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488 December 30, 2011

— HAPPY NEW YEAR—

  • Check out the newsletter archive!
  • Apple iOS, Google Android new device activations skyrocket
  • Yaesu’s Amateur Radio Division Breaks with Motorola, Changes Name to Yaesu Musen
  • The 10 biggest stories of 2011 in Mobile Tech
  • Self-healing electronics could work longer and reduce waste
  • Tech trends you'll see in 2012
  • Technical Tutorial — Excerpts from:
    A Digital Communications Guide for Amateur Radio Operators
  • Notice for sealed proposals — Public Safety Radio Paging System
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • A Discussion of Pager Lifespan
      • John Carter
      • Brad Dye
      • Robert Cook
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Have A Happy New Year — It’s All Up To You
487 December 23, 2011

— MERRY CHRISTMAS —

wreath

  • Please accept my best wishes for a Merry Christmas .
  • Editorial: Cellphones & Pagers — Distracted Driving — What About Drinking and Driving?
  • Verizon Experiences Nationwide Data Outages
  • Lightscrewed: How Washington Whipped Phil Falcone
    • With links to more information about the unusual Falcone family.
  • U.S. Won't Back Ban on Phones for Drivers
  • Towerstream 's Wi-Fi hot zones see plenty of traffic but no wireless carrier customers - yet
  • RIM Shares Jump on Takeover Whispers
  • Selected portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update , a newsletter from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP are reproduced in this section with the firm's permission.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Season's Greetings from:
      • Frank Mercurio, W9FM
      • Angelo Saccoccia
    • Santa Has a Wreck
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • The Real Christmas Story
486 December 16, 2011
  • Editorial Comments on LightSquared, the downed US drone, and other GPS issues.
  • Dean Mercer in intensive care.
  • Possible nationwide cell phone ban [while driving]
  • Critical Messaging Association Convention
  • A Happy Occasion—the Hardman wedding
  • Falcone’s LightSquared Said to Disrupt 75% of GPS in Tests
  • Latest Tests Confirm LightSquared Interference to GPS Navigation Equipment
  • Murder suspects [of AirPage owner] seek separation
  • Exclusive by The Christian Science Monitor: Iran hijacked US drone, says Iranian engineer
  • Critical Response Systems Announces New Low-Cost Nurse Call System
  • Select portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, a newsletter from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP are reproduced in this section with the firm's permission.
  • Mistaken Verizon emergency alert scares N.J.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Season's Greetings from:
      • Johan Ågren, CEO, Generic Sweden AB
      • Claude Everton, VE2YI
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Frosty the Snowman's baby picture.
485 December 9, 2011
  • Editorial Section
  • Verizon's spectrum deal with cable companies has myriad of implications
  • Grassley threatens to hold up FCC nominees over LightSquared
  • Critical Messaging Association Convention To Be Held In Austin, Texas
  • Industry icon Donald Rohn passes away at 72
  • LightSquared: Tests prove interference fix
    (Editor doesn't believe it will be practical)
  • Most hospitals still developing mobile policies
  • The Future of Messaging, part 2
    • By Mary Jesse
  • Stop Selling Paging Service And Start Selling Insurance! And A Few Other Things Too!
    • By Vic Jackson
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Releases Data Regarding CAF/ICC Further Notice
    • FCC Commissioner Michael Copps has submitted his resignation
    • Reporting requirements for FCC’s new CAF/ICC Order.
    • Upton, Walden concerned about FCC’s handling of CAF/ICC proceeding.
    • 700 MHz interim status reports due January 13.
    • House panel passes JOBS Act which authorizes incentive auctions.
    • House passes “Regulatory Accountability Act” to reform FCC process.
    • House Panel Passes "JOBS Act" Which Authorizes Incentive Auctions
    • FCC To Consider Rules for CALM Act At December 13 Meeting
    • Blanca Seeks Recon Of Aspects of FCC's Data Roaming Order
    • Comments Sought On Petitions For Reconsideration of "Wireless Backhaul Order"
    • FCC Proposes $5 Million Fine For Deceptive Marketing
    • FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory To LifeLine Service Providers
    • Cable Companies To Resell Verizon Wireless Service
  • An Updated Baby Cry Monitoring Kit
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Blooston, Mordkofsky et al
    • Bob Bliss, WBØMPE Contact Comm.
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Do you think this if funny or depressing?
484 December 2, 2011
  • Ken Sloan, Director of Healthcare & GSA Marketing at Apollo Wireless (Digital Paging Company) passed away in California.
  • Use that advertising budget before the year ends
  • PAGING MAINTAINS RELEVANCE WHEN MESSAGE MATTERS MOST
    Note: This article in Urgent Communications , the official publication of IWCE, appeared as the result of CMA's recent and very active promotion of our trade association's new name and promoting the services we still provide — better than any other technology.
  • Carl Thoma remembers Chicagoland PE
  • NH woman tracks down stolen iPhone using app
  • American Tower Ranks the Highest in Terms of Operating Margin in the Wireless Telecommunication Services Industry
  • Going wireless with diabetes treatment
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Deadlines for CAF/ICC Further Notice
    • CAF/ICC Order published in Federal Register; most rules effective Dec. 29: Clock starts for Recon and appeals.
    • FCC says it will use 2010 census tracts for Form 477 Local Competition and Broadband Reporting.
    • FCC OKs withdrawal of AT&T/DT Transfer of Control applications for proposed T-Mobile merger.
    • FCC allocates 413-457 MHz spectrum for Medical Micropower Networks.
  • A Software Defined Radio Project
  • Review: RFSPACE SDR-IQ Software Defined Receiver and Spectrum Analyzer
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Karl Rinker's New Tower
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Reflections on Faith and Science
483 November 25, 2011
  • I received several favorable comments about the open letter last week from Roy Pottle, President, of the Critical Messaging Association, to Judit Sharon, CEO at Onset Technology. This is one of the reasons that we have a strong trade association. If you are involved in the Wireless Messaging industry, you should be a member. Roy's letter is repeated this week. Vic Jackson also comments on this issue, and points out that he had a major debate with this firm (here in the newsletter) back in 2009. He says, “Hurrah! to Roy Pottle for his excellent defense of the paging industry!”
  • FCC finds AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile not in the public interest
  • Silent Call Communications has an Alerting Device for People who are Deaf/Blind to Feel Good About
  • American Tower Signals It's Still Best in Class
  • Android devices are prime target as mobile malware jumps 3% in Q3
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Releases Order On Broadband/Intercarrier Compensation Reform
    • CAF/ICC Further Notice seeks ways to implement high-cost phase-out.
    • Blooston Rural Carriers seek relief from outage reports.
    • Gloomy prospects for AT&T/ST-Mobile merger.
    • FCC continues EEO audits.
    • FCC releases “Small Biz Cyber Planner.”
    • House panel passes FCC process reform bills.
    • And much more. . .
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
  • Mark Crosby of EWA congratulates Roy Pottle
  • Ron Mercer comments
  • Allan Angus reports on some shocking issues from Germany and a federal law suit between his ex-employer, Gabriel Technologies, aka Trace Technologies, and Qualcomm, Snaptrack, and Norman Krasner.
  • Vic Jackson comments on the CMA Letter to Onset Technology.
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Were you feeling "thankful" yesterday? If not, this might help.
482 November 18, 2011
  • TPL Systèmes put their new advertisement in last week's newsletter, and reader inquiries about their pagers have already started to come in.
  • Do you know what happens if you don't advertise?
  • Please don't miss the open letter from Roy Pottle, president of the Critical Messaging Association, sent to Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology. Roy politely corrects some mistaken ideas about Paging presented in a recent Onset press release. This is a good example of our association (CMA) looking out for the best interests of the Wireless Messaging industry.
  • Ira Wiesenfeld & Associates Named As One Of The Top Consulting Firms In The United States.
  • Good friend and colleague, John Nagel , is reported to be recovering nicely from triple bypass surgery in a Dallas hospital. John is one of the senior engineers at American Messaging and the author of the recent article here on the history of the TNPP protocol. Get well soon John!
  • Motorola Mobility stockholders happy with Google merger
  • Mystery ‘virus’ disrupts New Zealand ambulance service
  • THE ANSWER to the [EAS] audio mess!
  • TECH TIPS: Radio Frequencies and Channel Spacing
    • Technical Stuff for Non-Technical People
    • SI multiples for hertz (Hz)
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Drexel Study Says FCC’s National Broadband Map May Not Be Accurate
    • FCC, cable firms launch cheap Internet service for low-income families.
    • NTIA releases computer home use study.
    • USDA announces funding for rural broadband.
    • Senate blocks resolution to disapprove Net Neutrality rules.
    • FTC wants default blocking to prevent “cramming.”
    • House panel launches probe of $267 million Open Range loan.
    • And more. . .
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • —Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.
481 November 11, 2011
  • I would like to welcome a new advertiser in our newsletter:
    TPL Systèmes
  • A Special Report on the National Emergency Alert System test done on Thursday. I conducted an informal survey and from the comments that I received, the test did not go very well.
  • I sent out another message recently asking for suggestions from supporters of this newsletter.
    • How can we make it better?
    • Are the ads too expensive?
    • Is there any content that we should add or discontinue?
    • Do you like the formatting?
    • Is there anything about the newsletter that you don't like?
    • Really, I would like to receive your comments on this.
  • Special Report — An Informal Survey on the EAS Test
  • Come join us, y’all, at the. . .
    Global Critical Messaging Convention
    March 27 – 29, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    Hyatt Regency Austin
  • RIM : BlackBerry services affected, but not another outage
  • Roger Linquist , Chairman, CEO and President, MetroPCS – Most Powerful People in Wireless
  • FCC unveils plan to provide broadband to the poor
  • WASHINGTON – Police use of GPS tracking clearly makes Supreme Court justices nervous — as the many scenarios they posed Tuesday showed
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • BloostonLaw “Open Internet Framework Manual” Now Available
    • News and Views
    • Comparing RLEC Plan, Consensus Framework to FCC’s Executive Summary.
    • Bills introduced to reform FCC process, reporting.
    • Reply date extended until Dec. 5 for “Cramming NPRM.”
    • House approves freeze on any new state, local taxes on wireless.
    • Senate resolution calls for exempting small businesses from Internet sales tax.
  • Your's Truly in the local news
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Steve Jobs cartoon
480 November 4, 2011
  • More editorial comments on the Steve Jobs biography
  • Steve Jobs Biography Sales Report
  • Welcome to the Critical Messaging Association
  • PG&E Begins Removing ‘Smart’ Meters Due to Health Effect (in the "Granola State")
  • Microsoft pushes out emergency fix to block Duqu zero-day exploit
  • Cell Phone Data and Expectations of Privacy
    • Expectation of Privacy
    • Third-Party Exception
    • Case Law and Congress
    • Debate on Access Standard
    • New York State and CSLI
    • Conclusion
  • G-Wave Offers Solutions to Help Stay Connected
  • Verizon API To Give Apps 'Turbo' Bandwidth Boost
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Outline of FCC’s New CAF/ICC Order
    • Open Internet Network Manual
    • FCC Adopts Order, FNPRM To Push USF/ICC Reform
    • FCC Aims To Phase Out Intercarrier Compensation
    • Reactions to FCC’s Order On Reforming USF/ICC Regime
    • OBAMA NOMINATES ROSENWORCEL, PAI TO FCC
    • MetroPCS APPEALS FCC’s “NET NEUTRALITY” RULES
    • FCC PROPOSES ADOPTING 2011 ANSI STANDARD FOR HAC HANDSETS
    • COMMENT DATES SET FOR NPRM IN BASIC SERVICE TIER ENCRYPTION PROCEEDING
    • COMMENT CYCLE SET FOR PROPOSED RULES GOVERNING VRS PROVDERS
    • FCC ACTS TO MODERNIZE TV BROADCAST PUBLIC INSPECTION FILES
    • OPEN RANGE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
    • COURT RULES AGAINST SAN FRANCISCO CELL PHONE WARNING LAW
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Gary Brake
    • Steve Donohue
    • Bob Thoelen
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Mother Teresa
479 October 28, 2011
  • Comments on the Steve Jobs biography
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson: review
  • RIM faces possible class action suit over BlackBerry outages
  • USA Mobility Reports Third Quarter Operating Results
  • Davicom Climbs a Mountain
  • TeleCommunication Systems' Commercial Mobile Alert System Receives FEMA Certification
  • Nest Learning Thermostat: Shiny Toy or Serious Tool?
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • BloostonLaw in the News: Ben Dickens cited in “Fortune” article on xG Technology.
    • Rural associations write Obama about concerns with FCC’s USF/ICC order.
    • Cell Phone study finds no increased cancer risks.
    • Bryson confirmed as Commerce Secretary.
    • Randy Houdek reelected to NECA board
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • No “atta boys” — no complaints — no gripes — no checks in the mail — no reader-submitted articles — no new ads — no nothin' this week. Oh well...
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Hang in there Baby (old but good)
478 October 21, 2011
  • My view: the "First Lady" and the "First Gentleman" of Wireless.
  • Commercial Break: a short reminder of how this newsletter works
  • Welcome back to our newest Critical Messaging Association member Tele-Page
  • Steve Jobs and the Seven Rules of Success
  • America's Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network Expands to More Than 175 Markets On Nov. 17 (according to Verizon Wireless)
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • New CMRS Data-Roaming Requirements Now In Effect
    • Rural associations provide update on USF/ICC order set for Oct. 27 meeting.
    • Senate USF/ICC hearing draws rural response.
    • FCC notice regarding data requests in AT&T/T-Mobile district court proceeding.
    • New electronic tariff filing rules take effect Nov. 17.
    • High court to hear cases on indecency standards, GPS monitoring.
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • New Jobs Bill Includes New Spectrum Use Fees
    • FCC’s NG911 NPRM Explores Texting, Prioritizing Calls
    • Modified E911 Rules for Wireless and VoIP Providers Become Effective Nov. 28
    • FCC White Paper Outlines Vision for Deploying DACA
    • New Tower Registration Comment Date Extended Until November 2
    • FCC Tests Spectrum Bridge TV Band Database System For White Space Devices
    • FCC Acts against Illegal Jamming Devices
    • LoJack Gets Partial Relief for Stolen Vehicle Tracking
    • FCC Issues Large Fine for Failure to Notify FAA of Outage
    • Texas Advised To Re-File For License Modification
    • L.A. County Gets Extension of Construction Deadline
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Glenayre Terminals For Sale
    • Our “First Lady” and “First Gentleman”
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.
477 October 14, 2011
  • Robert Galvin, ex-Motorola CEO, dies aged 89
  • The American Association of Paging Carriers is now the Critical Messaging Association
  • BlackBerry services "fully restored," says RIM—Fix comes four days after initial outages
  • Man Dies In 500-Foot Radio Tower Fall
  • LightSquared's GPS fix could cost industry $400M
  • The last time I saw Bob Galvin . . .
  • Investors urge Comtech to consider sale
  • AT&T Intellectual Property—Assigned Patent for Calling-party-pays Call Processing for Cellular and Paging
  • Motorola and Verizon team up for Z-Wave monitoring service, let you control your home as you roam
  • Message to Motorola Solutions employees from Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • USF/ICC Reform Order On Tentative Agenda For FCC’s Oct. 27 Meeting
    • Genachowski outlines FCC’s proposed USF/ICC order for vote at Oct. 27 meeting.
    • Comment dates set for FCC’s NG911 rulemaking.
    • D.C. Circuit selected to hear “Net Neutrality” cases.
    • Richard Levie appointed Special Master in AT&T/T-Mobile court proceeding.
    • Public Knowledge wants clarification of confidentiality treatment in merger proceeding.
  • US Amateurs Now 700,000 Strong!
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Life is too short
476 October 7, 2011
  • AAPC Announces Name Change
    • “Keeping Up With The Times”
    • New Association Name
    • New Association Logo
    • New Newsletter Format & Colors
    • New Association Web Site
    • Continued Commitment to Critical Communications
  • The American Association of Paging Carriers is now the Critical Messaging Association
  • Letter from Roy Pottle, Association President
  • New details in Motorola Spy Case
  • Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs dies at 56
  • Wireless Hall of Fame Dinner
  • The Future of Messaging
  • Five new things your device will be able to do in iOS 5
  • New wireless alert messages help warn of emergencies
  • T-Mobile Intros $30 Plan for Walmart
  • FCC plans to actively encourage [rural] broadband adoption
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
    • Verizon, Free Press sue FCC over “Net Neutrality” rules.
    • FCC sets comment dates on revising rules under RFA.
    • Terry bill would allow robocalls to cellphones.
    • FCC establishes comment cycle for NPRM on program carriage rules.
    • Reminder: commercial broadcast licensees must file 2011 biennial ownership reports.
  • 10 Things to Thank Steve Jobs For
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Humor
475 September 30, 2011
  • Editorial: To "Leap Frog"
  • The Surprising Ways RIM, Apple And Intel Named Their Best-selling Products
  • New threat to your car: a ticked-off geek
  • Supreme Court to Rule on ‘Big Brother’ Tracking
  • PERFORMANCE OF COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES FOLLOWING TRAGEDY AT INDIANA STATE FAIR AND ON LONG ISLAND NY IN THE AFRTERMATH OF HURRICANE IRENE—by Ron Mercer
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Feb. 13 Trial Date Set For DoJ Suit Against Proposed AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
    • FCC’s Net Neutrality rules published in Fed. Register
    • FCC’s NG911 NPRM explores texting, prioritizing calls.
    • E911 Rule Changes Effective Oct. 28
    • FCC white paper outlines vision for deploying DACA.
    • USAC devises proposal for disbursing low-income support to ETCs.
    • FCC establishes Rural Call Completion Task Force.
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Judge sanctioned the plaintiff's attorneys for 'cavalier and abusive' misconduct and for having a 'what can I get away with?' attitude during a 13-day patent infringement trial in Denver. [This is not recent, but it is pertinent.]
474 September 23, 2011
  • Fall has arrived here in Southern Illinois. This is my favorite time of the year. As soon as I get this issue out, I am going outside to walk my dog and enjoy the beautiful sight, sounds, and smells of this season. I hope you have a great weekend.
  • Dave Risik needs a couple of "Vibrasponders" can you help him?
  • Rally Organized to Protest Potential GPS Band Interference by LightSquared
  • Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley talks about Steve Jobs
  • Using fMRI and computational models, researchers were able to decipher and reconstruct movies from our minds
    • [Editor's humor: This should be no surprise to some of the "druggies" around here who are already wearing aluminum foil hats so the government can't read their minds via satellites. These are the same people who pull their blinds down and then peek out to see if anyone is peeking in.]
  • Apple’s Oct. 4 iPhone Reveal: A Preview
  • Verizon begins limiting bandwidth of heavy 3G smartphone data users
  • Declassified US Spy Satellites Reveal Rare Look at Secret Cold War Space Program
    • Big spy satellites revealed
    • Hubble vs. HEXAGON
    • The spy satellite GAMBIT
    • HEXAGON and GAMBIT 3 team up
  • Visual paging system makes Midway more accessible
  • Apple's iPhone has 89% retention rate, next nearest hardware is HTC at 39%
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC To Consider NPRM On Next Generation 911 At Sept. 22 Meeting
    • 15 Democratic lawmakers back AT&T/T-Mobile merger.
    • FCC requests voluntary data submissions regarding special access market.
    • FCC extends reply deadline in low-power radio service proceeding.
    • FCC OKs forbearance for “Lifeline-only” ETCs.
    • Obama plans to fight “cyberphobia”—fear of having records posted online.
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
      • Any sale of a company that holds FCC licenses;
      • A conversion in the form of organization from a corporation to an LLC, or vice versa, though such changes are not regarded as a change in entity under state law.
      • Any transfer of stock that results in a shareholder attaining a 50% or greater ownership level, or a shareholder relinquishing a 50% or greater ownership level;
      • Any transfer of stock, partnership or LLC interests that would have a cumulative affect on 50% or more of the ownership.
      • The creation of a holding company or trust to hold the stock of an FCC license holder;
      • The distribution of stock to family members, if there are changes to the control levels discussed above;
      • The creation of new classes of stockholders that affect the control structure of an FCC license holder.
      • Certain minority ownership changes can require FCC approval (e.g., transfer of a minority stock interest, giving the recipient extraordinary voting rights or powers through officer or board position).
    • FCC Proposes Changes To Streamline Review Process For Foreign Ownership Of Certain Wireless Licenses
    • FCC Clarifies Texas 700 MHz Public Safety Waiver
    • FCC Reaches Accords On 700 MHz Border Sharing
    • FCC Issues $25k Fine For Interfering With Police
    • FCC Extends Waiver For Cardiac Devices
    • FCC Grants Amoco Waiver For “Itinerant” Channels
  • Singlewire Software Releases RemotePhoneControl for iOS
  • Groundbreaking Japanese technologies of the past honored by national museum
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Wayne Dyer
    • Jim Rohn
    • Mahatma Gandhi
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • James Allen
473 September 16, 2011
  • I have done a little reformatting of the newsletter this week. Nothing major — just shuffled things around a bit. There is no order of preference to the ads or articles, and there never has been. I usually put the newer ones near the top.
  • AAPC: Welcome to our newest member: Contact Communications from Vermont!
  • RIM shares battered as questions swirl about future
  • General Reported He Was Pressured on Testimony About White House-Backed Project, Sources Say
  • Motorola Mobility Invests In Video Publishing Platform Ooyala
  • FCC promises 100,000 jobs
  • Court Case Asks if ‘Big Brother’ Is Spelled GPS
  • Gartner Finds Smartphone Sales Grew 74 Percent in Q2 of 2011
  • AT&T launching LTE network this weekend; competitors shouldn't worry yet
  • Cell broadcasting a fast way to get the message out
  • Motorola boss offered $66M golden parachute in Google purchase
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • New Jobs Bill Includes Old Wireless Proposals
      • Spectrum User Fees Could Hurt Clients
    • Rural associations unveil modified RLEC Plan to reform USF, ICC rules.
    • New Jobs Bill includes old wireless proposals, new spectrum fees.
    • FCC proposes 15.3% USF contribution factor for fourth quarter.
    • Auction 93 for FM broadcast spectrum permits set for March 27.
    • House panel to focus on broadband, spectrum policy.
  • Capital Research Global Reports $424.7M Stake in MetroPCS
  • Apple Japan Installs Early Earthquake Warning System In iOS5
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Abraham Lincoln
472 September 9, 2011
  • Save the Dates for the 2012 Global Paging Convention, March 27 – 29, Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas
  • Another great piece from Ted McNaught: “In defense of the pager.” Way to go Ted!
  • Iridium Force™ — A New Vision for Global Communications
  • Critical Response Systems Announces SPARKGAP™ Hospital Acknowledgement Paging System
  • Stanford University Researchers Announce Sunspot Breakthrough
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval
    • Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN)
    • DoJ files lawsuit to block AT&T/T-Mobile merger; Sprint follows suit.
    • FCC sets comment dates for FNPRM proposing microwave flexibility.
    • FCC proposes changes to streamline review process for foreign ownership of certain wireless licenses.
    • FCC puts general freeze on channel 51 applications.
    • FCC seeks comment on Draft “PEA” for Antenna Registration Program.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Nick Hardy, Paging Engineer, Managed Services/Vodafone Hutchison Australia, needs help finding Modem interface board for Nucleus VHF paging stations
    • Cook Paging reports on the major electric power outage in the western US with minimal effect on Paging.
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Is this life all there is?
471 September 2, 2011
  • Paging equipment for sale from Wayne Markis (Handy Page)
  • AAPC: Save the Dates for the 2012 Global Paging Convention
    • March 27 – 29
    • Hyatt Regency Austin—Austin, Texas
  • In Memoriam
    • Shannon Beckerich
  • Bob Galvin to be Honored With Marconi Society Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Statement from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on response and recovery efforts post-Hurricane Irene
  • When Crisis Strikes, Paging Networks Look Better than Cellular
  • 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand
  • A wireless system that works when disasters hit [?]
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • CMAS Election Reminder - August 2011 - Immediate Attention Required
    • Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN)
      • How Does PLAN Work?
      • Who Will Receive PLAN Alerts?
      • How Much Will Consumers Pay to Receive PLAN Alerts?
      • Do Consumers Have to Sign Up to Receive Alerts?
      • What Alerts Will PLAN Deliver?
      • What Will Consumers Experience When They Receive a PLAN Alert?
      • Will Consumers Be Able to Receive PLAN?
      • Alerts on a Prepaid Phone?
      • Are PLAN Alerts Text Messages?
      • Will Consumers Need a New Phone or a Smart Phone to Receive Alerts?
      • Will PLAN Be Available Everywhere?
      • Can Consumers Block PLAN Alerts?
      • How Will Subscribers Know If Their Carrier Offers PLAN?
      • Should My Company Elect to Participate?
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Ian Gardiner in New Zealand wrote
      • about their big earthquake
    • There were many submissions of news by readers this week, for which I am very grateful. There just wasn't enough space to include these references in their entirety, so I have added links here so that you can read them.
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
      • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness”
470 August 26, 2011
  • Editorial: EARTHQUAKES AND CELL PHONES
    • How An Why Telephone Systems Are Designed To Not Work When You Need Them The Most
  • Mini-editorial: My Health Problem
  • Words Of Wisdom From The AAPC — updated
    • Why Mobile Phones Didn't Work After Virginia Earthquake
    • East Coast quake causes major cell service disruptions
    • Cell networks jammed after fair tragedy
    • BART Cuts Off Cell Phone Service — At What Cost?
  • Steve Jobs quits as CEO of Apple
    • Cook assumes role as chief executive; Jobs to take post of chairman
  • PageOne Communications Celebrates 25 Years of Messaging Innovation
  • Vector Capital to Buy Wireless Broadband Business of Motorola
  • In wake of earthquake, FEMA asks public avoid calling, use text or e-mail instead
  • SMS: The dying cash cow for wireless carriers?
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Allan Angus
      • Some comments on letters to the editor from Jay Moskowitz and Ron Mercer
    • Ron Mercer
      • Cellular System Performance during Indiana State Fair
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • On Lying and the Truth
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson
      • Sir Walter Scott
      • Socrates
469 August 19, 2011
  • John Nagel has written a comprehensive history on the development of the TNPP protocol. This inter-system communications protocol played an important role in the expansion of Paging — worldwide (during the "glory days" of Paging).
  • Jenna Richardson shares a link to a great video and says: she LOVES it when someone outside the industry “gets it” and then shares it. . . I agree with her wholeheartedly. PLEASE DON'T MISS THIS IN THE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR SECTION.
  • Allan Angus shares some thoughts on "CMAS cellular broadcast technology." To borrow from an old TV slogan, "When Allan speaks, I listen!" Highly recommended— IN THE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR SECTION.
  • Jay Moskowitz and Ron Mercer engage in a friendly debate about why we missed the boat for wireless text messaging and wireless e-mail.
  • Bob Landis points out that Paging is really NOT secure. IN THE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR SECTION.
468 August 12, 2011
  • Editorial: Juggernaut
  • LOOKING FOR A BUYER
    A small paging carrier in northern Illinois wants a quick sale of customer base and two tower sites. Please contact me if you have any interest.
  • [Repeat] Critical Alert Systems is looking for an experienced RF field technician
  • List of countries by number of mobile phones in use (from Wikipedia)
  • Why doctors’ pagers still trump smartphones
  • Pagers and HIPPA Laws
  • Solar Explosions Could Impact Earth
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Ron Mercer
      • A Clarification and an Apology
    • Obituary
      • CHANDOS A. RYPINSKI Jr.
    • Dervichian, Edouard
      • Subject: Pamphlet No. 4
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
  • A joke—or is it?
467 August 5, 2011
  • Critical Alert Systems is looking for an experienced RF field technician
  • iPhone Applications Related To Paging or Wireless Messaging
  • FCC Request May Allow Paging System Interconnection Using Direct IP-to-IP Transmission by Vic Jackson
  • How Pagers Can Save Lives in Natural Disasters
  • IPAWS Training Coming?
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • 11 AT&T Customers Seek Arbitration To Block T-Mobile Merger
    • Guidance For Seeking Waiver of Jan. 1, 2013 Narrowbanding Deadline
    • FCC Releases Order On FY 2011 Regulatory Fees
    • LMCC Asks FCC To Consider Public Safety, Others When Granting T-Band Waivers
    • Build Out Deadline For State-licensed Public Safety Narrowband Channels Is Set at June 13, 2014
    • Draft House GOP Spectrum Bill Sparks Controversy
    • FCC Declines To Give More Guidance On Government Use Of 700 MHz Band
    • Beaumont Granted Waiver For Public Safety Expansion
    • FCC Partially Grants Waiver To Operate PLMR System On ATMS Spectrum
    • FCC Issues Official Citation For Programming Unauthorized Frequencies Into Transmitter
    • FCC Dismisses Petition Regarding Rebanding Costs, Use of Vacated Channels
    • Hackers Target Both Large And Small Businesses
    • FCC Adopts Measures To Strengthen E911 Location Accuracy Regulations
    • House Bill Would Put New Wireless Taxes On Hold
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Steve Donohue — TKO Networks
      • Comments on the OnPage Article
    • Ron Mercer
      • Comments on the Jon Word and Leslie Prichard Article
    • Jerry Griffith
      • Comments on the "Lightsquared System" and GPS
    • Ron Mayes
      • Asks about "imitation paging applications on phones"
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • When I am not working on the newsletter, this is what I do
466 July 29, 2011
  • PAGER NETWORKING HISTORY
    • TNPP Article Coming
  • IMPORTANT POINT: “With the majority of the population carrying a cell phone these days, we've been lured into believing we are always connected and have developed a false sense of security along with a true sense of dependency on the phones.” [emphasis added]
  • OnPaqe Looks To Make The Pager Obsolete
    • “Wireless Veteran” Comments
  • USA Mobility Reports Second Quarter Operating Results
  • The 411 on Pagers
    • by: Leslie Prichard
    • Co-Author: Jon Word
  • Illinois governor visits Motorola Israel
    • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
    • Motorola Israel Operations Manager, Shimon Dick
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • 11 AT&T Customers Seek Arbitration To Block T-Mobile Merger
    • Draft House GOP spectrum bill sparks controversy. — But it is only one of several measures addressing public safety spectrum
    • Hackers target both large and small firms.
    • FCC releases order on FY 2011 regulatory fees.
    • Substantial service deadline for state-licensed 700 MHz
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • The Problem Which Alerting Is Trying To Solve
      Edouard
      Dervichian — Pamphlet No. 3
    • Pat Merkel comments
    • Paul Lubsen — SONIK is moving
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • 1957 Sandwich Menu from F.W. Woolworth Co.
465 July 22, 2011
  • Comments About The Newsletter
    • Support, etc.
  • The Heat Wave
  • Amazing Photo of the Atlantis Space Shuttle's Last Landing
  • AAPC: Paging Advantages Over Smartphones For Critical Communications
  • Volunteer Firefighters To Receive Tax Credit
  • Opinion Piece: The Declining State of BlackBerry
  • Pagers Make Economic Sense
    • By: Leslie Prichard
    • Co-Author: Jon D. Word
  • Apple Sells More Than a Million Copies of OS X Lion in One Day
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • House Draft Bill Would Authorize Incentive Auctions For TV Spectrum.
    • FCC’s E911 Order tightens accuracy requirements, proposes more changes. TWTC seeks direct IP-to-IP interconnection with ILECs for certain IP services. Barton, Terry, NARUC oppose tapping USF in deficit-reduction deal. FCC announces tentative agenda for August 9 open meeting. FCC makes NRUF/LNP data regarding AT&T/T-Mobile merger available to 4 states.
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Edouard Dervichian — Pamphlet No. 2
    • John Roberts Needs Help Finding a Pager
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Mobile Phone Joke
464 July 15, 2011
  • TELEMETRY RECEIVERS FOR SALE
  • Jon Word of Contact Wireless/SelectPath in New Mexico has commissioned Leslie Prichard—a freelance writer—to write several articles promoting the continued advantages of paging for critical messaging delivery. I will be publishing one article per week in the next several issues. The first of this series (Why a Pager Is a Must for First Responders) was included in Friday's Newsletter Notice and repeated in this issue.
    • Why a Pager Is a Must for First Responders
    • The 411 on Pagers
    • Pagers Make Economic Sense
    • Pagers and HIPAA Laws
    • How Pagers Can Save Lives in Natural Disasters
    • Other Topics To Follow
  • Verizon Wireless CTO says company will consider different data billing models
  • BlackBerry Maker RIM To Launch 7 New Smartphones
  • Why a Pager Is a Must for First Responders
  • ZigBee Alliance Releases Smart Energy Version 2.0 Draft 0.7 For Public Comment
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Obama Seeks To Eliminate Outdated FCC Rules
    • FCC proposes rules to fight “cramming” on phone bills.
    • FCC adopts measures to strengthen E911 location accuracy regulations.
    • FCC seeks comment on implementing Local Community Radio Act.
    • Court strikes down FCC’s media cross-ownership rule, Diversity Order.
    • Comment sought on Pac-West, Verizon petitions regarding tariffed access charges.
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Edouard Dervichian — Zurich, Switzerland
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Will Rogers, on the U.S. Government
—— July 15, 2011

Greetings from Southern Illinois. All is well here, except that I have to attend the funeral of a friend today, and so the regular newsletter will be late getting out. Maybe later today or maybe tomorrow.

Jon Word of Contact Wireless/SelectPath in New Mexico has commissioned Leslie Prichard—a freelance writer—to write several articles promoting the continued advantages of paging for critical messaging delivery. I will be publishing one article per week in the next several issues.

To get things started off, the first one is included here. Congratulations to Jon for taking the initiative on this promotion. We need more of this. . .

463 July 8, 2011
  • [FCC's] 15th Annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report
  • Skype video chat directly from Facebook
  • Apple will launch low-end iPhone this fall, report says
  • European Mobile Messaging Association Conference—Tentative Schedule of Events
  • Study Says Technology Could Transform Society
  • Controlling Wi-Fi radio 'nap-time' reaps big power savings
  • RIM agrees to review its structure
  • Consumer Reports: Verizon's switch to usage-based data pricing won't result in higher bills for most
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Releases “Sunshine” Agenda For July 12 Open Meeting
    • Advisory clarifies complying with FCC’s Open Internet “Transparency Rule.”
    • Comments sought on Tech Work Group proposals for LightSquared/GPS issues.
    • LMCC asks FCC to consider public safety, others when granting T-Band waivers.
    • FCC extends comment deadlines for implementing CALM Act.
    • FCC releases 15th annual report on wireless market.
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Senate Panel OKs Public Safety Communications Bill
    • FCC Extends Signal Booster NPRM Comment Deadlines
    • FCC Seeks Comment On Collision Avoidance Radar
    • New Rules For “Up Front” Regulatory Fees Take Effect
    • 800 MHz Rebanding “True-Up” Deadline Postponed
    • Walden Draft Bill Would Reform FCC Processes
    • FCC Clarifies Rule Regarding Maritime VHF Channel 7B
    • Comment Sought On Public Safety Aircraft Voice Calls On 700 MHz Channels
    • FCC Grants Florida Waiver Regarding Repeaters
    • American Taxi Fined $20k For Unlicensed Operation Despite Claim of Having “Permission” from Another Licensee
    • FCC Issues $24k Fine For Unlicensed Operation, Failure To Allow Inspection
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • J. Campbell O'Keeffe
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Quotations on Wisdom
462 July 1, 2011
  • Editorial: Report About Illinois Political Corruption
  • John Aegerter, president of Air Page Corp. in Brookfield, Wisconsin Murdered
  • Global Paging Convention Report
  • RIM gets handed open letter from disgruntled employee, quickly responds in kind
  • Wi-LAN buys 60 Glenayre mobile patents for $8 million
  • Murder Victim Remembered for Radio Expertise, Passion for Cars
  • Details Revealed About Brookfield Homicide
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • 76 House Democrats Back AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
    • FCC adopts Caller ID rules to prohibit “spoofing.”
    • Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Exclusion Reports are now due July 28.
    • Walden draft bill would reform FCC processes.
    • House panel asks FCC for USF, Lifeline information.
    • USDA, FCC release rural broadband report.
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Parties Continue to Oppose LightSquared Over Potential Interference to GPS Bands
    • Narrowbanding May Require Equipment Replacement
    • FCC Seeks Further Comment On Fixed Service Sharing In 7 GHz and 13 GHz Bands
    • FCC Launches Investigation On Maritime’s Eligibility to Hold FCC Licenses Due to Alleged Spectrum Auction Abuses, Other Violations
    • FCC Announces Revised Application Fees
    • Bosch Granted Waiver For “Wallscanner” Device
    • State of Florida Granted Trunking Waive
    • FCC Reminds Boaters Of Marine Safety Rules
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • More Weiner humor
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Albert Einstein
461 June 24, 2011
  • Editorial Comments on the Global Paging Convention in Nashville
  • Peter Angelo, one of the Featured Speakers at the Global Paging Convention
  • Israeli army, telco face off over emergency SMS alert test
  • The Westkuestenklinikum Heide Hospital Deploys Ekahau's Wi-Fi Badges for Staff Safety and Tags for Asset Tracking
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Senate Panel OKs Public Safety Communications Bill
    • Executive Order creates White House Rural Council.
    • FCC report focuses on info needs of communities.
    • High Court backs FCC on LEC interconnection rules.
    • Court invites FCC to file brief in UNE leasing case.
    • FCC proposes 14.4% contribution factor for third quarter.
    • FCC Sets Tentative Agenda For July 12 Open Meeting
    • FCC adopts Lifeline, Rural Health Care reforms.
    • FCC proposes multi-million dollar fines for “cramming.”
    • LightSquared proposes GPS fix
    • Cable, electric interests challenge FCC’s new pole attachment rules.
    • FCC extends comment dates for signal booster NPRM.
    • House restores $6 million to RUS broadband loan program
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Ray Primack sends in some jokes from Vancouver (Those Canadians are always picking on us!)
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • THE MOST RELIABLE MEANS OF NOTIFICATION
—— June 17, 2011 No newsletter this week—attending the Global Paging Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
460 June 10, 2011
  • New Indiana Law Gets Tough On Mobile Texting
  • Global Paging Convention
  • Are you ready for CMAS? Unication’s Elegant or Legend Pagers are!
  • Motorola sells control of Beeper [Israel] to Elisha Yanay
  • First Look: Motorola's Photon 4G calls and computes
  • Commercial Mobile Telephone Alerts (CMAS)
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • June 9 Meeting Agenda
    • FCC puts 700 MHz progress reports on hold until it can publish effective deadline.
    • NBP architect Blair Levin gives Plan mixed review, but generally backs it.
    • Opposition continues to Lightsquared’s proposal to use GPS bands.
    • FCC sets comment dates for implementation of CALM Act.
    • FCC sets comment dates for NPRM on proposed changes to BRS, EBS bands.
  • HP to Roll Out TouchPad Tablet
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Werner von Braun
    • Michael Faraday
459 June 3, 2011
  • Once again, I would like to sincerely thank all the advertisers and contributors who make this newsletter possible. Without your help there would be no weekly newsletter. This is issue number 459. That represents a long time and a lot of work but this is the only “job” I have ever had, that I didn't get bored with or dread going to work some days. The topics that I cover are things that really interest me and I hope they interest you as well. If you like it, please help support it and invite your friends and colleagues to subscribe.
  • Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference
  • AT&T CEO promises improved service with merger
  • Global Paging Convention
  • Apple Wants To Be It’s Own Carrier;
    MVNO Patent Application Extended
  • WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk
  • Motorola leaks Xoom 2 tablet, Tracy XL watchphone, and Slimline, Zaha, Targa, and Pearl handsets
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Cell Phone Brain Cancer Issue Emerges Again
    • AT&T’s full-court “press” to promote proposed T-Mobile merger creates conflict.
    • FCC rules that LECs must interconnect exchange traffic with competitors, despite rural exemption.
    • FCC seeks comment on changes to BRS, EBS bands.
    • FCC seeks comment on proposed EAS changes.
    • Senate panel approves “Protect IP Act,” but Wyden is holding it up.
  • LTE deployments signal new revenue for tower companies
  • GPS: [John] Deere Says Falcone’s Service to Cause “Massive Interference”
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Humor
458 May 27, 2011
  • Apple's revamped retail experience
  • PAGING TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
  • Editorial: Amateur Radio
  • Global Paging Convention
  • AT&T to Launch LTE in Summer
  • More on: Apple's revamped retail experience
  • FCC ANNOUNCES REVISED FY 2011 APPLICATION FEE RATES
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Tentative Meeting Agenda For June 9
    • FCC’s Spectrum Task Force seeks comments on fixed, mobile 2 GHz band issues.
    • USAC asked to develop proposal for disbursing Lifeline support to ETCs.
    • FCC announces FY2011 NANP fund estimate and contribution factor.
    • AT&T seeks approval of assigning 700 MHz licenses from Qualcomm, 700 MHz LLC, and Knology; FCC wants NRUF, LPN data in record for Qualcomm proposal.
  • FEMA Administrator Calls Amateur Radio “The Last Line of Defense”
  • CQ Magazine Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • John M. Grohol, PSYD
457 May 20, 2011
  • I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the Global Paging Convention next month in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • AAPC Tentative Conference Agenda
  • The inspiration for Twitter? AOL Instant Messenger [and the RIM Pager]
  • RIM recalls about 1,000 PlayBook tablets
  • Verizon Sues FCC Over Data Roaming Rules
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
  • Apple and Google to face another Senate privacy hearing
  • Apple to US Senate: We have no plans to ever track users' locations
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Albert Einstein
456 May 13, 2011
  • FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker Takes Job with Comcast
  • Senator questions Google on Wi-Fi snooping
  • Still looking for info on private paging in Latin America
    • Si Usted sabe algo sobre el mercado de radio busca personas Privado — es decir — sistemas de paging operado solamente para el uso de empleados de una empresa — estamos buscando información sobre quienes son y aproximadamente cuantos usurarios hay — ¿muchos?, ¿pocos?, ó cualquier mas información. Gracias.
  • I have my plane ticket to go to Nashville. Do you?
  • AAPC Tentative Conference Agenda
  • Emergency Alert System Expected for Cellphones
  • Apple acquires paging patent
  • Inventor of the first paging system celebrates its 80th birthday today
  • Grading the top 10 U.S. [cellular] carriers in the first quarter of 2011
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Sets Tentative Agenda For May 12 Open Meeting.
    • FCC extends separations freeze until June 30, 2012.
    • FCC seeks comment on NECA’s TRS formulas.
    • FCC approves NECA’s average schedule formula.
    • FCC seeks comment on signal booster NPRM.
    • FCC extends certain Rural Health Care Pilot Program deadlines.
  • Will Microsoft Use Skype To Take on Apple, Nintendo and Sony?
  • Apple VP testifies before Congress about location data
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • C.S. Lewis
455 May 6, 2011
  • My Day off-last week
  • Dr. Peter Angelo, Scientist at the National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee will speak at our Global Paging Convention, June 14–16 in Nashville.
  • There will be many other excellent speakers at this conference. Just to name a few of them:
    • Roy Pottle, AAPC President
    • Derek Banner, EMMA Chairman
    • Ted McNaught, Critical Alert Systems
    • Kathy Mealer, Jackson-Madison County Hospital
    • Scott Forsythe, SelectPath
    • Tom Harger, SelectPath
    • Alan Hills, Method Link
    • Jim Nelson, Prism-IPX
    • Peter Barnett, American Messaging
    • Mike Lyons, Indiana Paging Network
    • Stephen Oshinsky, Critical Alert Systems
    • Craig Meldrum, WiPath Communications
    • Ingo Schmuckli, Swissphone
  • I would like to receive information on the Private Paging Market in Latin America. If any of our readers can help me out on this it would be terrific.
  • AAPC Tentative Conference Agenda
  • Background On Dr. Peter Angelo and the PAD from the US Department of Energy website
  • More Wireless and Technology News:
    • iPhone tracking not news, not unique, and not ominous
    • Apple publishes Q&A on iPhone location data
    • FCC Green Lights TETRA for Limited Use in U.S., Rulemaking to Address Permanent Use (4/26/11)
    • Anatomy of failure: Mobile flops from RIM, Microsoft, and Nokia
    • USA Mobility Reports First Quarter Operating Results
    • California's Do Not Track law takes a step forward
    • eVigilo to Deliver Chile's Next Generation Emergency Alert System to Cellular Phones
    • NPD: Apple now third-largest U.S. mobile phone brand
    • Apple's OS X server strategy: Data centers for everyone
  • Command Technologies, Division of Palstar, Inc., Acquisition
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update (for 2 weeks)
    • FCC Sets Tentative Agenda For May 12 Open Meeting.
    • BloostonLaw seeks recon of FCC’s draft rules on towers and migratory birds.
    • AT&T, Deutsche Telekom file applications for transfer of control of T-Mobile licenses.
    • TAC proposes ideas for job creation, tech innovation.
    • FCC seeks further comment on 14th video competition report.
    • FCC Sets Comment Cycle For AT&T, DT Apps On T-Mobile Deal
    • Tier 1 wireless carriers respond to Congress on privacy protection.
    • FCC proposes to collect $335.8 million in regulatory fees.
    • BloostonLaw proposes “safe harbors” for certain qualified towers.
    • Millennium 2000 seeks forbearance from requirement that ETCs provide service over their own facilities.
  • Technical Corner
    • Dr. Joe Taylor, American astrophysicist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate
    • WSPR
    • New Global Emergency Communications Network launches
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Barry Kanne and Luis Hernando Ramírez Cortes
    • Anonymous Rant about Apple and Android
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • On the loss of a pet
—— April 29, 2011 No newsletter this week
454 April 22, 2011
  • Apple In The News
  • Dr. Peter Angelo, Scientist at the National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee invited to speak at our Global Paging Convention, June 14–16 in Nashville.
  • Japan Expands Evacuation Zone Around Nuclear Plant
  • AAPC Announcements
    • The Global Paging Convention, June 14–16 in Nashville is just two months away
    • Make reservations now
    • Vendor Opportunities
    • Confirmed Sponsors
      • American Messaging
      • Critical Alert Systems
      • Daniels Electronics
      • Microspace Communications
      • Prism - IPX Systems
  • RIM's Angela LoSasso Shows Off New Blackberry PlayBook
  • iPhone Growth Suddenly Soaring in China
  • Rumor: Analyst expects A5 and 8MP camera for iPhone 5
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC opens new docket on AT&T/T-Mobile merger.
    • White House is drafting new legislation on cybersecurity.
    • FCC allows more time for E-rate filing corrections.
    • FCC seeks further comment on establishing a “Tribal Mobility Fund.”
    • FCC, Knight Foundation unveil “contest” for new apps.
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Proposes Signal Booster Rules To Improve Coverage
    • Comment Dates Set For Draft Environmental Rules On Antenna Registration
    • FCC Extends Negotiation Period For Wave 4 Licensees
    • FCC Grants Sprint Request To Vacate Interleaved Band
    • Citation Issued To Universal For Programming Violations
    • FCC Cancels RF Data Inc.’s PLMR License in New York
    • FCC Issues Caller ID NPRM To Fight “Spoofing,” Other Phone Scams & Schemes
    • FCC Proposes $19,000 Fine For Unauthorized Operation After License Lapses
    • FCC Proposes $12,000 Fine For Unauthorized Operation Discovered by Monitoring
    • FCC Proposes $12,000 Fine For Tower Lighting Failure
  • Apple Tops Phone Market in Total Revenue: Report
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
453 April 15, 2011
  • Lawmakers urge review of LightSquared GPS interference concerns
  • AAPC Announcements
    • The Global Paging Convention, June 14–16 in Nashville, TN is just two months away
    • Make reservations now
    • Vendor Opportunities
    • Confirmed Sponsors
      • American Messaging
      • Critical Alert Systems
      • Daniels Electronics
      • Microspace Communications
      • Prism - IPX Systems
  • Verizon Brings All Content to All Devices
  • New Applications, Markets Sought For Underwater Communication System
  • Editorial: RIM, we've been here before
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • BloostonLaw Attorney Uses Twitter To Help Disaster Victims
    • FCC adopts “data-roaming rule for wireless carriers.
    • Pole attachment rules amended to fit broadband.
    • FCC adopts “signal booster” NPRM to improve coverage.
    • FCC adopts rules, FNPRM to halt VRS program abuse.
    • FCC says magicJack access charges are unlawful.
  • eVigilo to Deliver Earthquake and Tsunami Alerts to the Israeli Population
  • Leo Meyerson, WØGFQ, a Silent Key
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Anser-Quik Need Help with Micor PURC Repair
  • LINK TO RECOMMENDED READING “Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?”
    This is a scholarly and very long article in The New York Times. It explains—scientifically—why no one knows for sure if cellphones cause brain cancer.
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • —Ross Perot (thanks to Aaron Osgood)
452 April 8, 2011
  • There were several interesting actions announced by the FCC this week:
    • FCC Promotes Robust, Affordable Broadband by Reducing Costs & Delays in Access to Infrastructure.
    • FCC Explores Ways to Further Strengthen the Reliability of America's Communications Networks.
    • FCC Takes Action on Data Roaming to Expand Consumers' Access to Mobile Broadband.
    • FCC Adds Flexibility to MSS Spectrum for Mobile Broadband.
    • Deletion of Agenda Items From April 7, 2011, Open Meeting.
    • FCC Proposes Rules to Improve Wireless Coverage Through Signal Boosters While Protecting Networks.
    • FCC Moves Forward With Comprehensive Reforms to Eliminate Abuses and Ensure Viability of Video Relay Service.
    • FCC Acts to Ensure That Deaf-Blind Individuals Have Access to 21st Century Communications Technologies.
    • FCC Names New Administrator of Interstate TRS Fund.
    • Chairman Genachowski's Remarks on Spectrum, The White House, Washington, D.C.
    • Native Affairs And Policy Deadlines for Comments on Native Nations Notice of Inquiry.
    • FCC Launches New Agency Website.
  • Paging infrastructure and test equipment for sale. Pagers, a big UPS, and other equipment as well. Check it out!
  • Noon Start for FCC Net Rule-Blocking Bill
  • Homeland Security nears decision on terror warning system
  • 2011 Global Paging Summit Report—Held March 15 - 17, 2011 Cork, Ireland
    • Jim Nelson Given the 2011 AAPC & EMMA Industry Recognition Award
    • Photos
  • The last gasp for Nortel
  • Courts Provide Little Guidance on Technology in the Workplace
  • IntelliGuard Systems™ Adds Flash Drive to RAVENAlert™ Keychain to Better Integrate Campus Safety and Campus Life
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • House Continuing Resolution Threatens RUS Broadband Program.
    • FCC sets comment cycle for Native Nations NOI.
    • FCC sets comment dates for Spectrum over Tribal Lands NPRM.
    • Copps expresses concerns over AT&T/T-Mobile deal.
    • DoJ seeks NRUF, LNP data in AT&T/T-Mobile probe.
    • FCC gives USAC guidance on interim caps for past ALLTEL, AT&T mergers.
  • Bizarre cosmic explosion observed
  • Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Spectrum (ARRL)
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • We tend to forget . . .
451 April 1, 2011
  • New sponsor: Product Support Services, Inc. (PSSI)
  • United Communication Corp. (UCC) —new ad
  • Paging System Equipment and Pagers for Sale
  • 2011 Global Paging Summit Report—Held March 15 - 17, 2011 Cork, Ireland
    • Jim Nelson Given the 2011 AAPC & EMMA Industry Recognition Award
    • Photos
  • 12-Year-Old Genius Expands Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Thinks He Can Prove It Wrong
  • AT&T to introduce data caps on DSL
  • Three Ways Royal Caribbean Has Embraced Mobile, Made Customers Happy
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Comment dates set for NPRM on retransmission consent negotiations.
    • FCC sets schedule for 2011 annual access tariff filings.
    • 700 MHz performance status reports due by June 13.
    • CTIA, RCA ask FCC to prohibit, freeze licensing on TV channel 51.
    • Comment sought on draft environmental rules affecting antenna registration program.
  • Google settles FTC complaint over “Buzz”
  • We Help Move Time Through the Air
    • Managers of WWVB Explore Options to Improve the Service Further
  • The Great Pager Blackout of 1998
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “Integrity” —Moliere
450 March 25, 2011
  • [According to an] Analyst: Apple Will Be Bigger than IBM, HP in Two Years
  • AAPC SEEKS INPUT ON FCC BIENNIAL RULE REVIEW
  • RIM says PlayBook tablet will run Android apps
  • Connected Development Delivers iGlucose Diabetes Management Product
  • Healthcare Visionary Dr. Soon-Shiong Says Wireless Technologies Will Enable Personalized Healthcare
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Tentative Agenda For April 7 Open Meeting
    • AT&T to acquire T-Mobile in $39 billion transaction.
    • Landover LPTV project raises certain concerns.
    • FCC clarifies conditional grant of renewal licenses.
    • FCC announces procedures, deadlines for 700 MHz Auction 92.
    • FCC says Sec. 254(g) rate integration requirement does not apply to CMRS.
  • We love those wireless devices
  • U.S. Data Traffic Doubles; Smartphones Up 57%, says CTIA
  • Quakes called signal of danger to cell networks
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • “One Day At A Time”
449 March 18, 2011
  • Mass Alerting
  • Global Paging Convention—Vendor Opportunities
  • How dirty is your cellphone? [or Pager?]
  • ZipIt Reinvents the Pager. Wait, the Pager?
  • USA Mobility jumping from pagers to smartphones, tablets with acquisition of Amcom
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Schedule Set for USF/ICC Reform Meetings
    • FCC issues Caller ID NPRM to fight “spoofing,” other phone scams & schemes.
    • FCC seeks to extend freeze on Part 36 separations.
    • RUS seeks comment on broadband loan program, solicits funds.
    • FCC announces procedures, deadlines for 700 MHz Auction 92.
    • FCC proposes 14.9% USF contribution factor for second quarter.
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • D Block Legislation Would Sell Off 450-470 MHz Band, Displacing Land Mobile and Paging Operations
    • FCC Sets Comment Dates for 700 MHz Public Safety Interoperability FNPRM
    • FCC Seeks Comment On Proposed AVWS System To Promote Aviation Safety
    • FCC OKs Limited Temporary Waiver For VPC Licensees On Maritime Channel 87B
  • Public Service: After Devastating Earthquake, Japan's Radio Amateurs Provide Communications Support
    • Yaesu, ICOM and Kenwood Issue Statements Regarding Effects of Earthquake on Operations
  • LightSquared and GPS
  • Cellular Technology that Told Japan an Earthquake Was Coming
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Henry Ward Beecher
    • William H. Walton
448 March 11, 2011
  • Danger’s SideKick finally gets to the end of the line May 31st
  • AAPC SEEKS INPUT ON FCC BIENNIAL RULE REVIEW
  • If you like cool gadgets as much as I do, then you must see this
  • GPS chaos: How a $30 box can jam your life
  • N. Korea Jams GPS to Disrupt S. Korea-U.S. Drills
  • New Directions in Paging—TWR Communications
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC proposes to reform Lifeline/Link-Up program.
    • D Block legislation would sell off 450-470 MHz band, displacing land mobile and paging operations.
    • FCC adopts several Native Nation telecom initiatives.
    • FCC seeks comment on revising rules under RFA.
    • FCC adopts NPRM to review retransmission consent rules.
  • AT&T, Verizon iPad 2 data plans compared
  • Zetron Unveils Breakthrough MAX Dispatch System at IWCE
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Peter Drucker
447 March 4, 2011
  • USA Mobility buys Amcom Software for $163.3M
  • Global Paging Convention
    June 14 - 16, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Doubletree Hotel Nashville – Downtown
  • Apple iPad2: Incremental improvements to processor, thickness, weight
  • Five things you need to know about LTE
  • AT&T to Charge $20 for iPhone Hotspot Feature
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Open Meeting Agenda
    • FCC sets comment dates for CAF/ICC rulemaking.
    • Rural, other trade groups oppose FCC on duplicative Lifeline support program.
    • FCC proposes to fine 10 companies for failing to file CPNI certifications.
    • FCC sets comment dates for 700 MHz public safety interoperability FNPRM.
    • FCC sets comment cycle for NPRM for revising Form 477
  • Amcom's Letter To Customers Announcing USA Mobility's Acquisition
  • USA Mobility's Press Release Announcing Acquisition of Amcom Software
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Mark Twain
446 February 25, 2011
  • ARRL Asks Members to Write in Opposition to HR 607
  • Global Paging Symposium—Schedule of Events
  • Will Motorola’s Atrix and Xoom change the mobile landscape?
  • The iPad competition is almost here from RIM, H-P and Motorola
  • USA Mobility Reports Fourth Quarter and 2010 Operating Results
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Russian Official Blames Google For “Trouble” In Egypt
    • House passes amendment to block funding of FCC’s “Net Neutrality” rules.
    • NTCA adopts resolutions at Dallas annual meeting.
    • FCC asks Verizon to explain 911 call failures in Maryland.
    • FCC directs USAC to respond to high-cost program beneficiary audit errors.
    • FCC asks USAC for information detailing accounting of fixed assets for USF.
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • Public Safety Forum On Broadband Interoperability Set For March 4, 2011
    • WVU Gets I/B Pool Waiver For Morgantown Station
    • FCC Sides With Sprint In Indiana Rebanding Dispute
    • FCC Proposes $20K Fine For “Incorrect Factual Info” About Station Construction
    • Lancaster Gets Conditional Waiver To Use Broadcast Spectrum For Public Safety Interoperability
    • FCC Clamps Down On Sale Of Illegal Cellphone, GPS Jamming Devices
    • FCC Seeks Comment On Use Of Mutual Aid Channels
  • Colleges Consider Updated Pager Technology for Emergency Alerts
  • Motorola Warns of Dependence on Verizon
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • W. Clement Stone
445 February 18, 2011
  • [Boooooo!] Spectrum Management Bill Threatens Amateur Frequencies
  • CreataLinks and DataLinks For Sale
  • Data Shows Disastrous GPS Jamming from FCC-Approved Broadcaster
  • Global Paging Convention in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Microsoft Changes Tune Over Steps Toward Internet Safety
  • Mobile payments in US mired in fight for control
  • Zetron’s New ‘Acom EVO’ Dispatch System Supports Remote Dispatch and Emerging Technologies
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC releases text of NPRM to “reform” high-cost support, access revenue stream.
    • NTCA members debate USF plan with Blair Levin.
    • FCC unveils two-part agenda for March 3 open meeting.
    • Does Egypt owe its revolt to Facebook and the Internet?
    • Obama pledges $18 billion to expand mobile broadband access.
  • USA Mobility Sets Date To Report Fourth Quarter And 2010 Results
  • House Votes To Block FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Rules
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • —C.S. Lewis
444 February 11, 2011
  • The Straight Scoop—Important and exclusive report clarifying the FCC's rules on narrowbanding and how they do and do not, apply to paging.
  • New AAPC Vendor Member—WiPath Communications
  • Happening In Ireland—Global Paging Symposium
  • Global Paging Symposium March 15 – 17, 2011, Hayfield Manor Cork, Ireland—Schedule of Events
  • Narrowbanding is coming; are you prepared?
  • Survey Says Parents Think Colleges Are Unsafe, Unprepared for Crises; USC, Others Tout New High Speed Alert Network from IntelliGuard Systems™
  • CSSI Testing Strengthens Zetron’s Position as Leading Provider of P25-Compliant Dispatch Systems
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC Begins Rulemaking To “Reform” High-Cost Support and Access Revenue Stream
    • FCC adopts modifications to ex parte, “Sunshine” rules.
    • Egyptian Internet shutdown raises questions here, too.
    • FCC seeks comment on Rural Broadband Report.
    • FCC paves way for first-ever presidential alert over EAS.
    • House panel sets hearing on broadband stimulus spending.
  • Search and Seizure by GPS “In the face of warrantless searches, we question whether technology should alter an individual's right to privacy.”
  • iPad may replace textbooks, playbooks
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    • Some Equipment For Sale
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • —C.S. Lewis
443 February 4, 2011
  • Tips can help you prepare for approaching storm
  • Newsletter Advertising Appeal
  • Global Paging Convention, June 14-16, 2011, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Review: The Verizon iPhone 4
  • Wi-Fi Grows to over 50% of Mobile Web Connections
  • Zetron’s DCS-5020 Digital Console System Now Connects to iDEN Networks
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • CPNI Annual Certifications Due March 1
    • FCC responds to appeals of “Net Neutrality Order by Verizon, MetroPCS.
    • Connect America Fund, Intercarrier Comp. top Feb. 8 open meeting agenda.
    • Comment cycle set for NPRM regarding use of TV broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband.
    • Comment sought on NECA’s average schedule formulas for interstate settlements.
  • BloostonLaw Private Users Update
    • FCC Grants 1-Year Waiver Extension For World Trade Center Station Construction
    • FCC Grants Marathon Waiver of B/ILT Filing Freeze
    • FCC Seeks Comment On Travelers Info Stations
    • FCC Proposes $15,000 Fine For Expired License
    • FCC Stays Prohibition On Use, Sale, Etc., of ELTs
    • FCC Proposes $4,000 Fine For Operating Station From Unauthorized Location
  • Roger that? New FCC rules to affect local radios, pagers
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • C.S. Lewis
442 January 28, 2011
  • Verizon to offer unlimited iPhone data plan for a limited time
  • AAPC Vendor Spotlight—Daviscomms
  • LightSquared Gets FCC Waiver for Satellite Broadband Service
  • LightSquared Statement on the Federal Communications Commission Conditional Waiver of the Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) Integrated Service Rule
  • White House seeks spectrum for public safety
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • Rockefeller Says Senate Commerce Will Focus on USF, Broadband
    • Verizon asks D.C. Circuit to review FCC’s Net Neutrality Order.
    • FCC adopts order, FNPRM for interoperable public safety broadband network.
    • Comcast, DIRECTV, News Corp. seek ruling that “Liberty Order” does not authorize third-party subpoenas.
    • FCC clarifies how to resolve duplicate Lifeline claims for ETCs.
    • Proposal to ban “texting while walking”????
  • Apple finalizing wireless e-wallet for iPhone 5, iPad 2 - report
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Availability of RF Power Amp Tubes
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Dalai Lama
441 January 21, 2011
  • My Backyard This Morning
  • Local Soldier Killed In Iraq
  • Zetron Celebrates 30 Years of Excellence in Mission-Critical Communications
  • TErrestrial Trunked Radio to launch in Green Bay area this week
  • Is AT&T Hoarding Spectrum?
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • CIC Reports Due Jan. 31
    • Circuit rules AT&T is not entitled to refunds from certain USF payments.
    • FCC to decide CAF, ICC issues at Feb. 8 open meeting.
    • FCC OKs Comcast-NBCU merger, with conditions.
    • FCC sets comment dates on NG911 proceeding.
    • FCC sets comment dates on proposed rules for special CPE for low income individuals who are “deaf-blind.”
  • Vocera acquires Wallace Wireless
  • THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
    • Humor
440 January 14, 2011
  • Editor's ramblings
  • A letter from Roy Pottle President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Paging Carriers
  • AAPC's comments to the FCC
  • Verizon iPhone: What you need to know
  • 1000-core processor eats quad-core CPUs for lunch
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • CPNI Annual Certification Due March 1
    • FCC issues “Open Internet Challenge” despite GOP opposition to “Net” Order
    • Blooston wireless clients oppose mandatory usage alerts in “bill shock” docket
    • FCC extends comment cycle in E911 location accuracy proceeding
    • FCC releases data from E-rate program and broadband usage survey
    • NTIA requests use of FCC Form 477 data
    • Verizon unveils Home Monitoring and Control Service
  • CES Unveils Wilderness/Emergency Preparedness Technology
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Enrique Llaca—Sobrevive la radiolocalización [en México]
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • “Another fresh new year is here . . .”
439 January 7, 2011
  • How You Can Help The Newsletter
  • AAPC Vendor Spotlight—Daviscomms
  • Daviscomms represents EaziTRAC series of Tracking Solutions
  • CES: FCC Chairman to promise more spectrum for mobile broadband
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • HAC Reports Due Jan. 18
    • FCC rules on reclaiming USF high cost support.
    • FCC seeks comment on 2010 review of HAC rules.
    • Comment cycle set on “dynamic access” proceeding.
    • FCC seeks comment on comprehensive 2010 biennial review of telecom regulations.
    • FCC seeks comment on expanding scope of Travelers Information Stations
  • Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA)
  • First U.S. TETRA Pilot Launches in New Jersey, Another Planned in Wisconsin
  • General Motors Turns to Ham Radio to Solve Antenna Problem
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    • Don Hohnstein Looking For Pager Labels
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
    • Popular New Year's Resolutions

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