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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 12, 2010 - ISSUE NO. 394

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Welcome back to the latest issue of Wireless Messaging News. When I started writing I told a friend that I had doubts about my abilities. I said that there were so many others with more experience and better writing skills, who could do a better job. My friend said, "that may or may not be true, but they are not writing about Paging, and if you don't do it — it won't get done." So that has been my motivation to write and to publish news that I find, for many years. I encourage you, dear reader, to also contribute your knowledge and experience to this newsletter — for the benefit of others.

Don't miss AAPC's new Battery Discount deal for members . . . following.

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Apple iPad

As I mentioned in last week's column, I have great expectations about the new Apple iPad. I came across a funny — opposing view. Evidently they have an annual "Fiasco Award" in Spain.

Apple's new iPad is among the eight finalists for the 2010 Fiasco Awards. The jury announced the selection of the final eight from the 32 candidates nominated in Barcelona for this, the second year of the Fiasco Awards.

The jury said the iPad is nominated, as it could “go the same way as Obama with the Nobel Prize and win the award before it does anything.” The jury says the only innovation with respect to the iPhone and iTouch is that the iPad is bigger and can’t make phone calls. They note its lack of flash, camera, USB port, SIM card dock, and general no standard connections — and that you can’t browse the net and listen to music at the same time.
[minor punctuation and grammar corrections made] — [source]

So, I guess we will just have to wait and see if it is successful or not. Meanwhile I am saving my allowance to buy one.

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Embarrassing Events In US History

I have always been proud to be an American — I still am, but sometimes things happen in this country that trouble me deeply. Like the OJ Simpson trial, the beating of Rodney King by the LA police, and "Bull" Connor's actions.

Theophilus Eugene "Bull" Connor (July 11, 1897, Selma, Alabama, USA – March 10, 1973) was a Democratic Party politician and police official from the city of Birmingham, Alabama, during the American Civil Rights Movement. As the Public Safety Commissioner of Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1960s, Connor became a symbol of bigotry. He infamously fought against integration by using fire hoses, police attack dogs, and even a small tank against protest marchers. His aggressive tactics backfired when the spectacle of the brutality being broadcast on national television served as one of the catalysts for major social and legal change in the South and helped in large measure to assure the passage by the United States Congress of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. [source]

Lately, my pet peeve has been about how during this time of financial crisis (the great recession) the “fat-cat” bankers are receiving excessive bonuses. I consider it to be immoral and unethical. I don't understand how the government can give my tax money to these financial institutions so they can loan it back to me (and you) — with interest — and then let them congratulate each other by giving themselves obscene bonuses for their failures to manage their own businesses and our country's economy. Wow, that's a long sentence, but that is how I feel.

According to The New York Times Goldman Sachs is considering requiring that its executives donate to charities.

Big Deal !

I wonder what the charities will be? Maybe the country club that they belong to? Or maybe they could tip the chauffeurs of their limousines — or even the pilots of their private airplanes?

Let Them Eat Cake !

Oh wait! Here is a good one, they could help buy the cake that the poor people who have been laid off from their jobs are supposed to be eating.

This editorial opinion piece presents my personal opinion. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the AAPC, or the sponsors of this newsletter. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and this one is mine.

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More iPad Stuff

More interesting info on the iPad this week. The beauty of this new device is not just "skin deep." The real technical beauty is in its heart — “That's Apple's A4, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) that reportedly combines a low-power CPU, a graphics processing unit (GPU), and other hardware, much of which is still confidential.”

More on the A4 story follows below.

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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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AAPC has negotiated a deal directly with Interstate Battery to help you — our members — receive lower rates on your battery purchases. If you currently pay $.25/AA Alkaline battery and order 500 batteries a month — you could be saving approximately $600/year. And for those of you who are not AAPC members, that could be the cost of your membership!

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AAPC’s goal is to continue to unite the industry and advocate in our members’ best interest. If you have any questions or other suggestions on ways AAPC can help improve your business, please contact Linda at

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Motorola to split into two units in early 2011

Feb. 11, 2010, 4:20 p.m. EST

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Motorola Inc. (MOT 6.81, +0.16, +2.41%) said late Thursday that it plans to split into two separate units in the first quarter of 2011. One entity will include the company's mobile devices and home businesses, and the other will include enterprise mobility solutions and networks businesses. Motorola will proceed with the split through stock dividend to shareholders. Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola, will be the CEO of the mobile devices unit, and Greg Brown, co-CEO with Jha, will be the CEO of the enterprise mobility solutions side, effective immediately. Both companies will continue to use the Motorola brand after the separation is completed.

Source: The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch

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Robert W. Galvin inducted into Six Sigma Hall of Fame

iSixSigma, the leading provider of content for the Six Sigma community through its websites, iSixSigma Magazine and live events, has named former Motorola Corporation president, CEO and chairman Robert “Bob” W. Galvin as the second inductee in its Six Sigma Hall of Fame.

“Bob Galvin not only provided the leadership that so influenced the work of Bill Smith, widely regarded as the 'Father of Six Sigma', he refocused the very concepts of quality and global competitiveness for American business," said Kevin Francella, chief operating officer of iSixSigma’s parent company, Ideal Media LLC.

Francella accepted the Hall of Fame award on behalf of Galvin, who was unable to attend the ceremony at the iSixSigma Live! Summit & Awards in Miami Beach, Fla.

In a career spanning 60 years, Galvin has had a profound influence on the business world as one of the pioneering advocates of continuous process improvement. After Motorola engineer Bill Smith (iSixSigma’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductee) convinced him of the benefits of using statistical analysis to improve quality, Galvin officially launched Motorola’s Six Sigma program in 1987.

Galvin’s focus on Six Sigma methods led to innovations in television receivers, dispatch mobile communication, transistors, paging and cellular technology. During Galvin’s tenure at Motorola, the company’s annual sales grew from a few hundred million dollars to more than $10 billion. In 1988, Motorola became one of the first companies to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The son of Paul Galvin, founder of the company that would become Motorola, Robert Galvin joined his father’s company in 1940, starting at the bottom in the stock room and working his way up to the executive level. In 1959, Galvin took the reins from his father and held the position of CEO until 1986, staying on as chairman of the board. In 1990, after more than 30 years of service with Motorola, Galvin officially retired and became chairman of Motorola’s Executive Committee.

Galvin earned degrees at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, and is currently a member and was the recent chairman of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Institute of Technology. Among his numerous honorary degrees and recognitions, some of his most notable honorifics include the National Medal of Technology in 1991 and an induction into the National Business Hall of Fame.

Today, at age 87, Galvin continues to serve as an officer of Motorola. He is also active in the Galvin Electricity Initiative, a not-for-profit organization he started in 2004 with the goal of applying Six Sigma quality standards to transform the nation’s aging and inefficient power grid. He currently lives in Barrington, Ill., with his wife, Mary Barnes Galvin. They have four children and thirteen grandchildren.

The Six Sigma Hall of Fame recognizes people who have made significant and lasting contributions in the Lean Six Sigma industry. These individuals have consistently fueled corporate growth and shareholder value through the use of Lean Six Sigma during their career. They have commanded the respect and admiration of their peers for their extraordinary service to the industry.

Source: ReliablePlant

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Apple inside: the significance of the iPad's A4 chip

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 8:30 am by Nicholas Bonsack,

apple a4 Just one day after the unveiling of the iPad, Apple's long-rumored tablet has ruffled feathers and turned heads. With a familiar interface, Apple's momentum, iTunes integration, and a price that the even non-geek can easily fall in love with, it has all the makings of a hit. But deep inside lies something even more revolutionary.

At the heart of the iPad lies a tiny sliver of silicon. A game changer within a game changer. That's Apple's A4, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) that reportedly combines a low-power CPU, a graphics processing unit (GPU), and other hardware, much of which is still confidential. What we do know is that it finds an almost ideal balance between battery life and speed, such that the iPad can animate and zip about at a pace that iPhone 3GS users could only dream of.

History behind the “magic”

The roots of the A4 begin in 2005 with a then three year old startup called PA Semiconductor. At the 2005 Fall Processor Forum, PA Semi outlined a vision for a SoC PowerPC architecture, the G5-derived PWRficient family. As the name implied, the focus was on designing a high-performance multicore PowerPC chip that was ideal for mobile devices.

That very same year, Apple had to deal with what executive Tim Cook called “the mother of all thermal challenges”—putting a G5 processor into a PowerBook. IBM had never intended for the G5 to operate in a machine as thin as a notebook, leaving Apple with nothing but the old PowerPC G4 chips for the remainder of the PowerBook line. With PC notebooks outpacing Apple's own technology, Apple had to look for solutions, and fast.

It was in these dire circumstances that Apple took notice of PA Semi, and the two became close partners in plotting out the future of PowerPC for Mac hardware. Then came Apple's fateful WWDC 2005 announcement, that the switch to Intel was now in progress; future relations between Apple and PA Semi appeared to be severed.

But PA Semi's 150 engineers still delivered on their promises. The sole member of the PWRficient family was released in February 2007, first to the company's closest partners, followed by a wider release later that year. It boasted a very impressive set of specs, including two 64-bit PowerPC G5 cores with two DDR2 memory controllers on a single chip. It ran at 2.0 GHz with an average of 13 watts of power consumption and a peak of 25 watts. Meanwhile, Intel's more traditionally-designed Merom Core 2 Duo LV L7700—the closest competition at the time—could only run at 1.8 GHz with a max of 17 watts.

Early the following year, Apple quietly purchased PA Semi, with many in the tech press speculating that Apple's intent was to put its newly-acquired talent to work on chips made for future mobile devices, such as iPods and iPhones. Then came a long period of silence that has lasted until now.

CPU/GPU hybrids today

Now we have the Apple A4, a brand new design for a SoC produced and owned by Apple, using the same ARM architecture that powers the iPhone. The A4 runs at 1GHz and supposedly helps the iPad achieve a maximum battery life of 10 hours, thanks to its tight placement of circuitry and small form factor. In integrating a CPU with a GPU, it follows in the footsteps of other energy-efficient SoC processors, like Nvidia's Tegra.

Until recently, the CPU and the GPU of a computer were separate pieces of hardware, often found on different boards or positioned far apart on the same motherboard. Through SoCs and more ambitious designs, attempts have been made to fuse the two components together.

Intel's Larrabee project tried to tie a GPU so closely to one of its own future desktop/laptop CPUs that a discrete GPU would become not only obsolete, but impossible to add to this design. Tragedy struck, and Intel missed its benchmarks. Now Larrabee has been reduced to such a degree that it will never see a wide release.

Intel had a another project up its sleeves, an SoC that wedded the Atom CPU to a GPU for LG-branded smart phones, called Moorestown. But that project has only just been shown off at CES and is still a ways away from hitting stores.

Nvidia's Tegra, on the other hand, has seen applications in portable media players, the Google Chrome OS-based netbook, and the Boxee Box. While all of these products are interesting designs, Nvidia is only a chipset provider. It cannot dictate the exact specifications of any of these devices beyond what's supplied by its very own Tegra.

New Frontiers Ahead

With the A4, Apple still maintains its long-standing relationship with ARM while delivering on performance, with a design that no competitor can use in its own products. More to the point, the A4 puts a very critical part of Apple's iPad under its very own control. And that move is unprecedented.

Going back to the earliest days of the Mac, Apple chose Motorola's 68k series of chips to power its Macs because they offered better performance than Intel's equivalent technology. In the early ’90s, the company migrated its Macs to the PowerPC architecture when Motorola couldn't deliver a 68k processor as fast and as energy efficient as Intel's Pentium series. Then, when the major vendors behind the PowerPC couldn't keep pace with Intel's Pentium IV and AMD's Athlon series, Apple switched its Macs once more—this time to Intel's own Core series.

Today, Macs remain beholden to Intel's specifications. If Intel can't keep pace, Apple will have to find yet another vendor for CPUs. But now, with the iPad's A4, Apple has demonstrated a new option: It has the ability to take existing designs and repurpose them to give its own products better performance than the competition.

It's extremely unlikely that Apple could leverage ARM architecture for the Mac, as those processors are specifically made for low-power devices, not high-performance workstations or general computing. However, if it could make headway through patents and cross-license agreements, Apple may someday be able to do this with another architecture, such as the now-standard x86-64.

While this fits in well with Tim Cook's declaration that Apple believes in controlling the technologies that run its own products, we're still a long way away from returning to the days when a vendor made every single component of the computer by itself. Economically, it doesn't make sense for one manufacturer to have that kind of overhead. That's how prices remain low, and why IBM doesn't produce every single component of the PC all by itself.

But it does demonstrate a brighter future ahead for Apple, and many in this industry have been shaken by the possibilities. While the idea of Apple exerting even more control over its products is a fascinating possibility, there's also an undercurrent of concern. An Apple that possesses firm control of every component of its devices has the potential for greatness—but with great power comes great responsibility.

Source: Macworld

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Interactive Textbooks Headed to iPad, Report Says

Ian Paul, PCWorld
Feb 3, 2010 8:59 am

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Mock-up of a multimedia textbook.

Software developer ScrollMotion has been tapped to develop iPad-friendly versions of textbooks for education publishers like McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, and Kaplan. Features that may make it into the iPad textbooks include video, interactive quizzes, the ability to record lectures, highlight and search text, and take notes, according to The Wall Street Journal. ScrollMotion announced a similar deal to bring textbooks to the iPhone and iPod Touch during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June of last year.

Which Textbook Reader Will Win?


While the hype surrounding the iPad has sparked speculation about the device's place in the future of education, there are competing devices focused on education including some newly announced e-readers and hybrid devices. Amazon is reportedly attempting to make inroads with its Kindle DX. However, Amazon's e-reader is a little disadvantaged against the iPad since the Kindle's e-ink screen can only display text and pictures, as opposed to integrating animations and video like the iPad.

But there are other interesting options like the dual-screen enTourage eDge, which has also entered into deals with publishers to create digital textbooks. The eDge has a 9.7-inch e-ink screen on one side for reading, and a 10.1-inch LCD screen that accepts stylus inputs for handwriting (something the iPad lacks). The eDge sells for $490 and enTourage says the device will start shipping in March. The biggest downside for this device, however is its weight: the eDge weighs in at 2.75 pounds versus the iPad's slimmer profile at 1.5 pounds.

Will iPad Textbooks Clash with Student Culture?


Digital textbooks are nothing new, in addition to ScrollMotion other companies like CourseSmart are producing textbooks for PCs and mobile devices. But larger one-screen devices like the iPad may be the ideal solution for digital textbooks, and sound like they could be a boon for students: no more throwing your back out from lugging around heavy textbooks every semester, and a digital textbook boasts added value with features like video and searchable text. But the essential question for e-textbooks may come down to price and DRM-style restrictions.

If all the extra features of the digital versions keep textbook prices the same, there may not be much of an incentive for students to purchase digital applications instead of paper books. One thing that could win students over, however, would be the ability to transfer or resell their textbooks after they finish a semester or school year.

Students are not a wealthy group of people, and textbook costs are one of the largest school-related expenses after tuition. To recoup some of those costs, many students resell their old books at a lower cost to incoming students who don't mind purchasing used or slightly outdated material. But it's unlikely publishers would allow students to resell digital textbooks, so I have to wonder whether this will be a sticking point that keeps some would-be iPad users away.

So what about it students? Would you go for an iPad textbook even if it meant prices would stay the same?

Source: PC World

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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. 13, No. 5 x February 3, 2010   

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FCC Postpones Open Meeting Until Feb. 18 Due To Snowstorm

The FCC has postponed its February 11 open meeting until 3 p.m., February 18 due to the D.C. snowstorm. It also announced that the following items will be on the meeting agenda:

  • E-Rate: An Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to enable schools that receive funding from the E-Rate program to allow members of the general public to use the schools’ Internet access during non-operating hours at no additional cost to the Universal Service Fund. This order and notice do not permit or require any changes to E-Rate applications due on February 11, 2010.
  • Ex Parte Reform: A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve the transparency and effectiveness of the FCC’s decision-making process by reforming the ex parte rules.
  • Procedural Reform: A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to enhance the efficiency, openness, and transparency of the Commission’s proceedings by improving and modernizing certain organizational and procedural rules.
  • National Broadband Plan Status Report: Commission staff will report on the status of the National Broadband Plan, providing a framework for the national purposes portion of the Plan.

Congress Affected Too: All House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings scheduled this week have been postponed due to inclement weather. No new dates have been determined.

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

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  • Congress begins to probe proposed Comcast/NBC deal.
  • Info collection mandated by NET 911 Improvement Act.
  • “Closed” Broadcast Construction Permit Auction (No. 88) set for July 20.
  • California Commission seeks direct access to NORS database.

Congress Begins To Probe Proposed Comcast/NBC Deal

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) opened a February 4 subcommittee hearing on the proposed Comcast/NBC Universal merger, noting that “We should ask hard questions, but we should also keep an open mind.” Mr. Waxman stated up front his basic concerns: “Will Comcast be a better long-term steward of NBC News than the current owner? Will Comcast be more committed to the development of quality, original programming? Will Comcast invest necessary resources to promote localism and diversity and support free over-the-air broadcasting? One important issue is whether Comcast, as the nation’s largest residential broadband provider — and a potential owner of NBC’s valuable content — will help protect intellectual property. The theft of content online is a serious issue for the creative community; it is unlawful and it is a serious drain on our economy. This problem deserves more attention and better efforts by broadband providers. We also need to know what Comcast will do to ensure that independent writers, directors, and producers won’t be harmed.”

Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, who conducted the hearing, said that scrutiny of the proposed merger boils down to three basic questions:

“First, assuming the combination is approved, what benefits will consumers see a year after the merger that they do not get today?

“Second, what, if anything, are consumers receiving today that will they not be getting a year after the merger?

“Finally, are there conditions that regulators should consider imposing on approval of the merger to ensure it serves consumers, and if so, what are they?”

In a joint statement, Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO of Comcast, and Jeff Zucker, President & CEO of NBC Universal, said: “The new NBCU will benefit consumers and will encourage much-needed investment and innovation in the important media sector. How will it benefit consumers? First, the new venture will lead to increased investment in NBCU by putting these important content assets under the control of a company that is focused exclusively on the communication and entertainment industry. This will foster enhanced investment in both content development and delivery, enabling NBCU to become a more competitive and innovative player in the turbulent and ever changing media world. Investment and innovation will also preserve and create sustainable media and technology jobs. Second, the transaction will promote the innovation, content, and delivery that consumers want and demand. The parties have made significant commitments in the areas of local news and information programming, enhanced programming for diverse audiences, and more quality educational and other content for children and families. And finally, Comcast's commitment to sustain and invest in the NBC broadcast network will promote the quality news, sports, and local programming that have made this network great over the last 50 years.”

The same day, February 4, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights held a hearing on the proposed merger, with many of the same witnesses and statements. Lawmakers appeared to be more skeptical of the proposed merger than their counterparts on the House telecom subcommittee. Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), for example, said: "This acquisition will create waves throughout the media and entertainment marketplace and we don't know where the ripples will end." Kohl said that Comcast’s voluntary conditions would not be enough and that they were only a starting point. He criticized the cable industry for their price increases and what he believed were existing hurdles to competitors’ access to programming. He said that many fear those things would be exacerbated by a merged Comcast and NBC. Kohl listed his four major areas of concern:

(1) Comcast's ability to deny must-have programming or make rivals pay unreasonable prices;
(2) the potential move of NBC programming to cable;
(3) the ability of independent nets to get carriage on Comcast systems; and
(4) the effect on video competition.

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

Info Collection Mandated By NET 911 Improvement Act

The New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008 (NET 911 Act) became law on July 23, 2008, requiring Internet Protocol (IP) enabled voice service providers to provide 911 and enhanced 911 (E911) services, and requiring various regulatory undertakings by the FCC. Pursuant to Section 101 of the NET 911 Act, the Commission must collect information regarding any fees collected by the states or other jurisdictions in connection with 911/E911 services, specifically, information “detailing the status in each State of the collection and distribution of such fees or charges, and including findings on the amount of revenues obligated or expended by each State or political subdivision thereof for any purpose other than the purpose for which any such fees or charges are specified.” Section 101 of the NET 911 Act further requires the Commission to file “within 1 year after the date of enactment of the [NET 911 Act], and annually thereafter” a report with the Congress “detailing the status in each State of the collection and distribution of such fees or charges, and including findings on the amount of revenues obligated or expended by each State or political subdivision thereof for any purpose other than the purpose for which any such fees or charges are specified.”

On July 22, 2009, the Commission submitted to Congress its first annual “Report to Congress On State Collection and Distribution of 911 and Enhanced 911 Fees and Charges.” Pursuant to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) authorization, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seeks the following specific information in order to prepare the next annual report and fulfill its continuing obligations under Section 101 of the NET 911 Act:

  • A statement as to whether or not the state or other entity as defined by Section 6(f)(1) of the NET 911 Act has established a funding mechanism designated for or imposed for the purposes of 911 or E911 support or implementation (including a citation to the legal authority for such mechanism).
  • The amount of the fees or charges imposed for the implementation and support of 911 and E911 services, and the total amount collected pursuant to the assessed fees or charges, for the annual period ending December 31, 2009.
  • A statement describing how the funds collected are made available to localities, and whether the state has established written criteria regarding the allowable uses of the collected funds, including the legal citation to such criteria.
  • A statement identifying any entity in the state that has the authority to approve the expenditure of funds collected for 911 or E911 purposes, and a description of any oversight procedures established to determine that collected funds have been made available or used for the purposes designated by the funding mechanism, or otherwise used to implement or support 911 or E911.
  • A statement whether all the funds collected for 911 or E911 purposes have been made available or used for the purposes designated by the funding mechanism, or otherwise used for the implementation or support of 911 or E911.
  • A statement identifying what amount of funds collected for 911 or E911 purposes were made available or used for any purposes other than the ones designated by the funding mechanism or used for purposes otherwise unrelated to 911 or E911 implementation or support, including a statement identifying the unrelated purposes for which the funds collected for 911 or E911 purposes were made available or used.
  • Any other comments the respondent may wish to provide regarding the applicable funding mechanism for 911 and E911.

Letters seeking the information described here will be mailed to the Office of the Governor of each state and territory, and Tribal Government of each Native American Reservation. Copies also will be sent to the Secretary of State, Public Utility Commission Chairman, and 911 Director of each state and equivalent offices in the territories and reservations.

Consistent with Section 101 of the NET 911 Act, the Commission requests that state officials report the information identified in this Public Notice with respect to fees and charges collected in connection with the implementation and support of 911 or E911 services within their state, including any political subdivision thereof, Indian tribe and/or village and regional corporation serving any region established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act that otherwise lie within their state boundaries. In addition, consistent with the definition of “State” set out in 47 U.S.C. 153(40), the Commission will collect this information from states as well as the District of Columbia, and the inhabited U.S. Territories and Possessions.

Information submitted pursuant to this information collection should be submitted in the NET 911 electronic drop box located at, and should be submitted no later than March 23, 2010. Filers should reference OMB Control Number 3060-1122.

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


“CLOSED” BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AUCTION (No. 88) SET FOR JULY 20: The FCC has announced a “closed” auction of certain broadcast FM, AM, and FM Translator construction permits, and seeks comment on the procedures to be used for this auction, designated as Auction No. 88. The Commission also establishes a deadline for the submission of an FCC Registration Number (FRN) by each applicant to permit access to the Commission’s electronic short-form application filing and auction bidding systems, and provides for dismissal of those application(s) where the applicant fails to provide its FRN by March 12, 2010. This auction (Auction 88) is scheduled to commence on July 20, 2010. As noted, Auction 88 will be a “closed” auction. Auction 88 will resolve pending closed groups of mutually exclusive applications for full-power FM and FM translator construction permits, that have been the subject of various Commission and judicial decisions. Included in these groups are 12 applications that were recently amended to specify operation as commercial broadcast stations. Auction 88 will also resolve mutual exclusivity between applications for new AM stations on 640 kHz and 1230 kHz in the Terre Haute, Indiana, area. The 13 FM application groups and the two FM Translator application groups (all of which are former Mixed Groups), and three closed AM applications.

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

CALIFORNIA COMMISSION SEEKS DIRECT ACCESS TO NORS DATABASE: The FCC has asked for comment on the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC’s) that the Commission grant State public utilities commissions direct access to the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) database. The CPUC also informally requests, pursuant to Section 1.41 of the Commission's rules, that the Commission act to allow the CPUC password-protected access to the NORS database that is limited to California-specific disruption and outage data. NORS is the Web-based filing system through which certain communications providers submit reports to the Commission of disruptions to communications as required by part 4 of the Commission's rules. Reports of service disruptions filed in NORS are presumed to be confidential. Currently, the Commission shares NORS data only with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CPUC states that the Commission found that mandatory reporting of network outages was “the only reliable way to collect this important information for use by this Commission and, where appropriate, for other government entities.'' The CPUC asserts that, during the part 4 rulemaking proceeding, no State public utility commission requested access to the part 4 service disruption data and the Commission did not address whether it should or would grant State public utilities commissions the same direct access to the NORS reports that it provided to DHS. CPUC states that because the public health and safety, as well as California's economy, depend heavily on reliable and well functioning wireline and wireless voice and data communications networks, it is critical that the CPUC have access to the same level of service outage detail found in NORS reports in order to effectively analyze the data. CPUC adds that State commissioners, like the FCC, are responsible for overseeing the reliability and security of their State's respective communications infrastructures and, in times of crisis, local and State authorities are often the first responders. CPUC states that, because of this, California has adopted “the FCC's NORS requirements” and implemented safeguards to ensure the confidentiality of the information received. CPUC asserts that its goal is to obtain the data necessary to perform its “traditional role of protecting public health and safety through monitoring of communications network functionality'' without requiring duplicative reporting by telecommunications providers. Acknowledging national security concerns, it seeks to allow states access to the NORS database if they can show that appropriate protections are in place that would ensure that the confidentiality of the data is maintained. Comments in this ET Docket No. 04-35 proceeding are due March 4, and replies are due March 19.

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

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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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Interview's iPad Demo Is the Future of Magazines [UPDATE]

By Erik Sherman | Feb 10, 2010

As anyone who’s read my bouncing back and forth on the Apple (AAPL) iPad will have noticed, I’ve found myself sunk into complete ambivalence. On one hand, there are huge holes in the proprietary technology. On the other, I’ve argued that the potential for the device in niche markets is enormous. I had mentioned a number of areas, like painting and drawing or audio and video editing. Well, add another one, because a video preview of the iPad version of Interview Magazine shows a dominating and brilliant rethink of what magazines — and by extension, other media — can be for audiences.

Before you read further, you should go check this link to a video sample of the results. (Unfortunately, I can’t find an embeddable version.)

I’m far from a fanboy, but this is simply un-freaking-believably amazing. For some time, publishers have been approaching electronic media like an early 1990s web site — a place to dump what you already had on hand. For some time I’ve been saying that publishers must find a native version of telling stories on the web. Interview doesn't have the last word, certainly, but what an incredible conversation starter.

Notice how the app manages to keep a tie to the paper version, with a normal article layout available and paging. But it goes from portrait to landscape views as necessary. Images can easily be expanded from being embedded in text, and an image can be the opening frame of a video. None of this is new technology, but it’s the way Interview is handling it that is so remarkable. It wouldn't be hard to imagine additional refinements:

  • web resource links
  • explanatory graphics
    data visualizations and context, perhaps from a source like Wolfram Alpha
  • connections to contextual searches and even e-commerce

Not only does this become a compelling way of presenting information, but it presents the opportunity for publishers to see additional revenue. For example, CEO Richard Gingras mentioned to me last fall that his company was using product sales from the site to help create additional revenue streams.

In another post today, I said that Apple is showing signs of fear regarding the iPad. It’s partly due to mixed reactions and partly due to its desire to hold on to customers its obtained with the iPhone and iPod, but who aren't traditional Apple loyalists. Well, Steve Jobs could relax if he would recognize that if he does see tablets as a new category of device, it’s likely going to be the third parties — companies ultimately not under his control — that will ironically be able to sell the iPad.

The scary part, of course, it putting your existence into the hands of another. For every Interview, there may be a Wired that creates an iPad app that — oops! — doesn't work because it’s based on Adobe (ADBE) Air. Oh, well, there’s always a Windows tablet. And that’s an example of how the limitations of the iPad are starting to appear like an Aristotelian tragic flaw, and how, right now, no matter how slick something like this on the iPad looks, it’s still not enough to kill competitors. Because you can’t knock off pretenders to the throne if you can’t delivery everything they can and more.

[A BNET editor pointed me to this interesting take on electronic magazines from Bonnier:

It will be fascinating to see how things develop.]

Image courtesy Interview Magazine, via Huffington Post.

Erik Sherman is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, Technology Review, the Financial Times, Chief Executive, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter.

Source: B Net

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Motorola Introduces USB WiMAX Docking Station, Improving Indoor Performance

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New device to be featured at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress helps strengthen signal performance for WiMAX users.

Getting better indoor signal performance can sometimes be a challenge for wireless service providers. Motorola's solution to that problem is a new docking station, or cradle that doubles signal performance compared to using the WiMAX USB dongle alone.

Users place the WIMAX USB dongle into the docking station while connecting it to a laptop or computer via a USB cable. When in the docking station, the USBw 200 switches antennas, boosting the signal performance from 3dB to 6dB, offering greater coverage and delivering a user experience that is on par with a desktop CPE. The docking station also has a removable base and suction cups so that it can be attached to a window or placed where it will receive the strongest signal.

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"The docking station for the USBw 200 is our latest innovation to improve indoor coverage so people have greater flexibility on where they can enjoy personal media experiences," said Bruce Brda, senior vice president, Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility.

In addition, the docking station supports the USBw 200's Tx switching capability that features two antennas and switched transmitter diversity. With this capability, the USBw 200 automatically transmits on the antenna that is receiving the stronger signal, providing users with a better connection to the network while allowing operators to reduce base station infrastructure requirements.

The new product will be available in the 2nd quarter of 2010 and will can be used with 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz bands. The USBw 200 dongle is available now through select WiMAX service providers and automatically installs necessary drivers for the Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 operating systems, eliminating the need for a separate driver CD.

Motorola will feature the device along with other new WiMAX solutions at their stand (Hall 8, 8B53) during Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Spain, which begins Monday.


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NotePage, Inc. Launches an Educational SMS Learning Center

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Hanover, MA, United States, 01/26/2010 - The SMS and text messaging center includes interactive video tutorials, educational articles and support resources all pertinent to the sending of text and SMS messages.

NotePage has recently introduced an SMS learning center to assist customers in sending text messages to mobile phones and wireless devices. The SMS and text messaging center includes interactive video tutorials, educational articles and support resources all pertinent to the sending of text and SMS messages. NotePage, Inc. has long been a leader in wireless communication and the SMS learning center expands on their commitment to educate users about messaging technologies, procedures and protocols.

The SMS learning center and videos are freely available, and no login is required.

For more information contact, NotePage, Inc. at PO Box 296, Hanover, MA 02339.

About NotePage

NotePage, Inc. ( is a Hanover, Massachusetts company specializing in wireless messaging software. In addition to NotePager Pro they market (1) PageGate, a network paging and SMS gateway that allows for text or SMS messages to be sent via a number of interfaces (2) NotePager Net, a full featured network messaging application for Windows that allows everyone on a network to send individual, group, pre-programmed, and scheduled messages through the network server,(3) WebGate, an Internet paging program that creates a paging gateway from the Internet to paging devices, allowing messages to be sent from email and web pages.

Evaluation Copy Available on Request .

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Rumor: Microsoft looking at purchasing Research In Motion

February 11, 2010
by Sean P. Aune

Rumors have been circulating this week that we might hear something at next weeks Mobile World Conference about Microsoft buying Research In Motion, the makers of the BlackBerry line of phones.

Seemingly coming out of nowhere, rumors have started circulating this week that Microsoft is heavily eying the company behind the BlackBerry line of smartphones, Research In Motion. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has expressed interest in the company in the past, but it seemed like comments made in passing, but Kara Swisher of All Things D now seems to be lending some credence to the rumors.

This would make for an interesting week if true as Microsoft is also expected to take the wraps off of Windows Mobile 7. It would seem to be at odds for Microsoft to steal its own thunder by announcing its long awaited new version of its mobile operating system at the same time as purchasing the second largest maker of smartphones. It would seem counter productive the two things in the same week.

We’ll know for sure after the Mobile World Conference gets under way next week in Barcelona, Spain.

Source: TECH.BLORGE Technology News

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From: Jim Wiesenberg
Date: February 5, 2010 5:15:44 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: RE: AAPC Wireless Messaging News for Jim Wiesenberg

Brad –

Read news and opinion piece on discontinued paging service.

SkySites are an option for places where tower rationalization has resulted in paging becoming extinct and/or for extended coverage to where it has never been. We are not a retail operation so need operator(s) who want to sell and service customer. Costs for daily flights to provide 24/7 coverage over a 400+ mile diameter footprint are ballpark range of $30k/month for easily trained paging staff or 3rd party contractors to handle launch (we have used FBO at municipal airports, recovery (SUV contractors who receive GPS locations from us), ground station yagis every 200 miles or so and T1 or IP connection to our switch and NOC). Operator(s) can likely rationalize all but most dense towers they have to help defray these costs. We obviously can provide Narrowband PCS freqs.


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From: Ron Mercer
Subject: Loss Of Paging Service
Date: February 12, 2010 12:06:58 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Reply-To: Ron Mercer


Along with many others, I was saddened by the article in the Feb. 5 issue of the Newsletter concerning the shutting down of a paging base station in Plumas County, California and the impact that the shutdown had on a number of subscribers.

Saddened, but not surprised and not really incensed!

Given the continuing decline in numbers of subscribers, it is naïve to believe that the supporting infrastructure can remain constant and, while it is clear that each base station removed from service precipitates some additional subscriber shrinkage, there is no evidence to suggest that the subscriber base would not be shrinking if all base stations were simply left in place.

Under current circumstances, therefore, the question is not can we avoid shutting down base stations, but rather, how can the impact on subscribers be minimized when base stations need to be shut down?

1. Minimally, could the subscribers have been notified in advance that their service might be impacted by necessary changes to allow them to make alternative arrangements? Remember, for some the unexpected loss of paging service could have serious consequences.

2. Could the offending carrier have negotiated the migration of these subscribers’ services to another network? In such case, the carrier might effectively become a “reseller” so as to not actually lose the subscribers.

3. Could the base station have been “sold” to a cooperative consisting of affected subscribers?

I am sure that other creative ideas can be developed that would achieve the necessary reduction in network operating costs while protecting both subscriber needs and the overall image of the paging industry.

Ron Mercer, Consultant
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East Northport, NY 11731

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