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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 9, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 379

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

The New York Times has published a list of the highest-paid executives. Guess who is at the top of the list? Well . . . it's Sanjay Jha of Motorola. I wonder how many workers they had to lay-off to pay his total compensation package of $104.4 million dollars? (That is for one year, by the way.)

The compensation research firm Equilar compiled data reflecting pay for 200 chief executives at 198 public companies that filed their annual proxies by March 27 and had revenue of at least $6.3 billion. (Two companies, Motorola and Synnex, had co-C.E.O.’s.)

Our country is being run by academic elitists—largely based on the grades they got in school. Of course—not just any school—it has to be one of a few elite universities.

The question has been asked, "If they are so smart why can't they park their bicycles in a straight line?"

I received an e-mail yesterday that reminded me of this type of person. Here is part of it:

As an undergrad at a very well known eastern US engineering school, we liked hacks. Also, we hardware types looked down on the theory guys with some disdain.

Anyway, a friend of mine's roommate was a "hair grinder"... he had very high grades, but was clueless about hardware. In those days, almost everyone had those little GE line powered clocks with a synchronous motor.

One Christmas vacation, he left school for a week or so. We took his clock apart and flipped the magnet structure so the shading pole was on the other side, so the thing ran backwards.

He came back, and was mystified. We said nothing. He pulled several books down from the shelf and mumbled a while, then said "Oh".

He then unplugged the clock from the wall, got a pair of scissors, and cut the line cord, spliced it back together w/ masking tape with the leads reversed, and plugged it in again. Of course it STILL ran backwards. We were all on the floor laughing uncontrollably.

We did ask him why he'd simply not flipped the plug in the socket and he said "Oh, that wouldn't have worked".

True story. Honest. BTW, we eventually bought him a new clock for about $3. Names withheld to protect the clueless. Last I heard he was running a government agency.

Oh well, I thought you might get a chuckle out of that.

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Fake Amber Alert circulating in text messages

October 9, 2009

Roanoke County Police say if you've received an amber alert Friday regarding a missing three-year-old, it's a hoax.

Police say the message is completely false. County police are not investigating any such cases. We're told the source of the text message is unknown.

Police are asking if you receive this text message to not send it to anyone else.

Here is the full news release:

Today, 10/09/2009, Roanoke County Police and the County's Emergency Communications Center are receiving calls from citizens regarding text messages that they are receiving alerting them to an abduction in the County of a 3 year old boy by a man in a Mitsubishi Eclipse. A license plate number for the car is also supplied. The message also states, "Keepsending what if he was urs!"

This text message is a hoax and is completely false. The county police are not investigating any such case. The source of the text message is unknown. [source]

Now on to more news and views.

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Barnes & Noble’s E-Reader Gets Real

By Priya Ganapati
October 9, 2009—2:29 pm

There’s yet another e-book reader in the market and this time it is likely to be from retail book giant Barnes & Noble. The company is expected to announce its own e-book reader in time for holiday season sales next month, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Barnes & Noble hasn't yet commented about the device. But an announcement from the company would confirm months of speculation about it. Like most of its peers, the Barnes & Noble e-reader is expected to have a black-and-white 6-inch display from E-Ink. It will also reportedly have a touchscreen and run on AT&T’s wireless network.

Barnes & Noble’s e-reader will join a crowded market. Since Amazon’s launch of the Kindle in 2007, the e-reader market has exploded with new devices. In the past six months alone, companies such as Sony and iRex have announced newer models. E-book readers are expected to be a hot gadget this holiday season and electronics retailer Best Buy has said it will dedicate a section for these devices. A few weeks ago, Barnes & Noble said it will partner with iRex, a spin-off from Royal Phillips Electronics, to integrate the former’s e-book store into the latter’s e-readers.

So far, Barnes & Noble hasn't disclosed pricing for its upcoming reader. Sony’s touchscreen reader is priced at $300.

Separately, a Barnes & Noble representative said in a video (here) that the company will have a color touchscreen reader, developed jointly with Plastic Logic, available next spring.

Source: Wired

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Verizon-Apple deal less likely after Google move?

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 6:00 pm
by Matt Hamblen

Category | iPhone » Phones
Editor’s Note: This story is excerpted from Computerworld. For more Mac coverage, visit Computerworld’s Macintosh Knowledge Center.

This week's announcement by Verizon Wireless and Google that they plan to bring more Android smartphones to market means Verizon is less likely to sell the Apple iPhone any time soon, IDC analysts said Thursday.

But the plans by the two companies offer other possibilities, such as a move by Verizon to raise data rates for users next year, said IDC’s Scott Ellison in a breakfast meeting timed in concert with the International CTIA wireless conference here. Verizon could do so, he said, in an attempt to distinguish its network as offering superior performance and reliability than other networks, including AT&T’s.

AT&T, Ellison noted, has been vilified by iPhone users who think the carrier has done poorly in supporting network throughput for a range of iPhone applications that now include MMS. But there’s no sign Apple is ready to jump to another carrier in the U.S.

“AT&T has immolated itself with network capacity issues,” Ellison said, with the iPhone network support issues being the third in a cycle of network problems going back to 2002. “They have been completely unprepared with the iPhone.”

Ellison predicted Verizon will raise data rates next year partly to draw attention to AT&T’s difficulties, and to boast about its own network superiority, which he said is “clearly above” other operators. By raising rates, Verizon would basically be saying, “Go ahead to someone else, if you want cheaper pricing,” he added.

Separately at a CTIA keynote address today, AT&T’s Chief Technology Officer John Donovan defended his company’s efforts to add network capacity, pointing to plans for an HSPA 7.2 network in 25 cities by the end of 2010 to support data-hungry devices like the iPhone and other devices.

“I’m well aware of the press coverage..., but I don’t plan a network based on blogs,” Donovan said, referring to concerns from iPhone users and others. “But no one knows more about the wireless data experience than AT&T, and we’re working hard to make that experience a great one.”

Whatever Verizon does decide to do with data rates, three IDC analysts said Verizon probably won’t get an iPhone in its product mix before it converts to an LTE network in two years; it probably wouldn't make sense to convert a GSM-oriented iPhone to Verizon’s current CDMA network.

Instead, the analysts said Verizon’s partnership with Google shows it is willing to rely on Android phones on its superior network, at least until it can support the iPhone with a faster network. “Because Verizon is with Google, its near-term direction is with Android,” Ellison said.

On another pricing topic, Ellison predicted a backlash by the carriers on netbooks that several are subsidizing, and predicted that carriers might find a way to raise the data rates charged to netbook customers in an attempt to throttle back data consumption on already-crowded networks.

“I’m sure carriers are wondering who in hell thought netbooks were a good idea,” Ellison said. “The last [thing] they wanted was something using more data.”

Ellison said he is not sure carriers are even making any money with netbooks, which are sometimes on sale for as little as $300.


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New UN satellite communications deal boosts disaster preparedness and recovery efforts

satellite 8 October 2009 – In a bid to strengthen emergency communications before impending natural disasters strike and to save more lives by better coordinating relief efforts in their aftermath, the United Nations has teamed up with two leading global satellite companies, the UN telecommunications agency announced today.

Inmarsat and Vizada have agreed to donate 70 state-of-the-art and highly portable satellite devices – capable of delivering voice and broadband data wherever disasters take place – to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

ITU will receive preferential airtime rates and technical training support as part of the agreement, the UN agency said.hen everything else fails, satellite communications provides a critical link for humanitarian agencies and victims

When everything else fails, satellite communications provides a critical link for humanitarian agencies and victims

“This partnership builds on our long-standing cooperation and comes at a critical time when many countries are being affected by disasters resulting in thousands of people losing their lives,” said Sami Al Basheer, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.

“When everything else fails, satellite communications provides a critical link for humanitarian agencies and victims,” Mr. Al Basheer noted in a statement, welcoming the deal.

Cosmas Zavazava, ITU’s Chief of Emergency Telecommunications, said that the agency “continues to attract partners committed to using technology to save lives. This people-oriented partnership is one such example.”

Mr. Zavazava said that following the launch of an ITU initiative to enhance cooperation in the telecommunications field, industry leaders in technology, financing and air freight services are now able to rally around the agency’s rapid response efforts, “helping countries hit by disasters through the use of information communications technology (ICT) when terrestrial networks are disrupted or destroyed.”

In a related development, 19 chief technical officers (CTOs) called on the ITU to lead efforts in overhauling global ICT standards in a meeting at the Geneva-based agency’s headquarters on Tuesday.

The CTOs agreed on a set of recommendations to better address the evolving needs of the fast-moving ICT industry, including facilitating the launch of new products, services and applications; promoting cost-effective solutions; combating climate change; and greater inclusion of developing countries in creating standards.

Source: UN News Centre

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FCC Queries Google About Google Voice

By Chloe Albanesius

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Google has had a tough week. Co-founder Sergey Brin took to the op-ed pages Friday morning to defend the company's book-scanning project, and now its Google Voice application is receiving additional scrutiny from the government.

Two weeks after AT&T asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate what it considered to be anti-competitive behavior as it relates to Google Voice, the commission penned a letter to Google asking it to answer questions about the service.

"In light of pending commission proceedings regarding concern about so-called 'access stimulation,' the commission's prohibition on call blocking by carriers, as well as the commission's interest in ensuring that 'broadband networks are widely deployed, open, affordable, and accessible to all consumers,' we are interested in gathering facts that can provide a more complete understanding of this situation," Sharon Gillett, chief of the FCC's wireline bureau, wrote to Google Washington telecom and media counsel Richard Whitt.

At issue are local phone companies that charge long-distance providers like AT&T, Verizon, or Qwest a fee to access their local landline networks. A 2007 FCC decision banned long-distance providers from call blocking, so these long-distance companies must connect to these local markets if they wish to continue operating. Long-distance companies have long complained that the fees are too high, and the debate is ongoing.

Google Voice, however, does not connect to all markets – a fact that AT&T claims violates FCC policy. Google, however, argues that Google Voice is not a traditional phone service and is not subject to the same rules as AT&T.

In its letter, the FCC asked Google to describe how its calls are routed and whether calls to particular numbers are prohibited. It also asks for information on how restrictions are implemented, how Google informs customers about those restrictions, whether Google Voice services are free, and if Google ever plans to charge for them in the future.

At this point, Google Voice is invite-only, a point Google mentioned in its rebuttal to AT&T two weeks ago to demonstrate that the service is not widespread. The FCC, however, has asked for specific information on number of users and plans to expand Google Voice.

The FCC also wants Google to explain how Google Voice applies to telecom laws like the Communications Act of 1934, whether it competes with any traditional telecom services, and whether it has any contracts with third-party telecom providers.

The FCC has requested an official response by Oct. 28, but Google on Friday issued a statement that defended its service and referred to AT&T's complaints as hypocritical.

"The reason we restrict calls to certain local phone carriers' numbers is simple. Not only do they charge exorbitant termination rates for calls, but they also partner with adult sex chat lines and 'free' conference calling centers to drive high volumes of traffic," Google's Whitt wrote in a blog post ( "This practice has been called 'access stimulation' or 'traffic pumping' (clearly by someone with a sense of humor). Google Voice is a free application and we want to keep it that way for all our users – which we could not afford to do if we paid these ludicrously high charges."

Whitt is referring to deals between adult chat lines and local phone companies that started cropping up about two years ago. Local providers would give these companies local phone numbers and the chat lines would attract customers with free conference calling. Any money that the local providers made connecting long-distance and mobile phone calls were split between the providers and chat lines companies.

"Google Voice is a free web application, one intended to supplement and enhance existing phone lines, not replace them," Whitt continued. "The goal of Google Voice is to provide a useful, unified communications tool."

Whitt said that AT&T's complaint is hypocritical because they too have asked the FCC to block calls to certain rural areas because of the expensive connection fees. "AT&T apparently now wants web applications -- from Skype to Google Voice -- to be treated the same way as traditional phone services. Their approach is what a former FCC chairman has called 'regulatory capitalism,' the practice of using regulation to block or slow down innovation," Whitt said.

AT&T did not have an official statement about Friday's inquiry, and referred only to its September 25 letter to the FCC about Google Voice.

In that letter, AT&T argued that Google's blocking was ironic given its support for net neutrality, but Google dismissed the idea that the issue is related to net neutrality. "This is about outdated carrier compensation rules that are fundamentally broken and in need of repair by the FCC," Whitt concluded.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), of which Google is a member, issued its support for Google Voice.

"A web application like Google Voice helps boost innovation and competition. People don't subscribe to Google Voice instead of a wireless or landline phone service. They must have that service to even use Google Voice and they still can use that existing service to make calls," CCIA president and chief executive Ed Black said in a statement. "What we hope comes from this query is a better understanding of the need to reform antiquated inter-carrier compensation rules."

Broadband consultant Craig Settles said in an e-mail that "on one hand, this is pure circus entertainment pushed by AT&T to distract people from the push for net neutrality. On the other, Google is not the innocent saint in this discussion about treating all customers equally."


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FCC's Genachowski to enter wireless hot house

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 1:28 pm
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What once looked to be a quiet CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment show this week is now taking place amid a growing buzz about U.S. regulatory issues, with several appearances by U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski shaping up as the centerpiece.

Since Genachowski took office in June, the FCC has launched inquiries into mobile competition and the use of wireless spectrum; probed Apple, Google and AT&T about their interactions regarding the Google Voice application; and moved to both strengthen net neutrality rules and extend them to the wireless arena. Meanwhile, CTIA, the main mobile trade group in the U.S., last week asked the FCC to help make 800MHz of spectrum available for mobile services in the next six years.

Genachowski will give an opening-day keynote address at the San Diego conference on Wednesday, and later will take questions from press. On Thursday, he will moderate more than three hours of field hearings in San Diego on emerging mobile applications and possible shortages of wireless spectrum. The two sessions will also include FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker and feature panel discussions with industry representatives, academics and activists.

As mobile phones have become more like handheld, Internet-connected computers, carriers’ domination of the mobile world has been gradually giving way to a more open model. There are growing expectations that applications consumers want, such as Google Voice, should be made available on phones in the same way third-party Internet applications are accessible over home broadband. The FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules would prohibit carriers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content or applications.

The CTIA and some major carriers have voiced concern about net neutrality rules being applied to mobile, saying they might prevent carriers from differentiating their services. But AT&T and Verizon Wireless have made other moves in the direction of openness, most recently when AT&T on Tuesday reversed its former position and said it would allow VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) applications on the iPhone. Also on Tuesday, Verizon and Google announced that they will work on Android-based devices, applications and services.

Late on Tuesday, the FCC chief applauded AT&T’s announcement.

“I commend AT&T’s decision to open its network to VoIP,” Genachowski said in a statement. “Opening wireless services to greater consumer choice will drive investment and innovation in the mobile marketplace.”

Nevertheless, Genachowski’s address on Wednesday comes at what is probably just the beginning of a long process of negotiation between government and the industry on these issues. And the CTIA’s call for more spectrum raises its own challenges.

Responding to requests for comment by the FCC on wireless innovation and a national broadband plan, the CTIA last week called on the government to review its own use of spectrum and find out what frequencies in both the public and the private sphere are underutilized. The trade group believes mobile operators will need 800 MHz of additional spectrum in the next six years to support fast-growing demand for mobile data capacity. The CTIA would like that spectrum to be in bands between about 700MHz and 2.5GHz that are best suited to mobile services.

Gartner analyst Tole Hart agreed there will be a need for more spectrum. “I think we’ve got a lot more demand coming up, so the longer they wait, the more critical it'll be,” Hart said. He also expects the price of the spectrum to rise as the need grows. However, 800 MHz may be hard to find, he said.

The request is notable for its size. By way of comparison, the FCC’s auction earlier this year of mobile data frequencies in the 700MHz band allocated less than 100MHz of spectrum. But the CTIA believes at least 800 MHz will be needed both to keep up with demand and to maintain the U.S. edge in mobile technology, said Chris Guttman-McCabe, vice president of regulatory affairs at the CTIA. Large amounts of spectrum are in the pipeline in many other developed countries, such as Germany and the U.K., where 350 MHz of frequencies are in the process of being laid out for mobile services, he said.

For the short term, the CTIA has its eye on the 1755-1780MHz and 2155-2180MHz bands, where it says spectrum is readily available now. For the longer term, the group supports two proposals pending in Congress to order a comprehensive inventory of spectrum. To get the spectrum allocated to commercial mobile services within six years may be a tall order. Guttman-McCabe estimated that the process leading up to the January auction of frequencies in the 700MHz band took between eight and 12 years.

“If the process takes that long, we … are going to be in trouble,” Guttman-McCabe said.

However, Guttman-McCabe said the CTIA welcomed Genachowski’s “fact-based” approach so far to looking at wireless issues. “I’m willing to go into a debate with our facts against any industry,” he said, pegging the wireless industry’s annual contribution to the U.S. economy at $140 billion.


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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. 35 x October 7, 2009   

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Tower Compliance Manual

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

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

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

FCC’s OCTOBER 22 OPEN MEETING: The tentative agenda for the October 22 open meeting includes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on policies to preserve the free and open Internet.


  • FCC’s Broadband Task Force submits NBP status report.
  • FCC Chair lauds Knight Commission Report.
  • FCC seeks comment on broadband clearinghouse.
  • Bill would establish Lifeline assistance for broadband.
  • Legislation would require provision of call location data to law enforcement.

FCC’s Broadband Task Force Submits NBP Status Report

The FCC’s Broadband Task Force has submitted a status report on the National Broadband Plan (NBP), which must be delivered to Congress by February 17, 2010. The presentation includes an initial report on the current state of broadband in the U.S., and describes the framework the team will use to both analyze gaps in broadband’s reach and find solutions to close those gaps. Comprehensive in scope, the presentation is designed to give Commissioners the information they need to question staff, provide feedback, and recommend any mid-course corrections that may be needed. The public is also encouraged to comment on the findings.

To date, the broadband task force’s efforts have focused on gathering the facts and data needed to develop the plan. Its efforts have included 26 workshops and hearings on key topics, with another six scheduled. About 230 witnesses have testified during these sessions. At the same time, nearly 41,000 pages of written comments have been filed with the FCC in response to its National Broadband Plan Notice of Inquiry, with another 143 responses to Public Notices requesting more focused information. Nearly 40 blogs have been posted on the FCC’s new Blogband page, which have prompted over 300 comments to date, all of which will be included in the official record. Following are some of the key areas outlined in the presentation:

The Framework: Congress required the Commission to craft a strategy for delivery of universal, affordable, widely adopted broadband to serve vital national purposes. Capturing all the external benefits of broadband to society and the economy is key to the analysis of the costs and benefits of universality, the Task Force said. It added that benefits include consumer savings, health care improvements, educational and employment opportunities, and more. Subsidy mechanisms must also be considered as a means to universal adoption, but current mechanisms, such as Universal Service and stimulus grants, are insufficient to achieve national purposes. On the other side of the ledger, reducing the cost of key inputs, such as spectrum, rights of way, backhaul, and fiber, can extend the reach and performance of broadband.

Applications: The Task Force found that most broadband applications focus on browsing, communication and entertainment. Increasingly, these uses are evolving to education, job training, business and other productive purposes. Different applications require different broadband speeds, with the most demanding being high-definition streamed video. But actual broadband speeds lag advertised speeds by as much as 50% to 80%. Peak usage hours, typically 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., create network congestion and speed degradation. About 1% of users drive 20% of traffic, while 20% of users drive up to 80% of traffic. A constrained network dictates investment needs in infrastructure.

Deployment: The Task Force’s preliminary analysis indicates that approximately three to six million people are unserved by basic broadband (i.e., without access to speeds of 768 kbps or less). The number of unserved increases as the definition of minimum broadband speed increases. The incremental cost to universal availability varies significantly depending on the speed of service, with preliminary estimates showing that the total investment required ranging from $20 billion for 768 kbps-3 Mbps service to $350 billion for 100 Mbps or faster. The cost of providing consumers with a choice of infrastructure providers, and/or ensuring that all consumers have access to both fixed and mobile broadband would be significantly higher than these initial estimates. The cost to provide service in rural areas is significantly higher than in urban areas, and is driven not only by higher capital expenditures, but also significantly higher recurring operating expenses largely driven by transport and transit. Universal Service Fund recipients have made progress bringing broadband to rural America, but the fund faces systemic and structural problems. The task force continues to gather additional data and analysis and refine the above estimates.

Adoption: Nearly 2/3 of Americans have adopted broadband at home, while 33% have access but have not adopted it, and another 4% say they have no access where they live, according to the Task Force. But large segments of the population have much lower penetration rates, and adoption levels vary across demographic groups. The cost of digital exclusion is large and growing for non-adopters, as resources for employment, education, news, healthcare and shopping for goods and services increasingly move on line. The task force has commissioned its own survey to learn how three key factors affect adoption: attitudes toward broadband and technology, affordability and personal context (home environment, access to libraries, disabilities, etc.). Results are expected in November.

Spectrum: Wireless is increasingly moving to broadband, with smartphone sales projected to overtake sales of standard phones by 2011, the Task Force said. However, these bandwidth-hungry devices, applications and users are buffeting existing network capacity and driving many to cite the need for additional spectrum. The task force is actively assessing the long-term spectrum needs of the country for mobile broadband services.

International Broadband Plans: The driving force behind national broadband plans in other nations has been competitiveness, job creation, and innovation. Successful plans need four or more years of continuous effort and consistent funding sources to implement.

National Purposes: The Task Force said that broadband can be part of the solution to many of the nation’s challenges, creating economic and social benefits, which include:

  • Healthcare: Electronic health records, telemedicine, and mobile monitoring result in better, more affordable health care, but the record shows a need for higher connectivity in many locations to capture those benefits.
  • Energy and the environment: Enabled by broadband, smart grids, smart homes and smart transportation will be a critical part of our clean energy future.
  • Government operations and civic engagement: Delivery of services, civic engagement, transparency in public policy can all be improved by broadband access and adoption.
  • Education: Over 70 percent of all high school students use the Internet as a primary source for homework. Digital textbooks, online learning, teacher support and communications, digital student records can improve weak U.S. educational outcomes. While the E-rate program has connected schools, faster speeds are needed.
  • Disabilities: Internet use among people with disabilities is less than half that of the general population. Networks, equipment, services, devices and software are not designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. Accessibility is also lacking in Internet content, interfaces, programming guides and menus, and tech support.
  • Consumer welfare: Consumers say online purchases save time and money. Yet 39% have strong worries about giving out personal or credit card information. These worries are heightened among low-income users, only 29% of whom have made purchases online, compared to 82% of upper income users. More transparency in billing and the on-line environment could ease security concerns, as could education and consumer workshops on privacy and security.
  • Public Safety: Public safety entities only have access to commercial broadband services. There are no mobile, wireless broadband communications services that meet all of the public safety community’s specialized needs. These services should be provided over time.
  • Economic Opportunity: As of 2005, over 77 percent of Fortune 500 companies posted jobs and accepted applications solely online. An ever-increasing majority of employees are required to use the Internet in their daily work.

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

FCC Chair Lauds Knight Commission Report

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski last week lauded the launching of The Knight Commission Report on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The report states that the digital age is creating an information and communications renaissance. But it is not serving all Americans and their local communities equally. It is not yet serving democracy fully. How the U.S. reacts, individually and collectively, to this democratic shortfall will affect the quality of our lives and the very nature of our communities.

America needs “informed communities,” places where the information ecology meets people’s personal and civic information needs. This means people have the news and information they need to take advantage of life’s opportunities for themselves and their families. They need information to participate fully in our system of self-government, to stand up and be heard. Driving this vision are the critical democratic values of openness, inclusion, participation, empowerment, and the common pursuit of truth and the public interest. To achieve this, the Commission urges that the nation and its local communities pursue three ambitious objectives:

  • Maximizing the availability of relevant and credible information to communities. The availability of relevant and credible information implies creation, distribution, and preservation. Information flow improves when people have not only direct access to information, but the benefit also of credible intermediaries to help discover, gather, compare, contextualize, and share information.
  • Strengthening the capacity of individuals to engage with information. This includes the ability to communicate one’s information, creations and views to others. Attending to capacity means that people have access to the tools they need and opportunities to develop their skills to use those tools effectively as both producers and consumers of information.
  • Promoting individual engagement with information and the public life of the community. Promoting engagement means generating opportunities and motivation for involvement. Citizens should have the capacity, both individually and in groups, to help shoulder responsibility for community self-governance.

Information is as vital to the healthy functioning of communities as clean air, safe streets, good schools, and public health. People have not typically thought of information in this way, but they should. Just as the United States has built other sectors of its vital infrastructure through a combination of private enterprise and social investment, Americans should look to a similar combination of strategies in developing its information infrastructure as well. Information is essential to community vitality. Informed communities can effectively coordinate activities, achieve public accountability, solve problems, and create connections. Local information systems should support widespread knowledge of and participation in the community’s day-to-day life by all segments of the community. To achieve the promise of democracy, it is necessary that the creation, organization, analysis, and transmission of information include the whole community.

In addition to the information necessary to participate in elections and civic affairs, people need access to information to better their lives. Where families struggle to make ends meet and many men and women work multiple jobs, free time is limited. Indeed, the path to active civic engagement may begin with fulfillment of basic information needs, including information about jobs, housing, taxes, safety, education, transportation, recreation, entertainment, food, shopping, utilities, child care, health care, religious resources, and local news. A community is a healthy democratic community—it is an “informed community”—when:

  • People have convenient access to both civic and life-enhancing information, without regard to income or social status.
  • Journalism is abundant in many forms and accessible through many convenient platforms.
  • Government is open and transparent.
  • People have affordable high-speed Internet service wherever and whenever they want and need it.
  • Digital and media literacy are widely taught in schools, public libraries and other community centers.
  • Technological and civic expertise is shared across the generations.
  • Local media—including print, broadcast, and online media—reflect the issues, events, experiences and ideas of the entire community.
  • People have a deep understanding of the role of free speech and free press rights in maintaining a democratic community.
  • Citizens are active in acquiring and sharing knowledge both within and across social networks.
  • People can assess and track changes in the information health of their communities.

Regarding the media: The challenge is not to preserve any particular medium or any individual business, but to promote the traditional public-service functions of journalism. Rather than ask how to save newspapers, a better question is, “How can we advance quality, skilled journalism that contributes to healthy information environments in local communities?”

The Commission applauds efforts throughout the country to find new solutions and business models to preserve valued journalistic institutions and create new ones. There is a transition underway requiring fresh thinking and new approaches to the gathering and sharing of news and information. The Commission has formulated 15 strategies for pursuing the three fundamental objectives of information availability, citizen capacity, and public engagement. The recommendations propose action by government, communities, the media, and citizens. The following are condensed versions of those recommendations.

The Knight Commission recommends:

Recommendation 1: Direct media policy toward innovation, competition, and support for business models that provide marketplace incentives for quality journalism.

Recommendation 2: Increase support for public service media aimed at meeting community information needs.

Recommendation 3: Increase the role of higher education, community and nonprofit institutions as hubs of journalistic activity and other information-sharing for local communities.

Recommendation 4: Require government at all levels to operate transparently, facilitate easy and low-cost access to public records, and make civic and social data available in standardized formats that support the productive public use of such data.

Recommendation 5: Develop systematic quality measures of community information ecologies, and study how they affect social outcomes.

Recommendation 6: Integrate digital and media literacy as critical elements for education at all levels through collaboration among federal, state, and local education officials.

Recommendation 7: Fund and support public libraries and other community institutions as centers of digital and media training, especially for adults.

Recommendation 8: Set ambitious standards for nationwide broadband availability and adopt public policies encouraging consumer demand for broadband services.

Recommendation 9: Maintain the national commitment to open networks as a core objective of Internet policy.

Recommendation 10: Support the activities of information providers to reach local audiences with quality content through all appropriate media, such as mobile phones, radio, public access cable, and new platforms.

Recommendation 11: Expand local media initiatives to reflect the full reality of the communities they represent.

Recommendation 12: Engage young people in developing the digital information and communication capacities of local communities.

Recommendation 13: Empower all citizens to participate actively in community self-governance, including local “community summits” to address community affairs and pursue common goals.

Recommendation 14: Emphasize community information flow in the design and enhancement of a local community's’s public spaces.

Recommendation 15: Ensure that every local community has at least one high-quality online hub.

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


FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON BROADBAND CLEARINGHOUSE: The FCC has requested comment on establishing a broadband clearinghouse. The FCC wants to know if the federal government, through either the FCC, or through another governmental entity, should initiate or create a national broadband clearinghouse of best practices. If the federal government should not create such a clearinghouse, should a non-governmental entity create one? What would be the primary goals and purpose of such a clearinghouse? What type of content would be most useful? Would this be a user-generated content web site about deployment experiences? Should this be mere aggregation of broadband data? How could such a clearinghouse most effectively collect and make available information about efforts to promote or facilitate broadband adoption? Are there other aspects of broadband adoption that should be addressed? How could such a clearinghouse disseminate information related to government’s use of broadband for either improving the operations of government or improving the delivery of government services? Should such a clearinghouse also be expanded to include best-practices for the utilization of broadband from the private or non-profit sectors? How should such a clearinghouse be constructed to best engage the public? Should the site include information or resources such as experts in any of the following areas related to developing broadband initiatives: finance, regulatory/legal, engineering/construction, technology, marketing? Should the clearinghouse include unique content such as training videos or sample program materials generated by or on behalf of the site manager to further the mission of the clearinghouse? Are there currently existing clearinghouses (for broadband or other purposes) that could serve as good models for a national broadband clearinghouse? Commenters should also address issues related to the type of audience, to utility issues, and to maintenance. Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, 09-137 (NBP Public Notice #10) proceeding are due November 16. There is no reply date. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

BILL WOULD ESTABLISH LIFELINE ASSISTANCE FOR BROADBAND: U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) has introduced the Broadband Affordability Act of 2009 (HR 3646), which would establish a Lifeline assistance program for universal broadband adoption. Not later than 270 days after enactment, the FCC shall take all actions necessary to establish a broadband Lifeline program that enables qualifying low-income customers residing in urban and rural areas to purchase broadband service at reduced charges by reimbursing providers for each such customer served. The bill directs that the broadband Lifeline program shall be similar in structure to the existing Lifeline program for basic telephone service. Noting the interstate nature of broadband service, however, the bill says that the FCC may determine, in consultation with the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, whether state matching funds must be provided as a condition of eligibility for low-income households within such state. The amount of support will be calculated from the prevailing market price, and the program will be technology neutral. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE PROVISION OF CALL LOCATION DATA TO LAW ENFORCEMENT: U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) has introduced the Kelsey Smith Act of 2009 (HR 3682), which would require telecommunications carriers to provide call location information to law enforcement agencies in emergency situations; to authorize education and training for state and local law enforcement agencies with respect to the collection and use of call location information; and for other purposes. The bill is named for Kelsey Smith, an Overland Park, Kansas, teenager, who was murdered on June 2, 2007. Police reportedly found her body three days later because of a cell phone ping that had originated on June 2. Despite search efforts by law enforcement, it reportedly took Verizon Wireless three days to hand over the cell phone records. Shortly thereafter the body was discovered, and a suspect was arrested that evening and charged the next day. HR 3682 would require a telecom carrier, at the request of law enforcement, to promptly provide call location information concerning the user of a commercial mobile service or the user of an Internet protocol (IP)-enabled voice service to (1) a public safety answering point, emergency medical service provider or emergency dispatch provider, public safety, fire service, or law enforcement official, or hospital emergency or trauma care facility, in order to respond to the user’s call for emergency services or to respond to an emergency situation that involves the risk of death or serious physical harm; or (2) providers of information or database management services solely for purposes of assisting in the delivery of emergency services in response to an emergency. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.


MIZZOU FORGETS TO CLEAN DATA OFF OF OLD CELL PHONES: The University of Missouri athletics department recently became the center of controversy when it sold a box of old cell phones to one Mike Bellman, according to The Associated Press and other media outlets. Bellman reportedly bought the cell phones earlier this year at a university surplus sale with the intent of reselling them for parts. He paid $190 for 25 old cell phones, figuring he would sell the parts for around $1,000, according to AP. However, he discovered that the information on the phones might be worth more than the hardware. No one at the university had deleted the text messages, e-mails and contact numbers from the phones. Bellman told the Columbia Tribune he had hoped to sell the old phones to a sports collector, with an asking price of $3,000. The Tribune reported that among other things, one Sprint Treo previously used by basketball coach Mike Anderson still had text messages between Anderson, football coach Gary Pinkel and Athletics Director Mike Alden. It was nothing controversial — well wishes for upcoming games and congratulations after wins. But the University of Missouri has been criticized for not being more cautious about information that could fall into the wrong hands. The University has said it is evaluating its internal procedures. The lesson, of course, is clean out your cell phones before tossing them.

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING STILL RAISES QUESTIONS: At a “distracted driving” conference convened last week by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood, some 300 experts focused mostly on text messaging and cellphone conversations while driving, according to the Washington Post. Both the House and the Senate are considering legislation that would require states to ban texting or e-mailing while driving or risk losing 25 percent of their annual federal highway funding, a strategy similar to the one used to induce states to lower drunken driving limits. The bills would require the Transportation Department to establish minimum penalties that must be included in state laws. President Obama recently banned federal employees from texting while driving government cars or in their own cars when using government cellphones or on government business. The move was saluted by those who hope private employers will follow suit, according to The Post. Text messaging, which takes eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel, is banned in the District and 18 states, including Maryland and Virginia. Other states are expected to follow, particularly since recent research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that truckers were 23 times more likely to crash when they sent text messages. That was the first study of texting based on data gathered from observing drivers in real-life situations rather than laboratories. Given those findings and vast cellphone use, the experts are puzzled by the fact that overall crash rates haven't increased dramatically, too. Without statistics to show that, persuading drivers — and legislators — not to use cellphones becomes more problematic, even considering the current impact, The Post reported.

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

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

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Terry Matthews' Wake Up Call: Benbria's BlazeCast

Unified Communications Magazine June/July 2009 | Volume 2/Number 6

Whereas other 65-year-olds think of retirement, Canadian billionaire entrepreneur Terry Matthews, founder of Mitel (in 1973), Newbridge Networks (in 1986) and many dozens of other companies related to telecom and the Internet, continues to launch and/or nurture exciting new startups regularly. While most entrepreneurs are one-trick ponies, Matthews spends much of his time identifying gaps in his portfolio of companies and then develops a business plan and often manages to get the product out and generating revenue within a year. At the moment he's got 7 new companies incubating or actually generating revenue, each one staffed by energetic college grads. Matthews finds that new grads will eagerly work around-the-clock and they'll accept a lower ($25-$30,000) salary in addition to equity in the company. He works with universities to highlight and select top graduates and prefers people who are team players as opposed to those who simply earned high marks in school.

"It's important that the company wins and not just the individual," says Matthews.

In any case, former students almost always fall under the spell of Matthews' infectious enthusiasm and charismatic persona - not to mention the allure of being able to start their own company.

Take Benbria Corporation, for example, co-founded in 2007 by three recent University of Waterloo grads: Mason Du, Alicia Liu, and Ronald Richardson. Benbria (taking the name of the first house built by Alexander Graham Bell), based in Ottawa's Kanata suburb, makes unified communications software and applications for broadcasting alert notification messages through phone and paging networks via Internet technology. Benbria's BlazeCast mass notification and IP paging solution can quickly communicate to large or targeted groups of people.

Benbria's BlazeCast IP Paging advances the old idea of paging far beyond what was available in the era of analog technology. The standards-based BlazeCast offers much wider coverage across separate buildings and geographies. It's more flexible in that you can page to a single speaker or do dynamic grouping, can be set to automatically alert everyone of a outage or failure, is easier to use (you can broadcast from anywhere and page people with a visual interface), and it's even more secure than analog systems, since it offers tiered access based on passwords.

You might ask, "But what about SMS? Everybody has that in the cell phones, don't they?"

As it happens, relying on just the Short Messaging Service and phone calls isn't really a reliable means of mass notification. SMS messages are not exactly inexpensive to send for either an organization (or sometimes the recipient) and SMS technology doesn't even guarantee delivery nor time of delivery, so your terrorist, flood, tornado or other warning may disappear or show up days later. As for phone calls, schools and hospitals require people to have their mobile phones turned off while on the premises, and many people don't like giving out their phone number because of privacy or security concerns. Besides, many phone numbers regularly change and are never up-to-date.

BlazeCast, however, takes all kinds of different notification methods - paging, email, text, SMS, VoIP/phone systems. etc. - and integrates them, enabling you to broadcast messages in various forms all at once. It has unique apps that can lock down PCs for a phone BlazeCast .

It has obvious application in the world of vertical markets, such as education and homeland security/government.

"One of my best-known companies, Mitel, also serves many verticals," says Matthews. "That means we can learn from our many types of customers and prospective customers. Indeed, working closely with a prospective client means that we can reduce the speculative nature of research and development. Feedback from customers enables us to focus on what's important. We can 'hone down' new products to a more manageable set - there's always that decision-making instant when you decide to go ahead with something or not. Products can appear in less than a year after their formulation, and any problems with them are also generally resolved within a year's time."

"I've started over 80 companies in my career," says Matthews. "and it continues to be exciting. It's just as exciting seeing these bright young people drive our 'startup engine' and become major players in the industry themselves."

Terry Matthews should know. He founded Mitel when he was 29.


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1 Motorola VHF PURC-5000 125W, ACB or TRC
UHF Paging Transmitters:
24 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
2 Quintron QT-7795, 250W UHF, w/TCC & RL70 Rx.
3 Motorola PURC-5000 110W, TRC
3 Motorola PURC-5000 225W, ACB
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
20 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, w/ or w/o I20
4 Motorola PURC 5000, 300W, DRC or ACB
3 Motorola PURC 5000, 150W, DRC or ACB

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USB Paging Encoder

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

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Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • Frequency agile - only one receiver to stock
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  • Product customization available

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  • Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.
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Senate Introduces Companion Bill to HR 2160

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Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) is the Chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

On Tuesday, October 6, Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), along with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), introduced Senate Bill 1755, The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009. Similar to HR 2160 — also called The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 — that was introduced this past April by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18), the bill, if passed, would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to undertake a study on emergency communications. S 1755 points out that "There is a strong Federal interest in the effective performance of Amateur Radio Service stations, and that performance must be given — (A) support at all levels of government; and (B) protection against unreasonable regulation and impediments to the provision of the valuable communications provided by such stations."

"We are delighted to have the sponsorship of both the Chairman and the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and especially to have the support of Senator Lieberman from the ARRL's home state," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. "The bill could not have a better pedigree." Lieberman is the Chairman of the committee, while Collins is the Ranking Member.

Like HR 2160, S 1755 calls on DHS to undertake a study on the uses and capabilities of Amateur Radio Service communications in emergencies and disaster relief and then to submit a report to Congress no more than 180 days after the bill becomes law. The study shall:

  • Include a review of the importance of Amateur Radio emergency communications in furtherance of homeland security missions relating to disasters, severe weather and other threats to lives and property in the United States, as well as recommendations for enhancements in the voluntary deployment of Amateur Radio licensees in disaster and emergency communications and disaster relief efforts and improved integration of Amateur Radio operators in planning and furtherance of the Department of Homeland Security initiatives.
  • Identify impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio Service communications, such as the effects of unreasonable or unnecessary private land use regulations on residential antenna installations; and make recommendations regarding such impediments for consideration by other federal departments, agencies and Congress.

In conducting the study, S 1755 directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to "utilize the expertise of stakeholder entities and organizations, including the Amateur Radio, emergency response and disaster communications communities."

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Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is the Ranking Member of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

S 1755 makes note of the fact that Section 1 of the Joint Resolution entitled Joint Resolution to Recognize the Achievements of Radio Amateurs, and To Establish Support for Such Amateurs as National Policy — approved October 22, 1994 (Public Law 103-408) — included a finding that stated: "Reasonable accommodation should be made for the effective operation of Amateur Radio from residences, private vehicles and public areas, and the regulation at all levels of government should facilitate and encourage amateur radio operations as a public benefit." The bill also pointed out that Section 1805(c) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 757(c)) directs the Regional Emergency Communications Coordinating Working Group of the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate their activities with ham and Amateur Radio operators among the 11 other emergency organizations, such as ambulance services, law enforcement and others.

ARRL New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI said that Amateur Radio operators in the State of Maine have "an outstanding relationship" with their Congressional representatives — plus Governor John Baldacci is KB1NXP!" Both Connecticut and Maine are part of the League's New England Division

Frenaye said that Maine Section Manager Bill Woodhead, N1KAT, dropped off a letter at Senator Collins' office in Lewiston two weeks ago, asking for her support. "After that, we had amateurs in Maine write the Senator," he said; more than 40 Maine hams wrote Senator Collins.

The Senate bill points out many positive things that Amateur Radio operators do, including "provid[ing] on a volunteer basis, a valuable public sector service to their communities, their States, and to the Nation, especially in the area of national and international disaster communications." It mentions that amateurs provided emergency and disaster relief communications services during both natural and manmade disasters. "The Amateur Radio Service has formal agreements for the provision of volunteer emergency communications activities with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, the National Communications System, and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, as well as with disaster relief agencies, including the American National Red Cross and the Salvation Army," the bill reads.

Right now, S 1755 has been read twice in the Senate chamber and referred to that body's Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. HR 2160 — now with 27 sponsors — is in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.


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

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

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

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Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. —William Feather

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. —Buddhist Saying

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The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running. —Author unknown, in reference to Ecclesiastes 9:11, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."

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