCOM Paging
3. Adapt, improvise, and refine your business model
    Facilitator: Chris Jones, PageOne
4. Staying out of the FCC Crosshairs—forms & deadlines 101
    Facilitator: Ken Hardman, Esq., Counsel to AAPC
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm The Future of Paging
Derek Banner, European Mobile Messaging Association
This session will provide a brief synopsis of the recent past and most importantly, the future of paging as a global industry. The medical industry and first responders continue to be major users of paging and will continue to need reliable, fast, and economic communications. In this session, we will try to work out how we can respond to these challenges and push paging into industrial and geographic areas where few alternatives exist.

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Airport to Downtown Montréal

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L’Aérobus™, operated by Groupe La Québécoise, provides an efficient connection by motor bus between Montréal–Trudeau airport and downtown Montréal.

L’Aérobus stops at the Montréal Central Bus Station located at 505 de Maisonneuve Blvd. E. A minibus service at no additional charge is also available from the Montréal Central Bus Station to several major downtown hotels
(reservation and information: 514-631-1856).

Schedule: Departures are 24 hours a day.

Travel time: Plan approximately 45 minutes.

Ticket office: Tickets on sale at the Montréal Central Bus Station and at Montréal–Trudeau Airport (arrivals level).

Information: La Québécoise (514) 842-2281.

Montréal-Trudeau / Downtown / Montréal-Trudeau (taxes included)
  Adult 65 years old and over Child (5 to 12 years old)
One-way: $15.00 $14.00 $12.00
Return: $25.00 $23.00 $19.00

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As Canada’s national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada offers inter-city connections along the Ottawa-Montréal, Toronto-Kingston-Montréal and Québec City-Montréal corridors.

A free minibus service is available between the Montréal–Trudeau Airport and the VIA RAIL station at Dorval, a distance of about two kilometers (1 ½ miles). Train tickets can be purchased at Dorval VIA RAIL Station.

Train Fare: Dorval to Downtown Montreal $13.54 Canadian

Minibus service from Trudeau Airport to Dorval VIA RAIL Station is free.

Schedules, and information by telephone:
Via Rail (514) 989-2626
Toll-free 1-888-842-7245

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You can get a taxi or limousine at the arrivals level near the central exit located in front of the cloakroom, where a dispatcher will assist you. No reservation is required. All taxi and limousine operators working out of Montréal–Trudeau are required to have a permit and to comply with its terms and conditions. Occasionally, during periods of excessive demand, Aéroports de Montréal may call on outside operators.

Reduced mobility: A certain number of adapted taxis are available at Montréal–Trudeau. Ask the dispatcher.

Taxi fares: Between Montréal-Trudeau Airport and Downtown Taxi Limousine Fixed fares $38.00 to $49.50

Fares by meter for all other destinations except downtown. Minimum rate of $16.25.

Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. Some drivers accept U.S. currency but provincial regulations require customers to pay in Canadian currency.

Information Telephone
Taxis and limousines (514) 394-7377

Source: Courtesy of Ron Mercer, Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC

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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Leavitt Communications (for Zetron)
Canamex Communications Leavitt Communications (for Alphamate)
CRS—Critical Response Systems Northeast Paging
CVC Paging Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
Daviscomms USA Preferred Wireless
Easy Solutions Prism Paging
FleetTALK Management Services Ron Mercer
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Swissphone
Hark Systems UCOM Paging
HMCE, Inc. Unication USA
InfoRad, Inc.    United Communications Corp.

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

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Unfortunately the following article expresses a very negative opinion about the future of paging in the healthcare field. The editorial policy of this newsletter has always been to report on the issues facing Paging and Wireless Messaging — both for and against.

We must be informed about our “opposition.”

Prediction: Smartphones to replace pagers in hospitals

Friday - May 29th, 2009 - 10:51am EST by Brian Dolan

No surprise here.

Popular medical blogger Dr. Kevin Pho, also known as KevinMD, has a noteworthy post on the growing popularity of smartphone use in hospitals and smartphones’ “inevitable” displacement of pagers. A recent study by Manhattan Research found that 64 percent of doctors use smartphones like BlackBerrys or iPhones. Each of those platforms support mobile applications that provide pager functionalities.

BlackBerry partner Wallace Wireless offers a pager service called WIC Pager. Wallace points out that since many healthcare workers already carry a smartphone, “a single device solution reduces the costs and resources necessary to manage the traditional pager and cellphone combination.” WIC Pager can leverage cellular networks as well as in-building WiFi. It also “allows for quick responses by implementing a one-click call back feature,” which trumps legacy pagers one-way flow. The service also offers “real-time reporting on all pager alerts” so administrators can keep track of messages, too.

While the iPhone supports a number of pager-like apps, one service of note is Voalte. The Sarasota, Florida-based start-up has been turning heads since its launch last year with its voice, alarm and text functionality. Voalte describes itself as a “unified communications solution enabling phone calls across the hospital VoIP system, text messaging via the user directory, and user-friendly alarm management.” Voalte enables caregivers to receive and respond to alarms dispatched by more than 200 hospital systems and devices. The service also touts its flexibility: Users can add additional applications to the iPhone allowing them to customize the service to particular departments or user groups.

“The pager is growing more extinct by the day,” KevinMD concludes. We couldn't agree more.

Read KevinMD’s entire post here.
Check out more about the Wallace Wireless WIC Pager here.
Read up on Voalte’s iPhone-based service over at the company’s site.

For a review of the position of yours truly, this newsletter's supporters, and the majority of our readers, please read: Why is paging the BEST technology to use when it is necessary to alert many people in a short time?

Source: MobiHealthNews

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Palm's Pre: More (and Less) Than an iPhone

David Coursey
PC World
Friday, May 29, 2009 6:26 AM PDT

It will be interesting to see how Apple reacts to news that Palm's Pre knows how to interact with iTunes. While not a business feature, iTunes support would make buying or switching to the Pre much easier for millions of the iTunes faithful.

Multitasking, another key feature of the Pre, may be a more difficult sell as customers may not understand what the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously gets them. Isn't task switching enough? Especially if you can already listen to music and read email at the same time?

Key to gaining acceptance will be excellent Pre demos showing users what the ability to run more than one application at a time can accomplish. This is fairly easy on a big-screen desktop PC, but on a tiny handheld out-of-sight has always meant out-of-mind for the user,

That could change as developers build applications--Android, Blackberry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile all support multitasking--that do or watch things in the background while only occasionally popping up a report to the user.

Multitasking is conspicuously absent in the iPhone 3.0 operating system, although there have been rumors that Apple is speeding the feature to market. iPhone 3.0 devices are expected to be announced within the next 90 days and the new OS will also be an upgrade to current models.

While the WebOS-based Pre will have a multitasking leg up on Apple at its June 6 introduction, Apple could knock another leg out from under the new smartphone even before the Pre launches.

The Pre gains iTunes compatibility by telling the desktop app that it is an iPhone that doesn't understand Apple's copy-protection. This allows the Pre to download content that isn't copy protected, including iTunes Plus and music that users have uploaded themselves.

Counting on Apple to continue offering a feature it doesn't really need, in this case the ability to not download copy-protected music that the iPhone can play but Pre cannot, seems risky.

Making Pre a less-than-adequate iTunes client probably doesn't work in the long run, but locking out other phones has always been Apple's policy. Will the Pre change that? Not if Apple sees value in kicking its new competitor in the knees.

Also, many users already have large collections of copy-protected iTunes songs, purchased from the Music Store, that the Pre is unlikely to ever be able to play.

In this battle of dueling features, Palm may have the stronger position, but shouldn't count on Apple helping its Pre trounce the iPhone.

David Coursey tweets as dcoursey and can be e-mailed using the form at

Source: PCWorld

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Microsoft Vine could save your hide

by Rafe Needleman
cnet news
May 25, 2009 12:00 PM PDT

microsoft vine logo Microsoft Vine looks like an odd social experiment. It's designed to help users send notifications to the people they need to reach in emergencies. I tried the product and found it very un-Microsoft-like. It's useless as a single-user app, and it's also oddly specific in its functionality. From Microsoft, I expect broad platforms and wide-open productivity tools. Vine is neither.

Or is it? I took my questions to Microsoft, and was routed to a person whose title made it clear that there's more going on with Vine than the product initially reveals. I ended up talking with Tammy Savage, general manager of the Microsoft Public Safety Initiative.

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Tammy Savage, general manager of the Microsoft Public Safety Initiative.
(Credit: Microsoft)

At its core, Vine is based on a new Microsoft platform for routing communications between different systems. The platform is built to know the various ways there are to reach anyone using it, and it tries multiple methods until it gets its message through.

For example, some emergency messages might go to users' e-mail accounts or be sent as text messages. Some may go to regular telephones, and will get converted from text to speech if necessary. If one communication method goes down (if calls can't go through after a big disaster, for instance) the platform routes messages over another until they reach enough people to satisfy the requirements of the message.

Rules dictate to whom a message goes. An emergency message to check on a child when a parent is unable to after an earthquake, for example, might only require one person who gets the message to reply to it in the affirmative to satisfy the rule. A note about a kids' soccer game being canceled due to a muddy field would keep bouncing through the system until all the parents got it.

To keep the product in front of users, so they don't forget about when they need it, Vine also lets you track local news, and it can be used it to "check in" when you're traveling, even if you're not in the middle of an emergency. (See Meet Vine for more.)

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Vine lets you send ordinary updates as well as emergency alerts.
(Credit: Screenshot by Rafe Needleman/CNET)

The current private beta version requires that all users download an app, which is a pretty serious limitation for a product that's supposed to reach emergency contacts, some of whom might not be Vine users. Savage said there won't be a download requirement when the product hits Version 1.

However, the app itself could have an important purpose. It might become a node in a mesh network enabling messages to hop between users' computers as the platform tries to deliver emergency notifications. That's an ambitious goal, but it's something an operating system vendor could potentially do. (On September 14, 2001, writing for Red Herring, I proposed a peer-to-peer emergency communications network that could be used when Web news sites were overloaded, as they were on September 11.)

"Our intent," Savage says, "is to create something that will hold up in an emergency, but getting to that point is a process, and a long-term play." Microsoft is a good place to build this, she says: "You can't design a system that survives in a long-term scenario with a small investment."

So the Vine app, as it is today, is the tip of the iceberg. "We consider ourselves an integration layer," Savage says. Vine will be a "service of services," a switchboard to intelligently connect communication systems to each other, to connect people when it's critical to do so. It'll connect e-mail, IM, Twitter, SMS, landline phones, cars using OnStar, satellite phones, you name it.

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Savage also says Vine is built on a new model of understanding emergency communications. As she says, "The old model is, you sound an alarm to get people off balance. Then you provide them with a path to get on balance. This top-down model works well when the threat is understood, the authority is trusted, and peoples' behavior is visceral."

But today that's not the case. Emergencies take new forms, people often don't trust authority, and there's so much communication noise that it's hard for an authoritarian message to break through. Savage says the way people react to emergency alerts when the reaction isn't visceral is to see what people around them are doing.

Her example: You're in a hotel and the fire alarm goes off. What do you do? Most people poke their head out of their door. If other people are running for the exits, they will too. But if nobody's reacting, or people are just slowly ambling out, they'll imitate that behavior. Vine, Savage says, "will give people the proverbial door that can be opened to look around. We're building infrastructure that can be bottom-up and sideways, so messages get through, so we can create nonlinear information sharing in a time of crisis."

I suggested to Savage that Twitter is becoming this non-linear emergency communication channel. She agreed in principle, but said, "We want to include it. But we need more advanced capabilities. We want to know what's circular reporting and what's original."

Ultimately, this is a business for Microsoft, not just a public service. There are budgets for emergency response programs at all levels of government and in many businesses. Savage says Microsoft's first business effort with Vine is "bottoms-up" --local churches, schools, police stations. "Because those are the entities that citizens really trust." She says it's harder to build the business this way (although have you tried getting federal grant dollars?) but she thinks the technology will be more useful than if it's implemented top-down. "Grassroots is where this has to happen," says the Microsoft chief of emergency response platforms.


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May 27, 2009, 5:30 pm

D7: Live Blogging Research In Motion’s Mike Lazaridis

Posted by Eric Savitz

Canada has invaded southern California.

Research In Motion (RIMM) co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is making an on-stage appearance today at the D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, California. He’s being interviewed by Walt Mosberg. Let’s live blog, shall we?

  • 2:22 p.m. Walt says we’re at a seminal moment, with wireless devices tied to could networks. It’s his Web 3.0 pitch. They have over 1,000 apps in their app store. Walt wants to know about their strategy for moving beyond their enterprise base.
  • 2:24 p.m. Lazaridis says they just launched BES 5.0 - just scratching the surface in mobility. This is a release really designed for the fact that devices are being pushed down into the organization. People just expect a Blackberry, like a phone or a desk. He says they were literally pulled into the consumer space, entered deliberately with the Pearl. But still just beginning. Market opportunity for smart phones is just incredible.
  • 2:26 p.m. Is it really still a phone, Walt asks? Or is it now about the data? Lazaridis says the way we interact with devices and each other is becoming something we are really depending on, and expecting the experience to be perfect. The push e-mail, the PIM, the voice experience have to be perfect.
  • 2:28 p.m. He says it is a personal computing platform, something we wear. Has to represent our values, out style. Each of us has different set of needs, and values. Not a one size fits all. The amount of choice has never been seen before in any industry that I know of.
  • 2:29 p.m. The economy: Obviously, it is very bad, Walt says. But he also says there is an optimistic vibe in the crowd. he started the company 25 years ago, during a recession. High tech keeps driving adoption and change over time. Tremendous faith in high technology to keep creating value. We’re doing the right things for when the economy recovers.
  • 2:31 p.m. Are you immune? No one is immune, Walt, he says. They aren't cutting R&D. Lazaridis says the BlackBerry was originally disguised as pagers. Calling them a PDA was a bad thing. We always knew this was a new platform, this was something special. Got into wireless data in 1987.
  • 2:33 p.m. Walt wants to know what RIMM thinks about Apple. Lazaridis says the activity and buzz is increasing demand for more advanced communications experience. This has repercussion for network operators going forward. Transition to smartphones is happening faster. When they launched App World - their store - operators are beside themselves with success - over 10 million downloads of Facebook before App World even started. In first week, his dad was downloading golf app sitting at the kitchen table. Incredible, he says.
  • 2:36 p.m. Competition from Windows? Apple? Palm? Nokia? Lazaridis says they have been working to perfect push email for a long time. That built strong reputation in the enterprise. That is opportunity we take very very seriously. Back to birth of BlackBerry: talked to CIOs about pushing email to your hip. Every one of them said it better be secure and manageable and scalable. Those words are important today, and will be in the future.
  • 2:37 p.m. Walt wants to know if there is any tension between security and the developers. Lazaridis says it is harder to go from consumer platform to enterprise. Far more sensitive than it ever was. Security you don’t just have to take the word of the manufacturer. There are independent accreditations.
  • 2:39 p.m. Walt notes that Apple has thousands of apps, and people have responded in large numbers. RIMM has fortress infrastructure - he wants to know if that is a hindrance. Lazaridis says it isn’t - he says no other device can better bridge the device between consumers and enterprise. They can still provide hooks to native applications that need the performance.
  • 2:41 p.m. What about operating system? One operating system, fully multi-threaded, and multi-tasking. Runs in the DSP stack, the radio, and runs the apps. They don’t promote the OS, but it is a core platform and competency.
  • 2:42 p.m. Why is the Storm not a better device? Lazaridis said it was the #3 device in North America. Walt presses him. Lazaridis says they have already had updates to the product, and will keep making them better and better. He says they are not afraid to try new things. A multi-touch screen, but screen with innovation to it. That has been the missing link in touch screen technology - get to a point where you did not have to think about the experience.
  • 2:43 p.m. Next Storm? Lazaridis says they will keep using the Sure Press technology. What about tablets? He won’t comment on that either. Overall, he says you have to ask what the purpose is of a particular ergonomic design. What is the benefit of a tablet over a laptop? He says he is having trouble finding the answer. The problem, he says, is that there is a no-man’s land - can you touch type, can you put one in your pocket?
  • 2:46 p.m. Kindle a good idea? Lazaridis says he thinks there will be more convergence of platforms - a drive to personalized handheld device.
  • 2:48 p.m. Walt is asking about the networks. Lazaridis says this is the elephant in the room. Started BB to run on the paging network, which had almost no capacity - came up with technology to scale far more linearly. Voice networks don’t grow exponentially. He says apps and access needs to be designed to be scalable.
  • 2:50 p.m. Lazaridis is concerned about bandwidth constraints. He says over 100-to-1 or 1000-to-1 data use over voice calls to stream video over a wireless network. The result is that speeds will come down. Lazaridis says by writing own 3G stack, they get to understand the capabilities and limitations of the technology. It may be a mistake to think you will get wired experience in a wired environment.
  • 2:54 p.m. Lazaridis says apps have to be optimized for the network. We understand this problem - we are their best bet.
  • 2:55 p.m. Walt wants to know how you can convince customers that the experience will not be like a laptop. Lazaridis says the important decision is going to be what experience you get as a consumer. We still have proxies in the system, compressing information as best we can.
  • 2:57 p.m. Q&A time. Q: There are stories about viruses showing up on phones, where they can activate your microphone even when you aren't on the phone. Is that addressed in BB devices? Lazaridis says over time consumers will value and respect the testing of the BB worldwide. Will become very important - if consumer devices is susceptible to being taken over, that’s bad.
  • 2:59 p.m. Ever had a virus or malware? Not that I’m aware of, he says.
  • 3:00 p.m. Someone is asking about manufacturing; he says they manufacturer right across the Street from the company's offices. Takes at least 2 years to get plant on line. Been benefit to be there, used as a research tool. But also using contract manufacturers.
  • 3:01 p.m. China and India issues? In India, they speak and write English. He says they are expecting great things for BB in India. For China, the challenges are the variability in income, and in coverage. But he says they are committed to succeeding in those markets.
  • And we’re done.
Source: Tech Trader Daily

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

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

   Vol. 12, No. 21 May 27, 2009   


Senate Commerce Panel Approves Strickling For Top NTIA Post

The Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously confirmed Lawrence E. Strickling as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Department of Commerce, and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The next step is a vote on the Senate floor.

The Committee also approved Aneesh Chopra to be the first Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He is currently Secretary of Technology under Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D). Prior to joining the Kaine administration, Chopra was managing director at the Advisory Board Company, a health care research firm.


Later this week, President Obama is expected to announce his intention to appoint a “Cybersecurity Czar” with broad authority to oversee government and private computer networks, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Post, this new Cybersecurity Czar will fall under the umbrella of the National Security Council and the National Security Adviser, as well as the Senior Economic Adviser. Hence, the Cyber Czar will be “locked” into the White House.

We will have to await further details to evaluate the significance of this position.

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



  • NTIA delays broadband grant awards until 4Q ’09.
  • Senate Commerce panel approves Strickling for top NTIA post.
  • FCC reminds manufacturers to file HAC compliance reports.
  • FCC’s DTV “soft test” draws record number of consumer calls.

NTIA Delays Broadband Grant Awards Until 4Q ‘09

In its May 18 status report to Congress, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) quietly delayed administering $4.7 billion in broadband stimulus grants until the fourth quarter. In the report, NTIA noted that it will accept grant applications in September and aims to distribute its first grants in December. However, in a meeting last March, it had said it hoped to accept grants in April and May and start delivering the first round of funding in June.

The delay is not a problem for most of the entities hoping to obtain grant money, as the rules that will govern the distribution of the funds and set the guidelines and priorities for NTIA have not been announced. In fact, the delay may prove beneficial in that it will provide more time for entities to develop business plans.

NTIA currently intends to conduct three rounds of grants. NTIA’s goal is to open the first grant application window in the summer of 2009, following publication of a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) that will establish more specific eligibility criteria and funding conditions in accordance with the Act’s requirements. After its review of the initial grant applications, NTIA anticipates making grant awards beginning in the final quarter of calendar year 2009.

Two more rounds of grants will follow, each commencing with its own NOFA that will allow NTIA to make any appropriate changes to the program based on its previous experience. In addition, NTIA intends to release a separate NOFA with respect to the broadband map.


(Statutory deadlines are in italics)

Phase 1: Program Design February – June 2009

Initial consultation with Federal agencies, States, and other governmental entities — February – June 2009

Phase 2: Program Implementation June 2009 – September 2012

Issuance of Notice of Funds Availability (Mapping) — Early Summer 2009

Issuance of Notice of Funds Availability (General) — Early Summer 2009

Outreach and Grant Guidance Workshops Summer 2009

Submission of Grant Applications — July 2009 – September 2009

Initial Grant Awards — Fourth Quarter 2009

Second and Third Notices of Funds Availability (General) — 2010

Completion of Grant Awards — September 30, 2010

Broadband Map Posted to Website — February 17, 2011

Substantial Completion of all Grant Projects — September 30, 2012

Phase 3: Final Program Audits and Shut-down — September 30, 2014

Public comments received at the public meetings, as well as those provided in response to the RFI, will inform the policy decisions in the NOFA. Among other things, the NOFA will open the window for grant applications; define the applicable statutory terms, including •broadband, •unserved, and •underserved; establish additional eligibility and selection criteria in accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and specify the progress and reporting obligations of grantees as well as the monitoring and audit role of NTIA. At the same time, NTIA will issue the non-discrimination and interconnection obligations that will be conditions of the broad- band grants. NTIA has been consulting with the States and the FCC to ensure that the criteria and conditions set forth in the NOFA will further the purposes of the Broad- band Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) as set forth in the Act.

Apart from the BTOP grant program, the Act directs NTIA to develop and maintain a nationwide broadband map for use by policymakers and consumers. NTIA is working with the FCC and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) on the mapping initiative. The Act sets aside up to $350 million to fund the Broadband Data Improvement Act’s State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program and the development of the map, which will depict the geo- graphic extent to which broadband service capability is deployed and available throughout each State. NTIA intends to actively engage the States in fulfilling the mapping initiative and currently intends to release a separate NOFA dedicated to the mapping initiative.

Indeed, further consultation with RUS, the FCC, and the States, as well as territories, possessions and other agencies of government, will guide NTIA’s implementation of substantially all aspects of the Act from start to finish. The Act specifically allows NTIA to transfer funds to the FCC to support its obligation to produce a national broadband plan.

NTIA is also seeking close coordination with other Federal agencies responsible for implementing related Recovery Act initiatives, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and the Small Business Administration. Through constructive coordination, funds and expertise can be leveraged where appropriate—and duplication and redundancy will be avoided to maximize the utility of taxpayer dollars.

Critical to the successful administration of BTOP will be an efficient yet thorough process for reviewing grant applications, NTIA said. While the substantive review of grant applications will remain within NTIA, the outsourcing of some administrative aspects of the grant process may expedite the award of BTOP grants while maximizing efficiency, NTIA said. NTIA said it currently is preparing an appropriate Request for Proposal for those services.

Along with significant consultation with other governmental entities, NTIA has increased its staff as well as its technical capabilities to accommodate the high level of public interest and the tremendous volume of public comment and grant applications that are anticipated.

NTIA’s next status report to Congress is due on or before August 17, 2009.

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


FCC REMINDS MANUFACTURERS TO FILE HAC COMPLIANCE REPORTS: The FCC reminds manufacturers of devices used to provide commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) of their obligation to report on the status of compliance with the Commission’s hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirements. Manufacturers’ status reports are due to be filed with the Commission by July 15, 2009. These reports are required of all manufacturers of devices that are within the scope of the rule, including manufacturers that fall within the de minimis exception, under Section 20.19(i) of the Commission’s rules. (Manufacturers reports do not apply to carriers. Carrier HAC reports are due annually on January 15.) Pursuant to the Commission’s delegation of authority, the FCC previously promulgated FCC Form 655 for filers’ optional use in submitting their hearing aid compatibility status reports. Effective with the current filing period, the FCC is introducing an electronic version of FCC Form 655 that will be filed online. The FCC has requested clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to make use of electronic FCC Form 655 mandatory, and anticipates that OMB’s clearance will be received before the July 15 filing deadline. In the event OMB does not approve mandatory use, the FCC will accept filings on electronic FCC Form 655 on a voluntary basis. These requirements apply to manufacturers of wireless handsets that are used in the delivery of “digital CMRS in the United States to the extent that they offer real-time, two-way switched voice or data service that is interconnected with the public switched network and utilizes an in-network switching facility that enables the provider to reuse frequencies and accomplish seamless hand-offs of subscriber calls, and such service is provided over frequencies in the 800 MHz-950 MHz or 1.6- 2.5 GHz bands using any air interface for which technical standards are stated in the standard document “American National Standard for Methods of Measurement of Compatibility between Wireless Communications Devices and Hearing Aids,” American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C 63.19-2007,” as well as to the providers of such services. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

FCC’s DTV “SOFT TEST” DRAWS RECORD NUMBER OF CONSUMER CALLS: A coordinated nationwide “soft test” designed to encourage consumers to take immediate action to prepare for the June 12 digital television (DTV) transition prompted a single-day record of 55,000 calls to the FCC’s national help line Thursday. Prior to the soft test, on average the Commission’s help line had received approximately 15,000 calls per day since May 1. More than 125 of the nation’s broadcast markets participated in the soft test, including at least one station in each of the top 30 broadcast markets. During the test, affected viewers were directed to call the FCC’s national toll-free help line, 1-888-CALL-FCC, if they needed assistance in preparing for the impending termination of analog service. The most common issues raised by consumers who spoke with an agent included the following:

  • Seeking information about the government’s program providing $40 coupons for the purchase of DTV converter boxes (51%);
  • Expressing concern about reception issues in their area (15%); and
  • Needing instructions to install a digital converter box (10%).

A “soft test” simulates to a degree what unprepared viewers will experience when the DTV transition occurs. Instead of completely cutting off the analog signal, during a soft test broadcasters interrupt the regular programming of viewers receiving analog signals to warn them the interruption indicates they are not prepared for the transition. Such viewers — other than those connected to a subscription TV service such as cable or satellite (which in some cases still utilize a broadcaster’s analog signal) – must take immediate action to avoid a complete loss of service on June 12. Digital broadcasts are avail- able now and are not interrupted by soft tests. Nationwide, Nielsen estimates that about 3.3 million households – 2.9 percent of U.S. households with TVs – remained unready for the transition as of May 10. In the few weeks remaining before the transition, the FCC is gearing up its ongoing consumer assistance efforts to ensure consumers are prepared for the end of analog broadcast service for full-power television stations.

Telecom carriers (especially those providing multimedia services) will want to be prepared to tell subscribers about resources available to help with the transition:

  • FCC’s DTV website, By entering their zip codes in a search box, consumers can locate nearby support centers, get contact information for local stations and find DTV events near them. Online reception maps will show consumers what stations they should be able to receive at their home address once the transition is complete, information that can be useful in choosing and installing an antenna.
  • 400 FCC-approved walk-in centers and 12,000 DTV help clinics across the country to offer consumers hands-on assistance on how to connect and operate converter boxes, help in ordering converter box coupons and other services.
  • Free, in-home technical assistance for consumers having trouble installing their converter boxes and adjusting their antennas for digital signals. Consumers can request such “house calls” by dialing 1-888-CALL-FCC.
  • Operators at the FCC’s national DTV help line, 1- 888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322), can troubleshoot common converter box or antenna installation problems and will refer consumers to groups providing in-home installation if more assistance is needed.
  • The Commission has teamed with Consumers Union to distribute a consumer guide, written by CU’s Consumer Reports, that provides clear instructions and diagrams to help viewers prepare for the transition. “DTV Made Easy,” a 15-page booklet, can be downloaded from or obtained by calling the FCC’s DTV help line, 1-888-CALL-FCC.

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


JUNE 1: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless service providers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. (But since May 31 falls on a Sunday this year, the report is due June 1.) This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers, regardless of the number of employees, to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on May 31. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the dis- crimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report. Clients who would like assistance in filing Form 395 should contact Richard Rubino.

JUNE 30: ANNUAL ICLS USE CERTIFICATION. Rate of return carriers and CETCs must file a self-certification with the FCC and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) stating that all Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS) and Long Term Support (LTS) will be used only for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which the support is in- tended. In other words, carriers are required to certify that their ICLS and LTS support is being used consistent with Section 254(e) of the Communications Act. Failure to file this self-certification will preclude the carrier from receiving ICLS support. We, therefore, strongly recommend that clients have BloostonLaw submit this filing and obtain an FCC proof-of-filing receipt for client records. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JULY 10: DTV EDUCATION REPORT. New 700 MHz licensees from Auction No. 73 are required to file a report with the FCC concerning their efforts to educate consumers about the upcoming transition to digital television (DTV). Last summer, we explained that the FCC’s Part 27 rules require 700 MHz licensees that won licenses in Auction No. 73 to file quarterly reports on their DTV consumer outreach efforts through the Spring of 2009. However, in an apparent contradiction, the same rules do not impose any substantive consumer education requirements on 700 MHz license holders. This situation has not changed. The reporting rule simply states that “the licensee holding such authorization must file a report with the Commission indicating whether, in the previous quarter, it has taken any outreach efforts to educate consumers about the transition from analog broadcast television service to digital broadcast television service (DTV) and, if so, what specific efforts were undertaken.” Many licensees may not have initiated 700 MHz service as of yet. However, to the extent they are also an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) and recipient of federal USF funds, separate FCC rules found in 47 C.F.R. Part 54 (Universal Service) require ETCs to send monthly DTV transition notices to all Lifeline/Link-Up customers (e.g., as part of their monthly bill), and to include information about the DTV transition as part of any Lifeline or Link-Up publicity campaigns until June 30, 2009. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and Cary Mitchell.

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

JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, UNIVERSAL SERVICE QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE. Line count updates are required to recalculate a carrier's per line universal service support, and is filed with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This information must be submitted on July 31 each year by all rate-of-return incumbent carriers, and on a quarterly basis if a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (CETC) has initiated service in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area and reported line count data to USAC in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area, in order for the incumbent carrier to be eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). This quarterly filing is due 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 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.

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 August 1, 2009, meaning only that a business will not be subject to enforcement action by the FTC if it delays 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” (accounts used mostly for personal, family or household purposes). This also may affect private user clients, as well as many telecom carriers’ non-regulated affiliates and subsidiaries. BloostonLaw has prepared a Red Flag Compliance Manual to help your company achieve compliance with the Red Flag Rules. Please contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554) with any questions or to request the manual.

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 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 499A, but not the 499Q. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

AUGUST 3: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT: Any wireless or wireline carrier (including 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 Au- gust 1 falls on a Saturday, and FCC 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. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transfer- ring 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.


May 29 – Deadline for reply comments on unassigned BRS auction spectrum (Auction No. 86) practices and procedures (AU Docket No. 09-56).

May 29 – Deadline for comments on conservation groups’ request for FCC action on antenna structures (WT Docket Nos. 08-61, 03-187).

June 1 – FCC Form 395, Employment Report, is due.

June 3 – FCC open meeting.

June 4 – Deadline for comments on FY 2009 regulatory fees (MD Docket No. 09-65).

June 8 – Deadline for reply comments on NOI to refresh record on non-rural USF support mechanism (WC Docket No. 05- 337).

June 8 – Deadline for comments on NOI seeking comment on developing national broadband plan (GN Docket No. 09-51).

June 11 – Deadline for reply comments on FY 2009 regulatory fees (MD Docket No. 09-65).

June 12 – DTV Transition.

June 13 – DTV Analog Nightlight program begins and runs for 30 days until July 12.

June 15 – Deadline for reply comments on conservation groups’ request for FCC action on antenna structures (WT Docket Nos. 08-61, 03-187).

June 15 – Deadline for comments on 14th Annual Report on CMRS Competition (WT Docket No. 09-66).

June 16 – Deadline for ILECs filing annual access tariffs on 15 days’ notice (carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

June 19 – Deadline for both paper and electronic copies of applications for FY 2009 RUS Community Connect Grants for broadband projects.

June 23 – Deadline for petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice (by carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

June 24 – Deadline for ILECs filing annual access tariffs on seven day’s notice (carriers proposing to decrease all of their rates).

June 26 – Deadline for petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on seven day’s notice (by carriers propos- ing to decrease all of their rates).

June 26 – Deadline for replies to petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice (by carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

June 29 – Deadline for replies to petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on seven day’s notice (by carriers proposing to decrease all of their rates).

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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