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Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,

I haven't been able to find out much about the new owners of SkyTel and their plans for the future. I guess they like drag racing. I found the following news yesterday:

SkyTel, a nationwide wireless service provider and division of Bell Industries, Inc. (AMEX: BI) announced today that it is a primary sponsor of the SkyTel/Don Prudhomme Racing Top Fuel dragster, driven by two-time NHRA top fuel champion Larry Dixon.

SkyTel is the only wireless brand sponsoring an NHRA POWERade Series team in 2007, replacing long-time sponsor Miller Lite on Dixon’s car. The alliance with Don Prudhomme “Snake” Racing is designed to fuel rapid growth of SkyTel’s SkyGuard™ vehicle reassurance system. [source]

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Their logo is now on the Prudhomme Racing site. I am hoping to get acquainted with the new management soon so I can let you all know about their plans. SkyTel has always been a good company. They have been the leaders in innovation and have had some of our industry's best talent. I hope they continue to do well. Stay tuned.

I think many of our readers enjoyed the article on Simulcasting last week by Dennis Cameron. Dennis is certainly one of the pioneers of this technology and helped make Paging what it became. As far as I know, there is still no other technology that can match Paging's ability to transmit wireless messages to many people—quickly and efficiently—not even close.

Now on to more news and views.

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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers—so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get reader's comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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The Choice Of Private Vs. Public ReFLEX Systems By The Public Safety Community.

By Ron Mercer
February 9, 2007

1) Overview:
Over the last several years, numerous government committees, panels and concerned groups have commented on the need to improve the communications facilities used by homeland security and first responder organizations across the USA. Throughout this period, experts from both within and outside of the paging industry have testified that the reliability and performance of paging systems, particularly two-way paging systems based on the ReFLEX protocol, have been found to be superior in emergency situations to that demonstrated by most other communications facilities. In several cases, moreover, detailed explanations for this superiority have also been presented and many decision makers within public safety agencies have become aware of the operational advantages that ReFLEX technology can bring to their organizations.

An additional advantage of ReFLEX technology lies in the fact that, unlike other technologies now being aggressively promoted to public safety agencies, two implementations of ReFLEX two-way capabilities are today available:

  • By subscription to existing commercial paging services (USA Mobility, SkyTel etc.),
  • By constructing a private system for the exclusive use of the agency.

2) Evaluation Of The Choices:
The technology used in commercial public systems is virtually identical to that used in private system implementations and many unique attributes that make ReFLEX attractive are common to both public and private systems.

In light of the current decline in the market for public paging service amongst the general public, paging service providers are understandably interested in promoting their public systems amongst public safety agencies.

Most importantly, public paging systems are nationwide in nature which, in concert with standard ReFLEX capabilities, facilitates “roaming” — the ability for public safety users to remain in full communication with their agencies when they travel from their normal operating area to other parts of the country.

From a public safety agency viewpoint, however, special additional considerations relative to public and private systems are significant as tabulated below:

Attractive Aspects of Public Systems

Attractive Aspects of Private Systems

Public systems are installed and operational.

Offer Intensified/customized radio coverage with larger coverage areas, greater building penetration and fewer “dead spots”, (For example, a typical private public safety system might include as many as 25 base stations as contrasted with a public system in the same geographic area which could include 10 base or fewer stations).

Traffic distribution via satellite as opposed to terrestrial networks to enhance system reliability in major emergency events.

Public safety agencies often have access to municipal or state facilities at locations, which make them well suited to serving as low cost base station sites. Frequently, these base station sites are already being used for a variety of radio services.

Interregional roaming normally supported by Public systems which allows users to maintain full communications when they travel outside of their “Normal” area, even far from their normal area.

Small user bases that assure manageable traffic loading, particularly during emergencies.


Minimized message delivery latency (public systems often intentionally increase latency to gain longer battery life)


The ability for public safety administrators to prioritize use of the system during emergencies. For example, during emergencies:

  • High Priority users have unfettered access,
  • Medium Priority users have access with greater latency,
  • Low priority users are denied access or receive outbound messages only


Remote, mobile access to specialized databases such as law enforcement, motor vehicle records, weather forecast services etc. allowing interrogation directly by agency personnel in the field.


Customized direct connection with agency dispatch centers allowing expeditious entry of alerting messages.


Ability to support specialized remote control functionality over the two-way paging network. (For example, fire station lights, printers, door controls).


The economics of owning rather than leasing, particularly for large agencies needing several thousand pagers.

3) Additional Considerations:

3) -1 Core Competence:
A decade ago, commercial paging service providers could claim a monopoly on the infrastructure, technical know-how, experienced personnel and administrative capabilities needed to design, construct and administrate a ReFLEX two-way paging system. At that time, paging service providers were also very visible and well respected within most communities.

Today, however, the decline of the paging industry has produced a large pool of experienced people who are available on either consultative contract or permanent employee basis. Similarly, the industry’s decline has reduced paging service providers’ visibility and image within most communities. Accordingly, any competency advantage previously accruing to commercial service providers has been diminished considerably.

3) -2 Impact Of System Size:
The systems required by public safety organizations will vary from small (fewer than 100 pagers) to large (more than 10,000 pagers). Even systems with very few pagers require fixed infrastructure (a control terminal, a sufficient quantity of base stations to provide radio coverage of the area of concern, etc.), and for agencies requiring only a small number of pagers, infrastructure costs will be relatively high making subscription to a commercial public paging service an attractive alternative.

For organizations requiring larger systems, however, the sharing of infrastructure costs between a larger quantity of pagers, coupled with the operational advantages tabulated above, makes private systems more attractive. Thus, the larger the user base, the more attractive private systems become.

3) -3 Competition From Other Technologies:
Although two-way ReFLEX paging has been shown to offer significant performance advantages in emergency situations, several competing technologies are currently being aggressively promoted (Cellular with push-to-talk and text messaging options, wideband data systems such as Mesh Networks, etc.). Although none of these have the proven track record or functionality enjoyed by ReFLEX, and several in fact are known to have serious unfavorable characteristics compared to ReFLEX, (e.g. nonexistent to poor in-building coverage, channel congestion, inefficient group calling, no exchange of traffic between systems, etc.) these systems are available and they do offer certain interesting functional capabilities sufficient to attract a number of public safety entities (e.g. mobile streaming video) particularly if ReFLEX technology is not promoted just as aggressively. Remarkably, therefore, the real competition within the paging industry today is not between paging suppliers, but rather between paging and other technologies!

4) Summary:
The public safety community constitutes one of the last major opportunities for ReFLEX technology. The activities, character and mindset of public safety organizations, however, as well as a perceived need for public safety entities to directly control any communications system which serves them, will almost certainly create a preference for private systems in most applications.

Most importantly, the quantities of ReFLEX pagers potentially purchased by the public safety community are urgently required by ReFLEX manufacturers in order that they can continue to develop and enhance ReFLEX products for both the public and private markets. Manufacturers cannot be expected to continue to develop products for a shrinking market, and, therefore, failure to realize the public safety opportunity will impact negatively on the activities of paging carriers as well!

To realize the potential that public safety offers, the paging industry must develop processes and techniques that permit all segments of the industry, including manufacturers and carriers, to participate and benefit.

A follow-up article is being prepared. Comments regarding the foregoing are encouraged.


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The Wireless Forum is the best networking opportunity on the east coast for anyone in the wireless industry. In 2007, participants will enjoy perusing the outstanding vendor exhibits and learning about cutting-edge technologies providing ideas to expand your business. In addition, vendors will host dedicated training sessions and the Paging Technical Committee will meet during this event.

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Global Fax Network Services   Swissphone
GTES LLC   Texas Association of Paging Services
Hark Systems   TH Communications
Heartland Communications   UCOM Paging
HMCE, Inc.   Unication USA
InfoRad, Inc.     USA Mobility, Systems Application Division
Ira Wiesenfeld   WiPath Communications
Minilec Service, Inc.   Zetron Inc.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb 07, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.65 per share of common stock. The dividend will be paid on March 15, 2007 to shareholders of record on February 22, 2007. The Company expects the entire amount of the dividend to be paid as a return of capital.

In addition, USA Mobility announced that its Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at the offices of Latham & Watkins LLP, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY. The record date for those stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting is April 6, 2007.

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USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility's focus is on the business-to-business marketplace and supplying wireless connectivity solutions to more than 80 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies. The Company's one-way paging and advanced two-way messaging services run over its nationwide networks and cover more than 90% of the U.S. population. In addition, USA Mobility offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel, including BlackBerry devices and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's expectations for future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007
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Heading out to grab the PATH train? Check your e-mail first.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is offering free electronic alerts of service troubles and changes to any of the rail line's daily 227,000 users.

"PATHAlerts" will notify riders by computer, cell phone, pager, Blackberry or other hand-held device of any delays exceeding 15 minutes. All that's required is registering with the agency. So far, the new program has signed up 2,700 customers and the Port Authority is increasing publicity.

"The program makes a lot of sense because our society lives in a fast-paced time, where information is so rapidly disseminated," said Tony Ciavolella, a Port Authority spokesman, noting customers may identify specific times and lines. "What's good about this is that passengers can customize their information preferences."

Riders can join by logging onto and clicking on the link to PATHAlerts. There is no charge, but the agency cautions that Internet service providers and cell phone/pager providers may have their own fees. The agency promises it will not give or sell customers' e-mail addresses to other parties.

Ciavolella said the biggest sign-up so far came on Jan. 8, when 575 joined on the same day a mysterious smell wafted over the metro area and led to a shutdown of the PATH line from Hoboken and Jersey City to 33rd Street in Manhattan for nearly 90 minutes.

Yesterday, NJ Transit riders leaving Manhattan found blue and white fliers on their train seats, touting the Port Authority's program with the lead-in: "Be the first to know about a delay or service change on your PATH train."

Ciavolella said the e-mail notifications would be sent out whenever delays exceed 15 minutes and also would apprise riders whenever troubles force PATH and NJ Transit to cross-honor tickets.

NJ Transit started an e-mail notification program, called "My Transit," in 2001 that has grown to 38,000 participants. Last month, for example, it sent out 338 alerts to rail customers and 93 to bus and light rail riders, according to the agency.

Dan Stessel, an agency spokesman, said the notification program has proved popular for NJ Transit riders.

"They want the ability to get information at their fingertips that is usable and can make a difference in the quality of their commutes," said Stessel.

Ron Marsico can be reached at or (973) 392-7860.

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Tuesday, 6th of February 2007

CommtechWireless, supplier of integrated messaging solutions for mission critical and hospitality environments has opened a European branch of the company in Denmark.

In a considerable coup for the company, CommtechWireless Europe will be overseen by European CEO Mikael Andersen. Andersen is the former VP Distribution Sales at KIRK Telecom A/S – a key player in the DECT wireless telephony market.

What drew Mikael Andersen to CommtechWireless Europe was the belief that the company product offering was one currently missing from the market. He explains, "The trend within professional telephony is coming to a turning point. Now, wireless handsets with fancy features are not enough. Applications are needed to enhance their functionality and here messaging is a key factor."

CommtechWireless’ flagship product CommtechMessenger and its mid-level solution counterpart the Fusion Series, allow businesses to integrate disparate technologies with a single messaging platform. So, for example, in hospitals nurses can receive emergency alerts, security alarms can be monitored and doctors contacted with the integration between the CommtechWireless products, nurse call systems, alarms and DECT wireless telephony.

This integration capability has ensured CommtechWireless Europe’s focus on building business relationships with the key players in the DECT and WiFi arena. This focus has already seen the certification of the Fusion Series and CommtechMessenger by SpectraLink and the development of two way integration between those products and WiFi and DECT handsets.

CommtechWireless CEO Nathan Buzza explains the company's wireless telephony focus is well served strategically with operations in Europe.

"The DECT and WiFi market has exploded in Europe and the United States. The enhanced feature set we can offer that technology means we have mutual interests with important technology companies like SpectraLink, KIRK, Cisco and others. We are already operating out of the United States on a large scale; it makes sense that we open in Europe to grow our interest there.”

Mr Andersen is confident that the future of CommtechWireless is bright and states that "CommtechWireless is now becoming a true worldwide player represented on all continents. We are truly offering a unique enhancement to existing infrastructure."

About CommtechWireless

CommtechWireless is a leading provider of wireless messaging infrastructure across key Healthcare, Hospitality, Casinos, Emergency Services, Military and Government markets. Installed solutions range from the slot machine management at Monte Casino in South Africa and the nurse call monitoring at Epworth Hospital, Australia to the patron call system at Thank God It’s Friday, Utah and the cordless handset integration at FAO Schwarz, New York City.

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WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — A least three tornadoes stormed across Central Florida in the early-morning hours Friday.

Unless people have a weather radio or if their TV was on, there was no warning of the deadly tornadoes tearing through.

But frustrated people wiped out by the tornadoes said they feel a siren system would help them when they're sound asleep or not watching TV, WESH 2 News reported.

There's still obvious damage from the Election Day storm in Seminole County. Those storms were not nearly as powerful as Friday's deadly tornadoes, but it's there that leaders are saying sirens deserve at least a look.

The survival stories continue to amaze, but now that people have spent days picking up the pieces, frustration is setting in.

Many said they want to know why there are no sirens in Florida like there are in so many other parts of the country.

"They have them in Kansas and Oklahoma," one storm victim said.

"If they had a siren, even if they could do it an hour ahead of time, they might be good," another victim said.

"For a long time, we've been suggesting that people use NOAA weather radios," said Alan Harris of Seminole County's Emergency Management team.

That has been the battle cry from public safety officials. A simple weather radio costs about $20 or $30, and it is programmed for any weather warnings in your area before the severe weather arrives.

"A NOAA weather radio is as much of a lifesaver as a smoke detector in a house," Harris said.

"We have a siren system. We have the NOAA radios. That is a siren system," said Jerry Smith of Lake County's Emergency Management.

Officials said Florida storms pop up too quickly and move too fast to make sirens effective. They said homes these days are more tightly sealed, so with windows closed, the sirens will be hard to hear.

And to have enough of them might be too expensive.

All that being said, Seminole County did establish a task force on Monday to see if sirens might work.

When you are awake and in your home, your No. 1 source for weather information is WESH 2 News, and WESH 2 Weather Plus on Bright House channel 1021.

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update
Vol. 10, No. 6
February 7, 2007

700 MHz Auction May Take Place in August

FCC Seeks Comment On Cyren Call’s Request For Upper 700 MHz Spectrum, Without Auction Process

Senator McCain Plans Legislation That Essentially Supports Cyren Call’s Proposal

The FCC has requested comment on Cyren Call Communications Corp.’s petition for rulemaking that seeks reallocation of 30 MHz of commercial spectrum in the 747-762 MHz and 777-792 MHz bands (i.e., most of TV channels 60-62 and 65-67 in the “Upper 700 MHz band”) and assignment of that spectrum without auction to a single licensee for deployment of a nationwide, broadband network for shared commercial and public safety use. And U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to introduce legislation that essentially supports that proposal.

At the same time, the FCC 8th Floor has indicated that the Commission may try to hold the Upper 700 MHz band auction (Auction No. 31), as well as an auction of leftover “Lower 700 MHz band” licenses, as early as this August. The significance of a potentially accelerated auction schedule for our clients cannot be determined until it is known whether the FCC will go along with the pending proposal to reallocate one or more of the 700 MHz license blocks for Rural Service Area/MSA-sized licenses. If these smaller licenses are not available, rural telcos and small businesses are not likely to be able to participate in the auction.

The proposed reallocation of TV channels 60-62 and 65-67 would essentially gut the upcoming Upper 700 MHz band auction, which Congress has earmarked as a significant revenue source. It would also eliminate the Upper 700 MHz C-Block, which a substantial group of small and mid-sized licensees known as the “Balanced Consensus Plan” (including several BloostonLaw rural telephone clients) has identified as one of two spectrum blocks that should be licensed as CMA-sized licenses, so that small businesses and rural telcos will have a realistic opportunity to win these licenses at auction.

The FCC had dismissed Cyren Call’s petition without prejudice last fall, noting that in Section 337(a) of the Communications Act, Congress mandated that the Commission allocate spectrum between 746 MHz and 806 MHz, inclusive by designating 24 MHz of the spectrum “for public safety services” and 36 MHz of the spectrum “for commercial use to be assigned by competitive bidding pursuant to Section 309(j).” Thus, the Commission had concluded that Cyren Call’s petition was inconsistent with Sections 337(a) and 309(j)(15)(C)(v)’s auction requirement. As a result, the FCC said it had no authority to act on the petition because Congressional action was needed before the proposal could be implemented. However, the Commission said it would leave the RM-11348 docket open in order to develop a public record (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, November 8, 2006).

In a petition for reconsideration, and in ex parte comments, Cyren Call modified its proposal to address this issue. While recognizing that Congressional action would be necessary, Cyren Call submitted a draft legislative proposal for a Public Safety Broadband Trust (PSBT) that would be organized as a non-stock, non-profit, government-chartered corporation authorized to raise money by selling debt instruments to investors in private financial markets. The monies raised would be used, first, to purchase 30 megahertz of 700 MHz spectrum from the FCC at a price to be determined by the Commission, but not to exceed $5 billion, thereby replacing the funds that might be otherwise obtained at auction. The potential loser here would be the American taxpayer, if the market value of the spectrum would exceed the $5 billion cap.

Cyren Call makes clear that it wants 30 MHz of “Upper 700 MHz” spectrum contiguous with existing public safety spectrum. This would mean virtually the entire Upper 700 MHz band. It is noteworthy that the FCC already has an open proceeding (WT Docket No. 96-86) in which it has proposed a nationwide public safety system in the 700 MHz band (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, January 3 and 10). The Commission proposes to allocate 12 MHz of the 700 MHz public safety spectrum from wideband to broadband use, assign it to a single licensee to operate on a secondary basis, and permit the licensee to provide unconditionally preemptible access to its assigned spectrum to commercial service providers on a secondary basis. Comments in this proceeding are due February 26, and replies are due March 12.

Background: The Cyren Call petition for rulemaking was filed on April 27, 2006. A principal in the company is Morgan O’Brien, who was also a principal in Fleet Call, the forerunner of Nextel, which is now Sprint Nextel. No action was taken on the Cyren Call petition until the FCC’s Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau placed it on public notice on October 30, 2006.

The next day, October 31, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) filed a letter stating that the Cyren Call petition should be dismissed because a similar petition filed by Northrop Grumman Information Technology in 2003 seeking broadband spectrum in the 700 MHz band had previously been dismissed.

CTIA stated, in its November 3 letter, that Cyren Call’s petition is remarkably similar to Northrop’s 2003 proposal. “Indeed, in all relevant respects, it is indistinguishable. Both filings were made by commercial entities, both sought the reallocation of commercial 700 MHz spectrum (in fact overlapping spectrum) for public safety operations, and thus both were inconsistent with Section 337(a). Indeed there has been no change in the statutory and regulatory framework surrounding the petitions since 2003 that should warrant a departure from Commission precedent.”

Cyren Call Response: Interestingly, Cyren Call, in a November 2 letter, acknowledged that it was seeking a legislative solution to the Congressional mandate that the spectrum in question was covered by auction. However, Cyren Call argued that the Commission should not foreclose public debate over spectrum that will not be available for use until 2009. “Having waited six months for the Commission to seek their input, the public safety community should not have this opportunity stopped by CTIA’s untimely assertion that a matter of such significant public interest does not even warrant public debate,” Cyren Call said. During the next day or so, a dozen firefighting associations submitted letters or comments in support of Cyren Call’s position.

The FCC then dismissed the Cyren Call petition without prejudice, but left the docket open. Cyren Call subsequently filed a petition for reconsideration. And on February 2, the Commission placed the proposal on public notice. Oppositions to the petition will be due 15 days from the date of publication of the notice in the Federal Register. Replies to oppositions will be due 10 days thereafter.

McCain Backs Cyren Call

Just prior to the Commission’s public notice, Senator John McCain announced that he will introduce legislation that essentially supports Cyren Call’s proposal.

McCain’s measure would establish a new nationwide, state-of-the-art public safety broadband network to promote interoperable communications among first responders. CTIA opposes McCain’s initiative.

According to McCain, "the federal government has made strides in developing a comprehensive, interoperable emergency communications plan, establishing equipment standards, funding the purchase of emergency and interoperable communications equipment, and belatedly making additional radio spectrum available. But none of this is enough. We must do more."

The network, which would be created by licensing an additional 30 MHz of radio spectrum in the upper 700 MHz band to a Public Safety Broadband Trust, would provide first responders seamless nationwide roaming capability and allow for the real time transmission of data, the Senator said in a January 31 statement.

"It is now time to think big and bold and solve the interoperability crisis once and for all. We are at a watershed moment where we can provide more of the 700 MHz spectrum to solve our national public safety communications crisis and greatly enhance our emergency preparedness. If we do not act now, this valuable spectrum will be auctioned off and this opportunity will be lost forever," Mr. McCain continued.

"I fought for many years to clear the 700 MHz spectrum for first responders and now that there is a firm date for the availability of this spectrum, we should ensure that enough spectrum is being provided to first responders. That is why I support the allocation to public safety and the creation of a Public Safety Broadband Trust and will introduce legislation in the near future to provide this spectrum to these valiant police officers, fire fighters, sheriffs and other first responders."

The 9/11 Commission’s Final Report states that: "Command and control decisions were affected by the lack of and increased assignment of radio spectrum to public safety entities," and the bill that Senator McCain will introduce would finally implement that recommendation, according to his statement.

The allocation of an additional 30 MHz of Upper 700 MHz spectrum and the creation of a Public Safety Broadband Trust have been endorsed in resolutions passed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Major Cities Chiefs Association, Major Counties Sheriffs Association, National Sheriffs Association, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, the Western Fire Chiefs Association and others.

Cyren Call Chairman Morgan O'Brien is scheduled to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday to lobby for legislation that would allow the company to build its public/private broadband emergency communications network using 30 MHz of Upper 700 MHz band spectrum. But the Consumer Electronics Association and the High Tech DTV Coalition have released research that argues that reallocating the spectrum would endanger the DTV transition, and would actually hinder, rather than help, improvements in public safety communications. The research argues that the problem with emergency communications is not the amount of spectrum, which it says is not in short supply for first responders, but in interoperability, and that setting aside more than the 24 MHz already earmarked would leave less for the advanced wireless services the government is trying to promote.

As noted above, comment dates on the Cyber Call petition will be determined upon publication of the FCC’s public notice in the Federal Register. Interested clients, however, should contact us as soon as possible with respect to this proceeding.

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP

For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or

Emergency Responders Ask Lawmakers for More Spectrum

Police and fire organizations called on Congress to allow more radio spectrum for communications interoperability than they're due to get in 2009.

Grant Gross, IDG News Service
Thursday, February 08, 2007 05:00 PM PST

Police and fire organizations called on the U.S. Congress to give them more radio spectrum for communications interoperability than the 24MHz they're due to get in early 2009.

Representatives of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Thursday told a U.S. Senate committee that they need an additional 30MHz of spectrum. The government is scheduled to auction spectrum to commercial users as U.S. television stations abandon the upper 700MHz spectrum band in February 2009, under a law passed last year.

The additional spectrum would help public safety agencies deploy broadband communications systems that would fix the radio interoperability problems that plagued emergency workers following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Charles Werner, fire chief for Charlottsville, Virginia. Congress must act before the spectrum is auctioned to private companies in the next year, he said.

"I encourage Congress to take advantage of this very limited, one-time opportunity," Werner said. "We cannot suggest too strongly the urgent and identified need for broadband capability that public safety can use with assurance that it will work when needed, be available when needed, and is affordable."

But some members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee questioned the plan to put the additional 30MHz of spectrum into a public safety broadband trust.

The new spectrum plan, first advanced by Cyren Call Communications Corp. last April, could potentially cost the government billions of dollars in lost auction revenue, said Senator Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican. The committee, in its DTV (digital television) transition bill, budgeted at least US$10 billion to be raised by the spectrum auctions, with $1 billion going to fund emergency communications interoperability efforts.

The Cyren Call plan is "impossible for us to do fiscally," Stevens said.

Stevens' criticism echoed the High Tech DTV Coalition, a group of technology vendors, which on Tuesday called on the Senate to stick to the original spectrum plan.

Cyren Call Chairman Morgan O'Brien said the company's plan calls for the broadband trust to raise $5 billion from private investors to pay for the 30MHz of spectrum. Private investors would pay for expensive public safety broadband networks, instead of Congress or local governments, he said.

Nearly all public safety organizations support the broadband trust concept, O'Brien added. "This is a crying out for help," he said. "We're sending men and women into dangerous situations every day, knowing their devices are inferior."

But the spectrum auctions could raise billions of dollars more than what the Cyren Call plan offers to pay, Stevens said. And Steve Largent president and CEO of CTIA, a trade group representing wireless carriers, questioned whether the broadband trust would find enough investors to fund a broadband wireless rollout for public safety, especially in rural areas.

Other senators suggested alternative approaches to the Cyren Call plan. Senator John Sununu, a New Hampshire Republican, suggested that public safety agencies could better use the 25MHz of spectrum they already have. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Washington state Democrat, said public safety agencies in her state and elsewhere are finding success using existing spectrum with radio over IP (Internet Protocol) devices.

This "boot-strap" approach using open standards and radio over IP could cost as little as $300 million across the U.S., as opposed to an average of about $1 billion per state using other equipment, said David Billstrom, chairman and CEO of public safety consulting group National Interop Inc. and a volunteer firefighter.



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We hope that you will be joining us at the next EMMA Conference in Malta. April is a busy season there and the Hilton, as well as most other hotels, are already full. We have, of course, an allotment of rooms at the Malta Hilton, but in order to secure accommodation and the EMMA special rate you are kindly requested to book with the attached form. This will also help us to maintain our commitment to the hotel and preserve the conference package conditions.

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National Emergency Response Planning Committee

Report to the ARRL Board of Directors
January, 2007


The achievements of volunteer Amateur Radio communicators in times of disaster cannot be commended too highly. In dangerous and demanding environments, they get the job done when simple operability, let alone interoperability, is beyond some organizations which soak up huge numbers of taxpayer dollars and have permanent bureaucracies in charge of preparedness.

Amateurs have served in the extraordinary disasters of the 21st century with great personal courage, skill, and generosity. No one having any familiarity with the facts would say otherwise, and nothing in this report should be interpreted as diminishing their accomplishment.

However, the ARRL as a national organization could have done better and must do better in the future. Some changes have already taken place, such as enhancements of W1AW’s capabilities as a disaster communications center, introduction of the Ham-Aid program for providing equipment to the field, improvement of the Headquarters teleconferencing system, and increased emphasis on cross-training of the Headquarters Staff. Additional changes are needed not only in what the League does but in how we think about what we do as a national organization when extraordinary disasters happen.



Disaster preparedness is a moving target, moving faster all the time. No recommendations, no plans, no systems should be considered as graven in stone and the permanent answers for all circumstances and hazards. The level of professional expertise in emergency communications and emergency management among Amateurs in the USA is growing, and the expectations these Amateurs place upon their League to provide first-rate leadership and guidance is growing, too. This committee appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the ARRL’s ability to provide that leadership and guidance. We trust that the process will continue. If “lessons learned” are not followed by “behaviors changed,” then the lessons have not been learned at all.

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Nighthawk Systems Inc. manufactures low cost and reliable remote control products for fire house alerting, volunteer alerting, activation of warning signs and sirens, and a number of applications for public safety.  The Company manufactures the EA1 and the FAS-8 which have been designed specifically for these applications.  Both products are paging based and will work with any public or private paging network.  They are available in all VHF, UHF, and 900 MHz paging frequencies.  The products can serve as the primary notification system or an excellent, low-cost backup to existing systems.

Public Emergency Notification & Volunteer Alerting

The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage.  Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc.  The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs.  This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes.  This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area.  In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home.  When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate.  A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate.  When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room.  As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer.  When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated.  The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.

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Firehouse Automation

The FAS-8 is designed for activating one or more relays in a firehouse and if desired, printing the alphanumeric message to a serial printer.  For this application the FAS-8 is set to activate upon receiving the proper paging cap code sent from 911 dispatch.  Up to eight different devices can be activated all with individual time functions.  The most common devices to turn on include the PA amplifier, audible wake up alarm, and house lights.  The most common device turned off is the stove.  The FAS-8 can accept up to 8 different cap codes and have separate relay and time functions per cap code.  This allows for different alerting to be accomplished at the same physical location depending upon which cap code is sent.  This can be very helpful when fire crews and medical crews are housed in the same building.



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San Antonio, TX 78216

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From: John Simmons <>
Date: February 2, 2007 4:41:22 PM CST
Subject: Today's newsletter [last week]


This issue is great . . . really good information and a nice balance between the technical and financial. The "Wheel of Paging" was a good article in last week's issue, too.

Please keep up the good work!

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From: Wayne Markis <>
Subject: Newsletter on 2/2/2007
Date: February 5, 2007 10:13:40 AM CST

Reading your newsletter is like going to church on Sunday, and hearing that sermon that always hits home for the way your week has been going.

So was this weeks newsletter, when your first subject was the need for Paging to step up and get things done as far as getting Paging to be noticed and connected to a National Alert system.

I thought the question "WHY NOT ?"

THEN, The Florida tornados hit !!! This was a devastating event, and I wish all those that were affected well.

As I woke up watching the news Saturday morning, turned to the Fox News channel's coverage of the situation, I continually heard the following repeated by the tornado victims, "WE HAD NO WARNING" !!!!!

I thought [of] the question "WHY NOT ?"

They later interviewed the FEMA Director, David Paulison. He stated that the Government was working on an Alert system, and had not yet selected one, and he would be discussing that problem with the Florida Governor later on in the day.

Florida didn't have an Alert system ???

I ask the question "WHY NOT ?"

After watching the government work these last few months on setting up a National Alert system, I am beginning to wonder if they are really interested in providing a quick, easy, inexpensive alert system to the General Public, or if this is just turning out to be a huge government payback for the Cellular spectrum auctions of late.

If the Government really wanted to have an Alert system up and running by now, all they had to do was to provide a means of getting the Alerts to the Paging Industry. The Nations paging systems have been setup to provide Alerts to Public Safety for years now. Pagers are readily available at a low cost to anybody. And a lot of the Nation's paging system operators are more than willing and able to provide this service to the General Public at NO cost !

There are also several manufacturers interested in providing some sort of "Home Alert Monitor device" that would monitor the Paging systems for these alerts and then provide the information to the user.

What is NOT available at this time is some means of which the Government would PROVIDE these alerts directly to the Paging carriers so they can be sent out to the public.

And again I ask the question "WHY NOT ?"

If the means of providing this service is available NOW, (and has been since the 1960's), why isn't the government connecting it up and using it ???

Maybe also as Citizens, we need to start asking our Government the "WHY NOT ?" question.

As the Paging Industry, we should also be asking our Governments, from the Local, County, State and Federal levels how WE immediately can best accomplish this need ?

If we, the Paging Industry, just sit on our duffs and let the Government drag their feet, we will not only get what the Cellular lobbyists want for a Nationwide Alerting system, but we will also be the silent accomplices in helping any future devastating events hurt or kill people, when we could possibly have helped prevent it.

Wayne Markis
Interstate Wireless, inc.
Tempe, AZ

From: Curtis Rock
Subject: Simulcast Article
Date: February 2, 2007 1:51:42 PM CST


I very much enjoyed reading the simulcast article written by Dennis Cameron.

I received the other day a notice from USA Mobility that they are discontinuing transmission on three of their frequencies:

929.5375, 929.5625, and 929.7125

They are giving us about six weeks to change our customers over to 929.6625. I thought this might be newsworthy.

In addition, I wanted to remind you that WaveWare is also a supplier of telemetry solutions using paging. We recently completed delivery of a telemetry solution for the first responder market, with a county-wide system installed in Erie County, NY.


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From: Rex Lee <>
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2007 9:29 AM
To: Brad Dye
Subject: RE: News Letter- Critical Messaging


I am really excited to see your news letter focused on “Critical Messaging Applications”. Nighthawk is actually deploying “Critical Messaging Applications” that are in use today in major cites like Denver and Seattle. I have attached a case study on what the City of Denver is doing with everything except the emergency alerting devices which are currently being installed. This is a ready made case stuffy for paging that I think the major carriers who are participating in these crucial meetings with the federal government need to be aware of. Although the city of Denver currently deploys our solutions on their own private network I think the major carriers should take notice of what can be done on their networks regarding Critical Messaging. I have listed below the applications Denver is currently deploying on paging:

1) Firehouse Automation/CAD Integrated
2) Civil Defense Sirens/Also Used For Inclement Weather Alerts (Tornado, etc.) / CAD Integrated
3) Traffic Signal Control/CAD Integrated/Used to Control Traffic Signals to Increase Response Time & Safety For The Public & First Responders
4) Public Notification/Remote Messaging Signs Deployed in Public Buildings Integrated With CAD to Disseminate Emergency Information to The Public (New Product 2007- All Inclusive Remote Signage)
5) Department of Highway Safety Signs CAD Integrated to Disseminate Traffic Conditions and Emergency Information to The Public (through DOT)

The “Key” component that ties these applications together is our ability to group devices through our firmware. Grouping through our firmware allows for total efficiency regarding mass notification to an unlimited number of devices on the same cap code from a single message. However, what is different about this technology from simply grouping by common cap code is that we can set up sub-set groups on the same common cap code so that individual devices can be alerted as well as grouping by geography and random grouping by priority. We can in essence alert an unlimited number of devices off of one message sent to one cap code while keeping the ability to alert groups or individual devices in tact unlike trying to group through a parent/chilled cap code hierarchy through a paging terminal which is very inefficient compare to how we group through our firmware. This is key and we need to be able to deliver this message to people in our government that would understand the implications of being able to alert millions of devices plus send telemetry commands with a single message nationwide. You can’t do this on cellular networks.

Keep in mind we have other applications deployed around the country such as automating Tsunami sirens on the West Coast plus we are working on a first warning system for lighting strikes with MPW paging.


Rex M. Lee,
VP Business Development/GM
Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
10715 Gulfdale, # 200
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 341-4811 Direct
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