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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY — JANUARY 14, 2011 - ISSUE NO. 440

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Greetings Loyal Readers, and Friends of Wireless Messaging,

A letter from Roy Pottle President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Paging Carriers follows.

Check out the AAPC's comments to the FCC — also following. This is another good example of why every Paging Carrier should be a member of the AAPC. Our trade association represents what our members and board of directors believe to be the best interests of the Paging Industry. I am reminded of an old saying, "if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem."

If you can read Spanish, be sure to read the LETTER TO THE EDITOR from my friend Enrique Llaca in Mexico City. It includes a copy of a recent newspaper article about how paging is surviving at SkyTel Mexico under the direction of Santiago Cantú.

By the way:

Spanish is the second most common language in the country, and is spoken by over 12% of the population. The United States holds the world's fifth largest Spanish-speaking population, outnumbered only by Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and Colombia.


I am proud to be a fluent speaker of Spanish. I admit to having a strong "norte americano" accent, but I get by. Sometimes I hear an occasional complaint about immigrants here not learning to speak English properly. The funny thing is that the person doing the complaining, frequently cannot speak English correctly either!

Here are some examples that come to mind:

  • I seen you yesterday . . .
  • Have you ate yet?
  • I ain't going to . . .
  • He cut hisself shaving . . .

These examples may sound normal to some, but to others they sound like "fingernails on a blackboard." Oh I make mistakes sometimes, as a certain Englishman pointed out to me at the last AAPC conference, but I DO know better.

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 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.


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

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As 2010 comes to a close we again thank you for your membership and continued support of the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC). As the national association dedicated to representing and advancing the paging industry, our strength is dependent on members like you. I am pleased to note 2010 has been a very successful year as we have continued to build upon the momentum of the past few years, developing a more unified industry association with increased participation by both carriers and vendors alike. We continue to believe the value of an AAPC membership has never been greater. In particular, we note just some of the benefits of membership as follows:

  • Member discount on battery purchases through Interstate Battery;
  • We specifically developed a marketing piece to assist members in identifying and communicating some of the advantages of paging over broadband messaging. To obtain copies, please contact Linda Hoover (;
  • Regular e-mail reminders and updates from Ken Hardman, AAPC counsel, regarding various regulatory and other required FCC filings and/or meetings with FCC commissioners or regulatory personnel in response to various initiatives;
  • Access to a discussion forum that enables members to ask questions and solicit immediate input from fellow members, including Paging Technical Committee members;
  • Access to the AAPC/EMMA Trading Post where members list available equipment for sale and an interactive online map to assist potential customers in locating a local AAPC paging provider;
  • A significant registration discount for the 2011 Global Paging Convention and Global Paging Summit; and,
  • A comprehensive web site,, which gives you exclusive access to committee protocols, presentations, and the U.S. Carriers Directory as well as FCC updates in the “Members Only” area.

Building on the overwhelming success of the Global Paging Convention, which in part was due to the tireless efforts and support of the European Mobile Messaging Association (“EMMA”), we will be co-hosting two events with EMMA in 2011: the Global Paging Summit, from March 15th to the 17th in Cork, Ireland and the Annual Global Paging Convention, which will he held in Nashville, TN from June 14th to the 16th. The Global Paging Summit is likely to be a slightly smaller, more intimate gathering of industry executives while the Global Paging Convention will be similar to the events held in Montreal and Charleston. If you participated in either of these conventions I am sure you will agree they were very successful and we sincerely hope you attend one or both of next year’s events. I can tell you personally that I and my company have benefited and continue to benefit from the discussions and relationships built and strengthened at prior events.

As a unified industry association it is our intent to advance our industry and 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 for our collective benefit. Accordingly, we hope you agree that the benefits of membership far exceed its cost and that you remain a member of the only organization whose sole purpose is to educate and protect its members from potentially harmful legislation, changing technologies, and competitive landscapes while simultaneously promoting our industry for the sole benefit of association members.


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J. Roy Pottle President & Chief Executive Officer
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Thank you to those members who have already paid their 2011 membership fees. Your continued support and participation is greatly appreciated and critical to the success of the industry. You should have already received your 2011 invoice. If you did not receive yours, please contact Linda at

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In the Matter of

Empowering Consumers to Avoid Bill Shock

Consumer Information and Disclosure



GC Docket No. 10-207

GC Docket No. 09-158

To: The Federal Communications Commission, en banc


spacerTHE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PAGING CARRIERS (AAPC), by its attorney, respectfully submits its comments to the Federal Communications Commission in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the captioned proceeding, FCC 10-180, adopted and released October 14, 2010, and published at 75 Fed. Reg. 72773 (November 26, 2010).1 In summary, AAPC does not take a position on whether the proposed rules are warranted in the public interest in general, but, if they are adopted, they should not in any event be applied to paging carriers.

spacerAs its comments on the NPRM, AAPC respectfully states:

spacerIn this proceeding, the Commission has proposed rules that would require what it refers to as “mobile service providers” to provide usage alerts and certain other related information to customers to assist them in avoiding unexpected or unexpectedly high charges on their bills. The Commission asserts that many mobile service consumers experience sudden and unexpected increases in their monthly bills due to such factors as high roaming fees, or for exceeding a monthly allotment of voice minutes or text messages included in the customer’s rate plan. The Commission further asserts that such “bill shock” can be prevented by providing the customers with timely and easily accessible usage information.

spacerTherefore, it proposes to require service providers to send their customers voice or text alerts when the customer is approaching or beginning to incur overage or roaming charges, and to make clear disclosure of tools available to customers to enable them to limit usage and review usage history. The Commission believes that doing so will empower consumers to avoid incurring unexpected and costly charges on their bills.

spacerAAPC is the national trade association representing the interests of paging carriers throughout the United States. AAPC’s members include paging operators with nationwide licenses issued under Parts 22, 24 and 90 of the Commission’s rules; a representative cross-section of operators of regional and local paging systems licensed by the Commission; as well as equipment suppliers and other vendors to the carrier industry. Paging carriers are classified as “Commercial Mobile Radio Service” providers under the Commission’s rules,2 the same official regulatory classification as “wireless telephony” providers, i.e., cellular, broadband personal communications services (PCS) and specialized mobile radio (SMR) telephony carriers.

spacerOne of the issues posed by the NPRM for comment is what types of wireless services should be covered by the new rules. (NPRM at ¶26). Specifically, the NPRM inquires whether the rules should be applied to all communications services provided by “mobile wireless providers,” including voice, text and data services. (Id.). The NPRM does so without defining what is included within the term “mobile wireless providers”. The NPRM then goes on to inquire whether the scope of covered entities “should be broader than CMRS providers” (id.), thereby suggesting that it may intend the term “mobile wireless providers” to at least encompass the entire classification of “CMRS” providers.

spacerWhatever the Commission decides to do about imposing rules to prevent “bill shock” on the mobile telephony segment of wireless service providers, the Commission should not in any event impose any such rules on paging service providers. First, as the Commission is well aware, the consumer market has abandoned the paging industry in favor of mobile telephony during the past decade. As a result, the customers of the paging industry today are large, sophisticated commercial entities that negotiate complex service contracts with paging carriers and do not need “consumer” protection. The entire rationale for the proposed regulations as set forth in the NPRM thus is wholly inapplicable to the paging industry.

spacerAdditionally, paging customer charges typically are flat rated monthly charges, rather than the “bucket” of minutes, text messages or data common to mobile telephony that lead to “bill shock” when exceeded by the customer. Thus, paging industry charging practices do not lead to claims of “bill shock” by customers, as they do in the case of mobile telephony carriers.

spacer Finally, underscoring the foregoing facts, there is no suggestion anywhere in the NPRM that paging customers are experiencing “bill shock”. For this reason alone, imposition of “bill shock” regulations on paging carriers would not be justified.

spacerTo avoid an unwarranted result, AAPC suggests that the Commission employ the term “covered CMRS” to describe which, if any, CMRS providers are subject to any regulations ultimately adopted in this proceeding. The term is defined at Section 52.21(d) of the rules, 47 C.F.R. §52.21(d), and is used to exclude paging carriers from local number portability requirements. See 47 C.F.R. §52.31(applying long-term database method for number portability to “covered CMRS providers”). It would be equally serviceable to exclude paging carriers from any “bill shock” regulations adopted in this proceeding.

spacerIn short, the asserted justifications in the NPRM for adopting new regulations to avoid “bill shock” do not apply to paging carriers in any respect, and there is no justification for imposing any such regulations on the paging industry. Accordingly, should the Commission decide to adopt new rules to avoid “bill shock” in this proceeding, paging carriers should be explicitly excluded from the scope of such rules.


Respectfully submitted,




s/Kenneth E. Hardman
Kenneth E. Hardman
2154 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20007-2280
Telephone: (202) 223-3772
Facsimile: (202) 315-3587
Its Attorney

January 10, 2011


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1 By Order DA 10-2379 released December 17, 2010, the deadlines for submitting comments and reply comments were extended to and including January 10, 2011 and February 8, 2011, respectively.

2 See 47 C.F.R. §20.9(1), (6), (11).

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Verizon iPhone: What you need to know

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 3:30 pm by Macworld Staff,

verizon iphoneSince its January 2007 unveiling, Apple's lone iPhone partner in the U.S. has been AT&T. But that exclusive arrangement came to an end Tuesday, as Verizon Wireless and Apple announced that they were joining forces to sell a version of the iPhone 4 that's compatible with Verizon's cellular network. Can't tell your GSM from your CDMA? Curious what you'll need to pay to get out of your AT&T contract? Wondering what's new with this Verizon version of the iPhone 4? We've got answers to some of the most common questions.

If I have an iPhone with AT&T, can I now use it on Verizon's network?

No. CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) is the wireless technology standard used by Verizon and Sprint Nextel in the U.S. AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technology, which is also the most common wireless standard internationally. The two technologies are not compatible with each other. As a result, a current AT&T iPhone simply can't connect to Verizon's network. Likewise, the new Verizon iPhone can't connect to AT&T's network. The new Verizon version of the iPhone 4 will also work only on Verizon's 3G network, not on its next-generation 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network.

What version of the iPhone is Verizon selling? Are there any hardware differences?

The Verizon iPhone is an iPhone 4, available in the same capacities as the AT&T version of the iPhone. However, there are some hardware differences beyond support for CDMA instead of GSM.

From what we can tell, the Verizon phone uses a slightly different antenna layout. If you recall from the “antennagate” controversy of this past summer, the iPhone's metal edge is composed of three antennas, laid end-to-end. The “joints,” if you will, between those sections are in different locations on the Verizon iPhone. Whether or not this affects the performance of the phone—perhaps avoiding the issue where gripping the phone could bridge the antennas—we don't yet know.

What we do know is that along with this change in antenna layout, Apple has moved the phone's Ring/Silent switch slightly, and that shift means that some existing iPhone 4 cases won't work with the Verizon iPhone. Specifically, depending on how a particular case's openings are designed, a case made for the original iPhone 4 may block access to the Ring/Silent switch on the Verizon iPhone. (Similarly, a new case made for the Verizon iPhone may block access to the Ring/Silent switch of an original iPhone.)

One minor hardware difference is that, because the Verizon phone uses CDMA—and, thus, doesn't require a GSM SIM card—the new version has no SIM-card slot on the side. On the other hand, one way in which the Verizon and AT&T iPhones are similar is that neither sports the carrier's logo. This is notable because Verizon has long emblazoned its logo—conspicuously large—on every phone it carries.

What about the elusive white iPhone? Will Verizon have it?

white iphoneThar she blows! Actually, Verizon didn't say anything about the white iPhone, which, if you'll recall, Apple announced, delayed, delayed, and delayed again. All the pictures of the Verizon offering that we've seen on the carrier's site so far are of the black iPhone. Our guess is when—if?—the white iPhone is ready for the world it'll roll out (slowly) to all carriers.

Will the Verizon iPhone work where I live?

You can use the Verizon Coverage Locator to help figure that out. You might also want to ask any local friends of yours if they're on Verizon and, if so, how their service is. (Be sure to ask about data coverage and performance, too.)

Will Verizon release an iPhone 5 in the summer alongside AT&T? Should I wait until then to switch?

Although we don't know for sure when Apple will come out with the next iPhone (and when Verizon will get it), it's a safe bet that Apple will stick to its summer release schedule. And that brings up a valid question: do you want to get locked into a new two-year contract on an iPhone 4 six months before a potential upgrade comes out? As with all technology, you can always wait for the next revision of a product, but then you'll wait forever and never get to actually use anything. So it depends on whether you want/need an iPhone now on Verizon, or whether you're happy to wait half a year to see what the Next Big Thing is from the iPhone.

What does it mean that you can use the Verizon iPhone as a hotspot?

Using your iPhone as a personal hotspot means that you can share its mobile (3G) data connection with up to five other devices (such as laptops or iPads) over USB, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth. That means those other devices can get Internet access in places they might not otherwise have it. It's similar to the Internet Tethering feature available with AT&T on the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4 models, although with AT&T you can connect to only one device at a time, and only via USB or Bluetooth.

Will the hotspot feature cost extra?

There's no word yet on whether the hotspot feature will be an additional cost beyond the standard Verizon iPhone data plan (details of which the company also hasn't announced), but on its other smartphones, Verizon charges $20 extra to use the feature. With AT&T iPhones, tethering costs $20 a month in addition to requiring the $25-a-month 2GB DataPlus data plan (although you can activate the tethering feature on a month-to-month basis). One difference between the carriers is that with AT&T, your tethering data is taken from your monthly 2GB data plan; Verizon's hotspot feature—at least when used with the carrier's existing smartphones—draws from its own, separate pool of data. Another difference is that AT&T's tethering, which is accomplished via USB or Bluetooth, restricts you to connecting a single device to your phone. And not all devices support tethering—for example, you can't tether an iPad to an iPhone to use the latter's 3G connection.

Are there any Verizon-specific apps installed?

According to Apple's Phil Schiller, no—which, as with the Verizon's conspicuous lack of a Verizon logo, is unique among the carrier's smartphone offerings. A Verizon FAQ says that apps such as VZ Navigator and V Cast Media Manager will be available on the App Store, but they won't be pre-loaded on the phone.

Will I be able to use FaceTime on Verizon's network?

FaceTime currently relies on a Wi-Fi network, not cellular data connections, so Verizon iPhone 4 owners should be able to use FaceTime just fine. But neither model of iPhone will let currently let you use FaceTime via a 3G connection.

What version of iOS is the Verizon iPhone running?

Engadget reports that it's iOS 4.2.5.

Do Verizon iPhone users get Visual Voicemail?

Yes, iPhone on Verizon uses a similar Visual Voicemail feature. It's unclear if Verizon will charge extra for this feature or what, if any, differences you'll see compared to the AT&T version.

Can I take a call while checking my e-mail? In other words, does the Verizon iPhone support simultaneous voice and data?

During the event, Verizon said the iPhone will offer the “same experience as other CDMA phones” in that regard—which is a passive way of saying that the Verizon iPhone doesn't support simultaneous mobile-network voice and data. (This is a current limitation of CDMA.) You can, however, access data features over Wi-Fi while talking on the phone—assuming, of course, you're within range of a Wi-Fi network.

What happens when a call comes in while I'm using the 3G network?

Phone calls take priority, so if you're surfing the Web (or checking your e-mail or watching a video), that activity will be put on hold when a call comes in. In theory, you should never miss a call because you're doing something on the data network.

Any word on plan pricing?

Verizon hasn't provided details of its data plans, though we took our best shot at guessing. Current smartphone data plans offered by Verizon are 150 MB per month for $15 (a worse deal than AT&T's 200 MB for $15) and unlimited data for $30 (compared to AT&T's 2 GB for $25). Verizon may offer those plans to iPhone users, or it may offer something else. We just won't know until the company makes an announcement. In terms of voice minutes, AT&T allows you to roll over minutes from one month to the next; Verizon doesn't.

I'm a Verizon customer. How can I check to see if I'm eligible to upgrade?

Current Verizon customers should use Apple's tool for checking your price and eligibility for a Verizon iPhone.

Can I use the Verizon iPhone while traveling abroad?

Unfortunately, most of the world outside the U.S. uses GSM for mobile networks, which means Verizon's CDMA iPhone won't work in many other countries. International CDMA coverage is limited to just over 40 countries, most of them in Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

So is Verizon faster than AT&T? Better? Does it offer more coverage?

Now you've opened a can of worms. All the carriers find different ways to measure speed, reliability, and even the size of their networks, all in order to claim that they're the nation's number one something or other. Last year PCWorld broke down the four majors and reported that AT&T had the fastest overall network, but of course results varied from city to city. Generally AT&T is thought to have a faster network and offers the broadest overall phone coverage, but Verizon's got more 3G coverage. When you're comparing cellular carriers, it gets complicated really fast. And of course, if one company is the clear winner overall, it might still be the clear loser for you if it's got bad coverage where you live, work, and travel.

When will the Verizon iPhone be available, who can buy it, and for how much?

Existing Verizon customers will get the opportunity to place pre-orders online for the iPhone “on or around” February 3 (Verizon's FAQs say that the company will confirm the details a week in advance). On February 10, Verizon will make the iPhone available for all users. Pricing starts at $200 for a 16GB iPhone 4 and $300 for a 32GB model; a two-year contract with Verizon will be required. According to the Verizon's iPhone FAQs, you'll also have the option to purchase iPhone at full retail price, which will not require you to “sign a long-term agreement,” although no specific price is listed. Verizon says iPhone customers will need to choose one of its current Nationwide Talk plans—individual plans start at $40 a month for 450 minutes and go up to $70 for unlimited talk time. A data package is also required, though Verizon has yet to announce pricing for iPhone customers.

Where can I get one?

Pre-orders for existing Verizon customers can only be placed online. After that, iPhones will be available at both Apple and Verizon Wireless retail stores (and, presumably, online as well).

What if I want to switch from AT&T?

If your contract with AT&T is up, moving over to Verizon should be relatively painless (other than having to buy a new iPhone, that is). If you're still under contract with AT&T, you'll have to pay any early termination fee (ETF) that could run $250 to $300 if you're an iPhone 4 user to get out of your remaining obligations. We've prepared a story that walks you through the process of switching and can help answer all your questions. In either case, you should be able to move your existing number over without much trouble.

Will the iPhone be sold unlocked (so I can use it with other CDMA carriers)?

Verizon has only announced the subsidized models that require a two-year contract, as well as a no-contract, full-priced iPhone. As with AT&T, we don't expect Verizon to offer an iPhone that you can easily use on another carrier's network.

The Apple tablet, the Beatles on iTunes, an iPhone on Verizon… what do have to look forward to now?

Age, infirmity, and death. Oh, wait! You mean about Apple. Okay, presumably there will be a new iPad this spring (apparently including a model that works on Verizon) and a new iPhone this summer. Also new Macs all year round! It's not like everyone at Apple has just put their feet up and said, “job done.” Though perhaps some pundits have done that, given that the Verizon iPhone was the most-flogged rumor of the past few years.

Source: Macworld

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1000-core processor eats quad-core CPUs for lunch

by James Mulroy, PC World Dec 31, 2010 7:50 am

Late last year, we covered an Intel CPU with 48 cores on a single chip. That sounds impressive, but a new prototype makes this looks like child's play.

Scottish researchers have built a 1000-core processor (yes, three zeros) that runs 20 times faster than current chip and uses less power. Amazingly, this chip approaches the maximum mesh diameter before the chip-network connecting the cores negatively impacts performance.

chipsResearchers believe that this new technology will become more common and help speed up computers over the next couple years.

The research team used the greener field programmable gate array (FPGA), a specific integrated circuit design typically configured by the consumer after manufacturing, to build the chip. Since consumers can configure the FPGA, the researchers were able to use some creative program to integrate 1000 cores and divide the processing load among all 1000. Given the 1000-core processor's unique customizable nature, it's actually more energy efficient than your typical modern multi-core CPU.

Back in November, Intel said that a 1000-core processor is possible to build, but the scientists from the University of Glasgow beat Intel to the finish-line.

Given the extent of this discovery it is sure to revolutionize the way computers work. I can't wait to have one of my own so that I can do 3D fluid dynamics from my laptop instead of needing that silly super computer.

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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. 14, No. 2 January 12, 2011   

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CPNI Annual Certification Due March 1

Carriers (including, e.g., facility-based wireline and carriers, resellers, paging providers and certain for profit Part 90 licensees) should complete their “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” for 2010. The certification must be filed with the FCC by March 1. In the past, the FCC Enforcement Bureau has conducted a computerized audit to identify any non-filers, who have faced monetary fines of up to $20,000. Therefore it is important to ensure the timely filing of this certification. Each affiliate of your company that files a Form 499-A Telecom Reporting Worksheet should file a CPNI certification. Note: If you file the CPNI certification, you must also file the FCC Form 499-A Worksheet by April 1, as the FCC is likely to cross-check to identify any carrier filing one but not the other.

The annual certification must include: (a) a detailed Statement Explaining How The Company’s Operating Procedures Ensure Compliance With The FCC’S CPNI Rules; (b) a Statement of Actions Taken Against Data Brokers; and (c) a Summary of Customer Complaints Regarding Unauthorized Release of CPNI. A company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established compliant CPNI operating procedures must execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and file the certification with the FCC in the correct fashion.

BloostonLaw is prepared to help our clients meet this requirement, which we expect will be strictly enforced, by assisting with preparation of their certification filing; reviewing the filing to make sure that the required showings are made; filing the certification with the FCC, and obtaining a proof-of-filing copy for your records. The FCC usually adjusts its certification requirements each January. We will advise our clients of any changes. Clients interested in obtaining Blooston-Law's CPNI compliance manual should contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554).

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  • FCC issues “Open Internet Challenge” despite GOP opposition to “Net” Order.
  • Blooston wireless clients oppose mandatory usage alerts in “bill shock” docket.
  • FCC extends comment cycle in E911 location accuracy proceeding.
  • FCC releases data from E-rate program and broadband usage survey.
  • NTIA requests use of FCC Form 477 data.
  • Verizon unveils Home Monitoring and Control Service.

FCC Issues “Open Internet Challenge” Despite GOP Opposition To “Net” Order

The FCC last week announced a challenge to research-ers and software developers to engage in research and create “apps” that help consumers foster, measure, and protect Internet openness. The Open Internet Challenge is part of the FCC’s efforts to empower end users to help preserve Internet openness. Details of the challenge are posted at This “challenge” comes in the wake of the Commission’s Open Internet or Net Neutrality Order, adopted at its December 21 Open Meeting (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, Dec. 22, 2010). The Order essentially outlines rules for transparency, no blocking, and no unreasonable discrimination.

Incoming Republican House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (Mich.) and several colleagues have promised to fight the FCC Open Internet Order. Upton said of the FCC vote on the Order: "The FCC's hostile actions toward innovation, investment and job creation cannot be allowed to stand. We must use every resource available, including the Congressional Review Act, to strike down the FCC's brazen effort to regulate the Internet. Today's vote is a sad commentary that this administration and the FCC continue to ignore the will of the American people - our new majority is committed to protecting personal liberty and reducing the size and scope of the government. Despite FCC claims that these are just rules of the road that everyone agrees with, anyone can recognize that what the Commission claims to be statements of broad industry support are really cries of 'uncle' resulting from threats of even more onerous regulation. All the Commission has done today is further harm our economy and job growth."

So, clearly, a line has been drawn in the sand.

Nevertheless, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, in issuing his Open Internet Challenge last week, said: “This challenge is about using the open Internet to protect the Open Internet. Our goal is to foster user-developed applications that shine light on any practice that might be inconsistent with the free and open Inter-net. Empowering consumers with information about their own connections will promote a vibrant, innovative, world-leading broadband ecosystem.”

The Open Internet Challenge seeks to encourage the development of innovative and functional applications that provide users with information about the extent to which their fixed or mobile broadband Internet services are consistent with the open Internet. These software tools could, for example, detect whether a broadband provider is interfering with DNS responses, application packet headers, or content.

The research component of the challenge seeks academic papers that analyze relevant Internet openness measurements, techniques, and data. The challenge is designed to encourage and reward the creation of innovative and useful research.

The winners of the Open Internet Challenge will be invited to FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C., to present their work to the Commission and be honored with an FCC Chairman’s reception. Winners will have their apps and research featured on the FCC’s website and social media outlets. Winners will be reimbursed for authorized travel expenses.

The Open Internet Challenge is posted on, a new website and digital platform where entrepreneurs, innovators, and citizen solvers can compete for prizes by providing novel solutions to problems large and small.

The submission deadline for the challenge is June 1, 2011, and a public voting period will run from June 15, 2011 through July 15, 2011. The winner of the public vote will receive the People’s Choice Award. Other award category winners will be chosen by a panel of expert judges. Winners will be announced in August 2011.

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

Blooston Wireless Clients Oppose Mandatory Usage Alerts in Bill Shock Docket

BloostonLaw, on behalf of its clients (the Blooston Rural Wireless Carriers), has filed comments in the FCC’s “Bill Shock” proceeding, opposing the implementation of mandatory usage alerts to customers (e.g., notifying customers when they reach 80% of their minutes limit). Such a requirement could necessitate expensive network and billing system upgrades which, in turn, increase the cost of service to rural customers, the Carriers said. At the same time, they continued, it is unclear that the addition-al cost is offset by a tangible benefit. The filing took issue with the FCC’s conclusion that mandatory usage alerts will reduce “bill shock,” as several parties have provided examples of bill shock which would not have been pre-vented by the Commission’s proposed rules. Finally, the Blooston Carriers said, the Commission’s proposal does not address potential issues with resale agreements, where it is not necessarily possible for the service provider to have real-time updates of customer voice, text, and data usage from the underlying carrier.

The Blooston Carriers pointed out that unfunded government mandates such as the proposed usage notification requirements are more easily dealt with by large carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, who enjoy a nationwide customer base over which to spread the add-ed costs. Rural carriers simply do not enjoy such economies of scale.

The FCC’s proposal criticizes the carriers who offer usage monitoring services for a fee. Yet, the revision to the network and billing system necessitated by the Commission’s proposal produces the same net effect, as implementing carriers will be forced to raise rates to re-coup the cost. The Bill Shock Survey commissioned by the FCC indicated that only one in six cellular users experience even the mildest form of bill shock; and most of the anecdotal examples involved excess charges for international calls. Although it is unclear whether this percentage holds true for rural areas, the Commission’s proposal nevertheless results in an increase in cost to 100 percent of the customer base 100 percent of the time, in the form of increased rates.

Instead, the Blooston Carriers, along with many other commenters in a related proceeding, agree that the best approach is for the FCC to continue to allow rural carriers to determine the best way to address the bill shock issue for their respective customer bases. Nothing in the record supports the conclusion that consistency across carriers is necessary to reduce or eliminate bill shock; there is no evidence of bill shock occurring as a result the non-uniformity that exists in the industry today. The Commission should allow rural carriers to address the issue in the manner that best suits their situation, without the need to purchase expensive software the cost of which can only be passed to a few hundred or thousand sub-scribers.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast.


FCC EXTENDS COMMENT CYCLE FOR E911 LOCA-TION ACCURACY PROCEEDING: The FCC has ex-tended the comment period cycle for its PS Docket No. 07-114 and WC Docket No. 05-196 Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on E911 location accuracy requirements (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 29, 2010). Comments are now due January 19, and replies are due February 18. In conjunction with an Order, the Commission last fall adopted an FNPRM and NOI, as recommended in the National Broadband Plan, that explores how to further improve the location capability of 911 and E911 services for existing and new voice communications technologies, including new broadband technologies associated with the deployment of Next Generation 911 (NG 911) networks. The FNPRM seeks public comment on a number of issues, including whether the FCC should adopt a technologically neutral location accuracy standard, methodologies for verifying compliance, and how wireless 911 caller location accuracy can be improved in challenging environments, such as in high-rise buildings, urban canyons and mountainous and forested terrain. The NOI seeks public comment on whether to require interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers to automatically identify the caller’s location, rather than requiring the caller to self-report his or her location, and whether other forms of VoIP services should be subject to the 911 rules. The NOI also focuses on the potential impact of future NG 911 deployment on location accuracy and automatic location identification. Additionally, the NOI explores whether to extend 911 and E911 requirements to new and emerging voice communications ser-vices, devices, and application enabled by broadband technologies. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

The FCC has released a report on the state of broadband connectivity at schools and libraries receiving funds from the federal E-rate program, which provides support to help connect schools and libraries to the Internet. The report is based on data from a survey conducted in 2010 that examined the success and challenges related to broadband use faced by schools and libraries. This survey will help the Commission make data-driven policy decisions for the E-rate program by providing information on the educational and technological needs of schools and libraries. The survey was commissioned by the FCC and conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc., an independent national market-ing research firm. Specifically, the survey found:

  • Almost All Have At Least Some Broadband: 95% of all E-rate survey respondents have some form of terrestrial broadband connection to at least one facility, while 2% use satellite and 3% use dial-up.
  • Faster Broadband Speeds Needed: However, nearly 80% of all survey respondents say their broadband connections do not fully meet their current needs. Slow connection speed is the primary reason current Internet connectivity does not meet the needs for 55% of these respondents.
  • Cost is a Big Factor: 39% of E-rate survey respondents cite cost of service as a barrier in meeting their Internet needs, and 27% cite cost of installation as a barrier.
  • E-Book Use to Greatly Increase: 56% of all E-rate survey respondents expect to implement or expand the use of digital textbooks in the next two to three years, and 45% expect to implement or expand the use of handheld devices for educational purposes.
  • Most Have Speeds Greater Than 3 Mbps: 10% of E-rate survey respondents have broadband speeds of 100 Mbps or greater and most (55%) have broadband speeds greater than 3 Mbps. More than half of school districts (60%) sub-scribe to a fiber optic connection. 66% of respondents provide some wireless connectivity for staff, students or library patrons.
  • E-Mail Essential for Schools: For schools, e-mail is the most-used application (almost all schools, 98%, regularly use or access e-mail), and the most essential (69% consider it the most essential).
  • Libraries Rely on Online Reference Materials: For libraries, online reference materials are both the most used application (86% of staff and patrons regularly use or access online reference materials) and the most essential (62% consider it the most essential).

The E-rate program, which provides more than $2.25 billion annually to support telephone and Internet connections at schools and libraries across the country, was recently upgraded to allow schools and libraries to get higher-speed broadband at lower cost. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

NTIA REQUESTS USE OF FCC FORM 477 DATA: Pursuant to its administration of the State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) Program, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has requested access to data collected on the FCC’s Form 477. Specifically, NTIA is seeking access to data on Internet access connections as of June 30, 2010, with a reporting deadline of September 1, 2010. The FCC is therefore issuing a Public Notice initiating a comment cycle that would allow any affected provider to oppose such disclosure of Form 477 data. Comments in this WC Docket No. 11-3 proceeding are due January 27.

Among the purposes of the SBDD Program is to assist state-designated eligible entities in gathering data twice a year on the availability, speed, and location of broadband services, as well as on the use of broadband services by community institutions, such as schools, libraries and hospitals. The FCC and NTIA will use data collected from state eligible entities in the SBDD Program to develop a comprehensive national inventory map of broad-band service capability and availability, in fulfillment of NTIA’s obligation under the Recovery Act. NTIA intends to use Form 477 broadband data as a baseline for comparison with the data collected by the eligible entity in each State pursuant to the SBDD Program and may include non-confidential Form 477 data in the National Broadband Map website. The Commission collects in-formation about Internet access connections to end user locations, wired and wireless local telephone services, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in individual states on FCC Form 477. The Commission allows filers to request confidential treatment for competitively sensitive information in a particular Form 477 submission by making the appropriate selection on the cover page of Form 477. While the Commission's regulations provide that proprietary and commercially sensitive information will be withheld from public disclosure, subject to the public’s right to seek disclosure under the FOIA and implementing regulations, the Com-mission is authorized to share information it has collected with another federal agency if such disclosure is not in-consistent with applicable law. The Commission’s rules provide for interagency disclosure of information that has been submitted to the Commission in confidence if certain conditions are met. Specifically, the Commission may engage in sharing with other agencies, subject to notice and an opportunity for submitting parties to object, and provided that: (1) specific assurances against such disclosure have not been given; (2) the receiving agency has established a legitimate need for the information; (3) disclosure is made subject to 44 U.S.C. 3510(b); and (4) disclosure is not prohibited by the Privacy Act or other provisions of law. Under 44 U.S.C. § 3510(b), the officers and employees of an agency receiving information from another agency are subject to the same provisions of law, including penalties, relating to unlawful disclosure of the information as the officers and employees of the agency originally collecting it. The Commission has previously provided NTIA with access to Form 477 data for use in connection with NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


VERIZON UNVEILS HOME MONITORING AND CONTROL SERVICE: Verizon has revealed that it will soon launch a trial of its long-awaited home energy and security service during the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The Home Monitoring and Control service trial, which Verizon says it will begin in its New Jersey market, will eventually be offered throughout its entire 10-state territory, according to Cnet and Fierce Telecom. Consumers that take part in the trial will be offered two starter kits that are focused on home security and energy management. Hassane Bouhia, group manager at Verizon Broadband Solutions, told CNET that it will charge a "nominal" fee for the service. Verizon's home energy service will enable consumers to get information on their home energy usage and establish presence modes, including "home," "away" or "night," for example, according to Fierce Telecom. The portal will be able to be accessed through the TV set, smartphone or from the PC. The new service will require the consumer to buy Z-wave-enabled devices such as a wireless thermostat, Z-Wave to WiFi gateway and a dongle that enables consumers to control a plugged-in appliance, Fierce Telecom said. Verizon's movement into this market shouldn't be all that surprising given its recent moves to not only make an investment in home automation company 4Home, now owned by Motorola, but also the development of a joint study with the Utilities Telecommunications Council (UTC) to better understand the telecom needs of utilities, Fierce Telecom said. While Verizon's aggressive movement into the home energy and automation market could serve as a promising example for other broadband providers to make such a move, it will require the electric utilities and telcos to establish a strong a new working relationship between one another, Fierce Telecom said.

VERIZON TO LAUNCH APPLE’s iPHONE IN FEBRUARY: Verizon Wireless has announced that existing customers will be able to pre-order Apple's iPhone 4 on Feb. 3 (new customers on Feb. 10) for $199 for a 16-gigabyte version, $299 for the 32 GB model. The phone will include a "personal hotspot" feature allowing connection to five devices. The Verizon version will be a CDMA/EVDO model, which does not support 4G or allow simultaneous voice and data calls, as with other CDMA phones, according to the Washington Post. Apple will not be offering an LTE model, because first-generation 4G chips "force some design compromises that we wouldn't make," a Verizon spokesman said, according to the Post. He add-ed that Verizon customers were eager to have an iPhone version soon. AT&T downplayed the Verizon announcement and faulted Verizon for not enabling customers to make calls while using apps. "For iPhone users who want the fastest speeds, the ability to talk and use apps at the same time, and unsurpassed global coverage, the only choice is AT&T," AT&T said. AT&T also said that CDMA does not allow for phone calling in most of Europe and Asia and uses more cellphone battery juice than AT&T's GSM technology, the Post reported.

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

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

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WiPath Communications

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Intelligent Solutions for Paging & Wireless Data

WiPath manufactures a wide range of highly unique and innovative hardware and software solutions in paging and mobile data for:

  • Emergency Mass Alert & Messaging Emergency Services Communications Utilities Job Management Telemetry and Remote Switching Fire House Automation
  • Load Shedding and Electrical Services Control

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  • FLEX & POCSAG Built-in POCSAG encoder Huge capcode capacity Parallel, 2 serial ports, 4 relays
  • Message & system monitoring

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  • Variety of sizes Indoor/outdoor
  • Integrated paging receiver

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  • Highly programmable, off-air decoders Message Logging & remote control Multiple I/O combinations and capabilities
  • Network monitoring and alarm reporting

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  • Emergency Mass Alerting Remote telemetry switching & control Fire station automation PC interfacing and message management Paging software and customized solutions Message interception, filtering, redirection, printing & logging Cross band repeating, paging coverage infill, store and forward
  • Alarm interfaces, satellite linking, IP transmitters, on-site systems

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Mobile Data Terminals & Two Way Wireless  Solutions

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  • Fleet tracking, messaging, job processing, and field service management Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS
  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces

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WiPath Communications LLC
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
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Phone: 770-844-6218
Fax: 770-844-6574
WiPath Communications

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Terminals & Controllers:
10 Motorola PURC ACB control shelf
2 Zetron 2200 Terminals
2 GL3100 RF Director 
4Glenayre GLS2164 Satellite Receivers
1GL3000L Complete w/Spares
 Many Unipage Cards, Chassis
Link Transmitters:
2Eagle Midband Link Transmitters, 125W
5 Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
2 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
1 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
1 Motorola VHF PURC-5000 125W, ACB or TRC
8 Glenayre GLT8411, 250W, VHF TX
UHF Paging Transmitters:
24 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
3 Motorola PURC-5000 110W, TRC or ACB
3 Motorola PURC-5000 225W, ACB
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
2 Glenayre GLT8200, 25W (NEW)
35 Glenayre GLT-8500 DSP Exciters
25 Glenayre GLT-8500 PAs
50 Glenayre GLT-8500 Power Supplies
Miscellaneous Equipment:
2 Glenayre Hot Standby Panels—Old Style
2 Glenayre Hot Standby Panels—New Style
1 Lengren Copper Screen Room, 6'X9'
25 Hennessy Outdoor Wall-Mount Enclosures, 24"x30"x12" deep
3 Chatsworth Aluminum Racks


Too Much To List • Call or E-Mail
Rick McMichael
Preferred Wireless, Inc.
10658 St. Charles Rock Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63074
888-429-4171 or 314-429-3000
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EastWest Communications Inc.

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Real-time response to live events

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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USB Paging Encoder

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  • Single channel up to eight zones
  • Connects to Linux computer via USB
  • Programmable timeouts and batch sizes
  • Supports 2-tone, 5/6-tone, POCSAG 512/1200/2400, GOLAY
  • Supports Tone Only, Voice, Numeric, and Alphanumeric
  • PURC or direct connect
  • Pictured version mounts in 5.25" drive bay
  • Other mounting options available
  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

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Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • Frequency agile - only one receiver to stock
  • USB or RS-232 interface
  • Two contact closures
  • End-user programmable w/o requiring special hardware
  • 16 capcodes
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

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  • Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.
Hark Technologies
717 Old Trolley Rd Ste 6 #163
Summerville, SC 29485
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UCOM Paging

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CES Unveils Wilderness/Emergency Preparedness Technology

By Doug Mohney
Contributing Editor

At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) “Unveiled” evening event, Eton, SPOT and Tremont Power demonstrated gizmos equally applicable for casual use in the wild and in emergency situations.

Eton has been all over ruggedized radio/flashlight/recharge devices with one or more sources of off-grid power, expanding from hand-cranked power to incorporating solar cells and lithium batteries in new products. The forthcoming “Raptor” incorporates a digital altimeter, barometer, clock, compass, flashlight,1800 mAh lithium battery, solar panel, AMFM/Wideband and NOAA weather radio, and a USB charging port into a brightly colored (orange or green) splash-proof case that can be clipped onto a harness.

In a partnership with the American Red Cross, Eton is also rolling out the TurboDyne series of devices. The Road Toro has a powerful LED spotlight, a 3 red LED flashing hazard beacon, and flits in the glove compartment. It has a rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC power input, a crank, and a nifty folding tripod, so you can position the light/beacon where you need it in case of car repair/breakdown.

Rover is a compact AM/FM/NOAA weather band radio with a crank charger and a USB port for power. At the top of the line, the Axis is a makeover of an earlier Eton product incorporating AM/FM/NOAA weather radio, 4 white LEDs, a flashing red LED, and with power options including AC power from a mini-USB cable, a self-powered hand crank, and 3 AAA batteries.

spotSPOT introduced the SPOT CONNECT, a double-thick pager-sized (does anyone remember pagers?) [Yes you pinhead, we remember pagers!] satellite communicator powered by a pair of lithium AA batteries that can sync via Bluetooth with a smartphone with an app to send messages and GPS coordinates — short, bursty data, not “War and Peace.”

Users can type and send 41 character messages or select from a set of 120 character predefined messages, so you can provide Facebook, Twitter, and Google Maps updates when traveling or if you’re simply out of cell phone coverage. There’s also a S.O.S. rescue button you can hit in case of dire emergency. Messages are relayed via a constellation of 48 low-earth orbit Globalstar satellites; no surprise, since SPOT is a subsidiary of Globalstar.

Currently SPOT Connect supports Android with an iPhone app currently under scrutiny by Apple for AppStore approval. Support for other smartphone OSes is in the works.

If you just need a little juice, the nPowerPEG from Tremont Electric may be solution. The PEG (Personal Energy Generator) is a slick-looking piston encased in titanium that harnesses kinetic energy to charge a 100mAh lithium polymer battery; the battery can also charge devices or be charged from its standard USB port.

PEG works on the same principle as a shakable flashlight — you move the rod, a magnet moves up and down, electrical current is generated which goes to charge the battery or any connected device. PEG is intended to be placed vertically in a backpack, briefcase, or suitcase, so as you move, you generate power. If you need more power, you can grab the rod and vigorously shake it — think that flashlight again.

Source: TMC Net

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

We also offer refurbished Alphamate 250’s, Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging!

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

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From: Enrique Llaca
Subject: Paging In Mexico
Date: January 7, 2011 3:19:19 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Estimado Brad.

Mira esta nota del periodico de hoy.

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Telefonía móvil

skytelSobrevive la radiolocalización
SECCION: Telecomunicaciones
FUENTE: Reforma
FECHA: 07 Enero 2011
Reforma, 07-01-2011


El servicio de radiolocalización, conocido como paging, ha buscado nichos de mercado para sobrevivir al impacto de la entrada de nuevas tecnologías, como el teléfono celular.

Actualmente, operadoras como Skytel, se dedican a dar servicio de radiolocalización a médicos, cuadrillas de trabajo y servicios de emergencia.

Santiago Cantú, director general de Skytel, explicó que estos sectores utilizan aún la radiolocalización porque garantiza la entrega de mensajes de manera instantánea.

"A veces los SMS no llegan a la brevedad y en fechas como Navidad y Año Nuevo, Día de las Madres, tardan entre una, dos, tres horas o hasta días en llegar, mientras que médicos y servicios de emergencia requieren de la información en segundos y la red de radiolocalización funciona de manera inmediata independientemente del tráfico estacional", detalló Cantú.

Además, explicó, los SMS o GPRS son funcionales pero cuando los segundos son vitales, por ejemplo en el tema de trasplantes, tanto el paciente como el médico deben de saber el estatus del órgano en el momento.

Skytel es la mayor empresa de paging del País; sin embargo, su director general recordó que en 2001 tuvieron que enfrentar el reto de competir con "el que llama paga" de la telefonía celular.

"Antes la gente tenía celular y radiolocalizador, luego el mercado de consumo dio un giro hacia la telefonía celular y entonces decidimos enfocarnos a servicios donde somos más fuertes y generamos más valor", explicó Cantú.

Ante las pocas contrataciones del servicio de radiolocalización como tal, Skytel ha absorbido el servicio de otras empresas del mercado de radiolocalización.

En 10 años, este mercado ha decrecido 97.6 por ciento debido a la preferencia de los usuarios por la telefonía móvil.

Del año 2000 a la fecha el servicio basado en la transmisión de mensajes a través de una red inalámbrica a un aparato móvil pasó de 621 mil 637 suscriptores, a 15 mil 363 usuarios al tercer trimestre de 2010.

El doctor Ernesto Pizano, cirujano e internista, comentó que aún utiliza el servicio de radiolocalización y que le funciona muy bien ya que recibe los mensajes de manera inmediata además de que los pagos que hace semestralmente son de aproximadamente mil 100 pesos.

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With best regards,

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“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

—William Arthur Ward (American dedicated scholar, author, editor, pastor and teacher)

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