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FRIDAY - APRIL 11, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 305

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

It looks like Motorola's board made a good choice when they replaced pinhead Ed Zander with David Dorman, former AT&T CEO and chairman. You can get a good idea of what Dorman is like by listening to a video interview of him here. He received a $30 million dollar severance package when he left AT&T, so he doesn't really need a job. He sounds like a nice guy and is eminently qualified—I think he will do well. Most of us believe the amount of money these guys make is immoral—unless, of course—someone should happen to offer one of us a job like that. (You are supposed to laugh now.) More information on Dorman follows below.

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Bell Industries
After Bell Industries announced the sale of SkyTel to Velocita—at a $4-million-dollar loss—their stock started dropping like a rock. Then they announced that they were "voluntarily" delisting their stock from the American Stock Exchange—giving the stock another kick in the pants—downward.

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Wow, 40% drop in one day!

Following is some "chatter" — opinions from industry watchers (in italics):

Last week:

The market speaketh and it is a resounding no - Bell Industries is down 40% and a listing shift - also the 3/31 filing that they did in the SEC kind of pointed out some of the problems we saw in the February SEC 8K definitive agreement sale of auto unit filed earlier - but all in all not a good day for shareholders at all.

The 8K has been posted - a cautious piece of work if I ever saw one - first glance - this deal will not get done - as the "outs" seems to be in place on both sides - a little unusual.

I can only guess that this business division must be really on it's butt - now this is either true or it was submerged - but if you use the only public comp we have US Mobility - it should not be that down to have this fire sale price and sale.

This story is not over yet in my mind - would expect that some Directors will resign soon on liability.

This week:

Game over for the equity holders - hard to believe that it survives the day - this type of selling is usually the panic that you see when employees call a father and say - Dad - you know that company stock I told you to buy - well sell it - because we have been told that there is no money for this weeks paychecks.

Just too much selling pressure - if the Board is paying attention they will plunge it now and go to the asset sale and thus in Chapter 11 the sale to Velocita gets put aside.

More information on Bell Industries—if you need references for your homework:

8-K Notice of delisting (April 3)
Press release announcing sale (March 31)
Asset purchase agreement (March 30)

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Another reader sent this in:

Velocita bought Skytel ! Mobitex Technology AB bought Wavenet ! Mobitex AB owns United wireless who owns Velocita who owns Skytel now ! Mobitex Technology AB now owns Velocita, Skytel, Wavenet. (Public record) Paging, M2M all on 800 Mhz - 900 Mhz now. Could Sprint ‘Nextel’ Network go down next ?

In reference to the following:

Wavenet sells technology business to Mobitex

Tuesday, March 25, 2008;
Posted: 10:31 PM

Sydney, Mar 26, 2008 (RWE via COMTEX) — (RWE Aust Business News) Wavenet International will sell its Wavenet Technology business to Mobitex for $1.4 million and a further three annual payments of $250,000 starting June 30 2008.

Subject to successful grant applications and a benchmark modem sales over 3-4 years Wavenet can earn a further $12.25m.

"The board is proud to have developed Wavenet Technology to a stage where it has been recognised for its value by Mobitex, which is one of the world's leading wireless technology companies," chairman Mick Stroud said.

"Given the increased access to international markets available through Mobitex, we believe the time is right for Wavenet to divest these assets and focus on pursuing new growth opportunities as opposed to Wavenet seeking to develop an international marketing and sales program out of Perth." [source]

Now on to more news and views . . .

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FCC greenlights text message emergency alert system

April 10, 2008 8:02 AM PDT
Posted by Caroline McCarthy

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a plan on Thursday to team up with wireless carriers for emergency text message alerts.

911 cell phone Cellular service providers can opt into the new system, called the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS); then, their customers will receive three varieties of text message from a not-yet-specified government agency.

There will be "presidential alerts" for major national emergencies like terrorist attacks, "imminent threat alerts" for localized emergencies like hurricanes and tornadoes, and Amber Alerts for missing children—which have been broadcast to cell phones since 2005.

A release from the agency hinted that as mobile technology evolves, audio and video alerts may be implemented as well.

"No one questions the value that an effective Commercial Mobile Alert System will have on the safety and welfare of the American public," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said in a statement issued Thursday, admitting that there is not yet a federal agency in place to handle the messages (PDF).

When there is, carriers that choose to participate will have 10 months to comply with the FCC's rules. "We are hopeful that we have initiated the dialogue that will allow an appropriate federal entity to assume that central role in an expeditious manner."

CNN reported that T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, and AT&T indicated that they would be likely to sign up for the FCC's system.

Meanwhile, non-government groups like have also embarked upon projects to use text messaging, as well as services like Twitter, for both disaster awareness and rescue.

Source: c|net

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Advertiser Index

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

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Ex-AT&T CEO to head Motorola's board

by Mikael Ricknäs, IDG-News-Service:Stockholm-bureau
Apr 9, 2008 12:31 pm

Former AT&T CEO and chairman David Dorman will become chairman of the board at Motorola, the company announced Wednesday.

Dorman takes the reigns from Ed Zander, who will retire upon completion of his term at the annual shareholder meeting scheduled for May 5, according to Motorola.

Motorola hopes to take advantage of Dorman’s industry knowledge, and also his understanding of Motorola, according to a statement from Greg Brown, president and CEO of Motorola. Brown took the CEO post earlier this year when Zander stepped down.

Motorola was under pressure to make management changes as its mobile device business foundered over the last year.

In a nod to powerful investor Carl Icahn, a vocal proponent of management change, Dorman said in a statement that he looks forward to enhance value for all Motorola shareholders.

Dorman and Brown will now lead Motorola as the company executes its plan to create two independent publicly traded companies, and save its device manufacturing business.

Dorman has built a good reputation among industry insiders.

“Dorman took control of AT&T when the long-distance industry was shrinking and did a great job of helping the smaller company survive, until it was acquired by SBC,” said telecom industry analyst Jeff Kagan.

Source: Macworld

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David Dorman [bio]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

David W. Dorman (born 1954 in Georgia) is an American Telecommunications executive, currently serving on the board of Motorola and slated to be the non-executive chairman after the departure of current chairman and former CEO Ed Zander on May 5, 2008.

In 2000, he took on the task of rebuilding AT&T, whose total stock value had fallen from a high of $110 billion to a low of less than $11 billion. Prior to SBC Communications's acquisition of AT&T Corp. on 18 November 2005, Dorman was chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T.

Dorman graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975, with a bachelor's degree in industrial management. He joined a company that was to become Sprint Communications in 1981, as employee number 55, and climbed to become President of Sprint Business - with 10,000 employees and revenues of $4.5Bn.

In 1994 and the age of 39, Dorman became youngest President and CEO of a BabyBell at Pacific Bell, a division of Pacific Telesis. The company was taken over by SBC Communications in 1997, and after being reassigned as Executive Vice President, Dorman resigned to join PointCast - an internet service provider. After PointCast Dorman left to become Chief Executive Officer of Concert Communications Services, the joint venture between BT and AT&T.

After Concert failed, Dorman became President of AT&T. On becoming CEO, he reorganised the company into 4 divisions, and floated AT&T Wireless in 2001, and merged AT&T Broadband with Comcast in 2002 - resulting in Chairman C Michael Armstrong leaving AT&T to run the new Comcast, while Dorman became CEO and Chairman of AT&T.

In 2003 AT&T became the largest provider of Internet services. With AT&T still under considerable debt, Dorman negotiated a merger with BellSouth that made him CEO, after F. Duane Ackerman had retired from BellSouth. However, the deal fell apart and on 18 November 2005 SBC Communications purchased AT&T. Dorman served as President of the combined company for a short while, before taking a $10 million cash plus $20 million in pension and share options severance package.

Personal life

Dorman is married to Susan and has three children.

Source: Wikipedia

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Bell Industries to Voluntarily Delist From American Stock Exchange

Wednesday, Apr. 2 2008

INDIANAPOLIS, Apr 2, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX) — Bell Industries, Inc. (AMEX:BI) announced today that it will voluntarily withdraw its common stock from listing on the American Stock Exchange ("AMEX"). In approving this action, Bell's board of directors considered several factors, including the costs associated with maintaining an exchange listing and the likelihood that the company would no longer meet the continued listing qualifications of AMEX during the current fiscal year.

Bell currently intends that the delisting will be effective on or about April 12th. After withdrawal of its common stock from listing on the AMEX, the company currently expects that the shares will be quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board, and the company's new ticker symbol will be announced at that time. The OTC Bulletin Board is a regulated quotation service that displays real-time quotes, last-sale prices, and volume information for more than 3,000 over-the-counter equity securities.

About Bell Industries, Inc.

After the completion of the recently announced sale of its SkyTel division, Bell Industries will be comprised of two operating units, Bell's Technology Solutions business and its Recreational Products Group. The company's Technology Solutions business offers a comprehensive portfolio of customizable and scalable technology solutions ranging from managed technology services to reverse logistics and mobile/wireless solutions. The Recreational Products Group is a wholesale distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories for the recreational vehicles and other leisure-related vehicle markets, including marine, snowmobile, cycle and ATV.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, including, but not limited to, the likelihood that the company would no longer meet the continued listing qualifications of the AMEX during the current fiscal year, the effective timing of the company's delisting from the AMEX and the company's expectation that its shares will thereafter be quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board, are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including uncertainties as to the nature of the industry, including changing customer demand, the impact of competitive products and pricing, dependence on existing management and general economic conditions. Bell Industries' Annual Report on Form 10-K, recent and forthcoming Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other SEC filings discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect the company's business, results of operations and financial condition. Management undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

This news release was distributed by PrimeNewswire,

SOURCE: Bell Industries, Inc.

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Kevin Thimjon, President and Chief Financial Officer

Source: Fox Business

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Motorola and Carl Icahn Reach Agreement

Motorola Board to Nominate William Hambrecht and Keith Meister

SCHAUMBURG, IL and NEW YORK, NY, 7 April 2008 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Carl Icahn today announced that they have reached an agreement under which William R. Hambrecht, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of WR Hambrecht + Co. and co-founder of Hambrecht & Quist, and Keith Meister, a managing director of the Icahn investment funds and principal executive officer of Icahn Enterprises, will be nominated for election to Motorola’s Board of Directors at the 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and included in the Company’s 2008 proxy statement. In addition, Mr. Meister has been appointed to serve on the Board, effective immediately.

In connection with the nomination of Messrs. Hambrecht and Meister, the Icahn Group, which beneficially owns, in the aggregate 144,562,000 shares of Motorola common stock, representing approximately 6.4% of Motorola’s outstanding shares, has agreed not to solicit proxies in connection with the 2008 Annual Meeting and to vote its shares in support of all of the Board’s director nominees.

As part of the settlement agreement, all pending litigation between Motorola and Carl Icahn will be dismissed. In addition, Motorola has agreed to seek input from Mr. Icahn in connection with significant matters regarding the intended separation of the Mobile Devices business, including the search for a new CEO to head the Mobile Devices business. In addition Messrs. Hambrecht and Meister may communicate with Mr. Icahn, subject to certain confidentiality restrictions, regarding Board activities of Motorola, including with respect to the intended separation of the company into two independent businesses.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Carl Icahn,” said Greg Brown, president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to continuing the process we announced on March 26 to create two independent publicly-traded companies and we are pleased to avoid a costly and distracting proxy contest.”

"This is a very positive step for Motorola in that shareholder representatives will have strong input into board decisions affecting the future of our company," said Carl Icahn. Mr. Icahn further noted, "In addition, the Motorola Board has also taken an important step forward for corporate governance in that the separated company which includes Mobile Devices will be essentially free from poison pills and staggered boards, both of which, in my opinion, serve to make democracy a travesty in corporate America."

William R. Hambrecht, 72, has been Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WR Hambrecht + Co, a financial services firm, since December 1997. Mr. Hambrecht co-founded Hambrecht & Quist in 1968, from which he resigned in December 1997 to form WR Hambrecht + Co. Mr. Hambrecht currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The American University of Beirut and is on the Advisory Investment Committee to the Board of Regents of the University of California. He also serves on the Advisory Council to The J. David Gladstone Institutes. In October 2006, Mr. Hambrecht was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Hambrecht graduated from Princeton University.

Keith Meister, 34, since August 2003, has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc., the general partner of Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NYSE: IEP), a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses, including investment management, metals, real estate and home fashion. From August 2003 through March 2006, Mr. Meister also served as Chief Executive Officer of Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc., and since March 2006, Mr. Meister has served as Principal Executive Officer of Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc. Since November 2004, Mr. Meister has been a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, the entity through which Carl C. Icahn manages third party private investment funds. Since June 2002, Mr. Meister has served as senior investment analyst of High River Limited Partnership, an entity primarily engaged in the business of holding and investing in securities. Mr. Meister also serves on the boards of directors of the following companies: XO Holdings, Inc., WCI Communities, Inc., and Federal-Mogul Corporation. With respect to each company mentioned above, Mr. Icahn, directly or indirectly, either (i) controls such company or (ii) has an interest in such company through the ownership of securities. Mr. Meister received an A.B. in government, cum laude, from Harvard College in 1995.

About Motorola
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications. The Company develops technologies, products and services that make mobile experiences possible. The Company’s portfolio includes communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility solutions, digital set-tops, cable modems, mobile devices and Bluetooth accessories. Motorola is committed to delivering next-generation communication solutions to people, businesses and governments. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.6 billion in 2007. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit

Business Risks
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements about: the separation of the Company into two independent publicly-traded companies, the nature and impact of such a separation and other possible actions related to the Company’s businesses. Motorola cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 18 through 27 in Item 1A of Motorola’s 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), could cause Motorola’s actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: market conditions in general and those applicable to possible alternatives for the businesses, and tax and regulatory matters. Motorola undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the solicitation of proxies, Motorola has filed with the SEC a preliminary proxy statement and will file a definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents concerning the proposals to be presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. THE PROXY STATEMENT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MOTOROLA AND THE 2008 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS. When filed, the definitive proxy statement will be available free of charge at the SEC's web site at or from Motorola at The contents of the websites referenced herein are not deemed to be incorporated by reference into the proxy statement.

Motorola and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Information regarding Motorola directors and executive officers will be included in the proxy statement.

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Media Contact:
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Investor Relations Contact:
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Motorola, Inc.

For Carl Icahn:
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Source: Motorola

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PLB Usage Grows in U.S.

More Rescues Credited to the Use of the Satellite Detectable Locator Beacons

Thursday, Apr. 10, 2008

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — During a three-day span last month, two separate outdoors enthusiasts ran into life-threatening situations in the wilderness and used Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) in order to survive.

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Even though the circumstances of each rescue were different, one involved a hiker and the other an ATV rider, their outcomes were very similar - two lives saved.

PLBs are proving to be valuable emergency life-saving devices for outdoor activities of all kinds. Since the first of this year, 18 people in eleven incidents have used PLBs to signal for help in the U.S.

"A continued increase in PLB registrations in the U.S. last year indicates a growing popularity and consumer interest in these locator beacons, especially among hunters, campers, hikers, climbers, skiers and boaters," said Paul Hardin, executive vice president of sales and marketing for ACR Electronics, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based manufacturer, which introduced PLB products to the U.S. in 2003.

PLBs, unlike other recently introduced personal tracking gadgets, transmit signals on internationally recognized distress frequencies. The 406 MHz signal is monitored by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System (SARSAT) detects and locates distress signals. GPS coordinates greatly assist search and rescue crews, and in the event GPS isn't acquired, position can be calculated through Doppler Shift as a reliable backup.

NOAA has reported that in 2007, PLBs assisted in the rescue of 88 people in 38 incidents. In 2006, PLBs assisted in the rescue of 37 people in 22 incidents. PLB registrations in 2007 showed a 66.85 percent increase over the previous years' total. Worldwide, the COSPAS-SARSAT 406 MHz satellite system, which is celebrating 25 years of operation, is credited with rescuing more than 23,000 people since the program's inception in 1982. Of that number, more than 5,000 persons were rescued in the U.S.

James Langston, Search and Rescue (SAR) Program Coordinator for Arizona's Division of Emergency Management, directed the March 18th rescue of ATV rider James Tibbetts, a 65-year-old Las Vegas retiree, in the northwest corner of the state. Langston personally owns a PLB and wants people who venture into the back-country to know about the usefulness of the beacons. "If we get a call from the RCC (Rescue Coordination Center) about someone being in a life threatening situation, then we respond. If people need help, there's a spirit of cooperation among all the rescue agencies."

Langston recommends that once victims determine that all means of self-rescue have been attempted and assistance is needed, then they should not hesitate to activate a PLB. "I don't want people to wait until they are on the verge of death to seek help. They need to know that are we (SAR) are already out looking for them by then," he said. "That's what the beacons are for. I'd rather they set it off sooner than when they get to the verge of death."

On March 15th just three days before this rescue, Dr. John Vaughan and his son, Scott, both experienced hikers from Southern California, activated their ACR MicroFix™ PLB during an ill-fated hiking trip in the San Bernardino Mountains, east of Los Angeles. It was a complicated and technical rescue involving severe injuries to Dr. Vaughan and 15 ground responders who climbed to 8,500 feet in the middle of the dark, snowy night to carry the victim down on a litter.

Dr. Vaughan said he had decided a month earlier to purchase an emergency-locating mechanism of some kind because he often hikes alone. His busy medical practice makes it difficult to pair up with other hikers. He went online to research what was available and found that a PLB was what he needed. "For people who backpack, a PLB is an excellent device. In looking at the other devices on the market, I saw that they do not connect up with national government services, like NOAA and the Air Force. After reading reviews, they also showed that they had spotty connections. There is a fair amount of information written up on it."

ACR Electronics, Inc. (, a Cobham plc Company, designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and survival products including EPIRBs, PLBs, SSAS, AIS, SARTs and safety accessories. The quality systems of this facility have been registered by UL to the ISO 9001:2000 Series Standards. Recognized as the world leader in safety and survival technologies, ACR has provided safety equipment to the aviation and marine industries as well as to the military since 1956.

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A brief comment on the FCC’s
Commercial Mobile Alert System
PS Docket No. 07-287
FCC 08-99
Released April 10, 2008

The Commission issued the above captioned order establishing a Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), under which Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) providers may elect to transmit emergency alerts to the public. A Federal Government entity (as yet unknown) will aggregate, authenticate, and transmit alerts to the CMS providers.

The Good News:

  • Paging Carriers can participate
  • Participation is voluntary

The Bad News:

  • Coverage for Alerts must be configured on a county by county level
  • There is no compensation for participation

Some Highlights:

  • Participating CMS Providers must transmit three classes of alerts - Presidential, Imminent Threat, and AMBER alerts.
  • Participating CMS Providers must comply with the rules specified by the FCC no later than 10 months from the date the FCC announces the selection of a Federal Government entity to perform the Alert Aggregator and Alert Gateway functions required to implement the CMAS.
  • The rules the FCC issued in this order address the CMS providers’ functions within the CMAS, including CMS provider-controlled elements within the CMAS architecture, emergency alert formatting, classes and elements, geographic targeting (geo-targeting) and accessibility for people with disabilities and the elderly.

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TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode per month), broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage. Members are able to use the satellite for their own use If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you.

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Why is RIM Opposing Twitter's Trademark Application?

April 8, 2008

Twitter is a hot topic these days and a new Internet law blog I've discovered, Internet Cases, has this item from last week suggesting that Twitter may not end up with its trademarked name. Twitter, Inc. filed an application in April 2007 to register the trademark TWITTER with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office but Research in Motion, the seemingly unstoppable Blackberry maker, has thrown up some roadblocks to Twitter's trademark.

In February, Twitter's application was published for opposition, giving parties the opportunity to object to the trademark. On March 14, 2008, RIM filed an extension of time to oppose the TWITTER application.

Blogger-attorney Evan Brown searched for Twitter-related marks that RIM may own and found none. So it's a mystery why RIM thinks it owns the Twitter name or objects to the Twitter application. A quick scan of the trademark description doesn't seem to send up any red flags.

Granted, a lot of folks think that Twitter is a rival for the Blackberry's text-oriented service and some folks think RIM should just buy the hot start-up.

I've sent emails to folks at both Twitter and RIM to see if they can shed light on the matter and I'll keep you posted if I hear back.

Cynthia Brumfield at 10:40 AM

Source: IP Democracy

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From Trump to Jobs: Billionaire Comebacks

Power Struggles, Huge Losses Don't Keep These Billionaires Down

April 8, 2008—

It was a stinging blow for Steve Jobs when a boardroom power struggle ousted him from Apple, the company he co-founded as a 21-year-old. A friend was so concerned over what the distraught Jobs might do that he drove to his house and sat with him for hours.

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Billionaires Steve Jobs and Donald Trump both made spectacular comebacks in their respective industries.
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Jobs didn't stay down for long though. He soon began poaching Apple employees for his new company Next and picked up a digital graphics company, later called Pixar, from George Lucas for $5 million.

These moves set Jobs up for a spectacular comeback. He sold Pixar, which made blockbuster films like Toy Story, to Disney in 2006 for $7.4 billion. Earlier, a struggling Apple came knocking at Next's door, hoping the company could help bolster Apple's flagging software lineup. Apple paid about $400 million to acquire Next in 1997.

Apple didn't only need Jobs' company, it also needed his leadership. In Jobs' absence Apple faltered severely. Macs were rapidly ceding market share to PCs, and the company was fumbling a release of a new operating system. In September 1997, Jobs was named chief executive officer.

Jobs' second term has become a remarkable success story. Mac sales are booming, iPods are hugely popular and iPhones are earning the company new victories in the cellphone market. Shares of Apple are up an incredible 1,500% over the past five years.

Jobs' roller coaster trajectory isn't unusual. Billionaires actually suffer more major career and business setbacks than the rest of us.

"It's not that the wealthy are incompetent," explains Russ Alan Prince, president of Prince & Associates, a research company specializing in private wealth. "It's just that they try more."

Take Donald Trump. He shot to billionaire status in the 1980s by borrowing heavily to finance ambitious real estate projects. He lost it all (and more) in a 1990 real estate crash. (Trump would later recall passing a homeless person and realizing that the man was wealthier than he was.)

While they fail more, billionaires respond with greater persistence. They are more likely to try again in the same field. Trump kept building, began licensing his name to other developers and started clawing his way out of the hole. By last year, Forbes estimated he was the 117th wealthiest American.

Persistence in the same field pays off. While an initial business venture in the area might be a failure, the businessman or woman is building a network and knowledge that could provide the groundwork for another more successful venture.

Racing tycoon O. Bruton Smith is another one who stuck to familiar territory after failure. For him, it was the racetrack. Smith couldn't make it as a driver so he turned his attention to the business-side of the sport. He began promoting dirt-track races.

Smith saw an opportunity to build a new track in Charlotte. He raised $450,000, an impressive amount in the early 1960s, and broke ground on the project. The money wasn't enough, though, and soon Smith's track was bankrupt.

After dallying in auto dealerships, Smith returned a decade later. He used proceeds from his car business to buy back the stock in the track. With the sport booming—and with Smith's savvy marketing—the track was a roaring success this time. Smith now owns six tracks and is worth an estimated $1.2 billion.

Obstinacy is no guarantee to riches. Trying again and again in a business with no potential is a sure way to find bankruptcy and stay there. But in the right field at the right time, a stubborn streak can be just as important as hard work, talent, drive and luck.

Source: ABC News

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International and Domestic DID Number Sales for RLECs and Wireless Operators

April 05, 2008 announces a new collaboration tools to achieve the new possibilities and dreams for the RLEC. Also known as DIDXchange (News - Alert), it brings to the RLEC, a global market of wholesale telephony companies to buy and sell phone numbers with. When an RLEC completes the DIDX interop, it achieves an instant interconnect to a market of 9000+ telcos on DIDX. It also enables RLECs to have access to 17 million phone numbers from 55+ countries to buy and resell to its end-users. Not only that, but RLECs will reap more benefits than ever imagined in regards to CABS fee revenue.

In the coming week, NTCA's 2008 IP Possibilities Conference in Chicago Apr 7-11, 2008 will target the strengths of, and needs and possibilities for rural local exchange carriers in the new Web 2.0 world.

Several great speakers are listed. For example, on April 8, Wednesday at 10:30—11:45 a.m., hear the keynote panel on "Partnering for Prosperity: The Key To Survival. As competition continues to heat up, rural providers increasingly are collaborating to achieve unparalleled economies of scale. This panel will discuss several ways in which" RLECS "can partner together for the benefit" of their companies, their customers, and their industry. This fits perfectly with the concept of DIDX.

The moderator for this particular session is Steve Pastorkovich, Business Development Director, OPASTCO. The speakers are Sue DeFlorio, COO, FiberCloud; Rob Riordan, Executive Vice President, Nsight Telservices; and David Johnson, Director of Wholesale Sales, Spirit Telecom.

"Our company's middle name is 'Collaboration.' We served as exhibitor and media sponsor last week at CTIA Wireless 2008 in Las Vegas and will be at NCTA's IP Possibilities this coming week. We share our online media announcements, blog posts, and electronic newsletters with the 9000+ wholesale telephony companies we serve on DIDX to participate in the world's best face to face marketing opportunities such as CTIA Wireless and IP Possibilities," states Rehan Ahmed, CTO of the company who provides the service at

Suzanne Bowen, CEO of Super Technologies, Inc. adds, "It's exciting to be able to share a brand new opportunity to expand wireless and paging operator and RLEC markets, add new services, markets, and revenue through empowering them with buying and/or selling direct inward dialing numbers! I'll be meeting with RLECs at IP Possibilities next week to hear the needs and explain how to get started."

Since January 2008, the 44% of new members signing up to use are USA and global RLECs and wireless and paging operators. The remaining 56% are global CLECs, social community portal developers and providers and wholesale entities who include voice over internet and the need for global DID (direct inward dialing phone number).

About Super Technologies, Inc: A new startup in 1999, Super Technologies, Inc. has provided innovative voice over internet tools for global entrepreneurs, SMBs, SMEs, and service providers such as,,, and It is a major sponsor for global face to face marketing events. See the list at

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Source: TMCnet

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35 years later, father of cell phone looks back, ahead

Posted By: Ryan Kim | April 03 2008 at 10:11 AM

Martin Cooper, 79, recalls the rush to build the cell phone back in the early 1970s. As a general manager at a small wireless communication company called Motorola, he remembers hearing that AT&T was pursuing cellular technology for car phones.

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San Francisco Chronicle
Martin Cooper, father of the cell phone

But he realized, based on the success of Motorola's pagers, that cell phones needed to be personal and portable. He knew that people wouldn't be satisfied with just a phone in their car. So he got to working on what would be the first true cell phone. On April 3, 1973, Cooper walked outside on the streets of New York and made the first phone call on a cell phone shaped like a brick.

"We predicted the concept of a telephone that isn't tied to a wall or a desk. We anticipated that everyone would have a cell phone," Martin said during a recent phone interview. "We joked that when you're born you would be assigned a cell phone and if you didn't answer you had died."

Cooper's vision of cell phone ubiquity is coming true. About 85 percent of the population has a cell phone now, though luckily we all don't feel obligated to answer it at every moment.

He said he's not surprised that cell phones are so integral to people's lives. He realized that early on when the first pager users refused to give up their devices. Mobility is pretty addictive.

"Our early pagers were not that good so when we tried to take some products away from people, they absolutely refused," Cooper said.

It didn't happen overnight. It took another 10 years before commercial cell phone service became available. It wasn't until 2000 that we had 100 million subscribers in the U.S. Now we have 257 million. And the first Motorola phones were hardly cheap. About $4,000.

That's one of the big surprises looking back, said Cooper, how cheap the phones have become. Now you can buy a phone that's completely subsidized by a carrier. "We used to think it would be impossible to think of a free cell phone that you gave away," he said.

Cooper is on to new things now. He and his wife Arlene Harris started GreatCall, makers of Jitterbug, a simplified cell phone catering to seniors. The cell phone features larger buttons, a bigger screen, simpler functions and a 24 hour operator who can connect calls. Users and their relatives can also add contact numbers through the Jitterbug website.

Cooper said the Jitterbug represents the next stage in the evolution of the cell phone. Now that we've introduced the device to the masses, it's time to go after specific needs of niche users, who may be left out by the high-tech, feature-laden handsets of today.

"I think young people don't appreciate that when you're in your 70s, you'll lose patience for techie stuff and you may decide that you want a simple device," Cooper said. "The Jitterbug identifies and caters to that market."

Cooper said in the future, he expects cellular connectivity to be everywhere, in all kinds of machines, whether its gaming handhelds or medical monitoring devices. The wireless connectivity that brought the portable phone to life will migrate to everything else around us, he said. "We have the freedom of voice. Now we'll have it with devices."

Source: The Tech Chronicles

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WiPath Releases New Mobile Data Terminal

April 7, 2008

WiPath Communications is proud to announce the release of its latest Mobile Data Terminal for fleet dispatch. The WDT3000 is a ruggedized and intelligent MDT with a qwerty keypad and an inbuilt job management system, messaging and AVL/GPS capabilities. The WDT3000 will operate with a variety of different wireless networks including cellular, trunked radio, satellite, etc. and is ideally suited to fleet dispatch applications requiring an in-vehicle terminal.

The WDT3000 is available as a fully integrated communications unit combined with its own mobile data gateway to interface to existing or existing dispatch and job management systems or it may interface with third party communications equipment via a serial port to provide a messaging/status head to existing vehicle management or AVL units.

The WDT3000 sits in a vehicle mounted cradle but can be lifted out of the cradle to make it easier to type on its keyboard. The fully integrated QWERTY keyboard has been designed to enable even large fingers or gloved hands to easily type full alphanumeric messages with ease and its multiple screen operating system using soft keys for function control can be customized for specialized integration requirements.

As well as being able to provide its mobile data terminals along with a mobile data gateway and various third party applications integrators to offer end to end solutions, WiPath also partners with existing mobile data service providers who have their own communications infrastructures and terminal equipment but who do not have messaging heads to provide an added value solution to their customers.

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WiPath is a leader in the provision of intelligent solutions in both paging and mobile data with a wide range of innovative solutions including local and wide area paging solutions, mobile data terminals, dispatch and field service solutions, vehicle tracking and management. WiPath specializes in providing both off-the-shelf and customized solutions to the paging and mobile communications industries.


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Source: WiPath Communications LLC

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Modes of Messaging

By Carrie Printz
WirelessWeek - April 01, 2008


Sure, SMS is still the kingpin, but other modes of messaging are emerging.

SMS continues to be an extremely popular data feature, with 104.9 million mobile phone users (47.9%) sending a text message in January 2008. That’s up from 78.3 million in January 2007, according to M:Metrics, which surveys mobile media consumers on a monthly basis.

“The year 2007 was a banner year for SMS, with 1.9 trillion text messages sent,” adds Damian Sazama, vice president of marketing and product development for Fort Myers, Fla.-based Interop Technologies, which provides wireless messaging, device management and personalized solutions. “And analysts are predicting a 20% increase in 2008. SMS is evolving from a ‘nice to have’ service to more of a necessity.”

Interop recently introduced its SMSC 4.0 solution that “provides carriers with an extremely robust infrastructure to support text messaging.” This scalable solution enables carriers to replace legacy platforms without having to rip out their existing infrastructure, Sazama says.

Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), on the other hand, has not taken off as quickly. In fact, by contrast, only 48 million users (or 21.9%) sent a message with a photo or video in January 2008, up from 29.4 million in January 2007, according to M: Metrics.

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One of the key reasons MMS has not experienced the same kind of growth as SMS is because operators and vendors marketed different messaging technologies, such as SMS, MMS and Mobile Instant Messaging, said John Sims, CEO of Santa Barbara, Calif.-based 724 Solutions. 724 delivers intelligent any-to-any service message and traffic handling solutions.

“Users don’t think that way – to them, a message is a message,” Sims says. “What distinguishes a message is time frame and content. Instead, we as an industry extended those silos to the user, and those terms in themselves tend to be inhibitors to adapters of anything new.”

When MMS first was introduced in Europe, for example, users had to sign up for a different service and the pricing was quite different – causing it to get off to a very slow start. Now the pricing is more reasonable and more of the devices are available, Sims says.

Sims says he believes that MMS will continue to grow along with an increase in application content versus person-to-person (P2P) messaging. One current example is “Footie on the Phone,” offered by Vodafone in the U.K., which launched the service through 724’s messaging platforms for Application to Person (A2P) bulk MMS.

“Footie” uses MMS messaging to send alerts to U.K. soccer fans about team news or happenings in specific games. Users can receive photos and text or, for an extra fee, view video of an entire game or a goal being scored.

In another example, 724 is working with China Mobile to offer newspaper content to mobile phone users, with the goal of implementing it before the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Mobile phone users also want to send instant messages from their mobile phones to people on their desktops. Rather than having to download an application to their phones in order to do so, 724’s Seamless Messaging enables users to send a text message that is translated into an instant message and sent to someone’s desktop. That person can then reply, and his or her IM is translated into a text message for the mobile phone user.

“It’s using two discrete technologies, but it doesn't require anyone to get a new technology,” Sims says.


The messaging business will grow by increasing the number of interoperable domains, which will lead to more activity, Sims notes, adding that “the key is to make it as simple as possible for the users.”

One company that is attempting to simplify the user experience is Cambridge, Mass.-based vLingo, which formed in 2006 and is making its first product announcement at CTIA. The company has created a voice-powered interface for mobile phones. Users can “speak” anything they want, and it is translated into a text message. They also can “tell” the phone to perform various functions.

“It’s a network-based solution that solves the last barriers to mobile application solutions,” says vLingo President and CEO Dave Grannan. “That includes discoverability – it can be used on any phone, and usability – users are not constrained by the interface or a tiny keyboard.”

vLingo’s voice-recognition technology also is not grammar-limited. Users can say anything, and it will be translated into text. The device works with all messaging applications. For example, someone can say, “take a photo and label it” or “send a message to Mike.

“Many users don’t know how to find these applications – with our product, you just say what you want your phone to do,” Grannan says, adding that it also solves the major safety issue of people trying to text while driving.

Another company that is trying to simplify the user experience and offer new applications is Toronto-based Mpathix, a provider of voice and data messaging solutions. Mpathix offers a Voicemail-to-MMS product that displays all of a user’s voicemail messages, showing the date and time of each call and letting the user select which message he or she wants to hear. Mpathix also is supporting a Voicemail-to-Text message service for one of its major customers that has yet to be launched.

“That product tends to be more of a premium service – for the BlackBerry crowd,” says Clayton Bodnarek, vice president of sales for Mpathix.

In addition, on March 1, Alaska DigiTel rolled out Mpathix’s Voicemail-to-Email service. It enables wireless customers to view, manage and listen to their voicemail messages from any personal or business e-mail account.

“Our customer companies are going after the market on more than one front,” Bodnarek says. “The way e-mail is used, people want it on their computers, but they also want it on their phones while they’re traveling. The industry is fragmented because people’s usage patterns don’t fit into a completely unified model.”

Mpathix also is taking advantage of the growing social networking trend by working to integrate telecom and social networks. The company soon will be launching with one of its clients a new product called “mBlogger.” It is a voice-powered application that allows mobile phone users to post audio clips to their Facebook profile. Users can share voicemail messages, concert clips, audio blogs and more.

“Companies may choose not to charge for that service, but they are continually trying to differentiate themselves and show that they have sexy applications for a particular demographic,” Bodnarek says.

Mike Edgett, director of product marketing for Movius Interactive, agrees. He believes changes in media usage and social networking will drive new customer demands.

“People want to use messaging versus real-time voice,” Edgett said, “We'll see a growth in demand for instant messaging between people and a greater interest in advertising and commerce.”

Duluth, Georgia-based Movius is the new corporate brand of the former IP Unity Glenayre.

“Those are the reasons we re-branded the company’s name as Movius,” Edgett says. “It represents mobile, video, community and sharing – and will feature a stylized “i” to reinforce the idea of individuality and interactivity. We’ve changed our market focus from one of messaging and collaboration to the interactive mobile media space.”

One of Movius’ main focuses is Mobile Instant Messaging, which is essentially SMS with presence, Edgett says.

“It can do everything that MMS was supposed to be able to do – people will still want to share photos and videos. I think MMS will slowly disappear, and the two will eventually become one and the same,” he says. “Mobile IM allows users to build communities and to chat with people with similar interests. It also helps to build loyalty within a customer base.”

Movius recently partnered with Action Engine Corporation, The On-Device Portal Company, to launch new, feature-rich mobile media services.

Industry spokespeople agree that the messaging segment will need to consider a variety of issues to improve customer service. Some of those issues, according to an Interop-authored white paper include:

  • ensuring that messaging functions as seamlessly as voice does for subscribers.
  • creating industry forums to address issues such as best practices in making messaging consumer and text-friendly. According to Interop’s Sazama, industry representatives will be meeting to discuss these topics at CTIA’s Wireless 2008.
Source: WirelessWeek

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 11, No. 14 April 9, 2008   

Martin Sees No Need For “Wireless Carterfone” Rules In Wake of Industry Embrace Of Open Platform Concept

During his keynote address at the recent CTIA-The Wireless Association show in Las Vegas, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin observed that “the requirement for open access in the 700 MHz auction is leading carriers to recognize the benefits of a more open platform.” He noted that once “vocal opponents,” such as Verizon Wireless, had become “vocal proponents” of the open platform concept.

“In light of the industry’s embrace of a more open wireless platform, it would be premature to adopt any other requirements across the industry,” the Chairman said. Thus, he said he would circulate to his fellow commissioners “an order dismissing a petition for declaratory ruling filed by Skype that would apply Carterfone requirements to existing wireless networks.”

In February 2007, Skype asked the FCC to create “an industry-led mechanism” to ensure the openness of wireless networks (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, February 28, 2007). Specifically, Skype asked the Commission to subject the wireless industry to the Carterfone rules, which would allow consumers to use devices and software of their choice on mobile phone networks.

The Carterfone rules, which were enacted in 1968 during the old Bell System monopoly era, allow consumers to hook any device up to the landline phone network, so long as it does not harm the network. Prior to the Carterfone decision, AT&T provided all telephones and devices connected to the public switched telephone network (PSTN), and it routinely sued companies that sold unauthorized products that could be attached to the network. The Carterfone itself was an acoustic coupler for land mobile radios. Invented by Tom Carter, it was used to allow radio-equipped oil field drill rigs to patch calls into the telephone network.

Skype argued that the wireless market has evolved into one that is heavily controlled by wireless carriers. They dictate which phones are used on their networks, what content users can access, and which applications can run on wireless phones. Some carriers have even included specific terms in their service contracts that prevent customers from downloading and using software from Skype and others on their networks.

At last week’s CTIA show, however, Martin pointed out that Verizon Wireless has said it would open its entire network to devices and applications, and that T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T have said they will embrace openness with applications.

But Skype subsequently issued a response to Martin's remarks expressing disappointment: "Without Commission oversight in the area, the FCC will have taken a step backward away from openness, and toward a policy of 'trust the carriers.' While we are cautiously optimistic that the carriers will deliver greater openness, unfortunately, if the FCC acts on the Chairman's recommendation, it will have given up any tools to protect consumers if they do not."

Although an order dismissing Skype’s petition may be circulating among the commissioners, such an item does not appear on the FCC’s agenda for its April 10 open meeting (see separate story).

Google bid on C Block: In a statement last week, Google said that it had bid on the C Block in the recent 700 MHz auction. Google had said last July that it would guarantee a minimum $4.6 billion bid if the FCC would grant four license conditions the company sought for the spectrum. The FCC granted just two, giving open access to outside applications and devices, but Google decided to bid anyway.

"Google's top priority heading into the auction was to make sure that bidding on the so-called 'C Block' reached the $4.6 billion reserve price that would trigger the important 'open applications' and 'open handsets' license conditions," Google wrote on its corporate blog. "We were also prepared to gain the nationwide C Block licenses at a price somewhat higher than the reserve price; in fact, for many days during the early course of the auction, we were the high bidder. But it was clear, then and now, that Verizon Wireless ultimately was motivated to bid higher (and had far more financial incentive to gain the licenses)."

Google said that the auction doesn't mark the end of its efforts toward greater wireless choice and innovation. The company said it plans to “weigh in at the FCC as it sets implementation rules for the C Block, and determines how to move forward with a D Block re auction."

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

AT&T, Verizon Plan “LTE” Rollout In 700 MHz Band

AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless separately have announced that they plan to roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the 700 MHz spectrum they won in the recent Auction No. 73. LTE, the next generation network beyond 3G, promises to enable fixed to mobile migrations of Internet applications such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video streaming, music downloading, mobile TV, and many other uses. LTE networks will also provide the capacity to support an explosion in demand for connectivity from a new generation of consumer devices tailored to those new mobile applications.

AT&T said it will use the 700 MHz spectrum, as well as the Advanced Wireless (AWS) spectrum it acquired in the 2006 auction (Auction No. 66), for its 4G, LTE transition. AT&T said it has broad coverage in these spectrum bands across 95% of the population. It has a contiguous band of 20 megahertz of spectrum for 4G, LTE transition across 82% of the population in the top 100 markets. However, AT&T said its LTE technology may not be ready until 2012.

Verizon Wireless, which announced last year it plans to move away from CDMA and embrace LTE as its 4G network standard, said it will deploy LTE technology across its 700 MHz spectrum. Verizon said that its new 700 MHz licenses increase its nationwide spectrum holdings from an average of 51 MHz to 82 MHz. The company paid $9.36 billion for a nationwide C Block group of licenses, plus 102 licenses for individual markets around the country. It paid $1.03 per MHz Pop, compared with the auction average of $1.20.

Verizon said LTE technology will support the nation’s growing desire for high-speed data services, and predicted that data will account for as much as 50% of carriers’ revenues in the future. Verizon said such growth will come from machine-to-machine communications, navigation systems, and other advanced services, according to RCR. The new spectrum will not be cleared until mid-February 2009, however, and Verizon’s LTE rollout won’t occur until 2010.

The auction’s No. 4 largest winner, Qualcomm, said it will deploy its MediaFLO mobile TV technology across its E-Block winnings. Qualcomm said its 700 MHz licenses, combined with its existing holdings, will cover more than 68 million people in 28 individual markets with MediaFLO. As for Qualcomm’s B Block licenses, which cover California-Imperial, New Jersey-Hunterdon and Yuba City, Calif., the company said it will use those holdings for research and development. Qualcomm spent $558 million on a handful of E Block and B Block licenses.

Both Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility apparently will lag behind Sprint Nextel’s WiMAX deployment, which the carrier is in the midst of deploying. Sprint Nextel has said it will have a two-year jump on its competitors in 4G, according to RCR. The auction’s third-largest bidder, EchoStar Communications, said it does not intend to discuss its 700 MHz plans.

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


FCC’s OPEN MEETING AGENDA HEAVY WITH FORFEITURE ITEMS: The FCC’s agenda for its open meeting this Thursday, April 10, appears to be heavy with forfeiture items—perhaps in response to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that was critical of the agency’s enforcement procedures (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, March 19). At tomorrow’s meeting, the Commission is scheduled to consider (1) Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against nine consumer electronics manufacturers for violation of the Commission's requirement that digital television receivers be capable of responding to changes in the content advisory rating system; (2) Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against 14 consumer electronics retailers for violation of the Commission’s labeling requirement for television receivers capable of receiving only analog signals; (3) a Forfeiture Order and Further Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against a consumer electronics manufacturer for violation of the Commission’s rule restricting the importation and interstate shipment of analog-only television receivers and violation of the Commission’s rule prohibiting negligent misrepresentation in filings submitted to the Commission; and (4) a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against an exercise equipment manufacturer for violation of the Commission’s rule restricting the importation and interstate shipment of analog-only television receivers. The Commission is also scheduled to consider (1) a Notice of Proposed Inquiry in response to a Petition filed by nine public safety organizations; (2) a Report and Order concerning implementation of the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act; (3) an Order addressing petitions by TracFone Wireless, Inc. for designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC), eligible only to receive universal service Lifeline support, in several states and the District of Columbia; and (4) a Report and Order and Order Proposing Modification increasing the spectrum available for code division multiple access satellite systems in the 1.6/2.4 GHz Big LEO bands to provide ancillary terrestrial component service from 11 MHz to 19.275 MHz, and technical rules to prevent interference to other services. Clients are reminded that this Commission often deletes agenda items prior to the open meeting.

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

FCC ANNOUNCES AUCTION 78 FOR UNSOLD AWS- 1, BROADBAND PCS LICENSES: The FCC has announced Auction No. 78 of licenses in multiple radio services to commence on July 29, 2008. This auction will include 55 unsold licenses: 35 licenses in the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) 1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz bands (AWS-1) and 20 licenses in the broadband Personal Communications Service (PCS). The spectrum to be auctioned has been offered previously in other auctions but was unsold or returned to the Commission as a result of license cancellation or termination. Interested clients should contact BloostonLaw for the specific licenses available. Note that there will be no reserve prices for the 35 AWS-1 licenses, and broadband PCS licensees will no longer be responsible for costs associated with relocating Fixed Microwave Service (FMS) operations. The Commission seeks comments on auction rules and procedures. Comments in this AU Docket No. 08-46 proceeding are due April 18, and replies are due April 25.

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

FCC GRANTS EXTENSION UNTIL APRIL 11 FOR OPPOSITIONS TO CABLE LEASED ACCESS ORDER: On February 1, the FCC released a Report and Order revising rules pertaining to commercial leased access of cable channels. On March 28, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) filed a Request for Stay of the new rules governing rates for commercial leased access. On April 2, the Office of Communications, Inc. of the United Church of Christ (UCC) submitted a Motion for Extension of Time to file Oppositions to the NCTA stay request. While an Opposition to the NCTA stay request would be due April 4, UCC requests an extension until April 11, 2008. On April 3, NCTA filed an Opposition to the UCC Motion. As set forth in Section 1.46 of the Commission’s Rules, the Commission’s policy is that extensions of time shall not be routinely granted. In this case, however, an extension of the time for filing Oppositions to the NCTA stay request is warranted. UCC notes that the NCTA stay request was not available until March 31, leaving UCC and other interested parties with only four days to respond. Moreover, because the new rules governing leased access rates will not go into effect until May 31, the FCC finds that a one-week extension of the time for filing Oppositions will not prejudice any party. Accordingly, the FCC grants the Motion for Extension of Time filed by UCC in MB Docket No. 07-42. The time for filing Oppositions to the NCTA stay request is extended to April 11, 2008.

BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.


FUTURISTIC “BIO-CHIP” HANDSETS BEING TESTED IN JAPAN: NTT DoCoMo and professors at the University of Tokyo say they have successfully demonstrated the world's first molecular delivery system for molecular communication. DoCoMo has been pioneering research into the field of molecular communication, a new communication paradigm in which molecules are used as a communication medium. By combining communication technology and biochemistry, DoCoMo aims to develop systems that could transmit information about the biochemical conditions of living organisms, such as excitement, emotion, stress or disease, according to 3G Newsletter. The experiment has confirmed the feasibility of a proposed delivery system to transport specific molecules using artificially synthesized DNAs and chemically energized motor proteins, typically found in muscles and nerve cells, which are capable of moving autonomously by converting chemical energy into mechanical work. The system, which functions on its own because it does not require external power supply or control, could help lead to the realization of a biochemical analyzer, or biochip, a fingertip-sized microchip for biological and chemical analysis. The envisioned molecular delivery system could have many applications in medicine and healthcare. For instance, it may be possible to diagnose diseases or stress by directly analyzing bio-molecules in a drop of sweat or blood using a mobile phone equipped with a biochip. The molecular delivery system would be packaged in the biochip, and the data generated in the biochemical analysis would be transmitted to a medical specialist via a mobile phone using traditional wireless technology. The system could be used, for example, for remote health checks or preventive medicine. A mobile phone with a biochip could also have applications in the fields of environment (e.g., water analysis) and entertainment (e.g., fortune telling).

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

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

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

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Dear EMMA Members and Friends,

Please find attached the detailed program of our next Conference, to be held at Elounda, Crete on April 23-25, 2008. We are pleased to have secured the participation of high quality industry and academic speakers.

If you have not yet done so, this is the last chance to register, as both the meeting space and the hotel accommodation are practically full.

For those who are joining us, Manolis Stratakis, our colleague from FORTNet, Greece, recommends a reading companion to take along: The Island by Victoria Hilsop. You can find it at

Another classic on Crete is The Last Temptation by Nikos Kazantzakis, who is also the author of many more well known books — The Christ Re-crucified, Report to Greco, Zorba the Greek, etc.

As an advance taste of the Cretan atmosphere, we send you attached the theme song of the award-winning movie Zorba the Greek.

Enjoy the listening. We'll see you in Crete in two weeks!

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Livingston takes over helm at BT

By Dominic White Communications Editor
Last Updated: 12:51am BST 09/04/2008

BT investors welcomed the appointment of Ian Livingston as chief executive to replace Ben Verwaayen, the architect of the phone company's broadband strategy, who will step down next month.

Ian Livingston [left] has been appointed chief executive of BT, replacing Ben Verwaayen after he steps down next month

Mr Livingston, who is chief executive of BT Retail and was previously group finance director, gets a potential £5m package, including a salary of £850,000, up from £525,000 today.

Chairman Sir Michael Rake insisted Mr Verwaayen's departure was of his own choosing despite recent weakness in the BT share price and fears about its future growth.

Sir Michael admitted Mr Livingston was the only candidate BT interviewed but said headhunter Anna Mann had recommended his appointment. "Given the strategy and Ian's skills … it was quite obvious from the advice that we got that we had the best candidate in house," he said.

BT shares closed up 3½ at 233¼p as investors expressed relief that uncertainty had lifted over the timing of Mr Verwaayen's departure after more than six years in the role.

"I don't think [Livingston's appointment] comes as much of a surprise but the timing was never clear," said William Claxton-Smith, head of corporate governance at Insight Investment Management.

Another of BT's largest shareholders said: "Livingston is known to investors from his time at Dixons [where he was the youngest finance director of a FTSE company] and it's probably quite good to see the change."

Mr Verwaayen is credited with turning BT into a broadband-focused business which sells IT services to multinational companies. He will leave with shares, worth £4m today, from bonuses earned in the past three years, a bonus of up to £300,000 for the three months to June and a £700,000 cash payment that was agreed when he joined in 2002.

Mr Verwaayen was praised yesterday, but doubts about the company's future growth have spread since January's disappointing third-quarter results. Mr Livingston said he would continue Mr Verwaayen's strategy "particularly the expansion globally" and efforts to improve customer service. He said he has no plans to buy a mobile phone network.

Source: Telegraph

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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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From: Adam Willis
Date: April 6, 2008 6:21:37 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Subject: from the newsletter

Brad, could you include in your next newsletter a "wanted" ad for me please?

I am looking for a zetron 2100, 2200 or 640 dapt extra although I am open to suggestions on any alpha numeric encoder, any make and voltage.

Thank you in advance.

Adam Willis
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From: Stephen Oshinsky
Subject: Biannual Face-to-face Meeting
Date: April 8, 2008 9:01:11 AM CDT
To: Paging Technical Committee


I am sorry that I was unable to set up our first face-to-face meeting for 2008 to coincide with IWCE but I got overwhelmed here at that time with internal business (please see news announcements about SkyTel being sold to Velocita). Anyway, things have calmed down a bit and we need to hold a meeting. I am hoping that we can get a PTC member company to serve as host for a meeting. We can do one of two ways depending on what action is happening in any subcommittees and amount of time needed for the meeting.

Option 1 – ½ day in afternoon for subcommittee meetings (this allows people to fly in the morning), evening dinner (optional and pay-for-yourself), ½ day morning general PTC meeting, then fly back out.

Option 2 – Just 1 full day, start subcommittee meetings in morning (as needed), then general PTC meeting following with lunch squeezed in where appropriate. Leave that evening.

Please let me know what you think about the 2 options and if anyone can host the meeting – we need a large enough room to accommodate up to 25-30 people. If possible, I’d like to have this meeting the first full week of May.


Stephen M. Oshinsky
Director, Systems Architecture

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Editor's Comments:

I really love this job! Here is on example of why: This week, I called the president of a regional paging company to thank him for his new advertisement. He told me one of the reasons he was placing the ad was that when searching the Internet for any of my regular advertisers, he usually gets directed to my newsletter. That is great! I didn't know . . . but then I have had a paging-information web site for about 15 years and this is issue no. 305 of the weekly newsletter. I guess the search engines have picked up all of my sites since they have been on the Internet for so long.

Later in the same day, I received a call from a company that I do consulting for. They were looking for a paging service provider in a certain state where they do a lot of business. In a few minutes we had a conference call going and I introduced the first person (the president of the paging company above) to the second person and—I think—made them both happy. This is one of the advantages of having been in this business for a long time and knowing lots of people.

My detractors have called me a name dropper. I guess I am, but I think it is a good thing when it helps to promote Wireless Messaging.

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The Wireless Messaging Newsletter
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