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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - MAY 14, 2010 - ISSUE NO. 407

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Corrections and Updates

The engineering paper on high-speed-digital paging “Pitfalls on the way to high speed paging from the service provider’s perspective” by Selwyn Hill — as referenced in last week's newsletter — had some formatting problems. The paper/page has been completely rebuilt and reformatted.

While I was at it, I added “FLEX at 6400 bit/s” by Allan Angus.

These are very important technical resources so I wanted to make sure both papers were available for everyone to use — it is vital to keep paging going. Remember, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Our competitors are not other paging companies, they are other technologies.

Some "naysayers" insist that paging technology is obsolete or antiquated. [like here] I maintain that it is superior to any other technology that we have available today—for many reasons. Click here if you want to know why from my perspective, and read the two engineering papers mentioned above if you want all the scientific information. A lot of hard work and creative engineering went into perfecting simulcasting, and that is paging's strong point.

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On The Soapbox

Do you remember the famous quotation from former-Motorola CEO Ed Zander?

"Screw the nano," said Zander. "What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs? People are going to want devices that do more than just play music, something that can be seen in many other countries with more advanced mobile phone networks and savvy users," he said.

Then Apple came out with the iPhone and took first place in cellphone market, leaving Motorola in the dust. Motorola finally got rid of Zander. His exit bonus package is reported to have been worth over fifty million bucks. While he was in office, Zander "cut costs" by reducing the number of employees by one-half.

“Let them eat cake.”

Here's another interesting quote:

“. . . former CEO Ed Zander, on whose watch Motorola acquired four top-of-the-line Dassault Falcon and Gulfstream jets in 2006 and 2007. Zander rang up $1.5 million in personal use on the company aircraft during his four-year tenure, even as Motorola descended into financial turmoil.”

And another one—more recent:

“. . . Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha — Last year with stock and other compensation, no CEO made more than Sanjay Jha, coming in around $103 million.”

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Without Conscience. Mad or bad?

Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with strongly amoral conduct, masked by an ability to appear outwardly normal.

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Pink Slips and Poor Health: The Toxicity of Job Insecurity

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When you lose your job, with no prospect of finding another one quickly, you give up a lot more than income. You are deprived of a sense of security, a source of self-esteem, a certain status in the community. And, according to recent research, you also lose something even more precious: a year or more of your life. [source]

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The Golden Rule

Those Who Have The Gold, Make The Rules

I would suggest that all the "un-needed" workers just be lined up in a parking lot and shot, but I had better not or someone might take me seriously. My point is simply this: many good people are being fired just so the corporate "fat cats" can pay themselves exorbitant bonuses and salaries. Personally I believe this is immoral and unethical. We should be looking for ways to save some of these jobs and return American industry to its leadership role in the world economy. A step in the right direction would be for senior management to think more about running their companies and less about their bonuses, stock options, private corporate jets, country-club memberships, and other perks. Another step would be to quit hiring outside "superstars" who don't know a company's culture, traditions, products, or customers. 'Nuff said—for now.

A recent article from The New York Times on the consequences of job loss 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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At Closing Plant, Ordeal Included Heart Attacks

Published: February 24, 2010

The New York Times

The first to have a heart attack was George Kull Jr., 56, a millwright who worked for three decades at the steel mills in Lackawanna, N.Y. Three weeks after learning that his plant was closing, he suddenly collapsed at home.

Less than two hours later, he was pronounced dead.

A few weeks after that, a co-worker, Bob Smith, 42, a forklift operator with four young children, started having chest pains. He learned at the doctor’s office that he was having a heart attack. Surgeons inserted three stents, saving his life.

Less than a month later, Don Turner, 55, a crane operator who had started at the mills as a teenager, was found by his wife, Darlene, slumped on a love seat, stricken by a fatal heart attack.

It is impossible to say exactly why these men, all in relatively good health, had heart attacks within weeks of one another. But interviews with friends and relatives of Mr. Kull and Mr. Turner, and with Mr. Smith, suggest that the trauma of losing their jobs might have played a role.

“He was really, really worried,” George Kull III said of his father. “With his age, he didn’t know where he would get another job, or if he would get another job.”

A growing body of research suggests that layoffs can have profound health consequences. One 2006 study by a group of epidemiologists at Yale found that layoffs more than doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke among older workers. Another paper, published last year by Kate W. Strully, a sociology professor at the State University of New York at Albany, found that a person who lost a job had an 83 percent greater chance of developing a stress-related health problem, like diabetes, arthritis or psychiatric issues.

In perhaps the most sobering finding, a study published last year found that layoffs can affect life expectancy. The paper, by Till von Wachter, a Columbia University economist, and Daniel G. Sullivan, director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, examined death records and earnings data in Pennsylvania during the recession of the early 1980s and concluded that death rates among high-seniority male workers jumped by 50 percent to 100 percent in the year after a job loss, depending on the worker’s age. Even 20 years later, deaths were 10 percent to 15 percent higher. That meant a worker who lost his job at age 40 had his life expectancy cut by a year to a year and half.

Additional investigation is still needed to understand the exact connection between job loss and poor health, according to scientists. The focus is mostly on the direct and indirect effects of stress. Acute stress can cause biochemical changes that trigger heart attacks, for example. Job loss and chronic stress can also lead to lifestyle changes that damage health.

Studies have, for instance, tied job loss to increased smoking and greater chances of former smokers relapsing. Some laid-off workers might start drinking more or exercising less. Increased prevalence of depression has been tied to both job loss and the development of heart disease.

“We’re just at the very beginning of studying pathways,” said William T. Gallo, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Hunter College in New York. “We want to find out how we can intervene so we can lessen the effects of job loss, or eliminate them.”

The anxiety among the 260 workers at the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Lackawanna, just south of Buffalo, actually began months, even years, before the company announced in mid-December 2008 that it was closing. Bethlehem Steel, the previous owner, had shut the main steel mill in 1985. After it shuttered the coke ovens across the street from the galvanizing mill in 2001, two workers committed suicide.

Bethlehem went bankrupt in 2003, passing the galvanizing operation on to International Steel Group, which merged with ArcelorMittal in 2005. Workers had been fighting to preserve their jobs ever since.

Even before the plant finally closed last April, Anthony Fortunato, president of Local 2604 of the United Steelworkers of America, counted at least a half-dozen workers who had coronary problems dating to 2006.

A 2009 study led by Sarah A. Burgard, a professor of sociology and epidemiology at the University of Michigan, found that “persistent perceived job insecurity” was itself a powerful predictor of poor health and might even be more damaging than actual job loss.

Nevertheless, it was not until after company officials announced that the Lackawanna plant was closing that any of the workers actually died from a heart attack.

The news of the closing hit Mr. Kull hard, according to his family. He had always been a drinker, but now he was drinking almost every night and seemed depressed.

“He was going out and trying to forget about all of this stuff,” his son said.

Mr. Kull, who was 5-foot-8 and a stocky 200 pounds, had a history of high blood pressure but had passed his company physical the year before, including a stress test. On Dec. 28, 2008, he sat down to watch a Buffalo Bills game and have a few drinks. He got up to make dinner but collapsed on the sofa.

Weeks later, his co-worker, Mr. Smith, thought he might have pulled a muscle while raking snow off the roof when he started having chest pains in bed. It did not cross his mind, he said, that he might be having a heart attack. He had no problems with his blood pressure, his cholesterol was low and he was in decent shape, often playing hockey with his boys on their backyard rink.

But his wife, Kim, watched as he tossed and turned at night, fretting about whether he would find a job that paid as much as his position at the mills. When he was still feeling uncomfortable the next day, she made him see a doctor.

“I think the stress just got to him,” she said.

Mr. Turner’s wife, Darlene, noticed that he was smoking more after he learned about the plant closing. He was up to more than two packs a day, from a little over a pack. She also saw that he seemed to be laboring more when he exerted himself.

About the same time, they found out that her hours had been cut at her accounting job, to just one day a week. Still, he kept his worries to himself. At his funeral she learned from colleagues that he had been asking for Tums at work.

“My husband was the type of person that just kept everything inside,” Mrs. Turner said.

She came home on Feb. 13, 2009, and found her husband sitting on the love seat, his hat and gloves still on.

At first she thought he had fallen asleep.

Source: The New York Times

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Motorola Shareholders Send a Message To Wall Street:

May 10, 2010

By Relmor Demitrius

Lost in the market action of last week, where the DJIA saw huge swings of volatility, the Goldman Sachs hearings, and Greece debt fears came a signal but little talked about at the time from investors of Motorola (NYSE:MOT) that maybe stockholders have finally learned how to respond in kind to request from their management for more money, bonus’s, or employee share or compensation packages we would only dream of at our place of business. Yet time and time again these measures with companies get passed, and stockholders are told that its important to keep talent, and that a little money spent to keep top executives happy will improve the company in the long run. As Roberto Duran told Sugar Ray Leonard, “No Mas”, or in English, no more.

Seems stockholders of Motorola do not like how their company attempted to set up their compensation package for top executives. In a rare if not unique voting outcome on say-for-pay, Motorola denied the board its version of how this company’s leadership would like to compensate its top employees. Usually these things are voted in, as it may appear to be a weakness to vote against your board, or they simply have enough insider or friendly votes to garner a passing vote. Apparently this time wasn't the case.

Motorola shareholders are probably still bitter about the way the company handled the pay package of then new CEO Sanjay Jha. Last year with stock and other compensation, no CEO made more than Sanjay Jha, coming in around $103 million. Staggering considering the financial problems this company was facing just a short time ago. Splitting to two companies, as is being done, will also net Mr. Jha another bonus.

Long has been the tradition that the stockholder approves measures such as these, but due to the Bernie Madoff situation, Wall Street financial collapses of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and the trillions in government money needed to bail out the banking, insurance, and auto industries, as well as the general markets altogether, shareholders are more aware and less amiable than in the past. Maybe Motorola stockholders feel like me, maybe these executives should worry more about getting their ship righted, and spend less time worried about steam rolling in cushy executive pay packages to unsuspecting stockholders. Hopefully this will be a long needed wake up call heard around Wall Street. Ah, Mr. Wall Street, the stockholder is King Sucker no longer. That is the message.

Yes, I’ve heard the argument about the need to keep top talent. I’ve heard it 100 times. Never been impressed with that argument. Proper motivation of top executives should not come from what the stock price does, or even what the boards opinion is. In a down economy when companies are failing left and right, employees are being laid off to the tune of a 10% unemployment rate, and other employees are seeing bonus’s disappear, any top executives should just be happy they are still employed making their millions a year, and leave the bonus talk for when stockholders are in a better mood. Staring at staggering perhaps permanent share hold erosion doesn't exactly put shareholders in a warm and cozy mood with management.

One can only hope that Wall Street takes heed of this buried and passed over news story, for the simple fact of how rare it is to have one voted down, and respects and treats stockholders with a little more “bonus” type compensation of their own. Where are Motorola stockholder bonus’s? Your equity has struggled to regain any strength as you move forward to redefine your cell phone business, as well as your entire corporate structure. As Jim Mora’s famous line, then coach of the Indianapolis Colts, when asked by reporters about the struggling teams playoff hopes, “PLAYOFFS, HEH, PLAYOFFS!!. You want to talk about PLAYOFFS!?” The eruption on the word playoff, as the thought of discussing playoffs after a tough loss was appalling to this coach, so should there be a similar eruption discussing bonus compensation when you present a balance sheet like theirs, and then compare this request next to a year to year stock chart comparison. Its kind of like that. Bonuses!!! You want a BONUS? For what! Yes Wall Street, a bonus for what? The last two years you shouldn't be asking stockholders for anything.

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For Cellphones, It’s Hip to Be Square

By Priya Ganapati
May 12, 2010 | 3:00 pm

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For cellphones, square is the new black.

This season, big handset makers including Nokia, Microsoft and Motorola are betting you’ll want to flaunt cute, palm-shaped devices that look more like compact powder cases than brick-shaped mini-tablets.

Motorola is likely to introduce a new phone next month called Flipout that will have a 2.8-inch display, a 3.1-megapixel camera and a twist-out keyboard. We haven’t tested it yet, but on looks alone, it’s fabulous, darling.

Motorola’s square-shaped phone follows the release of Microsoft’s fresh-looking Kin One earlier this month. The Kin One has a 2.6-inch display, a slide-out keyboard, and looks like a rounded square when closed. In September, Nokia introduced the Twist on Verizon, a squarish phone with a 2.5-inch display. Even LG has a square-shaped phone called the Lotus, which has been available on Sprint for more than a year, and though it’s not exactly been a big seller, its looks are hot, hot, hot.

“The small square design is very pocketable and feels particularly right for the younger audience and especially for women,” says Paul Bradley, executive creative director of Frog Design, a San Francisco-based innovation and design company. “It’s small, thin and you can just throw it into your pocket.”

Not surprisingly, ads and promotional spots for Microsoft’s Kin One phone are filled with teens and young people texting and uploading photos to Facebook.

Square-shaped phones also offer a way to stand out from the clutter of smartphones in the market and attract younger consumers who are looking for a splash of individuality.

“Industrial designers are looking at the square shape as the next opportunity in the handset marketplace,” says Bradley.”Unlike the candy bar design that has become synonymous with Apple’s iPhone, the square shape still doesn't evoke the image of any one iconic device and it doesn't feel like it’s imitating Apple.”

Smartphones are one of the fastest-growing devices in the consumer electronics business. Nearly 55 million smartphones were shipped in the first quarter of 2010, up nearly 56 percent from the same quarter a year ago, according to a recent IDC report. Attracting consumer attention in this market, though, has become a major challenge for mobile phone makers.

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Most smartphones today have at least a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, camera, video-recording capability, Wi-Fi connectivity, quick access to social networking apps and easy ways to share photos and videos. So what’s a phone got to do to stand out?

Exploring new designs may be the answer, says Max Burton, also an executive creative director at Frog Design.

The rectangular shape of the cellphone stems from the phone’s history, he says. The earliest cellphones naturally fell into a rectangular shape because of the way the display, keypad, microphone, antenna and speaker had to be positioned.

“The first handheld phones were rectangular-shaped and that made sense,” says Burton. “But now as the components and circuitry have gotten more sophisticated, the need for the traditional form has all but disappeared.”

There are trade-offs. A smaller form factor leaves much less room for the screen, and the new square phones have screens that are at least an inch smaller in diagonal dimensions than their rectangular cousins. Forget about a wide, cinematic screen aspect: Any movies you watch on these things will basically be animated postage stamps. Keyboards are small, too, and are usually hidden underneath the screen in a slide-out bottom shell.

But square phones offer the perception of being more fun and flirty, which could make up for some of the shortcomings, say Bradley and Burton.

“It’s all about communication,” says Bradley. “The candy bar form factor supports web browsing very well but once that is not your primary goal then its time to look at other shapes.”

Younger users who are also more likely to give square phones a chance, say the duo. “The youth market is not caught up in history,” says Bradley. “They will adapt to new forms quickly.”

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Drifting satellite threatens US cable programming

May 11, 2010

LONDON — A TV communications satellite is drifting out of control thousands of miles above the Earth, threatening to wander into another satellite's orbit and interfere with cable programming across the United States, the satellites' owners said Tuesday.

Communications company Intelsat said it lost control of the Galaxy 15 satellite on April 8, possibly because the satellite's systems were knocked out by a solar storm. Intelsat cannot remotely steer the satellite to remain in its orbit, so Galaxy 15 is creeping toward the adjacent path of another TV communications satellite that serves U.S. cable companies.

Galaxy 15 continues to receive and transmit satellite signals, and they will probably block or otherwise interfere with signals from the second satellite, known as AMC 11, if Galaxy 15 drifts into its orbit as expected around May 23, according to AMC 11's owner, SES World Skies.

AMC 11 receives digital programming from cable television channels and transmits it to all U.S. cable networks from its orbit 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the equator, SES World Skies said. It operates on the same frequencies as Galaxy 15.

"That fact means that there is likely to be some kind of interference," SES World Skies spokesman Yves Feltes told The Associated Press. "Our aim is to bring any interference down to zero."

He would not name any of the cable television channels or providers that could be affected or say how long the interference could last.

Galaxy 15 is floating over the Pacific Ocean slightly to the east of Hawaii, said Emmet Fletcher, space surveillance and tracking manager for the Space Situational Awareness Programme at the European Space Agency, an 18-nation consortium.

He said Galaxy 15 was highly unusual because it continued to send out television signals, unlike other malfunctioning satellites that automatically went into complete shutdown when their navigational systems malfunctioned. A spokesman for the satellite's manufacturer, Orbital Sciences Corp., did not return a phone call seeking comment.

The dead satellites still are a threat to other satellites, but less of one than Galaxy 15 poses, Fletcher said.

"They'll just cruise around the geobelt, drifting wherever they go, potentially causing havoc, when you lose control of them," he said.

The geobelt is the relatively narrow band of space where satellites can move in orbits that allow them to appear stationary in the sky in relation to specific points on earth.

Feltes, the SES spokesman, said one option to prevent interference with U.S. television would be using AMC 11's propulsion system to shift that satellite about 60 miles (100 kilometers) away to an orbit that's still within its carefully prescribed "orbital box" but as far away as possible from Galaxy 15.

He said SES had other strategies under consideration but declined to provide details.

"We have all of our technicians, all of our specialists on this case," he said.

Both companies said there was no risk of an actual collision between the two satellites in space.

Intelsat said it was analyzing signals from Galaxy 15 daily in order to predict its trajectory and was trying to figure out if it can shut down the satellite's transmission so it would not interfere with AMC 11.

The company declined to comment on the value of Galaxy 15 but such spacecraft can be worth about $400 million (euro315 million) and cost about the same to launch.

Feltes said the two companies, both based in Luxembourg, were cooperating closely.

"They have tried numerous things to regain control of the satellite or to have it finally shut down," he said. "It needs some collaboration to bring the impact of this failure to an absolute minimum."

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McDowell, Baker Oppose FCC’s “Third Way”

In a joint statement, FCC Commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith Baker said the FCC is crossing “a regulatory Rubicon by classifying Internet access service as traditional telephone service under Title II of the Communications Act (see following). This proposal is disappointing and deeply concerns us. It is neither a light-touch approach nor a third way. Instead, it is a stark departure from the long-established bipartisan framework for addressing broadband regulation that has led to billions in investment and untold consumer opportunities. It also poses serious ramifications across the globe. After several government investigations, no evidence of systemic failure in the broadband market has been presented to justify this new, more onerous regulatory regime. Additionally, without a specific mandate from Congress, the appellate courts are likely to hand the Commission another stinging rebuke for attempting to shatter the boundaries of its statutory authority. This proposal risks the credibility of our institution: Government agencies simply cannot create new legal powers beyond those granted by Congress.

“In the interim, as the Commission has been warned by a wide variety of investors, an attempt to foist burdensome rules excavated from the early-Ma Bell-monopoly era onto 21st Century networks will usher in a tumultuous new age of regulatory uncertainty that will inhibit the investment of risk capital America badly needs to improve and expand our broadband infrastructure and create jobs.

“Fundamentally, this dramatic step to regulate the Internet is unnecessary. The recent Comcast decision leaves the Commission with ample authority to implement the most important portions of the National Broadband Plan, should it choose to do so. We look forward to learning from the debate and remain hopeful for a fair, transparent and efficient process that leads to a final decision well rooted in both the facts and the law.”

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  • FCC develops “third way” response to D.C. Circuit’s “Comcast” decision.
  • FCC proposes $284,250 fine for failing to pay into USF.
  • FCC proposes rule changes to enable more flexibility of UPCS devices in 1920-1930 MHz band.
  • FCC releases telephone penetration income report.
  • FCC sets comment cycle for cyber security NOI.

FCC Develops “Third Way” Response To D.C. Circuit’s “Comcast” Decision

Approach Would Reclassify Only Transmission Component Of Broadband Internet Access As “Telecommunications Service” Under Title II

On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit —in Comcast v. FCC—raised questions about whether the Commission could regulate broadband Internet access traffic under its Communications Act Title I “ancillary” authority. Last week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and General Counsel Austin Schlick issued statements regarding how the Commission intended to respond to the Court’s Comcast decision.

Genachowski said there were three options: (1) to continue relying on ancillary authority; (2) reclassify Internet communications as “telecommunications services” under Title II of the Act; or (3) find a “third way”—i.e., reclassify only the transmission component of broadband Internet access services as telecommunications services.

More specifically, Genachowski said: One, the Commission could continue relying on Title I “ancillary” authority, and try to anchor actions like reforming universal service and preserving an open Internet by indirectly drawing on provisions in Title II of the Communications Act (e.g., sections 201, 202, and 254) that give the Commission direct authority over entities providing “telecommunications services.”

Two, the Commission could fully “reclassify” Internet communications as a “telecommunications service,” restoring the FCC’s direct authority over broadband communications networks but also imposing on providers of broadband access services dozens of new regulatory requirements.

However, the FCC Chairman pointed to a “third way,” developed by the General Counsel. In general, this approach would:

  • Recognize the transmission component of broadband access service—and only this component—as a telecommunications service;
  • Apply only a handful of provisions of Title II (Sections 201, 202, 208, 222, 254, and 255) that, prior to the Comcast decision, were widely believed to be within the Commission’s purview for broadband;
  • Simultaneously renounce—that is, forbear from—application of the many sections of the Communications Act that are unnecessary and inappropriate for broadband access service; and
  • Put in place up-front forbearance and meaningful boundaries to guard against regulatory overreach.

In building the framework for the “third way” approach, General Counsel Schlick begins with National Cable and Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services, Inc., in which a majority of the Justices deferred to the Commission, and permitted its “information service” classification of cable modem offerings because the Communications Act “leaves federal telecommunications policy in this technical and complex area to be set by the Commission.”

Justice Scalia, joined by Justices Souter and Ginsburg, concluded in a strong dissent that the “computing functionality” and broadband transmission component of retail Internet access service must be acknowledged as “two separate things.” The former involves unregulated information services while the latter is a telecommunications service. The dissent therefore would have held that the Commission’s information service classification of cable broadband Internet access service was an unreasonable and unlawful interpretation of the Communications Act, Schlick said.

According to Schlick, adopting Justice Scalia’s bifurcated view of broadband Internet access service is entirely consistent with (although not compelled by) the Brand X majority opinion. This course would also sync up the Commission’s legal approach with its policy of (i) keeping the Internet unregulated while (ii) exercising some supervision of access connections, Schlick said. The provisions of Title II would apply solely to the transmission component of broadband access service, while the information component would be subject to, at most, whatever ancillary jurisdiction may exist under Title I, he added.

In addition to narrowing the applicability of Title II, the Scalia approach enables the Commission to use the powerful deregulatory tool Congress provided specifically for tailoring Title II’s requirements to the Internet Age, and thereby establishing appropriately confined boundaries for regulation, Schlick said. When Congress amended the Communications Act in 1996, most consumers reached the Internet using dial-up service, subject then (as it is now) to Title II, the General Counsel explained. He added that cable modem service was emerging, though, and telephone companies were beginning to offer DSL broadband connections for Internet access under Title II. Aware of the changing landscape, Congress gave the FCC authority and responsibility via section 10 of the Communications Act to “forbear” from applying telecommunications regulation, so that the new services are not subject to needlessly burdensome regulations, Schlick said. And in section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress directed the FCC to use its new forbearance power to “encourage the deployment on a reasonable and timely basis of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans” Schlick said.

He said: “The upshot is that the Commission is able to tailor the requirements of Title II so that they conform precisely to the policy consensus for broadband transmission services. Specifically, the Commission could implement the consensus policy approach—and maintain substantively the same legal framework as under Title I—by forbearing from applying the vast majority of Title II’s 48 provisions to broadband access services, making the classification change effective upon the completion of forbearance, and enforcing a small handful of remaining statutory requirements. As few as six provisions could do the job”:

  • Sections 201, 202, and 208. These fundamental provisions collectively forbid unreasonable denials of service and other unjust or unreasonable practices, and allow the Commission to enforce the prohibition
  • Section 254. Section 254 requires the Commission to pursue policies that promote universal service goals including “[a]ccess to advanced telecommunications and information services . . . in all regions of the Nation.”
  • Section 222. Title II requires providers of telecommunications services to protect the confidential information they receive in the course of providing service.
  • Section 255. Telecommunications service providers and providers of telecommunications equipment or customer premises equipment must make their services and equipment accessible to individuals with disabilities, unless not reasonably achievable.

A Stronger Legal Foundation. Applying a few foundational sections of Title II to the transmission component of broadband Internet access service would establish a strengthened legal basis on which to implement the consensus policy for broadband access, Schlick said. “If broadband access service is found to contain a separate telecommunications service, as Justices Scalia, Souter, and Ginsburg believed was the only plausible view, then the Commission may protect broadband consumers by grounding its authority in Title II directly as well as in Title I as ancillary authority. This belt-and-suspenders approach—relying on direct statutory authority in addition to ancillary authority—puts the Commission in an inherently more secure position than the Title I approach, which allows only assertions of ancillary authority,” the General Counsel added.

“The legal issue surrounding the third way is not whether the Commission can sufficiently protect consumers in a particular context, as it is under the information service classification and the Comcast opinion, but whether the Commission’s decision to adopt Justice Scalia’s classification of broadband access would be permissible. Brand X all but answers that question,” he said.

Then returning to the majority opinion, Schlick said: “The questions the Commission resolved in the order under review,” Justice Thomas summed up, “involve a subject matter [that] is technical, complex, and dynamic. The Commission is in a far better position to address these questions than we are.” In other words, the high court granted deference to the expert agency.

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


FCC PROPOSES $284,250 FINE FOR FAILING TO PAY INTO USF: The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), finding that NTS Communications, Inc., apparently violated section 254(d) of the Communications Act, and section 54.706(a) of the Commission’s rules, by willfully or repeatedly failing to contribute fully and timely to the Universal Service Fund (USF). The FCC found that NTS is apparently liable for a total forfeiture of $284,250. The Commission found this significant forfeiture is warranted based on NTS’s repeated failures to satisfy its obligations to the USF, spanning well over a year and amounting to a delinquency of more than $248,000 to the USF. The FCC ordered NTS to submit within 30 days a report, supported by a sworn statement or declaration under penalty of perjury of a corporate officer, setting forth in detail its plan to come into compliance with the payment obligations discussed herein. NTS is a Texas-based company that has provided telecommunications services since 1981. Through subsidiaries, NTS provides facilities-based and resold long distance, private line, frame relay, ATM, and toll-free telecommunications services. NTS is owned by Xfone, Inc. In July 2009, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) referred NTS to the Enforcement Bureau for potential enforcement action, alleging that NTS had failed to comply with the Commission’s USF contribution rules. The Bureau initiated an investigation against NTS on July 31, 2009, issuing a letter of inquiry (LOI) to NTS seeking information about its compliance with USF and other related regulatory obligations. NTS’s LOI Response indicates that it failed to pay certain USAC invoices in full and on time. Specifically, NTS failed on two occasions to pay any contribution toward its outstanding USF obligations, and it made only partial payments toward its USF obligations on 12 additional occasions. NTS failed to make any payment on its USF invoice for the payment due in February 2009, made only partial payments toward its outstanding balance from March to November 2009, then failed to make any payment toward its balance in December 2009. NTS resumed making partial payments toward its outstanding balance in January 2010. NTS claims it was not able to make full payments to the USF because of financial difficulties. The FCC does not credit this argument. During the same period of time, the company continued to collect USF surcharges from its customers and it continued to receive disbursement credits from the USF. As a result of its failures to pay, NTS has maintained large outstanding USF balances with USAC since early 2009, and as of March 22, 2010, had a past due balance of more than $248,000. NTS does not dispute that it is obligated to pay the invoiced amounts or that it has failed to pay the full balance due to the USF. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC PROPOSES RULE CHANGES TO ENABLE MORE FLEXIBILITY OF UPCS DEVICES IN 1920-1930 MHz BAND: The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), proposing changes to Part 15 of the Rules to enable Unlicensed Personal Communications Service (UPCS) devices operating in the 1920-1930 MHz band (known as the UPCS band) to make more efficient use of this spectrum. The FCC says it took this action in response to a Petition for Rulemaking filed by the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications Forum (DECT), an association that promotes digital cordless radio technology for short-distance voice and data applications. The current rules prevent UPCS devices from accessing channels where a certain level of radio noise is detected, even though those channels remain usable. The proposed rule changes would adjust the radio noise level at which a channel would be deemed usable. The FCC specifically proposes to revise Section 15.323 of its Rules to increase the least-interfered channel threshold that a UPCS device must monitor to determine whether there is a channel available on which to transmit (henceforth referred to as the least-interfered channel access method). The Commission also proposes to reduce from 40 to 20 channels the number of duplex system access channels that a UPCS device must monitor and use under the least-interfered channel access method. The proposed changes would increase the number of channels that could be used by UPCS devices, particularly those devices designed to transmit on wider bandwidth channels, and thus facilitate the introduction of unlicensed devices capable of providing access to broadband services in the 1920-1930 MHz band. The FCC requests comment on these proposals. Comments in this ET Docket No. 10-97 and RM-11485 proceeding will be due 30 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 15 days thereafter. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

FCC RELEASES TELEPHONE PENETRATION INCOME REPORT: The FCC has released a report presenting data on the percentage of households with telephone service on a state-by-state basis for various income categories. The report presents telephone penetration statistics based on individual household data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted by the Census Bureau in March 2009. This report, which is updated annually, provides more detailed information on telephone penetration to complement the information available in Telephone Subscribership in the United States, which is published three times a year. Specifically, this report is designed to track the effects of federal and state Universal Service Fund Lifeline and Linkup support mechanisms that defray the cost of telephone service for low-income consumers. In March 2009, penetration among low-income households (under $10,000 annual income in 1984 dollars or $20,732 annual income in 2009 dollars) nationwide was 90.4%. This contrasts with an overall nationwide penetration rate of 95.6% in March 2009, and represents an increase of 0.7% over the March 2008 nationwide penetration rate among low-income households of 89.7%. Since 1985, when the FCC first established Lifeline to help low-income households afford the monthly cost of telephone service, penetration rates among low-income households have grown from 80.0% to 90.4%. States that have provided a high level of lifeline support for telephone service for low-income consumers experienced an average growth in penetration of 4.6% for low-income households from March 1997 to March 2009. In contrast, states that provided a low level of lifeline support experienced an average growth of 2.9% in telephone penetration rates for low-income households between March 1997 and March 2009. Among states, penetration rates among low-income households ranged from a high of 97.0% to a low of 81.1% in March 2009. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SETS COMMENT CYCLE FOR CYBER SECURITY NOI: The FCC has set a comment cycle for its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on whether it should establish a voluntary program under which participating communications service providers would be certified by the FCC or a yet to be determined third party entity for their adherence to a set of cyber security objectives and/or practices (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 28). Comments in this PS Docket No. 10-93 proceeding are due July 12, and replies are due September 8. The Commission seeks comment on the components of such a program, if any, and whether such a program would create business incentives for providers of communications services to sustain a high level of cyber security culture and practice. The Commission's goals in this proceeding are to: (1) Increase the security of the nation's broadband infrastructure; (2) promote a culture of more vigilant cyber security among participants in the market for communications services; and (3) offer end users more complete information about their communication service providers' cyber security practices. The Commission seeks comment on whether the program would meet these goals. The Commission also seeks comment on other actions it should take, if any, to improve cyber security and to improve education on cyber security issues. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FCC SETS COMMENT CYCLE FOR NOI ON SURVIVABILITY OF BROADBAND NETWORKS: The FCC has set a comment cycle for its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) addressing its ability to understand the present state of survivability in broadband communications networks and to explore potential measures to reduce network vulnerability (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 21). The NOI explores potential failures in network equipment or severe overload conditions, such as would occur in natural disasters, pandemics, and other disasters or events that would restrain the ability to communicate. The Commission seeks comment broadly on the ability of existing networks to withstand localized or distributed physical damage, including whether there is adequate network redundancy and the extent of survivability of physical enclosures in which network elements are located, and severe overloads. Comments in this PS Docket No. 10-92 proceeding are due June 25, and replies are due July 26. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON WAYS FOR WIRELESS CONSUMERS TO AVOID “BILL SHOCK”: The FCC is seeking comment on ways to alert wireless consumers about the high charges they may receive before they add up on their bills—i.e., “bill shock.” Specifically, the FCC seeks comment on the feasibility of instituting usage alerts and cutoff mechanisms similar to those required under the European Union (EU) regulations that would provide wireless voice, text, and data consumers in the United States a way to monitor, on a real-time basis, their usage of a wireless communications service, as well as the various charges they may incur in connection with such usage (e.g., roaming services, voice service “minute plans,” text message plans). The Commission seeks comment on whether technological or other differences exist that would prevent wireless providers in this country from employing similar usage controls as those now required by the EU. The FCC also seeks comment on the extent to which consumers currently have the means at their disposal to monitor their wireless usage and are fully aware of the consequences of exceeding their predetermined allocations of voice minutes, text message limits, or data usage. To what extent are U.S. providers already offering such features, and at what cost to the consumer and/or to the provider? Do certain usage controls lend themselves more to one type of service (such as voice) than to another (such as data)? To what extent is such information currently accessible via wireless devices by people with disabilities, and in particular by people who are blind or low vision who need on-screen text and other visual indicators to be accompanied by audio output? Would a requirement for certain type of usage controls prevent or help consumers with hearing, visual, cognitive or other disabilities in receiving the information they need to effectively monitor their usage? The FCC seeks comment on these and other issues relevant to whether the Commission should adopt usage control measures that will help consumers to avoid receiving higher than expected bills for their wireless communications services. Comments in this CG Docket No. 09-158 proceeding will be due 45 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 15 days thereafter. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Robert Jackson.

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

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3GPP Long Term Evolution

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the trademarked project name of a high performance air interface for cellular mobile telephony. It is a project of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), operating under a named trademarked by one of the associations within the partnership, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

LTE is a step toward the 4th generation (4G) of radio technologies designed to increase the capacity and speed of mobile telephone networks. Where the current generation of mobile telecommunication networks are collectively known as 3G (for "third generation"), LTE is marketed as 4G. Ideally, LTE is a 3.9G technology since it does not fully comply with the IMT Advanced 4G requirements. Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility in the United States and several worldwide carriers announced plans, beginning in 2009, to convert their networks to LTE. The world's first publicly available LTE-service was opened by TeliaSonera in the two Scandinavian capitals Stockholm and Oslo on the 14th of December 2009. LTE is a set of enhancements to the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) which was introduced in 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 8. Much of 3GPP Release 8 focuses on adopting 4G mobile communications technology, including an all-IP flat networking architecture. On August 18, 2009, the European Commission announced it will invest a total of €18 million into researching the deployment of LTE and 4G candidate system LTE Advanced.

While it is commonly seen as a mobile telephone or common carrier development, LTE is also endorsed by public safety agencies in the US as the preferred technology for the new 700 MHz public-safety radio band. Agencies in some areas have filed for waivers hoping to use the 700 MHz spectrum with other technologies in advance of the adoption of a nationwide standard.


The LTE specification provides downlink peak rates of at least 100 Mbps, an uplink of at least 50 Mbps and RAN round-trip times of less than 10 ms. LTE supports scalable carrier bandwidths, from 20 MHz down to 1.4 MHz and supports both frequency division duplexing (FDD) and time division duplexing (TDD).

Part of the LTE standard is the System Architecture Evolution, a flat IP-based network architecture designed to replace the GPRS Core Network and ensure support for, and mobility between, some legacy or non-3GPP systems, for example GPRS and WiMax respectively.

The main advantages with LTE are high throughput, low latency, plug and play, FDD and TDD in the same platform, an improved end-user experience and a simple architecture resulting in low operating costs. LTE will also support seamless passing to cell towers with older network technology such as GSM, cdmaOne, W-CDMA (UMTS), and CDMA2000. The next step for LTE evolution is LTE Advanced and is currently being standardized in 3GPP Release 10.

Current state

Much of the standard addresses upgrading 3G UMTS to 4G mobile communications technology, which is essentially a mobile broadband system with enhanced multimedia services built on top.

The standard includes:

  • Peak download rates of 326.4 Mbit/s for 4x4 antennas, and 172.8 Mbit/s for 2x2 antennas (utilizing 20 MHz of spectrum).
  • Peak upload rates of 86.4 Mbit/s for every 20 MHz of spectrum using a single antenna.
  • Five different terminal classes have been defined from a voice centric class up to a high end terminal that supports the peak data rates. All terminals will be able to process 20 MHz bandwidth.
  • At least 200 active users in every 5 MHz cell. (Specifically, 200 active data clients)
  • Sub-5 ms latency for small IP packets
  • Increased spectrum flexibility, with supported spectrum slices as small as 1.4 MHz and as large as 20 MHz (W-CDMA requires 5 MHz slices, leading to some problems with roll-outs of the technology in countries where 5 MHz is a commonly allocated amount of spectrum, and is frequently already in use with legacy standards such as 2G GSM and cdmaOne.) Limiting sizes to 5 MHz also limited the amount of bandwidth per handset.
  • In the 900 MHz frequency band to be used in rural areas, supporting an optimal cell size of 5 km, 30 km sizes with reasonable performance, and up to 100 km cell sizes supported with acceptable performance. In city and urban areas, higher frequency bands (such as 2.6 GHz in EU) are used to support high speed mobile broadband. In this case, cell sizes may be 1 km or even less.
  • Good support for mobility. High performance mobile data is possible at speeds of up to 350 km/h, or even up to 500 km/h, depending on the frequency band used.
  • Co-existence with legacy standards (users can transparently start a call or transfer of data in an area using an LTE standard, and, should coverage be unavailable, continue the operation without any action on their part using GSM/GPRS or W-CDMA-based UMTS or even 3GPP2 networks such as cdmaOne or CDMA2000)
  • Support for MBSFN (Multicast Broadcast Single Frequency Network). This feature can deliver services such as Mobile TV using the LTE infrastructure, and is a competitor for DVB-H-based TV broadcast.
  • PU2RC as a practical solution for MU-MIMO. The detailed procedure for the general MU-MIMO operation is handed to the next release, e.g., LTE-Advanced, where further discussions will be held.

A large amount of the work is aimed at simplifying the architecture of the system, as it transits from the existing UMTS circuit + packet switching combined network, to an all-IP flat architecture system.


  • In early 2008, LTE test equipment began shipping from several vendors, and at the Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona Ericsson demonstrated the world’s first end-to-end mobile call enabled by LTE on a small handheld device. Motorola demonstrated a LTE RAN standard compliant eNodeB and LTE chipset at the same event.
  • In December 2008, the Rel-8 specification was frozen for new features meaning only essential clarifications and corrections were permitted.
  • In January 2009, the ASN.1 code was frozen. The Rel-8 standard was complete enough that hardware designers had been designing chipsets, test equipment and base stations for some time. LTE standards development continues with 3GPP Release 9 which was frozen in December 2009. Updates to all 3GPP specifications are made every quarter and can be found at the 3GPP web site.
  • On December 14, 2009, the world's first publicly available LTE service was opened by TeliaSonera in the two Scandinavian capitals Stockholm and Oslo.
  • On February 10, 2010, AT&T U.S. announced its rollout of LTE service in 2011
  • On May, 11, 2010. TeliaSonera, Telenor, 3 and TDC Network announce LTE roll out begin in Denmark, and expected that LTE service will be online in 1Q 2011.
Source: Wikipedia contributors, "3GPP Long Term Evolution," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed May 13, 2010).

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Emergency alert system for natural disasters to be implemented in 2011 - Chile

Published: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 17:24 (GMT -0400)

Chile's transport and telecommunications ministry (MTT) is planning to implement a new system in 2011 in which text message alerts will be sent to people in areas that could potentially be affected by a natural disaster, such as a tsunami, telling them how to act, MTT minister Felipe Morandé told reporters.

Though the system will be in place next year it will take some time for it to be 100% operational, Morandé said, as some users will have to gradually change their phones to ones that are equipped to receive these emergency messages. Studies estimate that some 70% of phones on the market currently have that facility.

From January 1, 2012, all phones that are imported will need to be equipped to receive these alerts, Morandé added.

The initiative is one of a series of measures the government has come up with after several weeks of talks with telecoms operators following the February 27, 8.8 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and aftershocks that caused serious disruption to mobile communications.

Morandé said that the early alert system is used in the US and Japan and uses a technology called cell broadcast service. Messages can be sent to a particular region, city or the whole country. As it uses a geo-referencing system and other radio frequency channels, it is not affected by mobile network congestion.

The alerts could also be sent to digital TVs, though that functionality will be incorporated gradually, Morandé said. Chile decided last year to adopt Japan's ISDB-T standard.

Other measures include obliging mobile operators to triple the capacity of their networks for sending and receiving text messages (SMS). Morandé underscored that lessons from disasters elsewhere such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and earthquakes in Asia have shown that text messages use the network more efficiently, which helps to avoid network congestion.

In addition, increasing SMS capacity involves a relatively small investment compared to increasing voice capacity, Morandé said.

As part of the initiative, the government will implement an education program to instruct people to use SMS in such situations and explain why.

Other mandates include identifying 400 "priority" cell site antennas throughout the country and ensuring that they have additional and autonomous back-up energy supplies that should last for at least 48 hours compared to 2-4 hours for regular sites.

These priority base stations will also increase their SMS traffic capacity by 25% compared to the other sites, Morandé said.

And the MTT will introduce a protocol to require all operators to meet similar service quality standards to those in place in Europe, the US and other developed nations. Such protocols refer to improving measurement and monitoring in a more transparent manner, Morandé said.

Related to that measure will be the implementation of number portability for cell phones by year-end and for fixed in 2011, which is designed to improve competitiveness among operators and quality of service.

Additional measures will include creating an online system that provides real time information for people to get updates on the state of emergency from authorities and the state of different networks.

Source: Business News Americas

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From: Michael Lyons
Subject: Upcoming PTC Meeting
Date: May 14, 2010 9:03:21 AM CDT
To: PTC Members

PTC Members:

The next PTC Face-to-Face Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 16th from 3:15 to 5:15 in conjunction with the Global Paging Convention in Charleston, SC. I hope to see everyone in attendance.

I am looking forward to a great meeting and combined AAPC/ EMMA event.

Please let me know if you will be attending.

Currently I have the following tentative agenda:

1) CMAS Roadmap AAPC (Gateway and Device) General Discussion

2) Sub-Committee Chair Elections (DSG and PWG)

3) Discussions on Competing Technologies — Growing # Apps Smart Phones

4) Setting Date for Chair and Vice-Chair Elections

5) General business / Next Meeting

If you have any suggestions or topics of interest for the agenda, please send them to me as soon as possible.

Mike Lyons
PTC Chair

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Paging Equipment For Sale

From: Jerry Nelson
Subject: paging equipment
Date: May 11, 2010 2:57:20 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Following is the list of equipment, hope this answers everyone's questions. This new list will appear in Brad's next newsletter. I am currently in California but will return to Chicago where the equipment is located on May 21st. I intend to sell off all the equipment by the end of May.

Make an offer or call with questions.

Jerry Nelson

CA: 760-564-0732 until May 19th

IL: 815-459-9274 after May 20th

Cell: 815-519-3949


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#1 Motorola SpectraTac RX C05RTB-1108B SN 273CTJ0036 R931.4875

#2 Motorola TX Q1404D SN ST5521 T152.510 R157.770 80W @ TX 50W @ duplexer (Station includes duplexer)

#3 Motorola PURC Link Repeater C42JZB-6106AC 486CSS0071 T75.90 0 R72.720 2 Complete stations With Hot Standby Panel! Tested OK

#4 Motorola PURC 5000 TX C85JLB-1101A 611QND040 T931.4875

#5 Glenayre 900 MHz 250 Watt Power Amplifier from T8500 station… clean and intact!

#6 Motorola Nucleus VHF TX T5482A 711EVY23FT T158.100 R72.800

#7 Glenayre 900 MHz TX T-8500 Q99160030 T929.2125+ C2000 Controller w V3.40 software! TX/RX Systems NPCS Duplexer for dual diversity #26-88-98551 TX Bandpass 928-941MHz RX Bandpass 901-902 MHz

#8 Glenayre 900 MHz TX T-8500 Q99160031 T929.3375+ C2000 Controller w V3.40 software! TX/RX Systems NPCS Duplexer for dual diversity #26-88-98551 TX Bandpass 928-941 MHz RX Bandpass 901-902 MHz No Receiver!

#9 Motorola PURC UHF TX B84JZB-1101B 486CNE0116 T454.375 R72.320 Eimac PA #CV400-3 #1465 High Stability Oscillator

#10 Motorola PURC 5000 VHF TX C93JLB-1101A 611CRC0096 T158.100 R75.540 Has Advanced Control unit!

#11 DB Products RX multicoupler #D80530 R50-88 MHz One input/4 output with Amp module!

#12 Motorola SpectraTac RX C05RTB-1108B SN 273CTJ0033 R931.4875

#13 Motorola Nucleus 900 MHz T5482A T931.487 with C-Net controller

#14 SkyData 8466B Satellite RX

#15 SpaceCom M2000AP Satellite RX

Photos of all equipment available on request.

E-mail: left arrow Click here to send Jerry Nelson an e-mail.

Sample photos follow below.


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Let them eat cake

"Let them eat cake" is the traditional translation of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", supposedly said by a French princess upon learning that the peasants had no bread. As brioche is a luxury bread enriched with eggs and butter, it would reflect the princess's obliviousness to the nature of a famine.

The phrase is commonly misattributed to Marie Antoinette.

In Chinese culture, there is a variation of this story that involves rice and meat, instead of bread and cake.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, "Let them eat cake," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed May 13, 2010).

Leviticus 19:33 When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.

Leviticus 19:34 “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.”

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