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FRIDAY - AUGUST 1, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 322

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Wow, have you heard, Motorola turned a profit in the second quarter? Four million bucks! In the same period a year ago they lost $28 million. This is wonderful news! Now they can continue paying the boss a million dollars a month and I am sure he appreciates that very much. After all, keeping up payments on yachts, airplanes, country club memberships, and such can be tough in times like this. How did they achieve this brilliant turn-around? Simple—they cut 10,000 jobs since last year. [source]

And what will these 10,000 families eat? Why cake of course!

"Let them eat cake!" is a translation of the French "qu'ils mangent de la brioche." While typically attributed to Marie Antoinette, the original source is not settled among historians. Whoever invented the phrase, it seems implausible that it could have been Marie Antoinette, since before Antoinette ascended to the throne — when she was only ten years old — Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, "At length I recollected the thoughtless saying of a great princess, who, on being informed that the country people had no bread, replied, 'Then let them eat pastry!'" The princess he is referring to is assumed to be Maria Theresa of Spain.

Source: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed July 31, 2008).

So things haven't changed very much through the ages. Here in America, we pride ourselves on not having social “classes” like some countries do. We don't have Lords, Ladies, Barons, and so forth. We can address anyone with “sir” or “madam” when we want to show respect. It doesn't matter if they are the president of the company or the janitor.

On closer examination, however, we find just as much class consciousness here—or possibly more—than other countries. We have the country-club set, and the bowling-alley set. We have the ivy-leaguers that go to Harvard, Yale, and the like—then the rest that go to public schools. In the work place we have managers and hourly employees. Within the “manager” group we have “real managers”, let's call them “senior managers”, and we have just “regular managers.” Regular managers are the dummies who got tricked into working 80 hours per week and getting paid for 40, just so they could wear a necktie and sit in a small office. In the military I remember reading an invitation to attend some event for “officers and their ladies” and “enlisted men and their wives.” Then, of course, there is the ugliest of all—racial segregation—which may have improved a little, in my lifetime but still hasn't gone away.

You are probably thinking, “Brad, you sound really negative this week. What happened?” All of these job cuts reminded me of when I got the axe at WebLink Wireless. I thought that I would find another job right away, but I never did. Six years went by—and NOTHING. I lost everything. The banks took the house and the car. I even went without medical coverage until last year when I qualified for Medicare Health Insurance. It wasn't much fun. Excuse me for venting—I feel better now.

I saw a bumper sticker this week that said, “DELETE THE ELETE.”

And NO, I am not a communist, but I do believe in socially-responsible capitalism.

The funniest quotation in this week's news was in a WirelessWeek article about the unproven possibility of cell phones causing cancer:

“In other news, a prominent back surgeon warned against stepping on cracks, noting that while the evidence is not clear, it’s not worth the risk to your mother’s back.”

Now on to more news and views. . .

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help wanted Indiana Paging Network, Inc. has an immediate opening for a RF Field Engineer based out of our Indianapolis, IN Network Operations Center. Our rapidly growing company offers a great work environment. Visit us at to learn more about our exciting history and to apply for the following position send resume to or fax to 219-872-6610.

Position Summary:

Installs, tests, and integrates Quintron, Glenayre, TPL, and Milcom equipment at sites. Responsible for paging site maintenance including preventative maintenance as well as repair. This activity requires ability to troubleshoot site problems using specifications, drawings, plans, schematics and manuals.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for all aspects of paging cabinet installation and testing at new sites in the IPN’s network;
  • Works very closely with switch, and RF Engineering to integrate base station equipment into network and ensure optimal performance;
  • Responsible for on site maintenance of paging sites to ensure network reliability;
  • Responds to alarms and dispatches for assigned or on call sites for trouble shooting and network restoral activities.

Minimum Position Requirements:

  • Associates degree or 2 years of trade/technical school in related field or equivalent experience/education;
  • 1 year of related experience, preferably in the wireless telecommunications industry.

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“As a major supplier of communications equipment to the Messaging industry, Unication feels participation in AAPC and at AAPC sponsored events are critical to the success of both our company and the industry. The relationships that are formed and the industry issues that are discussed at these events are extremely valuable to charting our future direction together.” —Kirk Alland, Unication USA

Tentative Conference Schedule

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm USMSS Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Paging Technical Committee Meeting
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Motorola Service Conference
9:00 am – 2:00 pm EWA Membership/Board of Directors Meetings
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exhibitor set up
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Vendor Workshops
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm AAPC General Membership Meeting
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm AAPC Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Welcome Reception
7:30 pm EWA Board dinner
Thursday, November 6, 2008 
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
8:15 am – 8:30 am Welcome Remarks—AAPC, EWA, and USMSS
8:30 am – 9:30 am Keynote Address
Dr. Coleman D. Bazelon, Principal of The Brattle Group
9:45 am – 10:45 am Selling into Healthcare—Who Really Owns This Industry? 
Entrench yourself by becoming your customers’ communications consultant. This session will showcase new products and services that are currently being sold to the healthcare industry.
10:30 am Exhibit Hall Opens
12:00 noon Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm 2008 Innovator’s Showcase
Learn the cutting-edge trends and the latest and greatest products on the global market from the companies creating and using them.
Myron Anduri, Raven Systems
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Supporting Multiple Devices on Multiple Networks—Making It Work
Scott Ferguson, Inilex
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm 2155-2180 MHz—Expanding Opportunities for Carriers
John Muleta, M2Z Networks
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm USMSS General Membership Session
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Paging in Europe
Derek Banner, European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA)
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm MSS Regional Meetings: GLMSS, EDMSSA, & SEMSS
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Friday, November 7, 2008 
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8:30 am –10:00 am Table Top Discussions
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Perri McNaught, NEP
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10:00 am – 10:30 am Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)—What Impacts Your Business?
Ken Hardman, Esq., Counsel to AAPC
CMAS is targeted for operation within the next 18 months, imposing obligations on all paging carriers whether or not they elect to participate in the service. Stephen Oshinsky, AAPC's representative on the FCC's CMAS Advisory Committee, and Ken Hardman, counsel to AAPC, will give a primer on the new service and its impact on the industry.
10:30 am – 11:00 am FCC Forms 101, Interactive Workshop
Ken Hardman, Esq., Counsel to AAPC
This interactive workshop was so successful last year, we are bringing it back again! During this informal session, Ken will provide you with the answers to when and how to file your FCC paperwork, as well as cover the do's and don'ts for completing the required FCC forms for all paging carriers.  If you have a question now, send it to Ken and he'll make sure to answer it in the workshop.
11:00 am Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:30 pm Golf Tournament on Camelback Indian Bend Golf Course
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DHS Releases National Emergency Communications Plan

Release Date: July 31, 2008

For Immediate Release
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(PDF, 83 pages - 4.09 MB)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) to address gaps and determine solutions so that emergency response personnel at all levels of government and across all disciplines can communicate as needed, on demand, and as authorized. The NECP is the nation's first strategic plan to improve emergency response communications, and complements overarching homeland security and emergency communications legislation, strategies and initiatives.

"This is a comprehensive plan designed to drive measurable and sustainable improvements to operable and interoperable emergency communications nationwide over the next three years. It emphasizes the human element and cross-jurisdictional cooperation, going beyond simply buying new equipment," said Homeland Security Under Secretary Robert Jamison. "We have recently approved Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans for all 56 states and territories. Aligning these plans with the NECP will move emergency communications forward and further promote a coordinated nationwide strategy."

The NECP defines three goals that establish a minimum level of interoperable communications and a deadline for federal, state, local and tribal authorities:

  1. By 2010, 90 percent of all high-risk urban areas designated within the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) can demonstrate response-level emergency communications within one hour for routine events involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies.
  2. By 2011, 75 percent of non-UASI jurisdictions can demonstrate response-level emergency communications within one hour for routine events involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies.
  3. By 2013, 75 percent of all jurisdictions can demonstrate response-level emergency communications within three hours of a significant event, as outlined in the department's national planning scenarios.

The NECP enhances governance, planning, technology, training and exercises, and disaster communications capabilities with recommendations and milestones for emergency responders and relevant government officials. It is designed to drive measurable and sustainable improvements over the next five years consistent with the: National Response Framework; National Incident Management System; National Preparedness Guidelines; and Target Capabilities List. NECP goals, along with these other department strategies, will improve nationwide response efforts and bolster situational awareness, information sharing and command and control operations.

The department's Office of Emergency Communications developed the NECP in cooperation with more than 150 public and private sector emergency communications officials. The department's new Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program will further enable states to align their plans with the NECP.


This page was last reviewed/modified on July 31, 2008.

Source: US Department of Homeland Security

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CPR Technology, Inc.
CRS—Critical Response Systems Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
CVC Paging Preferred Wireless
Daviscomms USA Prism Paging
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association Raven Systems
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Ron Mercer
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Hark Systems Swissphone
HMCE, Inc. TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services
InfoRad, Inc.    UCOM Paging
Ira Wiesenfeld Unication USA
Minilec Service, Inc. United Communications Corp.
Nighthawk Systems, Inc. WiPath Communications
Northeast Paging Zetron Inc.

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Motorola Has Profit on Job Cuts; Sales Beat Estimates (Update2)

By Ville Heiskanen

July 31 (Bloomberg) — Motorola Inc., the largest U.S. mobile-phone maker, posted an unexpected second-quarter profit after the company cut jobs and sales beat estimates, sending the shares higher in early trading.

Net income was $4 million, or break-even on a per-share basis, compared with a loss of $28 million, or 1 cent, a year earlier, the company said today in a statement. Revenue fell 7.4 percent to $8.08 billion, beating the $7.72 billion average estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 27 analysts.

Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown boosted profit at the two-way radio and set-top box businesses, more than offsetting widening losses at the handset division. Slumping phone sales have prompted Motorola to cut more than 9,000 jobs since the start of last year. Phone sales fell 21 percent to 28.1 million units last quarter, less than what some analysts had predicted.

“It's starting to stabilize,” Mark Sue of RBC Capital Markets told Bloomberg Radio. “It's not getting any worse.” The New York-based analyst has a “sector perform” rating for the stock.

Motorola, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, jumped as much as $1.19, or 15 percent, to $8.87 in trading before U.S. exchanges opened. The shares had lost 52 percent this year before today.

Profit, excluding costs from job cuts, was 2 cents a share, compared with the 3-cent loss estimated in the Bloomberg survey.


The company projected it will break even in the third quarter or post a profit of as much as 2 cents a share, excluding some costs. Analysts had projected a profit on that basis of 1 cent. Full-year earnings will be 6 cents to 8 cents.

Motorola, the No. 1 mobile-phone maker in the world a decade ago, is now in danger of falling to fourth. Brown, 47, is betting devices including the Rokr E8 music phone and the Z9 with satellite navigation will help it recover. The company hasn't had a hit handset since the Razr flip-phone, introduced in 2004.

Motorola was projected to ship 26.1 million phones last quarter, the average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The company kept its spot as the world's No. 3 mobile-phone maker, ahead of LG Electronics Inc., whose shipments soared 45 percent to 27.7 million units last quarter.

The loss for the mobile-phone business widened to $346 million from $332 million a year earlier, bringing its losses to more than $1.9 billion since the beginning of 2007. Revenue at the unit fell 22 percent to $3.3 billion.

‘A Bit of Work’

“They still have quite a bit of work to do,” said Sue. “I wouldn't count out further streamlining.”

Brown said the company is making progress with a plan to shed the phone unit in 2009 to focus on profitable set-top boxes, radios and networking gear. The split will happen in the third quarter of next year, Chief Financial Officer Paul Liska said today on a conference call with analysts.

This week, Motorola said it will divide its set-top box and networks division into three businesses. Sales at the unit rose 7 percent to $2.7 billion, boosting profit 28 percent to $245 million.

Revenue at the division that makes two-way radios for safety personnel rose 6 percent to $2 billion, lifting earnings 24 percent to $377 million.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ville Heiskanen in New York at

Last Updated: July 31, 2008 08:30 EDT


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Motorola wins text messaging patent case

July 25, 2008, 7:23PM ET


Motorola Inc., the world's No. 3 cell phone maker, said Friday it won a patent case filed against the company over its text messaging software.

The University of Texas had sued the Schaumburg, Ill.-based company, alleging that the software it uses for sending text messages violated one of the university's patents.

Motorola said Friday that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has sided with a lower court in ruling that Motorola's phones don't infringe the patent. Motorola said the university claimed that nearly all mobile phones infringed the university's patent and was seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

"Motorola is extremely gratified with the decision," Thomas Miller, Motorola's senior litigation counsel, said in a statement.

Source: BusinessWeek

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Guest column: Apple's iPhone - almost a decade after Motorola's Taichi

In the latest Interfax guest column, Jonathan Li, managing partner of Asentio Design, shares his experience designing touch screen mobile phones for the Chinese market and his views on the iPhone's success in creating an entire consumer experience. The following is a personal opinion piece by the author. Its publication in no way implies that Interfax shares the views expressed in the article.

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Jonathan Li, managing partner of Asentio Design

Shanghai. July 28. INTERFAX-CHINA - For millions of people, especially in the west, the Treo (launched in 2002) and the iPhone (launched in 2007) are the first touch screen mobile phones they have ever encountered or thought about. They would probably be surprised to hear that the Chinese market has been using touch screen mobile phones since 2000 with at least a hundred models available today.

I came to China in 1999 to design Motorola's first touch screen mobile phone, the A6188 (a.k.a. Taichi). Taichi was designed for the Chinese market with a large touch screen for handwriting input, and no keypad. Born and raised in the United States, I would never have imagined that one day I would live and work in China, let alone design for the Chinese market. Fortunately, Motorola's Beijing research and development team was creating Taichi by integrating their Angbao touch screen pager with the successful L2000, a GSM tri-band phone, and they required a user interface (UI) team.

As we were getting ready to launch Taichi in 2000, Ericsson was also launching their first touch screen phone, the R380, which had a keypad that flipped open to reveal a touch screen. During these early days of touch screen phones, there were no color screens. Instead, you were lucky to get a four "color" display where you had black, gray level 1, gray level 2, and no color. However, we were able to get some basic transitions such as the phone application sliding down from the top of the screen to convey that the phone sat on top of the PIM (personal information management) applications.

A year later, Motorola rolled out an improved Taichi, the A6288, which had a better processor and more PIM applications. However, it was not until the A6388 (aka the 388), which featured a thinner size and sports car-inspired industrial design, that Motorola shipped a large volume of touch screen phones and truly owned the market.

Color screens started to make their appearance in 2002 and Motorola quickly added a 65K color screen to the 388 to extend the life of the model. By this time, we were already working on designs for the next generation of touch screen phones that would eventually result in the A760 (launched in 2003) and the MotoMing (launched in 2006). By 2003, the touch screen mobile phone was very popular and ODM (original design manufacturer) companies such as TechFaith had started producing their own touch screen phones for their customers.

I left Motorola in 2002 to lead the design team at E28, where we created the world's first Linux smart phone, the e2800. Why Linux? Unlike other operating systems such as Windows and Symbian, Linux does not have an obligatory UI layer. As a result, engineering and design teams are able to define the entire UI experience.

Since 2003, color screen, camera, and processor technologies have continued to improve. Mobile phone manufacturers release better hardware as fast as possible in an attempt to grab market share. Unfortunately, since software is much more difficult to develop to a schedule than hardware, UI design requests were often viewed as cosmetic changes and given the lowest priority.

Thanks to the success of Motorola's family of touch screen phones, Chinese manufacturers (using the MTK solution) treated touch screen as a minimum requirement and soon the Chinese market was flooded with low-end touch screen mobiles by 2006. Hiring local and inexperienced design firms, Chinese manufacturers have only been able to copy other designs instead of innovating.

Meanwhile, at the top end of the market, Samsung, LG, and Dopod (aka HTC) were launching various flavors of touch screen phones and user interfaces. With huge design teams, Samsung and LG's UI teams have been able to achieve some nice animations and graphical effects. However, despite a big co-branding play with Prada, neither LG nor Samsung have been able to pull off an iPhone-like success.

Dopod, constrained by Window's OS and UI, created their own UI layer and made a great strategic move to launch their phone (not their first touch screen phone) during the iPhone hype. Thus, while the UI is an important part of iPhone's success, the UI alone is not enough to make a product or a company successful.

Apple is on target to ship 10 million iPhones because it has designed the entire consumer experience. From the initial awareness of the iPhone, to the anticipation created by Apple's savvy marketing team, to the purchase at a beautiful Apple store, to the use (this is where the UI and iTunes comes into play), to the reflection of the experience, Apple has truly created a strong personal experience with its brand and products.

Where it was once difficult to get alpha blending and sexy transitions, today, UI designers have a large palette to work with. But, just because you place an infinite number of colors in front of a painter, you are guaranteed neither a masterpiece nor a business success. It is amazing how far the touch screen and user interface industries have developed in the past ten years.

About the author: Jonathan Li is a managing partner of Asentio Design, the world's first Personal Experience Design studio, where he leads the design strategy and interaction design teams. Previously he was responsible for designing the user interface (UI) for the world's first Linux smart phone as Director of Interaction Design at E28 Ltd. Before joining E28, Li created the UI for the world's first Chinese handwriting recognition phone and led a team to deliver over five successive generations of touch screen smart phones for Motorola. Li holds a Masters degree in Human Factors Product Design from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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USA Mobility Closes At Multi-Month High Following Quarterly Results

8/1/2008 4:20 PM ET

(RTTNews) - USA Mobility Inc. (USMO) gapped open higher on Friday and rose to a range within the first 30 minutes of trading. The stock drifted slightly higher throughout the remainder of the day. The move came following the release of quarterly results.

The stock ended the session at $10.40 up $2.28 from Thursday's close.

The advance came on strong volume and took the stock over resistance and to its highest level in nearly five months.

The company said that its second quarter net income was $10.3 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to $13.0 million, or $0.47 per share, in the year-earlier quarter.

Total revenue for the second quarter was $92.1 million, compared to $107.5 million in the second quarter of 2007.

The company also raised its fiscal 2008 revenues outlook to a range of $355 million - $360 million, from the previous guidance of $345 million - $355 million.

Source: RTTNews

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USA Mobility Reports Second Quarter Operating Results; Board Declares Quarterly Cash Distribution; $50 Million Stock Repurchase Program Announced

Revenue and Expense Trends Continue to Improve; Operating Cash Flow Margins Reach New Highs

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jul 31, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging and communications services, today announced operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008.

Total revenue for the second quarter was $92.1 million, compared to $94.8 in the first quarter and $107.5 million in the second quarter of 2007. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) in the second quarter totaled $30.6 million, compared to $29.9 million in the first quarter and $33.3 million in the second quarter of 2007. Net income in the second quarter was $10.3 million, or $0.37 per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $13.0 million, or $0.47 per fully diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter.

Second quarter results included:

  • EBITDA margin (or EBITDA as a percentage of revenue) increased to 33.2 percent in the second quarter, compared to 31.6 percent in the first quarter and 31.0 percent in the second quarter of 2007, reaching its highest level since USA Mobility was formed in 2004.
  • The quarterly rate of revenue erosion improved to 2.8 percent, compared to 5.4 percent in the first quarter and 3.7 percent in the year-earlier quarter. The annual rate of revenue erosion improved to 14.3 percent from 15.0 percent in the first quarter and 15.5 percent in the second quarter of 2007.
  • Total paging ARPU (average revenue per unit) was $8.54 in the second quarter, an increase from $8.49 in the first quarter and equal to $8.54 in the year-earlier quarter.
  • Units in service totaled 3,176,000 at June 30, 2008, compared to 3,333,000 at March 31, 2008. Net unit loss in the second quarter was 157,000, compared to 152,000 in the first quarter and 155,000 in the second quarter of 2007.
  • The annual rate of subscriber erosion was 15.5 percent, compared to 14.8 percent in the first quarter and 15.2 percent in the year-earlier quarter. The quarterly rate of subscriber loss was 4.7 percent, compared to 4.4 percent in first quarter and 4.0 percent in the second quarter of 2007.
  • Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) totaled $61.5 million in the second quarter, a reduction of 17.1 percent from $74.1 million in the second quarter of 2007. Operating expenses declined $12.7 million since the second quarter of 2007 and, as a percentage of revenue, were at their lowest level since 2004.
  • Capital expenses were $3.9 million, compared to $4.0 million in the first quarter.
  • The Company's cash balance at June 30, 2008 was $85.8 million.

"We continued to make excellent progress during the second quarter," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer, "as the Company's results met or exceeded the majority of our performance objectives and were largely consistent with the financial guidance we provided earlier this year. Our annual rate of revenue erosion showed further improvement, average revenue per unit (ARPU) increased in the quarter, operating expenses declined and our cash flow margins reached record highs. Although overall subscriber cancellations remained higher than expected," Kelly added, "we continued to see lower net unit loss rates in our core market segment of Healthcare, which now represents 40.0 percent of our customer base."

The Company's Board of Directors declared a regular cash distribution of $0.25 per share, payable on September 11, 2008 to stockholders of record on August 14, 2008. The Company expects the September cash distribution, a total of approximately $6.8 million, to be paid as a return of capital. The Company's Board of Directors also adopted a stock repurchase plan to buy back up to $50 million of USA Mobility common stock. The repurchase plan will commence on or about August 5, 2008 and will continue for up to twelve months. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC will administer the stock repurchase program.

Commenting on the Company's capital distribution policy going forward, Kelly stated: "While we revised our cash distribution rate in the second quarter to better reflect projected cash flow over the next several years, our commitment to return cash to our stockholders has not changed. We recognize that notwithstanding our excellent current results, continued levels of subscriber erosion will continue to put pressure on our future operating margins and our revised cash distribution rate takes that potential into effect."

Kelly said the Company decided to move forward with a stock repurchase program at this time after a ruling on July 8, 2008 by the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit delayed a final decision on its appeal of the Federal Communications Commission's Back-Up Power Order (Order). The Court held the appeal in abeyance pending approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new paperwork requirements associated with the Order, a process that is expected to postpone a final ruling in the case for at least several months. "Although we were disappointed the Court did not vacate the Order at this time," Kelly said, "we believe it ultimately will do so based on the merits of our appeal. In the meantime, the delay serves to reduce the potential cost of compliance as we continue to eliminate transmitters in connection with our long-term network rationalization program."

Thomas L. Schilling, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said the Company reported solid financial and operating results for the quarter. "The improved rate of revenue erosion was largely the result of retail price adjustments we made during the quarter," he said, "while a continued emphasis on cost reduction contributed to our higher EBITDA and cash flow margins. Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) continued to decline due to numerous cost savings programs," Schilling noted, "and are down 17.1 percent from the second quarter of 2007 and well ahead of the 14.3 percent annual rate of revenue erosion."

The Company also revised upward its previously announced financial guidance for 2008 as follows: revenues are now expected to be between $355 million to $360 million, up from the previous guidance of $345 million to $355 million; operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) are now expected to be between $245 million to $250 million, a decrease from the previous range of $250 million to $255 million; while guidance for capital expenses for 2008 remains unchanged at $18 million to $20 million.

USA Mobility plans to host a conference call for investors on its second quarter results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 1, 2008. The dial-in number for the call is 888-600-4885 (toll-free) or 913-312-6685 (toll). The pass code for the call is 9967444. A replay of the call will be available from 2:00 p.m. ET on August 1 until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 15. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (toll-free) or 719-457-0820 (toll). The pass code for the replay is 9967444.

About USA Mobility

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 a majority of the Fortune 1000 companies. The Company operates nationwide networks for both one-way paging and advanced two-way messaging services. In addition, USA Mobility offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel, including BlackBerry® smartphones 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 (machine-to-machine) 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, our ability to continue to reduce operating expenses and to generate cash from operations, our future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, technological improvements in hand-held devices and transmission services offered by our competitors, 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.

Source: USA Mobility Press Release (Contains financial tables.)

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AT&T adds 1.3M subs; wireless data revenue surges

July 23, 2008
By Lynnette Luna

AT&T added 1.3 million subscribers in the second-quarter and said net income increased 30 percent as the company benefited from a surge in wireless data use. The operator posted net income of $3.77 billion, or 63 cents a share, up from $2.9 billion, or 47 cents a share in 2007. AT&T's wireless business, which is the exclusive operator of the iPhone in the U.S., saw its earnings jump 91 percent as revenue increased 16 percent. Subtracting merger-related costs, profits increased 39 percent.

Still, the 1.3 million net new customers added was down 8.4 percent from last year and below Verizon Wireless' 1.5 million subscribers it added during the second quarter. Verizon Wireless released some preliminary results yesterday. Churn dropped to 1.1 percent from 1.2 percent. Revenue from wireless data service increased 52 percent during the quarter, while ARPU (average revenue per user) also increased to 3.5 percent.

Meanwhile, Apple's new iPhone 3G, which went on sale earlier this month, might not boost earnings significantly in the third quarter as AT&T is now subsidizing the device significantly to make it available for $199. It's subsidy bill might reach as high as $720 million, and AT&T already warned that subsidy costs would hurt earnings by 10 cents to 12 cents a share this year and in 2009.

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Public Responds to Cancer Doctor’s Warning

By Rhonda Wickham
WirelessWeek - July 25, 2008

Yesterday, Dr. Ronald Herberman, the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute made headlines by encouraging his staff to limit use of cell phones because of a possible cancer link. Since then, the public seemingly has yawned.

Herberman encouraged cell phone users, especially children, to take precautions such as using the device’s speakerphone or a wireless headset. Herberman said the public shouldn't wait for a definitive study but rather err on the side of caution.

Since the story ran in numerous U.S. newspapers such as The New York Times and the Kansas City Star, Internet message boards have lit up with a surprising amount of dismissiveness. A large number of message board writers questioned the results, doubted the connection between correlation and causation, and inquired about other wireless technologies such as cordless phones. All told a greater number of respondents said they would wait for actual proof, citing that cancer warnings have been associated with everything from bacon to bug spray.

In one message, “Jonathan” wrote, “In other news, a prominent back surgeon warned against stepping on cracks, noting that while the evidence is not clear, it’s not worth the risk to your mother’s back.”

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Massive Bell Canada layoffs could be "tip of the iceberg"

Bell Canada has disconnected 2,500 management positions as part of an ongoing campaign to reinvent itself. Experts say the move heralds a stream of short and long-term changes at the company — with big implications for the telecom market.

7/30/2008 5:00:00 AM By: Nestor E. Arellano

Cutting 2,500 management positions is just what Bell Canada needs to shet its image of a lumbering behemoth in a market now teeming with lean and agile competitors, technology analysts say.

The massive layoffs that Bell announced yesterday, they say, represent just the tip of the iceberg.

We could see more of the same as the telecom company, whose business is largely tied to its extensive landline network, moves to realign its operations towards the lucrative mobile market.

George Cope, the company's newly installed CEO, announced Monday, that Bell would be eliminating no less than 2,500 jobs or nearly 15 per cent of its management workforce.

The announcement couldn't have come at a more appropriate time, say Canadian telecom industry analysts.

"Cope's announcement is precisely what Bell needs to get the message out that the company is prepared to reinvent itself," according to Carmi Levy, senior vice-president, strategic consulting at Toronto-based AR Communications Inc.

"Bell continues to fight the perception that it is a bloated organization and less in touch with its customers than the competition."

Recent events have contributed to this perception.

For instance, Bell was embroiled in a public relations fiasco, when Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility — another big player in the Canadian wireless space — announced they would soon start charging wireless subscribers 15 cents for incoming text messages.

At a time its image was taking a battering, Bell did get a modicum of positive publicity when it announced it would offer Samsung's Instinct smartphone, which is considered a viable iPhone alternative.

Now the news of the management layoffs at Bell has evoked very different reactions from industry observers.

The restructuring, another Canadian analyst said, will herald a stream of short- and long-term changes.

"In the near future – that is before December — we could see the sale or outsourcing of smaller units and services… Three years out, Bell might even get out of the landline business," said Troy Crandall, a Montreal-based telecom industry analyst for MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc., (also known as the 3 Macs), an independent investment firm.

The massive layoffs, which affect six per cent of Bell's 44,000-employee workforce, is George Cope's strategy to whip the flagging telecom giant into shape, a Bell spokesperson suggested.

It is part of Cope's "100-day campaign to align the company," said Pierre Leclerc, director of media relations for Bell in Montreal.

He said the move would trim down the company's management ranks from 11 layers to a maximum of eight.

Source: IT

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Patient pagers provide a glimpse into Trillium’s ER transformation and redesign

Aug 2008 Issue

By Larry Roberts

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Checking out what all the buzz is about. From left: Janet Davidson, O.C., president and CEO, Patti Cochrane, VP, patient services and quality, and Lina Rinaldi, director, emergency and medicine health system, examine Trillium Health Centre’s new ER patient pagers.

When Trillium Health Centre embarked on a project to transform and redesign its emergency care system, it took a multifaceted approach. Teams were assembled to look at every aspect of the health centre’s busy ER operations - over 81,000 emergency visits at the Trillium Mississauga ER annually - and how they interact with and are supported by the other health systems and business units.

The ER transformation and redesign project involved all areas of the hospital in the goal of finding innovative ways to improve the patient experience and reduce wait times.

“It is not just the ER’s problem, we all own the patient flow and access pressures,” says Patti Cochrane, vice-president, patient services and quality. “It has been a tough, creative and rewarding process. Redesigning our care processes meant taking a hard look at all of our access pressure points. We looked at everything.”

One of the multidisciplinary teams - made up of clinical, clerical, patient relations, volunteer resources and security partners - was tasked with building a plan to create the ideal patient experience in the ER waiting room. “We asked patients what was most important to them,” explains Lina Rinaldi, director, emergency and medicine health system. “Surveys identified two key patient needs: to feel cared for by ER staff and to have more information available.”

To help patients feel connected to the staff inside the ER, Trillium introduced patient pagers in the waiting room. Since May 28, 2008, restaurant-style coaster pagers have been given to patients who, after being triaged and assessed, were determined to have higher acuity conditions (CTAS Level 2 and 3). The patient keeps the pager until called for treatment. This gives them flexibility to leave the waiting room and not miss being called by ER staff if they need to stretch their legs in the lobby or head outside for some fresh air.

“Patients are very receptive,” says Tammy Walker, an experienced ER nurse and ER process redesign resource. “They understand the pagers because they’ve used them in restaurants. It’s a new use for a simple, common technology. The pagers are especially helpful for patients and families whose first language is not English.”

The pagers also improve confidentiality since patient names are no longer called out. Once paged, the patient reports for treatment, and the pagers are cleaned, recharged and ready for use again. “We’ve had positive feedback from patients about the pagers and we have experienced a decrease in the number of patients who leave our facility without being seen after the pager implementation in June,” says Rinaldi. “People tell the ER staff they feel more comfortable because they know we can reach them.”

To address information needs, new digital signage was installed at the ER entrance to welcome patients and provide instructions. Patient Liaison Coordinators were added to greet arriving patients, answer questions and direct them to Triage and Registration.

Several other initiatives have been implemented within the ER, across the organization and with external partners. Trillium created a “Reassessment Zone” or RAZ to improve patient flow by freeing up stretchers. It is a creative use of space: eight chairs replace four stretchers. Ambulatory patients who have been seen by a nurse and doctor, and who have had initial tests ordered, are transferred to the RAZ lounge to await results in a reclining chair.

The Enabling Patient Access team implemented successful system-wide flow initiatives. When the ER is nearing capacity, “Bed Alert” or “Code Gridlock” calls are issued to mobilize everyone. Discharge of patients is re-examined by each physician and patients are informed of the need to expedite discharge to open acute care beds.

The Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at Trillium’s West Toronto ambulatory care location, which will also have patient pagers this month, provides alternate patient access to emergency services. The UCC sees over 43,000 patients annually and its recent redevelopment will help relieve pressure on the ER at Mississauga for low acuity patients. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“Improving patient flow requires a concerted effort by everyone at Trillium to help move patients through the ER as quickly as possible, to discharge or provide appropriate care. It also involves working closely with community services and agencies like the Local Health Integration Network, Community Care Access Centre and Emergency Medical Services,” says Cochrane. “We still have work to do, but the patient pagers are certainly creating a buzz about Trillium’s ER transformation and redesign.”

Source: Hospital News

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Text-message ruling favors Motorola and other cell companies

Lawsuit over patent for software could have generated millions of dollars

By Robert Elder

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Barry Burgdorf UT System general counsel says it hasn't decided whether to appeal the ruling.

A federal appeals court has upheld an Austin federal court's rejection of a patent infringement claim that could have generated millions of dollars for the University of Texas at Arlington.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington last week upheld a decision that Motorola Inc. and a number of other wireless phone makers did not infringe on a text-messaging software patent used in sending mobile messages.

The patent, issued in 1987, covers "predictive text," which enables a user to create words using traditional phone keypads in which each numerical key corresponds to three letters. Developed by George Kondraske, a professor of electrical engineering at UT-Arlington, the software tries to predict which word the user intended to type by comparing letter combinations against possible words.

The UT System had estimated that the litigation could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Barry Burgdorf, the UT System general counsel, said that estimate was "at the top range" of possible damages.

The appellate court upheld a ruling by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin. In 2007, Sparks granted Motorola's motion for summary judgment in the case based on interpretations of the phrase "syllabic element."

Sparks ruled, and the federal circuit agreed, that the patent was limited to a vocabulary of only syllabic elements. Motorola said that because neither it nor its customers used text messaging software with a vocabulary of only syllabic elements, it did not infringe on the patent.

The UT System had argued for a broader interpretation of the phrase.

Motorola, one of the world's largest makers of cell phones, was the defendant with the most to lose in the case.

"Motorola is extremely gratified with the decision of the appellate court confirming our belief that Motorola products did not infringe the University of Texas System's patent claims," Thomas Miller, Motorola's senior litigation counsel, said in a statement.

The UT System hasn't decided whether to appeal the ruling, Burgdorf said.

"We're conferring with counsel and looking at our options," he said. Shore Chan Bragalone LLP of Dallas is the system's outside counsel.

Kondraske said Monday he "cannot comment on any aspects of this case at present."

The UT System initially sued more than 50 companies for infringing on the patent. Burgdorf said the system has settled with about 70 percent of those for $10.2 million in damages. One, Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd., paid $1.8 million.

Patent on text messaging

Inventors: George Kondraske and then-student Adnan Shennib, University of Texas at Arlington

What it covers: 'Predictive' text messaging via 12-key, phone-style keypad

Issued: June 16, 1987

Expired: Sept. 6, 2005

Litigation: UT System initially sued more than 50 companies. Most settled.

Amount won in those settlements: $10.2 million

Dividing that money: After the system's law firm gets 35% contingency fee, money is split evenly between inventors and UT-Arlington.

Source: University of Texas System


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Finger Lakes Answering Service Wins 2008 ATSI Award of Excellence

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Auburn, NY, United States, 07/28/2008 - Finger Lakes Answering Service wins ATSI Award of excellence also earning Silver Plus Award for 4th consecutive year.

Finger Lakes Answering Service of Auburn, NY has been honored with the exclusive 2008 Award of Excellence for the fourth consecutive year. The award is presented annually by the Association of TeleServices International (ATSI), the industry’s trade association for providers of telecommunications and call center services including telephone answering and message delivery. Finger Lakes Answering Service was presented with the award at ATSI’s 2008 annual Convention held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in St. Louis, MO.

After six months of intensive testing, an independent panel of judges scored call-handling skills such as courtesy, response time, accuracy and overall service to their clients, the cornerstones of the call management industry. If a company scored 80% or better in ALL categories, they are presented with the coveted Award of Excellence.

“The Award of Excellence is a ‘mystery shopper’ program that provides independent testing for quality assurance in customer service levels.” Says ATSI President Alan Fromm. “We congratulate Finger Lakes Answering Service for their achievements.”

Now a four-time winner, Finger Lakes Answering Service earned the Silver Plus Award for four consecutive years. ATSI extends its congratulations to the staff of Finger Lakes Answering Service for their proven quality service to their customers.

“We are very proud of our staff to have accomplished this for the fourth straight year. We work every day to make sure that every call is handled professionally, and this award is recognition of that effort,” says Gardner McLean, President and owner of Finger Lakes Business Services, Inc., the parent company of Finger Lakes Answering Service and Communications Group. McLean says: “This is increasingly important to us as we expand our marketplace beyond New York. Most of our recent growth is from out-of-state organizations that are looking for the quality that this award represents.

Ray Schremp, Vice President and owner, says “Not only did we far exceed the minimum requirements with a 96.2 average, but we ranked 15th in the country with our score. Our staff is to be congratulated. We are always looking to improve our service to our clients and the program has allowed us to have an independent evaluation of our service. It is great to see that our score has improved each year and our staff is committed to exceeding it next year."

About ATSI
The Association of TeleServices International was founded in 1942 as a national trade association representing live answering services. ATSI now encompasses companies across the United States offering specialized and enhanced operator based services including: call centers, contact centers, inbound telemarketing (order entry), paging, voice messaging, emergency dispatch, fax and internet services among others.

About FLBS
Finger Lakes Business Services, Inc. is the parent company of Finger Lakes Answering Service, Communications Group, Finger Lakes Call Center, Finger Lakes Message Center and Finger Lakes Paging Center. Started in 2002, it has acquired businesses in Auburn, Ithaca, Syracuse, Oswego, Steamboat Springs, CO, Greeley, Co. FLBS is owned by Gardner McLean (Skaneateles, NY) and Ray Schremp (Cicero, NY).

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State's $2 billion emergency communications system in jeopardy

System kinks hamper project approval

Updated: 07/28/08 8:15 AM

ALBANY — A crucial round of testing of an expensive new emergency communications system— being evaluated in Erie and Chautauqua counties before it goes statewide — has been postponed just a month before officials must decide the project’s fate.

The head of the state agency overseeing the project told The Buffalo News she has begun making contingency plans if the vendor now running the ambitious $2 billion project fails to live up to the contract’s terms by the end of August.

Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, director of the state’s Office for Technology, said tests scheduled for this week and next in Erie County have been put off until the company running the project, M/A-COM, can correct several key problems affecting the ability of first responders to communicate with one another.

“We want to make sure we’re not caught short,” she said of contingency plans begun to ensure that the state can still proceed with efforts to link all state and local emergency agencies across New York into a single, wireless network.

State agencies this week were supposed to run a series of tests in Erie and Chautauqua counties to see if past problems with the communications system have been repaired. Local government first responder agencies were to follow up with their own round of testing next week.

But on Tuesday, local officials were told the tests were being put off — despite the Aug. 29 deadline for the state to decide whether the results of the system’s pilot testing in Erie and Chautauqua counties were successful enough to launch it statewide. Officials said it made no sense to test the system until some problems are repaired.

“The Erie and Chautauqua pieces are critical for us to decide whether we are going to go forward or not. If it is not working there, we are committed to not move forward,” Stewart said Friday following a meeting of an advisory board called in Albany to get an update on the much-delayed communications system.

And if the project is not approved by the Aug. 29 deadline? “Then we have to have a contingency plan, and that’s what we’re working on,” she said.

The implications from the Western New York testing are critical for a system that got a major push following communication breakdowns by first responders at the World Trade Center during the 2001 terrorist attacks. It got another boost following embarrassing and dangerous communication problems by various police agencies during the 2006 manhunt in Western New York for fugitive Ralph “Bucky” Philips.

The state and M/A-COM for some time now have been trying to put a happy face on an assortment of problems with what’s known as the Statewide Wireless Network, an Internet-based system that is intended to let everyone from police and fire to transportation and parks agencies communicate with one another over a common network. Earlier testing showed it failed to work in large sections of Erie County — major parts of Buffalo could not get reception with the system.

Stewart said those coverage problems have been mostly fixed. Two critical components remain, she said: Special devices mounted in vehicles that can send signals from a portable radio being carried by an emergency worker to a tower and the voice quality heard on existing radios already purchased by local emergency agencies broadcast over the new system.

The M/A-COM project has been met with praise and complaints. In Chautauqua County, Sheriff Joseph Gerace said the system has brought vast improvement so far over the current radio networks that offer spotty and unpredictable coverage in the mostly rural county.

But in Erie County, some municipalities, like the Erie County government, have said they do not plan to become full partners of the system even if it gets approved; Erie County Executive Chris Collins attributed part of the problem to the estimated $36 million needed by the county if it wants to buy into the system.

Then there is protectionist turf resistance, as some police, fire and other agencies show reluctance to give up their communications system for one designed and run by the state.

The problems and delays have been met with growing impatience from groups looking forward to a better communication system in the state.

“It is disappointing to know the Statewide Wireless Network project is not only 1z years behind schedule, but also still in the first phase of development. Unfortunately, the two words we have heard most consistently about this program have been ‘delays’ and ‘failures,’ ” said Daniel De Federicis, president of the New York State Troopers PBA.

The hodgepodge patchwork of communication systems across New York for emergency services prevents adjoining police agencies from communicating with one another. A new system could, advocates say, permit police to talk directly to snowplow operators during a blizzard and would bring coverage to some areas of the state with spotty or no reception.

The $2 billion M/A-COM contract calls for 97 percent of the counties within the state to be covered with radio reception. M/A-COM officials Friday said they have met that goal in Erie and Chautauqua counties. But there are hundreds of other criteria that also must be met — such as existing, or “legacy,” communication devices being able to work on the system, an important criterion for agencies that cannot afford to upgrade to the new M/A-COM equipment.

M/A-COM officials Friday appeared unfazed by the problems and sounded confident that any remaining issues will be corrected before the end of next month. “I look forward to Aug. 29,” John Vaughn, a M/ACOM vice president, told the advisory panel.

The system has been in the works, in one way or another, since 1998. Critics say it is an expensive boondoggle, while advocates say it represents the future of how emergency services agencies should be able to communicate with one another.

If M/A-COM fails the final evaluation in Erie and Chautauqua counties, it is uncertain what direction the state could take next. It could seek to still improve the M/A-COM solution, re-bid the project that could add further delays or just scrap the whole idea of a statewide wireless network.

Source: The Buffalo News

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

Published by the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

   Vol. 11, No. 30 July 30, 2008   

Rep. Waxman Launches High-Cost USF Probe

U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has released records reportedly showing that some of the largest telcos received more than $6 billion in recent years to subsidize service to rural and other high-cost areas, according to the Dallas Morning News. Two weeks ago, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study concluded that the Universal Service Fund's (USF’s) high-cost program provides differing subsidies to carriers in the same market and may not ensure that its funds are being spent appropriately.

Waxman has sent letters to 24 telcos that receive large subsidies asking a host of questions, including whether they take that money into account when building out their networks or during merger talks with other companies, according to Dow Jones. The Oversight Committee will examine how companies receiving large subsidies account for the money and disclose their activities to customers and regulators. Waxman wants to know whether any subsidies are used to deploy Internet services. Currently, universal service subsidies aren't intended for Internet subscribers, but carriers that transmit Internet traffic over phone lines could be subsidizing Internet traffic simply by improving their wires. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumed Democratic nominee for president, argues that universal service fees should support broadband in underserved areas because rural customers already have quality voice service.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) has called the program for high-cost areas "dreadfully inefficient." Barton introduced HR 6356 last month that would prohibit subsidies for wealthy areas and restrict them to one provider for a single high-cost area. The bill calls for a cap on the entire USF, and requires the FCC to institute a reverse auction program to implement support from the USF (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, June 25). Clients should contact us about these continuing threats to the high-cost program.

Verizon Signals Willingness To Divest Spectrum, Honor Roaming Agreements; But Details Remain Sketchy

BloostonLaw Has Drafted Petition Seeking Conditions on Merger BloostonLaw has drafted a petition requesting that the FCC condition any approval of the proposed Verizon-Alltel merger by imposing appropriate safeguards, including (1) a requirement that Verizon divest spectrum where overlap with ALLTEL wireless operations occur; (2) roaming agreement safeguards; and (3) safeguards against monopolization of handset availability. Clients interested in supporting this petition should contact us ASAP.

Just before the original deadline for filing a petition, Verizon and ALLTEL have made things interesting, by signaling a willingness to divest spectrum in certain areas, and to honor certain existing roaming agreements. However, details remain sketchy and it does not appear that the giant carriers contemplate that the public or the rest of the industry gets any say on the particulars.

As a result of these developments, the FCC has extended by 15 days the comment cycle in its proceeding regarding the proposed Verizon Wireless-ALLTEL merger. Petitions to deny are now due August 11, 2008, oppositions are due August 19, 2008, and replies are due August 26, 2008.

Various groups had requested an extension of time, including Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG), supported by BloostonLaw and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association; Consumers Union; Free Press; Media Access Project; and Public Knowledge.

Specifically, Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless and its wholly-owned subsidiary AirTouch Cellular and Atlantis Holdings LLC had filed a series of applications seeking Commission approval of the transfer of licenses, authorizations, and spectrum manager and de facto transfer leasing arrangements through the transfer of control of subsidiaries of ALLTEL Corporation and partnerships in which ALLTEL has either controlling or non-controlling general partnership interests. As proposed, the transfer of control will take place as a result of a merger whereby Abraham Merger Corporation (Merger Sub), a newly-formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Air-Touch, will merge with and into ALLTEL. At closing, the separate corporate existence of Merger Sub will cease, and ALLTEL will continue as the surviving corporation and as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AirTouch.

The Applicants also request a declaratory ruling, pursuant to Section 310(b)(4) of the Communications Act, that the public interest would not be served by denying approval of the indirect foreign ownership in the licenses, authorizations, and spectrum manager and de facto transfer leasing arrangements held by the post-transaction ALLTEL Subsidiaries and Partnerships.

On July 22, 2008, Verizon Wireless submitted an ex parte letter outlining 85 cellular markets, in which both Verizon Wireless and ALLTEL currently provide service, that, as a result of discussions with the Department of Justice (DOJ), it has committed to divest. Specifically, Verizon Wireless is “committing to divest overlapping properties comprising the entire states of North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as overlapping properties comprising partial areas within 16 additional states: California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.” Clients wanting a list of the specific cellular markets within each state that may be subject to divestiture can contact the firm.

With regard to these divestitures, Verizon Wireless states that “[t]he specific spectrum, operations and other assets that will be divested in each market will be determined as part of ongoing discussions with the Department of Justice.” Thus, Verizon and ALLTEL opposed any extension of the petition deadline, signaling their belief that there is no need for public input on these last minute changes to the merger proposal.

Further, Verizon Wireless notes that it has “received several inquiries about the impact of the transaction on CDMA and GSM roaming agreements that ALLTEL has with regional, small and/or rural carriers.” Verizon Wireless makes the following commitments to regional, small and/or rural wireless providers with which it has entered into roaming agreements:

“First, each such regional, small and/or rural carrier that has a roaming agreement with ALLTEL will have the option to keep the rates set forth in that roaming agreement in force for the full term of the agreement, notwithstanding any change of control or termination for convenience provisions that would give Verizon Wireless the right to accelerate the termination of such agreement. Second, each such regional, small and/or rural carrier that currently has roaming agreements with both ALLTEL and Verizon Wireless will have the option to select either agreement to govern all roaming traffic between it and post-merger Verizon Wireless.” However, Verizon does not address what will happen once the existing roaming agreements expire. Nor does Verizon address the dominant position it will acquire with regard to handset manufacturers as a result of the merger, to the possible detriment of rural carriers that already suffer from a slow “trickle down” of new handsets.

While Verizon’s letter offers some promise that the divestiture and roaming issues will be at least partially addressed, many important details remain unclear. Therefore BloostonLaw is proceeding with petitions on behalf of interested clients. If you think that your company will be adversely affected by the proposed merger, you should contact the firm ASAP.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Mary Sisak.

AT&T’s Petition On IP/PSTN Traffic Has Implications For Intercarrier Comp. Reform

Comments due August 14, Replies due August 25.

AT&T has filed a petition for interim declaratory ruling and limited waivers regarding access charges, in the event the FCC does not act on comprehensive intercarrier compensation reform. The company states that it is providing the FCC with a blueprint for achieving a core goal of the Missoula Plan—reducing and unifying terminating intercarrier compensation charges through rate re-balancing and targeted universal service support by the end of 2008, consistent with the Commission’s publicly stated timeline for adopting an order addressing comprehensive reform.

In its July 17 petition, AT&T asks the Commission to “clarify the applicability of access charges to inter-exchange” Internet protocol/public switched telephone network (IP/PSTN) traffic. In addition, AT&T seeks “limited waivers of [the Commission’s] rules governing [subscriber line charges] and switched access charges.”

As noted, the relief AT&T requests has two parts. First, AT&T seeks a declaratory ruling (or waiver) that would enable it to assess intrastate terminating access charges on IP/PSTN traffic where its intrastate terminating access rates are at parity with its interstate rates.

The second part of AT&T’s petition involves states where AT&T must affirmatively reduce existing intrastate terminating access rates to interstate levels in order to be eligible for the preceding declaratory ruling (or waiver) regarding the applicability of access charges to IP/PSTN traffic (i.e., approximately half of AT&T’s states).

Here, AT&T seeks two mechanisms that would allow AT&T (and any other willing carriers) to increase certain interstate rates, within prescribed limits, to offset AT&T’s foregone intrastate access revenues. Those mechanisms are—first, to subscriber line charges (SLCs), and second, if necessary, to interstate originating access charges.

SLC Caps: AT&T requests a limited waiver of the rules that prevent increasing its SLCs up to (but not above) the existing $6.50 for residential and single-line business lines; $7.00 for non-primary residential lines; and $9.20 for multi-line business lines. AT&T acknowledges that those levels are reasonable and have been affirmed by the courts. It states that any increases in the SLCs would be limited “to only the aggregate amount necessary to offset, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the corresponding aggregate amount by which AT&T reduces its intrastate terminating access revenues to achieve parity.”

Interstate Originating Access Charges: Because AT&T may not be able to achieve access charge parity in certain states using SLC increases alone, the petition said, AT&T requests a waiver so that after first exhausting the “headroom” created by the SLC waiver (the difference between AT&T’s current SLC rates and the SLC caps), AT&T would then be allowed to increase the interstate originating switched access component of its Average Traffic Sensitive (ATS) rate up to (but not above) a level that would result in the $0.0095 rate approved in the Calls Order for low-density price cap carriers.

If granted, the result would be that all inter-exchange traffic (including IP/-PSTN traffic and traditional circuit-switched PSTN-to-PSTN traffic) terminating on AT&T’s network would be subject to terminating access charges set at interstate rate levels, while all “local” traffic (including IP/PSTN traffic would be subject to reciprocal compensation arrangements. Comments in this WC Docket No. 08-152 proceeding are due August 14, and replies are due August 25.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

Cell Phone-Cancer Warning Re-ignites Health Debate

The debate over the possible link between cell phones and cancer has heated up again thanks to an unusual and unprecedented warning issued by Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, a prominent cancer research institute. Dr. Heberman issued his warning to faculty and staff, and told them to limit cell phone use. Another researcher likened cell-phone use to "play[ing] Russian roulette with your brain," according to The Associated Press.

These new warnings contradict numerous scientific studies that do not find a link between increased tumors and cell phone use. And they contradict the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which concludes that the cancer risk from cell phones “is probably very small.”

But, as AP reports, Herberman is basing his alarm on early, unpublished data. He says it takes too long to get answers from science and he believes people should take action now — especially when it comes to children. "Really at the heart of my concern is that we shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later," Herberman said. Herberman's advice is sure to raise concern among many cell phone users and especially parents, according to AP. In the memo he sent to about 3,000 faculty and staff last Wednesday, he says children should use cell phones only for emergencies because their brains are still developing. Adults should keep the phone away from the head and use the speakerphone or a wireless headset, he says. He even warns against using cell phones in public places like a bus because it exposes others to the phone's electromagnetic fields.

The issue that concerns some scientists — though nowhere near a consensus — is electromagnetic radiation, especially its possible effects on children. It is not a major topic in conferences of brain specialists, the AP said.

AP added: A 2008 University of Utah analysis looked at nine studies — including some Herberman cites — with thousands of brain tumor patients and concludes "we found no overall increased risk of brain tumors among cellular phone users. The potential elevated risk of brain tumors after long-term cellular phone use awaits confirmation by future studies." Studies last year in France and Norway concluded the same thing.

Nevertheless, the Herberman memo cites a growing body of literature purporting to link long-term cell phone use to possible adverse health effects including cancer. "Although the evidence is still controversial, I am convinced that there are sufficient data to warrant issuing an advisory to share some precautionary advice on cell phone use," he wrote in his memo. A driving force behind the memo was Devra Lee Davis, the director of the university's center for environmental oncology, according to The AP. "The question is do you want to play Russian roulette with your brain," she said in an interview with The AP that she did from her cell phone. "I don't know that cell phones are dangerous. But I don't know that they are safe."

Of concern are the still unknown effects of more than a decade of cell phone use, with some studies raising alarms, said Davis, a former health adviser in the Clinton Administration. She told The AP 20 different groups have endorsed the advice the Pittsburgh cancer institute gave, and authorities in England, France and India have cautioned against children's use of cell phones.

According to The AP, Herberman and Davis point to a massive ongoing research project known as Interphone, involving scientists in 13 nations, mostly in Europe. Results already published in peer-reviewed journals from this project aren't so alarming, but Herberman is citing work not yet published, The AP said.

The AP also noted that the published research focuses on more than 5,000 cases of brain tumors. The National Academy of Sciences in the U.S., which isn't participating in the Interphone project, reported in January that the brain tumor research had "selection bias." That means it relied on people with cancer to remember how often they used cell phones. It is not considered the most accurate research approach.

Further The AP noted that the largest published study, which appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2006, tracked 420,000 Danish cell phone users, including thousands that had used the phones for more than 10 years. It found no increased risk of cancer among those using cell phones.

And a French study based on Interphone research and published in 2007 concluded that regular cell phone users had "no significant increased risk" for three major types of brain tumors, The AP said. It did note, however, that there was "the possibility of an increased risk among the heaviest users" for one type of brain tumor, but that needs to be verified in future research.

Earlier research also has found no connection between cell phones and cancer, The AP said.

It added that Joshua E. Muscat of Penn State University, who has studied cancer and cell phones in other research projects partly funded by the cell phone industry, said there are at least a dozen studies that have found no cancer-cell phone link. He said a Swedish study cited by Herberman as support for his warning was biased and flawed. "We certainly don't know of any mechanism by which radio-frequency exposure would cause a cancerous effect in cells. We just don't know this might possibly occur," Muscat told The AP.

Cell phones emit radio-frequency energy, a type of radiation that is a form of electromagnetic radiation, according to the National Cancer Institute. Though studies are being done to see if there is a link between it and tumors of the brain and central nervous system, there is no definitive link between the two, the institute says on its Web site.

"By all means, if a person feels compelled that they should take precautions in reducing the amount of electromagnetic radio waves through their bodies, by all means they should do so," said Dan Catena, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society. "But at the same time, we have to remember there's no conclusive evidence that links cell phones to cancer, whether it's brain tumors or other forms of cancer."

CTIA-The Wireless Association notes on its Web site: “If there is a risk from these products--and at this point we do not know that there is--it is probably very small. But if you are concerned about avoiding even potential risks, you can take a few simple steps to minimize your exposure to radio-frequency energy (RF). Since time is a key factor in how much exposure a person receives, reducing the amount of time spent using a wireless phone will reduce RF exposure.

“If you must conduct extended conversations by wireless phone every day, you could place more distance between your body and the source of the RF, since the exposure level drops off dramatically with distance. For example, you could use a headset and carry the wireless phone away from your body or use a wireless phone connected to a remote antenna,” according to CTIA.

To the extent that Dr. Herberman’s warning raises concerns about digital cell phones (which use much less power than the older analog cell phones), one would wonder whether the same concerns are raised by the prolific use of cordless phones and personal computers by the public, as a substitute for the old-fashioned “wired” telephone. Cordless phones and personal computers both radiate RF energy.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.


FCC APPARENTLY POISED TO “PUNISH” COMCAST FOR BLOCKING INTERNET TRAFFIC: At least three FCC votes have been cast in favor of punishing Comcast for blocking subscribers' Internet traffic, according to The Associated Press. Comcast allegedly violated FCC principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet. And the Commission has scheduled the matter for consideration at its August 1 open meeting. According to AP, the three votes in favor of punishing Comcast are FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, along with Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein. The complaint against Comcast is that the company had blocked Internet traffic among users of a certain type of "file sharing" software that allows them to exchange large amounts of data. According to the AP report, Martin has said the “punishment” will not include a fine. He also said it will require Comcast to stop its practice of blocking; provide details to the commission on the extent and manner in which the practice has been used; and to disclose to consumers details on future plans for managing its network going forward. "I continue to believe that is imperative that all consumers have unfettered access to the Internet," Martin said in a statement released early Saturday morning, according to AP. "I am pleased that a majority has agreed that the Commission both has the authority to and in fact will stop broadband service providers when they block or interfere with subscribers' access." The FCC approved a policy statement in September 2005 that outlined a set of principles meant to ensure that broadband networks are "widely deployed, open, affordable and accessible to all consumers." The principles, however, are "subject to reasonable network management." Meanwhile, the FCC will consider two other items at its scheduled August 1 open meeting: (1) a Report & Order concerning regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2008 and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on regulatory fee issues; and (2) a Memorandum Opinion & Order and Declaratory Ruling considering the transfer of control of licenses and authorizations from Rural Cellular Corporation to Verizon Wireless. On July 30, the FCC will hold a public En Banc hearing in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Public Safety Interoperable Communications and the 700 MHz D-Block Proceeding.

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


NEXTWAVE SELLING OFF AWS SPECTRUM: NextWave Wireless, a subsidiary of NextWave, in an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has revealed that it has agreed to sell approximately 63% of its total Advanced Wireless Spectrum According to various press reports, NextWave plans to sell certain AWS licenses to T-Mobile for $97.5 million. The geographic areas covered by the licenses include markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, California, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NextWave has also entered into separate agreements to sell certain parts of its AWS licenses to Atlantic Wireless, ACS (Alaska) Wireless and MetroPCS, respectively. The geographic areas covered by the licenses include markets in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Alaska, Georgia and Florida. In all, the agreements call for NextWave to sell 599 million MHz-pops of AWS spectrum at an average price of $0.25 per MHz-pop. Pursuant to the terms of NextWave's 7 percent Senior Secured Notes, $75 million of the proceeds from the sale will be deposited into a restricted cash collateral account and $75 million will be used to redeem a portion of the Notes. After the sale, the company will possess 348 million MHz-pops of AWS spectrum primarily in New England, Florida, and California. NextWave acquired all of its AWS licenses for a total of $115.5 million, or $0.12 per MHZ-pop, at an FCC auction held in 2006. Thus, this AWS spectrum has doubled in value since it was won in Auction 66 two years ago. NextWave's remaining U.S. spectrum assets include 2.8 billion MHz-pops of 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum, 972 million MHz-pops of 2.5 GHz BRS/EBS spectrum, and 348 million MHz-pops of AWS spectrum. In addition the company has 5.9 billion MHz-pops of spectrum in Europe, Canada, and South America, according to Fierce Wireless, and other press reports.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

NOTICE TO CLIENTS: The BloostonLaw Telecom Update newsletter will be on vacation during the month of August. We will resume publication on September 10. Meanwhile, we will keep clients informed via memos and special supplements.

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

Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.

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

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The City's New Cell Phone Plan

Posted: 5:22 PM Jul 31, 2008
Last Updated: 8:51 PM Jul 31, 2008
Reporter: Leslie Cebula

On Thursday, City of Parkersburg employees are turned in their work cell phones because they're getting their own plans to cut back costs.

The city is now paying employees who need to carry work cell phones a $30 stipend a month to go towards a phone bill that workers set up on their own. Employees also have the choice of a pager that some have opted for. The pagers are provided to the workers at no cost.

The number of workers paid the stipend is dropping from seventy to nearly sixty.

Mayor Bob Newell says there will still be five city cell phones at several offices.

"The bills been running roughly the last few months, between four and five thousand dollars and a lot of those are where people broke their phones and batteries have went bad, lost a charger, and that adds up the costs and that's where a lot of the costs have risen in the past few months," said Randall Craig, finance director for the City of Parkersburg.

Mayor Newell says the city won't face any fees for stopping the service.

Craig predicts the city will save up to $2500 dollars a month.

Source: Washington State Community College

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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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A Question For Nucleus Experts

A paging company needs to change the frequency of their link receivers. The receivers are in Nucleus paging stations (internal link receiver option X334). The current frequency is 479.300 MHz and the new frequency assignment is 434.500 MHz. Will the operating range of this receiver accept the new frequency or will a new receiver be required? The frequency range of the receiver should be in the manual—if anyone has one.

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Dale Carnegie
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

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It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise.

Sydney J. Harris
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

David Weatherford
We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness.

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The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.

Helen Keller
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

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There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

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You can choose to be happy or sad and whichever you choose that is what you get. No one is really responsible to make someone else happy, no matter what most people have been taught and accept as true.


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