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FRIDAY — OCTOBER 7, 2011 - ISSUE NO. 476

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

AAPC Announces Name Change

  • Keeping Up With The Times
  • New Association Name
  • New Association Logo
  • New Newsletter Format & Colors
  • New Association Web Site
  • Continued Commitment to Critical Communications

Following is a letter from Roy Pottle — our association president — explaining all the details. I would like to congratulate Roy and the board of directors on this decision.

The American Association of Paging Carriers is now the Critical Messaging Association .

I enthusiastically support these changes! Our old association name was good while it lasted, but now we are not limited to:

  • American only
  • Carriers only
  • Paging only

The times are changing and so are we.

Reflecting on his life and career, after the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs, illustrates just how much technology has changed in the last few years. It is far better to embrace new technology than to complain about it or to oppose it. The industry that we used to call paging still plays an important role in wireless communications. It still has advantages over other methods of notification, but it is not unique or the “one-size-fits-all” messaging mode that we once thought it was. Our continued role in the grand scheme of things needs to be based on our existing strengths:

  • We know the customers
  • We understand messaging
  • We already have seasoned businesses operating with all the pieces in place
    • Sales staff
    • Backend billing systems
    • Customer support
    • A strong industry association

In light of these strengths, I would encourage you to read the first of ten articles by Mary Jesse, about The Future of Messaging. I spent a major part of my career promoting multiple ways to send messages through paging systems. I used to sell a product called the “RTS Advantage.” It was sort of a multilingual translator that accepted traffic using many different protocols — coming into a messaging system. It even acted as a system “traffic cop” in front of and between systems. So when Mary Jesse explained her Ivytalk system to me, I “got it” (understood it) right away. I have seen many attempts to tie together the various messaging technologies, but this is the first one that really makes sense to me. I will let her explain the details, but please don't miss this series of articles.

I would have never dreamed — in a million years — that a couple of grad students who thought of a better way to search the Internet (Google) would become so wildly successful that they would buy half of Motorola! Remember the old cliché: “if we don't adapt to the changing environment, we will be doomed to die off like the dinosaurs.”

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From: Ron Mercer
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 3:18 PM
To: Linda Hoover
Cc: Brad Dye
Subject: AAPC Announces Name Change

Congratulations, thanks and good luck to all members of the board on this very wise decision which, I am confident, will broaden the scope of our activities and make joining our organization more attractive to a much larger group of messaging users; regardless of the specific technology and/or mode of operation that they employ. This is where we need to be headed!

Ron Mercer
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
217 First Street
East Northport, NY 11731
Tel: (631) 266-2604
Cell Phone: (631) 786-9359

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This is the CMA's weekly newsletter about Wireless Messaging. You are receiving this because I believe you have requested it. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are no longer 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 is 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 web. 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 Messaging 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 Messaging 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.

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Editorial Opinion pieces present only the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Critical Messaging Association, or its sponsors.

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AAPC Announces Name Change

As you know, wireless technology and applications continue to evolve, providing new challenges but even greater opportunities for our industry. Many of our members are developing new products and services that leverage this evolution and therefore I am excited about our industry’s future. However, our industry has clearly changed and the demand for our services has narrowed, yet our industry continues to thrive. Your board of directors has concluded this is due in large part to the fact that we send critical, time-sensitive messages using a point-to-multi-point protocol that cannot be duplicated by broadband networks.

In recognition of the foregoing, your board of directors has voted to change our association’s name to better reflect our members’ existing businesses and future services, and to eliminate any geographic reference. Welcome to the Critical Messaging Association. Coupled with the name change comes an updated website ( ) with added functionality including the ability to pay dues, add a company employee, and change an e-mail address, all online. In addition, the map to help identify the coverage areas of other members has been improved along with a much improved home page.

To log into the new member area of the website, use your last name as your user name and your e-mail address as your password. Once you log in you can update and personalize your user name and password.

While the name and look has changed, little else is changing. Linda Hoover will remain as Executive Director but she does have a new e-mail address: . The office number 910-632-9442 remains unchanged. Ken Hardman, will continue to provide legal counsel to the association and his contact information is also unchanged.

Finally, I would like to remind our members that as a unified industry association our sole purpose is to advance the business prospects and realities of our members by helping to articulate the competitive advantages of our services and to leverage the individual knowledge of our members. Therefore, I highly encourage you to attend our 2012 Global Paging Convention, March 27–29, at the Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin, Texas. If you have attended previous conventions I believe you would agree that the benefits derived far outweigh the cost of attendance.

If you would like a copy of the new CMA logo to display on your website please contact Linda Hoover and, as always, please feel free to provide any feedback regarding the association, our upcoming convention or any other thoughts on how our association might provide additional value.


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New details in Motorola spy case

Wednesday, October 05, 2011
By: Chuck Goudie

October 4, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — An explosive case of corporate espionage goes to trial early next month in Chicago. A former Motorola computer expert is charged with stealing company secrets for a Chinese company and the Chinese government.

When the I-Team first reported on this federal case against Hanjuan Jin she was charged with stealing trade secrets from Motorola. Now, a month before trial, the government is laying out a much more sinister plot, that Jin was working in part for the Chinese government and was caught in the middle of a cover-up.

"It's not true," said Jin. "They're paranoid. They wrongly accused me."

From the beginning, Hanjuan Jin seemed astonished that anyone would consider her a corporate spy. Now, newly filed documents in the federal case against Jin reveal Jin's intent: to use trade secret documents for herself and her new Chinese employer and for the Chinese military, according to prosecutors.

When the trial begins in district court on November 7, U.S. prosecutors are asking that "sensitive materials" used in the case not be made public. And they may ask for the courtroom to be closed during some testimony.

Prosecutors will say that on February 28, 2007, Jin returned to Motorola from sick leave, and despite being given no work assignments that day, she immediately accessed 200 technical documents. Then they say Jin returned at 9 p.m. that night and left with arms full of documents. The next day she gave her resignation by e-mail and ignored requests to meet with her boss.

Authorities say she was found at O'Hare with top-secret Motorola files, schematics and military communication plans. She had bought a one-way ticket to China.

Jin told the I-Team she was going to visit her mother and husband.

Prosecutors say in their latest filing that Jin planned to stay in Beijing and spoke of buying a house there.

In papers filed by Jin's defense team, they contend there is no evidence she was paid for secrets; and they argue that spy evidence and her nationality are what they call a "dangerous brew" that could deny her a fair trial.

Jin had worked at Motorola for 10 years, mostly as a software engineer. In addition to the criminal charges, she is named in a federal civil suit by Motorola. the Company alleges that Jin rigged computers outside Motorola to access at least $600 million in corporate secrets. That trial is set for next July.

Source: WLS-TV Chicago, Illinois

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Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs dies at 56

by Philip Michaels, Oct 5, 2011 6:46 pm

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Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and its CEO through a period of record growth and innovation for the company, has died. He was 56.

Jobs’s death was confirmed by a statement from Apple’s board of directors.

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

According to a statement released from Jobs's family, the Apple co-founder “died peacefully [Wednesday] surrounded by his family.”

“In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family,” the family’s statement read. “We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.” The family also asked that the public “respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

“No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to Apple employees. “We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”

Jobs’s passing comes after a long illness that led to him taking a leave of absence from the company in January . He resigned as CEO in August , announcing to the world the day had come “when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO.” He was succeeded by then chief operating officer Cook and became Apple’s chairman.

“I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it,” Jobs wrote in his resignation letter.

Jobs’s health struggles began in 2004 when he battled pancreatic cancer. In 2009, he also took a leave of absence from his CEO duties at Apple to undergo a liver transplant. He subsequently became an advocate for improved organ donation procedures, championing a 2010 California bill that simplified organ donation status.

Jobs famously built the Apple I computer with Steve Wozniak in the garage of the former Steve's parents. That would lead the two Steves to found Apple Computer in 1976, along with a third co-founder, Ronald Wayne. The company would produce the very successful Apple II, the revolutionary Macintosh, and an ethos that personal computers should be usable by everyday people.

Jobs would leave Apple in 1985, on the losing end of a dispute with then-CEO John Sculley. In subsequent years, Jobs would start Next Computer and purchase an animation company called Pixar from George Lucas. Pixar would become a very successful animation studio, with Jobs selling it to Disney in 2006 for $7.4 billion, while Next Computer would pave the way for Jobs's return to Apple.

Apple purchased Next in 1996; a year later, Jobs became interim CEO of the struggling company. Over the ensuing decade-and-a-half, he would oversee a nearly unbroken string of successful product launches, starting with the iMac in 1998 and concluding with 2010’s release of the iPad. For more on Steve Jobs’s accomplishments at Apple, read Macworld’s look back at his career .

Jobs is survived by his wife Laurene Powell and four children, and his sister, Mona Simpson.

Apple has posted a memorial page for Steve Jobs and is inviting people to “share your thoughts, memories, and condolences” via e-mail .

Source: Macworld

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October 10, 2011
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Current Year Inductees

This year the following individuals will be recognised for their contributions to wireless history.

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Nick Kauser

Nick Kauser served as Chief Technology Officer of four major wireless carriers including Rogers Cantel, McCaw Cellular Communications, AT&T Wireless Services, and Clearwire Corporation, which he also co-founded. Kauser built the first nationwide network across both Canada and the United States. He led U.S. standards processes, aggressively explored new technologies, and laid the basis for nationwide automatic roaming.

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Robert Marino

Robert Marino is the former President and first employee of United TeleSpectrum (now Sprint), and also served as President of cellular companies including Compania de Radiocomunicaciones Moviles (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Houston Cellular Telephone Company (now part of AT&T Mobility), and the Northeast Region of Nextel Communications (now Sprint).

Marino moved from the carrier side to industry services as Group President of Convergys Information Management Group and Chairman of the Board of Syniverse.

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Clayton Niles

Clayton Niles is a radio telecommunications pioneer and former Chairman of Communications Industries (acquired by Pacific Telesis Group). Niles began his wireless career in 1948. He played a critical role in securing interconnection for the radio common carrier (RCC) industry and in convincing the FCC to open cellular applications to RCCs, as well as telephone companies.

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Arnold Pohs

Arnold Pohs was Chairman of the Board and CEO of CommNet Cellular, Inc. (acquired by AirTouch), former Chairman of the Board of CTIA – The Wireless Association and the CTIA Wireless Foundation.

Pohs was a champion of rural wireless, building a network of rural systems at a time when others doubted their value. He was a respected industry leader and a strong advocate before the FCC and Congress on industry issues. Pohs passed away in April 2011.

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ivytalk Let me begin by voicing my passion for paging. Paging is the only true broadcast data messaging in use. Paging’s superior coverage and incredible efficiency in its ability to deliver mass outbound notifications remains unmatched by today’s systems. We all know that while paging has continued to decline in its overall use worldwide, users have been barraged by many alternatives in the messaging space including IM (instant messaging), SMS/Text, e-mail, IP push notifications (mobile applications), etc. The ideal system would embrace all of these, allow people to communicate in their preferred way and provide a simple interface for the businesses to reach out to people, hiding all the complexities of interfacing to the increasing number of messaging networks. This is Ivytalk®, a hosted messaging network solution for businesses and organizations of any size.  Ivytalk sets a new standard in flexibility and scalability allowing companies and groups to communicate and interact with their customers, employees, partners, vendors, members, volunteers and the media. 

Through a ten part series of articles, we will explore the real world features, networks, applications and technology drivers that not only influenced Ivytalk, but are also applicable to everyone trying to deliver or utilize messaging services. The article topics are as follows:

  • Part 1 of 10 Enterprise Messaging Options
  • Part 2 of 10 How to Deliver SMS
  • Part 3 of 10 What About Email?
  • Part 4 of 10 Tradeoffs in the Cloud
  • Part 5 of 10 Mobile Applications
  • Part 6 of 10 Push Notifications
  • Part 7 of 10 Messaging APIs
  • Part 8 of 10 Group Messaging
  • Part 9 of 10 Social Networking as a Tool
  • Part 10 of 10 The Future of Messaging

Part 1 of 10 - Enterprise Messaging Options

“Enterprise” speaks to addressing business and organizational needs for communication rather than personal, but “messaging” is so broad, it requires that we specify the purpose. We can divide messaging into two categories — notifications and collaboration.


ivy2 Notification describes pushing information out either from the network or to the network. Paging historically was used for alerting or real-time notifications. 911 dispatch messages are alerts. Most e-mail messages would be considered notifications, but not alerts. Of course there are exceptions, but this perception is driven by user behavior, not technology performance. Email is not considered a good way to deliver urgent information, even though is technically could be under the right circumstances. SMS or texting has become the default alerting service. There are over 5 billion subscribers globally and SMS can be delivered in real-time to most of them. That is pretty impressive. While personal use of SMS has exploded, enterprise use is still fairly limited, particularly in the United States where all commercial use early on was pigeonholed as “marketing.” The MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) controlled by the mobile operators protects consumers and enabled early growth of SMS marketing applications, but at the same time, limited the use of SMS for functional notifications and alerting like 911 dispatching. Bridging this gap was one of Ivytalk’s main missions from Day 1.

Another major notification trend has been Mass Notification Systems (MNSs). The real driver for development of these systems began as a response to large scale public emergencies like 9/11 and Virginia Tech. Everyone has a cell phone and e-mail, why can we disseminate emergency information better to the public in the event of an emergency? MNSs are generally multi-channel – e-mail, voice, SMS, mobile app, and even speakers. Each system has slightly different specs and many have fine-tuned the art of delivering millions of messages in a very short period of time. I have no doubt that MNSs have saved countless lives and will continue to do so. MNSs are not optimized for low cost or operational ease. The main goal is reliable delivery of mass messaging over multiple channels. Like enterprise CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tools, MNS have separate databases with interfaces for each customer to manage contacts and deliver messages. I will take a minute to contrast MNSs with Ivytalk. Ivytalk is a web 2.0 design, a Network designed for communication of all types. Contact information is stored once, regardless of how many enterprises want to communicate with you. This allows you to update your information and also provides efficiency in operation.


Collaboration is working together. The list is rapidly growing of the messaging options that facilitate working together. Instant Messaging (IM) solutions allow users to communicate in real-time, simply. Most IM solutions are based on a point to point protocol called XMPP which keeps track of each users “presence” and provides a quick interface to send and receive messages to each user. The interfaces are typically embedded into proprietary systems. IM solutions include MSN Messenger, Salesforce Chatter, Facebook chat, AIM, Apple iMessage, Blackberry messaging, Skype messaging, and the list goes on and on. IM has a new cousin as well, the enterprise social network. The enterprise social network not only allows quick messages, but file sharing, crowd sourcing and features like Facebook for the enterprise. Sharepoint and Yammer are good examples, but there are many others.

ivy3 Even social networks like Facebook and Twitter are seen today as public collaboration tools as they enable interactive conversations between organizations and individuals.

Messaging has come a long once since early paging systems. The options for delivering messages between organizations and individuals have never been greater. At the same time, that means the decision making process can be more difficult and the expertise needed to evaluate, implement and maintain enterprise messaging can be taxing to an organization. Fortunately, there are those that seek to harness technology itself to ease this burden. I count myself among those.

Comments, critiques and questions are always welcome.


Mary Jesse, Founder and CEO, Ivycorp

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mary jesse Ms. Jesse is a seasoned technology and business professional with 25 years experience in product development and delivery. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and is listed as an author on more than 12 U.S. and International Patents.

Ms. Jesse has held a variety of executive positions including Vice President of Strategic Technology for McCaw Cellular Communications, Vice President of Technology Development for AT&T Wireless, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of RadioFrame Networks (delivering small scale wireless base stations and 2G/3G femtocells), and the Founder of Hexagon Blue Consulting (wireless systems and public safety communications consulting for police, fire and emergency personnel).

Ms. Jesse was instrumental in developing and deploying the first large scale wireless data systems in the U.S. and has led development teams in the architecture, design and launch of numerous systems and products. Mary Jesse is a Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer.

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Five new things your device will be able to do in iOS 5

by Serenity Caldwell, Oct 6, 2011 8:00 am

We’ve heard a lot about iOS 5’s marquee features—the new Reminders app , Notifications , and changes to the Camera and Photos app , to name a few—both on-stage and on Apple’s iOS 5 website . But as the company hints, the iOS update arriving next week comes packed with more than 200 other improvements and hidden gems into the operating system.

As iOS 5’s October 12 release date draws close, you’ll hear plenty about the update’s big features. For now, let’s take a look at some new features that may have escaped your attention.

Text improvements


If you work with text on your iOS device, you may be pleasantly surprised at some of iOS 5’s improvements. One of the neatest (and most-welcome) new features is support for text and phase shortcuts. In the Keyboard sub-menu, under General, you can set short phrases that expand into full sentences, numerical phrases, and so forth. (The default shortcut is “omw”, which expands into “On my way!”) While this may not cure texting teens of their obsession with acronyms, it should prove useful for expanding email addresses and saving additional mail signatures. Another neat trick: If you’re finding that iOS likes to correct certain words that you use often, you can enter that word in as both shortcut and expansion to ensure that your word stays firmly uncorrected.

Other new text-related features include separate auto-correct and spellcheck settings (for those who want to know when they’re spelling something incorrectly but not have the device automatically fix it for them); a new Define option, available by tapping and holding on a word; an Emoji international keyboard; and, for iPad users, a spiffy split keyboard option for typing using your thumbs (to do this, you can either perform a reverse pinch on the on-screen keyboard while open, or tap and hold the keyboard button in the lower right corner of the screen).

Custom alerts


Name your iPhone after everyone’s favorite astromech droid and have it sound like him, too: You can now use custom tones for text messages, voicemail, email, tweets, calendar alerts, and reminders. (You can also specify custom ringtones, text tones, and vibrations for each of your contacts.)

Don’t have any custom tones, and don’t want to make your own? A “Buy More Tones” button will take you straight to the iTunes Tone Store, where you can buy all manner of appropriately-timed ringtones.

Configure Wi-Fi base stations


As part of iOS 5’s “PC Free” mantra, you won’t just be able to set up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without a computer—you’ll be able to set up a Wi-Fi base station, too. If you have an AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, or Time Capsule plugged in near you, you’ll be able to set it up to create a network, connect to an existing Wi-Fi network, or replace an existing router, all through your iOS device.

Limit iOS system privileges


Much hullabaloo has been made over user privacy in the last year, and Apple seems to have taken these complaints into account with iOS 5, adding new limitation options for both location and in-app purchases. If you only want certain apps to have location privileges, or want to turn off specific aspects like Traffic (or Location-Based iAds) altogether, you can do so in the Location Services menu, promoted from the General tab to a category of its own in the main screen. You can toggle which apps can access your location data, and in the System Services sub-menu, which location system functions you want running.

You’ll be able to make these changes in General -> Restrictions, if you’d like to put these decisions behind a passcode. Also new to the Restrictions menu: a Require Password toggle for app and in-app purchases, which allows you to choose whether you’d like to be prompted for a password at all times, or whether you want a fifteen minute grace period.

App storage breakdowns


Curious as to just how much space that game of Sword and Sworcery is taking up on your iPad? It will be easy to check in iOS 5, thanks to a newly-redesigned Usage tab, found under General in the Settings app. You can see how much space you have available, how much you’ve used, and a detailed per-app breakdown of the program’s size, as well as its documents and data. You’ll even be able to prune apps from your device using this screen, thanks to a big red Delete App button. As for cellular usage, it will be relegated to its own sub-tab, separate from app storage.

Source: Macworld

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New wireless alert messages help warn of emergencies

October 4th, 2011
By Doug Thompson, Director of Product Management, Interop Technologies

Hurricane Irene caused more than 50 deaths in 12 states when it struck in late August. Making landfall in North Carolina and wreaking havoc along the East Coast, the storm left an estimated $10 billion in damages. High winds, tornadoes, and flooding destroyed countless homes and businesses and left millions without power.

A new public safety system may soon give wireless customers across the country more time to take action when storms such as Irene occur and to respond to other emergency situations. Known as the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), the network delivers timely public safety alerts from government agencies to individual wireless devices. Wireless network operators are a crucial link in providing this essential communications service.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are implementing CMAS to complement existing emergency alert systems. CMAS will provide three types of messages—1) Presidential, 2) Imminent Threat, and 3) America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) alerts.

Presidential alerts, the highest priority messages, are issued by the U.S. President to identify local, regional, or national emergencies. Imminent Threat alerts provide notification of emergency conditions, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, where individuals should take immediate action. AMBER alerts are related to missing or endangered children in abduction or runaway situations.

How it works

When an emergency occurs, authorized national, state, or local government officials will send an alert to a Federal Alert Gateway, which will authenticate the alert and forward it to the Commercial Mobile Service Provider (CMSP) Gateway of each participating wireless operator. This network element will validate the alert and forward it to CMAS-enabled devices currently in the targeted geographic area.

Messages will be sent using cell broadcast technology, which enables delivery of alerts in seconds to wireless users based on their current location. Unlike one-to-one SMS technology, which can overload networks during periods of peak usage, cell broadcast’s one-to-many, geographically based messaging technology simultaneously reaches a large number of individuals in a targeted area.

Participating network operators must ensure that cell broadcast technology is enabled on their networks to participate in CMAS.

Operators are prohibited from charging subscribers for CMAS, yet it is viewed by most as an important customer care initiative with potential subscriber retention implications for those that do not comply. For example, operators choosing not to participate in CMAS must notify their customers that they cannot deliver the alerts, which may cause some subscribers to switch operators

Wireless network operators who choose to participate in the voluntary CMAS program must meet the FCC’s implementation deadline of April 2012, although leading U.S. operators have announced plans to offer CMAS alerts to their customers prior to that date. With Interop’s hosted solution, operators of all sizes can ensure that their subscribers begin to receive alerts at the same time as customers of the largest operators.

To receive crucial weather and public safety alerts in times of emergency, wireless customers in the Southeast should make sure that the wireless devices and networks they choose are CMAS-enabled.

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Although in-network CMSP Gateways are available, a hosted CMSP Gateway from Interop Technologies in Fort Myers, FL, offers operators a fast, affordable way to provide these critical alert messages in times of crisis. A hosted solution eliminates the need for investment in new gateways or additional staff to maintain the system, minimizing associated OPEX and CAPEX. With the least impact on an operator’s network, a hosted CMSP Gateway also enables operators to comply with CMAS more rapidly than by deploying an in-network solution.

As Director of Product Management, Doug Thompson drives the evolution of Interop Technologies solutions as they continue to support next-generation technologies for wireless and broadband operators. Doug has more than 18 years of experience in telecommunications.

Source: Tech Journal

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T-Mobile Intros $30 Plan for Walmart

By Maisie Ramsay
Monday, October 3, 2011

T-Mobile USA said today it will begin offering an aggressively priced $30 prepaid plan at Walmart beginning Oct. 16.

The Monthly4G plan is targeted at customers who prefer to use their phones for texts and mobile Internet. It includes all-you-can-eat text, 100 voice minutes and unlimited data, with users knocked down to T-Mobile's 2G network after they hit 5 GB. Voice calls cost 10 cents per minute after customers exceed their limit.

"T-Mobile is thrilled to offer this exclusive, affordable service plan, designed specifically with heavy text and data users in mind, to meet the demand for prepaid, which is expected to double by 2015," said Amy McCune, T-Mobile's vice president of national retail, in a press release.

Walmart plans to begin selling its first HSPA+ prepaid phone as part of the launch, increasing its line of T-Mobile handsets to six. The company did not provide additional details about the upcoming phone. The big box retailer currently carries five T-Mobile handsets ranging from $20 to $145, as well as a USB dongle.

The service will launch at Walmart's 2,200 retail stores and its website. It will also be available at T-Mobile's website.

Source: Wireless WEEK

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Hi Brad –

I have 50-60 Daviscomms TMR1F one-way pagers. About 10 of them have the internal antenna and the rest have the BNC connector. I would say about 40 of these have never been used — many are still in the original packaging. The reason that we are selling them is because we are hoping to transition to a cellular network. We also have around 125 flat antennas with BNC connectors. These antennas work very well — better than the duck antennas we typically saw on the units. They have an adhesive backing and can be mounted flat on top of a machine. I have attached a flyer that we made about the antennas. I would be happy with $40 OBO for the receivers and $5 OBO for the antennas — but if someone takes everything, I will sell it for $35 for the receivers and $5 for the antennas. I can take credit card or check.


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Of the 61 TMRs with the BNC Connectors, 43 of them are still in the original packaging, the rest were lightly used. All of them have had my labels removed and just need to be reprogrammed and put back into service. Again, I would prefer to sell everything to one buyer.

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FCC plans to actively encourage broadband adoption

OCTOBER 6, 2011

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Inspired by a trip to Liberty, Nebraska and the lack of broadband in the area, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is looking to invest and build infrastructure for rural areas across the United States.

The Federal Communications Commission rolled out plans today to provide broadband service to over 18 million Americans that are without hi-speed Internet access. This plan calls for a change in the Universal Service Fund (USF), a government fund originally setup over 14 years ago to provide all Americans with access to phone service. The new proposal would create the Connect America Fund (CAF) and shift approximately $15.5 billion over the new ten years from the Universal Service Fund into the Connect America Fund. These new funds would produce broadband infrastructure for thousands of consumers starting during 2012.

genachowski In addition, the fund would set aside money for states will to help create mobile broadband networks for rural areas that don’t have access to wired broadband service. The shift from the USF to the CAF is also designed to help end wasteful spending on telecom services since the vast majority of Americans have access to phone service already. According to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the fund is dishing out over $20,000 a year per phone line to a handful of companies. Companies will also be required to place bids for access to the CAF fund, likely outlining plans for broadband expansion as well as identifying areas in need of service.

In addition to the creation of the CAF, Genachowski also proposed an elimination of billions in subsidies that are tacked onto long-distance and wireless bills. This change would be applied to the inter-carrier compensation, a system in which one carrier shifts traffic to another carrier. While the FCC voted to make massive changes to the USF earlier this year, these proposed changes will be considered by the FCC commissioners and the vote on the changes will take place later this month. Representatives of both Sprint and AT&T applauded the changes and hope that this policy shift lowers costs for consumers.

Source: Digital Trends

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Reproduced here with the firm's permission.]


Vol. 14, No. 36 October 5, 2011

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Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval

We want to remind our clients that many types of reorganizations and other transactions require prior FCC approval; and given the frequent need to implement such transactions by the end of the year, companies engaging in such transactions should immediately evaluate whether they must file an application for FCC approval, and obtain a grant, before closing on a year-end deal. Transactions requiring prior FCC approval include (but are not limited to):

  • Any sale of a company that holds FCC licenses;
  • A change in the form of organization from a corporation to an LLC, or vice versa, even though such changes are not regarded as a change in entity under state law.
  • Any transfer of stock that results in a shareholder attaining a 50% or greater ownership level, or a shareholder relinquishing a 50% or greater ownership level;
  • Any transfer of stock, partnership or LLC interests that would have a cumulative effect on 50% or more of the ownership.
  • The creation of a holding company or trust to hold the stock of an FCC license holder;
  • The distribution of stock to family members, if there are changes to the control levels discussed above;
  • The creation of new classes of stockholders that affect the control structure of an FCC license holder.
  • Certain minority ownership changes can require FCC approval ( e.g., transfer of a minority stock interest, giving the recipient extraordinary voting rights or powers through officer or board position).

Fortunately, transactions involving many types of licenses can often be approved on an expedited basis. But this is not always the case, especially if microwave licenses are involved. Also, in some instances Section 214 authority is required. Clients planning year-end transactions should contact us as soon as possible to determine if FCC approval is needed. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

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On October 6, at 10:30 am, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will deliver remarks on proposed reforms to the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) system. Later that day, staff will circulate a USF/ICC reform order to the Commissioners for their consideration at the Commission’s October 27 open meeting. The Chairman’s remarks will be broadcast at .

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  • Verizon, Free Press sue FCC over “Net Neutrality” rules.
  • FCC sets comment dates on revising rules under RFA.
  • Terry bill would allow robocalls to cellphones.
  • FCC establishes comment cycle for NPRM on program carriage rules.
  • Reminder: commercial broadcast licensees must file 2011 biennial ownership reports.

Verizon, Free Press Sue FCC Over “Net Neutrality” Rules

Humboldt Access Also Files Lawsuit

Verizon Communications has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the FCC’s “Net Neutrality” or “Open Internet” rules on the grounds that the FCC does not have such broad authority “to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks and services and on the Internet itself.” Verizon said “this assertion of authority is inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers."

Advocacy group Free Press filed its lawsuit challenging the Net Neutrality rules on the grounds that they don't protect wireless traffic from interference by phone companies. The suit was filed in the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. The Net Neutrality rules, which prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from either favoring or discriminating against Internet content and services, were adopted last December, and will take effect on November 20 (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 28 and September 21).

Free Press argues that the rules are discriminatory because “they fail to protect wireless users from discrimination, and they let mobile providers block innovative applications with impunity." The group also argues that the proposed rules will impact those who rely on the mobile Internet as their only Internet connection, such as younger users and market segments such as users of prepaid services. In short, Free Press says that the distinction between landline and wireless Internet access is arbitrary. Specifically, Free Press is asking the 1st Circuit to find that the rules are "arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise contrary to law.”

Another advocacy group, Humboldt Access , has filed a similar suit in the 9 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Earlier this year, Verizon and MetroPCS Communications filed lawsuits in the D.C. Circuit, challenging the Net Neutrality rules on the grounds that the FCC’s Order unlawfully modified their wireless licenses. They also argued that the FCC does not have authority to regulate Internet traffic (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, February 2 and January 26). Those lawsuits were thrown out by an appeals court that said they were filed prematurely. Verizon and MetroPCS can now refile their appeals because the rules have been published in the Federal Register.

Congressional Response :

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, recently denounced the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. She said: “I’m very disappointed that the FCC has decided to move forward with its misguided net neutrality order. Companies and industries that use broadband communications have flourished over the last decade without government intervention, yet the FCC has chosen to ‘fix’ a problem that does not exist. Rather than imposing new, unnecessary regulations on one of the few thriving sectors of our economy, government should get out of the way, and allow new jobs and investment in broadband technologies. In order to turn back the FCC’s onerous net neutrality restrictions, I will push for a Senate vote this fall on my resolution of disapproval.”

On the other hand, Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) said: "Americans want the Internet to stay free and open. After a long, deliberative process, the FCC came up with balanced rules that promote transparency and prohibit discrimination. I am disappointed that my colleagues want to use a legislative short cut to unravel these rules. I fear their actions will do nothing more than impede the investment and innovation we need in our digital economy."

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

FCC Sets Comment Dates on Revising Rules Under RFA

The FCC has set comment dates for its review of rules under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). The purpose of the review is to determine whether Commission rules whose ten-year anniversary dates are in the year 2010 should be continued without change, amended, or rescinded in order to minimize any significant impact the rules may have on a substantial number of small entities (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, March 9). Upon receipt of comments from the public, the Commission will evaluate those comments and consider whether action should be taken to rescind or amend the relevant rules. Comments in this CB Docket No 11-72 proceeding are due November 28 . There is no opportunity for reply comments.

Pursuant to the RFA, the FCC has published a plan for the review of rules adopted by the agency in calendar year 1999 which have, or might have, a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. These rules include universal service, wireless, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), local number portability (LNP), and other regulations that affect small businesses adopted a decade ago. The purpose of the review is to determine whether such rules should be continued without change, or should be amended or rescinded, consistent with the stated objective of section 610 of the RFA, to minimize any significant economic impact of such rules upon a substantial number of small entities.

The FCC plans to review these regulations during the next 12 months. In succeeding years, as here, the Commission will publish a list for the review of regulations adopted 10 years preceding the year of review. In reviewing each rule in a manner consistent with the requirements of section 610 the FCC will consider the following factors:

(a) The continued need for the rule;

(b) The nature of complaints or comments received concerning the rule from the public;

(c) The complexity of the rule;

(d) The extent to which the rule overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other federal rules and, to the extent feasible, with state and local governmental rules; and

(e) The length of time since the rule has been evaluated or the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed in the area affected by the rule.

Areas that may be of interest to our clients include:

  • Part 1 – Rules concerning content of wireless applications and frequency coordination with Canada;
  • Part 2 – Equipment Authorization Procedures involving procedures and conditions under which applications can be granted, dismissed, limited or revoked;
  • Part 6 – Rules which concern access to telecommunications service, telecommunications equipment and CPE by persons with disabilities and enforcement provisions;
  • Part 7 – Rules which addresses access to voicemail and interactive menu services by persons with disabilities;
  • Part 20 – Rules which established the 218 – 219 MHz Service as a CMRS service;
  • Part 22 – Rules which amended the paging rules in connection with the paging auctions and the cellular rules in connection with the handling of 911 calls by analog cell phones;
  • Part 42 Rules involving preservation of records of communication common carriers in connection with interexchange services;
  • Part 43 – Rules which requires the disclosure of certain contracts and arrangements between US carriers and foreign carriers with the FCC and the requirement for confidential treatment;
  • Part 54 – Universal Service for High Cost, Health Care and Administration of Universal Service;
  • Part 61 – Tariffs – Definitions adopted to define terms used elsewhere in the FCC’s rules applicable to interstate, domestic and interexchange services and rules for dominant non-dominant carriers (domestic and international);
  • Part 63 – Elimination of Section 214 requirement for extension of lines, in accordance with Section 402 of the Telecom Act of 1996 and provide rules for International 214 authorizations;
  • Part 64 – Rules which require operator services providers to meet requirements of Communications Act when filing international tariffs, allocation of costs, eliminate unauthorized changes in subscriber’s telecommunications carriers (slamming/cramming), protect CPNI and provide for truth in billing;
  • Part 68 – Requirement that certain telephone handsets be labeled with “HAC” to indicate consumers that the handset is hearing aid compatible;
  • Part 69 – modifications to access charges and pricing flexibility;
  • Part 80 – Rules involving co-channel interference for Public Coast VHF stations;
  • Part 87 – technical requirements for aircraft stations an multicom stations; and
  • Part 90 – Rules involving the public safety pool and the industrial/business pool.

Some of the above rules may be candidates for deletion or change, either because they have become outdated (such as rules governing analog cellular) or because they have not been successful. If there is a particular rule that your company would like to see changed or eliminated, please contact the firm, and advise us accordingly.

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


TERRY BILL WOULD ALLOW ROBOCALLS TO CELLPHONES: Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) has introduced HR 3035, the Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011, which would allow robocalls to cellphones “for informational purposes.” The bill would: (1) exempt informational calls from the restriction on auto-dialer and artificial/prerecorded voice calls to wireless numbers; (2) clarify the "prior express consent" requirement to ensure that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) facilitates communications between consumers and the businesses with which they choose to interact; and (3) excludes from the restriction equipment that merely stores predetermined numbers or that has latent (but unused) capacity to generate random or sequential numbers. According to supporters, the proposed legislation would modernize the TCPA by enacting limited revisions to facilitate the delivery of time-sensitive consumer information to mobile devices, while continuing to protect wireless consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls. Businesses increasingly rely on advanced communications technologies to convey timely and important information to consumers. Supporters of the bill say these calls notify consumers about threats such as data breaches and fraud alerts, provide timely notice of flight and service appointment cancellations and drug recalls, and protect consumers against the adverse consequences of failure to make timely payments on an account. Unfortunately, the supporters argue, the TCPA restricts informational calls that utilize assistive technologies to mobile devices even though the law permits such calls to be made to wireline phones. As a result, the supporters say, the approximately 40% of American consumers who identify their mobile device as their primary or exclusive means of communication do not receive many of these calls. This restriction imposes unwarranted costs and inconveniences on consumers, businesses, and the economy as a whole, the supporter say. They add that when enacted in 1991, Congress intended this restriction to protect consumers against the then-daunting per-minute costs and privacy concerns associated with unsolicited incoming calls from telemarketers. But this restriction applies equally to informational calls, it is noted. In addition, supporters of the bill say, most wireless consumers are now covered by flat-rate plans, and even for those who are not, technological advances and increased competition have greatly reduced per-minute charges. A strong consumer-protection environment depends on appropriate communication between businesses and their customers. As consumers increasingly rely on wireless phones as their primary, or even sole, means of communication, the TCPA's outdated restriction on the use of assistive technologies in contacting wireless consumers for non-telemarketing purposes is now doing far more harm than good for the consumers such restriction was intended to protect, the supporters say. Detractors, of course, point to the potential for a flood of unwanted calls to wireless phones, costing time and in many cases additional usage charges. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell.

FCC SETS COMMENT DATES ON NANC LNP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NON-SIMPLE PORTS: The FCC has set comment dates for the submission by the North American Numbering Council (NANC) recommending a set of standard thresholds and intervals for non-simple ports and “projects”—port requests that involve a large quantity of telephone numbers. Specifically, the Commission seeks comment on whether the thresholds and processing timelines for non-simple ports and projects are appropriate and whether the Commission should adopt the recommendation as a rule. Comments in this WC Docket No. 07-244, CC Docket No. 95-116; and DA 11-1558 proceeding are due October 31, and replies are due November 29. On June 20, 2011, the NANC submitted a report on local number portability (LNP) Best Practice 67. The Report notes that since the inception of LNP, service providers have imposed varying thresholds, or limits, on the quantity of telephone numbers they will port within four business days—the porting interval for non-simple ports. To address these variations, Best Practice 67 recommends a set of standard thresholds and intervals for non-simple ports and “projects”—port requests that involve a large quantity of telephone numbers. The NANC notes that at present, port requests above the service provider's maximum threshold can result in an undetermined due date that is ultimately negotiated between the old and new service providers. There is currently no industry-wide standard on what is considered a “project” by the old service provider for the purpose of porting numbers. Best Practice 67 addresses this issue. The NANC also recommends revisions to the NANC LNP Provisioning Flows in support of Best Practice 67. The Commission seeks comment on Best Practice 67 and the proposed provisioning flows. Specifically, the Commission seeks comment on whether the thresholds and processing timelines for non-simple ports and projects are appropriate and whether the Commission should adopt Best Practice 67 as a rule. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC ESTABLISHES COMMENT CYCLE FOR NPRM ON PROGRAM CARRIAGE RULES: The FCC has set comment dates for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise its Program Carriage Rules. In the Program Carriage NPRM, the Commission seeks comment on proposed revisions to or clarifications of the program carriage rules, which are intended to improve the Commission’s procedures and to advance the goals of the program carriage statute. Comments in this MB Docket No. 11-131 proceeding are due November 28, and replies are due December 28. In 1993, the FCC adopted rules pertaining to carriage of video programming vendors by multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), known as the “program carriage rules.” The rules are intended to benefit consumers by promoting competition and diversity in the video programming and video distribution markets. In this NPRM, the FCC seeks comment on proposed revisions to or clarifications of the program carriage rules, which are intended to further improve the Commission's procedures and to advance the goals of the program carriage statute. BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

REMINDER: COMMERCIAL BROADCAST LICENSEES MUST FILE 2011 BIENNIAL OWNERSHIP REPORT: The FCC has issued a reminder that all commercial broadcast licensees must file a 2011 biennial ownership report. The filing window for the 2011 biennial Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations opens on October 1, and closes on December 1. All commercial AM, FM, TV, LPTV, and Class A stations, as well as all entities with attributable interests in such stations, are required to file a Form 323 on or before December 1. Filings must include information reflecting ownership interests existing as of October 1. The form must be filed using the FCC’s CDBS database. Paper submissions will not be accepted. To assist filers, the Commission’s website contains detailed information on Form 323, including a list of “The Most Common Form 323 Filing Errors,” compiled based upon experience during the last biennial filing period. Affected parties should visit for guidance on completing the 2011 Form 323 submission. The FCC encourages filers to use care in preparing their submissions and to submit their Form 323 filings well in advance of the deadline whenever possible. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

FCC PROPOSES AMENDING DEFINITION OF “AUDITORY ASSISTANCE DEVICE”: The FCC has asked for comment on a proposal to amend the definition of “auditory assistance device” in the Commission's rules to allow such devices to be used by anyone at any location for simultaneous language interpretation, where the spoken words are translated continuously in near real time. The FCC adopted this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in response to a petition for declaratory ruling filed by Williams Sound Corporation, a provider of wireless auditory assistance devices. The current definition restricts the use of part 15 auditory assistance devices that operate in the 72.0-73.0 MHz, 74.6-74.8 MHz, and 75.2-76.0 MHz bands (72-76 MHz bands) to auditory assistance to a handicapped person or persons; such devices may be used for auricular training in an educational institution, for auditory assistance at places of public gatherings, such as a church, theater, or auditorium, and to handicapped individuals, only, in other locations. The proposed amendment would permit part 15 auditory assistance devices that operate in the 72-76 MHz bands to be used by anyone at any location for simultaneous language interpretation. Comments in this ET Docket No. 10-26 proceeding are due November 4, and replies are due November 21. 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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2 GL3100 RF Director 
9 Glenayre GLS2164 Satellite Receivers
1 GL3000L Complete w/Spares
1 GL3000ES Terminal
2 Zetron 2200 Terminals
  Unipage — Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
Link Transmitters:
2 Glenayre QT4201 & 6201, 25 & 100W Midband Link TX
2 Glenayre QT6201 Link Repeater and Link Station in Hot Standby
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
2 Eagle Midband Link Transmitters, 125W
5 Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
VHF Paging Transmitters
1 Motorola VHF PURC-5000 125W, ACB or TRC
6 Glenayre GLT8411, 250W, VHF TX
1 Motorola Nucleus, 125W, VHF, TX
2 Motorola Nucleus, 350W, VHF, TX
UHF Paging Transmitters:
20 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
6 Motorola PURC-5000 110 & 225W, TRC & ACB
2 QT-7795, 250W, UHF TX
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
2 Glenayre GLT8200, 25W (NEW)
15 Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
35 Glenayre 900 MHz DSP Exciters
25 Glenayre GLT-8500 Final PAs
35 Glenayre GLT-8500 Power Supplies


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10 Things to Thank Steve Jobs For

August 25, 2011


Editor's Note: Steve Jobs died at the age of 56. We're reprising this article as we look back at his extraordinary life.

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After what many would call a brilliant career, Apple's Steve Jobs said late last night that he would step down as CEO. Though he will stay on as Chairman and still hold sway over the company, much of Apple's day-to-day operations will fall to his successor Tim Cook. In his resignation letter, Jobs said that Apple has its best days ahead. While that may be true, now seems like as good a time as any to give credit where credit due.

Here are 10 things to give thanks to Steve Jobs for:

1. The iPod and iTunes. For many consumers, the pint-sized gadget that first hit the scene in 2001 was their first entrée into digital music. At the time, there were other digital music players but none had the staying power of Apple's iconic iPod, its subsequent versions and offshoots like the iPod Touch. But perhaps even more revolutionary was Apple's iTunes, the digital media player that launched in 2001. That platform didn't just become the ubiquitous means by which music was bought, sold and shared, it broke down the old music model that gave record companies ultimate reign over the radio waves. Suddenly, independent musicians and artists didn't need a record deal to be heard; they can now reach their audiences directly.

2. Not doing it for the money. Long before Citigroup's CEO Vikram Pandit was taking home $1 a year, Steve Jobs earned a measly $1 annual paycheck. When he rejoined the company in 1997 after being let go from Apple in 1985, Jobs set his salary at just $1. Though the tech pioneer is well-known for his wealth — thanks to his investments in Apple and Disney, among others — he has been quoted as saying "I never did it for the money." In 2010, his total compensation was again $1, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

3. Focusing on design. The original Macintosh computer aside, Jobs' focus on sleek, light-weight and resilient design has led to a concerted effort among the technology community to deliver similarly ergonomic technologies. Under his reign, dial-up modems, floppy drives and the fax machine got the ax, just to name a few.

4. Inspiring others. Not only do legions of entrepreneurs list Jobs as a source for inspiration, Apple's ecosystem has helped fuel thousands of other businesses. At present, there are more than 500,000 applications listed on iTunes, and countless other technology firms have sprung up to furnish ancillary products. From iPod battery-life extender Mophie to Apple-accessories supplier Speck to app development firm Sweb Apps, Jobs' creations for Apple have become critical to so many other businesses. Furthermore, applications developers and programmers have been building off the platform's specifications for years.

5. The iPad. E-readers, computers and mobile devices were already in existence when the iPad launched last January, but the newfangled gadget nonetheless caught on — and beat record sales figures quarter after quarter. Apple's iPad — which is expected to get a refresh in early 2012 — also gave rise to new business concepts and uses. More than 90,000 applications have been developed for the iPad alone. Furthermore, other technology firms have since developed their own tablets but none have come close to touching Apple's success. Hewlett-Packard last week slashed the price of its TouchPad to $99 from the original sale price of $499, as it announced that it would discontinue the product.

6. Wowing investors. A decade ago Apple’s stock was worth $9 a share; today, it’s $372. Second only to oil giant Exxon Mobil, at $345 billion, Apple is one of the world's most valuable companies.

7. Being a visionary. Just ask HP and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion if Jobs' laser-like focus on design has been tough to beat. Though, notorious for being a stubborn micro-manager, Jobs has managed to steer Apple in the direction of excellence. He is a visionary in the sense that he developed products for consumers that he thought they needed — and they confirmed his hunches again and again.

8. Forcing other corporate giants to be innovative. Thanks to the launch of iTunes, which demanded that songs sell for the low-low price of $1, record companies that wanted to reach consumers on iTunes were forced to comply. In 2007, Cingular moved to redesign its voice-mail system for the iPhone’s visual voice mail. And in 2009, the typically guarded AT&T agreed to offer consumers a month-by-month data plan for the iPad without requiring a signed contract.

9. For proving that a dramatic turnaround can be possible. Once again in charge of Apple in 1997, Jobs struck a deal with Microsoft to help ensure Apple's survival. Under the arrangement, Microsoft invested $150 million for a nonvoting minority stake in Apple, and the companies agreed to "cooperate on several sales and technology fronts." Next, Jobs installed the G3 PowerPC microprocessor in all Apple computers, making them faster than competing Pentium PCs. He also spearheaded the development of the iMac, a new line of affordable home desktops, which debuted in August 1998 to rave reviews. Under Jobs' guidance, Apple quickly returned to profitability, and by the end of 1998, boasted sales of $5.9 billion.

10. Boosting employment. In 1997, the company and its world-wide subsidiaries had just 8,437 regular employees, and an additional 1,739 temporary or part-time contractors and employees, according to SEC filings. As of last September, Apple had approximately 46,600 full-time equivalent employees and an additional 2,800 full-time equivalent temporary employees and contractors.

Source: Entrepreneur

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