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FRIDAY - JANUARY 11, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 293

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I am very sorry to report the passing of Bruce Laskin, a very talented and well-known engineer in the wireless industry. More information appears in the column to your right. Bruce was a regular reader of this newsletter and a respected colleague. He will be missed by many. Bruce was a nice guy—everyone liked him.

As a reporter of the news, I have to consider anything I hear to be a rumor until I can confirm it by directly interviewing a representative of one of the companies involved (who is willing to go on the record) or by finding something that I can quote from the printed media, television, or from the Internet.

Rumors are circulating this week about the sale of SkyTel — with the possibility of the sale closing this month. I have discussed this at length with two knowledgeable and trusted sources. Please remember that the following portion — in italics — is still unconfirmed.

SkyTel To Be Sold (Again)
SkyTel will be split into two companies and sold by Bell Technologies — who just purchased them in November of 2006 from Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications. It has been reported that the one-way and two-way paging portions of SkyTel will go to Velocita Wireless and that the telemetry portion — including the FleetHawk™ and SkyGuard™ products — will go to Vehicle Manufacturers’ Services (VMS). Further conjecture is that the ReFLEX paging subscribers will eventually be transitioned over to Velocita's Mobitex™ system and the telemetry subscribers will be shifted over to GPRS by VMS.

Now some factual background information and commentary. Velocita is a wireless data company operating a Mobitex™ network and is currently owned by United Wireless Holdings, Inc.

According to their web site:

Velocita Wireless offers wireless data solutions to businesses that deploy machine-to-machine (M2M), AVL, telematics, point-of-sale and telemetry applications. Velocita owns and operates the only nationwide, narrowband, data-only, M2M network. Its Mobitex™ wireless network operates in 48 states using 1,521 cell sites that cover 93 percent of all U.S. businesses and more than 220 million people. Velocita's network, which has an up-time record of 99.99 percent, handles large numbers of subscribers and their devices and high traffic volumes. For more information go to:

And more from their web site:

What is Mobitex?
Mobitex is an all-digital, packet-switched, narrowband, data-only wireless network technology used for machine-to-machine business applications. Mobitex infrastructure equipment is available on the 400, 800 and 900 MHz bands. It has become known as a key technology in the market, due to its outstanding reliability and consistent optimal performance.

What are the products and services offered?
Velocita’s Mobitex network, which operates on the 900 MHz band, can be deployed in very different configurations, from small private networks, owned by a single company and used for local or regional operations, to a large public network offering nationwide wireless data services for a wide range of applications for mobile professionals.

Here are the various owners of Velocita—going back almost 20 years:

  • RAM Broadcasting
  • RAM Signals and Controls
  • RAM Communications Consultants
  • RAM Systems Development
  • RAM Mobile Data
  • BellSouth Wireless Data
  • Cingular Interactive
  • Cingular Wireless
  • Velocita Wireless
  • Sprint/Nextel
  • United Wireless Holdings (current owner since July 2, 2007.)

From what I have been able to uncover the current partners/owners of Velocita Wireless are:

1. Mark Hull — CEO
2. Eric Eife — COO
3. Andrew Fitton — the CEO of Mobitex Technology and a backer living in the UK
4. A Mystery Partner

It has long been rumored that the Mobitex Network would be shutting down but I guess they got their second wind.

Mobitex Technology

Mobitex Technology AB designs, supplies and supports wireless packet switched data networks using the unique Mobitex™ technology. Mobitex is the world leading system for dedicated wireless data developed originally by Ericsson. Together with our partners, we help our customers build solutions for instant and reliable wireless data communications. Mobitex Technology AB was established in 2004 when the Mobitex division was transferred from Ericsson. The company has extensive competence in the field of wireless data having supplied over 30 networks worldwide to major and independent Telecoms operators. The business operates from Gothenburg Sweden and Fairfield, NJ, U.S. Mobitex Technology AB is a strategic partner to Ericsson. Managing Director : Göran Rydén. [source]

I don't know much about Vehicle Manufacturers’ Services (VMS) except what I have learned from their web site. VMS is basically a company offering "aftermarket" products and services to the automotive industry. Evidently they are not new to telemetry.

Roadside Assistance and GPS
Far more than merely tracking and navigation systems, GPS systems are quickly becoming safety and concierge service providers as well. VMS and our partners, Cross Country Automotive Services and Clarion Corporation of America, are on the leading edge of developing next generation GPS fulfillment services. With a comprehensive satellite infrastructure already in place, we are able to offer advanced services such as medical and safety alert, restaurant/hotel/retail and other business locators, and even vehicle maintenance notification. [source]

So what does all this mean? Well . . . my only major concern is that if one of the two public-ReFLEX networks in this country eventually ceases to operate, that will not be a good thing. I don't believe it is ever good for there to be only one product or service without a competitor—in any field. It's not good for the consumer. This could only exacerbate our current situation and accelerate the demise of two-way paging. If service providers and end-users buy less and less equipment, the manufacturers will stop developing new products, decreasing customer interest, and increasing the downward spiral until they eventually stop manufacturing ReFLEX products altogether. The same scenario could occur in one-way paging, although at a much slower rate due to the great diversity of private and public one-way systems all over the world. There are only two ReFLEX systems in this country, one each in Canada, Mexico, Honduras, and Colombia. As far as I know this is all.

Which is better technology ReFLEX or Mobitex? Regular readers know that I am on the ReFLEX side of the fence. Mobitex's strengths and weaknesses are discussed on page 62 of the Sag Harbor Group White Paper as well as in the ReFLEX Wireless Data Technology paper and in the Description of a Narrowband PCS Network paper, both by my friend Allan Angus. Ericsson's ReFLEX vs. Mobitex paper is naturally quite different.

Please note that all of these referenced papers, debating the merits of Mobitex and ReFLEX, are out of date now. They are approximately eight years old. Remember that this is 2008 and we are paying over $3 dollars for a gallon of gas and $10 for a good hamburger and fries — so factor that into any pricing that you see. Comments and/or corrections are welcome.

I get cussed and discussed every time I express an opinion — so bring it on!

An Appeal for Assistance
Ron Mercer (a communications consultant) and I are interested in developing messaging and tracking solutions with ReFLEX technology for use in underground mines. Ron has been in contact with the federal government and has received an initial expression of interest. Please see the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section at the end of this newsletter for more details. If this project is to succeed, we will need a lot of help from the wireless messaging industry. We are asking anyone involved with the manufacturing, installation, or operation of ReFLEX equipment to give this some thought and get in touch with us.

Now on to more news and views . . .

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Deepest Sympathy

Bruce Laskin

LASKIN—Bruce Steven, passed away suddenly on December 28, 2007 at age 51. Born in Forest Hills to Michael and Lillian Laskin. He will be remembered as a loving, kind and nurturing individual. Survived by his wife Sandy, and children Michael and David. For information, Zion Memorial Chapel, 914381-1809.

LASKIN—Bruce. The Jewish Community Center of Harrison announces with profound sorrow the loss of our esteemed member. We express deepest sympathy to his wife Sandy, his sons Michael and David and the entire family. Aubrey L. Glazer, Rabbi Norton D. Shargel, Rabbi Emeritus Paul Hendler, President Karen Goldstick, Chairman [source]

LASKIN—Bruce, 51. It is with profound sorrow that we mourn the sudden and untimely passing of our dear friend, Bruce Laskin. Perhaps because he was orphaned at an early age Bruce was mature beyond his years and one of the most capable people we have ever met. Bruce was a wonderful husband and father. He was calm, he was non-judgemental, he was positive, he was a teacher, he was also hilarious. Our hearts go out to Sandy, Michael and David. Bruce, we will dearly miss you. Marsha and Leon Wagner

Published in The New York Times on 12/31/2007.

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Bruce Laskin
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Serial entrepreneur and an accomplished engineer, Bruce Laskin has been a founder or principal in a number of successful wireless data ventures including Ex Machina, AirMedia, RTS Wireless and Aether Systems. Mr. Laskin was a pioneer in the development of wireless messaging gateway technology and has led teams responsible for many of today's most widely used cellular data and mobile Internet applications. He lectures widely on issues relating to the development of wireless data infrastructure and has worked as a member of numerous wireless industry standards groups.

Prior to his involvement in the wireless industry, Mr. Laskin was COO of Intec Corp, a manufacturer of machine vision systems; a founder of Matrix Corporation, a manufacturer of medical imaging equipment; and a founder of Computer Graphics Lab, Inc., a manufacturer of computer animation systems. [source]


Sprint says WiMax on track for end of April

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Wed Jan 9, 2008 11:05am EST
By Sinead Carew

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel is on track to launch commercial services for its next-generation WiMax high-speed wireless network at the end of April, Chief Technology Officer Barry West said on Tuesday.

Speaking on a WiMax panel at the Consumer Electronics Show, West said Sprint would sell the service at reasonable rates with options including per day, week or month, as well as longer term contracts.

But unlike typical phone services, Sprint does not plan to subsidize WiMax devices for customers.

"People will be excited about our rates. They won't be ecstatic about them because we're not going to give it away," said West. WiMax service fees could also be included in the purchase price of devices, such as WiMax-enabled cameras.

Asked about the risks of introducing services based on a commercially untested technology during an economic downturn, West said he was not concerned and had not seen any signs of a pullback in electronics spending so far.

"I really don't see it," West said in an interview with Reuters. "The fourth quarter for the consumer electronics industry ... was different, but it wasn't bad."

Sprint hopes WiMax will help the No. 3 U.S. mobile service stand out from the competitors it has been losing ground to, including AT&T Inc and Verizon Wireless, owned by Verizon Communications Inc and Vodafone Group Plc.

West said he is talking to operators developing WiMax services around the world to set up roaming agreements that make it easier for customers to use their devices abroad.

"Roaming will be much more like the Wi-Fi world than it will be in the world of cellular phones," he said.

Wi-Fi, a shorter range predecessor of WiMax, is mostly used in laptops today and is commonly available in coffee shops and other public places around the world.

It plans to offer only a data card for laptops and a modem for desktop computers when it kicks off the service, and has no immediate plans to sell phones that include the technology, West said. Other devices will be sold through electronics retailers rather than Sprint, he said.

West said he expects up to 10 WiMax devices to be available at the time Sprint launches its service. One of them is a Web browsing device that Nokia plans to sell.

Fred Wright, a senior vice president for Motorola Inc's wireless network equipment unit, said his company would have a multimedia wireless device ready for the market at the end of the third quarter or start of the fourth quarter. The device would support voice but calling would not be its main feature, Wright said.

West also said a Korean company that he declined to name would start to sell a dedicated gaming device for WiMax in the first quarter of 2009.

Sprint plans to kick off commercial services in the three markets which have been testing the technology since December: Baltimore, Washington, DC and Chicago.

He would not comment beyond the initial plans as new Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse is reviewing future plans amid criticism over the previously announced plan to spend $5 billion on the WiMax network by 2010.

Sprint's initial technology suppliers for the service include Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Motorola and Nokia Siemens, a joint venture of Nokia and German network equipment maker Siemens AG. Chip maker Intel Corp is also a big promoter of WiMax.



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Welcome to 2008!

To begin your year well, we want to make sure you are aware of two excellent conferences in which we hope you will consider attending.

European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA) Conference
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The theme for the conference is Critical Messaging, a return to the core capabilities of Paging. As the mobile technology evolves at rapid pace, it is increasingly leaning towards one-for-all applications devices, but seems to be neglecting the primary needs of mobile communications users: urgency and instant notification. Both the business and public sectors still have unfulfilled expectations in these areas.

Crete is the largest island of the Greek Archipelago and the birth place of the European civilization. The discounted rate is 180 Euros per night which includes room, taxes, and breakfast.

NOTE: If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Linda at We would like to negotiate a reduced travel rate for our members, however we need to know how many people might be attending first.

Enterprise Wireless 2008
November 5 - 7
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Scottsdale, Arizona

The traditional AAPC Wireless Forum will join with the Enterprise Wireless Alliance to host more than 400 wireless industry professionals, including carriers, suppliers, and network providers, for three days of information sharing, technical sessions, vendor exhibits, and networking opportunities.

You will not want to miss spending three days with your colleagues attending dedicated paging-related sessions, perusing cutting-edge technologies in the vendor hall, and networking with friends. We hope all of our "regulars" will be there and we will strive to make the event more productive and worthwhile for your business than our annual Myrtle Beach conference.

Call for presentations - We are currently soliciting speakers and presentation ideas for the conference. Please e-mail Linda at suggested presentations or speakers that you would like on the agenda.

Thank you for your support in 2007. We are looking forward to advocating for the paging industry and your business in 2008! 2008 AAPC membership invoices have been sent. If you have not received yours, please e-mail Linda at

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Story posted: January 8, 2008 - 1:05 pm EDT

Verizon Wireless will follow Sprint Nextel Corp.’s lead in bumping text messaging rates from 15 cents to 20 cents per message.

The carrier is informing postpaid subscribers that the cost for domestic text messages will be increased in March; messaging rates for prepaid users will remain unchanged at 2 cents to 10 cents per message, depending on the plan. The move mirrors Sprint Nextel’s rate hike, which took effect three months ago.

Verizon is using the increase to push its messaging bundles. The carrier offers 500 text and picture messages plus unlimited in-network messaging for $10 a month; 5,000 messages plus unlimited in-network messaging is available for $20 a month.

The moves are notable as Verizon Wireless and the rest of the nation’s major carriers increased their text messaging rates from 10 cents to 15 cents starting in 2006.

Source: RCR Wireless News

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New radios would provide text scrolling

By SETH SUTEL, AP Business Writer
Tue Jan 8, 4:39 PM ET

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A prototype radio console that enables hearing-impaired people to see live radio content on a display is shown during a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A new technology unveiled Tuesday would show what's being said on the radio using a receiver with a screen that would scroll text much like closed captions roll by on TV.

No manufacturer has yet committed to bring the technology to market. It is backed by National Public Radio and Harris Corp., a major supplier of broadcasting equipment, as well as a new research center at Towson University near Baltimore.

NPR and its partners displayed a prototype text radio Tuesday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Mike Starling, NPR's chief technology officer, said by phone that the group hoped to bring in commercial broadcasters, radio manufacturers and other industry players.

Starling said he hoped text-based broadcasts would become a new standard in radio, just as digital broadcasting — known as HD Radio — did several years ago.

The text service will rely on HD Radio technology, which allows broadcasters to split their signal into multiple transmissions. Some stations use the extra capacity to broadcast additional music or talk radio channels, which can be heard on HD Radio receivers.

The new scrolling-text service would also use the extra capacity made available through HD Radio, but instead of broadcasting music it would send out streams of data that would be converted to scrolling text by the receivers and then displayed on the screen.

HD Radio itself is still in its early stages, but stations are embracing it. About 1,500 now broadcast in HD Radio in the United States, the consortium said. The technology has come down in price, something that had been holding up wider adoption, and some units now sell for under $100.

Initially, the radio text service would operate like closed captioning, where someone types what's being said on the radio into a computer system in real time.

The consortium eventually hopes to find software to translate speech into written text and automate the service and reduce the cost to provide it so a wider variety of radio stations can offer it.

The text-scrolling feature is one of several technologies that NPR, Harris and the new research center at Towson University are developing to make programming more accessible to deaf and blind people.

The group also is working on making radios able to provide audio cues for the blind and visually impaired that would indicate what frequency the radio is tuned to, among other functions, and giving greater access to services such as InTouch Networks, which provides broadcasts and online audio feeds of volunteers reading from newspapers and magazines.

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Ruppert’s 2008 Mobile Industry Predictions

by Paul Ruppert
January 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm · Filed under Mobile messaging 2.0

Top 10 Mobile Predictions for 2008

New Year, new challenges, hopefully … re-newal.

To truly do justice as a prognosticator you need to commit for the long term, being able to put up when now becomes then. In only 365 short days, someone is likely to call you on your projections. I recall when I was writing business cases back in 1997 for then PacBell Wireless, I had to plan out 10 years–a ludicrous exercise in such an early stage industry. My SMS case was eventually tabled since the parent owned a paging company! Within 18 months the paging company was sold. Within two more years, the US finally had SMS interoperability, and within another two years, SMS was a billion $ industry in the US. That’s the difficulty of projecting, your thinking is too framed by current conditions. Now, being a middle aged renegade, I’ve discovered that I’ve gained a modicum of analytical skills and can at least see breaking trends as opposed to long term certainties. Hence, here are my Mobile Predictions for 2008.

1) The rise of the social networks will continue unabated, which will have a ripple effect on the mobile messaging business. So much so, that these messaging entry points will begin to have a greater influence on the structure of the messaging business going forward. As more volumes transit via the increase in social network nodes, the operator control over the messaging business will begin to weaken, but not break.

2) MMS, albeit considered a stepchild, will slowly break to its long tail effect. Already, MMS is increasing due to increased picture transfers and broader innovative mobile messaging applications that are coming online. Orange FT expects that this year alone it will account for 5% of messaging revenues.

3) Helio will collapse. Sprint will falter for most of 2008.

4) Samsung and LG will gain increasing market share in the handset category. Above the horizon they continue to show innovation and vision in their handsets. Below the horizon, Samsung has launched an innovation outpost in Silicon Valley, and have a dedicated corporate venture fund seeking investments in start ups to capture cutting edge opportunities that are developing.

5) Apple will sell over 8 million iPhone units in N. America by the end of 2008. Apple will continue to affect how US carriers launch handsets, but less so internationally.

6) Apple will launch the iPhone with China Mobile in China by June 2008 in anticipation of the Beijing Olympics. By the EO 2008, they will sell over 500,000 units in China alone.

7) China’s direct influence on the mobile business will continue to increase significantly. The convergence of their coming out party at the Olympics combined with Chinese initiatives in 3G, 4G and Mobile TV will scale to influence the direction of the industry. Consider this: China’s mobile users sent over 429 BILLION messages in 2007, the equivalent of 967 per user which places them #1 for Country Message Density. Never overlook such scale and size in a potential market influencer.

8) The world will have over 3.75 billion mobile users by the end of 2008.

a) Handset “Greening” will begin to emerge as an issue. With only 1% of mobile handsets recycled each year globally, hundreds of millions of handsets are heading to land fills. Probably 65% to 85% could be re-used. This will start to get traction in the consumer culture around the world. The question is how to address it.

b) Google’s Android will miss the mark and not be available on a handset until 2009 at the earliest.

9) Mobile video in the US will continue to grow and expand, meeting current levels in Europe by the EOY.

10) Mobile Transactions will get traction, driven primarily by influences out of the European and Asian markets while the US market will continue to lag in development.

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NOAA: Sunspot is Harbinger of New Solar Cycle, Increasing Risk for Electrical Systems

January 4, 2008

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A new 11-year cycle of heightened solar activity, bringing with it increased risks for power grids, critical military, civilian and airline communications, GPS signals and even cell phones and ATM transactions, showed signs it was on its way late yesterday when the cycle’s first sunspot appeared in the sun’s Northern Hemisphere, NOAA scientists said.

“This sunspot is like the first robin of spring,” said solar physicist Douglas Biesecker of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. “In this case, it’s an early omen of solar storms that will gradually increase over the next few years.”

A sunspot is an area of highly organized magnetic activity on the surface of the sun. The new 11-year cycle, called Solar Cycle 24, is expected to build gradually, with the number of sunspots and solar storms reaching a maximum by 2011 or 2012, though devastating storms can occur at any time.

During a solar storm, highly charged material ejected from the sun may head toward Earth, where it can bring down power grids, disrupt critical communications, and threaten astronauts with harmful radiation. Storms can also knock out commercial communications satellites and swamp Global Positioning System signals. Routine activities such as talking on a cell phone or getting money from an ATM machine could suddenly halt over a large part of the globe.

“Our growing dependence on highly sophisticated, space-based technologies means we are far more vulnerable to space weather today than in the past,” said Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA’s space weather monitoring and forecasts are critical for the nation’s ability to function smoothly during solar disturbances.”

Last April, in coordination with an international panel of solar experts, NOAA issued a forecast that Solar Cycle 24 would start in March 2008, plus or minus six months. The panel was evenly split between those predicting a strong or weak cycle. Both camps agree that the sooner the new cycle takes over the waning previous cycle, the more likely that it will be a strong season with many sunspots and major storms, said Biesecker. Many more sunspots with Solar Cycle 24 traits must emerge before scientists consider the new cycle dominant, with the potential for more frequent storms.

The new sunspot, identified as #10,981, is the latest visible spot to appear since NOAA began numbering them on January 5, 1972. Its high-latitude location at 27 degrees North, and its negative polarity leading to the right in the Northern Hemisphere are clear-cut signs of a new solar cycle, according to NOAA experts. The first active regions and sunspots of a new solar cycle can emerge at high latitudes while those from the previous cycle continue to form closer to the equator.

SWPC is the nation’s first alert for solar activity and its effects on Earth. The center’s space weather forecasters issue outlooks for the next 11-year solar “season” and warn of individual storms occurring on the sun that could impact Earth. SWPC is one of NOAA’s nine National Centers for Environmental Prediction and is also the warning agency of the International Space Environment Service (ISES), a consortium of 11 member nations.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

Source: NOAA

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FCC Defends Practices Following Investigation

By Teresa von Fuchs
WirelessWeek - January 10, 2008

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin defended his management practices and the commission's rule-making procedures, as the agency finds itself under investigation by the House Energy and Commerce committee. Earlier this week, the committee announced it would launch a formal probe to ascertain whether the commission's practices have been fair, open and transparent.

"The practices at the commission I run are very similar to how the commission has been managed under previous Republican and Democratic commissioners and chairmen," Martin reportedly told a group of reporters yesterday. Martin also has openly agreed that the committee's work should be open and transparent, but he has defended some of his more criticized practices such as pushing for more quicker voting timelines.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) as well as Joe Barton (R-Texas) are heading the investigation. The committee has requested that Martin and the commission save all electronic records related to FCC work.

Martin has said he's willing to follow the request.

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. 1 January 9, 2008   

CPNI Annual Certification Is Due March 1

Although the rules do not specify when carriers should modify and complete their “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” for 2007, we recommend that you do so as soon as possible. The certification must be filed with the FCC by March 1.

Note that the annual certification should include the following three required Exhibits:

(a) A Statement Explaining How The Company’s Operating Procedures Ensure Compliance With The FCC’S CPNI Rules to reflect the Company’s policies and information;
(b) A Statement of Actions Taken Against Data Brokers; and
(c) A Summary of Customer Complaints Regarding Unauthorized Release of CPNI.

A company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules must execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and forward the original to BloostonLaw for filing with the FCC by March 1.

BloostonLaw is prepared to help our clients meet this requirement, which we expect will be strictly enforced, by assisting with preparation of their certification filing; reviewing the filing to make sure that the required showings are made; filing the certification with the FCC, and obtaining a proof-of-filing copy for your records.

Clients interested in obtaining our assistance should contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554).

Frontline Quits 700 MHz Auction; FCC Warns Bidders To Respect Confidentiality

Frontline Wireless has dropped out of the 700 MHz Auction (Auctions 73 and 76) after failing to secure financing to make its upfront payment. Frontline issued a brief statement to the New York Times and other media that it was “closed for business at this time.” Frontline had been a frontrunner for the D-Block “private/public safety network” license. Frontline’s departure adds to speculation about the fate of the anticipated nationwide network that could be used for commercial traffic, but would serve as an interoperability channel for public safety in emergencies.

In the meantime, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) has issued a Public Notice to remind applicants for the upcoming auction of 700 MHz Band licenses of the confidential nature of certain information, such as an applicant’s upfront payment amount, license selection, bidding eligibility, actual bids submitted, bidding- related actions (e.g., bid withdrawals, proactive waivers submitted, reductions in eligibility) and other bidding- related information that may indicate the identity or interests of specific applicants. The WTB further reminds applicants that public disclosure of such confidential information may violate the Commission’s anti-collusion rule and subject the applicant to enforcement action, including but not limited to imposition of a monetary fine pursuant to Section 503 of the Communications Act.

The WTB adopted anonymous bidding procedures to withhold from public release until after the close of bidding in both Auctions 73 and 76 any information that may indicate specific applicants’ interests in the auction, including, in addition to the information described above, information on the winning bidders for licenses in blocks for which the reserve price was met in Auction 73. Correspondingly, the WTB recently warned applicants that the direct or indirect communication to other applicants or the public disclosure of such non-public information could violate the Commission’s anonymous bidding procedures and the anti-collusion rule. To the extent an applicant believes that such a disclosure is required by law or regulation, including regulations issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the WTB strongly urges that the applicant consult with the Commission before making such disclosure.

Frontline was founded by former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and several Silicon Valley venture capitalists. Backers included John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and former Netscape CEO James Barksdale. Frontline’s CEO is Haynes Griffin, former chief executive of Vanguard Cellular.

Despite these connections, and a year spent lobbying to create a range of frequencies intended specifically for a combination of private service and public safety communications, Frontline failed in frenzied negotiations in recent weeks to find the financial backing it needed, according to the New York Times.

This development may signal lower auction prices than originally anticipated, although it is not clear how much this dynamic will trickle down to the smaller licenses. Of course, for any particular license, the price can be inflated or deflated by individual circumstances, such as a bidding war between two entrenched carriers with interests in the same license area.

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

Joint Board Staff Releases Latest Universal Service Monitoring Report Stats

The staff of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service has released its most recent Monitoring Report on Universal Service. This report reflects information on the telephone industry filed with the FCC through June 2007, and it reflects data for the year 2006 and prior years. The report addresses the various universal service support mechanisms, which amounted to about $6.6 billion in 2006. In 2006, disbursements among the four categories of universal service mechanisms were: 61.8% for high-cost support; 25.2% for schools and libraries support; 12.4% for low-income support; and 0.6% for rural health care support. The report presents data in 11 categories:

Industry Revenues and Contributions – Total industry revenues for telecommunications services provided to end users in 2006 were about $236 billion, compared to about $235 billion in 2005. Revenues for fixed local service providers decreased to about $81 billion, from about $82 billion, while wireless service providers’ revenues increased to about $110 billion, from about $101 billion, and toll service providers’ revenues decreased to about $45 billion, from about $52 billion.

Low-Income Support – Total low-income support increased to about $808 million in 2006, from about $803 million in 2005.

High-Cost Support – In 2006, total high-cost support amounted to about $4.1 billion, an increase from about $3.8 billion in 2005. This increase is due to support to competitive carriers (CETCs) increasing from $0.6 billion in 2005 to $1.0 billion in 2006.

Schools and Libraries Support – Schools and libraries support disbursements in 2006 decreased to $1.7 billion from $1.9 billion in 2005.

Rural Health Care Support – The demand for rural health care support disbursements increased to $41 million in 2006 from $26 million in 2005.

Subscribership and Penetration – According to the Current Population Survey, the percentage of households subscribing to telephone service increased to an average of 93.6% in 2006, from 93.1% in 2005.

Rates and Price Indices – The price index of overall telephone rates increased 1.7% in 2006, compared to the general rate of inflation of 2.5% for all goods and services.

Network Usage – Interstate toll usage for customers of incumbent local exchange carriers declined to 379 billion minutes in 2006, from 401 billion minutes in 2005.

Quality of Service – The data show noticeable differences in the quality of service among carriers. For example, complaints per million residential access lines in 2006 ranged from 0 to 961 for different carriers.

Infrastructure – The total number of access lines in service for the mandatory price-cap carriers (the regional Bell operating companies) declined to about 118 million in 2006, from about 127 million in 2005. On the other hand, measures of their fiber transmission generally grew in 2006.

Revenues, Expenses and Investment – For the larger local exchange carriers in 2006, 56% percent of net income was interstate, 35% of revenues was interstate, and 32% of expenses was interstate.

A monitoring program was established in the mid-1980's, at the recommendation of the Separations Joint Board, to track trends related to universal service and related matters. Since then, Joint Board staffs have prepared Monitoring Reports at least once a year -- a compendium of hundreds of pages of statistical data on subscribership and penetration, loop costs, separations factors, universal service fund payments, etc. The report is unique in that it is the only document that includes information on every incumbent local telephone company in the nation. In 1998, the publication of this report was moved from the Separations Joint Board staff to the Universal Service Joint Board staff. This is the ninth Monitoring Report from the Universal Service Joint Board staff.

The FCC also released new data on local telephone service competition in the United States. Twice a year, all incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs) and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs ) are required to report basic information about their local telephone service, and all facilities-based mobile telephony providers are required to provide information about their subscribers, pursuant to the FCC’s local telephone competition and broadband data gathering program (FCC Form 477). Statistics reflect data as of December 31, 2006.

Summary Statistics

  • End-user customers obtained local telephone service by utilizing approximately 138.8 million incumbent LEC switched access lines, 28.7 million CLEC switched access lines, and 229.6 million mobile telephony service subscriptions at the end of December 2006.
  • Of the 28.7 million CLEC end-user switched access lines, 6.8 million lines were provided over coaxial cable connections. The 6.8 million lines represent about 61% of the 11.2 million end-user switched access lines that CLECs reported providing over their own local loop facilities.
  • Mobile telephony service providers reported 229.6 million subscribers at the end of December 2006, which is 26 million, or 13%, more than a year earlier. About 7% of these subscribers were billed by mobile telephony service resellers.
  • There was at least one CLEC serving customers in 82% of the nation’s Zip Codes at the end of December 2006. About 98% of United States households resided in those Zip Codes. Moreover, multiple carriers reported providing local telephone service in the major population centers of the country.
  • The 28.7 million lines reported by CLECs is about 17% of the 167.5 million total end-user switched access lines reported for the end of December 2006.
  • CLECs reported 12.2 million (or 12%) of the 101.4 million lines that served residential end users and 16.4 million (or 25%) of the 66.1 million lines that served business, institutional, and government customers.
  • CLECs reported providing 39% of their end-user switched access lines over their own local loop facilities, 41% by using unbundled network elements (UNEs) that they leased from other carriers, and 20% through resale arrangements with unaffiliated carriers.
  • Incumbent LECs reported providing about 16% fewer UNE loops with switching (referred to as the UNE-Platform) to unaffiliated carriers at the
    end of December 2006 than they reported six months earlier (7.1 million compared to 8.4 million) and about the same number of UNE loops without switching (4.4 million).
  • Incumbent LECs were the pre-subscribed interstate long distance carrier for 58% of the switched access lines they provided to end users, while CLECs were the interstate long distance carrier for 76% of their switched access lines.

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

FCC Spells Out Rules, Dates For 2009 DTV Transition

The FCC has adopted an Report and Order in its third periodic review regarding the conversion to digital television (DTV) by February 17, 2009, that (1) provides a progress report on the transition; (2) describes the status and readiness of stations to complete their transition; (3) adopts procedures and rule changes necessary to ensure that broadcasters meet the statutory transition deadline and complete construction of their final, post-transition facilities while maintaining the best possible television service to their viewers; and (4) addresses other issues related to the transition. In the Report and Order, the FCC took the following actions to facilitate the completion of the transition for full-power television stations:

  • It established February 17, 2009, as the construction deadline for stations building digital facilities based on a new channel allotment in the post-transition DTV Table of Allotments and stations that will be returning to their analog channel or moving to a new digital channel for post-transition operations. These stations will not be required to construct a digital facility on their pre-transition DTV channel and will be permitted to forgo further construction to the extent such a facility has been partially built.
  • It established May 18, 2008, as the construction deadline for stations that will use their pre-transition DTV channel for post-transition operations and already have a construction permit that matches their post-transition facilities.
  • It established August 18, 2008, as the construction deadline for stations that will use their pre-transition DTV channel for post-transition operations, but which do not have a construction permit that matches their post-transition facilities.
  • It established February 17, 2009, as the construction deadline for stations demonstrating that a unique technical challenge, such as the need to reposition a side-mounted antenna, prevents them from completing construction of their final DTV facilities.
  • It established stricter standards for granting extensions of time to construct digital facilities for all construction deadlines on or before February 17, 2009. In addition, for construction deadlines occurring February 18, 2009, or later, it will consider such requests under the tolling standard set forth in Section 73.3598(b) of the rules. It will adopt its revised FCC Form 337, as proposed.
  • It adopted FCC Form 387 and required all full-power television stations to file it by February 18, 2008, detailing their current transition status, additional steps necessary for digital-only operation upon expiration of the February 17, 2009 transition deadline, and a timeline for making those steps. Stations must update the form as events warrant, and by October 20, 2008, if they have not completed construction.
  • It will permit stations that are moving to a different DTV channel for post-transition operations to temporarily remain on their pre-transition DTV channel while they complete construction of their final digital facilities, provided: (1) They build facilities that serve at least the same population that receives their current analog TV and DTV service so that over-the-air viewers will not lose TV service; and (2) They do not cause impermissible interference to other stations or prevent other stations from making their transition.
  • It will permit stations to operate their post-transition facilities, pursuant to special temporary authority (STA), at less than their full, authorized facilities, provided: (1) They demonstrate a unique technical challenge and they can serve at least 85 percent of the same population that receives their current analog TV and DTV service; or (2) A significant technical impediment to the construction of their full, authorized facilities that would not otherwise qualify for an extension of time to construct facilities under the new, stricter standard adopted herein and they serve at least 100 percent of the same population that receives their current analog TV and DTV service so that over-the-air viewers will not lose TV service. In addition, stations must demonstrate that they do not cause impermissible interference to other stations or prevent other stations from making their transition. Finally, stations that cannot serve at least 100 percent of the same population that receives their current analog TV and DTV service must comply with a viewer notification requirement.
  • It clarified that, under existing rules, a station may temporarily reduce or cease service on their pre-transition analog or digital channel for a period of 30 days or less, upon notification to the Commission and without prior approval, when necessary to complete construction of the post-transition digital facility.
  • It will provide stations with the flexibility to permanently reduce or terminate their analog or pre-transition digital service before the transition date, provided the station satisfies the following two requirements: (1) The station demonstrates that its service reduction or termination is directly related to the construction and operation of its, or another station’s, post-transition facilities; and (2) The station notifies viewers on its pre-transition channel(s) about the planned service reduction or termination and informs them about how they can continue to receive the station.
  • To provide additional flexibility within 90 days of the February 17, 2009 transition date (i.e., beginning on or after November 19, 2008), the FCC will allow stations to permanently reduce or terminate their analog or pre-transition digital service without prior approval upon notification to the Commission 30 days prior to the planned permanent service reduction or termination. The station must still comply with a viewer notification requirement.
  • It will permit stations that are moving to a different DTV channel for post-transition operations to cease operations on their pre-transition digital channels and begin operating on their new channels before the transition date, provided: (1) The early transitioning stations will not cause impermissible interference to another station; and (2) The early transitioning stations continue to serve their existing viewers for the remainder of the transition and commence their full, authorized post-transition operations upon expiration of the February 17, 2009 transition deadline.
  • It announced its intent to lift the freeze on the filing of maximization applications on August 17, 2008, the date by which it expects to have completed processing stations’ applications to build their post-transition facilities. Until this date, the FCC will maintain its freeze and will not accept maximization applications to expand facilities.
  • It adopted a waiver policy that will permit rapid approval of minor (i.e., not exceeding 5 miles) expansion applications filed by stations that will not use their pre-transition DTV channel for post-transition operation. This policy will allow added flexibility for stations that wish to use their existing analog channel antenna, which provides benefits for the successful completion of the transition by reducing the demands on equipment suppliers and installation crews during a critical time as the transition date nears.

The Commission also adopted several technical rules with respect to interference and station identification requirements.

In a separate statement, Commissioner Michael Copps said: “Pulling the switch on stations all across the land at one and the same time in February 2009 is going to be a real throw of the dice. It is unfathomable to me that we are planning to turn off every analog signal in the country on a single day without running at least one test market first. Other countries are transitioning over time, with phased schedules. The United Kingdom, for example, is transitioning between 2007 and 2012, region-by-region, learning at every step along the way and making the necessary adjustments. The UK recently transitioned the small town of Whitehaven as the first step in a multi-year transition plan; a few years ago, Germany took a similar step in Berlin.

“The lessons learned from those initial test markets doubtless will prove invaluable to those countries’ broader transition efforts. We need some of that real-world experience here. Why in the world aren't we doing that? I am encouraged that the Chairman and my colleagues are willing to sit down now and begin exploring the idea of one or more DTV demonstration projects around the country. I recognize there may be legal, technical, and practical challenges with planning and conducting such a test this close to the national transition date. But I believe it can be done. At least—for the sake of a successful DTV transition—let’s hope it can.”

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


FCC SETS COMMENT CYCLE FOR NPRM ON COMMERCIAL MOBILE ALERT SYSTEM: The FCC has established a comment cycle for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish a Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). In particular, the Commission seeks comment on the recommendations of the Commercial Mobile Services Alert Advisory Committee (CMSAAC). The Commission convened the CMSAAC in compliance with the Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act, which requires that the FCC adopt technical standards, protocols, procedures, and other technical requirements for the CMAS based on the recommendations of the CMSAAC. The purpose of this rulemaking is to create a mechanism under which CMS providers may elect to transmit emergency alerts to the public. The Commission has initiated this proceeding to comply with the WARN Act and to satisfy the Commission's mandate to promote the safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communication (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, December 19, 2007). Comments in this PSHSB Docket No. 07-287 proceeding are due Feb. 4, and replies are due Feb. 19. Written comments on the Paperwork Reduction Act proposed information collection requirement must be submitted by the public, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other interested parties on or before March 3. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.


FEBRUARY 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT: Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks--including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks--from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. New this year is that reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

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

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Medco sys admin gets 30 months for planting logic bomb

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January 08, 2008 (Computerworld) A former systems administrator at Medco Health Solutions Inc. was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today for planting a logic bomb that could have taken down a corporate network that held customer health care information.

Yung-Hsun Lin, 51, of Montville, N.J., was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J. Lin, who faced a maximum of 10 years in prison, pleaded guilty to one count of computer fraud in September. He was responsible for programming and maintaining the servers at Medco, where he worked from 1997 to 2005.

The court also ordered Lin to pay $81,200 in restitution to the company, and to serve two years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. He was forbidden from working on computers during his prison time and supervised release as well.

This is believed to be the longest federal prison sentence for an attempted crime intended to damage a computer system, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"This case is unique in that it touches on the public health system," Assistant U.S. Attorney Erez Liebermann told Computerworld. "Other logic bomb and intrusion cases have dealt mostly with money. Not to belittle that — it's a very, very serious issue. But they hadn't risen to being a risk to human beings. ... A stiff sentence like this sends the message to companies that it's important to report these crimes, and when you do, the criminal justice system will take this seriously. When companies come forward with these crimes, it's worth their while, and if someone is caught, even in the attempt stage, they will get a stiff sentence."

Liebermann said that in court this morning, Lin, who is also known as Andy Lin, apologized to Medco, to his family and to the court.

The logic bomb, which was designed to delete "virtually all of the information" on about 70 Medco servers, was made up of malicious code that Lin wrote and planted in multiple scripts on the company network, according to court documents. It was designed to trigger at a certain time and date. That didn't happen, though. The first time the logic bomb was set to go off, a coding error kept it from working. And before the second time it was set to go off, one of Lin's own co-workers discovered the code hidden amidst a slew of other scripts and shut it down.

Finding the logic bomb was quite a feat, according to Liebermann, who called it a "sophisticated" attack. He explained that Lin used innocuous names to disguise the files holding the malicious code. He also went into the system's file properties and made it appear that they were old files and not something recently added that might need checking out.

However, Lin had another trick up his sleeve. He embedded different pieces of the malicious code in four different scripts. It would be difficult for an administrator to interpret it without seeing all of the malicious code together; he would have to look at the different scripts to get a real sense that something malicious was going on, Liebermann said.

"On Jan. 1, 2005, a Medco employee was working on another problem," Liebermann said. "He went to check it and saw a call to another script, and that script has a call to another script. He did a great job and dug all the way down and discovered the logic bomb."

Liebermann noted that if the bomb had taken down Medco's network, people using a Medco prescription card would not have been able to fill any new prescriptions. "That could be very serious, maybe even life-threatening, depending on the need for that medication," Liebermann said.

He also noted that pharmacists around the country regularly tap into the Medco system to find out if patients' new prescriptions will interact badly with their current medications. If the malicious code had worked, pharmacists would have had no way to make sure a new prescription wouldn't put a patient's health at risk.

Such a situation could have caused grave financial and public relations trouble for Medco, which handles health insurance prescription benefit plans and is reportedly the largest mail-order pharmacy operation in the U.S. The company is based in Franklin Lakes, N.J.

Sentencing documents noted that in his role as systems administrator, Lin had access to Medco's network, which is made up of about 70 HP Unix servers, and that he was "proficient" in coding for them. The network contained applications related to clients' clinical analyses, coverage applications and billing, as well as corporate financial applications and employee payroll input. The network also ran the company's Drug Utilization Review, a database of conflicting drug interactions, as well as patient information.

In September 2003, as part of a restructuring after Medco was spun off from parent company Merck & Co., its Unix group merged with an e-commerce group. As part of that merger, "a number" of systems administrators were laid off in October of that year, according to government records. Lin did not lose his job.

Sentencing records also show that Lin began trading e-mails with his co-workers that September, discussing the anticipated layoffs. Then, in October, he sent an e-mail saying he was unsure whether he would survive the upcoming layoffs.

That same month, Lin modified existing code and inserted new code into pre-existing scripts on the Medco servers. Sentencing documents show that Lin wrote the code to delete nearly all the information on the affected servers, along with the Drug Utilization Review database, billing data and subscriber lists.

The logic bomb initially was set up to be triggered on April 23, 2004 — Lin's birthday — but it failed to launch because of a coding error. In September 2004, Lin changed the code to fix the error and reset it to deploy on April 23, 2005.

During the sentencing hearing today, Lin's attorney argued that his client simply made a mistake. Liebermann, however, argued that this was far from a mistake. "We said a mistake is something you make once," he said. "You fly off the handle and make a mistake. He had from October 2003 to January 2005 to wipe it out and he didn't."

Source: ComputerWorld

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From: Ron Mercer
Subject: Fwd: RE: Communications and Tracking for Underground Mines
Date: January 9, 2008 7:23:56 AM CST
To: Brad Dye

I received this from the Mine Safety Administration in response the system description that I submitted earlier this year. I find it encouraging. I'm going to need help getting to the next stage.



From: Ron Mercer []
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 10:57 AM
To: Chirdon, David C - MSHA
Subject: Communications and Tracking for Underground Mines

January 4, 2008

Mr. David Chirdon
U.S. Department of Labor
Frances Perkins Building 200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210.

By email to:

I am an engineering consultant with many years of experience in various forms of wireless communications technologies including ReFLEX two-way text messaging (paging) technology that was developed by Motorola in the late 90’s. Recently, I have been developing a concept that would use ReFLEX technology to provide a network of repeaters that create a tracking and emergency communications facility for use in underground mines. The attached documents provide an overview of the proposed system.

I am planning to introduce this concept to colleagues in the manufacturing and service providing sectors of ReFLEX technology. Before doing so, however, I would like to obtain a better understanding of the needs, programs and regulations that the Department of Labor and/or Mine Safety and Health Administration may have regarding tracking and communications systems for underground mines.

Accordingly, I would appreciate receiving your comments and suggestions regarding the proposed system as well as any guidance you can provide regarding the acquisition of approvals for systems intended for use in underground mines.


Ron Mercer

From: "Chirdon, David C - MSHA" <>
Date: January 8, 2008 3:10:41 PM CST
To: "Ron Mercer" <>
Cc: "Hill, Juliette E - MSHA" <>
"Shumaker, Wesley A - MSHA" <Shumaker.Wesley@DOL.GOV>
"Retzer, Patrick E. - MSHA" <>
Subject: RE: Communications and Tracking for Underground Mines

Dear Mr. Mercer:

We appreciate your proposal and your interest in addressing the underground mine communications need. Your proposal is very interesting and we would like to discuss it further with you. We are also interested in learning more about the technology behind the ReFLEX system.

In order for your system to be used in gassy underground US mines, you must first obtain an MSHA approval. To assist you with this, below I am providing links to the MSHA website ( for the MSHA regulation for communication and tracking systems (30 CFR Part 23), the MSHA intrinsic safety evaluation criteria, and the MSHA approval application procedures:

Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations (30 CFR) Part 23:
MSHA Intrinsic Safety Evaluation Criteria:
MSHA Approval Application Procedures:

You probably also should familiarize yourself with the new law that was enacted in 2006 in response to the mining accidents early that year. You can obtain a copy of the MINER Act of 2006 at:

Once you’ve had the chance to review this information, please feel free to contact me at the below number with any questions or you can contact Patrick Retzer at (304) 547-2024.


David Chirdon
Supervisor, Electrical Safety Division
Approval and Certification Center
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Phone: (304) 547-2026


From: Wayne Markis
Subject: Paging needs in 2008 ?
Date: January 10, 2008 9:28:39 AM CST
To: Brad Dye

1. Have you heard anything about when the FCC has required that the CPNI certifications have to be into the FCC and where to send them.

I looked for an item in their Daily Digest about this and could not find anything. They are giving out MASSIVE fines to those Carriers that do not have the Certifications submitted and on file in their business.

2. NANPA Form 502 is due shortly (FEB 1st) for all Carriers that use and own their own Paging Telephone numbers.

3. FCC finally setup their ECFS website to allow Comments on the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) Docket 07-287 The Paging Industry REALLY needs to jump on this bandwagon and submit a LOT of comments. This could really bring Paging back into Mass use by the General Public !!!

The reality is that Alerting is NOT going to work well with Cellular without major system changes, thereby leaving Paging as the only true transmission of these Alerts. The FCC is under a schedule to have this system up and running within the next 6 months, and in use by the General Public within a year.

Wayne Markis
Interstate Wireless, Inc.
(Handy Page)
Tempe, Az.


From: Mike Candell
Subject: Fw: job opening (Atlanta)
Date: January 11, 2008 7:35:46 AM CST
To: Brad Dye

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Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 8:41 PM
Subject: Fw: job opening (Atlanta)


See the information below provided by Dennis Logerin:

If you know any techs needing a job in the Atlanta area, have them contact me. American Messaging has an immediate opening. I'm sure the pay would be about the same as SkyTel and the future a lot brighter. (SkyTel is for sale again). There is some GL terminal equipment and the transmitters are T8500's and a few Motorola Nuc's. Salary position, vehicle, company credit card, cell phone, laptop with aircard, benefits, etc. etc.

First guy/gal to raise his/her hand will probably get hired.




Subject: From a loyal reader
Date: January 4, 2008 12:27:33 PM CST
To: Brad Dye


Ever since my friend and ex-Metrocall (now USA Mobility) colleague xxxx xxxxxxx turned me on to your newsletter I have enjoyed it immensely. As someone who has been in and around wireless for a number of years as you have, I wanted to get your counsel. Having just left ESPN after their decision to close up MobileESPN I am in transition looking for the next senior level opportunity (primarily sales and distribution). Located in northern VA just outside Washington, DC, I thought you might have some ideas or contacts that could assist me in my search.

Thanks in advance for your consideration. All the best to you in 2008.


Stephen Miller


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