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Friday — October 17, 2014 — Issue No. 628

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather—at least those readers in the northern hemisphere. It's wonderful here in Southern Illinois. The leaves are starting to change to many different colors. I hope you have time to read the news this week. There are many very interesting items.

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Erratum

Robert Smith — a friend and reader — pointed out some errors in the news article as quoted in our October 3rd newsletter. His message is in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section.

So let's set the record straight because these misleading and technically inaccurate statements are commonly believed to be true.

The article “Fire-rescue departments continue to count on pagers” has a good title but a couple of points need to be clarified. They are:

  1. “I'm sure most people have experienced when they can't get a signal on their cell phone. Pagers really don't have that problem because they are on a different frequency.”
  2. “Pagers don't use the cell towers, they use satellite communications so that makes sure we get the information out to the people we need.”

Just about every wireless device operates on “a different frequency.” This has very little to do with whether or not you can get a signal on a wireless device. There are many other more important factors, such as transmitted power, antenna height, angle of radiation, antenna gain or loss, etc.

True, pagers don't generally use cell towers, and satellite communications are used in an important PART of many paging systems, but this is a very misleading statement. When satellite communications are used, they are only used between the base-station transmitter/receiver site and the control terminal — NOT directly to or from the Pager, and the type of “tower” is not the issue at all. However, Pagers DO work better, as I have explained many times.

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The editorial from last week's newsletter Public Apathy — is available as a separate web page, and as a pdf file.

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Note: This document is in the public domain, and is not copyrighted. It may be freely used in its entirety or in part.
Of course since this newsletter is an aggregator of Internet news, any materials included here from other web sites, and authors, may have their own copyright so this disclaimer would not apply to those items.

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STI Engineering's RFI-148 250 high performance paging transmitter features true DDS frequency generation that enables precise control and flexibility for a wide range of data transmission applications.

The transmitter is particularly suitable for large simulcast POCSAG and FLEX paging networks and can be used as drop-in replacement of older and obsolete transmitters. The unit has a proven track record in large scale critical messaging systems.

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FCC PUBLIC NOTICE

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announces Enhancements to the Commission’s Universal Licensing System and Antenna Structure Registration System for Providing Access to Official Electronic Authorizations and Seeks Comment on Final Procedures left arrow

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More Than 350,000 Customers Have Asked AT&T for a Refund After Bogus Charges

Victor Luckerson
Oct. 15, 2014


A general view of the exterior of the AT&T store in Times Sqaure on February 21, 2013 in New York City.

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Hundreds of thousands of AT&T customers have requested refunds for bogus cell phone charges since the telco reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission last week to reimburse consumers, an FTC official told TIME Wednesday. In total, 359,000 individuals have sent in claims to the FTC seeking refunds for unauthorized charges that appeared on their cell phone bills in a practice known as “cramming.” Through cramming, third parties are able to issue unwanted, recurring charges for things like love tips and horoscopes to cell phone users.

Jessica Rich, the director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection, said the response from consumers was one of the largest the agency has ever seen. The only case with a larger number of claims that she could recall was a 2012 settlement with Skechers over deceptive marketing for one of its shoe lines, which garnered close to half a million consumer complaints. “We expect this to be a lot higher,” Rich said.

In total, AT&T has agreed to pay $80 million in refunds to customers for cramming charges. The telco giant will also pay $20 million in penalties and fees to the 50 states and Washington, D.C., and a $5 million penalty to the FTC. At the time of the settlement, an AT&T spokesman noted that the company was the first in the telco industry to stop charging customers for premium SMS messages in late 2013. The FTC is currently suing T-Mobile over the same issue.

It’s not guaranteed that all the people who have issued claims will actually receive refunds. An independent claims administrator will review the refund requests to determine if they are valid. “I’m expecting that most of the claims are going to be valid, but if they’re not valid, there will be a way to determine that,” Rich said.

Customers who think they were a victim of cramming can file to claim a refund until May 1, 2015. Source: TIME

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FBI Director warns against new mobile phones with smart encryption technology

Submitted by Jonathan Clifford
Fri, 10/17/2014 — 10:49

During the course of an hour-long speech and discussion at the Brookings Institution on Thursday, FBI Director James Comey warned tech companies against the increasingly strong measures they are putting in place for encrypting smartphone data and operating systems.

Comey said that companies like Apple and Google have apparently “gone too far” in offering encrypted cellphones, especially after Edward Snowden's disclosures about alleged snooping activities of the US government agencies.

Lashing out against the tech companies for encrypting smartphone data, Comey said that a locked cellphone or an encrypted hard drive can potentially hamper the efforts of law enforcement in fighting criminals. Comey elaborated that encryption of smartphone data can potentially stall murder cases; thereby thwarting justice and enabling suspects to walk free. [source]

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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.

I spend the whole week searching the Internet for news that I think may be of interest to you — so you won't have to. This newsletter is an aggregator — a service that aggregates news from other news sources. You can help our community by sharing any interesting news that you find.

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Private medical information used by emergency services 'insecure', claims whistleblower

Date: October 16, 2014

Tom Cowie
Reporter

The Age
Victoria, Australia

Concerns have been raised that personal information, including medical details and home addresses, used to dispatch emergency services to critical incidents is easily accessible and insecure.

The state government is investigating potential privacy breaches of the emergency service paging system, which sends out text alerts to thousands of staff and volunteers of the SES, CFA and Ambulance Victoria.

The text messages contain information that allows emergency personnel to respond quickly to incidents and can include private medical details, such as medications or medical conditions, when broadcast by Ambulance Victoria.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said he had been made aware of "serious" incidents where unauthorised people has been scanning emergency paging broadcasts. He said this was potentially in contravention of the Telecommunications Interception Act.

"When authorities are alerted, these potential breaches are taken very seriously and people are issued with a cease and desist by the Department of Justice," he said.

A spokesperson for the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, which manages the system on behalf of the emergency services, said unauthorised scanning of the pager information was rare but did occur from time to time.

She said there were protocols covering the scanning of broadcasts and that enthusiasts had been listening to emergency broadcasts "for decades".

But a whistleblower has reportedly claimed the private information is easily obtainable by people not part of the emergency services through basic internet searches.
"There is information on here about medication, where people keep their keys, about all sorts of stuff and it's utterly insecure," said 774 ABC Melbourne presenter Jon Faine, who had spoken with the whistleblower.

He said the personal information was easy to find but did not provide information on how to obtain it to avoid breaking any privacy laws.

Liberty Victoria president Jane Dixon said accessing private medical information broadcast by the pagers without authorisation could be a breach of privacy principles.

"The legislation imposes a lot of requirements, it sounds a bit to easy to get to this health information," she told ABC Radio.

More than one million text alerts were sent out to approximately 40,000 pagers using the service in 2012/13, including 524,065 emergency messages. The paging service is used by rural emergency services.

Earlier this week an auditor-general report slammed ESTA's performance over its handling of the state's triple-zero service, saying it had not met ambulance emergency dispatch standards for three years.

Source: The Age — Victoria, Australia

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State-of-the-art paging network infrastructure, fully supported at an affordable price – and it integrates with your other gear, include most makes of transmitters

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Infostream is a world leading supplier of paging and messaging infrastructure, specialized paging receivers and consultancy services. The company was founded in 1993 and has engineered and supplied equipment for some of the largest public safety networks and private paging customers around the world.

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Our patented technology notifies clinical personnel immediately, while tracking who receives and responds to each alarm. Users confirm or defer each event with a single button press, and analytic dashboards display response statistics in real time, as well as historically broken down by time, unit, room, and individual.

Our systems not only notify your personnel quickly and reliably, but also provide actionable feedback to fine-tune your procedures, reduce unnecessary alarms, and improve patient outcomes.

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NSA Aiming to Right the Demand-Supply Disparity for Cyber-security Professionals

By Matt Dean
Published October 16, 2014
FOXBusiness

The recent data breach outbreak in the retail and financial sectors drives home the fact the United States faces a massive cyber-security conundrum — but this should not come as a surprise to anyone.

While the issue of keeping cyber criminals at bay is a monumental task all on its own, there is another — perhaps more vexing — cyber-related concern plaguing the nation: Both industry and government are struggling to find enough bodies to deal with the digital pandemic.

A report from Cisco ( CSCO ) found demand for cyber-security experts has grown at three and a half times the pace of the overall I.T. job market, with an estimated 1 million unfilled cyber-security jobs across the globe in 2014.

At the heart of the matter is a lack of younger Americans in the cyber-security talent pool.

In its recent survey on millennials and cyber-security, Raytheon (RTN) and the National Cyber Security Alliance found nearly two-thirds of millennial respondents are not sure what the cyber-security profession is. Additionally, in that same study, only 26% strongly agree their high school education prepared them to use technology safely, securely, ethically and productively in the workplace.

The National Security Agency is looking to change that.

In an effort to groom talent and stress the importance of cyber-security education, the agency introduced its National Centers for Academic Excellence, Cyber Operations Program in 2012. That program has since expanded to include a total of 13 undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States — with the U.S. Military Academy, New York University, the University of New Orleans, Towson University, and the University of Cincinnati being added to the list in 2014.

“The agency is trying to increase the future pipeline of cyber professionals of the nation — not just for NSA, but for academia, industry and the rest of government,” Steven LaFountain, Dean of NSA’s College of Cyber, said in an interview with Firewall. “We're doing that by trying to influence the security curriculum that's being taught at the university level.”

In doing so, the agency has mapped out specific standards that colleges and universities must fulfill in order to gain designation as a Cyber Operations Center of Academic Excellence.

NSA benefits by utilizing the program to identify top talent for its ranks, and students benefit by becoming more attractive to prospective employers once they enter the job market.

“If they apply to NSA, of course we know which schools have these programs, and so we'll be specifically looking for students who have gone through that program,” LaFountain told Firewall. “But any other entity out there that also is looking for cyber-security talent can also recruit from these schools.”

Of the skills the NSA’s program hopes to instill in these students are elements of ethical practice when it comes to technology and cyber-security

“There's definitely a very strong focus on making sure they understand all of the legal aspects, all of the ethical aspects,” LaFountain said. “And really, our goal is we want them to be, and understand how to be, good citizens in cyberspace.”

Above all, the NSA recognizes the short supply of bodies in the cyber-security job market, driving home the notion that in order to keep up with the ever-increasing volume of threats that face the U.S. government and private sector, more has to be done to expand the cyber professional headcount.

“There's a lack of talent out there," LaFountain said. “Everybody needs cyber-security professionals to help protect them personally or their company's secrets, and it's just a growing problem — and it's going to continue to grow because we've become more and more reliant on computers in all aspects of our lives.”

Matt Dean (@MattFirewall) is a producer with the FOX Business Network and co-host of Firewall on FOXBusiness.com.

Source: Fox Business  

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STI Engineering's RFI-148 250 high performance paging transmitter features true DDS frequency generation that enables precise control and flexibility for a wide range of data transmission applications.

The transmitter is particularly suitable for large simulcast POCSAG and FLEX paging networks and can be used as drop-in replacement of older and obsolete transmitters. The unit has a proven track record in large scale critical messaging systems.

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Why you'll be paying $100 more for the iPad Air 2

Sure, Apple's iPad Air starts at $499. But here's why Apple really wants you to pay $599.

by David Carnoy
October 16, 2014 3:25 PM PDT
c|net

You can get the sleek new iPad Air 2 for $499, but with only 16GB of memory, it's foolish to buy.
James Martin/CNET

Price points are important in consumer electronics, even for Apple, which gets away just fine with charging a premium for its products. And it's important that Apple launch its flagship iPad, the iPad Air 2 , with a starting price of $499 (£399, AU$619), the same as what last year's entry-level iPad Air cost. That's a good chunk of change for a tablet , but it's better than $599. Yes, that's "only" $100 more, but feels considerably more expensive once you break the $500 barrier.

But there's a catch. I wouldn't call the the $499 iPad Air 2 a crippled product, but with only 16GB of memory, it's certainly hobbled.

Yeah, it makes some sense for the education market, where cost-conscious schools buy iPads in bulk and don't tend to load them up with lots of apps. But for the rest of us, 16GB isn't enough, particularly since Apple has improved the camera in the iPad Air 2, so you're more apt to shoot video with it (including slow-mo video), which takes up a lot of memory very quickly. And let's not forget how much free memory just updating iOS to the next version usually requires. Doing an "over the air" update from iOS 7 to iOS 8 requires about of 5GB of free space. And that may be one reason why people aren't upgrading .

So why not give the entry-level iPad Air 2 32GB of memory? The price difference between 32GB and 16GB SanDisk microSD cards on Amazon is a mere $5; for Apple, the price would undoubtedly be less. Sure, that would hurt margins a bit, but it would make for a more sensible product (unlike Samsung tablets, Amazon doesn't offer any sort of expansion option, but you probably already knew that).

Alas, it doesn't take an economics degree to figure out that Apple would much rather have you buy the step-up 64GB model for $100 more ($599) or the 128GB model for $200 more ($699), both of which have much higher margins than the 16GB model. For them, it's a win/win. They get to say "starting at $499," but you'll be enticed to pay $100 to $200 more.

I get it. That's capitalism. That's smart business. But it's also really cynical.

To be clear, Apple isn't the only one playing this game. The new Nexus 9 has an $80 delta between the 16GB and 32GB versions. Amazon, meanwhile, steps its new entry-level Fire HD tablets with a much more reasonable $20 price difference to move up one level. But with barely 3GB of free space, that paltry 8GB base model effectively requires you to pay up for the 16GB upgrade.

These small storage capacities may even be bad for business in the long run. With even a 32GB iPad, I hesitate to buy apps that have large file sizes. I don't bother much with movies because they take up so much space (I stream).

I know, I know. The cloud. You store everything in the cloud and put it on the device and take if off as needed. I do some of that. But I also don't want to be managing my memory all the time like I'm managing my data consumption.

So it's 64GB for me. Maybe even 128GB.

Sorry, Apple, 16GB just doesn't cut it anymore.

Source: c|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 ( pcleavitt@leavittcom.com ) for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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Microsoft optimizes Skype for iPhone 6

The new mobile version of Skype takes advantage of the larger screen sizes of Apple's latest iPhones.

by Lance Whitney
@lancewhit 16 October 2014 1:59 pm BST


Skype — on various iPhones. Microsoft

iPhone 6 users will be able to see more of Skype courtesy of the latest update to the mobile app.

Released Wednesday in Apple's App Store, Skype 5.6 for the iPhone offers an optimized and scaled interface for the larger-screened iPhones, Skype said in a blog post . Specifically, the new version displays more of your chats in chat mode and more of your messages in conversation mode.

Launched last month, the iPhone 6 offers a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus is equipped with a 5.5-inch display. The new version of Skype ensures that you see as much as possible on the screen whether you're using one of the new iPhone 6 handsets or an older and smaller model, such as the iPhone 4 or 5.

What other improvements will iPhone users find in the new version of Skype?

Presence indicators now appear in the "recent" list. Such indicators tell you whether a person is currently online. The number of contacts and timezones now show up in your contact profiles. You can mark individual conversations as read or unread. And turning on "do not disturb" mode automatically disables notification sounds.

This is the second update to Skype for the iPhone since Apple released iOS 8 last month. On September 22, Microsoft released Skype 5.5. for the iPhone, which tapped into the new extensions in iOS 8 to bring you interactive notifications. That means you can answer calls and respond to text messages directly from the lock screen and notification center on your iPhone.

Source: c|net.com  

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Special Edition

FCC Establishes Nov. 7 Deadline for Rural Broadband Experiments

Via Public Notice released yesterday, the FCC has re-established the deadline for Rural Broadband Experiments. The filing window for applications will open on Thursday, October 23 at 9 a.m. EDT, and will close on Friday November 7 at 6 p.m. EST.

A link to Form 5610, which is a fully-online web form, will be available at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/rural-broadband-experiments on October 23. As with all electronic filing systems, the Commission has encouraged participants to file their forms early in order to avoid potential delays due to system slow-down at the end of the filing period.

Incorrect or incomplete Form 5610 filings and attachments may be rejected outright. If you have any questions about the Rural Broadband Experiments program, or if you would like assistance in preparing and submitting your application, please contact the firm without delay.

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BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 17, No. 40October 15, 2014

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9-1-1 Reliability Certification Rules Now Effective

Office of Management and Budget approval of the FCC’s 9-1-1 reliability certification rules appeared in the Federal Register today, making those rules now effective. Under the rules, a certifying official of every covered 911 service provider must make an initial certification on February 18, 2015 to the FCC “that it has made substantial progress toward meeting the standards of the annual reliability certification” described elsewhere in the rules. The full certification, which includes statements on circuit auditing, backup power, and network monitoring, must be filed on February 18 each year after that. We will be glad to help our clients with the preparation and filing of the certification.

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Iowa District Court Sends IntraMTA Wireless Issue to FCC

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa has referred to the FCC the issue of whether an “intermediary carrier” and inter-exchange carrier (IXC) like Sprint is subject to reciprocal compensation or tariffed access charges when it intermixes and exchanges intraMTA wireless traffic over Feature Group D access trunks.

The Iowa case is one of the many lawsuits that have been filed by Sprint and Verizon IXC affiliates against both price cap and rate-of-return local exchange carriers (LECs) seeking refunds of charges for intraMTA wireless traffic that was apparently intermixed and delivered over access trunks without notice to the LECs for many years, and for which the Sprint and Verizon affiliates had long paid without dispute access bills which they now claim included intraMTA wireless traffic. Most of the LEC defendants have treated these lawsuits as express or implied contractual matters, and have invoked voluntary payment doctrines in the states where they have been adopted. However, LEC defendants in Iowa and Missouri also sought referral of certain issues in their cases to the FCC under the legal doctrine of primary jurisdiction.

The Iowa court stayed that Sprint complaint while the matter is before the FCC. After the FCC issues a declaratory ruling in the matter, the Iowa court indicated that it will review the FCC ruling, and then determine how to consider and rule upon the filed rate doctrine and voluntary payment issues over which it retained jurisdiction.

FCC Proposes Changes to DE Rules and Limits on Joint Bidding in Advance of 600 MHz Auction

Seeking to amend and update its Part 1 competitive bidding rules in advance of next year’s 600 MHz incentive auction, the FCC has issued a rule making proposal designed to facilitate the ability of small businesses, rural telephone companies and businesses owned by members of minority groups (collectively, “designated entities” or “DEs”) to participate in the provision of spectrum-based services.

Of note, the NPRM includes proposals to eliminate the attributable material relationship (or “AMR”) rule, to eliminate a long-standing FCC policy that requires businesses seeking bid credits to provide primarily facilities-based service with each of their licenses; to raise the gross revenue limits for small business eligibility; and to repeal the DE annual reporting requirement, among other changes. The FCC is proposing instead to evaluate small business eligibility on a license-by-license basis, using a two-pronged test to evaluate whether the applicant: (1) meets the applicable small business size standard, and (2) retains control over the spectrum associated with the individual licenses for which it seeks benefit.

Under the proposed rules, DE licensees would have greater flexibility to enter into spectrum manager leasing arrangements with their licensed spectrum under the same de facto control standard as non-DE lessors. Thus, if adopted, a licensee could lease some or all of its spectrum capacity to a non-DE (including a nationwide carrier such as AT&T or Verizon) and it would be allowed to retain the value of its bidding credits provided it maintains a requisite level of oversight/control over its spectrum.

With respect to the new small business size tiers, the Commission is proposing that businesses with average gross revenues for the preceding three years not exceeding $4 million would be eligible for a 35% bidding credit; businesses not exceeding $20 million would be eligible for a 25% bidding credit, and businesses not exceeding $55 million would be eligible for a 15% bidding credit. The existing small business size tiers for these levels of bid credits, which have been unchanged over the past seventeen (17) years, are $3 million, $15 million and $40 million, respectively.

In its review of joint bidding rules, the FCC has tentatively concluded that it would serve the public interest to retain current rules governing joint bidding and other arrangements among non-nationwide providers, but to prohibit certain joint bidding and other arrangements among nationwide providers.

The FCC also seeks comment on whether it should adopt additional bidding preferences based on rural telephone company status (a proposal made by the Blooston Rural Carriers repeatedly in past auction proceedings); for bidders who provide service to unserved or under-served areas or areas where there is persistent poverty; or for persons or entities who have overcome substantial disadvantage. Advocates for any of these additional preferences have been asked comment on the Commission’s authority to implement these types of bidding preferences and to describe how such a preference would be administered. With respect to the rural telephone company credit, the FCC has asked for advocates to supply data demonstrating that rural telephone companies lack access to capital or face barriers to capital formation similar to those faced by other DEs.

While the item was praised by advocates for increased minority media participation as setting the stage for increased DE participation in the upcoming incentive spectrum auction, others like Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly had a more cynical (and some would say realistic) view of the likely outcome.

“Rather than provide head-to-head competition, a DE could merely integrate its spectrum into the network of an incumbent wireless provider,” wrote Commissioner O’Rielly in a dissenting statement. “Given this likelihood, it is hard to see how this wouldn’t sanction middlemen to underpay the American people for their collectively owned scarce resource ( i.e., spectrum) and pocket the money while doing almost nothing.”

Comments on the item will be due 45 days after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register, with reply comments due 65 days after Federal Register publication.

FCC Releases Erratum on E-Rate Order, Indirectly Responds to Requests for Clarification

On October 10, the FCC released a long list of changes to the E-Rate Modernization Order which, among other things, indirectly responded to requests for clarification filed by a number of petitioners after the Order was originally released in July. Specifically, the FCC “corrected” its amendment to Section 54.505(b)(3)(i), which essentially defines which schools and libraries are considered “urban” and which are considered “rural” for the purposes of obtaining E-Rate discounts, to use the term “urban area” instead of “urbanized area.” The net result of the erratum is a broader definition of “urban” and, consequently, a narrower definition of “rural.”

As we reported in the September 24 Edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, a number of entities including NTCA filed petitions for clarification and reconsideration on this exact issue: the new rule used the term “urbanized area,” which is defined by the Census Bureau as a place of 50,000 people or more, but in various places through the E-Rate Modernization Order, the FCC referenced “urban areas,” which are defined as including both “urbanized areas” and “urban clusters.” In the joint petition filed by NTCA and URTA, the associations noted that the difference is significant: “For example … school districts in only 5 counties in [Utah] would appear to meet the new definition of “rural,” as compared to school districts in 25 Utah counties that previously qualified for the additional rural discount.” In the event the FCC did intend to use “urban areas” in its definition, the associations asked for reconsideration.

The FCC’s erratum creates a clearly substantive change of a rule that has not only been promulgated but published in the Federal Register and therefore made effective. At this time, the FCC has not made any indication as to how it will hand the reconsideration aspect of the petitions noted above.

FCC Releases Rural Broadband Experiments Bid Form Instructions

On October 10, the FCC released instructions on how to complete the Rural Broadband Experiments application’s bid form. Due to the fact that the bid forms will be processed electronically by the FCC Auction System, it is important that these additional instructions are followed to ensure that the bid forms are properly processed. Any bid forms not following these instructions may be rejected.

A copy of the document, entitled ‘Guide to Working with the Bid Form’ can be found here . At this time, the FCC has not yet established a new deadline for Form 5610 (and the associated bid form). Clients interested in obtaining more information about the Rural Broadband Experiments proceeding or assistance in applying should feel free to contact the firm.

FirstNet Participation RFI Comment Deadline Extended

In response to requests received for additional time to respond to the FirstNet Request for Information published on September 17th, 2014, FirstNet has decided to extend the filing deadline to Monday, October 27th at midnight EST. According to the press release announcing the extension, the purpose is to “provide respondents with additional time to furnish meaningful feedback to FirstNet regarding its acquisition strategy for the nationwide public safety broadband network.”

As we reported in the September 18 Special Edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, FirstNet adopted a request for information (RFI) at its September 17 board meeting seeking input on issues such as whether FirstNet can be accessed by non-public safety users, and whether there is a potential for partnering with other carriers, especially rural telephone companies , to complete the buildout of the nationwide public safety broadband network as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Commissioner O’Reilly Renominated to Full Term

Last week, President Obama renominated Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly for a full term with the FCC. As we reported at the time, O’Rielly’s original nomination was to finish out the term of then-Commissioner Robert McDowell, who stepped down with a little under one year remaining in his term. FCC Commissioners are sworn in for five year terms unless, like former Commissioner McDowell, they depart earlier.

It’s possible that O’Rielly’s nomination could be taken up in the lame-duck session, but if it is not President Obama will have to resubmit the nomination in the next Congress.

FCC Seeks Nominations for Optimal Public Safety Answering Point Architecture Task Force

The FCC has announced that it is seeking nominations and expressions of interest for membership on the Optimal Public Safety Answering Point Architecture Task Force. Nomination applications and statements of interest are due November 7.

This task force will study and report findings and recommendations on the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) structure and architecture in order to determine whether additional consolidation of PSAP structure and architecture improvements would improve operational efficiency, safety of life and reduce costs while ensuring that needed integration remains with local first responder dispatch services and support. It will be comprised of members from various groups, including: (a) state, tribal and/or local governmental agencies and organizations with expertise in communications and public safety issues; (b) Federal government agencies with expertise in communications and/or homeland security issues; (c) communications service providers and organizations representing communications service providers, including: wireline, wireless, interconnected VoIP and other IP enabled service providers; (d) system service providers, including vendors of equipment and services used to provide critical network infrastructure to PSAPs; (e) organizations and other entities that represent consumer or community organizations such as those which represent end-users with disabilities, the elderly, those living in rural areas, and those representing populations that speak languages other than English; and (f) qualified representatives of other stakeholders and interested parties with relevant expertise.

It is important to note that the needs of PSAPs in urban areas may be significantly different from those in rural areas even though the underlying mission is virtually identical. Because the needs from one area to another may vary dramatically, we encourage those interested clients to apply for membership on this task force. Nomination applications and statements of interest are due November 7, 2014 and should include the following information:

  • Name, title and organization of the nominee along with a description of the organization, sector or other interest that the nominee will represent;
  • Nominee’s mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number and fax number; and
  • A statement which summarizes the nominee’s qualifications and reasons why the nominee should be appointed to the Task Force. If the nominee will represent a specific organization, the statement should also include a description of the organization and an explanation of the benefit of having the organization represented on the Task Force.

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Law & Regulation

Comment Sought on Digital LPTV Issues; Expiration Dates and Construction Deadlines Suspended

On October 10, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a number of issues related to digital low power television stations. Comments will be due 30 days after the NPRM is published in the Federal Register, and reply comments will be due 15 days after that. Concurrently with the NPRM, the FCC suspended the expiration dates and construction deadlines for all outstanding unexpired construction permits for new digital LPTV and TV translator stations pending final action on the NPRM.

In the NPRM, the FCC seeks comment on a number of tentative conclusions, including (1) extending the September 1, 2015 digital transition deadline for LPTV and TV translator stations; (2) adopting rules to allow channel sharing by and between LPTV and TV translator stations; and (3) creating a “digital-to-digital replacement translator” service for full power stations that experience losses in their pre-auction service areas. In addition, the FCC is also seeking comment on: (1) use of the incentive auction optimization model to assist LPTV and TV translator stations displaced by the auction and repacking process to identify new channels; (2) whether to permit digital LPTV stations to operate analog FM radio-type services on an ancillary or supplementary basis; and (3) whether to eliminate the requirement in section 15.117(b) of the rules that TV receivers include analog tuners.

Changes Proposed to Distribution of Wireless License Authorizations and Antenna Structure Registrations

The FCC is seeking comment on a proposal to make electronic delivery of license authorizations and ASR registrations the default method of delivery. Comments are due November 10, 2014. Specifically, the FCC proposes to provide for two methods of electronic delivery: (a) directly through the License Manager module in ULS or the Dashboard module in the ASR system or (b) via e-mail upon the grant of an application if the applicant provides the FCC with an e-mail address. The FCC notes that not all users will want to receive their authorizations or registrations electronically and has therefore proposed to allow licensees and registrants the option of electing delivery of documents by U.S. Mail in the License Manager or Dashboard modules even though the default delivery method would become electronic delivery. While electronic delivery of authorizations and registrations is ecologically sound, there are pitfalls that you should be aware of if you would not receive a paper copy in the mail. If e-mail is selected, it is possible that e-mails could either be lost in cyberspace or directed to your SPAM filter. Or the responsible person for FCC matters in your company may leave or change email address, and notifying the FCC of this change may be overlooked. Likewise, receipt of a paper document from the FCC serves as an indication that an application has been granted.

It is important to note that the “official” electronic authorizations or registrations that would be sent from the FCC via e-mail or through its License Manager or Dashboard modules would be the only official electronic documents that may be used, unless the FCC adopts the paper option discussed above and you elect that option. Any electronic FCC authorization or registration with a “Reference Copy” watermark ( i.e., one printed from the ULS database) is not the official authorization or registration and therefore cannot be relied upon for compliance with the FCC’s requirement that licensees maintain an official copy of the license authorization or ASR registration. Thus, if you elect electronic delivery, it will be critical for you to print off an official copy from either your e-mail (if you elect e-mail delivery) or your ULS dashboard account and not from the public side of the FCC’s ULS or ASR systems.

Under its interim procedure, licensees and tower owners may log into the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) or Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) System and advise the Commission that they wish to receive their authorizations electronically — much the way you are able to do with banking statements from many of your financial institutions. During the interim period, if no action is taken, the FCC will continue to mail out paper authorizations as it has done for years.

FCC Confirms Open Meeting Agenda

The FCC has announced the official agenda for its Friday, October 17, 2014 Open Meeting. The meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m., and will be webcast live at www.fcc.gov/live . At the meeting, the Commission will consider the following items:

  • a Report and Order that takes critical steps to promote the deployment of wireless infrastructure necessary to provide the public with ubiquitous, advanced wireless broadband services.
  • a Notice of Inquiry to explore innovative developments in the use of spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile wireless services, and how the Commission can facilitate the development and deployment of those technologies.
  • a Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address aggregate broadcaster-to-broadcaster interference and the methodology for predicting interference between broadcast and wireless operations in the same or adjacent channels in nearby markets during and following the Incentive Auction.
  • a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to comprehensively reform interstate and intrastate inmate calling services (ICS) to ensure just, reasonable and fair rates and charges for consumers as well as providers.
  • a presentation regarding an inquiry into a major 911 service outage that affected seven states in April 2014. The presentation will include findings from a report on the causes and effects of the outage as well as recommendations on actions the industry, the Commission and state governments can take to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of 911 services as the nation transitions to Next Generation 911.

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Windstream Likely to Accept CAF II Broadband Funding

In an interview with Telecompetitor last week, Windstream CEO Jeff Gardner indicated that the company expects to accept Connect America Phase II funding. “We’re very optimistic [that in] most of our states we’ll be able to take the money,” said Gardner.

During the interview, Gardner also discussed how the company’s plan to spin off its copper and fiber assets into a real-estate investment trust (REIT) will impact network construction plans. Under the Windstream REIT plan, a new company will be created that will lease network assets back to Windstream at an initial estimated annual payment of $650 million. Windstream maintains its customer relationships and regulatory obligations. Windstream’s current CFO Tony Thomas will serve as the new company’s CEO.

Gardner also addressed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s recent recommendations to increase the target broadband speeds from 4/1 to 10/1:

“The chairman’s basic direction is right,” said Gardner. “Over time [people] will want a higher speed. It’s not an unreasonable request. But if you do ten-one, you have to rethink the economics because it will cost us all more. And if it’s ten-one, [the FCC needs to] give us time to build it.”

Panelists Announced for Open Internet Regulation Forum

On October 9, Commissioner Pai announced the witnesses for his upcoming forum on Internet regulation, to be held in College Station, Texas on October 21. The event will be hosted by Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and will focus on the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet proceeding.

The witnesses for this field hearing will be: The Honorable Donna L. Nelson , Chairman of the Texas Public Utilities Commission; Edward Henigin , Chief Technology Officer for Data Foundry; Robert Hunt , Vice President for Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative; Chelsea McCullough , Executive Director of Texans for Economic Progress; Joe Portman , President and Founder of Alamo Broadband, Inc.; and Stewart Youngblood , Ambassador at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center.

The field hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 A.M. and will be live-streamed at http://www.georgebushfoundation.org/fccforum .

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October
Oct. 1 – FCC Form 477 due (Local Competition and Broadband Reporting).*
Oct. 14 – Deadline for applications for rural broadband experiments.*
Oct. 15 – Auction 97 upfront payments are due.
Oct. 17 – FCC Open Meeting.
Oct. 27 – Comments are due on the Healthcare Connect Fund Public Notice.
Oct. 27 – Comment deadline for FirstNet RFI.

November
Nov. 3 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.
Nov. 3 – Reply comments are due on IP Captioning proceeding.
Nov. 7 – Nominations and statements of interest for PSAP Architecture Task Force are due.
Nov. 10 – Auction 97 Mock Auction.
Nov. 10 – Responses to CAF Phase II Challenges are due.
Nov. 10 – Reply comments are due on the Healthcare Connect Fund Public Notice.
Nov. 10 – Comments on electronic delivery of license authorizations and ASR registrations are due.
Nov. 13 – Auction 97 begins.
Nov. 14 – Comments are due on USDA Notice on Changes to Guaranteed Loan Program Regulations.
Nov. 14 – Comments are due on Part 32 Accounting Rules NPRM.

December
Dec. 1 – Deadline to Increase Residential Rate Floor to $16.
Dec. 15 – Deadline for Special Access Data Collection.
Dec. 15 – Reply comments are due on Part 32 Accounting Rules NPRM.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm. For additional information, please contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or halmor@bloostonlaw.com.

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ARRL Executive Committee Adopts Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy

October 16, 2014 2:44:07 PM CDT

The ARRL Executive Committee has adopted an updated Policy Statement on Amateur Radio mobile operation. While agreeing that driver inattention is a leading cause of auto accidents and that concern over driver distraction "is not unreasonable," the policy cites Amateur Radio's 70-year history of two-way mobile operation as evidence that such radio use does not contribute to driver inattention. The policy points out that Amateur Radio operation differs from cell phone communication, in part because the device need not be held to the face to listen, no text messaging is involved, and mobile ham operators only need to pick up a microphone to make "brief and infrequent" transmissions.

Prompting the policy update is the 2012 federal law "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" or MAP-21, which requires states to enact and enforce statutes that prohibit "texting through a personal wireless communications device while driving" in order to qualify for federal grants to support a state's program. The League "encourages the use of the language in MAP-21 in state statutes and municipal ordinances dealing with mobile telephone and mobile text-messaging limitations," the updated policy states.

Many states already have statutes in place that restrict the use of cell phones and other communication devices to a greater or lesser degree, and several exempt Amateur Radio. A lot of these laws predate MAP-21, however, and because MAP-21 permits no specific exception for Amateur Radio operation, some may need to be revised in order to comply with its requirements. The ARRL is urging states or localities to adopt motor vehicle codes that narrowly define the class of regulated devices, in order to exclude Amateur Radio specifically.

"Given the necessity of unrestricted mobile Amateur Radio communications in order for the benefits of Amateur Radio to the public to continue to be realized, ARRL urges state and municipal legislators considering restrictions on mobile cellular telephone operation and mobile text messaging to narrowly define the class of devices included in the regulation, so that the class includes only full-duplex wireless telephones and related hand-held or portable equipment," the League policy recommends.

The ARRL policy suggests statutory language for state and local motor vehicle codes that defines a "personal wireless communications device" as one through which "commercial mobile services, unlicensed wireless services, and common carrier wireless exchange access services are transmitted." This would include such devices as cell phones and anything used for text messaging or paging, but the suggested wording specifically excludes "two-way radio communications equipment, such as that used in the Amateur Radio Service."

For states or localities considering banning all but hands-free cell phone use, the ARRL recommended wording that would prohibit the use of a personal wireless communications device "in any manner" while driving, unless the motorist is using hands-free capability. The suggested statutory language would not apply to anyone using the device while the vehicle is parked or "to contact or receive calls from an emergency response vehicle or agency."

ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, addressed the issue in his November 2013 QST "It Seems to Us" editorial, "Distracted Driving Legislation: Proceed with Caution." Read more.

Source: ARRL Letter

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New iPads, iMacs, and iOS 8.1: 6 Things Apple Announced Today That You Need to Know

October 16, 2014 at 1:03:00 PM
by Emily Price
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(Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It’s already been a big year for Apple. At last month’s major event , the company launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and showed off its Apple Watch that’s slated for early 2015. Today Apple held another gathering, this time at its Cupertino campus, to announce new versions of the iPad, updates to its desktop and mobile operating systems, a few new computers, and have a chat with Stephen Colbert.

As usual at these events, CEO Tim Cook kicked things off talking about the iPhone, explaining that Apple "had an amazing reception to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch.” It's the fastest-selling iPhone in history, and the first month orders have surpassed previous numbers “by a lot—a whole lot.” Overall, it was a mostly stripped-down event; there was no "one more thing" announcement, most of the new devices and software have been shown off before, and there were very few surprises. And yet another Apple event gone by without a new Apple TV.

iOS 8.1 arrives on Monday

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8, has been available for less than a month, and the company is rolling out the new 8.1 update this coming Monday, October 20. The previous update removed the apparently beloved Camera Roll feature, for keeping track of your pictures, and Apple’s bringing it back with 8.1. The new Photos app is also included as part of a public beta, and it will give you access to all your photos and videos, at their full original resolution. You’ll pay nothing for your first 5GB of photos, but a relatively affordable $.99 a month for 20GB of iCloud storage, and $3.99 a month for 200GB.

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OS X Yosemite is available today, for free

Apple originally announced OS X 10.10, Yosemite, during its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year. Since then, Apple’s VP of software Craig Federighi says, more than a million Mac users have signed up to be a part of the Yosemite beta program. After a few months of beta testing, Apple is finally making it available to users for free today.

Yosemite offers a flatter, more modern look more in line with its mobile operating system and a number of new features. We didn’t see much new today, but most notably, the OS adds a new Handoff feature that allows you to move a project seamlessly from your Mac to an iOS 8 device. With Yosemite, you can respond not only to iMessages but also to texts from your Android friends. You can also finally accept phone calls directly on your desktop.

A new Mail Drop feature allows you send and receive attachments up to 5GB using iCloud. Spotlight now works a little more like a search engine—it can pull data about things like movie times and news from the web. iCloud Drive gives you access to files on your Mac and iOS 8 devices, and AirDrop allows you to easily share files from one device to another.

Federighi also demonstrated Yosemite’s new Continuity feature, where an action such as favoriting a photo on your Mac will move a photo into your favorites on your iPad and iPhone as well.

The iPad Air 2 gets really thin, adds a better camera

Apple spilled the beans about its upcoming iPad Air 2 and new iPad Mini yesterday. And as expected, the second generation of Apple’s iPad Air looks a lot like the first, but even thinner. The upgraded tablet measures a slim 6.1mm thick. To put that in perspective, two iPad Air 2s stacked together are still thinner than the original iPad.

The tablet now has an improved Retina display with anti-reflective coating, which Apple says reduces reflections by 56 percent. The Air 2 now has the an A8X chip, a new version of the iPhone 6’s A8 chip made specifically for iPad. The new M8 chip enables the tablet to track both motion and elevation, and Apple pegs battery life at 10 hours on a single charge.

The tablet’s iSight camera also received a significant upgrade to an 8-megapixel resolution with a f/2.4 aperture (iPhone 6 has an 8-megapixel rear camera, but an aperture of f/2.2). The iPad Air 2’s camera now records 1080p video, and also has burst mode and slo-mo video features.

There’s also a new front-facing FaceTime camera with improved face detection, as well as the burst selfie and single-shot HDR features previously offered on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The flagship tablet is also getting the Touch ID fingerprint sensor—just in time for Apple Pay’s launch on Monday. With Apple Pay you’ll be able to shop online with your iPad and pay using TouchID.

The iPad Air 2 comes in silver, space gray, and gold. The Wi-Fi version will cost you $499 for 16GB, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for 128GB. Get Wi-Fi plus cellular and the prices rise to $629, $729, and $829. Pre-orders start tomorrow; the new iPads start shipping at the end of next week.

An iPad mini 3 bump

The iPad mini is also getting an upgrade, but got very little stage time in today’s presentation. The new iPad mini 3 has a 7.9-inch Retina display, 5-megapixel iSight camera, and 1080p video recording. It’s also getting TouchID.

The Wi-Fi iPad mini 3 costs $399 for 16GB, $499 for 64GB, and $599 for 128GB. Adding cellular service bumps those prices up to $529, $629, and $729. The iPad mini 2 will still be available for $299, and the original iPad mini is now $249.

(Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

iMac finally adds a Retina display

The new iMac has what Apple is calling a Retina 5K display. The 27-inch display has 5210 x 2880 resolution, meaning it has 67 percent more pixels than a 4K television and 7 times more pixels than a standard high-definition TV. This new desktop is just 5mm thick at its edges.

The computer has a 3.5GHz Intel i5 processor upgradable to 4GHz i7, 8GB of RAM, Radeon R9 graphics, Thunderbolt 2, and comes with a 1TB Fusion drive standard. It starts at $2,499, and is shipping today.

Apple launches a new Mac Mini

Apple debuted a brand new Mac Mini today, starting at $499. Nothing radical as far as specs, but the new device comes with faster Intel Core processors, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and internal flash storage. The new Mac Mini ships today.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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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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PDT3000 Paging Data Terminal

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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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Paging Controlled Moving Message LED Displays

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  • Variety of sizes
  • Indoor/outdoor
  • Integrated paging receiver

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PDR3000/PSR3000 Paging Data Receivers

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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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Specialized Paging Solutions

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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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Contact
Postal
Address:
WiPath Communications LLC
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
Street
Address:
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
Web site: www.wipath.com left arrow CLICK
E-mail: info@wipath.com left arrow CLICK
Phone:770-844-6218
Fax:770-844-6574
WiPath Communications

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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)

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  • 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
  • POCSAG
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

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Other products

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Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.

Contact
Hark Technologies
717 Old Trolley Rd Ste 6 #163
Summerville, SC 29485
Tel: 843-821-6888
Fax: 843-821-6894
E-mail: sales@harktech.com left arrow CLICK
Web: http://www.harktech.com left arrow CLICK

hark David George and Bill Noyes
of Hark Technologies.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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From:Robt.Smith robt.smith@service1st.biz
Subject: Letter to the editor
Date:October 11, 2014 5:19:14 PM CDT
To:Brad Dye

Brad,

In last week's newsletter you suggested that apathy is part of Paging's problem and you quote someone in the telecom supply chain of a hospital as saying that upper-management believes paging is obsolete.

Yours is presumably the site and the newsletter that is THE source for all things paging; a bastion of paging knowledge and a repository of the history and experience of all of us ex-paging veterans and alleged gurus. A lot of space here is dedicated to the “shoulda-woulda-coulda” of how paging has faded and continues to struggle, disproportionately to it's real value, and to a lot of hand wringing as to why. Maybe a little introspection is in order.

In your week-before-last newsletter, you quoted a person from the Tampa Fire Department actually upgrading a paging system as having said,

“I'm sure most people have experienced when they can't get a signal on their cell phone. Pagers really don't have that problem because they are on a different frequency,” explained Jason Penny, spokesperson for Tampa Fire Rescue. “Pagers don't use the cell towers, they use satellite communications so that makes sure we get the information out to the people we need.”

So, one of the most recent “good-news” paging stories is based on a paging-friendly customer who still believes that: (1) Pagers don't use cell towers, (2) Pagers work where cell phones don't because they're on a different frequency, and (3) Pagers use satellite communication.

Maybe part of the problem was that we never really got that “customer-education” thing hitting on all cylinders.

Sincerely,

Robert Smith
Black Box Network Systems
robt.smith@service1st.biz
(ex-BBL, ex-MobileComm, ex-MobileMedia, ex-Arch Wireless)

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UNTIIL NEXT WEEK

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The Wireless Messaging News


Best regards,
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Newsletter Editor
73 DE K9IQY

Brad Dye
P.O. Box 266
Fairfield, IL 62837 USA

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THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

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Fix The Problem, Not The Blame

“The Japanese have a saying: ‘Fix the problem, not the blame.’ Find out what’s [screwed] up and fix it. Nobody gets blamed. We’re always after who [screwed] up. Their way is better.”

Source: http://networkingnerd.net/2012/07/02/fix-the-problem-not-the-blame/

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Big-Wave Surfing at Teahupoo, French Polynesia

Photograph by Tim Mckenna

“The view I had right here was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life,” says surfer Koa Rothman of this moment in Teahupoo, French Polynesia. The photo won the Billabong XXL Tube Award. “Watching the lip land next to you, feeling the wave bend back behind you, seeing the boats in the channel go over the wave—being in the middle of all that energy is unexplainable,” says the Hawaiian surfer, who started riding waves at age two with his father on Oahu's North Shore.

Rothman wiped out on this wave. “When I fell, I was sliding on my back for what felt like forever. The water felt like concrete when I hit it. Then this giant lip was landing next to my head, and I thought I was going to die. But as soon as it finally sucked me over, it was like a huge giant picked me up and shook me as hard as he could for 40 seconds under water, then let me up.”

“It wasn't hard for me to get back into surfing big waves after that wipeout," Rothman reflects. "It just makes me really respect these waves and the people that surf them, because these waves could easily kill you.”

Getting the Shot

“I knew it would be one of the biggest waves I have ever photographed—period,” says photographer Tim McKenna. “The conditions where similar to other big days at the break, apart from the fact that the lineup was very crowded with surfers and Jet Skis.” McKenna has photographed Teahupoo since 1996, and this wave was the largest he had photographed since Nathan Fletcher's big ride in 2011.

Equipped for the day, McKenna was ready for the giant swell. “It is important to be with a good boat captain who knows the break very well. I make sure all my main gear is protected in a waterproof case—you must be ready to jump on a Jet Ski or in the water if anything goes wrong.”

After McKenna reviewed his photos later in the evening, he shared the shot with Rothman. “I talked to Koa in the evening,” he recalls. “He is a very mellow and humble surfer. He didn’t seem too phased about his ride, although the wipeout sure was violent. I think the surfers relive their rides differently once they see the view from the channel. I don’t think they realize how big the wave is behind them during the actual ride.”

McKenna photographed with Nikon bodies and lenses, including a 70-200mm f/2.8, a 24-70mm f/2.8, and a 14-24mm f/2.8.

Source: National Geographic (Extreme Photo of the Week)

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