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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

There have been some discussions going on among the Friends of Wireless Messaging about the possibility of having a Paging Reunion next June during the Global Paging Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. I think this is a great idea, and along with the “pistol-duel-to-the-death,” that I will have with that sly Brit Derek Banner, this should add to the excitement of the events.

So, what do you think? We could have it during the welcome reception. I believe if we put our minds to it, we could think of several of Paging's pioneers, key players, and other notables to invite.

A little over one year ago, I attended the “Cellular 25” Reception & Dinner at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. This was a wonderful event. Click here for my report on that evening. We could do something similar.

I would like to conduct an informal survey. If you are interested please send me an e-mail and suggest some people we could invite who do not normally attend our conventions.

Oh . . . come on, click here. It will just take a minute.

Now on to more news and views.

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

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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 Opinion pieces present the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of AAPC, its publisher, or its sponsors.

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Global Paging Convention
June 15 - 18, 2010
Charleston, SC

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

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

Plan to attend the Global Paging Convention now and be a part of making Paging history!

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Robert ''Don'' McLeod

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Story last updated at 12/1/2009 - 1:09 pm

Mcleod Robert "Don" McLeod was born in Wills Point, Texas and was Salutatorian of his high school graduating class. Don obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from North Texas State College (now North Texas State University), majoring in accounting. While at North Texas, he also earned his pilot license. Following graduation from college, he was employed by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (now the Federal Aviation Agency), as an air traffic controller. His first assignment was at Albuquerque, N.M., where he met his wife, Ethel, in August of 1944.

Don took military leave from the CAA to go into the U.S. Navy, where he continued as an Air Traffic Control Specialist. Following his Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1946, Don and Ethel returned to the CAA in Dallas, Texas; moving from Dallas in 1949 to become Facility Chief at New Orleans, La., and three months later was transferred to Lubbock to commission a new control tower as its Facility Chief, primarily to provide instrument approach control service for Reese Air Force Base, which was reactivated at that time.

In 1954, Don and Ethel purchased Stenocall, a small secretarial service and in later years added Radio Paging Service, the first city-wide selective paging service in the country. They grew their service to include answering service, state-wide and nationwide paging coverage, two way service, cellular service and an inbound call service.

Don has always been active in the affairs of the radio common carrier industry and served not only as President of the National Association of Radio Telephone Systems (which under his presidency was renamed "Telocator") but served as Director of the National Association as well as President of the Texas Association and President of the South Central Region of radio common carriers.

Don was a member of the Lubbock Rotary Club, the Yellowhouse Masonic Lodge and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where he has served as Vestryman and Treasurer. He was on the Salvation Army Board, was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, served on the Crime Line Committee, served on John Montford's HUBPAC committee while John was in the Senate, was Chairman of the Aviation Committee for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, was Area Coordinator for the Federal Aviation Agency and President of the South Plains Safety Council. He also was President of the Lubbock Country Club and a member of the Chancellor's Council as well as the Red Raider Club.

Don and Ethel have a deep affection for Texas Tech University and have given various scholarships through the years. They also established the Tennis Facility at Texas Tech, which bears their name.

Don is survived by his wife, Ethel, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A reception will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Washington Hall, and the service will be held in St. Paul's on the Plains Episcopal Church on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at 2 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Discretionary Fund at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1510 Ave X, Lubbock, TX 79401.

Source: The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Meet the world's most expensive iPhone

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 11:41 am by Lexton Snol, PC Advisor

Editor’s Note: The following article is excerpted from PC Advisor.

If you think Apple’s iPhone 3GS is expensive even on Orange, you should take a look at the one in gold.

British designer Stuart Hughes, from Liverpool has created an iPhone costing a cool £1.92 million (US$3.2 million).

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The iPhone 3GS Supreme was crafted using 271 grams of 22ct solid gold. The front bezel houses 136 flawless diamonds, which total to a massive 68 carats.

The rear Apple logo in solid gold has 53 flawless diamonds amounting to 1 carat, and the front navigation button is home to a single cut very rare diamond at 7.1 carats.

The chest that houses this unique handset is made from a single block of Granite, in Kashmir gold with the inner lined with Nubuck top grain leather. It weighs a massive 7kg.

Hughes took ten months to make the phone after it was commissioned by an anonymous Australian businessman, reports The Telegraph.

“The iPhone is the phone with the most tricks on the market. What possibly could we do to trick it up more? Bless it with the finest precious metal and jewels,” said Hughes.

“Most of the ten months was spent trying to source the diamond for the navigation button.”

As well as a gold iPhone 3G Hughes has previously blinged up an Apple iPod, a belt, watches and belts.

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Investor Relations - Press Release

USA Mobility Extends Share Repurchase Program

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov 30, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging and communications services, today announced its Board of Directors has approved an extension of the Company's previously announced share repurchase program from December 31, 2009 to March 31, 2010.
The Company commenced the share repurchase plan in August 2008 to buy back up to $50 million of USA Mobility common stock over a 12-month period. The Board approved a supplement to the plan in March 2009, resetting the amount available for purchase to $25 million as of January 1 and extending the purchase period through year-end 2009. Through September 30, 2009, the Company had repurchased approximately 4.7 million shares for $41.7 million at an average price of $8.79 per share.

Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer said, "Extending the share repurchase program is consistent with our ongoing commitment to return capital to stockholders while maintaining a strong balance sheet." Kelly added that a total of $21.5 million remains available for purchase under the plan.

About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility's focus is on the business-to-business marketplace and supplying wireless connectivity solutions to a majority of the Fortune 1000 companies. The Company operates the largest one-way paging and advanced two-way paging networks in the United States. In addition, USA Mobility offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel, including BlackBerry® smartphones and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M (machine-to-machine) telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit

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Source: USA Mobility, Inc.

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DA 09-2528
Released: December 3, 2009


WT Docket No. 09-217

Comment Date: January 8, 2010spacerReply Date: January 25, 2010

spacer On October 1, 2009, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) filed a Petition for Rulemaking recommending that the Commission make available for public safety use spectrum allocated for the 900 MHz Narrowband PCS service. NPSTC contends that, although the Commission initially envisioned deployment of commercial two-way messaging and paging onto the spectrum, those applications have migrated onto advanced cellular services spectrum. NPSTC recommends that the Commission conduct an audit of the 900 MHz Narrowband PCS spectrum, recover unused or lightly used channels, and make channels available for public safety use. We seek comment on its Petition for Rulemaking.

spacer In the Petition, NPSTC notes that the 900 MHz Narrowband PCS spectrum was auctioned approximately 15 years ago to address the need at that time for commercial, mass-market two-way paging and messaging when existing paging systems could only send a short text or voice message but could not receive a response from the end user. However, according to NPSTC, consumers increasingly rely on mobile phone service from cellular and PCS providers for two-way paging and messaging, and NPSTC asserts that a significant amount of the 900 MHz Narrowband PCS spectrum has become unused. NPSTC urges the Commission to conduct an audit to examine the current usage of the 900 MHz Narrowband PCS spectrum, so that if a significant portion of the spectrum is lying fallow, public safety users could make use of it using local or regional system channels, including the ability to roam onto any remaining commercial narrowband PCS systems when out of their respective jurisdictions as a supplement to their dedicated public safety alerting systems.1

spacer The various uses that NPSTC envisions for two-way paging and messaging in the public safety community include enhanced tracking of available public safety responders from communications centers, acknowledgement of message receipt, AMBER alerts, and integration of caller and dispatcher incident data for display on two-way data capable pagers. NPSTC recommends that approximately five channels in each area, on a local or regional basis as requirements dictate, would meet the majority of the uses envisioned. Additionally, NPSTC recommends that public safety entities should be able to access any existing operational commercial 900 MHz Narrowband PCS system on a roaming basis, in order to improve interoperability with other agencies, and to address the frequent inability for public safety agencies to build their own systems.

Procedural Matters

spacer Comments on the request are due no later than January 8, 2010. Reply comments are due no later than January 25, 2010. All filings should reference the docket number of this proceeding, WT Docket No. 09-217.

spacer This proceeding has been designated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.2 Parties making oral ex parte presentations in this proceeding are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must contain the presentation’s substance and not merely list the subjects discussed.3 More than a one- or two-sentence description of the views and arguments presented is generally required.4

spacer The request is available for public inspection and copying in the Commission’s Reference Center, Room CY-A257, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554. Copies of the request also may be obtained via the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) by entering the docket number, WT Docket No. 09-217. Copies of the request also are available from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., telephone (800) 378-3160, facsimile (301) 816-0169, e-mail

spacer Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 Fed. Reg. 24121 (1998). A comment filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to Generally, only one copy of an electronic submission must be filed. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket number.

spacer Parties also may submit an electronic comment via Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions for e-mail comments, commenters should send an e-mail to, and should include the following words in the body of the message: “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in reply. Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each filing. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. The Commission’s contractor will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Suite 110, Washington, D.C. 20002.

  • The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners.
  • Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building.
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  • U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.
  • All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

spacer Parties shall send one copy of their comments and reply comments to Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, (800) 378-3160, e-mail

spacer Comments filed in response to this Public Notice will be available for public inspection and copying during business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C. 20554, and via the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) by entering the docket number, WT Docket No. 09-217. The comments may also be purchased from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., telephone (800) 378-3160, facsimile (301) 816-0169, e-mail

spacer Alternate formats of this Public Notice (computer diskette, large print, audio recording, and Braille) are available to persons with disabilities by contacting Brian Millin at (202) 418-7426 (voice), (202) 418-7365 (TTY), or send an e-mail to

spacer For further information, contact Paul Moon of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Mobility Division, at (202) 418-1793,

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1 NPSTC notes that the Commission’s Notice of Inquiry regarding the development of a National Broadband Plan, as required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, raises the issue of conducting a spectrum inventory to find spectrum that could be used to support broadband services. See A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, GN Docket No. 09-51, Notice of Inquiry, 24 FCC Rcd 4342, 4355-56 ¶ 44 (2009). NPSTC argues that although the spectrum at issue here is not broadband, the same policy considerations (e.g., that spectrum should not be allowed to lie fallow) should apply.

2 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200(a), 1.1206.

3 See Commission Emphasizes the Public’s Responsibilities in Permit-But-Disclose Proceedings, Public Notice, 15 FCC Rcd 19945 (2000).

4 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b)(2). Other rules pertaining to oral and written presentations are also set forth in Section 1.1206(b). See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b).

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CompuDesigns’ DAPage™ Celebrates Ten Years of Success!

DAPage™ turns ten years old this month and in recognition of this mile stone, CompuDesigns is pleased to offer a free 60 day trial of our DAPage ™ Notification Service. Until December 31st,, 2009 you can take advantage of our free trial to see for yourself why DAPage™ has become an industry leader in the Public Safety and Emergency Management field.

In today’s economy companies are being bought, sold, and reorganized at an alarming rate leaving many organizations without support for their existing systems or the ability to take advantage of the many developing industry standards. With more than ten years of development and operational experience, and an ongoing commitment to industry standards such as the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP Version 1.1) CompuDesigns’ DAPage™ should be the choice of your agency and now is the right time to experience our customer focused service.

DAPage™ can easily interface with your Computer Aid Dispatch (911-CAD) to deliver targeted agency based incident notifications, and situational awareness updates all of which are formatted for the wireless or wired devices utilized by your agency and supporting staff. DAPage™ has live redundant feeds from the National Weather Service (NWS) and can automatically deliver time-critical messages to your field crews, Emergency Management team and administrative staff without adding to the work load in your centers, by automatically formatting and delivering warnings, watches and advisories specific to your area. DAPage™ can assist you with NIMS compliance by allowing you to dynamically build notification groups and quickly merge supporting organizations into your notification structure. DAPage™ can improve the timeliness of your notifications through our numerous enterprise connectivity agreements with industry wireless providers and our unique parallel delivery and highly dynamic communications environment. DAPage™ can simplify your daily maintenance activity, improve your accountability and provide enhanced audit ability through the use of our centralized relational database and client server based deployment.

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FCC Seeks Revamp of Phone Subsidy

DECEMBER 1, 2009, 10:10 P.M. ET

The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski said he wants to overhaul a $7 billion federal phone-subsidy program and reallocate more airwaves to wireless carriers as part of a strategy to improve U.S. broadband Internet availability.

Mr. Genachowski's comments Tuesday at a conference here are the latest signals that the FCC chairman is determined to shake up the status quo to make fast Internet service cheaper and more widely available.

The Universal Service Fund is a federal subsidy program funded by consumers through a charge on their phone bills. The fund currently subsidizes phone service in rural areas and for low-income households. FCC officials want to change the plan so it funds new broadband Internet lines in rural areas. Proposals to revamp the fund have in the past provoked resistance from rural phone companies and their congressional allies.

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"USF is a multibillion dollar annual fund that continues to support yesterday's communications infrastructure," Mr. Genachowski said Tuesday. "We need to reorient the fund to support broadband communications."

The agency is also trying to identify airwaves that might be taken away from current holders and auctioned off for more wireless broadband service.

A proposal floated recently by FCC officials to take airwaves from TV broadcasters has been met with sharp resistance from station owners.

Broadcasters' airwaves are highly coveted because signals travel easily across them, through walls and around trees. Most airwaves currently used by wireless carriers aren't that strong, which means companies need more towers to provide strong signals.

The market value of the television airwaves if used for wireless broadband would be about $64 billion, estimated Coleman Bazelon, an economist for the Brattle Group. Those airwaves are worth about $12 billion if they remain devoted to TV broadcasts, he said.

"Much of what we see suggests that mobile broadband can be the pre-eminent platform for innovation in the next decade. To be the global leader in innovation 10 years from now, we need to lead the world in wireless broadband," Mr. Genachowski said. "We will need to find ways to free up new spectrum to mobile broadband. This will require examining old allocation decisions."

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

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

   Vol. 12, No. 43 x December 2, 2009   

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  • Third Battle of Bull Run may end soon as Manassas City considers shutting off BPL Internet access system.
  • Auction of unsold paging licenses set for May 25.
  • FCC seeks more data on uses of spectrum.
  • FCC to give update on National Broad-band Plan at open meeting.
  • NTIA requests access to FCC Form 477 broadband data.

Third Battle of Bull Run May End Soon As Manassas City Considers Shutting Off BPL Internet Access System

The Manassas, Va., City Council is debating whether to close down the city’s broadband over power lines (BPL) Internet access service because of its high cost, according to a recent article in the News and Messenger and posted on ARRL, the Association for Amateur Radio, which opposes BPL because of alleged interference to its members’ operations, once termed the fight over BPL in Manassas as the “Third Battle of Bull Run.” But ARRL recently noted that that battle may be coming to an end.

Manassas introduced BPL in 2003, but has since spent $1.6 million on the project, and has continued to lose customers. According to the News and Messenger, fore-casts by the city’s utilities commission show that the service is likely to lose up to $171,353 each year over the next nine years. The service costs $24.95 per month, but there are little more than 500 residential customers and approximately 46 business customers. Original projections were that the customer base would be double this.

In a Special Meeting on November 16 of the Manassas City Council, the Council voted to allow the Manassas Utility Commission “to make a recommendation to the City Manager as part of the FY 2011 Budget regarding the decision to continue offering Internet service; additionally, staff was instructed to discontinue all marketing and advertising of Internet service." This motion passed 4-2, clearing the way for Manassas to keep BPL Internet service in the budget. A motion to shut down the service immediately was defeated.

At the meeting, Manassas Director of Utilities Michael Moon told the Council that "it is not cost-effective to continue the internet service on the BPL communication system as a stand-alone cost center" and that the City "need[s] to make the decision for internet service in the context of what communication system will be used for the City's AMI [Advanced Metering Infrastructure]."

ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner said that the Manassas BPL system was "once touted as 'the most successful BPL deployment in the nation.' Manassas actually has demonstrated that there is no business case for BPL as a consumer broadband delivery medium."

According to the News and Messenger, Councilman Jonathan Way said that the City "needs to get out of BPL forthwith. It's not a good product. The whole business is not financially sound and it never has been." Councilman Mark Wolfe agreed with Way, saying he wanted to see the system shut down by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, starting the shutdown process now.

The newspaper reported that the Manassas Utility Commission proposed to make the decision whether to shut down the system by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2010. While Wolfe and Way want it shut down before that date, Councilmen Marc Aveni and Vice Mayor Andy Harrover argued that it would be best to leave BPL out of the City's next budget; by doing this, there will be no funding for the service and it will go and die what the News and Messenger called "a natural death."

According to the newspaper, Way said that waiting until the end of the fiscal year to make the decision "would cost more money because the city couldn't just turn off the service overnight once the decision is made."

As noted above, Way’s motion to shut down the service immediately was defeated, and Aveni’s motion to continue the service carried.

Manassas' Assistant Utilities Director (Electric) Gregg Paulson told the ARRL that as for now, Internet service in the City of Manassas will continue, but the Council will make the decision to continue it in the next fiscal year during the budget approval process. "We'll work it through the budget," he said. "We have every intention of putting BPL Internet service in the budget and the Council can decide its fate as they work through the budget process."

According to ARRL, Paulson said that while Internet ser-vice to consumers would "probably" be the only thing that would be cut if the Council decided to forego BPL, he left the door open as to using the BPL infrastructure for other purposes: "We still own the BPL network, but we may or may not use this network for utility monitoring or other AMI purposes."

ARRL noted that BPL technology uses the electricity grid in a city and the wiring in individual homes to provide direct "plug in" broadband access through electricity sockets, rather than over phone or cable TV lines. Be-cause BPL wiring is physically large, is often overhead and extends across entire communities, these systems pose a significant interference potential to over-the-air radio services, including Amateur Radio, ARRL said.


Over the years, BPL appears to have lost some of its glitter. Back in October 2004, the FCC adopted an order amending its Part 15 rules to launch Access Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) systems to compete with digital subscriber line (DSL), cable modem, and advanced wire-less systems (AWS) offerings (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, October 20, 2004). The rationale was that pow-er lines reached virtually every home in the nation.

Then-FCC Chairman Michael Powell explained that “BPL works anywhere there is electricity…You plug it in like an appliance,” and receive a broadband connection. Then-Commissioner Kevin Martin was equally impressed, not-ing he had witnessed 1-3 Mbps simultaneous transmission speeds. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) also voiced their sup-port for BPL technology. Only FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who remains at the agency today, ex-pressed concern about interference protection regarding BPL five years ago.

As noted, ARRL has been a BPL opponent from the very beginning because of that technology’s potential to interfere with amateur radios. Last July, the FCC issued a Further Notice in response to a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which had ruled that the Commission had not provided proper notice regarding certain technical studies and not released certain studies relating to interference. That proceeding remains pending, and the FCC and ARRL remain at odds over whether BPL interferes with amateur radios and other over the air devices.

This past summer, the Europe-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a detailed report, Broadband over Powerlines: Developments and Policy Issues, on what was considered a potential rival to digital subscriber line (DSL) and cable modem. It notes that having largely failed in that, it is instead being applied to "smart grid" applications. While BPL has all the features of a promising technology, it has not, as yet, fulfilled earlier expectations, according to the report. The extremely slow growth in the number of BPL service providers, and customer base, and the fact that a number of BPL service providers have been withdrawing from the market, concentrating instead on developing smart-grid technology to monitor energy consumption, seems to indicate that service providers face problems, OECD said.

The report stated that there are a number of technological and, to a lesser extent, regulatory issues which need to be overcome in order to facilitate the take-off of BPL technology in the market. The electrical grid provides a harsh environment for data transmission, issues regarding radio frequency interference are both technological and regulatory, and international standardization is incomplete. BPL requires investment, in particular where power grids are old, and BPL also requires investment to send data over long distances. Furthermore as broadband over DSL migrates to fiber and cable modem speeds increase as a result of new technology, the competitive environment facing BPL becomes more difficult, according to OECD.

In short, the report said, while there may be a potential for BPL to further competition in the broadband market, there is little evidence to indicate that this will take place soon and that it can be counted on to provide a competitive alternative in the near term to xDSL (or fiber to the home) and cable modem technologies. Nevertheless, OECD said, a technology neutral policy would argue in favor of regulators ensuring that no unnecessary barriers are in place for the eventual commercial diffusion of this technology as well as ensuring that interference with other licensed wireless services is minimized.

Writing in the 2008 issue of NRECA’s RE Magazine, John Lowery said that BPL still held out promise. He said some experts believe BPL’s real future lies in letting consumers monitor and control household electric use based on price signals received online. But he admitted that BPL skeptics maintain that issues involving reliability and maintenance as well as cost (topping $2,000 per active BPL customer on some rural lines), continue to dampen BPL enthusiasm within the electric utility industry.

He noted that Oncor Electric Delivery Company, the Dallas, Texas-based distribution arm of investor-owned utility TXU Energy, scrapped plans for offering BPL service to 2 million consumers, and will use data capabilities of the network to monitor the electric grid.

Nationwide, in 2008, the FCC reported just 4,776 BPL subscribers, Lowery said. Meanwhile, he noted that one electric co-op, South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation in Martinsville, Ind., has been offering BPL service as part of a pilot project to 180 consumers for almost four years.

South Central Indiana REMC, along with Lovingston, Va.-based Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and Cullman Electric Cooperative in Cullman, Ala., have worked with International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc. (IBEC), to develop a practical rural BPL sys-tem delivered over medium-voltage main lines and feed-er circuits running out of a substation. The co-ops feel problems that plagued their early BPL efforts have been addressed, Lowery said.

Despite these efforts, as the OECD report noted, few commercial BPL systems ever offered commercial consumer Internet service. Most utilities that started such service have stopped and turned to smart grid applications. The most prominent examples are Duke Energy in Cincinnati and Oncor in Dallas.

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

Auction of Unsold Paging Licenses Set for May 25

The FCC has announced an auction of 9,603 paging li-censes to commence on May 25, 2010 (Auction No. 87). These licenses consist of 7,752 licenses in the lower paging bands (35-36 MHz, 43-44 MHz, 152-159 MHz, 454-460 MHz) and 1,851 licenses in the upper paging bands (929-931 MHz). Auction 87 will include licenses that remained unsold from a previous auction, licenses on which a winning bidder in a previous auction de-faulted, and licenses for spectrum previously associated with licenses that were canceled or terminated. In a few cases, the available license does not cover the entire geographic area due to an excluded area or previous partitioning.

In the Paging Reconsideration Order, the Commission concluded that the lower bands licenses should be awarded in each of the 175 geographic areas known as Economic Areas (EAs), and the upper band licenses should be awarded in each of the 51 geographic areas known as Major Economic Areas (MEAs). These EAs and MEAs encompass the United States, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

The Commission also seeks comment on various competitive bidding procedures, and proposes to set the minimum opening bid for each license available in Auction 87 at $500.

The Public Notice does not indicate that there will be any changes to the build out requirements for these paging licenses. Under the FCC's rules, any successful bidder will be required to demonstrate that it has constructed facilities that cover 1/3 of the population within three years of license grant and 2/3 of the population within 5 years of license grant. Alternatively, successful bidders may elect, at the three year mark, to provide substantial service within the market by the fifth anniversary. By electing to provide substantial service, licensees are afforded additional flexibility; although we note that the FCC has taken a closer look in more recent years.

Comments in this AU Docket No. 09-205 proceeding are due December 21, and replies are due January 7.

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

Comment Sought On Moving From PSTN To IP World

In developing its National Broadband Plan (NBP), the FCC noted that the evolution of communications services to broadband has a significant impact on the circuit switched Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), a system that has provided, and continues to provide, essential services to the country. “Our country has been through other communications transitions, such as the transition from analog mobile service to digital mobile service or the transition from analog broadcast television to digital broadcast television,” the FCC said. “While each transition is different, policy has played an important role in ensuring consumers were protected from loss of essential services and were informed of the choices presented by the transition.”

As a result, the Commission has issued a Public Notice to set the stage for it to consider whether to issue a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) relating to the appropriate policy framework to facilitate and respond to the market-led transition in technology and services, from the circuit switched PSTN system to an IP-based communications world.

In the spirit of understanding the scope and breadth of the policy issues associated with this transition, the FCC seeks comment to identify the relevant policy questions that an NOI on this topic should raise in order to assist the Commission in considering how best to monitor and plan for this transition. In identifying the appropriate areas of inquiry, the FCC seeks to understand which policies and regulatory structures may facilitate, and which may hinder, the efficient migration to an all IP world.

In addition, the FCC seeks to identify and understand what aspects of traditional policy frameworks are important to consider, address, and possibly modify in an effort to protect the public interest in an all-IP world. For ex-ample, one line of questioning that a Notice of Inquiry may pursue is how to continue ensuring appropriate protections for and assistance to people with disabilities in the transition to an IP-based communications world. Another line of inquiry could focus on the role of carrier of last resort obligations.

In this Public Notice, the FCC seeks comment on what policy areas should be understood in considering how best to prepare for the transition from the circuit-switched to the IP-based communications world.

Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, and 09-137 (NBP Public Notice #25) proceeding are due December 21. There is no opportunity for reply comments.

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

FCC Seeks More Data On Uses Of Spectrum

After a review of the responses to the Spectrum for Broadband Public Notice in the National Broadband Plan proceedings, the FCC seeks more specific data on the use of spectrum currently licensed to broadcast television stations. This inquiry takes into account the value that the United States puts on free, over-the-air television, while also exploring market-based mechanisms for tele-vision broadcasters to contribute to the broadband effort any spectrum in excess of that which they need to meet their public interest obligations and remain financially viable, the FCC said. This inquiry also seeks to under-stand what processes and incentives could ensure continuing spectral efficiency gains for broadcasters going forward.

A. General Approach to Spectrum Assessment

1. What factors should the Commission consider when examining and comparing the benefits of spectrum used for over-the-air television broadcasting and those of spectrum used for wireless broadband services?

2. What would be the impact to the U.S. economy if insufficient additional spectrum were made available for wireless broadband deployment, in terms of investments, jobs, consumer welfare, innovation, and other indicators of global leadership?

3. What would be the impact to the U.S. economy and public welfare if the coverage of free over-the-air broadcast television was diminished to accommodate a repacking of stations to recover spectrum?

4. How do television broadcasters use the capabilities of digital television today? Please provide information on data rate allocations to HD, SD, multicast streams, bandwidth leasing arrangements, etc. and the business rationale behind these choices.

5. How do broadcasters plan to use licensed spectrum in the future?

a. What innovations in applications, services, or business models will create synergies between broad-band and broadcast services, or other new value from currently licensed spectrum?

b. How should the Commission evaluate the future economic value of over-the-air digital television and new capabilities to offer mobile TV broadcasting? How does the financial community in general view that future value?

6. Consumers are migrating away from mass-market “appointment” viewing to more fragmented and time-shifted viewing. What impact will this trend have on the television broadcasting industry? What can the Commission do to help broadcasters participate in this evolution?

7. In the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress instructed the Commission to conduct an evaluation of the advanced television services program within 10 years after the date the Commission first issued licenses for such services. Subsection (1), which requires an assessment of the willingness of consumers to purchase the television receivers necessary to receive broadcasts of advanced television services may no longer be pertinent in light of the completion of the digital transition. Please comment on subsections (2) and (3) of Section 336(g) that require the Commission to conduct:

  • an assessment of alternative uses, including public safety use, of the spectrum used for advanced television broadcasts; and
  • an evaluation of the extent to which the Commission may be able to reduce the amount of spectrum assigned to advanced television broadcast licensees.

B. Potential Approaches to Increase Spectrum Avail-ability and Efficiency

There may be opportunities for broadcasters to share 6 MHz channels in a market without significantly disrupting the free over-the-air television service that consumers enjoy today. Stations sharing channels may be able to trade capacity (in Mbps) between or among themselves. The FCC notes that the number of broadcasting stations sharing a single 6 MHz channel would affect the number and type of signals that each can broadcast. Spectrum sharing arrangements may also entail geographic consolidation, if broadcasters who previously used different transmitting sites share spectrum at a single transmitter closer to the center of densely populated areas.

1. What are the advantages of a channel-sharing approach to broadcasters’ business? What are the dis-advantages of this approach? What are the technical and business requirements to enable successful channel sharing?

2. What opportunities exist to free up broadcast spectrum through greater collocation of transmission facilities closer to the center of densely populated areas? There are numerous examples of broadcasters collocating facilities already. What are the financial and other benefits of collocation? What are the tradeoffs for broad-cast TV stations and consumers in terms of signal cover-age and local programming efforts?

3. How will video capabilities improve over time using current MPEG-2 and 8-VSB technologies? What improvements could be gained by deployment of next generation technologies over that currently achieved un-der the ATSC standard? What would be required for broadcasters and consumers to transition to more advanced technologies?

4. To what extent would establishing antenna and receiver standards facilitate spectral efficiency and improved reception in broadcasting? What other actions could the FCC take to enable broadcasters to make more efficient use of their spectrum?

5. What percentages of broadcast programming streams are transmitted to MVPDs by over-the-air broad-cast? What percentage of MVPD subscribers receive their broadcast TV stations via an over-the-air broadcast link (either directly or through the MVPD)? What would be the costs to replace over-the-air delivery to MVPDs and consumers with other means (fiber, microwave)?

C. Broadcasting and the Public Interest

Broadcasters have historically played an important role in advancing public interests through free over-the-air broadcast TV. What are the benefits of free, over-the-air television broadcasting, in particular with respect to public awareness of emergency information, local news, political discourse, and education?

D. Market Mechanisms for Spectrum Contribution

What market-based or other incentive mechanisms should the Commission consider to enable broadcasters to choose whether or not to make any spectrum (excess or otherwise) available for reallocation to wireless broad-band use? Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, and 09-137 (NBP Public Notice #26) proceed-ing are due December 21).

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


FCC TO GIVE UPDATE ON NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN AT OPEN MEETING: The FCC’s tentative agenda for its December 16 open meeting includes a single item—a status report on the National Broadband Plan. The Commission staff will report on the status of the National Broadband Plan, which the FCC must deliver to Congress on Feb. 17, 2010. The presentation will focus on the policy framework for the plan. BloostonLaw is preparing comments on universal service and inter-carrier compensation policies in relation to broadband in response to NBP Public Notice No. 19. Those comments are due December 7. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, and Gerry Duffy.

NTIA REQUESTS ACCESS TO FCC FORM 477 BROADBAND DATA: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has re-quested access to the FCC Form 477 data that the Commission collects from broadband service providers. NTIA wants to use this data in evaluating applications and comments to the applications that it has received from broadband service providers in its administration of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). In general, the Commission may share information it has collected with another government agency. NTIA explains in its request that, pursuant to the direction of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, it and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) jointly issued a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) to make grants to provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas of the country. The NOFA directs BTOP infrastructure applicants to identify in their applications the proposed service areas for funding that meet certain criteria for determining “unserved” or “underserved” areas. NTIA requests access to the Form 477 data that the Commission collects from broadband service providers because it “intends to use this data to help validate the unserved or underserved classifications of the BTOP applicants’ proposed funded service areas.” In the NTIA Request Letter, NTIA commits, as provided in the NOFA, to “protect confidential and proprietary information from public disclosure to the fullest extent authorized by applicable law....” Affected parties have until December 7 to oppose disclosure of Form 477 data to NTIA. All filings should reference WC Docket No. 09-214. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC PUBLISHES “NET NEUTRALITY” NPRM IN FED-ERAL REGISTER: The FCC has its “Net Neutrality” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to preserving an open Internet in the November 30 Federal Register. Comments in this GN Docket No. 09-191 proceeding are due January 14, and replies are due March 5. Written comments on proposed information collection requirements are due at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by January 29. The FCC proposes draft language to codify the four principles in the Internet Policy Statement; a fifth principle that would require a broadband Internet access service provider to treat lawful content, applications, and services in a nondiscriminatory manner; and a sixth principle that would require a broadband Internet access service provider to disclose such information concerning network management and other practices as is reasonably required for users and content, application, and service providers to enjoy the protections specified in this rule-making (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, October 28).

The Commission also proposes draft language to make clear that the principles would be subject to reasonable network management and would not supersede any obligation a broadband Internet access service provider may have—or limit its ability—to deliver emergency communications or to address the needs of law enforcement, public safety, or national or homeland security authorities, consistent with applicable law. The draft rules would not prohibit broadband Internet access service providers from taking reasonable action to prevent the transfer of unlawful content, such as the unlawful distribution of copyrighted works. Nor would the draft rules be intended to prevent a provider of broadband Internet access service from complying with other laws. The NPRM seeks comment on a category of “managed'' or ”specialized'' services, how to define such services, and what principles or rules, if any, should apply to them. The NPRM affirms that the six principles the Commission proposes to codify apply to all platforms for broadband Internet access, and seeks comment on how, in what time frames or phases, and to what extent the principles should apply to non-wireline forms of Internet access, including, but not limited to, terrestrial mobile wireless, unlicensed wireless, licensed fixed wireless, and satellite. The NPRM also seeks comment on the enforcement procedures that the Commission should use to ensure compliance with the proposed principles. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


Robert “Don” McLeod, founder and owner of Steno-call/Lubbock Radio Paging Service Inc. In 1954, Don and his wife Ethel purchased Stenocall, a small secretarial service and in later years added Radio Paging Service, the first city-wide selective paging service in the country. They grew their service to include answering service, state-wide and nationwide paging coverage, two way service, cellular service and an inbound call service. Don has always been active in the affairs of the radio common carrier industry and served not only as President of the National Association of Radio Telephone Systems, which under his presidency was renamed Telocator, (and eventually became PCIA), but served as Director of the National Association as well as President of the Texas Association and President of the South Central Region of radio common carriers. He is survived by his wife Ethel and numerous nieces and nephews.

—From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, December 1.

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

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By Sunny Freeman, The Canadian Press
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TORONTO — Rogers Communications says it hosts the most reliable network in Canada. Telus says it operates the largest. And Bell Canada says its network is simply the best.

Canada's major telecom companies are extending their rivalry to court battles over those claims, just as competition to attract consumers becomes fiercer during the holiday season.

Rogers launched legal action against BCE's Bell Canada and Bell Mobility on Tuesday, the latest twist in a battle over who can claim to have the fastest, largest or most reliable wireless network in Canada.

Rogers filed a claim in B.C. Supreme Court in an attempt to stop Bell from perpetuating claims that Rogers says are false and misleading.

In the claim, Rogers said Bell cannot promote its network as being the largest, because it is shared with Telus, and that data suggesting Bell is the most reliable and fastest is misleading because it was compiled before the network launched last month.

Testing an empty network does not comply with industry standards, Rogers Wireless executive vice-president John Boynton said Tuesday.

"We have our own data to suggest that they're not the most reliable and we will show up to court with our own data," he said.

None of the claims have been proven in court.

Rogers is also taking aim at Bell's claims to have the "best" and "most powerful network."

"These are ludicrous made up statements they don't mean anything and there's no testing for the words powerful and best," Boynton said.

Bell's ads contain a footnote stating its claims are based on a September analysis, which tested the average download speeds, dropped calls and call clarity in large urban centers, comparing the shared Bell network to Rogers.

Bell spokeswoman Julie Smithers said the company stands by its advertising and is prepared to defend its claims.

Rogers has asked the court to force Bell to remove the ads in an injunction similar to the one imposed Friday on Rogers that forces it to remove any advertising that claims it has Canada's most reliable wireless network.

The order came after Telus asked a B.C. court to prevent Rogers from continuing to make the long-standing claim. The judge agreed with Telus's argument that new networks put in place last month by it and Bell Canada have made it impossible for Rogers to claim superiority.

Rogers is due back in court Wednesday seeking to appeal the order.

The court battles between Canada's three biggest wireless companies comes after Bell and Telus upgraded their wireless networks, enabling them to sell Apple's coveted iPhone for the first time last month.

Carmi Levy, a telecom analyst with AR communications, said the lawsuits underscore how much is at stake in Canada's wireless market.

"If they're all prime for a pretty good fight, it means they're going to fight for the loyalty of Canadian consumers."

"By going for the jugular in court, they believe they are highlighting just how non-monopolistic this market is and that there still truly is room for a good bar room brawl out in the market."

Rogers has already removed its most reliable claim from its Web site and faces a Thursday deadline for television, newspaper and radio ads.

Ads plastered on public transit and billboards across the country must also be removed as soon as possible with a final deadline to remove all material by Dec. 18.

But Rogers spokeswoman Odette Coleman said Tuesday that: "We're going to keep fighting this vigorously, we're going to defend our claim."

Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said the company has the biggest network in Canada, adding that Telus was also reviewing Bell's claims.

"Canadian consumers make buying decisions in part on their understanding of who has the best wireless network and the wireless network who's going to best suit their needs and they should be able to make that judgment on truthful information."

But Boynton questioned why Telus did not launch a suit against Bell.

"How could Telus have the largest (network) and yet Bell have the largest, and maybe its worth asking those two why they're not filing against each other because they're definitive statements," he said.

In its motion for appeal Rogers argues it will cost around $3 million to remove the ads launched as part of a $10-million campaign.

Don Fenton, a marketing consultant who teaches at the University of Toronto, said it would be tricky for Rogers to launch a new holiday campaign in the next two weeks.

But he added the lawsuits likely wouldn't impact most Canadian consumers already skeptical of advertising claims.

"I think there's a saturation of claims," he said. "I don't think most consumers really care or believe them."

The three providers, which control about 90 percent of Canada's wireless market, are preparing to fend off a new wave of rivals expected to launch networks next year after buying up wireless spectrum in a federal auction last spring.

Source: The Canadian Press via Google News

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ARRL CEO, General Counsel Present ARRL's Stance on BPL to FCC Commissioners

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ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, and General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, made the rounds of the five FCC Commissioners' offices during November to acquaint them with the ARRL's position on the regulation of interference from Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) systems. The meetings were conducted in accordance with the rules governing ex parte communications in pending rulemaking proceedings, in this case the Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM) in ET Docket No. 04-37.

On November 2, Sumner and Imlay met with advisors to Commissioners Robert McDowell, Mignon Clyburn, Meredith Attwell Baker and Michael Copps; on November 24, they met with Priya Aiyar, the Legal Advisor for Wireline Competition and International Issues to Chairman Genachowski. In each instance, they emphasized that while BPL is not currently a major source of radio interference — owing to its marketplace failure as a consumer broadband delivery medium — interference does exist and could become a much greater problem if BPL becomes part of the "smart grid" deployment that is intended to improve the efficiency and reliability of electric power distribution and to reduce peak demand.

Sumner and Imlay were able to offer a "win-win" scenario if 35 dB notches to protect the HF amateur bands are mandated, along with a scientifically based extrapolation factor for the measurement of BPL emissions. Such notches are consistent with current industry practice, but there is no way to ensure that future deployments will implement notching unless it is a regulatory requirement.

"We did not expect much feedback from these meetings and were not disappointed in that regard," observed Sumner. "However, in stark contrast to the Commission under its previous two chairmen, no one we met with was 'cheerleading' for BPL as a viable 'third wire' for consumer broadband delivery."


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Subject: From the Paging Information Web Site
Date: November 27, 2009 8:40:55 AM CST
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