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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - APRIL 16, 2010 - ISSUE NO. 403

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

It was 83° F. here in Southern Illinois yesterday — an absolutely beautiful springtime day. Today we are supposed to get some rain.

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Albert Einstein didn't think that a person needed to know everything. In fact he said, “Know where to find the information and how to use it — That's the secret of success.” He also said, “Never memorize what you can look up in books.”

So when I receive a highly technical question about paging that I can't answer, I frequently go to my friend Allan Angus. In a prior life, Allan was the architect of the WebLink Wireless paging system—now (I believe) the largest in the world, and owned and operated by USA Mobility. Allan is currently a member of our informal CONSULTING ALLIANCE.

This week's feature article from Allan Angus, PE is: 900 MHz FLEX™ Compared To UHF POCSAG. It is being published here partly because someone asked me this week if POCSAG was obsolete, and if it was going to be discontinued soon.

I contacted two major manufacturers of pagers yesterday. Here is what they told me.

One said: “POCSAG is the most used paging protocol around the world, and it will continue to be available for the foreseeable future.

Another one said, “We do not intend to stop production of POCSAG until such time as it is no longer a valid protocol.

Just because POCSAG has been around for a while, doesn't mean that it's obsolete. POCSAG actually works better than FLEX in almost all situations.

I had the privilege of participating in one of the POCSAG planning meetings with Ron Tridgell in London, England and later I was one of 24 managers on the FLEX development committee at the Motorola factory in Boynton Beach, Florida. We developed FLEX—in the heyday of paging—so that the paging service providers could cram more pagers onto one radio channel, and so we could sell them more pagers.

FLEX, ReFLEX, FLEXsuite, and InFLEXion, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola, Inc.

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I just received my May 2010 issue of QST Magazine. QST is the official journal of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). I was pleasantly surprised to read the following on page 93:

QST congratulates. . .
◊ Barrett Kanne, W4TGA, who was awarded the Georgia ARES Ham of the Year at the Georgia ARES statewide meeting in January. The meeting was held at the GA Public Safety Training Center, Forsyth.
—Greg Sarratt, W4OZK


Amateur Radio Emergency Service®
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service ® (ARES ®) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. [source]

Barry Kanne has been a “mover & shaker” in the paging industry for many years. He knows a lot about paging — I taught him everything he knows!

Just kidding about that last comment. Barry is a great guy (most of the time) and his “better half" —Judy— keeps him on the straight and narrow way. I have known them both for over 35 years. Barry was one of the founders of the AAPC (American Association of Paging Carriers) and has held key management positions in several paging-industry companies.

Congratulations Barry!

If you would like to congratulate Barry too — for his tireless public service — you can e-mail him here:

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Oh... go ahead and do it, he doesn't think anyone reads this newsletter. Let's show him.

By the way, the term "Amateur Radio" does not mean "less than professional" — only that Amateur Radio operators are not paid for their service to the community. Like olympic athletes, ham radio operators are very good at what they do — they just don't get paid for their work.

Now on to more news and views.

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

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

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


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

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The local newspaper here in Springfield, Illinois costs 75¢ a copy and it NEVER mentions paging. If you receive some benefit from this publication maybe you would like to help support it financially? A donation of $25.00 would represent approximately 50¢ a copy for one year. If you are so inclined, please click on the PayPal Donate button above. No trees were chopped down to produce this electronic newsletter.

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Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, Allan Angus, and Vic Jackson are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects. Click here  for a summary of their qualifications and experience. They collaborate on consulting assignments, and share the work according to their individual expertise and their schedules.

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charleston "The joining together of paging carriers from around the globe was truly a profound experience. For those of us in the U.S. it was like looking into a crystal ball. What we do with that look and the information we gathered will determine the path that we take and ultimately our future." — 2009 Participant
Register today to attend the Global Paging Convention, hosted by the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC) and the European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA), June 16-18 at The Mills House Hotel in Charleston, SC. hotel
Educational Sessions include:
  • Healthcare telecommunications experts and first responders detailing what they like, want, and need from our technology
  • Manufacturer's panel detailing the latest improvements and upgrades to personal communication devices
  • Updates on new markets and products that have been successful in increasing the bottom line for paging companies
  • Review of competing and/or complementing products that are marketed to the healthcare industry
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Thanks to our confirmed participating vendors and sponsors!
Want on this list? Click here for the Vendor Opportunities.
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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Preferred Wireless
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Indiana Paging Network and Onset Technology Partner to Deliver Paging Messages to Blackberry Smartphones

Indiana Paging Network and Onset Technology® today announce a partnership agreement to provide customers with an advanced BlackBerry® smartphone paging solution. Onset METAMessage® enables Indiana Paging Network customers to receive pages on their Blackberry smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM) via their current pager number and eliminate the need to carry two devices.

“By partnering with Onset Technology, we can now offer new choices to our customers, allowing them greater flexibility and new advanced features.”

— Michael Lyons COO/CTO IPN

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 15, 2010 — Indiana Paging Network, one of the top five independent paging carriers in the United States, and Onset Technology®, a leading developer of software for smartphones, today announced a partnership agreement to provide an Advanced Paging solution for customers using BlackBerry® smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM). Indiana Paging Network (IPN) customers will now be offered greater flexibility and convenience of receiving paging messages on their BlackBerry smartphones.

Onset Technology

Onset’s METAmessage® Advanced Paging solution combines the simplicity and urgency of paging with the power of smartphones, allowing customers to receive pages on their BlackBerry devices and eliminating the need to carry two devices. The METAmessage client can be installed on any BlackBerry smartphone and offers fully customizable, audible alerts to ensure that paging messages cut through the clutter and are noticed even when all other communication methods are silenced. METAMessage’s message statistics lets senders and administrators know when messages were sent, delivered and read.

“Unlike other virtual paging offerings, Onset METAMessage enables our customers to receive pages on their Blackberry via their current pager number. This provides a totally seamless transition for users while maintaining the privacy of their mobile phone number. As a result, any person or system, CAD, Nurse Call, Voicemail, Answering Service, etc., sending pages to the recipient does not require any reconfiguration for the message to be sent to the users BlackBerry.” said Michael Lyons, COO/CTO Indiana Paging Network.”By partnering with Onset Technology, we can now offer new choices to our customers, allowing them greater flexibility and new advanced features”.

“I am very pleased to announce that METAmessage Advanced Paging Solution is now available through Indiana Paging Network,” said Avi Leggman, CEO of Onset Technology. “IPN is known for the breadth of their coverage and the strength of their reliability and customer service. This is a strong foundation for our solutions and the customers that they service. I look forward to the growth of our partnership with Indiana Paging Network.”

About Onset Technology
Founded in 1997, Onset Technology has pioneered software development enhancing the functionality of Enterprise Mobility systems and is the leading provider of advanced high-priority messaging systems for Smartphones. Flagship METAmessage software solutions include Advanced Paging Solutions, Priority Messaging and Collaboration Tools, and Emergency Communications Solutions. Smartphone users in large scale deployments rely on METAmessage in industries that include Financial and Professional Services, Manufacturing, Education and the Public Sector — federal, state, and local.

About Indiana Paging Network
With over 45 years experience in the wireless communications industry, Indiana Paging Network (IPN) has the largest and most comprehensive paging system in Indiana and the greater Chicagoland area. Indiana Paging Network (IPN) offers unparalleled paging coverage, customer service, and reliability. Indiana Paging Network (IPN) specializes in delivering mission critical messages to the Healthcare and First Responder markets and serves over 60,000 customers. Indiana Paging Network (IPN) is located near Lake Michigan in LaPorte, Indiana, with satellite offices in Indianapolis and Hammond, Indiana.


Source: PRWeb

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PageOne to showcase MTPAS-Enabled 2-way Pagers for the Emergency Response Community at BAPCO


20-22 April, Stand 322, Business Design Centre, London

London, 12 April, 2010 — PageOne Communications, the UK's leading provider of mobile messaging solutions to the public and enterprise sectors, today announced it is to exhibit its exclusive MTPAS (Mobile Telecommunication Privileged Access Scheme) enabled 2-way pagers for Category 1 and 2 responders at BAPCO's annual conference and exhibition.

MTPAS is a cabinet-office run scheme, which ensures that in the event of a major incident, Category 1 & 2 responders are given privileged access to the mobile phone networks. As the 2-way pager can utilise the GSM network to send back vital information on the status and location of responders, the Cabinet Office chose for the first time to include 2-way paging within the scheme, recognising that the 2-way pager plays a vital part in the communications strategies of blue-light organisations.

As an MTPAS Service Provider under the scheme, PageOne will install a privileged access SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card in the 2-way pager device for any Category 1 or 2 organisation. These privileged access SIMs will be automatically included in PageOne 2-way pagers for all users within the responder community, but are not available to members of the public.
As PageOne's 2-way pagers use the company's independent wide area paging network they provide reliable 2-way communication with the added benefits of auto acknowledgement, location of pager and response messages returned over either GPRS or GSM. The pagers also include a GPS chip that supplies the control centre with the last known location of the pager together with a reply message, supplying superior intelligence regarding the location of staff and enabling the more efficient deployment of staff throughout a major incident.

The addition of a new SOS option within the 2-way pager, means that the pager user can now also trigger a silent or audible alert. Ideal for lone workers in remote locations, when an emergency alert is triggered, the geographical coordinates are also transmitted and can be displayed on a map in the operations control centre.

The 2-way pager also comes with a remote tracking function that controlled remotely, generates location information, at regular intervals.

PageOne messaging consultants will be available at the BAPCO show to discuss this new development and will be giving a '2-way paging and MTPAS' seminar on 22 April at 10.05am where attendees can learn more about the capabilities of the 2-way pager and its deployment in real life applications.

Visitors to the PageOne stand will also be able to have a demonstration of PageOne's flare suite of business continuity products and register free for pulse, PageOne's priority paging channel which is available to PageOne's paging customers who operate blue-light emergency applications.

"Our commitment to putting our customers at the heart of everything we do drives our product innovation and service developments," comments Clair Cawley, Marketing Director, PageOne Communications. "BAPCO presents us with a great platform to showcase the new developments of our public sector products which can greatly assist public safety communications officers in their day to day roles.

For further information on PageOne's MTPAS-enabled 2-way pager and for associated imagery please visit


About PageOne. PageOne is the leading provider of award-winning wireless messaging solutions to the public and enterprise sectors. It has a proven track record of introducing innovative products and services and owns and operates a UK-wide paging network and provides business SMS messaging solutions; PageOne Paging and PageOne Connect respectively.

All PageOne systems are powered by the company's own flexible platform Oventus, developed to enable the seamless integration of mobile messaging across different networks and technologies. These services have consistently been designed to meet and exceed the demands of an increasingly mobile environment, providing reliable and cost effective communications to thousands of organisations across the government, NHS and major corporate sectors.

Source: IT News Online

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  • Direct Connect to NurseCall, Assisted Living, Aged Care, Remote Monitoring, Access Control Systems

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Apple Delays Global Release of iPad

By The New York Times
Published: April 14, 2010
Responding to strong demand in the United States for its iPad, Apple said Wednesday that it would delay the worldwide release of the tablet computer for a month.

“Faced with this surprisingly strong U.S. demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May,” Apple said in a statement.

The company said that it had delivered more than 500,000 iPads during the first week that it was on the market, but that demand was “far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks.”

The tablet computer went on sale in the United States on April 3 and Apple reported that it had sold more than 300,000 iPads on the device’s first day on the market, a figure that included preorders.

Apple said that it would announce international pricing and begin taking online orders for the iPad on May 10.

Source: The New York Times

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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. 15 April 14, 2010   

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Congressional Leaders React To Court’s “Comcast” Ruling

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia's ruling in Comcast Corp. v. FCC: "The decision could have broad impacts with potentially unfortunate results for consumers. I am committed to working with the Commission, industry, and public interest groups to ensure that the Commission has appropriate legal authority to protect consumers and implement its important new broadband plan."

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, said: “This decision highlights what many already believed, the FCC does not have authority to act in this area.” She said, “In light of this important court decision, policy makers should assess whether there should be any regulatory role for the agency as it relates to the Internet and how private companies manage their investment. It would be wrong to double down on excessive and burdensome regulations, and I hope the FCC Chairman will now reconsider his decision to pursue expanded Commission authority over broadband services in current proceedings before the agency. The Internet has grown and flourished without federal regulations because it has been able to evolve to meet rapid changes without government roadblocks holding up progress.”

(The FCC Chairman is scheduled to testify on the National Broadband Plan before the Senate Committee today at 2:30 p.m.)

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

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The FCC has rescheduled Auction No. 87 (unsold lower and upper paging bands) for June 15. Upfront payments are due April 30, and the mock auction is now set for June 11.

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  • FCC: Recent Comcast ruling has limited impact on National Broadband Plan.
  • NTIA posts template for incumbent protests of stimulus applications.
  • Verizon CEO squares off against FCC over National Broadband Plan spectrum needs.
  • NTIA receives 867 Round 2 BTOP applications for $11 billion in funding.

FCC: Recent “Comcast” Ruling Has Limited Impact On National Broadband Plan

In the recent case, Comcast v. FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the FCC lacked authority to require Comcast to treat all Internet traffic equally on its network (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 7). However, FCC General Counsel Austin Schlick indicates that the Comcast decision will have little or no effect on most of the Commission’s National Broadband Plan (NBP).

Writing last week on the FCC’s Blogband, Schlick said that many of the BPL’s recommendations for the FCC itself involve matters over which the Commission has an “express statutory delegation of authority.” These include critical projects such as making spectrum available for broadband uses, improving the efficiency of wireless systems, bolstering the use of broadband in schools, improving coordination with Native American governments to promote broadband, collecting better broadband data, unleashing competition and innovation in smart video devices, and developing common standards for public safety networks, Schlick said.

At the same time, he added, the decision “may affect a significant number of important Plan recommendations. Among them are recommendations aimed at accelerating broadband access and adoption in rural America; connecting low-income Americans, Native American communities, and Americans with disabilities; supporting robust use of broadband by small businesses to drive productivity, growth and ongoing innovation; lowering barriers that hinder broadband deployment; strengthening public safety communications; cybersecurity; consumer protection, including transparency and disclosure; and consumer privacy. The Commission must have a sound legal basis for implementing each of these recommendations. We are assessing the implications of yesterday’s decision for each one, to ensure that the Commission has adequate authority to execute the mission laid out in the Plan.”

Separately, the FCC (1) extended the deadline until April 26 for reply comments in its GN Docket No. 09-191 and WC Docket No. 07-52 “net neutrality” proceeding; and (2) issued its broadband action agenda for 2010.

Despite the Comcast decision the FCC last week announced an ambitious 2010 agenda for implementing key recommendations of the National Broadband Plan that involve rulemakings and other notice-and-comment proceedings.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the court decision “does not change our broadband policy goals, or the ultimate authority of the FCC to act to achieve those goals. The court did not question the FCC’s goals; it merely invalidated one technical, legal mechanism for broadband policy chosen by prior Commissions. Our implementation plan lays out a roadmap for reforming universal service to connect all Americans to broadband, including in rural areas; unleashing spectrum, promoting competition and supporting small businesses; protecting and empowering consumers; safeguarding on-line privacy; increasing adoption in all communities and ensuring fair access for people with disabilities; protecting broadband networks against cyber attack and other disasters; and ensuring that all users can reach 911 in an emergency. It is essential that the Commission act on this roadmap to protect America’s global competitiveness and help deliver the extraordinary benefits of broadband to all Americans.”

The 2010 Broadband Action Agenda focuses on four key goals:

Promote World-Leading Mobile Broadband Infrastructure and Innovation

  • Seek to make an additional 500 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum available for mobile broadband within the next ten years.
  • Increase opportunities for unlicensed devices and innovative spectrum access models.
  • Expand incentives and mechanisms to reallocate or repurpose spectrum to higher-valued uses.
  • Improve the transparency of spectrum allocation and utilization.

Accelerate Universal Broadband Access and Adoption, and Advance National Purposes Such as Education and Health Care

  • Carry out a once-in-a-generation transformation of the Universal Service Fund over the next ten years to support broadband service. This will be achieved by converting existing subsidy mechanisms over time from “POTS” (plain old telephone service) to broadband, without increasing the size of the fund over the current baseline projection.
  • Upgrade the E-rate program, which has successfully connected public libraries and K-12 classrooms, to benefit students and others across the country by making broadband more accessible.
  • Reform and upgrade the Rural Health Care Program to connect more public health facilities to high-speed Internet facilities and to foster telemedicine applications and services. Create a Health Care Infrastructure Fund to support deployment of dedicated health care networks to underserved areas.
  • Create a Connect America Fund to extend broadband service to unserved areas of the nation and to ensure affordable broadband service in high-cost areas where support is necessary.
  • Create a Mobility Fund to bring all states to a baseline level of “3G” (or better) wireless coverage.

Foster Competition and Maximize Consumer Benefits Across the Broadband Ecosystem

  • Enhance broadband and marketplace choices for small businesses and mobile providers by establishing consistent policy frameworks for special access and wholesale wireline competition.
  • Improve consumer disclosures and FCC data collection to better monitor and promote broadband competition.
  • Fulfill mandate from Congress to ensure that video navigation devices, such as smart video devices, are available to consumers in the marketplace, spurring innovation in home video devices and driving increased broadband adoption and utilization.

Advance Robust and Secure Public Safety Communications Networks

  • Facilitate the creation of a nationwide interoperable public safety wireless broadband network.
  • Promote cybersecurity and protect critical communications infrastructure.
  • Aid the transition to next-generation 911 and alerting systems.

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

Incumbent Broadband Providers Should Review Round 2 Stimulus Apps In Their Areas

NTIA Posts Template For Incumbent Protests

This week, NTIA will post a list of the Census block groups or tracts that each Round 2 Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI) applicant has proposed to serve through its project. The posting of that announcement will initiate a window for existing broadband service providers to submit information about the broadband services they currently offer in their respective service territories by Census block group or tract. The response period is not available yet. The dates are to be announced later this week. NTIA may consider any information submitted by existing broadband service providers as relevant to its prioritization and review of CCI applications and as part of its evaluation of the merits of a highly qualified CCI application. Clients that would like our assistance in evaluating Round 2 proposals and preparing responses can contact Gerry Duffy, Mary Sisak and John Prendergast.

Submitting a Response:

1. Respondents may complete this Service Response Template (MS Excel) to submit a challenge. This template includes detailed instructions on completing the included worksheets.
2. Once the respondent is ready to submit the completed template, they must navigate to the Response Site [link available the week of 4/12/2010] and complete a short registration process.
3. Once logged in, the respondent can then upload a single completed Service Response Template
4. Help Desk support is available by calling 202-482-2048 or e-mail:

Evaluating the Responses:

NTIA will consider the comments of existing broadband service providers as a factor in its evaluation of the applicant’s Last Mile or Middle Mile service area(s) provided that they include the following information, some of which will be made public:

(1) the name of the company providing information on its broadband service offerings;
(2) a summary describing the information the provider has presented to NTIA;
(3) the number of households and businesses that have access to broadband service in the provider’s service territory by Census block group or tract;
(4) the type of broadband services the provider offers in its service territory by Census block group or tract and the technology used to provide those services, including, for wireless carriers, the spectrum that is used;
(5) the prices at which the broadband services are offered;
(6) the speed of the broadband services that are offered;
(7) the number of subscribers that the provider currently has for each of the broadband services it offers in its service territory by Census block group or tract; and
(8) optionally, a list of the provider’s Points of Presence (POPs) in or near Census block groups or tracts listed by the announcement.

The information submitted by an existing broadband service provider relating to items (3) through (8) enumerated above will be treated as proprietary and confidential to the extent permitted under applicable law. The information described in items (1) and (2) above, which includes the identity of the company submitting information and a summary of its response, will be made publicly available.

Publishing the Responses:

NTIA will post a list of the Census block groups or tracts in which existing broadband service providers have indicated that they provide broadband service at

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


VERIZON CEO SQUARES OFF AGAINST FCC OVER NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN SPECTRUM NEEDS: Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg has engaged the FCC over its National Broadband Plan (NBP) by saying that the spectrum crunch facing the wireless industry may not be as serious as many have been making it out to be. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal last week, Seidenberg said that the FCC should not be involved in trying to get broadcasters to give up spectrum for mobile broadband in exchange for auction proceeds. "I don't think the FCC should tinker with this," he said. "I think the market's going to settle this. So in the long term, if we can't show that we have applications and services to utilize that spectrum better than the broadcasters, then the broadcasters will keep the spectrum." Seidenberg said, "If video takes off, could we have a spectrum shortage in five or seven years? Could be, but I think that technology will tend to solve these issues. And I think, as I said, I happen to think that we'll advance fast enough that some of the broadcasters will probably think, let me cash out and let me go do something different. So I think the market will settle it. So I don't think we'll have a spectrum shortage the way this document suggests we will." FCC Chief of Staff Edward Lazarus was quick to respond: “The FCC based the spectrum recommendations in the National Broadband Plan on the public record generated by an unprecedented open and participatory process. That’s why the recent statements by Verizon’s CEO are rather baffling. The fact is, Verizon played a major role in building an overwhelming record in support of more mobile broadband spectrum, consistently expressing its official view that the country faces a looming spectrum crisis that could undermine the country’s global competitiveness. Verizon’s advocacy began as early as June 9, 2009, where their filing stated: ‘Verizon Wireless believes it is vitally important for the federal government to identify spectrum bands that can be reallocated for future broadband use. Any policy or strategy to promote broadband access to acknowledge the need for more spectrum in order to meet the growing demand for wireless broadband.’ Lazarus goes on to quote similar passages from other Verizon filings. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

NTIA RECEIVES 867 ROUND 2 BTOP APPLICATIONS FOR $11 BILLION IN FUNDING: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has received 867 applications requesting $11 billion in funding for proposed broadband projects for the second round of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding. BTOP applications were received in three categories and break down as follows:

Comprehensive Community Infrastructure: 355 of the applications, requesting approximately $8.4 billion in grants, are for Comprehensive Community Infrastructure projects, which focus on deployment of middle mile broadband infrastructure that connects community anchor institutions, such as schools, libraries, hospitals, and public safety facilities. For the second funding round, NTIA has allocated approximately $2.35 billion for such infrastructure projects.

Sustainable Broadband Adoption: 251 of the applications, requesting approximately $1.7 billion in grants, are for projects that promote sustainable demand for broadband services, including projects to provide broadband education, training, and equipment, particularly among vulnerable population groups where broadband technology has traditionally been underutilized. In the second funding round, NTIA has allocated at least $100 million for such projects.

Public Computer Centers: 261 of the applications, requesting more than $922 million in grants, are for public computer center projects, which will expand access to broadband service and enhance broadband capacity at public libraries, community colleges, and other institutions that serve the public. In the second funding round, NTIA has allocated at least $150 million for such projects. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Mary Sisak.

FCC PROPOSES REG FEE CHANGES FOR 2010: The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), proposing to collect $335,794,000 in regulatory fees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, pursuant to section 9 of the Communications Act. Section 9 regulatory fees are mandated by Congress and are collected to recover the regulatory costs associated with the Commission’s enforcement, policy and rulemaking, user information, and international activities. In this annual regulatory fee proceeding, the FCC retains many of the established methods, policies, and procedures for collecting section 9 regulatory fees adopted by the Commission in prior years. Consistent with its established practice, it intends to collect these regulatory fees during an August 2010 filing window in order to collect the required amount by the end of the fiscal year. In the FY 2010 regulatory fee assessment, the FCC will use the same section 9 regulatory fee assessment methodology adopted in FY 2009. Most of the services offered by our clients will have the same fee or experience slight reductions from FY 2009. Comments in this MD Docket No. 10-87 proceeding are due May 4, and replies are due May 11. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

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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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1 Skydata Model 5090 Uplink Power Control
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1 Gilat Transmitter
2 Gilat Skyway ODU Controller
2 Rad RSD-10
3 Gilat Satellite Transmitter
2 Gilat Skymux Controller
8 Skymux Expansion
2 Gilat Transmitters
2 GL3100 RF Director
30 Zetron Model 66 Controllers
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6 Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
1 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
3 Glenayre QT-6201, 100W Midband Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
VHF Paging Transmitters
14 Motorola Nucleus 125W, NAC
3 Motorola Nucleus 350W, NAC
1 Motorola VHF PURC-5000 125W, ACB or TRC
10 Glenayre GLT8411, 250W, VHF TX
UHF Paging Transmitters:
24 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
2 Quintron QT-7795, 250W UHF, w/TCC & RL70 Rx.
3 Motorola PURC-5000 110W, TRC or ACB
3 Motorola PURC-5000 225W, ACB
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
20 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, w/ or w/o I20
4 Motorola PURC 5000, 300W, DRC or ACB
3 Motorola PURC 5000, 150W, DRC or ACB

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Paging Infrastructure Equipment For Sale

4 MOTOROLA PURC 5000 931.4875
7 GLENAYRE 8500 WITH C2000
8 GLENAYRE 8500 WITH C2000
9 MOTOROLA JZB 1101B 454.375 RX 72.300
10 MOTOROLA PURC 5000 158.100 RX 75.54
11 DB PRODUCTS DB 8104-110BW 50-88 MHZ
14 Purc 5000 Advanced Control for Micor PURC Paging Station Model #'s -T53223A/ T5316A

GL Equipment for Sale

We have 1 GL3000/L and 1 GL3000/XL available, all where in operational status when they where shut down do to the sale of the business. Listed below are the specs for each terminal.

The XL, nicknamed Chicago is a vs 6.1. It is a 3 cabinet unit. It has 400k sub database in centi-record format, with the following cards:

8-140-3200 5V Converter, 3-140-3210 12V Converters, 1-140-0766 Alarm, 1-Floppy, 2-148.0729 128 mbyte optical disk drive, 5-148.0729, 2200 MBYTE Drive (I believe one drive may not work, that is why I think there is 5 instead of 4), 1-148-0719 Shelf Power card, 1-2000.2071 CPU-060+ 60/128MB, 1-140-1759 Switch+Clock, 1-2000.00570 NET/BMIC, 3-140-1099 SIO cards, 2-140-1867 SCSI-2 cards, 11-140-2012 ECIF cards, 12-140-1206 DT-DSI Cards, 2-140-1955 Digital OutPut, 1-140-1642-CPT, 3-140-0868 UOE, 14-140-1857 QVSB

The Second L nicknamed Nash:

GL3000L — good, working condition
Power Supply 120v to 48v, Software Version 6.1, 500,000 sub database centi-records, (4) 2.2 gb drives, Cards: 18 QVBS, 1 CPT, 15 DT-DS1 T1 cards, 2 digital out cards, 1 mb-12, 4 2200 mbyte drives, 1 floppy, 1 optical, CPU-060 50/32mb, Switch +clock, 32 ram +, 16mb ram, Net-360 33/32 mb, 3 SIO, 2 SCSI-2, 6 ecifs, 4 5 volt conv., 2 12 volt conv.

Please contact the seller directly for more information, prices, and additional photos. Contact information follows below.

Seller: Jerry Nelson, Home 760-564-0732, Cell 815-519-3949, e-mail

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900 MHz FLEX™ Compared To UHF POCSAG

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Okamura and others have demonstrated that frequency is a factor in path loss at VHF/UHF. At distances of from 1 km to 10 km or so, the increased path loss at around 930 MHz relative to that at 454 MHz would be between 2-3 dB on average. (See for example: W.C. Jakes, ed., Microwave Mobile Communications (IEEE Press, 1974) pp. 101-102.

Detection of data at the receiver is a strong function of the "contrast ratio" or the ratio of Signal Energy per Bit to the Noise Energy per Bit, written Eb ÷ No. To a very good first approximation, the Signal Energy per Bit is the product of the Received Signal Strength (RSS, a measure of power) and the Bit Time (Tb). In the case of POCSAG at 1200 bit/s, the bit time is 1 ÷ 1200 = 833 microseconds. In the case of FLEX at 6400 bit/s, the bit time is 1 ÷ 6400 = 156 microseconds. The relative contribution to Eb ÷ No is around 7 dB; that is 10log (833 ÷ 156). Since both POCSAG and FLEX use the same peak frequency deviation, the noise bandwidth for both will be about the same assuming a simple pager receiver design.

This quick calculation gives POCSAG 1200 about a 10 dB advantage over FLEX 6400.

The basic equation for received signal strength at VHF/UHF is:


That is, received signal strength is proportional to the Power transmitted, the antenna gain at the transmitter, the antenna gain at the receiver, the squared height of the transmit antenna, the squared height of the receive antenna and inversely proportional to the distance between transmit and receive antennas to the 4th power. Assuming all other factors in this equation remained constant, increasing the RSS by 10 dB would be equivalent to multiplying it by a factor of 10. That would yield a relationship like the following:


So, rss3 or approximately 2.

That is, the distance at which coverage would might a specified reception criterion would be about doubled for operation with the same infrastructure running POCSAG 1200 versus FLEX 6400.

This measure is quite consistent with the practical reductions in the coverage maps of carriers who have gone from POCSAG to high speed FLEX.

Non-linear factors and Interference Suppression

POCSAG is a binary Frequency Shift Keying (FSK) system. FLEX 6400 is a 4-level FSK system. That is, in POCSAG, to send a binary "0", the carrier frequency is offset to -4800 Hz relative to the carrier center frequency; and to send a binary "1", the carrier frequency is offset to +4800 Hz relative to the carrier center. In FLEX, the set of 4 signaling frequencies is ±4800 Hz and ±1600 Hz. Hence, there is less frequency separation between the distinct symbols in high-speed FLEX (3200 Hz) relative to POCSAG (9600 Hz) by a factor of 3. This parameter is called the modulation index in engineering literature on Frequency Modulation. A larger modulation index corresponds to an improved Signal to Noise Ratio at the receiver. This factor is worth about another 4-5 dB in the path loss budget.

To keep pager receiver designs simple, most device manufacturers construct receivers that map these received signal frequencies onto electrical signal voltage levels. For example, +4800 Hz might map to +1 Volt and -4800 Hz will map to -1 Volt. So POCSAG receiver logic will assume that it has received a binary "1" if it tests the voltage to be greater than 0 Volts, or assume a binary "0" if it test the voltage to be less than 0 Volts. A POCSAG receiver, or any binary receiver for that matter, can achieve this aspect of design quite easily by applying so much gain to the incoming signal that any small value greater than 0 Volts is "driven to the positive rail" while any small value less than 0 Volts is "driven to the negative rail", where the positive and negative "rails" are the highest and lowest available signal voltages in the receiver, usually the power supply or battery levels. This design is often called a "limiter" and it has the advantage of being able to effectively erase noise and interference. This is sometimes called the "capture effect" and for a simple POCSAG receiver, "capture" may occur when the desired signal is as little as 2 dB above an interferer.

The internal design of a 4-level FLEX decoder is much more complex, since it must be capable of distinguishing between 4 distinct signal values. For example, if ±4800 Hz map to ±1 Volt, then ±1600 Hz will map to ±0.333 Volt. The design must now support a linear one-to-one relationship between received radio frequency and signal voltage in the detector. Any small noise variations or interference values that appear at the antenna now remain as signal voltage fluctuations in the detector. As a result, high-speed FLEX pagers have a much reduced capture effect relative to interference than do POCSAG pagers.

There are many kinds of interference that can limit proper signal recovery in a pager; we'll limit our attention to two; namely, inter-modulation distortion and simulcast delay spread.

Inter-modulation Rejection Ratio Inter-modulation occurs when two powerful transmitter signals combine in the receiver to produce an interfering signal at just the right carrier frequency to confuse the receiver. This commonly occurs when other transmitters are at the same offsets from the desired carrier; for example, if we wish to receive a signal at 454 MHz and there are two other transmissions at 454 MHz + 50 kHz and 454 MHz – 50 kHz. In this case, even though there is no interference being transmitted at exactly the desired carrier frequency, limitations in the receiver itself can produce an interfering signal by combining the two nearby carriers to generate one. The good capture effect of a binary POCSAG receiver can significantly limit the impact of inter-modulation on the performance of the pager. The measure of this effect is called Inter-modulation Rejection Ratio (IRR) and will generally be better for a POCSAG pager than for a FLEX pager at high speed. The impact upon the user of this parameter will be that the POCSAG pager will continue to function properly in areas physically nearby to the inter-modulating transmitter sites, wherever they may be.

Simulcast Delay Spread

All paging systems, whether FLEX or POCSAG, transmit precisely the same signal from multiple transmitters in a highly synchronized manner. This is called simulcasting. The benefit at the pager is that the average signal power received will be the sum of all of the received power from all of the simulcasting transmitters. In the case of a simple POCSAG receiver, with good capture effect, it might be more accurate to say the received signal will be that of the best transmitter—the one that is at least 2-3 dB hotter than all the others at the pager's exact location.

Now, at any given location for the pager, there will be a variety of distances between it and the simulcasting transmitters that it can receive signal from. This variety of distances will correspond to a variety of delays in the arrival time of signals from each transmitter at the receiver. Anyone who has watched a TV channel that was received over the air is likely to have seen this delay effect on the screen, where it shows up as "ghosts" in the image; each "ghost" being a slightly delayed copy of the TV transmitter's signal. Of course, in TV, the cause is of ghosting is a delay due to the signal bouncing off objects such as buildings, hills, or even airplanes passing overhead. This same "ghosting" effect in paging is due to simulcast and it is commonly called simulcast delay spread or SDS.

SDS can be a problem at the pager if the relative delay between the nearest strong signal and the furthest strong signal is more than about 25% of a symbol time. For POCSAG 1200, this time is 25% of 833 microseconds or 208 microseconds; and for FLEX 6400, it's 78 microseconds. For radio signals traveling at the speed of light, these times correspond to distances of 62 km and 23 km, respectively. It is much more likely for SDS effects to occur in FLEX 6400 therefore, than is POCSAG 1200 simply because it's much more likely for powerful transmitters to be within a range of 23 km (15 miles) than within 62 km (39 miles) of one another. When SDS does present itself within the pager, it shows up in a very similar way as "ghosting" on a TV screen; that is, it mangles the sharp edges of the received "1" or "0" bit. In a simple POCSAG receiver, this effect is significantly mitigated by the same limiter-detector capture effect already presented: so long as the "mangling" doesn't cause the signal to cross the 0 Volt level, the limiter erases it. In a FLEX 4-level receiver, this erasing is impossible; and SDS edge effects can cause serious degradations in receiver performance.

To compensate for the effect of SDS on high-speed FLEX pagers, the carriers that have deployed FLEX have been forced to modify the designs of their site antenna systems and reduce their contributions to the simulcast power budget. Another way to say this is that high-speed FLEX networks enjoy less benefit from simulcasting relative to similar POCSAG networks.

To the end user, SDS effects will show themselves as rather mysterious and sharp reductions in reception near the edges of the coverage region at ground level and within the coverage region (often within office towers where it is easier to "see" distant sites).


POCSAG 1200 at 454 MHz will enjoy a 10 dB gain relative to FLEX 6400 at 930 MHz from simple factors pertaining to path loss at the different frequencies at due to its longer bit times. It will also enjoy about a 4-5 dB benefit due to its higher modulation index. Because of the typical binary limiter-detector design of a POCSAG pager receiver, non-linear effects such as Inter-modulation Distortion and Simulcast Delay Spread will also be mitigated relative to their impact on high-speed FLEX systems.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

POCSAG is an asynchronous protocol used to transmit data to pagers. The name comes from Post Office Code Standardization Advisory Group, this being the British Post Office which used to run nearly all telecommunications in Britain before privatization.

The main alternative to POCSAG is FLEX, which uses higher speeds and a four level modulation method. GOLAY, TONE and ERMES are previous paging protocols that have been used in the past.

The family of POCSAG protocols can operate at three speeds, 512 bits per second (the original specification speed) is the base standard.

With Super-POCSAG 1200 bits per second, or 2400 bits per second transmission rates are possible. Super-POCSAG has mostly displaced the POCSAG in the developed world but the transition is still in progress.

The related Flex Synchronous protocol achieves speeds of 1600 bits per second, 3200 bits per second and 6400 bits per second.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, "POCSAG," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed April 13, 2010).

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Brad's Comments
I am going to take issue with a couple of minor points in the Wikipedia article as quoted above. First of all, POCSAG does come from the British Post Office Advisory Group, but the correct spelling should use British spelling: "Post Office Code Standardisation Advisory Group"—not the American spelling with a z.

Once the British Post Office Advisory Group's recommendation was accepted by the CCIR*, its official name became "CCIR Recommendation 584, Radio Paging Code No. 1." Everyone, however, continues to call it POCSAG.

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ReFLEX Tutorial

A humorous tutorial on FLEX coding

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* CCIR Comité Consultatif International des Radio Communications (French: International Radio Consultative Committee)

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From: Paul Delong
Date: March 31, 2010 12:58:20 PM CDT
Subject: sale or trade


Appalachian Wireless has several Kantronics FC-2000 TNPP controllers to sell or trade.

Paul DeLong

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From: Christopher Loycano
Subject: Re: two old Skytel transmitters
Date: April 15, 2010 3:39:18 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye


Sorry, I was trying to get someone to come by and give me a better idea of what I had.

I have a used Destineer cabinet from SkyTel. It was left running at a site and the owner asked me to remove it.

I have pictures but had a hard time finding any model numbers.

Here are some pictures.

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Please contact the seller directly using the e-mail link above for more information and prices.


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Argument from morality

The argument from morality is one of many arguments for the existence of God. This argument comes in different forms, all aiming to demonstrate God’s existence from some observations about morality in the world.

All forms of the moral argument begin with the premise of moral normativity, that is, that well-functioning human beings are typically aware of actions as being right and wrong. Furthermore, this awareness binds them to certain obligations, regardless of their personal goals and ends. In this sense, moral qualities have the appearance of objectivity: when someone says "I ought to do something" they do not mean the same as "I would like to do something". Another aspect of this is that a proposition such as "torturing babies for fun is wrong" is generally regarded as a statement of fact, a position known as moral realism.

In its most general form, the moral argument is that:

  1. Some aspect of Morality (e.g., its objective force) is observed. (Moral realism)
  2. Belief in God provides a better explanation of this feature than various alternatives.
  3. Therefore, to the extent that (1) is accepted, belief in God is preferable to these alternatives

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