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FRIDAY - JANUARY 30, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 345

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Paging and Wireless Messaging Home Page image Newsletter Archive image Carrier Directory image Recommended Products and Services
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Dear Friends of Wireless,

Well, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich got kicked out of office yesterday, and barred from ever holding a public office in this state. The lieutenant governor, Patrick Quinn, was immediately sworn in as Illinois' 41st governor. I hope our new governor concentrates on solving some of the state's many problems.

It's still cold and the ground is covered with snow here—a typical winter day in the midwest. This morning while letting my dog out, I noticed ½ of a rabbit laying on the snow. Later I went out and reconstructed the scene in my head—using my Boy Scout training. There were tracks where a large animal (probably a dog, but maybe a fox or coyote) crawled under my neighbors fence and then intersected with the rabbit's tracks—then a circle of lots of tracks with blood and fur all over the place. Sorry if this story offends anyone, but this is nature's way. There are too many rabbits in our neighborhood and this one became breakfast for some other animal. It is amazing that even though I live in a city, there are many animals that co-exist with us. The other evening my wife saw a deer crossing our street.

But then, you are reading this to find out about wireless messaging, not my adventures. This week's editorial is near the end of the newsletter in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section. It is a brief summary of my opinions about why we missed the window of opportunity to transition one-way paging to two-way paging before the cellphones ate our lunch. Too many metaphors? I guess so—sorry again.

I have included a large amount of news from BloostonLaw again this week, and I would like to hear from readers about the value of this part of the newsletter. I am very grateful to BloostonLaw for allowing me to reprint portions of their weekly newsletter, but it is a lot of work to copy and reformat this all this information each week. I will definitely continue this section if it is important to my readers.

Now on to more news and views.


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

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

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

Editorial Policy: 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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US House Passes $819 Billion Stimulus Package

Grant Gross
IDG News Service
Jan 28, 2009 6:50 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an US$819 billion economic stimulus package, with money for broadband deployment, health IT and a national electric smart grid included.

The House passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on a 244-188 vote late Wednesday. None of the House's 178 Republicans voted for the bill.

Republicans had complained that U.S. President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats were pushing through the legislation without enough debate. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said the legislation was needed immediately to help the U.S. economy pull out of a recession.

"I say this legislation is long overdue," Pelosi said on the House floor Wednesday.

Several Republicans complained that the bill contained too much spending and not enough tax cuts. The spending will create a larger government deficit, and the U.S. government will need to borrow money to fund all the projects in the bill, said Representative Dan Burton, an Indiana Republican.

The legislation moves the U.S. government toward "socialism," Burton added. "The kids who are growing up today are going to pay for our debt," he said. "Free enterprise, less government and lower taxes is the way to solve this problem."

The House bill, which now moves to the U.S. Senate, includes $6 billion in funding to stimulate broadband deployment across the U.S. The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the Department of Commerce would administer a $2.8 billion grant program for broadband providers to roll out service to rural and other underserved areas.

In addition to the new NTIA program, the bill gives the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture $2.8 billion, to give as grants and loans to broadband providers.

The legislation also includes an $11 billion program in the U.S. Department of Energy to assist the deployment of an Internet-based smart energy grid, which could allow homeowners to track and adjust their electricity use on the Web. The smart grid program would, among other things, provide grants to electric utilities for smart-grid demonstrations projects.

The stimulus package also includes $20 billion for incentives for health care providers to adopt electronic health records; $20 billion for modernizing schools, including tech upgrades; and $400 million to replace the Social Security Administration's 30-year-old National Computer Center.

Representative Donna Edwards, a Maryland Democrat, praised the bill for focusing on broadband and on science and tech jobs. The bill could create as many as 4 million jobs, according to supporters.

"People might not know what a stimulus is, but they know what a job is," she said. "This bill that we passed today creates jobs."

The original estimate of the bill's cost was $825 billion, but the Congressional Budget Office recalculated the cost.

Source: PC World

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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
Canamex Communications Preferred Wireless
CRS—Critical Response Systems Prism Paging
CVC Paging Raven Systems
Daviscomms USA Ron Mercer
Easy Solutions Sun Telecom
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Swissphone
Hark Systems UCOM Paging
HMCE, Inc. Unication USA
InfoRad, Inc.    United Communications Corp.
Minilec Service, Inc. WiPath Communications
Northeast Paging  

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Elegant/Legend Dual Frequency Pagers.

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unication dual frequency pager Unication Co., Ltd. a leader in wireless paging technologies, introduces a completely new Alpha Elegant/Dual and Alpha Legend/Dual.

A dual-frequency alphanumeric pager that will operate on your on-site system—giving you the advantage of very fast response—and that will automatically switch to the Carrier system providing you wide-area coverage.

Unication USA 817-303-9320

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Canamex Communications

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The same reliable QUIKPAGER that you have used for years!

Stand-alone remote alphanumeric entry device with internal modem to dial-up and connect to paging terminals to deliver messages in TAP protocol.

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Combine your commercial paging service with onsite paging using the same QUIKPAGER keyboard!


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PageRouter Networks
Give your customers the power of PageRouter to unify messaging and increase productivity.
In operation at Hospitals and Factories since 2004


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Canamex Communications Corporation
Providing technology to the paging industry since 1989


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Canamex Communications

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The new RAVENAlert answers the need for a fast, intelligent, and dependable indoor alerting device. Features include:

  • High volume audible alert.
  • Large backlit screen.
  • Clear voice via new text to speech technology.
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  • Easy wall mount or sits upright on any flat surface
  • Battery or line powered
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  • FLEX or POCSAG in all frequency bands
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In case of emergency, get a warning

By phone, text message, or e-mail, WarnMe will have vital information for you

28 January 2009

warn me BERKELEY — The start of a new semester is a good time to remind faculty and staff to sign up for WarnMe, Berkeley's new alerting and warning service, which is entering its second semester of helping to keep the campus community safe in case of an immediate crisis. And the more than 18,000 students, faculty, and staff who have enrolled since signup started last August are urged to check at the semester's start to make sure that their contact information is up to date.

WarnMe is an opt-in system. To receive alerts and instructions, individuals must use their CalNet ID and sign up at, providing their contact information.

Those enrolled in WarnMe receive alerts and instructions if there is a situation on or near campus that may pose an immediate threat to their safety. Alerts are sent in the event of significant emergencies, including natural disasters.

"The system uses contact information you provide. Emergency alerts and instructions on what to do can be sent via cell phone, text messaging, e-mail, and office and home phones, including TTY devices," says campus Police Chief Victoria Harrison.

WarnMe is part of ongoing efforts to improve campus safety and emergency response. The new system went into effect at the start of fall semester, after careful planning and testing.

To ensure reliable service 24/7, Berkeley is working closely with a commercial provider that specializes in rapid public notification and has redundant infrastructure at multiple sites. UC Davis and Vanderbilt University use the same provider for their alerting and warning systems.

Individuals are able to select how they want to be notified — by cell phone, text message, e-mail, office phone, home phone, and TTY — and in which order the chosen devices should receive the warning. In all, messages may be received on up to seven communication devices. The system will attempt to reach people on all numbers and addresses they provide. Participation in the system is free, but there may be a per message cost depending on individual mobile device plans.

Those enrolled may update their contact information at any time, at the WarnMe website, and changes will become effective within 24 hours. All contact information will be protected and kept private; it will be used only for WarnMe and will not be included in campus directories.

For employees who do not have access to phones and e-mail, their managers and supervisors are delegated to immediately alert them of emergency situations and instructions.

Active WarnMe messages begin with "emergency," "urgent," or "important." Occasional tests of the system begin with the word "test." WarnMe messages for each emergency will include a situation description and the action you should take immediately. They may also include additional information, depending on the incident.

In a developing or fast-changing situation, the initial message may be very general, such as "Emergency: There is a chemical hazard near Evans Hall. Police are responding. Shelter in place until further notice." As the situation develops, more specific information would be sent and instructions would be updated. "Urgent" and "important" messages are used when information and instructions are helpful but individual action may not be immediately required.

WarnMe is part of the campus's emergency communications system. In all emergencies, natural disasters, and other crises, information will be posted on the campus homepage,, and on the off-site emergency website, It will also be recorded on the off-site, toll-free emergency number 1-800-705-9998, and broadcast on the campus radio station, KALX 90.7 FM.

In addition to the WarnMe system, the campus will continue to use its siren alert. The siren is tested the first Wednesday of every month at noon. At all other times, the siren means people should shelter in place and go to the campus website, call the 800 number, or tune to KALX for information and instructions.

For more information on emergency preparedness, go to the campus's Office of Emergency Preparedness website.

Source: UCBerkleyNews

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GL3000 Paging Terminals - C2000 Transmitter Controllers
GL3200 Internet Gateways - Transmitter Equipment


GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider in the paging industry. With years of combined experience in Glenayre hardware and software support, GTES offers the industry the most professional support and engineering staff available.

GTES Partner Maintenance Program
Glenayre Product Sales
Software Licenses, Upgrades and Feature License Codes
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ST800, Sun Telecom's Best Selling Numeric Pager. Built for today's life style, the ST800 is rugged yet stylish and blends well with all day-to-day activities.

Michelle Choi
Director of Sales & Operations
Sun Telecom International, Inc.
Telephone: 678-541-0441
Fax: 678-541-0442

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(TEMPE, Ariz. and NEW ORLEANS — Jan. 22, 2009) — Inilex Inc., a leading provider of intelligent telemetry solutions, is announcing at the NADA 2009 Convention and Expo that it will provide Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicle owners with its GPS-based SmartAlert™ SVR (Stolen Vehicle Recovery) and SmartAlert™ Advantage products.

Inilex’s SmartAlert products provide nationwide online vehicle tracking and security features and are available as dealer-installed licensed accessory items for both new and used vehicles at Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealerships nationwide. These second generation SmartAlert products offer a more comprehensive suite of safety and security features, including:

SmartAlert SVR

  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery (for as long as customer owns vehicle, no monthly fee)
  • 24/7 advisor assistance via telephone
  • GPS/cellular technology

SmartAlert Advantage
All SmartAlert SVR features, plus:

  • 24/7 advisor assistance via telephone
  • Access via Internet/Web-enabled mobile device
  • Early theft detection
  • Live vehicle tracking
  • Historical vehicle locations
  • Remote doors unlock
  • Set custom speed alerts (especially beneficial for parents with teen drivers)
  • And, many others

In 2007 alone, there were about one million motor vehicle thefts in the United States, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Auto theft and recovery is a clear problem and Inilex and Ford have joined together to help protect Ford’s valued customers,” said Scott Ferguson, chief executive officer of Inilex.” “These new SmartAlert products represent the most advanced technology, making it convenient and reliable for Ford vehicle owners to locate their vehicle from virtually anywhere.”

By utilizing the latest GPS and cellular technology, SmartAlert is able to provide extremely accurate location information which is often not available through other radio frequency based products. Law enforcement agencies benefit from this GPS and cellular technology by having pinpoint information that does not require special tracking equipment. SmartAlert is complementary to Ford’s SYNC® system which already provides many in-vehicle features. Further information on SmartAlert products can be obtained by visiting

About Inilex Inilex
is a leading provider of global positioning systems (GPS) and mobile asset management systems. Inilex recently acquired SkyWay Systems, a company that provides telematic safety and security features for the commercial consumer automotive and enterprise fleet markets. Inilex serves motor vehicle dealerships that offer consumers the capability of monitoring their assets. The company’s customer markets include fleet management, trucking and transportation, equipment rentals, government and marine, as well as for personal tracking and assets management uses. For more information, visit or call 480-889-5676.


125 W. Gemini Dr • Tempe, AZ 85283
Office 480-889-5676 • Fax 480-889-5666

Source: Inilex

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Over 70% of first responders are volunteers
Without an alert, interoperability means nothing.

Get the Alert.

M1501 Acknowledgent Pager

With the M1501 Acknowledgement Pager and a SPARKGAP wireless data system, you know when your volunteers have been alerted, when they’ve read the message, and how they’re going to respond – all in the first minutes of an event. Only the M1501 delivers what agencies need – reliable, rugged, secure alerting with acknowledgement.

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Contract Manufacturing Services
We offer full product support (ODM/OEM) including:

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Manufacturer of the FLEX & POCSAG 1-Way Bravo Pager Line and Telemetry Modules

For information call 480-515-2344 or visit our website
E-mail addresses are posted there!

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Ninth Circuit Denies En Banc Review in Text Message Privacy Case

By STEVEN M. ELLIS, Staff Writer
Metropolitan News-Enterprise
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, over the dissent of seven of its judges, yesterday declined to review en banc a ruling that the Ontario Police Department violated an employee’s right to privacy when supervisors examined the contents of text messages sent on department pagers.

A panel of the court ruled in June that the department violated the Fourth Amendment rights of Sgt. Jeff Quon and three others to whom he sent text messages when the department obtained transcripts from the service provider and examined the messages’ contents to determine whether a monthly overage charge resulted from personal use.

Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, joined by Judge Harry Pregerson and U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton of the Western District of Washington, sitting by designation, wrote that Quon and the others had a reasonable expectation of privacy given Quon’s reliance—by paying overage charges—on an informal department policy permitting personal pager use.

The panel also concluded the search’s manner was not reasonably related to its objectives and was excessively intrusive in light of a jury’s conclusion the search was not aimed at uncovering misconduct, and Wardlaw noted the department could have warned Quon it would prospectively review messages for personal use or first given him an opportunity to redact the transcripts.

However, although a majority of the court’s active judges—with the exception of Judge Jay Bybee, who was recused—voted to deny en banc review, Judge Sandra Ikuta dissented, joined by Judges Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Andrew Kleinfeld, Richard Tallman, Consuelo Callahan, Carlos Bea and N. Randy Smith.

Focusing on Quon’s position on the department’s SWAT team, and his receipt of the pager in that context, Ikuta said the panel undermined the standard established by the Supreme Court in O’Connor v. Ortega (1987) 480 U.S. 709 to evaluate the legitimacy of non-investigatory searches in the workplace, and had, in doing so, “improperly hobble[d] government employers from managing their workforces.”

Under O’Connor, courts must consider the “operational realities of the workplace” when determining whether an expectation of privacy is reasonable, and a public employer may conduct searches of employees only if reasonable “under all the circumstances.”

Ikuta opined that the realities of Quon’s position—and his status as a public employee—left a “significantly diminished or non-existent” privacy interest.

The judge further accused the panel of adopting a “least intrusive means” test for “special needs” searches by examining what the department could have instead done, and wrote that such a decision conflicted not only with Supreme Court precedent, but also the decisions of seven other circuit courts.

But Wardlaw, writing to “correct the seriously flawed underpinnings of the dissent and to demonstrate that our opinion carefully and correctly applied the tests set forth in O’Connor,” countered in a rare concurrence with the order denying review that “[n]o poet ever interpreted nature as freely as Judge Ikuta interprets the record on this appeal.”

She continued:

“The dissent is not bound by the facts, even those found by the jury; nor is it confined to the actual fact-driven Fourth Amendment holding. The dissent’s lofty views of how the City of Ontario Police Department…should have guided the use of its employees’ pagers are far removed from the gritty operational reality at the OPD….

“That our opinion follows Supreme Court precedent and accords with our sister circuits is obviously why this appeal failed to win the support of a majority of our active judges for rehearing en banc….

“By stripping public employees of all rights to privacy regardless of the actual operational realities of each workplace, the dissent would have us create a far broader rule than Supreme Court precedent allows. The majority of our court properly rejected the dissenting judge’s efforts to do so.”

The case is Quon v. Arch Wireless Operating Company, Inc., 07-55282.

Source: Metropolitan News-Enterprise

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  • January 14, 2005—Intelsat 804 suffers electrical power system anomaly—TOTAL LOSS


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House votes down DTV delay

By Lynnette Luna
Fierce Broadband Wireless

The Feb. 17 digital TV transition will stay in place after the House of Representatives defeated a measure that would have delayed the transition until June 12.

The House was short of the two-thirds vote needed to delay the transition, voting 258-168 in favor. The Senate had pushed to delay the transition until June but House Republications were concerned the delay would confuse TV customers and put an undue burden on wireless operators and public-safety agencies waiting to use the 700 MHz spectrum after the DTV transition.

The Nielson Co. estimates 6.5 million households still are unprepared for the switch. President Obama had called for a delay and Democrats on Capitol Hill supported the move.

Wireless companies, notably Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, had paid billions of dollars for spectrum in the 700 MHz band last year in hopes of using it to build out their networks for LTE technology. AT&T, whose LTE deployment plans are not as aggressive as Verizon's, had originally supported a delay, while Verizon opposed it. Verizon later reversed its position and said it would support a short delay as well.

Qualcomm revealed in a filing with the FCC last week it was ready to begin transmitting its MediaFLO mobile broadcast TV service in 40 markets immediately following the transition.

Source: Fierce Broadband Wireless

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WiPath Communications

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Intelligent Solutions for Paging & Wireless Data

WiPath manufactures a wide range of highly unique and innovative hardware and software solutions in paging and mobile data for:

  • Emergency Mass Alert & Messaging Emergency Services Communications Utilities Job Management Telemetry and Remote Switching Fire House Automation
  • Load Shedding and Electrical Services Control

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  • Emergency Mass Alerting Remote telemetry switching & control Fire station automation PC interfacing and message management Paging software and customized solutions Message interception, filtering, redirection, printing & logging Cross band repeating, paging coverage infill, store and forward
  • Alarm interfaces, satellite linking, IP transmitters, on-site systems

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Mobile Data Terminals & Two Way Wireless  Solutions

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  • Fleet tracking, messaging, job processing, and field service management Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS
  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces
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WiPath Communications LLC
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
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Preferred Wireless

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Equipment For Sale
Terminals & Controllers:
1 Motorola C-Net Platinum Controller
1 Motorola ASC1500 Controller
25 C-2010 Controllers
50 Glenayre GPS Kits, Trimble RX & cables
1 Skydata Model 5090 Uplink Power Control
  Skydata Model 8360 MSK Modulator
8 Skydata Multi Channel Receivers - NEW
1 GL3000L Terminal (e-mail for list of cards)
2 GL3000ES Terminals (e-mail for list of cards)
2 GL3100 RF Director (e-mail for list of cards)
1 Zetron Model 2200 Terminal (e-mail for list of cards)
Link Transmitters:
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
1 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
VHF Paging Transmitters
5 Glenayre GLT8411’s, 250W VHF, C2000
1 Glenayre GLT 8611, 500W VHF, C2000
2 Motorola VHF PURC-5000 125W, ACB or TRC
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
UHF Paging Transmitters:
10 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
2 Motorola UHF Nucleus 125W NAC
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
1 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
24 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, w/ or w/o I20
6 Motorola PURC 5000, 300W, DRC or ACB

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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. 4 January 28, 2009   


Carriers should modify (as necessary) and complete their “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” for 2008 between January 1 and March 1. The certification must be filed with the FCC by March 2. (Normally this filing would be due March 1, but this year March 1 falls on a Sunday; therefore, FCC rules require filing on the next business day.) For 2007, the FCC Enforcement Bureau conducted a computerized audit to identify any non-filers, who may face sanctions. The CPNI filing requirement applies to all “telecommunications carriers”, which can include ILECs, CLECs, wireless carriers, paging companies, resellers and other service providers. If you are not sure whether the CPNI requirement applies to your company, you should contact us promptly. Note that the annual certification should include the information required by the FCC’s CPNI rule changes in 2007. A company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules must execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and forward the original to BloostonLaw for filing with the FCC by March 1 (March 2, this year). BloostonLaw has prepared a template to assist interested clients in meeting their CPNI certification requirements. We are prepared to help our clients meet this requirement, which we expect will be strictly enforced, by assisting with preparation of their certification filing; reviewing the filing to make sure that the required showings are made; filing the certification with the FCC, and obtaining a proof-of-filing copy for your records. Clients interested in obtaining BloostonLaw's CPNI compliance manual should contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554).

House Panel OKs Portions Of NTIA Broadband Grants In Obama Stimulus Package

The House Energy and Commerce Committee last week marked up and passed portions of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (HR 1), the so-called Obama economic “stimulus” bill. The broadband package is a substitute amendment that would distribute $2.825 billion for wireless and wireline broadband services through a grant program administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The additional $2.825 billion of Rural Utilities Service (RUS) broadband grants (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, January 21), as well as funding for the NTIA programs were authorized by the House Appropriations Committee. Both the NTIA and RUS funding provisions were included in the ARRA introduced January 26 by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.).

The Energy and Commerce substitute bill (HR 629) differs from the original draft bill in two primary ways. First, the substitute adds language to ensure greater transparency and accountability by requiring NTIA to issue an annual report assessing the impact and effectiveness of the grants. Second, the substitute makes clear that as many entities as possible are eligible to apply for a grant, including satellite companies.

As Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman noted, approximately $1 billion would go to the deployment of wireless service. The language establishes a goal that 25% of this amount will go to unserved areas and 75% to underserved areas. In addition, $1.8 billion would go to the deployment of broadband via fiber or other wires, again with a goal of 25% to basic broadband in unserved areas and 75% to advanced broadband underserved areas.

The proposal aims to be technologically neutral, allowing participation by any eligible entity, including service providers, infrastructure companies, or a state or unit of local government. Eligible entities are required to abide by minimum speed requirements as well as other important policy goals.

Under the proposed legislation, "advanced broadband," is defined in the legislation as 45 Mbps downstream and 15 Mbps upstream; ‘‘advanced wireless broadband service’’ means a wireless service delivered to the end user data transmitted at a speed of at least 3 megabits per second downstream and at least 1 megabit per second upstream over an end-to-end Internet protocol wireless network; and the term ‘‘basic broadband service’’ means a service delivering data to the end user transmitted at a speed of at least 5 Mbps downstream and at least 1 megabit per second upstream.

The speed requirements are higher for underserved areas than unserved areas, reflecting what is technologically and economically feasible. Any company that participates in the program has to operate their facilities on an "open-access" basis, which will ensure that private entities cannot restrict lawful content that flows through taxpayer-funded broadband facilities. The terms “open access” and “wireless open access” are to be defined by the FCC 45 days after enactment of the legislation. States will play a key role in this program. Each participating state is required to submit to NTIA a report indicating which geographic regions in that state are priority areas for broadband deployment.

Finally, in addition to minimum speed requirements, grant applicants and NTIA must also address other policy-related considerations, including the impact of the service on public safety, health care delivery, education, and computer literacy.

The HR 629 substitute, which was introduced by Waxman, was also referred to the Committees on Ways and Means; Education and Labor; and Science and Technology regarding provisions that fall within their respective jurisdictions.

As noted above, the Appropriations Committee has already approved funding for both the NTIA and the RUS broadband programs.

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


FCC EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR EMBARQ FORBEARANCE REQUEST REGARDING IP-TO-PSTN VOICE TRAFFIC: The FCC has extended, until April 11, 2009, the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by the Embarq Local Operating Companies be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance under section 10(a) of the Communications Act. On January 11, 2008, Embarq filed a petition asking the Commission to forbear from any application or enforcement of the Enhanced Services Provider (ESP) exemption to Internet Protocol (IP)-to-Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) voice traffic. Specifically, Embarq requested that the Commission forbear from “enforcing the ESP exemption, as adopted by Commission orders” and from applying “section 69.5(a) of its rules to the IP-originated voice traffic that terminates on the PSTN.” Embarq additionally requested that the Commission “forbear from enforcing 47 U.S.C. section 251(b)(5) to . . . non-local traffic terminated as voice traffic on the PSTN.” The Commission released a Public Notice establishing a comment cycle for the petition on January 14, 2008. Section 10(c) of the Act states that a petition for forbearance shall be deemed granted if the Commission does not deny the petition for failure to meet the requirements for forbearance under section 10(a) within one year after the Commission receives it, unless the Commission extends the one-year period. The Commission may extend the initial one-year period by an additional 90 days if the Commission finds that an extension is necessary. As a result, the FCC is extending the deadline in this WC Docket No. 08-8 proceeding until April 11. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

SENATE PASSES BILL DELAYING DTV TRANSITION DEADLINE: The U.S. Senate has passed S 328, a bill to postpone the deadline for the transition of analog to digital television (DTV) from February 17, 2009, to June 12, 2009. With respect to expired coupons for converter boxes, the bill allows the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to issue to a household one replacement coupon for each coupon that was issued to such household and that expired without being redeemed.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast


VERIZON DISPUTES STORY SAYING IT IS GIVING UP COPPER IN FAVOR OF VOIP IN SEVEN YEARS: Verizon has disputed press reports that it plans to retire its copper plant within seven years and move completely to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). A Bloomberg News story two weeks ago reported that Verizon intended to switch entirely to VoIP in seven years, beginning in Maryland. However, Verizon claimed that the story was wrong.

In an interview with xchange, Verizon stated: “First, neither John nor anyone else here thinks that the traditional, circuit-switched phone network will be a thing of the past in seven years. What’s often called the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is the world’s most reliable, high quality, landline voice communications system. The Verizon traditional phone system will serve customers for a long time to come … [We] see that voice can and is becoming an application called VoIP on broadband networks. VoIP is a logical platform for any company wanting to break into the voice services business, and hundreds of companies have seized on this technology to do so, including every major cable TV company.

However, the quality of VoIP voice calls and the reliability of VoIP networks are in no way superior to the quality and reliability provided by the Verizon PSTN network. In short, there is no logical reason for a company like Verizon, with a terrific voice network already in place, to dismantle that network and replace it with VoIP.” In other words, Verizon sees a gradual transition to VoIP, not a “magical blink” to VoIP in seven years.


FCC Meetings and Deadlines

Jan. 30 – Report of extension of credit to Federal candidates is due.

Feb. 2 – FCC FORM 502, Number Utilization and Forecast Report , is due.

Feb. 2 – FCC FORM 499-Q, Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, is due.

Feb. 2 – Deadline for comments on Rural Cellular Association petition regarding exclusivity arrangements between commercial wireless carriers and handset manufacturers (RM-11497). Extended from Dec. 2.

Feb. 5 – FCC open meeting.

Feb. 17 – DTV Transition.

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

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

Mar. 2 – CPNI Annual Certification is due.

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

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

Mar. 5 – FCC open meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 1 – FTC begins enforcement of Red Flag Rules.

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BloostonLaw Private Users Update

   Vol. 10, No. 1 January 2009   

FCC Proposes $12,000 Fine Against Private Radio Licensee For Unauthorized Fixed Operation

The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) and Order, proposing to fine Visiplex, Inc., a licensee of Private Land Mobile Radio Service (PLMRS) stations, $12,000 for apparently operating its stations in a manner inconsistent with the terms of its authorizations. In 2001, Visiplex was granted a nationwide PLMRS license on certain 464 MHz frequencies with an output power and effective radiated power of 100 watts. In 2004, Visiplex was granted an additional nationwide PLMRS license with an output power and effective radiated power of 2 watts. Visiplex operates wireless synchronized clock radio systems for its customers under these nationwide licenses.

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau received a complaint alleging that Visiplex was operating its wireless synchronized clock radio systems at permanent fixed locations, notwithstanding that its licenses only authorize mobile operations. The complaint also alleged that Visiplex’s systems were operating at power levels in excess of its authorized power limits. On August 15, 2007, the Spectrum Enforcement Division of the Enforcement Bureau sent a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to Visiplex requesting that the company respond to the allegations raised by the complaint. In its response dated September 14, 2007, Visiplex asserts that it was unaware that its license specified mobile operations. Visiplex explained that when it originally filed for its licenses with the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA), it specifically requested fixed location licenses. Visiplex further stated that after receiving the LOI, it contacted PCIA for clarification and only then did PCIA explain that the licenses were for mobile equipment. Finally, Visiplex indicated that its transmitters used under call sign WPJU326 operate at or below its authorized power limit.

On February 25, 2008, the Bureau sent Visiplex a follow up LOI. In its March 18, 2008 response, Visiplex provided documentation indicating that its transmitters operate with an output power of “2 or 4 watts.”

The Commission said it has long held that “licensees are responsible for the acts and omission of their employees and independent contractors,” and has consistently “refused to excuse licensees from forfeiture penalties where the actions of employees or independent contractors have resulted in violations.” Accordingly, it found that no reduction of the proposed forfeiture is warranted on this basis.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

Monitoring of 121.5 MHz Alerts From Boats and Planes Ends February 1

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has issued a Public Notice reminding users of emergency locator transmitters used on aircraft (ELTs), and emergency position-indicating radio beacons used on ships (EPIRBs), that such beacons operating on frequency 121.5 MHz will no longer be “heard” by search and rescue satellites as of February 1, 2009. This change results from a decision by the international organization overseeing the satellite-based search and rescue system - COSPAS/SARSAT - that it will terminate satellite processing of distress signals from 121.5 MHz ELTs and EPIRBs as of that date. Consequently, users of ELTs and EPIRBs that send distress alerts on 121.5 MHz therefore must switch to beacons that operate at 406.0-406.1 MHz (406 MHz) if the alerts are to be detected and relayed via satellite.

COSPAS-SARSAT is an international program established by Canada, France, Russia, and the United States to operate a satellite-based search and rescue system. The COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system uses satellites in low-earth and geo-stationary orbits to detect and locate aviators, mariners, and land-based users in distress by tracking distress alerts on 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz. In 2000, COSPAS/SARSAT announced plans to terminate satellite processing of distress signals from 121.5 MHz emergency beacons on February 1, 2009, and urged users to switch to 406 MHz beacons. The Commission has prohibited the use of 121.5 MHz EPIRBs on U.S.-registered vessels, and is considering a proposal to prohibit the use of 121.5 MHz ELTs on U.S.-registered aircraft. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Air Force, and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, which administer the COSPAS/SARSAT system in the United States, advise users of 121.5 MHz emergency beacons to switch to 406 MHz beacons.

When disposing of an obsolete 121.5 MHz beacon, users must disable the beacon to prevent false alerts by removing the batteries, which should be recycled or disposed of pursuant to local regulations.

The termination of satellite processing of 121.5 MHz signals does not mean the end of the use of the frequency. Devices other than ELTs and EPIRBs (such as man-overboard systems and homing transmitters) that operate on 121.5 MHz and do not rely on satellite detection will not be affected by the phase-out. Nor will personal locator beacons (PLBs), which operate only on 406 MHz.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

FCC, Western Slope Enter Into Consent Decree Over Tower Lighting Violations

The FCC has entered into a consent decree with Western Slope Communications, LLC, to terminate an enforcement proceeding relating to whether Western Slope violated the Communications Act and 17.57 the Commission's Rules regarding tower lighting. On April 23, 2007, at 6:39 p.m., an email was received by the Enforcement Bureau's Denver office from a police officer with the city of Rifle, Colorado. The email stated that there was a concerned citizen in Rifle, Colorado, who had observed a 400 foot tower near the citizen's home with the top beacon "out for the last two weeks."

When the remote automatic tower light indicator system was checked, it reported no current for the tower light system while at the transmitter site. Apparently, this remote system, designed to register any tower lighting failures, had not been notifying Western Slope. The contract engineer determined the comprehensive lighting outage to be a result of a faulty A/C neutral wire. While agents were on-site, the contract engineer repaired the damaged wire. When the contract engineer covered the photocell, all of the lights, top beacon and mid-level side lights, were observed by the agents to be working properly. Finally, the contract engineer's maintenance logs, found at the transmitter site, showed the last entry reflecting an on-scene tower light inspection by him as being conducted on August 1, 2006.

Western Slope agreed to make a voluntary contribution to the United States Treasury in the amount of $6,500 within 30 calendar days after the effective date of the consent decree. Western Slope also agreed that the following Compliance Plan will be put into place:

  • Western Slope shall install an automatic outage monitoring system to detect light outages and malfunctions on the antenna structure, which will be checked monthly to confirm that it is operating properly.
  • An employee or agent of Western Slope will make a daily visual observation of the automatic outage monitoring system.
  • Western Slope management will perform a monthly review of the outage log for the antenna structure.
  • Western Slope will provide a contact telephone number to local police for emergency contact purposes.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

800 MHz Rebanding Wave 4, Stage 2 Negotiation Period Extended To April 1

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) has extended the negotiation period for Wave 4 National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1) licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region until April 1, 2009, and postponed the beginning of the mediation period for such licensees until April 2, 2009. As noted in prior public notices, rebanding of Wave 4 licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region is affected by ongoing international discussions with Mexico. Extending the negotiation period for these licensees will alleviate administrative burdens on licensees, avoid unnecessary rebanding expenditures, and provide additional time for resolution of border issues and issuance of frequency designations by the Transition Administrator (TA).

During the extended negotiation period, Wave 4 licensees in the U.S. - Mexico border region are not required to engage in planning or negotiation prior to the receipt of frequency designations from the TA, although the FCC encourages them to engage in such activities to the extent that they are not frequency-dependent and would not result in unnecessary duplication of costs. If licensees choose to engage in such planning and negotiation activities, Sprint Nextel shall pay licensees’ reasonable costs in accordance with the requirements of the Commission’s orders in this proceeding.

This extension also extends the filing freeze on new applications in the U.S.-Mexico border region until thirty working days after the April 1, 2009, date for completion of negotiations, i.e., until May 13, 2009. However, the freeze does not apply to modification applications that do not change an 800 MHz frequency or expand an 800 MHz station’s existing coverage area (e.g., administrative updates), assignments/transfers, or renewal-only applications. In addition, Wave 4 licensees in the U.S. – Mexico border region may expand their facilities or add channels during the freeze, based on an appropriate showing of public interest need, using the Special Temporary Authorization (STA) procedures described in the Bureau’s December 2006 STA Guidance Public Notice. Facilities that are authorized under the STA procedures will be subject to rebanding, and Sprint will pay the cost of relocating such facilities to their new channel assignments.

The extension of negotiations and the application freeze does not apply to Wave 4 licensees along the U.S. - Mexico border that have received replacement channels from the Transition Administrator. Such licensees remain subject to the previously announced negotiation and mediation schedules for this wave.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

FCC Defers True-Up Date Until Rebanding Is Finished

The FCC has adopted an order addressing the June 25, 2008, request by Sprint Nextel to defer the 800 MHz rebanding financial “true-up” process until after rebanding is completed. The FCC concluded that the true-up should be deferred until additional progress in rebanding has occurred, and therefore postponed the true-up date from December 26, 2008, to July 1, 2009. It also directed the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) to file a report by May 1, 2009, with its recommendation on whether the true-up should be conducted on July 1, 2009, or postponed to a later date.

The FCC then addressed several pending petitions for reconsideration or review of prior rebanding orders and public notices. First, it denied two petitions that seek reconsideration of its decision in the Second Memorandum Opinion and Order in this proceeding requiring parties to bear their own costs in rebanding-related litigation before the Commission. Second, it exercised its discretion to treat two pending petitions for de novo review filed by Sprint against Chesapeake, Virginia, and Chester County, Pennsylvania, as applications for review for purposes of resolving questions of law, and it allowed the parties to file oppositions and replies as provided under our application for review procedures. Third, it denied a petition for reconsideration that alleges that its Public Notice released on September 12, 2007, to expedite the rebanding process imposed unreasonable new regulatory burdens on 800 MHz licensees.

Finally, the FCC delegate authority to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) to develop a rebanding plan for the U.S. Virgin Islands based on a proposal submitted by the TA.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

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There is a new sheriff in town.

The FCC has appointed Laura Smith to take Riley Hollingsworth’s former position in enforcement.

The FCC’s "Special Counsel for Amateur Radio" slot has gone unfilled for 6 months thus she has a backlog of work ahead of her. Fortunately she is up to the task. Laura is a seasoned FCC veteran with a broad communications background at both the FCC and in the private sector.

The FCC has been slow to fill the position and for a while we wondered if Riley’s successor would ever be named. It looks like they were waiting for the right person. Now that Laura is on the job, let’s give her our full support. If you have an enforcement issue, she may be reached by e-mail at:

Amateur radio has always been somewhat “self policed” but when peer pressure is not enough to maintain civility, then a stronger hand is needed. The FCC has the muscle to demand compliance of the few wayward operators. We can help also. Our bands are not perfect, newer licensee’s need guidance on how to properly share the many bands, frequencies and modes of operation that we radio amateurs are privileged to use. Reach out and guide (elmer) someone so that they do not become an “enforcement” issue. That is part of elmering also; it is not just about technical items.

I know that some of you are wondering, “Is Laura a ham?” No, not yet, but she does have the study guides.

If you attend the Dayton Hamvention 2009 – May 15-17, you will have a chance to visit with her.

We welcome Laura to this position and wish her success.

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From: Martin A Flynn
Date: January 23, 2009 7:31:38 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: From The Wireless Messaging Newsletter


I read about the METAmessage Advanced Paging product from On-set technologies in this weeks newsletter

Our site has been using NotePage, and recently PageGate to provide the same functionality.  The SMS carrier interfaces are CDMA Multi-Tech MultiModems.  One is on Verizon the other is on Nextel.   Conventional paging (American Messaging) is via WCTP, with a modem for backup and dialing the in-house Zetron DAPT640.

The only "improvements" were using a server class machine (instead of a low end desktop computer), and a custom written web interface.   The web interface only allows end users to have a limited subset of subscriber devices.  Users requiring access to all of the devices receive the Pagegate client.

While the METAmessage product looks like a winner, there are ways to accomplish the same objective at a much lower cost.

Best Regards,

Martin Flynn

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From: Wayne Markis
Date: January 23, 2009 7:53:18 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: from the newsletter 1-23-09

In reply to Aaron Osgood's letter;

YES we need to get text messaging back to Paging instead of Cellular phone !!!

It won't happen if the majority of the Paging systems are limited to only One-way Paging.  Most people want two-way communications.

We desperately need the FCC to modify the One-way Paging channels to allow two-way Paging use.  The ONLY thing needed is "talk-back" channels to allow the pager unit to talk back to the Paging system.

I am sure that manufacturers will make pagers that would work on whatever frequency splits that are finally assigned.

Not only would this give a shot in the arm for the Paging industry, but it would also be a good back up for Public Safety, especially as your newsletter mentions, that Public Safety is looking at turning off Cellular phone in some emergency situations.

Wayne Markis
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(Handy Page)
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Editor's note: I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Wayne Markis. He frequently sends his comments in to me. I am sure his is a good and well-meaning person—but I have to disagree with his position on this issue. I don't think, "We desperately need the FCC to modify the One-way Paging channels to allow two-way Paging use." We already have two-way paging channels allocated and granted (sold) by the FCC. I admit that the currently-available two-way infrastructure is way too expensive for the size of today's market, but I don't think it would be possible to convince manufacturers take a chance, and to invest in the R&D necessary to bring out new products to operate on some—yet to be defined—two-way paging system. No way. It has been tried before. There was an attempt to use license-exempt spectrum for the talk-back portion of the system. It didn't happen—for several reasons that I won't go into here.

I love two-way paging and every time I read about how popular text messaging has become, I am so sorry that the major paging carriers "missed the boat."

A book could be written about "why two-way paging didn't become a big success," but let me just state the short version, of my opinion.

Why did we miss the window of opportunity to transition one-way paging to two-way paging?

1. Glenayre took too long to get the ReFLEX25 infrastructure finished—saying, "It's not our fault, Motorola doesn't have the two-way pagers ready."

2. Motorola took too long to get the ReFLEX25 pagers finished—saying, "It's not our fault, Glenayre doesn't have the infrastructure ready."

3. The CEOs of one or more of the large paging service providers said that they didn't want e-mail being sent to pagers on their systems because of the congestion/loading problems that would result. I heard this with my own ears. Well, they got their wish, and more. There is zero traffic on their systems now. In fact, their companies no longer exist.

4. The "killer app."—Wireless Instant Messaging— was killed before it hatched by an ill-tempered, and disagreeable engineering manager who started meetings with marketing people by saying, "The answer is no, now what is your question?"

So, I believe that if we had gotten two-way paging going a couple of years earlier, and had promoted it as an extension of e-mail and as Wireless Instant Messaging, it could have become tremendously popular. Of course the problems of channel overloading would have had to been resolved. In fact, I think they were. There were several products available to do this. One particularly good one sent brief summaries of e-mail messages and allowed the subscribers to remotely manage their e-mail accounts from their two-way pagers.

Ron Mercer and I invented a product we called "The Governor." We were working for Real Time Strategies at the time, and after the company built the product—we actually sold it. It smoothed-out the peaks and valleys in paging system traffic, acting like a message reservoir.

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“You will never know how much you believe something until it is a matter of life and death.” “If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.”
— C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock, page 52.

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