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Passive Audio Amps For Smart Phones
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Oh come on they are cool.
These are acoustic amplifiers for smartphones. They don't need electric power to operate and there are no moving parts. They work like a megaphone (speaking-trumpet, bullhorn, or loudhailer). Everyone that I have shown one to has said something like “Wow, I want one of those!” So I have built a few of them.
Of course there are more “Hi-Fi” ways to listen to audio on your smartphone but who would want to plug an elegant smartphone into some cheap, plastic gadget? Or even use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, which are a pain in the neck to set up, even on a smartphone.
These have been made with hardwood bases and some of them are exotic hardwoods with interesting grain patterns. The horns are polished brass — made from mostly old horns that had rubber bulbs on the ends and were used in “times gone by” by taxis and even clowns in circuses. These horns have been re-purposed, reshaped, soldered, and polished.
They horns are now on display and for sale at:
The two large horns — the trombone and the gramophone — are difficult to pack and ship to they are for local pickup only. The remainder can be sent to you. I have the cowboy horn and the rest are in stock at the Colorado coffee shop.
Please call for pricing and availability or stop in for a demo and a great cup of espresso.
P.S. Allan, Virginia and I worked together at WebLink Wireless in Dallas.
Amazon wins FCC chair’s support for Kuiper satellite plan
by Monica Alleven | Jul 13, 2020 12:55pm
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Friday announced his support for Amazon’s Kuiper constellation, which calls for launching more than 3,000 satellites to provide broadband in the U.S. and across the globe.
Amazon detailed plans for the project last year, when it filed its plans for the FCC’s approval. In a tweet, Pai said he shared with his colleagues a proposal to approve, with conditions, the Kuiper application to deploy and operate a non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGS)) fixed satellite service (FSS).
The chairman didn’t elaborate on what the conditions would be. Bloomberg noted that his request is likely to result in approval in closed-door voting at the agency, where Pai leads the Republican majority.
The Kuiper System is designed to use 3,236 satellites operating in 98 orbital planes, at altitudes between 366 and 391 miles. Amazon has said the satellite system would help close the digital divide, providing fixed connectivity to homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, government agencies and first responders, among others.
Amazon told the commission last year that it has the expertise, infrastructure and financial wherewithal to make the Kuiper System a success. “We recognize that the effective implementation of global broadband NGSO FSS services requires more than the design, construction, and deployment of a technologically advanced satellite system, low-cost customer terminals, and gateways,” the company said. “It also requires worldwide terrestrial network infrastructure and customer operations capabilities.”
Amazon also pointed to its global terrestrial networking and compute expertise, including intercontinental fiber links, data centers, compute/edge compute capabilities and the tools and know-how to securely and efficiently transport data.
In addition, according to Amazon, the Kuiper system will enable mobile network operators to expand wireless services to unserved and underserved mobile customers and provide high-throughput mobile broadband connectivity services for aircraft, maritime vessels, and land vehicles.
Amazon’s system joins a number of other satellite systems in development. SpaceX and OneWeb are two other prominent players in the space. SpaceX, which received FCC approval in 2018 to launch nearly 12,000 broadband satellites, is currently embroiled in a fight over the 12 GHz band, which Dish Network and others want to use for 5G.
Last week, SpaceX reiterated (PDF) its opposition to a 2016 petition for rulemaking regarding the 12 GHz Band, emphasizing the importance of the band to SpaceX’s delivery of next-generation advanced broadband service to consumers throughout the United States, including those in rural, unserved, and underserved areas.
|Source:||Fierce Wireless||Thanks to Paul Fitzgerald of InfoRad|
Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz
The RFI High Performance Paging Transmitter is designed for use in campus, city, state and country-wide paging systems. Designed for use where reliable simulcast systems where RF signal overlap coverage is critical.
Built-in custom interface for Prism-IPX ipBSC Base Controller for remote control, management and alarm reporting.
Prism-IPX Systems LLC.
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Apple Releases iOS 13.6 With Car Key, Toggle to Turn Off Automatic Update Downloads, Audio Apple News+ Stories and More
Wednesday July 15, 2020 10:04 am PDT
Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 13.6, major updates that come more than a month after the launch of iOS and iPadOS 13.5.1. iOS and iPadOS 13.6 introduce new Health, Apple News, and software update features.
The iOS and iPadOS 13.6 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Apple has also released an iOS 12.4.8 update for older devices unable to run iOS 13.
The software introduces a toggle for customizing updates, providing users with granular control over the downloading and installing of new iOS and iPadOS versions.
iOS users can decide if their iPhone or iPad should automatically download an iOS update when connected to WiFi, and when that update should be installed.
A Download iOS Updates toggle turns automatic downloads on or off, and an Install iOS Updates toggle lets users choose to install a software update overnight as a device charges. The new update feature will be a welcome change for iPhone and iPad users who prefer to stay on older versions of iOS and do not want their devices to update automatically.
iOS 13.6 also brings support for Car Key, a feature available in both iOS 13 and iOS 14. Car Key is designed to allow an iPhone or an Apple Watch to be used in lieu of a physical key to unlock an NFC-enabled vehicle.
Car Key needs to be implemented by car manufacturers to function, and BMW is one of Apple's first partners. BMW's Digital Key for iPhone feature will let iPhone owners tap to unlock their vehicles, start the car by placing the iPhone in the smartphone tray, place limitations on young drivers, and share keys with up to five other users.
Car Key will work in a wide range of BMW models, including the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 if manufactured after July 1, 2020. An iPhone XR, XS, Apple Watch Series 5, or newer is required, as is the iOS 13.6 update.
In the Health app, there's a new "Symptoms" section that lets users add symptoms of various illnesses, choosing from options such as body and muscle aches, appetite changes, coughing, dizziness, headache, nausea, and more.
For the Apple News app, iOS 13.6 adds a feature that saves your place in an Apple News article when you start reading something and then exit out of the article or app, handy for long-form content.
Apple News in iOS 13.6 also includes new Apple News+ Audio feature where Apple will offer some news stories in an audio capacity, but this option was not activated during the beta.
Apple's full release notes for the update are available below:
iOS and iPadOS 13.6 could be one of the final updates to the iOS 13 operating system as Apple shifts its focus to iOS 14, which is available for developers and public beta testers and set to be released this fall.
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The GL3000 is the most prolific paging system in the world and Easy Solutions gladly welcomes you to join us in providing reliable support to the paging industry for many more decades in the future.
Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.
Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or
I would like to recommend Easy Solutions for Support of all Glenayre Paging Equipment. This Texas company is owned and operated by Vaughan Bowden. I have known Vaughan for over 35 years. Without going into a long list of his experience and qualifications, let me just say that he was the V.P. of Engineering at PageNet which was—at that time—the largest paging company in the world. So Vaughan knows Paging.
GTES is no longer offering support contracts. GTES was the original group from Vancouver that was setup to offer support to customers that wanted to continue with the legacy Glenayre support. Many U.S. customers chose not to use this service because of the price and the original requirement to upgrade to version 8.0 software (which required expensive hardware upgrades, etc.). Most contracts ended as of February 2018.
If you are at all concerned about future support of Glenayre products, especially the “king of the hill” the GL3000 paging control terminal, I encourage you to talk to Vaughan about a service contract and please tell him about my recommendation.
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INTERNET Protocol Terminal
The IPT accepts INTERNET or serial messaging using various protocols and can easily convert them to different protocols, or send them out as paging messages.
An ideal platform for hospitals, on-site paging applications, or converting legacy systems to modern protocols.
Prism-IPX Systems LLC.
Microsoft has finally fixed three of Windows 10’s biggest problems
By Darren Allan, July 15, 2020
OneDrive, printer and random reboot issues are all cured
Windows 10 has received fixes for three major bugs which have been plaguing users in recent times, with the resolutions delivered by Microsoft’s monthly dollop of patches for July.
The issues in question are serious problems with OneDrive, along with printer functionality being accidentally torpedoed (by a previous batch of Windows 10 security patches), and gremlins with forced reboots.
These are all cured — at least theoretically — by the latest monthly patches as mentioned (KB4565503 for the May 2020 Update, and KB4565483 for the November 2019 Update and May 2019 Update).
The issue with OneDrive was specific to those who have upgraded to the latest May 2020 Update for Windows 10.
Microsoft notes that cumulative update KB4565503 does the following: “Addresses an issue that might prevent you from connecting to OneDrive using the OneDrive app. This issue occurs on some older devices or on devices that have older apps, which use legacy file system filter drivers. As a result, this might prevent these devices from downloading new files or opening previously synced or downloaded files.”
The major printer issue was introduced by the cumulative updates released in June, and although Microsoft did usher in a fix shortly afterwards, it had to be manually applied. As promised, it’ll now be automatically delivered to your PC via the relevant July cumulative update.
Microsoft further notes that there’s also a solution for a separate problem that prevents some apps from printing documents which play host to graphics or large files.
Finally, Microsoft has resolved a bug whereby Windows 10 would randomly reboot some PCs due to an issue with the Local Security Authority Process. Affected users receive a message telling them their PC is going to reboot.
Microsoft explains that it has addressed the issue which “might cause lsass.exe to fail with the error message ‘A critical system process, C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe, failed with status code c0000008. The machine must now be restarted.’”
That’s a pretty nasty flaw, so it’s good news to see it fixed.
Hopefully these resolutions will make the May 2020 Update available to more users who have previously seen it blocked due to the OneDrive problem, but as we’ve seen recently, there could be other ‘safeguard holds’ which interfere with the upgrade for some folks.
Paging Data Receiver PDR-4
The PDR-4 is a multi-function paging data receiver that decodes paging messages and outputs them via the serial port, USB or Ethernet connectors.
Designed for use with Prism-IPX ECHO software Message Logging Software to receive messages and log the information for proof of transmission over the air, and if the data was error free.
Prism-IPX Systems LLC.
Wireless Network Planners
EWA Honors the Life of Joe Vestal
With deep regret, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) must inform the membership of the passing on July 14th of Joseph B. Vestal, a former officer, Executive Committee member, and member of the EWA Board of Directors. Joe Vestal’s accomplishments included the founding of FleetTalk Management Services after a long and influential management career with Motorola, including a pioneering role in development of the 800/900 MHz SMR industry. Mr. Vestal also provided critical guidance and support that led to the consolidation of the Industrial Telecommunications Association and the American Mobile Telecommunications Association, which resulted in the formation of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance in 2005.
“Joe Vestal’s contributions to our industry are legion,” said EWA President Mark Crosby. “He was an inspiring entrepreneur and leader who mentored many current leaders in private wireless. When Mr. Vestal spoke, it was best that you paid attention.”
In recognition of Mr. Vestal’s entrepreneurial contributions to the wireless industry, EWA established the EWA-Joseph B. Vestal Endowed Scholarship at Old Dominion University (ODU), his alma mater, in 2011. The scholarship awards financial aid to full time ODU students enrolled in Electrical Engineering Technology or Information Systems Management studies who intend to pursue a professional career in wireless applications or telecommunications. Providing such support to students was one of his passions, and every year he led the selection process.
In honor of the life of Joe Vestal, EWA will be making a donation to the Vestal Scholarship in his name. To learn more about the scholarship and for information on how to make a donation, visit EWA's website or contact EWA Communications Director Andrea Cumpston at 703-797-5111 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
|Source:||Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA)|
Remote AB Switches
ABX-1 switches are often used at remote transmitter sites to convert from old, outdated and unsupported controllers to the new modern Prism-IPX ipBSC base station controllers. Remotely switch to new controllers with GUI commands.
ABX-3 switches are widely used for enabling or disabling remote equipment and switching I/O connections between redundant messaging systems.
Prism-IPX Systems LLC.
|Inside Towers Newsletter|
FCC Takes Another Step to Secure 5G Networks
By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief
With a 5-0 vote, the FCC yesterday took more steps to protect the communications infrastructure supply chain. The issue is at the heart of so-called “rip and replace,” the effort to find and fund replacement of rural carriers’ untrusted network equipment purchased from Huawei and ZTE. The vote took place during a week when the U.K. reversed an earlier decision and decided to block untrusted Chinese-made gear from its 5G networks.
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said all federal agencies should be on the same page “before publishing a list of equipment that could cause concern,” referring to a list the agency will develop and maintain. His colleague, Commissioner Brendan Carr said Huawei’s response to other country’s concerns about having its gear in their networks has been: “why would we risk our reputation by making our products insecure? Why would the Chinese regime risk that?”
Carr said: “These were meant to be rhetorical questions.” But after the Chinese government crackdown in Hong Kong, he emphasized, “they can’t be.”
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the action yesterday is one of a series of steps the FCC has taken to secure 5G networks. She urged the agency to go further and support Open RAN as part of a comprehensive government 5G strategy. Noting the U.K. has testbeds on the concept and a Japanese company says it’s developed a commercial mobile networking using Open RAN, she said: “The FCC needs to act on this.” To Congress, she said, “We need resources to make this happen.”
Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, who’s promoted a “Find it, fund it, fix it” model for “rip and replace,” supported the concept of a comprehensive 5G strategy “to develop and support alternatives that replace existing equipment and position us to better compete in the future.”
Starks said the problem of insecure network gear is worldwide. “Through its “Made in China 2025″ strategy, China artificially lowered their prices, assisted in the research and product development, and undercut international competition. Through this unfair advantage, the equipment produced by these corporations has become pervasive around the world.”
“O-RAN is promising because it enables a single disturbed IT system of interoperable hardware,” said Starks. “This granular approach reduces the barriers to entry for radio network access vendors, particularly small-scale, specialized suppliers, and presents a unique opportunity for American companies.” Starks suggests the FCC investigate requiring carriers to consider O-RAN solutions as they rebuild networks.
Thursday’s Declaratory Ruling finds that the FCC has already fulfilled one of its obligations under the Secure Networks Act by adopting its November 2019 ban on USF support for equipment and services produced or provided by companies that pose a national security threat. In a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC seeks public comment on implementing various aspects of the Secure Networks Act, including proposals to:
|Source:||Inside Towers newsletter|| Courtesy of the editor of Inside Towers Jim Fryer.
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Reminder: Multiple Mock Auction Dates for Auction 105 Begin Friday, July 17
As a part of the July 1 Qualified Bidders Public Notice, about which we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC scheduled multiple mock auction dates in order to accommodate the large number of qualified bidders. Each qualified bidder has been assigned to one of three mock auction dates: Friday, July 17; Monday, July 20; or Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The spreadsheet with each qualified bidder’s mock auction date can be found here.
The FCC noted that the bidding system for Auction 105 differs from the bidding system used in previous clock auctions. While the functionality is largely the same, the interface is new. Accordingly, the FCC encourages all qualified bidders to participate in the mock auction.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.
FCC Publishes Official Agenda for July Open Meeting
On July 9, the FCC published the official agenda for its upcoming Open Meeting, currently scheduled for July 16. At the meeting, the FCC will consider:
The links in each of the descriptions above lead to draft versions of the document to be considered and a one-page summary prepared by FCC staff. It is important to note that the final item actually considered at the Open Meeting may differ from the draft.
The Open Meeting will be webcast live at https://www.fcc.gov/general/live.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.
FCC Announces Successful Completion of Post-Incentive Auction Transition
On July 13, the FCC issued a Press Release announcing that the post-incentive auction transition has successfully reached the July 13, 2020 deadline established for television stations to move off their pre-auction channel assignments. As a result, all of the low-band airwaves sold in the broadcast incentive auction are now available for wireless mobile broadband services.
Over the course of the transition, 987 full-power and Class A TV stations were reassigned to new TV channels. According to the Press Release, over 99% of the 987 repacked TV stations have successfully transitioned off their pre-auction channels, and the remaining stations that were granted short extensions due to unforeseeable circumstances are now scheduled to transition before the end of the summer. These remaining stations are currently located in the portion of the band allocated for broadcast television or the duplex gap, and none have delayed or will delay the deployment of wireless services in the new 600 MHz wireless band.
“Today represents a milestone in the Commission’s effort to repurpose spectrum to meet the demands of wireless consumers,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “I want to thank the broadcast and wireless industries, the tower crews, the equipment manufacturers, and the radio frequency engineers who support them for the hard work they have done over the past 39 months to make the benefits of the broadcast incentive auction a reality. I also want to thank the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, along with a team of professionals from across the Commission, who worked in a proactive, flexible, and collaborative way with industry throughout the transition. I appreciate their deep commitment to public service and their dedication to making this challenging project a success for American consumers.”
BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.
Law and Regulation
FCC Reminds LPTV and TV Translator Stations of July 13, 2021 Transition Date
On July 13, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding all low power television and television translator stations (LPTV/translator stations) that only one year remains until the July 13, 2021, digital transition date when stations must terminate all analog television operations. Specifically, by 11:59 p.m. local time on July 13, 2021, all LPTV/translator stations must terminate all analog television operations regardless of whether their digital facilities are operational.
The FCC also reminds these stations of the following deadlines:
Stations with questions about the transition may contact the firm for more information.
BloostonLaw Contact: John Prendergast.
Chairman Pai Issues Statement on First Completed CAF-II Auction Buildout
On July 14, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a Press Release congratulating Bloosurf, LLC for becoming the first broadband provider to have its Connect America Fund Phase II auction buildout validated as complete by the Universal Service Administrative Company:
“I congratulate Bloosurf for being the first company to satisfy its buildout requirements with funds from our recent Connect America Fund Phase II auction, making fixed broadband available to more than 5,000 rural homes and businesses in Maryland and Delaware. I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that the funds provided through the Connect America Fund Phase II auction are having across the nation—including in Delaware itself, where I visited with Bloosurf in rural Seaford in early 2019. I look forward to additional providers satisfying their broadband deployment requirements in the months and years to come. I am also looking forward to our upcoming $16 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Phase I auction this fall, which will bring high-speed broadband to up to 5.4 million unserved rural locations. This FCC is pulling out all the stops to close the digital divide, and we are making significant progress.”
JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, LINE COUNT DATA (A-CAM AND ALASKA PLAN RECPIENTS). Sections 54.313(f)(5) and 54.903(a)(1) of the FCC’s rules requires all rate-of-return telecommunications carriers to provide line count information on FCC Form 507 to USAC, the universal service Administrator. Carriers receiving Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS) must submit this information annually on March 31st of each year, and may update the data on a quarterly basis. Carriers that receive Alternative Connect America Model (A-CAM) I, A-CAM II, or Alaska Plan support are required to file by July 1st of each year. For 2020, the FCC has extended the A-CAM filing deadline until July 31.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.
JULY 31: CARRIER IDENTIFICATION CODE (CIC) REPORTS. Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Reports must be filed by the last business day of July (this year, July 31). These reports are required of all carriers who have been assigned a CIC code by NANPA. Failure to file could result in an effort by NANPA to reclaim it, although according to the Guidelines this process is initiated with a letter from NANPA regarding the apparent non-use of the CIC code. The assignee can then respond with an explanation. (Guidelines Section 6.2). The CIC Reporting Requirement is included in the CIC Assignment Guidelines, produced by ATIS. According to section 1.4 of that document: At the direction of the NANPA, the access providers and the entities who are assigned CICs will be requested to provide access and usage information to the NANPA, on a semi-annual basis to ensure effective management of the CIC resource. (Holders of codes may respond to the request at their own election). Access provider and entity reports shall be submitted to NANPA no later than January 31 for the period ending December 31, and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. It is also referenced in the NANPA Technical Requirements Document, which states at 7.18.6:
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.
AUGUST 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT: Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks—including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by August 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.
AUGUST 1: Live 911 Call Data Reports – Non-Nationwide Providers that do not provide coverage in any of the Test Cities must collect and report aggregate data based on the largest county within its footprint to APCO, NENA, and NASNA on the location technologies used for live 911 calls in those areas. Clients should obtain spreadsheets with their company’s compliance data from their E911 service provider (e.g., Intrado / West).
BloostonLaw Contacts: Cary Mitchell.
AUGUST 29: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS. The Copyright Statement of Accounts form plus royalty payment for the first half of year is due to be filed August 29 at the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office by cable TV service providers.
BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.
SEPTEMBER 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. Three types of entities must file this form.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.
SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM. Each year on September 30, multi-channel video program distributors (“MVPDs”) must file with the Commission an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. Users must access the FCC’s electronic filing system via the Internet in order to submit the form; it will not be accepted if filed on paper unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver of the electronic filing requirement. Certain MVPDs also will be required to complete portions of the Supplemental
Investigation Sheet (“SIS”) located at the end of the Form. These MVPDs are specifically identified in a Public Notice each year by the FCC.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.
|LETTERS TO THE EDITOR|
Chris Baldwin KF6AJM, pointed me in your direction for help.
I have a Nucleus station that I am trying to get going on 927 MHz. It has the standard controller that will not allow it to function in ham band.
Do you have or know of an available advanced controller?
Glad you are staying well. Keep it up. The newsletter is a GEM. Will you please let your readers know I have 6 Sonic PTX150 VHF paging transmitters available. They are 100 watt, POCSAG/FLEX™ capable and covers 138-174 MHz. Power cords are included. They were removed WORKING from a county paging system and are guaranteed by me. $1,425.00 each.
Please contact Phil directly. The newsletter will receive a 10% to 15% commission on any sales made. (On the honor system — no contract.)
Per Albert Erdmann’s letter to the editor, Are Pagers Obsolete, great topic, information and letter.
Discussing the relevancy of paging is a great debate today as the evolution of tech and telecom continues into the future.
I don’t want to parrot the pros and cons of paging, already made by others, as I would be speaking to the choir regarding your readers.
Unfortunately, the debate among those under 40 regarding the relevancy of paging centers on the fact that Millennials grew up using cellular technology by the most part.
If they have any reference to paging it is through old school RAP music or maybe one of their parents carried a pager or spoke fondly of the days they carried a pager, usually a digital pager.
I doubt any Gen-X parents ever used anything less than a digital pager and probably would not know what a Pageboy (1&II) voice or Metrix tone-only pager is, I know when I started in paging in 1983, working for PageAmerica, we had launched first-gen digital paging (BPR 2000).
If they remember any evolved (late 90s tech) pagers at all, those devices may have been a Motorola PageWriter 2000 or TalkAbout two-pager, which technically these devices were supported by NPCS technology/networks, if not these devices maybe a Blackberry device before RIM (remember those guys?) started manufacturing cellular based Blackberries.
I actually tell my daughters (born in 1998/2000) that I was texting before they were born, but we did not call it texting, we called it “two-waying,” those of you who worked for SkyTel in the late 90s, like myself, will know what I’m talking about.
With this being said, those 40 and under today can only reference what they grew up with and use today which were cellular phones such as feature phones (flip-phones), personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smartphones as used today.
To make Gen-Xers, Millennials, and Gen-Zers understand the relevancy of paging will take education.
A good place to start is with privacy, cybersecurity, civil liberties and safety which all were high regarding flip phones, PDAs and Blackberry which collectively were the last private, secure and safe forms of telecommunications and mobile computing on the market.
However there is No privacy, cybersecurity or safety regarding smartphones which maybe illegal to use within critical infrastructure and enterprise business due to predatory surveillance and data mining business practices employed by the OS, App and platform developers that include companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and companies from adversarial countries such as China and Russia.
Those companies include ByteDance (TikTok-China), Tencent (WeChat-China), Baidu (DU Apps/Browser) and Prisma Labs (Prima Apps — Russia).
Today, smartphones plus other connected technology are supported by intrusive, addictive and harmful technology in the form of the OS, apps and platforms that support smartphones plus other connected tech that is in turn supported by the android OS, Apple iOS or Microsoft Windows 8 & 10 OS.
Don’t take my word for this claim, read the enclosed admissions made by T-Mobile, Verizon plus executives and a lead product designer from Google and Facebook.
According to T-Mobile and Verizon; we lost tech and telecom privacy and cybersecurity associated with smartphones, tablet PCs, wearable tech, connected vehicles, SmartTVs, IoT/IIoT devices, or any connected product supported by the android OS, Apple iOS or Microsoft Windows 8 & 10 OS:
How come I include intrusive, addictive and harmful in my description of the OS, apps and platforms that support tech and telecom products today? Because Eric Schmidt, Former Chairman Alphabet, Inc. (Google), Sean Parker, Co-Founder of Facebook and Tristan Harris, Former Lead Product Designer, Google, publically admit how Google, Facebook and other tech giants develop their technology, which includes the OS, apps and platforms, during numerous interviews dating back to 2010:
In plain English, these former executives and product developers for Facebook and Google publically admit that these companies plus others (including companies from China and Russia) intentionally develop intrusive, addictive and harmful technology in order to monitor, track and data mine the end user (you and myself) for financial gain at the expense of the end user’s privacy, cybersecurity, civil liberties and safety whether the user is an adult, teen, child or business professional.
One day we all were using private and secure forms of tech and telecom products such as flip phones and Blackberry, but as we adopted so called “SmartTechnology” we started using unsecure tech and telecom products, such as smartphones, that are supported by intrusive, addictive and harmful technology as admitted by T-Mobile (Mr. Eardmann’s carrier of choice), Verizon plus former execs/employees of Google and Facebook.
As long as smartphones, tablet PCs and other connected technology pose a threat to the end user’s privacy, cybersecurity, civil liberties and safety, these technologies cannot compete with the reliability, security and privacy of paging, especially within critical infrastructure.
Due to predatory surveillance and data mining business practices employed by the developers; smartphones, tablet PCs and connected products in general may be illegal to use within a confidential and protected environment, such as critical infrastructure, according to legal agreements, industry and federal cybersecurity standards, federal information processing standards (“FIPS”) and laws that regulate medical information, client attorney privilege and classified information.
In closing, for more information regarding the legality of smartphones plus other connected products, read the article I wrote for the Epoch Times, “Business Users of Smartphones May be Breaking the Law,” Dec 4th, 2018: https://www.theepochtimes.com/business-users-of-smartphones-may-be-breaking-the-law_2728442.html
Per threats associated with Chinese and Russian technology in the form of intrusive, addictive and harmful apps/platforms, go to my author page at The Epoch Times — Rex M. Lee, to read more articles on this subject matter: https://www.theepochtimes.com/author-rex-m-lee or visit my website at My Smart Privacy at: www.MySmartPrivacy.com which is my journalist website. Nothing to buy, just free information.
Brad — Keep up the newsletter and the Good Fight Sir.
Rex M. Lee
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